Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cleaning the Craft room

The problem with my craft room is that I keep buying extra stuff. Some how I never seem to use any of it up. My basket of scrap yarn gets bigger and bigger. My shoe boxes of cotton scraps seem to multiply and yet when I start even a scrap quilt I feel compelled to buy more fat quarters of the "right" color. While I am working on a quilt I get all the material out in piles so that I can match everything but it takes weeks to get it all cut and you have to see it all to get everything matched. Then there are patterns and books and all the equipment like sewing machines, light boxes, ironing boards, quilting stencils, cutting tools and thread. It is easier to write on my blog than figure out where to put things.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Finished the Quilt

I finished the quilt for Bill and Rejina. It turned out nicely. I especially like the red binding. Hopefully Bill can take it back to Oregon when he comes in July. Otherwise I have to take it in carry-on luggage or send it UPS and insure it for a $1000. Now I will start a quilt for Sammy. I want it to have lots of animals on it in cockeyed picture frames. It is still in the design phase.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sammy and Spike

Well, I have started knitting. I finished a sweater for Sammy and made a 6 month size sweater of the same pattern for the next boy baby. I thought I would use some yarn I had left over from previous sweaters. For some odd reason I saved all these little pieces of yarn and rolled them up on a ball. The sweater is a little lumpy because I kept having to piece the yarn. I put the stripes in because I was worried I didn't have enough yarn. I am currently making a little teddy bear suit but I need help from the knitting group next Monday.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Day of Summer

I don't understand why I am so busy and still can't think of anything to write. Yesterday I went to water aerobics then to my friend Helene's house to show her how weight watchers online works, then I went to my knitting group and after dinner I went to a meeting for the Lion's Club golf outing. But what do you write about things like that. I didn't drown. I showed Helene the program and then we sat and talked for an hour. At the knitting group I worked on a little outfit for our expected grandchild. I did meet another new member of the group, there were five of us knitting at the Panera. At the golf outing meeting it was decided that I will handle the marshmallow drive again. After I got home I worked on Rejina's quilt and we watched the first part of that PBS program about Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Today after water aerobics I took Mom out to lunch.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Busy Visit

My daughter came to visit for a few days. Since she told me that she is expecting a baby is December. So, of course, we went shopping. I bought enough yarn to knit for six babies and material for baby quilts. While we were at it I bought the material for Sammy's quilt and the new baby quilt. (The new baby is temporarily going by the name of Spike since the ultrasound showed a substantial nose.) Then we decided to buy the fabric for the pillow cases that I make at Christmas time. All in all the economy should show an improvement after the two days shopping. My craft room is busting at the seams.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Lion's Garage Sale

Today was the day of the annual Lion's Garage Sale. The Lion's Club rents out the parking spaces in the City Hall parking lot. They also use one for Lion junk. Hubby and I sold stuff today. The most interesting things which we sold were; a stand with two gumball machines full of gumballs and money but no key, two carved chairs from Africa, a pineapple shaped tea kettle. We don't make a lot of money but it is a presence for the Lion's Club and the money (the parking places do well) goes to the Michigan Eye Bank.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Lion Banner

Tomorrow night is our end of the year dinner with the Lions. That means it is time for me to sew all the new patches on our banner, It doesn't take long but it is harrowing. ( Whoever had the brilliant idea of making dog biscuit shaped patches should have to sew them on.) Hubby and I have one more year as officers in our club, he is secretary and I am Tail Twister. We will be installed again at the meeting. I enjoy the Lions and I like the things we do. We received new patches for our work with Leader Dogs for the Blind, Bear Lake Camp for the Blind, Welcome Home Services(aid for blind elderly) and help to Madonna College services for the deaf.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Plant Sale

Yesterday we went to the Tolgate Farm Plant Sale and bought several plants, one of which was called "False Indigo". I thought it was really pretty. We also bought a "Joe Pye", a cone flower, a woodland poppy and another shade flower whose name I can't remember. It was too hot to plant in the afternoon, so we will do it today. In the afternoon, Tyra called and we babysat the pseudograndchildren. They are so good and so affectionate. Grandpa was enjoying rocking them in the hammock.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

Yesterday, Hubby planted all the vegetables except the zucchini. Next Tuesday we will go back to the Farmer's Market to buy more annuals to put color in our terrace garden. It is surprising how much cheaper flowers are there than at the local nursery and they have a much broader selection. Today I have to cut cloth for the charity committee for my quilt guild. We make up quilt kits for members to put together and donate to charity. Most of our quilts go to a senior rehabilitation center of Beaumont Hospital. Tomorrow is the Plant Sale at Tolgate Gardens and we also wanted to go over to the Miracle League Baseball game. It is a special league and field made for handicapped kids who need to have walkers or wheelchairs.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I have a Kindle

For Mother's Day Hubby bought me a Kindle. I love it. So far the book I have finished is "Madame Bovary" and I am currently reading "Great Expectations." I like reading from the Kindle and these books are even free. I am not a fast reader and I don't usually read during the day, but a chapter a night works well for me. Super G has one that she reads on the subway on the way to work. I think it would be very useful during a vacation. You wouldn't have to carry all those books.