Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Update on the House

Just wanted to post an update. There were at least 2 bids put in on the house ours and 1 other. The bank counter offered saying they would take the best and highest.. We took that as to mean that the other bid and ours were so close that they wanted to try to get us to bid more. Keith has worked out all the numbers and has sent them back to the Realtor so we will be signing paperwork again this afternoon and then waiting to see who had the better offer.

Bids have to be in by tomorrow at 1pm so with any luck by friday we should know whether we are still looking or if we need to start packing things to get ready to move.

Any way back to the pictures of the house... Look at this one for a minute..

Do you see the wicker baskets above the bar area in between the beams in the ceiling? Well to be honest the are going to get pulled down.. they look like some that my mom had when I was a kid.. But I can see something else very different there.... I see six special quilted pot holders hung there for display. I think I have a couple already but would really like for Keith to help in the decorating so I might just have him pick some fabric and I will make some special ones.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Prospective New House

Keith and I have been thinking about and looking into buying a house since before he left for deployment. We have been looking and can't even count how many houses that we have looked at. We put in a bid on one about a month ago (The day before my surgery actually) and was out bid by some one else. That in it self may have been a blessing in disguise because Keith found a really nice older home on about and acre last friday. We put in a bid this morning and have been told that we should know by next week if our offer has been accepted.

If it gets accepted there will be a bit of saving coming our way just so that we can be prepared in case the navy does seperate me for my arm. I have told Keith that I will do what ever it takes to help make ends meet even if it means getting 2 part time jobs here in town, and or even doing the ebay/ etsy thing if need be. Every little bit will help even if it doesn't seem like it. That extra $20, $30 or $50 can be put towards utility bills, storage, car payments you name it.

So I think I will be alot better with my stash reports here in the future using ALOT more than I will be purchasing. I have alot of Kits and fabric set aside for specific projects in the hopes to limit the things that I inpulse buy.

So are you ready to see some sneak peeks of the house?
This is the front of the house. The grass looks lot greener in real life and there is a big gravel drive through or round about not sure what you would call it.

Here is a picture of the fire place. Looks like it will keep us toasty warm in the winter.

Here is the view into the Kitchen not a whole lot of counter space but we will manage (if our bid goes through)

And part of the back yard. There is a small pool and spa its almost like a little resort area with a patio area and then a sun type area. Over all really nice. We'll see.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Stash Report 8

Well this week I did pretty good. I didn't buy any fabric, I finished a couple UFO's meaning that I can count that against my net fabric used. Maybe a little at a time and I can get back in the positive.

Fabric added this week: 0.0

Fabric added year-to-date: 25.45

Fabric used this week: 1.375

Fabric used year-to-date: 5.6

Net Fabric Used: -20.8

I hope to get a few fat quarters used before next week. We'll see what the week brings. The squadron put Keith on nights as of this past friday so I am home in the evenings by my self. Maybe I will get bits and pieces done in the evenings.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday Night Sew in!!

Friday was February's Friday night sew in!! A group of quilters online have come together to support and encourage each other to sew and be creative. You don't even have to sew per say. Last month for Friday night sew in Keith and I folded and re-organized some of my fabric stash as it was the only thing I could do after surgery and you know we had fun.

This time my brother and sister in-law will be in town visiting but the plan is for them to help me grocery shop and then have a nice relaxing evening at home. Pizza and movies for dinner and just be able to enjoy our time together. I'm hoping that I can steal a few minutes (ok longer because of my arm) away so that I can finish some pillows that I have been promising my brother for almost 2 years now. I figure if I finish them then he can take them home as an early birthday present.
Things didn't work out quite as I had planned. I didn't sew Friday or Saturday but I did get those pillows done for Ryan. Only one went home with him because the second wasn't quite ready for him to take home. I didn't really like the way parts of it came out but he loves them and doesn't want me to redo them. I guess thats all that matters. I have lots of other Dale Jr fabric to make things for him but I think those are going to be put on hold for a little while. Keith and I found out Friday that we are going to be an Aunt and Uncle. My brother and his wife Molly are going to be having their first baby.
The second is a picture of one of the finished pillows with its proud owner and soon to be new Pappa. He refused to let me take a picture where you couls actually see his face. The pillows are huge and can be used to sit on the floor. He wanted them when we were all sitting on the floor at his house playing video games. He had his own room/ office where he would play games and use his computer. They have since decided that the game room is going to be the babies room so I'm not sure that they have a need for these pillows BUT its a couple UFO's completed and fabric that I can count towards my stash report since they haven't been counted in previous reports.
Hope that everyone had a productive weekend and has a great week. Until later...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Stash Report 7 (SUPER LATE)

Well better late than never I guess!! I actually didn't post Sunday morning because I was in the middle of a project and wanted to count it for the end of the week totals. I did finish it Sunday about 11am or so but got side tracked doing things with my husband and didn't ever get back to post.

Fabric added this week: 0.0 (Yeah I did it!! Nothing this week)

Fabric added year-to-date: 25.45

Fabric used this week: 2.0

Fabric used year-to-date: 4.25

Net Fabric Used: -22.2

So my net went down a little bit. Not much But if I just get a couple a week while going through therapy then it can only get better once I'm getting better. This next week I plan on finishing a couple UFO's that have never been counted before. Two birds with one stone (or two seams really)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Keiths Birthday Cake

Yesterday was Keiths birthday. Keith asked for a chocolate cake. Last year we had an ice cream cake but this year I decided to bake him a cake. So here is how the cake turned out..

and we added this yummy low caalorie ice cream. The ice cream is the best silky chocolate.. mmm.
Just thought I would share a bit of Keith's birthday with everyone!!

Yahoo group Valentines swaps

This year I participated in 2 valentines swaps with 2 seperate yahoo groups. I am a little late in posting about them but Shellie knew that I got it I thanked her on face book and I recieved Fayes today. All I can say is thank you so much ladies!! You have definately brightened up the last weekend before having to go back to work. Shellie and Faye have out done them selves thats for sure.

Here is a picture of Faye's swap goodies.. She sent a fabric bag, little pouch, scissor fob, little note pad and a pin cushion. I think I am going to use the bag to keep all my things together that I am working on in the living room. I have a short list (or maybe not so short) of things I would like to get done this weekend.

And here are the goodies from Shellie.. I swear the box kept multiplying when I wasn't looking.
Let me see if I can mention everything.. Shellie I'm sorry if I miss things... there was a baggie full of chocolate and gummy bears, a doll pincushion, cranberry potpourri, some post cards for my scrap book, a scrapbag, fatquarters, charm pack a little drawstring bag full of thimbles( super neat), a crochet pouch with a spoon from niagra falls tucked inside (I love it, you'll see why soon), cinnamon heart sachets (I think correct me shellie if I'm wrong) and then she sent a cross stitch magazine and a soduko book to enjoy while I'm still not able to sew. Thank you so much I love it all and can't wait to sit down and work the puzzles.

Here lilly decided that some of the fat quarters were hers.. She likes purple like her mama.

Shellie your spoon filled the last space in my spoon case!! Here is a picture... I actually have more spoons from deployment but we have yet to find them. So here is the case as it is right now.

I think it looks great. We're not sure where to hang it yet but are waiting until we find another house we don't want to put more holes in the wall here that we are just going to have to fix when we find a house to buy.

Thanks again Shellie and and Faye!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Stash Report Week 6

Well nothing was busted this week except for some water soluable stabilizer and perhaps some cut away as well since hand towels don't count.. smiles. Perhaps next week. There are a couple things that I would like to try to make at a very slow pace that is. This coming week is Keith's birthday so I would like to "TRY" to make a special Birthday place mat. I already have a pattern in mind and there is an embroidery pattern that I think would be perfect to go some where on the place mat. Whether I make it that far is a different story. It really is the thought that counts. As soon as we (Keith and I) Figure out what (1 color and 2 size) blocks we are going to use for our super secret Christmas projects there will be some busted stash.. Things will be embroidered and put into a WIP project box. In an effort to organize the sewing room we have several of those art bins from Joanns designated as project boxes.

Fabric that was added was already confessed to earlier in the week it all belongs to Thimbleberries Club that I'm hoping that others are working on too. I signed up for it prior to deciding to start stash busting. I don't know what my group is actually doing because they are in San Diego but maybe I will find an online support group working on it too.

Fabric added this week: 3.6 (There is actually more because they sent me the first trimesters fabric but it was packed nice so the others will be counted as I get the pattern books)
Fabric added year-to-date: 25.45

Fabric used this week: 0.0 (towels don't count but I sew'd)
Fabric used year-to-date: 2.25

Net Fabric Used: -23.2

I have a question for the other ladies working on stash. When do you count it as busted. When cut or actually sewn. Being my first year doing stash busting do I get to count UFO's that have been added to the flimsy pile as busted stash as long as they haven't been counted before?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Movie Saturday

Well today Keith and I decided that we were going to go see a movie. So we went and saw "Dear John". There were good parts and bad parts. I won't ruin it for you. There are reasons that I like the movie that only Keith and I will understand. Keith on the other hand was not a fan of the movie. He said there were parts that were too slow. My favorite quote from the movie was "Two Weeks that 's all it took". If your not up for a sappy tear jerker then I would avoid this movie.

We are now back home and Keith has decided to look for the "Eggs of the Day" on face book. Some thing that we started before my surgery and it just became our thing. Its silly really but we have fun.

In the last week I have done a little bit of sewing. Well that's actually a lie. I set the machine and pushed go and it did things all on its own. So all I really had to do was hoop some things. Some things I can post and then others that will have to wait until the Valentines Swap buddies receive them. Here are some Free Standing Lace (FSL) leaves that I did this weekend. I'm having trouble deciding what to do next. There are 2 projects that I know that I want to do but I have to decide what colors that I am going to do. They will be started now to be gifts for Christmas 2010. I know its a long ways away but I have no idea what this year is going to hold for me and want to have them done and put away as soon as I can.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pay it Forward

As most of you that read my Blog know I Received a Pay it Forward Gift from Regina this week. I love it! Its awesome and couldn't have come at a better time. I have one more week of Medical leave and then I am back to work. So it was just the thing to cheer me up before having to go back to work.

So here is my pay it forward! The first 3 people to comment on my post will receive a pay it forward goody from me. All you have to do is post about it on your blog when you receive it and do the same send to 3 more people. It doesn't have to be anything spectacular huge just a little something that you have made to brighten up some one elses day.

If your not part of one of my Yahoo groups please be sure to leave me your email so that I can get your address from you. Mom if you want to play its okay too.. I will help you post to your blog and then tell all the girls that you are having a give away.

Mail call!

Good evening everyone! Well I have been really bad about updating my blog. I'm having a rough day today.. my arm is irritated and I tried to take a nap but the meows decided that they weren't going to let that happen. Keiths kitty (Sandy) Kept licking my face particularly my eye lids and I couldn't stand it any more so I came out to the living room and Thelma decided to climb all over me. Shes not usually the persistent kind so I took that as the sign that I wasn't going to sleep.

A few days ago.. Monday or tuesday I got loads of things in the mail from some ebay auctions, a blog give away, Regina, and the Cozy quilt shop (yes more fabric but I can explain).

First I want to say thank you thank you to Regina. I received a little notebook, fat quarter, thread and a hand made card for her pay it forward gift. So yes the next post that I write will be to follow through with my pay it forward responsabilities. Keep an eye out so that you can be one of the first 3 to sign up.

The blog give away was a great little stampin up photo album and some paper to go in it. I plan on using it to make a little photo album of our wedding pictures to be able to put on our coffe table or the shelf behind our couch. I also recieved some pencils and a note pad that will happily find their place on my desk, or in my sewing room when I get them both cleaned off.

The ebay auctions were un-important at this point they were rubber stamps that may be used in projects and scrapbooks to come. I got some really cute christmas stamps that will be perfect for some christmas cards for next year.

Last but not least I got my first installment of this years Thimbleberries Block of the month. I am pretty excited about this one. I am working long distance with the shop in San Diego on this one. They decided to do the Dusk version of the quilt but I have debated getting the fabric for one of the other versions as well. Are you working on the 2010 Thimbleberries block of the month? Leave me a comment and we can motivate each other to finish our monthly obligations. This month is pine trees!