Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stash Report:
Fabric In: yards
Fabric In May: 6 yards 
Fabric In YTD: 37.83 yards
Fabric Out: .5 yard (Charity blocks for K of Q)
Fabric Out May: 5.83yards
Fabric Out 2015:  41.83 yards
Stash Reduction: 4.0 yards
    This week has been a whirl wind. DD#4 decided to invade my sewing room on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. She grabbed fabric off my shelves Tuesday and moved the 2 small bookcases from the sewing room to the studio. Then Wednesday she insisted that we organize the fabric. I use the Roy G Biv method with Brown, Black, and White as separate categories. I also group fabrics that were bought as sets. That didn't work for her!

Thursday she came and pulled more fabric and projects. She began to stress me out since I am working on several scrap and other projects with the fabric grouped in various areas. I kept having to take things from her and put them on the side. She kept fussing that she wasn't losing them just moving them.  I kept having to tell her that those things needed to be together where I could reach them. We have two very different organization methods. She is a "OCD" about mess and I work best in an organized mess - one where I know where everything is whether other understand my organization procedure or not. Very Stressful!!! I don't know how we are going to compromise to be able to work in the same space. One of us will have to change a bit or I will be sewing in the office of the studio where I can hide my "mess".
Friday, DH and I traveled to Maurepas for DGS#7's high school graduation. We were in charge of bring the boudin. The traffic thru BR was horrible. It took an hour and a half to go from the bridge to 12. We arrived in time to watch the getting ready activity. The boudin almost didn't make it to the after party since DGS's#2, #4, #7, & DD#1 had to sample it several times.
We didn't leave Maurepas until 11pm and had a great time. Home was 2hr and 30mins away so we got home around 1am. Long day!!!
Saturday, DH kidnapped me and we drove 'until he was sweating', had lunch, and he played for an hour. Then he drove home while I napped!!!
    Next week should be quieter! I plan on working every day for at least 2 hours at the shop.
Well, time to get moving.
Lator Gators! Keep making lemonade!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stash Report Sunday May 17, 2015

Stash Report:
Fabric In: yards
Fabric In May: 6 yards 
Fabric In YTD: 37.83 yards
Fabric Out: 5.33 yards
Fabric Out May: 5.33 yards
Fabric Out 2015:  41.33 yards
Stash Reduction: 3.5 yards
2 yards for pillowcases
2.5 yards for backing of baby quilt and pillowcase
.83 yards for binding

     I am sewing up a storm but not much to show for it!  The good news is that all the walls except the grid wall are done in the studio. The bad news is the boys began cleaning the "Office" area. They got side tracked and left the mess in the studio area so now I have to clean again. Two steps forward and 1 step back! Waltzing with this project.

   Oh the health side, the crud is still hanging on but only the coughing and fatigue. Nothing to complain about!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Finding the Good and Losing the Ugly

Yesterday, DH and I went to the doctor. While not well, DH was pronounce progressing towards wellness. That is the Good. He also lost 4 pounds and that is the Better since he has been trying to lose weight. The best news was that I have lost 17 pounds since April 4th. I only have 35 more pounds to lose to please my doctor and 15 to please myself.
How's that for getting lemonade from lemons
After the doctor visit, DH and I each had our own plans. I went to J&B to help sew on a shop project that needs to be done in 3 weeks. It felt good to be sewing!  DH fiddled with his car and truck. Then he visited his "place of business" otherwise known as the casino.
When I got home, I made my dogs mad at me.
Leapaul got a bath for fleas. He hates baths and afterwards wouldn't look at me.
I needed things at WalMart so I went there. When I got back, all the house animals got meds for fleas. Now Lilly is hiding
somewhere in the house and won't come out which worries me. Me-new is the only one who is speaking/reacting with me. Leapaul is still hiding in his bed but that is his usual behavior in the morning.
This morning I am going to J&B to work on the shop project. I plan on working for about 3 hours and then coming home. DD#4 is bringing her stepsons and we plan on finishing the studio. I am also planning on having the boys clear out the 'office' area so I can begin working there. When I am done, it will have storage, a microwave and coffee pot, a TV and computer, a big comfortable chair with ottoman, and a small refrigerator. It will be a place for DH occupy. It will also serve as a place for me to hide fabric, scraps, and 'stuff'
Well time to go! Have a great day.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Design Wall Monday, May 11, 2015

My design walls are empty! I have a baby quilt to bind and studio walls to cover before Thursday. 
  Today is my second daughter's birthday. Many years ago she was my Mother's Day gift and stole my heart right then and there.  She is not my favorite because each daughter is unique but she can ring me around her finger in an instant. I try to hide it from #1 and #3, but #4 knows the truth. It is the reason that her daughter and grand-daughter are so special to me.

Well enough with the sweetness! Too much sugar for a dime.
  Tuesday, DH and I go to the doctor to make sure he is getting well. Wednesday, we put batting and grids up on the studio walls and clean the office area. That will be a BIG job but I am up for it! Thursday, we travel to Sulfur to watch grandson and his team play. Friday, we rest! Saturday, hopefully, we travel back to Sulfur for finals.  Oh, and every day, I will go to work for 3 hours from 9 to 12 or 1 to 4 to sew on shop projects.
Yep, the crud/croup doesn't have a chance to survive that schedule!
Lator Gators. Make lemonade.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Stash Report Sunday, May 10, 2015

Update: The CRUD is on the run!  I feel more like myself than I have in over 2 weeks. Very little coughing etc. has happened today. So no more bellyaching about being sick. It is time to get on with life. Time to be on a more positive track than I have been on in over 2 weeks.
Stash Report:
Fabric In: yards

Fabric In May: 2 yards 
Fabric In YTD: 33.83 yards
Fabric Out: 0 yards
Fabric Out May: 0 yards
Fabric Out 2015:  36 yards
Stash Reduction: 2.17 yards
    The good news is that I am surviving the CURE for the CRUD. Only problem is that the CRUD has turned into the CROUP. The bad news is that we were unable to go to the baseball game. However,
DGS#7's baseball team won their game on Saturday which puts them in the state playoffs. They play first game Thursday in Sulfur. This time we will be there!
     I have been on the sofa and in my sewing room for short periods of time, but did not get the binding sewn on the baby quilt. I spent the time ironing fabric and cutting 1 1/2" strips. A bit dangerous, but since it was all scraps, if I cut wrong or ironed wrong, it could be passed over and it was short bursts of time.  I was suppose to go to work, but couldn't stop the whooping enough to drive.
     Next week my numbers should change, since that baby quilt will be bound, if all goes as planned. The crud/croup should be almost gone and life should return to normal, well, as normal as we get anyways.
   Lator Gators. Remember don't put off small health problems, because you pay in the end. Happy Mother's Day.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Update on Progress

   I know the doctor told me that it would take time to get better b/c I was that sick. Sick enough to be hospitalized if I weren't so stubborn and hate hospitals so much. It is not the people but just being there.
What she didn't tell me was that the CURE is Worse than the illness! The meds are having some weird side effects like not being able to control body fluids and hacking clear and violently. Also after I take the antibiotic, I get jumpy and nervous which is not me. That lasts for about 5 hours and then it goes away. I have checked with the doctor and it is all part of the cure.
DH gave in and went to the doctor for this on Tuesday so he is just starting the meds and they are having the same effects. We sound like a coughing concert but at least we are together and moving around.
I am going to try to put binding on a baby quilt today if I get the energy to move that far.LOL
All I know is that I have to get a whole lot better soon b/c DGS#7 is playing in playoff games this weekend as a senior and I want to be there and so does DH.
Lator Gators! Hoping to survive this 10 day CURE for the CRUD!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Design Wall & Stash Report For Monday, May 4, 2014

Design Wall
When I was feeling able, I worked on the Krotz Springs BOM blocks. The first installment had the center medallion. Once I realized that there were no directions just cutting sizes and placement charts, I set to work. Sometimes starting is the scary part.
I made some design changes about color choices but love how my medallion looks.
Then I was ready for installment #2 which had three 12 1/2" blocks.

Block 1 was a bit scary but went together like a charm. Although, I did make some color changes that didn't work as well as I anticipated.

 Block 3 was even easier. I even got the color placement as in the chart.
Block 2, however, had some serious faults since the size of M was not given and I had to use 5th grade triangular math to get the measurements. When that didn't work out even, I drew a 1/4" line on the square it went on and measured the remaining sides-2 1/8" square. It worked like a charm. I felt so smart like a REAL know the advanced group!
Stash Report
Fabric In: yards
 Fabric In May: 2 yards 
Fabric In YTD: 33.83 yards
Fabric Out: 0 yards
Fabric Out May: 0 yards
Fabric Out 2015:  36 yards
Stash Reduction: 2.17 yards
     For all intents and purposes, I seem to be going in the wrong direction lately. mmmmm oh well, Most of what I am working on is scraps so can't be counted till the top is finished or blocks given away or the BOM which has to be completed to be counted. Soon I should go in the other direction-hopefully. If not, oh well, I know I am using stash and not just admiring it.
Lator Gators! Don't let stubbornness keep you from doing what you should and must do. You pay for it in the end....Oh how I know!