Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
My three followers have won this FANTASTIC Christmas gift... (just kidding.) But what a great gift for that conscientious Metro-sexual man (or woman, I am all about equal opportunity here!) in your life.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I was just having a blog reading frenzy. I am kind of regretting that I started using bloglines because now I KNOW how many things that I HAVE to READ...
Oh well, I had to write because my friend Diane posted the a great picture of her with Santa and then this FABULOUS link. Just go look at both. Stop reading this and just leave, I swear it will be more interesting.
I did leave the house today and was ecstatic to go to the post office. They were so nice there, that I wanted to hug and kiss them, but I did not--I did not want to get in trouble. (I am so happy that I got all my stuff sent, so happy!)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I guess I will take wet over slick any day.
Monday, December 15, 2008
We had so much fun today. Romping in the snow, mixed with holiday decorating, mixed with my youngest's dreadful hacking cough. He is one the tail end of the nasty cold that has been moving through our home. I haven't been taken down with it yet (knock on wood...) But I will be retiring early tonight to try and boost the ol' immune system.
I had the best craft-o-rama day yesterday. I made scads of progress on many presents...BUT they are sometimes readers and so I can't show and tell. I will just have to save up I guess.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I have been making books on Snapfish. There is nothing like actually using your photos for something to make you appreciate the word EDIT! I am getting rid of some of my duplicate shots, because there is usually just one of them that looks good and it is pretty obvious. These pictures are all from our trip to Colorado this summer. I realize that a bit of distance from the trip has given me new eyes and I am much less attached to some of the other shots that I took. While there were a lot of amazing ones, there were some others that need to go. It is all about saving the good and getting rid of the mediocre.
To sum up:
jmbmommy's tips for photo organization:
1) Find a use for your pictures (maybe like a project, it will make you more objective.)
2) Delete the "seconds", the ones with your kid's eyes half closed (unless they are just too cute and then you should use those too!)
3) Give yourself some space from the event, it will let you be more ruthless with the DEL button!
I have been listening to these two, 1 & 2 albums (can I still call them that?) while working on my masterpieces. My favorite song of the moment is this. I love the ying yang aspect...the bad makes you appreciate the good, the sweet, the sour. Just beautiful.
I must get back to it...finishing is the hardest part for me, you know! (I have started most of the presents, but have only finished 2) (but that is still 2! woo hoo!)
Monday, December 08, 2008
I haven't blogged about them for awhile....but my two boys are growing like weeds. I feel like every time the laundry cycles through I am seeing more and more "highwaters" in their pants' drawers. AND is there a mystical link between the age 2.5 and 5.5?? Or is it a "brotherhood"?? I have been feeling lately that the two of them have been plotting before they fall asleep to overthrow my queendom. They have been hitting me from all sides lately. If it isn't the never ending
Then it is the "Mom, you skipped that part of the Reindeer song...sing it again."
Or the run around the table at meal time or the "We are having THAT for dinner?? BOO-Hooo"
Let's just say that I really love those two, but I need the patience of a saint to keep what little sanity I have left. Today was better, but I think that I am just being optimistic about this being a phase and not the new norm.
Tomorrow will be nice too if anyone has any new Knock, knock jokes suggestions???
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
(on a side note, she is just great and has an arty newsletter for kids and parents that she puts out for free. It is well done, very well done. She also is selling a Christmas craft "book" (PDF) and it is well done also, and a great way for people to support her.)
So, I printed out a bunch of wallet size pics of the boys from this past year and made a little card to hold the picture. Then I put a number on it and called it good. I think that it will be fun to talk with them about what we were doing in the picture and it will be nice for them to see all the pictures that are now printed out (because who ever prints pictures anymore?). I could envision the cards getting transformed in to ornaments next year, to either make way for new pictures or a whole new advent idea all together. I really want to make these, but I couldn't get around to it this year. With all of the "free" time that I have right now, I was thinking of getting a good start on them, finishing them, and then packing them away for a nice surprise for next year.
Here is my latest project over in the Lazy Gal's quilt-a-long. I made a new chair, this one, just wouldn't do. I LOVE my new chair. I am so inspired by this lovely quilter's work. She does some of the swaps that I do, so I am crossing my fingers that we get to exchange some day.
Speaking of swaps, I have some really great quilts that I have received...I will post them soon, I need to get back to my sewing machine!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Here is a little house I finished just last night. It is all hand-sewn out of wool felt, some scraps from the Pendleton outlet store and an old mattress pad that I like to use to practice free motion quilting. The bees just moved in today and they are very happy and dancing all around their new yard.
I made this for the "Stitched by Hand, Old School Sewing Competition". Badbird, from flickr, makes some wonderful art and is hosting this competition. One of her prints is the prize for winning so let's help me win, shall we? I love a little sassy red bird. Here is the little announcement from the Craftzine blog. Basically, starting December 2 YOU, my dear friends, can get yourself a little flickr ID and then vote for my lovely and useful little house. (You could vote for one of the other projects, but mine is really cute and cozy warm.) Badbird will pick winners in each of the categories AND there will be one people's choice winner...and this is where YOU all can help ME....see?
Maybe if I win, I can start renting out the little house in my garden and you all can come and stay a spell.... hmmmm.
Check it out, I have been sewing my fingers to the bone.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
BUT for some reason 3 months ago I did not look at a calendar before I committed to a bunch of new projects. This coming Monday, December 1, is THE day, 2 swaps are due, one sculptural project, AND a skirt and blouse are due for my pattern making class. What was I thinking?? I actually thought that I had one more week for the class... enough about all that, let's just say that my machine has been humming right along. AND did I remember that Thanksgiving is this week??? There is preparing to do and it isn't fabric...what will I do??
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I think that I just wanted a big one to slap together and get to quilting. I just need to quilt. The chartreuse sang the siren song to me and I had to cut in...these have only been "stashed" for a month. What fun!
I also started re-watching Buffy the Vampire slayer as I did the marking, pinning and cutting...and why did it ever have to end?? It did get dicey in the later seasons, but it is really silly and clever.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Now that I know how to change the accent color, that involved something as complicated as getting back to the main screen and scrolling, what else can I do?? (just think of what I might learn if I read the manual??? thrilling...)
I am off to the coast for ANOTHER girls weekend. I am not sure how it all worked out this way, but I don't feel like I can say no, because when might the opportunity for a fun time come back around??
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This year I wanted, and I want, to be surrounded by friends and family, but in a casual way. We had a potluck and some pumpkin carving. I got out all of my mini swap quilts to show... maybe it was a bit squishy, maybe all of the food got et, maybe the pumpkins were not a big hit...nevertheless I felt so welcomed in to this next year. The laughter, the funny shirts, the wall the kids made out of bricks, piles of quilts... this is how I mean to continue this year. Here is my new friend Betty. I wasn't sure if my sweet husband would succumb to my practical desires...I think that she is going to replace the broken 11 year old hand mixer nicely!
To the new year!
A note on the first picture....It is not the best, but on the seat of my chair are a slew of Fat Quarters that my sister gave me. I am so thrilled. They were ones that I REALLY wanted to get the first time I went to "Piece By Piece", a new quilting store in town, but had resisted. The main color is acid green set off by a black....lovely stuff. My other sister made me a wonderful scarf, also in the green of my dreams...it is so soft and cozy....
Boy, I am really blessed in the sister department!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I found out what God's phone number is and I am just not sure if I am ready to make THAT call...
There are still homes on Alberta and their gardens make the street that much more charming.
On our way to dinner that evening, we saw the most wonderful Turkey dinner with all of the trimmings. We were very hungry and this felt looked almost good enough to eat. (it was a display at Knit Purl.)
Day 2 greeted me with the clock reading 9:20!!!! Elation! See how happy that made me? 2 full nights of sleep can really make a difference in attitude, let me tell you. I think the words most frequently said all weekend were...I hope that everyone is doing OK, but I SO don't want to go back yet!
See how sunny and beautiful Mt. Hood was in the distance from our hotel room. After solving all of the world's problems over muffins and coffee at the corner coffee shop...we really did, I swear. We decided that instead of "social-izing" our financial market, what we really need is for all people to have health care and better parental training/support, education that lifts everyone up to their ability (or beyond) AND more mom's weekends.
That is it. The world would be better, I swear, it would. These are simple things, right?
As we walked to MY FAVORITE quilting store, cool cottons, there was this house...another reason I LOVE Oregon. Balmy October sunshine and a yard full of Zinnias. I did buy some more fabric. I got this DELICIOUS birch bark/tree trunk fabric (I shoulda taken a picture...of course) it was so cool...I just love it.
Last, but not least CUPCAKES! We were driving through the Sellwood neighborhood and I saw this weird store that said "Piece of Cake Yum Yum Yum." On the outside it looked like an odd antique store...and inside it looked like an even odder antique store that sold the BEST cakes I have EVER eaten. I got the poppy seed with raspberries and cream cheese frosting and my meatball friend got the Double chocolate with the German chocolate cake topping. They were both great, I wanted to try the peanut butter and chocolate one, as well as the ....OK let's be real here...I wanted to try them all. Moist and tasty, these had to be the best cupcakes in the area, perhaps the state!
It was a great time, but like Dorothy going back to Kansas, our return to our families was inevitable. Ahhhhhh, there's no place like home. (that could be a sigh, or a scream, your pick!)
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
She uses a wide color range, the technical difficulty of the piecing, not to mention the PHENOMENAL quilting...it was all so awe-inspiring.
While she spoke and shared her pieces I was drawn in by her desire to inspire people to create their own masterpieces. She said that she has not yet made her best quilt and that while she has a plan when she starts the quilt, where she ends up is where it needs to be, but that is not necessarily where she thought she would end.
What I found most resonated with me as a quilter, I think that it is something that we all need to accept when designing our own quilts, she said, "Develop a belief in yourself that each decision will be a good one, not the perfect one, but a good one." She went on to say that, each choice you make along the way will open up the next choice. I have always believed this, but maybe not so succinctly. What a nice affirmation to my inability to follow a pattern...right?
I really enjoyed hearing her speak, very down to earth. She just started doing some workshops in her studio in Portland...I don't know when, but I think that I will be attending one in the futureI also made my first e-fabric shopping trip this September. I really like to touch the fabric as I shop so I have been holding off on web purchases....WELL, I think that getting a package that is so cute and filled with BEAUTIFUL things compensates me for the tactile shopping experience. I didn't read the return address when I first got the mail, so I thought that one of my swap partners had sent me a doll quilt with lead weights...but it was all of my beauties...hooray!
I am such a sucker for Halloween prints and this grouping also had the always needed dots!
I haven't been able to find anyone in town that stocks these mermaids (Heather Ross)I had to get them, they had orange, aqua, and the mustard yellow?? To be honest, I worked really hard to not buy more fabric. It is an illness, but I started to dream about the chasing mermaids (I think that they are kind of spooky) and after that I had to buy them. I am so glad that I did. I want to give a shout out to Fabricworm, whose etsy shop I perused...she got me with the packs of 1/2 yards, priced to sell...toot, toot (they also shipped really fast!)
Farewell to the well-tended garden...Late September and early October bring all kinds of crazy, yet I tend to forget (or forget to tend) EVERY YEAR! I am happy to report that, as of this week, our Chickadees have returned as well as some of our Oregon Juncos. I spied the Chickadees flitting from the destroyed sunflower heads (our squirrels, Nutty and Wacky have been working hard on their acrobatics). The Juncos surprised me this morning and are out hopping around in all the lush garden greenness. By surprised, I mean that I was surprised how happy I was to see them again. I guess it is almost time to find places for the feeders, now that the death-trap arbor has been torn down...
Look for birds and make something!