Saturday, September 22, 2007

i've been simpsonized

ok...i had to put my glasses on, made me look a little smarter! one does needs every advantage when becoming a cartoon, dontcha think? i really did have a lot of fun playing around with this neat little gadget, and i think the likeness is pretty good! it lets you customize your hair, lipstick, accessories, clothes, etc. i gave myself diamond earrings, 'cause i figure if the real me can't have 'em, why not the cartoon me? hee hee! you can check it out at if you want to simpsonize yourself too.

ok, lest you think i am a lazy bum with nothing to do, please note that this isn't all i've done today. i also got back to my Biblical block quilt of the month quilt. those nifty windowed storage boxes are paying, whoduv thunk it? i glanced up at the shelf, which, by the way strategically places my wipz directly in my line of sight when i walk in my room, and noticed, again, the beautiful fabric that came with this club. the project began to call to me work on me, work on me then upon being ignored, it got more aggressive with the club ended 4 months ago, and you stopped with block #3????

it also helped that, having temporarily purged the urge to create all things fall, i took note of the Christmas-like colors of burgundy, rose, cream, and green.....and i do need a winter throw for the living room.....hmmmmmm

so the blocks were granted a reprieve from their single-windowed-stylishly-striped cell and today, i completed "job's troubles" and "devil's claw". the best part, i got to add them to my design wall...
and, admittedly, the more i complete the more i love this project! job's troubles (on the left) was actually paper pieced. i loathe paper piecing, and to that distaste i contribute (translate pass the buck) my resistance to continue the project the month it was shipped. now, i must admit that i finally shelled out the moola to purchase some real foundation paper specifically to use with this block, and it truly made a difference! this one was quite maybe we can upgrade from loathe to strong distaste ?? just goes to show, the right tools make the job! as my brother-in-law said, "i'll complete any project you want me to do, honey. as long as you guarantee that i'll have the tools i need for the job!" i guess that wasn't just a ploy for a new nail gun....;0)

i feel that moving to thoughts of Christmas is justified, as i temporarily quenched my thirst for all things fall by finishing my table topper. the table topper was my first run at quilting in multiple colors for effect. i quilted curly vines from pumpkin to pumpkin, then did another pass in green to add leaves. it is really hard to see in this pick, but if you look between the pumpkin stems you can see the squiggles. unfortunately, my camera didn't want to focus in the artificial light! when i placed it on the table and added the gourds and candle on my gold charger plate, the effect was fall enough for me!

I also managed to finish hanging my fall wreath, decking the mantle with gourds and leaves, and escorting my scarecrow gal to her place of honor, leaning beside our mailbox. i broke out the mini scarecrows and pumpkins, hung my pumpkin-patch wall hanging............
whew! apple cider anyone?

Friday, September 14, 2007

a friend is a precious thing

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe unto him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Monday, September 10, 2007

Another Name for MeMe

o.k., i found this at my friend Mrs. Wilt's blog and had to do cute! you can learn a lot about a gal with this. i think my prek director is planning on using it at her next staff meeting as an ice breaker!
if you do it too, email me or comment so i can check yours out!

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car),
Greta Rodeo
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie), Chunky Monkey Oatmeal
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name),
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal), Red Ladybug
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born), Beth Lynchburg
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first), Wen-Ma
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink), The Pink Coffee
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers), Carlos Grady
9. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ), Gail Wade
10. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter), Bryant Burmingham
11. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower). Autumn Sunflower
12. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) Banana Caprisie
13. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree), Apple Dogwood
14. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”), The Quilting Thunderstorm

Sunday, September 09, 2007

room finished.....for now

well, it is official the stash has been conquered! behold

ok, granted that this does not include the inherited fabric from my grandmother. in fact, the tub is immediately to the left of the the closet.....dunno how i'll get it out without undoing all my hard work.....should have planned better, huh? LOL!

i have also been tweaking my room layout,having resigned myself to the fact that my quilting room in the basement will likely remain concrete and partially studded walls until after November when DHs work slows. so, after consulting creating your perfect quilting space i did a little low-budget renovation and was able to streamline and organize my space. (sorry pics are a little fuzzy, camera didn't flash)...
to the right of my closet door and on the left side of the window I placed an inexpensive shelf from lowes on which i placed my wip boxes, and two canvas caddies, one containing random scraps of fabric too yummy to toss, but too small to fold and the other holding my spray cans, etc. under the shelf is greta's crate.there is the matching shelf, installed on the other side of the window. this shelf got my speakers off of my dresser/cutting area. it also houses my cd boxes, pics, and on the far left shoe boxes with precut 1 1/2" and 2" fabric strips. The dresser was my grandmas, and i think she would like it being used in my sewing room. the drawers come in handy to store various items, with many having baskets inside to keep the drawers themselves organized. DH has promised to build an extension for the back to give me more adequate cutting width.....after season....sigh....

the table is a drop leaf kitchen table that is a great height for cutting. the drop leafs are handy when i need a bigger table for a large quilt, but still allows me to keep my space by leaving them down when not in use.

my design board is behind my chair, and my grandma's bedside table to the left of the chair, allowing me a small cutting area and storage for my books and magazines.

the other side of the design wall has become home to my cutting mat and ruler storage. three small 3m hooks was all it took. the other wall is used when i need my ironing board out. i am currently looking into small alternatives.........oh yeah, my current project is on the table. my reward for completing my first essay assignment for this class in my graduate studies (hey, no effort is too small to reward, right?)

i purchased the center fabric last year, and never got around to using it.
the colors are actually a lot brighter, but again, no flash.

fall fever has hit me pretty hard, after this i plan on starting a candy corn table runner. i am excited because it will have to be my own layout/design...... fun,fun,fun!

all right T. i wanna see your space soon..... ;0)