Monday, June 30, 2014

A brand new graduate!

Buttercup is one happy girl. She made the most of her high school years but there is still nothing like that feeling of accomplishment when you are finally finished.

We had a nice family supper at home before heading off to the ceremony.  

Along with a laptop for college, she got the usual laundry basket full of college goodies.  Including the mug she's reading....Don't Let the Muggles Get You Down.  Always good advice.

I thought I'd be a little sad but it was fun seeing the kids I've known for years shine up on that stage.

Summer has finally arrived and my boys have a new spot to watch the world go by.

I am organizing some sewing and shopping for a new sewing machine.  I'm looking forward to some long lazy days of sewing.  With my two side kicks and my camera I hope to be able to show everyone what I've done as I go. 


Friday, June 20, 2014

Long time no post.

I am a week shy of being MIA for an entire month! Phew.  It has been a wild ride...this life I lead.  It is a full time job just keeping my household moving along without a pending graduation.  Imagine when there is one.  BUSY with all caps.

We tried to be involved parents without hovering so we have had a lot of end-of-year activities of our own.  One boosters group had a get together recently where we found ourselves to be in a unique (to us) positions.  We were the ones that everyone looked at with envy since we were the only people (at the party, anyhow) who are graduating our last child.  Woot!  Fist pumps!  Happy dances all around!  It was awesome. 

In one week Buttercup will graduate high school.  As busy and as involved as she was during school it is nothing compared to all the things happening in the last 4 to 6 weeks.  I am exhausted.  I am also working a whole lot of extra hours in preparation for a big change.  The timing is complicated...but my summer will become a wide open slate soon.

My sewing room is like an abandoned warehouse.  So sad.  I did manage to assemble the June installment of Quilt Doodle Designs 2014 Block of the Month.  

Given my schedule, while I made the May installment in May, I never photographed it.

Here they are together.

The little pine tree is May and the skates are June.

They should look more like something once they are attached to their neighboring blocks.

The June block was supposed to be hockey skates.  I preferred the look of white ice skates.  And, not to shame my alma mater but, I'd never seen hockey skates with a curled up tip.  So either they were white with a curled up tip or black (like the model) with straight blades (unlike the model).

I went to an all day class hosted by a young quilt designer last week but you will have to live in suspense.  I haven't even unpacked my bags.  However, it will give me something to write about next time...whether I've had any actual sewing time or not.