Sunday, September 30, 2012
Michigan Lost Town series. This is the Village of Port Crescent bridge.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Can't wait to share!
Monday, September 24, 2012
I think that's why working on the latest memory quilt has been so tough on me. A coworker has brought me several bags of clothes. His mother-in-law passed several years ago, and he wants a quilt to give his wife for Christmas.
I pulled out a sweater and there's a safety pin attached with red, white and blue beads.
She made many of her own clothes. I can see her stitching and tucks to make the skirts fit. I also see fabrics I used in my own quilts from when I first started out,
There's the sweatshirt with the fabric painted handprints of her grandchildren.
There's a nightgown with straight pins still pinned to the bodice. Have you done that? While stitching late at night you pull out a straight pin from the project at hand and pin it to your nightclothes so you don't lose it later? I do that all the time.
She loved Disney characters. I've found shirts with embroidered Mickeys, Eyore, Pooh, and more.
The one thing that gives me peace is knowing that my coworker's wife will have a tangible reminder of her late mother. Mine passed decades ago and I mostly have pictures... And my sister, who takes after her.
Hug your loved ones today.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Finished another block for my journal quilt (and another signed strip too!). It's a lot less wonky in person.
Happy Labor Day everyone!
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Where to? The Boonshoft Museum in Dayton, OH for the GPS Adventure Maze. According to the site:
As a geocacher, it's a way to learn more about the sport we love, counts as a "find" (since you have to locate the prize - the exhibit) and an excuse to get together & meet other cachers from all over the country.
Get lost in the GPS Adventures Maze and learn how to find your way using GPS!
You'll learn about traditional and modern navigation, explore ways GPS is used, find out where the technology is heading in the future, and discover geocaching, a family-friendly treasure hunting game in the great outdoors.
For a day adventure, it wasn't the smoothest of beginnings. The coordinates took us to an unfabulous back door of the museum, and, after make our way to the front, one of our party walked into a pole, drawing blood.
|SnakeyLicks & WikidKriket|
So, what did I mean by a "busy day"? This was called an "Event/Maze" cache. On the way in, we met some new caching friends over a "Traditional" cache - we used our gps to find a treasure box (called a "cache") in the woods. After the exhibit, we enjoyed a "Letterbox" cache - based in another popular hobby called "letterboxing", we followed instructions and not coordinates to find the treasure box.
There are about a dozen different types of caches - the variety keeps the game interesting - some being much more difficult to complete than others. And so far we managed to "find" some of the hardest already! As the day was young, my group decided our mission in Dayton was to complete a "busy day" - successfully log six or more different cache types in a day.
Here we are at a "Virtual" - one of the rarest types, you must locate a specific historical marker or object and answer questions to get credit for the find. This is a sculpture of the Wright Brothers' bi-plane in downtown Dayton.
In a panic as darkness and rain were setting in, we scrambled to find one more cache type to complete our "busy day". Luckily, a nearby "Puzzle" cache advertised itself as super easy so we made the 3-mile trek over the river. A Puzzle cache is exactly that... Solve a puzzle and the final is revealed. Sometimes you have to gather clues from nearby signs or solve a crossword puzzle or decode a cypher. Luckily for us victory was ours around 7pm with the final cache in hand!
Here is my geocachding.com screenshot - the smileys show I found six different icons in a day.
Thank you for letting me share my Busy Day with you!
P.s. Please note that all definitions above are my own interpretations. I love this sport. If you'd like to learn about the other types of caches or more about geocaching, please visit Geocaching.com. I am not a paid endorser - I'm just a geo-nut!
P.p.s. Yes, and I'm still a quilter. More finishes to share this week!