April 2010

lots of water dripping off the roof – that can only mean there was a ‘pile’ of hail up there that is now melting.  none on the ground – guess it was too warm?? weird.  hmm, probably should have just done this as a comment to that first post.  oops. ^_^

the sun has returned, so howcome it’s so dang cold?!  ok, i know, it’s the blanket of clouds that has been stripped off.  still, brrrrr!    and what about all that hail last night!!?  all the flowers looking like swiss cheese this morning!  and the poor little dogwood is really bending over now.  am hoping it rights itself to reach for the sun.

don’t have anything of real value to share here.  haven’t done the drawing for the new beginner pattern.  have just been working on putting together kits for existing ones.  so, no pictures to show today.  hmmm, did finish another pin – at least the front, it’s not actually ‘complete’.  perhaps will post a picture of it tomorrow?   oh, did find out i am teaching a 2 hour class at the big show in portland in sept.  twice!  so, will have to be putting together a lot of those pincushion kits.  and i must include the polyfil in those.  am also considering offering the option for them to purchase velcro so they could make into a wrist pincushion.  an idea i got from someone else – i confess.  won’t include the velcro since i already submitted the application with the kit cost at $5.  will just have it be an option they can purchase for an additional $1??  will have to see how much it will  cost me.  stay tuned. ^_^

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another class complete – a full class!  and everyone seemed well-pleased.  that’s my goal!  course, anyone who wasn’t probably wouldn’t have come up and told me what a terrible class it was, huh?!  still, the person who set it up and with whom i had stayed the night before – said she had only gotten positive comments – even from the ones who were the most experienced.  yea!

so, today it is raining again.  i will still need to run a couple errands – to the bank for deposit (always good) ^_^ and to restock the wine pantry.  also just had a meeting with dan – my new ‘boss’ for a part time job – office and support for him and his roofing business.  i am really happy about the opportunity!  not a lot of money, but surely keep me in wine and cream for my coffee at least! ^_^  life is good!  onward and upward!

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off i go today, to spend the night with someone in tiny town of volcano.  then, up to pine grove to teach tomorrow.  i was concerned cause i hadn’t heard – turns out, no need for that!  class is ‘overfull’ again.  yea! ^_^  so, just finished loading the van – have done everything else i wanted and now just have to shower and haul the last bit of personal stuff up.

looks like i might just have a little ‘part time’ job to help fill the gaps.  kind of relative – one of those ‘by marriage’ things that includes my ex (tom’s father).  hey, isn’t life interesting in these times – and what a great family you can accumulate if you just stay open. ^_^  anyway, dan has a roofing business and is looking for an office assistant – he’s coming by in a bit to discuss further.  sounds like fun to me.

and here are some pictures of my prolific little dogwood!  unlike most, it’s tall and kinda skinny – and blossoms are not so big – but make up for it in shear numbers!



one day i will figure out how to do these beauties as a pattern without infringing on bobbie’s territory!  HAPPY SPRING!!

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found myself kind of ‘tuckered’ out once back from redding – so haven’t done a whole lot.  also, it’s about the rain.  sometimes it’s just a downer for me – not that i don’t appreciate it, or complain about it that way – it’s just that a crying sky kinda matches my mood sometimes.

so, the sun is shining today and i am feeling better as well. ^_^  realized that while i had posted pictures of the 2 new beginner patterns, i hadn’t shown them as they currently are – pinned to the wallhanging.  once i have filled all the empty spaces, i will unsew that little sashing and sew the blocks in for real.  here’s how it looks now.

the next space i plan to fill is the large one at the bottom.  i have a picture/painting hanging here that was done by rachel a year or so ago.  i think it will be just a fun thing to use and will offer the opportunity to practice all sorts of useful aspects of applique. 🙂

that will leave just one more space.  am giving some consideration to publishing the package with that one open.  that would give you a chance to try your hand at either designing the block or at least choosing something you already have to fill it – or parts of something???  the final touch could be yours.  

my current plan is to offer this as a package like i do with both of the other large quilts – with all the patterns included at a slight discount.  no fabric.  for those who have already purchased the kits and want the wallhanging directions – it will probably be available also – perhaps for $5 like the kits. ??  no fabric, just words and diagrams for block assembly.  any comments are welcome.  oh, yes, the individual kits will definitely still be available for $5!  you don’t have to do the whole thing!  😉

enjoy the sunshine, bless the rain. ^_^

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i declare the redding show a success.  not ‘great’, but certainly ‘good’ – by today’s standards.  the only problem, for me, was the furnished poles and drapes.  makes twice the work – i had to hang my drapes on top of them as i was warned i could NOT pin anything on the furnished ones.  ugh.  lots of up and down the ladder cause i have to hang them with the hooks not the sleeve.  probably why my body tired today – must also do it all in reverse, don’t cha know!!  plus – the ups and downs to hang and unhang all the samples.  my my

 i do so love shows at fairgrounds. ^_^  as predicted, acres of green for sophie to run in without a leash – i stayed away from other rv’s and dogs being ‘walked’, etc.   it was quiet, and dark and ‘safe’.  train tracks nearby – something i like.  weather was perfect – mild and sunny.  all is well.  and, chance of booking a class or two from having been there.  that is even better.! ^_^

so, today is about pushing myself to empty the van and run some errands.  can hardly complain about needing to go to the bank – to deposit!  oh, and tom strung the new phone line, yea!  i have a land line again.  so, don’t have to depend on sketchy reception for the cellphone.  life is good.

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here it is, less than 24 hours till departure and the van remains unpacked.  and now i must make a run to o.max for copies so i can finish the last of what i need to restock.  it’s always something. ^_^

i will be leaving at about 9 a.m. – it’s a 3 hour drive to redding, so that will give me 4-5 hours for setup.  even when moving like molasses i seem to be able to complete in that amount of time.  checked the weather – sunny and warm – yea!  makes van living easier without rain.  wet dogs are not the most aromatic.   well, not pleasantly so.  am really hoping for restroom/shower at fairgrounds.  always lots of open green for sophie to run at fairgrounds.  rv parks have ‘dog walks’ and lots of rules. ^_^

ok, time to quit stalling and just get out of here.  if you are in the redding area – stop by and say howdy! ^_^

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i am in the process of getting thru something that is/was emotionally devastating for/to me.  while it’s very personal and the details of no real value to ‘you’ – perhaps my current question with regard to a ‘why’ of it might  at least give you a chuckle – if not something to think about.

could it be, that when you have been really ‘bad’ with someone, when you feel like you have hurt someone by the way you ‘are’, could there still be a gift for them buried within your ‘awfulness/harshness’ – i mean, might they not be left with the gift of a new found appreciation for both themselves and their own life!  that after they go scurrying away saying “get me out of here and away from her asap!” they can also return to their real life with an “ahhhh, oh thank you God! i am so grateful for my life.” ^_^  let’s just say – i hope so.  ok, so having said that, let me also admit that the process has yielded some fabulous realizations and moved me farther along my path of healing.  yea!!

on a lighter note – doing my best to do what must be done to prepare for leaving again on friday.  redding – just 3 hours away, not bad.  new venue, so not sure how it will be.  am hoping there is a shower available – the literature mentions ‘full hookups’ (it’s at the fairgrounds in anderson).  most fairgrounds do have showers, tho not always ‘open’ unless horse people there.  there are plenty of rv parks nearby, so i’m not too concerned.

weather here still iffy – with regard to rain.  may wait till tomorrow to reorganize/repack the van.  unless i ck weather report and see it’s getting ‘worse’.  in any event, time to just get to it.

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as in – won’t do that one again.  sorry, oakland, just not my venue.  nothing wrong there – they just don’t applique.  at least not in the traditional sense – and i guess i have to admit that what i do is definitely “traditional”.  the designs may look “contemporary” but,  they are done with very old method.  live and learn.

having said that – i will also say i’m not sorry i went.  learning experiences may not always feel good during the process – but the benefits are well worth the temporary discomfort.  even tho the discomfort may linger a bit after the actual experience – still, worth it. ^_^

it is chilly and wet again here.  however, the view out my big window has turned totally GREEN!!  will never complain about that!  and there is snow on up the hill – lots of happy skiers, i’m sure.  while it rained a lot yesterday, here and there, we got very ‘lucky’ with both repacking the van and driving home.  some wind, no real rain.  and it waited till after i had hauled myself and all my stuff back down here!  yea! ^_^

so, now it’s time to prep for redding.  hope to see you there!

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saved a lot for this last day before i must leave – to be done, that is!  haven’t touched the tubs, so must do that, no matter what!  kinda messed things up when i took stuff to the tas meeting! (worth it!) ^_^  and that on top of however i threw things into tubs at teardown at last show. soooo, in order to keep setup time to minimum – good to have everything in order.  easier for glorian to find so she can stock spinners, etc.  hard enough to follow my directions!!

and then, there’s the new beginner designs!  must complete the publishing of each separate kit and then figure out how i want to do the ‘package deal’, with the directions for the wallhanging.  that will be patterns only and will require some new words as well as a new cover – now that i have 7 of the 9 spaces filled.  having said all that – here are pictures of those new ones:


and now – i’d best get on with it here.  hope to see you in oakland. ^_^

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