Saturday, July 26, 2014

Unpacking After the Class

 Derby gives the basket I took to the Y class a major sniff-over.
No use trying to put things away until he's finished.

 Here are a few pics of the AG clothing I took to class.
 I took about 30 various outfits to display on the table.
 One little girl pointed out to me that I used the same fabric twice.
Which my reply was yes, but these are two different dress pattern.
At least this showed they were paying attention.

The Gnome Pillowcase 
I also showed the girls a few non-doll clothing items all
to inspired them to learn the art of sewing.
 Curved tail ... Julep
Playing with Der under the table.
 Bark .. Bark .. Bark
Julep barking at Derby behind the guest room bed.
Highly unusual spot for them to be in.

You got me as to why there were there. 
 The stuffed dog is another item I showed the girls.

This picture of Derby cracks me up.
He looks like a little old man begging for a treat.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sewing Camp at the YMCA

 I wanted to share a few pictures of the YMCA's summer
sewing camp program pictures.  This was session 3 of 4 and the one
I was asked to be a part of.  It was the American Girl Doll sewing
session and 11 girls signed up all bring their dolls.
 I didn't have a second in the Y class to take pictures because there was
only the instructor and myself to handle 11 girls.  We were teaching
them to hand-tie a doll quilt. The quilts were made already so it was
learning how to thread a needle and push it through the fabric to
tie a double knot then a bow.  I found it amazing many girls didn't know how
 to tie a bow ... I guess we've entered the age of Velcro!
 After class we loaded the girls onto the Y bus and off we went
to Kathy's quilt shop to show the girls how quilts are professionally quilted
by using the two machines Kathy had set-up in her shop.
 The large machine {you can see the lights across the top}
costs $35,000.00 ... I'm not sure what the smaller one cost
but it's way up there also.
 Each girl was assigned a number and they used the hand control
to do a design in their block.  The girls were fearless!

 After leaving Kathy's shop we headed back to the Y for lunch
and part two of the sewing camp.  I left at that point as two other
instructors came in.  It was fun showing the girls what
a pattern looked like and examples of clothing and quilts
I took along.  I wish I had taken a picture of the table I set up
with everything displayed.  
I made these little skirts for the girl's
American Girl doll.  They loved them
and put them immediatley on their dolls.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two Westies ... Two Baths!

 Julep is showing her displeasure after her bath but I
know she must feel better than before.
 It's almost time for the westies to be professionally groomed again. 
 I chase Derby all over the house trying to get him to
give him his bath.  I have to admit he's not that bright
when it comes to hiding.  He'll run upstairs and sit
on the table and look at the window.  I then have to
carry his little butt downstairs to the sink.
 ... and that's the way it is every single time!
 I'm not sure who is worse ... Julep or Derby in the sink.
By the time they're both done I'm just as wet.
 Can you tell she's mad at me?  But she's really going
to get mad when I brush her teeth, clean her ears, trim
the fur between the pads of her feet, do her nails,
 and blow dry and brush out her coat.  
 Clean westies = treat time.
 Let me out of this torture chamber.
 Doing the finally dry off in the sun on the deck.

Have a great day and thanks for checking in.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On The Eastern Shore of Maryland

 This is a first ... seeing a owl in daylight on our property.
 This is another first. After living on the eastern shore for
over 16 years this is the first time we've seen a herd of this many
deer in a field.  We turned around so I could take picture but they
were not happy about this and proceeded to scamper deep into the woods. 
 I wished I had my longer camera lens with me.  Amazing
the amount of deer with big racks.

The driveway turn-a-round to take the deer pictures
Who knew we had an Icelandic sheep farm on our road.
I meet Leslie for lunch at Ava's after she dropped off
her 3 westies for grooming in Easton.  It was so beautiful we
ate outside on the patio deck.
 Ava's pizza ... yummy yummy.
A little shopping after lunch.

 Leslie, her husband, and the 3 westies were leaving the
next morning in their motor home for Ohio.
Leslie's [brother] Gary Sheldon is
 the artistic direction of the Lancaster Music Festival
which is a pretty big deal. 
 Black Eyed Susan ... the Maryland state flower.
 Last weekend the St. Michaels harbour was busy which was
nice to see.  I think all the boat slips were taken.

 Dinner at the Crab Claw.
 Laura ordered two large crabs at almost $9 per crab.

Have a nice Sunday.