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Monday, March 22, 2010

Kite Flying

Today, the boys (Wynston and Avery) went kite flying with Uncle Robert and myself. Even though it was COOL outside we braved it as the winds were just right to lift the kites almost immediately.

Avery concluded the outing by saying, "It was fun, but my toes got a little cold".

Alice in Wonderland Movie Review

Alice in Wonderland, originally uploaded by Suzee Que.

Savannah Rose and I went to see the 3D movie of Alice in Wonderland this weekend. The creation of Tim Burton was impressive -- a different spin or weaving of the tale, but very wonderful indeed.

All reports coming in now on various sites say --
“Alice in Wonderland” has climbed to a $208.6 million total domestically to become the top-grossing of Depp and Burton’s seven films together, which include “Edward Scissorhands,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Corpse Bride.

“I believe it’s literally the magical, if you would, pairing of Tim and Johnny,” said Chuck Viane, head of distribution for Disney. “When you take those two, they always seem to make something really out of the ordinary.”

Savannah Rose and I give this 2 thumbs up. Also, she left the theater saying, "I can't wait till it comes out on DVD to purchase".

Sleeping Around

Too cute not to share!

It's ALWAYS the kids that suffer.

His name is Zonkey

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

We took a trip recently to the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks for my husband and son to acquire their fishing licenses. This was our second trip since moving last year but my pictures did not turn out the first time.

It is very impressive inside and kept the kids attention looking at all the animals on display, an exhibit of the kinds of imprint tracks of the animals, maps, and other glass case displays.

We walked out with several informative handouts of outdoor information -- the guys are planning on checking out some spots for fishing soon. They have made some progress in the sport as two fishing rods have been acquired and the local bait shop has been visited.

Geese Feeding

We have had several trips to the local "Duck Pond" in the past week. There are more geese and sea gulls than there are ducks right now.

One thing I did notice was how rapidly thawing of the ice has occured. Just recently people were able to be out on the pond ice skating and some parents were even sledding the young children around.

My brother, Robert is the patient one and decided to hand feed some geese. The kids were amazed he could get the geese to cooperate. They are a bit scared of the geese and the aggressiveness they show when feeding.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Alice in Wonderland FRIDAY

I have been stitching Alice in Wonderland patterns, mainly used for tea towels, that have the days of the week on them.

My plan is for a throw quilt that will have something like "Every Day In Wonderland With Alice" written in the center with other patchwork blocks included.

Here is one of the days I have completed.

High Strung Beads

Savannah Rose and I explored another store on Central we have never been to -- High Strung Beads.

I enjoyed checking out all the different shapes and colors. Everything was pleasing to the eye and we ended up with a "kit" for a bracelet to make. The instruction pattern for it was a separate expense and I found this a bit different from all my other crafting purchases.

Couldn't resist snapping photos while on the inside to show you a glimpse. I always look at specialty shops and they way they are set up wondering how they can make a go of it. This place had the customers -- mostly female -- and the owner was ringing us all up in a steady pace.

Now to get to the tedious work of threading the beads to make a bracelet creation!

Playing with Paper Dolls

I am exploring play with paper, card-making, paper crafts, and paper dolls this year. I found a sweet pattern on for this oriental paper doll. This is the first one I made and have now completed two others that are a little bit bigger.

Savannah Rose is claiming this one as her own. She always wants the first trial on my experiments!

I think this oriental doll could be used as a bookmark or even an ornament on the Christmas tree if I add a ribbon on back for hanging.

Also, I have been playing with using a worn out deck of playing cards and came up with some flower creations from a punch I purchased. Now I have to decide what I want to put as flower centers and then how I am going to use the finished pieces. Something will come to me and I will have to update my blog posting.

Putting On The Green

Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day and green was everywhere in Great Falls, MT. Wanted to get this posted, but technical difficulties prevailed . . . so only a day late!

My husband called and invited me out to lunch at a local establishment. Our daughter, Savannah Rose, came along for the eats.

Tracy's Restaurant has a menu and postings on the windows that read "Open 24 Hours", and was until recently. They have been in operation since 1952. (The same year my husband was born!) Also, this being my second time there, I noticed that the waitress may have started working there when they opened as she was sweet but on the close to 80's age range.

Nostalgia is the feeling you get when walking through the doors with dark brown panelling, booths, shades and the ever popular mini-jukeboxes on the tables.

Food comes aplenty and since yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, the special was corn beef and cabbage -- my husband's selection. I thought the plate looked picture perfect, even though it was not my choice for lunch. (chef salad with ranch)

Savannah went for the Club sandwich and we all indulged in the french fries which were the best!

We missed the local St. Patrick's Day Parade down Central as Grandma needed extra attention for the rest of the day, but hopefully next year we can photograph it and enjoy some more time exploring this town we call home now.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Cherub Creation

This little cherub was stitched right around Valentine's Day, but I didn't get the mini quilt put together until a thought of how to complete a colorful border around it came to mind. On my birthday last May, a dear sweet friend had sent me a stack of squares of different fabrics all of pinks and reds. They had been sitting on my table just waiting for use. I still have more left of the squares and will continue to think of Judith when grabbing them for future projects.

My Dresden Quilt Block Center

A dear sweet friend of mine made me a paper pattern of the spokes of this Dresden Plate quilt block pattern. I have been goint to town cutting up my pieces of scraps -- I hate to throw anything of fabric away!!!!

Here is the first attempt and I have just had my creative "boost" of how I am going to finish this one off. It will be a bigger finished quilt top, probably a throw to snuggle up in. I already have 8 embroidered cute pieces to add as parts of borders around this.

Now, only to find my ruler -- fingers have been walking away with them off my table recently and it takes time and makes me frustrated to find things. Still looking for my favorite pair of scissors and had to break down and buy another one.

It Feels Like Spring

I have been stitching and got into the "Spring Mood" the other day. Almost feel like going and getting some fresh cut flowers.

We actually went out to a local park to fly frisbees and play around on the tennis court yesterday. This morning however, we wake to overcast skies with the temperature falling some -- could be rain -- could be snow.

At least it isn't lasting as long on the ground.

The Window Through Which We Look

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging wash outside. "That laundry is not very clean," she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly, perhaps she needs better laundry soap." Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments. About a month later, the woman was surprised to see nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly, I wonder who taught her this?" The husband said, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows." And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the purity of the window through which we look. (copied from Good Tidings/Good Things; Vol. 15; 3/12/09)