1/10/2011

Monday Morning

I know the Southern Snowfall is a challenge for many, so please forgive me for being absolutely thrilled at seeing several unheard-of inches of snow on the Atlanta ground (and getting a Snow Day besides!). I'm a Nordic Snow Girl and miss the snow down here in the humid South. Got out pre-dawn and tried taking some pictures but hey, it was pitch dark. Need I point out that I was the first person out?

It was fabulous walking around in footprint-free snow. Note the snow covering the palm tree :-) :


A present appeared in the mail from Pam! Will you just look at that adorable snowman she made from two buttons??? I die.

Pam and I have long been seeking in vain to get a suitably stained and chipped shabby chic bone dish JUST like the one that appears in the Blackbird Ladies' blog banner,

with no luck at all. I mean seriously, I have been stalking eBay for years and not a single dish has appeared that is like Barb and Alma's. They all seem to be disgustingly pristine and pure white, I mean, gag. Pam, however, found two pretty ones that are in the pre-stained stage and are the right shape (it isn't even easy to find a dish shaped just like the one in the header); she shared and sent me one! Thank you, Pam, this goes right at my sewing machine for a crackers dish :-). Maybe someday, someday, we will be able to find bone dishes that have not been well cared for like the pair that Pam found ha.
Dear Pam thinks I know how to age this dish, the poor deluded girl. Soak it in the only two liquids around here, Diet Coke or Olive Brine? Bury it in the kitchen compost pile for two years? Oh okay, I know from my living history museum days that I could drop it in a 19th c. well or bury it under the dirt floor of a log cabin for 160 years or so to achieve that aged effect. Now where is my 19th c. log cabin? I had it here a minute ago. If anybody knows some sensible way to age it, let me know.

Second BB Civil War block:


A supplementary Les Fleurs class met yesterday courtesy of Wanda so that we could see a few completed quilts. Some gorgeous quilts have resulted from this year-long class. Please forgive the lack of focus in some or all of the pictures. I took the pictures with one hand while on hold on B's cell phone (Net10 Customer No-Service) with the other (for a solid hour, I might add, with nothing at all achieved; but thank you for the minutes, B!):





My Timy hasn't left the country yet, but he will leave for Afghanistan towards the end of the month. If you have a way to keep my baby in your prayers (several have already promised to do so), I would be so thankful:
Okay, it's back to admiring the snow and getting some quilting done.

13 comments:

A Quilter Awakens said...

Those quilts are amazing! Enjoy the snow I had to use my dustpan to make a path for my dogs. The snow is taller than they are. Karmen

Gretchen said...

I will definitely keep Timmy in my thoughts and would be happy to send care packages for him & his friends too:) Love the Les Fleurs and the dish story and the snow photos. Enjoy your day off!!!!!

Sue said...

Lovely and gorgeous post today! You all in the south the last two years have gotten more snow than us folks up here in the north. I'm jealous:)

Enjoy your snow day!

Lori said...

Timmy will be at the top of my list!!!

Love your bone dish although I'm not sure how one would age it.

MJinMichigan said...

Happy Snow Day! I'm sure you can find lots of quilting to fill the day ;-).

Libby said...

Did I see you on the news this morning? They showed someone 'skiing' down an Atlanta street. (I have my suspicions that it was really roller blades . . .) but the street scene looks VERY familiar to your photo. Have a great day!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

It must be awful having all that snow and not being able to get out to work. :)

Jeanne said...

Snow! It's one of the things I missed for twenty-five years living in Los Angeles ... and one of the things I love about living here :)
Keeping you and Tim in my heart ...
Jeanne

Micki said...

We have had lots of the snow too. I love your Civil War block!
Micki

MARCIE said...

Wonderful quilts! Wow! Which one is yours? Lovely new block! Fun snow shots, and prayers for Timmy and for you! Oh and how nice that Pam found a dish for you. And now you wand to "age" it. Was there a purpose to the curved dish? I know I have seen them before.

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

Hi Karen, I can appreciate your happiness at being out of school for few days. I taught school for 30 years and still get excited when I see the snow coming down. Enjoy your time off!!! I will also be praying for a safe stay in Afghanistan for Timmy.

Julie said...

I am adding him to my prayers starting now.

Ann said...

Regarding the stiff handwheel on the Bernina 930 (Oct 2010), be sure to get it serviced. It might be a broken clutch. My local dealer made it good as new.