Sunday, November 8, 2009
Well, 2 hours went by and I called to see where they stood. Of course there had been a shift change. The machine has stopped working and someone was coming in the morning to fix it. 108 out of 467 are done. So still no pictures. Retreat is this coming weekend and I need pictures. I am determined to be organized this time to actually get some projects caught up. That would be both scout albums, both school albums and our Christmas album. If I get done early, I will work on the digital albums I have to complete to have by Christmas.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I had found a large house that would have worked perfectly for a retreat house. But after a few weeks the sold sign went up on it and it wasn't me. Simon keeps telling me that I need to wait until after Christmas because he wrote a letter to Santa telling him how bad I wanted the house. So he firmly believes that Santa is the one who bought it. So onward with new plans. I have been talking to some builders to see about building what we want from scratch.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Ange made an adorable 8x8 album for a family member that went by "Brown Bear, Brown Bear". It was adorable. Now I will have to consider making one like it. Stephanie and Wendy were working on ABC albums for their children. They too were really neat. I plan to do that too.
I left a couple of hours early to see my mother in law in the hospital. She later passed away when I left to pick up the kids. She is no longer in pain. She has had a rough 5-10 years.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Here are a few pictures of the group who attended. Everyone met someone they didn't know previously or found out they knew someone in common. We call these weekends our therapy time. We can really get to know someone deeper when you spend that much time together.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I will be posting recipes that we sometimes have during retreat that have been made. We do have some favorites. I will add those in separate entries to make them easy to look up. So be watching!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Page created by: Kim C.
She decorated her page with cutting letters from her Cricut and then cut out the design from a Designer prints paper to lay over the corners of her photos. Even the scroll at the bottom was cut out from another sheet of paper to add as an embellishment.
Page designed by: Kathy D.
She tore a piece of paper and added to the bottom layer and then added a couple of stickers.
Page designed by Kathy D.
Paper, a few stickers and vellum sayings.
Page designed by: Kathy D.
Baby Girl Brights (now discontinued) Paper with added stickers and a vellum verse.
Page designed by: Kathy D
Designer paper with a couple of stickers and vellum verse. So simple, but so pretty.
Page designed by: Kim C.
I love this page. A couple of scoll stickers, lettering cut with Cricut, journal block and matted photos to create the shape of a cross. She lined up 3 photos vertically and added two to each side to create the arms out.
Page designed by: Madeleine V.
She used the Baby Boy Bright Monogram stickers (plaid, just happened to match sons shorts). Added the paper ribbon and paper flowers across the middle. This turned out great.
And I have to mention the quilts.
Designed by Deanna Redner. She even made a matcing pillow case.
Quilt designed by: Connie K. Made from blues, yellows and florals.
Designed by: Connie K.
I love the colors in both quilts. I will be selling the quilt below. Interested?
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I will also welcome any nursing mother to a child under 1 year. I know sometimes it's hard to participate in activities just due to where you are. But I would be happy to have you join us.
And don't forget the new CM catalogs are in and yours is waiting for you. I will bring supplies to have available for you.
Upcoming available dates for crops and retreats:
March 18, 24, 25, 27
April 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 21, 23, 27, 29
May 1, 7, 14
Retreats (Pieceful Haven Retreat Center - Crestwood, KY)
May 22-24 (4 rms remaining)
June 5-7 (5 rms remaining)
July 10-12 (3 rms remaining)
August 21-23 (2 rms remaining)
September 18-20 (1 rm remaining)
November 13-15 (6 rms remaining)
December 18-20 (5 rooms remaining)
Monday, March 9, 2009
I have also gotten the storage cabinet for my quilt projects too. So I am looking forward to sewing too. Believe me I have a lot of projects to finish. I would have to say at least 45 quilts that have the fabric all together and just needs to be cut and pieced.
Lots to do and not enough time to do it in. But it's fun working on it at the same time. If you're interested in a crop, retreat or getting some friends together, just send me an email or give me a call.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sydnee has strep, so I was home all day today. I hope to go to the office tomorrow. I have done a lot there and hope to start crops there next week.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
After school the kids both stepped up and helped with not one complaint. I even wanted to stop at one point and head home. But Simon told me we weren't done yet and we needed to get it done. So now it's nearly finished. I should be ready on Monday to host crops and Get Togethers.
So if you're interested, give me a call.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I also found out on Friday that I am definitely getting new carpet too. Mrs Johnson asked if I could be patient if I knew I was getting new carpet. I answered "Sure!". It should be in later this week. So it looks like I will be able to move in next weekend (which of course I will be on retreat that weekend). Oh well, I'll just wait until Monday. It's well worth the wait.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Bookcase in the second room. I plan to keep the albums/refills on this. In addition to the quilts I have cut out and are ready to start sewing.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
I went to see the office landlord to ask her about the other office space in the building. She gave me the keys to check it out. Oh my gosh is is so large. Each room is about 2 feet each direction larger than mine. And there are two rooms that have to be rented together due to the central heat and air. There are 4 windows, 2 built in bookshelves and a very large closet. I could see me working in one room and having customers crop in the other room. I have been playing with a floor plan now too. I will think about it a while before I decide. The only downfall is that the entrances to the offices is down the hall. It just seems so lonely through there. But the windows to the office are great. They are on the front side of the building for lots of natural light.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
We learned a paper piecing technique with a bumble bee. I can't wait to finish it. I have about 3 seams left and the block will be done. I can see where this technique could be addicting. I'll post pictures tomorrow.
I mentioned to Sydnee about a contest in NH where she can make a small quilt and have it hung. She can't wait and wants to work on practicing so she can participate. Heck, we may just have to make a trip up there if she actually does it.
Monday, February 2, 2009
We then went to "Aunt Ruths Quilt Shop". The owner of that shop remembered us from Sept. She turned on the tv for Simon and Sydnee told her she wanted to help in the shop. So they let her help. They had Sydnee putting bolts of flannel back on the shelves. She was on cloud nine. So they both did very well there. This lady remembered where they went to school, remembered that the kids were home schooled last year. Very impressive. It's not a large shop, but they are very nice. So of the two, I would go back to Aunt Ruths. The other one was called "Best Friends".
Now I am about ready for bed. Goodnight.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Notice the mouth being held just right..... I give her a sandwich with lines and curves to sew on. She does very well. So the next step is to start having her following a seam allowance. She has been cutting out a rag quilt. I thought that would be a good place to start since the seam allowance is large and it's very forgiving.
This is her little tape measure she got when she got her sewing machine. She has the little Janome Sew Mini. This machine is wonderful for her. She can lift it easily and it fits right in her tote. She is able to do all of that by herself. It's also the perfect speed and it doesn't clog easily. So the frustration level is low.
I have also gotten the "Prarie Paisley" fabrics and pattern. I have always liked this one and decided if I was going to do it, I had better get it before it's out of stock or even a particular part of the series are discontinued.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Here are the quilt samples of the quilt I am working on right now. I love these colors. I have nearly finished cutting out the pieces with the exception of a few that I picked up fabric for yesterday. So today I plan to get those few pieces cut out and start sewing. And I have got to work on cleaning house some of that time as well. I have planned on sewing all week, but it just never happened. I managed to waste a lot of time running around instead of staying in one spot very long.
I will post progress later tonight or tomorrow.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Check out what I have done here. It's works extremely well in the way it would for a scrapbooker. You can stack these and then just work out of the box as you are sewing along. I can't wait to finish laying out my blocks so I can start sewing with confidence that I am picking up the correct pieces and sewing them together as they should be. Hopefully it will eleviate any mistakes in grabbing the wrong pieces. We'll see. But so far, so good.
1. This is one plastic 12x12 guide
2. Here I have layed out the center 9 patch edge to edge.
The best thing about this system is that these guides can fit into the black box they go in perfectly. There is no room for movement. So if you drop the box, or it falls off the table, etc, everything stays in tact. Originally I thought that you could use these guides in the plastic boxes we tend to store our finished blocks in, but the guides are about 1" smaller than those particular boxes. So that leaves room for movement which will cause shifting.