Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ah, summer vacations

I've been at the lake in N MN for the past week, having a wonderful, relaxing time with the family. (For once, the "kids"--they're both in their 30's-- didn't get into a big fight. Yea!)  Now that we're home, the weeds in the garden are overwhelming!

Before we left, I finished a little table quilt, shown here.  I designed it myself and I think it looks pretty nice.

I listed it in my Etsy store (Jolly Ruby) tonight and I hope someone loves it as much as I do.

Speaking of Etsy, I made my first sale before we left and I was thrilled!  All proceeds go to the Jolly Ruby Fund, to assist low income disabled adults with unexpected expenses.

I also attended the school auction fundraiser where my queen sized quilt was auctioned off. I know that once an item is donated,the giver has no control over what happens, but I was seriously disappointed.  The auctioneer forgot to put it up for bid until he was reminded at the end of the evening.  Half the people had left and the rest had already spent a lot of money, so my quilt went for only $275.  I know it's for a good cause, but my heart just broke when I thought of the 60 some hours of work I put into this quilt.  Next year, I'll make something less intensive.  All in all, the auction brought in about $30,000, all of which goes to the school, and I'm very happy about that.

Now to get on to weeding and hopefully, some quilting as well.  Ah, summer!  Love it!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Favorite Things Friday

I've had a very leisurely morning since this is a day off for me.  My FTF for this week?  It's hard to pin it down. I think it's the feeling of time that I have today.  I had a great chat with my husband before he left for golfing. Read a couple of chapters in my latest novel and took time to do the crossword puzzle in yesterday's paper. I'm dressed and doing my blog work before I head for the garden to do some planting. After that I head to the garden center to spend a gift certificate Don got from his last school, and I'm going to get all the flowers needed for my pots and to fill in my perennial beds. Don't think I'll be doing any quilting today since we're leaving this evening to go to a symphony concert in Minneapolis this evening.

Both daughters called me this morning. Jo in Bulgaria to say she's had a great week and she got a great package from me today. For once, she liked all the things I put in the package, especially the pink and black headphones to wear while she's running at the gym. Tessa called to say she's finished the second interview for a job she really, really, really wants and she thinks she did well.  Fingers crossed she get an offer this afternoon.

I think my favorite thing is the sense of time I have today--time to do the things I need to do as well as the things I want to do. And no pressure to finish anything!