Saturday, June 28, 2008
or "What I did yesterday"
I'm, once again, seriously contemplating keeping this one, but how many table runners does one person need? The pink is just tugging at my heartstrings.
I'm especially happy with the contrasting quilting on the brown fabric.
In my Etsy store right now. SOLD!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It's summer. My whole routine is out of whack. Last week was just a flurry of activity which included the last day of school BBQ, a whole day of quilt shop hopping, and getting estimates for the kitchen redo.
I've just had 2 cups of coffee for the first time in weeks, so excuse the scatteredness of this post.
I thought I'd just post a bunch of pictures today.
My kitty's (on) a tramp.
Yes, we're STILL working on the fireplace.
Remember before? (Probably not, since that was MARCH!)
I have a slight obsession with neatly trimmed shrubs.
The mess is a pain to to clean up.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I made something yesterday. It's a minor miracle. I really, really like it.
I call it Citrus Punch. It measures 16½"x48" and it's going straight to my Etsy shop before I change my mind and leave it on the kitchen table.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Yesterday, the hubby and I went cooktop and cabinet shopping. Exhausting, I tell you. We're thinking of redoing the kitchen cabinets and we REALLY need a new cooktop, but it's a little scary to think about the cost of all of this. I have two little door samples sitting on the kitchen counter and I'm not totally in love with either one. What would the cabinets in your dream kitchen look like?
On a brighter note, I ordered some fabric for my Baby Jane quilt online. The teardrop fabric is so I can redo a block I messed up completely but it used up all the fabric I had. The others were experimental because I was doubtful about being able to match colors accurately online. I haven't checked them against my others yet, but they actually look like they might match.
These Midwest Modern fabrics are courtesy of Kathy at Pink by Post. She still has a few Stack Packs if you want to go grab your own.
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Monday, June 9, 2008
Yes, that's what it is around here. They're forecasting 6-12" of snow in the passes!
On a happier note, I received my wonderful swap buttons from Michelle. For more button photos, do visit the Flickr group.
My dogwood doesn't seem to realize that winter's still here. So pretty!
We're empty-nesters this week. It's going to be very, very strange. I'm planning on getting some things done, including painting the new fireplace mantel (remember?), which will be the final step in the project. Next we're moving on to the kitchen. This will be a little more of a costly project, I'm afraid.
Friday, June 6, 2008
It's rainy and miserable. But here's a photo of the pot of mint that's waiting for Mojito's
if when the sun comes out again.
Yesterday I paid $4.31 a gallon to fill up my car. It's ridiculous!
Our gas bill for May was, however, only $125 compared to $183 in March and $223 in April. It'll probably be higher in June because gas prices have gone up by almost a dollar a gallon, but I think we're doing pretty well.
I will list a couple of things we do. I'm aware that not everyone has the options available to us but maybe one or two of these will help.
This is by far the biggest fuel saver.
Currently it costs about 50c a mile to drive my car, excluding depreciation and car payments. There are some good stats for car ownership costs here. To calculate your cost per mile in fuel only the formula is as follows: (Price per gallon of fuel) / (Avg. mpg)
I have a list with columns for Home Depot, Costco, Trader Joe's, the fabric store (of course), etc. - all the stores I visit regularly. When a need comes up, I (1) ask myself if it's urgent, (2) if not, write it down on the list. When the lists gets pretty long or I have to get something NOW (like fabric), I visit the stores all in one trip.
Keep your tires inflated correctly
Every pound-per-inch under the manufacturer's recommendation for your tires loses you one mile per gallon per fill-up. Really.
Drive like an old lady (almost)
Don't pull away from the traffic light like Jeff Gordon at the start of a Nascar race. Don't race the guy next to you to try and get to the lane merge first.
DON'T, however, do 30mph in the 45mph zone or 40mph in the fast lane on the freeway. That would be taking it over the top.
Shop around for gas
Gasbuddy.com will give you up to date gas prices for stations in your area. Don't make a special trip out of your way for cheaper gas, but if you're in the neighborhood of a cheaper gas station while running your errands, it may be an option. Prices around here differ up to 25c a gallon, which, in my car is about $4 a fill-up. Nothing to sneeze at.
I am picky about where I fill up because I fully believe that I get better gas mileage at Shell, Chevron, or 76 than at ARCO, for instance.
Use public transportation
Here we are lucky. The public transport system is great. My husband has always taken the bus to work and his company pays for the bus pass. It takes longer, but allows him to get some work done, reduces the stress of sitting in traffic, and saves gas and parking.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
If anyone out there has a little bit of extra Summer they don't need, please send it this way. Yesterday it barely made it to 60. Today we're celebrating the fact that it may get to 65! Tomorrow's forecast is 58 degrees. Just awful, I tell you!
On a brighter note, on Thursday Chara and I sewed up a storm over here. She made a log cabin pillow cover which I'm sure she'll share soon. I started a new project that's been brewing in my mind for a little while.
Aurora and Jo got along famously.
Chara worked on a project from her quilting class.
And her pillow cover.
A lot of scraps were generated.
We were so busy, the camera had a hard time keeping up.