Saturday, October 29, 2011

Quilter's BIG OOPS

Well, there we were, in Houston, this morning.  Then, we discovered this same morning what was NOT in Houston were the new fabric designs that I had worked on.  After searching the entire car and trailer, we called a neighbor back in Ruston and asked her to stop everything and go look in our house for the folder.  There it was, right on he sewing room floor.  Definitely not where it was supposed to be.  So, we just arrived home a few minutes ago and are now about to head right back down to Houston.  Nothing quite like a 12 hour, unplanned trip. No stress.  No wasted gas, no....well, you get the idea.  I keep telling people that my memory is shorter than my hair and this cinches it.  Sigh. 

How about some humor?  Here is a shot of my "new look" for October.   I am trying to decide whether or not to keep my hair this color until I reach my goal for the Walk for the Cure, 2012.  Whatchathink?  Halloween scary?  Well, hurry and donate so I can get my own hair back, hurry hurry hurry......

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Quilters Head to Houston

Surprise, surprise, surprise --- we are heading out, again, this time to the "Big One," Houston.  Those of you who are my BFF's, THANK YOU for keeping up the good effort and stopping by to see if I am still here, still breathing, still writing --oops, that last one is, um, not very evident, that is for sure.  It is not because you guys and the blog are not on my mind, it is mainly because I am not clever enough to figure out how to add to this while I am away from my regular computer.  I have several pictures to add but I am running waaaaay late so here is one.  This is a picture of my walking pals, Tunisha and Sarah and, I, on the last few steps of the 60 Mile Walk.  The gal in the middle broke down and cried as she crossed the finish line.  Then, I cried, too, for her.  To be honest, I have no idea how she made it at all.  She was in such pain that she gasped with every step the entire day.  These folks are amazing.  I am so proud to be part of this effort.  Color me, "Proud in Pink."  Thanks for your support, for keeping up with me, for checking in....whatever.  Just know how much I appreciate it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Quilter Survives 60 Mile Walk For a Cure

Well, it is over for one more year.  I have to say that I was proud to have finished this one since I had so little time to really practice.  Again, not one blister.  Was I ever lucky.  The really amazing folks are the ones covered in blisters, bandaged legs, feet, shins, etc., who keep on walking, well, limping.  They cry if the medics tell them they cannot continue.  The dedication of these men and women is beyond amazing.  I met two great gals, Sara from Tampa, Florida, and Tunisha, from Atlanta.  They became my walking partners and made it all way more fun.  Tunisha was hurting so badly, I cannot believe she finished the walk, but she did.  It made me cry to see her continue, to see her hurting...and cry with pride that I was part of her ordeal.  We have made a pact to meet and walk in two years.  So, here I go, again.  Why stop now?   Start saving your pennies and dimes, boys and girls.  I will be asking for them soon. 

As soon as I get home I will start posting some pictures of our walk.  Thanks for checking in.  I am waaaay too tired to be clever, so, apologies in advance.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Say a Little Prayer for this Quilter

A Little Prayer???  Right now I am saying lots of them....I mean, I have not been doing my practice walking for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk like I should be in order to be really prepared.  I need something and prayers seem like as good a direction as any.  The list:  feet, calves, knees, toes, back, oh my, the list goes on and on and on...all are gonna need help, BIG TIME.  You have until next week-end to send any good thoughts my way.  My daughter-in-law gives massages for a living. Where is she when I neeeeeed her?  Hellooooo.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Quilter's Sneak Preview #2

Sh-h-h-h-h.  I am going to sneak in a picture of one of the projects in The Book...Let me know whatcha think.  It was BEYOND fun to make.    The reaction to some of our other lamps/lampshades has been delightful.  I hope this baby gets even bigger grins.  Makes me wanna re-decorate a room.  Hey, I am right in the middle of fixing rooms throughout the house due to the water husband' office is really boring.........Yeah, right.  He was complaining about a vase that I put in there yesterday saying it was awfully, "girly"and it only had birds on it.  He would probably move his computer to the living room right by the TV and permanently set it to the sports channel. I might never see him again.  Jeez.  All right already. 

What is that Quilter Working On?

Pictures, I finally took some...Proof that I have been doing something.  The person I need to prove it to?  MYSELF.  Of course, if one looks at the images of the sewing room, one might think, wow, this is waaay too clean for someone who is actually accomplishing things.  Well, I simply took these pictures to prove that there is a top to these tables.  Normally, they are covered beyond recognition.  However, we are in the process of putting things back together in the "after the water" mode and I thought I would capture this "clean room moment" for posterity.

As for the remaining two images, they are part of the rug that I am doing for Roc-Lon.  They requested a water theme out of our fabrics.  The room that rug is in is definitely not part of the "clean room moment."  Nope,  nada, not gonna happen......

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quilter Finds Secret (Chocolate) Garden

Oh boy, did I find Chocolate Heaven.  Truthfully, it is really called Chocolate Garden.  Somewhere, in Nowhere, Michigan, on our way through to Des Moines, there was a billbord--Chocolate Garden, Exit ? (whatever).  Nuff said. 

This little shop, actually resides in Coloma, Michigan.  Like I said, "nowhere."  This shop sells the best chocolate that I have ever eaten, period.  It is worth the detour, I don't care if you live in Florida!!  Look it up.  Set the GPS.  Drive.  Eat.  Buy me some to thank me.....

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Quilter Goes Mad

Runningaroundincircles, meetingmyselfcomingandgoing, cannotrememberanything, notsleeping.....does this mean I am officially nuts?  Why is no one noticing the difference?  Oh yeah, I have always been like this.  When I actually start looking for my List, and begin trying to check things off of it as "done," even I get worried.  Avoiding that List is usually what gets things done.  O.K., so they are not the things that are the most important, but, waaaay funner. 

We have run out of nearly everything in the way of patterns and appliques.  We need to cut MPC pieces, and fabric, lots and lots of fabrics, etc. We need to repack the trailer, send orders.....all on the List. Oh yeah, I am supposed to make a ten foot rug for Roc-Lon before I head to the Susan G Komen 3 Day Walk.....Talk about TOP of the List !!  So, the night we got in from our last gigs, we crashed around midnight. I woke up at 2 in the morning with a bazillion things on my mind.  So, I got up and took down all the stuff on the walls of the sewing room, then washed the walls and painted the room.   Then, I repainted the corner cabinet in the Hallway, moved furniture, cleaned drapery, etc etc.... See what I mean?  None of these tasks were on that List....well, they were somewhere on there but that List is so long and they are so far down on the List that I could not find them, anyway, so what difference does that make? Does anyone out there even care?  OHMYGOSH, now I am talking to myself.  Creepy.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Shame on this Quilter

Shame on me..  Not only have I not taken the time to write, I do not even have any pictures to show as enticement for coming back or for even checking in on me at all.  The Novi Show was wonderful.  Everyone was just great.  It was more of an ego trip, to be sure.  One gal said, "Dianne Springer?  Oh my gosh, my BFF writes about you on her blog and here I am with you, in person."  She even had her husband take a picture of us together.  Now, it does not get any better than that, does it?  Good thing I don't have many hats because I might have trouble getting them on after that delightful encounter.  The only bad thing was the part where we were packing up to head to Des Moines.  It took us until nearly midnight to finish packing the trailer,  then, we drove all day the next day to Iowa, set up the day after that, and then the show went from Wednesday until Saturday.  We drove for two days to get home then, one would think we were done driving but, nooooo.  We both had hair appointments 30 miles away the very next day.  Now, I am not MOVING for as long as I can get away with it.