Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Girlfriend Clutch

Here's what I've been slowly working on in my spare time over the last week. Thanks Blue Susan Makes for the pattern!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The 100 Year Flood

Well, it's finally here.  The 100 year flood, that has supposed to be coming through Boulder for several years now, arrived last night. There are roads that have washed away, hundreds have been evacuated and there's been a lot of damage. Being east of Boulder, it has not been as bad out here, but we did have some problems last night. We walked into one of the basement bedrooms and found that the carpet was wet. Ben came over and helped move all the furniture out of the room. Once that was out, we discovered that there is a crack in the wall that goes from the window to the floor that had water flowing out of it. It literally was like a little water fall running down the wall.

 There is also a similar crack in the basement bathroom. There was also 1/2 inch of water in the bathroom

So, we went outside to investigate, in the pouring rain, what was going on and discovered that we had 3 inches of standing water outside of both windows. I didn't get a picture at that point, but you can imagine what a 3 inch deep pool of water looks like. We came around the corner of the house and then end of the walkway pictured below was 3 inches deep

It was 3 inches deep here by the bedroom window where Ben and I began dumping sand to try and divert the water away from the house. Which kind of worked, but there was a lot of water to move. So dad and Ben started to dig a trench to create a low point an get water flowing away from the house. 

Then Jesse came and we dug more trenches

This corner was more also 3 inches deep all the way under the deck to the bathroom window. 

We were able to get the water flowing out from under there and create a small ridge of mud/dirt/sand to help keep the water out. 

Here's what the trenching looks like now. We took out part of a patio and dug 6-8 inch deep trenches along the sides of the patio all the way to the grass. It was a muddy, rainy process but we managed to stop more water from going into the house.

Here's the basement now. We used a carpet cleaner to suck water out of the carpet and then we pulled it up and it's got fans blowing on it trying to get it dry. 

Thanks Ben and Jesse for coming and rescuing us last night!!! I love that you both live so close. You are awesome!!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Quilt for Nikki

My friend Wendy and I like to make quilts for people in our group of  friends. We have made at least 5 quilts together (that I can remember...there could be more) for our close friends.  Our latest was for our dear friend Nikki. Nikki a word....AWESOME!  She is a compassionate, kind, funny, smart, and wonderful person.  And, she happens to like yellow - which we all know is a super happy can you not like yellow?  Anyway, I picked up an assortment of Jelly rolls and fat quarter bundles a couple of years ago to make this happy quilt for Nikki. So, I thought I should document it. Wendy and I started working on the quilt back in February.  We worked on it here and there and then the quilt top went missing in my house for about a month (which was not a proud moment over here, but thankfully, much to Wendy's relief, it turned up!) And then....and I am embarrassed to admit it, as we were trimming the quilt top in preparation to spray baste and machine quilt it, I did the unthinkable....I accidentally cut into the finished quilt top! Yes! That's right, for the first time in my life, I totally chopped in to a finished quilt top! Not the edge....of course not! No, I cut into the black border! It was awful and required some seriously tricky patching, but it all worked out in the end. Thank you Wendy for being patient and for working with me to make this beautiful quilt. 

Here's Nikki with her quilt.

The front side of the quilt. 

The back side. I have never made a quilt with a patchy back before. Wendy thought a 9 patch of fat quarters would look good. I really like how it turned out.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ode to the Kindle Fire HD

Dear Kindle Fire I love thee. My brother and sister-in-law and my parents pooled their resources and gave me a this little piece of heaven for Christmas. I recently discovered that my Kindle fits perfectly on the little lip on me treadmill.....doesn't she look pretty perched their? She makes walking so fun....Netflix is just a couple of clicks away.   

My Kindle has a fantastic case that I love, but every time I put her in my purse, I fear that some crumb or piece of something from the bottom of my purse (yes, if you have a purse, you know what I mean, not that I keep food or trash in their ever....ahem) will get caught in the kindle ports. So, In order to ease my worries, I decided to make a sleeve to protect her with. I used this tutorial from Sew Can She as inspiration and then modifying it for the size of my kindle.  

I used a charm pack that I was given at Quilt Market.  I love the colors! Now my Kindle is safe! Isn't it pretty!!!