Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
If any of you experienced Etsy users have ANY advice, I would gladly accept any or all hints, tips, anything! Now off to list some more! And won't that other landlord be so happy that now all these items are sitting in the corner of the living room now? You know that other saying...Be careful what you wish for...well the items are migrating out of the basement...should he not have said out of the house?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
And this is what I made with it. She suggested using the bottom of the sweater as the top of the bag. I cut the holes for the handles and blanket stitched them into buttonholes, crocheted the handle with yarn and crochet cotton together to make it stronger and less stretchy than just yarn, added some lining that I had saved from an old coat that had a really neat pattern and I knew it would work for something, and then dug through my beads for just a small amount of bling, truly a recycled treasure.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Or I can title this "Valentine's Day to St. Patrick's Day challenge.
When the bulk of my crafting revolved around decorative painting I did not have UFO's (UnFinished Objects for those of you who would never dream of not finishing things) but now that I have made the leap back into all things fabric, I have stuff started EVERYWHERE! I could never understand how my normally, super-organized, clean, mother could have all those projects started everywhere! Now I did not get the super-organized or the clean (or the skinny) genetics from her, obviously, but apparently I have the genetic to start everything and have it laying everywhere in my sewing/craft/yarn room. I even have painted projects that need finished also, mostly because I just want to sit and knit...or spend too much time running around here lately.
This morning I cleaned up my sewing room and organized and counted....I am embarrassed by the number...I had to actually go find baskets to put the items in...there are 25 projects in various stages of unfinishedness (is that even a word? it is in my life) laying all over my sewing room. Twenty-FIVE! I thought of taking pics of them all and posting them so that I would be accountable but was not sure that Blogger would allow me to put 25 pictures on one post.
In November when I started blogging I did a 30 crafts in 30 days challenge and it was the greatest motivation for me to get things done. My sister and I did the challenge together at that time. Last month Ann at A Hole in the Basket did a Procrastinator's Challenge and once again, I was productive! So this time I am going it alone...unless someone wants to come with me. I am going to finish those 25 projects on my list BEFORE St. Patrick's Day, that gives me 30 days from today.
Anyone else have a list? need to make a list? If anyone wants to go along with me, I'll have a giveaway prize at the end for anyone that participates. You don't have to have 25 projects, just a list that you need to get done, post it on your blog and let me know and keep me posted as you finish items. I'll post my list tomorrow!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Sunday morning right before leaving for church we discovered the water problem, we had kept our friends' "children" overnight and we attributed the water problem at the time to maybe a backed up pipe. After all, it had been four years since we had that many people showering and flushing in our house. As a side note, it had been many years since we had four teenagers in the house and it was so much fun to have them! John stayed home from church and the kids and I went to church. Now just a another little side note of Murphy's Law. I left my purse at church after asking my MIL and my daughter and SIL and granddaughter to go to lunch with us. Now here I am sitting at the restaurant , nine of us and no money and I thought, no problem, John is meeting us here and he will have money or cards or something and after waiting the alloted amount of time, I excused myself and called him and he was not meeting us! The water was still coming in! Lunch...begging for mercy with the promise of getting the money to them and home...still more water coming in. Who would have thought of what was to come? (By the way, I did remember to go back and pay the restaurant on Monday!)
Now we had a little pump because twice before we had a little water and we kept it there in the event that should happen again. Both times were extreme rains and we pumped the water and it was gone. Here we are pumping every hour all day Sunday...and here we are on this whatever day it is right now still pumping. John and I are on shift work and my shift just started at 3 this morning. Thank goodness we work for ourselves and so close to home because we are leaving work every hour and coming home to pump out the basement. Now if you are still with me.......you might ask "where is all this water coming from?" as we are now asking also. We have had a backhoe in and dug up the drains...I think that was yesterday AM and they are running OK, not great though and then yesterday we got the bright idea to measure the water. We have a hose running out the side door and I grabbed a bucket and filled it......20 gallons of water every hour!!!! Now by my math, that is over 480 gallons a day for four days and that is when the light bulb came on....this is not our drains or just run off. We have not been using much water for the last few days...no laundry, camp showers and only flushing when absolutely necessary. We checked our meter and we only used 19 gallons yesterday. (Aren't we being "green" through all this?)
Back to that light bulb moment..(I can't believe anyone would still be reading this) I remembered that Christmas day the road in front of our house "blew up" A fifteen foot circle of pavement just blew out of the road! At first they thought it was a water main break and then after testing the water and finding that there were no chemicals in it, they realized that it had to be a natural spring. As I was standing in the driveway emptying buckets I thought of that and now we are questioning if that spring has not found it's way to our basement???? How in the world do we fix that? Well today....or later today, is it Thursday? we are going to have to break up the concrete in the basement and make a pit and install a sump pump. Not fixing the main problem, but hopefully allowing us to SLEEP!
Timer went off, time to pump......Not one to waste time, during that pumping I basecoated a window frame that I am getting ready for the princess' toy room and found a cute little rocking cow wood piece in the stash. I'll basecoat it the next pumping. In between, after this blogging I will be working on a penny rug that I have started and more knitted dishcloths (I made two last night and read my Country Living magazine during pumpings. I think that I must have got an A in Uses Time Wisely in elementary school.
So now that I have posted this story...mostly for my benefit, I just needed to get it all off my chest, I will be listening to the wind howl, hoping the house holds together in these winds and really hoping that the power stays on! We need it to pump the water!!!! Hey back to the optimism, it could be so much worse and I realize that every moment of all this. I am watching the news and listening to the fire and police scanner and there are so many people having so much worse problems than this! Just had to share it! If you are still with me and reading...thanks for listening!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I also found yarn and knitting needles (from failed attempts at knitting in years past) and crochet hooks and some other knick-knacky things that I have placed around. I realized that I really need to have a yard sale. I have never had one so it should be a great one!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
This is the results of my three bags full of wool, all cut up and neatly stacked, well almost. At Goodwill last night a jumper, skirt, jacket and sweater just jumped into my cart also. I want to make a purse from the sweater, it is still formulating in my mind.
I started this scarf in the airport in Pittsburgh and finished it on the way home on the plane. While I was in the Dominican I found out that some women from another group are teaching Dominican and Haitian women to knit and crochet. The one worker at the center where we stayed worked on this scarf with me a couple of times. It goes in and out as she knitted much tighter than me, but I will be keeping this one and I'll think of her when I wear it.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I did not take near as many pictures as I should have on this trip, but I am sure that I will get some from the other people on the trip. We had a very successful trip and saw God working in so many lives. It was great for me to visit and catch up with people that I have met on trips in the past, both Dominicans and Americans and see how well they are doing. I painted some but the murals were beyond my talents. I am not a people painter. I was able to help out and do some lettering on projects. There are always so many stories to tell and I never know where to begin....or end. Part of our group did Vacation Bible Schools and part built a house for a family. Our church was able to fund an addition on the Compassion school that is located there and we were also to deliver bags of food for 75 families in a Haitian Village.
We had a baptism service in the river near the center where we stayed and it was an amazing moment to be a part of. I have never seen a baptism anywhere except inside a church and am so glad that I was able to be a part of that.
I was up yesterday AM at 4 and did not get home until 3 this morning, slept for four hours, then went to church this morning and my granddaughter's birthday party this afternoon. I am so ready to sleep!!!!