Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Words to live by

Don't marry the person you think you can live with . . . marry only the one you think you can't live without!

Valentine's Day, what a sweet tradition

My sweetie gave me a bouquet of beautiful pink roses for Valentine's Day! They are wonderful and so is he!

I have always loved Valentine's Day! I have planned several dinner parties, and dinner dance-fund raisers for our church around a Valentine's Day theme, called "Gifts From the Heart".

I like heart shaped jewelry, and all things pink and red. Pink is my company color for SewSweet Dolls. When I was able to decorate my own home, there was a lot of pink in it. My favorite jacket is red. I covet red sandals. Though almost no one sees them at this time of year, my toe nails are red.
It's been a busy few weeks, also very cold and snowy. Hard to get up in the morning, but if I don't - then I can't park when I get here. grrrg

All of a sudden I have lots of orders and other work. People often ask me to repair dolls, and I usually turn them down, but . . . this sweet lady came in with her daughter's doll that she wanted fixed up to use as a decoration in her great-granddaughter's bedroom, and I had time, so . . .
The problem I had with it is - I knew the doll was originally dressed in an evening gown, with ear rings, high healed sandals, etc and I didn't like the idea of dressing her prairie style as the customer wanted. All of the original clothes are long gone, and the customer obviously doesn't remember, or care. She turned out pretty well, I think. The customer is always right, the customer is always right, the customer is . . .

My dear friend of more than 40 years (but we're not counting) came to visit for a few days, from Texas. She was just in time for a major snow storm and cold snap, which was a reminder of why she moved to Texas in the first place! It was wonderful to have her here and we had a good time talking, talking, and talking with a little shopping mixed in. And she helped me with some projects in my studio. What a bonus! We tried a take a picture before she left, but I don't have it. I just have one of Barb and Bob, trying to make her camera work.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My Little Hunter's First Pheasant

My little hunter bagged her first pheasant today! She was so excited.

Amy was hunting with a friend and Lucky and Rufus. They flushed out 5 birds, and shot them all! Lucky retrieved them and it looks like there's a pheasant dinner in the future.

Dog with feathers, at right.

Friday, February 5, 2010

It's a Bright, Brisk, Moon Lit Night

Yippee!! It's finished, the top - that is. Finally - Only a month late. I'm probably the last one to post their "Come Over to My House" BOM 2009 quilt. This was a free project from Forevergreen Quilts and I really enjoyed making it. I had to stop working on it to do some orders and took time out for a cruise. then there were my mistakes and do-overs . . . but, it's done!

It was a challenge finding a way to hang it temporarily, but I wanted to see what it looked like and I couldn't hold it up and look at it. I taped it to a yard stick, so it is hanging with a little drape in it which causes a bit of distortion. It's actually pretty square. I'm amazed, and pleased. Now I just have to sew the back on it and do quilting stitches or something. I'll have to consult my quilter friends. I've never made a quilt before. BTW, the triangles are really difficult!

Here is a close-up of the dog house. Someone is at home, and I think it's the first time tonight. See the paw prints all over the black boarder?

The more I look at the dog house, the more it bothers me. I'm going to have to fix it, somehow.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

HV Designer I

I got my sewing machine back yesterday. One of the ones I dropped off before thanksgiving. I'm trying to decide if I want to keep it at home, for sewing there. Do I want to sew in my free time??? Not sure yet.

The good news is, it was a flat fee to repair it. I misunderstood and thought it was a fee just to look at it and repair charges were additional, so I was much relieved to pay only $80. However, it is one fee in a long list of $75's (flat fee went up) that I have been paying since I bought this machine close to 10 years ago. At an additional $75 per year, that was some expensive machine!!
I thought it was just a lemon, but I've come to know that all the HV machines are poorly rated - that's probably why the repair department is so far behind. duh! Again, It's my fault for not doing my homework. In my nest life, and the rest of this one, I'm not going to be so impulsive. (I think I'm doing better).