Wednesday, February 7, 2018

We Went to St. Louis One Million Years Ago

I *must* get better at updating this blog more often.  For instance, we had a totally fun trip to St. Louis to see my mom, brother, and sister-in-law but that was in October.  Let's check out the cute pictures anyway, what the hey?

This was the first thing we saw when we stepped off the plane, so the trip began with a pretty good omen.

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We adhered to the family tradition of sticking our head through stuff.

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My brother's the best.

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This is maybe the best picture from the trip. My brother looks thoroughly sick of my shit.

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I drug everyone to see the penguins.

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Then Evan drug everyone to the Renaissance Festival. (Well, not really because we all wanted to go.)

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Mom and Eddy got real excited about snakes.

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We also revised some of our special St. Louis romance spots.

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That's a view of our old apartment! The first place we ever lived together.

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And a picture of the mural at Mangia.

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Did I mention we went to the City Museum?

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Classic.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

ALL THE ANNE STUFF

Okay, so, by far the best part of my birthday trip this year was that WE WENT TO CANADA TO DO ANNE OF GREEN GABLES STUFF!  Because we are weirdos, we decided to wear these red wigs when we saw all of the Anne things.

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By far my favorite thing about this series of pictures is that Eddy's wig became increasingly disheveled over the course of this amazing day.

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Seriously, so disheveled.

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Eventually, he put a wig on his wig.

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It was kind of an improvement.

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We even found some pussyfolk (as Lucy Maude Montgomery likes to call cats.)

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We did just a tiny bit of Anne stuff without our wigs, but why?

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Seriously. What was the point of those last three pictures? Just a waste.

Best.  Birthday.  Ever.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Li'l Quilts, Big Friendships

We had the opportunity this winter to make little quilts for two very good friends.

First, our friend Jeanne severed a nerve in her hand.  She has an amazing blog about her road to recovery.  We wanted to do a little something for her just to let her know that we love and support her, so obviously we collaborated on a quilt.  

This was my vision.  Look how great it looks.  I promise it will look better when it's finished.

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Eddy started us off with the paper piecing and applique.

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Then I took over and did some fancay free motion quilting.

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Then Eddy took, took over and added these milagros for luck.

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Then I took, took, took over and added the binding and backing and two little sleeves for hanging.

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We sent it along to Jeanne with some local jams and about 3 million well-wishes.

The second good friend who got a quilt this winter is my dear friend, Laura.

I started with some fabrics from my stash.

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And I used a pattern that reminded me of my favorite painting that she painted when we were in high school.

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The icing on the cake is that Eddy and I actually got to hang out with Laura in DC in December! Here we are with a literal Jolly Green Giant made of plant matter.

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Here's the most adorable picture ever of my two favorite goofballs in front of a model of the Capitol made entirely out of plant matter.

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No plants were harmed in the making of this blog post.