Friday, October 26, 2012

Process Post!~Oct. 26th

I have unburied my sewing room and began working on some Christmas projects!

Poor 'ol Betsy hasn't been used in months!!
 For the past couple of months, all I have done is quilt on my frame. I had SO many quilts that needed to be quilted! I still am not done with them all but am ready to start piecing some projects.
And...Christmas is coming!!!!!!!!!!!
 

So...I pulled out some of my Christmas fabrics! Especially those that I had assigned to projects in my mind :)
This is my future Advent Calendar!!!

Here are all 25 pieces! Baby Jesus goes on last :)
I love my cat Christmas fabric!

leaders and enders project! More postage stamps!!
I ironed fusible onto the back of these and started cutting them out. Next I'll be attaching them to black felt and then sewing a loop of embroidery thread on them. They get hung on the advent calendar piece...after I quilt it and sew buttons all over it.

My Jacob....lounging in the sewing room.


and Patches curled up...around a roll of cotton batting...on top of a pile of polyester batting :)


She's so cute!

 I started working on a Christmas gift  too!


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I purchased this cardinal Christmas fabric back in 2008 ish?  I think I bought it my first year quilting because it reminded me of my dad :) He always pointed out cardinals to me and my brother when we were growing up.

 So...I decided to make a Christmas wall hanging quilt.

But, I couldn't decide whether I should put the tan next to the printed fabric or the red next to it....



I ended up going with the tan first then the red...
Next, I am going to put a 3" finished border of the pinecones




What do you think? Would you have gone with the tan first?

What projects are you working on?


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the home of 'Winter'!

We had the privilege of going on a homeschool field trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium earlier this month!
It was so super neat!
Before going, we read the book of Winter, the dolphin (the true story of her entanglement with a crab trap in Mosquito Lagoon and her rescue and recovery) and also watched the movie "Dolphin Tale". (Which several of our local homeschoolers were extras in!!)

It was really exciting to go meet Winter!
making our lunch!

and dinner's in the crock pot!

ready to go!

I can't tell you how many countless time I drove past this sign while living over here...it felt strange to get a picture of it, lol.


the boat house!



crab trap
both of these birds actually played "Rufus" in the movie!
 


This is Winter's prosthetic!


this is Winter Rubber...it goes on before and after her prosthesis
 We got to meet Nicholas!...he is quite spunky and LOVES to get the crowd wet!


video




Nicholas waving!
looking in from the bottom of Nicholas's tank was really cool! a lady came by and waved a box in front of the window and Nicholas came over to check things out.
 

 Touch and feel.....


Winter's Xray!
 
 River Otters!

 Here's WINTER!!


Winter and Panama!

 They allow Winter to swim in her adapted way most of the time. Her prosthesis is only used for short therapy sessions to slow down the curve in her spine.





Panama!

Winter

Winter, holding still for her trainer to put on her prosthetic fin.




and off she goes!!
video

racing her trainer!

 After seeing Winter and Panama...we took a boat ride over to the second facility.
 

this is the back side of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium as we were heading over to the second facility.
 Facility # 2 is ALL about the movie. Movie props, etc. As well as interesting facts!





this is a second "eagle's nest" the other one was at CMA...they actually used both of them in the move!


SO COOL!

From the carnival they had in the movie! :)
 We had a GREAT time! It is definitely not an "all day" experience. You need about a half day to experience both facilities.

Kyle working on his Winter the Dolphin book that we downloaded from the educational page on the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's website.