Sunday, July 20, 2008

A lovely weekend

Good morning Special Peeps! Thanks for the birthday wishes. I've had a lovely weekend, 4 days of fun with my favorite peoples ever.

First time in quite a while that The Girl has been able to join us for a day of fun. We picked her up on the way to Cambria and San Luis Obispo. It was a fun day of visiting and eating and shopping.

She just spent Thursday with us, then we dropped her back off at the end of the day. She's a busy thing. And dang it, she wants her bunny back.

One of my favorite things about coastal living is the wonderful gardens. I'm loving the pretty succulents everywhere along the way. I know you don't always appreciate the fauna I see but I haven't seen a Katydid in YEARS. Years people.

I don't even remember which day it was, but Bret and I started out to Sutter Creek and lo and behold ended up in the road to Twain Harte. We were just yakking and didn't pay attention. Well that's what he's telling me anyway. Saw this along the way. Crazy.

We did eventually head up to Sutter Creek, and it was lovely. We had some nice days driving around. I love flowers and vignettes and would fill my patio with interesting pots of things. Like this.

We drove up 88 and went past the craziest place, it had a ton of windmills on it. This by far was the prettiest, but oh my. The place was crazy. I've always wanted a huge old windmill

So peeps, last week or so I won a drawing over at Dena's blog, the Sugar Shop. Very exciting. I won a gift certificate to Over The Rainbow, which I promptly spent on wonderful Ava Rose and a piece of Park Slope.

And now I'd like to offer my sweet readers a chance to celebrate my birthday and win a $35 gift certificate to Over the Rainbow! Laura generously bumped my $25 gift certificate up to $35 to help me share the love on my blog.. so leave a comment and Wednesday I'll draw a name for a winner!!!

Ok, hope you're having a nice weekend. xo


Blogger julia said...

Hi Pam
oh, I can't resist this giveaway...please, count me in...
I'm an avid reader of your blog and I always enjoy finding a new post on it! Love the pics of your work, thanks for sharing them...
Happy belated birthday ;o)!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Happy Zombie said...

That sign... what my heck? Too funny. It's right up there with cubic units. Lovin' all the pics and congrats on your winnings!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Happy Zombie said...

PS... please take me out of the contest. It would just seem weird if I won something on my twin-separated-at-birth's blog.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Well, I'm not Monica so count me in!! I love your blog. I've been a lurker for months now. I'm so jealous that you get to spend so much time with Alex. She's my absolute favorite!!

10:42 AM  
Blogger Mar said...

How did I miss your birthday? yikes, so sorry. Looks like you had an awesome one anyway, love the pic of the pretty one with the awesome guy. Over the Rainbow is a great shop, very nice give away Pam! Hope I get lucky!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I'll take Monica's entry! Just kidding. How nice to have a relaxing weekend. That is the best way to celebrate a birthday. With the people you love, doing relaxing fun things. Its my favorite kind of birthday. Kind of takes the pain of earning another year on the number. The escaped confict thing is hilarious, well - only if you don't encounter him/her. The Mother Nature pics are great. Just lovely.

I feel like I'm coming out of my inability to focus and maybe this weekend out will help you with yours.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Jeannie said...

Happy Birthday! I love the sign and the tour. Have fun and play nicely! Cheers.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Deb S said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Cambria and San Luis Obispo - what nice places to visit! :^)

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks again for great travel pics.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Dandelion Quilts said...

I cannot get over that sign. Gee whiz. Happy Birthday, Pam. I love that you are having a giveaway.

11:20 AM  
Blogger mamabug said...

Happiest of late Birthdays. Mine is coming too. You traveled to some of the nicest places. My girls went to school at San Luis Obispo so I've had the chance to do some shopping in Cambria and walk the beaches and visit Hearst Castle...Lovely. Wouldn't mind going back!! Also wouldn't mind winning your giveaway. Your blog is the most enjoyable. Seems like your just talking to me :) Thanks Kathie B

11:44 AM  
Blogger Purple and Paisley said...

i would love a chance at the gift certificate giveaway...and happy, happy birthday!

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your photos... I went to college in SLO and it's my idea of paradise. I miss it VERY much! Count me in for the generous giveaway drawing.... yaaaahoooo! from Robin (

12:28 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

Happy birthday! Hope it was great and it sounds like it was. Pick me please! Mona

12:48 PM  
Blogger MichelleB said...

Happy Birthday! I love Over the Rainbow - they have great prices and great fabric.

12:49 PM  
Blogger LizzyHouse said...

I hope that you had a great birthday. You know how I love birthdays and truly feel like one day is just not enough to celebrate them in. So good for you and your birthday weekend!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Laura Adams said...

Count Me in! I am new to quilting, but thanks to your blog and others I feel like such a part of this big family. Thanks for having the drawing!

1:46 PM  
Blogger Barbie Jo said...

Happy belated Birthday to you! So nice to have a
weekend getaway to refresh. It is always nice to travel along through your pics and get a glimpse of somewhere we may have not visited. Please count me in on your giveaway.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Vicky said...

Happy birthday to you! Wait, you're supposed to GET presents, not give them away!

2:09 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Sounds like a great bithday. Always enjoy your travel pics. I love that part of the country and would like to see more of it when we come out to visit family in
Sunnyvale. I'm taking note. Count me in on the drawing.
Pam (also with a Girl an hour away at college)

2:13 PM  
Blogger MM said...

Love reading your blog! What a nice trip you had.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

I'd forgotten that we had birthdays wtihin days of each other. Happy Happy Birthday to you. It would be an awesome gift if I won your Gift Certificate. So, pick me! :-)

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Pat Seager said...

I'm brand new - just 2 days reading your blog. Can I possibly be so lucky as to win???

3:37 PM  
Blogger jlk said...

That sign cracked me up. Wildfires, escaped prisoners, you guys live in the wild west!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

Well, aren't you just the sweetest! I think you should go get yourself a bunny of your own. Happy birhday again.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Happy birthday! Great fabric choices. Your trip sounds like it was a lot fun. I haven't been up that way in years. I think I'm due for a trip to visit those cute foothill towns!

4:17 PM  
Blogger annemarie said...

Happy birthday - what a neat giveaway - hope I am lucky!!

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Mary Kay said...

Hey, when was your birthday? My son's and my sister-in-law's is the 20th. Are you part of that club? Hope you had a great day.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

My DH's b-day is Wednesday...winning your drawing would make my day. And happy birthday to you!
Carol in E TN

5:25 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Love the coastal pictures, and I'd love to win the gift certificate as well. Hope you had a terrific birthday!

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Karen H said...

Many birthday wishes to you! I've heard of this website but haven't ordered yet. A gift certificate would be wonderful!!!

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

Happy Birthday, Pam! I'd love to be the lucky one to win the gift certificate. Please pick me!!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Lisa D. said...

Happy Birthday Pam! I would love to win the gift certificate, of course, who can resist more fabric?

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Happy Bday
We had 2 bdays's here this last wk one daughter turned 24 on the 16th and the youngest grdaughter turned one on the 18th.
I love that road of Twain Harte and Columbia(?) Park and such out of Sonora.
Road trips always fun

6:16 PM  
Blogger Old School Acres said...

I don't want entered in the drawing, but I do want to wish one of my all-time favoritest (yes, I made it up) people in the whole world the happiest of birthdays.

Dear sweet Pam,
The world is a better place with you in it. You are kind and lovely and FUN!! Smooches to you on your special day.


6:21 PM  
Anonymous Peggy said...

Happy Birthday Pam. Glad to hear you got to spend time with your favorite girl and got to get away. Looks like a great trip!

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh boy oh boy....another chance to win some yummy fabric. I'm a wishin and a hoping (G)!!!! Happy birthday to you and thanks for sharing so much happiness with all of us blog lurkers !!!! Annie from San Diego

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

Not that I would pick up a hitch hiker anyway...but wow! Love your fabrics. And the sweet pot on the porch. Thanks for sharing!

7:11 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Happy Birthday Pam!!! I love reading your blog...thanks for sharing your fun with all of us! from Vicki in Stamford, CT (all the way on the opposite side of the world from you) :-)

7:23 PM  
Blogger osagebluffquilter said...

Glad you enjoyed your Birthday. You live in a beautiful area!

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy B'day! I love your blog! I would love to see the finished black and white tote bag in your previous post. Please include me in your drawing!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Sewfast said...

Glad you had a great birthday...count me in...I would love to be "Over the Rainbow" Thanks...Mary

7:41 PM  
Blogger Miss Tina said...

I love, love, love your blog. I check it everyday! Getting ready for the Long Beach should be so much fun. Happy Birthday....Tina

8:22 PM  
Blogger Chocolate Cat said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time celebrating your birthday. Please count me in for a fantastic giveaway!

8:36 PM  
Blogger ~D Spack~ said...

Pam, you always make me laugh. My 13 year old son loves the escaped convict sign! I want a chance to win, BUT have entered these tons and have never, but here's hoping in Idaho.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pam! Happy Birthday! Glad you had a good day. Take care, Laura

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Janet said...

Happy Birthday! Love reading your blog with all your adventures and wonderful ideas.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Kathi said...

Happy happy birthday!! Mine is this week too.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Morgan said...

Oh la la! Happy Birthday Sweet Cheeks!!


10:52 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Happy Birthday to you! I would love to win, because hay who doesn't need more fabric.

11:19 PM  
Blogger jan said...

Belated birthday wishes. Would love to win your giveaway. You and the bunny are so fun.

12:29 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Glad to hear you had a great birthday. Would love to win this voucher - there's still more material I "need" from Over the Rainbow.

2:16 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Glad that your birthday was happy. I'd love to be in the drawing for your give-away. Haven't won one yet...maybe this will be my lucky day!

4:10 AM  
Blogger ~k said...


Glad to hear that you had a great birthday weekend. Everyone deserves to have a nice birthday!:) Thank you for thinking of everyone else and hosting a give-away in honor of your birthday!

5:59 AM  
Blogger country log cabin quilter said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! I have your blog in my google reader. Please add me to your birthday drawing.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Happy birthday! What a sweet way to celebrate!

7:58 AM  
Anonymous blop said...

Happy Belated Birthday, PKM!!
You deserve the wonderful time that you had....gotta love them bdays, eh??

7:59 AM  
Blogger kira said...

Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing the excitement! :)

8:08 AM  
Blogger Quilt Monkey said...

Happy Birthday! Your blog is a kick. One of my favorites to read every morning. Count me in drawing! Kathy in Redwood City, CA

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laura and her daughter, Mandi, are awesome! I've visited their warehouse twice - the bolts of fabric go all the way to the rafters! They raise baby alpacas and I got to pet a newborn when I was there earlier this month. So cute!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Happy Birthday! I love reading your blog.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

We have a sign like that near our jail that says, "Don't pick up hitch hikers"!! Happy Birthday. Mine's coming up shortly here.

9:58 AM  
Blogger tina said...

so glad your birthday has been a wonderful multi-day celebration! Woo Hoo!

So funny that sign about the escaped prisoners. Don't you want to say, well catch them then! :)

Did you give the bunny back??

10:11 AM  
Blogger tina said...

so glad your birthday has been a wonderful multi-day celebration! Woo Hoo!

So funny that sign about the escaped prisoners. Don't you want to say, well catch them then! :)

Did you give the bunny back??

10:11 AM  
Blogger dbrady said...

Happy Birthday!!! Nice to have a BDay in the summertime. Love your blog. Danelle in Livermore.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Carrie P. said...

So glad you had a nice birthday. I would love to win the gift certificate too.
Carrie P.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I follow your blog adventures daily! Please add me to the drawing!

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Theresa said...

Happy birthday! I always wished my birthday was in July (mine is in february). I'd love to win your give-away though, it would be like a late summer birthday present. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

Oh for crying in a bucket, how did I miss that it was your birthday?! Happy belated Birthday!

1:49 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Happy Birthday! Gotta love havin' a JULY birthday! Mine is in a few days. :D I love that photo of the windmill - very striking.

2:26 PM  
Blogger We Six Nasons said...

Did you see any hitchhiker's? What a scary sign to see. I love those plants that you took a picture of. I haven't seen them in years.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Tracey said...

Oh! Happy, Happy Birthday! I love your blog and your pictures are wonderful!

Have a great day!

4:25 PM  
Blogger Angelina said...

Wow! I almost missed out on this.

I'm so fascinated by the escaped prisoners sign...did they ever catch them?

My video store just got the first season of Crossing Jordon and so obviously I had to check it out because it reminds me of you. Jill Hennessy is gorgeous and the show is pretty good! You know who my favorite character is though? I think her name is Milly and she dresses funky and loves the boss guy...she's so cute I can't stand it!!

I'm so happy you had such great birthday week-end! Happy belated!!!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Angelina said...

Oh yeah, and I meant to say that I've never really been that into succulents but lately I have found myself being charmed by them and the funny thing is that I took a bunch of pictures of them on my trip and intend to post some of them.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Karen C said...

Happy weekend, who doesn't love them, specially those that avail themselves to hour upon hour of stitching. Happy Birthday also.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who doesn't love free fabric?!! Heck, who doesn't just love fabric,period?!! Anyway, Happy Birthday!

6:20 PM  
Blogger LauraT said...

Happy Birthday! I would love to be entered into your give-away! I love your blog:)

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Happy Happy Belated Birthday!

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday...sounds like you had a great one. I lived in SLO years ago and still miss it bunches. Love your blog!

8:19 PM  
Blogger Red Geranium Cottage said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PKM. Sorry I missed it. I hope it was a good one and love the fabrics you picked out.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Annie Oakleaves said...

Glad your birthday was great!!!! Those fabrics are beeeautiful,makes me want to go purchase some stripes. :)

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Lynne in Hawaii said...

Your pictures are wonderful! Wow...feel the stress just leaving your body. Sunshine, good company, smiles, laughter.. a wonderful birthday weekend! Ahhhhhhh... Thanks for sharing the celebration! Enjoyed the ride!

12:33 AM  
Blogger eamylove said...

Happy Birthday! Loved the whole post - especially the succulents and the funny sign. Please enter me in your drawing - the Ava Rose looks beautiful!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Tee said...

Happy belated birthday. Not sure if I should thank you or "curse" you as I wasn't aware of Over the Rainbow until Sunday when I read your post and now my wallet is lighter and my fabric wish list longer!! Thanks also for sharing the information on Quilting Made Easy, I am new to quilting and I was so glad to hear that there may be hope for me to figure out machine quilting.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Kathy F said...

I just came for a visit from Alex Anderson's Quilt Show blog. She mentioned that you're her Celebrity Stunt Sewer, and I just had to find out what that was. So now I'll go looking around to see the rest of our blog. It looks like one I'll bookmark

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!! I just found your blog... would love to be entered for the contest....looks like you had a great the windmill and the sign was too funny.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

Happy Birthday. Saw your blog mentioned in Thimble Creek Gazette. Hope you had a good one and I HOPE to hear from you.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Sipiweske Quilts said...

I hope you had a wonderful birthday - how could you not - spending time with family! Please count me in for the gift certificate - I never win a thing, but, what the hey? I'll keep trying. Love your site - keep up the lovely work. - Marlene

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Count me in & Happy Birthday Missie!

4:33 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

happy birthday!
Thanks for making me smile every time I check in on your blog. Your light-hearted way soothes the soul.
A drawing is pretty exciting and fun! Count me in.
thanks again,

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pam, Happy belated birthday!!!!! I haven't run into you lately grocery shopping! What's up with that? Perhaps you should pick me and we could meet up!!! You know I read your blog regularly. Take care...Nurse Payne

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Linda F said...

The LAST thing I need is more fabric!! What? Did I just say that? Just kidding...of COURSE I NEED more fabric. Happy Birthday!!

8:52 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Love you blog.. and all the sharing you do. I think your fabric pick is awesome. The Fauna is soooo pretty too! Happy Birthday!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Love you blog.. and all the sharing you do. I think your fabric pick is awesome. The Fauna is soooo pretty too! Happy Birthday!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Sunny said...

Happy Birthday! That sign is funny....and scarey!

6:29 AM  
Anonymous brigette said...

love the windmill photo, and the katydid... (is that a preying mantis? if it is, we so get to make fun of you later) and that escaped prisoner alert is a crackup. beautiful fabric!!!!!
happy belated birthday!!!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Wylie said...

Your birthday sounds lovely! I would love to win the gift certificate. The fabrics are beautiful.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm not really entering your drawing, I just want to see your comments hit 100.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Pam!
I've missed jumping on you, barking at you, and eating the treat you always bring me.
Don't know what I'd do if I win--I've never done anything at all helpful with fabric.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Pam:
I hope you had a happy birthday. I may not be as cute as Binzer, but I'm way nicer.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Pam:
I also love it when you come to visit. I don't bark like Willard does, so that makes me better, right?
I know you don't like it when I stick my head up your skirts, but I just plain can't help myself.
Love always,

12:30 PM  
Blogger said...

Those escaped prisoner signs always freak me out! It looks like you had the loveliest of lovely birthday weekends! Here's to many more!

12:42 PM  
Blogger Rhondi said...

Hi Pam
I haven't been by to visit for awhile, but I see my timing is perfect for a giveaway. Happy birthday.

1:29 PM  
Blogger BusyLiz said...

Happy Birthday Pam. I love reading your blog. Heck, your banner alone keeps me coming back. I love it! :o)

3:53 PM  
Blogger Dena Berg (SugarShop) said...

Wow talk about "Pay it forward" Yay! miss Pam! So glad you won!!! ((hugs)) from me and the jumpy kid!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Happy Birthday! I would love to win your surprise.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

See what happens when I don't visit for a few days? I plum missed wishing you a Happy Birthday AND entering your drawing. Slap my face twice!!

Love the fabrics you bought!
I saw the same sign a few days ago.....hmmmm..did another jail bird fly the coup? Oh dear!

Hope your birthday was extra special. It sounds like you had a great time.


PS: I am having a giveaway. Stop by and enter if you would like.


9:35 PM  
Anonymous brigette said...

106 comments? you're blogfamous.
caught that little leaving me a msg. on anne's blog, that was funny.
i'll have to brush up on my bug identification skills.

2:09 PM  

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