Saturday, January 2, 2010

Oooh, ooh, look, a daily post!

What has become of me? A posting, two days in a row!

Just checking in. Guidelines 2 and 3 coming along nicely. Took the 'before' photo of the eyelashes, used the 'stuff' on them last night. No noticeable difference this morning...I still needed to put on mascara before I left the house, but I'm a big girl now, and I can understand that there is no such thing as 'instant gratifiication' in most pharmaceutical endeavors pursued at my age.

As you may have suspected, Guideline 1 hasn't been acted upon, and most likely will not be...I have to put somehting off, and that just seems like an easy one to do. My current lame excuse is that I need a mouse (I don't really, I'm perfectly capable of using the touch pad, if I have to).

Guideline 2 however, I'm overachieving. :) I spent yesterday afternoon in the studio making a lovely gift for my Secret Sister in the quilt guild, and sadly, I cannot show it to you, lest it unmask me. Suffice it to say that it's darn cute. And, tomorrow I'm making another cute-crafty something for a woman whose aquaintance I made on a Bernina machine group--who was kind enough to send me copies of patterns she picked up a couple months ago on a local quilt shop hop. I'm looking forward to meeting her at Monday's guild meeting. That's the thing I love about being a quilter....the camradarie of total strangers. It's truly amazing.

Anyway, it is COLD here in Maryland. Now I have some idea about how those scientists in Antarctica feel. We've got a hellacious wind that makes it feel like it's about negative 30 outside. I felt it necessary to buy myself a hat while we were out shopping today. Not too shabby for $5.99 at JCP (and to think, I almost paid $20 something for a hat at Macy's). (Pretty tricky not showing the eyelashes, eh?)

And the hubs was kind enough to be cajoled into a run into the JoAnn Fabric superstore on the Golden Mile in Frederick (I plied him with lunch at Famous Dave's Barbecue first--he did get a bit whiny when I strayed from buying more than just the batting I told him we were going in for--8 yards of 90" Warm and Natural snagged for a mere $4.01 per yard---I love how they rolled it on a tube for me--it will fit nicely in a corner of the studio closet this way.)

And how could I not buy some Sulky and Superior threads, just because I had a 20% off coupon and it was already on sale for 50% off. (If he hadn't been with me, that little gold block box you see behind the thread would have most likely come home filled with Sullky. Seriously, Sulky rayon at less than $3 a spool -- unheard of!

And I snagged one lonely machine quilt pattern book. I went in for a Dear Jane book, but they didn't have one, and you just can't not buy a book when it's 40% +20% off. I was pleased to see there were some starfish and sea creature patterns in this book/pattern package that I can use when I finally get to the freemotion on my Neptune quilt.

Well, I'm off to put away my playthings and snuggle into bed with some books. I've got a bit of reading to do, as I've got books that need to be returned to the quilt guild library Monday (along with a paper piecing DVD I need to watch).

Obviously, the 'happy' thing today was shopping for quilt stuff, though I did do an obsessive-compulsive reorder of the hubs closet and drawers this morning, and strangely enough, I was counting that as something that took me to my happy place. (I know, I'm a very strange bird sometimes).

Hopefully on Sunday I can show you photos of some progress on the Beach House quilt. Tomorrow we have no plans....tomorrow we sew!


  1. sadly, Joann coupons normally don't apply to items that are marked at sale prices. It's rare for them to have %-off everything deal.


  2. ah, but for the new year, if you were in the store the week before Christmas you got a coupon for 10% off your entire purchase, sale prices included. And JoAnn always let's you use more than one coupon, as long as they came from different, you can use a 50% off and a 40% off, and a total purchase coupon in one visit. I got a 20% off my total purchase sale and regular price coupon in the mail as a postcard that arrived on Christmas week. I've been getting them a lot lately. Maybe it's a regional thing, maybe it's dependent on how often you visit.


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