Tuesday, October 23, 2007

test post

Ignore this post. I'm trying to figure out the tricks :)

HGTV Forum

Well lookie here! I made a clickable link AND I changed my header. Only problem is the only graphic I had was the one my daughter made for my Etsy site lol. Think I'll keep it for a bit.

I apologize to anyone trying to read the previous post. I tried and TRIED to add a clickable link and somehow I got my post all jacked up. Now it won't keep the spaces in between paragraphs. Makes it darn hard to read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

update #2 - ok somehow I managed to get a good link. No idea how tho.......
but still no spaces. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

OK I got the paragraphs back! yay for me :)

Another project complete

Another little wall hanging done. I'm just loving these little things! I'm all about instant gratification, and as quilting goes a 1 1/2 day project is as instant as you'll get from me lol.

This one is for my good friend for her birthday next weekend. I won a ton (well ok 63 to be exact) fat quarters on the HGTV board and she loved this one. Then I was looking thru the OESD packs when they were BOGOF and saw this new one and new exactly what to do. I'm sure she'll love it.

I just gotta make sure she opens it before we open that 2nd bottle of wine.........

Marilyn at Ivy and Lace Cottage has tagged me for the 4 Things about Meme.

MY FIRST TAG!! woo hooo lol

Yes, I'm a dork. . . . . . .

First let me tell you a little about how I met Marilyn. We "met" years ago over at a decorating board and then found out we live 12 miles from one another. We've never met IRL, but came close one time at Target lol. Someday we should do lunch. I'm always up for lunch.

ok onto the tag...... (I have no idea what I'm doing here lol)

4 jobs I've had

I do the books and general office/grunt work for our business we started 2 years ago. LOVE working from home, hate all the "stuff" we have to have around
CSR in the Commercial Dept of an insurance agency (toooo much stress)
Bookkeeper for several small businesses over the years
Mom and wife (altho those should count as 50 jobs lol)

4 films I could watch over and over

Gone With the Wind
Steel Magnolias (except I start crying from the get go now)
Mrs Doubtfire
Pretty Woman

4 TV shows I watch

2 1/2 Men
CSI (only the original, can't stand the others)
Criminal Minds
Without a Trace
ok so that's 5 - this one could go on and on - I love TV lol

4 favourite foods

white birthday cake with buttercream icing
pot roast
sweet potatoes
peach cobbler

4 favourite colors

gold (noooo not the 18k kind lol, I prefer platinum)
dark red
lime green

4 places I would like to be right now

going down a fall leaf covered country road in New England in a horse drawn wagon
the mountains in a log cabin with a roaring fire a tv and my sewing machine and a light snow
a cruise

4 names I love but would/could not use on my children

Chelsea ( dh hated it, thought it was to much of a mouthful since our last name starts with "Sh")
Molly - named my dog that instead :)
Ariel - to dorky now that it's a mermaid name
Alec - thank you Mr Baldwin

4 people I'd love to tag

ROFL I really don't have 4 people yet that I feel I could tag, give me a couple of weeks......

That was fun! Thanks Marilyn!

Now gotta go get ready for my channel flipping between House and Dancing with the Stars! Why do they always have to put the good stuff opposite each other??????

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Yay!! Here is it. Finally.
I'm going to do several more for gifts and I have a really cute Santa pack for some also.

Today will definitely be an indoor day. The wind is blowing so hard and it's cold. They say we might get snow tonight. NOT looking forward to snow. Altho now that I'm a spoiled brat and don't have to get out in it to go to work it won't be nearly as bad :)

Now I just need to figure out something warm and comfy for dinner tonight..........

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Project complete

Finally! I actually got something finished, and before the deadline. It's a candlemat swap for an online group I belong to. They decided to make this one a winter theme so we could display them longer. Here it is.....

ok darn it, blogger won't let me add a pic and I don't have time or patience to figure out why right now. I'll try to add it later.

And then I made a to-do list of the things I want to get done for Christmas. omg there is NOOOOO way. I'm way to slow lol. Between Christmas, birthdays and baby gifts I've got 15 things to make. And that's not even counting the sweatshirts I want to do for myself for Christmas and Thanksgiving. ughhhh why do I do this????

But I'm having a blast learning how to machine embroidery and digitize my own stuff with the Bernina Designer Plus software. Somedays my brain hurts after class from all there is to learn. But it's fun. Machine embroidery designs are so cute and so fun to add to things. And fairly instant gratification, which I'm all about.

I'm going to work on a couple more mine-wallhangings tonight. The weather is to nasty to go anywhere. It's gotten cold again and the wind is blowing so hard. It was a nice day, mid 70s, and now this is blowing in it will barely get into the 50s tomorrow. I don't like this weather, but what really worries me is what this does once it gets to the midwest and east. It gets really ugly then.

I'll try to post pics soon, it's so cute I know all 2 of you are just dying to see what I did!!!! :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Doggie ER

ok a little disclaimer here . . . . . if you aren't a dog person you might want to skip this one :) We are big dog people and this will probably nauseate you if you aren't lol.

Mike got home Saturday from being out of town for 10 days and Molly was sooooo happy so see him. She layed around with him Saturday evening and cleaned his ice cream bowl. Then Sunday afternoon he said she wasn't feeling very well. I laughed and told him she was just being a baby now that he was home and wanted him to sit and hold her. But she was very ill. Throwing up, bloody stools and major dehydration. Thank goodness for a kind Vet on call Sunday night. They pumped her full of fluids gave her an anti-nausea shot and antibiotic shot. Today she is back to her little tasmanian devil self.

Good grief, you would have thought one of my kids was sick. I was in a panic! But what the heck, she likes me better than my kids do most days.............

So today I hope to get back to sewing. I spent a fortune on embroidery packs and thread yesterday, but hey I had to! It was all 30% off!!!! Just look at the money I saved! They weather is nasty for the next 2 days, wind blowing 45-50 mph and rainy and cold. I love fall but I'm sure not ready for winter.

Or for that matter Christmas. Do you know it's only 68 days 11 hours and 58 minutes until the big day? ughhhhh I hate when people do that. Like I need a reminder about how far behind I am already. I need to put organizational skills on my wish list. I used to be organized. I used to have a clean house.

Then I had kids.......... Well and in all fairness a husband that is even worse. HE is a huge packrat. Doesn't want to throw anything out! I mean really huge!!! We got to go to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 Nascar race several years ago. Now for the record I'm the race fan, not him. He doesn't like it at all. To damn boring watching those cars just go round and round and round and round............

But we went anyway. Came home with all sorts of souveniers. Your usual tshirts, Dale Earnhardt cooler (he died the next season). You know the usual stuff. But wait! there's more........

We also had to bring home EMPTY water bottles because they had a Nascar label. Yep plain ole water bottles like you pay 1.49 for at a convenience store, but we paid like $12 a bottle and had to bring them home. I still have 2 in a cabinet. Empty.

Then there is the ceiling fan in my new sewing room........

When we moved in this house 10 years ago we put a remote control ceiling fan in this room which was Jennifer's room. Then when she left for her 2nd year of college Bryan moved into it. So this remote has been thru 2 kids, one of them is not very gentle. Gotta do everything hard as you can. Which means the buttons were shot and we couldn't turn the fan or light on or off. So he took the fan apart, took the remote control out and rewired the fan so that the switches would control it. Now mind you the remote part is OLD and the buttons don't work!!!! But he refused to throw it out. I had it in the trash can and he took it out and hid it from me in the garage!! "Someday" he'll fix it. omggggggggg it wil never happen because "someday" is his golf day. Everytime "someday" rolls around he's playing golf.

He's driving me nuts......... and it's not a very long drive as it is.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Heeeere's Molly

Here's my little terror, errr I mean cutie pie lol, Molly. She's a 2 years old Jack Russel, yep that means the terrible 2s!!! She loves to get under the cushion and just roll around. She can entertain herself for an entire 3 minutes this way. Much like a human 2 year old. Acutally she's very good, she can play by herself in her bed or with a blanket for a long time. She just rolls around and growls and barks and has a great time.

We also have 2 other dogs, a mixed 14 yo dog (who can't stand the other 2) and a 5 yo male JR. He's not so good....................

Barks like a banshee, won't stop. Makes you want to pull your hair out, or rip his head off. My neighbors love us. And for more reasons than just the dog :) hehe another story for another day........

I've almost got my office/sewing room back together. I got my Bernina out of Bryan's bathtub, let's see how long it takes him to notice he can now use it. I'm betting it will take a while. He's not real big on hygene right now. I think he likes going around all greasy from working in the oilfield, makes him look "tough" and grown up rofl. Whatever ---- he just looks dirty to me. Maybe he'll find a girlfriend soon, then I'll never get him out of the shower.

Why did I have it in the bathtub to begin with you ask???? Doesn't sound like the best place for a high dollar sewing machine now does it???? LOL Well when this madness started Bryan was at college and no one was using that bathroom. So I thought that would be about the safest place for it. I had to put it somewhere that Jack (the "other" dog) couldn't get to it. Oh did I mention he likes to pee on everything? I mean EVERYTHING!!!! If we bring anything new into this house he has to mark it. Even grocery bags. Even BEFORE I get the groceries out of them.

Like I said, makes you want to rip his head off.......................

Tomorrow is a class at my Bernina dealer, an OESD rep will be doing a Embroidery ER class. Should be good. Hopefully I'll remember what I learn.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

ahhhhh they're gone :)

The guys working on my pantry and floor redo are gone! wooo hooo!!! They are the nicest guys but man I'm glad they are done with this phase. Here is a pic of the floor, it's looks good but I can't seem to get it clean. It's always dull looking. But that could be from the drywall dust / shop vac mishap lol.

then here is the pantry, it's HUGE and I love it!

I need to go grocery shopping to fill it up now lol.
And I'm starting to gather ideas for the main kitchen redo DH wants to do. The little pantry redo droze me crazy, I don't know how I'm going to make it thru a big remodel...................
oh well at least this time I know to buy lots and lots of those cheap plastic paint drop cloth things to cover EVERYTHING. At least I learned to be more prepared.
I've been working on getting my office / sewing room back in order. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have my machine set up and can actually sew something. The first thing I want to do is stitch out our logo. Hopefully I've got it digitized correctly this time and can put it on a few shirts for us all. I would have never dreamed I would like machine embroidery as much as I am. There are sooooo many cute designs out there. And maybe someday I'll learn the ins and outs of making my own.
I wish Jennifer lived closer so she could learn it also. She is so crafty and creative. And she's starting her own little boutique! Check out her etsy store here http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5272100
And she is also working on her own website. She amazes me. She is so talented and creative and smart too! Not to mention beautiful :) I'll have to find her wedding picture and post it, maybe this weekend.