Archive for December, 2009

Time for a New Printer

December 28, 2009

It was very nice to see my family on Christmas and now it’s back to what passes for normal 😉 at my home. 

The last few days I spent researching printers.  My wonderful Epson Stylus Photot 2000P bit the dust.  The repairman said it needed new print heads – close to a $700 bill, my husband and I attempted to clean it ourselves and it didn’t work, so I reluctantly started doing research on new printers.  There are lots and lots of them out there. 

Reading printer reviews from a multitude of websites, asking for advice on various yahoo groups, and coming to a decision on what to purchase took me days.  I did not realize how much I rely on printing out information, then reading it, and comparing pros and cons on paper – instead of a computer screen. 

I resorted to drawing a cheat sheet for myself and filling in the columns for what I liked and disliked.  There are so many different types of ink now.   I knew I wanted either Durabrite or Ultrachrome ink as I like printing on fabric and these 2 inks have great durability, don’t smudge, and hold up well to washing.  I finally placed my order yesterday for an Epson R2880.  Hopefully, it will arrive before the end of the year, so I can spend New Year’s Day testing it.

My grandmother always said whatever you do on New Year’s Day is what you’ll enjoy doing for the rest of the year.  I always make sure to knit a little, sew a little, eat what I love, talk to everyone in my family, and kiss my husband a lot.  😉  Hopefully, I’ll be able to add print out lots of fabric on New Year’s Day to the list this year.

A little sewing was also accomplished yesterday.  We had the warmest day we’ll have in a long time – it was a whopping 40 – so I measured the bed in our new little RV so I could make a custom mattress pad for it.  That didn’t take long at all.  One of the cushions was brought inside so I can make custom covers for the 3 that are in the RV. 

After dealing with so many health challenges in 2009, we’ll take it out for the first time sometime in 2010.  It’s fun and exciting to get it ready for its first trip.  

Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year to one and all!!!



Christmas Eve

December 25, 2009

Christmas Eve was spent at my daughter’s and son-in-law’s home last night.  My husband and I picked up my Dad and we took a little side trip to see Lake Ontario so my daughter had a little extra time to get ready for us.  The lake was grey-blue and the skies overcast, but inside our Jeep we were chatting away, and warm and cosy from the heater.

As we approached my daugher’s and son-in-law’s home, the lights outside brightened the way.  Christmas lights bring such childlike joy and excitement to the season.   We enjoyed seeing them very much.

Inside was all light, laughter and warmth.  Their Christmas tree was beautiful:

It is covered with lots of ornaments I’ve made for her.  Plus ever since she was a baby, I’d purchase 2 special ornaments each year.  When she got older, we’d select the ornament together – one for our tree, and one put away for her when she had a home and tree of her own.  Each year as we decorate our own trees, the ornaments we’ve  purchased together brings back fond memories for us.  

We had a wonderful meal and I got to see my granddogs:

Reilly holds a special place in our hearts.  He’s a lovable 8 year old Golden Retriever and so loyal to my daughter.  Deisel – her 7 month old Samoyed – has grown so much.  He’s a free spirit and loves everybody, but my son-in-law is the one who gets up at 4 am to let him out every morning.  Thank heavens my son-in-law is a morning person.  Even though Deisel greets you with this wonderful smile:

I’d be hard pressed to be so cheerful that early in the morning.

Today is Christmas and we’ll be visiting with my Dad, and all the family who are here, to enjoy each other, eat some Italian cookies – my contribution will be homemade pizzelles – and to sing the night away. 

A very Merry Christmas to all who celebrate this special day.  Peace and happiness to one and all.


Ogden Art Group Meeting – December 2009

December 18, 2009

I’ve been very quiet lately as not much fiber activity is happening at the moment.  Instead, I’ve been cleaning and decorating the house for Christmas.  Anybody who knows me, knows that cleaning the house is at the bottom of my priority list.  Oh, the kitchen is usually clean, and I’ve never given anybody food poisioning, so my house is actually not all that bad most of the time, but my Dad made me laugh when he saw our living room.  It’s the first time in 2009 that the dining room table has been cleared off.  It could actually be used for dining.  LOL

Today was the Ogden Art Group meeting and we had a grand time.  We had lots of cookies to share with each other, and Pat kindly gave each of us a small gift wrapped Whittman candy sampler.  That was totally unexpected and very thoughtful of her to think of all us.

Lucy was working on some jewelry she’s making as a Christmas gift, so there are no pictures of that, but trust me, it’s beautiful.  She is a wonderful beader and creates the most elegant jewelry.  The gift recipient will be thrilled with this present.

She also brought a knit outfit she made for her grandchild:

I apologize for the bad picture.  I moved the camera when I clicked the shutter, so it’s pretty blurry, but it’s an adorable outfit.  The little booted leggings are so practical yet so pretty, and the top has a duplicate stitch heart embroidered in the center.   Her grandchild will styling big time when wearing that outfit.

Karen finished an art quilt started a few months ago:

If you go back to the September archives on my blog, you’ll see how this piece  was started when Pat was showing us how to weave fabric strips.  Karen added some spinning beaded areas and it will be included in the upcoming 2010 Rochester Arts and Cultural Center DeCadEnce Show.  My Flight of the Hummingbird quilt will also be included in that show. 

Pat finished her Egyptian vest, and I must have been on a sugar high from all the cookies, because I neglected to take a photo of it.  It was a beautiful vest and I’ll try to get a photo sometime in the future.

I brought some quilt blocks that I started a whole year ago.   This quilt was started a year ago, and while there are a few more blocks finished, I have no idea when this project will be completed. 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here.  It’s snowed a few times this week, and the house is all dressed up for the holidays.  I hope everyone is taking time to enjoy the beauty of the season.


Gerry’s Face DYB Block Finished

December 1, 2009

Happy December 1st!!!  This morning I woke up to the first snowfall of the season.  It was a lovely sight, and it’s even better now because it’s all melting.  LOL  Can you tell Spring, Summer and Fall are my preferences?

Gerry’s face was picked up by my mail carrier yesterday and here is a picture of the completed block:


I had a really rough time with this and should have emailed her about it because I really, really, really wanted to make that face into a saloon owner – ala Kitty from Gunsmoke.  Everything would have been red and gold, but Gerry requested we didn’t use red. 

Soooo, this is supposed to be a sophisticated old broad.  First I added a neck out of some leftover stretchy doll face fabric.  Then came the beaded necklace.  The camel coat was cut from part of a felted sweater, and the padded big white collar is a plush felt. 

Next came a veil for her face – to create an air of mystery.  The glove and hat are made from a tanned deerskin I’ve had for ages.  You can’t see it in the picture but each finger is outlined with thread.  The hat is embellished with feathers, metallic leaves and a big glass flower bead. 

I tatted an edging for the bottom seam out of Sulky 12 wt variegated cotton thread.  I love that thread for tatting and fine crochet work.  A dark green DMC cotton floss seam was next, with a small lace motif and another seam was embroidered with variegated DMC cotton floss.

Random cut beads were added to the next block.  It adds some sparkle and you can’t have enough sparklies in your life.

Some of my variegated hand dyed cotton thread was used for the next seam and I highlighted the textured swirls in the fabric for that block.  Gerry’s beloved dog Maggie passed away this summer, and I wanted to include a picture of her in this block.  Unfortunately, my printer decided to break, so the color is off.  That’s why I didn’t attach that frame with a lot of embroidery, because something tells me, Gerry will replace that photo with a better one and I wanted to make it easier for her to remove and replace the frame.

I hope Gerry will like this block and am looking forward to working on Debbie’s block.  It seems like we just started this Face DYB and Debbie’s block will be the last one in the rotation for me. 


The Last Days of November

December 1, 2009

Sunday November 22, 2009, I was one of five RAFA members to present a trunk show at the Schweinfurth Art Gallery in Auburn, NY.  It was quite an exciting day.  I don’t have any pictures as my husband got sick and didn’t stay for the show.  As he’s my official photographer, I lost the opportunity to personally document this happy occasion, but some of my fellow RAFA members were in the audience, so you can see pictures of the event at Priscilla Kibbee’s blog.

My husband and I also dog sat for my daughter last week.  She’s got a beautiful home, and we enjoyed caring for Reilly.  She gets HBO, Showtime, and lots of other premium cable channels, so we caught up with lots of movies while sitting in front of the fireplace, with Reilly by our feet.

Tuesday I got the orthotics from my podiatrist and headed out to shop before we went back for more movies.  All I can say is be really careful if you ever get these.  There is an adjustment period.   I bent over to get something from a bottom shelf at Kohls, and the next thing I knew I was on the floor.  There is nothing quite so embarrassing as tipping forward, then backward, and ending on your butt in the middle of a busy store.

My sit upon is still sore, my good knee got hurt, my bad knee got reinjured, and my ego was bruised.  Ice packs helped my knees, time will help my sit upon,  I’m back doing physical therapy, and I’m in a positive frame of mind.  I know physical therapy works, I don’t need pain medication, and Christmas is right around the corner. 

We had to cancel our Thanksgiving plans, but it was still a good day.  My daughter and son-in-law stopped by and visited.  It was so nice to see them and hear all about their recent vacation.  Then my husband made a simple supper, and we gave thanks for our family, the food on the table, and a warm home.