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Flowers on Friday-Quilt Edition

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I tried some “modern quilting” designs on Claudia’s Floralicious.


Claudia embroidered the colorful flowers on the black background.  I “plowed” rows of stitches based on the curved sections of fabric.

This picture shows something we haven’t seen lately, BLUE SKY!!!!!


Very colorful, fun quilt!


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August 31, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Posted in Quilts

Os Gêmeos

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Ellen and Lauren recently went to the Os Gêmeos exhibit at the ICA in Boston.  They put this up on the greenway (in front of the Boston Harbor Hotel).

Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for The Twins) are graffiti artist identical twin brothers (born 1974) from São Paulo, Brazil, whose real names are Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo. They started painting graffiti in 1987 and gradually became a main influence in the local scene, helping to define Brazil’s own style. Their work often features yellow-skinned characters – taken from the yellow tinge both of the twins have in their dreams – but is otherwise diverse and ranges from tags to complicated murals. Subjects range from family portraits to commentary on São Paulo’s social and political circumstances, as well as Brazilian folklore. Their graffiti style was influenced by both traditional hip hop style and the Brazilian pixação movement.

Here is some of their other work.

Pretty amazing stuff.

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August 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

My Dream Job . . .

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my current job, but if I were able to (emotionally and financially) just give it all up and follow my dream it would be to open a flower shop.

There would be, of course, SO much to learn (because I know nothing, obviously, about owning a flower shop . . . or my own business for that matter) but I think it would awesome.  Being around flowers all day long.  Seeing people’s faces as they walk in the door and smell the freshly cut blooms and see the vibrant colors.

I would want it to be in Brooklyn . . . on a cute little street that has a big front window.  Maybe something like this . . . so that you’re drawn in.

I would want the classic, clean and industrial feel of Winstons (who I INSISTED we use for our wedding) in Boston.

Combined with the warm, inviting and adorable Sprout in Brooklyn.

It would, ideally, have an outdoor area like this one.

Complete with an amazing greenhouse like this one (I can dream, right? :))

It would be complete with back sunlit room where I would offer classes and where you could have bridal showers or birthday parties.  Doesn’t that sound fun – flower arranging, mimosas, music, girlfriends?!

Working at the shop would be other people passionate about flowers – like this woman who gave up her job in fashion to be a floral designer (and has been designing the floral arrangements, for years, at the Gramercy Tavern in NYC).

We would design flowers for all of the cool new restaurants and hotels in the area . . . and design arrangements for weddings, parties . . . for new babies and new homes and I love yous.

Its nice to dream. 🙂

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August 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

Flowers on Friday, non-edibles

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I am pleased to report that I was able to take a garden walk and dunk in the pool today.  It has been about 10 days since the thunderstorms let up enough for me to venture out in the yard.  Our grass is growing so fast one can see it grow.  It has been so wet that these are my new “plants.”

I am sure we shouldn’t eat the mushrooms.  I also have ginger blooming.  This is one of several varieties of ginger I have growing,

but the only one currently blooming.  (I wonder what the edible kind looks like.)

Very pretty flower,sorry for the blurry picture, the flower wouldn’t stay still.

Have a great weekend…we will be spending ours preparing for Hurricane Isaac.



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August 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Posted in Flowers

I think this is an interesting history lesson

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I’m so glad you found your camera cord, and uploaded pictures.  It was time for a new picture as my computer wallpaper.  I selected the one of you and Mike with the hydrangeas in the background.  Such cuties!

So on to the history lesson, the Queen of England recently celebrated a Jubilee.  Do you recognize the other people in these pictures?









Do you think the purse in the Nixon picture and the Clinton picture is the same one or a duplicate?

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August 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Posted in Bev's Tid Bits

Two Weddings and a Fourth of July

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We FINALLY found our camera cord so I could upload some pictures from this summer. 

First, are pictures from July 4th week in Jamestown.  The first few pictures are of the adorable 4th of July parade held every year down the street from the house.  Its tiny and has a shoestring budget but I think that’s why I love it.  It’s just totally original Jamestown (not yuppie-town, which some parts have become). 

Its tradition to decorate our bikes (or strollers, or skateboards) and ourselves in red, white and blue and ride down to observe.

Lunch at Dutch Harbor’s “The Shack” with Miss. H

Next up is Ben and Sarah’s wedding, which was the first weekend in August and was held at the Ft. Getty Pavilion.

Full shot, if you want to see the rest of my dress.

The original pavilion was destroyed by a hurricane last year.  This was one of the first events held in the brand new one – which was beautiful.  You can see the wood detailing in this pic.

Pretty wild flowers from the island.

Photobooth fun.

How some of them turned out. 🙂

Finally, there was Chris and Kristina’s wedding . . . which was the second weekend of August and was held at the Bridgeview Yacht Club in Long Island.  I didn’t take too many pictures. 😦

You know these two. 🙂

Lots of other really fun things to come this fall/winter including two trips to the Hamptons, an Outstanding in the Field dinner, two trips to San Diego, one to Palm Springs, (hopefully) a trip to the Rose Bowl, maybe a weekend in Chicago for the Ryder Cup and three weddings (including one in Mexico!!).  I’m glad we found the cord so I’ll be able to share those events here too. 🙂

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August 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

We Have a New Creature in the House

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. . . a faux lion!

2-Putt has his very own Thunder Shirt, and YES it WORKS!!!!! Of course now I feel terrible that we didn’t buy one for him ages ago.

The fur that isn’t under the shirt is fluffed out, he looks like he has a mane.  He was happy with the shirt, but did not want me to take his picture.

You told me you wanted chevrons or ikat for your pillows, of course that meant chevrons would be the new pattern.  Here are quilting versions:

This is another version:

And while I’m showing quilt pictures, another Tangerine Tango and Tiffany Blue:

I was watching THE DUMBEST SHOW ever, (Gallery Girls) a poor Manhattanite had to go to the wilds of Brooklyn.  I always think I’m going to see one of the sites I know from visiting you.  She walked into a building that looked like… no…. it couldn’t be…. but yes, it was your former apartment building!  And as if I wasn’t thrilled to actually know a place on TV, look who was returning from his walk:

It’s Chetty!!! My  granddog is a TV star!!!

(Sorry, the show is so bad that even if Chet is featured, I won’t watch it.)

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August 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Posted in Bev's Tid Bits