Monday, May 17, 2010

CF Walk 2010

The Cystic Fibrosis Walk has always been a big event in our family.....Patrick's cousin, Trevor, was diagnosed with CF soon after he was born and the fight, medically/emotionally/financially, has been on since then. Trev's Mom, Christie is one of my many heroes, as she is unrelenting in her germ precautions, therapies, and immense fund raising to help find a cure for CF.

Above is part of the HUGE group of people who comprise Team Trevor...and Christie & hubby Durval are our pack leaders :-)

I'll be hosting another Crop for CF this Fall to contribute to the CF Foundation....stay tuned for dates and details.

The Simmons Clan at CF Walk
Christie & her spunky daughter, Gracie
Trevor....can't believe how he has grown & triumphed

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Brimfield baby...vol #3

Here's all of the cool stuff I bought....

Hannah's car full of treasures.....our luggage was on the top of the car to make room for all of our cool stuff!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Brimfield Baby...vol #2

cool pin display....I bought a bunch of sewing/fabric from this lady
Karen's 1st purchase of the day...a triple shuttle...and her most prized find!

Loved the displays in this woman's booth.
She re-purposed old knives into plant cool. I bought one that said "Faith" for an inside houseplant.
We loved these birds, but figured we coud make them since we are all crafters!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Brimfield Baby...vol #1

I am back from a Fantastic Road-trip with my friends to Brimfield.....probably the largest antique fair ever. We had a blast last year & this trip was more of the same....with the fabulous Hannah now joining us :-) Here are a few pics with more to come....

Catherine, me & Karen heading out in the rain to search for deals and cool junk.
I loved these chocolate molds.....did I need them, no, but appreciate to the cool factor.

Here we are walking in the drizzle, scoping out where to many choices...
Loved this booth, esp. the mermaid.
piles of handcrafted, re-purposed bird houses....more clever treasures from re-purposed goods tommorrow.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Crop for Cancer

I had a blast at the Crop for Cancer last Saturday. I took my Mom for a Mother's Day gift & my friend, Karen, also came along. A truly fun day of fundraising for a great cause while cropping the day away.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Almost Home Rescue

I recently volunteered for the weekend transport for Almost Home Rescue. Rescue dogs from high kill shelters are brought to New England via P.E.T.S transport each week to their foster or adoptive homes. We volunteers meet the transport in NH and then bring foster dogs up to Maine. I love doing transports, seeing dogs from deplorable conditions & circumstances get a second chance at a life being loved. (by the way P.E.T.S is going to be featured on a new series on Animal Planet ...June 5th I think...called "Last Chance Highway")
This is Logan. He is an owner-surrender from here in Maine. AHR also helps out fostering/adopting local dogs too. He was such a sweetie & seemed pretty confused about the whole adventure. But, he's happily in his new foster home now.
for more info on volunteering, donating, adopting/fostering a dog, visit

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New England Modern Quilt Guild

I was able to attend my first meeting for the New England Modern Quilt Guild on Saturday....there had been a couple of meetings before, but with Guild members all over NE meetings are scattered & I can't travel to all of them. My friend, Rhea of Alewives fame, and I drove to Portsmouth to meet, greet, and show & tell (my favorite part!).

Laurie made the gorgeous quilt above & a boy-themed one as well when she learned she was pregnant!
I love the bright colors of this quilt by Lisa....she was lucky enough to take a Kaffe Fasset class & this was her creation.

Rachel is still in the process of making this Improv pattern just doing things she likes...loved it!
That's Rhea (with me helping to hold) with her so-soft La La Log Cabin quilt she made for her sister. The blues and greens of this quilt were breathtaking & other shots of color really made them sing.

Here's Megan's "ticker tape" quilt...loved the design & seeing it in person with all the texture does it WAY more justice.
Shelly also brought a complex creation in black & whites with shots of primary colors....bummer my pic came out so cruddy beacuse it was really cool.