Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Is anyone else thinking about Spring Break? We are here at our house! Yesterday I helped Sara make arrangements for Spring Break in Panama City, Florida. I did get an invitation to go with her, but when she found out I was going to wear a bikini on the beach, the invitation was rescinded. Whew that was a close one!
Christmas was wonderful. We had all our family here at our home. Maybe all the food didn't get done at the same time, but we didn't really care. The kids were so excited to open their presents. We had a wonderful time together.
So the princess will be going back to Ohio State on Thursday so she can celebrate with friends from college. I think she is coming home the next day...we have to watch the Rose Bowl this year! Then back to college again on the 3rd.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year will bring you everything you want!
Monday, November 30, 2009
First I went to the commercial embroidery shop that I use to work at and got a shirt embroidered for a friend. It took longer than I thought it would. My ex boss had to rearrange the stitching. It was great seeing my friend Sherry. She had gone on a red eye trip to NYC over the weekend. Her goal was to buy a knock off purse, and eat a wiener from a street vendor. She accomplished both, good for her.
Then I went to the quilt shop where I work part time, had lunch with my current boss. I don't work till tomorrow, but it's always a fun place to hang out.
After that, I actually got two quilts from my quilter today. I still need to trim them and get the bindings on both of them. They are both charity quilts. They both go to Pennsylvania. One to a lady I signed up to do a quilt for on Charlotte's Garden, and the other is for Quilts For Kids. They sent me material for the top and backing. I just added batting and binding. This is my first quilt for them. I hope to more in the future.
The only thing I didn't get to do was to start another quilt. My brother in law called about two weeks ago and asked me what he needed to do to get a quilt made. He has a co-worker that hasn't been able to work for awhile now and they want to do a benefit for him and his family. I should have started it about a week ago, but you know, some of us just work better under pressure (that's me!).
Tonight I helped with a Girl Scout troop (20 little girls) that is making a purse. Each girl is making a raggedy purse from Girl Scout fabric. This line is so cute.
If you've gotten this far, I still need to let you know about a sale on Fairy Frost. Our shop has it on sale (lots of colors) for just $5.99 per yard. If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll send you the phone number for the quilt shop.
Oh my, that's a long post! Happy quilting!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Of course we had to do some shopping. She hadn't been home since August. We love to shop. She gets it honestly. I love finding things for her. I really don't buy much for me (unless we count fabric!).
Sara is going to a wedding in December so we were looking for something she could wear to that. This is what we found:
I really think my daughter looks better in the dress than the model. I'm probably a bit biased tho.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
My feet hurt, my back hurts from driving for two days, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat! There were so many great samples at the quilt shops, I think I'm on sensory overload. I want to start at least 20 new projects :)..... I just don't know which one to start first!
Now to the broke part. I spent about $130 on the kits to make the quilt that was displayed in each shop. I was buying a kit for one of my friends that couldn't go with us. So really only $65 of that is actually my debt. But I definitely did a fabulous job keeping all the pattern writers and designers in business. I haven't added it all up yet and I don't think I will. Ignorance is bliss!
That's it for me tonight. I'm feeling pretty good about posting two days in a week!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Tomorrow is going to be a fun time. I am going on the Amish Shop Hop with two of my friends. We will visit nine of the shops, and finish the last three on Thursday. I love going to all the different shops and just looking at all the samples on the walls. The girls that are going with me are so much fun. I hope I don't break the bank. I love to shop!
Maybe I'll post some pictures tomorrow night. Hopefully I won't be too tired!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
We have been in full quilt show mode for the last week. Our guild puts on a show every 18 months. There has been some serious talk about doing it every two years. I'd say the majority of our members are over 50, so it takes us all a lot longer to get everything ready. Tuesday from 4-7 we were to deliver quilts for display at the show. Since the ladies could also bring items for our boutique, I stayed til 7 so the items could be checked in and priced. I had wonderful help with this, it's more complicated than I thought. When we were finished several of us went out to supper. Wednesday I went back at 9 am to help with the quilt judging (my job was to help present the quilts to our judge). I stayed til 5ish, and worked on setting up the rest of the boutique. Again, I had fantastic help! I couldn't have done it without Sherry (no blog). Thursday was our big day. We arrived around 4 and finished up around 7. We have 150 or so quilts on display. All the stanchions had to be assembled and quilts hung. Some of the husbands showed up to help, thankfully. So Friday we open the show at 10 am til 5 pm and Saturday we are open 10 am til 3 pm . I hate to even try to add up all the hours I've spent there.
If anyone lives close enough to visit our show, we'd love to see you!
So that's my excuse and I will try to get back into the swing of this blogging again.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Opps, I got carried away. The winner of my blogaversary jelly roll is Terry. Thanks for commenting Terry. Could you send me your address and I'll try to get it out to you by Monday at the latest.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wow, it sure doesn't seem like it's been a year since my first post. Where has the time gone? I just looked back at my first post. We were getting Sara ready to move into an apartment in Columbus and the start of her Sophomore year at Ohio State University. She has done amazingly well at the university and we are very proud of her.
So I've had a year to think about what to give away for my anniversary. I think I'll do this in two parts. The first post will be for bloggers who have commented in the last six months. I know I don't get a lot of visit, so this will reward will go to the ones who have been commenting and visiting on a regular basis.
I'll post a picture of my "reward" tomorrow.
My next post will be for all other commentors. Good luck to everyone.
I've found my giveaway!!! It's a Moda Jelly Roll. It's Called Arcadia By Sanae. The owner of the quilt shop where I work just made the Ashley Bag by Amy Butler from this collection. It's really cute
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Here's college girl. She thought she needed another pair of Uggs. Seriously, how many Uggs do you need? I guess I'm just not into shoes that much. She went back to Columbus on Saturday. Lots to do in the next few weeks. Her roommate is moving out and the new one moves in on September 5th. We are going to try our best to get the carpets cleaned on the 3rd, move her furniture to the other bedroom, build a bookcase for her bedroom, and help the first girl move out (remember the putting her couch thru the window?) Wow, I'm tired just thinking about it all.
I still have a huge box of UFO's. I'm thinking about making a list. Maybe if I saw it in print, it would motivate me to finish more things! Nah, I'd probably just get depressed.
My one year blogaversary is coming up at the end of this month. Not exactly sure what I'll giveaway. I don't like it when bloggers make you jump thru hoops for a giveaway, so I'm sure mine will be very simple. I'm seriously thinking about making only my visitors who have commented in the last 6 months eligible. Your chances should be pretty extremely good!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
A – Age: 59
B – Bed size: Queen
C – Chore you hate: Cooking - it never ends
D – Dog’s name: No Pets
E – Essential start your day item: Take A Shower
F – Favorite color: Turquoise (at least this week)
G – Gold or Silver: Gold
H – Height: 5′ 4″
I – Instruments you play: None that I care to mention
J – Job title: Retired
K – Kid(s): Sara
L – Living arrangements: House (too big now that Sara is in college)
M – Mom’s name: Loretta
N – Nicknames: Joycee
O – Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Age 4 – Tonsils out
P – Pet Peeve: People that are late…
Q – Quote from a movie: You work on commission don't you? Big mistake, big, huge!
Vivian (Julia Roberts) says this to some snooty shopkeepers after they would not allow her to shop in the store. She comes back in the store after spending a ton of money elsewhere and tells them what a big mistake they made by turning her away.
***I've always liked this line because it reminds me that you shouldn't always let other peolpe's opinion matter to you. People tend to judge on outward appearances and often miss out on a truly great person by being so narrow minded. ***
R – Right or left handed: Right
S – Siblings: Patty – age 57; Sue - age 55 (wow they are getting old)
T – Time you wake up: Between 9:00 and 11:00 – depends on when I go to bed
U- Underwear: Yep
V – Vegetable you dislike: Egg Plant
W – Workout style: Walking
X – X-rays you’ve had: Back, Teeth, Mammograms
Y – Yesterday’s best moments: Spending time with my daughter. We love to shop
Z – Zoo favorite: Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I talked to Sara today. She says she is coming home on Monday. She has to work the weekend. This is a picture she sent recently. She was leaving to go to the Ohio State Fair. I'm sure glad we have texting, skyping, and phone calls.
I work at the quilt shop tomorrow. The owner just got in some new fabric. It's by Free Spirit, the Prairie Gothic collection. Some pretty wild fabrics. I made a tote bag tonight from some of the 60" fabric. So cute.
That's all for tonight
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The good part of the day was when we stopped at two quilt shops. One I had visited before, but the first one was new to me. The shop was Material Obsession in Medina and was very cute. The last one was Fabric Peddler in Wadsworth. I did some major damage to my credit card today. I bought some really cute patterns and a little bit of fabric. Actually the fabric was for a friend of mine.
The Princess is suppose to come home in a week. I hope she doesn't change her mind. It's been almost a month since she was home, and I need some Sara time.
Friday, July 31, 2009
I had a surprise in the mail when I got home. There was a package from Terry of Atkinson Designs. I won a giveaway at Terry's blog. Thanks again to Terry for her generosity. I can't wait to try out the patterns.
Tomorrow, our guild is going to decorate the local library with quilts. That's always fun. I think we've done it at least once a year for the past 5 years. Guess I'll have to go to bed early tonight so I can be up early to help.
I should have several quilts to show you in my next post. I've been busy sewing but not taking pics. Soon they will be on here.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I did finally finish the Bears In The Farmhouse quilt that I did as a quilt along with Judy. If it hadn't been for this quilt along, I probably would have never put stripes in any of my quilts. Thanks, Judy!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Five Things Found in Your *Bag/Purse:
2. Cell Phone
3. Key To Quilt Shop
4. Receipts (stuffed everywhere)
Five Favorite things in your room:
1. Quilt On My Bed
2. My daughter's childhood rocking chair
3. Framed photos of the Princess
4. A necklace and bracelet holder
5. Photo of my mom and dad (dad has passed away)
Five Things you have always wanted to do:
1. Zip Line
2. Sky diving
3. Be better organized
4. Work At a Quilt shop (started that this summer)
5. Be a good role model for the Princess
Five things you are currently into:
4. Trying to keep the deer out of my plants
5. Family & Home & Friends
This isn't as easy as it looks. If you'd like to do it, please let me know you posted your answer on your blog, I'd love to stop over and see if we match on any of my answers.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Ha Ha, I just removed the Feedjit application, and everything is back! Yippee.
Worked at the quilt shop today, just four hours, but I was pretty busy. Makes the day go quickly. Unfortunately, I have four bolts of fabric put back that I want cuts from. Looks like I didn't make any money today. I will probably owe her money!
I know I don't write much, and I don't have a lot of people that visit my blog, but for those of you who do, could you please do me a favor and visit the blog of a young friend of mine and drop her a note of encouragement? Her blog is: http://stealingraindrops.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Actually, this was about a week or so ago, but it was a berry good day. Two of my quilting friends came to my house and we made strawberry pie. It's been a long time since I had made a pie crust. The pies looked great, and we all had a piece of pie when we were finished.
This little cutie came to my house today with her mom and sister. I had called Jodie to ask for help with my new Cricut Expression. I was so happy that she could come today. We unpacked the Expression, and checked it out. Thankfully this one worked perfectly! I had purchased one last December and had not unpacked it til about three weeks ago. Unfortunately, it did not cut at all. So Provo craft sent me a replacement! Now I just need to get working on my scrapbook pages.
So all in all, it was a BERRY GOOD DAY!!!!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
I love going to the vendors! The quilts where lovely as well. We started at 8 am and didn't get home til 7:30 pm.
What fun! I spent more than I should have, but I've not been buying fabric or patterns for a couple of months. I didn't do too much damage to the credit card. Besides, if I don't help the economy, who will?
Sara and I have had a very busy week. We've been trying to get all her medical visits in the one week. We've done a good job. Now she'll be returning to Columbus to start summer school.
Just checking in with everyone. I'll try to update more regularly after Sara goes back to school.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I love you, Sara!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I really need to start on my Christmas projects. I read on a blog somewhere that it's only 222 days away. I have at least three Christmas projects I'd like to do before it's time to decorate. Actually, I'd like to have them finished before our guild quilt show.
Sara is Sara. She went to a concert last night with her boyfriend. Dashboard Confessional was playing in downtown Columbus. I guess the tickets were free for OSU students.
Time to run. Maybe I can get Jeff to take me out to eat, and then start my new project!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I just finished this quilt top for our local quilt shop. I'm really not a scrappy kind of girl. I find them hard to do, guess I just need more structure.
While we were out for Mother's Day, I snapped a couple photos of Sara. She's not fond of having her picture taken, and that makes it hard for me, since I love to take pictures of her!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tonight, I received a phone call from my credit card company fraud unit. Must be my lucky day. Someone used my credit card number on a website for swimsuits to the tune of $1100.00. Who needs that many suits? I'm really glad that the card company is keeping a close look on my account.
Now my next worry will be identity theft.
I'm not sure where or how anyone got my number. I have two possibilities. I recently sent my laptop in for service at Best Buys, and the fiasco with Ticketmaster. I hope it wasn't either of those. Makes me nervous to think that someone is using my card.
I told my daughter about it, and that we can't use our credit card til we receive new ones. I had to laugh, she said "What are you going to do?" My response.....we'll pay the old fashion way....Cash! Kids, they are so use to using plastic for everything.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The quilt show was really nice. Not too many people there. Probably the bad economy in our area. I have tons of pics, but nothing super special to show you.
This is a picture of the ladies who when on the tour and to the quilt show. I've got to stop hanging out with all these old people!! gg
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I didnt' blog about my ticketmaster disaster when it happened because I thought I needed to calm down a bit and get a more distant perspective of everything. So here goes. You can quit reading here and I won't be offended.
On March 31, I received an email from Sara asking me to please go online on April 1st and make the purchase of her Ohio State football tickets for the the 2009 season. She had classes all day from 7 am til 4:30 pm. Not hard, I had done it before. This year, however, OSU ticket processing was going thru Ticketmaster. So at 10 am I logged onto ticketmaster. Forty five minutes later I am still getting the message " Your wait is 15 minutes or less". So I wait, and wait, and wait. I was finally assigned the tickets. It took me three tries to get the site to actually offer the "Student" tickets. When I go to the history of the tickets purchased, the price doesn't seem right. It's $10 more than it should be. Seriously, they should have paid me the $10 for the inconvenience. I call Sara and tell her she is sitting in "Block O" section. Not good, she doesn't want in Block O, I didn't request Block O and that's why my price was higher. So I call Ticketmaster. Forty five minutes later I am speaking to an actual person. She tells me there is nothing that can be done about it. I call Sara and tell her, she's said don't worry about it. An hour later I get a call from Sara that all her friends are getting regular tickets (not Block O), and why didn't she get them. Ugg. So you guessed it, I called Ticketmaster. This time I get a wonderful woman who has agreed to help me. After an hour and a half and killing the battery on two remote phones, she does get the Block O designation off and it looks like we are in the clear with regular reserve seating. I actually promised to name my first grandchild after her (Katie) if she can get all this mess fixed for me. Sure hope the first one is a girl! So I'm thinking we are done. WRONG.....my credit card bill shows up about 6 days later. Not only is the charge for OSU tickets on my statement, but two other charges for OSU tickets for $320.00. Once again, Ticketmaster, here I come. Yep, forty five minutes later, I am talking to a supervisor who explains to me that they have only run my credit card once, not three times. His advice at this point is to dispute the charges. I did, and we are waiting to see what's going to happen. The credit card company said that the two charges that I say I didn't make were made at a ticketmaster location in Indiana face to face. Yeah, I went there two minutes after my original purchase with ticketmaster. Heck I was still on the phone with them when the other two were made. Today we received two new credit cards in the mail. The reason they gave is because of possible fraudulent use of our card.....Do You Think?????
I didn't give Ticketmaster a very good review when I talked to the OSU Athletic department. I don't understand why TM wasn't prepared for the onslot of 50,000 students all trying to get their tickets at the same time. I'm hoping they make some big changes in the way the students get their tickets in 2010. Next time, Sara can call and get her own tickets! I wasted about six hours total on the phone with TM, CC company, OSU Athlete office.
Wow, that was long, sorry. If anyone can top my TM disaster, I'll send you a fat quarter.
Ok, I'm done.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Princess Sara called today to tell me about her day at the dental clinic. Apparently they did panoramic view xrays. She hasn't had those since she went to the orthadontist for a retainer. She was laughing cause they told her she has a third molar that hasn't dropped yet. Can't wait for that one to happen (surgery on the horizon). She also still has two baby teeth. Glad she got into the dental profession. Maybe she can get a discount on the work she will need.
The day before they did impressions on each other. She tried to tell her partner that they would need to use the child size equipment, but even the instructor said they could use the adult equipment. Sara was right, after 8 tries at taking the impressions they finally decided to try the kid tray.
On the sewing front, I just started a BQ pattern for the quilt store. The fabric is really pretty. I think it will look really nice together. I have most of the strips put together, just need to subcut and sew it all back together again. I'll try to add a pic later.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
So in three weeks I've been doing a lot of nothing. At least that's what it seems like to me. I've missed visting all the blogs, and I'm anxious to get caught back up.
I am currently binding the guild quilt that we will sell opportunities on this fall. As soon as I get a picture of it, I'll post it. It's one of the prettiest quilts we've made.
That's it for now.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Last night she decided that we both needed to download Skype and see how it works. It's amazing. So easy to use. We spent the first half hour "skypeing" each other. She was in her bedroom and I was in mine. Sure doesn't take much to entertain us.
Today we are going north to a local mall. Hopefully my sister and her daughter are going to go with us. Sara wants to hit Old Navy, Sam's Club, and Dillards. I'm just hoping it doesn't hit my wallet too hard.
On the sewing front, not much going on. I still need to finish the sashings for Judy's quilt a long. Maybe today when I get back. I think I have til Tuesday to send my picture.
I did work at the local quilt shop yesterday. I spent six hours cutting fabric, talking to customers, and taking money. The talking and taking money was my favorite part. I did not buy any fabric yesterday! Hard to do when you are there for six hours. I'm trying to console myself with the idea that I got to fondle fabric all day, even if I didn't bring it home. Just need that fabric fix. The quilt shop gives me all the benefits, without the damage to my wallent (so far).
Off to the mall.....hope you are all sewing up a storm!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I just finished my half square triangles for the Quilt A Long I'm doing with Judy L. As usual I wait til the last minute. Sara just left for OSU and I really didn't want to work on them while she was home. We had a great day on Saturday. Just bumming around together.
I watched my great nephew and great niece on Friday. The are such good kids. They were only here for a couple of hours. Thank goodness I kept several of Sara's toys. We got out the doll house and then the Legos. Carynn was very interested in my sewing, so who knows, she may end up being a quilter!! Here's a pic of Carynn, she was fascinated with my thimbles.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
We had a small program for the residents. We sang patriotic songs, played quilt block bingo, had our own "Betsy Ross" tell us about the making of our first flag. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
Princess will be home this weekend. Yea!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Above are the fabrics that I've chosen. I usually stay far far away from stripes, but this may be a great opportunity to overcome my aversion to them.
I finished a quilt top for one of my friends. It was a block lottery that she won at our local quilting group. Again, this was an old project. I think I've had it since 2003. I'll have to look at the group's records and see exactly how old it is. It was suppose to be an easy set, but when you are working with blocks from 20 different people, it was definitely a challenge. One that I'm not sure I did well. I'll just be glad to give it back to her. It's been staring me in the face for the last year, mocking me on my design wall. The picture I took is not very good, but I'll post here anyway.
My princess is coming home again in about nine days. I'm sure glad she and her boyfriend travel together. It makes it less stressful for me knowing she is not alone for the trip.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
What do you usually sew?
When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?
Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?
Do you iron it?
How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)
Do you have any special folding techniques?
How do you store your fabric?
What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?
When do you say enough is enough?
What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?
Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!
What’s your definition of the perfect stash? (Consider sharing a picture or two of your stash & storage, or direct us to a pic on Flickr!)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Today I worked on a Valentine table topper for my sister . It has been awhile since I've actually worked on anything. I need to stop reading blogs and get back to my sewing machine.
I am truly impressed with all the wonderful talent out in blogland.
Sorry this picture is turned the wrong way. I forgot to rotate it. I think you can see ok if you click on the picture. This is a quilt I sent down to The Victory Junction Gang Camp. My friend's daughter is in medical school and she volunteers there in the summer. So Alicia took the quilt with her to donate. I hope the child that got it has enjoyed having it.
I just took another look at the picture of me and my sister, and trust me, I should stick to quilt pictures!
Monday, February 2, 2009
I saw a giveaway at Vickie's blog just a couple of minutes ago, please visit her site to enter her drawing.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I've never been one to wait for someone else to do it. If it needs done, I usually jump in with both feet. Last night while reading Christine's blog, I saw where she was making nine patches for a little girl. Apparently, Christine is willing to make 10 nine patches for every ONE that is donated. Since today was a do nothing kind of day, I started on my nine patches. It really didn't take very long, and I made 19 blocks in no time flat. I really hope she doesn't feel obligated to make 190 patches! If you want to help, please visit Christine's blog for more information.
I am tired of the snow and ice. I snapped a couple of pictures tonight as we went out for dinner. It's very pretty when you don't have to go out for anything. My daughter called on Wednesday at 12:58 am to let me know that The Ohio State University was cancelling classes for Wednesday. That doesn't happen very often. So here are a couple of pictures from the driveway. Nothing fancy. The one tree is about 25 yards from the house so I zoomed in ...hoping to get a good shot of the ice.
That's it for tonight. Stay warm and be safe!