Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I've been meaning to....

I've been meaning to blog once a week or once every 2 weeks, but life has been so busy and have been too exhausted to blog! I am taking a restful day, so thought that I would do a bit of catching up on what I have been up to the past few weeks.

Just before Memorial Day, I finished machine quilting a patriotic quilt for Joan B. I love the border and the lovely ribbon work in the main body of the quilt!

During Memorial Day weekend, my middle granddaughter, Hayley, graduated from Upper Sandusky High. She will be going to college this fall to study to be a social worker.

Her youngest sister, Kitana (with the dark hair) will soon get her permit to drive! Gosh, the years are going faster! She has already figured out that she wants to be an airline mechanic. She is the tom boy of the bunch! She loves 4 wheeling, doing paint ball and wants to go hunting. I guess she is the boy, her parents never had and she doesn't mind getting dirty!

My Iris' were lovely this spring with all of the rain. This one is one of my favorites as it is Logan's school colors.

I had a call from The Pet Orphanage to foster a stray cat. It was feared that his leg was broken, so they would use emergency funds to help the poor cat. As it turns out, it was his knee and what ever happened, it would have to heal on it's own. He had battle scars from fighting. We got him neutered and were getting him healed up before we could adopt him out. As it turns out, we found his owner, so all is well that ends well. We named him Mr. Weasley, but we later found out his name is Clarence.

I was glad the poor guy had a home, as so many cats don't. I suppose I end up with cats that no one wants or seem to be adoptable. They usually end up being the most spoiled! Here is Jack, (as in one eyed jack). Doesn't he seem to have the life? I use to have a Queen size bed, but my space is usually scooted over quite a bit! Oh yeah, he even uses my pillow!

While Jack has had the life of luxury, I have put in a garden and even helped my friend put in her garden and I have weeded flower beds, have had a yard sale and So far I STILL haven't gotten to my studio redo!

My youngest granddaughter spent a week here, so I took her to a bead making class too of which she really enjoyed!

These were the beads she did.

Of course I had to play again too and these were mine. This time I worked with layering and using the dragging tool for some really cool swirls and some transparency effects.

I did manage to do some painted coasters for a trade. We were to use a beverage of our choice and I chose to do tea.

We ended up winding down the week by helping out at the Warrior Dash event in Logan, Ohio. Volunteers from organizations would get $1000. per 25 volunteers! We worked for The Pet Orphanage benefit and had a rewarding but exhausting day. There were over 29,000 in attendance! I worked at the beer tent and they went through 150 kegs in one shift! I don't know how many kegs they finally ended up with, but 800 kegs were ordered for the event. There was good food, good music and a great time had by all! People were dressed in Scottish kilts, some in Indian costume, some were Barbaric, some dressed as Vikings, Some in camo. gear, some guys dressed in tutus and tiaras and wedding gowns. Some guys dressed in only a thong. It was all crazy good fun! In spite of the heat, the smell of smoked turkey legs and corn on the cob watered our palate!

At the end of the event, everyone threw their shoes in a pile for a charity. They got a voucher for donating their shoes so they could wear flip flops home.


Now that I am caught up to date, I shall now get back to quilting a quilt that I will finish tonight and then start working on my studio! It really is about time as I am going through art withdrawl!


Janine said...

Oh that´s a long post.
Congrats to your granddaughter.
And to you, for finishing this wonderful and unique quilt. That is really amazing.
I love the photos of the cats.

Pattyskypants said...

I'm just LOVIN' the kittehs!! You are such a wonderful mom (and foster mom) to them! xxoo Patty & Bhu

Ann said...

a lovely post!
Congratulations to your granddaughter!
LOVE YOUR KITTY..he's magnificent!
Looks like everyone had such a fun time..love the tutu guy!!
GORGEOUS QUILT!!..how long have you been working on it?

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Wanda,

So nice to see you post again. I am catching up! :)
Love that gorgeous quilt. Your granddaughters are both lovely! Congratulations to the one that graduated! So happy to hear the cat that was hurt found his owner again. I love Jack he is really a Playboy! LOL
Just look at the way he is stretched out on that bed! LOL

Deborah said...

wow, you've been busy! Congratulations to your granddaughter. Wonderful quilt.