A Nice art quilt 48x66 depicting my clients son and grand daughters trip to Hawaii. front/back.
A great deal of ditching, outlining and various fills. It turned out well and doesn't overpower the piecers artwork at all. The silhouettes are actual pictures of the kids. Difficult to view quilting as monopoly is on top with sew fine blue (threads) on the back.
On a personal note.... you gotta know this wasnt easy for me:( I changed the channel so many times that I had this quilt pretending to be a lake in Utah watching catfish jump!
(Aint easy being me?)
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A Nice art quilt 48x66 depicting my clients son and grand daughters trip to Hawaii. front/back.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
You thought I was Joshin you? Nope... I'm making plans, A, B, C, And maybe D.... Wanna talk about them? You wont be reminding me and nagging me will you? ( I felt a warm breeze, what was that?)
I need some things to focus on besides my situation.(s) I am making plans of attack..........
I E-vited a few friends for a Stitch & Bitch Week end, I'll cook, they will bitch, we will accomplish much. In fact, I think I might make this a monthly THANG. 3 or 4 at a time, I should have a ball!
I decided to drive down to So Cal and meet my sis and family for a day at Disneyland, and dinner at Spago... who the heck could resist this I ask you?
I am arranging a Lake Tahoe roadtrip with Blima for my birthday, ( mental note, ask Walt for lake tahoe roadtrip for my birthday in oct) She will fly into Sacramento, Ill pick her up, and we will raise the roof... or is that drop the top?
I am patiently waiting to spend some time with Ronda here too... when she decides relaxing is in order..lol I'll be here with bells on! ( or wine in hand) I dunno.....
In between customer quilts, I shall..........
Finish Walts new Batik Wooby Quilt ( so I can burn his old tye dyed one)
Restore Jamies quilt and give it to his Dad.
Bite the bullet and begin Aviana's Crinoline Lady quilt before Ronda gives me a tongue lashing.
So... Hows it sound so far? Think I can do it? I think I can too... will be in touch.
As for this weeks M & M's?......................
*John Mayer concert!
*Playing Texas Hold em with the kids ( yes, I won dang it)
*Walt helping round the house so that I'm free to quilt
*the new outfit my Kare Bear brought me
*The new BV Coastal Signet Collection Wine I tried! Yum!
*The luxurious soaps my customer sent as a "tip" from her last quilt.
*Shopping for Sarah Bear ::sigh::
Sunday, July 27, 2008
<----Now known as UCLA??
Can I go here please?
In 1919, the State Normal School at Los Angeles became the Southern Branch of the University of California, now the University of California, Los Angeles.
Not to be confused with finding Nemo. :::interject humor:::We are all creatures of habit are we not? This creatures habits have significantly changed causing an upheaval to beat all. Even my team are surprised at my life changes, and yet, I am still standing. A tad bit wobbly, but I am going to make it. :::RIGHT?:::: (funny) Lets ponder normal shall we? Lets not discuss what is abnormal, but what remains............
Good cuppa Joe, first thing every morning. CHECK
Love of family and friends CHECK
Yelling at Gin to GO PEE! ::pointing to her doggie door::CHECK
Wine 30, ::albeit earlier:: CHECK
Rudy demanding a bite ::of anything::: CHECK
I find that I am grasping, even running to and smiling at whatever appears to be normal these days. Last night in bed I was remoting and stopped on Will N Grace and laughed a belly laugh, then laughed because I had laughed? Hmmmm
I went into Pismo today for Ginger/Rudy foods and found myself wondering the same streets I would normally have, just to DO IT. ( and I throughly enjoyed it too) Everyone says that I must find my new normal, and I tell you true that Im lookin for it!! HARD EVEN. In closets, under covers, on the porch, in the sky, at the store, with the doctor, and when I land on one, much like Walts cream of wheat, it is savored, memory stored, cherished, and revisited often. What a journey I am on eh? Makes me want to drag out the ole book in the making and polish off a few chapters... someday....
They say it takes time. I wonder if I have the time. How much time? Can I afford it? Do I have a choice? I think I need a plan of attack. A map of new normal. A NORMAL SCHOOL!!! Yep, thats the ticket...
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I'm thinking positive thoughts, can you tell? No, I didnt think so..... well, trying anyway.
Truly, I'm all over the map on this one, and always have been. Its just which way the see saw is bent on any given day I suppose. It must be all of those things my Mother used to say to me... things like... You are what you eat ( to this day I cant eat a baked potato without thinking this), How about this one? "Tell me who your with and I'll tell you what you are". omg it has made me choose my friends wisely eh... Mothers...sheesh... I wonder if my kinds have little sayings from me rattling round in thier brains.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I sure hope that this is clickable! Yes folks... John was actually concerned as to WHY the security guard below was hassling his biggest -bestest fan!! I only wanted a closer upper picture? Maybe a wink and a smile? Maybe some skin? shoot. This yahoo wouldn't let me, and John was just trying to help! :::ME::: I DID in fact get the wink and a smile, however, that's about it. He sang and he sang and he sang.... TO ME... :::cause its all about me:::
We had a wonderful time, and that's such an understatement. I have had several little guilty feelings for having had so much fun, but they say that too is normal.... It did me well to be there. To sing with him, to dance in the isles with my kids. To debate with security guards. To have some good company, good eats, good wine,to watch my hubby laugh at me, and GET THE TEE SHIRT PEOPLES!!! ( I'll show ya that picture when I wear it and relive every song and every moment.)
The above picture of course...what a tickle to try to schmooze beefy guards)
Getting the whole section to DO THE WAVE with me
Screaming Stitched UP cause he sang it for ME!
The 6 foot 5 man who dared to sit in front of Karen
walt scoring a ticket for Tracy at the last moment in OUR section!!!
Walt running into several of his administrative staff! LOL
Singing every song of colbie caliet and JM songs with them
Watching my kids run all over to achieve the best SHOT
Dancing with same kids:)
And many many more!
Colbie Caliet is cute and performed well. A great opener for John. I sure missed Heather and Kim. Several times Walt and I simultaneously said wow, H & K should see this! Kim would have swooned over his guitar speak. And I do mean speak. WOW. I still contend that he is the perfect mix of Clapton, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, and even Michael Mcdonald. With a little stevie ray vaughn on the side! LOL
I have his summer tour list on the back of my tee shirt... Karen and I are trying to figure out how to get to Houston on a budget... I think I'll go email John now.................LMAO
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Pondering keeping customer quilts.... wonder what she'd say? Hmmmmm
I dont think you can see this well, but I would have preferred even more dense quilting in all of the sashing, however, It wasnt my call. I still like it. I used Isocord gold thread, QD wool blend batting. It has a mctavishing scroll stencil border, totally ad libbed for "fitting" purposes, and NOT at all as precise as my fellow LAer's Carla's recent quilt (with the same stencil) :::damn she's good::: I have however fallen in love with this batting! Oh my how nice it puffs up, and is easy to handle. I have been using it often on custom quilts as recommended by Ronda last year. (TY WOMAN) Now send me over a plan for photographing quilts better than this!!! I am loading another before the concert in hopes to make some headway:) I'm really loving my new shop, AND my new shop flooring!!! Has improved my DQL mucho.... Hope everyones having a positive day...............
Love yer guts
Labels: Quilt Speak
Monday, July 21, 2008
When I went to the post office this morning my pocket rang. It usually does. On cue the postmaster and a couple of customers began to head bob and wiggle thier jiggles... I think its so cute. It makes me want to let it ring longer:) Jamie found this ringtone for me a few years ago, and its a permanent fixture on my cellphone.Its a happy memory in that I had to dance & hum for him because I wasnt aware of the name... He being in the cell phone business, knew what I was humming about and told me not to do that dance in public again... I miss his sense of humor....
Anyone having difficulty remembering the new cellphone law? :::GUILTY HERE:::: Im trying? I have dropped my phone to my lap and yelled into my knee when its dawned on me that its against the law and i'm not in compliance... 3 times since July first its happened to me... I think I may start leaving the phone zipped in my bag. I have my blue tooth.. my lil ear bug... somewhere?
Marvelous Mondays before I turn in for the night..............
*new outfits for no reason at all!
*Large Monitor for aging eyes
*Axel F ringtone that everyone hears and gets their groove on for about a half a minute! lol
*Marvey Marker pens!!
*digital frame to ponder pictures flowing by
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Add clams and simmer, covered, 15 minutes, checking often and transferring clams as they open with tongs to a bowl (discard unopened ones).
Add shrimp, scallops,crab legs and fish to soup and simmer, covered, 5-7 minutes, or until seafood is just cooked through. Gently stir clams back in,.......sprinkle with parsley and fresh Parm cheese.
Labels: Foodie Fridays
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Its official! I am finally back to work! The shop isnt quite finished yet, but its certainly quiltable now! I do , of course have Walt under foot, but I can hang with that. All thats left to be done is the ceiling fan hung and a few minor fixes in power bars. I think i need new antifatigue mats too, but.. as everything else...in time....The ceilings are 11 foot high so my surround sound is pretty much kick A## in there, so when you ding me on the computer, I can hear ya! More importantly, the music is just perfect!
This picture shows above storage, hanging intake rack, part of the pegboard/design wall and te specialty thread rack. And my cusotmers LATE medallian quilt:) :::IM ALL OVER THAT:::There are 2 flood lights directed at Greta and provide some BIGTIME direct lighting. The above lights are all flourescent ( times 9) and hung quite high so a lower closer light was needed.. I told Walt of these issues and he promptly said I LL HOOK YOU UP! ( tim the tool man) He cam home from the hardware store and indeed LIT me up. This design wall that Walt made is so cool with the new synthetic felt I found at our own local COTTONBALL.
This side is my tool cabinet, opposite side of design/pegboard wall, and my stencil and bobbin work bench. Ok, and the TV.. Oh yes! The TV also runs through te surround sound! :::squeeling like a pig:::
Labels: Quilt Speak
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I decided that I didnt like the new local groomer, so I took it upon myself to face the task. Hey, BONUS! I saved us 30 bucks!!!
I waited like a tiny criminal until it was safe that Walt had left the house. I then took out his trusty beard gooming tools from his carefully guarded leather case in the bathroom closet. Now I must tell you that there are just some things sacred to him, comb, brush, toiletries and his grooming tools... ( eeek) But I was determined to A: save money, B: groom Ginger better, C:, ok well theres no C... chit.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I was just so busy! We had Karens family and Jakes family for a long week end, and it was non stop chaos! Highlights without pics are STILL marvelous Mondays..............
*Me fighting Karen for baby jamie time. She is such a sweetie we couldnt put her down!
*Playing 500 Rummy with loud neortic men! (and losing!)
*Pismo beach fun in the sun with a Walmart trip on the side. (Dang kids are demanding)
*BBQing each night while we chase kids round the deck as not to fall off! Pappa did a show and tell with an egg overboard, which of course didnt stop the toddlers one little bit!
*Aviana going number 2 in the potty cause Pappa told her "if her tummys feeling funny to run to Nonnis potty"... LMAO!!!
*Jake washing my car after bringing me flowers!!
*Karen box dyeing Moms hair cause they made fun of my sparkles! ( dont ask)
*Watching everyone enjoy the WII and wondering if the top floor would hold up. ( did fine)
*******NAPPING just after they left for home today:)
Does a broken heart good....thanks kids:)
Health update: Head doctor thinks I'll live to sing again.
Ortho doctor....doesnt. grunt.
I need Knee replacement surgery . This time the whole enchilada, not just acl....It seems that my screws have grown bone spurs and its bone to bone so a new titanium knee is in order, and im not happy about that because Im too young for this crap!!!( no wonder the stairs are kicking my butt eh?)
I am pondering the surgery date now as I cannot fit it in anywhere. I need to re-market my business, get her up and going after a long time off, and then theres Christmas season you know... so I'm wondering if I can hold out until January.
I really hate this year. I really do.
Labels: Marvelous Mondays
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
|The Road Trip of Your Life|
You see companionship and loyalty as what's most important in life.
You live life at a fairly leisurely pace. You take time to enjoy the sweeter parts of life, even when you're busy.
You don't like a lot of risk or randomness in your life. You prefer to stick with what's known, even if it's a bit boring.
You are able to find a fairly healthy balance between work and play. You work when you need to, but you never let yourself burn out.
In another life, you could have been a great novelist. You have a knack for describing things in an interesting way.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Good mornin:) Whisper, I'm on my first cuppa. Did everyone have a good 4th? We enjoyed some friends company shopping, eating, watching TV, and I finally watched Memoirs of a Geisha! WOW it was wonderful! By last evening were back at "listing" to get the shop/house in order. I actually loaded a runner so that I can tweak and balance before I attack the medallion orphan quilt. (due July 1) I'm late!!! I so hate being late. One of those little OCD things I do... Do you have any quirks like that? I absolutely freak out, hyperventilate, get shaky... u name it, when I'm almost OR late to ANYTHING. No kidding, my heart races in THUMPS and I can make Walt climb a wall with my nervousness. Must be some baggage from childhood eh? I wonder why everyone says that. I ponder it often. Hmmm... childhood baggage. Could be a cop out for doctors? I dunno....
(as u can see when I'm waking up I am generally all over the map with pondering.. if I am not back on track in 1 paragraph, WAIT LONGER.)
Speaking of doctors, about a week ago I decided that I really do need to rule out everything that could be wrong with me and get on with it. I made appointments all over the place. Knee xrays, ( altho an MRI is in order) GYN yearly, and yep, I did it... I hired the whole team of shrinks that I jokingly tell you about. Yep yep yep... I have even had my first visit. He tried to introduce me to medicine, I said no, wait.. you work awhile on me before I do that. I don't have any problems admitting when i need medicine, IF I need medicine. But I have a mantra that I do live by.. which is.. SELL ME, DONT TELL ME.
I just dont cotton to all of these doctors, upon chatting with you for an hour and a half, diagnosing people with chronic or acute depression, medicating them and sending them on their way. Not happening. If I am sick due to post traumatic disorder, fine. Lets fix it.. You get the flu, or a disease, its treated, I get that... I DO THAT.. but as anything else... sell me, dont tell me.
So the good doctor and I chatted awhile. He knows my terms and I know his. He is motivated by money, I am motivated by the preservation of happiness for the next 30 years or more, and of course, my DQL. Will it be talk therapy? Meds? Homework? I have no idea, but I'm open. This doctor doesn't know what he is in for does he? LOL I might make him ponder! He has already assigned my first homework. To read a book called Feeling Good. OK, I googled it, will buy this week... but from the excerpts.. i see that I know that stuff, practice it all on a daily basis, and still I am in a bit of trouble. He needs to bring his best game me thinks.. Gawd I'm such a brat....Heather... smack me would ya?
I see Mister Man again today. I think we will get along famously soon:) I will keep you posted and let you know if I'm certifiable or not. In the mean time, have a marvelous Monday, and be thankful for all that you have.
*damned good insurance for teamwork
*good friend therapy
*good wine therapy
*a beautiful shop
*an avocado ranch 1 mile away! (OK, maybe 3 miles, but close!!)
*fireworks in the fog
Friday, July 4, 2008
It was a tie, first one since 1916, it went into OVERTIME between the American, and the Japanese. The news commentator drove the crowds wild, and one would THINK we were watching a horse race!! I sat in deisbelief reading my daily fix at MQR just incredulous at what was making my heart race, my pancakes come up, and my eyes jumping from the computer to the TV!