October 18, 2009

Crossed the Memo Board off the "Must Do" Memo!

Life seems to be moving at the speed of lightning lately - I can't seem to get much of anything done beyond the basics.  I had a long list of to do's last weekend, and yet, only a few things got done.  This weekend I've made a little more progress on that list.  One task was to finish this memo board for my friend, Amanda.  

She has an electrical box in an unsightly spot, but due to Chicago code, it had to stay.  But Chicago code (as far as we know) doesn't say anything about covering up the ugly box!  You've got to think outside the box sometimes to turn an apartment or condo into a home!!  We bought an inexpensive art canvas measured just the right size, selected fabrics that match her decor and I set to work with my staple gun.  Today I stapled on the ribbon from the backside, made fabric-covered buttons and sewed them on - voila (or "wala" as I prefer to say...)!  

Amanda's Memo Board

October 17, 2009

"It's a Great Wall Hanging, Charlie Brown!"

Mom's Halloween Wall Hanging
In one of the best seasonal cartoons of all time, Linus is convinced that there is a magical spirit that will appear on Halloween bearing gifts and glory to those who believe.  He stays behind while the other kids go trick or treating and celebrate their plunders with a party to keep watch in  a nearby pumpkin patch.  Poor Linus, the Great Pumpkin never comes.  But I had faith this year that my mom, now retired, would finish the Charlie Brown wall hangings she has had planned for, well, quite some time.  (Think several years...)  

Like Linus, I awaited somebody bearing gifts with great anticipation. (Read: I stalked the UPS man.)  Luckily I wasn't waiting for the non-existent Halloween spirit, and my mom really did send off a package complete with my favorite chicken soup mix and this great wall hanging!! 

I'm excited to finally have something on the wall above my console, even if it isn't a big flat screen TV.  I love it!  And now only is it cute, it's special because my momma made it, and two just like it hang on walls of loved one's back home.  

Halloween Decor 2009

October 11, 2009

Finally Frightening...

It's finally "spooktacular" around here!!  

I not only finished my Halloween table quilt, but I found my faux pumpkins in storage, bought some candy at the store and walked through the neighborhood enjoying all the neighbor's outdoor decorations.  (Ok, technically I was trying to get home from church despite bus delays due to the Chicago Marathon, but I did enjoy all the decorations along the way!!)  If there's one thing Chicago doesn't do big, well, it's certainly not Halloween.  People REALLY do Halloween around here - and now I'm doing a bit of my part, too.... inside anyways.  

What do you think?  

Halloween Quilt 1
Halloween Quilt 2

October 5, 2009

Quilting Goes Batty!

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I couldn't decide how to quilt my Halloween masterpiece - but my mom had a great idea!!  We used her fancy embroidery machine to quilt fun Halloween shapes all over it.  There are pumpkins, bats, witch's hats, scary cats and candy corns in black stitches all over it now.  It was really simple - I have to say her Brother machine is really nice!!  I would have taken more photos of the process, but Mom's sewing room wasn't ready for its Internet debut.  It's a work in progress, she says.  

Now I just have to hand sew the binding down on the back and it's ready for it's debut - stay tuned!  I hope to have it out and ready to roll yet this week, before it's too late!


After a DECADE...

Reunion

I wasn't really excited about my 10 year reunion.  I felt obligated to help plan it, to go, to buy a new dress.  But you know what?  I LOVED it.  It was so great to catch up with old friends - and pick up even better than where we left off in a lot of cases.  I feel really, really blessed to have grown up with such great people.  All these girls pictured?  One I have known since I was 3... and probably 3 feet tall and still consider her one of my best friends 25 (ouch) years later.  One was in several of my very first dance classes and played flute with me.  One was with me when I went to my first fraternity party and the first time I t-p'ed a house.  One was my very best friend in kindergarten and first grade.  I still know her parents' phone number.  Pretty cool, huh?

There were a lot of friends that couldn't make it - some had to work, some were sick, one has passed away, but everybody was there in spirit.  It was a good night.  Thanks, Richmond High School Class of '99.  You can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can't take the Indiana out of the girl.  

Reunion
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