Saturday, January 29, 2011

To Do...or Not

As usual, I have a long list of things
I'd like to get done this weekend.
I know I won't get them all done.
But, it's best to have a lot on the list.
Makes it easier to pick & choose, that way.
Wouldn't you agree?
{grin}


here's the list:
*sweep/vacuum DONE  
*laundry DONE
*dishes DONE
*cans/boxes into recycle bin DONE
*hook eyes on 2sheep rug DONE
*finish reading 'Tick Tock' DONE
*work on dqs10 quilt
*list dye books for sale DONE
(check them out at The Chocolate Puppy!)
*make pattern for scrub top
*pack box for me Mum
*watch 'the American' movie DONE
(would not recommend it)
*think about doll clothes

We shall see what I get accomplished!

Dye Books...and some Wool for Sale!

edited to add:  all sold...thank you so much!

Please check out my selling blog...
The Chocolate Puppy.
Click on the photo at the top of the sidebar.

Thank you!


Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

The Eyes Have It!


 ...or, do they?

But, you know what?
I'm done with it.
I've tried so many times to get these eyes
how I want them (both 3 years ago & today)
and now I am just done.
They look 'just okay' to me.
But, that's alright.
This rug will be on the floor.
I won't be standing there staring at it.
Nor will anyone else.
Ya know?




Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Back to Work...

Vacation is over.
I'm back to work.
My coworkers are happy.
I am not.

I love staying home.
And working on my stuff.

And, Tag would prefer that I stay home.
Though, I assure you, he does fine here by himself.

I delivered the Kashmir tote I showed here.
O'Mandy LOVES it!
YAY!
(Okay, so her real name is Amanda...
her nickname is Mandy.
But I call her O'Mandy...
from the Barry Manilow song.
Ya know, just can't help myself!)

And, the smartphone cozies went over very well!
Got big bucks for them!

Something fun is on its way to me!
Remember the 'snow days' quilt
that I showed you here?
Ya know, the one I was drooling over.
The one that I haven't been able to stop thinking about.
Perhaps 'obsessing over it' may be a better way to put it.

The pattern is now on its way to me.
I did not join the Block of the Month.
I am just getting the pattern.
Which is more than enough to get me started.
I'm so excited!!!
More on this later.

I work out with Mike tomorrow.
Time to get on track.
Must be in shape for all the stitchin' and sewin' 
I have coming up!

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Remember this rug?
Pattern is 2Sheep by Beverly Conway.
It measures 2 x 3 feet.
I last hooked on it in November, 2007.
I started it in 2002.
YIKES!

See the black rectangles where the eyes should be?
That's all I have left.
Think I can do a decent job of hooking eyes?
Apparently not.
If I'd get those eyes hooked, I could finish the edges!
At last!
I love this rug.
I would love it more if it was done.

Seriously...how long do you think
it would take to hook 2 eyes?
Decent eyes.
I would really like to get this done.
Ya know, yet this winter.



Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Afternoon Project...


I didn't make this for anyone specific...
just wanted to make a quilted tote today.
With these reds.
From Cathy.
It is simply luscious!
More luscious than it looks in the photo...
the reds are absolutely gorgeous...
more red and richer than shown.

It measures 14.5 x 13 x 4.5 inches.
3 pockets across one side of the inside.

I might have to keep it.

Well, no...I won't be keeping it.
It'll go to work with me tomorrow
and if no one wants to buy it,
I'll put it into my etsy shop.

Kept me out of trouble for the afternoon.
No smoking (still!)
and no eating.
Yay!
{grin}


Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Saturday, January 22, 2011

FNSI...What I Did

Last night was a successful FNSI!

I made 2 cell phone cozies for a friend.
Just simple sleeves that measure ~2.5 x 4.5.
Made of 3 layers...lining, batting and outside fabric.

And, I made a tote for a different friend.
Used my fave fabric of all time...Kashmir III.
Just a simple tote with one shoulder strap.
This one measures ~9 x 12 x 3 inches.
I didn't quilt this one,
but I did use a heavy interfacing to give it body.
There are 3 pockets across one side inside of the tote.

If, perchance, she doesn't like it,
I will be more than happy to keep it for myself.
{grin}


Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Night Sew-in!

Yup, it comes around once a month...
and tonight is the night!
The first FNSI of 2011!


 Go here for information and to sign up.

I've already finished two small projects today.
I have another very special project to work on tonight.

What will you be working on?
Doesn't have to be sewing.
You could hook, stitch, knit...whatever.


Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tag's Thursday...

"I know it's only 2:54, mama...
but if I bring my food bowl,
will you feed me?"


"I'm warming up the chair for us, mama!
American Idol is on soon..."

 That's my boy!


Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Oddly Enough...

I'm not getting much done in the way of quilting.  I was intent on sandwiching a quilt so that I could get some quilting done today.  I laid the backing down and taped it all around.  I laid out the batting and smoothed it.  I laid the quilt top...what the heck?  It was larger than my batting & backing!  oops!  Well, okay, I'll sandwich another quilt.  Nope.  They're all about the same size, and even though the individual backings are large enough for each of the remaining quilt tops, I still don't have quite enough batting.

Drat!  

Instead, I'm doing a few loads of laundry, reading a bit here and there...I finished cleaning out the kitchen drawers, cleaned out my box of rug hooking patterns (do I really need 9 different sizes of the same pattern...especially when I'm not drawing out patterns any longer?) and sorted through some foundation fabric.  

I'm kind of restless right now.  I think it has to do with not smoking.  I'm still not smoking, by the way.  I get a little bit "what do I do now?" once in awhile.  Other than that, it's all good.  

I have some sewing projects for friends that I need to work on someday soon.  And, doll clothes for Kaylynn's American Girl doll.  

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Inauguration  of John F. Kennedy.  Here's the second half of the most famous inaugural address in history...






Later.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I Know I've Said This Before...

but, I am in love!!!


It's not often that I truly drool over something.
But this?
oh my.
(No thanks to Sharon, by the way.)

Take a look at this...
be sure to click to enlarge.
See the churn dashes,
the stars,
the pinwheels,
the half-square triangles,
the flying geese...
the EMBROIDERY!

Look at the embroidery!
Oh my gosh...
it literally took my breath away!
All done in one color of floss.
On Kona solid in Bone.

It is simply the most gorgeous quilt!
I so want to make it!
It's available as a Block of the Month here.
There are 40 different fabrics in it...
Japanese yarn-dyes and
cotton taupe & cream prints.
Delicious!

It is also available as pattern only.

Alas, I put myself on a spending moratorium.
And, I really need to stick to it.
I joined the fitness center.
I guess one cannot have everything.
{sigh}
Priorities.
{sigh}
I'll live.
Perhaps.

I just wanted you all to know
how much I love this.
{sigh}
My birthday is coming...
hint, hint.
Shameless, aren't I?



Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just a Bit of Time...


is all it took to make this pillowcase.

I've had a queen-sized pillow for over 10 years and never had a pillowcase that was big enough for it.  I don't use that particular pillow on my bed, so I don't think about it much...just when I pull it out to use when I'm lounging in my big easy chair.  The other day when I got it out, I wondered why I had never made a pillowcase for it.  

So...now I have.  
 
The tutorial can be found here.  The fabric is from my stash...something I had for last year's BOM that I did not complete.    


Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Flimsy...


done.
Well, except for the
backing/quilting/binding part.

About 60" square.
Very soft & feminine.
Don't you think?

 


Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Monday, January 17, 2011

Almost There.

I am a bit bummed that I didn't get to the fitness center today...too much snow.  It started out slowly, but what there was accumulated in front of my garage door.  Ended up to be about 2 feet of drifted snow right there so I couldn't get out of the garage.  Rescheduled for tomorrow.

I'm on vacation this week, so am working on my list.  I've been moving things around the last few days...fabric out of office into 3rd bedroom, sewing machine out of sunroom into office and, of course, everything else that goes along with it.  

I was able to get a bit of sewing done today.  I have one more side to sew a border on.  Then, to decide if it all needs another small border.

Took this photo the other day...it's Nugget (lives in the barn) walking outside along the window ledge.  He had been sitting there for a bit of time, just watching me.  When I got up to get the camera, he decided to leave.  It's a good thing Tag didn't see him...there would be a huge hole in the window.  



Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mutant?

My Tag is so dang smart!
I know you already knew that.
Here's yet another story that proves it.
Back when this arrived at my doorstep
I recognized that it was a different type of warthog.

See the spots?  The darker areas of fur?  
Except, those are not spots.  
They are mutations!
This warthog was some kind of mutant.
Like a teenage mutant ninja warthog.

I kept a close eye on it.
And wondered what the difference was all about.
Well, the other day,
good ole Tag got to the bottom of it.

Literally.


He found that the mutant ninja was stuffed
with an unbelievable amount of polyester fiberfil.
And, that it had smuggled in a weapon.
A weapon of mass destruction!
Guess the mutant ninja was waiting for
it to come out the other end so it could be used.
To destruct.
No worries.
We're safe.
Now.
Thanks to Tag E. Butt,
Labrador Extraordinaire.

Okay, so the wmd?
It's really the grunt-maker
from the belly of the warthog.

What can I say?
Need to entertain the masses
(and myself)!



Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Friday, January 14, 2011

How Do You Spell Relief?



V - A - C - A - T - I - O - N!

YAY!

I am on vacation!
And, I'm gonna have a good time!  

Not going anywhere, though...
just digging in and getting it done.  
Declutter & destash.
A little sewing.
My list is very long.
If I get half of it done,
I will be one happy girl!

 What will you be doing this next week?



Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Donations NEEDED!

Any size, any amount, lump sum, monthly payment.  Whatever works best for you.

Yeah.  So.  I went for my first visit to the fitness center yesterday.  Nice!  I did some cycling and then some strength stuff...worked my back, my lats, my bis, my tris, my blah, blah, blah.  Today was the appointment to have my body assessed.  ha!  What a  hoot!  Actually.  They're kinda mean.  The fitness place.  They signed me up with a young hot hard-bodied boy!  To assess me.  How unfair.  Mike...an EMT/volunteer fireman (just like my son).  Just adorable.  And, by the way, has PSALM 91 tattooed on his left forearm (not the entire psalm, but the words, 'psalm 91').  Made me smile even more!  Anyway.  I totally left my inhibitions at the door, so the hour with Mike was more fun than embarrassing.  It was also very interesting.  I learned a lot, did a lot and was pleasantly surprised to hear that I am more flexible than he thought I would be. 

Okay.  The donations.  Needed!!!  So that I can have Mike be my personal trainer.  

I am just kidding.  Well, I do want a personal trainer, but it's very, very expensive.  So, I'll pass.  For now.  Until I strike it rich.  Or, win the lottery!

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Must leave something for you to look at...
so here's a photo of my current project.



Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Monday, January 10, 2011

Momentum...

I am over the top excited and about to bust my seams!  And, it sure wouldn't be a pretty sight for anyone's eyes to behold.  hahaha.

Here's the first thing.  I quit smoking.  Quit.  Done.  No more.  7 days smoke-free and feeling strong.  Kinda like the Helen Reddy song, "I am woman...hear me roar!"  Empowered is my word of the day.




I've been doing a lot thinking about myself.   Trying to figure out what it is that I need.  Praying and asking God for direction.  Considering all that I do and don't do to take care of myself.  I made up my mind that - once and for all - I need to quit smoking, lose weight and become healthy.  So.  That's what I'm doing.  

I feel great.  How did I quit smoking, you ask?  I smoked one night up until bedtime and didn't smoke the next morning.  Or since.  Easy as that.  No nicotine patches, no nicotine chewing gum, no drugs, no hypnosis.  What then, you ask?  

God.  It's me and God.  I asked for His help and He is giving it.  He definitely has my back on this one.   

And, I joined a fitness club!  Today.  Yup, I did!  I am sooo excited!  It is really time for me.  Ya know when you feel a nudge...inside of yourself...like a 'come on, you can do it' sort of thing.  Or, like a 'well, I really should try this...' but then you don't.  Today I feel as if the wind is at my back...moving me forward.  Momentum...moving toward...what? 

So, that's what I'm feeling.  

My Faith in God and a wee bit of my Irish heritage.  

Awesome! 



Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Postage Stamp Quilt...

Yes, another one.
No, I have not finished the first one.
(quilt top & backing are done...
need to baste/quilt/bind it)

I am working with a jelly roll...
Aviary by 3 Sisters for Moda.
Having fun, fun, fun!

Making strip sets and cutting them apart,

then putting cut-apart strip sets back together!

Tutorial that I am loosely following can be found here.

Hope you're having a great Saturday!



Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Music-themed Table Runner

Almost done showing gifts I made for Christmas 2010!

This is a table runner for my Godmother, my Aunt Bev.
It measures about 14 x 45 inches.
(click to enlarge)

closeup of the choir...



Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Still Working....

on a few Christmas gifts.  

Jody received her box yesterday.  In it was the apron she asked me to make, modeled here by none other than herself...

The bench pad she asked me to make...


And, the quilt I made for her!  It was a surprise for her...I showed this before (here), but never told you who it was for.  Here is my niece/God-daughter, Jody Lynn, with her new quilt!


Remember this fabric that I showed way back here.  I used it for a baby quilt for Carole's new grandson.  Remember Carole?  She's the one who received this quilt.  When I heard that her daughter was expecting a baby at the end of December...and that Carole made her first goal to be here for that baby's birth, I decided to make a quilt for the baby.

Just so ya know, not everything comes easy to me.  I know there are a few of you who think so.  Not true.  This is the 4th design that I tried out for this quilt.  Not kidding!  Had the first one all done...complete quilt top done...and hated it.  Really bright!  And, just ugly.  Tried using different fabric...too boring.  Found a design that I thought would work, one that would make the best use of my fabric...made mistakes with trimming.  Had I kept going, the quilt would have been about 12" square!  haha!

It was maddening...someone did not want me to make this quilt...but I prayed and asked Kim to pray...and this is what I made.  And, by the way, I love it. 

I followed the 'zigzag quilt without piecing triangles' tutorial by AmandaJean of crazy mom quilts.  Thank you AmandaJean...you saved my life (or, at least my sanity)! 
 Measures about 35 x 41 inches.



That's all I have to show for today.  Stay tuned for the never-ending list of Christmas gifts yet to be finished!  {grin}



pssst...did I mention that one of my goals for this year is to finish sewing Christmas gifts before Christmas?  yeah.  It is a goal.  Pray for me.


Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10

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