Sunday, July 24, 2016

More Rows and a Bit of Drooling Over Tiny Things

I added five more rows to my collection this week. The biggest challenge might not be getting where the quilt shops are -- it's getting there while the quilt shops are open! Luckily the shop in Bandon was open on Sunday. Sadly, the one in Coos Bay wasn't. But that's okay. I got a pattern I didn't expect to get, and it's a pretty cute one. 

And I got to stop at the dollhouse shop in Lincoln City. Their inventory had changed a lot in the two years since my first visit, but I had fun browsing. See the second dollhouse from the right on the top shelf? That's the same kit as my dollhouse was made from. 

I'm absolutely fascinated by these itty-bitty dollhouse kits, but I know my fingers are too clumsy to tackle one. (And I know where a youtube tutorial for a much simpler one is so I can build my skills a bit for spending serious money on something I'm pretty sure I can't do.)

Weekly Stash Report

Three quilt shops and the dollhouse store with not a single thing added to my stash or collections. I was good this week!

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 5 1/2 yards
Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric added year to date: 13 1/4 yards (+2 sheets)
Net added for 2016: 7 3/4 yards

Yarn used this Week: 0 yards
Yarn used year to Date: 4050 yards
Yarn added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn added Year to Date: 5526 yards
Net added for 2016: 1476 yards

This post is linked to Patchwork Times.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Everybody Loves Ramen

We really like ramen noodles at our house. For Christmas a couple of years back, I visited three different Oriental markets and bought every brand I thought Teenage Daughter hadn't tried yet. I didn't realize that there are sites which rate the different brands, so I just picked the ones with intriguring labels. It was a combination Christmas present/new round in the ongoing game of Be Brave.

There's almost always ramen in my kitchen, except for the day I got my hands on a review copy of Everybody Loves Ramen by Eric Hites.  That was a shame, since some of these recipes look like they'd be fun to try. And I've got the ginger and soy sauce and veggies -- everything except for ramen packets!

The stories and fun facts promised by the cover are cute, but you're not going to really learn anything about ramen from this book, just get ideas for ways to prepare it. Some of the recipes are spectacularly strange. Like the one that calls for five packs of orange Pez. Or the one that has you mix cooked ramen with a can of chili. We'll be skipping those, but I definitely got some good ideas for future lunches.

Disclaimer -- The publisher provided me with a review copy.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {7/22/16}

Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Sons Made Me Snuggle a Possum

 For anyone who needs a reminder, Leif (on the right) is the one who wanted me to sew him a possum costume for Halloween a couple of years ago. Quinn (on the left) is the one who plans to become a wildlife rehabilitator so that he can work with possums and have one for his very own.

Last weekend we took the kids to West Coast Game Park Safari on the Oregon coast to see the animals. The baby snow leopard was the cutest thing ever. So was the baby bobcat.

But Quinn was most excited by the possum, especially since everyone got to pass it around. The instructions were to let it snuggle against your chest.

I had absolutely NO intention of holding the thing, but when Quinn passed it to Leif the hand-off was a little awkward and the poor possum looked stressed so I scooped it up to calm it down. (Odds are that you'll never hear me say that on this blog again!) None of my pictures show its tail. The face and claws might pass for cute, but that thick scaly tail was just too much for me.

To be fair, this was a very nice possum. My previous encounters with her species haven't gone nearly as well. Now that I know they help to control the tick population, I'm feeling kinder towards the possums in our yard. I'd just rather not see them.


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