Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
I am so upset and disappointed tonight. I mailed a Secret Pal package to my pal 2 weeks ago. I couldn't afford to mail it priority so it went parcel and I have mailed things back and forth with her with no problem so I didn't think about insurance either. It took 2 weeks for her to get it and this is what she got! I cannot believe it.
Someone stole everything out of the box! They torn the ends (which i made sure to tape very well!) off, took out everything inside it (7 quilt magazines, a pin cushion, a pigma pen and 4 quilt blocks I made especially for her!) and replaced the contents with a metal pole from the rollers they slide the mail across on!!!!! Then they packed brown paper bags in the ends of the box and retaped it. This is so horrible, I can't even begin to tell you! Monetarily there was only maybe, $25 wrapped up in the package (before shipping costs) but I purposely bought a lot of a specific quilt magazine off eBay for her, made the blocks, etc. I am so sad. She is going to her PO in the morning to talk to them, since there is a person somewhere between here and there not only stealing mail but stealing PO equipment to refill boxes!! Sheesh!
I'm adding on to this post from earlier because of a converstation I got to have with my son. I didn't think Jeremiah was paying any attention when I talked to my Mom and husband on the phone about what happened, but a few minutes ago he came to me and said, "Mama someone stole her stuff?" I told him yes, that is what happened.
He said, "Why would someone do that?"
I said, "Because sometimes people do bad things. That is why we need to love Jesus, because He can help us not do so many bad things. And He forgives us when we do."
Jeremiah nodded and said, "Like I forgive Josiah (his 8yr old uncle) when he does bad things."
I said "Yes, but it's even better when Jesus forgives us because He forgives things no one else can."
It's an awful thing that happened, and I am still sad about the loss. But the loss was just "things." Because of this situation I was able to talk to my son more about Jesus, and that is worth it. The lady who received the package (or lack of) said she would pray for whoever got into the box. She was being more Christlike than I was at the moment because I was thinking that maybe it would be nice if the air got let out of their tires. I'm a little ashame of that. The Lord forgives me, quickly, when I ask! I should be quick to do the same. As a normal human it's not my first reaction to let things go, forgive and move on. It's easier sometimes--most of the time--to hold the hurt close and let it get worse. It's kind of like getting a thorn in your hand and letting it sit and poison you. It hurts to remove it, but leaving it alone will just make things worse. And so I do pray for whoever got into her box. I pray that they might even enjoy the magazines and learn a new craft of quilting, make quilts and bless others with them! But mostly I pray that someday they meet Jesus and accept His forgiveness, cause it's better than anything else.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
She is 14 years old and is taking a major hands on approach to begin collecting credits for highschool. Being a new spindler and lover of all things sheepy she has opened a shop specifically for the showing and selling of fiber in ALL it's stages! Raw, cleaned, carded, dyed and spun!
It is new tonight so she only has a couple items listed, but please if you have any interest in knitting or crocheting with wool heart her shop and check back with her in a week or so.
Fluff for Ewe
All proceeds go toward car funds, other hobby materials and earrings LOL!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I finished Mekenzei's bag today and mailed it! I have pictures to share but now my computer won't read my camera. AHHHH!!! It is worked EVERY day, 36 TIMES a day if I want it to. I plugged it into the computer tonight and only half of the pictures loaded. It wouldn't let me transfer any of them them. Every time I tried to unplug and plug it in again I got an annoy little pop up that said USB port not read. Crap.
I didn't make a quilt block today, see previous paragraphs about finishing a bag and having a headache. I've worked a little on spinning some of my Alien Batt I made from lime green dyed romney wool carded with some black merino. It is strange, it is the same wool I used to make my Watermelon yarn about a month ago but for some reason this one is spinning up right between sock weight and worsted weight yarn! Very thin. The good thing is I will get more yarn, the bad thing is I am going to ply it with some glow in the dark thread and the thread is $5 for a spool of 100yds. I only got about 10 minutes worth of spinning done on it, which I also took pictures of but can't share.
I recieved my mini quilt from the 4 Seasons Quilt Swap 5!!!!! I panicked when I saw the envelope though, it came from Australia and my hubby said "Isn't that who sold your Sheep on Safari mini to back in Jan?" I thought oh no, please don't tell me it got lost in the mail and took 2 months to come back!! Nope, it was a wonderful, miniature red quilt! I had to steal pics from Helen's blog since MY CAMERA or COMPUTER SUCKS! but here it is, I love it! Please click on the pictures to look at bigger versions of them because the quilting is so pretty! I think I have just the spot for this, right inside my front door on the wall! I can't wait to get a little wood dowel (probably I will steal a stick from my Mom's yard and sand it) and hang it. Thank you, thank you Helen! I love it! It is called Summer Poppies and it's just beautiful!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
My block for today was a Churn Dash and that made my 9th block out of the three fabrics I've been using which gave me enough for my quilt top. I experimented with the layout of blocks and settled on one I liked best. Then I played with sashing; white was too bland, black was too harsh and the blue floral print was way too much! Usually if I making a sampler style quilt I prefer to use sashings and/or cornerstones so that the individual block patterns don't get lot together. For some reason this quilt just looks better without them, so I sewed the blocks together and added a thin 1" (finished) border. I like it like this but I wanted to go just a little bit bigger so I came up with the idea of a checkerboard border.
I wanted to include just a couple black squares in it and I've done one per side. I don't have all my blue and white 4patches made so bear with me. Should I make it 2 or 3 black squares per side or just leave it at what it is? I couldn't decided what to call this quilt so Mom did me the favor of hollering over her shoulder at all my brothers and sisters, "What's a girl name?!" THere were several answers but "Delilah" was the best and seems to suit this quilt rather well. I keep having a picture in my head of it finished and set diagonally on a table, so I think I will market it as a lap quilt or table topper. Might also add a hanging sleeve. My goal is to get the top finished by this weekend when I can afford to pick up some backing fabric. BTW my Churn Dash block for today is in the bottom left hand corner of the quilt.
This was my "wordless Wednesday" pic from this morning. Tony has an ATV playstation game Jeremiah just loves because he can drive around aimlessly and run into things.
I finally managed to snag a Treasury West on Etsy, I had collected items and favorited them for it about a week ago. I called it Majestic Mountains. It is almost all from the Quiltsy team I am on. The next one I want to do will be all bags from the Carried Away team I'm on, then the Schooling at Home Estians (SHE) team.... then I can do some just for fun, LOL!
Another lovely etsian featured one of my bags in their treasury tonight, a beautiful collection called Aqua and Magenta
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I have added several new handbag listings to my Hamncheezr.etsy.com shop in the last couple days and I have more to add the rest of the week--mostly little handbags or "Little Princess" bags for little girls. I had a lazy do nothing day, really. I meant to finish a "regular" batik handbag, a venture that should have taken about an hour but has in fact taken ALL day and is still not done. Hannah was needy today, which kind of suited my "sit on the couch" mood. Jeremiah and I tidied up a little around the living room this evening but that was it. Sat around and rested I guess, though I don't feel rested. Maybe Hannah will be happier tomrrow and I can get some kind of work done since my MIL is taking Jeremiah for the afternoon. Or I can sit around with Hannah and watch a movie, LOL!
Monday, March 23, 2009
month before the craft show. And if they don't, they were going with me anyway.
Jenn loves autumn so I chose 4 different leaf patterns for the other side. One of them is appliqued, a leaf that I drew. I say it's an oak leaf but I'm probably not entirely accurate there. Either way it's pretty.
I pieced the sides too just to make them interesting. There is no closure for this bag 'cause she said she didn't think she'd need one. I put lots of pockets along one side of the lining and one pocket with elastic around the top to hold a skinny water bottle in the side.
It has a strap made from three different prints. I originally pieced 2 fabris for each strap, then realized I wasn't sure if I made them long enough so I had to add the third piece. I also padded the straps to make them comfortable incase she loads the bag down with bricks or something.
When I started quilting the Lone Star it was the only part of the bag I had done, so basially one quilt block. Tony looked at it and said, "Tell her if anyone wants a bag like it, it'll be $100!" LOL! I almost agree. If I do say so myself, it is quite terrific!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
My brothers and sisters (and I have many) participated in a sort of aggricultural/science fair this afternoon. They had a "booth" on growing things and another one about what to do with sheep. LoL! The "booth" next to theirs was shearing sheep all day and then theirs was about cleaning, carding, dying, spinning and knitting. That was fun. I got a bunch of pictures and of course my batteries died. GRR! So now I have to either recharge the stupid batteries or find other batteries and I am not bothering with it tonight.
Hit the fabric store after that and got some fabrics for the blue charm swap this month. They are in the washer right now along with some more of the black I've been using for blocks so I can once again begin my block-a-day, tomorrow. I've been doing them, I swear, just not sharing pics. Several went into Jenn's bag which I mailed today so I should be able to share pics of it on Tuesday? Marion recieved a package I sent her today too so I can share pics of the little girly bag I made for her daughter Barbie. Here are those pics.
I made 2 other "Little Princess" bags I call 'em yesterday. Have a third ready to put the lining and straps in and then it will be done, I just didn't get to it last night. Can't share pics of THEM because of the batteries. Now I can cross those off my list. I cut the linings for 5 sock knitting bags but didn't make the pockets so those are next on the list. All in preparetion for the craft show. This thing BETTER happen or I am going to be SWIMMING in quilted handbags, LOL!
Tony is off for the weekend and on the agenda is for him to get a tattoo he's been wanting for at least 2 years. He wanted it to years ago when I got my cross on my back but I told him it was my turn, LOL! I still say it's my turn since he has 1 more tat than I have but he's not listening to reason. Men! Mom is supposed to be drawing him his scorpion as we speak. We shall see, hahaha! He said something about dropping me and the kids off at Mom's while he went to go to that. Huff! He said it was because he didn't think Hannah would be happy without me for the couple hours it'll take, and they won't let babies in the tattoo parlor. *I* think it is because he is afraid to take me with him because instead of costing him $200 it will cost him $350, buahahahaha.... And a special thank you to everyone who has purchased an item from me in the last couple months for your contribution to my wonderful hubby's tattoo fund!! I appreciate it!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I finished up 2 bag UFOs today, ones I had started a week or so ago. The first was a dishtowel that I had. It was so cute with a dish of ice cream surrounded by cherries and a blue checkerboard. I added a too-orange lining with a couple pockets, straps and a zipper and made it a great summery tote! I listed it in my esty shop but if it doesn't sell by the craft show I'm planning on in May it will go with me that weekend. : ) It measures 12.5" tall by about 17.5" wide. Both sides are exactly the same.
The second UFO was a litte handbag/clutch from some more of those jeans I cut up a while ago. I have enough of the jeans left to do 1 or 2 more little bags like this. Tony bought me a yard of this wintry horse fabric for my birthday for me to make bags out of because he said, "Chicks like horses." I appliqued a 2 horses on the front and put a patch-style pocket on teh back. It measures 10.5" at the top (9" wide at the bottom) and about 8.5" tall. This one didn't make it in my etsy shop but is going to the craft show. I might make another one like this but get some of those wooden handles to go on it instead of the fabric handles. This bag is lined with the horse fabric. Everytime I make a bag out of these blue jeans all I can think of is "denim and pearls." LOL!
And that's all I have to report for the day. Oh! Except this morning before Tony left for work I finished Jenn's bag!!!!!! Since I am such a pain I am not posting pictures of it until she gets it and I will be mailing it either tomorrow or Friday so sometime next week I should be able to post pics.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Today a girl and her mother came over to try on the prom dress I am selling on the craighslist (didn't fit, total bummer) and during the course of the visit the woman commented that my son is going to be a big guy when he grows up. I mentioned that he started out big at 9.5 lbs and 22" long. She said, "How did you get him out you are tiny!!"
What?? Never has someone said I'm tiny. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I'm an amazon or anything but I am 5'8 and wear a 9/9.5 shoe. I have big hands (almost 8" long) and I'm big boned. Yeah, I read somewhere that there is not such thing as "big boned" but I defy that particular author to then explain how, with not a scrap of extra meat around my ankles I have to custom order anklets to fit for length?? Ha! Tiny. Huh. Kinda made my day.
I have a couple little teases for Jenn, since I've been working on a handbag for her today. Made the straps a litlte while ago, don't know if they are long enough. Crap. Might have to get creative. I've been "exempt" from making a quilt block off the calender since Thursday because since Thurs there has only been one actual pieced block--the only other blocks were a shamrock block and a appliqued chicken block. I am not doing the shamrock because I already made a St Patty's quilt (see back posts for Jeremiah's green quilt/Turtle-Tigress) and I plan on doing the chicken quilt one day but I want to do it in REALLY LOUD bright colored dot and stipe fabrics and I don't have them. And I can't afford them right now So instead I've been working on Jenn's bag, which has blocks so...*blows raspberry*
Jeremiah's fish have been dropping like flies. We're down to 5, we had 9. Apparently they have high cholesterol according to my mother. She's never seen obesity in fish before but mine are C.H.U.B.B.Y. I swear, we read the label on the fish food. It says "3 times daily, as much as the fish will eat in a minute." That is what we feed them. They are just Bowman fish and as we all know, Bowmans are hearty stock, LOL!
So I am a little Irish and I suck at it. I didn't make corned beef and cabbage, though I love it and the leftovers made into soup. Diantha told me, "It's as easy as making a pot roast you know" LOL! I know, but I made sausage rice casserole and made it even more southern by topping it with cheese. And I didn't wear green (though Hannah did). In fact the only thing green I own is a thong, and I'm not sure that would count anyway.
The other reason being that my beloved Duracell batteries I use in my digicam ran out the other day and being broke I broke out the little wall-charger and rechargable batteries I got Tony for Christmas '07 that we'd never opened yet. I charged the batteries all night, took 12 pictures and the wonderful frickin' enviromentally and ecconomically friendly "rechargable" batteries died. Stinking dead. Kaput. No more. Not one OUNCE of juice.
I am wondering how many watts of electricity I am bowling though to recharge these wonderful batteries so I can then take TWELVE LOUSY PICTURES?! Would it be more eco-friendly to just go buy some more beloved, trustworthy, always ready Duracells?
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
There wasn't a block for yesterday but I did do some sewing: I made a little girl bag. This one isn't going into my etsy shop because I have a better plan for it. I am thinking of making maybe 2 or 3 of these to take to the craft show I'm going to be doing on May. This is getting difficult to decide what to make/take. I don't want to take so much that I look stupid sitting around surrounded by bags, but I want to take enough that if they sell well (I pray!) that I don't run out, ya know? Hmm...must ponder some more, but not right now. Still too sleepy.
I thought I would share with y'all THE Bag that started it all. About a year ago my sister Diantha had her 13th birthday and I couldn't figure out what to get/give her. I had been working on a baby quilt made entirely from batik fabrics and I picked up some scraps and this is what I came up with. I appliqued a rhinestone "D" on the front and a little star burst on the back. She's never washed the bag but I am still amazed and impressed with the iron-on rhinestones since I have seen the kind of abuse this bag has suffered and the rhinestones still are hanging on! I took this bag and filled it with eyeshadow, make up remover, lip gloss, lotion, nail polish and some makeup applicator pads and boy was it a great hit!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Another etsian included my X's and O's quilt in her treausury here!
The kids and I, along with Mom and her kids and my friend Tara and her kids all visited the Children's Museum in Oak Ridge again. Man do the kids love that place! Afterward, on the way home we stopped by the Artisan Studio in Clinton where some of my handbags are for sale. Sadly none of my bags have sold in the last month but it has been dismal weather not suitable for walking around boutiques and antique stores. Not enough sun shine! Summer is coming though and I hope and pray the sales pick up.
Diantha followed us home, LOL (more like Jeremiah begged her) to spend the night and has been a HUGE help to me with sewing! Together we squared up the 6 star blocks I made the other day, made the other 6, made the 24 enormous flying geese to go around the first set, squared them up and set them together and made the rest of the flying geese I need. Lots of sewing, snipping, squaring and sewing. This is what we ended up with! I will have to add the second round on flying geese around the 6 squares with dark backgrounds tomorrow, I've run out of steam tonight!
Go to google and type "unfortunately your name" (I used Desiree, of course). Make sure to include the quotes and see what comes up.
Here's some results for "Unfortunately Desiree":
Unfortunately, Desiree loves her husband so much that she feels that she cannot live without him.
Unfortunately, Desiree did not win Miss Rhode Island USA
Unfortunately, Desiree has closed. (What?? LOL)
Unfortunately, Desiree is gone. Disappeared. Probably kaput. No more. Owl dinner.
Unfortunately, Desiree isn’t with me, hunkered down over an old chest used for a backyard table, with grease on our hands and at the corner of our mouths.
Unfortunately, Desiree’ was adamant in her refusal to be pronounced “nuts”.
And there you have it!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Needing to calm her troubled mind, Sue has taken off her cumbersom bonnet and prairies dress and is taking a nice ride on her motorcycle! This one of a kind bag is 10"x10.5" tall. Sue and her motorcycle are machine appliqued, her fringe and handlebars have been drawn with a permanent heat-set ink. She is surrounded by batik fabrics and the back of the bag is all scrap-pieced batiks and machine quilted in a free style. The bag is lined with a black and red Betty Boop on motorcycles print. It zips shut along the top and has a 40" long strap for cross-body ear making it a perfect bag to take motorcycle riding!
I have one more of these Bad Sue bags in mind, but it will be a bigger, tote like bag with shorter straps and pockets. This bag seen here will be available locally for $38. After that there are no more Very Bad Sue Bags unless made upon special request.
Also today I have a small clutch or hang bag. Made from recycled blue jeans it has a hybiscus flower appliqued on the front and small handles and button tab made from the same fabric. The button is wooden, very cool with the jeans and the lining is a cheery green color to go with the leaves of the flowers. This bag will also be available locally at a show in May for $15.
Today I didn't get anything else done, LOL! Except hold Hannah who was particularly cuddly today and I spent 45 minutes singing to Jeremiah to fall asleep for a nap. Time well spent!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Today I didn't get a lot accomplished. My house looks like a picked over yard sale. My children need baths and are still in their jammies from last night. My husband gets to come home to possibly the worst spaghetti I've ever made. My sewing? I got 6 blocks made. Not even 6 whole blocks either, really.
I awoke this morning hurting so badly all over I couldn't really move until naptime after motrin, a very hot shower, a couple glases of caffeine and a lot of complaining. I sorted a huge load of clothes my SIL gave me; weeding out stained items to toss, 5 or 6 outfits to keep (along with as many onesies) and the rest for the goodwill. I folded them and put them up and cleaned out Hannah's drawers while I was at it. I ran my dishwasher. I made 24 flying geese that squared up to 4 1/4" x 2 3/8", talk about weird. Then I cut out 24 2 3/8th" squares for the block corners (which was very difficult today since I was hurting so badly.) Sewed half of the 6 blocks they made up together and realized that I cut LIGHTS for the corners when I needed DARKS. Crap!!
I left off that and made the horrid spaghetti and premade frozen garlic bread. Fed the kids. Picked out a billion little seams. Cut 24 little tiny squares from my dark fabrics (assorted reds). Remade the 6 blocks and ironed them. Then I made the pieces for today's block which the calender says is "Prairie Queen." I didn't get them squared up or sewn together. Hannah is in her fussy stage of the night so I will have to finish it tomorrow. Along with finishing the 6 blocks I made today because they are actually the center square for 6 larger star blocks just like them, hence the star within a star. And if that fiasco weren't enough I realized that I didn't just need 6 blocks the size I made today I need 18 more blocks that size with dark backgrounds and 18 more blocks that size with light backgrounds. Some other day! LOL! They will be the setting squares for around the edges of the quilt so I don't need to start on them til I get these bigger star squares done.
In the middle of all of that, during one of my breaks to nurse Hannah I snagged another treasury on etsy. Jenn (Sunshine of Autumn quilts) asked me if I'd ever made a Nursery Rhyme treasury, since she just happened to list a nursery rhyme quilt *wink* I said I hadn't, but it's time had come! So here it is Nursery Rhymes.
My Mom also got a main treasury collection today too, and did one in my honor, LoL!
Queen of Hearts