Friday, May 30, 2008

I've been tagged for a meme

Gwen has tagged me for this meme. I have to admit, I haven't seen this particular meme going around, but I guess it's better than picking up the nearest book meme that I've seen. The nearest book happens to be my DH's Bible. On second thought, not a bad book!

Ok, here goes:

1) What was I doing 10 years ago:

Well, I had the same job I'm at now, which is being a paralegal for my county's prosecutor's office. DH was DBF then. HA! We've only been married 8 years.


2) What are 5 things on my to-do list today (and not in any particular order):


I've got a quilt to piece for the Fabric Patch. It's 40x40, so I will probably get it done tomorrow.
Put the laundry away.
Vacuum the carpets.
Remind myself NOT to make to-do lists!
I can't think of a fifth thing. Sorry.

3) Snacks I enjoy:

Ok, now I can easily name five things! Nachos, carrots, popcorn, nutri-grain bars, pistachios

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Wow! What a prospect. I'd make sure my kids were taken care of (and I don't mean bumped off so that I wouldn't have to share!). I'd make sure my Mom and brother and DH's brother and sister were taken care of. Wait...I'd quit my job. That would be FIRST! (Phew...what was I thinking). Yeah, quit job. Then hand out money to relatives. By the time I got to that point, I'd have relatives coming out of the woodwork!

Then, I'd find a really worthwhile charity, such as Make-A-Wish or Habitat for Humanity and give them alot. I'd pray and ask God where He would want me to give the money.

Eventually, I'd get around to buying a new house. The roof leaks horribly in this one and DH and I are going to "fix" it this year. Our plans are a new metal roof. But what the hay! I'm now a billionaire. New House!

You know, all this being aside, I really hate money. Always have. It divides people. Some have too much and others don't have enough. I hate it.

5) Places I have lived:
Olympia, Tacoma, Republic and Ephrata. That's it, folks. Washington state has always been home.

6) Courtesy Bus driver for my Dad's former VW dealership, maid at a motel, Veterinary Technician, cattle ranch operator (10K+ acres), cook and dishwasher in restaurant, Police/Fire/Ambulance dispatcher and Legal Secretary/Paralegal. That's it. Vast and varied.
Of course, this list does not include motherhood and being a wife.

7) 6 peeps I want to know more about (and not in any particular order):

Charisma
Rhonda
Amanda

Sorry, that's it folks. I'm a woman of few friends (that blog).

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Wheels

Oh yeah. Warm weather is finally here. These are my "warm weather" wheels. A 2002 Yamaha Zuma.

75 MPG. Yup. One fill up on this baby and I can ride ALL month long.

History: DH and I went shopping for one of these in late 2002. Saw a beautiful BLUE one on the showroom floor for $1800. I wanted it. DH wanted me to have one, too. But, come on. As soon as you drive it off the showroom floor, it depreciates in value. Why pay full price? DH constantly watches the nickel ads. Sure enough. March 2003, this baby was for sale. The previous owner had only put 50 miles on it. When DH went to buy it, the first thing he said to the seller was "it's not blue". The guys says "huh?". DH informs him that the wife wanted a blue one. Oh well.

As I was pulling into the driveway after work that night, there was DH sitting on the front porch witha smug expression on his face. The garage door was open (very unusual) and there inside where I park the car was this beauty. What a surprise. At a fraction of the showroom cost, too. Got my motorcycle endorsement (a WA state requirement) and I was all set.

Fast forward to 2008. I've had it for 5 years. I love it. It is SO much fun to ride.

It goes up to 40 MPH, but in this town, the fastest you can legally drive is 35. So, it's perfect.

Happy Memorial Day.

Zoom Zoom! ;)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Singer Machine

This baby is the newest addition to the "herd". She joins my Bernina, Singer 185J, and Singer featherweight. That does not include my serger and coverhem machine, either.

I found her on Craigslist ($50) with the help of a friend, who shall remain anonymous. ;) She came with the cabinet (which looks like a small desk) and almost all the attachments and manual. No buttonholer or walking foot, but those will come later.

She needed a VERY good cleaning. This is a "before" picture. She's on my cutting table where I gave her the spa treatment (to coin a phrase).


This is the "after" picture. I wonder if you can tell the difference, other than the light is on. Oh well. Take my word for it, she was filthy! She had sat a very long time in the garage of the previous owner. She certainly purrs right along. And power? You got it, baby.

When my husband picked her up for me, he spoke with the male of the house. He said his wife really used this machine and sewed all the kids' clothes on it and his shirts. I got the impression that he bought it for her new. The couple are in their mid-70's now. The Singer website is of no use as all "NA" serial numbered machines are listed as being made in 1951. But I doubt this is the case with this one. I've seen people advertise 1956 and 1958 models.


And this...is what came out of her bobbin area! Can you spell Y - U - C - K??

I thought of putting it on my spinning wheel and getting a skein of yarn out of it, but hey...I don't own a spinning wheel. So into the garbage it went. Good riddance. I will be taking very good care of this machine and it will, no doubt, outlast me.

Well, sorry this is so short, but I wanna go play with her now. Take care!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Nothing But Sewing

First a big thank you for those who left compliments and well wishes. I appeciate them AND you!

I have obviously not blogged in a while, because I've been busy with the following:

This first shirt is for DH for our family reunion. The theme this year is a Luau. If you knew my husband like I do, you would know he would never be caught dead in an Hawaiian flower-dy shirt. But last year I found this great cotton/rayon at fabric.com and bought it for him. I washed it and folded it and then showed it to him saying "you only have to wear it for one day". He actually said "ok". So here it is.
This is the same shirt pattern I have always used for men's shirts. Simplicity 7330 OOP. I just scarfed one up on eBay this week for a paltry $3.45 including shipping. My pattern is about worn out even though I've traced it and put most of it on posterboard. Also, because this "surfer" shirt (that's what it actually is, right?) is only going to be worn one day by DH, I am giving it to my girlfriend who wants it. And the pattern is for her too, actually, after I make another tracing!

This is the first time I've done this convertible collar style. I've always only ever done the collar band/stand type. And I hate them. I have Kenneth King's book, video and Margaret Islander's video, and I have YET to sew up a collar like they do. I just have to buckle down and cut fake necklines and collars and stands and P-R-A-C-T-I-C-E. Yeah right.

This shirt below is actually the first shirt sewn. I didn't want to ruin the rayon print if I struggled with this collar type. But it was a cinch and I actually PREFER it to the collar stand shirts. Too bad the men in my life don't like it. DH thought it was a blouse. But that is partly because it's on my dressform. I wish I could make my son's long sleeved partly western style shirts with this collar. Maybe in the next "batch" I make for him, I'll slip one in and see if he notices!


Oh, the best part is I was able to talk DH into snaps instead of buttons. I showed him these from snapsource that look like buttons but are snaps. I think if you double click on the picture, you can see it. They are great and now I need to reorder them. I hadn't put any on the surfer shirt when I snapped the pic, but they're on it now. The ones on the striped shirt are antique brass and the ones on the surfer shirt are antique silver. Both look great and are a snap to put on (pun intended).

Below is the famous Amy Butler Weekender Bag that the people on pattern review have said was very difficult. I read each review and then the only change I made was to cut my bias strips for the piping wider than what the pattern calls for. They say cut them 1 1/2 inches wide, but I went 2 1/4 inches wide and then trimmed it after sewing. Much easier to handle that way and I was amazed at how NOT difficult this bag was to make. I'm ready to jump in and make one for myself. This one is at my local quilt shop on display.


And lastly...a pillow. In fact, it's actually a neck pillow and was so simple to make. Three pieces of fabric (8x14). Sew them together but leave an opening for stuffing. Loops on ends are optional. This also was done for my local quilt shop using a pattern they gave me, but honestly, you could do it all on your own just by looking at the sample I sewed. I hand stitched the opening closed and did it on the prequilted/chenille side where the hand stitches disappear into the chenille.


My work week went much better this week. We were starting a HUGE jury trial yesterday. I had 43 witnesses to try and figure out how to schedule so that not too many of them sat all day upstairs waiting to be called. Fortunately, the case settled at the last minute and I got to call all my witnesses off. Phew!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. It looks like it's finally Spring around here and DH and I are planning a round of golf Saturday. Take care and God Bless.

Happy Mother's Day! Call or hug your mother Sunday. Tell her that you love her and mean it!