Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Little Crocheting

I actually took the time this week so sit down and watch Criminal Minds on Wednesday night.  I generally can't stand to sit there doing nothing while watching tv, so I pulled out the crocheted rug I've been working on for quite awhile.  It needs one more block.  Between the hour on Wednesday night and the hour between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Thursday night when I couldn't sleep, I got the block nearly finished.  It's the one in the lower left that has all the untrimmed yarn ends still showing.

Here are all six blocks laid out.  I may move them around to balance the colors, but plan to alternate the direction of each block as shown in the picture.  I don't plan on backing the rug as I think I'm going to use it in a carpeted area, but I'm thinking I will have to at least block it.  I've never made a crocheted rug before, so if anyone has any suggestions, please share them!  This one is made using recycled afghan yarn, so a rug was really the only option as the yarn is not in good enough shape for much else.  I am also considering donating it to the animal shelter, but I think it would still need some blocking so it didn't curl in the corners.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hey, I THOUGHT About Quilting...It's a Start!

Yes, it's true!  I actually thought about quilting last week.  Didn't do any, but I thought about it LOL.  Mainly when these gorgeous fabrics arrived from Jackie.  She had a great sale on batiks and I couldn't resist.  I had seen a lot of these in a local store awhile back, but at $10.59/yd, I just couldn't justify getting them.  But at $7.25 a yard, including lightening fast shipping, I had to get some.  Love, love, love them!  Now to get them washed and into the stash so they can be used.  Whenever that is *sigh*.

Echo also enjoyed the quilt on my table yesterday.

And Sassy was up there too, until I came by, and then she had to roll on the floor and talk to me.  No idea what she was saying, but she seemed pretty happy lol.

And speaking of happy, in response to the comments on my last post, yes, I am very happy right now.  A bit stressed and overwhelmed at times, but very happy :-).

Monday, January 17, 2011

Much to Say and No Time to Say It!

It has been a zoo around here!  The divorce was final on January 3rd and the hearing went off without a hitch.  And then the flurry of paperwork began to make changes to accounts, beneficiaries, etc.  The Texas house closed escrow this past week, which involved a trip to the bank to get documents notarized and then a trip to Fed Ex to send the documents back. 

Tax season officially began on January 5th when the tax returns started rolling in so work has been super busy too.

The animals are all still living with me and they have been a bit stressed with all of the changes and have not been on their best behavior, which is an understatement in some cases.  Now that the Texas house has closed escrow, once T has the funds from the closing, he can start house shopping in Ohio and hopefully be back to get the dogs and his cat by the end of tax season.  Hopefully I can make it until then!  They are keeping me hopping and driving me a bit batty as well lol.

I also got my bedroom/quilting studio furnished.  The bed and tables are exactly what I wanted and match better than I could have ever hoped.  Dawn's daughter had a table virtually identical to my sewing table that left with T and she also had a bookcase that fit perfectly with the rest of the room.  That left the lamps.  Oh, the lamps.  The process of finding and actually purchasing the lamps ended up becoming such a comedy of errors that I had almost given up when things finally fell into place.  I did take pictures today of the furnished room, but don't have time to load them all right now.  I will hopefully have time to do that this week and will tell you the story of the lamps at the same time.

I would like to say that there has been some quilting going on around here, but that is not the case.  Nada, zip, nothing.  Not one stitch or cut or anything remotely resembling quilting, other than putting quilts on the new tables and bed in the bedroom.  I have been so busy that I haven't even had time to think about quilting let alone actually do it.

So that's what has been happening around here for the past two weeks.  In a nutshell, it has been organized chaos lol.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 Goals

Happy New Year!

As each year comes to a close, I start to think of my goals for the coming year.  Mostly I put together needlework goals, but usually come up with some financial and household goals as well.  So for the past couple of days I've been trying to think of my goals for the coming year and I keep coming back to the same conclusion.  And that conclusion is that I really only have one goal for enjoy and make the most of each day

I am starting the year happier than I have been for many years and truly excited about what the future holds.  To that end, I want to be open to anything that comes my way.  I am a Type A Planner by nature, so just going with the flow and seeing what happens is way outside the norm for me.  But oddly enough, it feels totally comfortable and like the right thing to do right now.  So that's what I'm going to do.

On a quilty note, I want to continue to make progress on my UFO list, so to that end, yesterday I pulled out all of the quilt tops awaiting quilting and cut and washed batting for all of them.  Some still need the batting to be pieced, but at least they are all one step closer to becoming finished quilts.

And of course I had help during this process.  Well, I'm not sure how helpful they were, but you had to know that Sassy and Echo were right there with me while I was trying to get things done.

Yesterday morning we had this backyard visitor:

And this morning, we had this one: