Much of the movie American Graffiti was filmed right here in our little town of Petaluma in 1972. This weekend there was a "Salute American Graffiti" celebration in honor of 35 years since the release of the movie in 1973. This celebration was complete with a re-creation of the cop car scene--taking place at 4:30a in the morning before the day of the event. Read more about it here and see photos here.
Tons of old cars were on display and cruised around the downtown area. We went down for a look and snapped lots of photos.
On another note, we had some strange weather this week. Mid-week we got up to 102 degrees!! And then this weekend we were back down to a more usual mid 70s range. I enjoyed the hot weather and am looking forward to more hot days this summer. The hottest day this week, we played out in the back yard until 8pm just waiting for it to cool down a little. Here is pic of little man riding his big wheel in his birthday suit.
I do not know where April went to. I have neglected posting here for a few weeks...what have I been up to? Well, we went to the Maker Faire this weekend and had such a great time! I'll post a few photos here later this week.
For now, I need to get caught up on April! A couple of weeks ago we went to the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Francisco. I hadn't been there since I was a kid and I really need to get over there more often. It is so peaceful. Here is a few shots from our trip there.
I went to our local antique fair last weekend and scored on a bag of vintage quilt squares. I am working on a little craft project with them that I will post here later this week.
No, this is not a photo of my newly remodeled sewing room! (I wish!) This is Stitch Craft! A brand new sewing and craft studio that has just opened only minutes from my house!
The Craftzine blog had a post the other day titled "Stitch Craft comes to Petaluma". I was so excited to hear that this super cool sewing studio is opening up right in my hometown. I went over today to take a look and met the owner, Nicole (of Queen Puff Puff.) I can't wait to take a class, I think I will sign up for the Handbags class that she is offering later this month. Welcome to Petaluma Stitch Craft!
I thought it would be fun to take part in the Sew Mama Sew's Handcrafters' Holiday Blog Meme. I'll do "Traditions" today, and "Gifts" sometime later this week.
What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
Growing up we received our stockings in a real nylon stocking, a single leg stocking, I'm not sure how to describe, its like pantyhose but only one leg. We didn't hang these on the mantle, they just showed up Christmas morning layed out on the floor. There was always an orange and a couple of walnuts at the foot of the stocking and it would be stretched out really long. You could see right through it so you could see everything that was inside. The usual line up of goodies included "Flicks" chocolates (a favorite from my Mom's childhood), lifesaver book, toothbrush, some kind of yummy smelling soap or lotion along with other goodies.
Have you started any new traditions with your family that you didn’t practice growing up?
For the past two years, since our son was born my husband and I have made our own holiday photo card to send to our family and friends. Its fun to take the family photo and then choose our materials and design. We cut the paper and paste the photos to the cards. I can see my son getting more involved with this as he gets older and everyone seems to enjoy receiving a handmade card.
What do you love most about the holiday season?
I like making and giving gifts to friends and family. But honestly I dislike the holiday season, see answer below.
What do you like least about the holiday season?
Oh, where to begin. I dread the cold weather. I hate to see the store parking lots packed with cars, all the shopping and focus on material items. I hate the pressure of having to find gifts for people. I hate that the month goes by so quickly and there is never enough time to make everything I plan to make and still every year I refuse to start early.
Anyone close to your heart that you’ll be missing this year?
Yes, I will miss my Dad. This is our 5th Christmas without him and its not the same without him here.
What is your favorite holiday food?
Hmmm, has to be my Mom's apple pie. I love it for every occasion!
Johnnie was really in to Halloween this year. He wore his pirate costume all day yesterday. We practiced trick-or-treating at home because he is often shy about talking to people he doesn't know. But once he figured out there was candy involved it was all about "twit o tweet". We went downtown to trick or treat at the shops and he had a great time. His bag was overflowing with candy. The funny thing is that he didn't ask to eat any of it. It was all about "getting" the candy and even today he still never asked about it. He is already talking about what he is going to be for Halloween "next time".
I can't believe November is here and Christmas will be here before we know it. I've got to get busy on making gifts. We are going to England for two weeks during Christmas and so I've got a lot of preparing to do. Is anyone else totally excited about Sew Mama Sew's "30 days of Gifts to Sew"? It's going to be a productive November.
Today we took a trip to the pumpkin patch.
sweet baby ducks
many mounds of pumpkins
photos courtesy of my husband
We are half-way through October and I can't believe how quickly its
gone by. I guess I have been on a small blog break. I am giving flu
shots for the flu season and it has been keeping me pretty busy. I am working on a couple of crafty goodies that I will show here soon.
Summer has seemed to slow down my ability to get any crafting done. We have been busy lately and I have had little time to complete any projects. I have a few projects going on right now, but no photos to show just yet.
I've been wanting to try more stitching/embroidery lately, I feel like its a little more portable and easier to do late at night on the couch or in bed. I recently saw some punchneedle embroidery and I love the look of it. I got this great book called Punchneedle Embroidery 40 Folk Art Designs from my local library today. I love all the designs and the instructions look really clear.
And since I love to overload myself with projects, here is what is on my To Do Next list:
I would like to try out this tutorial for a collapsible bucket.
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