White tiger, sleeping tiger Brown bear, lions, golden bears Two tigers playing
On Memorial Day my husband and I went to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO. This non-profit rescues and provides a permanent home for wild animals, primarily carnivores, that have been abused, neglected, displaced and abandoned all over the world. They have 720 acres of property reserved for the protection and preservation of these animals, all of which were born in captivity and cannot be returned to the wild.
Its an amazing sight to see lions and bears roaming large enclosures from an aerial walkway built to give a bird's eye view of the park. The 1-mile long walkway takes visitors above habitats of different species of tigers, leopards, lions, several types of bears, lynx, serval cats, African porcupines, wolves and foxes.
I highly recommend visiting this sanctuary if you get a chance. The thrill of hearing lions roaring while bears romp and bathe in the sunshine cannot be understated. Its so fun to see animals enjoying themselves in wide open spaces where they can roam about safely.
The sanctuary is open 361 days a year from 9:00 am to an hour before sunset; it is closed on 4 major holidays and when it is snowing. Do bring binoculars, cameras and sunscreen. Be prepared for sunny, windy conditions and wear layers. There is a snack center and gift shop but you can bring your own food along and eat on elevated decks complete with seating.
Donations to keep the sanctuary running are always appreciated. Find out more on their website.
Tiger on mound in foreground while people walk on an aerial footpath above the animal enclosures.
Happy Memorial Day to you! Here in Colorado we're hoping the sunshine will stick around now that summer's unofficially begun. The Bolder BOULDER race is on this morning and there is a creek festival and loads of fun activities around town to celebrate.
If you want to join in the celebration try a fizzy drink, like the strawberry lime sparkler pictured below. Recipe from Cooking Light's Fresh Food Fast magazine.
Strawberry Lime Sparkler, serves 6
3 cups sliced strawberries 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup agave nectar 1 (750 milliliter) bottle sparkling wine, chilled (or substitute club soda or ginger ale) Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
Place the first 5 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour about 1/2 cup strawberry mixture into 6 glasses. Slowly pour 1/2 cup wine into each glass; gently stir to combine. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs, if desired.
My handmade doll, Myrtle, likes to top up the whimsy at weekend parties and wanted to go shopping for a new hat. She told me she was looking for something unique to wear this Memorial Day weekend.
Its fun devising hats so I made her three new ones to set off her pink hair. Myrtle favors the green one she's wearing above. Which look would you try? I'd wear the hat with the blue checked bow and feather :)
Being generous, Myrtle gifted her friends with new hats. They were very well received!
So why an obsession with hats? Lately I've been coveting the clothing seen in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Acorn TV). Miss Fisher (actress Essie Davis) is a daring detective in 1920's Melbourne, Australia, chasing justice while looking smashing in hats, furs, sequins and white wool. Despite getting into many thorny situations, she rarely ruins her stockings or loses an earring while climbing in a suspect's window. Her hat collection is amazing! To show you what I mean I illustrated a few of my favorites, below.
I'd love to wear that straw hat on July 4th, wouldn't you?
While researching hats for my handmade dolls I found several YouTube videos helpful. This one features a clip of four cloche hats and an amazing appliqué coat from the 1920's and this one is about choosing a hat to suit your face shape, skin color and hair. If you're attending a garden wedding this summer it will give you style pointers.
If you like hats, summer is the perfect time to add a cute fedora or wide brim straw hat to your wardrobe. Protect your skin from sunburn and look amazing at the beach or flea market.
Felt doll hats made from bits and bobs. For a retro look, start with a bucket or flowerpot shape and embellish with ribbon and feathers!
Its been raining off and on for days here. To combat the gloom I decorated the mantle with vintage gardening books, silk flowers, tea tins and a wood XO sculpture by artist Kristin Ward Fitzgerrell of Studio 22. A bright chunk of color for a grey day.
Springtime means lots of babies in the animal world. On my walks I see baby birds, rabbits, deer and foxes. In my design studio there are softie puppies! These springtime Dachshund puppies are named Lola and Gracie. (I found their names here, in case you are also looking for puppy names.)
My softies are sewn from the cotton fat quarters and remnants purchased on my recent foray to Boulder's fabric shops. They have felt eyes and pompom noses. Lola and Gracie measure 20" from nose to tail tip and stand 7" high. Their tails wag playfully when they are with friends.
These puppies like playing with each other. Here they are admiring the lilacs blooming in my garden, with a breeze blowing their ears around.
I am working on a pattern for these little guys with the idea of offering it for sale in an Etsy shop this summer. Are you tempted by a pile of fabric puppies? Would you rather buy the finished toy or a pattern? Just curious...
Sewing projects are an opportunity to make a personal statement with color and design. Choosing fabrics that express one's style is an enjoyable process, one where creativity and confidence come into play. Confidence empowers us to buy and cut into beautiful fabrics, even if expensive or one-of-a-kind.
In Boulder there are options for every budget and its fun to shop them all! Try the high-end shops if you're working on an heirloom quilt or dress. Chain stores offer a large variety and useful basics like muslin and notions. Thrift stores offer inexpensive practice fabrics and one-of-a-kind vintage materials.
Note: I give a sample price range next to each shop, from expensive ($$$ = $25/yd and up) to mid-range ($$ = $8/yd and up) and bargain level ($ = $7/yd or less). The most expensive yardage is imported, such as Italian silk or Japanese linen. If you are looking for quilting cottons, all have options in a range of prices to suit even limited budgets.
Offers couture-quality fine European fabrics including silk and cotton lawn, Japanese cotton/linen blends and designer premium cottons for clothing, home decor and quilting. Notions include unique buttons, embroidered designer trim, ribbons and premium thread.
Fabric lines: Liberty of London, Italian silks, Kokka Japanese cotton/linens, Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Free Spirit and more. Many lines are available for sale on their website.
Other: Expert level classes in fine sewing and quilting, plus consulting time for your personal projects. See website for prices and class dates.
Budget friendly options: fat quarters and remnants are available in store. Fat quarters of premium cottons cost $3 each. There is a discount if you buy multiple fat quarters.
Offers a wide range of designer cotton fabrics, knits, and linens for home decor, quilting and clothing. Notions include a variety of embroidery items, threads, ribbon and embroidered trim, pompom trim, batting, and patterns and books to inspire. See their website for a comprehensive list. They do not offer online fabric sales at this time.
Fabric lines: Alexander Henry, Riley Blake, Cloud 9 Organic, Laura and Kirin, Robert Kaufman, Liberty of London and many others.
Other: They have a large rotation of classes ongoing at the store, with something different offered every week. Classes are offered for all ages and abilities. Children's sewing camps are offered throughout the summer. See website for dates and prices.
Budget friendly options: A wide variety of fat quarters and remnants are available in store. Discounts on fabric purchases are offered to class participants during their class. Fat quarters of premium cottons cost $3.25 each. There is a discount if you buy multiples; organic cotton and Japanese cotton fat quarters cost more.
Offers a wide variety of home decor, fashion and quilting fabrics, notions and sewing tools. Weekly coupons available on the website, frequent sales, and discounts for free membership list. Large selection of notions, sewing supplies, patterns, magazines, books, yarn and paper craft supplies. Sewing machines and craft lighting selections for sale in store. Most store items can also be purchased on their website.
Classes offered in store for a variety of projects and sewing levels. They have a large selection of fat quarters and bolt remnants. Store brand fat quarters of quilter's cotton cost $2.50, designer's collection fat quarters cost more.
Boulder Thrift Stores $
Boulder is big on recycling and we are lucky to have many options for thrifty bargains. There are several thrift stores around Boulder that sell remnant fabrics and yarn. Fabric is often as low as $1 a yard. Most remnants are not a full yard or may have cuts that don't square up. If you need more yardage consider tablecloths or printed flat sheets.
My favorite options for fabric are the following charity shops:
Hospice Thrift Store (vintage, table linens, remnants, yarn) 5565 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO 303-604-5353
Hi, I'm Sharon Rohloff. I'm an artist living in Boulder, CO. This is my visual journal of softie making, crafts, recipes and photo excursions. I hope you enjoy it - leave a comment if you do!
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