One thing you learn pretty quick living in Colorado is that some days you can get A LOT of snow. As I reported yesterday, we had a snow day. Some flash of brilliance made me check the school website last night instead of this morning. Imagine how happy everyone was when we found out school was canceled today as well. I was more than happy because it meant that I could sleep in, a rare occurrence here. It has now been snowing pretty steadily for 36 hours and we are currently well over 22 inches. When you grow up in California you never get snow days so I LOVE THIS. It gives me time to do this.
First off, it’s our very first SNOW DAY here in Colorado. I know this picture doesn’t look like much but we are expecting 15” by noon according to the local paper. It would have been nice had they called school off at 5:30am so I could have gone back to sleep. But, alas, they waited until I was up making lunches.
Second, my daughter is brilliant. I know you guys all knew that. We were chatting yesterday and I was trying to get her to help me name my new quilt. I wanted something original. I’m so very tired of names like “Harvest Basket” and such. Her idea was to name the quilt blocks all the pretty girl names we think of. You know names like Patience and Phillipa. I just love this idea! So I’m starting off with the loveliest names to me, my friends and family. I wish I had a hundred quilt blocks finished to name after all the lovely women in my life but today I have just one. I’m calling this one Debbie after my dear friend Debbie Jacobs who faithfully reads my blog everyday and even comments.
Note to Hannah: I am not, NOT EVER, naming a quilt Dorcas, no matter how much you insist.
It’s no secret that I absolutely love to hand appliqué quilts but I have to admit that sometimes it gets a little boring. When I was appliquéing the border on Bluebird’s Piece O’Cake it took me at least 36 hours. The reason I know this is because I decided to listen to a music class from The Great Courses and it was 36 hours long. It was great, I got to learn A LOT about the history of classical music and finish my quilt. I recently tried to listen to another course but it wasn’t as successful, I kept wanting to stop and take notes. On a recent hand sewing project I started listening to The Lord of The Rings. This was perfect. I sewed the binding on 10 table runners and finished an appliqué wall hanging. Now I am on to The Chronicles of Narnia and I’m in love with my ipod once again.
This past week in my online class we documented some random childhood memories. One of my favorite memories is of my Aunt Betty taking us to Disneyland. Here’s what I wrote about that and the picture I used.
My mother hated amusements parks so it was a good thing that we had Aunt Betty. She took us to Disneyland every year on the day after Labor Day. She made a huge deal of it too. When were driving down to Anaheim she would promise a dollar to the first person to see the Matterhorn. Of course, we both would get dollars because that’s what kind of person she is. She waited in all the lines and went on all the rides with us. And she bought us all kinds of treats. And, she was incredibly cool to boot, just look at her there with her beehive hairdo and catseye sunglasses. When we got older my dad took us once and it just wasn’t near as much fun as going with her.
I just wanted you all to know that my Etsy shop is up and running. You can get there by going to erinrussek.etsy.com or by clicking on the widget on the right side of the blog. I’m extremely excited to have a place where I can sell my creations and I can’t say enough great things about Etsy. They just made it so easy. If you go there (etsy.com) look around at all the really great stuff people are making. It’s very inspiring and I’m glad to be part of it.
The puppy has another new and very annoying habit. He has discovered that it is really fun to unroll the toilet paper. I’ve tried keeping the bathroom door shut, unfortunately no one else in the house remembers. I tried having the toilet paper up on a shelf but people just put another roll on the spool. So, I guess I’m just destined to pick up messes like this until the phase passes.
For those of you who don’t know about ETSY are you in for a treat. ETSY is basically an online handmade crafter’s emporium. You can find anything from vintage items to art quilts. In the next few weeks I plan to open my own ETSY shop where I will sell quilty kinds of things. My first items are these yummy table runners. All sewn and quilted by me. I’m also working on a set of quilted journals that will be coming later this fall. Now if only the paperwork was as straight forward as the quilting I would be a happy woman.