Thursday, July 29, 2010

please help me decide which photos to enter

After talking about it for years, I'm finally entering some of my work in the Lane County Fair. I've already decided which quilts I'm entering (dinosaurs, redwork & autobahn), but I can't decide which photos to enter. I'm limited to three photos, and I have a pool of seven I'm considering. Here they are (in no particular order):

3.2.09
Architectural category

3.29.09
Architectural, Close Up or "Life in Lane County" category

Voyagers
Misc. or "Life in Lane County" category

view through
Misc. or possibly Industrial/Manufacturing/Construction/Agricultural category

this might be my new favorite picture
People category

9.26.09
Flowers/Plants or Close Up category

11.2.09
Misc. category

Which are your three favorites? I want to enter three different categories so I'm not competing against myself.

7.28.10

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Finally got started on my That Girl! jacket. I finished up the collar yesterday and got started on the shoulder increases. I'm using Knit Picks Cotlin (whisker) on size #8 needles. I'm hoping I can bust this out pretty fast because I need a cardi for work. And lookit that, I'm doing my first Knit-Along!

That Girl! Summer Jacket KAL

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

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James finally gets a seat at the table!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

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Took the family for a nice outing to the river beach (this spot is literally 1500 yards from our front door).

7.23.10

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The fabulous Ms. Cara Eddo making sweet potato chips at EDDO BURGER.

Friday, July 23, 2010

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7.22.10

We walked to the park and got there just in time to see a safety talk and gear demonstration by some firemen. Otto was so excited.


I swear, my blog is turning into some kind of firetruck central!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Went for a walk with the kids and happened across a fire truck parked outside one of our friend's houses. Then we found the other fire truck in the Dari Mart parking lot and all the firemen hanging around the home brew supply shop. Was there a fire in the shop, or are the firemen taking up beer-making? Of course we had to stop and thoroughly investigate this fire truck before continuing on our walk.

And as a bonus, that's another number for my perpetual calendar.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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Found another duck for my collection!!!

Please view the whole "digging up ducks" set.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Otto's first stab (haha) at hand embroidery, hanging on my studio corkboard.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

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Snoop Dogg at the Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene Oregon. All that smoke you see is weed.

Video here (Gin & Juice) and here (Sensual Seduction).

Friday, July 16, 2010

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Carrots from our garden! We half-assed it this year (but hey, I was a billion years pregnant and then caring for a newborn) but did get some carrots and beets, and our pumpkin patch is going nuts. Also, lots of lettuce. Anyone want a salad?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Touch-A-Truck! One of the highlights of our summer, for sure. The kids love it so much. See all the pix here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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Took James for his 6 week checkup today. 14 lbs even! That's bigger than Otto was, but smaller than Henry.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

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The Voodoo Doll donut. Jelly-filled!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

American Flag

American Flag

34" x 66", canvas with hand-embroidered stars (each star is 2.25" across).

I started looking around for a flag just before the 4th of July in 2006, and the only ones I could find were cheaply made (printed rather than sewn) and worse yet, made in China. On the 4th, I was talking to my dad (the guy I get my DIY spirit from) on the phone, complaining that I couldn't find a decent flag anywhere, and he said "well excuse me, Betsy Ross, make your own damn flag." And thus the gauntlet was thrown down.

I started the project in March of 2007, bought the fabric and made a diagram of the star placement. I then promptly got involved in a home purchase and shortly afterward got pregnant with my second child. By the time Henry was born in 2008, I hadn't made a whole lot of progress. I completed the satin stitching of the fifty stars by September of 2009, and now finally constructed the stripes and put the whole thing together (and had another baby in the meantime!).

I am so very pleased and proud of how this came out. Stitching the stars definitely took longer than I thought it would, but it makes the flag so great.

See all the in-progress photos here.

I finished my flag!

Thursday, July 1, 2010