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Oh summer. Oh summer. Oh eight posts in one.

July 23rd, 2009

I feel like my summer so far has me sitting on a bus-stop bench, while my friends whiz by me on to their super cool destinations. Damn bus… where are you - I want to catch up with everyone!   Ok, maybe it’s best I don’t get on that bus… we just sped through 5 GLORIOUS seasons of *Six Feet Under - maybe I should keep a safe distance from buses.  But sadly, now after all that 6′U watching… I’m saying “shit” excessively - all in the hopes that I’ll hear Ruth Fisher trumpet, “LANGUAGE!”.

More summer fun to come, but this is what I’ve been up to so far:

Five Guys.  LOVE THEM.  Seeing Prez-O’s OTR lunch on Inside the Obama White House had me drooling.  We discovered a Five Guys in Beaverton, Oregon and fell in love.   As did my Al Roker head. Instantaneously… fell. In. Love. It’s not In-n-Out… but it’s a fantastic stand-in.  I have no idea what the peanut thing is all about.  I’m guessing there was a sixth guy, had a falling out, now disgruntled, super allergic to peanuts - peanuts are positioned at the entrance to keep Guy6 out.  Just guessing.

Five Guys Five Guys

Early one Thursday…
Sunrise over Youngs River/Lewis & Clark
From up the coast comes dear sweet Sarah and her delightful girls “Priscilla” and “Lil Sis” - who arrive in HappyZombie Heights on the most beautiful Oregon Coast kinda day.  It wasn’t raining.

Redwork Club.
Wet Dog.

It was a magical day and I hated for it to end. The charming Lt. AnyoneCanQuilt and weinerific Miss Cowgirl Rosie came up too. It was a fun filled day with the AnyoneCanQuilt’s, and they are THE most wonderful family ever. EVER. Sarah has gorgeous photos and words here and here. Only one thing was missing from our great day - and that was having our third member of our Team LeFleur there too.

Tea time = blogging time.
Blogging the blogger...
Sarah blogging my Shelf-o-Joy (me pretending to be a newspaper reporter/photog… reporting the Royal Visitors).
Sarah and The Shelf-o-Joy
Sarah sewed here. Ok, pretended.
Sarah Sewed Here

The Midsummer Scandinavian Festival in Astoria. I can never get enough pickled herring.  Or the Dane’s and their use of Lego people. Midsummer Scandinavian Festival - Astoria, Oregon
Or Krumkake.
Midsummer Scandinavian Festival - Astoria, Oregon
Or the national costumes and the music.
Midsummer Scandinavian Festival - Astoria, Oregon
Even though we are “Southern Scandinavian’s” during ScanFest weekend… DS representin’ the DE in the Scandia Haus.
Midsummer Scandinavian Festival - Astoria, Oregon

Let’s all go to the lobby to get ourselves a treat. Mmmm. Flower Sugar. Soooooooooo tasty.
Flower Sugar

Señorita Melvita de la Frita, aka Mel. Two new little feet pattering around (and freaking out my dog Madison - just hearing the click of her eyes makes her shake). I did it. I finally bought a full size Blythe. I kinda blame that silly lil’ Doe, I kinda blame Sarah.
Señorita Melvita de la Frita
But I’m so happy I took the Blythe (full size) plunge. Triskit not so much. Someone’s jealous.
Hot Water
I’m having a blast making clothes.
Melvita's mini
The real reason I bought Mel.
Melvita's mini
Sew fun.
Melvita's mini

=iPhone FUN=
I killed my old iPhone. Not on purpose. But ironically, it biffed on the day the 3G’s were released. So now I’m doing the whole 365 flickr thing, via my new iPhone.  I’m only on day six.  Shit. [Ruth: “Language”]. Crap. Three hundred and fifty-nine more days to go.
6♥i365 2♥i365
1♥i365 4♥i365

I’ve been sewing - as usual, top secret stuff that won’t be seen until much, much later. This was a project I was asked to make. Something WAAAAAY out of my realm of reality. Itching to say what it is, but once it’s seen… people who know me will say, “You designed that… why?”   But I’m super happy with the way it turned out, and especially love my fabric choices. 

Jennifer Paganelli’s “Dance with Me” by Free Spirit.
Project sneaky peaky
Lila Tueller’s “Santorini” by Moda.
Project sneaky peaky

I see In-n-Out’s in my future plans. And now I must nap.

*The house and property used for Ruth’s sister’s character in 6′U.. that’s my dream home/dream property/dream landscaping. Just putting that out there in case the universe is reading my blog.

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30 Responses

  1. The fabulous Jona allegedly said:

    No fair!! You’re having a fun summer (while I get a root canal)! I may have to make a desperate trip up there to escape the heat and regain my sanity. Everything looks dreamy!

  2. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    You always have such lucious pictures. Sounds like you’ve a very nice summer so far. When’s the In-n-Out trip? It’s always nice to get away.

  3. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    This post =head spinning!=

  4. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Seems like you are having a fun filled summer, regardless of all the buses passing you by….. whiz! Five Guys is the best. We have one only 10 minutes from our house, YAY for me. In fact we had lunch there on tuesday a little cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, grilled mushrooms, and grilled onions. The BOMB! Yum! By the way, you must try their hot dogs, they are fantastic!!! With the works!

  5. The fabulous Kathi D allegedly said:

    We did the 5-season 6 Feet Under last Fall and we were so sad to come to the end. I might be ready to do it all again soon.

    I think I had dibs on Ruth’s sister’s house first.

  6. The fabulous hunnybunny allegedly said:

    Ok, I’m dizzy, lol. It sounds like you are having a wonderful summer filled with pretty things, and the Lego Guy!!! I am so Jealous, stomping away…

  7. The fabulous nadine woodraska allegedly said:

    Your so fun! It makes me miss living in Oregon so much! Except….I do have a 5 guys minutes from my house. (I’ll buy!) I am excited to see your new projects! I will make it to Oregon (home) and we are so going out to lunch, and shop, and shop, oh and sew….

  8. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    Well I do believe you must have covered just about EVERYTHING !!!! Now we’re all up to speed !! Lot’s o fun in Zombie Land! (not to mention some pretty darn pretty secret under cover sewing projects !)

  9. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    You’ve been really busy doing some great stuff! Haven’t we had some awesome weather, except for the rain you sent us down the river today. I love the hot weather. I almost got to go to Farmhouse today, but had my grandson today. You probably got to go, huh? I’ve lived in Clatskanie all my life, was BORN in Astoria, and never gone to the Scandinavian festival; except the Finn one in Naselle. Have a great weekend, and don’t send us any rain lol. Karen

  10. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    Holy mazoley girl you have been BUSY!!! :):) Sounds like there have been lots of fun happenings in ye olde Astoria and surrounding parts:)

  11. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Woozers!!!! Now we know where all the fun is..in Happy Zombie Land. Such pretty pictures, and those oh so sweet dresses - CUTE!!!! I have been trying really hard to resist Flower Sugar, but I feel myself getting weaker, and weaker, and weaker………now I’ll have to blame that on you tempting me :-) !!!

  12. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Me again….I love this lap top…how in the heck did that smiley face get in my post???!!! :-) hey, there it is again..hmmmmm!!!

  13. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Girlfriend, I want summer to be over and fall to sit here for a while. I yearn for the OR coast summers…cold, rainy, wonderful! :) Soon! By the way, watch your LANGUAGE. :) I can’t believe there’s a Five Guys out there! Some friends here introduced us to these guys and WOW. So delicious. I love to order EVERYTHING on my burgers including the super hot jalapenos. I’m gonna start drooling. And the cajun fries. oh my. Your little girlie dolls kind of freak me out a little too. Those eyes…shudder. I can’t wait to see what you’ve designed. Of course, I always look forward to seeing your latest, greatest creation my little VERY TALENTED friend. :)

  14. The fabulous carol allegedly said:

    shit, I can’t even find the bus stop.

  15. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    I want to come back right now!!! We had SUCH a great time. And I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time ooh-ing and aah-ing in your sewing room. And shhhh….crap! We just barely missed the Scandanavian Festival, I definately want to go to that next year. I hope we get to meet up for another Zombie/ACQ fest soon! xoxo

  16. The fabulous anina allegedly said:

    Wow Monica! For someone having a “staycation” like me you sure have been up to a lot!

  17. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Looks pretty and busy and cool up there! Its nice here today, but hot weather as usual is right around the corner. xo

  18. The fabulous Sabine allegedly said:

    Oh Monica,it seems as if you have a wonderful time, right???
    So nice to see my dear friend Sarah in “action”
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  19. The fabulous Karen Snyder allegedly said:

    Whew! Loved the whirlwind summer report. Glad I got to a little part of it! Happy Trails.

  20. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Thanks for the catch-up! (next time I’ll take fries with it please ;-) ) I can not tell for the life of me what those sneaky peeks are of. Guess I’ll just have to wait. Which I’m really not very good at!

  21. The fabulous v and co allegedly said:

    shit i’m a mormon who swears…what does that get you?

  22. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    Monica!!!!! I can’t stand it but I love it..Saw this in flickr and thought I’d find an answer here..no such luck..can’t wait for the reveal..J

  23. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    IN-Outing!! You are right up my alley!! Great “WHIRLWIND” Tour ‘09!! So happy to be a teeny part, more coming, hopefully!
    Happy Safe Trails!!

  24. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    I was totally addicted to Six Feet Under! It was the strangest show, but the only one I just HAD to see every week, even though it ran again later in the week. What characters!

    Thanks so much for the summer tour — looks like you’ve been really busy! Can’t wait to see your secret project.

  25. The fabulous Jen in NY allegedly said:

    Awesome catch up post! I cannot wait to see what you are doing with Flower Sugar! I have that yellow Jennifer P. fabric…haven’t done anything with it yet, I hate to cut into it! Your pics are sooo pretty, as usual. Congrats on the new doll, very nice dresses!

  26. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Oh BooHoo….I missed the Team LeFleur gathering darn it! While you girls were sewing and yucking it up, I was tending to the home fires — we can’t all be playing all the time. Someone has to … well, you know.

    Can’t wait to see the yummy new projects. Love the new Blythe dresses…very, very cute!!!

  27. The fabulous SoBella Creations allegedly said:

    Great pictures! Love all the fabric choices.

    We have a 5 guys here in Central Florida. But, I haven’t made a visit yet.

    I hope the rest of your summer is lovely.

  28. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    How did I miss this post from a week ago? Sheesh I’m seriously slipping or my google reader is. Sarah is darling. Cute and super talented. Like you. Flower Sugar. I’m about to get diabetes from it I’m afraid. I used it this week and last and now I’m needing more of it IV. Straight up. I keep singing “lets all go to the lobby, lets all go to the lobby . . .” since reading that caption about intermission. Uh oh. Now I want some Dots! That is what I think Flower Sugar must taste like. Ok. This was a strange comment. Forgive me. I had an allergic reaction this morning to a medication I’ve taken in the past and now I’m on benadryl. Holy Cow I make no sense.

  29. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    Yikes. I just reread my comment. Waiting for men in white coats.

    Well you better ask them to make room for one more… I’m so with you - and I’m not even taking anything! xo,m

  30. The fabulous Yolanda allegedly said:

    I so enjoy reading your blog. I’m disappointed when I go to it and there’s no new entry. Your pictures and work are beautiful and you are full of life.

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