Saturday, November 26, 2016

Snake snake snake

I an afraid of rattlesnakes. I've never actually seen one, but I'm sure that the moment I do, things will go terribly wrong. So when I saw this sign at a rest stop in WA I was not happy.

Seriously..I actually wish they wouldn't warn me at all. Until that sign, I was happily walking over to the path to photograph the amazing view. Then the sign happened. And I froze in my tracks. I actually had to force myself to walk on the path and take the photos that I knew my heart had to have. #stupidsign

I almost never stray from a path like that..unless I'm walking the dogs...they won't 'go' on concrete. Little buggers. So there was not really any chance of me actually seeing a snake...but when ever I see that sign..I envision the snakes laughing...hidden among the dry grass, just waiting to jump out and bite me. Did I mention that a rattlesnakes can jump like 600 million feet...or something like that. Far, they can jump far and it scares the bejeebers out of me.

Luckily I didn't see any snakes, and I was able to capture these amazing photos with my phone...and I made it back to our truck, bite free. Thank goodness!

I win this time evil snake sign! Have a great week everyone..hope it's snake free!
-Kat  :)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

DWR Quilt

Recently I had the pleasure of quilting a Double Wedding Ring Quilt for a customer. The more I worked on this quilt..the more I fell in love with it myself.

The amazing colors of the rings.....

The feathers that I quilted in the middle of each ring....

And each time I rolled the quilt and looked at the back....
 my heart was just sooo happy. It truely was hard to give this one back to my customer.

This amazing quilt is a wedding gift, and I'm sure the bride while cherish it for years to come. I wish I could see her face when she opens the box.

If you have a quilt top that will be a gift..give me call...I currently have openings in my schedule and would love to quilt your tops for you!

Happy Sewing!
-Kat  :)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Can we get a pool Dad? - Part 3

We got a pool (last summer)! When I last wrote about the pool, we had just up it up and were about to fill it. It took us a little over 9 hours to fill the pool (okay, it took DH that long, I wasn't even home when he filled it). Unfortunately for us, by the time we got the pool up and filled with water, the weather had cooled down and we didn't get to use it much.  Bummer dude :(

Fast forward to Summer 2016! We figured out two things rather quickly this summer.
#1 - The pool ladder was kind of wobbly and unsafe, and there was no place to put our towels/pool floats/pool noodles/soda etc etc.
#2 - We live in the high dessert & it cools off at night and the pool can't retain it's temperature.

So this summer we tackled both of those issues. We installed a solar heater so that we always have the perfect water temperature. And we built a deck! (okay, again I really had nothing to do with the actual building of said deck)
Construction of the deck.

I'm overly excited about this.

 Jeff, myself and his Dad all worked on staining the wood for the deck. (Yup...I actually helped. I think I stained 5 out of like a zillion boards..but it still counts as helping).
Finished deck and stairs!
The next step in our pool project will be to add a railing, and a path to the stairs. Ohhh I also want to add planters at the bottom of the stairs. Somehow, I think the pool is going to be one of those never ending projects. I have a feeling that every summer we will be adding more and more to it. But that's okay because we now use the pool all the time, and it's fast becoming one of our favorite investments.

Happy Summer!!!
-Kat  :)

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Welcome to Calico Cali Designs! I’m Kat, digitizer and sewing enthusiast. I learned how to digitize in 2010 from master digitizer Walter Floriani…it was an amazing experience. Soon instead of spending my time sewing, quilting and stitching out other people’s embroidery designs, I was sewing, quilting and stitching out my own embroidery designs. I created this blog, not only as a place to share my embroidery designs, but also as a place to share all the things I make, sew, paint, embroider, and create. You’ll see posts about my life, my studio, patterns I’ve sewn and products I’ve tested. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Follow me on twitter . Hugs!! – Kat