Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Fantastic Idea

I was contacted by Lark Books the other day. A book is coming out this spring that will have one of my mini art quilts in it. Lark Books is getting ready to return the quilts to the contributors and they wanted to know if I would like to donate my mini quilt to Craft Hope. They said they could return my quilt to me or forward my quilt to Jade Sims for her Craft Hope for Haiti etsy shop if I chose to donate. Isn't that awesome? Could they make it any easier for me? :O) Good for Lark Books - shows what great people work for that company.

Last night at 10:56 PM Molly came to me...Mom? Did you know Ryan is in the shower? WHAT? Yeah, I was in bed and I heard someone go into the bathroom and turn on the shower - It's Ryan.
So, I go upstairs and knock on the bathroom door...
Ryan?
yeah?
Why are you in the shower?
I don't know.
:O) What do you mean you don't know? Do you know what time it is?
No.
:O) It's almost 11 o'clock at night!
hehehehehe really? I thought it was like 6:30 in the morning.
No, you knucklehead - everyone is going to bed, not getting up! :O)

Apparently, when Molly came out of the bathroom to go to bed she woke Ryan up and he thought it was his turn to get in the shower for school. He usually gets in right after Molly in the morning. :O) goofy kid.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Journal Pages Started

I spent the entire weekend cutting and pasting in my journal. I can't even tell you how much fun I had! Here are the pages I was working on...






It's 11:54 PM and I've just dragged myself away from this. Need sleep - tomorrow is a busy day!

Friday, January 22, 2010

What I've Been Doing - And Undoing...

I have been working on this beaded heart that I wanted to add to the center of a little quilt to hang for Valentines Day.I was going to add some petals to that little pink flower thing in the center and I did like the white ruffly edgebut after working and working and working on this I'm just not liking the way it's coming together. You know how you just keep trying to force something and you finally have to give in? Well, I've given in. So now I'm undoing all that beading (or at least a lot of it)which leads me to my other issue. When I purchased these beads I didn't realize that they were dyed. Honestly, I don't think they even said they were dyed - because I would never have made the purchase if I had known. Look how pretty they are when you start out and how ugly they are after you use them! And, that pink gets all over the thread, the other beads, and now my hands. Very upset about that. Look at the difference in them...I'm glad I wasn't making jewelry with them. What a mess.
I think I'm just going to set this aside for a day or two and think about it before I try to finish it. I'm coming down with a cold so I think today -- since I'm a little fuzzy headed -- I will do something that doesn't require me to really think too much - like knit or applique. Maybe get a little more of the applique finished on this wall hanging.It's cold and gloomy here today so it's a good day to just relax on the sofa with a good movie and do a little stitching. Happy Friday-I hope it's sunny where you are.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I had to drive home from the salon like this...I've decided to let my hair grow and to get rid of the bangs I've been sporting for way to long. Somehow during that conversation with hair stylist Kristen, I somehow inadvertently asked for the sheepdog hairdo. Why did she dry my hair like this? What is with this flat stuck to my head in my face thing? I have naturally wavy hair - what does she have against my wavy hair?!:O)
Mark said I closely resemble this guy...I'm going to go take a shower and redo my do 'cause this flat shaggy in my face thing is scaring me.

I was having my car worked on this morning and the sign hanging in the waiting room said "unattended children will be given espresso and a free puppy." I thought that was a funny way of asking us to please keep our children under control. Fortunately, my children were all at home wreaking havoc and not with me. It was a nice 3 hours of quiet reading-something that has been missing from my life the past 4 days. I've been having a go around with dearest love Ryan. He has an aversion to safety. He was with his two friends. They all had their skateboards. Ryan is the only one who owns a skateboard helmet (don't get me started on the friends - lets just say Ryan is a magnet for the dregs of society and leave it at that okay?) anyway, I pull over...Ryan, put the helmet on your head and keep it there!" He puts on the helmet and I drive away to pick up Molly and Jason from work. 5 minutes later we are driving back into the neighborhood...Jason look down the street as we pass and see if Ryan has his helmet on...Nope. I turn the car around...RYAN! I told you to put that helmet on your head! If you cannot follow the rules you can come home - I will be more than happy to take back the new skateboard and sell it on eBay! Much drama but he put the helmet on his head. As I'm driving back down the road Jason says "ooooo, he just pulled off his helmet and threw it on the ground." So Ryan's been punished since Saturday and is determined to make me insane. Why must he always become the best of friends with every hillbilly idiot he meets?! Why are there still people in this world who don't make their kids wear helmets while skateboarding?! Why did I come out from under the bed?! Why is Kristen in love with the flat iron?! These are the questions on my mind today. The kids have been off from school the past three days so I don't have much to show you in the sewing/beading department, but tomorrow when I'm alone and have more than 5 minutes on the computer I will show you what I've started. Till then, have a lovely evening and be careful around flat iron crazy hair stylists and keep your kids away from inbred hillbilly boys!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What Is Making Me Want To Hide Under The Bed Today...


Isn't that a funny photo? Mark saw this greeting card and bought it for me. It looks just like Howard doesn't it? Anyway, back to the vet this past Friday because Howard had a rash. They did some tests and he has a skin rash due to a Thyroid condition that he will now have to take pills for twice a day for the rest of his life. The doctor was suspicious because his weight was up to 175.5 lbs. When I got there she was like...you need Pet Insurance on this dog! He has had so many different things happen in just two years! You need to look into it before he gets a "preexisting condition" or they won't cover him. Two hours later...enter a preexisting condition...hypo thyroid. Goodbye pet insurance.

And Mark saw the back surgeon last week and yes, he does need to have the disk fused, but this time they want to go in from the front so he has to also have a vascular surgeon in the operating room. This morning he went to meet the vascular surgeon and while he was gone...Molly says "Oh my gosh! My friend Sally Some one's father died!" How? "He had surgery yesterday morning and his blood pressure went crazy and he died last night!" That is horrible. And all I keep thinking is my husband is at the surgeon's office as we speak talking about some crazy cockamamie disk fusion surgery from the front.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Sky Outside My House Tonight...

I loaded these on the computer right off of my camera and did not photo shop them in any way. I thought they were so pretty that I wanted to share them with you.

The Disk That Just Won't Go Away...


So, you know that Mark had back surgery in the Fall of 2007. And he had back surgery in the Fall of 2008. Well, he is going to see the surgeon tomorrow for perhaps more back surgery. The first two were the exact same surgery on the exact same disk. If he needs surgery again they will have to fuse it. He will be home with me for 6 months. Do you remember last Fall...the six weeks of recovery? I think I should get a 6 month job some place - without phones! LOL Just kidding. Honestly though, I don't think he needs surgery. He isn't in pain like the last two times. He just doesn't feel good. He's legs go numb, things lock up and are uncomfortable, he can't be in a car for more than an hour, he can't go to the movies and sit for a long time. Things like that. Not really pain, just not the way they should be. So, he is going to see the surgeon tomorrow. Surgery scares me - things can go wrong. He hasn't even tried physical therapy - but you know how men are - they want the quick fix.

We were watching the movie about Johnny Cash, Walk The Line, the other night. In the movie Johnny is walking with June and he has a little limp, miss step thing and June says "You got a hitch in your gittyup?" I thought that was the funniest thing ever so I've been saying it to Mark...a lot...I want to go with him to the doctor just so I can say "Doc, he's got a hitch in his gittyup!" LOL Mark said no. Darn it. I think it's funny. Mark doesn't.:O)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Little Manic Fabric Cutting...

A few years ago I made a fabric book as part of the Quilting Arts magazine book challenge. It was pictured in this issue of the magazine. Summer 2004 Issue Fourteen It was also included in an art show of art books at the local college. I really had fun making the book. It has 10 pages (including the front and back cover). I stitched the entire thing by hand - no sewing machine at all! The book was all about visiting my sisters house when I was a child. My sister is 15 years older than me - She got married 4 days after my 5Th birthday. Because of the age difference, her children are like my siblings so I would spend a great deal of time at her house during the summer growing up. Anyway, I was looking at the book I had made over the weekend and decided to make another one. This one won't really have a theme though. I decided to make a bunch of 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch pages and use them to experiment with different stitches, painting on fabric, embellishments, etc. Just a bunch of pages to take with me in the car to stitch on. Like mini art quilts. So, I went to my fabric collection and just started pulling fabrics from every color, not any set number just randomly selecting fabrics that I liked. Then I cut a 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch block out of each one.
Wow! When I finished it was 110 pages!! LOL That's quite a book! I hadn't planned to assemble them until they were finished anyway, so they will probably become several books. Then I was thinking of using it as a challenge. Two blocks a week for a year (with a few extra for when I get extra motivation). So, cutting is all finished and I'm ready to start playing with these blocks. I love working on small blocks like this - very portable. So that's what I'm up to today - Have a great day.

Monday, January 11, 2010

I Made A New Journal...

I made another Journal over the weekend. I used a felted wool sweater for the cover. Instead of watercolor paper, this one has cardstock pages. I used 10 sheets, so it's a 40 page journal.

This is the fabric I lined the wool cover with.
It was fun to make. I'm going to make one for Molly, and Kellie said she would like one as well. I think I might make those with denim so they can decorate the cover with fabric markers. Happy Monday.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Winner And A Recipe...

Hey friends. I used the Random Number Generator online and the winner of the Neocollor II water soluble crayons is Levin! Congratulations Levin, I know you will love them! Send me your address and I will get these in the mail to you on Monday.

Oh, and I thought I would share a recipe with you today. This is straight out of the 70's. My mother used to make this all the time. Jason, Molly, and Ryan HATE it, but there are always a few in this house who hate what we are having for dinner sooooo, who cares. I make it anyway. It's like a chili but instead of being spicy it's more of a tangy flavor. Not quite a sweet and sour taste, but leaning that way-definitely not spicy. Anyhoo, here we go...

RANCH BEANS

2 Tbsp Butter or Margarine
1 1/2 lbs of Ground Beef
1 Envelope of Onion Soup Mix
2 1-lb Cans of Pork And Beans - I use Bush's Baked Beans(original)
1 1-lb Can of Kidney Beans-drained
1 Cup Ketchup
1/2 Cup Cold Water
2 Tbsp Mustard
2 tsp Cider Vinegar

1 box of Macaroni Pasta (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large skillet, melt butter and brown ground beef. Stir in Soup Mix, beans, ketchup, water, mustard, and vinegar. Pour into a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish (I use a 9 x 13 pan) and bake for 30-45 minutes until hot and bubbly. Makes 8 - 10 servings.

Now, because I don't like just a bowl of chili, I always make macaroni and put this over it. At least that way the kids who don't like beans will still eat the macaroni with the meat. And I just remembered that I have some left over in the fridge, so here is a photo...
We had a light dusting of snow last night (maybe an inch or two) so the kids had a two hour delay. I had planned to go out and do some errands but while I was waiting with Kellie for the bus I decided that the roads in my neighborhood were too slippery (Kellie fell on the sidewalk) to bother going anywhere. Maybe I'll run out tomorrow. So, what to do today...vacuum - quickly, dust - quickly and then play the rest of the day with my stuff! Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

January BJP Square...DONE.

Here is my Bead Journal Project square for January. I decided to go with the 4 x 4 inch square...
Took a bunch of photos and just couldn't get a good one, but here are some of the closeups. I used a piece of burgundy felted wool for the scarf...
and I added a few Swarovski crystals...
and after I finished the entire thing I went back and added some sequins in the snow part. I like them because you can't see them unless the light hits them.
So that was really fun. I can't wait for February to make the next one.
I started a journal for quotes and poems and I have a HUGE stack of things that need to be put into it. So that is my plan for today. I hope you enjoy your day too.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Giveaway

I just realized that I've been blogging 2 years this week and I just posted my 300Th post so I'm thinking I should have a giveaway. I love Neocolor II watercolor crayons (as you know since I've been blabbing on and on about them for the past two years) so I'm going to give a set of 15 away to some lucky person.Leave a comment between now and 11:59 PM EST Thursday 1/7/10 and I'll draw a name on Friday morning and post the winner. Good luck. These are awesome for fabric and for paper. Love Love Love them and you will too - I promise.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy 2010!!!

I joined the 2010 Bead Journal Project and want to begin work on my January piece today. I'm having trouble deciding on a size. You can do whatever you want, but you have to stick to one size for the year. I'm back and forth between a 2 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch or a 4 x 4 inch square. I pulled a few beads to work with. :O)I like the smaller size better, but this is supposed to be a challenge and filling the 4 x 4 inch square would be more challenging don't you think?
When I bought my lap top last year I got a free Flip video camera with it. On Christmas Kellie and her two cousins (ages 9 and 7) were using it to make videos of their finger puppet plays. Molly made a disk for Kellie and one for her cousins Mady and Ellie. Anyway, I wanted to show you the cover Kellie made for her disk. (they are calling themselves the EKM production company.)
So this week I'm hoping to make the Christmas lounge pants for the kids. Very timely on that. I'm calling them an early 2010 Christmas gift since I didn't get them finished before Christmas 2009.
And I want to make a book cover for my 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch binder day planner that I set up last week. And so far today I've caught up on all of my favorite blogs and emails and it's now 11 AM and I haven't started a darn thing. Not a good start to my project list.

We had a bit of a catastrophe over the holiday...
Jason was doing some enthusiastic stretching and yawning while on the sofa and knocked my little wood believe guys onto the floor with a crash resulting in a few decapitations and the entire thing snapped in half. Very distressing, but Ryan came to the rescue with a little wood glue so we are crossing our fingers that these guys have been saved.

Totally low key around here since Christmas. Just hanging out with Mark and the kids. They have gone back to work and school today so I'm hoping to get the beading started. I tried to work on a project over the weekend, but the minute I went downstairs and sat down Kellie came running down the stairs "MOM! Do you want to see my finger puppet play???!" I sure do. **Sewing will have to wait 'cause who doesn't want to see a most confusing play where there is a lot of attacking and screaming and I don't even know what all - I just made sure I laughed when she laughed and told her it was fabulous. Not five minutes after the play ended here comes Mark "hhh! What are you doing down here? Don't you want to watch a movie with me?!" absolutely. Who wanted to sew? definitely not me! :O) So here is to a happy new year and a productive week while I'm alone.