Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Old Calvin Klein.

I guess you could call this one of my collections. I forgot I had it until reading Beach Bungalow 8's post on Monday. I still love these ads...they're classic and oh so sexy! I have a few more "vintage" ads that I'll share with you over the next couple of days.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

A recycled quilt.

Picked up this book at Esther's, my local quilt shop. I was attracted to the "green" element and love the quilt patterns inside.
So on Saturday at the Rotary Auction here on the Island I looked for men's shirts. As many as you can fit in a paper grocery bag is $10. I got 22 for $20. I've already started cutting and I have not figured out how much fabric I have yet, but I think I have 3/4 to a yard from each shirt. Now that is a deal!
I washed them all...
Cut off all the useless bits like buttons...

...and tags.
{It was interesting cutting off the tags and seeing where all of these shirts were made. Bangladesh, Romania, India, Mauritius, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Madagascar, Korea. One from Indonesia with Egyptian cotton and none from the U.S.}
And, finally, the waste....cuffs, collars and seams.

I ended up with a tall stack of fabric ready to cut, piece and quilt!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Double-digit scores.

What's with the baseball scores today?
Texas 10, Houston 1
Angels 10, Colorado 3
Kansas City 10, St. Louis 3
Detroit 10, Atlanta 4
Philadelphia 11, Toronto 2

Thursday, June 24, 2010

20 years ago today...

I became a mom.

Yes, my oldest is 20 years old today.

Here's a little birthday collage I did for him a couple of years ago.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quilt Shop Hop.

Quilt Shop Hop starts today in Western Washington. Becky and I are heading out early to Puyallup and making our way back shop by shop. I hope to hit 16 by Sunday so I can get entered into the drawing! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


There's nothing like fresh strawberries in my oatmeal,
except for maybe fresh strawberries on French vanilla ice cream.
Or, if we were at Wimbledon, it would be strawberries and cream.

Monday, June 21, 2010


I lived in Wimbledon in the early 90's and have very fond memories of this time of year. There's going to be some competition for the television this fortnight with World Cup and tennis to watch...especially at 4:30 in the morning! There's an opening round nail-biter going on right now on ESPN2.
Images courtesy

Happy Summer!

Or, more aptly titled, "Where's summer?" here in the Pacific NW.
I slept with a wool blanket last night!
Maybe we'll actually see the sun today.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My dad.

Happy Father's Day!


Love these nautical blues!
(from the July Better Homes and Gardens)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On a walk.

I got out for a walk inbetween the thunderstorms last night and caught this stormy sunset. There was a spectacular rainbow too, but the iphone couldn't quite capture it and my camera is on the blink.

Here's my handsome walking buddy....

...and a gate I've been admiring that one of my neighbors built.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday morning.

Early morning sunshine, tea and the Sunday Times in the garden....
it doesn't get much better!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The battle.


11:30 a.m. (Pacific Time) on ABC

Friday, June 11, 2010

Do not watch the news.

Okay, I am pms'ing, but I've just seen the news and I'm sobbing. Deadly flash floods in Arkansas, a missing 7-year old in Portland and two 18-year olds killed in Seattle by a drunk driver days before their graduation. It could not be more depressing. My life is far from perfect, but I have so much to be grateful for AND I KNOW IT! My kids and husband drive me nuts on a daily basis, but I could not live without them. My house is falling apart, but I know how lucky I am to live where I do and be able to pay the mortgage. I am surrounded by the love of friends and family. And most of all, we all have our health. "Health is wealth" as my mother used to say.
Stay safe everyone and don't forget to tell those you love how much you love them.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sewn Art by Miyuki Sakai.

I could not stop looking at these gorgeous pages in the June issue of Martha Stewart Living. Not of the tarts, but the plates they are on....all sewn pieces of art! What a talent! Check out Miyuki's website and the whole spread from MSL.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Weather or not.

Today's forecast: sunshine & showers
We've had lots of both!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I picked up a fat quarter of this fun fabric at Quilted Strait and the more I look at it, the more I love it. I think I better head back to the shop for more!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Heart as a rock.

Another heart rock walk on the beach. Some days there are so many...the days when I have no pockets of course.

Tea with....what?

This wonderful tea set complete with teapot and four mugs all with covers was a gift from my friend Linda. She found it at Goodwill! Never used with the £ tags still on (and lots of tape). I love it, especially the shape of the teapot. Gotta go, I think it's time for a good cuppa....with toast.