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Flea Market Fancy and Treasure Island

25 Jun

Oh how I love this line of fabric!! This and Vintage Modern have to be my favs right now. I just may be spending the rest of my mother’s day money getting my hands on some more Vintage Modern charms and possibly some Fat Quarters…Here is what came in the mail over the weekend

Fabricworm was having a sale so I managed to get some half yard cuts of my favorite FMF prints. I love it so much I don’t want to cut them! I also began creating a logo to start sewing into the things I make, I finally feel like it’s time to make that next step. Never did I think a year ago when I started sewing my first quilt that I would be making a logo for myself and that I would be so addicted to sewing! I just wish I could quit my job and stay home and create all day! Well, it wouldn’t be all day long since the boys occasionally let me get in a minimum of 45 minutes of sewing time during daylight hours, but once Gav is in school free time will be something my hubby and I will for the first time in almost 5 years have once again! Gasp!

Not only did I manage to get some time measuring and cutting fabric for some more wallet organizers, but I also managed to edit a couple pictures from our trip. Have you ever heard of Treasure Island in San Fran? It’s an old naval base that is now used sometimes for film sets (Trauma was filmed here), has some wineries, and housing, and some creepy activity.

Anybody remember that show Trauma? This is where the helicopters took off from on the show. I did a little research into Treasure Island when we got home due to all the creepiness and horror movie feelings this place evoked and I found out that there was testing done here back in the day both for fire training, and training for nuclear decontamination…and there was a training school for Nuclear, Radiological, and Chemical Warfare. The island’s soil is contaminated with toxic substances and is undergoing environmental clean up, which we actually saw happening. I got creeped out when we drove by a fenced off area with two men (?) dressed in full contamination gear (think ET when the government guys come in to isolate ET and Elliot) and were sorting through piles of dirt and we saw on the fence one of those Caution Radiation signs. That was the moment I thought maybe we weren’t supposed to be there, rest assured it was ok that we were there. I think. There were a lot of old abandoned buildings, some of them falling apart.

After I took this picture a man came into the window and looked out at us and I almost screamed. I didn’t need to be scared (he had blue prints in his hands not a chainsaw) but the whole island was so creepy and I kept feeling like we were doing something wrong so he freaked me out for a minute. Continuing on our drive through the island we came to a sign that sent chills up my spine.

It’s obviously not real, but it definitely added to the horror movie quality of the island. In my mind I kept thinking of movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes. We kept driving and came to housing that looked like project housing. I found out later they basically are and upon signing a lease to one of these places you have to sign a form that says you  won’t plant anything edible in the soil, remember the soil is contaminated here. We came to an area of the housing that was fenced off with Radiation signs posted all along the fence.

People are living right next to these fenced off abandoned houses!! It seems crazy that anyone would choose to live next to this, I know I would be freaked out and gone in a heartbeat! I did read somewhere that occasionally the ground does leak contaminated gasses which may have been what happened here. The houses had weeds and stuff growing out of the roofs, I didn’t get any pictures because at this point I told my hubby to get us out of there. Obviously there are things going on on this island that aren’t being said and my mind starts to make up all kinds of crazy theories. It was definitely an interesting island and I would love to go back to take some more pictures someday. The one non creepy thing about the island was the awesome view of San Francisco.

The Bay Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

It was a fun little adventure and I’m glad we got the opportunity to be spontaneous!




Father’s Day weekend Part 1

24 Jun

Well it took me long enough but I finally have the first part of this possibly 3 part post. It seems easy enough to sort through pictures, but then you add in the fact that I crop them, watermark them, and sometimes play around with them and a task that should take maybe an hour takes 4 days. Oh, and the fact that I get easily side tracked. Anyways, we went to San Jose to spend the weekend with my hubby’s parents and brother who had flown in earlier in the week. We have found that the easiest time to leave when driving long distances with small children is to leave as early as possible so that they sleep most of the drive, so we were up and out by 5 am and arrived in San Jose by 11am. I knew it was going to be hot, but it was crazy hot. Thank goodness I remembered to pack the boys board shorts and Cha Cha had bought a pool the last time we were there.

Papa filling up the pool

Cha Cha enjoying pool time with her grandbabies

The hubby and I also took a little drive in his old Fairlane that his dad restored. That car is the car that my hubby drove me home in the day I met him (he gave me a ride home after work) and being in it brought back a lot of memories. When we got back the boys wanted to get in and pose for pictures.

That pool definitely helped cool the boys down and expend some energy. That night Gav was so tired he fell asleep at the dinner table!! He kept nodding off and jerking awake when his head fell, it was so cute! Poor little guy was wiped out. The next day we were supposed to go to a park and barbecue for Father’s Day but the dad’s wanted to do something else, so the hubby suggested San Francisco.  I was so glad I had packed sweaters for the boys and a pair of pants for myself because it was freezing there. We went to Golden Gate Park and the boys got to run around and go on the carousel.

After spending about an hour or so here and stuffing our faces with hot dogs, my hubby decided it would be fun to take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. Believe it or not but I have never been across that bridge! It was pretty neat even with the fog.

We kept on driving up to a look out point that was packed full of cars so we just kept driving until we came to an old army lookout. I bet there were beautiful views from there, we just couldn’t see them because of the fog.

This is what my hubby really wanted to do, explore, climb, run, get out and be adventurous. It was freezing cold and the boys started to get a little scared of the fog and wind the higher we went up but it was a lot of fun.

It was a fun little trip into the Bay area, so much that the hubby and I made plans to go back the next day and visit China town. But that’s for another post!



Spring Break!

18 Apr

I’ ve been pretty lame about updating my blog here lately. I guess I’ve just been tired and lazy to be honest. I feel the past month has been a little crazy with Spring Break and the sickness that has plagued our house on and off. So I’ve been in a funk since then a little when it came to updating this here blog. The kids have been pretty good today about playing and not using me as a pillow/jungle gym/punching bag so while they are occupied at the moment I thought I would FINALLY give an update. So here is our Spring Break trip to Palm Springs in pictures.

This is how much it takes for a family of four to go away for 3 nights lol. That’s not even all of it!

Uncle Jerry with Caleb ready to go swimming in his pool. Sun was right in Caleb’s face, oops.

Caleb could barely stay still for this picture, he was itching to get in the pool.This was the first time either of them has ever gone in the pool with water wings and at first they had a little trouble, but after a little adjusting they were swimming like little fish!

Caleb getting ready to jump in to daddy.

The next day we went to the Living Desert and met up with my sister and her boyfriend. This place was pretty neat and if your ever in Palm Springs I suggest you check it out.

Daddy got tired of pushing so he said “My turn!”

We saw these lizards run across the pathway and when I knelt down to get a picture of them, they ran towards me! Kinda crazy that they weren’t scared.

And then I also worked in a little practice with my camera. They had this huge miniature train town set up. It was pretty cool.

There were a lot of humming birds flying around everywhere and I tried to get a decent picture of one since I’m still a little slow when it comes to choosing which settings to use in manual mode.  This is the best one I was able to get.

After such a wonderful day it was a little bit of a bummer to get back to Uncle Jerry’s house and realize the boys had little fevers. So we took a nap and when we woke up, they were no better. Boo. We missed out on a huge family dinner but maybe it was for the best since they didn’t end up eating until midnight and that is way too late for the kids lol. They are used to dinner at the latest 8pm and bed by 8:30pm. So we gave them some medicine and put them to bed after eating a wonderful meal made by Uncle Dennis.

Despite the boys being sick we still woke up Easter morning to a yummy family breakfast and after mommy and daddy made a desperate run to CVS to get Easter baskets for the kids, yes we did procrastinate lol, the boys got to go on a little Easter egg hunt in Uncle Jerry’s backyard.

They each had a different area of the yard to ensure that Gavin was able to find some eggs too. Caleb had a special golden egg hidden that had money in it too! Shortly after everyone started going home and we decided since the boys were sick and uncomfortable we decided to go home too after a quick last swim in the pool.

Even though we all got sick except for daddy, we had a great time. The boys had so much fun being around so many cousins and family and it was really nice to get some days off where we had no plans or errands to run, just deciding what pool to hang out at for the day. I’ve got some sewing updates but I think I’ll save that for another day, dinner needs to get made.

Nap time

14 Apr

The boy just woke up from a 3 hour nap. That is not a typo folks, they really slept for 3 whole glorious hours. I sort of think maybe this was because they felt remorse for waking me up at 6:45am this morning and deciding they were ready to start their day of madness well before their ill rested mother was. Well, i sure am rested now! It almost went downhill a few minutes ago but I quickly averted a disastrous post nap time melt down by keeping calm and reacting with hugs instead of a firm voice. It worked. Hooray! Caleb was a little cranky and was whining about wanting milk, normally I might tell him no he has to wait until dinner but instead I made a deal, I told him to drink some juice first and then he could have milk, and I offered a snack and hugged him and thanked him for sleeping so long. What a difference my reaction made. He turned right around and is all smiles now and is happily eating gold fish crackers watching Bubble Guppies with his brother. Hopefully we can keep up this mood until daddy gets home tonight.

I’m woking on a big post recapping our mini vacation to Palm Springs complete with tons of pictures that I’ve been sorting through. I thought I would have been done yesterday but I’ve been so tired and yesterday I decided to sit down at my sewing machine for the first time in over a week to begin piecing my granny squares quilt together. Hoping to have both post and quilt top done tomorrow! Happy Saturday everyone!