Thursday, March 27

Daffodils 2014

If you have read my blog for a while, you know I am into growing Daffodils. 

The obsession started in 2009 when I started a program for the city where kids would plant daffodils at their schools. 

Since then I have become involved with the Texas Daffodil Society and I am trying to grow many varieties.  Here are some I should have labeled, with stakes-- you know I am kicking myself because I can't find my diagram where I noted what each one was as I planted it...

Saturday, March 15

Flat Makayla

Flat Makayla's Adventures with the Fipps Family in Texas.

Flat Makayla was made by Micaela's 3rd cousin "Makayla" from Missouri. We'll be taking her to as many places as we can over the next few months.  Here she is in San Antonio at the Alamo.  

And here she is with Davey Crocket. 

The Hemisphere Tower of the Americas.

The Torch of Friendship in Downtown San Antonio.
Thanks for stopping by. 
**Refer to Flat Stanley Children's Book to learn about the 'flat' concept.

Saturday, March 8

Sweet Pouch Swap

I am participating in the Sweet Pouch Swap for the third time.  My partner is Jane in Australia, her favorite colors are purple and green... and she loves owls.  Here's the fabric I have chosen.

Here is a sneak peak of what I have made....  As soon as she receives, I will reveal.  Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, March 7

Luggage Wraps

This may be my new addiction.  Quite simply, luggage wraps so one can identify their suitcase amongst a sea of black pieces.  I wish they were faster but that satin stitch edge takes a long time and uses a lot of thread. 

These are quilted with a coordinating fabric on back side and fun colored Velcro.  This could start a new addiction with colored velcro which is available in a rainbow of colors.  This particular same was made in Green themed fabric because it was for a friend that is far greener than me who spoke at one of my seminars last week.
Look how cute it looks!  I see more of these in the future.  Hope you are having a great day!

Mardi Gras

We went to Mardi Gras in Shreveport, Louisiana this weekend and had a terrific time.  One of my dear friends lives in the historical district of the city and the parade passes right in front of her house.  We literally drove there and back and were home in 24 hours.  I had not been in more than ten years and hubby and daughter were newbies!  It was especially fun for them.

I tried to explain, the "people are different", "people on floats throw beads at you", "lots of Cajun food" but nothing could have prepared them for....

Parade Vendors.. Look at all this cheesy Mardi Gras stuff.  These carts were going up and down the street. 

Parade Tailgators.  I have many pictures of people like this but this one is my favorite.  Notice the beard matches the gold, purple and green stripes in his hair. 

Here is one of the floats, there were around 50!  It was after dark and very hard to photograph, these pictures do not do the floats justice 
Daughter and Hubby had a great time.  Micaela weighed an extra 10 lbs with all those beads around her neck, poor T had her on his shoulders for quite a while. 
Here we all are after the parade was over and we were checking out our loot indoors.  Look at all those beads.  PLUS, We had an additional 3 bags of stuff...  Micaela of course wanted to keep every single bit of it, who knows what we'll do with it when the newness wears off. 
Hope you had a great weekend. 

Saturday, March 1

Oklahoma University Zipper Pouch

I am adding to my university zipper ouch collection in my Etsy store.  Here is a new one for my Oklahoma Sooner friends.   It's hard to believe there are so many Texans that attend/attended Oklahoma schools... Not sure I get that..

The lining on this one is white with black dots, I think it looks cute.

I searched high and low but found the perfect charm for this one.  Look at this darling little stagecoach, I asked my Sooner friends if they approved and I got a thumbs up!
This bag is available in my Etsy store at this link.

Travel for Work

Spent a couple of days in Austin this week.  I got to do some work with the Keep Texas Beautiful organization at the Texas Municipal League offices. 
It was a cool place to be even though it was work!

My Daffodil Plan

My Daffodil Plan is off to a good start. I planted about 20 groups of daffodil bulbs randomly amongst the front yard grass. The first two bulbs popped up overnight one day last week and are blooming now... many more are coming. So nice to see them amongst the dormant grass.
I am going for that Daffodil Principal - Wye Mountain, Ark - Keith Kridler's home in Mount Pleasant  sort of effect.  It's going to take me a while but you gotta start somewhere!