Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Issued by The National Weather Service Rapid City, SD 3:10 pm MDT, Tue., Mar. 31, 2009
... NEXT SPRING STORM MAY IMPACT THE AREA FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...
ANOTHER STRONG SPRING STORM SYSTEM WILL CROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ROCKIES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. THIS BROAD STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BRING ANOTHER ROUND OF SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL AND STRONG WINDS TO MUCH OF THE AREA.
PRECIPITATION SHOULD BEGIN TO MOVE INTO THE AREA FRIDAY AFTERNOON AS RAIN OR SNOW... THEN CHANGE TO ALL SNOW FRIDAY NIGHT. AT THIS TIME IT APPEARS SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY SATURDAY BEFORE TAPERING LATE SATURDAY NIGHT OR EARLY SUNDAY.
THERE REMAINS UNCERTAINTY WITH THE STRENGTH... TIMING... AND EXACT TRACK OF THIS STORM SYSTEM.
Oh come on! We just had two freak snow storms, this is just too darn much! That's it, I'm packing up and moving to Florida! Well okay I'd need a couple of things to happen before I can escape the snow...for that to happen we would need the highway to open or the Airport to open and neither one is happening right now so I suppose that I'm stuck here!
What am I doing at 3 am you wonder...well, I'm reading the closings and cancellations list and am laughing. So the school will open 2 hours late but there's no bus service...good one! Now HOW are those children who depend upon getting to school via the school bus going to actually get to school??? The chances that our roads will all be plowed and cleared 10 am are slim to none, LOL! Heck we're going to be lucky if they are cleared by 1 pm! There's a great deal of snow and it's going to take quite some time to clear it away.
I'll have to get the pictures posted of the snow then again it's been rather hard for me to be able to get computer time when ALL of my family members are home. The best I can hope for is that someone has to take a bathroom break, LOL!
The base has a military personnel call in- basically that means hang out at home too much snow has fallen and accumulated on the base, also that it's too dangerous to drive on the roads so stay HOME and don't risk your life trying to get here. Which means NO SCHOOL for the kids in base housing. Good thing I went grocery shopping on Sunday, these kids are eating me out of house and home!
Speaking of groceries...It's kind of funny how our house guest seems to know more about what's in my pantry than I do. Yesterday while we were all sitting down to dinner he put in a request for homemade pizza because he said and I quote "he saw that I had yeast packets, flour, pepperoni and pizza sauce in a jar in my pantry". I'm beginning to think that he's feeling a wee bit too comfortable here if you catch my meaning. Keep in mind that this is the same kid who was here last weekend and is the same teen that likes to add things that he likes to eat on my grocery list. I'm wondering if this kid really has a home OR is he just an orphan vagabond traveling from one friends house to another, LOL! Last week same as this week, this boys mother has not called here once to check on her son and he's been here since Sunday afternoon. This boy has been here with us so often that I feel as if I should call his mother and request money for child support, LOL!
Now to read the news for our local area and see how many stupid people got stuck in the snow after we were all told to stay home because it's too dangerous to be out and about since the roads and highways are CLOSED due to heavy snow fall amounts...this is always good for a laugh!
Monday, March 30, 2009
The say it isn't true part is that we are on yet another Blizzard alert. Yeah I know, we had one last week at this same time right? Oh and my son's Best Friend is here again and you know we always say that it can't be a true Blizzard unless Drew is here...guess what- Drew IS here. That boy knows where to go to be taken care of in such emergencies (good eats, warm bed and people who will take him like they take care of their own children). He's come here to be taken care of when he's been sick- I don't think that he gets that kind of care at home or else why would he be here when he's hacking up a lung sick?
Alright I digress, where was I? Oh yeah... our latest Blizzard warning. I hate it when I go to weather.com and plug in our zip code and see a statement such a Blizzard Warning flashing on the screen in RED. The snow is coming down right now and everything is covered in a blanket of the white stuff. So bundle up folks because it's going to get cold today!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
What did I buy? Well, I ended up buying the Nikon D-60 with the 8-55 mm lens plus the 55-200 zoom lens, the wireless remote, an extra battery, a camera case, some of those nifty 4 GB class 6 SD cards and few other things. Talk about creating my own economic stimulus package, LOL!
The price of the D-60 (10.2 mega pixels) ended up being a much better deal than the D-40 (6 mega pixels). The D40 I've heard is going to be discontinued- so prices on it should be dropping soon. Don't you think for a moment that I paid full retail either! I'm frugal if anything :-) I've been shopping around for quite a while for a new camera- it all comes down to what are YOU willing to pay for the features that you want? So for me, I found a price that I was willing to pay. Even with shipping I am still paying hundreds less than I would if I bought locally. Sad eh? I am a big advocate of buying locally but there's also a limit on how much is too much to spend on an item.
So here's the deal...I hate living in a town where they have such a 1980's mentality. What do I mean by that? It's these business owners that think that we consumers have no where else to shop but at their store. It's as if they think that they are the only ones who sell that particular product. Apparently these business owners haven't heard about the internet, lots of people are shopping on it everyday and making rather large purchases on it too. Oh how I live for sarcasm! But seriously I buy a lot on line these days... from quilting thread and fabric to computers, clothing and more. I've bought quilting fabric on line because none of the local quilting stores carriers Moda's line of Mary Engelbreit fabrics. I bought all 3 of my Janome sewing machines on line and saved hundreds of dollars on them (I figure that I saved over $700 on them not including sales tax) and all of my purchases come with a full warranty. Many of these places are brick and mortar stores trying to stay afloat...local shops need to do the same and take notice of the trend of giving good values and good customer service.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
***I've taken some pictures and just need to get them onto the computer so I can add them in to this post
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I couldn't wash the dishes, clothes or even my hands. It's amazing how much we depend upon water and how it can stop you cold in your tracks when you suddenly have it take away.
In the end, my day wasn't a total circus event, LOL! I managed to make yet another table runner (I'm currently into instant gratification in my crafting). I've adjusted a pattern and can make it longer or shorter to accommodate my needs. I managed to finish the hand sewing of the binding on Hannah's dresser/table runner last night. I'm quite proud of the fact that I used left over pieces from her quilt top to make the entire table runner, from left over squares and rectangles to left over quilt binding, backing fabric and even quilt batting. There it is, my first official 100% recycled scrappy project!
I've also gone to town on the Americana thing...making table runners galore! I made one for the buffet/sofa table, one for my pie cabinet and of course the thing that started it all, the dresser aka chest of drawers in the guest room/home office. Not once did I leave the house to get any fabric or supplies of any sort (the snow storm kind of put a kibosh on that). Then again I was determined to use what I had on hand. I've been studying another table runner pattern and want to make it within the next few days. I've got to pull fabric for it and get on with the measuring thing (doing adjustments to the length and width) and make it for my buffet/sofa table.
Now for me to get on with things that didn't get done yesterday...like the mountain of laundry that has suddenly appeared.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So here we sit with gray hair (from the baby powder that won't come out no matter how many times we've brushed it and beaten it) complaining about how the city shut off the water without notifying us. For crying out loud, I'm HOA president for our subdivision (the city does have all of my contact information) and yet they don't call me. Grrr!!!!
As funny as all of this is, I'm not taking any pictures as I prefer not to be reminded of this situation. My daughter is telling me that there's no way that I'm putting HER picture in the internet with baby powder in her hair. Now we're off to the base gym to get a shower and wash our hair...talk about sad eh?
Edited by: Hannah, her grammatical daughter. xP
So out of the 5 people in this house right now, I have 4 who would like to take a shower this morning. Our teenage son was the smart one who took a shower last night. My husband will go to the gym- oh wait- all base services are closed. So basically, we're screwed over today. The guy from Public Works told me that he hopes to have us all with water by 3 or 4 pm- talk about unacceptable! I see myself being Ma Ingalls...getting a large soup pot full of snow and heating it until it melts down just so we can wash faces and hands. Just another side effect from the "blizzard".
My forecast for this morning- I'm going to have quite the crabby teenager daughter who will be having a major fit because she can't wash her hair due to the fact that we have NO water.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Laura Ingalls-Wilder wrote of bad winter snow storms back in the day before central heating, Tyvek house wrap and CanExel siding- and they made it through the storm just fine and so will we.
Once the sun rises hopefully I'll be able to get some pictures of what's been going on outside. I'm wondering how deep those snow drifts are in the road in front of our house and throughout our neighborhood. Time to make a call to the city for snow plows.
I'm hopelessly addicted to quilting, just like I am addicted to sewing in general, counted cross stitching, stamping and of course there's my serious addiction to scrapbooking. Oh yeah I'm all about the rainbow and it's many colors that's for sure! I'll take some pictures of the table runners. I started hand-sewing on the binding last night on one of them. I also started working on making a cloth basket for my kitty. She loves to hang out in my yellow basket but that's for my sewing stuff...her basket will be in done up with various pink, brown, green and beige fabric strips.Wrapping the rope with fabric is the part that takes the longest. Once I get to sewing it up it'll go pretty darn fast.
Look for pictures of my latest creations later on today...if I'm able to get some time on the computer once the rest of my family is awake.
Monday, March 23, 2009
It was in the mid 70's over the weekend, the weather was delicious to say the least. And today I wake to 50 mph winds and rain and sleet that's coming down sideways-ugh! So here I sit with a sun-burnt nose, typing away with my signature pink mug full of coffee on the desk in front of me waiting for the snow to come.
I say it's time to make something fun, who's with me? Doesn't an Apple Crisp sound perfect for a day like today? M'm, I love the smell of freshly baked apples and cinnamon!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
After lunch it was on to do more errands, I was still looking for a replacement set of drop pearl earrings (I lost one on the flight out to Boston last month). The store had gotten them in again and I made my purchase- which by the way had me doing the happy dance! We've still not found a pair of earrings to replace the one that Hannah lost on the flight home- obviously the Boston trip had it's ups and downs for the two of us, LOL! I came home and told my husband about the earrings and how I had bought a replacement pair- believe it or not but I do believe that he was truly happy for me.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I'll be picking the kids up from school early today so they too can be there to witness their Dad coming back from his last flight on a B-1 bomber. That right there saddens me...to think that today will be that this will be the last time my husband flies. He's been flying for 20 years, needless to say I will be there with my camera in hand and I hope that the base has one of their professional photographers there too. As per tradition, I get to spray him with the fire hose and a bottle of Champagne. I'm getting teary eyed just thinking about this. The clock is now ticking on his out processing and departure from Ellsworth AFB, SD.
My daughter has her solo today. She wanted to look extra special today (you should see the outfit she bought for this event- very nice) and I'm going to put her hair "up"...once she's finished drying it. I'm going to take some pictures of her once she's all dressed and her hair is done up.
You're going to be surprised with this next thing- believe it or not I managed to get a total of "4" Americana themed pillow cases made in just a couple of hours (that's an all time record for me) Oh and they are stitched in too! Although I do need to get the top stitching done, I want to do that using red,white and blue variegated quilting thread, I'll get that done today sometime. Isn't it amazing what we can do once we set our minds to doing something?
I managed to get half way through that horrendous pile of laundry yesterday. Now for me to work my way through the other half-ugh!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
You've gotten a glimpse of what's on my plate, so tell me- what's on your plate?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
With 3 months remaining until our household goods are packed up,crated and shipped off to England I've found myself at a standstill moment-talk about what a weird feeling that was, LOL! Then without notice, I started feeling compelled to gut and rearrange things in the kitchen. So I started that project and then suddenly I moved on to clearing out food stuffs from the pantry after that I started to take an inventory of spices that I'm going to ship to myself- or maybe I'll just stick them all in my suitcase (I'm undecided on the shipping part). I want to be completely prepared for our big move without any last minute surprises.
Next household project...to hunt up and put aside all of the items that are going into permanent storage for the next 3 years. There's Hannah's doll house, camping gear, some dishes, lots of glassware, knickknacks galore, flower pots, snowboards, boogie boards, kids toys, and miscellaneous household items.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
So he's yammering on about how they will not pack up cosmetics, especially Mary Kay Cosmetics. His next tirade was about spices- how they will not pack up spices, then he goes on about food and how they won't pack any food.
Alright here's the skinny from the Air Force- of course they don't/won't pack your business- that's your responsibility. So if you have a home based business you will have to arrange to have that stuff shipped over on your own dime.
Food items, of course there are limits and we have to understand why they are in place. No meat products can be shipped, this also means pet foods (if you didn't realize it, it's all about mad cow disease and keeping it out of the UK by any means possible). All I want to take with me are my spices and extracts- nothing else. I've already arranged with my friend who is the director for our local women's shelter to donate all of the food in my pantry and I will be giving her all of the condiments from my refrigerator for her and her family's personal use. I hate to see good things go to waste and she's right there with me. Okay let me get back on track...my husband gives me this 6 page outline of items that we can bring/have packed and what can't be brought/packed. NOWHERE on it did it say that spices were not allowed and it actually said that cosmetics ARE allowed. Food items have to be listed and packed in the very first box tagged in our household goods shipment. Now I totally understand the no meat and dairy products thing. Now with the fact that I'm not bringing any food stuffs...I'm going to order a box of my country gravy mix direct from the company and have them ship it to me at the APO address- HA!
Now I did find out that they WILL allow me to have my fabric in clear Rubbermaid totes, woohoo!!! I plan on getting quite a few more in the next coming months as I want our clothes to be packed in them as well! I brought the woman down to My Scrapbook Nook and asked her what I can do to prepare my crafting stash for the move. As we were coming down the stairs she says that the best thing is to be organized, then she steps in and said "WOW, you have nothing to worry about, you ARE ready now". She proceeds to tell me that this was the most organized craft room she ever saw and that packing it up will not be an issue. She said that she wished that more people would take the time to be as organized as I am. So that was a big plus! I've already started organizing things in my sewing/quilting corner- all of my thread is now stored in clear containers as are some other sewing related items. Sure I'll need to get a few more clear boxes for packing up items that are in the drawers of the sewing cabinet and in drawers in my craft room and at the end of the our move (the unpacking part), it will pay off big time for me to have been so well organized in the first part of the move (the packing part).
So I'm going to do some more investigating about the spice issue. I did not see that outlines as something that I could not have packed. I suppose if push got to shove that I could always ship them to myself.
Monday, March 16, 2009
~King Whitney Jr.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The unseasonably warm temperatures we experienced yesterday left me full of hope for the upcoming days ahead. It's supposed to be in the mid 50's to low 60's all week. I don't know about you, but I certainly view this as being truly delicious weather! Hopefully by the end of today the rest of the snow will be gone, melted away from the warm sun. I so dearly want to be working in my flower garden and in my flower beds- raking mulch, trimming away dead plant material and so forth. I eagerly await the coming of spring. I certainly hope that we're done with the snow but as you know, we can very well get hit with a Blizzard in May. I remember last May's blizzard oh so well- being trapped in my house for a few days with teenage boys eating everything in sight, LOL!
I look forward to spending a few hours out of doors today clearing out some dead plant material and enjoying the warmth of the sun on my face.
...reminder to self...I need to call the landscaper and order some more mulch for my flower garden areas. I wasn't able to do a lot of the work last year due to my foot surgery but this year I'm going to go at it with all my heart! I adore flowers and want to see them everywhere!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Look around you the next time you are out shopping for cosmetics or haircare products and see if there are any men shopping for skin lotions or shampoo that won't dry their hair out. I was recently at a Clinique cosmetics counter getting some essential items for myself ;-) and there was a man being waited up- getting a full skin care line for himself. I applaud any man who takes an active roll in trying to make his skin look the best it can. Why should it only be us women who don't want dry skin in the winter or sun-burnt skin in the summer? Do my men (husband and son) use skin care products...lets look at it this way, I lead by example and they follow ;-)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So I have Longaberger Baskets all over the place...I also use them for storage. Here we go on the purge part- no I'm not purging the baskets, LOL! I'd open up one basket only to find about a dozen table clothes. These are the wonderful yet relatively inexpensive plastic table clothes with the felt backing. This is the table where the kids do homework and class projects, my husband does his little electronic crafting and so forth. I would use those plastic table clothes to protect my table- and they've done a great job too! But now, it's time for me to cull the heard and reduce how many of them we own. I took out half and put them in the box for the Women's Shelter. I open another basket and find acrylic paints (the type for walls not paper). I haven't done any stenciling in over 8 years, why on earth do I still have this old stuff? Out to the trash bin they went!
Next stop on the purge express...back to the guest room closet. I came across a box that just made me laugh! Why I had it still is beyond me, I thought that I had gotten rid of all of that junk years ago- but apparently not! Costume jewelry- basically earrings from the 1980's. I was quite the fashionista back in the 80's and had costume jewelry earrings to match every outfit I owned, then again the same went for high heeled shoes, handbags and belts, LOL! I had gotten rid of the shoes, belts and purses years ago. As I looked into this box and got a real blast from the past, and then threw it all out into the garbage! I didn't care to be reminded of how much of a yuppie I was back then.
Here's a question for you... Why do we hang on to the boxes that jewelry came in? You know, the little rectangular box that the jewelry store puts the purchase in and that your husband wraps up in pretty gift wrap before he gives it to you? I'm serious, why do we keep them? We never put the items back in it, we store it in a jewelry box right? I came across even more of those boxes yesterday, this was stuff my parents had given to me over the years (again this was stuff in the 80's box). In the end, I threw out everything that was in that box.
Little stuff can really add up and it takes up space just like big stuff. Go through your things and get rid of the items that you don't need or use, things that are doing nothing but taking up space in your home. This stuff lurks everywhere...underneath your bed, bathroom sink, in the linen closet, in the kitchen and even your coat closet! Check your garage, I'm sure that there's stuff there too! I know that there's stuff is for me waiting for me to go through it- it's too cold for me to go through it this week but it is on the list of things to go through.
I'm off to tidy up the house, get some laundry done and to make little appetizer desserts for tomorrows open house. I'm going to take pictures of my house and then I'll post them here with a link to the MLS. It could very well be that someone reading my blog can help us to find a buyer for our home :-)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
My husband and I talked about how we felt about having pictures of people (family, our children, friends) and neither one of us wanted that huge spread of pictures on a wall anywhere in the house- so we put the boxes in the closet and that's where they stayed... until now. I'd much rather that those pictures be made into scrapbook layouts. So while I was still in my pj's, I took all down all 4 boxes and went through them popping out the photo's. I took out all but 3 pictures from the frames and put them(the photo's) in to acid free sleeves (for now), I decided to keep two 5x7 and one 8x10 frame and the rest (all 20+) are in a box marked DONATIONS. I will not look into the box, nor will anyone else in this family be able to retrieve anything from the box. That's been the golden rule and we've done good as to sticking to that rule.
My next big hurdle is the decision making on what goes into permanent storage for the next 3 years...Heaven help me with this one, LOL!
Monday, March 09, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Lucky for me that I keep all of my UFOs (unfinished projects) in a Rubbermaid tote next to my sewing table. After I rummaged through it and made my assessments, I got to work. I managed to complete 2 tote bags and I finished ¾ of the "quilting" on my Americana Flag banner. I also managed to make quite the mess in the formal dining room too!
A note about working with the clear nylon thread- if you can avoid it don't work with the stuff! Talk about making me want to pull my hair out! The first time I ever worked with the stuff I said that it would be my last time. Well I still have that spool of thread. After a conversation with a friend who quilts, on her recommendation I bought another brand of nylon thread...trust me, it too was just as difficult to work with, nylon thread no matter what brand is going to be tricky to work with. I had made myself so frustrated with my project that I had to walk away from it. I will try my hand at at again this morning, it's my goal to get the quilting done and to get the rod pocket and the binding sewn on- today!
It's daylight savings time and I just set the clocks in the kitchen forward 1 hour...now to work on the rest of the clocks in our house. I've got clocks everywhere in our home...I just like knowing the time that's all.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Picking the Perfect Pin
Straight pins are a simple tool that we use every time we sew. Many of us take this tool for granted and may not be aware that different types of pins are designed for different fabrics and uses. For me, because I enjoy a wide variety of sewing projects, I have several types and lengths on hand for each of my special projects.
Pins are made from brass, steel or stainless steel.
Brass pins are usually nickel-plated. Be careful with brass pins because the nickel-plating may leave a black mark that is not easy to remove on the fabric. The advantage of brass pins is they have a very sharp point and typically will not rust.
Steel pins are the least expensive to purchase, but the steel may rust. The advantage of a steel pin is that steel is stronger than brass -- an advantage when working with heavy wools or drapery fabric. Plus, I like working with steel pins because of my magnetic pin holder. (Remember: If you have a magnetic pin holder, don't place it near an electronic device or embroidery machine because it may damage the computer chips.) Sometimes steel pins will be nickel-plated, which helps to prevent rusting.
Stainless steel pins do not rust and are the strongest pins available. Their only disadvantage is they are the most expensive.
Pin heads can be flat, may have a ball at the end or be T-shaped.
A flat head is the most common pin head because it is the least expensive to produce. This is a great standard pin for sewing lightweight fabric like cottons or broadcloths.
A ball head is one step up from the flat head. The advantage of a ball head is that it is easier to see. I prefer a ball head for all of my sewing, but especially for heavier fabrics like denim or bulky fabrics like sweatshirts or polar fleece. I find the head is easier to grab hold of for inserting and pulling out of the fabric.
A ball head may be made from either plastic or glass. Glass heads are more expensive than plastic heads, but, if your budget allows it, purchase glass heads over plastic heads. A plastic head will melt from the heat of an iron whereas the glass heads will not melt.
A T-shaped head is used for crafts and draperies. Typically the pin is longer, and the larger head makes it easier to insert into and pull out of multiple layers of fabrics or heavy wools.
Pin Length and Diameter
The length of a pin is stated in sixteenths of an inch. Translated, this means that a no. 16 pin is one inch long (or 16/16) while a no. 17 pin is 1 1/16 inches long. In general, pins range in length from a no. 8 (8/16 or 1/2 long) to a no. 24 (1 1/4 inches long). As a general rule, use longer pins for bulky fabric or layered fabrics and shorter pins for delicate fabrics.
The most common pin is called a dressmaking pin or no. 17. This pin is considered to have a medium diameter, and it is used just like the name implies, for general garment sewing.
A pleating pin, or no. 16, has a smaller diameter than a dressmaking pin. It is designed to be used on fine or delicate fabric.
A long pin, or no. 24, is used for heavyweight fabric (thick wools with lots of bulk), draperies or crafts.
And yes, even the point on a pin is different depending on its usage. However, most pins are considered "sharps," meaning the pin has a pointed tip. A sharp is the standard pin point, but you can also purchase ballpoint-tipped pins for knits.
Final Pin Tips
Here are a few additional tidbits of information for your pin selection. Before pinning into your fabric, always test your pin on scrap fabric. Some fabrics, like vinyl, leather and oilcloth, will have permanent holes from the pin. When pinning these types of fabric, always pin into the seam allowance.
Pins are just like needles; they will become dull, bent or broken after usage. Throw your old pins out, as a dull pin can cause a run in your fabric.
And finally, don't sew or serge over your pins. A pin slightly distorts the seam allowance and may lead to seams that don't lay as flat or may be crooked. Serging over a pin will dull the blades of your serger; however, your pin will be neatly chopped in two pieces.
to sign up for the Sewing Savvy newsletter go to http://newsletters.drgnetwork.com/ and select Sewing Savvy
Friday, March 06, 2009
Not much going on other than doing things in preparation for the move.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
I want so much to be able to create things... for my family and friends to enjoy now and in the future. To take a quilt and wrap it around themselves as they sit down nibbling on a snack (made from one of my recipes) while looking at one of the scrapbooks that I made. Can you feel it? My love surrounding them in so many different ways, from the quilt to the food and the scrapbook of memories. So where does this all come from you wonder, to be able to have this passion for creating- it comes from God. It's through God's love and God's blessings that I'm able to do all that I do. It's from sharing my talents that makes it a true gift.
I'm off to get some pictures put onto my computer from my camera...to share with you what I did yesterday that has left me feeling quite elated!
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Quilting is just one of my many crafting addictions...followed by closely by scrapbooking, card making, sewing in general, cooking of course, flower gardening, photography, embroidery and counted cross stitching.
I'm off...I want to get this quilt top done as I'm feeling super inspired right now!
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I've started this stocking up" thing because of my upcoming move to England. Everyone I talk to who has lived in England/Europe has told me these horror stories about how expensive everything is going to be and how hard it will be to find quilting or scrapbooking supplies. Well there are some things I want to have on hand and not have to wait 6 weeks to get- that would be thread and needles and of course cardstock and adhesive. I've got more cardstock than anyone would every need to have on hand and I'm just about done with buying thread.
Now for my surprise of the day...As I was parking my car at one of my favorite fabric stores there were signs on ALL of the windows- "Going out of Business" Sale, I suddenly felt very sad. My daughter and I love this store and they carry fabric selections here that the other shops don't and visa-verse. This is/was a great place to shop. So for those of you in Rapid City area that read my blog- get on over to the Fabric and Textile Warehouse...while they are still in business! I hope that the owner finds another store front to lease in the Rapid City area.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
As I had 2 the main pieces to put together...I thought that this would be the end of my having to take the seam ripper to it, alas I was wrong (oh so very wrong). I had to take the Canton off (the blue field with stars is called the Canton). And flip the stripes in hopes that the other side would line up and to my great surprise they did! Do you see all of those little squares? Those are the little devils that have been giving me stress all this week!
Here you see where I have pined this every quarter inch so it won't slip while I sew it together. Next comes the sandwiching of the quilt top, batting and the backing fabric. After that there's the actual quilting process of the item and then I'll need to attach the binding and the rod pocket for hanging.