Good gravy ... what a busy two days this has been! It started off yesterday morning, with me headed over to James and Kim's home to watch Sawyer and June. I stopped off at the post office on the way there (just in case) and sure enough, there was a *box* there for me!!
Traveling stash box #5 had arrived from Yvonne, of That's Sew Creative. YES! Only I didn't dare take it into the house, so I knew going through it was going to have to wait (note: I did get into it finally, but will save the contents and its giveaway for a post of its own). Ah well. Ummm, and please pay no attention to all the 'organic' material on the floor of my car. It happens, especially when you live in the middle of the woods in a campground!
Kim and James got home and I got to hear the good news that they're expecting baby number THREE on June 13th! WHOOHOOO!!!!
From there I traveled on to my regular weekly bookie job ... errr, *bookkeeping* job ... and from there I headed into town to meet with a friend for some Bible study. I felt like we'd hardly gotten started when it was time for me to leave for dinner with my Stitchers' group before guild!
We had a local speaker for guild last night -- Barbara Black -- who blogs at My Joyful Journey. Barbara gave a fabulous presentation on the International Quilt Festival/Houston.
She did a great job and I learned enough to put the Festival on my quilter's bucket list! ;)
I got home with just enough time to peek inside the stash box, print some documents for our board meeting, and go to bed. This morning was all a scramble as Todd and I finished up preparations for our seventh annual board meeting for our ministry -- Restoring the Church Ministries. Once we finished up there (great meeting -- we have a terrific group of men on the board), we headed back to the camp, but I was just there briefly before I headed out to visit a friend who'd just had knee surgery. *Whew* It's good to be home for the evening!
On to other things . . . I've (finally) been scanning through my Miniature Quilts magazines and stumbled upon this little (and I do mean little) hexie quilt gem that caught my eye.
Isn't it sweet? I was really excited about it . . . until I looked at the hexie template for it:
WHOA! That is the *tip* of my index finger -- the "full-size" template is just shy of 1/2"! That means in each those 3-1/2" square blocks is a hexie flower that's 2-3/8". Yikes!!
In that same issue, I also stumbled upon this little Calico Cat quilt...wouldn't this make a darling gift for a cat lover??
It's really quite precious -- and just as tiny as the hexie quilt! I love the caption under the title, "Hand piece fanciful felines to frolic on floral fabrics." Say that three times fast!
Another shocker of a template, right?! I love that they always notate their patterns as "Full-Size". I think it's for people like me who might be inclined to blow it up by about one hundred twenty percent!!
Ummmm, maybe an easier gift for your cat-loving friend (or yourself!) is to make them a set of note cards from a picture of their favorite feline!
I started with this fairly generic pic of my sweet (and sometimes salty) Gwenevere. I cropped it down to a super tight shot of her face and used some embossing features (found in most photo editing software *and* in EQ) and turned an ordinary pic into something really worthy of the front of note card:
Isn't that fun? And boy-oh-boy, that pic sure did capture the spirit of our Gwen, too! The embossing feature is particularly cool with cats because it catches the pattern of their fur...pretty neat looking!
Printed out on note card stock (which you can purchase at most craft or office supply stores) and tied with a ribbon, it makes a lovely thank you, hostess or birthday gift!
And speaking of birthdays . . . today is the birthday of my darling friend, Sarah, of sarah did it!!! She's celebrating with *two* linky parties ... and *prizes*!! So go on over and wish her a happy birthday and while you're at it, check out the HeLP for Hexie-aholics and the Feline Friday linky parties!! Happy birthday, Sarah!!
about does me in will do it for me today -- but I'll be sharing *stash* box contents soon!!