Monday, March 25, 2013

A week with our boy

First off, my Rachel progress.  Not much done with the boy child at home.

Don't ask about Manifesto or the hexie quilt or the clamshell quilt.  lol!

We had a good time with the boy child home.  He got to hang out with his friends a lot, play with Mia a lot, and hang out with us a lot too.  Here are some pics of when he was hanging out with us.

Standing an egg on end.  DH notes that one can actually do this at any time, not just at the vernal equinox (first day of spring).

Birthday boy.  (Try not to notice the mess on the table.)

Haircut!!!  (Please ignore the unintended advertising in the background.)

Hair cut too!

Rocket goodness

Playing with Lego

The boy child is back at college again and I miss him already.   

Here's Mia hanging out while we had our boy child's birthday celebration.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a good week.

Bird watching

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

That hair

A friend of mine says I have an obsession with my son's hair.  She's absolutely correct.  From the time he was a baby

when he didn't have much in the way of hair.  Back then, of course, the obsession was for the hair to grow in.  Which it did.


Once it had finally grown in, the obsession was for cute haircuts.

Isn't that adorable?

Just adorable.

But then, slowly, the boy child started deciding on his own hairstyle.  Slowly.  From this

to this.

Getting longer.

(With his cousin.)

So the hair stayed long.

Except every once in a while, it would go from this

To this.

And people would tell him he looked like that guy from the Twilight movies.

Which he hates.  I think he likes it better this way.

Of course, right now, it looks like this.

Ah, that's better.  But it's soooooo long!  Which is how the subject of his hair came up.  

And by the way, I'm still obsessed with his hair.  But now, I'm obsessed because I love to play with his hair.  Which he sometimes tolerates.

Happy birthday, Mr. Boy.  I love you.  And no, it's not possible that you're 19.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Spring Break

So I abandoned all my other projects.  Why, you ask?  Because of this.

This, of course, is the border of Rachel Howells, by the Scarlett House.  I was in love with this one from the moment I saw it!  If you go to Tanya's blog, you'll see why.  Gorgeous!  I think I'm going to start the interior next.

A friend told me to pull out one of my old projects to remind myself to work on it sometime.  Another project to work on -- uh oh!  But I do love it.

It's my clamshell quilt using Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I really should work on it again sometime.  I checked around the house and I still have all the fabrics and supplies.  Whew!  You never know with me and my ability to lose things!  While digging around, I did find at least one thing I'd been missing for a while, so that's nice.  Anyway, I think I stopped working on this quilt when a certain kitten came to live at our house.  I wonder who?

I had a problem with my laptop crashing, so we made an appointment at the Genius Bar at our local Apple Store.  I was a bit worried that they wouldn't be able to diagnose the problem, or that they would have to send my poor laptop away to be fixed.  But no.  The Genius who helped us ran some diagnostics, plugged in a program that he thought would make the laptop crash based on what we'd told him, and lo and behold.

He got it to crash.  So he told us we'd have to leave the laptop with them to be fixed -- new motherboard with video card etc.  Would they have to send it away?  Nope!  Apple trains the staff at each Apple Store to be able to diagnose and fix computers right in store.  Wow!   So we left my laptop at the store, and a few days later, right when promised, I got an email and a phone call telling me I could come get my laptop.  And it's fixed!  I've always been an Apple fan, but I have to say my experience when something went wrong convinces me even more that Apple knows what it's doing.  Sorry to sound like an Apple ad.  :D

It's spring break at the boy child's college, so it was time to go pick him up at the train station.

And boy, has the boy child's hair gotten long!

Um, yeah.  Long.

I'm hoping he will go for a haircut while he's home.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

(All is right with the world......)

Monday, March 11, 2013


I think I've finished The Hart.  What do you think?

The Hart Lives Where it Loves by Scarlet Letter
40ct. Lambswool provided in kit
AVAS provided

I'm not sure what I think about the initials in the heart.  What do you think?  Are they ok?  

I stitched this for our upcoming 30th wedding anniversary.  Since the father type reads my blog, I figured I'd better just show it to him now.  After showing it to him, I discovered it's a big possibility that he might not have even noticed the dates and initials if he'd seen it on my blog and I hadn't said anything.  :D   Oh well.

I also made some progress on my Hex on the Beach quilt.

The quilt has 3 rows now, and a 4th is ready to be sewn on.

It's also time for TUSAL.   Here are my ORTs for the month.

And here are my ORTs so far this year.

The father type is on a business trip this week.  Mia is never happy when she sees packing going on.  Here she is exploring the father type's luggage.  (Yes, the father type uses my Vera Bradley pieces when he travels.  Isn't he cute?)

I didn't work on Manifesto this past week, but I'm hoping to work on her a bit soon, maybe today or tomorrow -- or both.

Let me know what you think of The Hart.  At this point, I think I'm ready to call it done.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Too many projects

I seem to be going crazy with projects right now.  Don't know if I'll be able to handle this more-than-one-project-going-at-a-time thing.  First off, here's The Hart.  I hoped to finish off the grass, but I got distracted once again.

I also did another row on the Hex on the Beach quilt.

I'm looking forward to seeing some more of the fabrics being introduced as I add more rows.

Then, glory of glories, my Millenium Frame arrived from Needle Needs!  If you are following the Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year Blogs, you'll know all about these frames.  I stitch in hand, but I want to stitch Scarlet Letter's Manifesto in a frame since I want to use 40ct silk gauze in tent stitch over one.  So I've been waiting for my frame to arrive.  The silk gauze is very thin and rather slick compared to linen, so I did have to put some scraps of linen in with the silk gauze to hold my silk gauze in place -- trial and error.  But it worked, and I'm happy!  Here's my frame with my Manifesto start.  (I'm using the AVAS silks.)

I would love to have a floor stand to work on, but for now, until the stands come back in stock, I have to make do.  Here's a close up.  I put my scissors in the picture to give you an idea of the size of 40ct over one.

Those are 3/12" Dovo scissors.  Doing tent over one on 40ct silk gauze is easier than doing over one on 40ct linen IMO.  But hard on the eyes!  I'm planning on working on Manifesto one or two days a week as an SAL.

Mia has been a contented kitty, nothing new with her.  Here she is trying to keep warm during one of our recent cold snaps.

And here she is, helping with changing the sheets on my bed.  She loves to wait and pounce on the pillows when I throw them back onto the bed.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.

ETA:  I've had to disallow anonymous comments.  Too much spam getting through recently.  Hope this doesn't cause a problem.