Can I even begin to tell you how happy I am that the elections are behind us? I'll tell you that I was ready to rip the phone out of the wall by the time yesterday arrived. We had nine solicitation phone calls on Monday alone. If you don't answer them, they fill the answering machine up with their messages. Grrr. Of course they are all recorded messages so there is NO WAY to tell them not to call again. Do they think I have nothing else to do all day but answer the phone? I think we are now clear until November. Right?
All of this was happening as I was trying to clean the freezer. It had been making some strange noises for the last month and I was pretty sure that it was about to go out on us. We decided to replace it before it officially died. I mean, really, it was ONLY 39 years old!!!!! Think it was about time? My mother keeps tells me that hers is 53 so she doesn't know what is wrong with mine. I expect to be taking a vacation with all the money they profess we will save by updating it. I'll let you know where we go....Paris, Rome...watch out!
Over the weekend we took a drive and came upon the most gorgeous fields of gladiolus. I know that my pictures are not very clear because we were driving at the time, but trust me, they were gorgeous. It was just rolling hillsides of color. Our area grows many different types of flowers for seeds, bulbs, plants and all else so I am fairly sure that was the purpose of these. How I would have loved to have access to go in and pick a big bouquet.
Are any of you familiar with Flat People? The schoolchildren here make a flat person in third grade and send it off to some distant place for it to enjoy an exciting stay. Whoever receives the flat person will take pictures of it enjoying it's stay and return the pictures back to the children. It is always so much fun to see the flat person return to the class and it is such a wonderful way for the children to learn about places other than their home. This week I met a fellow blogger, Nerine, who lives in Tasmania and has made a flat person. She is a very talented artist. I simply commented that it would be fun to send her off on a big journey. Well.....guess what!!! She is starting a blogging journey that will hopefully take her to exciting and new places. The flat doll is starting her journey and is currently making her way to California - my house to be exact. I will keep her for two weeks and then she will be off to somewhere else. Please go read all about it on Nerine's blog and then come back and let me know if you would like to be put in the drawing for her next stay. This should be really fun and will perhaps educate all of us as we follow her journey.
Is everyone playing along on the Bingo Blog? It is such a fun event that happens twice a year through the Quilt Shoppe. Although I don't have many words crossed off yet, I did manage to win a set of fat quarters in the daily drawings. They arrived this week and are absolutely gorgeous.
With school out for the grandchildren we will be starting up our sewing sessions. The girls are always so excited about trying different patterns and I now have some new patterns for them to check out thanks to Ravelly. She had sorted through some of her patterns and asked if anyone would be interested in them. I jumped at the idea and they arrived this week too.
Since several of you were interested in how I made the flowers, I am in the process of making up a tutorial on how to make them. I made a few more this week and they are becoming very addictive so consider yourself warned.
Melissa is having a contest involving items you make with trimmings. I decided to enter the Easter dresses that I made for some of the granddaughters. The jackets are actually white sweatshirts that I trimmed with flowers made from the fabric I used in the dresses as well as some complimentary fabrics. As well I used ric rac, buttons and lace. They love wearing matching dresses and it is not always easy to find dresses that come in all the sizes.
I will get my tutorial finished up and will then post it so you can start making your bouquets. Until then....enjoy life!