Saturday, January 31, 2009
I'm preparing a neat giveaway for February, as well, so look for that post in the next few days! This giveaway business gets addictive!
In other news, I am fighting off a nasty cold and I promise NOT to sew the winner's apron until the cold is gone - no need to be an apron wielding "Typhoid Mary" of the common cold, is there? :) Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Then I used some old, leftover fabric from another project to make fabric linings:
The fabric scraps will go in my scrap bin, and eventually into a quilt. The scraps that are too small to quilt with are already in the worm compost bin, because worms will eat fabric. Ergo, no waste in this project!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
The only problem I had is that I kept feeling like I had to guide the fabric, and it's really better to let the feed dogs do the work. Still, not bad for a non-seamstress, eh? So, the winner of the apron giveaway can expect decorative stitching on her apron!
Second, I converted the green apron into a harvest apron. Almost daily (especially when the garden's in) I find myself outside, gathering things to bring inside. Invariably I don't have any way to carry those things, so I wind up rolling them up in my shirt or stuffing them in pockets 'til I can make it back to the house.
Here (above, left) I've created pockets at the bottom of the apron. And that is me (my son does not have a feminine shape!) modeling the apron, just to be clear. You can see that there is ample length left in the body of the apron to allow it to be used as a cooking apron, as well. Note the decorative stitching at the top? Hehehe - I've gone overboard, I tell ya!
I think I will add buttons and loops to the pockets, as well, to make sure heavy items stay put. I just have to find a couple of buttons that speak to me and look like they want to live on this apron.
Now I'm looking at quilt patterns... I know, I know - studying! But all work and no play makes for a very whiny Terri!
Well, this morning something made me start thinking about Terri and how hard she's been working and one thing and another led my thoughts down the path of things Terri wished she had - secretly!
Here is goes, the five things Terri wishes she had, but would never admit....
First - is Fabio - because what Terri needs is another man around the house who does absolutely nothing! Fabio will come with amazing hair products which Terri loves and he won't result in any additional laundry, because he rarely wears any. He won't cause any jealousy among the other male folk because a man this good lookin' is rarely interested in anything but a mirror, and a fan, on high, to make his hair sweep back at all times.
The second item Terri wants is a monster truck - you know a little grocery getter! Terri recently bought a new truck - a Subaru - but the entire time she was dreaming Big Foot!
She could haul Fabio around in the back of this baby and his hair would be guaranteed to fly!
The third item Terri wishes she had was her sun room finished in these colors. Yes Terri loves bright outlandish colors but no one else in her life appreciates her color style so she hides her color fetish inside a little dark box, deep within her soul - so the sun room - when finished will look something like this....if Terri opens the color box....
Won't Fabio look cool lounging on the couch in front of the fan?
The fourth item Terri wishes she had was a really steep driveway, because what Terri would love to do is zoom down a really steep hill everyday, in her monster truck, with Fabio in the back, hair flying...here's what her dream driveway looks like! The only thing that would make this steep road better, is if it was snow covered - because there's nothing Terri secretly loves better than to drive at top speed down a steep curvy, snow covered road, with Fabio in the back of her monster truck, hair swept back of course!
And finally, the final item Terri secretly wishes she had - it's this!
Yes, Terri wants a huge statue of King Kamehameha in her yard - right outside her sun room, so she and Fabio can gaze upon it sitting beside the fan....Nothing depicts Terri's style more appropriately than a huge man in a loin cloth, on a pedestal right in her very own yard! Don't you wish you had one too?????
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I am not the most adept seamstress around, but I am reasonably happy with the way these turned out. They are simple half-aprons, made largely from this tutorial Diamonds, Fur & Laundry 15 Minute Apron, although I did make a couple of adaptations to the pattern. For one, I wanted pleats, so I added those to the top of the apron before I put the waistband in place. For another, I wanted longer ties (so that anyone could use these aprons), so I used more fabric there. Still, I learned a few things on these and I think it will be relatively easy to make a third apron, and I have enough fabric to make one more whole apron.
So, to you, my bloggy friends, I am making this offer: I will give away a third apron, just like the two shown above. You can select either the green or the pink fabric, and if you want a trim other than the brown I've used you can tell me, and I'll try to find fabric in that color. I'll use a random drawing to select the winner.
To enter, simply comment on this post. You can get a second entry by checking out Melissa's paint colors and commenting on that post (anyone who's already done that who adds a comment here will get both entries). You can get three more entries if you link to this post on your blog (but let me know you've done that in the comments, please!). So, you could potentially have five entries in the drawing. I'll draw a winner on February 1st, to give people ample time to comment.
My disclaimer is, however, that I am not a professional seamstress. This is a handmade apron and it will look like a handmade apron. However, it will keep your clothes free of flour and such when you bake, and it is made of some pretty cute fabric. So, if you need another apron in your life, feel free to leave a comment!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Should I hide the chickens? Everybody knows aliens love chickens - maybe because they have so many similarities?
What about the chihuahuas - everybody knows aliens love chihuahuas, too:
Yep, just to be on the safe side, I'm going to go hide the dogs and the chickens. Call me when the aliens go away!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I find it very coincidental that today is the anniversary of the execution by guillotine of Louis the XVI....especially since today is the day I discovered a dastardly deed was done on my blog. As you will note from the below exert from Wikipedia Louis and Terri are remarkably similar - I have highlighted some of the similarities....let's hope they don't end up the same....
In the immortal words of his lovely wife, Marie Antoinette - "Let Them Eat Cake". Actually the exact quote was "Let them eat the chocolate cake and leave me the white cake with white icing" - this is what got the people really riled up! Everyone knows that the white cake is the best - it is made from the most pure ingredients. It's the chocolate cake that gets the dirty stuff, second rate items or what dropped on the floor! You can't hide imperfection in white cake! Anyway, back to Louis, poor thing.
Louis XVI or Louis-Auguste de France (Versailles, 23 August 1754 – 21 January 1793 in Paris) ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1791, and then as King of the French from 1791 to 1792. Suspended and arrested during the Insurrection of 10 August, he was tried by the National Convention, found guilty of treason, and executed by guillotine on 21 January 1793. He was the only king of France to be executed.
Although Louis was beloved at first, his indecisiveness and conservatism led some elements of the people of France to eventually hate him as a symbol of the perceived tyranny of the Ancien Régime. After the abolition of the monarchy in 1792, the new republican government gave him the surname Capet, a reference to the nickname of Hugh Capet, founder of the Capetian dynasty, which the revolutionaries wrongly interpreted as a family name. He was also informally nicknamed Louis le Dernier (Louis the Last), a derisive use of the traditional nicknaming of French kings. Today, historians and French nationals in general have a more nuanced view of Louis XVI, who is seen as an honest man with good intentions, but who was probably unfit for the herculean task of reforming the monarchy, and who was used as a scapegoat by the revolutionaries.
Be Afraid....Be Very Afraid.....
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
You can find it here: Painted Daisy Chocolate Giveaway - be sure to read the details because you can rack up entries quick in this one for all sorts of things. Good luck, everybody - we can all use a little chocolate now and then!
If I had time to go and play in the cold, I think I might enjoy it more, but at the moment all it does is make my drudgery more unpleasant. It's hard to get up at 4:30, and harder still when it's cold and dark and dreary. See - I told you it was Whining Moon!
Still, we're more than halfway through the month, and before we know it will be February (which can be cold and unpleasant, too, but at least it's short!). February is followed by March, which can still be cold here, but we definitely start to see signs of spring. It's really only a few weeks away - we just have to hold out a little longer!
Hang in there, everybody - spring will come again!
Friday, January 16, 2009
I was there just last night - another call shift - and I actually got to spend a few hours sleeping in that bed. I did do a couple of cases, but I wasn't up all night, which is nice. And Thursday night call is a good one, because then you get Friday, Saturday & Sunday off. Since I got some sleep last night, I won't have to spend a large part of today catching up!
And, boy, it was cold coming home this morning! The radio was reporting 7 degree Fahrenheit temps with a -6 degree windchill - we aren't used to that around here. The animals seem fine - everybody was up and eating when I drove in, so I passed around some extra rations (because I think extra feed helps with warmth) and then came on in to have some breakfast myself.
Stay warm, everybody!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Here's Achilles and his sister, Rogue. Rogue is a mutt, and is the most destructive dog on the planet. She is also extremely hyperactive and the only thing that saves her is that she's genuinely a sweet dog. When she isn't tearing something up, that is.
Pippin still doesn't like the camera, and her brother went under the bed and refused to come out when I pulled it out. These are NOT Hollywood Chihuahuas!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Good Luck studying Terri, I've got your blog covered!!!! Don't worry about a thing!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I hope all of you are having a fabulous New Year and I'll continue popping by your blogs when I need a break, and I'll try really hard to update here at least twice a week. Heck, if nothing else I can post a photo of a different chicken each week and that'll get me through three months, right? Hehehe - "Chicken of the Week" - I think I may have to do at least a few of those! :)
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
So, as promised - the cutest OR bag on the planet!
First, a little background - many anesthetists carry some sort of bag into the OR with them. The contents vary, but often you want at least one reference book, a couple of types of stethoscopes, a calculator, and pens. I also carry a nerve stimulator (for monitoring depth of relaxation), my beeper, and some study materials for any down time.
Before now, I had an ugly, utilitarian bag. This was fine, but many of the women I work with carry cute little polka-dotted, quilted and beribboned bags that are adorable. And I had bag envy! But that is a thing of the past, thanks to the girls at Threads of Friendship and their fabulous giveaway, I am now a cute-bag kind of girl.
How cute is that? Even though it's a small-ish bag, it easily holds four reference books, two stethoscopes, a calculator, a nerve stimulator, study cards, hand lotion, an assortment of pens AND my beeper and nametag. And sometimes a snack bar! Thank you, Kylie and Janelle - I love the bag so much I think I may need to find that pattern and make a few more, unless you girls decide to open an etsy shop (hint, hint!).
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I am a firm believer in the healing power of yoga. That, combined with my resolution this year to take better care of myself (also, temporary insanity, because I just don't have time for anything right now!!!), prompted me to sign up for World Yoga Practice Month. It basically means you commit to yoga practice (even just ten minutes a day) every day in January. I'm hoping that it will compel me to be a more consistent practitioner, because heaven knows I need to work on consistency.
If you've never practiced yoga, I encourage you to talk to your health care provider and then consider finding a class: http://www.yogafinder.com/ . Practice can cover a wide range of abilities, from gentle stretching to hard-core power yoga that leaves you drenched in sweat. I am a hard-core power yoga kind of girl, but I think that's because I have some pretty hard-core stressors going on right now.
And, I got a lovely surprise in the mail - the bag I won from Threads of Friendship - it is just about the cutest OR bag you ever saw! I'll try to post photos tomorrow. In the meantime, rest assured that I am just about the most stylin' chick in the operating room right now, with my perfect little bag! But, you'll see that for yourself! :)