Monday morning (Aug 4th), I left for a 4-day quilt retreat to Bridge Creek Cottage in Augusta, Wisconsin with my mom and her "old" friends. I really don't think of them as old though. They're fun to hang out with!! I got 4 projects done while I was there and had fun catching up with everyone - and meeting a few new people too. Here's a picture of the group after our dinner at the "fancy" supper club. Five of us are missing - including me since I was taking the picture :)
The blue and aqua batik backpack bag was a kit I got at a show several years ago and totally forgot about! The directions were horrible (even my mom could not understand the ambiguous and missing info). It did turn out cute, but a lot of work.
The purple batik purse is a pattern I got from my friend Stacy. It's actually a garment pattern, but it went together okay despite me not following directions to use a 5/8" seam rather than 1/4" like I'm used to. I started this one before Mason was born. Never too late to finish a project!
My third project (my biggest one) cannot be revealed since the recipient may be reading this blog :) They will find out soon enough.
I also picked up the perfect fabric for a Christmas gift (no more details on this either :) ) and also bought a pattern for a messenger bag. I still have to find some cool fabric - I'm thinking Amy Butler.
My mom also brought her jewelry supplies so people could make a bracelet if they wanted - she even brought all her bracelets as examples. On the first day, she kept saying, "jewelry station is set up if people want to come make bracelets - the early birds get the best selection." Nobody was coming over. Then, for about 15 minutes she left the room and someone had an idea - everyone wear her real bracelets and see when she noticed. It took several hours before she noticed that someone made a bracelet "just like her own". We all came over and showed off our bracelets and all had a good laugh.
In addition to the quilt related activities, there was drama at home. Mason woke up Tuesday morning with a 102 fever. Wednesday, the poor little guy was in pain from Mana trying to take his temp, so Mana brought him to the early hours urgent care. He had a double ear infection. He was started on Zithromax antibiotic. However, Friday night he started to get a rash. Saturday morning it was bad so I took him to urgent care - yep, a drug allergy. The ear infection was still there, so they gave him a prescription for yet another antibiotic (he's also allergic to amoxicillan (sp?) ). Poor kid. Now we have to do 10 days (2 doses each day) of a new medication. And then his blond mother leaves out the "must be refrigerated" meds overnight last night. Doh! Target pharmacy was nice enough to contact our clinic to get a refill. When I came home today (from being at my parent's house all afternoon), I opened the fridge to see this... Mana "bank-pen'd" the medicine! Now I cannot get too far without having to put it back.
Oh, and did I also mention that Mana's car was vandalized while I was gone? Yep, someone threw a rock through the back windshield of his card that was parked in the driveway. Probably some dumb kids thinking they were funny.