Saturday, May 12, 2012

Desert Delivery

My quick trip to the Arizona desert was good!  DD Erica drove and even provided "Mom-friendly" music, as she put it, via her i-Pod.  We approached downtown Phoenix just as a terrific storm blew in. 

Erica thought at first that it might be a haboob, or massive dust storm, but with the wind came rain, thunder and lightning.  "Welcome to sunny Phoenix!", said Erica.

It was fast moving and lent a beautiful tinge to the sunset as we headed out to dinner at a favorite local Italian restaurant called Andreoli's, where we celebrated her best friend and roommate Christy's birthday.

I met Lucy, Erica's very friendly 8 month old kitten.  This is one of her favorite perches, among many, including the top of the refrigerator, and Erica's shoulder.   

Lucy found the plastic bag holding my handwork very interesting as well.

My brother Ted and sister in law Laura are in the middle of having a house remodeled and led me on a tour.  This is the great room, which is open to the kitchen.  French doors on the left and right walls will open to the front courtyard and the back patio, respectively.  The wood beams were stained very dark and give a Spanish feel to the two rooms.  Travertine floors keep it light and bright and I just love all the arches.  They added a partial second story with a balcony off their master suite with amazing views of the surrounding desert valley and mountains of Scottsdale.

The house's original living room got a beautiful coved ceiling and is such an inviting room with all of its windows and light.  It may become the formal dining room but that has yet to be decided.   While I was in town the outside of the house was painted, hence the plastic covering the many windows and doors.  Ted was impressed with how cool the house felt with the new double glazed windows and insulated walls.  Though it was about 95 degrees outside, the house was comfortable without any air conditioning.  They should be able to move in by July, and Ted said, "But no one will want to visit then because of the heat!" 

Palo verde tree and blooming ocotillo outside the restaurant we lunched at yesterday, where Laura was kind enough to invite me to join her and her friends Barb and Ellen.  They have regular crafting days together and will soon get to enjoy the views from the Lady Cave studio upstairs at the new house.

My brother Ted posing with his flannel-backed quilt in 99 degree weather. The coffee beans quilted into it were roasting!

And an Indian blanket style pose.  He loved the quilt and I'm glad I delivered it in person.  

Lucy liked it too! 


Stephanie Davison said...

The house is going to be beautiful when it's all done! Can't say I miss the dry heat of the southwest, but this would certainly make it more bearable.

The quilt turned out absolutely gorgeous! Of COURSE he liked it!

Janet O. said...

Wow, that storm looked threatening!
Looks like a beautiful home--and your brother looks good wrapped in his wonderful roasting coffee beans quilt. : )

Joyful Quilter said...

Hmmm, bet your brother will use his quilt lots this summer - hehehe. He looks very happy wrapped up in his quilt.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great quilt! Of course he loved it, and he will love it more when it's cooler out!

Tanya said...

That kitty is so cute! Cats and bags go together!
And your brother looks pretty happy with his quilt!

quiltmom said...

It is a glorious quilt Annie- I love the beautiful geometric design of it.
I love the beautiful cacti. Your brother's house looks so inviting -I love cove ceilings- they have such an elegance about them.
Thanks for sharing your journey!
Warmest regards,

Shay said...

The new house looks pretty swish. I daresay I could be very comfortable there.

Totally stole your idea for the photo of the quilt indian style looks marvellous and its plain to see he LOVED it.

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Have a wonderful Mother's Day friend!

Kate said...

Looks like you had a fun trip. Lucy is a cutie. Your brother looks good with his new quilt.

Cynthia L. said...

Oh, those desert storms! Lots of wind and sand and very little rain. Your brother looks so happy with the quilt wrapped around him. I know that he will use it in the evenings when the desert looses it's heat! Very beautiful quilt! The house is so pretty and southwestern!

One Minnesota Quilter said...

Isn't great to see recipients enjoy your handiwork? Beautiful quilt! Arizona looks so inviting... Sounds like you had a great trip. :)


Kathie said...

of course he loved the quilt!!!!
Lucy is just adorable, I love how curious cats are!

Sarah said...

Looks like you had a great trip. Lucy is adorable and very innocent looking (aren't all kittens?)