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…and here’s why. He handed me this red box. An early Valentine’s present he said.

 

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And here’s what was inside the red box.

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This is called the celestial diamond necklace. It’s a depiction of The Pleiades, a constellation also known as the Seven Sisters. According to Greek mythology, when the sisters were pursued by Orion the Hunter, Zeus answered their prayers for help by transforming then into doves, and later into stars. The necklace is a depiction of the magic of the universe. There are seven diamonds, one for each sister.

And here I am wearing it (I got my hair cut this evening, which explains all the little bits of hair on my neck).

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Roger gave me the cross last year…just because. It’s a Roberto Coin. His trademark is placing a ruby on the inside of each of his jewelry pieces. It’s based on an Egyptian legend that “a ruby touching your skin brings you great happiness and good fortune.” A ruby is always positioned closest to the skin in keeping with the ancient Egyptian legend symbolizing prosperity, beauty, happiness, and health.

Thank you Mr. Wonderful!

Until next time!

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Roger had to go to Oklahoma City, which gave me a perfect opportunity to go along to visit my family. My mom, Debbie and I made our usual shopping trips to Kohl’s, Ulta, TJ Maxx, and various other places. Although we have a Kohl’s in College Station, I feel like I find a better selection in the stores in OKC. Because we’re in a college town, our Kohl’s seems to cater more to the college students than any other age bracket.

affairheartMichell came down from Tulsa on Friday night, and on Saturday the two of us, along with Debbie and my niece, Kristin, went to OKC’s Affair of the Heart. My sister has gone to this for years, but this was the first time for me. If you get the chance, you won’t want to miss out on this. This is one of the largest arts and crafts shows in the United States. It’s truly unique, with booths occupying more than five buildings throughout the OKC fair grounds. An Affair of the Heart was started by eight Oklahoma women who were selling their crafts at different shows. They started talking about what worked really well and what these shows could do to improve, and they realized they had enough experience and knowledge to start their own craft show. In 1985 they held their first Affair of the Heart. What started with 65 exhibitors has expanded into hundreds over the years. If you make crafts to sell you can look into getting your own booth at the event. They hold two of these a year: one in the fall and one in the spring. My sister stocks up on Christmas gifts at the fall event. It was a fun way to spend the day. Although, because it’s a three day event, you may need the whole weekend to really see the whole thing.  Here’s the website with more information:  http://www.aaoth.com/.

img9mI picked up another ‘H’ to add to my collection. I’m going to hang these above my bed, as in this photo, but using just the letter ‘H’. Of course, this will only happen once I get the bedroom painted. I also picked up two wax tart burners along with several sets of wax blocks in different scents. My house is either going to smell very nice or it’s going to give me a raging headache from all the different scents. What else did I get? I picked up a purse organizer, a toothpick holder for the sun visor in Roger’s car, and some scented crystals that are supposed to smell like lavendar, but…I’m not too sure that I recognize that lovely floral scent in my new crystals. 

2I bought this waterbead diffuser at Christmas. Kristin gave one of these to my mom, and I thought it was the neatest thing so I went out and bought one. It’s made by Moments by Upper Canada. You put the jelly-like beads into the glass vase, and then you add water and a little of the scent. You stir the beads to keep them moist, and you add more water and scent as they evaporate. It’s very unique, and a pretty way to scent a room. 

Until next time!

My girls were home for a week. Actually, Jenifer was here for two as she’s on leave until she reports to her new duty station at the Port Arthur Marine Safety Office. We drove to Beaumont yesterday and helped her move into her new apartment. She isn’t scheduled to report for duty until the 24th, but she’s hoping if she reports early she may get a few days off at Christmas. She’s also hoping that she’ll up her chances if she volunteers to work on Thanksgiving. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

I have no pictures of their visit or any of the places we went as I misplaced my camera. I found it right before Michell left. And then I forgot to take it with me when we went to Beaumont yesterday. I wanted to get pictures of Jenifer’s new apartment.

img_06571They kept me busy during their visit. We went to the Ikea store in Katy as Jenifer needed some new things for her apartment. I noticed that the Katy store has a bigger fabric department than the one in Round Rock. I practiced great will power and didn’t buy any as I’m trying to use up some of the fabric I have before buying any new. Wishful thinking on my part. I did pick up two small toiletry bags as mine is falling apart. Once we get home I ended up making this one while Michell worked on a tote.

daisy003-594-1ffefickle_cvrWe went to the Houston Quilt Festival (I wish I had my camera!). I didn’t see anything this year that really excited me…other than the new Brother Quattro machine. Very impressive! Many of the booths were displaying quilts in browns and creams. I didn’t see very many bright colors this year. Does this have something to do with the economy? I didn’t buy any fabric or patterns. I did pick up some machine embroidery supplies, and Michell and I both picked up the supplies to make Ficklesticks. These are basically fabric covered floral wire that you then twist into different shapes: flowers, people, jewelry, sculptures, wall hangings. I’m thinking this is a nice project to take on a car trip. I can make up a whole bunch of fabric tubes and then put them together in the car or hotel room.

Roger made it home from his trip on Saturday night so he got to spend some time with Michell before she left.  He was happy to be home after being gone two weeks. We’re thinking about going to Houston this coming weekend. We’ve talked about going Saturday and coming home Sunday afternoon. He wants to go to the Bay Area Divers’ annual flea market, which was postponed from October because of Hurricane Ike. I’m hoping I can talk him into going to a few quilt stores (there goes my not buying any new fabric). It’s our usual trade off. I’ll go to scuba shops if he’ll go to quilt stores.

I haven’t got much digitizing done lately. I have a few weeks before the holiday rush sets in. I don’t think I’m going to make gifts this year. Of course, that’s subject to change because I may find a great project in a quilt store this coming weekend!

Until next time!

As you know, Roger left town last weekend for a week in Las Vegas and a week in Reno. No, he’s not there trying to add to our retirement or gambling it away. He’s gone to a week long scuba convention in Vegas, and he’s attending a work meeting in Reno.

I’d like to know why the minute he leaves town everything starts going wrong. No sooner had he left the driveway than Hemi got sick. I’m not sure if he ate some dead treasure he found out in the yard, if it was stress over Roger leaving, or if he picked up some ‘bug’ somewhere (not that he’s been out gallivanting around), but his illness went on for days and days and days. I had to take him to the vet school last Wednesday for his second cancer vaccine and mentioned it to the vet who put him on an antibiotic. He’s finally stopped leaving me ‘evidence’ of his illness, but he still seems very tired.

On Monday morning on the way to work I noticed my car making a very loud, strange and definitely not normal chugging sound. The ‘service engine soon’ light hasn’t come on so I’m guessing it’s not an emergency…yet. I’ve found if I turn up the radio it drowns out a lot of the noise. I’m concerned that the music might be too loud. It doesn’t seem like my mini van is vibrating too much from the music, but I am keeping my eyes on the people in the cars around me to see if I’m getting any strange looks.

Jenifer finished her Coast Guard school in Yorktown, Virginia and is heading home. I’ve been talking to her as she’s driving. She spent last night outside of Atlanta and hopes to be here sometime tonight. I’m not so sure. It’s a long drive from Atlanta to College Station, Texas. She was hoping to get stationed in Baltimore, but where did they send here? Back to Port Arthur, Texas! She’s got a different station this time (there are several Coast Guard stations along the Texas coast). She’ll be working out of the Marine Safety Office inspecting ships coming through the Houston ship channel. I’m excited that she’s close to home again, but I don’t think she’s as thrilled about it as I am.

Michell is coming in on Monday evening. Her original plan was to come on Wednesday, and she moved it to Tuesday. Last week she decided that she was going to come on Monday instead. Next Friday the three of us are going to the Houston Quilt Show. I’m not sure if we’re going to Ikea early in the week. Michell had mentioned going several weeks ago.

Here’s a design for Christmas. I haven’t started any Christmas sewing. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me unless I’m rushing around and stressing. How do I do that? I wait to start anything until about two weeks before the big day. On the other hand, Debbie, my older sister, starts buying next year’s gifts right after Christmas. I think she has everything wrapped before Thanksgiving! I know for a fact that she’s lost a gift or two by stashing it away, say in July, and forgetting where she hid it when it comes time to wrap. 

Until next time!

Where have I been? Well, where to start? ‘Little girl’ got sick so we had to keep her isolated from the three boys, which wasn’t easy. The vet thought it was probably a bronchial infection, but because she came out of a Houston shelter it could possibly have been kennel cough or distemper. Hemi, the big boy, was also fighting an infection, which he’s had for several months. He was put on a stronger antibiotic, which made him feel so bad that he stopped eating. Roger and I have played nurse and nanny all this week. Both of them are both doing better, so hopefully everything will get back to normal. Unfortunately, we’ve decided that ‘little girl’ has no bloodhound in her. We think she may have beagle and german shepherd in her background. She’s going to move to an all breed foster home in Austin later this week for adoption to a new family. I hate to see her go…she’s so cute. I say that about almost every dog we foster, but we can’t keep them all, and I know that they go to a family that’s just perfect for them.

Roger and I are going to Oklahoma this coming weekend…a quick trip. If you remember, Michell is the head pastry chef for the Cancer Institute Hospital in Tulsa. She’s participating in Chefs for a Cure at a big food show this weekend, and the head chef has asked that all the chefs’ mothers to come. This way people can see where all these chefs got their inspiration to choose culinary arts as a career. I’m afraid they’re going to be disappointed in me. As you know, I just don’t cook. Oh, I made sure my girls ate healthy and didn’t go to bed hungry, but I’m afraid Michell only learned the basics from me. I have no signature dishes that make my girls say, ‘Boy, Mom’s a good cook!’

I got the new PE-Design 8 this weekend and played around with it this afternoon. Here’s a little ghost I did. You can download it and give it a try. I actually went into the shop to look at the new Brother Quattro. Not that I was planning on buying, but I’ve heard so much about it that I wanted to see what it was like. If any of you have one please let me know what you think of it. I’m planning on waiting for the second or third generation of these so some of the ‘bugs’ will be worked out before I buy. Unfortunately, the shop didn’t have any of the machines, but they had just received the new PE-Design on Friday. I haven’t tried all the new features, but I like what I’ve tried so far.

Until next time!

I’m back after a nice visit at home with Michell and Jenifer. They both left on Saturday…way too short a visit. We haven’t been together since Christmas, and with Jenifer leaving for Yorktown, Virginia, who knows when we’ll get together again. Michell’s planning a trip back at the end of October to go with me to the Houston Quilt Festival.

Michell came in on Tuesday and on Wednesday we drove over to Round Rock. We spent four hours at Ikea and only spent $30 each. You’d think for that much time we’d have a shopping cart full of goods. We spent another two hours at the outlet mall next to the Ikea. Jenifer came in Wednesday evening and for dinner we had banana splits. When they were younger I’d sometimes have banana splits for dinner when Roger was out of town. I didn’t do it very often but they remembered it while they were here.

Michell did some sewing while she was here. She made Amy Butler’s Frenchy bag, and then her and Jenifer decided to make an Amy Butler Stash & Dash bag. Michell made one for me at the same time she was making hers, while I helped Jenifer through each step. I made her do all the sewing, although Michell did sew the zipper in for her. Considering she’s never sewn before, Jenifer did a good job on her bag.

As for me, I made a couple of postcards last week. I made the birthday one for Jenifer, and I made five of the tomato ones to send to family members. I’ve started a denim rag quilt. I spent Sunday cutting up I don’t know how many pairs of Jenifer’s old jeans. Now I’m trying to decide if I want to back it with bandanna or flannel.

Until next time!

Both Michell and Jenifer are coming next week so I’m taking the week off from work. I’ve spent this week catching up and getting some projects done before I’m off.  I have a student that works for me, but I didn’t want to leave her with a ton of work to do. Summer finals are next week so I know she’ll need some time to study.

Michell comes in on Tuesday and Jenifer is coming on Wednesday. So far we’ve planned to make a trip to Round Rock to go visit the Ikea store and an outlet mall. I think there’s also a quilting store in Round Rock, and I know Michell will want to go, but we’ll have to really do some talking to get Jenifer to make the stop.

Roger leaves for Nashville tomorrow morning. He’ll be back next Thursday so he’ll get to see Michell and Jenifer before they leave on Saturday. I had thought of going with him, but decided to stay home this time. I had planned to get some painting done in the house, but with Michell and Jenifer have given me an excuse to put it off for a week or so.

I’m playing around with my digitizing software and did this little plaid heart. Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t really show that it actually does sew out as a plaid pattern. I’ve posted it in the download box so you can see for yourself how it sews. There are some features of my digitizing software that I haven’t worked with much, and I’ve decided I need to learn what I can do with them.

Until next time!


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