A Bookcase Block and a Scrap Vomit Swap

The thing about being a blogger is that you’re always chasing the light.  With the hours I keep at my day job, I typically leave the house around 7 am and don’t get home until 6 pm or later, which means I don’t have a lot of daylight to work with.  Except on the weekends.

It basically means that for swaps and bee blocks and such, if I don’t get them done early so I can photograph them over the weekend before I mail them, I don’t get pictures.  That or I get really crappy pictures that I don’t wish to share.  I guess the moral of the story is don’t procrastinate.  Except in the summer.  You get longer days in the summer so then I guess you can get away with it.

Anyway.

I’ve got a couple of things to share which I actually got some halfway decent photos of.  The first is my bee block for Anna, the first month’s host of the Anything Goes Quilt Bee.  Anna requested these blocks and sent us fabulous Tula Pink fabric to work with.  She asked that we each make a bookcase block and include one book from our own stash as our little signature. In going with the Tula Pink theme, I used a bit of leftover Nest for my book:

When all the blocks are lined up, she’ll have rows and rows of books making a gorgeous bookcase.  I was thinking this block design would make an awesome quilt from outgrown clothing or scraps from previous projects.  Kind of a “story of your life” thing.  If you want to make your own bookcase blocks, Anna has shared the tutorial here.

The other thing I’ve accomplished lately were these Scrap Vomit squares for a Scrap Vomit Swap hosted by Gnome Angel.  If you haven’t seen the original Scrap Vomit Quilts designed by Katy Jones of I’m A Ginger Monkey, you need to check them out.  They are amazing.

The only reason I even share this photo is because Whitney is hosting a copycat swap for US participants only to keep the postage costs down, and signups are ongoing.  Want to get in on the fun?  Sign up here!

I’ve actually got lots of other exciting stuff to share in the near future, but I’ll save it for when I can get some decent photos.  I hope everyone has been having a great week!

Jessica

 

 

 

Summertime

The exciting news here?  I finally got the DSLR I’ve been wanting forever.  Poor Kona has had an assortment of lenses in his face pretty much nonstop since.

Other than that, not much is new with us.  We spent the week of the Fourth in my hometown, where I pretty much ate my way across Upstate NY.  It was fabulous.

I’m trying to make the most of the summer – it always passes all too quickly.  I’m hoping I’ll be around here more often than I have been, though!

My Google Reader shows over 1000 posts that I’m behind on.  I’ll be catching up with those shortly too!

Hope everyone is having an amazing summer.

-Jessica

Happy Fourth

I’ve been massively busy, obviously, but I’m hoping to find more time for blogging soon.

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I hope everyone is having a happy Fourth of July!

Jessica

The Post In Which I Beg For Your Input

Okay, so at work they’re having a “Company Cutie” pet contest to benefit a local community organization. Of course, the company wasn’t willing to assume the liability of having an actual pet parade on the premises, so it’s basically a cutest pet photo contest. You pay your money, submit a photo of your pet, and the top three cutest pets win a Petsmart gift card. Or something. I assume there’s a prize anyway.

I have a competitive streak that’s only about a quarter inch wide, but it runs very deep, so I. Have. To. Win.

Besides, I’m told that when they were debating whether to hold this contest, some people were worried that nobody would enter. Apparently, my name was brought up because “oh my gosh, she dresses her dog up!”

Clearly, I’m expected to bring my A-game.

And so, dear friends, I’m begging for your help here. I have so many pictures of Kona, and being his mama, I think every single one of them is adorable. I need your help deciding which one to submit. I’ve narrowed it down to these:

What do you vote?

Twinkle Lights

Last night, Kona and I bundled up warm, picked up a decaf Peppermint Mocha, and headed into Historic Wake Forest to get some Christmas light photos.

It was freezing outside. Luckily, I had my hot drink and Kona sported the layered look with a T-shirt and quilted vest.

Of course, we got to the neighborhood only to realize that while I’d remembered to charge my battery, my memory card was still in my PC at the house. Fortunately, I’d thought to bring along my old backup camera. Unfortunately, it uses a different type of memory card (thanks a lot, Fuji) so I couldn’t just swap them out.

Undeterred, we did our best to get some good shots with the old-school camera.

It came out really dark, but this home had some gorgeous decorations on display.

The Lions Gate Inn was all decked out.

Isn’t it beautiful?

I tried to get a shot of that gorgeous chandelier inside. Trust me, it was gorgeous.

I always love being able to see people’s Christmas tree though the windows. This was a historical site, not a working home, so I felt free to go right up to the window and shoot away.

This house was so pretty, all it needed was a wreath to make it look like Christmas

This is the original Wake Forest College birthplace museum. They had it decorated in fairly period accurate garland with candles in the window. Isn’t it pretty?

My hands were numb by the time we got back into the car, and poor Kona was shivering, but I think we both enjoyed our little walk and photo session. Are there neighborhoods in your area that always have the best Christmas lights?

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