Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I have four little thread baskets, ready for gifts. I enjoy collecting the threads and seeing what colors I've been working with. Looks like blue and dark pink are pretty constant themes.
The rain continues, lucky for us: (1) because we need it, and (2) it would be SO much snow.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Back in the days of the back-to-school shopping, Nora wanted a skirt like that but her mother wisely decided that the tulle really wasn't practical to stand up to playground equipment and general play of a kindergarden-er. But, being Gran B, I tucked aside that desire of her heart, knowing that her birthday was approaching and knowing that grandmothers have special license when it comes to practicality. Besides, I got extra tulle and if accidents happen it will be easy to just do a quick replacement.
My hope is that I'll have the skirt far enough along tomorrow for a quick try-on since it's fitted around the top. The skirt won't be a surprise, but the tulle will be.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sometimes I wonder what she would have thought of my daughters, who are tall and dark-eyed. I'm sure she'd have loved them greatly, but she would have been awed by their height and not surprised by their dark brown eyes. They don't fit in the "so dark" category, though.
But, I digress. The reason I was thinking of her as I drove down the hill to the grocery store in the early morning was because from time to time she'd say, "Things can't always be the same."
Today was the church Thanksgiving dinner and I signed up to bring rolls and pumpkin pie. Easy enough, but Friday and Saturday were busy days at work and I had no energy last night to bake. In other years I'd probably have baked anyway, energy or no. But this year I decided that Buskin makes wonderful pumpkin pie and everyone loves King's Hawaiian rolls, so why not just go with those. I love handmade anything, but, "Things can't always be the same."
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tonight I decided to bake some cookies to thank my neighbor and got out the frozen cookie dough from Nora's school. I had pictured little marbles of cookie dough, but it was a tub of dough. Very nice, but just not for tonight. I put in the refrigerator to thaw and turned off the oven. It's snickerdoodle dough, should be excellent when the time comes.
Following Steph's example, I have my tree up. Next step, to cut off the lights. A prelit tree sounded like such a nice thing several years ago, but as the strings stop lighting it isn't so nice. For some reason, the thought of going after it with the wire cutters sounds like a good project. And I got new strings of lights on sale.
I have the binding on my mother's crazy quilt, now just the hanging sleeve to sew on. Almost finished, and like Steph said, it only took 30 years. I'll take some pictures when it's hanging in the church.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The grands had a sleepover here Friday night and Saturday morning we headed to the park at the top of my street. There's no play equipment there, though, so five minutes of trying to catch leaves as they blew off trees was about enough.
We headed to the Fort Thomas park, which is always a hit. Aaron wore the shirt I got him for Christmas and couldn't resist putting on him early. It says, "Leader of the Pack," perfect for a little boy who insists several times a day, "I'm the leader."
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
My plan is to have the quilt covered with red and gold organza on the Sunday before Advent, the 21st. Then, on each Advent Sunday I'll uncover more of it until the 26th, when it will be completely uncovered with the organza completely puddled under it. It should be very nicely visual.
My mother made squares for two quilts, completely from old neckties. Lots and lots of hand stitching. Then I speculate that she wasn't sure how to put it together. This is actually the second try for me - the first didn't work at all.
Just yesterday I got the new open toe attachment for the Viking interchangable dual feed foot. It should be just the thing for the feather stitching. I'd love to have the quilt hanging after the service on Sunday so it will be ready for the 21st, but if it takes longer, I can hang it before the service on the 28th. I can do this.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
and Nora hanging upside down from Bridget's lap.
There had been chicken nuggets and french fries and chocolate pudding. Cinnamon rolls. Sugar cubes here and there. Always good times at Bridget's.
Friday, November 5, 2010
It's turned cold and my body is trying to adjust. Tomorrow, I promise, I'm going to bring a space heater to move between my upstairs office and studio, depending of which I'm in at the moment. And find the controls for my electric blanket, not to mention the blanket itself. My personal theory is that I grew up a little north of here, where there was an actual spring and fall. Here, it seems to just go from summer to winter and my thermostat can't quite keep up.
Which is maybe why I'm a little under the weather. I thought at first it was because of the paint, but it's lingering and today I had almost no voice. Unusual for me, I can't remember that ever happening before. The lucky thing is that whatever it is doesn't seem to make me sick, just congested.
Today at work, the radio was playing Christmas music. Horrible. I never like the work music, but this is worse than usual. Ugh. Of course, I'm also working on Christmas samples, like the quilted postcards below. I thought that postcards needed to be 4" x 6" or smaller, but I followed the directions for these larger one. They'll probably just need more postage than the usual 62 cents. Viking Embroidery Club.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
They're small things, but they're there. My President's Challenge, top right, below.
Today, voting. Why, oh why, are the choices so bad? Where are the leaders? I'm very discouraged, but I'll show up.
And on my list today, continue painting two of my walls, one in the dining room and one in the living room. Red. I've been wanting this for so long, but I'm not an experienced painter. Once again, I'll show up. Feeling a little panic-y because there are so many other things I need to be doing, but I'll show up.