Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bye Bye...Vegas....Hello...Christmas!!

We had an incredible show of frost coming home from Vegas...

The trees were covering in super thick frost...


Made for a beautiful winter scene....


Feels so much more like Christmas...that's for sure!!!


There is nothing like our sunrise and sets either!!


But that doesn't mean we didn't have an incredible time in Vegas



We took in the Beetles circ de solie called Love


Ate at Guy Fieri's restaurant, Vegas


It was some interestingly arranged food...


Quite delicious...


We always like to try new things and it was a good experience 


Visited the Venician....


Justin was tickling the flamingo....


Or getting squished??


Caesar's was as impressive as always....


Just loved how the escalators curved around for 3 stories....

The Bellagio water show....that bank of lights is actually a wall of water shooting in the sky...


Visited the Pawn Stars pawnshop...yup....that's Maryann down the counter...


It is very interesting to see what they consider to be of value 


This art work was very haunting with its 3D effect....


The eyes are so realistic..


Rented a car and met my parents at Lake Havasua by the London Bridge


This bridge was dismantled one stone at a time in England and reconstructed in Lake Havasua in 1970s. Looks like it has been there for centuries!

This was a pretty cool Christmas gift Justin had made at the Poloroid Store in Vegas for his friend...


If your able to zoom into the pictures you'll see they are from some serious stuckage moments from harvest at the Van den Hurks...not sure they are really 'over' it yet but it was a unique way to hang some memories!!

Going to be a busy week...Christmas and Chantel's wedding on the 27th!!

Going to need to try some energy drinks I am thinking!!

Christa



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What Happens In Vegas....


Can come home with us!!!

At least so far.....

So for the side ways pics....can't seem to get them to rotate today!!
It is important to start a day in Vegas with a hearty breakfast as you will walk for MILES!!!!

We did take a break from walking to ride the High Roller....

This gigantic Ferris wheel never stops so you load into the pod as it slowly keeps rotating...
It takes you up 550 feet in the air ....higher then most of the hotels...
The view from up here....it was incredible!!

The Bellagio water fountain we're going off and it was a spectacular view!!

Can leave Vegas without a stop at freemont street to see the electric roof lit up!!

The colours are So vivid...I wish it would have rotated so you can get a true idea....but your going to have to lean your head instead!!!
We have never been to Vegas at Christmas time and wanted to see it all done up...

The Bellagio has quite the conservatory and it never disappoints!!

These polar bears are each made up of 50000+ carnations
Everything is made of flowers and are living ornaments 

What a beautiful shade of pointsettias.....just a sea of color

Giant snow globes....
We stumbled on a ghiradellla shop and couldn't resist some chocolate covered strawberries...

They never even made it to the box!!!! 
And of course no vacation is complete with out at least ONE margarita....Its fiv o'clock all day at Vegas 

This strip is all the world in one row!,
Tomorrow.....Lake Havasua to meet up with my snowbird parents!!

Let's see what kind of trouble we can find!!

Christa 


Friday, December 12, 2014

12 Days.....

Yup, Colleen.....
 
No matter what you do...
 
It's a'coming!!
 
That's right...12 days!!
 
Just started shopping yesterday.
 
Got the tree up and 3 strands of lights today.
 
Only one is lit.
 
Oh well...it is smelling like a forest in my house!!
 
Baking? What's that??
 
Haven't even gone down that road yet!
 
To get us into the spirit....
 
 
I love this little guy!!
 
He makes a white Christmas feel so good!!
 
So take 3 minutes for yourself....
 
Sit back and sing along...
 
While these cute little reindeer back Santa up!!
 
Then...
 
 we can get back to the regularly scheduled rush!!
 
Christa
 




 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sedona...Month 7 and 8

Are you in the Christmas Spirit yet??
(I can hear Colleen from here...Stop!!!
Well...it's coming....so get ready)
 
17 days to Christmas and 19 days to Chantel's Wedding!!!
 
YIKES!!!
 
We attended fellow quilter, Lori Loewen's Choir on Saturday.
 
They were amazing and got us feeling festive!!!

 
I even picked up a Christmas tree....now to put it up!!!
 
While I was feeding cows this morning,
 
I came across.......

 
 two pigs in a blanket!!
 
Porkchop and Bacon thought they were hiding
 
They have been free ranging for a couple of months now
 and
 think they are part of the herd of cows.
 
When people drive by our farm,
 
 they always do a double take when they see the pigs roaming around freely.
 
Always gives us quite a chuckle!!
 
As for quilting~
 
My Sedona Star is up to Month 9 now!!
 
I appliqued and stitched down Month 6,7 and 8

 
and have attached them to the quilt.
 
It is strange to work in circles

 
 as this quilt takes shape getting bigger and bigger
 
 
Month 9 is in the works....back to paper piecing!!
 
Christa
 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

McKenna Ryan's From The Coast

I have two favorite designers.
 
Kate Spain and McKenna Ryan
 
Can't pass up anything they make!!
 
 
 
This was a McKenna Ryan impulse buy at Houston Market...
 
no doubt about it!!

 
As I fuse down all the pieces...

 
I have to say...
 this is going to help me get through another bitter winter...
 
 
as I envision myself on 'some beach... some where'....
(with a margarita.of course!!)
 
 
Have a listen.....

 
It feels like cheating with it being laser cut....


 
But cheating feels really nice right now!!

 
I plan to do the stitching/quilting at retreat in February,2015...
(doesn't that sound weird!!)

 
by a warm fire remembering Maui....

 

 
as the snow falls outside...

 
dreaming....

 
of spring!!
 
Is it 5 o'clock yet??
 
Christa