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Happy Halloween and Tuesday Update

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One of my favorite holidays because it involves candy, cute kids, and lots of smiling happy people!  I am expecting as many children here as we had in our old house, although I doubt we will see any horses or tractors.

My sewing group has been busy.  Jayne finished this piece which matches a king size quilt she recently made.

DSCN3749These candle mats were made for the Quilt Show Boutique .
DSCN3726 Debbie themed her’s for St Patrick’s Day.DSCN3725 Nancy is making Bonnie Hunter’s Little Monkey’s.  This block is called Monkey Wrench, it finished at 4″.  (I may have made up the name and the size of this block, but it is cute!)DSCN3750 Another cute variation:DSCN3751 Pat finished a wall hanging made from one of the blocks from our Basket quilt.  Just gorgeous, Pat!DSCN3753 Claudia organized the creation of this wall hanging for Judy’s birthday.  She is such a wonderful hostess, she and Mike always provide delicious coffee for  us. (The middle cup says Thanks a latte.)DSCN3724 Judy finished this, her modern quilt. I can’t wait to see what it looks like quilted.DSCN3699This is a Moda bakeshop pattern called Cross Terrain.  Claudia and Nancy taught a workshop to the guild.  This is Judy’s version. (Thanks to Debbie for correcting the source of this pattern.)
DSCN3758 Judy has been busy.  This is part of a Christmas Tree skirt.DSCN3760 Cathy made a wall hanging that I think is a picture of what my sewing “studio” looks like.  DSCN3698I hope Julian enjoys Halloween!  Have a great weekend.


Written by bevanddara

October 31, 2014 at 10:03 am

Posted in Bev, Quilts

Is It Spring Yet?

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Its been cold and rainy and gross in NYC this week . . . makes me VERY excited for my upcoming trip to Mexico for Thanksgiving AND to Florida (yay!!) for Christmas.  Speaking of Spring, Don’s girlfriend Rachel recently released a new Spring/Summer 2015 line with her fashion label Kora Rae.

Here are a few pages from the look book.  LOVE all of these – especially the one in the middle.

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LOVE all of these but would have to do squats and lunges for DAYS to look presentable in either of the skirts.


The jumpsuit!


She’s currently raising money through Kickstarter for the 2015 line.  You can donate (like me!) and watch a really nice brand video made for the campaign below.


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October 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

Finally Feeling Like Fall . . .

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Its been a while since I’ve posted about our weekend.  This weekend I sat down for maybe 10 minutes total, and that was to play ball with Julian.  He just learned how to throw a ball on Friday night and has wanted to do nothing else since then.  He’s such a little boy.

Saturday was New York Cares day in the city.  It’s when volunteers spend the day helping public schools get cleaned up and ready for the new school year.  This year I volunteered with Vicki and her co-workers at The Sak.

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Our project was at a k-5 school in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.  We cleaned out their basement, which was full of old books and old furniture . . . then went on to paint their cafeteria and finished with a few wall murals in the kindergarten hallway of the school.

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Saturday night we got our first real babysitter, Nina.  She and Julian hit it off right away and he was a perfect little angel for her.  The reason for the babysitter was a surprise 30th birthday party on the Lower East Side for Stacey!  Mike and I rode our bikes to the party, like typical Brooklynites.  It was a beautiful night, and why not burn a few calories on your way to a party!?  That cake was a fluffernutter cake and was as good as it sounds.


Sunday morning we got a surprise visit from Katya and Oz.  Gosh I really need to get my roots done.


And then headed off to Queens County Farm for some good Autumn fun. 🙂

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I was officially “that mom” singing Old MacDonald Had A Farm  (sorry, that will be in your head all day now!) . . . while we were visiting with the chickens and cows.

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Julian found the best pumpkin.

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The required pumpkin patch shot.

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Now I want a pumpkin scone.  Have a great week!

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October 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

Your Cousin Carter Would Approve, They Look Homemade

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I LOVE pumpkin, I love scones, I can’t ingest milk products.  When I found a recipe for Starbucks pumpkin scones,  Pop pop made them as soon as I brought home some canned pumpkin.


The scones were amazing!!! Dad and I need a little practice in the appearance of the delicious creations, but Mom mom and I don’t think we should change anything else.


We used the recipe from (except for the milk products.)  It is wonderful to have a chef on staff that can make the needed substitutions for my milk allergy.

The website also has a picture of what our scones will look like the next time we make them.


(The reason for the title of this post is that Carter likes homemade biscuits as much as you. He knew they were lovingly handmade by Pop pop because they looked homemade. )

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October 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Posted in Bev, Food

Happy Anniversary Jack and Mary

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Two years ago Mary joined our family when she married Neil’s best friend Jack.jack and maeryFollowing a beautiful wedding, their honeymoon was a bicycle tour of Italy.  I found bicycle fabric and made this quilt to celebrate their marriage. DSCN3685Mary assigned tables at the reception using bicycle names. I had no idea there were so many companies making bikes!
DSCN3689Of course a wedding quilt made by me HAD to include a heart or two.
DSCN3690 The design for this quilt had a lot of blank space that allowed me to personalize the quilt by writing Mary and Jack’s names, wedding date, church and reception venue in the stitching.DSCN3695Much love was stitched into this quilt for our dear, dear friends.

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October 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Posted in Bev, Family, Quilts

Julian’s a Rockstar

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We originally planned to have Julian’s “Rockstar” first birthday party at home, but then the guest list got out of control and the weather started looking bad so I crossed my fingers and sent an email to our neighbor’s over at Baby’s All Right to see if we could use their concert space for Julian’s party . . . and they said YES!  It could not have been a more perfect location for the party.    Here are some pictures that Vic  (who ironically takes pictures at Baby’s All Right for adult concerts) took.


Mom (Bev) had Julian’s favorite singer Ari come to entertain him and the crowd of kiddos (about 15 in total!).  He was awesome!


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Do you see sweet baby Oz in the back row with Katya and Unity?!  Youngest one there, 8 days old.  So sweet that the three of them came!


Julian sat and watched Ari the entire time.  LOVED it.  He’s been spending every Friday with Ari since he was 3 weeks old.


Vic not only helped with taking pictures, but also some of the decor including this adorable sign that hung above the stage.


She also made a pom-pom garland that hung over the railing that separated the bar area from the concert area.



I seriously can’t handle this kid’s cuteness.


Diana made the most amazing cake for Julian.  We got everyone to sing happy birthday to J – even Ari with his guitar.



We had some of our best friends and family members there to help us celebrate!  We could not thank them enough for coming.





Only one more day of my baby being 11 months, can’t believe it.

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October 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

The Wonderful Oz

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Katya and Unity had their little baby boy last Friday and I could not be more in love with him or more happy for them.  He was ready to roll and ended up showing his sweet little face three weeks early!  So excited to watch him grow up and watch Julian and Oz be homies.


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October 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Posted in Dara, Family