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Chet’s Week of Fun Continues

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Today he’s at work with Mike . . . ūüôā

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June 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

Posted in Dara, Dara's Tid Bits, Pets

Kitty would call this documenting

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I am the official self appointed photographer of my Tuesday sewing group. ¬†I did not know how important a position this was until a recent email conversation that was brought on by a picture I posted here on our blog. ¬†The condensed version is that Pat worked on a quilt top that Judy never saw, and Pat didn’t remember working on, so how could it possibly be on Bev’s blog????

A few projects being worked on at Judy’s on Tuesdays:

Judy finished a hot pink number

DSCN2416I sewed together some applique blocks.  This is a project that I started a few years (decades) ago.
DSCN2419 Judy and Claudia are slowly but surely working on this striped project, the pattern is by Ardvark Quilts. ¬†Funny name, yes?DSCN2437 When Judy tired of pink, she went orange. ¬†(Yes, she is a prolific quilter!)DSCN2438 Cindy, was working on this last week, so I’m late documenting this. ¬†These nine patches are TINY!!!DSCN2440 Claudia introduced us to the correctly titled Sew Demented bag.This is Claudia’s original.DSCN2436¬†Quilters do not like to do zippers…this bag has FOUR zippers! ¬†But we all HAD to make one. ¬†Claudia was a dear, and ordered a zillion different colored zippers for us. ¬†She then put up with us acting like two- year- olds while she coached us through construction.DSCN2435 This is the outside of my bag.DSCN2487 Claudia made another one while encouraging us.DSCN2491 Judy made this one for her grand-daughter.DSCN2492 Nancy visited, her bag is the one in the middle of the table. ¬†She is helping Cathy with zipper insertion.DSCN2489Pat worked on hers today and is making a French General bag for herself. ¬†Hopefully I’ll have pictures of them next week when they are finished.

My grand-dog is so cute. ¬†I’m glad he and Marlow are getting along so well.

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June 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Posted in Bev, Quilts

Chet’s New Best Friend

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Chet has a new best friend . . . Marlowe (Kate and Kevin’s one¬†year old Golden).¬† It’s amazing how¬†much of a bully he is to her and how gentle she is with him.¬† They just follow each other around all day.¬† So cute.



What a life this dog leads . . .

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June 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Posted in Dara, Dara's Tid Bits

So far behind on blogging…

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In my defense I was out-of-town, my computer was out-of-town, and it’s too hard to write the blog and add pictures on my phone even if it is smart. ¬†My New York trip started with our traditional Mani pedi, then on to a tasty Mediterranean meal with you. I’ve missed you, so it was good to see my Sweetie.

Since it’s Friday, I’ll start with a gorgeous window box from my travels with Janice through NYC IN THE POURING RAIN!


I met Janice at City Quilter(for me), then we visited several yarn shops(for her). This was a knitted display at Lion Brand Yarns.


Cathy and Barb surprised me with a makeover at Bare Minerals.  (Oh my goodness, I have eyebrows!)DSCN2473

These were the very patient consultants who put up with beautified us.  (I will admit, they had gorgeous complexions-so maybe these products work.)

We dined at Peter Luger’s, had a great meal at Patrizcia’s. We went to Smorgasburger, but didn’t buy any food. ¬†We visited Arts and Fleas and Whisk We met Daniel who owns the Brisket Place. (He went to Art school in Philly. ¬†He wants to critique the mural Cathy is painting for my grandchild when it is finished.) ¬†We were snubbed by the people making a JLo video who parked their RV in front of your building. ¬†We had a wonderful Bloody Mary made by Eric at the Rabbit Hole. ¬†(Although Daniel recommended the Bar/Oyster for Bloody Mary’s and Diner for cheeseburger’s.) I slept in your bed, I agree, it is very, very, very comfortable. I had a lovely evening with you and Mike when you returned from your weekend away. ¬†Poor Chester had to be worn out…he had three people to follow around during our visit. ¬†He wasn’t sure who he should sleep with, so he took turns switching between Kitty and me.

I’ll end with more flowers on Friday…from Sprout, another stop on the tour!

DSCN2476 DSCN2477It was a great trip!

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June 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I Want To Live Here

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I love our little apartment and neighborhood . . . BUT . . .



Amazing, right?  Design Sponge did a post on the apartment today.  I think Mom-Mom would love it too . . . with all the bright colors.







Yeah, I know, amazing.  Happy Friday!

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June 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

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Mike and I met Dan and Jeannine for dinner last night at ABC Kitchen.¬† The dinner was to celebrate Dan’s birthday (which is today – Happy Birthday Dan!).¬† It. Was. Amazing.¬† From the house made¬†ricotta with strawberry compote¬†and grilled bread . . . to the pretzel dusted calamari . . . to the chocolate cake with malted chocolate ganache¬†and toasted marshmallow icing . . . I’ll be dreaming about it for a very long time.¬† I’ll have to take you there sometime.

It was at dinner that we heard about James Gandolfini’s¬†passing.¬† I was never a die-hard¬†Sopranos fan but I have heard that he was truly an acting genius.¬† Life is just so short . . . you can be sitting in Rome with your¬†son and just . . . leave . . . it’s just¬†so incomprehensible¬†. . .¬† I think that’s what has impacted people the most . . . the shock.¬† I was reading my favorite daily blog (EOS)¬†and she had posted about how James actually saved her marriage.¬† It’s a pretty incredible post . . . take a look if you get a chance. RIP James.

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June 20, 2013 at 10:36 am

Boardwalk in Broadway

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FREEwilliamsburg¬†recently posted pictures of Boardwalk Empire shooting on our street.¬† Cool, right?¬† I guess now I’ll have to actually watch the show.

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June 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

Posted in Dara, Dara's Tid Bits