"Take the first step in faith.
You don't have to see the whole staircase,
just take the first step." -Dr Martin Luther King Jr
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
For those that are too bothered by the chaos in the background to be able to focus on the foreground, please, let me explain. That is my sewing chair, and the part where I sit is on the ground. I noticed this weekend another mysterious screw underneath the chair, but I had no idea, could NEVER have predicted that it was the last screw. You see, there have been other screws... their loss meant there was a bit of a tilt, or that I had to do some adjusting to get the seat to sit properly. But this screw was IT. The thing about these mysterious screws is that they fall out, and they don't go back in. Sometimes I think there are some serious laws of the universe conspiring against me. Not always, just sometimes.
But I still got some work done last night, as seen here and here. I will list the newest QQ Teenie tomorrow, because today I have already listed this guy. I'm pretty proud of that listing, because I even converted the measurements to metric. Oh yes, I am oh so metropolitan now. Look out Pleasantville, I am WORLD CLASS! Woo Hoo!
And now, it's time to get ready for work. I need to hurry because I have a new package to mail. My first QQ Teenie sold to Jennifer Jo. Woo Hoo again!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
For the past two weeks as a sort of boost during the day at work, I've walked around with my little bag of stones, asking everyone to pick their "Motto of the Day". They're all nice, they're all good for a smile, and they all will help me blog when I'm stuck. My sister bought these a few years ago from here, and I'd been eyeing them since she opened the box when they came in the mail. She gave them to me a few weeks ago, and I've been carrying them around since.
Enjoy your world!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
I also took some pictures that I can use for future blog postings when I can't think of anything to write, took some pictures of the dirty and/or bruised legs of my two kid-dos, and TRIED to take some action shots of the kids playing. Apparently there's quite an art to the action shot, either that or I don't know what I'm doing. So I have this:
but never once could I get Boo and the ball in the same shot.
I AM proud of this one though, and it only took about six tries!
And then there's the freckle shot of Baby that he'll hate when he's older:
And this picture of That Thing That Sol Does:
I'm realizing I need a Flickr account. Desperately.
Tomorrow I'll show you who showed up after the kid's tidied up. He'd been missing since January!
Cheers to you and yours~
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
I finally caught a picture of these two walking home from the busstop
Some days I feel like the luckiest Babe in the world...
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Tasha: Oh. Good Baby (washing the soap out of my eyes and thinking I am SO going to blog about this conversation).
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
So I'm up bright and early to list this girl on Etsy:
Her name is Knottie Esther, and she's quite the beauty. Check out more pics and her description here.
I have a fabulous lunch date scheduled for today; I'm going to be meeting up with Tif of dottie angel to give her some slips I found over Mother's Day for her. Tif has been cranking out the most gorgeous customized slips in the free world, but has virtually exhausted the local supply, and finds herself having to travel farther and farther to find fresh lovelies to beautify. I'm looking forward to the lunch just because Tif is such great company, and a great person to share ideas with.
By the way, while at Mom's this weekend I was able to take a picture of one of the Qubicle Quilts That Got Away. When Mommie the Dearest gets them, she usually snatches them up before I can label, sign, name, and photograph them. So this one has no name, but the quote on it reads
"I am thankful for laughter... Except when milk comes out of my nose." - Woody Allen
Truthfully Mumsie was owed the quilt, because the picture actually came from a wonderful jacket she found at her local thrift store and felt was perfect for daughter number 1 (that's me) to chop up in the name of art. Aren't Moms great?
Time to get ready for the day job. Until next time, here's another great (future Qubicle Quilt) quote:"Do what you love, love what you do, leave the world a better place and don't
pick your nose. " - Jeff Mallett
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The house Mom lives in now is perfect, everything she ever dreamed of when I was growing up. It was built in 1905 by a single woman (I believe they called them "Spinsters" back then) who made hats for a living. When times were tough she would wall off a room in the house and rent it out to a boarder. Apparently times were tough. When the owners previous to my Mom bought the house to restore it, every room was walled off. One of the boarders had taken the support beams from the basement to use for firewood at some point, so the house has a quaint little slope on the inside. That's exactly the way Mom likes it.
It's been my Mom's lifelong dream to be an eccentric old woman, and I think she's off to a good start. She started liking cats last year after saying she hated them my entire life, so now she has three cats. She collects clocks that don't work, keys that don't go to anything, and she likes to hang pictures of people on the wall that we don't know, and give them names like they're family (Aunt Theodosia and Cousin Bartholomew anyone?).
Who wouldn't absolutely adore having a Mom like that?
Monday, May 14, 2007
Why are things that are handmade so expensive?
Well Imaginary, there's a lot that goes into handmade items of all types. And if you aren't familiar with the processes that created the item you're appreciating, you may not fully fathom the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making that little lovely you admire. Handcrafted items aren't mass produced in large factories by the thousands, they're designed, created, marketed, sold, and shipped by the artists that made them. We aren't doing this for profit, we're doing it because we found something that we love to do.
So now, a brief tutorial describing the creation of my newest Qubicle Quilt (tm) "Symphonic Gift".
After piecing together the top of the quilt by machine, the fabrics for the binding (the material that covers the edges of the quilt) are "auditioned". For this quilt, I decided to piece together some fabrics that were used in the top to add interest. To piece a binding, you must sew rows of strips together, like this:
Then the strips are cut vertically, into 3 inch wide strips and sewn together like this:
Everything is ironed between each step, and ultimately sewn to the quilt with a combination of machine stitching (to attach it to the front) and hand-sewing to attach it to the back.
The hand sewing creates a clean line without showing unnecessary sewing lines on the face of the quilt. This is only one step in the creation of a Qubicle Quilt, and it can take a few hours. But in the end, I hope you'll agree with me that the resulting item is beautiful and inspirational, and well worth it!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Children are a great comfort in your old age - and they help you reach it faster, too. ~Lionel Kauffman
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Okay, I'm off my soap box now. I promise next time will be about something different!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I have that business of mine, but it's in transition right now. I've spent so many years not talking about Hear Me Roar, that I'm afraid I might have forgotten how to roar. Any advice out there????! I mean, from most of my "research" in the last couple of days there are two types of blogs out there - the good ones, and the ones where people talk too much about their cats. I don't even have any cats, so I better step it up a notch!
Regards (british accent),
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
I had fantasies of making something for my Mom for Mother's Day tonight, but in a misguided attempt to share some couch time before bed with my kiddos, I became sucked into American Idol and then not one, but TWO (gasp!) episodes of Flavor of Love Girls Charm School. Oh yes, I know enough that I should be embarrassed at watching this dreck, but I can't help it 'cuz it's like a train wreck only (usually) without the blood. I guess we all have our guilty pleasures, I'd just like to know something worse than hearing "I'm not too little not to grow. 'We' equals Me. Thank you". What does that sentence even mean?!
Monday, May 7, 2007
By the way, I took one of those online quizzes that have become so prevalent and meaningless ("Which 'Friend' are you" anyone?), but I thought this one was a little better. Check this out: Which Book Are You?
by Hermann Hesse
You simply don't know what to believe, but you're willing to tryanything once. Western values, Eastern values, hedonism and minimalism, you've spent some time in every camp. But you still don't have any idea what camp you belong in.This makes you an individualist of the highest order, but also really lonely. It'stime to chill out under a tree. And realize that at least you believe in fairies.
Take the http://bluepyramid.org/ia/bquiz.htm">Book Quiz at the http://bluepyramid.org">Blue Pyramid.