March 31, 2008

Promised Pictures

As promised, here is a picture of my new buffet in its place in my dining room. It fits very nicely in the space and will hold quite a lot. It will also provide some nice display space which I am very much in need of in this room. Saturday I bought some wax that I will apply to keep the paint finish as is. I'm pretty sure the hardware is original and it's quite a solid piece despite its appearance. I'm so thrilled with my great deal.
I'm also sharing a photo of my completed Jaywalkers - my first pair of using this pattern but definitely not my last. I really like how the pattern minimizes the effect of pooling. This is Blue Moon Fiber Arts STR in Red Rock Canyon. They are a gift and will soon make their way to the birthday girl - belated as they are.

March 25, 2008

I saw this on Adrienne's blog and couldn't resist seeing what my personality is. The mania part really fits my work life these days as I'm doing at least 2 other people's job in addition to trying to get my own done.

The Recipe For Me
3 parts Savvy
2 parts Tolerance
1 part Genius

Splash of Mania

Finish off with a squeeze of lime juice

I have been working on several different things that I hope to show soon. I finished my sister's birthday socks finally and I also dragged out my quilt and finished quilting the border after someone at my s&b group told me an easier way to finish it. Now I need to trim it down and get started on the binding part.

I also found a fabulous old buffet piece for my dining room. I've been looking for about 4 months now and found one in an antique shop. It was priced really nicely and I got a 10% discount for paying with cash. It's just what I was looking for and fits the room perfectly. I painted my office and plan to tackle the living room this weekend. Then it will be the dining room's turn - a new lighter color that will work better with the lighting and furniture in the room.

I will show some photos this weekend!

March 9, 2008

Thread a licious

I was enabled in my first Ebay purchase ever by my friend Jodi. She told me about these hand dyed DMC colors that she had purchased and I ended up buying this bunch for myself. I received some free skeins for a first time purchase. The seller's prices are really reasonable and I am very happy with my purchase. I bought a grouping of blues, greys, pumpkins (my favorites) the Easter collection and a grouping of pinks/heather purples. I may try some reds and greens in the futures and I need to see if she does a black.

I've also finally completed part one of the Papillon Mystery sampler. I've still got to add the beads. I've started part two so once that's stitched, I'll add the beads to both parts. I'm pretty happy with how its turning out. Some of the motifs I think would be more visible if I were using two strands of silk instead of one but others I think would be overwhelmed.

March 8, 2008

What's in a name?

Adrienne had this on her blog so I thought I'd try it. It's surprisingly accurate.

What Patricia Means
You are influential and persuasive. You tend to have a lot of power over people.
Generally, you use your powers for good. You excel at solving other people's problems.
Occasionally, you do get a little selfish and persuade people to do things that are only in your interest.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

March 2, 2008

What's on the needles

After finishing my Stitcher's Wallet, I started this small BBD design which I picked up at Stitcher's Paradise in Las Vegas last month. It's one of their new market offerings. It's supposed to be finished as a pin keep using crushed walnut shells that you can buy at the pet store. I'm not sure I'll be able to find those around here so I may just use fiberfill to finish it off. It has a couched ribbon trim and I'll need to look for ribbon before I can completely finish it.

I've also got my first pair of Jaywalkers on the needles using Blue Moon STR in Red Rock Canyon. These are a birthday gift so I really need to buckle down and get them finished - I'm already late as the birthday was 2/23. I'm really concerned about running out of yarn although I never have before. I may order another skein just in case. I can always use it for a pair of my own Jaywalkers as I really like the colorway.

March 1, 2008

Enough is enough already......

It's hard to believe that spring will ever come when the snow just keeps coming - 10 plus inches at least today.

This was the view out my back door today - that's my car. And on the right, the view over to my neighbor's house. I literally can't see them when they're standing in their driveway becasue the snow pile between our houses is so huge.

This left photo is a small maple tree that stands in my front yard - and the snow bank that has come from shoveling my sidewalk. I literally had to toss today's snow over my head - and over the pile so it couldn't slide back down onto the sidewalk. The photo on the right is the sidwalk before I shoveled.
And the view down the street.....just think, all this has to melt - and go somewhere.....the fun never ends.