Festival of Pie 2015

Oh my, what a week! It was chock full of activity, we had a lot of fun, but boy am I tired!!! The holiday week started last Saturday with a trip into LAX. Liam’s plane from Nashville arrived just a couple of hours before his girlfriend Celia’s (she was checking out a college on the east coast) so he waited around for her and I picked them both up. These 2 happy faces say it all:

Look who I found!

We had to take Celia back to her dorm at her boarding high school in Santa Monica, but we had time for a nice lunch first at a restaurant by the beach:   We had a fabulous lunch @blueplateoysterette, then liam slept all the way home!

Andrew was off in St. Louis at a conference from Saturday until Tuesday, so the boys and I had to muddle through the early steps of prepping, I also had a lot of meetings at school, and I finally got my new dryer on Monday, hooray for doing laundry!

Ooh, aahh, I now have a matching washer and dryer! Bring on the mounds of laundry!!! #fbp

By Tuesday evening hubbby was home, Celia had arrived to spend the rest of the week, most of the shopping was done and it was full speed ahead preparation Wednesday:


Look at all these vegetables!

We do not have enough fruits and vegetables for the #festivalofpie!

I had to get really organized in order to make 12 pies in one day! I start by figuring which pie pan holds which pie, I print out each recipe and place it in a pan:

Prep for the #festivalofpie has begun! I've matched all the recipes with the plates that will hold thst particular pie!

Lots of pies were made, everyone made their favorite, and I made a bunch!


  • Top row: Sweet Potato Pecan (hubby made this), Mincemeat,  Meyer Lemon Creme Brulee Tart
  • Middle row: Apple (Liam’s), Cherry, Sugar Cream
  • Bottom row: Rhubarb, Pumpkin, Red Coach Grill Chocolate (Celia made this)
  • Note pictured: Logan’s Derby Pie


We cooked like crazy on Thursday too, here Liam and Celia are helping make pumpkin ravioli:  

Pumpkin ravioli was made and eaten! #latergram

Many hands were on deck to get everything ready....we had a mixologist! #latergram

Stirling was exhausted with all the comings and goings:

Stirling had to hold down the couch! #latergram

For dinner we had 12 folks, friends from the University as well as a friend of Celia’s:


Here’s hubby with the bird!

The bird was a thing of beauty! And tasty too! #latergram #thanksgiving

After an awesome dinner and a walk around the block, it was time for pie! Here’s my friend Anne bruleeing the top of a Meyer Lemon Creme Brulee tart:


Tony brought 2 more pies, so we had a couple more. We often have more people over for the pie, but this year only my friend Liz made it!


We sent people home with lots of pie, and the next day, after dropping Liam and Celia off at Disney Hall for a double date ending at an LA Phil concert:

Liam and Celia are headed to hear the LA Phil. #sogrownup

Hubby and I spent the evening with my cousin Jess, her hubby Jim and baby Lucy, along with my Aunt, Uncle, cousin Matt and his new wife Drea. We had a great night, with not a picture taken!

Saturday sped by with clean up, more laundry, I had to work on a sommissioned Christmas stocking, and then, GAH! We were up at 3 AM to take Liam back to LAX for a 6 AM flight. Celia was with us, so after a teary goodbye, we then had to kill a couple hours until breakfast restaurants opened in Venice. After a nice breakfast, it was late enough that we could bring Celia to her friend’s house.

It was a fun filled week, but not very restful! Now the big push to the end of the semester, my open studio, and Christmas!!!!

[social4i size="small" align="float-left"]

November Goals Check-in

Oh dear, what a crazy couple weeks it’s been! Did you see “get hacked and locked out of your blog” on that list? Yeah, neither did I! The time I spent on recovering from this craziness has put me way behind on what I wanted to get done on the next session of Dyeing 104. Now I’ve got to switch gears, because Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Hubby heads our for a conference just before Liam comes home for the week. Andrew will return and go into high gear cooking prep, Celia, Liam’s girlfriend, arrives to spend several days with us, we’re gonna be busy!!!

November Goals

Launch Online Shop November 2  100%
Dyeing 104 sessions 7 November 9 100%
Dyeing 104 sessions 8 November 30 0%
 More Indigo Zip and Gos November 6 100%
 Birdie Zip and Gos November 6 100%
 4 Indigo Pillows  November 6  100%
 Tree Quilt in Kitchen Blues palettes  November 24  0%
Teach Advanced FMQ at RSC  November 30  33%
 calendar email to students  November 30  0%
Recover from hacking  November 30  90%
Move website to new hosting  December 12  0%
Re-stock scarves  December 12  20%
Finish the next mystery project back burner 50%
Mod House Quilt back burner 5%

In the meantime, we’ve been having glorious weather. In this crazy busy time, I’m trying to remember to look around and notice lovely things right in front of my nose…like this loaded blood orange tree in my front yard. Look at that sky!

blood orange

[social4i size="small" align="float-left"]

I’m back!


Oh my GOSH, what a week and a half it’s been! Last Monday, the 9th, my websites were hacked by a bot! Most of them were fixed and accessible by Friday, a couple took the weekend to resolve, but until a half an hour ago, I couldn’t log in to the admin site of my…

Linen Indigo Shibori Pillows


As you know I’ve been playing around with my indigo vat. I dyed some linen a couple weeks ago, here are four pillows I made with it: They all are closed with a simple zipper on the back: I had some fun quilting these along the fold lines: I love that I had enough space on…

Show Report | Red Dirt Art Festival Fall 2015


We had absolutely fabulous weather for this show! Who would imagine that in November we’d have lovely blue skies and 75-80 degrees? You’d think I’d get used to this living in Southern California! We had rain and cool cloudy weather earlier in the week, but oh it cleared up quite nicely! There were lots of…

Red Dirt Art Festival Tomorrow from 10 – 4

Red DIrt

Red Dirt is Tomorrow from 10 – 4! It’s located at the Smiley Park  on Cajon & Vine St (Google Map) in  Redlands. I’ll have my new Birdie Zip and Gos My Indigo Zip & Gos: Lots of sateen clutches: And I just made some linen indigo dyed pillows too!

New Bird Zip & Go Bags in an Autumn Splendor Palette


I snapped a few pix of a flock of new Zip and Go Bags (pattern by Dog Under My Desk) that I sewed up using one of my favorite color pallettes ever: Autumn Splendor. Ooooooh, I just LOVE these! The front and back of each bag are cut from side to side pieces on my hand…

Meetup | November Goals


I’ve got a lot of balls up in the air right now, I sorta feel like I’m not having time to enjoy/celebrate each individual thing that’s happened, but it is what it is! Biggest thing crossed off the list in October was the launch of my new online shop!!! Big surprise, it took more time…