Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy New Year & the Rose Parade

Happy New Year!!
Well I am a little late in wishing you a ‘Happy New Year”. So many things have been happening at my house.
I was the one to catch the flu this year, it has been a long time since I have felt completely well.  I hear that from many people. If you are one of them, I hope you feel better soon.

The flu made it so that my Christmas decorations were very late this year, We put up the tree in our family room the Saturday before Christmas. That was cutting it too close for me.

We had a wonderful holiday season even though it was short. Right after Christmas I went to see the Rose Parade. We stopped off in a little town in California before the parade that was a miniature version of Denmark. The town is called Solvang. I think anyone who loves to create would like to visit this area. All of the buildings in the middle of the town are based on Danish designs. They have 4 windmills and storks nesting on the top of the buildings.
(The Danish people believe that it is good luck to have a stork nest on you house).
There were bakeries on every street and a wonderful chocolate shop. If you were hungry and you went at the right time of day you could buy an Aebleskiver (round pancakes with raspberry jams and powder sugar) right out of the window of one of the restaurants. (If you went at the wrong time the line was down the block).










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Rose Parade 2014




The floral arrangements on the cars and trucks were amazing!



The next day we where off to see the floats as they were being finished for the parade.
I love flowers and I have been amazed through the years by the floats they make using only organic materials. Flowers, seeds, leaves, small green tomatoes, and many more materials that I could only guess at.
 New Years Day we left our hotel at 4:30 am to drive to the parade. I am not a parade person, but this was fun. The floats go by so fast that I could only take 2 pictures and the floats were gone.
The days were beautiful and warm and I will all ways remember our trip, but I think that once is enough.
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Now on to my new quilt – I have wanted to make a quilt using this block for a long time. One of the names for the block is Broken Wheel.
Here is what I have made so far.
I think I will add another row and sashing, a stop border and then the border.
I am excited to finish this because I have 2 more ideas I want to start.
Have a good day,

Laurie

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