Friday, January 30, 2009
The yellow thing I am sporting is a nightgown that was in one of the bags. As the self proclaimed loud and rowdy one of the bunch, it was my uniform for the night (and may become a permanent joke) I took some goodness for my self and some to donate that we can't use for quilting.
We had a great night. My mom has had a bit of a rough spot lately, so it was nice to see her really enjoy herself. Having this thing scheduled to do together is going to be fun too.
Still got that badboy kidney stone. It continues to move in tiny increments and as long as it is moving, the dr will not touch it.
please go leave the group encouragement - suggestions - whatever. We are all pretty clueless about how to do this. I have set them up a blog - I like how blogger works and I am also the reporter for them so that is my chosen method. here's the link
have a wonderful weekend
Thursday, January 29, 2009
In the checkout line, we were discussing the need to fill the vacated stash space immediately, Using words like stash, WIP, UFO, fat quarters, and yarn descriptions like MANOS. I tossed in blog and swaps and other such words. A language all it's creative genious own. A man from way back in the line adds this gem ---
"Will somebody please tell me what you are saying, so I can really impress my wife today?"
Apparently Ellen, thought my little beer escapade was funny. Get ready peeps ---- let me show you just how I roll. Turn away from your keyboard, when you blow coffee this time. I haven't slept with this kidney stone for a week - yup - still carrying it around. I have continued to work and I am ill. Think temper tantrum two year old style ill.
On the way home yesterday, the man calls and asks me to stop at the store for dog food and such. I was snippy, but I did it. He gave me a few item list,. I went in the store with a plan just to get even. Yes - the b(*%$ in me was fully activated.
I got most everything on the list, came home, put the groceries away, ate supper, took drugs, went to bed. At some point later, he appeared at the foot of the bed, announcing in an irritated voice (you know that voice ladies) that he was going back to town. At my drug clogged "why" - he answered - to get some beer.
My response (fully rehearsed) "Damn - I knew there was one more thing on my list(pregnant pause here) - I forgot." then promptly went back to sleep.
Softball Princess nailed it this morning. She looked me square in the eye and said - you forgot his beer ON PURPOSE and I'll bet you blog about it.
WHO ----- ME ----- WOULD I DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT?
Yes - I can be just that mean.
Here's the blanket I am slowly working on.
He got me back - he left multiple beer bottles around in those lovely locations that he chooses.
By the way - there were no real hurt feelings over this behavior.
Have a wonderful day.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I did crochet some last night at the basketball game. I'll post pictures soon of what I am working on, this project just stays in the truck and I never think about it. It will be a cover up blanket for a big person someday maybe.
Today I am bringing you a favorite quick meal that my family loves. Cheese Quesadillas and green stuff. How's that for a well thought out meal description.
I have a small (call it dorm sized) George Foreman grill. Love that thing. Use it all the time. Should have bought the big one, but I was really unsure about how much we would use it.
Anyway - I digress. I buy the small flour tortillas, pepper jack cheese, and extra sharp cheddar.
slice cheese - smack between two tortillas - pop in the George Foreman - quick - painless - easy.
GREENSTUFF - my concoction - the College Freshman could almost live on this stuff.
One avacado - smashed with a fork.
herdez slasa verde
fresh (or dried) cilantro chopped
salt to taste (I use NoSalt)
mix up til it looks like guac.
cant really call this guacamole - but it sure is a great dip for those quesadillas.
note - this picture was blantantly stolen from some recipe site.
quesdailla - green stuff - cold beer - quick dinner ------- 10 minutes max (btw - the girls drink tea or coke)
come on over. the food is not fancy here, but the environment is oh so welcoming.
Have a great day.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I spent one more night looking at my feet covered up in the bed. The muscle weakness and fatigue from coming off the percoset are almost as bad as the pain the percoset treats. I went to bed well before it got late - 7pm - and then the Man at my Address came to bed later. I slept great until he got there. He tossed and turned and moaned and snored. Between he and the dog and the kidney stone - there has been little sleep at my house.
I bought a new sofa. We needed it desperately. The one we had was at least 18 years old and have survived the growing up of the girls. Love the new one, but I haven't slept on it. If this sleep cycle of the man continues, one of us will be sleeping on the new sofa. soon.
This is the third round of kidney stones in 6 months, unbelievable. I have made many diet modifications to help offset the generating of them, but it hasn't helped. I have made an appointment with the urologist, to have the entire plumbing system checked, thinking maybe my hysterectomy may have caused some shifting of parts, and contributing to the problem. I just do not know. I know that I am tired of not feeling well. Maybe there is some truth to the "turning 40 and falling apart" myth.
I do feel more like myself today. Yesterday, I told LBF that I just wanted to whine. He has noted that I do not do that very well. I bitch more readily, ask the man at my address, he will confirm that. I picked the Softball Princess up from basketball practice - made sure she was pointed at some food and put me in the bed.
Tha MaggieGrace part of me needs some attention. I'll be crocheting tonight at the basketball game, then maybe some more afterwards. Thursday night is an organizational meeting for a quilt guild at our church. My Mom and I are doing this together and I am so excited about knowing we will have a regular time to spend with one another.
Hoping this finds all of you have a great day.
Monday, January 26, 2009
i feel like death warmed over today.
ETA - if they tell you I am a junkie, they are lying to you. I do not like how the drugs make feel when I am taking them and I damn well hate how not taking them feels right now. I am tired - and my muscles hurt and I feel like I could easily be coming down with the flu. read the insert on percocet - all are the withdrawal symptoms. OMG - I am freaking miserable. There is no way in hell I would ever take drugs for recreational purposes ---- ain't happening.
Really just want to go to bed.
Friday, January 23, 2009
The picture above is from this morning. I delivered a whirlpool tub to a job and took the time to stop for this picture.
I have driven by this for years and am always amazed by the grace of this scuplture. A stone feather. It is about 20 feet tall and absolutely stunning.
How does a sculptor take such a hard and solid piece of granite and have it reflect something like this so perfectly?
Did he "see" the feather in the stone or did it reveal itself slowly?
I had a conversation with the Softball Princess last night. About cars. More specifically about what kind of car she wants. Damn how did that happen? They handed me this creature all covered with stuff and who could communicate only by crying - like yesterday - now she is picking out cars.
Have a great weekend people - no ball on Saturday - please do not call or come by - I'm gonna try to sleep in.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
When I posted the word tissue flowers the other day - Darla sent me a comment thinking she had missed something. No - I just didn't put a very clear photo.
I thrift patterns all the time for the cover images. So I have this pile of patterns that I will never use.
Several blogs have posted these images of various tissue flowers and since this is the good old fashioned way of making them I don't feel like I am breaking any rules here by making these.
Using what I have........ AKA Stash diet.
Pattern tissue, bread ties (you know I save them), thirfted lace.
I like these - a lot.
So tell me - would this make you happy if it arrived at your desk????
Have a wonderful day.
I got no ball stuff tonight - how cool is that.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My mom keeps her while mom and dad work and the rest of the family is at school. She calls my Mama "nonnie". And she told my mom that CC (thats me - i don't know why) made her mad. She adores the man at my address and is incapable of being mad at him - he bribes her by playing ball.
What made her mad?
Look at that face.....
That sweater was my first attempt at a garment ever. It looked so big - even for a toddler - so I asked Addie to try it on for me. She was game for this - right up until we tried to take it back.
Like all almost three year olds, she knows and uses the word "MINE' quite often.
Yup - we made her cry - not like in that "i'm pitiful" way. Nope - this escalated into a full blown terrible two temper tantrum.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
There were buttons, paper, glue, recycled bread ties. I finished the basic garland, adding these little black shirt buttons to it. I am back to working inside and carrying the stuff back and forth - Need better heat in the studio. It is freakin' cold here. The buttons are on a tiny plate from a child's tea set. I only have the plate, but I love it for this kind of work.
I made a few tissue flowers. There will be more of these for my table at the art show. I got out all of the stuff to make some tags. But did not get to that. I did crochet while at the laundry. I also got a few stitches in on a cross stitch thingy. (A kit from my MIL stuff)
Monday, January 19, 2009
"I didn't want a son-in-law, I wanted a new refrigerator. " Kid you not, she never missed a kneading stroke, did not even breathe, did not even think about what she was going to say.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Toys in Babeland Window Display, December 2006, Winter
Originally uploaded by wakxy
have a great weekend all
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Seems the softball girls have decided to include "boys" in their lives, thus making their brain cells misfire on occasion. The coaches (and some of the daddy's) are not really excited about that news flash. I reminded the Man of the stupid (he said romantic) things we did to see or talk to each other before the words "i do". (Yes - you need to read that "romantic" word with sarcasm, my engagement ring was handed to me rolled up in a dirty tshirt from the back floorboard of his car.) These girls are wading through all of that and it is a kind of rocky terrain for everyone right now.
Back to that phone call. We visited and I so enjoyed that time with them. Just before we started home, Ann emerged with this pile of stuff. Just look.
Boxes (plural) in a big way.
Never fear - there were a few duplicates in here that will be included in a giveaway really soon.
Floss - I am in heaven - this is already detangled, wrapped on cards, and labeled. A shoe box full.
Today is a good day. The Raider Softball team is on the way to be recognized at the State Capitol. While I was typing this the Doctors Office called. My biopsy results are in.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I'll know in a few days about the pathology.
On Sunday - I get to compare "scratches" with Will. Go here to learn the story of his boo-boo.
I spent last night not moving my arm for 8 hours (yeah right). I did not craft at all - I vegged on the sofa and watched really stupid tv programs like the best and worst dress stars at the golden globes and top 25 celebrity secrets revealed. Mindless tv. Something I rarely indulge in. (Also something that left me incredibly bored after about 20 minutes)
Tonite a meeting - tomorrow night church. On Thursday, the Softball Princess and school softball team will be headed to the State Capitol as to be recognized at that level for the academic award they received.
Maybe some MaggieGrace work will proceed quickly.
Have a wonderful day.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Raesha left a comment on a recent post suggesting a stash busting year. I am dropping it out here to see if anyone else is interested in an unofficial team effort.
I did this faithfully a couple of years ago and made a difference for my checkbook more than my stash. I will be tagging all of my posts that qualifiy for this stash bust as "stash diet". I really need to do this again, but I also need people to encourage and hold me somewhat accountable.
About the picture. I left my garland hanging right where it was all weekend. I now absolutely know that I am in love with it. I have bumped the inventory number for the art show for this type of banner to a total of 50. I will give you the full view once I finish the embellishments. Look at the the scallops though. I love my new dies from SpellBinders. What do you guys think?
I did pack up some very late Christmas goodies for a few folks. Today I have the biopsy on my right collar bone area. I hope this does not affect my crochet ability. That will seriously piss me off.
Hope this finds all of you having a very great day.
Friday, January 09, 2009
If By asking for this help and posting these, I offend anyone, I am so sorry. This is a plea to make these links and I want to correct my error.
I finished the basic part of my garland last night. It is hanging across my piano right now. I just thought I was in love yesterday, now I know I am in love. When I finish the embellishments I'll repost the entire thing along with details.
I'll be adding some altered votive candle holders to the bag of tricks as well. These little display stands will be used to display some of my wares at my art show display. The paper flowers and sme pattern tissue ones as well are on the agenda for me too.
This gorgeous organizer - would make a perfect addition to my craft bag or tool box. I really want to find a hardside train case (my mama has one but won't part with hers) to alter for a travel craft kit. Just imagine something like this to keep in the backseat (or trunk of the car) filled with little kits like this for stitchery or paper work or ------
Thursday, January 08, 2009
When I went to the doctor yesterday, I was placed on a strict salt restrictive diet. They also changed my blood pressure meds - still making some adjustments. AND I have to have a skin lesion biopsied on Monday. All in all a very stressful day.
When I got home, the softball princess went to youth meeting at church and I sat down and just played.
Sorry about the quality of these - a direct effect of bringing the camera in from the cold car into the warm house and being in a hurry.
I tore several pages from a thrifted book, the Sizzix dies cutter, my paper trimmer and various dies. All of this qualifies as USE WHAT I HAVE.
2 inch wide strips - punched with hearts - the letters are hand inked onto paper scraps using a cheap plastic stencil from the dollar store. That is some kind of vintage cloth twill tape. I cannot wait to finish this garland and get a picture of it hanging. I think I'm in love. The little scalloped 1/2 circle is a folded circle cut from those new spellbinders dies I gave me for Christmas. It will play a fairly large role in the final assy of this.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Take the item below. I have one of these. One. Why?
Because I bought a bag of lace and this was in it.
I found it over the holidays and have decided it will be used promptly in an art piece. Thus begins tray number one for the new year.
A reminder of a more gentle era. When ladies really dressed up. And isn't it pretty against the silky blue of that fabric.
Those are tiny little pearl beads. All hand stitched onto the glove. Yummy. This is an exquisite glove. But we already know that details are what draw me in. What will I include in this piece?
I really have no idea.
I want a word. To stitch on linen. That sums up the feelings of this. I know just the lace edged handkerchief that I'll add to this. Simple. Meaningful. Mindful. And that blue fabric stays as a background.
Or just leave a comment to let me know you are still out there.
I miss you guys leaving comments.
Have a great day.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
I spent my holiday working on some things. One of those was the finished item at the bottom of the page. It goes to Carrie for little Oliva (soon we will all get to hold her). My house is a little cleaner than it was. I am headed in the right direction there.
Last night, we started assembling the stuff for the College Freshman to return to campus. She leaves this afternoon. Right after she goes and kisses that boy goodbye. I was not as well prepared mentally and emotionally for this departure, but she is so excited to go back that it helps me let her go. It also helps that we will see her tonight. The younger one is playing basketball a few miles from her and she is coming to the game - then dinner at her favorite restaurant.
The layout below is made with my new spellbinders dies. Just a note - I bought the universal adapter plate to make these work with my Sizzix cutter. The plate was too wide. But being impatient and having the appropriate tools, I just cut it to the correct size instead of having them reorder what I needed.
These dies came as multiples in each package and are a great deal.
This is the beginning of the layout and it has already changed a bit. Instead of those scalloped frames, I am just going to use four pictures of my girlios. Each of those tags is going to be lettered/stamped/stickered with words relating to them. I love the slide on tag shapes (the set has three slightly different shapes) . All those tags were cut from scrap paper. I cut the bright strips of paper to slide these on, but I have also already used these on ribbon too. I'll be buying more of these dies as money allows. SISTERS/FRIENDS was stamped using black ink. Everything except the dies was from my stash.
OKAY CARRIE --- STOP HERE................
Mind you - this basket weave pattern is so freaking easy to accomplish once you complete a single set. Looks complex, but it is only double crochet stiches. I have already stared a gift for local best friend using the same basket weave pattern and acrylic yarn.
I added some colors to the yellow yarn and here is one toddler sized complete cardigan. I am so thrilled with how this turned out.
The unassembled body of the sweater stops at the large purple and green panels. I added those three stripes after I got it all assembled. This really was not at all difficult to make. The spirograph looking card is one of those scalloped tags wrapped with floss. The tag is punched to say smile from some scrap paper I had in the stash.
The pattern called for the ties to be crocheted onto the front. I didn't like how they were turning out so they got frogged - very quickly. I used embroidered white on white ribbon - again from the stash. To keep this from fraying at the free ends, I brushed a tiny bit of clear nail polish on it.
Monday, January 05, 2009
No picture today - I brought the camera but left the cable at home.
Look at those words in the title. I have used those in such a negative way in the past. What if fill in the blank here happens? Worrying over things that may or may not come to pass. Jude, over at Spirit Cloth, has an entire series of "what if" projects - used in a much more positive manner.
I'll be doing a lot of " what if" stuff this year. The first was
What if I send a query email to a magazine editor? Well the answer is --- pack up said projects and send then for professional photographers to work magic with.
That return email caused me to jump up and down and make excited phone calls and so forth.
So it begins. A year of putting MaggieGrace goodies out there for the world to see (and hopefully purchase).
Pick some positive "what if" projects yourself.
Thank you Jude for showing us a new twist on that phrase.
Have a wonderful day.