Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thoughts of projects to come...

It seems lately that all my projects revolve around a person in mind.. Never just because I want to sew something its always that I have seen a fabric line that I think some one just has to have. Well this project is no different.

The project I have in mind today is no different. Before I left for deployment I realized that Keith was really interested in boy scouts. That was his thing when he was younger. He has all this stuff that he collected while he was in scouts. I think he's afraid that I am going to ruin them or something so I decided that I had to find something else to make him with scout stuff. This idea all came about when I ran into the Boy Scout line of fabric by Robert Kaufman. There is alot of really great prints and I think that it would be great in a Yellow Brick Road or similar pattern.. Now to figure out what colors and what prints to use.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Good Monday Morning!!

Well its Monday and its morning. I did not want to get out of bed and apparently Lilly did not want me to go to work because she kept laying on my uniform while I was trying to put my ribbons and other devices on. She really missed us this weekend.

We had a pretty awesome weekend in Morro Bay. It wasn't intended on being a quilting weekend but it ended up being one. We passed a sign on the way that said something about The Cotton Ball.. I asked Keith what it had said and he told me it was a quilt shop. I told him that it hadn't even crossed my mind to look up the quilt shops in Morro Bay. Well we pull in to the hotel and what do you know The Cotton Ball was across the street.. Not at all planned but a nice suprise.

Keith decided that he was going to look up the store and find out about it and found out that there was actually a quilt show in San Luis Obisbo about 20 miles south of where we were at. I thought it was cool that he would look it up and mention it.. But even better after we spent the day just hanging out in Morro Bay on Saterday, Sunday we went to the natural history muesum we went down to the quilt show.. we had fun had Rob from the Cotton Ball sign his book "Making Waves" and explored the quilts. Keith really likes the japanese/ orintal style quilts and fabrics so I guess I am going to be on the look out for some of those things so that I can make some things for him.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What to write about?

Do you ever sit down thinking that you have this great conversation that you just have to get out there and then you sit down to do it and ... Nothing... You just go blank. Yeah that is how I have felt the last 2 days. I wanted to post but had nothing to say.. well nothing nice any way. Had some issues with Navy Medical but won't get into them since it just makes me want to rip out my hair.

Any way Keith and I are going on a little mini vacation this weekend I can't wait. We are going to go out to Morro Bay here in California. There is also a glass blowing place in Harmony that sounded cool so we might stop in there too I don't know. Either way we are going to make the best of this trip and take lots of pictures that I can post later. I found out yesterday that Keith will be going on deployment January 2010 so I have already started making notes as to the things that I can do and send to him while he is gone. Granted he is deploying to Japan instead of going out to the ship but I am going to start working on projects and putting things away now so that he will get all sorts of goodies and things while he is gone. Cards and letters and what not.. Time to look for some special fabrics for pillowcases or that super secret quilt that he'll just get in the mail one day.. By the way I have already found some fabric that I think I might use.. It would be a suprise to him and would have nothing to do with the sponge bob quilt that is still unfinished from last year.

Is any one a fan of Debbie Mumm fabrics and novelties? I have seen so many cute pin cushions and wall hangings and fabrics that I decided that I was going to look up her website today. She like us has a blog. Today being earth day she has a pattern for a tote bag that you can use for groceries. Mom has crocheted me several of these bags and I have yet to use them for anything other than carrying my crap to and from work or to and from Mom's. I'm sure that there are other patterns and things that are on her blog.

Well I guess I had better get going .. Until later

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thursday at last!!

I swear that it feels like this week is never going to end. Monday as Mom reported to the group was my birthday. I guess Keith had special things planned but went home sick from work. Complained of a bad headache and cough.. when I got home he had a 101 plus fever and I told him that if it wasn't down in a couple hours we were going to the ER. It came down and because I really didn't feel like a special meal I convinced the boys to have grilled cheese and soup (tomato for me, chicken for them) for dinner. After dinner George came in the house with an ice cream cake (that he put all 31 candles on) I swear that he was trying to light the house on fire.

Keith, George and Kevin gave me a really nice Nikon camera (its purple.. smiles) and I also got a new chain for the necklace that Keith gave me at christmas .. the other one was really delicate and the jump rings were opening and I didn't want to loose the charm. (Frown) I haven't done any sewing this week.. Tonight though I am determined! Keith has watch and it will be just me and one other room mate.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Its Almost the weekend!! Yeah

So I have been doing alot of shopping online lately.. I know that is the worst thing that you could do when your just not feeling like yourself. I have a bunch of things coming to me in the mail (some of which has already arrived) I now have Moda's Bistro Jelly Roll and their Love Is In The Air Jelly Roll.. sitting on the shelf trying to figure out what they are going to become. They haven't called out to me anything yet so they will just sit there.

I have a super secret project that I have been working on but will put more out when I have a better idea if its going to work. I have been wanting to make several gifts for some people and haven't gotten around to doing it.. but hopefully if this project turns out the way I hope I can add that to the list of things to make for them.

If I recall correctly my online group SillyGals a couple years back kind of worked together on a quilt called Shimmer.. and it looked like this... (from a magazine but I couldn't tell you which one)

Well I was pretty excited to see that a seller on Ebay had put together all the fabric and the magazine in a kit with Thimbleberries fabric. I put it on my watch list decided if I really wanted it and it was still there that I would bid.. Well 3 days later I still wanted it and last night I was the winning bidder.

A couple weeks ago Ms. Gadget Girl Jen raved about her Creative Memories Side Kick:

I will soon be the proud owner of one of those as well.. I am excited.. I also ordered some more bobbins, a couple bobbin savers and some new patterns.. Yeah once I get back to that sewing kick I'll be set. So I'm going to sit here and hope that the day goes by super fast and then the evening slows down so that I can play.. I have easter shopping to do this afternoon and will be needing to get together the menu for sunday since there will be about 10 people maybe more at the house on Sunday.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Good Morning!!

Well it has been a beautiful Thursday morning so far. I got up early with a little help from the meows.. (they act like they are starving or something) but after dropping Keith off at work I was able to go over to the Starbucks here on base and get a delicious Carmel Apple Spice. Being early to work I get to sit here for a little while in the piece and quiet.. no phones ringing, no one asking questions.. its nice.

I have done alot of looking at things on the Internet today. Yesterday we went and paid my storage and tried to dig some of my things out of storage.. yeah that didn't happen.. We didn't find my boxes of books or fabric or anything. I am super glad that I packed the fabric really well so it should all be ok when we find it.. if its not well then Keith already knows that I will not be a happy camper. I actually pulled out some fabric yesterday to take some measurements and work on some things but got side tracked reading blogs and searching ebay for some things that we can no longer purchase in the stores here.

So today I hope to go home and work on some things.. Keith has off work tomorrow.. Just found out today so I'm hoping that we will get out of work early as well so that I can go and play. Tomorrow is Breakfast Club at the LQS so I can go and pick up that pattern Saturday morning if I feel like it.. LOL. Its now the end of the day I started this post this morning and I am wiped out.. I meant to write all about the new things that I am a proud owner of but I don't have the pictures here and available.. So I will have to wait until I get home to post pictures. So until later!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lessons Learned

If I have learned anything in years past its.. If you see fabric or Notions that you really like buy them... if they are something that you see all the time you can wait for a sale but if you see fabric you like buy it or you may never find it again. I have been lucky enough to have friends all over and the internet has come in very handy when looking for something that I liked the first time I saw it.. Decided later I loved it and then it wasn't there.

Today while searching for that infamous shop hop bunny I came across this sight.. Jojo's Gift Shop. I'm not as lucky as my friend Jill who seems to have really good luck when it comes to raffles and such but like alot of other websites you can sign up for the newsletter for a chance to win prizes. Perhaps the best prize today was finding all the great sales. They have a pretty good selection of Jelly Rolls and Charm squares at some really great prices. Looking for something or just looking to add to your stash this is a good place.

Okay and for everyone that knows me they know that I love my kitties. Just like Jen and Jill with their puppies.. My kitties are part of the family.. while looking for the bunny at Material Pleasure I was looking at their sale fabric and they have alot of Makower's cat fabrics that are silly but adorable.

Well I am going to get going for now.. Depending on what Keith has planned for the weekend that everyone is at retreat.. I may try to create a retreat for myself at home.. I have a few projects in mind I just need to find them (dig them out of where ever they got put when I moved)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

UFO.. projects

Good Morning Everyone!!

Well it has been an ok morning for me so far. Productive I got some work done right away this morning which always makes me feel good. I was doing a little thinking and figure that while there is still some what of a selection out there that I need to get a couple yards of Moda's Bistro fabric to finish off a project that I started a couple months ago.

I actually had a charm pack of Bistro that I had sewn into 3x3 squares and then decided that if I add a small border around the square and then about a 3 inch stripe down either side that it would be a perfect placemat. So today I am going to be searching for the strips and the backing/ binding so that I can try to finish those up this weekend.

Have I told you how super nice it is to not have to use the foot pedal for the sewing machine? I can still sew sprained ankle and all. I actually hemmed some pants for Keith the other day but don't like the way that they looked so I am going to be pulling that out and resewing those for him this evening hopefully.

Monday, April 6, 2009

More Project Ideas..

Ok so I am currently looking for a project. Preferrably a quilt but well we all know how motivated I have been in the last 4 months so any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I want to work on a special project that I would like to have completed by June but if its not I'm not to worried about it I can mail it any or send it for christmas.

So I want to make something with specific colors in mind .. fall colors.. tans and browns, yellows and oranges.. this person is also a big horse fan so if that helps any. I really wanted to make a lap/ couch quilt in the fall colors but there is nothing that I have seen so far that really strikes me.. I guess maybe its just that mental block that I have been suffering from lately I don't know.

Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Ok so last night I was on a roll!! I was doing laundry and cleaning things up.. thought that I was doing well until.... I stepped off the step ladder in the closet caught the side of my foot and well you can probably guess what happened next.. I heard a loud pop and I hit the floor.. It hurt so bad that I layed on the floor of the closet until I could crawl out and ask one of the roommates to bring me some ice.. Keith was on watch last night so he wasn't here to help.

This morning we thought that it was best if we went over to the base acute care and had my foot and ankle looked at. They confirmed that it was in fact sprained they wrapped it gave me some pain meds and sent me on my way.

So I slept a little this afternoon and then got up and did some online shopping and what not. I have watched part of a movie and had to rewind it because I missed somethings. So I'm back to watch this movie and sit down and relax and then head to bead. Super exciting weekend huh??

Friday, April 3, 2009

Mmm.. Its Finally Friday.. Yeah

Well its friday and I am excited. Glad that another week of work is over. Though I already know the weekend is going to feel super short. I have a list of things to do already.. but how much times I have to do things will depend on how long it takes us to drive down to mom and dads for that wall unit and come back.

Saturday evening will be all mine and then Sunday Keith is having one of the boys come over to help him with the engine on his truck. So I guess I will have sunday to myself as well. I need to do lots of laundry so between that and the movies that I intend to watch.. I hope to get some sort of motivation to sew or do something creative because all I have done is move things from one place to another so that it looked more organized. I have some project ideas in mind.. things that I have seen but think that I can design myself.. Oh and my class too almost forgot about that.

Hope everone has a great weekend! I will try to post again later.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Time on my hands..

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope that everyone is having a great day. Today has been ok so far. I was catching up on posts and noticed that Jen (Cre8tive Quilter) posted about her Side Kick:

Jen mentioned that she loved it because it kept her drink off the table and it wouldn't get knocked over, sweat on things making a wet mess etc. Well I decided that I was going to look for one myself. There are a few listed on Ebay but they were not really a deal when you can get one from a Creative Memories site for almost the same price and you don't have to worry about waiting for the auction to end and then for the other party to mail it off to you. Another thought that crossed my mind.. if you buy from your local consultant your helping someone in your community directly. I don't know call it what you want but I have been shopping the small town stores because it helps someone else out. Just a thought.. you could order now and have it before retreat.. smiles

On that same note.. while searching ebay I came across this seller h2obrogrok who isn't selling the side kick but sewn scrap bags that look like this:
I was thinking that if you ladies ordered one for your retreat that you could have it in time to take with you and then might even be able to make the bag while you're there.. super easy project.. Just a thought. I know I have put a side kick on my wish list.. well if you could call it that its more like the list of things that I want and they get marked off when I have the extra cash to get them.. smiles.

So Friday after work we are driving down to my parents to get the wall unit and drop off some other things for my dad. I'm not sure if we are going to load the wall unit that night and try to come back or if we are going to spend the night and come back in the morning. I'm thinking morning but Keith has duty on Saturday and has to stand watch from 4pm until midnight on Saturday.. So I'm kind of thinking that if we just go down get the unit and come back even though it will be late it will allow him to sleep in and not have to worry about being late for work.

I'm so excited though. I signed up for a class at Quilt University Online that the 1st lesson is Friday but I figured since it is a work at your own pace class and that Saturday Keith has watch that, that evening would be the perfect time to work on the first lesson. I will have the house virtually to myself I think if not I will just close the door. I am taking the class for this really neat carry all:

Here is a picture of the outside.. this is what they call the advanced block.. the other is a churn dash block

And for the inside.. There is a place for everything.. your cutting mat, your ruler and small pockets for tools and notions. I think its a really neat idea and even have thoughts of my own to modify it for me.. smiles.

I am pretty excited about it.. Its not like Jen's tote but I really wanted to take a class and the ones here in town are usually during the day while I'm at work and the last couple weekend classes were part 2's to other classes.

I am working on a couple to do lists to post on the side of my blog maybe if I have that to look at it will motivate me to get going on some things.