Friday, February 27, 2015

Nothin' like being late to the party…..

PINTEREST…….need I say more?  Hello!!!  Although I was asked several times if I ever wanted to join Pinterest, I always thought it was too much trouble, or took too long to find stuff to pin.  Besides, I was too busy to constantly have my head in a screen…..OR SO I THOUGHT!  Can you guess what I've been doing all week?  I know you're ALL smiling because you've already "been there" and are laughing because you KNOW how addicting Pinterest can be.  Right?  Hey, admit it!  You know I'm right!  I must admit, as a self confessed idiot computer person, I am having a bit of trouble finding stuff (especially my friends) on Pinterest, I still have wasted probably 3 full days this week.  NO LIE!  Needless to say, I haven't got much to show/tell you.  Come see my boards though….Carol Turznik.

Here are the envelopes for the week.  (And, I'm pissed because the post office lost two of the same book that I sent to both girls last Saturday.  Each book cost me $5.99 plus $3.00 postage……ugh!  Now, I'm afraid to send another one in that same series although I have sent others successfully in the past.  Oh my, what to do?  They both love the "Mr. Putter and Tabby" series so much!




And, here are the books I've read the last half of February:

DEPT. OF SPECULATION                            by                  Jenny Offill
PRECIOUS THING (debut)                             by                  Colette McBeth
DESCENT                                                     by                  Tim Johnston
THE ROSIE EFFECT                                     by                  Graeme Simsion
THE DEEP END  (debut)                                by                  Julie Mulhern

You might have heard of "The Rosie Project" from a few years back.  It was a great book!  Do not get the sequel "The Rosie Effect".  It took me 5 days to plow thorough it and I wouldn't have finished it except that I won it from Goodreads and had to give a review on it.  Ugh!  Too long and boring.  Too bad too, because the first book was great! I'm almost done with the last one book on that list and quite honestly, although a debut, I am liking it best of the bunch.  So….happy reading!  I'm going to try to stay off Pinterest and concentrate on my pile of books here to read.  Wish me luck!  (Oh, and if you want, I'd love your names for your Pinterest boards so I can peek at what you have.  Thanks!)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Baby, it's COLD outside!!!

E-gads, it's cold!  30 below 0 wind chill this morning where I live.  AND…..I had to go to the store.  The last time I went out was Sunday and we really were getting low on groceries.  Too bad my husband loves to eat.  I actually could get by with pretzels and cheese and crackers for a week or so, but him…..not so much!  BUT, I'm happy to report that I'm back, all warm and cozy again…..and don't tell my hubby that I let my car warm up for 15 minutes before I even left.  lol  Heated seats are WONDERFUL!!!

Not much new this week.  I had been running out of pre-made envelopes for my girlies, so I basically concentrated on those this week.  Made 52 all together, but have about 15 to color and address yet.  After that, I'll be set for a few weeks.  With this sending out of two books each week to 2 girls, the envelopes go really fast……AND the postage is unspeakable!!  Let's suffice to say that the Post Office WILL NOT go broke with me around!!

My friend, Marilyn, from California, sent Toby his own phone so he could call her girl dog, Flossie (who has a matching one in red).  Funny that he carries it all over!  You'd think he was a human the way he won't let it leave his side.  I have to laugh!!  He must have been watching my kids when they visited.


And here are the envelopes I sent out this week:






I read two books this week too, but don't have my list handy so will tell you about them next time.  Other than that, not much is new here.  I hope you all stay warm through this cold weather.  I heard that   Orlando even had temps in the 20s this morning.  Brrrrr…...



Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day….tomorrow!

I hope you all have a fun and loving Valentine's Day tomorrow.  I haven't the slightest idea what we will do.  Probably eat leftovers and watch a Netflix movie……lol!  At our age, one holiday is pretty much like another.  Besides, it's been so cold here again, who wants to go out at night?  Hubs birthday is next Wednesday, so I really should plan something for that, I suppose…….eikes!

Oh well…..instead of thinking, let me introduce you to Lady #77 - Margo.  Margo is from the US and works in a quilt shop.  Friends of hers had me make "her" for her.  Sooo sweet!  You'll note on the "real" Margo that she has no glasses.  I was told that she normally wears hers on the tip of her nose and she removed them for the photo.  Ah-ha!!  Caught ya, Margo!



Then, naturally, we have the envelopes sent out this week to my girlies.  Other than 2, I used the Valentine theme.






Finally, here are the books I've read so far this month:

THE PREDICTION  (debut - really good)       by             Darren Sugrue
FLORENCE GORDON                                 by             Brian Morton
UNBECOMING: A NOVEL (debut)                by             Rebeca Scherm
THE MAGICIAN'S LIE (debut - my favorite)   by            Greer MacAllister
CRASH & BURN                                         by             Lisa Gardner
THE JURY MASTER                                   by             Robert Dugoni

The last four books from that list,  I got from the library, can you believe?  I'm trying to buy less books this year since I still have about 40 or so left in the cupboard to read yet that I bought last year.  Ugh!

Have a good week, my friends!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Another full week…..

Lots of pictures this week….and YES, I am a day early!  Usually, I post on Saturday, but I have a full day tomorrow, so thought I'd do it today.  Hope that doesn't confuse you too much.  lol

First off we have (again) Lady #76….Barbara, the tea party lady, with a great photo of herself and her fabric portrait.  I LOVE it when my ladies take a picture with themselves!!  I smile for a week!!  Thank you so very much, Barbara!!  I LOVE it!  You both look marvelous!!!


And next, let me introduce you to Lady #75, Marilyn.  One of my former ladies, Robin, commissioned me to do her friend, Marilyn, as a gift.  Apparently, Robin hung the portrait in Marilyn's house so she saw it when she got home from being out of town.  How fun!  Love yourself, Marilyn, and enjoy your great gift from your BFF, Robin.


And here is the "real" Marilyn from the USA:


Next, I have to show you the swap quilt(s) I got from my partner.  Remember me telling you that I was in that swap?  Well, Pattiann out did herself.  Note the 4 Tobys!  Each of the quilts is 9x9 and she wanted to show them like Andy Warhol art!  Amazing!  Each quilt was made from 50 pieces of fused fabrics and must have taken her FOREVER!!  She made up the pattern from a photo that I had posted of Toby some time ago, (see below).  WOW!



Then, naturally, we have the envelopes I sent out this week to my girlies:






I have been reading too…..in fact, I have at least 4 new releases here that are from the library (after being on hold) that all came in at once yesterday (don't you hate when that happens???) so I have been reading like a mad woman!!  More about the books next time!  I think I'm up to 59 books I want to read on my Goodreads list now.  Yikes!

So, you all take care and enjoy your weekend and next week.  I'll be back on Valentine's Day (if not sooner).  Love ya!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

There's lots today, but I'll be quick about it!

Like I said, there are lots of things to show you today, but I'll be quick about it.  First of all, let me introduce two new ladies:  # 74 (Randi from Canada) and #76 (Barbara from the US) - (#75 is still a mystery to be revealed next week).  

Randi wasn't sure if she wanted a ribbon in her hair, or a tape measure, so I surprised her.  Note that her "real" photo doesn't have glasses, but she sent me another one that did, so that's how come I knew the frames were reddish.




Next, we have Barbara from the US.  Barbara is a professional adult tea party coordinator who loves her craft!!  She wanted herself with all the proper attire for a great tea party.  Check out that cool feather in her hair with ribbon and button.  Can't have a better fascinator than that, I'd say!  lol



Next, let me show you the quilts I made for the Mini QT swap for my partner.  The theme was black and white plus one other color which my partner decided.  Only one quilt is required, but I got carried away.  The first one I named, "Girly DNA" and was 10x14 inches.  Note how I free motioned my name on the bottom:


And then I also made her this one which I called, "Flowers".  Duh!  lol  That one was 9x12 inches.  She told me her sewing studio had pink walls which is why she decided on that color.


I'm expected her package maybe even today, so next week I will show you what she sent to me.

Then, naturally we have the envelopes I sent my girlies this week:





And I finished off the month reading a bunch of fun mysteries plus one fun contemporary:

THE DRESS SHOP OF DREAMS                  by              Menna VanPraag
DEADLY LIES (debut) - really good                by              Chris Patchell
MURDER ONE                                             by               Robert Dugoni
CANE & ABE                                               by               James Grippano

So, there you have it….short and sweet!!  Now to plan my next mini quilt for the theme:  Folk Art.  I already think I know what I'm going to do.  Stay tuned!!