Saturday, December 31, 2005

Another Year Come and Gone

Well here it is the last day of the year. I am sitting here thinking back on what my accomplishments were (quilting wise) and this is what I did:

In February I started on what would be my largest project. It is a huge (66” x 77”) appliqué piece. Sort of like a block of the month only you have the entire pattern and can start any where you want. It consists of twelve blocks. I have eight blocks in various stages of either being complete or near completion. I worked on it for a while then laid it aside to work on something else. I came back to it again later and worked for a short while and it is still hanging on the design while unfinished.

In April I designed and started on a piece that was to hang on the wall in the eat-in-kitchen area. I just wanted something to hang there for part of the year and sort of represent spring/summer. The main design was fairly simple and I had this brilliant idea to add a 3D piece to it. I started the construction of the 3D piece and got so far with it and then sort of hit a brick wall as to how to assemble it and attach to the background. This piece is in UFO land for the time being.

On May 21st, I started an online class that went through the next 9 weeks. It entailed making 4 small pieces representing the elements: Water, Wind/Air, Fire and Earth. We used a lot of different techniques. Some new, some I had done before. I did complete these 4 little hangings.

In July I made a wall hanging for my studio. It measures 18” x 21”. It is there for color and smiles and hopefully for inspiration.

In August, I jumped on the bandwagon and started blogging. Once I started blogging, I quit writing in my diary. But the blog is a journal, sort of. I just don’t write any of the real personal things on it like I did with the diary. And through blogging I have met some wonderful people online.

In September came the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, resulting in my Katrina survivor quilt.

In October I attended my first art quilt group meeting. I also started a small experimental piece. I got so far with it and then decided I wasn’t happy. Another UFO.

November saw the start of another small wall hanging. That is all it saw. Another UFO, but I will complete it, someday.

There were a lot of other projects I started (and most completed) that I did this past year. They just were of a different venue. They helped me with my need to be creating and doing something.

And now with the new year knocking at the door, I have committed myself to participate in the Journal Quilts Challenge 2006 started by Debra Spincic.
This will really prove to be a challenge as I have been driving myself crazy trying to figure out what to do for January’s piece which is due on the 20th.

Reading this list, I realize that to a lot of you it will seem like I did not do that much quilt wise this past year. For me, it was quite a lot.

If you have managed to read this this far, I want to take the time to thank each and every one of you for stopping by and reading my blog and for all of your encouragement. Your kind words have meant a lot to me and helped me through some rough spots. I hope that you will continue to visit here in 2006.

May the New Year be the best yet.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2005

And So It Goes....

Today (actually looking at the time it was yesterday) I took down the indoor Christmas decorations. The tree is still up and probably will not come down until New Years Day. (It’s a tradition for me, don’t know why but it is). Also the outdoor decorations still need to come down when ever we get to it and weather permitting.

I have committed myself to the Journal Quilt Challenge 2006 (see sidebar for link). I’m thinking now that maybe I just need to be committed. I have been going round and round with myself trying to come up with something to do. I thought I had an idea that would carry me through the whole year, but after making a couple of patterns and really taking a hard look at it and thinking about the technique involved, I think this idea needs to be done in a larger format than the challenge size (at least by me anyway). So now I am thinking that more than likely I will just go with the spontaneous, whatever hits me mode. Anyway, now I am meeting more people through blogs and getting to see more art, quilts and whatever else pops up. Which also means I am spending more time in front of the computer instead of more time in my studio.

What’s a girl to do?

In case I don’t get back on here for a bit I’d like to wish everyone a

Happy New Year!

Bang, Boom.....

I hope all of you had a Happy …..(fill in the holiday you celebrate at this time of the year). We made it to my older sisters’ house on Christmas Eve for the family get together. No pictures to post (no one wants to have their picture up on the web). It was a large crowd and everyone seemed to have a good time.

Christmas day started out with a bang (literally). We were up just long enough to get coffee made when we heard a boom and then the electricity went out. Now I’m thinking this is just great, how am I going to cook Christmas dinner (electric stove)? But I also know from past experiences that since it wasn’t something like a storm to make the electric to go out that it would probably be back on within an hour. Sure enough, just about an hour later the RECC truck pulled up out front and had everything back on within a few minutes. And just what was it that caused the problem you ask? Some poor squirrel was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Guess what we had for dinner (fried squirrel). NOT!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A Bit of a Scare

I just had a bit of a scare. While making my rounds through the webring I took the time to stop to view and listen to DebR at Red Shoe Ramblings. She figured out how to get her little video she made onto her blog. No the scare wasn’t from watching the video. (Grin) It came afterwards. Before I closed the Windows Media Player window, I hit the save button and realized at the last second that I had a CD in the drive and it was going to save to it. Now this CD was something that I worked on for several hours yesterday burning images to and I did not want to mess it up. Panic! I tried to open the drive to stop it. It wouldn’t open, but I did manage to stop the save. So…….

I finished reading the blogs, checked email and logged off. Then I decided to take a look at the CD to see if it was alright. BIG mistake. Loud Noise, followed by Computer Crash. Next this long, scary message shows on the screen stating:

A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent further damage to you computer. Ect. etc. etc.

Tried to restart the computer. No go. So when all else fails what do you do? I crossed my fingers, held my breath and turned it off and then back on. Yea!! It’s back on, but….. I can’t open my CD drive and I have a message that my computer has suffered a big system error and do I want to send a report to Microsoft. Well of course! So I do, and I immediately get the information I need to get things back up and running. BIG sigh of Relief!

So then what do I do next? Well I still want to know if my CD is okay or is it junk now. Do I dare take a look and chance crashing again. Of course, what the heck after all I know what to do now if it does.

No I am not blaming Deb and her video for all of this. It was my stupid little error. And by
the way the video was fun. (Do I get a prize for plugging this?) Just kidding!

And now if your still here after reading all of the above, here is something for your viewing pleasure.

This is a scarf I crocheted.

I bought this plain red throw and embroidered these designs on all four corners.

In my past couple of posts I was saying how I wasn’t feeling all that merry right now and how things have changed so much over the years, well here’s some pictures to show the proof.

This was our outside lights just 2 years ago.

And this is what we have this year.

The Colorado Blue Spruce and the dwarf Alberta spruce are no longer around to put lights on and we didn’t place any in the Japanese maple tree this year. We also did away with the icicle lights because half of them weren’t working.

Oh well, whatever!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Only One Week Away

I don’t have a whole lot to talk about so I thought I would share some pictures with you. I know how you all love to have pictures to look at.

My Christmas tree went up the weekend after Thanksgiving but I never got around to taking any pictures until just recently. Believe it or not I shot this picture at night.

These little guys keep watch over the presents.

I have several larger Santas. This is one. He is sitting on one of those popcorn cans we are all familiar with.

And this one is animated.

I had one more picture to show you, but blogger is acting up so I will have to wait till the next time.

I'm off now to read the blogs.

ta ta!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Christmas Blues

Isn’t this time of year just absolutely wonderful? Not! But it used to be. Years ago I loved putting up the tree and decorating the inside of the house. I even enjoyed shopping for all of the gifts and wrapping them. Who doesn’t enjoy shopping for small children? I knew I could get my son anything and he would be thrilled to death with it. As he started growing up it became a little more of a chore to find the right gifts but I loved doing it, and I knew he would love what ever he received. Even as a twenty something year old, I could still pretty much please him because I worked in a department store and could have him come and pick out what he liked and mom would buy it.

Now as a thirty three year old, mom hears from son that he could use socks and underwear and a few other things that he doesn’t want to really spend his own money on. Doesn’t seem like much as a Christmas gift to me but if that’s what he tells me to get then that’s what it will be. No wonder Christmas is not fun anymore. (Oh, but he also wants some money to help pay to get his windows tinted in his new truck!)

It doesn’t help when you are married to Scrooge either. Hubby was like me back when our son was small he enjoyed Christmas, but over the years he just seems to get grumpier and grumpier at Christmas time.

In spite of all of this I have done some shopping and I have even managed to make a couple of gifts which may or may not be appreciated. It was just easier to make them then to try and buy something.

Last year we got snowed in and didn’t get to go to the family Christmas Eve party or to my parents on Christmas day. I was expecting my parents this weekend, but found out tonight they won’t be coming. Hopefully we will get to see everyone this Christmas Eve, but the weather man is saying we might get snow again on Christmas Eve! And I wonder why I am down in the dumps.

Sorry if I have depressed anyone reading this, but gathering from some of the blogs that I have read it seems that I am not the only one who is feeling this same way.

I am back on my hormone medication for the next few days and it is starting to make me sleepy again. That’s why I take it right before bedtime. So I guess I will stop my whining and get ready to go to bed. It does make me sleep pretty much through the night, but it takes me awhile to get good and awake in the morning. Usually once I have a cup of coffee I start to feel alive and can actually start functioning.

I am signing off now.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Bah Humbug

I know it’s been awhile since my last post, I just really haven’t had anything interesting to blog about. I keep having these bouts of ups and downs lately and as much as I would like to blame it on hormones, I really don’t think that is it.

I think it has more to do with the fact that I just have not been very creative lately. I am still suffering from some sort of “block”. The upcoming holidays aren’t exactly helping either. I used to always look forward to the season, but the past couple of years I have noticed that I don’t seem to enjoy it as much as I used to. I don’t want to bore you with a bunch of stuff that you don’t really want to read about and so I won’t.

Just so you know, I have been reading the blogs and even occasionally leaving a comment or two. I am amazed at just how much work some of you are creating and I love seeing everyone’s art.

So you don’t go away empty handed I thought I would post a picture of this wall hanging. I made it in a class I took at the quilt shop a few years ago. As you can see it is based on a Cindy Walters snippet piece. It measures 22 inches square.