|Starbucks Cafe Mocha|
A Breville Frother to steam and froth milk to make cappuccinos. I'm in heaven. I have a big cappuccino in the morning and in the evening I have a hot cup of herbal tea (which we have the pods for) or a hot chocolate. Just froth the milk, add the cocoa and it's the best hot chocolate ever. Why do you ask, am I telling you all this boring stuff about our caffeine consumption? Well, Bill has taken to the frother too. He used to be a regular Joe type of guy - coffee, maybe some cream and that was it. Not now. He is frothing up milk from morning till night. Yesterday he told me gleefully that he just invented a new drink!! Coffee, frothed milk, and cocoa - all together. Should I tell him that somebody has already thought of that?
|Starbucks Cafe Mocha|
|Christmas Tree place card courtesy of marthastewart.com|
Most of the decorating this year will be virtual decorating. Sigh. It has something to do with a house full of fabric, unexpected dog-sitting, and my dining room table looking like this....
|Anthropologie window at Rockefeller Center|
|Holiday Decorations in New York City|
|The exquisite windows at Ralph Lauren, Madison Avenue - NYC|
|Bergdorf's Christmas Windows 2012|
We hope your Thanksgiving went well, your Black Friday was productive, and that you are not too bogged down with leftovers. Bill and I had a wonderful time in Texas. There was a little bit of quilt stuff and a lot of good food and family. If this blog was written by someone more competent there would be lots of pictures to record it. But, you're not that lucky. Happiness is Quilting is a great shop in McKinney Texas that invited me to do a book signing. Check out their facebook page for proof!
|The LightPad from Artograph|
This cool toy is a lightweight, slim, portable lightbox. Think of a large iPad. This baby really throws off a lot of light. I have been coveting a lightbox for quite awhile and was thrilled to find this at Hollyhill. I can't wait to mark some quilt designs onto my next completed quilt top.
While running errands last night and this morning a wonderful thing happened! I could drive from one side of town to the other. The Ann Arbor Stadium Bridge is completed. Finally. For 13 months, it seemed like it could be said, "You can't get there from here." Now we can. The west side is now connected to the east side. 13 months. You know what else took 13 months to build? This.
|Santa stopped by and delivered presents|
|What a peaceful and lovely place to work all day on stitching and hooking.|
And then there's the shop....
|Courtesy of Cute Overload - This guy is the reason you won't be able to find any Twinkies.|
|Mrs. Billings Coverlet by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork|
Are you familiar with Mrs. Billings? This is the Mrs. Billings Coverlet. Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork in Mt. Waverly, Victoria in Australia did this masterpiece. It is an interpretation of an antique quilt made in 1790 that is in the York Museum in Great Britain. Yeah, Karen spied that antique quilt and said - "I can do that". And she did. If you follow lots of quilting blogs like I do, you've probably seen this. For those of us who like hand piecing - it's kind of like the holy grail. There are several Aussie quilters who are doing this and I have been watching and wishing I was doing it too. There were lots of excuses. Time, being the main one. I have other fish to fry. BUT wouldn't it be lovely to have this beauty to come back to when you could do a bit of handwork? On the bus, train, or airplane? In hotel rooms and comfy couches while watching a murder mystery? I procrastinated, yet I kept going back to Karen's website and blog to lurk and dream.
No more! Mrs. Billings is here. I met Karen at International Quilt Market in Houston last week and I confessed my obsession with her quilt. I now have the booklet, the template, and the paper pattern pieces - and I've started! These are the wonderful acrylic templates for each shape. Notice the little holes in the corners so you can mark your seam lines. Perfection.