Showing posts from August, 2007

3 Days Later........

It's taken me 3 days, but its done. The office/craft room is clean. I can't believe it took me that long!!! However I can see the floor and most surfaces. The clothes and fabric and paper and towels and trash are picked up and gone from the floor. The dust and cobwebs are gone. I can actually breathe! It is my favorite room in the house now, probably because its the only CLEAN room in the house. Why is it that when you devote time to a project (like cleaning out a room), everything else falls apart!

I didn't take before and after pictures, but I do have a picture of the cats that sort of shows the state of my fabric.

I took this picture to show how Hemi and Tiger are getting along (which of course as soon as I took it a cat fight broke out), but if you look at the background you can see some of the bookshelf and also the fabric (and towel) on the floor.
this is what it looks like now.

SO much better! I'm hoping that since it looks this good, it will be easier …

Vacation in a Box!

In the movie Total Recall, you could go to a place to have a memory chip implanted into your brain to give you memories of a vacation you didn't go on. A VIRTUAL vacation.


You could have signed up at Knitter's Virtual Vacation Swap, get a buddy who would send you cool things thru email, and then send you a box FULL of really cool stuff.

The second way is SO much better!!!!! How do I know? Because I got my virtual vacation in a box TODAY!!!

Janet lives in Alaska and sent me a BUNCH of goodies!! First up, she sent me lots of brochures, flyers and post cards of my *time* there!

Look at all the places I went!!! Then I went shopping! I hit a couple of quilt shops and I got some REALLY cool fabric too!!

The rugrats are already fighting over who gets which one in their quilt!

Ok and look what else came in my box, MOOSE DROPPINGS!!! The edible kind!! LOL They look yummy and will be eaten later tonight when I will be able to eat and not share! Some great smelling soap, some li…

Hide and Seek Gone Awry

Princess: SHHHHHH Don't tell Tiger where I am!

Tiger: SHHHHHH Don't tell Princess where I am!

Princess: Found you!!

Lucy: Can't a girl get some privacy around here?!?

Princess: I thought she was playing!

Hemi: They'll never find me here!!!


Weekend Update

In true Florida fashion, as SOON as I sent Saturday's post, we got slammed by a storm. Nature just wanted to prove me wrong. It rained for abt 20 min with a fantastic light show, but then it was all done. Apparently, though, when I watched the news last night, we were one of the few places that didn't get like 3" of rain. We got less than an inch. Still, its better than nothing.

Today the weather is similar. This is what I see when I look out my back window.

And this is what I see when I look out my front.

And it's getting worse. Amazing huh? Again, true Florida fashion. The crazy thing abt where I live, I'm in the center of a cluster of lakes, and for some reason, it can be pouring down rain within a mile of me on all sides, but I can be dry. I guess its my mini lake effect.

I'm still slowly working thru my craft room. Today I was working on one of the bookshelves with all the photo albums. Its hard to get them in order w/OUT looking thru them, and since I'v…

Saturday Sky

There was a LOW in the Atlantic Ocean that was going to bring us lots and lots of rain. We had some yesterday and we had a 50% change of rain today. With that in mind, here is what my sky was like for most of the day.

Around 5pm it started getting cloudy and we heard thunder; and apparently it *did* rain when we went out to dinner since everything was wet when we got home, but it didn't last very long. It's really sad when you watch the weather and hope a tropical storm forms so that we get some desperately needed rain!

Project updates: not much. I haven't touched my cross stitching, I did a couple more repeats on the shawl, I'm starting the heel on one of my Dolphins socks and just finished turning the heel on the other (I have to say working on both socks at the same time is pretty cool and makes me feel like I'm making a lot of progress!), I washed some fabric to make Baby Girl a dress to cover her leotard when we go to ballet, and I'm trying to find the patte…

Kitty Thursdays


They aren't looking, are they??

~~sniff sniff~~




There's nothing like koolaid flavored wool.....

Something New........

I spent last night and the majority of today going thru the craft closet and bookshelf trying to find a new cross stitch to work on. While I'm going thru my stash, I realized something. The majority of my projects are BIG. Bigger than 8x10 big. Very little of what I own is small. Some of the stuff I pulled out was put back in when I looked at the finished size. But I finally settled on a few things to work on.

Bent Creek's Kitty Cat Row was inspired by StitcherW. When I saw it on her blog, I remembered that I had it too and knew it wasn't TOO big. I need to get some specialty floss and the fabric for it so its on hold for now, but I hope to start it soon. Instead I decided on Seasonal Scenes to be the first thing to work on.

Even though it feels like summer, I started the one for Fall. I figure by the time I finish it,it will be Oct and fit perfectly in with the season. Every space is stitched so I went with a 16ct aida in antique white. I have a lot of 14 and 18 count, but …

The Neverending Projects

I was working on Queen Ann last night and after I finished just one strand of floss, I had to put it away. Way too many greens. Ugh. I need to start something new. All of my xs projects have been around for a LONG time. The biggest reason, they are big and involved and I get tired of working on so many different shades of the same color. It makes for a beautiful finished project, but a very tedious stitch. Here are my before and after pictures of QAL.

I started Ann (she's been around so long, we are on a first name basis) back in 2000. Bag Ladies and Maggie were started in 2001 (Maggie was the day after 9/11. I figured if we were all going to be blown to bits, I needed to at least start her). Too Pooped is the baby of the group, but even he's been around for over a year. I need to find something else. I mentioned the Kelly Kats but those are mostly black. Which means I need to take a stash dive. I'll keep you posted as to what I come up with......

Lucy: Does this mean you wi…

Listen to the Quiet

Do you hear that?? Neither do I. That must mean that it's the first day of school!!! WOOHOO!!! #1 Son started 3rd grade and Baby Girl started Kindergarten. They were up and dressed in record time (too bad this doesn't last all year long!) #1 Son didn't want us walking him to his classroom, but Baby Girl did. She settled in right away, no fuss no muss. She knows two girls in her class plus she got the same Kindergarten teacher that #1 Son had so she was good to go. In fact, the entire classroom was doing really well considering this was the first day of Kindergarten. I think its because the majority of them had siblings that already went to that school, so they were familiar with the surroundings. Only a couple of kids were sad, and it wasn't THAT bad. It was very calm and peaceful in the classroom which I think makes the first day start off on the right foot. And yes even though this is my baby girl going off to full time school, I feel fine. I'd be a…

40 Year Old Eyes

They say that once you hit 40, your eyes start to go. Apparently this is true because I'm having a hard time working on my linen projects. I pulled out Queen Ann last night and boy was that interesting! I may have to buy those $1 magnifiers from CVS to make looking at the linen easier. Once I got used to the small fabric, it got a bit better, but when I looked up at the TV and focused on that, it took a couple of seconds to re-focus back on the fabric. It just shows me that I should have done alot of my linen projects when my eyes were younger. Then again it doesnt help that it's 32ct belfast linen either. I think I need to pull out some Monaco 28ct evenweave. Something a bit bigger and more uniform will probably help. Plus I want to pull out my black kitties, Kats by Kelly from Calico Crossroads. My plan is to make up a few of these and put them in a wall hanging. I saw this once at a quilt show and thought the Kelly kitties would be perfect for this!

In knitting news, I finis…

Friday update

I have tried to write an entry for the past 1/2 hour and have wiped out at least 8 different posts. So there will be no witty banter today. No clever conversation will be found.*** The brain apparently isn't capable of it today. Instead it will be just the facts, ma'am.

I've been working on Too Pooped the past few days and I wanted to show the progress going on. It has aLOT of blacks, browns, tans and greys so I can only work on it for so long before I have to rotate it out. So w/o further ado......

I got one leg done and wanted to complete the other, but I needed to take a break from the blacks and greys so I moved to the tree and worked on the browns and tans instead.

I think the next project will be Queen Ann's Lace. She hasnt been worked on since May.

***I like to dilute myself into thinking that normally I DO have clever and witty conversations. Just humor me and we'll all be better off!