Thursday, August 27, 2009

Be Back Soon!

I've been taking a break before the end of the summer. It's back to school next week. I can't believe it. I've got some quilt content coming next week so come on back for a visit. Meanwhile, we went to the C.N.E. yesterday and it was lots of fun and fond memories. Funny how some things never change. As I walked along, I felt like that little girl attending the Ex for the first time with my dad. A lot of the vendors still sell the same things as they did then and the games, like the ring toss or balloon popping are still around.

We wandered over to Ontario Place too. I used to work there during the summer when I went to the University of Toronto. So many good memories there too.

This longneck dinosaur was new to us. The kids were in awe of its size. As always, the rocky shores of Lake Ontario are wonderfully relaxing and the breeze is always a cool comfort.

Our adventures are over and we'll be back to our usual routine. We've had a great summer and are sad to see it end. xo, L

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Summer Fun

I'm excited to tell you that Inspiration should be in your local quilt shop very soon! I've designed a few projects with these fabrics and have had lots of fun with the prints. I can't wait to see what you'll do with the fabrics!

This lap quilt is going to be a free project for you soon. I love it. The blocks seem to swirl and twirl!

Oh how I've loved spending the summer with these rolls. We've had lots of fun together!

Speaking of summer fun. I can't believe that we'll be back to school so soon. We've had lots of summer fun filled with swimming, nature camp and birthday parties.

It's see you soon and back to work for me! xo, L

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Little Excursions

Four deadlines this week. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. [It's the truth!] I get a wee bit behind with these posts because of work so then I do quick little posts on Facebook. Friend me there will you? You won't feel so left behind. Not as visual though.

I've done a couple of little excursions just to relieve my creative brain of any tension. My friends, Colleen and Joanne,  and I went out to celebrate J's birthday [Happy Birthday!] and we also tested Colleen's brand new Ford Shelby! Look at these cool ladies! We went fabric shopping, of course, and had a fun lunch celebration.

My family and I were driving by this boutique dealership the other day and I thought that my hubby should buy me this one for my birthday! Then I thought that I should save all of my money because I was told by the dentist that both kiddos will need braces. 
I headed down to Princeton for a few hours last weekend. It was really hot. Too hot to stick around town. A shame because they were having a sidewalk sale. I love walking around town and there's so many little things to take note of. The kids were only interested in getting some delicious ice cream and then heading back to the car. I ended up taking photos on the run.

See you really soon. I'm finishing off some projects this week and then I'll have to start thinking about the new school year.  xo, L

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Summer Fun - Quilting And Non-Quilting

There have been a lot of rainy days so we've been trying to take advantage of the sunny days around here whenever we've even seen a hint of sunshine.
In between, the kids and their friend, Abhay, have been going to summer camp. They've had so much fun hiking, digging and generally getting muddy and dirty. All little boys should get muddy and dirty right?

The campsite is located in a lovely wooded area. I thought that I'd include my photograph there for posterity. My debut on Quilt Out Loud is on and though it's great, I think that I look as though I'm six months pregnant on the screen. My opinion, just sayin'.

After dropping the kids off, I headed over to Kindred Quilts. There was my friend, Mark Lipinski, host extraordinaire of Quilt Out Loud. Toby, owner of Kindred Quilts [pictured in the green sweater below], Linda Hanneman [pictured with Mark, below], Ellen, Mark and I had so much fun just hanging around. Mark's such a funny guy!

Linda made these fun stuffies from an Indygo Junction pattern. I had made a pencil case similar to these guys a couple of weeks ago for Big A but I just loved these stuffies. Linda sells her beautiful designs on Etsy and they're all gorgeous with such detail! Look at this elephant pincushion! Check out my inspiration journal for some more images from today.

Interesting fabric, huh?

I love these little blocks that Toby has made kits of for sale in her shop. The photograph doesn't do them justice. The colors are so funky.

Meanwhile, I have a few more deadlines. Back to work. xo, L

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Working And Playing

The summer is just flying by so quickly. I can't believe that we'll be back to school soon. I have mixed feelings about it because my baby is going to school all day long. He promises that he will think about me while he's there and he's told his Webkinz to take care of me while he's at school. We moms take it harder than they do, don't we?

I just finished a quilt for the good folks at American Patchwork and Quilting. I'm loving the fun colors in my new fabric line, Inspiraton. The fabrics should be here by the end of the month. I'll let you know for sure when they arrive.

My sister and her family came for a visit. Of course, with boys, we had to go to Strasburg, PA to visit the trains.

They loved the ride into the countryside. We also visited Choo Choo Barn where model trains rule, and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

When my boys are together with my nephew, Jack, taking pictures becomes rather difficult. I got a lot of these silly shots. I'm grateful for digital photography.

Eventually, I get one that's adorable.

Oh, and this? Just a random shot of a wreath that I made.  "Look, it fits my head, Daddy." So, Reno was happy to oblige with a photograph. Now I know what the kids are doing when their daddy is taking care of them while I'm working.

xo, L