Exploring Our New State

We’ve moved to Montana, we’re getting settled in and it was time to do something fun. We’ve done a few things but this time, I actually had my camera. A week ago, on Saturday, I came up with an idea.


Our goal? Go see a Santa Exhibit in Butte, Montana. A chance notice in a local paper directed us to where we were going. On arrival, I took some pictures of the awesome building while the boys played in the snow for a bit.


They played and I snapped pictures, assuming that, when we were ready, we’d go on inside.


A beautifully built old brick building. I tried my hand at photography and capture the beauty my eye could see.


Maybe I did it justice, maybe I didn’t. Either way, when we decided to head on inside to see the Santa exhibit, we realized we were at the wrong building. My GPS had failed me. While Jen drove the boys in the Rendy, I walked the streets for a few minutes, looking for the right building. This town, Butte, is full of old buildings that beg for a photographer who knows what they are doing to come snap some photos.


I found the right building and it was just as stunning in its old world beauty as the first one we went to. After a couple pictures of the outside, we made our way in.


The place was stunning by itself, the architecture spoke volumes to my old word heart. It was full of Santa – every shape size and color you could come up with.


We tried looking at all of them but it was difficult – there was so many!


Beautiful older pieces mixed with the newer plastic pieces of our world.


They even had a fairy Santa, for those who love fairies.


Fat ones, skinny ones, tall ones and short ones. Thousands of Santas in one building.


Santa on a horse next to a porcelain Santa cup.


A huge Santa for the boys to try and measure up to across from another Santa of interesting creation…


A Jester Santa. Guaranteed to make you chuckle, this Santa is just waiting to entertain a young child.


And, of course, a Weeble-Wobble-type Santa.


Santas lining the steps to the upstairs. We were not allowed up there – it’s still under construction. And, with that, we headed out. I wasn’t ready for the day to end this soon so we head out to another town close by (about an hour or so). It is called Phillipsburg, Montana. It boasted an antique store and I set out to drive that way to see what we could find.


On arrival, we set to walking around and realized it was a simple tourist-trap. A place that sells items that look good but are typically made in China and pretty worthless as a whole. We wandered around a few minutes, had some snacks and looked at some of the color of the town.


A table and chairs set up above a restaurant as advertisement.



Giant-sized fork and spoon as decoration as well.


And a few local artists creating wildlife statues for decoration. With that, we head out of Phillipsburg. I’m hoping the next small town we decide to check out has a bit more than just high-priced trinkets for sale.


This past Saturday, the boys wanted to play electronics. I made a deal with them. If they fill one plastic bag full of the pine cones and needles all over the yard, they could play electronics all day. I expected it to take at least an hour but they were done in under ten minutes. Since this coming weekend promises to be full of adventure, we didn’t go very far this weekend. I let them play and have fun all weekend.


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Let’s Talk About Quilts

Hi! I know, it’s been a few days again. I have been very busy working on quilts and other stuff, though. I think it is time to catch up on what I’ve done there…


I got this one back from the quilter on Christmas Eve. It has already been given to its new owner. I gave it to Jen’s brother Matt. I love this and need to make another one, though. It’s just stunning with the colors of green (close to teal) and black. I like the plus and minus values with the color coordination, as well.


The skill builder quilt came home on Christmas Eve as well. He did great on fixing up the center star that I had such difficulty with. It has been sent home with its new owner, as well. It went to my friend Meg. From her words, she loves it and uses it often. That makes me smile.


My favorite quilter of all time very nicely covered up the goofs on my part.


And “Flower Patch” has been sent to its new home. Mom should expect the baby any day and I even created a pillow to go with it.


It’s a baby quilt but big enough for a twin bed. Mom and baby can share it and, as her soon-to-come daughter gets older, it can go on the bed. The pillow made from leftovers is handy for a nursing mom and later can decorate the room.


The big block 9-patch is perfect for showing off these beautiful colors and I actually bought another set of these fabrics. I couldn’t not. They are very beautiful and I want to make another quilt, identical, for myself.


I had a small bag full of 5″ green squares in a variety of color hues and patterns. I put this together rather quickly to show off the beautiful yet jumbled mess. I added a 4.5″ border of white to frame it and then used some of what was left from my quilt store to add a smaller second border.


It looks just right in the spare bedroom downstairs. I could ask for a little longer on the sides but this is perfect as a twin quilt. I can’t wait to get it to the quilter and back so I can change the color of this room. I’ve also had several requests for this quilt to go to their home. I’ve declined all of them, as yet. We are calling this one, “Going Green.”


Two years ago or more, I created this quilt. I loved the mix of colors and have always called this quilt, “Piano Key Stair Step.”


As you can see, I have learned a lot since I originally made this. My squares line up a lot better, now. Most of the time, anyway.

My brother in Connecticut was making noise that he wants a quilt made by me. He doesn’t care what it looks like or how it is made – homemade is better than store bought. I think, when this one is quilted, I’ll send it to him. I hope he can ignore all the mistakes – it was several years ago that I made this.


I was trying to decide which back to use and, in the end, picked green. I love the way it contrasts so sharply.


I forgot to get a picture but I picked this tan on white to go as a border and back on the quilt top I made with my mom in Oklahoma.


I made this quilt top last weekend. It’s called, “Her Choice.” The fabrics and initial few blocks were not made by me. I was given this set and went with what had been started by the lady before me. I used most of what she had and couldn’t figure out her plan for what pieces were left. This is a good sized lap quilt and I think I’ll hold on to it when it’s done being quilted. I recently realized that I’ve given so many quilts away and haven’t kept one for our house. We only have one in the living room. We need at least three!

I am going to sign off here. My mouse got coffee spilled on it (by me) and isn’t working quite right and it is throwing off everything I try to do. There is more to show you! More news about quilting! I’ll be back with it when the mouse is dry again.


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