Friday, August 28, 2009

You Know You're Old When

A new family arrives on the bus stop (luckily it's my driveway so I don't have far to go) with their son who is starting kindergarten today. They are young and nervous about putting their 5 year old boy on a school bus. They are also new to the neighborhood and the grandmother will be doing the bus stop duty and she's polish and can't speak a word of english. Anyway, they ask me if Kellie is my only child. And then during the conversation I realize that this starts my 14 th year on the bus stop! FOURTEEN YEARS of Elementary School! Geeez I'm old! I was pretty sure that this was only yesterday...

Look how tiny Jason is getting off of the bus after his first day...

Wasn't that only yesterday? Apparently not, because these came in the mail.This makes me very sad. He has grown into such a great guy. Remember the drama about the friends dating sisters? Well, the problem is that Jason and Molly have a lot of the same friends. So this guy that they have been friends with for two years is now Molly's boyfriend. Jason said it would be okay as long as they kept it clean. And luckily he is still willing to hang around the group even with Molly and the boyfriend. Which is really nice for me because it's a built in chaperon! But yesterday Jason was in class with the boyfriend and this other kid says to boyfriend "hey, don't you have a girlfriend now?"

Boyfriend: "aaah, yeah."

Kid: "who?"

Boyfriend: "ask Jason."

Jason: "mmmmyyyyyy sister!"

LOL. Poor Jason. I was really worried though because Jason and Molly are really really close and I was afraid that Jason wouldn't want to do things with her anymore but I worried for nothing. And luckily Jason is still friends with the boyfriend. So, it's all good.

I must say that I was much happier before boyfriend. I trust Molly, but eeeeek...boyfriends! I'll never be ready for that. I of course gave her the talk for the billionth time. I believe in blunt and to the point. Luckily I don't have a problem discussing ANY topic with my kids. I really don't know why, but I don't get embarrassed at all. Thank God! I think it's because my mother was sooooo uptight about everything - I always felt that she was completely clueless. I don't want my kids to feel that way about me. Not getting embarrassed makes communication much easier and I think my blunt/direct answers make them more relaxed. I don't think there is a single topic that I haven't talked to Molly about. She knows exactly what I expect of her and what she should expect of herself. So I'm entering into a new chapter - dating. Can I hide? hhh, I didn't think so. Have a great weekend friends. It's rainy here. ick.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Goodbye Children...Have Fun!

Aaaaah, the quiet. I love the first day of school. That last bus picks up Kellie and I come inside and aaaaahhhhh - silence. I know I'll miss the noise of children but not today. Today it's bliss. I spent the last two days running around like a nut trying to get all of the last minute supplies and some new shorts for Ryan since he makes rags out of his clothing.

I've also been working on some little quilts. This one is my version of Howard. (He has always reminded me of Ferdinand (remember that book? It was one of Jason's favorites). We have a huge bush in our backyard and he likes to stand under it and sniff the leaves.
I'm also going to do him more realistically, maybe with punchneedle embroidery. I would also like to do him in an Andy Warhol kind of nine patch quilt using this photo.
And I'm still stitching stitching stitching this one.
I changed the top of the trees. I didn't like the first version. They looked like palm trees so I pulled all of that off and did a new version. And I've stitched this background twice too. I didn't like the pattern I was using originally for the stitching so I pulled it all out and started again. Nice waste of thread that was...rrrrr.

Now I'm going to refill my mug for the 4th time and take my stitching to the rocker on the porch and have a little me time while the temperature is nice then I'll tackle the mess around me. Have a happy day friends.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

OOOO, Gotta Love The Bead Show!

So my recently departed unwanted friend...yeah, he had a friend. Now I'm worried that he might have family too. GOD I hate mice. I'm going to the store tomorrow to get the mouse beepy things that you plug in and make all the rodents flee -- we'll see. They better work, but I must confess that I'm a little concerned about witnessing the mass exodus. I really would rather that they just pack up their meager belongings and checkout whilst I sleep. Oh, and did I tell you that I pulled open my pen drawer in my desk (where I also had a stash of tootsie pops) and all the tootsie pops had been eaten and the drawer was full of mouse poop?!! Oh this is just too fun!


And speaking of fun....



The bead show was just as amazing as ever. I bought some mother of pearl buttons and some glass beads.
Then I went to a booth called Priscilla Beads (http://www.priscillabeadsandjewelry.com/) they had these leaves that I love. and these little leaves...(hmm, just a tad blurry)
Then I went to Hands of the Hills (http://www.hohbead.com/) and bought these little metal bead things that remind me of gates and windows (and that's exactly what I'm going to use them for!) and a few bells that have a really nice sound.
he also had all of these wood beads. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them yet, but they were so inexpensive and I liked them.
Then I went to my favorite booth Beyond Beadery (http://www.beyondbeadery.com/) where I always go crazy! I did get a free tote bag for my purchase, but that's a bad sign! :O)I bought this book.
that has lots of bead embroidery that I love. Then I bought beads. Lots and lots of beads! Like these seed beads...
and these size 1 bugle beads. I use a ton of these! and I bought some size 3 bugle beads. Some of these are twisty ones.
Like these - they are twisty and have little cuts in them so they are really sparkly! (I hope you can tell, the camera had trouble focusing in the bad light)
and these tiny tubes - more like squares.
and I bought some lentils.
they are fun to use too, and I like to use them in beads made of beads like these.
It was a great way to celebrate a birthday! And I have just enough time to save some money for the quilt show in September. Anything called Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XVI must be good right? I mean it's an Extravaganza for God's sake! LOL I haven't been to a quilt show in years and years! I'm suffering some serious withdrawal!


And I wanted to show you a drawing that Ryan did. I think he's pretty darn good! it would be nice if he drew something other than tanks, but I still think he did a great job. Hope you are enjoying your day - I'm off for a ride on the Harley - biker chick that I am! :O)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thank GOD I'm Home!

We had a nice vacation, it was nice getting away again, but gaaaaa! It was hotter than the hinges of HELL! I'm surprised I didn't burn to a crisp because I sweated all of my suntan lotion off in mere seconds of applying it! H.O.T. But it was nice to have nothing to do for a few days. I was such a slug though. All I did was read, sweat, complain, and eat. So I don't have any photos to show. Glad to be home. My birthday was Wednesday - we are going to celebrate it now that we are back home. Tomorrow I'm going to Bead Fest Philadelphia: August 21-23, 2009 with my friend Cornelia and her daughter. That will be a lot of fun. I get to spend money on beady stuff as my birthday gift - happy happy happy about that. See you on Monday.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Need To Finish These Too!

I really haven't had anything to talk about! shocking, but true. I've been hanging out with the kids and not working on anything crafty. Two weeks from today they go back to school. This summer went so fast.

I've decided to clean out my sewing stuff - again. I have a lot of fabric that I need to clear out. I've decided to cut a bunch of 6" or maybe even 8" squares and make some scrap quilts. That should clear out a lot of it. I pulled this box out, too. It's my oldest UFO box. Yes, I have more than one of these boxes (unfortunately).
This quilt is in there. It's the very first applique quilt I ever made. (1990)
It's all marked for quilting and basted
but it has this really awful poly batting in it...ick! I want to unbaste and switch the batting for cotton but I know if I do that I'll never get it finished. I don't even like it anymore but it's so close to being finished that I hate to not finish it.
I also found these blocks. This was the second applique quilt. It's the four seasons. The border for the quilt is a vine of all the leaves, buds, acorns, berries, etc used in the blocks.
The above block will have a lot more of those berries and a red bow.
The summer block below of strawberries will have four white flowers
and I have the entire border to do yet. eek.
I also found Molly's baby quilt. It's the perfect size for a crib. This will be very useful now that she's 16! :O) Very timely on this one.
I like these butterflies. This was one of my many over kill quilts. First appliqued and then blanket stitch on every one of the butterflies.
That's why everything I make takes so long! I sew everything by hand. I only use my machine to assemble the blocks, border, and binding. I love handwork, but sheesh - it takes forever to finish things.
We are getting ready to leave for the beach again on Sunday. One last vacation before school starts. We will be gone from the 16th until the 21st. I hope the weather is nice for us. August is usually too hot and stormy, but we are going to keep our fingers crossed. I was looking for something portable to take with me so I think I'll take some of the small UFO's from the box to work on. Happy Thursday.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Goodbye Unwanted Friend...

Happy Dance ... Happy Dance! A mouse had moved into my basement two weeks ago (well, I found out about him two weeks ago - lets not think about how long he may have been here before that okay). Anyway, two weeks of being freaked out...talking in code so Kellie wouldn't catch on...two weeks of being afraid to go in my sewing area or the utility room to do laundry. We started out with the humane traps - worthless. I quickly decided that it was him or me and I like me a lot more so back to the store for the real deal - the chop the head off quickly deal! Luckily I have two boys who loved the idea of hunting in the basement. Who doesn't love a little gore right? :O) So Jason set the traps - darn near chopping off his finger a few times in the process. And then each day I would send them down to check the traps. I thought it was hopeless when some of the peanut butter was eaten but the trap hadn't gone off. This morning I had more laundry to do...Jason ran down to check and hurray hurray! One really dead mouse next to the washer! Sorry, no picture to show you - LOL. I feel so much better - but then I decided that just to be sure we should set up a new trap just in case he had friends. I hope he didn't have friends.

And while I'm on the subject of boys...Ryan has swimmers ear and I overheard him on the phone with his friend..."Hey dude! Listen, I'm calling in sick today because I have an ear infection. I can play tomorrow." LOL! I swear that kid cracks me up! I didn't know you had to call in sick when you can't play. :O)

And I was seriously considering calling in the dog whisperer - After Howard slipped on the kitchen floor a few times (because he was trying to attack one of the other animals in this house) he decided that he was afraid of the kitchen floor and refused to step into the kitchen. He just stood there on the rug shaking. VERY frustrating. The begging, pleading, pep talk went on on and off for about 3 hours and then I pulled out the big gun - Cheese Curls - that did the trick. Can't blame him - who can resist a cheese curl?! He was fine after that - until the next morning when it started all over again. ghaaaa, that neurotic dog! It went on for three days but seems to be over now.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Stitching The Owl

I haven't had much to talk about but I thought I would check in and say hello and show you the stitching I've started on this little art quilt. I really like the lacy stitching I did here...(if I do say so myself :O) )
I'm going to do a tiny bit of stitching on the background and then I'll get to the beading. I hope you are having a nice week too.