Saturday, May 31, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
A few days before that 4 people tied for the outside boarder earning them 10FQs each - leaving 286 fqs EACH for the other 8 main jackpot winners!!!!
It took us working together just under 2 hours to repack all the fabrics and package up and fill out those pesky little 3 ply shipping forms to each winner (NTS: next year, stop in and pick up blank ones and fill out at home before going in) all the while Olivia was the bestest baby in the whole wide world and her brother - quite the opposite. You would have thought I had strapped him into a straight jacket and he was trying with all his might to get out the whole time. And Nora was at preschool.
Tofield, AB CANADA
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I tilt my head forward just a tad little bit so the light hits it and like that cooking show guy says, "BAM!" there they all are!!! and the whites are not as noticeable when all my hair is pulled up in a pony tail!!! Just imagine it down and then looking into my part!
I know, I know, I can't believe I just showed the whole world on my blog my grey/white hairs up close! But what do I have to hide? After all everyone who knows me, knows I have grey hairs... and why not share it with all of you too? (so those of you next year in NH will recognize me)
OK, that was fun!... and I'll admit it, this entire post was staged!!!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Good news is – that yesterday, I remembered exactly where I had stored away "the box" my daddy brought to me of my mom's stuff when he visited last summer… and was able to quickly find it and brought it downstairs with me and was able to get a photo of it to show you. And even better news – I didn't smell anything! :)
The not so good news is – although the sewing isn't great – seam allowances different sizes… that it was MADE by MY MOM ;) and surprisingly not the "ugly" that I had remembered it being at all when I looked at it yesterday. So I am not gonna be able to donate it – I just can't let go of it and I am sure you will understand. Mom's been deceased since 1999 and I only have 3 of her quilts – this will be my 4th after I get it quilted.
....Oh and there was some ugly fabric in the box too – yards and yards. Here is one piece of the prettiest ugly… golden yellow and navy patchwork design. If you know of a blue/yellow heartstring it would work for I will donate as backing. Just let me know if you think you can use it…. There's roughly 4 yards of it.
And yes, Mary did understand :) as I knew she would. She replied with Sue Frank's address for me to mail the navy and golden yellow patchwork fabric to - I am glad that it will be put to good use... and knowing the variety of Heartstring quilts - there is probably and Blue & yellow quilt in the process of being made that this fabric will be perfect for :) I will also send the other large stash pieces that were in the box... and at that time take photos - I promise all of the other stuff is really UGLY!
So now it seams I have discovered a long lost treasure... my mom's Log Cabin. I wonder who she was making it for? (She gave all of her quilts away) I wonder how much larger she had planned to make it. I discovered a few more blocks in the box but not enough to continue the barn rising setting pattern... however the size that it is - is big enough for a picnic table. I wonder how come I didn't remember ever seeing her work on it - as I always helped her when quilting... was she secretly making it for me for one day??? Did she work on it after I was in bed? Questions I will never get to ask her...
And look at this other 4 yard piece that was in the box too... white with red, blue and gold plaid... Was this what she had planned to use as the backing perhaps? Or just another piece she had found on sale and had in her stash? I think even though the top doesn't have any golden yellow, this piece will work just fine as a backing!
See, I'm all about "cheap & easy" LOL
I wish I had thought to measure it yesterday… it's about the size of a picnic table top. Maybe a nice meander with stars would be just what it needs? Nothing fancy, just something..."cheap & easy" :P
Edited to add: I measured it and it is 43.5" x 73.5" (the blocks appear to finish at 7.5" each)
OH how I would SO LOVE to use it to watch fireworks on this year when we take our trip home to Kentucky… (sigh) David's aunt Connie's home is right on the lake and that's THE prime location to view the fireworks each year... not to mention that is where the party is :) and we get to see lots of family and friends!
However I doubt there is anyway I could find a longarmer this close! (sigh again!) I'd have to have it back to me before we left for Kentucky…June 28th... only 5 weeks away!
OH how I wish I had taken a closer observation of it last year when Daddy gave me the box… if I had noticed the quilts potential then I could have had it done by now!
Nevertheless, now I have something I have always wanted - a Log Cabin and Red White and Blue at that!!! And the most special part is that my mother made it! My stinky quilt isn't so ugly after all! Thanks Mom! :c)
Love from Texas! ~bonnie
The good news to share is that I am going to the 2009 Circle of Friends Retreat in New Hampshire next spring! :) It's the HGTV board members 3rd annual get together and I have never attended before! I am so excited and nervous about going - is that odd... me nervous!?!
Anyway, I thought I'd add a ticker - like the one I did on our family page for our trip to KY in July... I even found a cute fabric looking background to use and everything... only thing is that when I put it in my side bar it over lapped into my posts area and I played with the width - making it and the height smaller sizes but no luck... still overlapped and then the background got all wired blinking like crazy!
Then I thought.. OK, so it won't be in my side bar - I'll just make it at the top of this post...and announce that I am going to the retreat.... but when I copied over the code it gave me... I didn't get the ticker that I designed and created but this silly looking thing!! Not the correct date - or background. URGH!
the only thing ticking is me! I'm ticked at pyzam's ticker! :P
Here is the only darned thing I can get to show up!
had to remove - it showed up in the preview but then there was an error at posting and if i knew how to fix that then there woudln't be a problem, now would there?!@!?
at the bottom it said "until something happens???? that is suppose to say "Circle of Friends RETREAT - NH" and a nice background that looks like fabric!
Oh well! I tried! I so wish I knew more about this Html stuff... I really don't like my design of my web page at all... too much wasted space on the sides. and the part where my posts show up is too narrow.. and i have heard that if you change your template you loose all of your links...
is that ture??@?!!@! I better copy an dsave before changing!
Did anyone notice my new profile photo? I updated it tonight. No make up in the photo - but that is the real me these days... I really liked this "Mom & Me Moment" that day with Nora.
The old me pic with long straight hair in the black turtle neck was a photo from Christmas 2006 so it was time for an update :)
Tonight I actually had quite a few changes in my UFO list and current project lists... then stupidly hit the "back" button at the top and lost it all! I should have previewed and saved!!! I tried to update again but couldn't remember everything.... I will have to play with it again some more when time allows.
So now I have to start planning my "Mommy Vacation" that is what I am calling the Circle of Friends Retreat ;)
I have never been so excited and nervous all at the same time before!
I have never met any of my online friends before!
I have never been on a quilter's retreat before!
I have never been to New Hampshire before!
I have never spent this much money on something "just for me" before!
I have never been away from the twins before!
Did I mention I have never been this excited and nervous before?!
Love from Texas! ~bonnie
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
OK rather than spend time looking to see if or not I got it - just do it! :P I think this is my first ever blog meme tag!!
So thanks mttlr for the tag, I'll see if I can come up with an answer for each....
How it works: Scattergories: It's harder than it looks! Erase my answers, enter yours, tag 10 people, post it on your blog, then notify them, including the person who tagged you.
"Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following. They have to be real places, names, things.....nothing made up!
Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same first initial.
You cannot use your name for the boy/girl name question"
OK, let's begin:
What is your name: Bonnie
Four letter word: Best
TV Show: Boston Legal
City: Bowling Green
Boy's Name: Beaufort*
Girl's Name: Brianna
Something You Wear: Bra
Something Found in a Bathroom: Brush
Reason for Being Late: Baby pooped AGAIN as I was putting them into the car seat!
Something You Shout: no BITE! (I'm still nursing the twins)
**OK - that boy name, I am not sure on the spelling but my mom always told me that had I been born a boy that would have been my name! She had a "B" theme going on with Barry & Brian my brothers... and she would have named me after her favorite uncle! Thankfully I was born a girl and she named me after her mother!!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I tried to reply to your comment but your email is not set up... when I hit reply I noticed the email address was firstname.lastname@example.org and so I really don't know if you will ever check back in the comments or not... I decided to make a quick post about your request on how to make me a siggy block and the requirements.
Of course I'd love to have a siggy from you! Especially since you have been in both my noodle swap last year and this year's minis!! ;)
You can choose which ever you type of block would like to do and that is a great idea to include it in your next mini mailing to me! :) What fun it will be to open a swap package and get a nice hostess surprise inside!!!
First type: 6.5" Snowball Block easy peasy!
- use a 6.5" white or beige fabric for the center. This is where you will sign the center. I'd prefer your HGTV name, real name, city and state, using a pegma pen. ;)
- (be careful with WOW white on whites or TOT tan on tan as if it's a printed on design the fabric then your siggy pen won't absorb the ink in those areas.)
- then you cut four 2.5" squares (all the same or each different doesn't matter) and draw a diagonal on the back and put them in each corner and sew on that line and press. Don't worry about trimming, I'll do that later.
Second type: 12.5" Friendship Star Block also easy but a little more planning.
- the best way to give directions is to refer you to Monica Hohn's website where she has written directions for the Friendship Star Block.
- Where she has used blue as her background, please make yours scrappy - each a different medium to dark tone of fabric.
- Where she has used yellow as the star, please use either a white or cream fabric. And if you'd like for the light to all be the same or each piece different that is up to you :)
- In the center square of the star sign your HGTV name, real name and city and state with a pigma pen. Thanks!
Gotta run for now - 3:00 nap time here! Hope this was helpful.
Love from Texas! ~bonnie
Monday, May 19, 2008
OK, back to something quilty... the Fat Quarter Bingo!
Here is a little update - thank goodness the winners are not beating down my door demanding their jackpots! The game ended just before Mother's Day weekend.... on Wednesday 5/7 we had 8 players yell BINGO for a coverall card! Two winners in each of the four groups! :)
So over the weekend following the game I took a "rest" and enjoyed Mother's Day... then hello Daddy and Clara... so again the FQ's took back burner. I am keeping the winners updated and so far they all agree family is more important and know that I have a life. ;)
However this weekend, I pulled up from the emails correspondence their wish lists of color choices... - this was from the OUTSIDE BOARDER winners - there were 4 players who each won that category.....(one from each group)
Their prize for Outside Boarder on their card is 10 Fat Quarters..kind of like a runner up prize... last year was our first year to do this and it was a success! Everyone liked the idea of having another chance to win something...
However like last year, there are always a few players who assume we are playing "any 5 in a row" WHICH We have NEVER done - and will NEVER do... and email me with a premature bingo and I have to burst their bubbles. Unfortunately this year there were more than 2 dozen bubbles I had to burst!!$#((^$`#%??!
Which tells me that my rules need to be proof read and edited to make that clearer or that these players didn't at all read them to begin with. (I think the latter)
anyway enough of that - back to the Bingo...as i was sorting them I got to do some stash shoppin' as I call it. :)
I sat aside black/white fabrics.
I sat aside 1930 fabrics.
I sat aside red fabrics.
I sat aside large florals.
I sat aside batiks.
I sat aside bright fabrics.
I sat aside shabby chick fabrics.
......or rather what I thought might be considered shabby chick as I have really no clue as to what that means?? It's like saying to a painter I want a taupe bedroom and him rolling his eyes as he tells you in reply, "Woman, there are 100 different taupe's" (actually I had that happen to me once when we built our home in SC)
So, do these look Shabby Chick to you? Guess I'll find out when I send Irish an email with the pic for her to pick out 10 for herself.... worst case she'll tell me no these are not shabby and give me a description on what she is looking for.
Will post photos of the other fabrics later another day... I am tired now and ready to go upstairs to bed. Posting several posts all in one sitting, both here and on Minor Happenings my family blog has worn me out tonigh. :c) Gonna go close out after my next post over there... or at least save it. Photos are taking too long to upload tonight.
'nite and Love from Texas! ~bonnie
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Aaak! Talk about a Surprise! I was thrilled that they were coming and on the way, but HELLL-LOOOOW couldn't I have had at least a few days notice to prepare... over a weekend perhaps? Jackson, MS is only a few hours from here and sure enough they arrived in about 4.5 hours. :P
Well, I guess technically I did have a warning.. for the past few weeks when I talked to them on the phone, they have been telling me that they were itching to come see the kids... and told me of their busy schedules of coming and goings.... and said that there was no way they could come before the 10th...
so I knew NOT to expect them before the 10th... but to show up on the 12! boy they were not foolin! :cP
They didn't stay the whole week - just arrived Monday afternoon after driving a full 16 hours... and then went back the same way Thursday/Friday... we said our good byes at bedtime Thursday and I joked that I may bump into them on their way out as they planned to get up between 1-2am and leave.
.....and wouldn't you know it, Paul Thomas cried out around 1:05am and as I was going to his room I noticed the light on under the door of the guest bathroom... and as I held him rocking him back to sleep I heard them leaving. I regretted not getting to tell them one last time "love you, bye, have a safe drive..." so I spent the next 30-45 minutes praying for them as I tried to get Paul Thomas back to sleep.
What a wonderful couple they are and how very grateful I am for each of them and what they mean to me!!! I am so glad that they have one another. They sure are very happy together and love one another very much.
The next time we see them will be when we go home for the 4th of July. :)
Love from Texas!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
....and I'm pretty sure they have given up on seeing my hair fixed in anything other than a pony tail... at least while Paul Thomas is still at the holding stage. Maybe one of these days I will surprise them and do pigtails! LOL :P
More and more brown is falling out and brad new shiny wirey GREY ones are goring in! :P I wonder how fast/slow this process will take? My mom was completely WHITE HEADED not grey... WHITE (like cool whip white) all of my life. Which for a kid lost in K-mart it made her pretty easy to spot above the clothes racks. :c)
She had me at age 38. I will soon be 34 in July and I can't imagine being all white in just a matter of 4 years! YIKES! :P
And if my mother were still living she would die if she knew that since moving to the armpit of America, uham, I mean South East Texas, make up is optional for me... very OPTIONAL! She "put on her face" every day of her life within an hour or so after getting out of bed.
I think I was the only 7th grader in my school who's mom wanted them to wear make up and there's no telling how many times she told me to "go put on more blush b/c I looked too washed out" while my father had just 2 seconds before told me to go wipe some of my make up off before leaving the house... so what did I do? Walk to the hallway, out of site, count to about 50 or 60 then reappear and everyone was happy.... except me.
NTS (note to self)..........gotta figure out those fancy smancy signature lines one of these days...
Monday, May 12, 2008
Take a look at what arrived in the mail (5/3/08). Here's a pic of my first evah blog give-a-way winnings!!! A few weeks ago on Pat Sloan's Blog she asked what everyone carries in their purse or pockets... and I made a reply. The next day she told me that her husband drew the winners and I was one of two lucky people! ;) I was so surprised, b/c most of the time when I get the time to read a blog, by the time I get to the give-a-way part..... it has already come and went. ;P but not this time.
She mailed me pieces form her scrap bag of her newest fabric line along with two applique patterns and a flyer promoting her new web page I Can't Believe I'm Quilting where you can download online class videos. It's pretty neat and I would have never known it existed had she not sent me the flyer. ;)
So my question for you today:
Have you ever won anything in a blog-give-away? or have you ever held a blog-give-away? or thinking of doing so?? I know I don't get much traffic here on my site - being as I'm not in any rings or anything, but I sure bet that if I went thru my sewing room and cleaned out I could come up with some variety of stuff to give away... maybe one of these days...?
and by the way, for the people who celebrate their 100th post and such.. how in the world do you know it's your 100th? do you count them???
Love from Texas!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Would you rather have meatloaf at home tonight (that has been frozen for almost a year)
Go to Crazy Jose’s for Cinco de Mayo? (and we have a coupon to use) after all it only comes once a year…. :c)
His reply back to me
I am wondering what you want to do? :)
Sounds OK to me.
My reply back to him
Well if we do the Crazy Jose’s then it would all depend on you being home around 5:30 and leaving soon after so that we don’t have to wait for a table and also get home at a decent time to start the babies’ bed time routine… I think it may be more crowded tonight b/c it is 5/5 and everyone will be in the mood for Mexican… but we should be OK if we arrive before the dinner rush at 6pm.
so I guess it will all depend on if or not he can be home early tonight. :)
Here's wishing you a happy Cinco de mayo!
Love from Texas! ~bonnie
Friday, May 2, 2008
why do I even bother blogging??? I don't' get much quilting done these days... remember my Friendship Star blocks laid out on the guest bed from February ??? still there!
how come I can't make a commitment to blogging more often? I mean, I take the time to read my favorites every day as the kids play... why not commit to posting a little someitsommin before looking around blog land. ((this is my goal that I can't seem to get into action))
when I first stared this blog - it was way back when... WHEN Nora ACTUALLY took a nap everyday! that seems like ages ago! oh how I wish for that time again.... I use to get a "break" each day to look forward to. BUT NOT ANYMORE!Nora quit napping on me last year, and now the twins are here..
Olivia and Paul Thomas do nap, but hardly ever at the same time! urgh! :(
By the way, I should brag on Olivia here - she is the perfect napper/sleeper!!! Her naps are like clockwork, and long! and she has been sleeping all night since her 8th week!..........on the other hand, her brother is the exact opposite! Terrible napper! 20 minutes after you put him down, he is awake!! - and night time *!#%&&*#$% I have long forgotten what uninterrupted sleep is - it's been over a year since I slept for over 4 hours at a time! well, on Valentines' he did sleep all night for the 1st time.. aaaahhh how sweet ;) But he can't really help it, he has breathing troubles and we are looking forward to his first Birthday so that he can have his adenoids removed.
OK, so back to thinking......should I rename my blog? I don't really get to post during nap times anymore..? and if so, what shall I call it?
something to do with bingo? since my nickname is bingo bonnie and that is in the address line?
do I want to begin sharing more of my hostess activities from the HGTV quilter's board? That may be good. then swappers could tune in here for updates and photos.. they love photos!
speaking of HGTV board - we are on DAY 32 of the Fat Quarter Bingo!!! four groups of players are sitting on pins and needles!!! ((Pun intended hardy-har-HAR!)).........I crack my self up! :) We should have a blackout/cover all winner any day now... I'm calling 2 numbers each day.
and as of Tonight - Aaaa..ALLELUIA!!! My mini 9 patch Round 1 is completely swappitty, swap, SWAPPED!
Tonight around 11:45pm I FINISHED! all that is left is taping them all shut... but first I have to make a trip to the store as I always add a little something "extra" to all of my swappers packages. I like to be a fun hostess :)
and speaking of that swap - IT kicked my hostess BUT all over and then some!! I have never tackled anything so challenging! I have swapped noodles before (before twins) and that was always fun.. but this was different. Mainly b/c it was so large and also b/c this time I had more life interruptions and could just spend 3 days and be done.... plus there was the bingo going on too and all the packages arriving at the same time! I think round two will be better. :)
as far as my hostess experience goes -I am so glad i had some experience under my belt. With the noodles I use to host - my largest month of noodles I had 28 swappers send in 166 sets for a total of 996 noodles. That was when we did the Black/White theme.
.....I can't believe I don't have a black/white noodle photo to show you... sorry. I use to take photos of all of them laid out... but can't find where I saved that - that was last year...
well for ROUND 1 of our mini 9 patches (finish at 3") we had 50 participants sign up... but only 36 followed thru to swap (thank goodness!!!) b/c those 36 swappers sent in:
192 sets of 10/set blue mini 9 patches = 1920 blocks!!!
169 sets of 10/set BROWN mini 9 patches = 1690 blocks!!!
I'll do the math for you - that is 3610 blocks to swap out!!!!
I just for got to keep up with the hours, but if I had to guesstimate - I'd say I spent close to 18 hours collectively. On and off and on and off again... over the past month.
and I'll spare everyone the details of all the problems that occurred this month during my swapping... oh the stress! like i need more grey hairs...
but in the end it all worked out! :c) and I'm betting I get some return swappers again for Round 2 in June. We're doing it quarterly... currently, sign ups are closed at 35 swappers - but, I am taking names for wait list only......(((what was I thinking when I originally let the sign ups go to 50 people!!?^%$%&??)))
oh did I say June, yes June is the next deadline!!!! I better make announcement to my group that I plan to be on vacation to Kentucky for the 4th of July... so I will not be able to begin the swapping until after we return from our trip! note to self - tell them tomorrow!
I wonder if everyone will mail earlier? I wonder how many "super swappers" I'll have again...? (people who send in 100 blocks of each color)
WHEW! I'm just glad Round 1 is over and you can bet that I'll be skipping off to the post office either tomorrow **if my Best Friend can keep the kidos for me** or on Saturday for sure as I can leave all the kids at home with David while I go BY MYSELF! and I will have to treat myself to Dairy Queen to celebrate!
oh how I love ice cream -but that is a whole 'nother post! ;)
well, I guess that is about all for now - and I will leave you with a video at the bottom. I took it today just before time to leave to go pick up Nora from Preschool. The babies were at the dining room gate while I was in there working on the swap.
I know it is fun for you all to hear me as much as the babies - my accent? - grew up in Kentucky ;) Oh and Paul Thomas took his "FIRST STEPS" last night - not seen in this video but I wanted to share ;)
Thanks for letting me think out loud ;)
Love from Texas! ~bonnie