Monday, March 29, 2010
So...think that Blogger in Draft has something to do with all the issues folks are reporting in Blogland? (When will I learn to leave well enough alone??!!) I am going to try to figure out how to get back to where I was. You may never hear from me again...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I didn’t set the world on fire but I managed to get these finished for some of my co-workersIn case you don’t recognize them, they are plastic bag holder sleeves (say that three times quickly!) I also made a couple of blocks that I owe for a group signature quilt, picked out the fabrics I am using to make another diaper bag (Thanks, Dee!) and started designing a laptop sleeve/carrier thingy. I am making it sort of envelope style but with an adjustable shoulder strap, pockets for file folders and a bag for the power supply. I may get around to cutting out the prototype but I am not pushing myself in the studio today because….
It is flipping gorgeous outside!! I brought home some very nice pallets from work that will be the base of my temporary deck/platform in the backyard. I am planning on doing some weed killing, throwing down 3 bags of mulch and climbing on the kitchen roof to seal the flashing along the side of the house. (Thankfully I can access that roof from the window in the guest room so no ladders will be involved!)
Tomorrow is going to be a fun day. I am going to brunch at my non-quilty sister’s and then over to my quilty sister’s house to put a quilt top on the long arm and try a pantograph for the first time. It may turn out to be a disaster but I won’t know until I try.
Hoping you have a wonderful weekend!!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I have sensitive skin. I break out in a rash using the strangest things. For instance, everyone else in the universe apparently can use Mary Kay cleanser because it is hypoallergenic. Well, not for me! My face gets bumpy and swollen. Very attractive. I also am a woman of a “certain age” and have developed an upper lip hair issue. No, I am not joining the circus but still it is annoying and unattractive. Generally I wax my upper lip once a month or so and it if anything appears in the interim I yank it out with tweezers. One of my sisters uses a Nair product for her upper lip.
I gave it a shot. OMG! I now have chemical burns on my face. It is so bad that there are places with a layer of skin missing. Did I mention you cannot wash Nair off with soap – water only? I used ice to reduce the swelling and redness but that hurt like the dickens! I tried an aloe cream and that made me scream. I tried first aid burn cream. Holy smokes! The only thing that gave me any relief at all was petroleum jelly. Sooooo soothing.
Now I have a redness and swelling where the Nair had been located, spots of raw skin AND little break out spots from the Vaseline. I cannot leave this house. Seriously.
I am now going to dig around for some scarves that I might be able to wrap artfully around my head and lower face. If you see someone walking around looking like one of Michael Jackson’s kids (only taller) it will probably be me.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Hope your weekend was as nice as mine! The weather was lovely and it felt so good to get outside for a bit. So good that I washed my front door! (White door, winter grime – need I say more?) I finished my parent’s taxes, cleaned house and yesterday the women in S4 came to my house for our monthly gathering. I made broccoli cheese soup and the rest of my cooking team brought a layered salad, bread from Stoudt’s Brewery and an apple cake with a rum glaze for dessert. Good eating!
I also finished Andrew’s little quilt and my dear quilty sister, Julie, sewed the binding down for me.
No fancy quilting, just a big meander. It washed up all crinkly and old looking. In other words, perfect! It will be in the mail today. I don’t know if they can put it in with him but I double rinsed it (no fabric softener) so it is definitely baby ready!
I have not been doing too much in the studio. After finishing Drew’s quilt I have a hankering to sew. I am going to make up a laptop sleeve prototype and see how it goes. One of the women in my office needs it and she will “test” my design for usability. I have also been looking at some scraps in my stash that I think will make a nice, small table topper. I need more “spring” in my decor!
Have a great day!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Can you tell I was teary eyed? I sang "Big Blue Frog" to him so he has been introduced to the song that I have sung to every baby in our family since my sons were born. (His heart rate didn't jump up so I assume I didn't scare him!) The photo was taken on Saturday afternoon. I drove home on Sunday. On Monday Chad called and told me that Andrew is totally breathing on his own! I know there will be challenges and set backs in the future but we have so truly been blessed.
I am working on Drew's quilt. I decided to do a little patchwork flannel thing that he can have at the hospital when they start dressing him in preemie clothes. I will have it ready for binding this weekend as S4 is coming to my house for our monthly gathering and I don't want to drag out a machine.
I was looking around blog land the other day and there are a lot of really beautiful and inspiring sewing studio/craft rooms out there! I am always looking for storage ideas and re-purposing things for the studio. I have been reading one blog for a while and I love all the ideas on Karen's blog, Sew Many Ways. If you haven't read her, please go to the link. She is amazing!
Have a wonderful day!!