17 June 2013

Downtown Leavenworth.

While at my two week stay at Fort Leavenworth, a very kind classmate let me borrow her car for the weekend, so I was able to explore, instead of staying cooped up in the hotel room. Which was awesome and terrible all at the same time.

You see, Charla has been to Leavenworth many, many times, and let me know there was a quilt store downtown. Along with Artistic Works by Lu. And a British Pantry. Trouble.

I wandered into Lu's first. I've heard a lot about her jewelry, so I was excited to go check it out! It's an impressive store. Customizable, unique jewelry everywhere! Along with clothes. Oh, the clothes. Sadly, Lu's jewelry isn't really my style, but I did find some of the clothing very appealing. I ended up with a very cute scarf and an even cuter skirt. Eventually, I'll have pictures.

After that, I wandered down to the quilt store. Oh dear. So much trouble.  This quilt store was pretty awesome. Gorgeous quilts EVERYWHERE. And the thing that got me in trouble the most? The kits. What a brilliant idea. It's a pre-packaged quilt ready to go! All you need is backing, batting and thread and you're good to go! And of course, I'm a sucker for things like that, so I bought two of them.

First off, is the feed sack kit. I just love the feed sack fabrics. Mostly, because it reminds me of my grandmothers. I'm not sure if I'm going to make this pattern with these fabrics. I think I might use a different one, but still, FEED SACK FABRIC.

This one is something completely different for me. I love the pattern and the fabric colors, but the patterns are completely out of my normal pickings. It's not to say I don't love them, but they're totally not me. But, that's okay. I'm trying to do different things. I mean, how do I know I won't love them all together?

I also got some patterns to help with my stash-busting. I have a cedar chest full of fabric. I need to do stuff with it.

The Riverboat pattern is absolutely gorgeous in person. I wanted to snatch the quilt out the window and run. But, I decided to make my own. And you can't go wrong with another bag pattern, or even a table runner.

And last but not least, something way completely out of my comfort zone:

Brights. I love brights in small doses, but they make my husband's head explode, so I don't use them often. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with this yet, but whatever it is, it's going to look like amazing clown barf.

After blowing a good amount of my paycheck on this store, I wandered down the street and found the British Pantry. Stocked up on some Bounty Bars and Curly Wurlys, and limped home, mostly broke.

So, to recap, Leavenworth has awesome stores downtown, and I shouldn't visit again for a long while.

Along with that, hopefully, I should have some finished quilts soon...

15 June 2013


So, these past few weeks, I've been a bit...busy. And by busy, I mean, I've been TDY at Fort Leavenworth participating in the CES Basic Course. Quite the experience. I'd been dreading it for months. From what I gathered from my coworkers, it was nothing but public speaking, which makes me feel faint even thinking about it. I tried to get out of it, and then I decided it would be a good career move for me, so I bit the bullet, packed my things and went.

I have to say, I'm glad I did. I couldn't have been more luckier. I had a fantastic team, fantastic classmates and an even more fantastic teacher. I actually learned quite a bit from this course. The CES Basic Course is a two week course provided to civilian employees in the Army. Basically, it helps us improve our work, communication, leader, and team working skills. We learn valuable information to bring back into the workplace with us. Also, we gain networking opportunities.
My awesome classmates, teacher, and I.

It was also to have a nice two week "vacation" from work and to get away. It was also nice to visit Fort Leavenworth. It's a very beautiful place; called "Hometown of the Army" and I can see why. Despite having prisons everywhere, 95% of the people I encountered were very friendly, and would always say some sort of greeting when passing. Customer service was also fantastic. I was shocked. Living in El Paso, you just don't have great customer service and when you find it, it's rare.

Overall, if you get the chance to go to this course, by all means. Go. I don't know what it'll do for your resume in the military civilian workforce, but I have a feeling it'll help you in the long run.

No last name for you!