Archive for May, 2010

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Dog Bowl 2010

May 29, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

How are you spending your weekend?

Dave and I spent today at the Dog Bowl 2010 in Frankenmuth, MI. Basically, it’s a huge dog festival where there are tons of doggy competitions (disc dogs, agility races, costume contests, wiener dog races, dock dogs, etc) and tons of doggy-related vendors with tents.

My mom was there volunteering at the Great Lakes Golden Retriever Rescue table with her dog, Luci. She adopted Luci through the rescue a year and a half ago and has since gotten pretty involved with the group.

Our favorite event was the dock dogs. While we were there one dog jumped 22 feet 11 inches! It was incredible.

Here are some of Dave’s pictures from the day:

Disc Dog

Dock Dog

Dock Dog

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Swap-Bot Quilt Blocks

May 24, 2010

So, I finally finished working on my quilt blocks for the Swap-bot Mini Virtual Quilt Bee that I was participating in.

They are going in the mail today to June 🙂 She asked for wonky log cabins with lots of color.

Wonky Log Cabin for June

Wonky Log Cabin for June

Wonky Log Cabin for June

Wonky Log Cabin for June

I also made Alice’s blocks – they had a focus block with a 1930’s feel and string-pieced triangles around it. Unfortunately, I was excited about finishing them and sending them back to her, so there are no pictures.

Anyway, that’s all from me for now.

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What a Weekend!

May 23, 2010

Oh man, I have had the best weekend. It’s been filled with lots of fun stuff:

On Friday, Dave and I drove to East Lansing to see the Conan O’Brien show at MSU. We had seats in the very back row, but with a clear view of the stage. Then a really large man sat down next to Dave. Now, usually that kind of thing is now a big deal, but this guy was…. really large and spilled over the sides of the seat. His body was literally pressed up against Dave, making Dave jiggle whenever he laughed. Definitely not an ideal situation. Dave saw some seats over to the side, so we got up and asked some of the ushers if we could sit there. They directed us to the ticket lobby, where a really nice woman printed us up some new tickets and told us to enjoy the show.

Our Reprinted Conan O'Brien Tickets

Not only were the new tickets on the main floor, but “Row 5” turned out to be the front row! We literally went from the last row to the first row! Which meant that when Conan came down off the stage, Dave got to pat him on the shoulder. It was amazing! The whole show was really great and we were really excited to be there. It didn’t even matter that it was passed midnight when we got home from East Lansing.

….. Which was good because on Saturday we had an appointment to walk through Shiraz Gardens at 8:30 am. Shiraz Gardens is part of the Matt Prentice Restaurant Group and is the perfect balance between elegance and fun. And! It’s where we’re going to have our wedding reception. Samantha, the catering director, showed us around and talked about some of the details with us and we were completely sold. And we have a date now: June 18th, 2011 – our tenth anniversary 🙂

Front room and bar.
This is the front room and bar at Shiraz Gardens.

The dance floor.
This is the dance floor and what the tables look like.

The outside courtyard.
This is the outside courtyard.

Saturday night, we went out to dinner and to see MacGruber with Mike, Jessica, Jess, Nat, and Dave. I wasn’t crazy about MacGruber, but I didn’t really expect to be. I was just glad to see everyone else and it turned out to be a fun night.

Today I’ve gone grocery shopping and plan to work on some quilt blocks that I need to finish for a swap-bot swap. Later, Dave, my mom and I are going out to dinner and to see Cats. I saw Cats when I was much younger and I don’t think I really understood all the death and dying motifs. I’m really looking forward to seeing it again tonight.

So it’s definitely been the best weekend ever!

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival

May 21, 2010

This is my entry for the

I have one quilt that is my absolute favorite of not only the quilts that I have made this year, but of all the quilts I have ever made…

It is my Starry Night Quilt:

The Starry Night (Unlit)

It’s little – measuring at just 17 x 22 inches, but it was a huge first for me.. or rather several firsts:

My first art quilt. My first raw edged applique. My first time working completely without a pattern. My first time playing it by ear with free motion quilting. My first time that I liked the finished quilt enough to want to hang it on a wall.

And my first time sewing with LED lights:

The Starry Night With LEDs

The LEDs are sewn in with conductive thread and connected to a little round battery. I got the LED sewing kit from Maker Shed.

I had been wanting to make a Starry Night quilt because I think the painting is so haunting. When I saw the LED sewing kit, I knew that it was meant to be.

Anyway, thanks for checking it out, and don’t forget to click on the link at the top to check out everyone else’s quilts 🙂

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Busy, per usual, I guess….

May 20, 2010

This morning I was trying to think of a time when I wasn’t super busy and really…. I couldn’t think of a time. This semester I’m taking two classes, I’m working, I’ve got a ton of half-finished projects that I would like complete… sometime.. and now I have a wedding to plan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I figure, I probably do my best work under a bit of pressure and I’m learning to love checking things off the “To Do” List.

Here are a couple I checked off last night:

Deanna’s May String Quilt Block for the Bee in My Bonnet VQB?

String Block for Deanna

Check!

Cuddle with Joie Cat?

Joie Cat

Check!

Hoping to check more off the list this weekend… and maybe even find a venue for the reception? Fingers crossed.

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Engaged!

May 8, 2010

My Ring!

🙂

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Birthday Cake

May 5, 2010

I have been absent from blogging for a while, but it’s not because I don’t love you, my two very loyal followers (you know who you are!). I found myself somewhat unexpectantly at the end of the semester and staring down a managerial accouting final worth 60% of my grade. I would love to tell you that I buckled down (think “Eye of the Tiger” montage with clips of me at my desk, books piled around, calculator smoking, stubs of used pencils, etc) and beat the test into submission. I have a feeling it was more like I eeked by and whined a lot to the people around me who had the misfortune of being within earshot. Whatever the case may be, I passed.. THANK GOD. I think when I started this MBA, I failed to realize just how much math would be involved, or maybe just fooled myself into thinking that graduate level math wouldn’t be as bad as other math (it’s reasoning like that that probably hinders my ability to do complex math problems).

Anyway, math is over. New classes start next week, and this week I get to play. Yay!

My coworker, Scott, turns 40 today. I made him a cake. I don’t know the cake’s actual name, but it has mandrin oranges in the cake mix and pineapple, Cool Whip, pudding frosting. It is a fruity, sweet monstronsity and so ridiculously easy to make, I feel almost guilty about making it.

Scott's Birthday Cake

I got the recipe from my mom, and I’m not entirely sure where she got the recipe to begin with. I do know that my mom’s English neighbors LOVE it. She is quite close to them and they invite her over to parties and such all the time. When they had family visiting from England, she made them the cake and quickly gained somewhat limited, but nonetheless shiny fame when the cake was dubbed the “Marilyn Cake.” My mom, is obviously named Marilyn… although the name almost sounds like she’s in the cake.. which I assure you, she is not.

Anyway, the cake is so popular, that when Julie (that’s my mom’s neighbor) went back to England for a visit, she took the ingredients with her in a suitcase (she did substitute Dream Whip mix for the Cool Whip though). I can only imagine the custom’s officers’ faces when they opened her bag to check it for contraband.. and found cans of crushed pineapple and little boxes of instant pudding. So classy!

Scott's Birthday Cake

Anyway, without futher ado, here is the recipe. It is deceptively simple to make, but the results are really good. Promise!

Marilyn Cake

1 yellow cake or lemon cake mix
1 10 oz can mandrin oranges
1 16 oz can crushed pineapple
1 box instant vanilla pudding
2 12 oz containers of Cool Whip

Prepare cake according to directions, using juice from oranges and
enough water to meet recipe. Beat as directed for 2 minutes. Add
oranges. Beat until chopped. Bake according to directions in a 9″ x 13″ pan. Cool cake completely before frosting.

Frosting: Mix drained pineapple and pudding mix. Gently fold with Cool Whip.