Monday, May 26, 2008

The Big Piece of Plastic

Randy & I had neighbors years ago who lamented that the grandparents considered it their duty to go out and buy the biggest piece of plastic they could find and then bless their grandchildren; i.e., the parents, with it. We remembered those words when we became grandparents and have tried to live by them. :) Our latest achievement was the purchase of a picnic table for Natalie & Layla in Colorado. There's a story of our backyard fountain and Layla falling into it that precedes this purchase, but you'll have to log on to Nikki's blog to get that ugly story. So, to try to make up for the fun, albeit risky fun, that went away with the draining of the fountain, Granny went out and bought the biggest piece of plastic that would fit into Papa's jeep. You can tell how thrilled my son-in-law Casey is with the "some assembly required" process. Twelve or so sturdy pieces of plastic and 500 or so screws and washers later, viola! In the meantime, the girls had way too much fun with the BOX the thing came in...hmm...ancient wisdom playing itself out here...anyway, they--Natalie & Layla-- love it-inside & out of doors! I think it was a hit, which is all that matters to these Grandparent Units :D

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Friday, May 23, 2008

No Time For Jetlag 2

I have just one more week here in Colorado before I head back to Mongolia. As you can see, I'm having a great time with my daughter Nikki and her husband Casey and my 2 little granddaughters, Natalie (3) and Layla (1)--I don't think the pictures need much explanation :D I suppose I should add that Natalie does wear clothes; it's just that she prefers to focus on the lower half when it comes to dress up.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

I Travel AND I Sew!

I've decided not to wait any longer to share what I've been doing in the sewing room (I actually have 2: one an actual sewing room in UB and another set up in a corner of my loft here in Denver). So, even though life was pretty hectic back in UB getting ready for an annual fundraising event, etc. (oh and that little power outage thing--60 hours without in one week!), I still managed at least 15 minutes of sewing pretty much every day--a personal goal I've kept for years. Cheaper than therapy, eh?

Stay tuned for all the grandkid projects I'm feverishly trying to finish :)

Let's project from a while back involved making my too-high-waisted (and OK, too tight) jeans into lower waists by removing the waist bands and using bias tape with the original closures. This helped me get another winter out of them. Next, I made some appliance covers from scraps to help ward off those wicked spring time dirt storms from the Gobi Desert. Those who know me best will be amazed that I have finally branched out from blue & white in the kitchen. Plus, I finally found a use for the lime green piping from my mother's sewing room.

Then, there are some jacket/tops that I had to modify from a Vogue pattern. Then a gold jacket for opera season in UB--yup, it's true: real Italian opera sung by real Mongolians in fancy Russian-style theatres--for about $5 an evening!

Last is a skirt I made that has a tulip hem. I stumbled upon an Indian shop in UB (!) that had a few dozen bolts of rayons in stock. The one I picked sewed this skirt of beautifully.

The sheer top was a re-do. I made this from one of those artsy-fartsy patterns about 5 years ago and the long sleeves always bugged me. So, I cut them off :) I've worn it on several beach trips and it's great as it's light, cool and wrinkle-free.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

No Time for Jetlag #1

I landed in Spokane, WA from Mongolia just one night before a big (18 people!) birthday party for Hannah (turning 7) and Elijah (turning 4) on Sunday afternoon. Their actual birthdays were then celebrated again on Monday & Wednesday. In between, we managed to enjoy lunch dates, a trip to Spokane's famous carousel, and a group date with Granny to buy new swim suits and flip flops for all. FUN! Oh! even though Julia's birthday isn't until May 30, Mom allowed us to cheat and I finally got to watch a granddaughter open her traditional 1st birthday gift of an American Doll Bitty Baby (after 5 granddaughters, I was due, eh?). Stay tuned for Denver pics!

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