Goings On

April 18, 2011

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Things have been relatively quiet in Napierland.  (Actually, I mistyped quiet as quilt so you know where my mind really is.) We’re just chugging along.  The weather is turning spring-like and gorgeous.  I love walking the neighborhood at this time of year.  The flowers smell amazing.  It’s extra special to me because I have suffered with allergies for years, but since moving here, I can actually smell things.

another flower from my walk

This past weekend, I was worried I had come in contact with a deadly illness.  I knew something had to be wrong with me.  I went to my local yarn store, that was having a sale, and I didn’t buy a thing.  Not. A. Thing.  Since I have survived the weekend and didn’t succumb to the ebola virus or hemorrhagic fever, I realize that my body was temporarily possessed by a mature, responsible adult who realized she already has plenty of beautiful yarn.  While not as dramatic an infliction, it was still scary.  I’m better now.

fenced in quilt, coming along

I’ve been making slow and steady progress on my fenced in quilt. It was moving really quickly and once I realized I needed to order fabric for the quilt back, things started to slow a bit.  My original plan was to do a solid color background but I couldn’t find a color I really liked, so I went with one of the aqua striped fabrics from the quilt top.  I only have four more rows to put together which should go pretty fast.  And then the sashing.  I don’t think I’ll get the whole quilt finished by the end of the month, but we’ll see.

ironing block

One thing that is a huge help with the quilting projects is my new ironing block.  I used one during my quilting weekend, and it was great.  I can keep the block on my table and it saves me floor space because I don’t have to pull out my ironing board for these small pieces.  It was a super simple project.  Bill cut a piece of wood for me.  The wood is a 1/2 inch thick and measures approximately 17 x 22 inches.  I used some batting and then two layers of insul-brite (like you use for oven mitts, available at Jo-ann).  Then it’s covered in fabric and stapled to the back of the wood.  The two layers of insul-brite is probably a little much.  I am contemplating undoing the fabric and taking out one of the layers.  That sounds like work though.

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The last thing that I’ll share with you is random.  Bill went to a our new Safeway (grocery store) that was celebrating its opening weekend.  While at the register, the manager spun a wheel, and it landed on Bill’s checkout lane.  He won a bag of groceries! There was good stuff in there: a bottle of laundry detergent, a loaf of wheat bread, cookies, salsa, salad dressing, peanut butter… That bag was heavy!

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And that’s our goings on.


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April Goals

April 7, 2011

It’s seven days into the month, but never too late to set goals.  I’ll start by first looking at how I did with March, which I think was my worst month so far.

1.  Make new pillows for the living room.  In progress…  I need to change the thread in my machine but am too lazy to do it so I haven’t worked on this for about a week.

2.  Finish my basketweave afghan. Done!

Basketweave Afghan, complete!

3.  Finish mohair scarf (so that the cat stops pulling it out of my knitting basket during the night). Done!

modeling my alchemy scarf

4.  Cut Innocent Crush Fabric for a new quilt. Done!  And I even started the piecing!

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5.  Make a top.  Halfway there…  I cut the fabric.

6.  Knit a sweater.  I started one…  But then got distracted by a shawl.

7.  Keep my schedule at the gym. I did it! I made a couple of tradeoffs where if I skipped a class I walked and the next day did a more vigorous cardio workout, but I think all in all I can say I kept my schedule.  Also, when I stopped focusing on a number and did the things I know I’m supposed to do, I lost 8 pounds!

8.  Read 3 books. Done!  The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt (brain candy, quick and entertaining), The Two Chinatowns by Dan Mahoney (NYPD police procedural, it was eh), and The Late Bloomers Revolution by Amy Cohen (cute, would be a perfect beach read)

9.  Finish Valentine socks.  Not quite there, but I made serious progress.  I am just so sick of knitting them…

10.  Make some tablet pouches.  This is a great bit UGH.  I started to sew them together and realized I cut the fabric too small.  I am going to have to come up with a new way to salvage the project but for now I am bummed and need a break.

So March wasn’t as bad as I thought.  I had a 50% completion rate, but I did get my hands in everything I wanted to accomplish, even if I didn’t finish those things.  I did a couple of other things that weren’t on the list, like reading my novel (which wasn’t as horrible as I expected it to be) and I cut the fabric for my mystery quilt, and I moved some stuff around my craft room in my constant attempt to make things less cluttered.  Moving on…

Here are my April Goals (and some of these will look a little familiar):

1.  Complete Innocent Crush quilt.

2.  Finish living room pillows.

3.  Finish making myself a cotton top.

4.  Read 4 (!) books.  (At least one of them is going to be a young adult novel from my Trixie Belden collection.)

5.  Edit chapters 1 – 3 of my book.

6.  Make 5 tablet pouches.

7.  Finish Cheques shawl.  (I need a break from the socks.)

8.  Sew the small flying geese for my mystery quilt.

9.  Keep exercising and eating right!

That’s a pretty good list for the month.  I better get to it!


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Happy Birthdays!

April 4, 2011

I’m a little behind on my monthly goals, but for good reasons.  I got back from my mystery quilting weekend (so much fun!!! and more on that later), and then my in-laws arrived for a visit.  I did have about 48 hours in between getting home and their arrival which was just enough time to unpack, do some laundry, and get the house ready.

It’s been a lovely visit, low key and relaxing.  We went to Half Moon Bay one afternoon.  It was quite breezy and a little chilly by the water so we didn’t linger there, but we did find a restaurant for lunch and enjoyed the downtown area.  Bill took his parents to Mountain Winery one afternoon, and we took a stroll around the neighborhood after dinner on a different night.

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Today, Jeanne and I made a delicious carrot cake and we all went out for a late lunch.  It was the perfect temperature to sit outside and eat.  Then we came home and enjoyed cake!

birthday babies

The evenings have been spent relaxing in front of the tv.  I was sitting and knitting and looked up to find Bill and his parents playing with their gadgets.  It was cute.

they like their gadgets

And that’s about it.  I want to wish my sweet husband a very happy birthday, and big belated birthday hugs to Jeanne!  I’ll be back in the next day or two to focus on my goals.  My belly is too full of cake to do it now.


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