Bre's Elliephant

Breanne admired the rainbow elephant I made awhile back and asked if I would make her one.
We discussed colors - both likes and dislikes - and headed off to lunch.  The very next day, I found the perfect yarn in the sale bin at my fav yarn store - 
the blues and sage green Bre liked, with the perfect white to set off the motifs. 

I added in a touch of orange* - Bre's favorite color - and a deep red to balance it out and viola - 
a teeny, tiny elephant. 
Teeny when compared to my rainbow baby anyway.
Leanne helped me take pictures - 
she took this shot -
before teeny, tiny went to her (his?) new home.
 "I like belly rubs and long walks on the savannah."

Breanne promised to tell me her baby's new name, just as soon as she decides on one.

Pattern is Nellie the Elephant African Flower Crochet Pattern by Heidi Bears. My project details are here.

* And yes, I did indeed buy a 400-yard ball of orange yarn, in the perfect shade, just so I'd have the 10 yards I needed for this elephant. Nothing strange about that, right?



Phantom of the Opera is one of hubby and my favorite musical productions, so when I had a chance at discount tickets, we grabbed Leia and Mary and were on our way.
Not knowing what traffic in L.A. would be like on a Wednesday, we left home at 4:45 for an 8:00 pm show. 
Leia proudly giving me bunny ears.

So - of course - traffic was light and we got to the Pantages by 6. If we'd left any later we probably still wouldn't be there.
Dinner at Taps Bar and a stroll up Hollywood Blvd (that didn't come out right . . . ) 
left us plenty of time to stand around the lobby taking pics and listening to Leia ask, for the 93rd time, "Can we go in now???"
I wasn't sure how Leia would like Phantom since it's definitely not a kid's show, but she loved it. 
She sat on my lap for the entire production, absolutely fascinated. 
My favorite moment came in the first act when a uniformed actor in a white powdered wig walked on-stage and Leia whispered, "What's George Washington doing here?" Cracked me up.


Day Trip

Hubby and I had a bad case of "gotta go somewhere", so Tuesday afternoon we packed up Leia and headed for Long Beach. 
We timed it almost perfectly traffic-wise, hitting just a bit of rush hour madness before reaching our goal - Aquarium of the Pacific - just a few minutes after half-price admission rates went into effect.
Leia loves the aquarium - especially petting the critters -
but seldom wants to stay more than 2 hours. The 5-8 pm window was perfect (did I mention it was half price?)
We had plenty of time to see my favorite sea dragons -

and discover that not only do they have Leafy Sea Dragons

but also Reedy and Ribbon sea dragons. So cool!!

Jellies were in abundance -
including some with crazy flashing lights.

A quick stop at Bubba Gump's to feed little Miss Grumpy
and we were off to our final destination -

an overnight stay on the Queen Mary!

Leia loved that she had her own little room within our stateroom.
She also thought the choice of bathwater - fresh or salt - was pretty cool too. (I might have told her the salt water came straight from the ocean . . . sea creatures and all . . .)
We did a bit of exploring that night
but saved most of our adventuring for the following day.
We happily wandered for several hours, 
from the bridge,
through all the decks
and even "under water" to view a propeller.
Leia even learned what these red things were for -
photo props, right?

A fun, relaxing, slightly educational trip. (Don't tell Leia that last "educational" part, ok?) 


Caribbean Sunrise

Back in 2009 or '10, I bought a gorgeous jelly roll in Fall colors while shopping with Ellen. This was before I started quilting, before I even knew what a jelly roll was. I just knew I loved these colors and WANTED it.
Since then, I've been waiting for inspiration to strike, for the jelly to tell me what it wanted to be. Well, it spoke, I listened and we're done!

I finished the borders last night while hubby was at a soccer game, then put the back together today.
Chinese dragons for the outer border because hey, why not??

I may have forgotten that I even needed a back, until hubby reminded me as I proudly showed off the completed top last night. . .
The gold batik was in my stash and the blue batik came from Aunt Marti's destash. The blue is lighter in real life - more like the photo below - and it's perfect.

With its inner turquoise border and bright hues, this one reminds me more of the Caribbean than Fall leaves, so I'm calling it "Caribbean Sunrise." 
It'll be a couple of weeks before I get it back from being long-arm quilted. Then binding, washing and admiring are all that remain to be done.


Tour de Sewing

Sewing during the Tour de France continued with these two dresses.
Leanne chose the skirt fabric for both.
I was very surprised when she wanted the black/white polka dots, but she grabbed it at the fabric store and refused to consider anything else. 
I think it makes a very sophisticated dress - if you can call any t-shirt dress 'sophisticated'.  

And with that, my backlog of little girl dresses is done. Excited to work on my quilting FO's for the rest of the Tour.


Littlest Mermaid

The mermaid quilt and its tiny recipient.

I think it will be awhile before she outgrows it.