Sunday, September 17, 2017

We Won!

The carpet is saved! The gallon of enzyme carpet cleaner that I poured all over the problem area really made the difference.

Also we (at the Festival shop) finally got to the box containing the little Christmas tree I designed a couple months ago. So it's done, along with 32 other 2.5 ft- 3 ft trees and 4.5 ft trees. We're going to be working on a 7.5 footer today, once I make this post and drive over there.

Not much else exciting is happening. I'm still waiting on bra supplies from Canada to arrive. FuzzyHusband is off on a business trip, so I get to make my own schedule for the most part. Artie has a definite opinion about his daddy being gone.

Not sure what I"ll get into this week. There's always cleaning and laundry to do, but I'd like to finish my wall quilt and get my great-nephew's quilt pieced before I have to start on bras in earnest. We shall see.

Take care!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Almost Missed It!

This last week has been insanely busy. His Fuzziness and I spent all day yesterday moving furniture, vacuuming, and shampooing the carpet downstairs. The hope is that we won't have to give up and rip it all out to escape the odors left by two naughty girls. Yes. Those naughty girls. *sigh*

To be fair, Mercedes was likely never properly house trained and we've just been incredibly lucky up until recently. And she checks out ok at the vet, so it's not a urinary issue. So we're handling the behavior side of things and trying to salvage the carpet. Pixel on the other hand decided to start marking when we brought Mercedes home. It was her protest then. Things are better now, but spot cleaning just wasn't getting the results we needed.

Best case, we won and can stand to be in the tv/computer area of the house again. Worst case means we won't be gagging and coughing when we rip it all out.

Other than that, I'v been getting things prepped to start sewing some bras for two of out local burlesque dancers. Also for myself as I'm tired of having to order from overseas to get bras that fit.

The decorating committee for Festival of Trees has been back in the shop this week.  I forgot to get photos though. Whoops. But lots of new things are ready for the auction!

Oh! I almost forgot about the newest mini! I can't show a photo because privacy, but my niece had her first baby on Thursday! He's gorgeous! Now that he's here and safe, I'll be starting his quilt soon. Probably while I wait on bra making supplies to arrive from Canada.

And with that, I"m off to enjoy an extremely late steak dinner with FuzzyHusband. See you next weekend!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Message From Pixel

We're taking the weekend off. Mom's finally not decorating Christmas trees or having invaders in the house. I'm making sure she has lots of time to pet me instead of doing laundry too. Zzzzzzzzzz

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Can't Even....

I'm taking a break this week, after watching the complete devolving of sanity, dignity, and what I was raised to believe were American values.

I was taught that it's ok to believe something different from one's neighbor, because this is America. You can disagree, but for goodness sakes be civil. And try to focus on where we're similar instead of dividing each other where we're different.

Apparently some people are forgetting that we're all human beings.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Five Ways from Sunday

That's how my last week has gone. So much to do in short amounts of time. I finished up the sequin encrusted wrap skirt and got it delivered, but I forgot to get a photo of it. Picked up stuff for the next sewing commission in the same trip.

Some how manged to get the samples for the miniature club project whipped together. Total eleventh hour situation there. Also one of the bananas in the bunch has a broken end. Whoops.

We had company come in from out of state for the weekend. Because of critter allergies they opted for a hotel, but I still had to remove copious amounts of dog hair and bits of sequins from the house. I hadn't seen them in forever, so I was really looking forward to the visit.

FuzzyHusband and I took them all around town this weekend. First Friday was in full swing, so our eyes got to feast on beautiful things. For our bellies, we had ice cream from a small, family business. It's our favorite place to indulge. They specialize in interesting flavors. I chose pistachio (my all time favorite) and sweet corn. So yummy!

I didn't take many pictures this weekend because I just plain forgot to. Was having too much fun. Also was being worn out by their child's energy levels. I wish we could bottle it and use it for ourselves once in a while!

Something I did get a picture of are the gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics my friend brought for me. She's always played with dyes, but she's only recently been moving into dying textiles in full force. Aren't they fabulous?

From left to right she used: cochineal, madder root, turmeric, marigold, basil and over-dyed with red cabbage, and blackberries. I'm going to have to come up with a special use for these.

But for now, it's time to put away the second round of dishes from breakfast, get back to the laundry, and think about dinner. See you all next weekend!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

More of the Same

Avery's pillow was finished and mailed to his grandma last week.

Now I'm covering a wrap skirt with sequins. It would be easier to just make a skirt with the sequin fabric, but that's not what I'm being paid to do, so covering it is.

The design team now has 39 Christmas trees [nine 7.5', fifteen 4.5', and fifteen table top], 9 "hearth and home items [centerpieces, etc], and 4 wreaths designed. I've excited because this is the first year I've designed a tree! It's boxed up and ready to be put together.

Lastly, I noticed a visitor yesterday and snapped a picture.

That's all for this week. I need to get back to the sequin insanity. See you next week!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Glitter, Sewing, and Baking

It's that time of year again. Time to start planning and decorating for Festival of Trees. I've come home many days now, covered in glitter. But the shop is ready for us to start designing tree themes now.

I'm almost done with the little pillow for my sister's impending grandson. Just need to cut the back sections and put everything together.

And finally, I tried out a new recipe last night for cream cheese brownies. It's from America's Test Kitchen, we have the giant recipe book, and... WOW! So good! Someone (not me) couldn't wait for them to cool all the way before he stole a wee bit off a corner.

That's all for this week. How everyone is staying cool in the heat!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Bubble Bubble

We've got 10 gallons of hard cider in carboys now. Half is a straight hard apple cider, the other is an apple-cherry cider experiment. The plain apple belongs to one of the guys at our local Makerspace. FuzzyHusband has been teaching members how to brew.


Plain apple

That's all for this week. FH and I need to clean up the kitchen now. ;-)

Sunday, July 2, 2017


As far as my writing goes, I'm being encouraged on multiple fronts to consider publishing a book of my poetry. So I'm slowly figuring out what pieces would be good enough, which need polishing, what are "good examples of practice" (aka rubbish), and pondering thoughts for new poems.

I did make a lovely salted caramel sauce last Sunday. It was perfect on top of the chocolate cheesecake... and on fresh fruit, potato chips, pretzels... ;-)

Pixel found Artie's hiding spot and claimed it for her own.

I've finally started in on a little pillow my sister asked me to make for her impending grandson. It's 5" x 6", sized for a wee rocking chair she's refinished for the nursery. I found the font I chose somewhere online.

Now I need to make piping, cut out the letter appliques, and put it all together.

See you next weekend!

Sunday, June 25, 2017


I swear I've been doing some creative things for the past couple of weeks. But I've been writing, which means I don't have anything public or share-able at the moment.

Some other highlights from the week include: spending a day shopping for quilt patterns with a friend, getting a really bad sunburn on just part of my collarbone... thanks, seatbelt, for making that uneven, eating some yummy danishes, finding Artie in an odd place, and watching a darling family of 6 rescue cats get adopted after 2+ months of watching the 5 kittens grow up.

Here's Artie in the "odd place."

I posted that photo on Instagram and the best, also only, comment was, "Dark brooding kitteh kat laying by rainbows." This is particularly funny because the commenter in question is a friend who likely (and purposefully) choose his words to match the cadence and meter of, "pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows." If you choose to poke that link, be warned that there be earworms!

Now I need to go reapply some aloe to the rather tiny blisters all over my collarbone and then make caramel sauce and a cheesecake. See you next week!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Artie says, "dis mah daddie. Find ur own." 


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pixel says...

Mama let another D.O.G. into MY house! It was only for one sleep, but come on! Bad Mama! I had to hide the whole time!

And all the toys were everywhere! Nothing was where it was supposed to be. Maybe I should have stayed and snoopervised.

My dog apparently had fun, for whatever that's worth.

And Mama made muffins things that she wouldn't share.

Horrible days!