Saturday, November 29, 2008
I finished the first couple on Historical Fashions. Only 11 more couples to stitch! I have worked on this for 42 hours and completed 13.4% of the total design. I try and work on it for at least an hour a day. If I cannot complete and hour then I make up for it another day. The colors really look great on this fabric.
Dh and I went to Vegas for DH's 40th birthday. It was a complete surprise to him because I wouldn't tell him where we were going until a couple of days before. We left very early in the morning and had a nice long uneventful flight into Vegas. We got to the Mirage hotel where we were staying and it was HUGE! I have never been in such a big hotel. It was beautiful also. We tried to check in but out room wasn't ready until 1:00 pm so we did some walking around. We walked across the street to the Venetian and checked out the gondalas and the hotel. It was just gorgeous inside. I couldn't believe it. When we were finally able to check into our room, Mark got his final surprise. His friend Patrick from Miami had flown in for the weekend. While they visited I met up with Karin and Betty for some stash shopping at their LNS. We also stopped off at a quilt shop and Joanns.
Mark and I had a lot of fun. He was able to play poker and Iwas able to go sight seeing. I tried to walk through most of the hotels. We saw Sigfried and Roy's Tigers, the Shark Reef at Mandalin Bay. We also went to see Zummanity at New York Hotel. I even layed by the pool one morning and actually got a sunburn on my face.
The only downside to the trip was that I caught a cold and was sick the last two days of the trip. Which was sad because I was in bed by 9:00 pm each night...talk about a downer. All in all the trip was great and Mark had a fabulous birthday!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I just couldn't let the day get away without wishing Mickey Mouse a happy 80th birthday! It was 80 years ago today that Steamboat Willie was first released. This is the small cartoon that made Disney into what it is today. As Walt Disney always said, "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICKEY!!!!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
It has been the craziest week at school and the quitest at home. Dh went out of town this week. He spent the Monday thru Thursday in New England visiting Walmarts and checking out the mushroom competition. I asked him to bring me home a lobster....but he said no!!! I have to say I have enjoyed not having him at home for a while. This is terrible of me but I enjoyed coming in and watching what I wanted on the big TV, sewing on my quilt without him complaining about the noise since I have to work on it in the dining room. I can't decide which was my favorite of these two: having the bed all to myself or not having to cook dinner for anyone but me!!!!!!
My kitty Jag turned 4 on veterns day. We adopted him 4 years ago on veterns day so I claim that as his birthday since he was found in an old abandoned house with his mom and siblings. He is quite the little kitty!!
On the stitching note, I have worked on my striptease quilt this week. I am sewing the top, batting and back together. It is just pitiful!!! I have found I cannot sew a straight line. However, this is my first quilt....It is for Tusk and Brigen....so I don't care if it is sewn badly. I am still learning!!! I also have worked on Historical FAshions. I have 8 UFO"s and now this project but I am really enjoying it so this is the one I am focusing on right now. I have completed about 10% of this so far and I have to say it looks great!!!!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Yes, I am a day late. I wanted the lady to have a face though before I posted next!! This is the Late Gothic period that I am working on right now. At first the lady looked like a picasso painting until I added the backstitching. I have completed 10% of this project. Not much but I am just chugging along on it. I am really enjoying stitching on it and this was the only thing I worked on tonight. I also popped in Pride and Prejudice..the one with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. I love this movie. I thought it was appropriate to watch while stitching on this project. Plus, DH is out of town so I can watch it on the big TV!!!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
My friend Kim is on the Jedi side!! Today around 1:15 I popped on the computer completely frustrated with how the quilt lady at the little shop I go to told me to cut this quilt. I couldn't figure out how I was going to make it work...About that time, my friend Kim IM'd me and asked me how I was doing. I explained my problem and she started to help me. Around 3:50 we FINALLY had a plan. We both agree the lady at the quilt shop didn't actually understand what I was really wanting and was a little nuts. We worked it out together and the picture is just the start of it. It was just amazing that she is in Wisconsin and helping me out in AR! I was so thankful for her help. I had called her earlier about my other quilt and she was very helpful. She unfortuantely heard me say a very naughty word because I had just layed my quilt back on my hard wood floors. My cat, Jag, then proceeded to jump right in the middle of it and move everything. Then he started eating the tape!! I let a very bad word slip while talking to her! Jag got the hint...he didn't show back up around me until I finished pinning the quilt.
I also dyed some fabric this morning for my friend Debi. We are making a trade for some disney charts for hand-dyed fabics. She made a couple of requests for what colors she wanted so I tried to do the colors she wanted...I hope she likes them! I hadn't ironed them when I toold the picture. We have light blue, rose and teal
I will post my update on my historical fashions tomorrow. I didn't work on it today and I didn't take a picture of it yet so that will be tomorrow!!!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I had a GREAT day!! My mom and I went up to Joplin, MO so we could go to Jo Ann's craft store and visit some used book stores. We had lots of fun and I spent way to much money at Jo Ann's!! I found some great teddy bear fabric and really cute frogs for my nephew. I found sone great trashy novels at the used book stores. We stopped at Red Lobster for lunch...yum...chedder bisquits!!! After we got home, mom brought in 3 quilt tops that my Great-Grandma Ada made and hadn't quilted before she passed away. I just stood there in awe looking at them. I am going to wait to finish them until I get a bit more practice under my belt. One of them is of old fabric calendars. My sister was a little upset because granny didn't include the year of her birth but my brother and mine was there!!!!
I also worked on tiger this week. It was it's turn on my rotation. I have finished 62% of tiger. I was hoping to finish the current page but no luck! In my opinion tiger is turing out great! I do enjoy working on it.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I think this has been one of the longest weeks that I can remember. It was rough at work and with my grandmother in the hospital, I didn't think this week would never end. We went to the hospital today and saw my grandmother. She looked so weak and so frail. It just broke my heart. The are finally going to do the surgery tomorrow. They have been postponing it because someone had made a mistake and entered her blood count wrong on the computer. Mom and I went out to my grandparents house to pick it up. Luckily we did because when we looked under the sink, we noticed a leak. So I had to call my dad down to fix it. What a mess....but it was taken care of and all is well.
I spent this week working on Historical fashions and Cherokee child. I only work on Historical fashions for an hour a day. I have worked a total of 21.5 hours and have stitched 4.8% on this project.
Cherokee child is my mystic stitch that i have been working on for a while now. I am on page 4 and lack about 500 stitches to having that page finished. I have 48.8% completed on this project. I have 8 BAP's in my rotation. I have figured that I have finished 31.3% of all those projects completed. I would love to say that I will finish one of my BAP before the new year...but I can say that is not going to happen. My goal is to be up to 50% complete....I might can do that in last 8.5 weeks in this year.