Monday, February 16, 2015

Still Scrappin'

For those who enjoy making digital scrapbooks, I am sharing the pages I made while in Gig Harbor last week.
I am so ready to finish documenting this vacation to Brittany that we took in 2010. I realized on this trip to Washington that I certainly do not need to make so many pages and scrap every photo. 
I usually make simple pages because I have so many photos I want to include.
I use Photoshop Elements to make my pages and I love templates designed by Yin. Her templates make it very easy to drop in photos, pick a paper for a background and add some journaling or a few embellishments.
So here we have the pages I completed last week.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Girl Time

This week was my annual trip to Gig Harbor, Washington, where another friend and I visit our friend who used to live in California. We always go in the winter so we can get some cooler weather. 

I worked on some new socks on the plane as I listened to a book, The Girl on a Train. So far I'm enjoying it.
When I unpacked my suitcase I had a sweet treat and a card from Mr. Romance.

We went straight from the airport to Salty's, where I devoured their Seafood Fettuccine dish. It is so good!

Mim bought a beautiful bouquet of tulips to brighten the room.

If you remember the Valentine's Day pillow that I blogged about here; it was gifted to my friend and our hostess for the week. Here she is with her sweet dog, Annie, and the pillow.

We each take turns cooking. This time I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast and chicken noodle soup for dinner.

Monika needed some sutures removed, so I also put on my best Dr. Frankenstein impression and removed her sutures. A terrible photo of both of us, but a funny moment.

I love walking around this development. It is so pretty and everything smells so fresh and clean. The daffodils and crocuses were starting to pop.

We spent most of our days and nights making scrap book pages. I make digital scrapbooks, Monika does paper and I taught Mim how to use the Project Life app. We all kept busy. I made 17 pages but had to switch back to knitting because I forgot to load more photos on my mini drive to scrap. I was able to get the heel completed on the plane trip home. I'll show the scrapbook pages I made on another day.
Our last day in Gig Harbor we went to lunch at Tides, where the food is always good and the beer is always cold. I love hanging out with these friends. We laughed a lot and cried a little, too. After all, that's what friends are for, right?

edited with the Toons app

I am already looking forward to next year!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Bulldog Beauty Contest

Mr. Romance and I have been trying to do something different each weekend. We try to do something that gets us outside; maybe we go somewhere we've never visited, go on a hike or do something we have not done for a while. 
This weekend we went to the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach, CA. Now that is definitely something we have never done before! Our son's bulldog, Butterball, was not competing, but a lot of her friends from her LA Bulldog Meet Up group were, so we went in support of them. I have to admit that Butterball did look quite fetching in her dinosaur costume.

There were other dogs and other competitions, too. One of the competitions was for best costume. Check out some of these cute dogs. Some of their owners were very creative. The Batman in his bat mobile and those dogs with wigs and goggles, were certainly entertaining. The winner was a bulldog set up in a sweethearts kissing booth, but I was not able to get a photo or a kiss.
There was also a contest for the oldest dog. The winner was a 23 year old toy, but it had a costume on so we are not sure of its breed. Next year, we will take our Toy Fox Terrier, who will be 15 years old this year. She would have won second place today, as the second runner up was a mere 10-1/2 years old!
I have to admit one of the funniest pets we saw today was this pig. She sleeps in the bed with her owner.
So if you are ever looking for something different to do, check out a dog beauty contest. It was a fun morning.

Friday, February 6, 2015

It's a Wrap

This concludes my bee obligations for the Month of February. It was a big month because of the 4x5 bee, but it was also a good month of challenges and creativity...and February isn't even a week old yet!
Kari {Craft Happy}, in Bee Sewcial, asked for poster blocks. Actually, she only asked for one 10.5" x 16.5" block, but after I made the first one, I re-read her requests and realized she wanted a predominate bright color as the background, so I made her another block. I hope between these two blocks that she will find a good addition to her quilt. You can see that the 1/4 circle block is a mirror image, I couldn't let that fabric go to waste.

I really do love the colors she chose. Improv and all this graphic art is so out of my comfort zone, but I am learning so much from just the two months in this bee, so far.

So there we have it. 8 packages ready to mail. All bee blocks for February.
Bee Sewcial
Stash Sew-ciety
Stitch Tease Bee
4x5 Modern Quilt Bee

Next week I am switching from sewing to scrapbooking. It's time for my annual girls' trip to the Seattle area and I can't wait. Salty's seafood pasta is calling my name. Another friend and I are going to visit one of our dearest friends, hang out, drink wine, scrapbook, talk and have fun. It's always a highlight of my year and something I have enjoyed for 10 years now. I can't wait!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Buzzing Through February

Stitch Tease Bee is in full swing for 2015. This month is Kari's month. She chose a Kaleidoscope block design to be paper pieced. I just love the color palette she chose and I so want to make a quilt with these colors for myself.
There is a lot of cutting when making scrappy quilt blocks, but once the fabric is cut, the sewing is pretty fast. I would say seven out of eight of these blocks have near perfect points. I am calling that a win.

This is the second month for Stash Sew-ciety and everything is going well. Amye is our queen for the month and she has chosen the Boxy Stars block. I think this might be my new favorite block {which changes on a very regular basis}. It looks so good in the colors and style Amye has chosen and has helped me make a dent on my Denyse Schmidt bin of fabrics. I think I might need to make a few more of these blocks, or maybe even a whole quilt.  It's a great choice for a bee quilt to get many fabrics and colors in the mix.
These blocks went together really fast and are easily chain pieced.

So with yesterday's post about the 4x5 bee, that's three bees finished for the month and one more to go. I'm hoping to complete my bee obligations this week so I can get back to sewing my Star Plus quilt.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

4x5Modern Quilt Bee

A few weeks ago I joined another quarter of the 4 x 5 Modern Quilt Bee. I always get a little panicky over what block to make but when I saw Liz Harvatine's January block for the LA Modern Quilt Guild I knew I had to use this as my block for my group, Hive 3.
I really enjoy sewing curves and this was a good challenge for me to try and conquer this block. So with each person's choice of colors I have created six individual blocks that look great on their own and even look good all together as a scrappy quilt. 
If you have not seen this block on Instagram you'll need to check out @ladyharvatine and the #januaryquilt.