Sunday, February 27, 2011

Snow Flowers

Have a Wonderful Day!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Winter Walk

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Citrus Salad

Here's one of our favorite winter salads- sunshine in a bowl!

This fruit salad is one I've made for years after enjoying a similar salad at our friends Rolla and Cornilia's home. It's lighter than a traditional ambrosia salad as it has no dressing at all, just the juice of the oranges and all the sweetness of the fruit.
Make sure to use dates that are soft-I prefer to use unpitted dates and then pit them myself- I think they are more moist.

(I served this along with a Chicken Pot Pie and Green Salad at our December Quilt Group meeting-the fruit was like a dessert before our dessert buffet! You can substitute satsumas for the regular oranges for a milder orange flavor.)

Citrus Salad
5 or 6 large oranges, peeled, sectioned and chopped
1 Cup shredded coconut
3/4 Cup dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
1/2 Cup pomegranate arils

Toss in a bowl and enjoy!

Make it a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In the Mail

15 Iraqi Bundles of Love have been shipped! Thanks everyone for donating! I'm packing up more today.

Make it a Wonderful doing something for someone in need! :D

Monday, February 14, 2011

I Heart Crayon Batiks

This is one of my favorite one-class period projects.
The materials are simple, the process easy- and fun too.

You need copy paper, crayons, and shoe polish.

This time we drew hearts for Valentine's Day, but I've used the same technique with abstract compositions and other themes and ideas too.

Have the kids color, pressing hard to solidly fill the space. Lighter, brighter colors work best. Or make sure to have contrast if you use darker colors. Once the whole paper is covered, crumple the paper a few times. Smooth out with your hand, being careful not to tear the paper.

Next, roll black liquid shoe polish over the whole thing and wipe with a paper towel. (It's the kind that comes in a bottle with a sponge applicator on the top.) Once it's dry, buff again with a paper towel to give it a bit of shine.

I made an interactive sign for the display...

(I watched kids flip it open to read as they walked by to the lunchroom. That was fun to see!)

These are 6"x6", mounted on 8"x8" colored paper.
Have a Wonderful Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Aquarium Color Scheme

(photo of a photo at the Seattle Aquarium)

Have a Wonderful Day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

The IBOL Guy Needs Our Help!

Remember all of the Iraqi Bundles of Love we helped put together a while back? Well, we need to step up and help again!

US Army Major Art La Flamme is in need of 500 Bundles of fabric, yarn, and other sewing suppplies. He needs them right away.
Here's a link to IBOL. It's easy to put a bundle together and mail it off in a flat rate box. (You'll need to get the address from IBOL guy.) He's posted a video of flying over Baghdad too, just to give you a feel for the place.

He'd love to have them in the mail by Valentine's Day, so don't delay! Ask your friends to help if you don't have enough stuff for a bundle. We can build peace in the world, one bundle at a time.
Make it a Wonderful (and PEACEFUL) Day!

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Have a Wonderful Day!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

More Q Group

Here's Dawn's GIANT quilt- the pattern is her own, a great layout with pinwheels and framed squares on point.
Nan's Christmas quilt- she'll have plenty of time to get it quilted befor next Christmas!

The hostess with the mostess made each of us some homemade starch, complete with her "House of Nan" label and a heart ornament....

I lost track of who this quilt belongs to...I think it's Marsha's?? Cute, and quilted by Terry...

Make it a Wonderful Day!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January Q Group, continued

I didn't get a good photo of Barbara's Valentine Quilt, but it was cute-I loved the bias binding.

Here is a country quilt by Terry- lotso of wool and flannel and amazing detail in the quilting!

Marsha's quilt looks pieced and appliqued...

But the applique is really a panel! Can't wait to see this quilted. And I want this outfit...

(Am I too old to wear it? Nope, I don't think so!)
Denise made this cute gift...

And I think this one belongs to Lori- fresh and bright!

Remember how we're doing quilt tops for American Hero Quilts? Here is one more...
And here are some Baby Boots Terry is making for her grand girl- they'll have a button trim... and she hope's they'll fit!

Some of the work/fun of my talented friends! Still more to come! Gotta run!!
Make it a Wonderful Day!