Even On Dance Days…

Remember about that never-ending project?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Well here I am again. Sewing, sewing, using it to keep me from going stir crazy because I leave for me performance in a few hours. Well, I will persevere, with both the quilt and the dance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

-S.J.

Dancers Days…

So, just so you all know, I’ve had bronchitis the past week.  It’s been rough, full of short nights for both me and my mother, and it’s grating on us both. But, the show must go on.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dance dress rehearsals wait for no girl, bronchitis or no, so yesterday we ran up to the doctors, got a diagnosis, and then loaded me up on antibiotics and cough suppressant. I went to dress rehearsal today, and did fairly well considering everything that’s happened.  Performance tomorrow, and I pray that everything works out.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

-S.J.

The Endless Project…

We’ve all had those projects that we started…And they won’t end…

I’m being haunted by one of those “phantom” projects right now. It seems to me that no matter how many of the Frances quilt tops I get done,there’s just another one to smile evilly at me needing to be sewn together. AGH! This is driving me crazy! I’ll push through, I just might be crazy by the end.

-S.J.

Summer Is…

Summer to me is…

Scraped up knees from bike…Incidents.

Eating so many cherries, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc, that my I don’t have room for lunch.

Getting tan lines.

Hating tan lines.

Watching my hair get blonder (Is that a word?!?!?!) and more sun-streaked as the days roll on.

Spending as much time and happiness with the people and things I love that it almost (Note it says almost) makes up for all of the time lost in and on school.

Girls camp!!!!!

Weeks in the mountains riding horses at my grandparents ranch.

-S.J.

Ballet: Hidden Perils

Funny moment of the week: At dance, one of the guys (The prince) Was being “Killed” by the evil wizard. It’s a kind of scary piece of choreography actually, and it involves the prince being thrown around and lifted into the air by the wizard and his minions as a sacrifice.The wizard has a very intimidating “face” (A.K.A. mask) made by my mother.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Unfortunately, ballet is kind of dangerous, and as the prince was being put down, a minion got in the way, the prince slipped, and it ended with the prince in the bathroom trying to get the split above his eye to stop bleeding. Rather an interesting class….

-S.J.

It’s Getting There…

Now, I quilted a lot last summer, as I do every summer. That’s great, I know that it’s good for me, and I enjoy it. But as I was cleaning out my room this year….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I had almost forgotten about these! They are both such sweet quilts, and they had somehow just been…I’m not really sure. Set aside or something? Anyway, they’re going to get done now, I have decided. I’m making up a bunch of tops, and then I’m going to quilt them all at once, and, as my mom puts it, bind until my fingers bleed. I’ve finished the little top that I posted about a few days ago.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s such a silly little thing, but I really enjoy working small, and I haven’t worked on anything new for a long time, so this made me feel vastly better. I hope to continue working away, and I’m planning on having a booth at the farmers market again this year.

Keep things crafty!

-S.J.

 

A Little Run-Down…

I’ve been busy all school year, and now it’s summer. I am so glad. I’m ready to revel in hours and hours of sewing, and I’ve been accomplishing a lot with all of my new time. A few things that have been moving forward, and that will be done by the end of summer:

  • My water quilt. I should have had it done ages ago, but the past is the past, and I have a completion date to work towards now.
  • The Francis quilts. This is technically my moms project, as many of you know from reading her blog, Wedding Dress Blue. Regardless, I have been piecing most of the tops, and need to get those done.
  • I am going to get some small quilt tops done, and quilted. I have had several of them lying around for ages, and it’s time for them to move out of my room and explore the world.

A few things I want to work on, but may not finish, or will continue after summer:

  • My “Kitty Cross-stitch”, as my mom calls it. It’s this sweet little paneled cross-stitch of cats, and I love it, but my heavens, is that thing HUGE. But I am going to work on it.
  • My schools summer jazz band. I play the flute, and I want to participate in that.
  • Ballet. My dance performance is in 3 weeks!!!!! I have three costumes just from my own classes, plus one with the little girls I teach. Exhausting! But fun, because ballet means as much to be as my quilting.
  • Prep for heading into high-school. Gah!!!! It’s such a scary though!!!!!
  • Swim at least three times a week. I am, by nature, a fish. I love swimming, getting wet, water….Yeah. All that.

Am I ready for all this????? I hope so. It’s going to be a bust happy summer, as usual. Full of sunburned cheek bones and laughter, water hair and friends. And jelly/ jam making with any luck!

-S.J.