Sunday, November 30, 2008


I'm off to pick up yet another vintage sewing machine. This one is in a cabinet...yay! Problem is: its snowing!! I guess I'll just have to bring a few moving blankets. Pics when I get back!!

Also, a belated Happy Birthday to my dog, Sophie. She's a long haired Chihuahua and she is now 16 years old!!!!! She can't hear and she can't see very well, but she is well loved.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow, Thanksgiving already?? This year has flown by. How do you make time slow down? I suppose by moving someplace slower. Time didn't seem to move so quickly when we lived in the country. Here in the city it just flies by. Or maybe its because I have children now. Kids do tend to move things along at a frenetic pace. Who knows. All I know is there is only one month until Christmas and I have done no Christmas shopping!

On Sunday I bought the DVD Wall-E for Luke. We love this movie, but its kinda strange to hear my 4 year old singing, "Out there...there's a world outside of Yonkers. Way out there beyond this hick town, Barnaby. There's a slick town Barnaby!" Thanks to Wall-E there's a new generation of kids who are familiar with the musical Hello Dolly, but they don't know its Hello Dolly; they think its Wall-E. The funniest thing is there's a line that goes, "We'll see the shows at Delmonicos", but Luke thinks they sing "Barnacles" and every time he watches Wall-E and that line comes up he yells, "BARNACLES!!" and then giggles and says, "That's Spongebob, Mama."

And on the knitting front...this:

A hat for Sunny. The pattern is from Last Minute Knitted Gifts from Joelle Hoverson. I like it a lot, but had to add an inch to the height of the hat. I don't know if that means Sunny has a big head or if it means the pattern maker doesn't have kids. ;) I used Peaches & Cream cotton yarn from Joann's and my brand-spankin'-new Addi Turbo needles (16" size 7 circulars). I love the Addi Turbos. Very nice.

I'm also almost finished with 2 quilts. The quilt I was working on last week turned into 2 quilts because half way through the first one I got an idea for another one. I also need to finish my mom's quilt and a quilt for my dad for his lake house. Hopefully I'll get everything finished. The good thing is I am getting rid of my huge, useless desk and am replacing it with a sewing center. I'm not sure which table to get yet.....I'll keep you updated!

Happy Thanksgiving! I'll leave you with a photo Luke took of himself using Photobooth...

Great photo, huh???

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy Birthday To LUKE!

OH MY GOSH! I'm 4 ??!! Yep, you sure are. My little guy. My first born. The one I waited seven years for. You were worth the wait. I am thankful every day for you.

Look at this cake:

Is that horrible or what? All that blue frosting....yuck! Everyone had blue teeth, blue tongues, and blue lips. Ewww! I tried to talk Luke into getting a different cake, but he wanted Spongebob. Okee dokee.

Blowing out the candle...that makes it official. You're 4 !!

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Friday Funny...

My greek MIL watches my twins every morning so I can take Luke to preschool. I started working out again, so now she has the twins from 9 to noon. Well, today I got home and she was telling me what they ate and she says, with her Greek accent, "They didn't eat too well today, you know, they had some juicy and some feces." "HUH? What?" I said. She replied, "Yes, you know, the gode-feces" Oh. Gotcha. GOLD FISHIES. Gold fish crackers. Dear lord, I almost had a heart attack with that one!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Return Of The MOJO

I've been out of sorts for a few weeks, so I haven't blogged much. But, hey baby, my mojo is back! lol! I had so much to do the past few weeks and was running around like crazy. For now things have quieted down and I've been getting some sewing done.

I'm not going to buy the Horn of America sewing table I blogged about because it costs $1,300.00! And besides, I went to the thrift store yesterday and got a 3 shelf organizer for my yarn for $10. Cleaning up my yarn stash has created some room in my sewing room for another plain 'ol table. Now if I can de-stash my fabrics a little it might actually be comfortable in there!

I've been working on 2 quilts. Here's a preview of one of them:

I'm not usually so bold when it comes to color, but I love the bright blue. I bought both of the fabrics in the photo at the thrift store for $4.00. Not bad. The second quilt I'm working on is almost done, so I'll show it to you when I finish. Actually, the top is almost done; not the quilting part. I'm going to try my hand at free-motion quilting with it. Maybe. I'm scared. But, there's no better time to start learning to free-motion quilt than now, right? If not now, when? There's nothing to fear, but fear itself. Ok, someone STOP ME! You want to know the sad thing? I'm not using my Viking Sapphire 870Q to piece either quilt. That machine makes me nuts. I've been using my Singer 301; the one I paid $25 for at an estate sale in October. It sews beautifully; much better than my Sapphire. Sad, huh? My Sapphire pushes the fabric off to the left at the end of a seam and it doesn't feed the fabric evenly, so the points of my stars and even my 4 squares are rarely even. I thought it was just me and that I must be WAY out of practice with quilting. I had taken a few years off of sewing since I was busy being pregnant and raising kids (lol!), so it seemed logical to think it was me. But my seams have been beautiful with the Singer 301. Makes me want to put my Sapphire on Ebay. I have taken my machine to my dealer and she says its fine. Hmmmm.

Oh, and here's a link to a great has all kinds of sewing links. Check it out: Lily Abello's Sewing Resources.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Its Been A HECK Of A Week!

Can you believe I STILL have not unpacked my Designer Diamond embroidery/sewing machine? Part of the reason is that I don't have anywhere to put it. I had NO idea it was as big as it is, so I'm destashing some fabrics and patterns and trying to make room for this:

Its made by Horn of America and probably costs more than I can afford right now, but it would be a major space saver. If I got this table I could then use my current sewing table for my Designer Diamond (which will take up the entire table!). The sewing machine isn't the part that is so big, its the embroidery arm. Its huge. And for me, totally unnecessary! lol! But, like I said, I HAD to have the machine. I'm more into small embroideries right now. Perhaps in a few years when my kids are in school during the day I'll have time to do large embroideries. I hope so. Anyway, I'm off to play with the kiddies today. Its going to be in the 60's so it would be a crime to stay indoors. Hope everyone has a GREAT weekend and DON"T FORGET TO VOTE ON TUESDAY!!


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