Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Hard Core

There are times when chocolate cake for breakfast is the only reason to get out of bed:

The craziness of the past week just dissolves into a gooey chocolate faint, faded, just on the tip of your tongue memory. The best place to hide the crazy:
One version of the recipe for the Texas Sheet Cake can be found here:
This cake has been a family favorite for years and it's truly the best chocolate cake ever!
Monday, a week ago, I got some bad family news. The phone call that my dad was in ICU. Prognosis was not good. (He's home now, so things weren't as bad as everyone thought). In the mailbox I found a package:

Inside was this very wicked cool pincushion from Kwilty Kim--Threadheads Unite! Does she rock or what? It really brightened a very dark couple of days. Thanks Kim, I am so honored! By the way Happy Birthday!

The new pincushion will get its maiden voyage on the Dresden Plate quilt I plan to start piecing pretty soon from the assorted fabrics you see below.

Here's my progress as of today on Blackbird Designs Beneath the Sunlit Sky:

I'm waiting on GAST Antique Rose and Grape Leaf.

Here's a Sonne Spotte update:

I'm truly, madly, deeply in love with this bit of needlework. It's joy, plain and simple. Yes, I'm a dork but I don't care. I tried to take some close up shots of the splashes of color but the sun was too bright and no matter where I stood my shadow seemed to cover it up. I gave up. Trust me it's unbelieveably beautiful.

This big guy has set up housekeeping in the tree outside my kitchen window. The web runs from tree to ground. Lives in a mansion of a web let me tell ya. There would have been a photo of the web but one morning at 4am while attempting to quietly chase the dog I ran right through it. I guess I'm lucky the critter doesn't now live in my hair. ICK!


andrea said...

Melissa, that is a yummy looking piece of cake!! I'm glad everything is/was OK with your Dad, whew!
You're making great progress on everything. I love them both.
And that spider is beautiful, his back looks like a silver brooch or pin. I'm glad he's not living in your hair though, lol!

Nicole said...

Wow you seemed so calm mentioning that you ran through the web - good for you! I've never seen a spider like that one, amazing looking thing!

Good luck on the Dresden Plate!

Anonymous said...

Aw, I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I hope all is going well. Chocolate cake! YUM!

Ew, that's on heck of a spider!

Meari said...

OMG, that cake looks sooooo good!

Glad to hear everything is OK with your Dad.

All that fabric looks gorgeous! :)

claudia said...

The Pioneer Woman has been sharing pictures of spiders the last two days...and a grasshopper named Hamish.
Your spider gives me hiney cringes worse than the ones Ree shared at her site. How big is that spider anyway? I have pictures of a spider that's about as big as a quarter. Too big for my liking, I think he moved, I hope he moved...eeewwww!

Carol said...

Oooo, Beneath the Sunlit Sky looks fantastic!!

Michelle said...

Both of your WIPs look fabulous. And you've picked some beautiful fabrics for your dresden plates!