A Sidewalk Quilt

My *regular* work has me absolutely nutty over an upcoming deadline.  I’ve been putting in long hours, unable to do any making and feeling my balance all out of wack. boo! But, after my day’s work today, I came home to find my kiddos creating without me!  What a beautiful, warm, sunny Boulder evening– felt just right for the beginning of summer.  They, totally absorbed in their project, picked up their heads only when I called their names.  “MAMA!!”  Joy surged in my heart. Their sidewalk quilt was so stunning I wanted to share it with you. 

When I am involved in a big project, it becomes all consuming.  I think about it all the time. I worry about it. I organize next steps in my head. I barely hear what’s going on around me.  I consider this one of my worst traits, but wonder if it is also what makes me good at what I do.  Still, I forget to breathe, forget to enjoy the little things and, as a result, forget the really important things.  Seeing this color, their dusty, chalky bodies and their untempered excitement over their creation pulled me out of my fog.  Thank you, sweet muses.

We are heading off to go camping this weekend at Sand Dunes National Park for this long weekend.  I am elated . . . no email, no iphone, no office, no paper, no computer . . . just sand and friends and kids and family and laughter.  Okay, so we’ll probably have some yelling and whining and a few intense altercations that end in tears, but I’m looking forward to diving into that too. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend in which you can be very present for those around you. 

xo Anne

  1. Anonymous

    Anne, let me just say that the view from your house is amazing. No wonder you feel so inspired always. Your kids are adorable, and I think it is wonderful that they are being creative together. That quilt is a great idea!
    Hope you have a fun-filled and restful weekend. Sounds like you need it.

    (blogger won’t let me sign in, some bug apparently…

  2. Darcy

    I love the chalk quilt, it’s beautiful.

    So jealous of your trip to the Sand Dunes, when I lived in Denver I’d go backcountry camping there on long summer weekends (in my little Jeep, traded in years ago for something “practical”) – there’s something magical about that place. Have a great time!

  3. vow! the view is so beautiful!! absolutely love the sidewalk quilt. have fun camping!!! (ok, too many exclams ;))

  4. J’adore le concept, c’est magnifique, qu’elle excellente idée.
    A reproduire devant chaque maison pour mettre un peu de couleur dans nos vie….
    Et en effet la vue est incroyable….
    Je me permet de mettre un lien sur mon blog pour faire circuler le cocept de la couette trottoir :
    nathalie from fance;

  5. stacie

    This looks like so much fun! i’ll have to try to recreate something like that on my driveway. My daughter and her friends would love it.

  6. Stunning, indeed! I hope you enjoyed a restful weekend. What a beautiful place you live. xo!

  7. Connie

    Wow what a great way to keep the kids busy and start them on patch work 🙂 I don’t have the squares of concrete so I think I’ll use tape to section off blocks and let them create. Great fun!

  8. I LOVE this.

    Anne, I am so, so thrilled to have met you. We’ll stay in touch, right? xoxox

    (p.s.—major Squam withdrawal over here!!!)

  9. anne

    I’m beyond thrilled with the response to this post. The quilt is still out there looking beautiful. Great idea to tape off sections on the driveway.

    Nathalie, certainly feel free to link to it on your blog – so much fun to get a comment in French!

  10. Love, love, LOVED this post and shared it {with a few literary tweaks} at our blog, Preschool Lesson Plans. We were sure to give photo/idea credit, as well as a link back to your blog, but we’d love for you to take a look at the feature and, if there are any problems, we’ll be sure to take it down immediately!

    Thanks so much!
    Kayla Johnson

  11. sarah

    Fantastic!!! Can’t wait to try this! It will be perfect on our front sidewalk!

  12. wow, that’s GORGEOUS!! what an amazing thing to come home to. and that VIEW!! that view is really something else. i miss boulder. 🙂

    missing you and the girl tribe too. that squam is something special for sure.

    looking forward to the embroidery pen pal fun…
    xx tifanie

  13. I’m not sure I’ve seen a more beautiful quilt any where!
    Anne – please check out my post today – you’re in it:

    I really am happy we met and made a connection. Your blog is fun!
    Please keep in touch,

  14. Krissa

    Beautiful…looks like a perfect summer activity. 🙂

  15. I found you over at Circle of Moms, and I’m so glad that I did! Great post and beautiful pictures! Can’t wait to try out some of your creativeness! We actually have a patio area where my children could do something very similar to this and would love it!

    Thanks for the post,

  16. Suzy

    This is absolutely beautiful! As always, your photography is amazing, too.

  17. I love this idea. The first photo just takes my breath away.

  18. Anonymous

    The quilt brought a huge smile to my face. Gorgeous!!!

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