Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Days Like This

There are perfect days.  Days when everyone is happy, everything is good and all is right with the world.  This was one of those days...

After much hard work and dedication, Damen graduated from BYU, with a degree in Film no less.  I am proud of his accomplishment.
It was a great day for our family and in true Burnham style, we hammed it up royally.

Hey, I was getting that diploma in as many shots as I could!

There were days I wondered if all the time and money would ever pay off.

Speaking of money, Matt decided to collect on some overdue "student loans." JK!

Of course, no family day is ever complete without the boys horsing around.

Damen never did like Wet Willies.


And, as the speaker at his ceremony said, Damen wonders, "I just graduated with a degree in Film...have I just made a huge mistake?

I have no doubt he will make his way in the world.

When it's not always rainin', there'll be days like this.
When there's no one complainin', there'll be days like this.
When everything falls into place, like a flick of a switch,
Well, my Mama told me there'll be days like this.

Thanks Van, I couldn't have said it better myself.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Rhythm of the Weekend...

Lest you think all I do is eat, drink and sleep quilting, here are some photos from the weekend exploits.
First off, we went hiking.  Yes, I live in Southern Cali, but just a few short minutes from our home, there are some beautiful back roads that we love to explore.
Joe was extremely intrigued by the currents in the stream.  Like the rest of us in the clan, he is easily entertained.
Just as we were getting ready to head back, we came upon a cave.  I love to explore a good cave but unfortunately, this was as close as I could get.
After we got back to civilization, we made a trip to the mall and I bought...
Now, I only include this because I never thought I would again be able to get my ga-donk-a-donk bootie into a pair of these.  These bad boys are the original.  No "relaxed fit", no "curvy", not even a smidge of stretch, nada. May I just say, I look pretty darn bootie-licious in them. Size 28 waist to boot.  23 pounds and counting, baby!
Okay, this photo is from a couple of weekends ago but I just had to include it.  I talked Matt into coming with me to get a pedicure in celebration of our joint weight loss of 58 pounds.  He was a little reticent at first, but I must say he quite got into it.  In fact, he even asked for a manicure.  I didn't even go that far.
Of course, a weekend wouldn't be complete with out a bit of quilting and crafting.
I finished this little lovely and it is now displayed on my antique, White sewing machine.
I also started quilting one of the quilt tops I finished last week.  It might be hard to tell but I quilted a wonky flower in each small block.  it turned out so cute.  I hope my niece ends up having a girl.  I would love her to have this.
I will sew a button in each center. I am planning to do that next week while I sit with my Dad in the hospital.

To anyone who might be reading this, I probably won't be able to blog while I am gone. Stay well!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Makin' love out of nothing

Okay, I probably just horribly dated myself with that cheesy title, but it was the song running through my head as I worked on the projects I am going to show you.  In a weird way, the song fits.  I made these quilt tops solely from scraps and material I had on hand. Nothing special was purchased.  Since my quilts are a little symbol of my love, I guess you could say I made love out of nothing.  Okay, even I am cringing at the corniness.

I have been working on the blocks for this one for quite a while.  I finally got them all completed and put together.  This is my second completely improvised quilt.

I think I am going to call it, "The Reason."  It should be pretty obvious why.
I am giving some serious thought as to how to quilt it.  I am thinking some type of straight line pattern but then again, a simple stipple might work as well.  I don't know, I will have to mull it over for a while.

I showed these blocks in my entry last week.  I think they came together very nicely in this crib size quilt.

I think I will call this one "Scrap Shots." I know exactly how I am going to quilt this one.  My friend Kathy just showed me this cute quilt she did where she quilted a large flower in each of her blocks and then sewed a button in the center of each.  Then she embroidered around the stitching of each flower.  I loved it and I think it will look great on this quilt.  My niece is having a baby soon and if she has a girl, I think this will be for her.

I just love that I used scraps for two entire quilts.  It made a nice little dent in my ever expanding stash.

Here are the fabrics for my next project.  My Dad has been battling cancer and is about to go into the hospital again.  This time for three weeks. Since I can't be with him the whole time I want him to have a little something to show that my heart is with him.  I  also thought it would be nice for him to have his own quilt to brighten up his room.  You know how impersonal and lonely it can feel when you are stuck in the hospital.

And, last but certainly not least...lookie, lookie, what came in the mail yesterday!  I love them so much I almost swooned when I opened the package.  I just love me some Hope Valley.  I now have some of every fabric.

The math fabric isn't from Hope Valley.  It is from American Vintage.  It comes in red and natural as well.  I love it so much, I may just have to get some in every color. 

So much for that dent in my stash!