Friday, February 27, 2015

Just a Quote for Friday

California almond trees ♥

"The fact that there's a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers."
~ Unknown source, but posted on Facebook by Uncle Wes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A quilt for my niece

I have been wanting to try my hand at sewing triangles for the longest time, and was inspired by a quilt I saw on Pinterest last year. I loved the herringbone pattern as opposed to the more common chevron designs, so I pinned it and then started the process. I bought the fabric, cut all the squares, cut them into triangles, sewed half of the rows, and then set it aside. Once I'd started my yoga teacher training last summer the whole quilt making gig was moved to the back burner for a while.

This quilt is for my niece, Britny, and I knew we'd be seeing her when Carrie and I traveled to California last week. I really wanted to give her the quilt in person, so after Christmas I got back to it with sheer determination to finish it before our trip.

Oh my gosh I loved making this quilt for Britny! I loved thinking of her as I sewed, remembering what a sweet little girl she had been, and feeling so proud of the amazing young woman she's grown into. All those gray and white triangles came together nicely in a true labor of love.

It was so cool to give the quilt to Britny in person last week. She stayed in our hotel room with Carrie and me for the first two nights of our California trip, so I actually got to spend a couple of days seeing her wrapped in her quilt. It was so awesome to see it finished, off of my sewing table, and wrapped around the sweet girl it was meant for.

Next quilting project?
Well, I have a friendship quilt to assemble...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Recap Video

Hello, blog friends.
Oh what I wouldn't give to still be in California this morning with my family. Carrie and I had such a great weekend road trip and I did take some photos, but they pale in comparison to the adorable video she made. So rather than uploading photos this morning I'm just going to share Carrie's video.

Have a great week, everyone!
PS: The song Carrie used is a cover of The Beatles "The Two of Us"  by Aimee Man and Michael Penn from the movie "Sam I Am."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Just a Quote for Friday

"Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages."

~ George Washington

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mandala, mandala, mandala...

Remember when I used to blog about crafting and baking and gardening?
I'll admit that I kind of miss that about PaperTurtle - the crafting and baking and gardening - but that's the way it goes with a personal blog, I suppose. This blog has always mirrored what's going on in my life, and right now it's yoga and mandala drawing. Long time readers will remember a time when this blog was all about my mom's fight against cancer. That was not my favorite time for blogging, but I can't imagine having gone through that time without my blogging community.

Crafting and the other stuff are still hanging out in the background, and they'll pop up from time to time here on this blog; of that I'm sure. But for today I have no words of wisdom, no silly antidotes to share with you, just another mandala to add to my growing collection...

Every mandala I draw is different, but I think it's interesting to see my style emerging with each mandala that I've drawn. I love the feminine nature of my mandalas. This really is my current favorite craft.

I'm going to be offering a yoga class and mandala workshop for my local yoga friends in the near future. I'm working out the details of the poses and the art, and I can hardly wait to share that here.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Day in the desert

When I say "Happy Monday" I really mean it this week.
I have today off work for President's Day.
It's so fun that Valentine's Day fell on a three-day weekend for us this year. Doug and I took a picnic lunch and spent some time in the desert on Saturday. Ahhh - the weather was absolutely perfect, and we found the prettiest spot to hang out for the afternoon. Come in, let me show you...

One of the advantages of being married to an outdoorsman is that he knows some really cool and remote locations. Though, we weren't exactly alone for the afternoon. With the glorious weather there were other Arizonan's out and about as well. Gotta' share the planet...

It's been a few years since I've shot a gun {healing shoulder} and we decided we'd take some time to do a little target practicing. Now, I know gun control is a hot topic and I'm not going to get all opinionated about the political junk associated around it. I will say that guns scare the living daylights out of me but Doug has taught me how to respect them. And he's taught me how to shoot and I must say I'm a pretty good shot. It's so fun to hit the bulls-eye! Or...well...pretty darn close to it anyway!

I smile to myself when I think of the contrast between yoga and the violent power of a gun. Yin and yang, dark and light, him and me...

What a beautiful day it was! This area was west of Superior, Arizona. Sigh...I want to go back...

What a great way to spend Valentine's Day. The fresh air and sunshine was good for both of us.

On the horizon this week: I'm SO close to finishing the quilt I've been working on! I'm excited to blog about it next week. And I'm gearing up for a road trip with my girl C to meet the new baby in our family and celebrate a first birthday for my niece, Olivia.

Wishing you blue skies and sunshine this week,
and the lingering happiness of Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Just a Quote for Friday

"Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could."
~ Barbara de Angelis
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