Catnip

I was at the pet store a couple of weeks ago and saw a little bag of catnip that you grow.  The bag lies on it’s side and the top is partially cut and peeled back.  Then you water and close the lid.  After a bit, the catnip grows.  I thought it was a great idea so I brought the little bag home, cut and watered and placed it in my garden window.  It grew!

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Taking a good look.

At first the cats didn’t know what to do with it.  They have had many toys with catnip inside, but never the fresh variety.

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Nom Nom

It didn’t take them long to figure it out!!  They were so funny after – running around, chasing each other and then a super long nap!

Ceramics

My ceramics class is still so much fun!  We learned about underglaze in one of my classes this session so I tried it out.

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Coaster

I made this coaster (I know it’s a little wonky) by cutting out a square of the clay, using a rubber stamp for the image and then using underglaze to paint.  It was a great learning experience.  After the coaster was bisque fired, I glazed it.  I found it interesting how the colors of the underglaze changed after glazing and final firing.  The next step will be to make some test tiles to make sure I know what the underglaze will do in order to get a consistent finished product that I like.

Hats

I really enjoy making hats – they knit or crochet up so quickly!  A friend of mine has a sister who organizes a fun run and one of the things they like to give out are hats to the finishers.  A couple of weeks ago my friend was asking our knitting group is any of us had a hat we would like to donate.  But of course!!!

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Hats for a charity.

These are the hats I donated.  I like all of them (I didn’t give her the ones I thought were duds) and I’m happy that they are going to a good cause.

Family Lunch

Over the Thanksgiving weekend we were all together as a family, all seven of us.  We really had such a great time!  We started out in Santa Barbara to pick up the UCSB daughter and we hung out there hiking, going to the beach and eating.  We had lunch at a nice place that had seating outside.  The weather was perfect!

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Waiting for lunch.

This is taken after our hike and before lunch.  Based on how hungry they claimed to be, I am surprised at those smiling faces!

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The card shark.

We passed the time waiting for our food to be delivered by playing Uno.  This guy just laid down a draw four card on me, hence the smug look on his face.  And yes, he did go on to win!

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Drawing away.

The artist – her favorite thing to do is draw – this was while we were waiting for the check to come.IMG_1773

I really love her drawings, but I’m not biased or anything!

HQAL

Hand quilting a long.  Kathy is hosting a hand-quilt-a-long which I have happily jumped into!  All the information to join this HQAL is here.  I have chosen my grandmother’s flower garden that I started awhile back and has been sitting in it’s box because I didn’t care for the surface embroidery.

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The first “flower”.

This is the start.  Each flower will have the same yellow center, then a darker second ring, and a lighter coordinating third ring.  Each flower will then have the white around it and will be attached to the green.  Where there are not green hexis, green hexis will be added.  All are hand pieced but then I got lazy.

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Ugly machine surface embroidery.

Instead of doing what I really had in mind (small hand embroidered flowers and leaves), I used my machine to add the surface embroidery you see in the above photo.  I truly hate it.  I will be ripping all those stitches and then adding my own hand embroidered ones.  The quarter is to show the size of each hexi.IMG_1753

The next flower will be those fun purple colors that you see.  Hopefully I’ll have some good progress to show the next time.

Please take a look at the other people who are participating in this HQAL:

KathyBellaLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebDeborah,  Susan , Jessisca  and Sherry

Happy Thanksgiving

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from our family.  I know it’s a day late, but we were out and about yesterday, ALL of us!  It’s really so nice to be with all the kids again.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates and a great day to all those who do not.

Color Factory

I did an irresponsible thing…I pulled the kids out of school early.  More than a month ago I bought tickets to the Color Factory Museum.  You buy tickets for a certain day and time and if you are 30 minutes late you lose your ticket.  When I finally got into the system, all weekend, evening and holiday tickets were gone – that left only times during school.  A responsible parent would have said, “Oh, well, I guess we’ll just try again when the next batch goes on sale”…Not this parent.  This parent checked the schedule for classes that would be easier to miss and scheduled a tour at that time.  Bad Mommy!

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The Color Factory.

You can see how the three still in school are so disappointed to be missing class.

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Burying dad in confetti.

There were so many fun interactive rooms like this one.  We actually had an all out confetti throwing fight in here – luckily we were the only ones in the room at that time!

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The yellow room.

This huge ball pit was the last room and was so much fun!  It was really had to walk through it though.  The kids and us parental units had a blast.  This Bad Mommy is glad she did what she did!