A Trip to Nowhere

I have mentioned before that my Grandma has had to move to a nursing home.  It’s been a little over a month since she fell and the determination was made that she could no longer live on her own.  It’s been a busy and difficult month.  The brunt has been borne by my Aunt.  Her daughters both just had babies within the last 6 weeks.  My Mom and I have tried to help as much as we can, but we live about 30 miles away.

This past weekend we had a sale at her apartment to try to get rid of some of the stuff that wasn’t being kept by either or another member of the family.  Before I left on Saturday I had offered to help take the rest of the stuff to Goodwill.    My Aunt called later to say that they wouldn’t need me after all.  No biggie — I have plenty to do…

Well, she called last night because it turned out that my cousin wouldn’t be able to help after all — Could I please come?  And bring the truck?  Well, since I didn’t think I needed it, the truck is not here right now.  We decided that between our two cars, we’d probably manage.

This morning I called to let her know I was on my way, and I’d meet her in 30 minutes.  20 minutes in to my drive:  she called back.  She didn’t really need me after all.  There wasn’t nearly as much stuff as she had originally thought.

LOL.

I’m just glad I didn’t get all the way there before discovering that I wasn’t really needed.  That would have annoyed me.  There wasn’t really any point in being annoyed, though.  The stress that she’s been under is pretty crushing.  I might have done the same thing — looked at it all and panicked about how much it was.

What I probably should have done was just turn around and come home, but my inner brat said "You’ve driven all this way, it’d be a shame to take a trip to nowhere.  You should go to Pamida."

Pamida, for those of you who don’t know, is a Discount Store.  In the range of discount stores, I would rank it thusly: 

Target (where I do a lot of shopping)
Wal-Mart (which I try to avoid, but sometimes you just have to go to Wal-Mart)
K-Mart (I can’t even remember the last time I went to a K-Mart, let alone bought anything of value there)
Pamida (They might have some name-brand stuff, but mostly, the housewares and stuff is way way off-brand).

I wandered around for awhile, found that they had some scrapbooking stuff (and bought some paper and some stickers), and finally gave up and came home.

So that’s my story of my trip to Nowhere.  I am in need of a break, but I wasn’t really in need of an hour in the car.  I’ve been sitting too much lately, which is jamming up my hips (well, my sacroiliac joints, I think).  On that note, I think I’d better stand up and maybe go do some stretching….

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And so it begins

This is probably only interesting to…well…me….but, printing has begun: 

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(My trusty Photosmart 8250 printing front covers)

I’m still proofreading (mom found a few things, not the least of which is some punctuation issues…), and I still have photographs to add in.  I took some samples outside (70 plus degrees today!) and had a photo shoot.

Look!  It’s green out there!

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And here, how about a sneak peek at one of the designs from the new book:

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This one is called Hanging Hearts.

I’ve shown off the cover in a past post, but here’s a closeup of the picture that’s on the cover.  This design is called Corkscrews.

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The quilt itself is a pattern by my friends Miki and Diane who designed it just for me!  As soon as I have pattern ordering information I’ll be sure to share!

In addition to finishing the book, I’m trying to spend time today getting things ready to take orders.  I just love messing around with website stuff.  Ugh.  Everything takes twice as long as think it ought to, and I know just enough to be dangerous, but not enough to be really efficient. 

Well, time to eat something and then back to work.   I may have to go change into a t-shirt (and shorts?)!

Big Fat Tears

Why am I crying?

Well, first are the tears of sadness. I went to see the movie Bridge to Terabithia last night.  I didn’t even bother to try to wipe away the big fat tears rolling down my face.  I recently read the book, and I thought the movie was a beautiful adaptation of a wonderful story.

Second are the tears of joy.  The book is nearly done.  I have some photographs to add and a little bit more proofreading to do.  I have definitely taken it down to the wire, but I think I’m going to make it.  This is one of the reasons why I like the fact that I am printing them on my own, and printing them on demand.  I do wish I had made myself stick to the schedule I made several months ago.  I intended to be done with this part close to 3 weeks ago.  A lesson for the future….

And last — the start of the running eyes thanks to the fact that it is Spring!  I’ll try not to complain too much yet about my allergies, because I am very much enjoying seeing the green grass and feeling warm again.  My husband is actually wearing shorts today!

We started talking about a summer vacation today.  We are thinking about the Grand Canyon and other points of interest in Arizona.  We are contemplating a cheap flight into Las Vegas and a rental car.  Mark wants to see Hoover Dam, and I know that we could probably spend at least 2 weeks exploring.

OK, I’ve got to get back to work, but thought I’d post a quick update.  After staring at the computer for hours working on the book, I haven’t had the energy to try to post anything on the blog.  You should be hearing from me more this week, though….maybe even with actual quilt and art related content!

A Treasure

My 85 year old grandmother has had to move into a nursing home.  I am helping my mom, my aunt, and my grandma sort through Grandma’s apartment and decide what to keep, what to toss, and what to sell.  I have come home with a few treasures, one of which I wanted to share just because it’ll bring a smile.  It’s completely out of season, but that’s OK:

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The idea came from a preschool project.  We made several of these for Christmas in 2003.

I think we had a lot of fun making them, but that was a long time ago, and I might be remembering the project with rose colored glasses.  I think I got the wooden trays at Hobby Lobby.  I was just looking at the big bottle of blue paint in a drawer, wondering why I had purchased it — now I remember!  I think I probably let them do nearly all of the painting.  I think all I painted was the bottom of their feet so that they could do the print.

The book is going well, but still lots and lots to do to get it finished.

I’d better get back to it….

Another page done

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Turquoise "T" on Two-color fabric with Twin circles

I Trapped Tangled Threads with Tulle and did some Threadplay on Top.  (Actually I did bobbin work, as the Thread I wanted to use is Turquoise Kreinik metallic blending filament, which I didn’t think would work coming through the needle).

The fabric was layered with Two layers of Totally Stable stabilizer (a Sulky product).

Some of the "T"s were on purpose, some I only realized after I got going like the Twin circles or the fact that the name of the stabilizer started with a "T"…)

The color is much prettier in person.  I still need to attach these to the appropriate places in Marilyn’s book, and will get it in the mail next week.