Friday, September 30, 2011

The Fun of Creating

So lately I haven't done any quilting, at all. My reason? I actually do have a reason, I jumped into two other projects --- feet first; and I have been spending most of my time focusing on them.
The first project, I regret to say I did not take a picture of it before I gifted it. It was a beautiful crocheted baby blanket. It was made out of a soft variagated blue and yellow; then I trimmed the blanket with a solid yellow scalloped border. I have had this yarn for quite sometime and everytime I wanted to do a baby blanket, they always turned out to be girls. Just recently a good friend had a beautiful baby boy, what an opportunity I had to make a blanket for a boy and use up this yarn that has been waiting to be used.
I hear that the little tyke is really enjoying it and loves the feel of it.
The second project is a family cookbook (actually I am making two different versions). I was fortunate enough to get all of my mother's recipes when they left on their first mission for our church. During that time I entered all of these recipes, that were written on scraps of paper or gathered from friends and family members, into my computer. I then burned CD's of this collection for the family to enjoy and use.
Very practical I felt at the time, however during the years I found I would go to my messy cookbook collection to find a recipe before turning on the computer and looking it up. So I decided to compile all these wonderful collected recipes into one large book, having everything in one binder and easily accessible.
After discussing what my plans were to my parents, the thought came to make a few copies for our next family reunion (this is where the second version comes into play). The question was presented that "what if we gathered a lot of the family members' favorite recipes as well as obtaining recipes from my grandmother and great-grandmother?" the book would be more treasure-worthy and priceless.
Wahoo! I ran with the ideas and started to pass the word throughout our family for a copy of their favorite recipes. The response has been wonderful! I decided that a flimsy book would not suffice, so after some research I found an online 'custom company' that will make binders in small amounts.
Black_Stripes___Very_Big_by_iAmFreeman binders
This first binder is my overall master cookbook.
Make Your Own Bento Journal binders

Monday, September 19, 2011

Design Wall 9-19-11

My Design Wall has been the same for a couple months, in fact I haven't worked on any quilts for that long. I do need to get back into it, but other things tend to pop up and take all my attention (or lack of attention).
I am still working on the handquilting portions of my parents patriotic quilt; and since they know that it is their's I need to get it done.

Yesterday while we (my DH and I) were watching football, they showed an aerial view of the Georgia Dome and my thought was 'that is an interesting pattern, I wonder if I can put that on a quilt?'
This was the best photo I could find on the internet, but look at the pattern on the roof. Looks like I will have to put it on paper (don't have EQ) and see what I can come up with. My first attempt at designing a pattern, hopefully I won't fail terribly; wish me luck!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Computer Troubles = Less Blogging Activity

This past seven weeks I was forced to stop any and all blogging activity.
Why, you ask?
The answer is quite simple; my 2006 Toshiba Laptop decided that it was too tired to do basically anything, and I mean anything. This made it very difficult to post blogs, especially my Design Walls to keep me on track with my quilting; read and respond to blogs, open any website that required and extra window to be opened, apply for jobs, thus halting the job hunt quite considerably; check emails, and even work on excel or word on projects.
Was it frustrating?
Why Yes! Very Frustrating! (notice the clean language - it was so frustrating I was swearing in my head - I know I'll repent - later)
I am still working on my old, slow, and nearly 'toe in the grave' computer.
What did I do to get it to work?
Funny thing you ask, I deleted my anti-virus software; plus I deleted a bunch of programs that I never have used. And now it seems to be working, slowly, but working. Before it was so slow dial-up was faster, now it barely beats dial-up.
So right now I am back - Hip Hip Hurray!
So what has been happening these few weeks? Well ---
1) My DH got a semi-decent job, but I have been told today that tomorrow is his last day - the roller coaster ride starts again - some of you know I DON'T CARE FOR ROLLERCOASTERS! The upside to this he will be hired on at E-Bay (a step higher than semi-decent job) once all of the bells and whistles have been checked, it may still be a couple weeks before he starts.
2) The 16 year old is now a junior, another rollercoaster of checking the grades website to find that being in school for only what 3 weeks? He already has work missing and is failing a couple classes. Will this ever end?
3) My quilting projects kind of halted, hopefully now being able to post will be that extra push to keep working, especially since there is another wedding in the family coming up soon; I still need to finish quilts that were for weddings in 2006 (yes the same year and month that I got my laptop - go figure).
4) I am in the middle of compiling a very large family cookbook, which consists of all of Mom's recipes that were in 'The Drawer", mine and my siblings' favorites, as well as Aunt's, Uncle's, Cousin's, Niece's and Nephew's favorites. I plan on printing out a few and auctioning them off at our next family reunion in 2012. So far I have about half Mom's and mine compiled, I am on page 200 and will be adding the rest of our large family's favorites as they come in. I am deciding that it is going to be too large and will be condensing the reunion book to just family recipes, but our immediate family can enjoy the 'uncondensed' version with recipes from old neighbors and friends. Yes, this is a hugh undertaking but it has kept my attention and enthusiam to get it all together I have even made some of the recipes and took pictures to be inserted by the recipe -- it is going to be great!
5) Lately I have been working on a long awaited resolution, and have been going to the gym. I am up to working on the eliptical for the same distance as a 5K, unfortunately it is on the easy setting, but I plan to get it built up that I will be able to start participating in actual 5Ks.
That seems to be all that I can think of at the moment, not too much of an exciting family, but we are still alive and kicking!
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