Sunday, March 18, 2007

Alzheimer's Quiltlet #1

I finally finished the first quiltlet for the Alzheimer fund raiser with FGM. Lots of starts and stops because of my stupid machine and I think I drew this lighthouse about 6 times before I liked it. As it is, I'm peeved at myself because my applique placement isn't what I decided on. I guess that's what I get for working on it late at night! On to the next two!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Last Fairie Flying

As many of you know, I recently won The Last Fairie Flying game with the Fairie Goddess Mothers. The theme was fantasy creatures and there is a plethora of them. Every fat quarter is beautiful and joy of joys, one of the fqs was duplicated a couple of times, so I'll have tons to work with! I'm still doing the happy dance!


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Two Posts in One Day? Or Here's the Sewing Area

Okay, so the request went out on Fairie Goddess Mothers for photos of our sewing areas. Mine is located at the back of our love seat, kind of part of our living room, but kind of separate and we also have the big computer back there (Roger's sitting there). It's a mess right now. Somehow, with only a little bit of space and not nearly enough storage, I end up with a regular mess. I clean it up every couple of weeks and that seems to be okay. Right now it's due for a cleaning. Just as a note -- My cats love the ironing board. The Pepsi bottle contains water for the iron so that they don't knock it all over the place--I really avoid any drinking near the sewing. :)

Art on the Walls

We're finally getting close to being done with the renovation!!! For some reason, art on the walls seems to be the final step. Between yesterday and today, Roger went into storage and got out some of our stuff for the living room. The two Nene Thomas prints and the dragons that the boys made us. I have one kind of big wall left and I think it's earmarked for a dragon head wall-hanging that I've had in mind, but didn't make because we didn't have the room (or so I thought) Mwaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Anyway, here's a couple of snapshots (please excuse the mess!)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

New Table Runner Design

Here's the new table runner design. NOt a great picture because here it's still not finished. This was taken when I was matching each side to make it reversible. I'm trying to figure out how to quilt it because I want fairly invisible quilting on each side. I have a red variegated that looks really nice on the red side, which will be my "everyday" side for most seasons, but I haven't found anything for the gold side, which will be my harvest holidays side. The gold variegated that I have just looked...poopy (for lack of a better word) and I picked it out.

Any and all suggestions from my friends out there (quilting and otherwise) would be most appreciated. Although I'm putting the pattern out on my ebay site, with a variety of different fabrics, I can't really do it until I have a finished product.


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Flu or What the Heck happened to my nose

Just back from the doctor -- thank goodness I don't have the flu but I did get a huge case of reaction to something down at the barn (which was my own original diagnosis). I went down to the barn on Sunday, as usual, and there was my normally chestnut horse totally grey. No, his age didn't catch up with him, but he had obviously been rolling in the mud and it had all dried. Anyway, after his turnout -- crazy horse galloping all over the place, I stuck him back in his stall and took a curry to him.

For those of you with horses, you know it's a heckuva lot easier to clean them when the mud is dry rather than wet and I went at it with a vengence. I got him cleaned up (at least not mud packed) but managed to get dust all over me and in my ears, nose, mouth -- you get the picture. When I got home, I just walked inside the door and stripped off in front of the washing machine. I even had dust in my undies - bleek. (I know, TMI, but it was *that* pervasive).

Anyhow, took a shower and started dinner. All of the sudden, I'm not feeling so good. Nauseous, light-headed, exhausted--you get the picture. By the time the stew was done, Roger was eating alone and I was out for the count on the couch. Got up and was in bed by about nine and then spent most of the night up and down, sick as a dog.

After day 2 of not feeling well enough to go to work I was worried that I had the flu. I decided to go to the doctor -- no flu, just a lot of barn "stuff" still in my nose and ears and sinuses which was causing my nausea (post-nasal drip), dizziness (sinuses stuffed) and exhaustion (not processing enough air). She told me to use my Flonase, go for the Sinus DayQuil and if it gets worse, call. I feel like an idiot.

That's all for now folks.

I'm attaching a pic of the cause of all of this, nice and shiny and looking very innocent.

Tart and the Aquarium or Fun with Sardines

Or I think they were sardines -- Needless to say the Tart seems to spend a lot of time at the aquarium between Mommy and Brendan and Daddy and then me. She's knows the whole deal, down to which tank has "Nemo" and which has "Dorie" and "Gill". We had a ton of fun at story time which was Dr. Seuss' "All the Pets You Can Get". At some point they talked about old pets and she told the lady reading all about Sebastian who got old and then went away (he was put down about a month ago). Just about broke my heart!

And then there were the sardines -- we're walking around near the Ray Bay (petting rays) and Tart let's me know she wants to feed them. Me, being ignorant, said that they don't let you feed the fish. At that point, Tart grabbed me by the hand and brought me to the little cooler where they sell food for some of the fish. They were out of ray food but, oh joy, you could still feed the sand sharks. I fork over a couple of dollars and get a little paper hot dog tray (for lack of a better description) with about 5 sardines. YUCK!!!!!! Not for the 3 year old though -- she had no problems picking up each one and closely examining it before sending it to the sharks. She was petting them and looking at their eyes....EEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWW! Anyway, we went back for more about 5 times before she was satisfied that the sharks had eaten enough.

Totally gross trip for me, but fun. Mostly trying to figure out what sounds the various fish made when underwater...People thought we were nuts, I'm sure.