Monday, December 31, 2007

Out with the old....in with the new (Year)

I am opening with some pictures for a change!!




My REALLY small Santa Collection, I add a piece or two each year. Santa han't been about much (in small scale) this year





My new Christmas tree. The small grey bum in the lower left corner is my Chinese Crested dog, he pushes the quilt away to lay on the floor.

I'm using a Christmas Nine patch quilt
on the floor, in lieu of a tree skirt.





My collection of Lee Middleton dolls, and a Baby Chrissie peeping in at the back





I dug this UFO out, I have to applique the edges to the borders, and put it into the quilting queue. It isn't an easy task, I hve baasted the seam allowances so I can turn them under






Ethel, wearing her miiature tree. She and I are haveing tension issues, her timing needs to be re-set, and I need someone to talk Hubby through it, so he can show me. I DO NOT like telephones, unless I know who is calling, I don't answer.

I have been reading on some blogs, that the end of the year is a time to reflect.

On the whole, I didn't like a lot about 2007, but I will be sad to see it go. Mainly because I don't know what 2008 will bring.

It has become almost a tradition that tomorrow, I will be re-jigging the budget, and making ends meet where they may not be so close now.

I will be tallying what we have spent this year, and see if my money management balances out, re-aligning the categories we use to allot our money each fortnight.

Haven't done so well on the Ebay front, so I think that I will be re-assessing that too.

What has worked out is the IDEA that we need to put money aside for different things.

On the personal front, I am still not happy with my doctor, or my medication, will have to see to that in the New Year.

We had an OK Christmas, and the kids were happy. I still have to return my new pyjamas, they are too small!!

I usually don't make resolutions, they never seem to last, but I would like to address my weight, and my stash.

Also, I think I will just shred the old bills etc that are over 2 years old, unless they are VERY important. That will free up a ton of space around the computer and in the shelves

And one of the neighbours is letting off fireworks, nearly 30 minutes too early.

No Gratitudes this post, but I will be back and let you all know how things work out after tomorrow.

.....oh, and I almost forgot, Miss 19 dyed my hair for Christmas. Bright Purple.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas in Australia

Getting to be a habit, this blogging with no pictures.

Just wanted to wish any and all readers the Merriest of Christmasses.

....my studio is actually decorated.....or as miss 19 put it...... "Santa BARFED in here"

I promise to post pictures soon,today I am just going to be woken up in about 5and a half hours, start lunch 5 and a half hours after that, and maybe get some sewing in if I am lucky.

....at least that is the plan!!

....oh-oh, I forgot to make the trifle.......

no bed for me yet!!

Gratitudes

have some Christmas Spirit
persents are DONE
lunch organised
children (mostly) sleeping
rare quiet time with DH

Saturday, December 15, 2007

figured it out.....

after re-reading my last few posts, I have figured out what is wrong.

IT'S ME!!!!!

I am tired of being the grown-up. I run the budget, pay the bills, allocate the funds for clothing, school fees, everything, mostly do the shopping, admittedly, I have Hubby or one of the older kids with me.

I organize Christmas presents and birthday presents.

All the stuff that helps the house run........

I don't want to be the grown up anymore.

I KNOW what I'm getting for Christmas from my husband and kids....I BOUGHT it!!

I KNOW what m in-laws are giving me.....I BOUGHT it

....can we see a pattern here???

oh, and to mek me feel SO much better?? I went to my dr on Friday.......he has increased my anti anxiety medication.

But hang on, my anxiety has INCREASED since I started them.....

also.....I'm not comfortable being the size that I am. I want to lose weight. Dr says "don't worry about losing weight.....that will happen when we start to DECREASE the anti-depressants"

So, I can deduce that some of my "I feel fat, unloved and horrible" is actually caused by the medication that is supposed to make me feel NOT depressed.

Aha......

After the doctor visit, DH wants to cheer me up.......he says we can go buy some fabric for my Dear Jane quilt.

The budget-priced quilt shop is right near my dr's office.

I didn't know that their minimum cut is 20cm (8 inches, a fifth of a metre/2 ninths if a yard).

All I need is a 10cm (4 inch) cut, so no fabric acquistion(sp?)

I know that I can buy fat 1/16ths on ebay, (from a US seller, 50 per pack), but I try to support my Australian quilt shops.

I did find a store that had a bundle of 27 pieces, cut 10cm by half the width of fabric for $64.50

that would make each piece a fat 20th, costing about $2.39 each, or $47.75 per metre off the bolt.

YIKES.

I didn't buy that fabric either.

and believe it or not.......

Gratitudes

I DO have a wonderful husband and children
I have medical coverage, many in the world do not
Christmas *only* comes once a year
I haven't completely broken the budget yet
the REALLY expensive fabric stayed in the store


Monday, December 10, 2007

looking for

if anyone in the US reads this, I am looking for these two magazines

McCalls Magazine, Feb 2008

Quiltmaker Jan/Feb 2008

thank you

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Insanity runs in the Quilt World

Ok, after the last post I feel a little better.

Bonnie www.quiltville.com is in the middle of selling her house and moving, she runs a quilting business, is a licenced Massage Therapist...and had graciously turned one of her "in progress" quilts into a Mystery.

I seriously need some time-management skills.

Did I mention that Bonnie also set up a group so everyone can play along???....and there are some 800!! people doing just that......making a quilt along with someone who has SO much to do, but is ALWAYS so generous with her time.

anyway, if you want to look, hit the link above, the Mystery Quilt link is on her front page.

.....oh, and in other events, I am just going to bundle up fabric I DON'T love any more and sell it by weight on ebay. Will also re-list the books, and do Mystery bundles of magazines I don't want anymore.

I do not think that I can handle being a "business", so hopefully if I get rid of enough stuff, I can keep this quilting thing going for ME.

Possibly too much stress and life in general are taking their toll......and the new combination of anti-depressants/anxiety meds aren't doing doodly squat.

....now, with much searching........

Gratitudes

having the WWW to talk to my friends.
mystery quilts that have GREAT instructions
joining said groups to find that everyone else is getting a positive result
ranting on my blog, instead of at DH/humand/doctors
realising how much is "too much"

ps.......When I get the camera back from teenagers, and have charged batteries, I WILL post picures

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Dear Blog.....I want Christmas to be OVER!!!

December has arrived in a rush.

DD is telling me it is *only* 19 days until she is 19.

....yeah....and I *only* have 19 days to do EVERYTHING.

Miss 1 is 2!! on Saturday. DH is 39 on Christmas Eve, miss 18 is 19 Christmas day......EVERYONE expects presents!!!!!, oh, and miss 11 months is 1..... 4 days AFTER Christmas.

Told DH that if everyone doesn't SHUT THE FREAK UP!!, I'm cancelling Christmas.

Kids want...., DH is looking at fish (that's what he wants for Christmas, so OK.....) MIL has sent money and tags for ME to buy all the presents, wrap them and have them ready for when her and FIL descend "about the 23rd"....

NO decorations or anything are up, I leave the outside lights to DH...he LIKES to put them over the roof.

I got SO PO'd with DS 15 that I mowed the front yard yesterday, got tired of his "tomorrow".

I even bought a new tree for the Studio....not so much as a tinsel is in place yet........

Oh, and just to top it off.....Ethel is having tension "issues"

.....somehow I don't think that the meds dear dr. had bumped me up to are working.......

I actually LIKE Christmas...., I even LIKE wrapping presents, just NOT this year.

oh, to add to my mood....I sold 1 of 10 books I put on ebay.......I covered postage and fees.

anyways, I am going to think CALM thoughts, and "do a Scarlett".......

"I'll think about it tomorrow, for tomorrow is another day"