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Location: Maine, United States

I am a 40 something year old mother of 2. I have always been interested in crafts since my sister and I spent summer weeks with my Grandmother, who was a very crafty lady, while my mother was in college. I mostly quilt since I seem to have an obsession with owning large quantities of fabric, but at one point or another think I have tried almost every craft out there.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

not much of a stash report

April and I finally got together for her birthday so I can post a picture of her gift. We talk every day, but our schedules don't allow us to see each other in person very often. Does this look familiar? It is very similar to the one I made for my Spring Swap partner. The colors have been changed to reflect the recipient. I think she really liked it. ;-) She has thanked me numerous times since I gave it to her.
I don't have much of a stash report this week. It has been better weather so I have spent my time in the gardens. I have my vegetable seedlings ready to plant and some of my seeds are planted. We had a frost last week and I am hoping that it was our last.
fabric in this week: 0
fabric out this week: 0
fabric in ytd: 21.75
net fabric out ytd: 6.125

Monday, May 18, 2009

i have the best husband in the world

I had never been to an Ikea until yesterday. The closest one to us is like 2 1/2 hours away and I have been wanting to go for a long time. I would see sewing rooms with all these cool Ikea cupboards and ideas on Flickr with some of the smaller storage containers and I wanted to play Ikea sewing room too. My friend April had brought me a catalog and during our weekend away one of the places I wanted to go was Ikea. The problem was that Ikea was in the opposite direction from Webs, but as luck would have it was right on the way to Rhode Island and that was the weekend DH was taking DS to his first shipping out. I poured over the catalog and made a meticulous list with catalog numbers, colors and amounts. I asked very nicely for DH to stop and just pick things up for me. I told him I had details and if he needed help he could just ask someone. He reluctantly agreed (he hates to shop more than most anything). He and DS stopped on the way down and via cell phone DS informed me how horrible it was. I was very grateful and am happy with all the purchases.
Fast forward to this weekend when I asked if we could stop so I could actually see Ikea for myself and look at some other things I was unsure of until I could see them in real life. DH is fine with shopping as long as he has something to read and can sit in the car while it was being done so he agreed. I was amazed at how overwhelming the actual Ikea store was. How things were not set up in an easy to follow system and how the little errand I asked my husband to do was actually a fairly large undertaking. Poor DH. He is so good to me that he didn't just throw up his hands and continue on his way. I think I'll keep him. :-D

Sunday, May 17, 2009

two in two days

I finished my second OPAM project for May. Seven hour car rides are pretty good for doing handwork. If the roads weren't so bumpy it would be even better. ;-) I got this table runner quilted and the binding machine stitched down yesterday in preparation for taking DS back to Rhode Island today.
I also finished the first, in what I hope to be a pair of socks. I have been doing 2 at a time for a bit, but for a reason, I can't exactly remember right now, decided to do this pair separately. I hope I can avoid Single Sock Syndrome and complete the pair. Don't you just love the funky yarn?
DS was safely delivered to his ship ready to start back at work in the morning. He brought his guitar, computer and more stuff this time. I saw the quarters he will be sharing with 5 other guys and I'm not sure what he is planning to do with everything. Here he is with DH in front of the ship he will be working on until sometime in July. He is then going to transfer to another ship with a promotion to work for the remainder of the summer. I am seeing 2 more 7 hour drives in our future. The one today seemed to take much longer than last weekend. I'm thinking more than a week is needed to recuperate in between.
Even though I had 2 finishes this week I didn't set any records with my stash busting. I am however, still headed in the right direction.
fabric in this week: 0
fabric out this week: .25
fabric in ytd: 21.75
fabric out ytd: 6.125

Saturday, May 16, 2009

one down for may

First OPAM project for May done and gone. My coworker gave me a week extra as his MIL's birthday is this weekend and she wanted to see them for that rather than Mother's Day. I was going to get the binding on last Saturday and do the hand work on the drive to Rhode Island, but the weirdest thing happened. As I was pressing I got a cramp behind my shoulder blade that wouldn't go away. It started around lunchtime and didn't stop until 9pm. Nothing I did would make it go away. I am not prone to cramps so it was very odd. No recurrence since, so I am hoping it was a one time thing. I don't have enough time as it is. I can't afford to waste more than half a day not able to move.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

mothers day stash report

Happy Mother's Day
I have to say this was not my best Mother's Day ever. Plans for the day -- Lunch out and trip to the new IMAX theater to see the Star Trek movie in all it's IMAX glory. Actual events as they transpired -- 3 1/2 hour drive to Warren, Rhode Island to pick up DS for a week off from his job and 3 1/2 hour drive back. Now I have a similar trip to look forward to a week from now. :
I did manage a stop at Trader Joe's. We don't have one in Maine even though I have started a campaign and have tried to get everyone I know to go to the website and beg them to open one. On our weekend away April and I went and I picked up a few things that sounded interesting. DH and I got totally hooked on the Thai Lime & Chili Cashews I found. They were gone in less than 2 days so I decided we needed to stock up. I bought 6 pounds. I wonder how long they will last.

Stash report looking pretty good this week.

fabric in this week: 0
fabric out this week: 4.5
fabric in ytd: 21.75
fabric out ytd: 5.875

Too bad I can't count 108 wide backing fabric as more. My numbers would be a lot better if I did. ;)

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

stormy seas

My mother LOVED all things blue. She had sets of blue dishes. A collection of cobalt blue glassware. Every room in our house was decorated predominantly blue and she wore mostly blue clothing. About 6 or 7 years ago I made this miniature wall hanging for her. She had it hanging in what my dad has now converted to his bedroom. I was down there this past weekend helping him get some things arranged and he had this crinkled up thrown on the floor under his bureau. Men! They just don't understand. I spent hours on this. It is all paper pieced and those pieces are tiny. I put a quarter on it for reference to show size. He said I could have it back so now it hangs beside my bed to remind me of my mother every morning when I wake up.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

why every single thing i own is covered in cat hair

I had a very productive day today. It didn't start out that way as I slept much later than I had intended, but it worked out great in the end. For weeks now I have been trying to get back into the swing of things and somehow today I finally feel like I have accomplished it.
Before noon I had the prep work done for our entire week's worth of menus. It makes the week so much less stressful when dinners are planned and pretty much made. It also sets up DH getting the evening meal on the table a couple of days. ;0)
Yesterday, it hit me that Mother's Day was next weekend. I had told my coworker that I would have the quilt he wanted for his MIL by then. OOPS. That made me have a dream this morning (which is why I overslept), that when I got it all finished it was only the size of a baby quilt. Think maybe I was feeling a little pressure? So anyway, I spent the afternoon sewing and got it to the point where all it needs is the final outer border. I laid it out on our bed to take a picture. When I got back with my camera look what I found. I always tell people when they get things from here the cat hair is free.
Stashbusting report:
fabric in this week: 0
fabric out this week: .75
fabric in ytd: 21.75
fabric out ytd: 1.375
Next week should be a nice jump because I have to back and bind that quilt. :-D