Monday, June 30, 2008

Another finish!








Five before July



Yay! Another finish.That makes two.I havent finished two in one month in I dont know how long.Wow I love this challenge. I finished the Long Arm Round Robin. It was started in Jan 07.I put the final stitches in the binding at about 11 last night.So now I need to add another one to my list.Not an easy task as there are SO many to choose from. But I think I will add Runs With Scissors. It is named in honor of the scar I have running down my arm because yes I was running with scissors. I would like to say it was when I was a child that it happened but no I am the model of what NOT to do as an adult!



It was started as a round robin a couple of years ago and since has just sat in the studio waiting to be quilted. I think it is time.


My oldest you know the forklift driver, is spoiling me! I am ok with this but I do wish that she would not spend so much money.She is a good girl and very unselfish.I am proud of that although we did have a little chat about saving money too. Within the last month she has bought me gift cert. for my nails, bought a wii fit, and Friday she comes bringing me this! I have been wanting one for so long but couldnt justify it just because it is cool. I tried belive me.........


I have been having a lot of fun with it. Still not sure how to do a whole lot but I have the c.d. and book out to read. Hubby is gone to the North Slope for a few days so gives me more play time.

I did take pictures of the Art to Wear fashion show on Sat. But my pictures turned out terrible. I had to sit pretty far away which wouldnt of been to bad but they opened a door right across from me and I had a terrible glare.The show was awesome though with some beautiful beautiful clothing.We have some very talented ladies out there.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Anyone have a motrin?

Woke up this morning with a headache. I am sure its allergies so it will get better here soon. Makes me think working today is going to be just peachy.Sigh ok enough whining. I have absolutely nothing to report on the challenge so not even going to go there. Hubby and I veged last night.I dont even remember what we watched on t.v.....Modern Marvels I think.....

So I am going to go out and work. Really.I am procrastinating because I am afraid of what I am going to find. I am almost certain I am going to have to retime Gracie.I know I can do it but I am scared as it will be the first time.Yikes.

On a bright note I think I have talked my friend Melinda into going to the Quilted fashion show with me tomorrow. Yay. I hate going by mself to that. It has been tradition that I go with my friend Jody and daughter Jerikah but this year neither can go. Jody will be working in it and Jerikah has a job....Who will poke fun and laugh at stupid jokes with me? Hopefully Melinda. She gets my stupid sense of humour. I will take more pictures. There is always some awesome clothing.For now I am getting up and going out to Gracie house.......Really

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Today I ran away from home

I snuck out of the house very early today.By Myself! It wasnt as exciting as it sounds though. I had a nail appointment first which was fun and now my nails look pretty again.Then I stopped by the local quilt shop to pick up some wool batting they had for me. Our local shop has a quilt show going on so I thought I would stop by there next.By this time though I was lonely.So I called my 19 year old and told her she had to go with me.Ü

I really enjoyed it.Looking at all the pretty quilts.Here are a few that grabbed my attention.


mine, of course.Ü
I just love the colors on this one.The detail on this one is incredible.Crown Royal bags! Oh yeah!I want to BE one of these ladies!Looks like way too much fun!
There were two of these.Way too cute and it has to go on my wish list.

I have coveted one of these dolls for years.This one is EXACTLY what I want! Love the red and black together.Crazy huh! This one had me staring at it for quite awhile.Talk about talent.Loved these shoes.Five Before July

I got the quilting done one the round robin and the binding sewn on by machine.So now all I have to do is ge the binding sewn down by hand.yay! Other then that nothing else got done.I did play a little. Yes that means I started something else.I am going to try turning this

Into something from this book! I hope.Oh yeah, remember the pizza fabric? It all came in yesterday.Yum.....And yes, we did have pizza for dinner last night.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Waiting for the repairman

Today I had to get my lazy self out of bed WAY to early.Our stupid one year old refrigerator has decided it doesnt want to work. So instead of taking advantage of a good day to sleep in I have to get up and wait for him.He has told me he will be here between 8 and 10:30........................What does that mean? Can it not be narrowed down a little more? Was he not sure when he would wake up?It actually makes me laugh. I have decided one of my children needs to be a small appliance repair person.Not only is the schedule pretty flexible but did I tell you he is charging me $85 to come and "look" at it? Yup we need one of the kids to be a dentist and another to be a small applaince repair person. The third career I am still undertermined on.


Five Before July

I did nothing last night.Sad but true.I always crash after cleaning day.BUT Peg emailed me this.How cool!


And as promised here is a picture of my finished bindings.YAY!


Now off to call customers to pick up quilts and wait for the repairman.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Super Tuesday




Five Before July

WooHooooooo! I have my first finish.The bindings are done! I will get pictures of them tomorrow as I need to hang them in the studio. I snoopy danced very quietly(it was very late and everyone was asleep) for quite awhile last night.


Snoopy Dog Peanuts Comic Animated AvatarsSo now that I have finished one I will add another to keep it at five.So this is what I am going to add. I know it isnt even cut yet but it is on my WIP list as it has to get done for a baby that will be here very soon.In fact it should have been started like a month ago.



I do have quite a few already started projects but almost all of them are at the quilting stage.As you can see from this photo.I will most likely be adding from here next.How sad is this! I always forget I have so many to quilt because as soon as they are ready I take them to Gracie House.Then I only see them on work days.

This is goin to be my prize after the next finish. Mom to the above mentioned baby has never gotten a quilt from me.I have been trying really hard to get through all my relatives and she is next. Her hubby will be getting one too but his has to be different as he is addicted to Pizza. I HAVE to make a pizza quilt. I did find pizza fabric on EBAY.After it gets here I will post a pic.I havent picked a pattern for that one yet. Ami Simms (? not sure I got that last name right) Has a pizza pattern posted on her site that I might use. Now these arent part of my challenge but I do a few of them everyday.Though I would show you the burp rags.So so so very easy and fast and they come out so adorable. Also a great gift that hardly costs anything. The diapers were 13$ for a dozen, I spent about 10$ in ribbon (I have a LOT of ribbon),and the flannel I am using is just scraps that I have had.But to be fair lets say a yard so another 10$.So for 33$ I am making 12 burp rags with materials left over to make more.I have been putting them together in bundles of six for gifts. I love using those flannel scraps too.They take up so much space and I have had it all for years!

hmmmmm Can I Go Back To Bed?

I know the answer is no. But if I wait a couple more hours maybe I can make it look like an early nap....We will see. I am feeling very lazy today and that is not good. I have a lot to do.Today is bill paying day,laundry day,and paperwork day for my business. Ugh.I HATE being a grown up.

How many have joined the wii craze I wonder. I have noticed it seems to be pretty popular among quilters. I have definitely enjoyed playing with my kids but havent been obsessed with it........Until wii Fit.I am easily becoming obsessed with this. I can actually do this and do it well! Yes that is a shock. Let me give you a little past history with myself and sports and with video games.

Sports. Tetherball, at a very early age I always had my head in the wrong place. May be the reason I have chronic headaches now.Will have to give that one some later thought. ANY team sport, I will be the last one picked and they will pray a natural disaster occurs before it is my turn to play. Golf Lesson, thinking ok maybe I can do this one. NOT. The kind old golf instructor couldnt wait to get me off his list. I really did try too. Note to others though they do not find it funny when out of frustration you throw the ball. For some odd reason that little stick is the ONLY thing that is supposed to touch the ball. Wind Surfing Lessons. Yeah I know this is a no brainer but I was forced into it. I am a very strong swimmer though so thought well maybe. Again NOT. After an hour of utter humiliation the instructor swam out to me and told me it was ok to quit.HA.Did he know who he was talking to? That made it worse. So after another hour of utter humiliation he swam out again and said Lady look it really is ok. I tried to bribe him with a quilt to swim under the board and just hold it still for a second but he thought that rather funny and politely said no. Oh I could go on and on but Instead I will start in on the video games. I have NO coordination. I know my left from my right but for some reason my brain is slow on its part with this. So I get creamed by even the youngest of players. The snoopy dances in this house are memorable for beating mom. It is a very rare occasion I ever ever get the upperhand.I actually after too much practicing got pretty good at mario.Then our old system broke. Ok no biggie I will buy the new system and show the kids what I can do. No the 3-d character made me dizzy and I was back at the beginning.Now out comes the wii fit. For some reason I am ok at all the games.Not great mind you but ok. The wii fit however I RULE. hehehehehe. If you dont have one and you are looking for some fun and excercise this is it my friends! Not to mention if you want to do a little snoopy dancing.
Five Before July
I actually got quite a bit done this weekend. Mainly because it rained all weekend so that put a damper on beer garden. I have two of the three bindings done.But I counted them as one so that isnt a whole finish yet.Maybe tonight? I also got a bit done on the skirt. I have a confession about the skirt. I HATE it. I would love to throw it away.I actually would throw it away but because I have it listed above I feel the need to actually finish it. That will be some effort let me tell you. I dont know why I hate it so much I just do. Its not ugly, it hasnt been particularly difficult, and it isnt supposed to be one of the longest time taking projects on the planet.Go figure. For fun I also made 10 more burp rags. I love these little guys. I am making about 6 dozen to have on hand for baby gifts.Good thing too as hubby came home with the news his secretary is about to be a first time grandma and could I make her some. He used to come home and ask for a quilt but he is getting better about that. I think the steam coming out of my ears kind of frightened him.

O.k I had better get to work.If I finish those yucky things early then I can play!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Play time!

Well I wish I could report of Five Before July but yesterday I did not accomplish anything. I did work wise but not UFO wise. That beast of a quilt that I had to get done for work is done.Yes!

I was all set to play last night as hubby was supposed to work late.But wouldnt you know it he changed his mind. He decided we needed family time in the beer garden.I will bet you are wondering what a beer garden is.Lol. Well simply put it is the covered deck that is on Gracie House.Hubby needed man space. So we put a fire pit on the deck along with a cooler,table, and some chairs. On most nights in the summer hubby shish kabobs whatever strikes his fancy and we Beer Garden it. Most nights its just water and soda to drink but those names just dont sound Manly enough.

So last night he really prepared a feast of shrimp,chicken,beef, and all sorts of fresh veges. For desert he made strawberry shortcake. Sigh....I love a man that loves to cook.So even though it was kinda chilly and a little windy I enjoyed Beer Garden with my family and didnt complain about losing my play time.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Finally its Friday

One more workday and then I can play again. Not that I really worked that much yesterday.I really had good intentions but the attention span was just not there. I have discovered it is better for me not to work on customer quilts when I am having to constantly remind myself of what I am doing and why. Its all because I have now become obsessed with playing in my sewing room.In my defense though I did load a quilt that is 115x112.Seriously. That was a major job! I even did one pass.So on that note.

Five Before July Challenge
I am determined to get something done each night.Even if it is just a few inches on the binding. So because I was a baaaaaaad girl and didnt work yesterday I did manage to get quite a bit of work done on Jerikahs skirt.However I screwed up one of the pannels and have to figure out if it can be fixed or if I will have to give it to my stick friend Jody.We will see. I dont know if I will wear it as it really isnt me but maybe to a quilt show? I am just not one of those wearable art kinda gals.I LOVE looking at it and always want to make it but then I don't like the way it looks on me. I also got a few more inches done on my bindings.This challenge is so much fun. I have been trying very hard to get to my ufo closet for the MQResource ufo list but I never seem to.So this is helping me now to do both! O.k. I need to get to work.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A little bit of everything

Today is a workday and I really am planning on working. I am just being very lazy about it. It really isnt my fault though. Son who listens so intently to every word I say didnt hear me say that the door was open(any of the ten times I said it) and let my boxer Izzi ( cheetah dog) out. She ran so fast we couldnt even see which direction she went.She didnt come home until about 2 a.m. I tried to sleep but it just didnt happen.So I am dragging today.It should make for a fun day since this is my usual customer drop off day.

Five before July Update

O.k. So I did work really hard on my five yesterday. I got all the borders sewn on the mystery.Now I just need backing for it. Its huge at 88x114.I am even thinking about maybe another side border as I wouldnt mind it a little wider incase Jerikah will have a king size bed but it will fit as it is and if I decide to keep working on it it will never get done. I also worked on the skirt a little. I quit when it was time to iron as I hate ironing. Last but not least I worked on the bindings. I need to make a label for one of them since I have a little girl picked out for it.


The new link I posted is a must to visit. Jan posted it on her blog so I buzzed over and loved it.I cant wait to show above mentioned hard of hearing son. I wish I could figure out how in the heck to post our videos but they just will never upload. Son has been learning a few new songs on the piano.It amazes me how he can figure them out off of youtube. Anyways these guys on the link are great and the videos of their kids are just way to cute!


Guess whos home?!? I almost for got my great news! After paying an impressive repair cost of $180.00 I was given my beloved Pfaff back.I missed my friend. That is probably why I accomplished so much yesterday my baby just hummed instead of that loud sick sound it was making before. A little costly on the repair but cheaper then a new machine.


Wanna see my new toy? Well I dont technically have it yet.But I will. Within the month it sounds like. I just wish they came in red...wouldnt that be awesome? My friend Melinda already has one and she shares for target shooting but I want my own. I would of never believed I would want a gun but I do.Ü

O.k I have procrastinated enough.Time to get to work.............

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Challenges

I joined Pegs Five by July challenge. I was thinking to myself at the time that I doubted I even had that many but I would make it work..I honestly had not stopped to count how many I had! I didnt do drugs in my youth,and I dont over indulge in Alcohol so why was I so shocked to see that I have a gazillion! Where did they come from? Has someone been sneaking into my sewing room and randomly been starting projects? Yikes. I am NOT going to post all the pictures.It would be too embarrassing. So I will post enough to take me to five and then if I get them done I will post more.

On the bright side if this works I should have plenty of gifts for awhile! Then I can start new stuff. Ü. I m not going to even try and kid myself that I wont start new stuff regardless but atleast then I can do it guilt free. Now that someone busted my bubble last night I experienced an odd feeling that I later determined was guilt.I didnt like it and why was I feeling it? But none the less it was there.

The first is acutally a pile of 3.But all they need is the bindings sewn on by hand. So I am counting them as one. Only fair right? The second is a Mystery that I started for my oldest hope chest.Ok my hope chest for my oldest but thats not the point is it... It needs the borders,quilted, and label, and bound.





Now the third is a baby gift that i actually didnt even start to long ago.When my cousin finds out what she is having I want to be prepared.So since she is going to find out its a girl I will for the first time ever be ahead of the game! Yes I do have a boy quilt picked out but I am secretly hoping its a girl and I wont need the boy quilt.We shall see.
Now onto the fourth.This one is embarrassing as it was part of a longarm round robin. ALL I have to do is quilt the small outside border then bind. Now how pathetic is that! Im not talking about that one anymore that whole guilt thing comes back.

Last but NOT least is a skirt that I HAD to do.Even talked a friend into taking the class with me. Her skirt is done. In fact she has worn it. But mine well its actually for my oldest again but its a ways off from being done.

So there you have it.My five. So now I need get up from the computer get dressed and get to work. Well actually I need to go to Soldotna and pick up my pfaff from the doctors, go by Robins Place and pay for a class I signed up for a month ago.Im not lying it was really a month ago I didnt just do it I promise. And I need to pick up cloth diapers for burp rags I am making for my dear cousin(they are an ongoing project, not in my count) and also some clothes line for a purse that I want to start! The purse is my prize though.When I finish these five I get to make it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Super Tuesday



I am going to ignore the whole cleaning day while I play for awhile. This is my favorite cousin Amy.She is such an awesome person and the end of November She and hubby (favorite cousin #2) Are having a baby.Very exciting.I am having so much fun planning things to make. Until next month though we wont know what it is. Then I am going to go nuts with sewing!
These sheep were in the Rockies after we had crossed over into Canada. That baby was so adorable.We were amazed at how many animals we saw, Elk, deer, sheep, and moose. An amazing amount of deer. The pictures we got of those arent really good though as I am just not very quick on the camera.
Ok now How could we drive by these without stopping! I cant remember the mining town these were in but it was before Cranbrook on the way back out of Canada to Washington.
I take a strange variety of pictures dont I? This little guy was outside our hotel room chatting away and not at all frighted of us!
I tried to get quilt shop pictures but hubby never found me any in Canada. I was able to go to a couple in washington though as a fellow longarmer, Jean picked me and my cousin up and took us. I loved the two shops we went to.One was Pam Clarks and I have to say it is a MUST see if you go to Spokane. There are even man stores in the area as it is in an industrial section of town.I wish i had been able to spend more time as there were other quilters I wanted to meet but that will have to wait until the next time I go!
Ok I guess enough playing for me.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Home

Its hard to imagine just yesterday I was in Spokane eating breakfast with my favorite Cuz. I want to be back there.

What a long day.Getting through security at the Spokane area I was almost strip searched. Of course my loving hubby was having a fit from laughing so hard. WHY oh WHY do they not make underwires out of some other material then metal? I am SO tired of being felt up by a person with absolutely NO sense of humour! Of course because I am a female it had to be by another female not the really good looking guy that was also there. That would of wiped that smile off of hubbys face.Ü.

An hour from Spokane to Seattle sitting next to the loudest most chatty fellow (no not Hubby) I have ever seen.Thank the Heavens above it was NOT to me that he was talking.I seriously was contemplating shoving something in his mouth by the time we landed. His conversation starters were Me, Mine, I , Myself, and My.........What a piece of work.

So then our flight from Seattle to Anchorage.Not bad, around 3 or so hours but quiet and very calm. I watched the Die Hard 3 movie and knitted. That was challenging to say the least. I was happy to have that IPOD as the poor mom in front of me had a very unhappy baby. Boy have I been in her place.

Ok so now I wait for luggage, hubby gets the truck and then our 3 hour drive home.oy vey I want to be home and in bed asleep. But it goes by fast.That could be because I snoozed.Well the first part I froze until I remembered hubby's truck has seat warmers and a passenger heat control.He likes it verrrrrrrrrrrry cold while he drives.So when I got that set then I snoozed.Nice

So now I sit here looking at 2 suitcases ( which came in at 50.1 pounds each! How awesome is that?) to put away and I need to find my camera, and phone.The phone is lying under a huge mound of clothing but is beeping because it is going dead.Very very annoying! So onto work so that I can go play.Pictures and a trip update tomorrow!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Packing

One suitcase. Thats it just one. I understand why the airlines are limiting everyone to one suitcase. I hope it does help them to conserve fuel. But do I have to LIKE it? I have a headache from trying to fit all my stuff into one suitcase. Heaven forbid I buy anything while we are in Calgary.
I am only taking one pair of shoes to wear besides the ones I will wear while traveling.That is major for me because I could bring a suitcase just of shoes. So I am being good there.But I am having a horrible time trying to figure clothing out. Who knows if it will be hot or chilly.I have watched the weather the last couple of weeks and it has been up and down.So how the heck do you pack for that!
Not to mention personal items like make-up,flat irons,toiletries.This stuf is not small.It used to not be a big deal as I would carry most of it with me but now I cant. ugh.....I have decided to just buy things like shampoo in small bottles when we get there so I can just leave it. Even though I like salon stuff and not grocery store.But I guess I will live for a week. But my make-up that is a different story I am very picky about that. So I have to squeeze that in somehow too.
Then there is the hand quilting, and books....Sigh. I have decided no actual books only my ipod. I am also only bringing some hand applique, and that will fit into a small space.It just all adds up and takes up room............Maybe I will steal some space in hubby's suitcase.hmmmmmmmmmmm

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Camping










I am not a camper. I have to just admit that and get over it. BUT I will say that camping in a motor home I can do. Its still not the Hilton but its not bad. We took off with 4 kids (son,2 friends and youngest daughter) on Wed of last week and actually had a pretty good time. The first night we just stayed in a campground but the last few nights we were able to stay at a place that had full hook up. Yes! There is something to be said for running water



AND electricity! I know I know I am not a "real" Alaskan woman. I hear it all the time. I am o.k. with that. I am a girly girl and I am proud to admit it. The boys brought their skateboards and as long as there was pavement they were very happy. Astrid just tried to follow but because she is fairly new at skateboarding couldnt keep up.

Amida we discovered does not like ANYTHING about camping. At all! SHe is a bigger wimp then I am.She was so happy to get home. She really missed her big dogs.