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I have not blogged for 2 years or so.  But, I have been sewing up a storm for the last two years.  I need to add pictures of completed projects and will post by the end of the week.  I have lots to post – custom baby bedding, quilts, and other projects.

map stool

Just one of my past completed quilts.   Making red, white and blue quilts are one of my favorites. 

red white and blue quilt

Yes, I should be upstairs, finishing Ev’s draperies – but here I am, sitting on couch and surfing the net.  If,…I didn’t screw it up – Ev’s drapes would be done.  I “finished” them last night only to find that one drapery is 1/4 to 1/2 inch off in length from the other. You know the adage “measure twice, cut once”, well,…………….. when I sew home decorative items, I calculate twice – at least twice, measure twice – and measure again for one more check.  So, when it is off like this – I am pissed.  So, now I need to take apart the hem of one drapery to make them both even.

I am making these draperies for a friend.  She had given me a queen sized duvet cover to make bedroom drapes.  She chose the same, matching duvet cover for her drapes as the one on her bed.  Fine – I can do this.  However, she wanted her drapes to be 88 inches in length and a queen duvet cover does not quite make the 88 FINISHED drape lenght, so I had to do some pieceing.  I have taken some pictures to document the process and will blog about this something this weekend along with the pictures.  I want the drapes done first before I post how I completed this project.  I will admit, I really like these kind of challenges – it requires me to think and get creative on how to make and assemble any given project.  Once the draperies are done, I have a baby quilt to make for a former co-worker – Kristi.  And then it is on to one of my projects.  I have a flannel quilt top to finish.  Then maybe some window treatments for the master bedroom.  I have a paper pattern hanging in my bedroom, test driving it to see if that is what I want.  I have decided I like the style, now if I could only find fabric that I want to use.

Oh well, I have two more projects to finish before I get to master bedroom window treatments.

So………………..what are you doing?

My wedding anniversary just happens to be February 11th – just 3 days BEFORE Valentines Day.  What was I thinking? With a birthday the day AFTER Christmas – how could I plan a wedding just a few days before Valentines Day.  When we decided to get married we decided to “elope” we were an “older” couple and did not expect my parents to pay for a wedding.  We then decided to behave like adults and use our hard earned money to purchase a house rather than spend it on a wedding.  My parents did manage to attend our wedding, so it wasn’t a real elopement – but that was about it.

Funny thing is that I was working on the flower business when we got married.  If you know anything about the flower business, Valentines Day is a big day – big holiday with big sales and long hours.  Why would I plan a wedding – albite small around a major floral holiday – I have no idea. But it has turned out well and we just celebrated our 24th anniversary.  This year my husband sent me flowers for our anniversary.  I know many people – mostly women just don’t appreciate flowers. But, since I have spent much of my professional life in the floral business, I really appreciate flowers more than most.  I understand the road they have traveled, how many people have handled them and what it takes to get them to look the way they do.

What is my point you say?  Well, my point is that if you get flowers for any occasion, please enjoy them.  I can guarantee that if you traveled the same road that they have, you would not look as lovely, pretty and colorful as they do.  Enjoy them>

“The Help”

Do you have a pair of helpful hands around when you are working on projects? Here is mine

YEA…………..

I don’t know about you, but I loved the movie “Julie & Julia” – the movie about Julie Powell, a girl who starts a blog and cooks through Julia Child’s cookbook entitled “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. The movie was fabulous, and the book was great as well.

Well, I happen to like to bake. I like to bake on Thursday nights – if you ask me why – I have no answer. However, I really liked baking and then bringing my baked goods in to work. The best part of the baking was sharing my efforts with my co-workers. They were never one to turn away any type of treat, they were the best audience/taste testers for my baking adventures. With that in mind, I started baking through the cookbook entitled: “Baked – New Frontiers in Baking”. The recipes are really good – using top line ingredients like special chocolates, sea salts and other ingredients. (They really do make a difference.) I was really enjoying working through the book. I only finished 6 recipes when, I got laid off from work…………..I am no longer employed (anyone want to hire me??????) – my job was eliminated in July and I was laid off. So,… how do I continue to bake on Thursday nights??? Let me make myself clear, I like to bake – I don’t like to eat it or keep it around the house. I have found that I really miss my Thursday night adventures in baking. What do you suggest?

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