Monday, December 31, 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here it is, the last day of 2007. I didn't get to wish you all a Merry Christmas, as there was yet another crises at work and the time just got away from me.

Madeline got a ton of toys for Christmas -- catnip being her favorite one. I think she's a little over-indulged (g).

It may be an old wife's tale, but I've always heard that the first thing you do in the new year is what you will do the most of throughout the year. So please make sure the first thing you do on New Year's Day is something fun, something that pleases you, something that you would like to do more of in the coming year. For me that will be playing with my fabrics and Madeline.
I've been working on the Dark Tower and hope to have photos to show you after the holiday. Since reading Sharon B's "slow cloth" essay, I've given myself permission to move along on this slowly and to totally enjoy the journey. For the few of you who don't know who Sharon B is or what "slow cloth" is all about, you can find her great blog here



If you go out and party tonight, please be careful! If you look this demented and trashed (look at her face!), please stay safe at home (LOL).

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Done!


Here's the Dark Tower block -- background all stitched down. The Tower pieces are just laying on there, not sewn down yet but this is the position. The color isn't that great in this pic, there's more gradiation in the sunset pieces. Still not like the picture I had in my head, but I will add to it with thread, fabric paint and hopefully will pull it all together.
Note to self: if you are using black fabric, keep the white cat out of the room (LOL). Maddie likes to help with the projects -- help like jumping on the table sliding everything around, laying on anything black, and her best help, pulling the pins out of the pincushion (with her mouth) and dropping them on the floor. Must be a real fun game because she plays it all the time.

This will probably be my last post until the New Year. With all my nieces and nephews and various family events, my Christmas madness will start on Sunday, again on Monday night (Christmas Eve) and then two places on Tuesday (Christmas Day) -- all in all, a HUGE holiday blow out! I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. May 2008 be more peaceful, less stressful and more prosperous for all of us!

Friday, December 14, 2007

THANK YOU!!!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who have bought my "stuff" the last week or so off of Ebay and Etsy. A REALLY big thank you, not just from me, but from my 11 nieces and nephews (LOL) who will be the beneficiaries of my extra cash. Seems like Mr. Scrooge is not giving a Christmas bonus this year. And today was the last payday before Christmas and also the payday where I have to make the house payment. So I do appreciate your support! Whether you found my auctions or Etsy store through the blog, or through just browsing the internet -- I'm glad you found me!

The weathermen are saying we're going to get 5 to 9 inches of snow here tonight, and then that will be all for the end of this month. In other words, a brown Christmas. Do you think we could hold them to this? I would LOVE for that forecast to be right. I'm already tired of ice and snow and cold. What exactly do you think we should do with weathermen who can't seem to predict the weather in spite of all the fancy, high tech, high dollar equipment they have?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bet Ya Wish. . . .

you lived where I do (LOL). This is the scene outside my side window on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will probably be the same scene for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as we have not seen the sun in over a week. Brrrrr.


So what to do when you're stuck inside? Well, make hearts of course! I whipped up a few hearts to finish out the Sharing Our Hearts swap on CQForNewbies. The fairy is my favorite, but it's on its way to a new home.



Madeline took this opportunity to catch a little nap on my ironing board. She likes it when I'm home and wants to hang on me (which makes it a little difficult to sew). The ironing board was our compromise (g). It was hard to get her to settle down -- she was a little freaked out by all the branches and limbs that kept hitting the roof. She just knew there was something up there that was going to get her! More snow coming in this weekend so I'll get even more sewing time. And just think, it isn't even "officially" winter yet! And this is global warming????

Friday, December 07, 2007

Question Answered


SOLD
Hello everyone! Sitting here in the middle of the country getting ready for a very interesting weekend -- sleet/freezing rain/ice/snow -- and the fun thing about living here is that it will probably do all of these things at once! So looks like I'll have another nice quiet weekend trapped in the house with wild Madeline. Heaven help us! And I still need to do some Christmas shopping, but I don't think it will be happening this weekend.



Raegan asked a question about my hand painted lace post way back here. The question is: "I wonder if a regular hot iron is okay on the DecoArt So Soft paints or if it damages the color?" And the answer is: a regular hot iron is perfectly okay. You need the heat to help set the paint. It does not damage the lace or the color. And the DecoArt paints do not change the hand (feel) of the lace. It is still soft enough to sew on and even bead through. Give this a try -- I think you'll like it. Joann's is a great place to pick up the DecoArt fabric paints and they have sales on them quite often (even though the regular price is pretty cheap, sale is even better!).



Everyone have a fun weekend and I hope you live in a place with much better weather then here.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Final Decision!

Over the long weekend I had (long as in I was pretty much trapped inside), I got out the Dark Tower block again. I know you're probably tired of hearing/looking at this and so am I. I still wasn't happy about the last background. So this is it! This is the final one! I have spent wayyyyyyy too much time jacking around and it's time to make a decision and live with it. If I keep horsing around with every block this quilt will never get off the ground.
These aren't sewn down yet, just placed carefully (waiting for Maddie to have a wild moment and send everything flying off the table). There will be clouds appliqued over the sunset strips. Right now the strips look pretty uniform in size, but that will change after they're sewn down. So that's my final decision and I'm sticking with it (g) -- time to make this work!

I've also listed some other things on ebay and etsy. The link for the etsy shop is on the right. If you don't do Paypal and are interested in something in the etsy shop, just click the buy button and then mark "other" as your payment option. It sends me an email and I can contact you and we'll work out payment. You do not have to have a Paypal account to shop with me. You can see some other things here and here. Don't mean to make this sound like an ad, but I just love doing the little hyperlinks (LOL).

Monday, December 03, 2007

Last Show - Long Weekend

Due to the nasty weather here last weekend, I did not get to attend my last craft show. The morning started out with freezing rain/sleet and cold, cold, cold. Since mom just had her hip replacement in May, we decided it was not worth the risk and we ended our season very abruptly! And I won't even talk about how the wind was blowing -- it would have been very hard to even stand upright.

But that's good news for you guys. If you're looking for any last minute little handmade Christmas gifts, I've got several things on ebay and in the etsy shop. The link for the shop is on the right. Feel free to take a look. As far as the ebay auctions, they are all completed cross stitch items and you can see them here, and here, and here and here. I might add more later in the week -- I think I still have plenty of time to mail. I hope so because I haven't mailed any of my own Christmas presents out (LOL)

So I had a nice long weekend on my hands. What to do, what to do. Work on things for me for a change!! What a concept!! Did the little bunnies at the beginning here give you a clue? I got out my chocolate bunnies that you have watched me work on all year and look at this:A completed top. I still have the borders to do. I didn't realize that one of the borders is an applique scallop border -- eye yi yi!! But at least I have a top -- that's an accomplishment! And I did more, but I'll save that for another post. Hopefully, now that my craft season is over, I'll be here more often. Can believe the last time I posted was before Thanksgiving!