Thursday, June 27, 2013

A bracelet for 50 cents?!?

I had lunch with a friend today...and as I waited for her to arrive I was eyeing up the gumball machines. I haven't bought something from a gum ball machine since I was a child. On the way out..I decided I 'had' to have the item. 

I put in my quarters and turned the dial..instantly transported back in time.
The anticipation...would I get the color I wanted?
What if the item got stuck and nothing came out?
Would I be super lucky and somehow two items would come out?
The joy in opening up that little metal door and retrieving my 'prize'. 

All this nostalgia was worth the 50 cents I put in....and today's prize? This wicked cool Zipper Bracelet with heart shaped zipper pull. Yup, I'm 5 years old all over again. 

When was the last time you bought something from a gumball machine?

-Kat  :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

ATV'ing In KY

A few weeks ago, my husband and I packed up our RV, ATVs and the dogs and headed out to KY for an extended weekend to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. Everyone kept asking me "Why KY??" The reason.....because it's beautiful. I had been to KY before when I went to the quilt show in Paducah a few years ago...and fell in love with how pretty the state is.
Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park

We went to the Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park and while some of the trails were washed out from the recent storms, we still had a great time. There's nothing like riding to the top of a mountain and seeing the amazing views.
Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park
 The trials were well marked and we met a lot of great people, including Marty from Marty's ATV Oasis.
DH had a blast riding in the mud...I steered cleared of the super huge mud puddles, but he drove right in.
Muddy DH

Muddy ATV
Wash me!!!!!
Aside from the views, I was also fascinated by the cows that were roaming around the mountain side. They belonged to local farmers and were allowed to graze as much as they wanted. Living in WI, I see cows all the time...but it a whole other thing to just come across a cow on the side of a trail and not in a farm setting.
KY Cows
Baby Calf!!!

KY Cows
I'm not a fan of riding my ATV at nite, even though it has headlights it's not the clearest view, and I get nervous that a deer might pop out of the woods and clobber me in the head with it's hooves. So DH and I compromise and ride at dusk at least once during every trip. I've got to admit..the sunset views are worth it.
Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park

The only downside to the trip was that DH has a very strict 'no fabric shopping' rule while we are on vacation. He won't even so much as drive past a quilt store so that I can look in the windows and drool. Going right past Paducah twice and not being able to shop was hard. But I made it through..AND I'm going to the International Quilt Festival in Chicago this I can make up for it there.
Jeff & Kat
DH and I.

Jeff & Kat
Happy Anniversary to us!

Happy Sewing everyone!! - 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