Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Key West - More Spring Break Pictures

Here are some gift shop display stands in Key West. John Owen and his friend each bought one of these coconut dudes.
This is just a cool, and very colorful sign in town.
Here are John Owen and Joy posing by this very large conch shell.
You can get hours of entertainment from a fun house mirror! Gotta love 'em. This one is in the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum.
John Owen insisted I take a picture of this gigantic strawberry he was eating. It was actually four strawberries fused together. I will continue to post Key West pictures over the next few weeks, maybe. I will try to put quilty stuff in too, for those of you who are looking for that.
By the way, I have figured out how to make a toothbrush rug, and am starting a small one now. Such a cool way to use up undesirable fabric.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Carol and the Beach Quilt, and a giveaway

Here is my sister-in-law, Carol, with a beach scene quilt I made for her several years ago. It uses the landscape quilt method in which you use spray adhesive, raw edge pieces of fabric, and tulle. Then you quilt over the entire thing. I think it turned out well.

Detail shots of the quilt. I had fun using embellishments on this one.
Carol lives in Florida, very close to a nice beach. We love to visit her, and stopped by her house on our way to Key Largo for Spring Break. She is a really sweet sister-in-law.
She has the quilt in storage now, and it is "in retirement" from decorating her home. Ahh, such is the way, eventually, of all my quilts I suppose. :-)
By the way, Cornfield Quilter is having a giveaway for her 200th post. Be sure to stop by, and don't forget to mention that I sent you her way!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Key Largo, Florida - Spring Break 2009

Key Largo was glorious. The weather was perfect, the water was warm, the sun was bright. You can see for yourself what the sky looked like here.
We chartered a boat, the Aquarius, for snorkeling. They took us to a coral reef off the coast of Key Largo. It was a blast. Here is Joy enjoying the ride.
John Owen loved snorkeling and seemed to be an old pro at it.
Here I am standing by the water in Key West. It was such a beautiful place.e

This is Ann's Beach. It is actually on another key, Islamorada, Florida. We enjoyed the clear water and all the sea life. My kids got to catch sea cucumbers, hermit crabs, blue crabs, sea slugs, and all kinds of other animals. Of course, we released them after checking them out. The water was nice and warm. So luxurious....

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring is Here

I took some photos in the yard the other day. There are dogwood and azaleas blooming, birds building nests, etc.... I wanted to share these with you. I did not take any photos of the yellow pollen all over everything.
I wanted to make a quick little post in case I don't get to post any more until after spring break. We will be very busy getting ready to leave and then will be gone for a week. I will check in when I return.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Tea Party

Joy and I had a tea party. Karol-Ann had sent me some tea and tea biscuits. I had been waiting for a good time to have a tea party. We decided a couple of weeks ago to go ahead and party! I have a Wedgewood Countryware set of china, and I just love the teapot. It was nice to finally actually use it instead of just look at it.
Here is the teapot alone, I love how it looks like a cabbage!
Here was a bowl of citrus that was so pretty. Those reddish blood oranges are so good, and make such a colorful picture.
This is what Karol-Ann sent. The T biscuits are sooo yummy!
And yes, they are actually shaped like the letter "T."
Here are our cups of tea.
I even have a flower pot shaped like a tea pot, LOL. This is in my kitchen window. It is sitting in a peanut butter jar lid because I had just watered it.
The whole thing was simply boring and exhausting for Cabalito. He decided to take a nap on his "perch." We have this little place fixed up on an old sewing machine treadle table by the window. He likes to sit up there and watch the cats across the street. He has to bark and bark to make sure those cats know better than to come into his territory.