Sunday, February 2, 2014

double you E eye are dee

none of that luck stuff worked this time...

 so it is official and i am, truly, just weird...

sigh...

this morning i got up early so i could read Kim's tutorial on making roses...

and i DID make a rose...
is that just a big blob of orange on a blue background or is it supposed to actually BE something?

but i did a mediocre job of following Kim's excellent instructions and my big blob of orange is not a reflection on her... 

i should have paid more attention in class, lemmtellya...

i tried turning it upside down...
not an improvement, is it?!?

maybe i just need to trim it a bit more... 

or give up and go to bed...


Every game I've ever played, regardless if it was pre-season or Super Bowl, meant the same to me, and I laid it all on the line.
Brett Favre, former Green Bay Packers quarterback

ready freddy

okay ... it is
Super Bowl Game Day...

the Denver Broncos (woo hootie hoo!!!
versus 
the Seattle Seagulls ... or is it the Seahawks (who?!?)

no bias here - we're Equal Opportunity Bronco fans

and it is time to take inventory...

order the pizza - check
turn on the doorbell so you can hear the pizza guy when he comes - check
get the money ready to pay the pizza guy (seriously?!? FORTY BUCKS?!? when did pizza get so doggone expensive?!?) - check
lucky can of Orange Crush - check
lucky orange plaid jammy bottoms - check
lucky printed slightly off-center grey Bronco t-shirt - check
make sure i'm not wearing anything that is green - check
those Circus Peanuts hafta be gone before the 2-minute warning of the last quarter or all will be lost
lucky quilt - check
lucky socks - check
lucky Circus Peanuts - check

and i'm ready for some FOOTBALL!!!

It's only weird if it doesn't work.
Bud Light

good gawd, i hope this works cuz otherwise i'll just be WEIRD!!!

Friday, January 31, 2014

pineapple express

we're being hit with another snow storm...

 one of my favorite weather guys (he is only wrong 95% of the time, instead of 99%) says this one is straight from Hawaii...

 he called it the Pineapple Express...
 snow, snow, go away!!!
that's how much was waiting for us this morning... 

it's supposed to start snowing again in just a little bit... 

but that's okay cuz i have been fortified with...
i used to hate oatmeal ... now i lurve it ... all it needed was a BUNCH of brown sugar and some sliced apple and craisins ... who knew?!?

my morning bowl of oatmeal lovingly made by Auntia in my very favorite pineapple bowl!!!

 and i intend to stay hunkered down under the quilt that my bowl is sitting upon till it is time to shovel again...


I wish we could just go nowhere...
Saul Silver

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

another snow post

but not the kind of snow that means you get to stay home and eat chocolate chip cookies fresh outta the oven whist sipping sumpin sumpin in your favorite mug... 

nope ... this one is about more snowflakes that i don't have to shovel...
crocheted snowflake afghan - done

i've wanted to make this afghan for YEARS ... i first saw it in a Herrschner's catalog, sold as a kit ... i am not good with kits - especially kits that are made up of yarn with dye lots - because i ALWAYS run outta yarn ... eventually they sold the pattern, along with eleven other patterns in a calendar format, which i DID buy ... and when it arrived, Auntia fell in love with a sunflower afghan pattern in the same calendar and...

well... 

i forgot all about the snowflakes...
  
fast forward a couple (or five) years ... i was going through the Great Pile of Stuff and found the calendar again ... and remembered how much i wanted to make the snowflake afghan ... i ordered the yarn and, after reading through the snowflake part of the pattern, started crocheting snowflakes... 

thirty of them...

they were fun to make - but something seemed wrong ... it wasn't till i had to make the first blue background block that i realized the pattern's snowflakes are octagons and not hexagons ... i dunno why i didn't notice it before ... i kept making the blue blocks, and getting more and more bothered by how wrong it was to have eight-sided snowflakes ... and, seriously, if i hadn't spent so doggone much money on the yarn, i think i might have just bagged it all up and left it out for the neighborhood cats... 

but it's done now... 

and it STILL bothers me... 

so i gave it to Auntia...


I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
Mae West

Sunday, January 19, 2014

dear broncos




Keep Calm
and 
Hurry Hurry







Omaha! Omaha!
Peyton Manning

Monday, December 30, 2013

snowflakes?!? seriously?!?

it's my own doggone fault ... i just HAD to ask...
Auntia, what do you think of this fabric for your outer border?
MORE plaid and snowflakes - what's not to like?!?
ooooo!!!! i LOVE it!!!!

'kay ... so what would you want in the corners cuz we all know i am NOT up to matching plaids in mitered corners?

do you really have to ask?!? i want SNOWFLAKES!!!

urk!!! no, seriously - do you want some more snowball blocks? or maybe some bow tie blocks? or how about dog bones* or water bowls*?!?

nope - i want snowflakes!!!

groan...
five hours and a LOT of bad words later...
MacDubh seems to approve
now i just have to make three more...
oh well, at least when they pile up i won't have to shovel them...

*dog bones and water bowls were EXCELLENT ideas, by the way!!! and bag pipes - oh my gosh - that would be awesome, huh?!? Amy, you get me into a lotta trouble!!! i have ordered the bag pipe pattern from Heleen Pinkster - but i am NOT gonna make it for anyone other than dianne!!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

what next?!?

searching the www (does that date me?!?) for just the right linen calendar tea towels for medallion quilts was fun except for the loss of dozens of hours of sleep whilst entering just one more key phrase... 
and when i found this one...
1986 - it was a VERY good year ... not really ... but i DID get to meet Auntia for the first time In This Life and that has proven to be an INTERESTING experience

i was really, really excited cuz it was not only the right year, but the right EVERYTHING for Auntia - she lurves plaid and she lurves scottie dogs and she lurves red and black and green ... i thought it was gonna be a slam dunk ... till it arrived and i realized that planning a largish (Auntia said she wanted a table runner - but i scoffed that away with a loud, "pish on that!!!") quilt around a too long (26"), too narrow (8"), little bitty center was gonna be a problem for me ... let's face it, i'm not all that inspired ... after waiting months and months and months for inspiration, i finally decided to just start making some blocks that i hoped might knew would find a place somewhere...

i knew i wanted to incorporate bigger scottie dogs with plaid bows... 
 paper-pieced scottie dogs ... not much fun to piece, lemmetellya
and that those dogs would need some balls to chase...
snowball blocks - also paper-pieced ... i was gonna use the flipped corner method and let the balls bounce where they may, but Auntia thought that i oughta make them the hard right way

and then i took a few deep breaths and trimmed away the edges of the towel, added some cream-on-cream borders and came up with this...
hmmmmm...
and found myself asking for the umpteenth time what next?!?

i said it out loud... 

and often... 

till Auntia said something about more plaid did i mention that she lurves plaid? and i added this...
 is THAT enough plaid?!?

the flimsy was getting too big for me to take a picture of all of it... 

Auntia to the rescue...
she was saying TA DA!!! 
and i was saying GET OFF OF THAT CHAIR!!! YOU ARE GONNA BREAK YOUR NECK!!!

never a dull moment around here... 

right... 

i thought i had a plan for the outer (and FINAL) border ... plaid bow tie blocks with black backgrounds ... so i made a practice block, but it looked too icky to even bother taking a picture ... and then i thought that a red ribbon/black background border with bow blocks in the corners would look kinda cool ... i found a paper-pieced bow pattern and made a practice bow with scraps...
It's not about what it is. It's about what it can become.
Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

and thought that i had a winner ... till i showed it to Auntia, explaining that it was just a practice bow and the REAL bows would be red with black...

know what she said?!?

it ... uhm ... it looks like the Lorax

 now i can't look at a bow block without seeing the Lorax...

and here i sit, waiting again for inspiration...
what next?!?

i guess i could go searching for more linen calendar tea towels...

uhm ... no!!!

“But now," says the Once-ler, "now that you're here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” 
Dr. SeussThe Lorax