Archive for July, 2010

July 31, hot and muggy

July 31, 2010

Jim is out with his mother, taking her to the Breedlove/Tillman family reunion. They will be here on Sunday night. Therefore, I should be painting, cleaning, etc. Instead, here I am on the computer 🙂

I got the courage up this week to experiment with my Bernina 630 embroidery/sewing machine. I started out making 8 lace ornaments and the top of three wool pincushions. The last project I tried was to do some cranes on a dishtowels. I put them too high up and the color changes didn’t happen and I didn’t know how to stop the machine to do it myself.

Buying a Bernina is like remodeling a house. You think you have it all paid for and then other things pop up. Yesterday, I bought the software for the Rose of Sharon quilt, the GO die to cut the fabric, a heel plate and needles as I was having embroidery issues and more thread.

We are having a lot of hot weather and it is suppose to get even hotter. Which means it is almost time for work.

I signed up to take a class so I can use my serger. It is on Monday.

I went to the sleep doctor this last week. Instead of the sleep study, I had to do an overnight oxygen measuring level test and am supposed to take sleeping pills, every other day. I hate those as I get so groggy in the morning, not that I have energy in the mornings now………..Maybe when it gets cooler I will have more energy.

I’ve been remiss in posting lately

July 26, 2010

We all have excuses for what we don’t do. I’ve been to Wisconsin, twice. I’ve been painting the inside of the house. I have been learn how to do machine embroidery. My husband misplaced the camera. I have been lazy. It has been too hot……..The excuses go on and on. This should be the time of year when it is easiest because I don’t have to go to work yet. Yet is the operative word as I got a call today telling me to come in tomorrow to work on scheduling with the  rest of the staff. Wouldn’t you know my doctor rescheduled my appointment so I will end up being late for that.

The thought of going back makes me anxious. I guess it does every year. But again, it will be in a new place with a new staff. I haven’t taught more than 4 years in any one place and every time I think I am figuring things out, it seems like it is time to move again.

On the machine embroidery front, I took a class on Thursday night on endless embroidery. I finished the strip last night. I didn’t have the placement right for some reason. It will go in a pillowcase though so it isn’t a big deal. I have big ideas on how to use the machine.

The rug pattern from Canada came this weekend. I think it is called My English Garden. It will be the largest one I have done so far.

Home from vacation

July 19, 2010

We are home from another trip in Wisconsin. This time we went to A crank in in Verona, WI. Jacquie Grant from NZAK added the candy stoppers on the knitting machine. It makes a clicketty sound now and the side cams don’t jump up all the time.

An interesting happened while we were up there visiting Mom’s. I decided to take her on a road trip. We stopped at Nancy’s Notions and I bought an machine embroidery pattern for roosters and one of Donna Dewberry’s. Our next stop was a quilt store in Madison. Mom found some fabric for Martin’s graduation quilt. I bought some sock yarn. We then went to J.J. Stitches which is one of my favorite places. Mom found some more quilt fabric there. Our final stock was to go to Susan’s Fiber Shop. Jim decided to be dropped off at the gas station so we went on and he was going to walk over to meet us. When I was talking to Susan and she said she had sock machines, I said it was to bad Jim wasn’t here to see them. She jumped in her car and went over and picked him up! He never did get to see the machines but we were amazed at her generosity.

I also found out the address for the Silver Needles cone winder. I ordered one and it came yesterday. That should be helpful

I forgot I started this page so am updating it here.

July 7, 2010

I am sure I am past the number of days but am making a little progress. If only every day had the same amount of energy available.

Countdown To 1001 days

I am a member of a Ravelry group called 101 in a 1001 days.  You plan challenges and projects to do in 1001 days so I signed up. Here is my list (in no specific order).

I will mark the finished ones with a line through it

1. start a blog

2. finish a dishcloth

3. go to Estes Park July 2008

4. spin my blue/green roving

5. spin my orange wool

6. spin the rainbow colored roving

7. spin the blue/purple roving

8. spin the “sugary” red roving

9. learn to use the country Spinner to make novelty yarn

10. Make a blog for school

11. Warp my table loom

12. Weave dishtowels for Christmas

13. Make tote bags for the paras for Christmas

14. Make soap for Christmas

15. balance my checkbook

16. learn to use an mp3 player- ordered an Ipod so I could transfer all the podcasts I have stored up

17. sew a quilt top

18. knit a sweater for me

19. learn to use the sock knitting machine- I knit several scarves on it this last summer 2009.

20. weed the flower garden-guess I will have to save that until spring now 🙂

21. plant tomatoes

22. plant lily of the valley around the tree- Spring 2010-  think they didn’t make it though

23. organize pantry-did that once but it got messed up again

24. paint living room-June 2010

25. paint bath- June 2010

26. put tile in kitchen started 7/25/2008

27. organize my bedroom- July 2010

28. paint a butterfly for a studentdelegated this out to some students

29. paint a picture for Jody

30. knit socks for Jim

31. finish spinning red yarn

32. make roving for Jody

33. make a Paint Shop Presentation

34. take a pyschology class- I finished the last test 6/11/2008

35. sort knitknacks

36. make strawberry jam- I made raspberry jam this year

37. organize bookshelves- June 2010

38. write letter to friend

39. finish the pumpkin rug

40. finish the halloween rug

41. finish the sheep rug

42. finish the jumping cat rug

43. finish wool rug

44. finish Minnesota rug

45. learn excel

46. make a slideshow on Powerpoint

47. get a mammogram July 2008

48. have hand surgery

49. write a children’s book

50. hook my kiln up

51. make weaving sticks did this and the kids loved them

52. get a motel room for Indiana

53. paint kitchen

54. set up loom in laundry room-it is now set up in the newly converted attached garage

55. vaccuum car- Jim did this but it needs this again

56. write about Bonny Thayer

57. sort clothes

58. organize laundry room

59. knit the yarn I dyed

60. learn about art therapy

61. organize the old garage– it is now a family room

62. make a youtube video

63. put pictures in album

64. rearrange bedroom-July 2010

65. paint a flower painting

66. organize maps

67. learn garage band

68. figure out welcome for new teacher

69. make glass beads

70. organize cupboards- did this but they got messed up again

71. start Roth IRA

72. knit blanket for Sarah Petersen

73. learn to make postcards

74. learn to make mailing labels

75. make glass house numbers

76. lose 10 pounds

77. walk 3 times a week

78. do yoga two times a week- did this for a while but taking ed. classes got in the way

Argh. part of my list disappeared

79. read the Bible regularly

80. repair office bookcase

81. learn to applique by hand

82. get a bike and ride

83. organize the office closet

84. set up studio in laundry room

85. make decision about 401Ks

86. contact Emporia to find out about classes in art therapy

87. find glasses or order extra pair

88. get new sandals

89. schedule yearly exam

90. sort clothes and donate

91. prepare extra meals to put in freezer-every time I do this, I forget it is there

92. make silk scarf for pastor’s wife with cancer

93. treat leather couch

94. weave a rug

95. paint a painting of flowers

96. hang my paintings on wall

97. learn to make an avatar

98. learn to carve something- started this in December; went to Baldwin City to a four day carving out

99. finish Tiffany lamp

100. clean kitchen carpet tore it out instead 🙂

101. make an audio book


July 1, 2010

Well, I am doing something I have complained about for years. I am painting over the ugly brown the other owners used and it is now a light creamy yellow. It will make the room so much lighter. Next step will be to clean the carpet. I would like to put down hardwood floor next but unless there is some amazing financing out there, I think I will wait until I can just pay for it with cash.