Monday, July 22, 2013

Quilter's Chaos

What's new?  Chaos to others is, in my world, the order of business.  I call it Organized Chaos but I seem to be the only one on the planet who would think there was any organization to this at all.  What they do not see is into my brain.  (I think they need new glasses) My brain looks just like my order of business and, it makes perfect sense to me.  They want busy...I am busy.  At any given time I have at least 10 things in the works.  My daughter throws her hands up in despair because my "Plan" is so-o-o-o-o not how she operates.  What baffles her is that I manage to get all 10 things done, on time, and often, ahead of time.  She spends so much of her time rolling her eyes at me that I occasionally forget she has pupils.

One thing that causes her stress is my tendency to stop working on a project that just HAS to get done and start a project that has nothing to do with what she considers "important, a.k.a., On-The-List."  Of course, she is right, but, that is my business, heh heh.

Check out my latest Not-On-The-List project.  New kitchen rugs.  One teensy weensy concern.  I forgot to see if this fabric is washable.  Not the best idea for kitchen rugs, gulp.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blueberry Bust

I just succeeded in picking the world's most expensive blueberries.  Brandy and I drove allllll the way to Birmingham to pick Mother and Gene's blueberries as we have done for the last several years.  I promised everyone I knew  that I would be bringing them a container of berries. Well, we will be eating my words, not blueberries.  We waited about 2 weeks too late to reap nature's bounty.  The ground was covered with berries.  Our basket was basically empty.  Oh well, we had a lovely visit with our friends Thad and Liz.  They are such a lovely couple, and such an in-love couple that even when they are in different rooms, you can feel the connection between the two of them. 

So, folks, I am sending my vibes out so you, too, can FEEL the LUV. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Reminder of the Free Pattern Offer in 7/14/13 blog

Don't forget to post your comments and let me know in an email   (

Quilter's Dejas vu?

Bloom Where You Are Planted (c)
I have been searching for this image on my blog all morning long.  Perhaps I only posted it in my dreams.  If you think you already saw it, you might just have been in my dream, too.  Welcome to my world....and welcome to deja vu????  Whatever, this is my latest, bestest, newest chair.  It has actually been around for several months in my booth even if it did not make it as a Thread.  Blah blah blah...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Quilting Gift

I love feedback.  Well, not if it is yucky.  Yucky ones have the potential to make me cry.   The good thing is that so far, I have never gotten a Yucky comment.   I did get a Yucky email a few days ago.  One gal went to my website and apparently either ordered or considered ordering one of my Quilt in a Cup kits.  She yelled (as much as one can yell in an email) at me saying how dare I ask $24 for a Quilt in a Cup kit when it does not even come with fabric.  She said that she would never ever order from me and would spread the word to everyone she knew to do the same.  Interestingly, when I offered to give her money back I never heard back from her.  Dang, my dream of make everyone happy just got busted....

 O.K., back to the Feedback Thingie, I have my Kleenex ready because I have decided to send a free pattern or applique (it's a surprise) to everyone who comments on my blog this month.  (I will say that, because I am a girl,  I can change my mind about giving mean people a reward.  My prerogative)  You will be limited to one pattern per week, but, whoever comments the most times in July, will earn an extra free pattern.   When you post a comment, send an email to me ( so I can send you a copy of a pattern to download (or, a hard copy if you prefer)  If there is a tie, there will be a drawing.  If this works out nicely, I may just continue this until I run out of different patterns to send.  I better get busy.....

By the way, you can make a comment on any of my Threads, not just the most current one. It just has to be a new comment and you have to let me know which one.  Hope you have fun....

Friday, July 12, 2013

Addicted Quilter

I am beginning to think that "Addicted" should be my middle name.  I have always thought that I had an addictive personality and was so grateful that I did not smoke, drink, or do drugs.  I would have been one of the ones who not only do not stop, they do not want to stop, ever.

I am addicted to doing, in general.  The BEST is Doing-two-things-at-once.  Take boring that has the potential to be.  Not for me.  I take projects (notice the plural?) with me to work in the car.  The invention of cell phones was done with me in mind so I could do two things at once, love driving and talking.  Thank you, Apple.... I actually overcame being carsick by teaching myself to do needlepoint in the car.  Relax---it was while my husband was driving.  Anyway, I have finished a number of quilts, knitted several sweaters, cross-stitched my way across America......all because I love "doing" who I love while in the car...(that might not be a typo, heh heh..................)

Years ago, I discovered ebay.  By the end of the first day, I had won over $800 worth of stuff.  It was so much fun.  And expensive.  I discovered there was no "Department for Bidding" in Alcoholics Anonymous for me to call.  So, I went cold turkey.  It is so hot here in Louisiana, no one noticed the withdrawal sweats.

Then, I found casinos.  Luckily I have to drive to get to one so I can really get some stuff done before I hock the house.  Seriously, this is was-a-a-a-y too much fun to be legal.  I am not ready to look up AA for this one but I am thinking I might be psychic because I see a need for withdrawal in my future, gulp.

Now, guess what I discovered??  Quibid.  Talk about dangerous. No driving.  No leaving the house.  No having to get dressed.  And, if you "win?  buy?" something for less than 50 cents, it is not only free, it is free shipping.  Talk about least if you check it out, be sure to put me in the "Reffered by" section so I can pretend I am making money on this addiction.

My husband said, initially he was hoping I would get an addiction to.....well, he stopped mid thought and realized that this could have led to many more children and that had the potential for being even more expensive than casinos.  Better leave well enough alone.........

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Johnny Be Good

Oh my goodness.  Was he ever good?  Stop what you are doing and go have some fun at the movies!!!!  That was such a fun, entertaining movie.  Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, many times are you supposed to repeat a word and it will stay with you forever????? Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp,( I am not taking any chances....) Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp,..........................

Quilter in Love

Yippeeeee.  Tom is home for a four day weekend.  He is so good at welcoming me home that I had to live up to home skills?   I think I did O.K.

Today, we are off to see "The Lone Ranger."  Not only does it look like a cute movie, it has Johnny Depp in it.  Win Win Win.  LOVE Johnny Depp. 

This has the beginnings of a LOVEly weekend, don'tcha think????

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Same ol' Same Ol'

Just KIDDING.  The fabric is being printed as we speak.  Looking forward to the first cuttage (is that a word??)  pieces from the production so I can put it in my booths as temptation, heh heh.  Now, to find that list of all those sweeties who pre-ordered.  Jeez, I am so lucky that my head is connected.....

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sewing and Scratching and Skeptics

Whew, I am sewing like a crazy person....hmm, perhaps that is more appropriate that I realized.  Anyway, we finally are sleeping in our own beds.  Of course, I am having a difficult time finding the bathroom.  Shouldn't there be some standard placement for toilets? I mean, it would be so much easier to adjust moving from one hotel to the other, one hotel to home, if the bathrooms were always to the right of the bed....or to the left.... or....whatever.  I mean, it gets very close to "puddle" sometimes...TMI????????

I had one day between trips so I took the time to do some yard work.  Need I say, desperately needed yard work?  The yard punished me by sharing its "stash."  Yard stash came in the form of poison ivy, wasp stings, and horsefly biting.  I have been itching to the point of bruising and bleeding for almost two weeks.  I called my son who is trained in Asian medicine and asked him to please put together some of his magic potions. This worked out nicely since we were heading immediately down to Houston to see him and his lovely bride.  Little by little my skepticism is dwindling on this method of medicine.  My preset mindset of "Skeptic" is putting it gently.  Shame on me.  Within less than 24 hours of taking the first dose, my poison ivy was drying up.  Normally, I have this scratching/itching/insanity for weeks and weeks.  It's a miracle!  Apologies are definitely in order.  I feel a new religion coming and I can see some door-knocking-preaching-to-the-masses in my future.

One of the other interesting things that we did while in Houston was visit a psychic.  Several words come to mind here, as well, and, again, Skeptic was high on the list.  Whatever my beliefs, it was interesting to say the least.  The psychic was the most lovely of men, gentle, and sincere.  Without knowing us at all, he described my mother to a T.  He talked, first, to Brandy, addressing many of her issues.  Then, suddenly, he began to write, frantically, and when we asked what was happening he said it was my sister talking.  We said, "To whom?"  He pointed to me.  When he stopped writing, this is what he had written:

                Dianne, my darling girl - you have done such a fine job with your own life, and 
     your family.  I suppose I could hunt around for something to improve on, but I wouldn't
     have you change a thing.

               You sparkle as you walk, and you leave behind you a trail of stars and dusty light, 
     ever so easy for me to see, no matter where I go.  Thank you for that, for we can always 
     see you, and so I always know where you are.  I am so glad you are having so much fun 
     now.  It's your time.

              Now you know, I wanted to work with you.  But, in the end, I guess I really didn't.  
     Pink dress...Remember that pink dress?  You looked better in it than I did, but I still would
     have liked to wear it.  Your whole life has been a pretty, pink dress, and I hope you know 
     how lucky you are this time around.  I know it.  I've always known it.  And I love you for it. 

What else can I add other than perhaps miracles do happen.......