Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everybody! We (or shall I say, I) haven't been up to much lately. Mostly, recovering from last weekend's huge shopping trip, and then getting ready for our little Halloween party. So, there is absolutely NO progress to report on anything... All I have gotten done is to worry over what I should do for the Secret Santa swap... I keep changing my mind. I know, I know. I really need to just get over it and do something already! I keep telling myself the same thing! So far, hasn't helped.

So, you're just stuck with a few snaps from yesterday, instead of fabric-y stuff to look at. For those of you who are not related, and therefore don't care about family pics- Sorry. Maybe next time...

Without further ado, for all the grandmas and aunts... Presenting a very cute little devil:


Oh, wait. First we have one of the pumpkins... The other one was here a second ago... Now where did Blogger put it and why??? Seriously, I was just looking at it and then it disappeared! Anyway! This is the new model. Last year's was a witch (and was posted here for all to see just a few seconds ago...) Supposed to be a princess, I think.


Here we go: cute little devil. I tried and tried to get decent pictures, but all I got was some action shots. She did not want to hold still! (And, no. It was not because of a sugar rush. This was before all of the cakes and candies and such.)


Here's another version. At least you can see her face. I love how the horns look like they're glowing. I have no idea what sort of fabric they were made of (although I am certain that it was nothing found in nature), but it really did bounce the flash back perfectly, didn't it?
And, now... Better brace yourself. This is an almost unheard of thing here... You are about to see a picture of me. That was taken willingly. (By me, actually.) It will probably not happen again. Or, at least, not soon... I just remembered that there is already another picture of me in a previous post... Darn! Forgot about that... Anyway, here's my costume for the party:



As costumes go, I'm not sure it was very good. I've always figured that when you dress up, you are trying to look nothing like you really are. And some people might try to argue that I am more than a little bit batty already! ;) So, maybe it was more a case of my true nature leaking out, like I suggested was Little Miss' case when she latched onto the devil horns... Of course, when I said it about her, I was only joking. In my case, I think its more of an 80/20, as a friend of mine would say... (Translation for those of you lucky enough to not know this particular joker, or anyone like him: 80% joking, 20% serious.)


So, I guess that's all the news that is news. At least for now. This week, we have a well baby checkup- YUCK!! And I will be making some sort of decision and sticking to it (I hope) for the swap. And we will be rearranging everything back out of where we shoved it to hide it for the party... So, basically, a pretty boring week. Which is how we like them. See you next time!



Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Joy of S.E.X.

(That would be Stash Enchancing eXpeditions, you dirty minded little things!!)
















An overview of the whole pile...


A couple more close-ups...









Isn't she cute?
'Nuff said?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Some random info and a long(ish) story...

No pictures today. Sorry.

The good news is that you should get to see some pics in a few days. My best friend is coming down for a visit, and I will be taking her to at least a couple of quilt shops that she's never been to. One of which is having a "going out of business/early retirement sorta sale". (Seriously, that is what the sign in the window says... The notice on the website says they are relocating the shop northward to some state I've never even been to, much less lived near. That kinda sucks.)
And my sweet husband gave me a little bit of play money, so obviously, there will be reason to show off at least a few little lovelies.


I got to drop off some flimsies yesterday. It's a new longarmer that I've never used before, this being the first time hubby has agreed to let me get anything quilted since we moved here... actually, I think its the first time he told me to get anything quilted by someone else EVER! He is of the opinion that I should personally quilt absolutely everything that I make. In a perfect world, that might work. (Especially if he wants to go out and buy me my own longarm machine plus accessories...) But I just don't have the time to get everything finished in time for Christmas- especially not if I have to hand quilt it all myself (and believe me, it would have to be hand done, because my machine work totally reeks! It is not for gift giving!) I have been slowly practicing my machine quilting, but it isn't up to par... So, I personally do not see anything wrong with getting a little help.

I'm a little worried when the bill comes, though. He knows what I used to pay my old longarmer for her excellent work. (Oh, I MISS her so much!! Why, oh why, did we have to move away from her?) And he almost hyperventilates every time he thinks of it. This is not going to be a custom job, but rather an all-over sort of pattern. As a result it is much less expensive. (Either that, or she is really under-selling her skills. These prices are very low!) But the quilts on display are well done, so I don't have any problems with either price or quality of designs. In fact, I'm amazed that I can give her five flimsies to quilt and still pay less than half what I would have paid for three or four at the other lady's studio. Way less, actually. Hubby won't see it that way, though. Hope he doesn't try to conveniently "forget" that he told me to send them out. (BTW, I think that HE thinks that I only sent out TWO flimsies, so please don't rat on me. They're Christmas presents that he doesn't need to see until then. Thanks.)

(If anyone needs the name of a good longarmer near Beckley West Virginia, let me know. I would be glad to give you her contact info. I love her work.)

If all goes well, I will be spending a good part of December binding quilts. YAY!


I seem to remember promising you the story of why I took an unexpected vacation last week. So here it is, and feel free to skip it if you aren't interested...

My husband, as happens every month or so (that's just the nature of the job), left one work site to head to another. He had the weekend in between, so he came home to be with us for a couple of days. Little Miss was sooooo excited to hear that Daddy was coming home! That's all she said for hours that day. But when he got here, she decided to play shy. She spent most of the weekend smiling at him from across the room, blowing him the occasional kiss, with just a few quick cuddles mixed in randomly...

But, boy, when she saw him start packing up his things on Sunday to head back to work!! You never saw such a spectacle! She clamped onto him so tightly, screaming and crying and calling "Dadda, Dadda", poor guy couldn't even move! So, here he is, trying to pry her off so that he can pack, calmly talking to her and looking like his heart is breaking... And there she is, clinging and crying... And I'm sitting over here, minding my own business (which, at the time, was trying not to yawn so hugely that my head split in two- having been battling insomnia for most of the night)... And I hear him say, as he's prying her fingers off his shirt for the tenth time, "What are you trying to do? Go to work with Daddy??"

Well. The transformation was just miraculous. Instantly, the tears disappeared. She sat up and let go of him. She turned to me, waved and said "Bye. Bye." (Yes, she says it as two separate sentences, and not one word.) Then, for good measure, she blew me two kisses. And she turned back around and looked at her daddy with a look that clearly said "Let's go. What are we still hanging around here for?"

Somehow, and I still am not sure how it happened, I suddenly found myself packing for a week in a hotel room with a toddler. A tiny hotel room. With no means of transportation for shopping, sightseeing, etc. because my husband would need the truck to get to and from work. I blame sleep deprivation for allowing myself to be talked into it. And, off we went, less than an hour after she decided he was not leaving her behind.

We survived. And I do not intend to do it again. Unless I have my own vehicle. At least then we can go for lunch or something... Or to the quilt shop I didn't get to visit...

Interestingly, she waved goodbye to Daddy yesterday with no signs of wanting to go with him. She must not miss that little hotel room either. : )

Until next time, happy stitching!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Stupid Things That Force Me To Revise My Christmas List... and other stuff.


Stupid thing number one: Blogger will NOT let me move this picture down! So, anyway, I've been away from my computer for about a week. We had an unexpected road trip. Long story (which, knowing me, you will probably be subjected to eventually). Of course, I took the time to load up a few projects for the road. This was one. I figured, no problem, I'll just get my last two stockings all knitted up- probably on the drive to and from... WRONG! (Here's the stupid part.) This is as far as I got. Period. The reason? Stupidity. I ran out of yarn! How dumb is that? In my defense, all three of the other stockings I have done (with the same yarn) had enough yarn in one ball to get the job done. How much more did I need? Only 5 stinking rounds! This is not the end of the stupidity though. When this happened, I thought, no biggie, I'll just work on the other one... Wrong again! I had forgotten to grab my stitch holders. And I didn't have anything else to stick the darn thing on... (And, believe me, I looked!) *sigh* Oh, well. I did take other things, I just didn't really want to do them. This leads to stupid thing number two (or three, now that Blogger is acting up on me).


I took a UFO project to work on at the hotel. A yo-yo elephant pattern from Indigo Junction, I believe. Very cute! It's been languishing on a shelf for more than a year, all pieces cut out and ready, just needing to be assembled. Since I set myself a goal of finishing 5 UFO's this year, it seemed logical to take it and put it together. (I don't have a picture, because Blogger wouldn't let me load any more to this post... Ok, and also, I forgot to snap a shot of it before I loaded the pictures onto the computer...) Once it was together, I noticed how stupid I had been... The head was too small! When I cut it out, I didn't leave a seam allowance! What kind of so-called quilter doesn't remember to leave a seam allowance? Oh, well. It's ok, really. I wasn't actually in love with the fabrics I used anyway. And I'm still gonna count it as a finish, so who cares if I like it? Maybe I'll try again some time...


All of this is dumb, silly little mistakes that are mostly annoying. Nothing more. But the real kicker happened today. It's the one that made me question my sanity a bit. I've never done anything like it before, because I've always been very paranoid about something like this happening... Here goes with the story:



So, I'm in my sewing room, playing. Well, actually, more like work at the beginning- ironing a bunch of flimsies and their backings in the hopes that I can get them sent out for quilting. And while I was at it I just ironed everything... I carefully, as always, turned off the iron, and then for good measure I unplugged it. Just like always. (I told you- I'm kinda paranoid like that. I never could understand why you would always see on TV shows the couples driving off for vacation, and then 20 minutes down the road they have to turn around because she left the iron on...) After unplugging the iron, I got down to some serious play. A bit later, I needed the iron again, and while I was using it, my husband calls... He needs this, he wants that, can I do this... You get the picture. (Do you see where this is going yet?) So, I turn off all my lights and put down my toys and gather up everything he needs and off I go.... And, of course, I get mostly there and suddenly, I'm struck by panic! OMG!!! I don't remember unplugging the iron!!! And then, all I can think is "Did I turn it off? Did I leave it on?" I have no idea! I call my husband and ask him. (Like he would know, right? He wasn't even there!) He assures me that he was sure that I did. He thinks he remembers me saying that I was doing it. Well, was that the first time you called or was that the last time you called??? 'Cause I had the iron on both times! Oh, yes, he's sure that I turned it off, just bring the stuff, everything's fine... So, I did. But, all the time, there's this horrible nagging thought, what if I didn't???? Luckily, he made a phone call. Thank you, dear God in Heaven (yes, that IS a prayer) that you let me remember this in time, and thank you for having someone, in possession of a house key, who was close enough to stop by on the way home from work to check on this iron. Because- it was ON! When all was said and done, and I was over my panic and heart failure (nearly), the report we got was: yes, it was on, no damage done, but the ironing board was very hot! (Thank goodness for that annoying metal iron holder attached to the end, there...) Needless to say, I have now added an iron to my Christmas wish list... One of those fancy, expensive ones (at least compared to my little dinky "stuffmart" special) that annoyingly turns itself OFF after X amount of time... Just in case of another hugely stupid moment like today. Preferably cordless, if they can find it...



So, here's what I was working on this afternoon. I made two pairs of earrings! From my tiny little supply of Holiday Happy from Happy Zombie. I just love these little gnoma claus guys! (Ok, actually I love all of the fabrics... I wish I could afford to buy a ton more of them, but oh well... I'll just have to hoard every little scrap, huh?)







And here's another shot. I'm thinking of adding some little tiny pompoms to the hats, as soon as I get some glue. I can't believe there is no glue in my crafts room!

And, I learned that it is hard to take a picture of your ear. Of all the shots, this was the best. Sorry about that...








As you can see from the little button on the side, I have joined the Secret Santa Swap. (And I finally figured out how to put that button up there!) I've been thinking about that a lot. What will I make? What will my swap partner like?

The answer? I have no idea! Yet.


But here are a couple of shots of some yummy holiday fabrics from my stash...




They may or may not show up again later... I'll let you know.



Unfortunately, my swap partner did not conveniently leave me a message on my last post telling me what sorts of things she likes... I have gone over to her blog and read... well, all of it, really. And I still don't seem to have a good sense of what she would like... So, I might just have to wing it. Because I need to get started very very soon. Maybe I'll end up with something in Christmas-y colors, but not necessarily so Christmas-y that she couldn't use it for at least part of the rest of the year?? We'll see. Maybe we will all be surprised at what turns up- including me! ; )

Monday, October 11, 2010

I'm back...

And, no. I did not forget to post. It's just been a very slow couple of weeks, sewing-wise. Nothing has gotten finished. And several of the things I've been working on, I can't show yet. Not even in-progress shots. Because they will be gifts when they're finished. I don't know for sure that the recipients glance at this blog, but I don't want to risk it. Just in case. So, no pictures of those until after they are done and given away.

So, let's catch up on what news I do have...

I still need one more person to sign up for my "Pay It Forward". I have my first two participants, and I have had a few questions, but no one who has said "Yes!! Sign me up!" and I need that one more person. So, please sign up. (My second person, Robyn from over at http://robynshomeinthemountains.blogspot.com/ has a great blog that you should definitely check out, by the way. I'm still reading the older posts but she's got some great stuff.)

Also, I have joined up with the Secret Santa Christmas Swap at http://www.ouvragesduneacadienne.blogspot.com/. It sounds like its gonna be fun. (I'm trying to get the button posted here, but so far I've had no luck. Not sure if the problem is me or that button. I thought I had finally figured it out, but...) I have gotten my partners name and started to explore her blog (which I would send you to, but then she'd know who I was, and the surprise would be ruined... Sorry). And I'm trying to decide what to make for her. Obviously, there will be a Christmas theme, but I'm still trying to decide if I should do a traditional look or something more playful... Any suggestions? And wouldn't it be fabulous if she just happened to wander by and answer that for me? :)

I didn't want another post with no pictures at all, so I found a few that I haven't shown you yet.

These are the other teacup pincushions I made a while back. I love them, but I have no idea what to do with them. They're just sitting there, waiting... But I've been using the other two constantly. Love them!

Any guesses what this is?
I'll give you a hint: My wonderful, fabulous, sweet husband got it for me...


It's my Christmas present. (See these bundles? One is 14 FQs and the other is 24 FQs. And there are 2 more identical bundles!! If I did my math right, that's 19 yards!) He had to let me have it, to check and make sure that we got what we ordered. But, I have to wrap it and put it under the tree. And he made me promise I wouldn't use any of it until after Christmas morning.
They are fabrics from the Patrick Lose Satinesque line. I searched everywhere and no one carries them, apparently. We finally found them on ebay.



And this is the cute free gift she sent with our order! Very unexpected, but a nice surprise. I would definitely order there again. If he would let me... (It's his ebay account so I have to have permission to shop. I know, I could get my own, but why bother when his is there?)
I guess that's all the news for now. Until next time, happy stitching!