Saturday, April 25, 2009
Again, thanks to Neena, our stampin' up friend, she suggested put a text box line around the writing so we would have lines to use to trim the white card to the size needed. It made it go so much faster. She also made a card for her own sample box and when she trimmed her white piece, she trimmed about 1/8" away from the the line. It gave the card such a finished look. It's good to have friends!
Then last night was the assembly line for the table names. Ashley, the BTB (bride-to-be), and her mom Jenny, came over and so did my daughter Kelley. Ashley bought the cutest polka dot paper to use and it looked great with the black cardstock. We layered the pieces to create a stiff card and they will be on clips at each table for the seating at the reception. Ashley and her mom glued the layers of the background together, I cut the letters out with my Cricut machine, Isabel pulled the letters off and ran them through the Xyron machine to put adhesive on the back and Kelley put the letters on the cards. I think they are adorable. What do you think?
It was so fun to be able to help. Isabel kept saying to Ashley, "Lizzie has such fun toys." It's nice to have them but it's even nicer to share. I must've learned that in Kindergarten. :o)
Friday, April 24, 2009
My nephew is getting married on Labor Day weekend and I'm helping my sister with the rehearsal dinner invites. Since last night was TNT (Thursday Night Therapy), my buddy Neena came over and she helped do all the cutting. Isabel did some glueing and assembly and I was the computer geek. I did a little card that was a decorative piece and the actual information page of the invitation. We had a pretty good assembly line going. I forgot to take a picture but will do that tonight.
The bride-to-be Ashley, asked if we could help her with names for the tables so people would know where to sit. I got out my Cricut machine and laptop adn cut some samples from the Calligraphy cartridge.
They are getting married at a winery so she thought it would be fun to use wine names for the tables to keep a theme going. I tried to use this feature called "welding" to attach the letters together but I couldn't get it. My sis is here for the weekend so she's doing more assembly at my house while I put in my time at work. I told her if she had a minute to read the manual to see what we're doing wrong.
I'll check in later this weekend with a few pictures of the finished projects. As you can imagine, there has been no sewing going on. I hope to get back to some stitching on Sunday.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I usually donate blood but the last time I went, they said they have been asked by local hospitals to get platelet donations. They are in need. I never did it before so I got a quickie exlanation of what it was decided to go for it. Well, I've done it twice now. I still get this sticker so I thought I would look online to see what it meant. This was from the Red Cross website.
In an apheresis (ay-fur-ee-sis) donation, from the Greek "to take away," donors give only select blood components — platelets, plasma, red cells, infection-fighting white cells called granulocytes, or a combination of these, depending on the donors' blood type and the needs of the community. Apheresis is most commonly used to collect platelets and plasma.
Patient Benefits - A single apheresis donation of platelets can provide as many platelets as 5 whole blood donations. In addition, a platelet transfusion from a single donor greatly reduces the chances of an immune system reaction to the transfusion. Bone marrow transplant, cancer and leukemia patients whose immune systems are already compromised, benefit particularly from single donor platelet transfusions.
Don't you feel edumacated now? lol OH, I almost forgot the most important thing. If you are healthy, over 17 and weigh more than 100 pounds, you can donate too. I am definately over 17 and oh yeah, weigh over 100 pounds.Remember about that quilt I made for hire. Well, I charged the client $108, (two times the supplies plus 20%) but in my email to her I mentioned that it took me 16 hours and that some people charge $10.00 an hour. Well, she ended up paying my $160 saying that she wanted to pay me for my time. I decided to treat myself to a little shopping at the Brick Basement, an antique mall in downtown Fullerton. I found this adorable little ceramic thimble. It's signed on the bottom "Vi's Thimble". It's really cute and only a couple of inches tall.
And then I got this cute little toy clothespin, clothesline set. I want to paint and gut my little laundry room and think this would be so cute as a decoration in there. Doesn't everybody gut a room, paint and redecorate it, around one small decoration? hehe
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
They are paper pieced so I have to get all my little 'units' made and then some assembly. It should go pretty quick. I can't believe the retreat is almost here. Seems like just yesterday I was taking down my Christmas decorations and now it's mid-April! April 15th to be exact. Yes, I already filed (and paid) my taxes. How 'bout you?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Don't they look delicious?
Okay, maybe strawberries aren't the reason we pay so much to live here. I suppose it could be our weather. Or that fact that in one day, I could drive from the ocean to the snow covered mountains, but would I want to? Probably not. Why not? Because one of the not-so-great reasons to live here is TRAFFIC! And I'm kind of spoiled. My commute to work is 2.4 miles one way. I have to gear up for a drive to the mountains or the beach....but I'm getting off my subject about strawberries. hehe I love this little fruit and my only complaint is that the season is too short.
I picked up a flat when I left sister #1's house on Saturday. There are a lot of growing fields between her house and the freeway so me and my mom stopped and I bought the strawberries and a box of navel oranges. Both are/were delicious. I think I'll need to put some strawberries in the freezer though, unless my kids come over to help eat them. This morning I got up and some of them were fuzzy. Ack! I tossed out a few and washed the rest, bagged them up and stuck them in the fridge. I did all that this morning and was late for work, but it was worth it. I have a good recipe for a strawberry dessert I'll dig up tonight and share with you. It's delish!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sister #1 (she doesn't let us forget that part, being #1 lol), she lives in Ojai. Quaint, beautiful Ojai, California. My mom has been visiting with #1 for two weeks. I am the transportation go-between for #5 and #1. I live in Fullerton, which happens to be two hours from both cities in either direction so I usually meet #5 at a restaurant and pick up my mom and somehow, #1 gets her from my house.
All that to say that on Saturday I went and picked up my mom from #1's house. I went by myself for a lovely drive. It was mostly sunny and I hardly hit any traffic and got to Ojai just after noon. I took the scenic route. It's a pretty drive, especially this time of year. There is little photo op at the top of the valley.
My sister has lived there for about 30 years or so. Who wouldn't want to live there? It's gorgeous!! There are some kookie artsy-type people, but hey, no place is perfect, right? LOL
Isn't it gorgous? And then I got to #1's house and she is just too perfect. Look at her pretty little Spring display in her dining room.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
And if you don't celebrate Easter, Happy Spring!!!
Friday, April 10, 2009
At the recent shop hop, my friend Sherrie bought a cute caddy pattern at Flying Geese Fabrics. I think I mentioned it in that LONG post a few days ago. Well, the TNT girls are going to make it together and needed to cut out our fabrics. It took my half of the night to pick out my fabrics and then ended up with a completely different set than I started with. Picking fabrics can be so messy. LOL So here are my choices......
I've had that yellow crow print for years and thought it would be perfect for this. Kind of whimsy, country with a touch of homespun. Yup, I like the combination. I put this away and will work on it next week with the girls. It's a pretty cool caddy. Holds a medium size mat and ruler and a few notions that you would need at your sewing area.
Now to go make my grocery list and get through the workday. I have some cleaning to do when I get home and sheets to change to prepare the guest room for my mama.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This is the picture Kelley, my oldest and artsie daughter made for Stephanie's gift. Kelley is a starving artist so everybody gets drawings for holidays and celebrations. We don't complain, believe me.
Isn't it cute? I don't know if you can click it to see a bigger view. Some of my pictures do that and some don't. The saying is: Sister to sister, we will always be, a couple of nuts off the family tree. Author unknown. :o)
Monday, April 6, 2009
I think I am finally recouperated from my weekend. I can't believe I haven't posted since the bridal shower. My, oh my, how time flies.
Okay, try and condense this NOVEL!! Saturday we hit the other four shops in the Spring Fling: Timeless Quilts-a small shop but good to visit if you're in the area, The Quilt Cupboard-which is moving this next week and Bear's Quilt Shop. Bear's is in a warehouse area and we keep trying to give these guys the benefit of the doubt and visit them during the hops. The shop is always dirty and this time, we were met by a barking dog. I don't know what the story was on the pooch but it doesn't seem like a good idea to keep a dog in the shop when there is the traffic from a shop hop. The last stop was Flying Geese Fabrics , just down the street from Sherrie's house. Sherrie bought this cute caddy pattern. We're all going to make one for classes, retreats and TNT. We figured we better get it cut and sewed right away before we tackle one of those other million and a half projects on our to-do list!!!!
We stopped and ate lunch (aaahhhhh...food) and hit the strawberry stand on the way back to Sherrie's house. We FINALLY got to sewing at 4:00 in the afternoon. Sherrie (on the left) and Neena (on right) sat in the sewing room while I was out the door in the garage on the longarm.
Sherrie worked on her BOM banners and Neena worked on some aprons for her daughter and granddaughter. (I forgot to take pics of all of that!) I didn't take any pictures of me either. I just didn't think of it. I know what I look like when I'm working. LOL
Anyway, the first project I did was Neena's quilt for her mom. She gave her the top over a year ago for a birthday gift. It was time to get this puppy quilted! I used a simple butterfly pantograph.
Because that panto went so fast, and because I didn't know what the heck I wanted to do to my quilt, I loaded it up and did the same butterflies on it. I got my binding sewed on Sunday night and have been tacking it down the last few nights. I've had other stuff going on so I've been working on it in spurts. Here's a peek. The blocks are from an online swap called Sunshine & Blue Skies and the block is the split nine patch.
And...slurp......they 'were' delicious. We licked the plate clean!!!!!! What a GREAT weekend!