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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lucy's Home!

My beautiful Lucy did very well with the surgery.  The Bladder Stone has been removed.  Scott and I brought her home this morning.  She's curled up on a pile of fuzzy blankets in her favorite chair in the living room.  She's still a bit frightened and disoriented though.  She hasn't wanted any food or water yet.  Maybe tomorrow will be better for her.  I'm just so glad that she's home and resting.

I finished 2 of the 3 purses that I had to finish up.  I'll do that 3rd one when I get off the computer.  I also sewed up the white and purple pillow.  I'll do the hand finishing on that this evening as well.

In the meantime, Mom has made a few new Heart Door Hangers:

I think Mom is working on some more of these pretty little hanging hearts.  She asked me to print up another sheet of little vintage images for her so I'll get those ready this week.

I'm going to have to get a nice long sewing day in soon.  I think I'm out of blocks to stitch on!  I want to start on some hearts too.  Don't you just love pretty little lacy things!

Okay, I'm off to finish up those projects.  I expect to have photos tomorrow.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's All Coming Together

Little by little, things are coming together.  My new computer was shipped yesterday so I expect it to arrive either tomorrow or Saturday.  I ordered an external hardrive/backup today and Dell's Installation Service is scheduled to come here on December 1st to set everything up, transfer my files and install my software for me.  Yes, I can do it all myself but I don't want to.  I just want to sit down and do my work.  Dell can do it all a lot faster than I can and they can get it all right the first time whereas, if I have to do, heaven knows how long it would take me!

This is all quite exciting for me!  This computer is 15 years old.  I'm thankful that it still works but it's pretty slow now.  The new computer will be very fast!

I've been stitching on a pretty white pillow with purple embroidery and embellishments.  I have a bit more stitching to do on it but it's almost done:

I also sewed up the last 3 purses that I stitched:

I just have to put these together on the frames and they're ready for a new home.

In other news, my Lucy has a Bladder stone.  Thank goodness my vet is only 10 minutes away!  I was there 3 times last week and 3 times this week.  Anyway, Lucy is 16 and has Kidney Disease so there's no option but surgery.  I'm not thrilled with the idea of surgery at her age but we don't have a choice.  We have to have it removed or it will continue to grow and I'm sure I don't have to explain the outcome to that.

Bleu is doing very well.  He has adjusted quite well to being here and finally, Cotton is accepting him.  Wrigley and Lucy were fine with Bleu right away but Cotton was rather upset.  I'll post some new photos of them soon.

Before I head out to stitch, does anyone have anything else for the 2015 Spring issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine?  Any eye candy photos to share?  Or Ads to place?  I just want to be sure that I have everything and that I give everyone the opportunity to share their projects and place their ads.  Please let me know asap!  Just drop me an email.                     

Friday, November 14, 2014

How Do You Organize Your Crazy Quilt Stash?

I've received several inquiries recently, asking for suggestions on how to organize Crazy Quilt stash.  Since we CQer's collect such a vast array of supplies, it's hard to know the best and most efficient way to manage our things.

So, with all that said, I'm looking for photos and descriptions of how YOU organize YOUR stash.  I will publish your photos, descriptions and suggestions in the Spring 2015 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.

Please email me your submissions (don't post here).  I need photos that are high resolution 300 DPI JPEG's.  Please send as soon as possible so I have time to include everyone's submissions.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Needle Felted Brooches

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I HAVE been stitching.  I just haven't had a lot of stitching time lately due to working on my little room and getting ready for my new computer.  Speaking of which, my new monitor arrived and so did my chair cover!  The chair cover, although bigger than my office chair, looks great!  Thankfully, the chair allows for a lot of tucking, which I did and now my ugly black leather (but comfy) office chair is a pretty pink floral print.  Yes, photos will be coming soon!

I did manage to make few new Needle Felted brooches:

I still have my 3 little purses to put together.  I'm planning on getting those sewn up next week.

In other news, my new refrigerator arrived today.  So, I had to take the time to deal with that.  It's a bit smaller than our old one but that's okay.  Scott and I don't eat a lot and it's easier to clean under and behind!  And inside!

So that's my news for today.  Oh, it was snowing all day today too.  Just flurries and it is pretty....wait, did I say that?  Trust me, I won't be saying that come January!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Computer Is On It's Way!

Well, I have loads of news to share with you today!  First, I decided on a different chair cover for my ugly, black (but very comfortable office chair).  The one I posted last week just wasn't quite what I was looking for.  Instead, I went with this brighter, more cottage style chair cover:

I may have alter it a bit to fit my office chair but I think it'll work nicely and it will certainly look better than this boring black leather!

My new white desk arrived and Scott has that all put together.  I think it'll look nicer than the artificial wood desk that I've been using since 1996!  Yes, I will take pictures when everything is back in order here!

In other news, I ordered my new computer from Dell!!!!  I know I was dragging my feet.  It's so overwhelming to get a new computer.  Especially when it comes to setting it all up and transferring files from the old one to the new one.  But it occurred to me to ask Dell if they offer an installation service and yes!!!!  They do!!!!!  So I spent the few extra dollars and they will come and set it all up, transfer my files, add my printer and scanner, install my software and then all I have to do is turn it on and get back to work!  What a relief that is to me!  I was dreading having to do all that.

Everything should be here by Thanksgiving!  Now I feel excited about it all!

Unfortunately, my refrigerator went out the other day.  Okay, talk about "not exciting"!!!  So Monday night, Scott and I went up to Home Depot and bought a new one.  It's arriving tomorrow.  At the moment we have everything on ice in coolers out in my mudroom which isn't heated (it will be someday) so it's plenty cold out there but certainly a great big fat pain in the butt!

Speaking of cold, yes, it's Winter now.  We had snow flurries again this morning.  I already miss sitting out on my deck everyday.  But I guess in time, Spring will come again.

I have been stitching but not as much as normal due to all the commotion with getting my office ready for my new computer and such.  I'll have some stitching photos soon.  In the meantime, the new issue of Crazy Quilt Gatherings magazine is now available:

This is Pat's farewell issue.  The next issue will be the Spring, 2015 issue.  If you haven't heard the news, I am the new owner and publisher.  I've been diligently working on the Spring issue and I can already tell you, it will be loaded with beautiful Crazy Quilt eye candy, tutorials and more!  The new title for this very needful publication is Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.  Be sure to follow me on Magcloud and look for the Spring 2015 issue on February 1st!

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