Nov 20

Paint My Eyes

10703842_10152913402634954_2786889537467529051_o“Paint My Eyes” is a new musical that premiered last night at BYU and we were in the audience for the very first performance! Brian played Herr Freymann who has painful memories of the horrible night of Kristallnacht in Germany and meets with two LDS missionaries who are dealing with life. The music is beautiful and the story is powerful as other characters all converge on the anniversary of that night with their own memories. Brian gave a touching performance and the other members of the cast were absolutely fantastic. The staging was minimalist,  the visual projections added to the drama, and one of the missionaries provided the comic relief in a story with deep and profound emotions. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 20

Last of the barn blocks

In the last two weeks of group sewing, we made the last two barn blocks for the quilt. Last week’s block was the Summer Star block. This is the only “twinner” block we made. We both loved this barn and roof fabric and decided to use them. As we were looking at fabrics for the blocks on the side of the barn, we just found these fabrics that worked and decided to go the same and be twins. Because of the planning we did, this is probably the most harmonious of all the barns. Most of the wall blocks are independent of the barn fabrics, but this one all blends together. I took the photo alphabetically: Team ShaRee on the left and Team Sue on the right. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 18

2014 Finishing the Series wrap-up


1) All books that are part of a continuing series qualify.

2) It doesn’t matter if you have 1 or 10 books in a series to complete it, it qualifies. The goal is to complete a series from wherever you are up to until the last published book.

Choose a level….

Level 1 – Complete 1 series.
Level 2 – Complete 2 series.
Level 3 – Complete 3 or more series.

My goal for this challenge was Level 2 and I actually completed four series this year so I’m calling this one because I have outdone myself. I completed the following four series:

  • Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley
  • Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett
  • Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
  • Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber


Nov 12

Fall Barns

Two more more barns built this fall and with only two more to go, we are starting to think about the endgame.

We did a lovely Maple Leaf block on a barn with silo for the fall season. We both fell in love with that darling silo fabric and decided we had to each use it, so we fussy cut the silos a little to get the big yellow flowers and stems where we wanted. Team ShaRee went with a brown barn and tied in the green leaves on the silo by using a green plaid roof. Darling! Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Gentle Spectrums wrap-up

I had an invite from RIEDEL Fascination to join one of her new reading challenges and I’m always game for a new one.  These go February 1st, 2014 – February 28th, 2015 so we’re not spending the holidays finishing books and posting wrap-up posts.  Great idea!  Also she’s not big on lots of picky rules so they are fairly straightforward.

Gentle Spectrums 2014

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Nov 10

Brian music video #2

BYU Young Ambassadors just released another music video of last year’s cast and is the opening number that has Brian doing some solo work.

Oct 26

Fall in Yellowstone-Day Three

This was a nice, sunny Indian summer day in the park. We started the day by getting caught in a traffic jam. Fortunately we were at the front end of it because there was a mother grizzly and her cub right by the side of the road and we were up close and personal. So awesome to see them and it was the first time for us to actually see bears in Yellowstone! Woo-hoo!


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Oct 22

Barn blocks 8 & 9

We are still working away on our barn construction and in the last couple of weeks we managed to get two more blocks finished and the barns all sewed up. The Waterturn block was named by Lori Holt as an homage to her Dad’s irrigation turns. In the West we live and die by irrigation, so you plan your life around your turn to get the water. It involves opening the gate to allow water into your property for a set amount of time, then closing it again. Since we are both familiar with irrigation turns and have each done our time with them, we knew we had to include this block in our quilts. Read the rest of this entry »

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