Sunday, May 31, 2009

What a pro!

We live on a golf course and Jerry golfs our course a couple of times a week. Now, even though he golfs on a regular basis he is by no means ready for the senior tour. I believe he usually hits in the high 90's/low 100's for 18 holes.

Occasionally he will golf elsewhere and today was one of those days. He was participating in a charity tournament with a few friends at a course across town. Before leaving for the tournament he was complaining that he wasn't really thrilled about going. It was a hot day today and he doesn't really like tournament formats. It's a good thing he went because he got his first hole-in-one! I'm so happy for him.

When someone gets a hole-in-one they have to buy a round of drinks for everyone in the clubhouse. Luckily his foursome was one of the first finished and there were only a few people at the bar so it wasn't too expensive. He has also won what was described to him as an electronics package. Someone will contact him to give him more info about that.

I think I'm more excited for him than he is!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Memorial Weekend

The Memorial Day holiday weekend has become the traditional Pirate's weekend at the lake house owned by our friends Jim & Susie. This isn't the best photo of them, but it's the only one I took over the weekend so will have to do. (click photos for larger view)

The house is on Lake Gaston which is on the Virginia/North Carolina border. Jim's family has had a place on the Lake for years so I guess it was a given that he and Susie would buy a place there at some point.

They are located in a little cove which is nice because the big boats don't come speeding by constantly. It also made for a calm spot to go kayaking. Since I'd never been out in a kayak before, it was really important for me to be somewhere calm!

Usually there are 4 couples in attendance on Pirate weekend. Unfortunately, this year 2 of the couples were not able to attend and we missed them. Hopefully we'll be able to all get together again soon.

Friday, May 15, 2009

More California

I wanted to share a few more of the California trip photos. The morning before we checked into Asilomar for our quilting classes we visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's a beautiful aquarium and I always made sure to visit every time I was in the Monterey area. I especially love the jellyfish exhibit.

Shortly before our visit they opened their new seahorse display. I had no idea there were so many varieties. Most of my seahorse photos didn't turn out very well. Luckily I bought the exhibit catalog and used some of the photos as inspiration for my class design.

Joanne looks like she enjoyed the exhibit doesn't she?

Earlier in the trip when we were still in San Francisco we made a stop in a sweet tea shop. Joanne and Karen had the traditional tea.

Frances, the good southern girl she is, had iced tea and I splurged on a mimosa. It was an enjoyable stop and a great respite after a full day of sightseeing.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Catching up

I didn't realize it had been so long since I last posted. Time just gets away sometimes.

I don't think I ever posted a photo of my project from the Empty Spools Seminar at Asilomar. My class was with Susan Carlson who does fabric collage work. The first evening of class she showed us how she works with small scraps of fabric. She suggested we might want to cut bits off of the larger pieces of fabric we'd brought with us. That put an image in my mind (and of others in the class) of needing to work with really small pieces of fabric.

When I began designing my seahorses I was using those small bits and really did not like the way it was turning out. It took me a day or so to decide that I needed to work in bigger chunks of fabric. Once I started doing that I was happier with how the work was developing. Here's what the work looked like in class. (click photo for larger view)

I finally put this back up on my design wall here at home this week and have begun tweaking it. Now that I can rummage through my entire stash I've replaced some of the fabrics with ones I feel work better. I haven't decided on the background treatment yet, but it will be in ocean colors. While in class I dubbed this George and Gracie. Don't know if that's what the final title will be, but that's what I'm mentally calling it right now.