Sunday, February 28, 2010
Stats final tomorrow, back to studying! I don't start my next class until March 11th so I actually was going to have some time to finish some UFO's.
Grrrrr......... I'm annoyed!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
In case you are just dying to know my plans for my birthday, which conveniently falls on a Saturday, we are having an awesome 80's-themed party! And the following afternoon, we're heading to a Diamondbacks Spring Training game - one of the last in Tucson. So sad the Dbacks are leaving Tucson, no more Spring Training in town after this year :-(
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
*Actually, I worked on Ebony's blocks for a few minutes last night between dishes & laundry. But no substantial crafting time for a few weeks.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Thanks for the head's up Craftyblossom!
For those of you unfamiliar with Spoonflower, you can upload your own images and they will print them on fabric for you. Or you can purchase fabric designed & uploaded by someone else. Pretty cool, huh?
Monday, February 8, 2010
I actually had just finished checking out the latest post on the Coast to Coast Block Party blog of Wendy's wonky log cabin block for Ebony when he busted into the office. I really need to check my mailbox to see if Ebony's fabric made it all the way from Maryland to Tucson...
This Saturday, I went to my friend Asma's henna party. She is getting married next month and I will lose my last work buddy since she is moving to Houston, which makes me very sad. But I am really happy for her. Asma is originally from Pakistan and henna parties are part of the pre-wedding festivities. the photo above is from just after the henna was applied to my hand and the one below is what my hand looked like the next morning. The color actually got darker after I took the picture (and was a little darker than it looks in the photo).
The women at the party all wore gorgeous brightly colored traditional silk outfits and I was definitely jealous that my sweater and dress pants just were not as cool. I took photos at the henna party but cannot show you any of Asma and her sisters. They wear scarves on their heads in public but were un-scarved at the party. The photo below is Asma's hands. I don't know if you can see the peacock or not.
And these two little girls were soooo freaking cute and well-behaved!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Yes, that is water running over the road we ran on! How did I cross it, you ask? I ran straight through it, splashing all the way!!! I channeled my inner child and had a huge smile on my face. (OK, if it didn't actually show on my face, I was definitely smiling in my head). The photo above is one of the bridges where the water was deepest yesterday. There are 7 or 8 bridges and all but one had water running over it. They are actually designed so that when there is a flash flood or just a decent amount of rain, like we've gotten over the past several weeks, the water that can't go under the bridge goes over the bridge.
Now you might be asking, didn't your feet get soaked? Wasn't the water cold? Yes and yes! That's part of the fun. The water in your shoes warms up within a few seconds but it is mountain runoff so it is a bit cold.
Now some people get to the water and either take off their shoes & socks and gingerly make their way across or put baggies on their feet. Boo! There actually is an annual race at Sabino Canyon and the summer rains usually mean that the 500+ runners are splashing their way through.
And you might be wondering, why did she call this "Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My?" That would be because driving into the parking lot, the park ranger stopped all cars to warn them that there had been mountain lion sightings and give out pamphlets. My reaction to this news - Meh, I'm still going to run. Not gonna stop me. Did not see any mountain lions but I forgot to snap a photo of the warning sign for you. Do you like my bridge warning sign above? It makes me giggle and yes that sign is just before each & every bridge heading up and down the canyon.
The photo above is actually from one of my runs with Team In Training during the summer. The others were taken with my phone today. You can see the sun coming up over the Canyon but it takes awhile for the sun to reach IN the canyon so the 5am summer runs there are so enjoyable. I was really disappointed this past summer because there wasn't enough rain (major drought going on here in the desert) for the water to flow, let alone flow over the bridges. Yesterday's run was a great and challenging 6 miles for me. Time to get back into training shape...
While I was running, I thought about my college friends and my bee friends in the middle of their snow storm. And, not to make any of you mad, I was really happy I didn't have to deal with that and I could run at Sabino Canyon splashing through the water. This is why I endure the oppressive heat of late-May, June, July, August and early-September. Oh, and the Spring Training too! I didn't get Ebony's fabric in the mail this week but I DID get my tickets to the spring training game next month that we are taking my parents to as their Christmas gift. Go Dbacks! Please don't take spring training out of Tucson.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Mr. Crafty Jennifer loves photography and is very excited. He took photography in high school and loved it. He has his parents old Pentex camera and my Canon that I got when I tried to take black & white photography in college (horrible instructor, I ended up dropping it!). But he hasn't been using these film camera so he is very excited to use something other that our point & shoot Olympus camera. I asked him if he can take the pictures of my quilts and stuff so I can FINALLY get my Etsy site up and running :-)
Now, we just need to find a decent lens cheaply. My brother offered to sell us one of his but it's a little outside the budget for what we planned to spend.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I opened up the envelope and look at the beautiful fabric that was staring back at me. (I snapped these photos with my phone. Luckily, it's another sunny Tucson day!)
The fabric is from the Cherie by Masha D'yans line from Clothworks. I found the rest of the collection here.
I'm supposed to hit the gym and then read more in my Adult Psych book when I get home from work today... it's going to be hard to concentrate!
I also need to dig through my stash and see what fabrics I have to put together at least one more quilt to send to Quilts for Kids.