Saturday, December 31, 2005

Friday, December 30, 2005


First of all - it isn't easy finding an apartment in Manhattan. I won't bore you with all of the details but in the end we did locate a place that is reasonably priced, not too far from Broadway Dance Center, that accepted a 6-month lease and didn't require a ton of financial documentation. YAY! Kaitlin is so excited about her Broadway Adventure! She starts on January 12th.

Of course a trip to NYC wouldn't be complete without a Broadway show or two. We saw the Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Wicked - which was FABULOUS!

Kaitlin already has several friends in New York. We had a great time with Jen. Did you know that Chipotle is in New York? Jen and Chipotle. Now I know that Kaitlin will be happy there. She won't have any reason to come home...

Sunday, December 25, 2005

The Adventure Begins!

Kaitlin and I are off tomorrow on our big New York City apartment search! Any advice? She will be rooming with another intern from Virginia. We are determined to find something close to the Broadway Dance Center that is safe and not too expensive.

Of course, being from Arizona, we are completely unprepared for the cold weather. I have one gigantic bright blue coat that I purchased over 20 years ago. It's the only coat I have ever owned. We've lived in AZ for 10 years and I have only worn it once, when we visited the Grand Canyon. So, I'll be in the 20-year-old electric blue wool coat, my new boots and gloves (which I think are actually ski gloves - I just asked for something warm. : ) and a scarf that I purchased at Buffalo Exchange.

I got Kaitlin a new "puffer" at GAP. I figured she would need something more up-to-date. She doesn't seem too concerned about the weather.

Hopefully I will return with lots of photos and good news. Take care and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Check out my 13-year-old nephew's site!

Don't miss the skateboarding videos. Yep, Andrew definitely takes after his "cool" uncle Brad....

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Merry Christmas!

File this under "What was I thinking?" You know I've been collecting neckties for quite a while and all of the holiday ties went into a certain bin. A couple of weeks ago I noticed this bin in my closet. It was labeled "Christmas." I was like "What is this?!?!" I opened the bin and remembered the ties that I had set aside. Suddenly I was overwhelmed with the urge to sew some Christmas skirts. I had lots of fun sorting the ties.

Please notice that the bottom skirt is all Christmas ties with a black background. It's quite a challenge to come up with 15 of these.

Anyway - of course, after my frenzy to sew these up I was like "Now what?" No one will want to buy these - or wear these. It takes a "special" personality to wear a necktie skirt in the first place - a Christmas necktie skirt is just a little too outrageous. So, these are just for you. I hope they make you smile....and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Oh no!

Now that Kaitlin and I are planning our big "New York Adventure" there is a transit strike! Under ordinary circumstances, this wouldn't affect me, but we are planning to visit on December 26 to locate an apartment for her to live in during her internship. By the way - if one more person tells me she'll never come back, I'm going to scream. Anyway - please pray that this strike is settled quickly - thanks!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

I'm obsessed!

With Project Runway! Please check out my Project Runway blog for all of the latest!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

It's Going to Be An Anthropological Christmas!

Have you been to Anthropologie this season? We are fortunate to live in Scottsdale where there are TWO. Kaitlin works at the one in Scottsdale Fashion Square. This is my all-time favorite store. I could stay in there for hours.... Anyway, HINT HINT to all of my girl relatives..... Your gifts will be from Anthropologie...that's all I'm going to say. The website has only a few items compared with the store - but it's still a lot of fun. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 08, 2005


My precious 20-year-old daughter, Kaitlin has been accepted into the internship program at Broadway Dance Center! That's Broadway as in New York City. She'll be moving there for six months starting in January. Congratulations Katiegirl!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Musical Messenger

I've been working on some musical-themed items for a special event next week. I made two of these patchwork messenger bags and two zipper pouches - so far!

Monday, December 05, 2005

The Best Quilt EVER!

Look what William brought home on Friday! Each student in his class drew a holiday picture with a message for an American soldier. They asked me to put them into a quilt.

Here is a close-up of one of the blocks...

here is another.

Daniel is helping me safety pin the layers together.

No time for quilting - we tied the quilt with multi-colored yarn.

Here is the finished quilt.

And here is Mrs. Penfield's class. Will is in the front in the black hoodie. They are sending the quilt to a soldier in Iraq. Don't they all look happy and proud? What a great quilt!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Farewell Sara - My Necktie Angel!

It was a great privilege for me to sing at the memorial service for Sara Zaluga this morning. She was a precious friend to me. We attend the same church where I sing in the choir and she served as a volunteer.

About a year ago I was standing behind her in McDonld's. I did not recognize her at first, but she turned around and recognized me and we began to chat. She noticed that my bag was made from neckties and I told her that I had made it myself. "Oh, Laura," she exclaimed, "I just gave away a HUGE bag of neckties to charity THIS MORNING. The truck came by the house and picked everying up. Can you believe it? My husband has been dead for ten years and I've finally gotten rid of his ties!"

Well I can't tell you how many times I have heard this. Just about everyone I know will describe to me how they have "gotten rid of" piles and piles of delicious ties.

I went on to ask Sara how she was, and she told me that she had been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was in treatment. (This explains why I didn't recognize her at first.) Well my face must have given me away. She said "Oh, I know, it seems like a death sentence, but I'm going to fight it, Laura." I sypathized with her and tried to encourage her. I can't remember what I said exactly. (My brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several years ago and he was dead in about three weeks. I KNOW how devastating this is - even though I didn't admit it.) After a while, we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.

The next day I got a call from Kelli in the Music Office at church. "Laura, the necktie angel has dropped off a package for you."

Can you imagine, that Sara, undergoing cancer treatment - AND suffering with Multiple Sclerosis - went down to the giant warehouse, where the donations for this charity were being held - looked through everything - and looked - and searched - until she actually FOUND that bag of ties and then dropped it off at church for me? This was humbling - believe me. What a kind and thoughtful thing to do. But that was Sara. An angel for sure.

About a month ago I was visiting her at home. The cancer was winning. She had asked me to sing at her service and we were talking about some music choices. It occurred to me that it is a wonderful thing to KNOW that you are at the end of your life and to spend each day carefully. Her only complaint was how difficult it was to swallow all of her medications. She had just returned from a trip to Las Vegas and was hoping to "make it" to Illinois for Thankgiving. (She didn't.) She spoke of her daughters and her friends. She wanted to know what I thought heaven would be like.

Well, now she knows.

Farewell, Sara.

Happy December!

If it's December it must be time for another necktie stocking! Yes those are neckties. Can you guess who this stocking is for?

That's right - it's for Stanton - my newest nephew. His brother Gray received a necktie stocking last year so Aunt Laura had to come through for Stanton in 2005!