Friday, November 30, 2012

Poinsettia Festival


If you are looking for the Vintage Card post for Vintage Thingie Thursday, click here.  For some reason the wrong link posted.   Sorry for the inconvenience. 


Today my DH and I visited the Poinsettia Festival in Phoenix.  This is the 27th Anniversary of the festival.  We began by a tour of the greenhouses where we saw all the various poinsettias.  This is only a small sample of all the ones we saw.

This display shows the many different poinsettias available for purchase in the sales tent. 

Here are two closeups of the many lovely poinsettias on display in the greenhouse and sales tent.
The Festival also included craft and food booths.  We enjoyed our tractor driven wagon ride to the greenhouse, even if we could have easily walked the distance.    Weather was beautiful in the high 70s.  It's a great time live in the desert. 
I am linking to How Sweet the Sound's Pink Saturday.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Our Holiday Season Has Begun

As a part of our Christmas, my DH purchased tickets to the Donny & Marie Christmas in Arizona.  I'd seen them in Las Vegas on a sister's weekend and loved their show.  When we saw the Christmas show advertised for Gammage at ASU, DH immediately bought our tickets.
 Last evening's concert was wonderful.  Their show is such high energy.  They certainly don't "act their age".  The show was filled with Christmas plus vintage Donnie and Marie.  Such a great way to begin the holiday season.  DH had selected the most wonderful center tickets and when we arrived, we were upgraded to row 15 center due to equipment in our original seats.  To make the evening even better, Mohammad Ali and his wife were in the front row.  I got goosebumps just being in the same room with him.  We've been at D-back games where he was in attendance but to be so near him was awesome.  What an inspiration he is!
The Christmas Season is officially under way and I will be decorating the front porch later today.  Time to put the snowmen on their bench.  I'll post photos later.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Vintage Montana Box Purse

I haven't been thrifting as much as in the past due to health issues.  But I recently visited one of the local Goodwill stores in the area and found this lovely vintage box purse.  There are a few black marks on the white paint but isn't it a beauty. 
Imagine my surprise when I looked inside and saw that it was "Made Expressly for Missoula Golf & C. C. Montana State Women's Championship.  I wish it had included a date.
I'm assuming the names on the houses represent places in Missoula.  Enjoy the tour of Missoula.
Above are The Mansion and The Spinning Wheel.

Above are Ft. Missoula, The Depot, and the Missoulian.


The ends were labeled Boutique and Hansen's Ice Cream.  

Here is a view of the inside of the purse.  Sure has a vintage look.  I'm so happy with this wonderful find. 



Thursday, November 22, 2012


Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  We will be spending our Thanksgiving meal with family.  My nephew and his wife are hosting the celebration this year.  It will be their first time as host.  We are looking forward to a wonderful meal out in their newly landscaped back yard.  Temps are to be in the 80s tomorrow here in the desert.  We have been blessed with lovely weather the past few weeks.
I am thankful for - faith, family, freedom, health, and the list goes on and on. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Another Snow Family Pillow

I think this is the last Snow Family pillow I'm making this holiday season.  This is to be a hostess gift for my friend Dolores and her family (DH and doggie).  We will be spending the night with them in Calif before leaving on our Christmas cruise to Mexico.  Our son's family will accompany us on our Christmas cruise.  Last year we did the Polar Express.  As we were standing in freezing weather, my son commented "I think I like swimming in the ocean at Christmas more than snow and ice!".  So we're off to the Mexican Rivera for a week in December.
The granddaughters are excited about swimming in the ocean and we're all excited to spend some time as a family.  We are so glad that Richard and Dolores have asked us to visit them while in the LA area.  I'm sure they will like their Snow Family pillow.  I purchased the bird print at last year's after Christmas fabric sale.  It is perfect for the pillow.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Baby Quilt Project

This is the first block of a baby quilt I am making for the newest addition to our family.  My niece's family will be welcoming a  baby girl to family this spring.  Both the block and the sashing are made on my new embroidery machine.  I probably won't finish the quilt until after the first of the year but I wanted to see how it was going to look.  I really like it. I'm using fabric from my 1930s fabric stash for the sashing and border.   I make a quilt for each new baby in the family. 

I've been away from blog land for some time.  I was hospitalized the end of October and continue to recover.  It has been slow going but I feel better each day.  Haven't accomplished much in my studio but I'm hope to change that this week.