Archive for June, 2010

Vacation Day 10 — It’s Over!

June 26, 2010

Yesterday was my last vacation day. Today I go back to work. But not to worry! I still have another vacation coming before Sept. 26th. That’s the day of my anniversary with Wal-Mart. It’ll be 23 years! (Wow, I don’t even want to think about that!)

I wrote out all the items I’m putting in the Fair onto the entry form.

Are you ready for this? 33! Of course nine of them are food items that I’ll be making during the Fair. I have nine items already finished. There are six items in progress, and that leaves nine items that haven’t been started yet. But I already know what most of them will be and they won’t take too long to make. Two of them will be taken to the Fair after it starts for their Special Contests, so I can work on them the week between when I turn everything else in and when the Fair starts. Make sense?

I do this almost every year. Well, yeah, every year! But I think it adds to the excitement of the Fair. It does for me anyway. But also every year, it seems like there’s one or two items I just don’t have time to finish. But, oh well! That item will no doubt be in next year’s Fair!

After I filled out the entry form, I run it out to the Fairgrounds. I stopped by Wal-Mart and picked up my backing for the quilt. I’ve talked to a woman who will quilt it for me. I’m excited to see how it looks when it’s quilted!

When I got back home, I started another one of the items that hadn’t been started yet. It’s another baby afghan.

I’ve had this yarn I’m making it out of since we lived in Belton. A friend gave it to me after her aunt did some housecleaning. It’s a beautiful peach baby yarn. Lots of it! Probably enough to make two afghans. But if I can just get this one done in time for the Fair, I’ll be happy.

Of course I worked on all of the other projects a little also. I was up past midnight crocheting on the new afghan. No more of that for a while now. It’s back to work we go! Hi Ho!

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Vacation Day 9

June 25, 2010

Look what I made!

I wanted to enter a crocheted baby item in the Fair. I was looking through magazines and found this. Actually I want to make the little dress that goes with it, but I don’t know if I’ll have time to get it done before time to take the projects to the Fair next month.

You’re probably wondering why I started something new when I have so many other things I should be working on. Well, that’s just me! That’s what I do. I sewed on my granny afghan and got another strip together, knitted on the edging for the white baby afghan, wove in more ends on the knitted afghan and got tired of working on all of them.

I started looking through the premium book again and saw the baby item listed. I would like to make some baby items to put in the craft show that I’m going to be in at the church this fall. It seems that people are interested in baby items when I do have a few. I always sell what I have. Anyway, it was fun and quick to make and turned out kind of pretty, I think.

Vacation Day 8

June 24, 2010

Not much work was done on projects today. It was a “running around” day. I had lunch with my very good friend, Carolyn. She’s the friend who encourages my quilting “skills?” If it wasn’t for her, my quilt top wouldn’t be finished! She won the “Best of Show” ribbon at the Fair one year on one of her quilts! She’s very very talented!

We had a nice lunch. The hour always goes too quickly! I’m glad we do this once a month. We talked about doing lunch for years, but that’s all we did — talked about it. So one day when we saw each other again, we set a date to have lunch. I’m so glad we did! I so look forward to our date each month. I’ve known this friend since high school, and I’m very happy that we’ve kept in touch all these years.

I always order more than I can eat, so I can bring the rest home for Hubby’s lunch. While he was eating, I worked on sewing a few more of the crocheted motifs together. I’m on the third strip. It’s going pretty fast, but gets a little boring sewing motif after motif to each other. I’m leaving it out on the kitchen table. That way I can sit down at short intervals (like waiting) and get a few more done.

We went grocery shopping after he finished his lunch and watched some news program on the computer. Grocery shopping is not a fun subject to talk about, but it’s a necessary evil. Hubby likes to go just to get out of the house and he usually likes to pick up a couple of things that he’s been wanting to get. Because we go to Wal-Mart where you can buy just about anything that you need or want. We were out of just about everything, so we wound up spending a small fortune, (I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about — groceries are expensive!)

We got back home in time to fix a little something for supper and we watched one of our “Father Knows Best” episodes from the Netflix DVD’s that we get in the mail.

By then it was 7 pm and time to get on Skype to talk to Daughter C. We talked about an hour or so. I look forward to our Wed. night talks. We catch up on all the news with each other. I haven’t mentioned yet that she got married a couple of weeks ago. Here’s a pic of their wedding, which was very simple.

They got married in the living room of their house. I like simple weddings. Hubby and I got married in the living room of his folks’ house too. Almost 46 years ago! My wish for them is that their marriage will last as long or longer! I know she’s happy now.

Busy Vacation Day 7

June 23, 2010

This was a productive day. I got a lot of my crafts out and finished several of them. They’re all ready for the Fair. Some of them didn’t need too much work to be finished. (I do that all the time. I get to the very last stages of finishing something, then I push it into a bag and stash it away. I don’t know why.)

My stole just needed to have the ends run in and blocked. It took a whole 15 or 20 minutes for that chore.

My bag just needed the handles sewed on . . . . . . . .

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And the little cat ornament just needed to be put together. . . . . . .

Now I’ve started the huge project of sewing these together . . . . . .

That’s 72 motifs that will turn into a granny square afghan when it’s all sewed together. Something like this . . . . .

In the meantime, I’m going to try to get at least one of these motifs finished a day by weaving in all the ends. Which I counted them, and there are 25 ends on each one! (Some even have a few more.)

I started this afghan several years ago and just keep putting off weaving in those ends because it’s sooo boring! But if I can get just one done a day, I might get this afghan done for the Fair this year.

Another project I’m trying to work on a little every day is the baby afghan I started last Spring. I got the middle part done and now I’m working on the edging to be sewed all the way around it.

This isn’t all I have for the Fair. I actually do have a few things finished, but there are some special contests I want to make some crafts for and then the other unfinished projects. Well, we’ll see how it goes in the next four weeks!

Vacation Day 6 — I Did It!

June 22, 2010

I’m posting late today. I got involved in cleaning. When I opened the fridge this morning, this smell came out and almost knocked me down. Something was going to have to go.

When the kids started leaving home, one at a time, I started noticing that I didn’t have to cook so much. Now it’s just Hubby and me, and I hardly cook at all. We usually have something simple, a salad or soup. Sometimes it might be a frozen dinner or pot pie. Once in a while I’ll bring something home from the deli when I get off work to eat for the next day. If I do cook something, then I usually fix too much. Sometimes we’ll eat the left-overs and sometimes it goes into the freezer for another day. Once in a while, I’ll “forget” something that gets pushed to the back of a shelf.

I’m not sure what it was, but there was a couple of things in bowls that had lost their distinction as food. I thought I’d been smelling something that wasn’t too pleasant, but this morning, I was sure! So the fridge got a good cleaning out. I can’t stop with just the fridge, though. Then I had a sink full of dirty bowls. After I got that cleaned up, I noticed that the stove and counter tops were getting a little dingy, so they got a good cleaning. Then the microwave, well, you get the picture. I get carried away sometimes.

But I digress.

I finally got to the sewing room and worked on the quilt again. I got my borders cut and started sewing them on. Hubby distracted me. He wanted me to see some pictures he was looking at on the computer. Our son had put these on a disk from slides one year as our Christmas gift. We spent quite a while looking at them. Brought back lots of fun memories.

Ok, back to the sewing room. Then Hubby hollers at me again. The Antique Roadshow was coming on. We don’t watch tv much, but this is one show that we make a point to watch. We both love it. After it was over, back to the sewing room again.

I finally got it done a little while ago. Here’s the pic:

This is the two borders I put on today.

This is what the whole thing looks like:

Isn’t it beautiful!? This is the first quilt I’ve made all by myself. Of course it isn’t done yet. It needs to be quilted. (I’m still pondering over that.) My Grandma showed me how and helped me cut out the blocks for a nine-patch when I was a little girl. I finally got all those pieces sewed together into blocks after I became an adult. My mother sewed the blocks all together and quilted it for me (by hand). I still have it on our bed now, but it’s showing it’s age.

If my dear friend hadn’t given me a lot of encouragement, I probably wouldn’t have this quilt finished now. It really was fun to watch it come together and it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Gee, I’m thinking about putting together that other quilt that I started quite a while back. (I think it was Spring ’07!) The blocks are all made and I’ve bought the fabric for the sashing and borders. Maybe now I’ll have the confidence to get it finished up.

But I really need to work on Fair projects next. I have to turn my entry form in by this Fri. I always bite off more than I can chew and I don’t think this year will be any different.