Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This is one of the ornaments
that makes the tree so special.
And this one.
I served 4 years in the US Army.
This is my little nativity set.
It was hard to get in to the Christmas spirit. I think it was because
it is so early for me. However, I know I will really appreciate it when
I come home from hospital.
Have a good week and I'll catch up soon.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I was having a chat with Julie about what an inspiration Bonnie Hunter has been for me. My enthusiasm outruns my achievements and I am practically paralyzed by my stash sometimes. I need to get it cut and get it used. I have so many fabrics, mostly FQ's, and I absolutely love each one. The tone, the texture, the feel between my fingers. It's so sensual - and I mean that in the innocent sense: "of or pertaining to the senses or physical sensation; sensory". It is obviously gratifying some innate "touch" need. I mean, look how many ladies, even seasoned quilters, can't resist touching quilts at quilt shows! No matter how many signs we put up and how many white glove ladies we have on duty - it still happens. I actually carry my own white gloves so I can get away with peeking at the backs. And I have told many a fine lady to back off too. Still our hands reach out without our minds knowing.
I was never one to want to quilt gorgeous heirloom quilts that nobody used (well, not yet anyway). I consider myself a practical quilter to make quilts that will be used and cried on and dragged around and shared with the dog or cat and thrown in the washing machine with only scraps left of it for the future. I want my quilts loved to death and worn out. There are so many wonderful patterns out there and I just need to learn to trust my instincts and actually cut in to my stash. One pattern I'm totally in love with is Turning Twenty Again by Tricia Cribbs. Use 20 FQ's to make 20 16inch blocks. The leftovers are perfect for some of Bonnie's patterns. So I can feel really good about using up every bit of my FQ without waste. I can let go of my fear of thinking I'm going to make a mistake and just get on with it. The worst thing that will happen is that I will have a (hopefully) well-made ugly quilt. And someone somewhere always needs a blanket, even in a lovely city like Perth. I also need to learn "little and often" for my sewing. The psychology of making "just one block" instead of "making a quilt". This is inspired by Karen. She's making one block a week and calling it Scrappy Sundays. So in articulating my thoughts to you I am clarifying a plan of action for myself.
I think I will be ok. I'm seeing so many wonderful quilters in blogland and I know they are women just like me with work and family and health issues. Although I am so new to blogging all the comments have been nice and the encouragement is so helpful and gratefully accepted. And it doesn't matter what country or what language. Our hearts speak the same language.
Thanks for visiting and writing me.
Hugs to all
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Where the two lines intersect is the centre of the card.
Do the same for the long sides.
In this photo I have drawn a line along the fold to indicate where to cut the card. I don't normally draw these in but just follow the fold.
Cut along the fold, stopping when you reach the perpendicular fold. (These are my husband's hands in this photo.)
At this point you can choose to erase the pencil mark, or not, as you prefer.
Fold the long sides up and overlap the little flaps as shown.
Repeat the process with the back of the card to make the bottom of the box.
Box is finished.
Here are a few that I have made. One year I made 120 boxes and filled them with lollies, stickers and little treats. I was a volunteer Scripture teacher and I made one for each of my students. A friend of mine once did a Christmas present swap with her family and the present had to fit in the box this size. I have a few around the place for special buttons etc. Cards with a centered design work really well.
I hope the instructions and photos are clear enough for you to make your own if you didn't already know how.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
My husband thought this should be posted. I didn't write it.
Dear Tech Support,
This year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.
In addition, Husband 1.0 un-installed many other valuable programs, such as
- Romance 9.5 and
- Personal Attention 6.5,
- Rugby Union 5.0,
- Friday Night Football 3.0 and
- Golf Clubs 4.1.
Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Household Cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.
Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems but to no avail.
What can I do?
First, keep in mind,
- Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while
- Husband 1.0 is an Operating System.
If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.
However, remember overuse of the above applications can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1.
- Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program what will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta.
In addition, please do not try to re-install the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.
In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend
- Cooking 3.0 and
- Hot Lingerie 7.7.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Here is the control box installed in our garage.
The reading on this day was better with the sun shining. Here is a close-up of the panels on the day of installation.