The kitchen remodel continues, a bit more slowly now that hubby has started the concurrent master bath remodel** and the annual September heatwave has hit. Temps in the 90's are outside hubby's work comfort zone - by request of his wife, who'd rather not take him to the ER with heat exhaustion . . . 
The latest addition is the cabinet above the fridge that hubby designed to hold my china. Turns out, it's so big it will hold the china (on the right), my Christmas service (on the left), and all the crystal glasses we use for "special" (the empty top shelf). 
But what would happen to all that glass in an earthquake, you ask? Hubby's genius idea was to put in hard plastic walls to keep things from "walking" off the shelf in a quake. It probably won't stop them from bouncing out in a big shaker, but it will definitely help during the smaller quakes we usually get.

*Bathroom remodel: A very excited Leanne met me at the door when I got home Friday night with "Granma, come see what I did!!!"
Yeah, I'm betting PopPop had a hand in that too. 
New bathtub is ordered and new sinks have arrived; new cabinets are built and ready to install. Progress!


Almost The Last

Going . . . 
Going . . . . 
Still going . . . . .
Gone! Master bath remodel has begun. 
In theory, this should be about the last remodel project on the house. In reality, hubby likes tinkering and changing things up. Don't tell him, but I'm betting he'll start back at the beginning once this and the kitchen are done.



Nap Blankie

To celebrate her new "big girl" status, Leanne and I went shopping for fabric to make her preschool nap blanket. I already had the princess panel in my stash, so we just needed some backing flannel.
We wandered down several aisles, but once Leanne spotted Hello Kitty, the search was done.
I wanted this to be really special for her, so I rounded the corners (using this tutorial), added a heart-shaped edging,

and - my favorite part - stitched her name and the year in the bottom corner.
Not bad for my first sewing-machine monogram, eh? 
I think she likes it.
Especially since it does double duty as her super hero cape.  


No School Blues Here

All the little girls are back in school, so I finally have a collection of 'first day' pics to share. 

Addy was first, entering second grade on August 20. She looks both nervous and excited. By the end of the day, she was just excited, proclaiming she " had the best teacher in the history of teachers and that 2nd grade is awesome!" Yay!
Leia danced her way into first grade on August 27. She was definitely all excitement . . . and was out sick by the third day with whatever was going around the classroom. She also loves her new teacher.

My little Leanne started preschool on September 3. There's no morning "first day" picture because Leanne sobbed her way through it once she figured out Mommy wasn't staying too. As you can tell, she got over it. She loves her teacher, Miss Robin, and can't wait to go back again on Friday.



Spice Kid Tutorial

I love finding new, fun, inexpensive things for the grand-girls to do. This project turned out to be a huge hit. Leia, 6, played "Chef" for a couple of hours, then off and on for several more. With Leanne, 3, it was good for a solid hour, then off and on for another hour or so. And best of all? They cooperated and played well together, with no bickering. Hooray!
Step 1: Clean out your spice rack. Be sure to check the expiration dates, just for grins. My worst one expired in 2006, but hey, I don't use pumpkin pie spice ever very often.
Step 2: Put expired spices, non-breakable containers, measuring spoons and a variety of stirring implements on the counter. Throw in a bottle of "pretty" popcorn kernels you are never going to use. Add measuring cups and water. 
Step 3: Step back and let the fun happen.
Leia kept insisting that I call her "Boss" or "Chef".
Optional: Nose plugs. When mixed together, some of those spices really stink.
Bonus: Hubby thought it would be really bad (as in call-the-plumber bad) to put the final 'soup' down the garbage disposal, so I poured it around the landscaping out front. If nothing else, the two containers of red pepper the girls used will keep wild critters and neighborhood cats out of there for quite awhile!


Saturday with French General

What better way to spend a holiday weekend than taking an embroidery class with friends at French General
I'd heard of Pam Garrison, the instructor, but don't think I'd seen any of her work before Saturday. Most of her stuff is very whimsical and cheerful, full of flowers and tiny creatures.
We didn't receive any 'instruction' as such, just a picture of Pam's finished sampler, help with stitches if we wanted it and the admonishment to "have fun". 
It was sew great to be among friends, just hanging out and stitching. 
None of us got anywhere near finished - just barely started in fact - but it was one of the most fun, and relaxing, workshops I've attended.
And with Pam's sampler as inspiration, I think I might actually finish this. 
Some day. Looking forward to stitching an hour here and an hour there until this is done.    


H2Oh Summer

August's quilting UFO is done. 
H2Oh Summer, 50 x 68".

It would have been finished by the second week - instead of the last day of the month (sorry, Marti!) - but both my sewing machines had issues and went in for repairs. And of course, the repair guy was on vacation so they sat for an extra week until he returned. But it's done and I'm happy.
This quilt has a lot of 'firsts' for me - the first time I've made a tube quilt,
first time I've done serpentine quilting,

first time I've machine sewn the entire binding and been happy about how it turned out.
The quilt top is made from fabric I bought at Joann's last year because it was on sale!! and colorful!! And since I had no plan for it when I bought it (I'm trying to do better about that . . . ), the charm squares just sat in the stash. Until Twelve in Fourteen came along to rescue them.
This is destined to be the outdoor quilt for the grand-girls and me. Leia breaks out in hives when she's on grass, so this will give her some protection. Plus, it's just plain fun to sit on a hand-made quilt when you're outside. 
Leanne was all ready to give it a go today, but we agreed - no dirt buckets allowed, not even if they're color-coordinated!