Friday, August 30, 2013
I am not exactly sure how long Bearizona has been in Williams. I know I have been seeing billboards in the Flagstaff area for at least 2 or 3 years. My niece's birthday is next week. We both work on her birthday, so we are doing some birthday celebrating early. I was pretty sure this was something she would enjoy. So today Penny came along and we went to check it out.
The first part is a drive through animal park. You have to keep your windows up at all times. Not too hard today, as it ended up pouring rain a lot of the time. There is a similar park I have been to in Idaho called Bear world. We started with some mountain goats, and then dall sheep, burros and mountain sheep.
They also have a raptor show, but it was too rainy for them to do it. I enjoyed myself. I would be willing to go again.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
We went for a long drive on Friday, along the East Fork of the Black River. The water was beautiful. Dericka had never been camping before and not really at in the wilderness. She seemed to have a good time.
Dericka and Lynnora. A friend of Dericka's had her where a compass pinned to her shirt in case she got lost. I'm not sure where it would have taken her to.
This store in Alpine kind of summed everything up. All you might want from Worms to Ammo to Elk jerky.
We stopped at Hawley lake on the way home. The water was crystial clear and beautiful. I might want to go there to stay another time.
Lynnora and Dericka cooking hot dogs over the fire. Dericka had never had that experience.
Friday, August 2, 2013
A while ago, I was given a bunch of pieces of upholstery fabric. Most pieces were really quite small. None of them were even big enough to be called a remmant. I thought, sometime, I need to see if there is something I can do with those.
I had stored them for two years and decided to drag them out. In one book, I had a pattern for something called a cuddle drop. It was quite cute in the book. My niece really liked them and so I thought I would try and make one.
Part of my thought process was that maybe I could come up with something that I could give as Christmas gifts or something. So above was the first one. It was made with some fleece I had on hand and a piece of the upholstery fabric. I had to buy felt to make the eyes and stuffing.
I posted the photo on facebook and most of the reactions were quite puzzled. What is it? What do you do with it?
Probably not the best idea for a gift.
My niece thought they were great and so with her picking out the fabrics from the upholstery pieces, we made all of the above between us. She made some and so did I. Most are for her. A few are for her family. We call this a crowd of cuddle drops. I had a request from someone at church to make some for her kids. So I did that. But I decided I was done with them. They weren't too exciting and I was wasting stuffing.
There are all kinds of odds and ends in the two boxes. I pulled out all the animal prints. I separated some by color and made these two pillows. They are on the smaller size, 12 to 14 inches. I think they turned out pretty well. However...I had to go to the fabric store and buy braid to dress them up a little. So now that has added about 13$ to my "free" pillows. And then a pillow form, at 40% off, was still about 6 dollars. So now they have cost me almost 20$ plus my time. And who is going to want these particular colors in their house?
But why is it whenever I think I have a "great" idea to make gifts, it costs way more than if I just bought something?