A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

11 10 2010

I’ve been woefully slow on writing much on here – most everything is now going on facebook….

Here are a few snapshots from the past month of sewing/crafty musings:

Girly has a new found love for needle felting.  Here she is at the American Sewing Expo, after I had bought her a starter kit:

Thanks to Kimberly, she has tried dying alpaca with koolaid/vinegar, and has had a grand time!


I’ve gone over the edge on working with wearable electronics.  I’m making the girly a star skirt for the pirate ball.

I fell in love with this “skirt full of stars”, and have been following her instructions on how to make it.  I’ve been having some trouble with some of the electrodes and the conductive threads – the y axis isn’t actuating, and a couple of LED’s have needed replacement – but it is well on its way to being one of the best halloween costumes ever!

This is the sewn circuit with the Arduino lilypad as it stands now.

I hope to have more pictures of it once completed.


A big thank you to my friends at IFT

18 07 2010

If you are reading this due to a card I gave you in Chicago, I want to thank you for your support, and feel free to contact me here, or at the email address I provided you.

I originally intended this blog to communicate events in my family’s lives to my long distance families, but it has become much more than that to me – more of a calendar of the events of my life.  Today belongs here as well.

I believe that there are times in your life when things happen for a reason.  This is probably one of them for me.

I also believe that who you know is just as important as what you know.

You, my friends, are some of my biggest assets, and I appreciate the outpouring I received today.

Thank you all, a hundred times over.


I think I filled the quota, now the deer can leave me be

2 04 2010

Two deer in one year. Third since we moved here 17 years ago.

$4000 to fix.

Pics are grainy, but say enough.

She comes home today after getting fixed.

Thank you Progressive!

My Peeps…

22 02 2010

I couldn’t find a tax form on a stock dividend. It was sent to us last October – it was put in the bucket of “papers too important to toss, but not important enough to file” at the time. Now that it is important to get the taxes completed, it had to be fished out.

While going through the bucket, I found an unopened package of chocolate cat peeps I bought and hid from the girly girl last Halloween. I fished them out, and put them on top of the tub.

Kiddo walks up after I put the peeps on the tub.

“Cool! Halloween Peeps!”, she says.

Then, she proceeds to poke them….

Many times….

“Huh! They’re still squishy!”, then walks away.

Peeps appear to have the shelf life of a Twinkie.

oh great…. cupcakes!

27 01 2010

Looks like I will be making these for the next birthday at this house… This is what I get for opening my big mouth…


all the sewing ladies, all the sewing ladies..

26 01 2010

The girlie has been playing too much of that popular Beyonce song.  I’ve been coming up with my own lyrics in my head, as addressed in the title of this post…

Question for my sewing friends:

I used to buy my sewing needles in bulk, but only recently realized that I’m woefully short.  The girl couldn’t find a #12 needle at all in the collection.  So….  I need to get some more, and need some advice –

Where do you buy YOUR sewing needles?  Do you buy in bulk?

I used to buy them on a group buy, and now cannot.

Comments are welcome!

Karma exists

14 01 2010

So I had to go the UPS office to drop off two big boxes.

This lady in a humongous SUV pulls into the no parking zone, blocking the door. At this point I was walking to the doors, and now had to circle her car.

She hustles past me and grabs the largest cart they had, just as I am reaching for it, all the while talking on her cell phone.

Fine, I take the smaller cart. I pass her as she is still talking on her cell phone, not able to open her door, due to too many hand gestures.

I load my freezer box and large case on the little cart, and head back to the building.

Lady has gotten her two small packages and is standing beside her car, still on her phone. She sees me coming, slams her phone shut, and pushes ahead to get in line. Nice.

*She doesn’t know that I have a secret! It’s called a corporate account, so I don’t HAVE to stand in line!*

I push my items in the Out door and leave them by the counter, as I’ve done a hundred times before.

As the Out door is opening for me to leave, I hear the guy behind the counter say to her “These are fedex labels. You need to go across town to drop these off!”

Karma wins. Don’t mess with Karma.