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Thursday, January 26, 2012

My New Diet.....

You start your day with a sensible breakfast:  Oatmeal

First snack:  Robitussin

Second snack:  Robitussin

No Lunch

Third snack:  Robitussin

Dinner:  Chicken Noodle Soup

Late Night snack:  Robitussin

When you wake up in the middle of the night:  roll over and take a swig of Robitussin....

Guaranteed weight loss!  I've been coughing so hard my curly hair went straight!!!!!

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I just couldn't do it.....


My girl is still in the garage!  Several fellas showed up with wads of cash....but not enough.  I told them I was firm on the price.....I came close once, but all I could think about was how disappointed my boys would be.  So, she is hanging out...waiting for me to get her started this Spring and take her out for a spin.

But, now for the fireworks up there....Hubs got a job!  He starts Monday with the same company where I work.  He will have to be out of town during the week and home on weekends, like I was, for a month or so....which means I can spend time on my longarms and in my sewing studio!!!!  Woot Woot!  He is trying to get a different room ready for the longarms and we will hopefully get them moved this weekend.  It will give me more room and we will go back to having a spare bedroom!  Considering the only sewing I have done this week has been to mend two pairs of pants, I am thrilled!

Well, I have a busy day at work today, so I need to get myself dressed and out the door.  Have a blessed day!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

When life hands you lemons....


you make lemonade, right?  Right now, that saying is really getting on my nerves!  It's been a tough go of it since Hubs lost his job.  I would be lieing if I spread sunshine all over my blog and told you it hasn't.  However, it does help you gain focus.  I've had my hot rod, a 71 Dodge Challenger, since 1984.  It has been hauled all over the state as we have moved in the hopes that I would be out driving her again.  It has been 'glue' with my boys and I.  I've taken them to car shows and showed them how to appreciate vintage over always having new.  Being the hypocrite that I am, I bought one of the new Challengers.  At this point in the game, I struggle inwardly on whether I really need to keep the old one.  Yesterday, I put the old one on Craig's List.  To say that the phone has been ringing off the hook is an understatement.  We have at least three different potential buyers coming today to look at her and I'm torn...so very torn....  I know my boys are both going to be more than disappointed if I sell it, but if nothing has happened with her in over 20 years, I'm thinking we aren't just going to have the time for her in the next 20.  So, good bye dear friend, but I think your days in my garage are nearing an end.


I put our hot tub and a treadle on Craig's List yesterday, too.  Sold the hot tub within two hours and it looks like the same fella is going to buy a generator we bought this summer at auction.

So, now for some (in my mind) funny....We have been adopted!  Yes, someone loved us enough to want to move in.  We feed him like a king, only gourmet meals...but he is a tad shy.  A field mouse has moved in...  Now, I know what you are thinking....I haven't talked about this because frankly it is quite embrassing.  I can't hold it in anymore, and here's why.  We have been pinching pennies and trying to be very frugal with our money.  However, we are now the proud owners of virtually every mousetrap available on the market today, and we STILL can't seem to catch him.  We have tried peanut butter, cheese, nuts, bacon and even gorgonzola cheese!  (Nothing but the best for our mice!)  This little fella is so smart, that he has alluded every trap associated with the aforementioned treats.  Now for the funny....have you seen the movie Caddy Shack?  How about Mouse Trap?  Since Hubs has soooo much extra time on his hands, it is somewhat like being a movie star in **pick your movie**.  He wakes up every morning with a shot gun in his hand looking for our pesky little friend.  The only thing he has caught so far has been the nose on our golden retriever.  Our mouse is definitely a Harvard graduate!  I'm pretty sure he has a "Free Buffet" sign out trying to entice his little mouse friends to come enjoy the high-living he seems to be enjoying here!  I don't even want to guess how much money Hubs has spent on every innovative mousetrap available in today's market.  I can only say that when they were invented, no one knew about Milton.  Yup, I have named him....it looks like he will be around for a while!

Have a blessed day!
Hasbro U-Build Mouse Trap Game One Size

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Words you DON'T want to hear....

Hubs:  Honey, I think it is time to clean your sewing studio.....

OOmph!  Hear that?  It is the sound of me being socked in the gut.  Yes, it is true....but the room is small...I have multiple projects going....and I maybe have a few totes in there that I don't know where to put them....not only that, but did I mention I don't have time for that nonsense???  Anyhoo....

I told you about a project I finished quilting in December that was on my UFO list.  I don't have the binding on it, but here are some pics....



I took the bottom two while she was on the longarm, because the lighting was better to show the quilting.  I was just playing around with the quilting.  They are big squares and really needed something fun in them.  I would have taken more pics, but the camera card was full.  I hate it when that happens!  This quilt is from the book "Sew One and You're Done".

Today, I am working on a beautiful custom quilt that a customer's mom made years ago.  It has a little applique and lots of pencil lines for me to follow for the quilting.  Thus, the little break to come show you a little something, since I haven't been around for a few days. 

I won't be gone so long this time!!!

Have a good day!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Saturdays

As a kid, I always looked forward to Saturday.  I would get up, fix some breakfast and watch cartoons with my younger brother.  He calls me his 'little sister', so I can't refer to him as my little brother.  When my kids were young and at home, Saturdays were spent cleaning house and running from one sporting event to another--looking back, I wonder how I made it to them all!  When I had the shop, Saturdays were usually a day when I was teaching a class and we had a full staff on at the shop to take care of all of the quilters who made their way out to the shop for inspiration after working a long week.  Today, Saturdays are longarming days.  The stresses of the week fly out the window as I bring quilts to life with the girls, Gammie and Gabbie.  I still look forward to my Saturdays.

To say that Hubs has been a little overzealous in wanting to use the longarms would be an understatement.  I love that he is excited to spend time with me.  Last night, he wanted to get in one more practice piece before my customers drop off quilts this morning.  He has been drawing pictures with Gabbie and making LOTS of wholecloths.  (I even had to order a few bolts of fabric for him to play, because he wanted specific fabrics!)  I had a lot of computer work to do last night, setting budgets and my Action Plan for 2012.  I didn't watch him as closely....he really didn't want me to.  He was certain he didn't 'need' me.  Afterall, he's been doing this for a whopping two weeks!  I'm sure, in the back of your mind, you can see where this is headed...

He loaded one of my old tops on to do an allover quilting design.  He threaded the machine....he only asked my help in re-sizing the pattern.  I went back to my computer work.....  The next thing I know he comes to the top of the stairs and calls down, "I need you to come up here.  The machine is making all kinds of noise and I had to stop it."  Thinking she probably just needs a little oil, I go trudging up the stairs and down to the longarm studio.  Oh, she needs more than oil....  When he threaded the machine, he didn't get the thread all the way in the tension disc.  Hubs is now a PRO at the art of frog-stitching.  Rippit!  Rippit!  His reply--you will love this---"who knew that one little threading mistake could waste so much thread and make such a mess".  I love it when he appreciates my pain!  It hadn't gone too far, so the poor little fella only had to spend about an hour (ha ha) frog-stitching.  Hubs, do you remember when I had to pick out a whole row once????

So, off I go to my stress-free day in the longarm studio today.  Looks like this weeks posts will just be quilts that I have longarmed.  Jennie (my Janome) has to go to the Dr. on Monday.  Dr. Karen says I should have her back by the weekend, thank goodness!

This is where I should insert pics of the pile of thread and the mess Hubs made, but if I go in there with a camera in hand, he's liable to get a little *ouchy*. 

Blessings....

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Shameless....

I am shamelessly out there trying to drum up more longarm business, if anyone needs any quilting done.  I have gotten completely caught up on my allovers!  :)  Haven't had time to blog much, as I have been working on those customs.  Trying to alleviate some of the financial stress from Hubs, with him losing his job.  I won't go into all the gorry details of everything that has been going on around here....I'll just say I'm thankful for my quilting aka stress relief.

I really do have some pics to show you....I'll try to get them on tonight when I get home from work.

Have a good day all!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

Had a great time with the Reptile Son & Co. last night playing games and catching up.  They brought a ton of food, which I am proud to say I passed on.  So far, I have not wavered from my Sacred Hearts Diet, although I was tempted.  His GF felt the need to bring a Chocolate Lava Cake.  I have a rough time not succombing to the pressures of evil that are otherwise known as fudgy chocolate!

I got a lot done yesterday.  Made a huge dent in a customer custom quilt, which I will hopefully finish up today!  I also got quilt number 27 quilted from the UFO list!  So--it was 27 in 2011!  Too excited, I will show you pics later today or tomorrow.  This makes the goal for 2012 27 more UFOs.  Not a bad one!  I'm also going to take more time for myself in that sewing studio next year.  It is a great stress reliever for me and I have to look at it that way.  As far as my longarming is going....I am 100% caught up on my allovers and getting there on my custom!  It feels GREAT!  I've even been training Hubs on using the longarms, which we will continue on today.  He was playing and designed a wallhanging for Reptile Son's GF which is just gorgeous!  I'll try to take a pic, but it is somewhat a wholecloth done on a batik and I don't know how well it will photograph.

I know it sounds strange, but I am really excited about going back to work tomorrow.  I've had a lot of successes in the past few weeks and I am extremely proud of it.  The VP of Sales and Marketing will be back from vacation tomorrow, and I am sure to get an e-mail from him!  How's that for being presumptuous??  The last two weeks have been that stellar---and holiday weeks at that!  I'm also excited for Hubs.  Although things are tough around here right now, I know that the new year brings him opportunities that we just have to be patient in waiting for.  The right job is out there, he just has to be patient.  He's had a rough time of it with the holidays, but I am sure that he will have something by the end of the month. 

I wish you all peace and prosperity during this next year.  Take and make time for yourself.  Don't take anything for granted, and most of all surround yourself with people you love and who love you.......

Blessings...