Sunday, April 16, 2006

Strawberries and Stenciling

Mmm! Strawberries are on sale for 88 cents per pound at my local store. Who can resist that?! ;)

I figured by the time the sale is over, I'll have consumed about 10 pounds of strawberries. Hrmm. Maybe I should buy even more so I can freeze them for my shakes. Toss in a banana and it'll be cheaper that what I've been buying at Costco.

And sometimes you just need to sweeten strawberries up - great way to do it is with low-fat/low-calories ice cream.

Definately more strawberries than ice cream in that bowl! I hope you're able to find some yummy fruits for sale in your area. :)

I order 2 bolts of Kona fabric - black and white through a friend. I also got 100 needles, yay! :) Now I don't have an excuse to try to stretch out my needles until they're just about tearing holes in my fabric.

This is how I "paid" my friend, with a check inside this envelope.

Since she's a Red Hat fan, what could be more appropriate for a lining inside?

And speaking of Red Hats - my friend runs the local chapter in this town and she's invited me to join in on one of their meetings tomorrow. They will be teaching us ladies how to sponge stencil designs onto fabric. At first I resisted - honestly I have NEVER taken any quilting class of any type. Completely self-taught with the help of books, internet and Yahoo Groups. Time to jump in! :)

I've already made cupcakes for the potluck (it's a 6 hour class) and I'm down to subcutting my freezer paper (haven't worked with it before) and my fabric squares. I did cut my thumb while cutting the fabric and had to take a break to let it bleed out - sorry blood doesn't agree with white! :P But I was really annoyed that it happened - and it wasn't over a dumb "I left my rotary cutter open again..." Nope. I was just bring the cutter down to the bottom of the ruler and d'oh! I sometimes wish I could use the rotary cutters with squeeze open handles. Correct me if I'm wrong, but they look like they favor right-handed people. It's just too hard for me to try to cut with the blade on the outside of the cutter.

Been a busy week. The Diamondbacks lost - boo! Taxes are out of mind, out of sight now. Onward to packing! Of course I'll sneak in quilting time if I have to. My husband is also going to get busier too - has the prom coming up at the end of this month. I probably won't see him for 3 days between the set up, chaperoning and take down. :( Then more fun with calling up parents of failing students (they fail his class, they can't graduate), lots of tests and grading. Then right after graduation, we get to put our muscles to use and haul our stuff down the block. Wanna help? ;)



Laura said...

The strawberries look soooo good. We won't have good strawberries around her until late May early June!

quiltpixie said...

hope your foray into teaching goes well

Helen in the UK said...

Good luck with your class. And stop flaunting your strawberries - my favourite fruit and we don't get decent ones until June in the UK :(

JudyL said...

What a cute envelope! You're so creative!

The strawberries are killing me. I've made strawberry ice cream twice since Saturday and strawberry shortcake (with whipped cream). Once the strawberries are gone, it will be almost time for blueberries! So much for losing weight!

Judy L.

Dawn said...

Oh my gosh - those strawberries look sooo good! and the envelope quilt - what a PERFECT idea! I may have to steal this from you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My mouth is watering! Wow! 88 cents a pound! I'll help you move if I can have some strawberries.

Finn said...

Hi Leah, what awesome looking strawberries! Probably my most favorite fruit..*VBS* I'll have to see if my store has any in yet. Usually we get our berries beginning in June, and of course the local ones taste the best cause they are picked ripe.

Love the fabric envelope..what a neat idea!! And I wanted to thank you for your very, very heartfelt words about my Daks. When I first read about your Missy, way back on the other blog, I knew we had a heart link...*VBS* Not sure just what measures up to having been loved by a golden..*S* Hugs, Finn

Serena said...

Your envelope is so cute! What a great idea to add the red hat fabric on the inside!! She gets a nice surprise as she opens the envelope...a check and a little red hat fun!! Great idea!!