Friday, August 31, 2012

Enjoy the Day

So glad to have a day off!!! Can't believe that the first month of school is over,  (although there were days when I thought it would never get here.  Hope everyone enjoys this Labor Day!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Girls Night Out

On Monday night, Becky and I had girls night out  Our first stop was dinner at Taco Mac in Midtown, next stop was the Margaret Mitchell House to hear one of our favorite authors, Debbie Macomber. ( I am a huge Gone With the Wind fan, and can't believe that I have never been to Margaret Mitchell's house.  I will definitely go back for a tour.)  It was my first time to hear her speak, and Becky's second.  She is one of my favorite authors and I had been looking forward to this for a couple of weeks.  However, I knew that I would pay for it the next morning when I had to get up for school. 

Front of the Margaret Mitchell House.

Debbie Macomber, the podium was almost taller that her!!

Becky getting her book signed.

 I had purchased a copy of her new book, before heading out that evening.  I decided that I would get it autographed and give it to my mom for Christmas, of course I am planning on reading it before I give it to her!

As Becky and I were leaving I happened to look up and the sky was incredibly beautiful, so many different shades of blues, purples, and oranges.  The photo doesn't do it justice.  The clouds and lights were reflected in one of the office buildings in Midtown.  I have decided that I need to do more girls night out.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Two new projects

I have been trying all year to finish projects, not start new ones, but I couldn't resist any longer.  I am addicted to the Block of the Month's from Homestead Hearth.  Or as my friend Krisite calls them Block of the Day (since we get one almost everyday).  I love any quilt that has anything to do with winter or snowmen, and when I saw this BOM from Geoff's Mom I had to have it.  It is a Row of the Month.  On Saturday I received row number 1 and immediately started on it. 

Letters have been traced onto freezer paper, and ironed on black fabric.  I have already appliqued In and The (just forgot to take a photo)

This is the other new project that I have started, actually I have started three of them for Christmas presents.  I am way behind schedule on these.  Luckily you can use a charm pack and a little extra fabric for the background and the backing.

I found the pattern online and ordered it.  It looks pretty simple.  I have paired up the first charm pack for the outside pockets, the lining and the appliqued number.  I don't think it will take long once I actually start sewing.  Before I can start I need to make a trip to the local quilt shop to pick up a few solid colors to do some of the applique numbers.  Wish me luck.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

First Quilting Job

During the summer I was approached by a friend, who had a friend, who wanted a quilt made.  (Since I was the only person she knew that quilted she came to me.)  The friend was expecting her first grandchild and wanted a quilt made very similar to the quilt she had as a child.  (you can see that it was a very loved quilt).  I meet with her over the summer to find out exactly what she wanted.  The original quilt had 12 blocks she only wanted 9, and instead of blues and pinks she wanted yellows and greens.  I had her pick out the blocks she wanted, we decided on colors and off I went.  I drew the 9 blocks and actually had to end up reducing them due to the number and finished size of the quilt that she wanted.  I love to do embroidery so the blocks were actually fun to do. 

I delivered the finished quilt yesterday and she was very pleased with it.  I think that it turned out pretty nice.  The only block I was not please with is the lamb on the bottom right.  I should have stitched it in a darker color, it doesn't really show up well enough.  I kept the drawings that I made because they were so cute.  They appear to have come from a 1950's coloring book.  You can't find images like that anymore.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New favorite non-quilting product

My DH watches Dr. Oz in the afternoons, and a few months ago when I came home Dr. Oz had a segment on skin care: the different types of skin care products, what to use if you have puffy eyes (which I definitely do), or dark circles under your eyes.  One of the products mentioned was "Yes to Blueberries.  I usually don't rush out and buy products that I see plugged on tv, but this one intrigued  me.  A couple of days later while shopping at Target I happened to see this line of skin care products and since I needed some moisturizer and the  under eye cream.  I have to admit that I really, really like it.  I don't know if you can tell a difference in looking at me, but I can definitely tell a difference in the way  my skin feels.  It isn't expensive and makes my skin feel so much better.  I would definitely recommend it.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Stashbusting:  Two weeks in a row, nothing in and nothing out.  I am happy about the nothing in, but would love to see the outgoing numbers growing maybe next week.

I thought week before last was awful since I missed stitch in, but I think this  last week was worse if possible.  It was the first week back in school, just for teachers no kids yet.  Most of the week was spent in meetings, I got very little of my job done.  To make matters worse I decided on Friday to take my shoes off (not sure why), I was in one of my storage rooms, a huge roach ran over my toes, while I was bending over (you know what is going to happen), and yes I raised up and hit my head on a metal TV holder that is bolted to the wall.  I was bleeding and almost knocked myself out.  At least I got to leave school a little early.  My head is still sore with a huge knot on it.  If that wasn't enough I woke up yesterday with a toothache, it is an abscessed tooth which requires a root canal.  Can't get a dentist appointment until tomorrow afternoon.  I have to go to school tomorrow since it is the first day with the kids, and I can't take my pain meds they make  me too goofy.