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Friday, October 27, 2006

tea for three



I think this page is done. I always see the flaws when it's on screen. The embroidery is not straight.... nor evenly done. Hmmm.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

reverse

I like this side best.



Round Robin for Carol's pages.
Yesterday another soccer game. Beautiful late afternoon in the park. Dinner out. H was a good boy as long as someone stood up with him so he could see the kids running around. M actually threw the ball better today and tired herself out running back and forth. Good game.
Lots of progress on my other round robin, some more weaving on the tire tracks warp. B replaced the rotten quarter round molding by the back door in preparation for the installation of the new door. Yardman cleaned up the lawn and I fertilized it. B also worked on his construction project for work - he's making a rack for the flood control device and he gets to use all his favorite tools including the new welder. I'm tired just thinking about all we accomplished.
Must be the wonderful change in the weather.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

architecture

Almost ready to mail this out to Rachel, I think it's done on this side. A page for Carol's theme of Architecture.



Made a lovely discovery. I have some water soluble oil pastels that are fun to use but not too permanent given they disolve in water so I haven't used them much. I have some extra fine clear embossing powder that I haven't used much cause I haven't gotten much bang out of it. Till now. Put the two together and voila, I may actually use both of these items up some day.
Scribbled on the pastels, applied a layer of the white dust and heated it. Melts it and turns the white dust to clear shine. The pastels are now permanent. The white worked pretty well about not obscuring the http://soonerorlater.blogspirit.com/
View weblog: sooner or latermagazine image and I used a pastel yellow orange for the bricks. The other colors are pretty dark so wouldn't work over an image; but on their own, they're dynamite.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

so many projects

There should be more days in a weekend. I have a list a mile long. The weather is cooperating for now. It is cool and dry. I shut off the sprinklers cause we have definitely had enough rain to keep even the roof green. We once had a line of little trees growing in our gutters. B is not one to repeat a nasty chore, so he removed the gutters. No more rooftop saplings.
I wanna go buy some dirt. The planter boxes are sinking. The dirt has settled and been sucked up into the veggies I harvested this year. Finally gave up on the two year old tomato plant. The volunteer basil is still going, planting seeds for next year I hope. I have to lift some perenials before I refill them. It will take a lot of work. Have to pace myself.

Then there's the weaving, the soccer game, the harvest festival, two round robins to work on and we going to lunch at a new cajun place tomorrow.
We went back to the Sugar Shack. They're getting their act together. Very nice waitstaff tonight, fried green tomatoes as a lagniappe, corn doggers with syrup, shrimp was overcooked on my citrus salad but B's meatloaf was like Sunday potroast. They're going to be charging a cover for the entertainment on weekends but all we were subjected to was endless sound checks. I bet the place is jumping now.
Photos to unload tonight. I'm behind on that project.
Today work was quite pleasant. I got some things accomplished. Have a plan on next week's projects while my boss is gone.
Talked to my mom the other day. She tells me she is better. She always says that and I always wonder better than what? But she sounds good and cheerful. I use a handsfree phone to call on the way home and she asks where I am as we drive along. She can tell when we're almost home by the sound of the traffic. Sometimes I get stuck in traffic and that fools her into thinking I'm already parked in my driveway. Nope, just waiting my turn on the overhead, Mom.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

late night visit

Little guy came over tonight with his mom. J's working on little pin cushions for the show and sale. She was going to weave some bands by needleweaving and it was taking forever. I knew it would - that's why I have two 8 shaft floor looms. Speed. But she had been emailing me for ideas and we were going back and forth. I told her to come over and raid my handwoven stash. Checked with the guild gurus and they approve her using *my* handwoven to make pincushions. We're both members, so it becomes a collaborative effort not a commercial one. Anyway, she's asking how we are going to split the profit. She's not charging a heck of a lot for bottle-top pincushions so to split it would be silly. Besides, it's not like I'm using this stuff. She took only a smidgen of what I have, granted, a couple are really good scraps - but I wouldn't want her using the ugly stuff anyway. She had thought of using my scraps but didn't want to ask, was pleased when I told her to take all she wanted. I'm into sharing these days. She's also making some for holiday gifts for relatives and study group exchanges. She gets very ambitious.
Gee, I wonder where she gets that tendency?
So as I was saying, little guy came over and he played with Grandpa for a half hour while we dug in the fabric boxes and then cooed a bit for me and then because his mom was sitting nearby, he remembered that maybe a little late night snack was in order. Pitched a fit. Then more burping and diaper changing and we're back to smiles and giggles. We watched Project Runway and then they headed home. His daddy is still out of town. M stayed home with the roommate because she would want to spend the night like it was a weekend. Next Saturday is her first soccer game and I will be missing it while I'm out on a weekend work party. We making secret stuff for the big weaving conference next spring.
Today was a good mail day. I got a decorated note from a silly friend and the first delivery of the fabric book round robin. A blue book with sort of a tea for two theme. As J and I were pulling out stuff for the pincushions, I was also creating a pile of blue stuff to use and I'm pretty happy with what I've pulled together. It will be fun to do these - I have so much to chose from here in my closets! J is going to make a tiny blue beaded tea pot for me to put on the page!
I also got a long email from a friend in South America. Not as full of good news as usual, but life isn't only good news. Sometimes it's just life. She talked about an armed robbery of the weaving coop she works with and I was reminded that just last week, there was one in our office parking lot in broad daylight. Certainly not as big a disaster as the one she was describing but scarier in its proximity.