Friday, June 6, 2008

Playing with Camera on New Phone

Yesterday, we went to Target for odds and ends, and I played a little with the camera on my new phone. Then, I played a little with the free version of photoshop on my computer. Not up to the big cameras, but not too bad. The yellow flower was actually a pretty bright yellow.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Crazy Big Block Back

Today was another good mail day. I got back my Crazy Big Block from the LA'er, and I am very happy with it. It is on top of the quilt on my sewing room bed. We are going next week to Iowa for my mother's memorial service, and it will be going too, as shortly after my mother passed away my cousin's husband did also, and I will be giving it to her. The backing is an oxford cloth sheet that I got on sale from Land's End, and I'm real happy with how that worked. It was really reasonable as a backing and washed up nice and soft. I'm glad that it came this week, as when I got my Bargello back, it went back out in the next day's mail, and I will be able to enjoy looking at this one for a week before I give it away.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Calidore's Giveaway

Calidore is having a giveaway to celebrate her 700th post. It's a surprise, and there will be 2 winners. Sign up here.

Haircut, Shopping and Mail

Today was a very good day. I started out with a badly needed haircut, which I won't know if that was good until I wash it, so I'm hoping for the best. My DH and I then went across town, using my new GPS phone, to Ikea. This was only our second visit to Ikea, and it was a quick walk thru as my husband got kind of dizzy, but I still enjoyed it. We got some great deals on a large planter and its saucer, which is for my avacado tree grown from a seed by me. For most that is no great accomplishment, but since I have a brown thumb, I am very proud of myself. Little John, the gnome, will accompany the tree to it's new home. I also got a board (shelf) to cover for my new ironing table, some file boxes, and what we originally went for, plastic microwave plate covers to replace the ones that melted when I started my microwave roaring fire.

When we got home, the day got even better, as I had two packages in the mail. First of all, I have been coveting Nicole's Raggedy Old Annie's and so I ordered one about a week and a half ago, she had to make her, and I still received her today. Here she is admiring the contents of my other package, the paraphanalia for my new GPS phone (which worked perfectly twice today, once to Ikea and once back home). I have been ordering my cell phone accessories for years from CellPhoneShop the prices are good, and I like getting mail from Hong Kong. I only ordered it Friday, and it came today, and I got the silicone case, car charger, and outdoor style carrying case for 18.56 total. Everything that I have gotten from them has worked fine.
I know that I am past middle age, but maybe I'm entering my second childhood, because I plan to add more Annies from Nicole, plus I plan to add at least one from Hannies Annies, too. In the second picture, she is resting and cooling off in her new place of honor on the bed in my sewing room. It was a very good day.

P.S. I must say, she is very photogenic.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Quilting B - Giveaway

Another great giveaway by Bernadette at The Quilting B is going on in celebration of her 100th post. She has wonderful prizes, and you can go to her blog and leave a comment. I've just discovered her blog thanks to Helz at Blue Shadow Pony and I am looking forward to spending some time there, and looking around.

Freshman awards Day

This morning my DH and I got up early to attend the awards day for my 9th grade grandson, Caleb. We were met outside the auditorium by his friend Nicole, and we enjoyed the ceremony very much. He got a certificate for having between a 3.1 and 3.4 GPA, and we were very surprised when Nicole got a plaque for a 4.0. They had a Jazz Band that sounded very professional, and the Chorus also performed in formal dress. It was very nicely done, and we were very proud of our grandson. I think Caleb is smart, and very handsome, too.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Tabitha and the Penguin

I was afraid to add this to my previous post, so I'm giving it it's own. This is Tabitha petting the penguin. This one is 17 years old, just like her, she is the one standing. A dream come true for her, and aren't you just itching to get your hands on it, I am.

Orange Crush Step 5, New Fabric, DGD's B'day

I can finally say that I am caught up on the Orange Crush. I am savoring the moment. Now, I can finally join all those who are waiting for step 6. Yeah, me! Here they all are, and they are bright, when I had them up cropping them, it almost hurt my eyes. The fabric with it came today in the mail from Thousands of Bolts. I only ordered it Friday, they shipped it the same day, and it arrived today, can't get any quicker than that. I really like that store, the service and especially the prices. The fabric is for my border, you can't tell from the picture, but the orange floral's background just about matches the little patterns in the orange OC fabric perfectly. My backing is dark brown with sunflowers.
Today is one of my granddaughters birthdays, she turned 17. My daughter took the day off, and she and Tabitha, and two of her brothers went to Sea World. Tabitha loves penguins, and so today, she and my daughter and the boys got to pet three, a king, a rock hopper, and another one they couldn't remember the name for. It was a very exciting day for her. They took pictures, but just with their cell phones, if any came out decently, I will add them later.
Yeah me, and yeah Tabitha.

Monday Giveaway

Serena from Embroidery Treasures is having a Monday Giveaway of Machingers quilting gloves . I have read wonderful things on these gloves on various groups. If you would like to enter, just go to her blog and leave a comment before June 9th. Again, this one is only open to U.S. residents.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

National Cemetary - Parents Anniversary

Today, my parents would have been married 63 years. This afternoon my husband asked if I would like to go to the cemetary where my father is buried and I of course said yes. It is a National Cemetary for the military. They keep it very nice, but I guess the drought has affected the cemetary, too, as the grass was looking kind of like mine at home. It looks a lot like Arlington National Cemetary as far as the headstones and how they look to be laid out. If you notice in the picture some headstones have writing and some don't. That is because this is taken from in front of my father's headstone, toward the road, and that is the back's of them. The ones that have writing are where the spouses have passed away also, and are buried above the military person. It is very beautiful there, especially on holidays like Memorial day and July 4th, then they have flags everywhere.
It is about 41 miles from my house to the cemetary, and we tried out our new GPS phone. I think that we are going to like having it very much. If I can keep my wits about me enough, we shouldn't be one of those old couples who drive off to the store, and end up mosquito bitten in the woods a few days later. Although, I guess if I can work the GPS, I can find my way to the store and back. I forgot my camera and we went back home and I'm sure caused the little lady inside the GPS some stress. She kept telling us to make a legal U-turn. (Yes, I'm kidding, I'm not old enough yet to believe there is a little lady in there)
This morning I worked on my OC and finished the 20 big blocks of step 5 and have the triangle blocks ready to assembly line sew. I'm hoping to get more done tonight, although I am running out of steam so it may be tomorrow. Hopefully, Bonnie won't do the next clue until at least Tuesday, and I should be caught up for the first time.
I don't know what happened to my blog template, and my pretty patterned sides, all day it has been black. I hope I'm not going to have to redo.