Who’d a thunk

that taking a photo to go with a quilt pattern would be so much of a ta do! 🙂  Seriously, they really don’t need to put my photo with it, I wouldn’t mind at all.  But after taking some myself – running back and forth from setting timer on camera to chair – and not getting decent ones, taking some at the office where it was too dark and still glare on the glasses, having a friend take some outside (and my hair sticking out and looking just plain bad), I decided to try once more after I colored my hair.  

So dried my hair, put on a little makeup and jewelry, changed clothes (well you can’t see the ratty cut off sweatpants I have on) LOL and I’m sure you will love my “photo studio.”   🙂

If you don’t have a camera tripod, I can rent you for a very nominal fee my hi-tech set up complete with the empty cardboard box and 5 hardcover books piled on top.  You may need to make adjustments if your bathroom counter is not as high as mine.

Yes I said bathroom… doesn’t your bathroom have the best lighting in it?  Mine does – everywhere else causes shadows or an off color cast.

I tossed a quilt over the shower curtain since I didn’t think my stripey shower curtain sticking out the bottom there would work too well – put the chair in there  – clearly when they put the toilet in they were not contemplating it being used as a photo studio since the toilet was just not in the right place to use for photo taking  (chair is not included in rental of box and book camera height adjuster package – it belonged to my great grandmother.  I could even have invited a friend since it’s a “two seater studio” with the chair in there.  So after many tries setting the timer, get back in chair, check photo, made adjustments and repeat, this is a photo that I don’t actually hate.  🙂   WHEW!

Which will end up getting cropped down to probably this

so I can now return to taking photos of quilts and knitting — much easier!! 🙂


Does she or doesn’t she?

Remember that old hair color commercial where they said that (at least I think it was hair dye) in any event, that’s what I’m doing at the moment.  Good thing there’s no web cam to see my dye laden hair piled on top of my head at the moment – a lovely sight I’m sure.  After I permed it last week, the gray was even more apparent (tho a couple of the gals at work thought it was highlighing I had done) ROFLOL.    So I’m squinting at the computer at the moment without my glasses.

The rest of today didn’t exactly go as planned.  I wanted to hit the sewing room and get the rest of the Pinwheel Poseys done.  I did go in the sewing room but I opened up EQ because I needed to come up with a project for The Quilting Post (an online group) to do in celebration of our 12th birthday — 12 years since the list was created by a friend which led to not only friendships on line but great quilting retreats to meet in person and solidify some of those friendships for life.   So I puttered and putzed with different ideas, discarded them, saved a few for later that weren’t what I wanted for this project.  Switched borders, recolored, switched more borders …. hours went by and no sewing was done and I had missed lunch and it was heading past dinner time too.  🙂   But in the end I came up with a design.  Whew!

Then finally some dinner and now the hair dyeing which I had planned to do much earlier in the day.  Good thing it’s a three day weekend so I can still get some of the stuff done I wanted to do!  Boring stuff – like a couple loads of laundry – did get done.  So tonight, top of my list is getting the binding hand stitched on the cupcake quilt for the auction so I can get both quilts delivered since the auction is just a couple weeks away.  Then probably back to the first shawl I was knitting and vegging in front of the tv — with plans to get in the sewing room and sew tomorrow!

Stashbusting and Peer Pressure

No, the peer pressure has nothing to do with the stashbusting.  I’ve used a couple yards of fabric this week but will wait to figure out the totals when the Pinwheel Poseys top is done – which may be today if I get in gear here.  I was at the quilt shop yesterday but only because I was shopping for some quilty goodies for a friend who has a birthday in June.   And other than what I got for her, my only other purchase was a new Pigma Pen so I did good.

While making the Pinwheel Poseys, there are a couple seams where you sew a square on the diagonal, and then flip it open to create a 45 degree corner – if I sew an extra seamline before cutting off the excess pieces, I get left over HSTs about 2-1/4″ or so once they are squared up.  It’s a bit slower going sewing all those extra seams but well worth it.  I’ve made 8 posey blocks so far and look at all the leftover HSTs I got from them.

And there’s still some that haven’t been added in with this and more to make.  Don’t know how I’ll lay them out in the end but they will be fun to play with.

As for the peer pressure — I have sucumbed —yarn store sales add peer pressure — the worst kind!!  I have been resisting and resisting but I was looking to find a simple cardigan pattern to make for my Mom and settled on this one.  Then the peer presure came into play – opening the Webs sale email.  Their yarns sometimes have excellent sale prices where bargains abound.  And yes, I found a cotton/silk blend that I loved (and since she’s in Arizona should be a good choice) on sale.

It’s this yarn – color # 48 is what I got.  Hopefully it will knit up as pretty as I picture it in my mind. 🙂  I think it will be my project to take along to knit on when they come to visit and we head to a Northwoods cabin for a week or so.  And while I was at it, they had some lovely colored Poems sock yarn on sale – bright multicolored so I felt “pressured” into getting a couple of those.  Don’t know that they will end up as socks tho – I’m thinking scarfs with those perhaps.   I have now put the credit card away!! but oh I can’t wait to get those new yarns!

I finished the purple shawl I was crocheting and hmmmm – that bulky chenile like yarn weighs a ton when it’s crocheted into a nice long shawl so it’s got me wondering if the intended recipient will really like it.  It is lovely and so soft and would be great to snuggle in on the couch on a winter evening while watching tv but definitely not the light and airy type shawl you’d wear while out and about.  Lots of tails to bury and I want to add some fringe to the edges yet but not bad taking a project from start to near finished in just 4 days. 🙂