Saturday, March 31, 2007
So while catering to their whims of in and out I stitched on the HUGZ comfort quilt for a fellow quilter and just about finished sewing together all the blocks. I've never before taken on this type of a challenge and I mean a challenge as some blocks needed slight restitching to the required size but some needed slight sashing added on to measure up. These are now all the same size and the top is coming along nicely - with help from my Aurora Quilters who helped with the block layout last weekend. I've hemmed and hawed and finally came up with a possible borders layout too so hopefully tomorrow I'll get to that stage of sewing.
Here's a picture that I took on the Timer option on my digital using the ironing board lowered to ensure I got most of the block strips and me too in the picture. Too bad I didn't think of throwing a towel over the window - DUH! And honestly I didn't plan on being colour coordinated, just everyday clothes because of the pets!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Needless to say my postcards are once again running behind too and even with all my free time spent working betwen these two commitments I still couldn't get everything finished this weekend. The postcards I've finally finished the tops of my FAPC Open Theme ones, now just to put them together and get them mailed off this week. My Crazy Patch and Eggs ones will be next up to bat!!! Then in April I have the Trapunto and Buttons swaps and then I realized That's IT, no more this girl can do right now! Enough already! Yep, I know I'm my own worst enemy, but like I've said this to my groups many a times, my postcards are an extension of what I "think or feel" when I read the postings of new swaps and that's when and how I sign up. If nothing jumps out at me that instant then I'll not sign up no matter what. So now I guess I better stop reading them posts or I'll never have a LIFE!!! LOL!
Gosh so much for thinking that with this next two weeks off from my part time job that I'll be able to relax - Yeah Right!!! I'll be using this time off to get caught up and also work on a comfort quilt that I'm making for a dear friend from "hugs" blocks from various quilters (just received hopefully the last packet on Friday). This too is a first for Rose Anne and I can tell you it sure is an eye opener! I just hope I can put it together in the next two weeks (with my limited knowledge but very good intentions and advice from fellow quilters too) and get it mailed off to the next leg of it's assembly.
Okay enough gabbing back to my Hardanger homework while I still have time during my lunch!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I can tell you that when I left work the wind was so strong that it slammed into my back just about went sailing on the icy patch - my hood came up and over my head and down over my eyes and I thought I was going to be a gonner in the rush hour traffic. Well I made it home safely and then to my class tonight too. On the way home I gave up waiting for the bus and just let the wind push me to the next stop (some badly needed exercise) but shoot it was so strong that it was kinda treacherous in the dark and over the icy patches. Somehow and I don't know how but I stayed upright! Good thing my parka had a hood with those toggle thingies to keep it in place as I sure needed it.
Can't wait now for the sunshine and warmer temps to met all this ice away! I LOVE winter but this stuff no siree!!!
Monday, March 19, 2007
As you can see the design for all cards were the same, just the colours, trims, and embellishments varied - no two cards are the same either.
Now this one is an extra sent just because to another group. The star is a free hanging one from underneath the rickrack and held in place with slip stitches while in transit only - they can be removed once received. I had sent other such charms with other crazy patch cards and did the same just to keep them flat while sent either "naked" or inside the clear envelopes.
Now back to the drawing/stitching mode as I have three more groups of postcards to be prepared and mailed by the first week in April!!! YIKES why do I do this to myself!! Granted I LOVE making my postcards, I just wish I could "let go" and simplify them some but that's just not me!!! Oh well guess I'll just have to watch as to how many I actually sign up for in the future.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
This latest one was from Shaw and the rep tried to get me to sign on the dotted line right then and there to switch my phone to $40/mth unlimited Canada and USA calling and five calling features and also two free months and then $19.95 after that for my internet. Needless to say it sounded better than what I was paying now but without checking my bills I was not about to sign anything. He tried (nicely though) but in the end left me the paperwork with the $$$ amounts and asked that I call only him back to switch - I said I'd do that if I decided to.
Well I really do not like changing services and then what get a price hike and change back? So today after paying my bills online I called MTS and told them the offers I have and asked if they could do something to reduce my bills, if not then I'd probably be switching. WHOA there, they jumped at matching these two bills right on the spot PLUS they also are reducing my phone by another $10/mth. So I'll have a savings of $56 for this next two months and $36/mth after that and I don't have to worry about switching anything!!! PHEWIE!!!! Talk about a delimma off my shoulders - I hate making decisions!!!! LOL!
Talk about timing too as I'll be quitting my part time job in April, so this will help me out nicely!
I started off by opening my WR and CQS online group Quilt Day swap parcels and WOW Miryam and Dawn packed my packages full of awesome quilty items and some I can say are already relegated to projects, this wall hanging to work to cheer up my area and the Chai teas split between home and work to enjoy! And the beads to embellish my Bag It! pattern project when I get around to it!!! Again thank you ladies for making my day feel so special.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Well my evening class was a might rushed as I didn't get home till 6:05, grabbed my supper and lesson stuff and rushed off to catch another bus to head out to the other end of the city this time and while waiting for the bus to arrive I wolfed down the salad. Lucky for me they buses were quite timely - well except for on the way home - it zoomed by while I was on the other side of the four lanes!!! I walked about 8 - 10 blocks before another one came along. My project piece is coming along quite nicely (even though I'm not that pleased with the colour of the varigated hand dyed floss) and I've learnt how to use a "laying tool" (basically a guitar pic with a blunt large needle welded on the inside of the pic part) and also received another batch of homework for next week! UGH!!! Bentleys were supposed to be closed, that's why I had signed up for this class, cause I was supposed to be "free as a bird". Oh well I've given them lots of notice so if the store remains open then they better hire someone to take over my shifts by the end of April, cause I'm refusing to work another summer!
Wel I then came home and checked my emails - wrong thing to do that is for sure! I went to bed very upset with something that did not involve me and can't seem to shake my feelings all day today either (continuous emails on it don't help either). I know with me it's wise to just separate and let myself "calm down" but that is hard too with various concerns for my friends lately. And now my co-worker will be away for a week or more depending on her situation and recouping so I'm once again alone in the office. That's no fun either - well there are other co-workers but I mean my other half in the support staff!!!
Okay, guess I better high tail it to bed, tomorrows another busy day!!!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Well I'm waiting at the bus stop and see everyone walking around with Tim Horton's coffee cups and getting royally ticked cause I want a coffee. I'm looking around for the Tim's signs like upwards and ZIPPO so I walk to the corner to see if it's around the corner - NOPE - so turn around to come back and smack dab in front of my nose - the building beside the bus stop - is two doors with Tim Horton's signs in the middle - DUH!!!!! I check the schedule and still have time so zip in and get my French Vanilla coffee, come out and relax sipping my coffee on the ride there.
When I got to work my Manager tells me there's a package in the back for me - Oh No not a coffee
So guess I'll get back to my Hardanger class homework and watch the curling finals and hope there's a hockey game on later on too!
Our local guild is bringing in Nancy Bergman of Kenora ON, a landscape fabric artist, in May for a weekend workshop and don't ask me how but I've even managed to pay for this too as Sylvia has always wanted to take her classes - so we both are. There will be a trunk show Friday evening, then Saturday's workshop is the actual preparing your fabric landscape and then the Sunday workshop is the thread painting and embellishments - which might be a bit more than I'm up to but gonna try (haven't finished my WR piece that Shirley taught). Sylvia is looking very forward to this weekend and has been working on her challenges and blocks and whatever else, so she has her time open for May and June.
Well I've been checking further on retirement and soon have to decide whether to officially set a date so I can start to save a weeks vacation this next couple of years or not (increases my monthly retirement amount so it's worth giving up one week now). It's kinda scary and I'm sure many go through this and I'm always getting comments like "Yeah right you've a dozen or so years yet - things will change by then!" - and then they are so surprised that I'm retiring at 55 - "That's too early!" Well not early enough for me after working 36 years and 9 months when that "minimum age for retirement" comes up - I've had the "magic 80" which is years of service and age now a couple of years - but I'm too "young" legally to partake of this event. ROFLOL!
See what happens - I have to talk on and on and on by myself when my Yahoo groups are quiet???
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
Some time ago a co-worker asked for the teacup postcard and she thought she'd like the blue background.
Do any of you have other ideas of how I could do a better back with a hanger? Please post to the postcard group if you do or leave me a comment and I'll forward it to the groups. Thank you.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Well I had to search the web to see what it might look like and here it is. Kinda cute!
I wonder how long I'll have to wait till the spike buds out and blooms. Guess time will tell.
Friday, March 02, 2007
I'm having a ball stitching up my Hardanger mini pieces and love the effects on the various sample fabric pieces that I received from my needleworks shop last year. I can't wait till this weekend when I can finish them off and take my pics to show you all. Some of the gals on my stitchery groups are waiting patiently too but I can tell you this does not go as fast as the stitching of blocks in quilting!!! It is definitely a pleasure to have the various hobbies I do have as when I'm kinda in a funk with one I can pick up another and get all enthused once again and then go back and I'm all gung ho once more! LOL! Guess Amanda (my great/grand niece) is correct that I'm just "a kid at heart" with a short attention span for one thing - one of the nicer things she's said about me. LOL!
Well my co-worker is off tomorrow morning for Mexico for a week and she pulled up online the all inclusive resort she's staying at and WOW WOW WOW I wanna go tooooo! There was one more opening and a lot cheaper than they paid but I think this place would NIX that idea fast - no way would they let the two of us go for the same length of time! LOL! Actually after a rather rough day in the office today I asked my Manager if I can snap up that last spot and join Shauna! Tongue in cheek, but he actually thought about it and said maybe something could be figured out if I really wanted to - WHAT - YEAH RIGHT, I've no passport and no money so forget that snap idea! ROFLOL!
Wonder what kind of trouble I'll get into having this evening and all of Saturday off from the part time job - better get my stitching out for sure eh!