I hope you little chickadees have a great week. I'll be back before you know it, with tales of all the get-together-goodness. xop
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I hope you little chickadees have a great week. I'll be back before you know it, with tales of all the get-together-goodness. xop
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Speaking of dusting, last night Bret and I were out running some errands and this little girl came up to me shyly and offered a business card. I could see her parents around the corner waiting for her. Grand Opening, Cleaning Service. I must look like I need help.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Why doesn't your spell checker recognize the word blog?
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Before Christmas I participated in a fun contest over at Angelina's blog, and I won this cute potholder. It came along with one of Phillip's postcards which I love. The contest was about the worst gift you ever got and I thought the salad spinner from an old boy friend was pretty bad but turns out there are some people with some real bad-gift stories. I really enjoy Angelina's blog, I find it interesting and thought provoking, and often eerily like looking back on the years where Frankie was young. I would have enjoyed standing in the back of the classroom with Angelina. I always felt a little bit of an outcast during the school years.
I've been sewing. A lot. The mystery quilt clues are going out this week so I have to get on the ball, I'm not all that much farther ahead of the crowd. You can see here I'm ready to get busy, coffee, sewing, Sidekick. Gotta keep in contact with my peeps. The quilt is turning out cute. I'll post photos once the quilt is revealed in a few weeks.
Some people have asked just what a mystery quilt is. A mystery quilt is one where you don't know what the finished quilt looks like. Clues are passed out giving you fabric amounts, cutting and sewing instructions and you follow along doing each step not knowing where its all going to end up. This quilt we're working on is twin size I think. Or close to it. I think I'm on step 4.
And this is a pretty box of spring. Soon to be in a pot on my porch. I hope you have a super day my dears!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Yeah people, this is how we're keeping it real over here at PamKittyMorning. Just when you've recommended my blog as a good read to all your friends, here comes a post like this.
I know, two photos of Swiffer, I hope you all realize that I did go to some effort styling my Swiffer packaging. This is quality blog action.
Actually after yesterday's Dr.Pepper incident, I felt the need to improve my mopping situation. I have company coming you know. And I'm often a sucker for this kind of gimicky cleaning product.
Lets just say while I loved it, its not really for people with dirty floors. Its for those households where someone cleans everyday. Not just when their company is coming. So clearly not me. I can't remember the last time I mopped. Well that's a lie, it was yesterday. But maybe now with my Swiffer, I'll actually mop more often and I won't need that real mop. Well it's a thought. A thought that needed sharing.
Just so you don't leave thinking that this is a blog where I talk about my housekeeping skills because wow, I so am lacking in that area, I actually accomplished some things. Like sewing. And I received some lovely mail, which I will share in my next post! Until then my lovely friends!
Monday, January 22, 2007
On top of all the compliments, she said she told 'about 50 people' about my blog. Ok, maybe it was more like 5 or possibly 3 but still. It was an OMG moment and it's not like I'm saying it to suck up or anything.
After a fun day at work I came home and checked my email. I found some other famous people blogs, Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs and Brenda from Acorn Quilt and Gift Company. I have met both of them before, and Brenda had the booth behind us at quilt market. I had left comments on their blogs and I had email from both of them.
I have to say I was feeling a bit smug. Famous people. Reading my blog. That's right, and lets not forget the email. Email to me my friends. And not that kind that goes to everyone! You gotta live it up when that kind of thing happens.
But just so you know the forces of nature are still at work keeping me real , I went to toast my good fortune with a cold Diet Caffeine Free Coke (because seriously, do you think I need the caffeine?) and a Dr. Pepper flew out of the fridge, fell on the floor and from the tiniest hole ever shot Dr. Pepper all over my nice still-feels-new-to-me fridge, all over the kitchen, under the fridge, onto the walls and cabinets and into the living room as it spun around like some kind of amazing fireworks. Sticky, sweet fireworks. At high pressure. Tiny hole. Wow. Back to normal in just an instant.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
This is probably not a sight you'd be used to seeing at a quilt shop, Jersey Day!! Meet Leslie (right) and Elizabeth (left)who are repping our favorite Jacksonville Jaguar Maurice Jones-Drew. Maurice is the childhood sweetheart of Leslie's daughter Ashley. He's just the nicest guy ever. I even watch football to see him.
This is his first year with the NFL and he's up for Pepsi's Rookie of the Year. If you're so inclined please head over and vote for Maurice at the NFL site. I'd love to see him win this Pepsi Award.
Yesterday we found out our cousin Linda from Minnesota will be coming for a short visit at the end of the month. She's really my husbands cousin but we're very close and I have visited her many times on my own. She used to live here when I first joined the family. She shows me a wonderful time driving me all over for quilt shopping and antiquing and I am thinking of all kinds of things to do with her for her few days here with us. She hasn't seen Frankie since she was maybe 3, so we'll be taking a day trip to see her. That should be fun. I'm proud of my little girl, and can't wait to show her off. I'm so thrilled she's coming.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
They might as well open those doors and dangle my feet over the edge. And speaking over the edge, I rode that Soaring over California ride. I remember some women talking about that ride at the shop, they were older Grandma style ladies, so I figured if they could take it, must be tame. Well I guess compared to Tower of Terror yeah, tame. I had no idea that row 1 on that ride would be 30 feet up with our feet dangling DANGLING. The lady next to me took great delight laughing at me and waving her arms and feet around and Frankie was laughing her head off next to me and I'm clutching the handles like a madwoman. Yeah, cool ride. Can't wait to never do that again.
I did find some great inspiration at the parks. Who doesn't love the teacups.
Day or night they are so cute and happy. I want to live at a place that has that same feeling, colorful, cheerful. You know, like Alicia.The whole little Alice in Wonderland area here reminds me of her. Everytime Frankie walked by it she kept saying "I want that in my apartment", she's got home dec on the brain. Who could blame her, I would love to have that starting out feeling again myself. Decorating a new small space, making it cozy.
And this, I love everything about this. I would have a mosiac like this in my kitchen. I wonder how long it would take to save up things to break and then put back together. I love the colors. I find quilty inspiration in this.
So my dears, I must run, time to finish getting ready for work. I hope you have a lovely day!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
We stayed at the new Disney Grand Californian Hotel which was amazing. Its a huge Craftsman style hotel and I spent the whole time inside oggling the details, like the vintage style telephones in the lobby and the cool tiles in the bathrooms, and the linens and the lamps and well just everything. I could have taken a million bad photos but lets just show these. The first is the view from the 4th floor down into the enormous lobby. There is a fireplace down there, not that I wanted to get anywhere near that, it was quite warm, but Bret and Frankie enjoyed some downtime there.
We had early entrance to the park on Thursday, here's Frankie and I all ready to bolt into the park and run to Space Mountain. Which sadly was down for the first half hour of our early entrance time. We rode the Matterhorn and then came back at Frankie's urging and it was open.. we were on the first car of the morning and wow, how much do we love Space Mountain. Enough to run around to the entrance and ride it again.
After the park opened up to the rest of the people, it was still pretty empty and we managed to ride everything we wanted to and headed back to downtown Disney for lunch. When we were younger there's no way we would have left the park but this is who I am now, and I really need the break.
Lunch was good and afterwards Frankie wanted to take a nap. Bret and I had a date with Splash Mountain, my all time favorite ride in Disneyland.
We rode it twice, and I managed to stay relatively dry the whole time. It seemed like tempting fate to ride one more time, so we walked around the park and then somehow I managed not to fall into a heap at the side of the road bawling and haul myself up to the room, where we napped for a couple of hours. Then back to the park for more rides and Fantasmic. It was really a great day!
Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my little Scotties quilt. It was a fun little project, and when I say little, I mean that the whole thing is only 13" x 14". The genius is in Elizabeth's pattern. It's all machine work, except handstitching the binding down. I do all my stuff by machine, I just don't have the patience for handwork for the most part. It was fun and I'm thinking about other things that would be fun made tiny. I love tiny. (to go with my attention span)
In the meantime, I'm bringing you a little glimpse into In Between Stitches. Wednesday Leslie was working on spring displays.. at the time of the photos they weren't complete, but you get the gist and well, Leslie's just a genius when it comes to this stuff. Who wouldn't love working at a store so pretty?
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
As usual, I didn't think things thru, so its not really a good size for a frame. Well for a regular off the rack frame anyway. And who knows when I'll really get around to that anyway, let's be honest.
Work was good, glad to be back in the shop and see my peeps. Back there tomorrow. I'm getting back in the groove and it feels good.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
This quilt is the last of the Christmas decorations to go. Its not the best picture of the quilt, I just can't get a nice closeup that shows the quilt in it's wonderfully quilted glory. (quilted by CJ Behling on a longarm) I made this a few years ago as a sample. Its from a line of fabric by RJR, and as soon as it was printed, it was discontinued leaving a bad taste in the mouth of shop owners and customers everywhere. By the time it was done we couldn't kit up many, we couldn't get enough of the companion pieces, and we substituted where we could, but there just wasn't enough to go around. I don't know why fabric companies are doing that now, creating this demand with their glossy printed quilt patterns and fabrics and then dashing our hopes for reorders.
It seems like customers come into the shop months before a line is due, and start asking about it. I appreciate that magazines are available before their actual date, but some companies advertise an arbitrary availability date, and then don't deliver. This leaves customers irritated with shop owners, like somehow we're lying to them about the fabric. We're hoarding it secretly in a backroom gloating over our cleverness. Not so my friends, not so.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Today is Elizabeth's birthday. I actually left the house for a while and dropped off her birthday gift. We need to get her blog up and running so she can start posting her own goodies. I didn't take any photos of the bag I made her. It turned out cute. Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIZABETH!!
We had a nice visit and I got to check out her piles of fabric all ready for new projects. I wish I'd brought my camera, there were some pretty things there just aching to be photographed. Elizabeth, find your blog stuff and lets get rolling. No rolling for us today, she's working, maybe tomorrow.
Anyway, I'm also working on a mini-version of her Best Friends quilt. I love those little scotties so much. I need to get on the last of that blanket stitching... today. Seriously, I'm going to do it today. It felt good to be back at the machine.
Just so you know I've not forgotten, I sat down and finally had some good luck getting my cup block diagrammed so I just need to find tune that, get the instructions typed up and I'll have that for you. I've had some frustrating moments with this project, but I'm determined. DETERMINED I TELL YOU.
Next week things will really get back to normal as my work vacation is over. No more spending the entire afternoon and evening watching Dexter on Showtime On Demand. Frankie and I could not stop yesterday, just doing it one episode after another. Just two more to go.. that shouldn't suck my day away, should it?
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
My husband was a Star Trek fan from the first show, but I didn't come around till after we were married and got to watching The Next Generation. Could I have loved Captain Picard more? I don't think so. Frankie even got to meet #1, Jonathan Frakes, when Bret worked at a company that had the actor in character in to do some promotion. I'd dig out that photo if I had any idea where it was.
So today I commented on Wil Wheaton's blog. Totally smarmy fan freak post, I'd hate myself but OHMYGOD it was Wil Wheaton's blog. And if you can't be a geek there, where can you be one?