Sunday, August 14, 2016

Whose wine, what wine, where the hell have I been?

Okay...dust bunnies!!!  Move along. 

I cannot believe how long it has been since I have been here.  Months and months.  I have been working very hard to come back to quilting.  Some ups and downs, some progress.  I'm actually contemplating moving the blog over to a different format as I sometimes have so much trouble actually getting here.  It used to be easy but now it is a pain.

In January, I took a class at my LQS (The Quilt Place in Rockledge, FL is a lovely, lovely place to be) with Gudrun Erla.  Then in February I hopped on the Drop and Give Me Twenty train to finish the quilt top, which is to be a gift for my brother-in-law.  Okay...fell off the train and the darn thing still isn't done but I have made progress.

Went on a cruise in March.  That was FUN!!!

I went home to NH in June to visit.  My mom and I did some sewing and we did bindings on a couple of charity quilts.  I forgot how much I missed the therapeutic nature of this.  So much.  I started a little group here in my community in July.  So far we've met twice.  I have two more dates set and in September we'll probably settle into once a month.  It seems to have struck a chord with people who don't even know how to thread a needle!!!  Do you think there is a need for socialization here?  Don't is too obvious.  Lots of lonely gals!

I made a table topper for my friend's birthday.  She turned 50, loves Halloween.  I cannot believe I did not get it done yet.  Her birthday was the 10th.  She's seen it, she loves it and it will be my goal to finish it this week.  If I can get back here easily enough, I'll have pictures.

I need to make two or three more table toppers for our annual Autumn Bazaar.  That is in November.  I know how fast I can get things done because I time myself.  Doable.  I also need to make something for the raffle table.  Also doable. 

My wonderful friend, Nancy, told me I needed to sign up for the Teal Mini Swap.  So I did.  I had been contemplating and I just needed a push over the mountain.  It is good.  I will be looking forward to my swap partner's info and get that done.  I have never been a slacker in swaps.  I might freak out but I have always followed through.   I cannot commit to my own self though.  haha  Might need to work on it. 

The Teal Mini Swap is on Facebook.  Check it out.  A $15.00 entry fee with $10.00 going to Ovarian Cancer Research.  The other $5.00 cover shipping from Beth.  Signups until August 29th.  I'm looking forward to it. 

PS:  That train I fell off is also run by Beth!  A rock star!!!

That's it for today.  Cannot believe I am actually here.  Hope you are all having a fun productive day.

Thursday, December 31, 2015


Welcome to my mess!

As you can see below, there is a vanity and a linen cabinet sitting in the middle of the floor!!!  To be moved by end of weekend.  Tomorrow, more than likely.

Too much stuff I have!!!!

 Now...this last little thing!  I should have finished this.  It is a candle mat or mug rug or plant mat.  It has been sitting on the sewing machine for about 3 weeks now.  A quick project that got lost in the holiday madness, I guess!  It will get finished.

Well, this took me a bit of time to figure out.  Windows 10...not a big fan of it. 

Oh and my room is yellow now.  We did get that painted when the hubby replaced all our windows back in September and October.  We're always doing something here.  Trying to drag the place into the 21st century.

Anyway, my friends...have a Happy and Pieceful New Year! 

2015: It's A Wrap

Well, thank the heavens above that this year is coming to a close.  It has actually been a busy 2 years with lots of changes.  It takes me time to adjust and I guess I won't be ashamed to admit it!!!!

I have not done much in the creative department this year.  I miss my studio but I try to make things work.  I did make a table topper and donated it to the Women's Club for the holiday luncheon.  My neighbor won it and I believe she was quite happy with it.   I had also donated a couple of wine bags for wine gifts, as well.

I'm looking forward to 2016 as a new beginning.  I signed up for a day long workshop at the local quilt shop with Gudrun Erla of GE Designs. I have followed her for several years so I was excited to sign up for the class.  It is at the end of January.

First, I'm going to take Beth Helfter's list to straighten up the space in January.  You can find the list on Facebook at EvaPaigeQuiltDesigns.  It is a good comprehensive list for tackling the chore and you can spend a couple of days on each task.  It starts with thread!  Easy peasy!!!

Of course, in the middle of all of this the hubby is remodeling the master bath.  There is the matter of a vanity and a linen shelf sitting smack dab in the middle of the room.  We have guests arriving on the 7th so that darn bathroom better be finished by then!!!

I'll have to take a before and after picture of the space.  Right now it is pretty awful.  I do have two big racks and I would like to downsize (actually, I want them gone) the heck out of those but I do have quite a bit of fabric and bins that are all filled with something.  Not to mention the other crafty non-quilting stuff I have.  It all has to fit in this room with the computer.  Electrical outlets are at a premium as well.  I suppose once I get it organized I will be able to focus.  It is quite impossible to focus right now.

I may have mentioned sometime this year that I was elected to the Homeowner's Association Board of Directors.  I am earmarked for Treasurer next year and that will involve some of my time as well.  Of course someone might not want me to be Treasurer.  That is okay with me, too.  I've got to find a little room for the Homeowner stuff as well. 

My (lofty) goals for 2016 are to enjoy life, spend more time quilting (and shrinking the stash), get daily exercise (yep, the Fitbit has been in the drawer since around the end of January in 2015), spend more quality time with my husband (a challenge most of the time!!!).  Right now we must get that bathroom done.  Company next week!!!! 

I've taken some pictures and will, hopefully, make another post of what's been going on here!
I started this 2 days ago and I'm finally going to publish it!

Happy New Year!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

August!!! has been quite some time since I have posted.  A lot of things have happened. 

The hubby and I decided that we would put our lake home in New Hampshire on the market when we returned to NH for the summer.  We made the decision that we really like living here in Florida and having another home up north made no sense. 

As for the community I live in, I have acquired the job of running the Craft Table at the Women's Bazaar in November.  I had one meeting prior to leaving for NH that was less than successful but I can only hope it goes up from there.

So we left for NH in mid-June.  We were home for two days trying to get the place ready to put on the market and someone came by.  A friend of a friend of a friend kind of thing.  I had mentioned to a lake neighbor that we would be putting the house on the market.  The next day we showed it to the wife.  That night they made an offer.  We utilized our real estate agent because I refuse to do things without one.  Too many things can go wrong.  So....long story short, we sold to this couple.  Everybody was happy; hugs all around at the closing, which was on July 30th. 

We did not wish to live out of suitcases for the remainder of the summer so on August 1st we hit the road at 4 am.  We arrived back at our home on Sunday, August 2nd.  Tired, but happy to be home.  So now we truly are Florida residents (or...raisins, q-tips.  haha)  It is hot here but hey, that's why we have air conditioning!

Having issues with the iPad and the mail account app which now doesn't allow me to send my pics to my email.  Very frustrating.  It is apparently a google issue and not an apple issue.  I have tried to fix it but it just isn't happening.  I'll just keep reading the apple support group to see if anything new comes along.  I am not the only one with this issue.  Not sure if that is comforting or not!!!

I have not unpacked my sewing machine yet.  Honestly we have not even been back a full week yet and my husband is installing new patio slider doors.  He is doing the one to the kitchen and the next one will be in the computer/sewing room.  I think I will see when he is doing this room and perhaps that will determine whether the sewing machine comes out of its secure space. 

I have lots of grand plans and hope to get to them very soon.  One thing I'd like to do is start a little stitch and bitch group.  Great therapy!  We shall see.  I have to talk to the HOA President (of course, I'm on the Board but....follow procedures!) and see about the ability to use the clubhouse for that kind of thing.  I know there are crafty people here and they might be interested.  I'm finding that I need more creative activity and I'm just not ready to join a guild here.  I am really not sure if I ever will be again. 

So that's what is going on.  We do have lots of plans for the house.  We just need to update it a bit and make it more comfortable for us.  It is not his mother's house anymore!  Flooring is on order for the living and dining area and that will be a huge improvement.  

Okay....that's it now.  Have a great weekend.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February is just about over! one thing finished this month.  Actually that's all I did in the crafty department.

I enlarged the block to a 21 inch block.  Simple and I had fun.  Of course, I'm low on large chunks of batting but flush with insulbrite.  So it could double as a giant potholder!

In other news, my kitchen is finally finished and it is actually a nice space with lots of work surface.  I love it.

We also redid our spare bathroom.  We don't use it much and it houses the washer and dryer as well but it was downright ugly and really needed help.  It wasn't an expensive redo but it is done and quite nice.   No pics right now...haven't gotten around to it.

It is busy here in the park and there is always something going on.  We're stretched a little thin at times.  Again...fresh meat - someone is always asking for something.  I forecast burnout soon if we don't start saying no!

All for now.  Maybe next month I can be more creative. 

Hope you are all creative!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Little lightbulb moments

We had company from New Hampshire last week.  We were very busy with eating out and doing things and we haven't been that active socially for quite some time.  So while it was hectic and a frenzied pace I realized that while we've chosen a completely different lifestyle for ourselves we can still have fun.

One of our fun events was going up to Orlando.  We stayed in a time share for one night (basically we slept there).  The pup stayed overnight at the neighbors.  Stressful for Mom!!!  We went to a restaurant called Rocco's Tacos which is quite the hot spot.   It truly was about the people we were with because the food and drink were a bit mediocre for my tastes.  The place was packed and it was loud and there were some serious tequila drinkers in the room we were in.  Perhaps too much and hopefully they had a shuttle for travel!!!!  However, it was a good time. 

We also went and hung out at Port Canaveral on Saturday.  Seafood!!!  I do love seafood.  The port is a cool place to hang.  Most places have music and outside dining.  We will go again now that football season is almost over.

We also tried restaurants right down the street from us that were fabulous.  I guess in the 4 months we've been here we have been so busy and just haven't bothered to venture in. 

We had a great time with our friends and it was sad to see them go but we will see them this summer.  Our California friends are coming in March for a week and that will be another week long party!  I have time to rest up!!!

I'm going to probably force the issue on having fun but I'm now realizing it can be done and done cheaply.  I am the queen of cheap these days.  It is actually a good challenge.  I started getting the newspaper here today. (bitching about the monthly price plus sales tax, but whatever)  I have continued to read New Hampshire news on a daily basis and yes I pay for it!  However, it is time I learn what the heck goes on around here so I can have little adventures.  

I'm not one to sit idle in a community that I live in.  I always like to be involved.  Sometimes,  I really should just sit on my hands.  A couple of weeks ago I was approached by a Board member to be on the Homeowner's Association Board of Directors.  I agreed to do it.  There seems to be a bit of apathy here and there is always the "it has always been done this way" comment that comes with the drama of change.  Unfortunately, right now we are experiencing some change and there is a lot of drama and emotion.  There is also fear and that is just not a good thing.  So..............

Last night I was elected to the HOA Board of Directors.  Heaven help me but I think it will be a very good thing for me.  Keeps the brain working, I think.  So despite my trepidation, I do believe I can be of some value.  Another light bulb moment - I still might have my brain and it just might be working!!!! 

I have been working on my list of quilting projects for 2015.  Sadly, that is as far as I have gotten, what with the kitchen project and guests.  I do need to make some quick table toppers for the seasons so that might be first up.  I need a Valentine topper.  I have some reds kicking around!!!  I'm also going to make things for the Women's Bazaar in November.  If I get things done over the next few months I won't be stressed in October with wanting to make a contribution.  I will be taking time to get organized over the next week so that I can just sit and do stuff every day.

I'm waiting on a new washing machine that was supposed to be delivered yesterday but now isn't coming until tomorrow.  My husband took our old one out on Sunday afternoon because we believed the new one was coming yesterday.  So....the clothes are piling up but I have extra time on my hands for me!!  The old washer wasn't really broken.  It still worked but we think it got damaged in the move and it was showing signs of problems (like spitting out grease from the bottom and at first I thought it was just dirt) so we decided to be proactive.  Better this way than to have a washer full of water and wet clothes. Trust me, that has happened!!!   I guess I will be playing catch up starting tomorrow! 

Well, I guess that is it from the Sunshine State, where it is currently cloudy with no sun!  I'm feeling much more positive than I have in a while and that is a good thing for me.   There is a scheduled rocket launch tonight and I just love that.  They are so awesome when it is dark out.  Hope the weather clears out later on and I can watch the sky light up and hear the rumble of the rocket.  It really is awesome.

I  hope you are all doing well and being creative in some fashion.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy New Year! 8 days late!!!

Happy 2015.  I was so ready for a new year and my hope is that this will be a much calmer year than 2014.  So much happened in 2014 that I am glad to close the chapter on the year.

I did a tiny bit of crafty for the holidays.  Made a couple of wine bags and a tiny topper for our step-aunt, who lives here in the retirement community.

Over the Christmas break the hubby started redoing the kitchen.  We are doing it in 3 sections.  2 are done.  The center island which formerly had a 36 inch cooktop is now a complete work surface.  I am in love with the island.  The other side, which formerly had a wall oven and cheap, cheap cabinets, now has new cabinets, a free standing range and counter space.  Heaven, I'm in heaven!!!  It is a rather large kitchen but it was so inefficient that I just couldn't stand it.  The hubby is still doing the final finish work (as I type) with poly on the cabinet doors and drawers.  I still need to pick out knobs and handles.  The last side will be done in another month or so.  That's a bigger deal as we are talking about eliminating a bank of cabinets to make the place more open concept. 

We have friends coming from New Hampshire next week and we are looking forward to that visit. 

We do love the community here.  Everyone looks out for everyone else and the people are friendly.  While we've struggled to adjust to our new life and lifestyle, we are finally getting a handle on things.   I do laugh about the gas prices coming way down.  We rarely visit the gas stations anymore.  Too bad it didn't happen in New Hampshire when my husband hit the station every other day due to his long commute.  Ah well....that is the way it goes, I guess.

Okay back to quilting.  I did receive a gift certificate for Christmas to the nice quilt store that is near me.  Well, I will use it for something but once again this year, I am not buying any fabric unless it is an absolute necessity.  I've got to get a handle on de-stashing.  I've also got UFO's to figure out if I want to finish or do something else with them.

I want to make new toss pillows for my living room.  Something I actually piece and quilt and maybe, just maybe use a zipper instead of making an envelope backing.  I need to learn how to do zippers and the internet is a wonderful place to find a tutorial!

I will just need to make a list of what needs doing, what I want to do, etc.  I will also start making things for the Autumn Bazaar which will be in November.  I can whip up toppers, candle mats, and things that are small.  Those wine bags are super easy to make and I keep wondering why I don't have a stash on hand for gifting! 

Well, I think I'll take the pup for a walk and rack up some steps on my Fitbit Flex.  I tried so hard to win one of those every time the Pioneer Woman had a giveaway on her blog.  Fortunately, Santa brought me one.  Pink!!!  I might need to get the orange bracelet since you can change them out for style and fashion (oh yeah....I'm all about that!  NOT!!!).

All for now and again Happy New Year.  May it be "piecefully" creative.