Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Goodness, it's Bright Out Here!

Thought I better check in. Thanks to everyone who has checked on me. I still have weird things happening, but not as much, thank goodness. And, I am not sure whether what I have is bronchitis, flu, or pnemonia. I am about to give up and go see the doc.
Maybe tomorrow, lol.

Sharon keeps bugging me to post a picture of my purple hair. So, here it is!!! ROFLOL!!!

This is a little gadget I pickup up several years ago. The hook will come up and then can be used to separate patches when you are chain piecing. It saves time and movement of your hands. I don't remember where it came from, but I am sure someone out there has something similar.

These are some pictures of the sewing machine bendable lamp that I bought. It is really neat. I got extra pieces so I can move it from sewing machine to sewing machine.

I think I will quit for this night. I am getting tired again. Hope this week is going well for everybody! I just checked this for spelling and grammar errors. Wow, this is almost totally boring! Sorry, will try to do better next time., lol.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Not Leaving My Rabbit Hole yet......

I thought I might be able to climb out of the rabbit hole today, but "it ain't gonna happen". LOL I really think I am losing what few marbles I have left. And I am getting sick on top of everything else. All I have done today is cough and cough and cough.

I didn't get up until 1 this afternoon, and after I had some coffee and my heart started beating I decided to make another Web Sampler Block. So I am happily sewing along...not having to take any stitiching out, YEA!!! and Aud walks in and says we are gong to Bravo's, an Italian restaurant not too far from where we live.

Well, that is fine with me. They have scallops with ricotta gnochhi and spinach and sweet potatoes. That dish is wonderful!!! So I order this, and eat too much of it and since I need to make a couple of stops before we get home, I head for the ladie's room. The name for woman in Spanish is Senora, right?, and the name for a man in Italian is Signore, right? I have been in this restaurante lots of time, but TODAY, I walked into the men's, lol. As I am opening the door I think, gee this is the first ladies' room I have ever seen that is closer to the hall than the men's! About that time it dawns on me what I have done. ROFLOL Thank God there was nobody around!

Then we go to a couple of the stores that sell Nintendo DS games because I am looking for a new one. I bought myself one a couple of weeks ago, and ordered one for Aud from Amazon, but I didn't get her the same game as I have, and that isn't going to work, so I have to find this game. Wrong! Can't find it.

Then we go to Braum's, OK's place to get milk and stuff like that and we pick up some milk and stuff like that, and then go to Starbucks for some coffee.

I love Starbucks, and I have a card that automatically gets recharged when it get below $10. There is a long line at the drivein window and I place my order and it takes a while to get to the window. So I hand the girl my card and tell her, "don't put it on the Visa side, put it on the Starbucks side". My card is a Starbucks Duetto Visa card and I get more points when I use it at Starbucks. She says ok, and rings it up and hands it back to me, and sure enough, she has charged it on the Visa side. So I ask her why she did that when I had told her to put it on the Starbucks card. And she says "You gave me an Amazon card, it doesn't have a Starbucks side". And I had. Wouldn't you think that she would have said something? All I could do was shake my head and drink my coffee. Of course by now Aud is dying with laughter.

My movie review for tonight is Gone, Baby Gone, a very good movie! I highly recommend it. I still have Rendition and The Eastern Connection ( think that is what it is called) to watch. Will let you know the results on those later.

I do have some quilty things I can post, and some quilty pictures, but I think I will wait until the the dirt quits falling on my head, lol.

SO I have decided I am going to stay down here in the rabbit hole for another day or so and watch movies and see if the world turns right side up again before I venture out, lol. Meanwhile, I will just read your blogs, I am sure they are more interesting than mine right now anyway, :>)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I Know Just How She Feels...........

I think I will just pout a while longer. This week has been one of those weeks that held promise at the beginning, but has slowly deteriorated. I have spent the whole week playing musical sewing machines. I am about to decide it must be me that is the problem, none of them will cooperate. One of them won't stay threaded, the thread keeps breaking. Another one that I just paid to have an automatic threader put on won't let me thread anything now! I can't sew a straight seam, I can't thread the darn things, I can't find any of the three long needle nose tweezers I KNOW I have, I can't find some wool thread I KNOW I have, I can't find some fabric I KNOW I have, etc. with a couple of patterns, and so on and so on. I think the final thing happened this afternoon when I had just finished up something and Aud came in to talk, and I was going to show her what I had finally managed to get done, and I culdn't find it! I searched for 5 minutes, with Aud helping me, and we finally found it laying on my bed. How in the devil it got there is beyond me. Hilarious, right?

So I think I will just pout and stomp my foot a few more days and just watch movies.

And speaking off, this is a review of what I have kept my mind off of my sewing frustrations with.....

American Gangster....great movie, Denzel Washington does a fantastic job
Michael Clayton......same as above
Fiesta of Love.......funny little film, Morgan Freeman is wonderful as usual, even Aud enjoyed this one.
No Reservations.....I like Catherine Zeta Jones, and this was a fun story, and the music was really good in it if you like opera..I ordered the soundtrack
3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe was my favorite. I really, really liked this movie.

And that, my friends, is about all I have accomplished this week! Hopefully, this weekend things will turn around. I have all of my fingers and toes tied in knots and my eyes crossed and that is all I can do, lol.

Monday, February 18, 2008

She's Done It Again....

I try to look at the Fat Quarter Shop website every day or so just so I can keep up with the new lines, and everytime I think I can finally relax because Kimberly has shown the lines she is going to carry for the next several months, she does it again.

This time, she has a new BOM that looks like it might just be different from most of the others going on. And the fabric she is using is from the new Christmas line by 3 Sisters. Doesn't look like Christmas to me, so that's good, but it is so gorgeous, and the peak she is showing on her website of this BOM is so tempting, I am going to have to do it.

I don't think there is any hope for me as far as stashbusting this year, too much pretty fabric out there, lol

There is also a blog that a friend of mine has started up again. Her name is Gena and you might enjoy her take on life. Check it out.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

If You're Ever in OKC on a Tuesday or a Thursday...............

come on by. We serve pretzels, Dorito Nacho Chips, and milk at approximately 5 pm. That is the time my granddaughters and their mother stop on their way going to or coming from wherever their day is taking them. It's a fun little slice of life and Aud and I thoroughly enjoy it.

This is a block from my Calico Craze quilt I am making. I am having to redo part of it because it didn't fit. I hate it when that happens.

And this is the beginning of the Kaffe Fassett quilt. This picture definitely doesn't do the colors justice.

I have discovered Popit and Word Whomp on Club Pogo. Talk about a great time waster, these two games definitey fall into that realm. But they are relaxing. And that is what I'm going to do right now. Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I Have Been Tagged .....

by Kim at StillMeadow Quilting and Kimberly at Kimberly's Quilts to tell you 7 things about me that you will be so excited to learn, you will never forget me.

1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.

2. Post THE RULES on your blog.

3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.

4. Tag 7 people and link to them.

5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

1. The only time I eat ketchup is on tamales
2. I love color and putting colors together for a quilt
3. Don’t ask me if you don’t want to know what I really think
4. My favorite music is by Kenny G, the Eagles, and the BeeGees
5. I love the Broccoli and Cheddar soup from Panera's Bakery
6. I am a fourth generation Texan
7. I root for the OU Sooners and the New England Patriots

I think I will tag the following people. I am fairly new to blogging and I am not sure if they have already been tagged or not, but Cindy . AJ , Karen, Karen , Cheryl , Nancy, Patti are the people I am going to tag.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Web Sampler Challenge, Piece & Plenty

As usual, Cindy has conned some of us into doing another challenge. This one is the WebSampler Celebration. There are 12 participating quilt stores and you buy a block from each one of the stores and a finishing kit from whichever store you like the best. I have chosen the finishing kit from Quiltworks. I have managed to get two blocks done so far. The stranger in the picture is the beginning of Festival of Trees.

Cindy, Lisa, Nicole, and Carol are also doing this challenge. Check out their progress, and if you are interesting in joining, let one of us know so we can link to you.

I am trying very hard to keep up with the Piece and Plenty BOM. These are the small baskets from Month 6. They are pieced and then I have embroidered the handles. Now I have to tackle the big applique piece from this month. I love the way this quilt is looking.

These are 2 sets of circle templates I treated myself too. They have already saved me lots of time. There is a set of small ones and another set of larger ones. I highly recommend them for appliquing those small circles. You can find them here.

And this is my laugh for you for the day. My ears have been bothering me a lot for a week or so. I really think it is just allergies, but I am so desperate that I went to our local health food store and bought some ear candles. Yes, ear candles. You stick them in your ear, light them, and the suction that is formed when the candle is pressed against the ear provides a drawing effect. It is amazing what that does. Absolutely amazing. I should have tried it on the ear that was hurting the most last, so I would have known what I was doing. At least one ear is clear. I have to go back and get some more of these, lol. And I picked up some "ear oil" to put in them after I used the candles. Talk about reverting to the middle ages or so, lol. That blur on the left is Aud's finger holding the camera.

And, if Haubeck will get in touch with me about the football betting? I don't have your email and I couldn't answer you.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Piece & Plenty Blocks 4 & 5, and Other Stuff

It has been a very busy week. I have had lots of energy and am desperately trying to get caught up on some quilting chores. They are called chores because all they do is clean up your sewing table a bit so you can load it back up. And that is what I did, lol.

Several weeks ago I gave my Janome Gold to a friend of mine’s little girl who is 10. She was so excited. I bought it in 2000 when I started quilting and I hadn’t used it in a couple of years. I thought that would be a good thing to do with it. Her mother bought her over and I showed her how to use it and she was so excited, she told her mother “I hope you intend to stay up all night.”

I felt very good about this for several days, and then I went to my daughter’s house to babysit. All of a sudden I didn’t have my traveling machine and I really was in the middle of doing a lot of quilting. I didn’t want to drag my Pfaff or Bernina with me and so I ended up not doing any sewing.

All I did was play with the Wii and watch “dumb” movies. If anyone likes Christopher Walken you have to watch Balls of Fire, it is so dumb, but typical Christopher Walken stuff. And the other one we watched was the one with The Rock and the little girl, forgotten the name of it. As my daughter and I and grandsons are watching the Balls of Fire at 11 that night and laughing ourselves silly from the dumbness we looked at each other and just almost cried we laughed so hard. I’m talking dumb here.

Anyway, I decided after that that I really needed to get a lightweight sewing machine. The others are just getting too heavy for me to lug around. Especially since I am not supposed to lift over 10 pounds with my right arm. So I went to see the local Janome dealer and came home with the new Janome Platinum. Weights 12 pounds and I just love it. They have put a variable stitch length and width capability on it and a few other refinements. Perfect for a class or travel machine. I also took the Pfaff to have it cleaned up, poor thing has never been in for cleaning.

With that now available to me I signed up for the weekly Wednesday sew-ins at the LQS. I took my new baby to the sew-in on Wednesday and spent the whole day making two blocks of the Web Sampler. Lots of pieces. Will show you Monday when we have our update.
While there I “just had to have” this Kaffe Fassett quilt kit. Isn’t it gorgeous? I have been cutting it out a little at a time the past 2 days. I am getting it ready to sew at next week’s sew-in.
I have also gotten my Piece and Plenty blocks 4 and 5 finished. Just in time, the newest one arrived yesterday. They seem to be getting more intricate, but they are so pretty.

And Miss Katie and her momma came by yesterday and Katy ate some cheese and fritos and dunked her cookie in some milk. Her momma and Aud and I ate tamales and queso. They were so good! They stop by a couple of times a week on their way to or from home and Katy always has to have something to eat. So this has become a ritual...chees, fritos, and milk, lol.

I decided not to give Katy the Urban Garden quilt. Instead I put it on my bed for February, and gave her one I made a couple of years ago that is perfect for a young girl’s room.. Here she is acting silly with it.

And that catches me up for the week. I am going to read some for a change. I have started Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and I am going to try to read a little every day. It will take a while, but so far I am throughly enjoying it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Bet Booty!

A couple of weeks ago, before things went a little haywire in the land of blog, I received a package from the one and only Sharon. It was in payment for a bet we had made between us that Missouri would beat the Sooners in football. Well, guess what, she lost!, lol. She was out of town when I got the package so I waited until the dust settled before I shared this with you'll.

First, before the pictures, let me tell you, she whined so much about losing that bet, that I sent her a consolation prize. AND, I gave her a chance to bet against the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Did she take me up on that one? Nope! So she doesn't get anything for them losing. I guess she will have to wait until Missouri plays Oklahoma again to try to win another bet, lol.

Now on to the pictures. When I opened the box, the first thing I saw was lavender tissue paper! Is that not the coolest thing? I don't think I have ever gotten a package with lavender tissue paper before! It is so pretty, and those peppermints in there are my favorite kind! And of course the lavender goes well with the purple in my hair, lol.

Under the tissue was some more candy and this humongous gorgeous heart pincushion! I had to go buy some new pins just to fill it up! I love it, love it, love it!!!

And then there is the flying Santa. He is so cute! He is going in my sewing room on my wall to remind me daily of the nice person that gave it to me, lol.

So a big thank you Sharon. Can't wait until football season rolls around again!!!!!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

They Lost!

I am so sad! I so wanted the Patriots to have an unbeaten season, but "you know what" happens. Oh, well, maybe next year!

Friday, February 1, 2008

A Quick Note

This has been a great Friday. Lots to tell and no time to tell it. But one thing I do want to mention is the giveaway that the Fat Quarter Shop is having. It is going to be a fat quarter bundle of the new Blackbird Designs collection called At Water's Edge. I just ordered it on Monday and it came in on Wednesday, and it is gorgeous! Love how fast my orders get to me from there! Almost instant gratification, lol.

Also, Vicki E is having a givaway in support of Sharon. Might want to stop off there and visit while you are blogging.

My favorite quilt for February is in honor of my favorite youngest grandson, Kyle, who is going to be 12 this month. I was showing this quilt to his mother while I was binding it and he asked me if he could have it. He was 7 at the time. When I asked him if he really wanted it, he said yes. What's a grandmother to do. It still lives on his bed, lol.