" ". The Smiling Cat: August 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

My Trip to Minocqua, WI-Part 2

This is the second post on my summer vacation.  I probably should title it ‘Better Late than Never’ as it has been almost a month now.  Time seems to just fly by these days.  The ‘Walk in the Woods’ quilt show was on July 21, at Eagle Rivers WI. 


Trees For Tomorrow, which was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization in 1944 by a group of Wisconsin paper and electric utility companies for the purpose of reforesting northern Wisconsin, as well as educating landowners and citizens about the need for proper land management.

arial black and white photo of the Trees For Tomorrow campus in 1948 which was not as thickly forested as it is in 2012

Arial view of the Trees For Tomorrow campus in the 1940s

In the 1940s and '50s TFT established an education facility in Eagle River and used the recovering northern forest to teach school students, their teachers and the public about the need for proper forestry practices. In the 1960s, with reforestation substantially completed, TFT turned all its energy to education. Today, "Trees" is the Midwest's leading natural resource specialty school providing field workshops renowned for their effectiveness in teaching natural resource conservation and management concepts to students, teachers and the public.  For more info visit: http://www.treesfortomorrow.com







On a sunny, summer day, Trees for Tomorrow provided the perfect setting for the Cranberry Country Quilt Guild’s ‘Walk in the Woods’ Quilt Show.  Beautiful quilts displayed informally outside on clotheslines between the trees.






And inside on bunk beds……




There were many activities, classes, a quilt contest, a rummage sale and BBQ for lunch.  Many vendors set up booths, such as the Bigfork Bay Cotton Co.  Represented by Laura Krasinski, educator, lecturer, and designer.  She lives in Menomonee Falls, WI with her husband & two children, Jessica & Luke.




My sister bought Laura’s first appliqué quilt pattern, “Daisy”.  Lyn bought it-and I get to make it for her.  What are sisters for?!  I’m looking forward to getting started on this project.  The pattern is Laura’s original design, and includes all the pieces already printed on fusible web.  Its a great excuse to go fabric shopping as well as using some of my scraps on the smaller pieces.  It should be a fun project.  




Laura can be found at:




Her pattern “Daisy” can be purchase online at:


Well, this is all for now-Carole


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Saturday, August 11, 2012

My Trip to Minocqua, WI~

I just returned from visiting my big Sis, Lyn Cote, at  her lovely home on Tomahawk Lake.  It’s near Minocqua, a small town in upper WI.  Lyn is the best big sister I could ever want, it’s a shame we live so far apart.  But, she loves the northern woods, and I’ve made a happy life here on the CA coast.  My sister is a  successful novelist with thirty-five published works.  She writes Inspirational Romances which she describes as having “no heaving breasts” or anything else heaving.  Lyn has a BA in English Literature & a Masters Degree in History, so many of her stories are set in America of the past. They have many interesting, day-to-day details of life in the past.  Her heroines struggle with romance & are rewarded with true love.  Her home is fairly secluded in the woods, and is only about 20 feet from the lake.  A quiet place for a writer to write.  Here are a few photos taken from her back porch-




The three above were taken on a sunny day, this next was after a dramatic night of lightening, thunder, and pouring rain.  Any direction you look is a potential postcard!


The properties on either side are large vacation homes, and are usually empty other than summer weekends.  Just a lovely, relaxing place to live-and that is what we did for the most part:  Relax.  We did find a little time for shopping at the new quilt shop in Minocqua.




A great little place, the ‘Around the Block Quilt Shop’, at  9785 State Hwy. 70 West, Suite B, Minocqua, WI  54548.   Owned by a nice & very helpful Diane Gitzlaff.  I really love the little hand quilted ‘Open’ sign.  Such a nice touch.



Looks can be deceiving, from the outside the shop looked like an office building.  But, the inside looked more like a comfortable home.  The shop was broken up into small rooms with country style furniture & lamps.  Quilts covered the walls, and bookcases were filled with bolts of fabric.  A very pleasant & comfortable shop.  Of course I managed to find a ‘couple’ of fabrics that I liked……





Lyn and I also went a to a quilt show over the weekend.  It’s a bit funny because we hadn’t planned on going.  It was mentioned at the end of the local news cast, and we just decided to go.  The “Walk in the Woods Quilt Show” was literally in the woods.  Well, this post is getting lengthy-so I’ll tell you all about the quilt show in my next post.  Until then, take care, Carole 

More about my big Sis, Lyn Cote-Author
When Lyn became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel.  Rejection followed.  Finally in 1997, Lyn got “the call”.  Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen for the brand new Love Inspired romance line.  Since then, Lyn has had over thirty-five novels published.  Presently, she is preparing some of her works to be published on Kindle. 
In 2006 Lyn’s book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, and her book, Her Healing Ways, won the Carol Award in 2011, two of the highest awards in romance.  Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog http://www.BooksbyLynCote.com.
Writing books at her lake cottage in northern WI, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine & human love.  I believe she succeeds.

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