Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Yep, there's a lot to do before Bob's surgery next week for his hip replacement! Today we had pre-admission testing and drawing of his blood for blood typing. They also asked lots of questions and we all laughed through most of the process. Funny story, Bob had to give a urine sample, which he proceeded to go into the room and do so...when he came back the tech said she need to draw his blood and started to look at his arms for a vein. She said "you have a big one"..of course, Bob and I just looked at one another and then she said "I bet others have told you that too". I asked if they had two way mirrors in the bathroom and of course we all laughed so hard the poor tech almost couldn't draw his blood. We had lots of laughs before that but that was the most we laughed. She did say as we were leaving "you two are funny". So after that we picked up Bob's walker and some other items he'll need upon arriving home after surgery. Next up was our flu shots and Bob was lucky enough to get two! He had to have a pneumonia shot as well.
I had a phone call last week regarding one of my SOTB quilts in the MQAI show. Seems somehow it got some type of candy or something on it from another event they had at the gallery..this is a before pic.....
and these are some pics I took when I picked it up today....these are just two of the 14 pictures I took..that's at least 14 spots that I found. Front and back.
You know...these things happen and when you put your artwork on exhibit you lose all control over what can happen to your art work. I'm not upset...I just don't like to 'repair' things...it's like hemming pants! I hate to do any mending at all..maybe I'll just make another one!! OK, so I won't..the stitching alone took me forever on this piece (you have to click on the original picture to see all the hand stitching). So no big deal...I'll get it done but there are other things I want to play with...for example....
This is a small section of my Sept. BJP
And another small section of the beading...
And this little guy is on it as well! Guess you can figure out it's an underwater theme, right! Geezzz I hope so!! It's coming along and I hope to be finished before Bob goes in on Tues. for surgery.
I have made a beaded needle case and started on another one and I'll be working on my October BJP as soon as I firm up my design. Figure I'll be in my sewing room lots when Bob gets home and while he's in the hospital, I'll need some hand work (beaded needle cases are perfect hand work!). I get all my wooden needle cases and beading patterns from Beth at UntilWeBeadAgain. Beth does some beautiful beading as well as making Raku beads. Make sure to check out her work!
After all our running around today, Bob hooked up the receiver to the TV and DVD player. This is a pic of Mandy who was very bored watching us. She barely fits on my chair! But she sure does love sitting in it. And yes, we still pick her up and put her down as she still isn't doing the jumping or stairs yet.
Bob plans on golfing tomorrow and I'll be picking up kids from school. That's all for today..whew..glad it's almost over.
Monday, September 27, 2010
So another gift I had was watching Nick's flag football game on Sat. Time with family is a gift we take for granted. Must be a 'getting to be old' thing, nevertheless, I feel it's a gift.
Nick and his team were also given a gift by Mike Lodish a fromer NFL player who came to talk to the kids and show them one of his two Super Bowl rings! This might not mean much to the kids today but years from now one of them will remember this visit.
This is Nick's team (Nick is 2nd from the right of Mike).
Now for a few more gifts!! These are two gifts I won via the blog! You can read Susan's post here on this giveaway. This is a pair of Gingher scissors I won from Susan Brubaker Knapp's, Blue Moon River Blog. Susan wrote the book Applique Petal Party and of course is well known in the quilting world. Thanks, Susan!!
So my next gift is from Kate at Kate Boyan's Gallery. This is Kate's book, The Blue Bead.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I'm showing some of the cards LA let us pick out of her collection. These are the 3 I chose. Look at this one too....
And I love this one!!!
LA had her original drawings printed on cards while she was in Ontario visiting her parents. The printer did a great job on the color and the paper stock he used. She is going to be selling her art work and I'm really excited for her. LA is leaving for Italy next week and it's so good she's enjoys working on her art while in Europe. She said she'll be sitting waiting for the bus and will sketch out a drawing! What talent!!! And she's also a runner!! She has a marathon coming up in Amsterdam next month!
So another gift I received this past weekend....my daughter, Dawn, made homemade salsa and tomato sauce!!! YUM!!!! You have to read the top labels to see the different types of salsa. I just might have to take a jar of each to Florida with us. Dawn is a good cook and she's been working on canning the past few weekends. Isn't she a good 'Betty Crocker' for being such a business professional!
The last gift, so to speak, is our gift to each other...it's a new plasma TV...the following pics are actually after Bob had picked up all the wires...
This is the console Bob put together and the TV on the right is no longer at our house. Bob gave it to a friend and I hope they are enjoying it.
More wires...and these are cleaned up! Ha Now we're in the process of looking up the DVD, CD, receiver to the new TV. Thank goodness Bob is good at mechanical things.The new TV is big (65"!) but it doesn't look as overwhelming as I thought and interest free for 3 years! I'll post pic once everything is in 'order'.
It was really fun to watch Survivor on it last night!! I didn't realize how blue the water was or how dirty the people really are! UGH..between not having coffee or a bath/shower, I wouldn't make it on Survivor..ok, even if I had coffee and a bath I still couldn't make it!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Yep, another BD today. This is our DIL, MaryJo, Kayla and Ian's mom!! Have a great day, MJ!!!!! We're there in spirit (as we are throughout the year!). Kids live in Indiana and we don't get down their way much at all which is sad. I sent MJ her BD gift last week, one present was her Starbuck's card! We do love our Starbucks and now she can enjoy a cup of 'joe' without the guilt!! Enjoy!!!
I love MJ's smile on this picture! We met the kids in Florida last winter on their spring break and took pictures by the water. It was SO windy that day and trying to take a group photo which was funny in itself, just led to lots of laughter..you can see my post on our visit here.
Again, Happy Birthday, MJ!!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Yesterday, all the kids were up for an early brunch to celebrate Dawn's BD. I do love having them all here at once. You just want to sit back and watch them. The picture above is Amber helping auntie open her gifts.
Uncle Jeff got Dawn a massage which she was having yesterday afternoon and Kris and Darrin gave her a coupon for another massage. Dawn does love her massages!
I showed the pin I bought for myself from Lynn Hartley on a previous post and this is the one I bought for Dawn. i did give her earring to match, which Amber preceded to tell her she didn't like them! Talk about 'out of the mouth of babes'! I don't have pics of the earrings but they match the pin and I thought they were cool!
I hope the kids had a nice visit as I had! It was a really nice weekend with the little ones spending the night Sat. Amber did most of the prepping of the food for Sunday brunch and they got to play pool, which they've wanted to do for so long! I'll post pics and movies later this week. Until then, enjoy your day, Dawn!!! Love you...
Happy BD to 'J' too.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Here's the transfer onto the larger canvas. Looks pretty good I think!
I really like the look of the transfer so thought I'd add some 'doodles'. I'm not that thrilled with my doodles but it's a good practice piece. I found the canvas substrate to be really rough to draw on due to ridges (I had applied some gel medium to the entire piece hoping it would fill in some of the ridges). I have a project in mind so I want to try and get this technique down pat. Just a work in progress for now. I'm going to use acrylic paint onto the background before I start with my doodles next time.
While waiting for my transfer to dry, I fused some batting onto a piece of fabric and painted it with fabric paint. These will be used for fiber postcards.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I also updated Ian's stats for Cross Country on my widget. This article was in the local paper & I removed all the kids last names for 'security sake':
Andrew W. came in 13th with a time of 18:20, while Brett M. was 17th (18:43) and freshman Ian P. rounded out the scoring for the Jackets with a 20th-place finish in 18:51. This was Ian's best time (grandma added note!).
“Ian continues to run better with each race,” said Jones. “He and Blake, the two freshmen, are getting better and better and we’re starting to see that time gap between the top five or six get a little closer.”
You go IAN!!! You're doing just great!!!
Nick is wearing a red top and bottom. I don't remember now which video is which..but he's hiking the ball in one, catching the ball and then running with the ball.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I mentioned at the MQAI opening there were some vendors so I wanted to share two of my 'buys'. This is a great purse made by Cindy Geist from Scrap Happy . Cindy and Mary Bajcz make some really cool items. Check out their web site.