The Alaska Fiber Festival is going to take place in Anchorage in March. Since I'm officially a snowbird, I've resigned from the board, but still want to stay somewhat involved. The theme for the 2008 Fiber Festival is "Half Baked Alaska", so I decided to make an apron and a recipe journal for the silent auction, which will be held during the festival. It's been a fun little project. The journal was inspired by Fiber & Stitch They have several free tutorials for making different projects. I also added a few recipes to the journal.
I was invited to go to a local quilt guild meeting today. Joyce, who I have recently become acquainted with, and who also just moved here from Alaska, invited me to go along with her. It was the Sunset Slope Quilters, a lovely bunch of women........170 of them!! I could not believe how many people were there! The meeting lasted all morning, with business meeting, a very impressive show and tell, snack break, and then a very interesting program given by Kelly Alford, who is the owner/ designer of iota. This is a stationery/surface design business. Very interesting program! I'm very excited about how active the quilting community is around here!
I got the itch to get my watercolors out today. Clearly, I am not a painter, but every once in awhile it's fun to dabble in something besides threads. This little painting is a representation of the beautiful Colorado Monument that is near Grand Junction. Those red rocks are so spectacular. I took a drive up there on Sunday, but there were a few snow covered and icy spots, so I turned around. This is not a road I want to be driving on when it's icy.....there are shear drops from the road to the canyon floors in many spots.
I don't know if Craig likes having his Mom around again, after being on his own for awhile, but I know I enjoy having him around.....especially when he decides to do the cooking! He made a fabulous dinner tonight. Let's see......We had Alaskan Halibut with fresh mango/strawberry salsa. The flavors of the fruit and cilantro were a wonderful flavor along side the halibut. Along with the halibut we had mashed potatoes mixed with sour cream, blue cheese, feta cheese, garlic........and a little of this and a little of that! They were so good! It's probably a good thing he doesn't cook every night!!! He's working at a local restaurant /brew pub and seems to be enjoying it. He really has a passion for cooking, and I won't be surprised if culinary arts is what he decides to do for a living.