Monthly Archives: July 2010

A boy’s quilt

So this weekend has been set aside for cutting and piecing a quilt for Julian. I thought it was high time to start using those plaid fabric samples it took me so long to iron and store… So I pulled out the container and let Julian pick and choose the ones he liked best for […]

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More Bangles

Building up our gift closet here…

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A Million Minutes for Peace

Odyssey Networks invites you to participate in A Million Minutes for Peace. People of different faiths from all over the world will stop at noon and pray for peace for one minute – each in their own way on September 21st – the U.N. International Day of Peace.

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Fabric Bangles

Among the many reasons why it is so much fun to have the kids here this summer is because every day there is something crafty going on. These kids are good for me in that way. Yesterday was a particularly crafty day, after the shaving cream fabric dyeing and flower pounding with Julian in the […]

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Flower Pounding

I think I’ve already mentioned that this year Julian just has not been as interested in sewing as in earlier years. What he has been enthusiastic about has been preparing fabrics for sewing. Today we did a little more fabric dyeing with shaving cream, for a small pencil case I will be making him for […]

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Between one project and another, Alexia has finished her little wall hanging. This little piece has been important in her quilting experience because it has involved learning new techniques. To begin, the background fabric was one of the pieces she prepared with tie dyeing. She added a few tiny scraps of fabric and ribbon in […]

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Girls’ Day Out

We took some time out yesterday for a girls’ lunch out at Jamie’s favorite restaurant in town: La Terraza del Tártaro (steak & seafood). Alexia is still at the beach with her dad, so it was Jamie, my mom, daughter-in-law Karina, and me. We’ve been going to this restaurant for as long as I remember […]

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New England Clam Chowder

Among the many, many reasons why I am so happy to have Jamie home again is that she likes to cook. And she is a wonderful cook at that. So over the past few weeks we have been able to enjoy several of her “works of art.” Yesterday she made me one of my favorite […]

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Summer crafting!

Jono left early this morning with Julian and Alexia for a week of beach fun. So this is my chance to catch up with some work and some blogging. It certainly has been fun for me to have the kids here, and we have tried to fit something crafty in every day, which means days […]

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Making Sushi

This family LOVES Sushi! But we rarely eat it because it is so expensive. So this weekend Jared (DS#2) and Karina took it upon themselves to teach us all how to make it. And are we excited about how fun and how easy it was to do… why the heck is it so expensive to […]

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Bigger Ambitions

One of the things I enjoy the most of having the grand kids here is being able to share artsy time together. I myself did not have a quilting mother or grandmother to show me the ropes, so sharing this knowledge with grandchildren is certainly very rewarding. I can easily envision how they, in turn, […]

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Witchy girls

Jono, Jamie, and the kids all took off on Saturday for an overnight stay in Mindo. So I had a whole day of quiet time to myself! So what did I do? I drew a little, caught up on some work, watched the last two soccer games of the World Cup, and crocheted a couple […]

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Plastic surgery? What for?

Friday we finally made our way downtown with the kids. The ultimate objective was to buy some yarn and have lunch in this beautiful, colonial part of town. Which we did. And made a few rather odd purchases while we were at it. I had my camera with me, yet managed to forget to take […]

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