Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Victoria's quilts for Christmas

This quilt is a christmas present for Adam.
Victoria made a rag quilt for Cindy, Adam's mother.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Art folder for kids

I saw these cute little art cases on Ucreate. They were designed by Becky and had great instructions. I just had to make them for my grandchildren. They opened them Christmas morning and were able to use them at church. They were a great success.

2011 1226 - Christmas Quilts

We have been very busy here making quilts for the kids. I have learned how to quilt on a long arm machine so I actually quilted all of these myself. Grandma bound them by turning the minky to the front and stitching it with a fancy stitch. So here they are:

Brad's Grinch Christmas quilt. Brad loves the minky back, he is always cold.

Adina's quilt with yellow cabbage rose minky. She loved the yellow and green.

Scott's Celebrate Dr. Seuss quilt with red minky.

Merrick's Cars quilt for his bed. I have to make a small one for use in the living room still. Their house is always cold in the winter. Crazy Canadian winters, what can you say.
It has been a long but fun process. Victoria has done two quilts and has three more to quilt as well. We will post pictures of those later.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Photographic Challenge #47 - Clouds

Melissa and Kristi have us exploring clouds this time. Their clouds are awesome.

I love to imagine shapes in the clouds but we have had some really dramatic storms this year. Their contrast has taken over the fluffy cloud dreaming.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cake and cupcakes for Jessica Hamilton's wedding

Today Jessica Hamilton's wedding and reception. I was asked to make the wedding cake for the top of Jessica's cupcake combo wedding cake. She wanted it to be kind of vintage or rustic.
It is a chocolate cake with two layers. One is a chocolate mousse filling and the other is a raspberry filling. It is covers with a Swiss Meringue Buttercream with a touch of almond flavor. I know, it sounds like a bunch of flavors together but my taste testers, Dad and Grandma assure me that it is good. Angela Gardner and I decorated the cupcakes. She made cuts flowers out of fondant to match the colors of the flower on the cake.
The whole effect of the table and door behind the cake table are fun.

Here is what the rest of the hall looked like. It started with the quest table.
Area for gifts, cute bench with Mr and Mrs pillows.

Area for aquainting quests with the couple.
Backdrop for the Bridal Party.
Centerpieces are spay painted trees with scrapbooking circles that have been punched to slide on the branches. There are layered beans in the bottom of the jar. There is also a mini album of the couple and some ovations in another canning jar plus a candle.
Vintage wall of the couple's interests.
Fun quilt for their wedding.
Favor table of mini jars of jam, popcorn balls, and candy.

Display on top of the piano.
Food Table.
Bouquet on the food table.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Photography Challenge #46 - Texture

This week's challenge is Texture. Check out Kristi and Melissa's take on testure. Their textures and angles of photography are fantastic!

I love texture pictures but one of the most unique and fast changing texture were these mushrooms that grew in our lawn this summer. They only lasted two days from small starts to dead black fungus. Sorry I still don't have photo editing capacity so I couldn't make this a better shot. For now I have to be satisfied with just interesting! Enjoy.

The above pictures shows the shape that they started in, just pushing up from the ground and the below pictures shows how the heads fanned out and then started to just descintegrate. It left a black mess. I'm not sure how to get rid of them.

For a different type of texture check out the picture of the cake texture that I made for Jessica's wedding in the next post.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The first quilts are bound and finished!

Victoria is working on the binding.

It's done!

All bound, done and in use by Jameson.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Our first Quilting experience

Ruthanne, Grandma Victoria and I went to Marg McCuloch's house to learn how to use "Lenny" her long arm quilting machine. She walked us through it and let myself and Victoria quilt one quilt each. I started with the little baby quilt for Jameson. Then it was Victoria's turn.
She is concentrating really hard. It's scary at first.
She is continuing the pattern . . .
Here is the pattern.
Removing the quilt.
Tada! It is all quilted.

This is the baby quilt all quilted. Now for the binding . . .

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Photography Challenge #45 - Leaf

I love the quote that Kristi chose for this challenge an autumn leaves. I believe that we can always find beauty in the things around us . . . maybe even garbage, that may be a stretch. Kristi and Melissa have done a fantastic job of their leaf pictures.
We don't have many beautiful leaves now There have been heavy winds and they tend to strip the trees of their leaves. This is what I was able to find at our Park by the Old Man River today. We rarely see reds since we are in the west where few true maple trees can grow. This was my favorite find.
This is the river. I love the reflected color in the river. Too bad the winds took a lot of it away.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Photographic Challenge #44 - Feet

This fun challenge by Kristi and Melissa was about feet. Here is my view of feet of my grand daughter on a trampoline! I had to go to sports mode to catch these little feet in action. They are dirty with summer barefoot wandering! So fun! You should have seen the face . . . priceless.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Baby Quilt for Jameson

We made another baby quilt top today. It will be for Jameson because it is much more of a boy's quilt than the first one. What do you think?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Phographic Challenge #43 - Doors

This challenge is going to be so much fun!!! Kristi and Melissa want us to photograph doors this time. I love doors and have been collecting pictures . . . to bad you only want to see one. I'll have to choose carefully.
As usual I went in a totally different direction. I wish I could say that this door was meaningful to me but it just attracted my attention. I chose this door for the grace and beauty of it's older function. How many people have entered in this arched door and why? It is a door I saw in England, hense the mideval look. The iron work is awesome too.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Baby Quilt for a new baby

Today Victoria and I made a quilt for Adina and Scott's new Baby! It went together really quickly. Adina laughed while Victoria and I fussed over just the right combinations to make it look good. It was fun! The only problem is that Scott thinks it is too girly for a baby boy. It's the flowers he doesn't like so back to the drawing board. We'll save this one for some other time. The pattern is called Espanade. Merrick wanted to help cut the quilt blocks. :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Photography Challenge #42 - Pink

There are so many shades of pink! All are beautiful but I chose this one for Kristi and Melissa's Pink Challenge.