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april 18, 2014
hair is officially on fire...has been for most of this week...if i see the inside of this shop one more morning at 6:30 a.m. i'm going to be disgusting and really have an ugly disposition.
doggers at the dogger place have to be attended all weekend - not enough volunteers - so bear and i are doing a large part of the duty - i will have some incredible bleachie pants when it's all over...but...it needs to be done...so bear is doing "saturday" chores at home today and i'll desperately try and play catch up next week but annie is taking monday off and we are working all next week and our guests are starting to arrive on thursday...and it's going to be an amazing finishing weekend.
in the interim - the twinkle birds are sold out - and i'm hoping she will consider doing a second batch for us...and as soon as the "flock" flies in - i'll get a picture and keep it the right size so you can see them all...i have the twinkle pin all waiting for the flock's arrival.
in the meantime - until next week - here is my all time favorite for this time of year - never get tired of it - always makes me laugh no matter how many times i've seen it. i keep it in my photos on the computer i love it so much.
april 11, 2014
did the world get away from me this week - ya think??? hair cut, eye appointment, picking out 2 new pairs of eyeballs, dogger duty last night, another appointment, and then trying to shovel at home...getting in here by 6:45 every morning still didn't do the trick, 10 cases of bleach to pick up on wednesday night, it was just the non-stop mess of events, the golden finches are back in town, all the new birdie feeders are set up in the back yard, the pomegranate tree is already flowering...and i have a bunch of my favorite people coming in two weeks for a finishing event and i am so excited to see everybody.
a word to those who are coming...bring stuff, bring tools that you normally use, we'll give you shopping lists of "stuff" you will need once we figure out how we are finishing and into what we are finishing...so if you're driving and can shove it in your car - all the better - if you are flying - not to worry - we'll figure it out and i'm bringing tons of tools and annie is going to help me and you will all be so proud of yourselves...you will barely be able to tolerate your sweet selves...it's going to be fun, creative, inspired, amazing and i am so looking forward to seeing thing finished or well on the way. if you have any questions before you come - please don't hesitate to call me - 800.790.0810 and we can get you whatever information you need before you land in motown...
so...with that...and because i've still got at least 3 hours of work to do before i even think of going home...and because if you really truly get thru this entire "thing" there is a little tidbit at the end of this you will probably want to read because we are so flipping excited about it...OMG am i excited about it...
samsarah design studio:
now...for the fun...i found this amazing woman on the
internet who makes the most incredible hand made, from hand dyed wool,
beautifully stuffed, top notch, too stinking cute makedo pincushions. in
fact, they are so incredibly stinking cute that i have purchased a whole zoo of
them personally and right now all the babies are living on my counter at home in
a box (to be put away this weekend) and all my b'day pressies for all my friends
have been purchased. anyway...after that introduction...i have
commissioned her to make me the perfect "twinkle" birdie makedo
pincushion specially for us, not to be found anywhere else, no two will be
exactly the same by nature of the hand-dyed wools, specially with a tag that
reads "twinkle", specially as a fundraiser for our 3day, 60 mile walk
in dallas in november and she has graciously accepted the commission and is
sewing her brains out for us right now. they will be $20.00 each plus
shipping ($2.35) and will be thru paypal only and not thru the shop. they
are truly the cutest things i have ever seen - her work is incredible...and i
love "twinkle" to pieces...and because i'm such a horrible tease...and
because this isn't exactly "twinkle" but close enough to give you the
idea... and yes, it's very tiny but that's part of the tease because this is
"twinkle's" first cousin...
so now i hear you all calling me a brat...and yes, i will accept that challenge...i am a brat...and those that know me well know that i'm a super brat...and i have a list started and if you would like to be on that list and send me an email - i will send you a paypal invoice which will secure your spot on my "twinkle" list as soon as the invoice is processed...and then wait until you see what else i've come up with...we need to raise our funds for our walk... tiny pink glass salt cellars that are made into pin cushions too and then spools of silk buttonhole twist that have been repurposed...my poor house is bulging at the seams and my brains have just exploded...
so...the work remains piled high, dudley discovered the sprinkler system yesterday morning at home and was a child running thru the sprinklers on a warm summer day because we hit 87 degrees (too hot, far tooooo soon) and all the while dudley was singing "happy" at the top of his lungs as he raced thru the water having an grand time while the three other doggers stood off the "dancing path" and looked at him like he had lost his mind...it's all about "first time experiences" when you're the dudley...
enjoy the weekend...and off i go to continue shoveling out the day...and thanks for visiting today.
april 4, 2014
lots going on this week...my feet hurt...i have walking to do this weekend...and dinner for a million because this is the weekend annie and i do service for the church auction and dinner...last year it was a few weeks later than this and i was so incredibly sick with the california crud that i never lifted my head off the couch.
last night was 100 plus doggers fed, kennels cleaned and sleepy time for those doggers - and bruce and me about as stinky as one can get...3.5 hour shift and then home to feed our crew and get them settled in for the night.
couple of new things in this week...and the tarts are finishing things...i can hear them...and i'm trying to get organized for the finishing event the end of this month...and there are bins and stacks of stuff everywhere while this preparation takes place...actually, there are bins and stacks pretty much everywhere and next week is going to be spent getting organized (again) and cleaning (again) and maybe purchasing a lap top (but don't tell mr. bear that quite yet)...
so...here we go...because it's going to be very short, sweet and toooooo the point and theni will be jetting out of here at a reasonable time because i really do need to do something with these hoofs at the bottom of my ankles before they do something with me and then i need to stop and do an errand on the way home after the hoof treatment...and i got the most BEAUTIFUL pink carnival glass salt cellars in the mail yesterday that i found on a shopping site and i have "pink" on the brain...and i so want to play with them...so...to quote somebody...more news at 11... and while i'm at hoof treatment i have a new bead catalog to pour thru...could be an eventful afternoon.
StitchPlay Designs - Carole Lake and Michael Boren
now...not because i'm being snarfy...but because it's so
beautiful and this time of year is here for such a short period of time...
and so...that's the word from modesto...it's supposed to be 87 next week which is far too hot far too quickly with far too little rain...and fire season in california is going to be so very ugly...but maybe it will just last for a few days and we'll get some more moisture...and i know all of you are so sick of snow...i know...and i'm sorry...it's been various stages of disgusting weather all over the country this year.
have a great weekend...i'm flying and the monkeys are chasing me...and thanks for stopping in for a visit.
march 28, 2014
yeah, right, best intentions, annie's rope, too much to do and far too little time to do it...but...i'm working on it...i promise and i'm just going to surprise you all and you are going to come visit and the entire house will be redecorated, the outside will be painted, new carpet, new fixtures...you will be surprised and i will be relieved...but in the interim, everything now works as it should here and the other "house" is almost finished with it's "make-over".
new things this week and then some pictures and chat just to keep you updated...
tuesday's tarts - busy girls...and annie's got more
coming...but she too is doing the "run out of time at the end of the
day" syndrome - just like me and lori is bringing some things in on tuesday
for final "fluffs" and then we can take some pictures.
we got .5" of rain on tuesday - we were so happy and it helped put some of the pollen down...huge help when putting on mascara in the morning...i can actually get it to stay on and not run down my face with the teary eyes...it's supposed to rain tomorrow too and they are talking monday too...could be another "happy" song kind of day.
so....as most of you know - bear and i volunteer at our
no-kill rescue facility which is out past the airport and about 2.25 miles from
the house. it's kind of a comedy when we come home because everything gets
stripped off and immediately put into the washer: pants, shirts, sometimes the
shoes...and of course spraying out 30 plus kennels with bleach and constantly
pouring bleach into the spraying bottles, attaching those to hoses, i never come
home without being soaked to the skin from thighs downwards...and sometimes from
thighs upwards too. i got in the car last night to come home...and looked
at my pants...which are (were) black cotton knit...but after a few months of
bleach spraying...kinda look like this!
our 2nd batch of little ones - turned over at the county kill
shelter...mama is full min-pin but because there are 2 "woodpile"
children out of the six in the litter, 2 rescue groups turned her down and she
was going to be put down along with the puppies if wags and whiskers rescue had
not taken her in...she is just the best mama...and when everybody is
weaned...she will be going to the vet to be neutered so this doesn't happen to
so there it is...we have a busy weekend...tomorrow 2 shifts at rescue because there is a fund-raiser going on (bikers for barkers) which will take every available pair of hands...so bear and i are doing a morning shift, coming home and making dogger food for our herd, and then heading back over for the clean the outside kennels, feed and put them to bed for the night shift and then coming home. sunday i train walk in the morning and then try to get some of the house stuff done as well as a million other things...but there is never any time for the wicked...and i'm a pretty wicked girl.
great weekend to you all, thanks for visiting, i wish spring weather for everybody to the east of us...wisteria is on the way out and everything is leafed and ready for full-blown spring...and then too soon it will be summer and we will seriously have to deal with the water issues and it just isn't going to be pretty.
march 21, 2014
so...once again - it's been quite the week...we were having trouble with the lois@es email bouncing...the new website people tried to move the webmail over to the new host - POOF - my old website vanished from the face of the earth for almost 40 hours...and then, back it came late last night...so here i am this morning, then there will be some serious backing up and the new website will be ready for uploading by next wednesday - come hell or very high water. and, now, after all of that - both email addresses work wonderfully well...
to add insult to injury - the coffee pot decided that the little lever that controls the flow of coffee into the pot was going to misbehave so we had two, count 'em two, 12 cup coffee tsunami down the counters, etc.
other than that - i never "lost it" - as i said on face book - nothing i could do about it - it was a lesson in patience, ranting at the poor website guy would have done absolutely nothing except make him feel bad and it was going to be like trying to teach pigs to sing...so i just went and fed the doggers last night and cleaned out kennels and my "wags & whiskers" attire is now turning the most lovely shades - it's amazing what happens to a pair of black cotton knit pants when they are saturated with bleach water for a couple of weeks...they are getting more and more attractive as the weeks go by. absolutely cutest 3.5 week old min pins and mama in the "safe" room last night...absolutely beautiful...and then the very fat and sassy pit puppies that are so fat they look like little rolly balls - they are in the process of being weaned - puppies not so happy - mama - she's singing pharrell's happy song at the top of her voice.
and with all of that...here are the new things for this week...and then i'm shuffling off to cut wool for the 2014 breast cancer piece...and i will be able to give you a sneak peak next week too - it's different and graphic and fun and quirky and i am very excited about it and i got some incredible help from a very dear heart and amazing designer and it stretched her too so this is going to be something unusual for the both of us and it's been just so fun to work with her on this....
new things that have come in...
didnot is feeling much better - the bladder stone is now gone and she is busy putting scruff la la back in her place because we know that didnot is the head of THIS family...and despite all the snarfing around - sometimes they actually like each other....but only sometimes.
thanks so much for visiting this week - thank heavens everything is back under control again and this has just lit the fire under my butt to get the new site finished and uploaded and annie has threatened to bring in heavy rope and tie me to my chair...and it's been a lesson in patience and teaching to pigs to sing and thank YOU all for being patient with the bouncing emails...if only i could have waved my personal magic wand and made it all go away...oh to be that powerful.
enjoy your weekend and enjoy the weather - yesterday afternoon hit 81 which is way way too hot way way too soon, especially with no water....it's going to be a very ugly summer.
lois, annie, dids and scruff
march 7, 2014
it has rained...and they say it's going to rain again on monday...not enough by any stretch of the imagination but certainly better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!! we will take whatever we can get at this point. the valley is awash in peach blossoms and all the almonds have leafed to green...so it's still very pretty here....and now that we've had some rain...there is actually some green grass in the foothills...which by now is usually dying...but it's bright and fresh and green because of the late rain....
anyway...it's busy busy around here...new kits being put together for our april event, lots of stuff being assembled for the breast cancer piece in september (it's turning out pretty cute) and a million other things and we are pleased with the results. annie is traveling this weekend - down to northridge for son tad's last college audition - he already has been accepted at 3 colleges and northridge is the last audition...i think he wants to see if he can make if four for four...and then he has to make the decision as to where, how and why and the commitment letter is to be sent back.
so...because i'm here by myself right now (annie left a little bit early to get everything under control before they hit the road at 3:00) i had better get myself together and get this done.
amy bruecken designs:
one last thing - shepherd's bush (the fold) sent us word this week that the first kits are being assembled to be shipped to us...and the last of our load of beautiful boxes is on the way to us from lone elm designs....so we are very ready and excited to see both boxes arrive.
took some new clips over to the rescue last sunday...was changing them out on some of the kennel gates that open easily - new girl in the "mean dogger kennel" and i decided she really wasn't talking to me about leaving her clip alone on her gate...she couldn't have meant me...and if she did...certainly i was quicker at changing out her clip than she was at chomping my finger...guess who was wrong on that exchange!!! hoping i don't lose the nail and of course it was my left hand....so, after losing the bandaid yesterday night because of all the water and bleach we plow thru...gloves are in order - my hands are just taking the brunt of it...pinched the outside of my left hand again last night in a gate...and of course, with all the mayhem going on - we decided the inmates were running the asylum last night - hopping 5 foot fences and escaping...we had about 10 inmates running loose in the place...always wear a leash around my neck or 2 in my pocket...a girl just never knows when a leash might come in handy ;)
dudley (my new little guy) had a very long vet visit on friday...we have all the "uglies" under control now and he's going to be getting his 2nd bathie this sunday and the other doggers go to the groomer on tuesday...he's a good good boy and a smart dog and so grateful for his new crate and plush cushion and good food...we are coming up on 4 weeks and all is good and other 3 seem to have acknowledged (grudgingly) that he is here for the duration.
daylight savings change this saturday - remember to "spring forward" and don't blame me for the loss of an hour...i need that hour too...hate this - why don't they just leave it alone...wishful thinking ;)
february 28, 2014
happy happy dancing....it rained on wednesday night, it's raining right now and it's supposed to rain all day and it also supposed to rain on sunday...and the almond blossom pollen is a little bit better but annie and i are sneezing, sore throats, running eyes...just really ugly and the peaches have blossomed so the orchards are the most beautiful combination of white (almonds) and glorious pink for the peaches.
dudley dooooowrong is meeting dr. mike his vet this afternoon...then a stop at home depot to see if i can find some kennel gate clips that are better than the tiny ones they use at the shelter now which are okay if you are a gnome with pencil thin fingers but for any type of male hands or regular female hands - obnixious. we took 12 gallons of bleach with us last night and 4 huge containers of laundry soap and big lots is having a 20% off sale tomorrow nite and sunday so we are going back for another load of both products...a girl can never have too much bleach or too much laundry soap - especially if that girl volunteers at the rescue shelter ;)
so...because we have 200 things in the fire at the moment and some of the flipping CUTEST fundraising ideas for our twinkle toes walk in Dallas in november (stay tuned) and because my brain is at warp speed of 200 mph...i have projects and stuff from one end of this shop to the other and because i have to go flying out of here earlier than usual to meet bruce because 2 doggers are going to see dr. mike (nicky needs a booster shot so he's tagging on with dudley)... and because i've been in here since 6:30 and it's actually not even 10 a.m. yet and annie is up to her armpits in order forms...here we go.....
pictures because they WERE beautiful - but the rain has
totally changed all of these - no more flowers on the tulip tree ;(
tuesday's tarts - everybody is busy and running in 17
different directions but diane had a "finishing" moment...and we just
think they are too beautiful. she's working on the newest one for her
purple thread collection (the black/white combinations)...
so...that's it...keep good thoughts for our rain...at this point any drops of moisture go in the "plus" column - we are just hoping that the summer is not a scorcher - it's going to be a gruesome year and this little bit of water is a huge help but not enough to ease anything...gruesome, gruesome....
thanks for visiting - have a great weekend and we will see
you all soon.
february 12, 2014
question?? why is it that "you-know-what" always happens when you are trying to get out of town? - don't answer - i already know the answer - rhetorical question at best....
yes, the needlepress book has been ordered; praiseworthy stitches - taken care of; la d da - taken care of; new linens ordered; new threads ordered; lists made; emails already sent; suitcases packed; out the door tomorrow a.m. at 6:15 to pick up annie so hang with us - it's all coming back in priority boxes or suitcases or both and i will be doing the market update on monday but i can't do market justice (and this is the last nashville) and post from my tablet or phone - it just doesn't work for me and i owe you all more than that.
so...didnot has a bladder stone and that involved a vet visit on monday afternoon and of course by the end of the day - he's running 45 minutes behind...so...with a full Rx of amoxi and vet food which runs a minimum of $900 per pound (you know i'm kidding) we are tending to didnot...but of course the amoxi is upsetting her tummy and thus up comes the $900 p/pound food...and so the dance continues. mr. bear is assigned to administer the amoxi while we are gone and i wish i had a camera here because he and didnot butting heads over administration of that amoxi would be worth the price of admission...we shall see who prevails.
and...it is very dangerous to volunteer at the no-kill shelter...it is very dangerous...meet dudley doooooo-wrong who came home on sunday to his forever home after being adopted (out from under me because the only person who didn't know i was adopting him worked sunday the 2nd) by an idiot and then being turned back in because as a new dog she left him uncrated, un-doggie door access, un-restricted in the house for 12 hours while she went to work and got furious at him because he made a "mess" and had "bad habits" - so she returned him. well, we've had dudley since sunday afternoon - he had one accident which was my fault - he knows the doggie door, he knows the crate at night and doesn't make a peep, he loves his mama's cooking, he loves walking but doesn't quite understand yet that although mama walks very fast - he needs to slow down a little bit, is a bit of a bandit - taking the shoe out of the closet and putting it by my chair in the family room or in one of the beds but never chews, nicky is now the lead dogger and daisy is still letting him know that she is a "lady" and does not appreciate being sniffed and somewhere somebody has taught him to "sit".
in three days he is learning the ropes very quickly and is very happy and i call him curious george because everything is an adventure and bruce thinks he's a "good dogger" so i guess it's a win-win for all of us. dad brought him down for a quick visit yesterday so the tarts could meet him...and annie held him so i could get a good picture...the tail never stops wagging... we think he's "poo with a little cocker mixed in"...
we'll see you back here on monday and thanks for visiting - we look forward to "seeing you soon".
nashville - here we come.
february 7, 2014
a little stressful this week but lots of good on lots of different levels so i'm going to take the GREAT with the stress and tiredness and consider my plate is full of blessings.
we are leaving a week from yesterday for the last nashville market...we are going to bring back good stuff...there is new linen from weeks dye works in 32 and 36 counts - in 10 neutral colors...already ordered...32 on the way and 36 will come as soon as the base fabric arrives in the carolinas....new colors of thread from gentle arts and weeks dye works and now that classic colors has straightened out the mess at the former crescent colours - ronnie williams is well on the road to being totally up to snuff and we will be able to get belle soie again...he has worked very hard and i am so grateful he took this on...he's a hard worker and his mama and papa raised him right - williams - why yes, he's diane williams' son - little house needleworks and country cottage's brother...keeping it all in the family...
surprise kits, lots of good stuff but until i get it home with me - i won't post pictures because those just don't "do it" for me...so we are coming home sunday night 02/16 and i will be writing the market report and posting it on monday the 17th and annie will be answering the phone for me... done it this way since 1997 and i'm way too old and crabby to change now - besides - i've almost got this down to a science by this point in time ;)
but, this week - we have some pretty cute stuff that came in...and so, because it's late friday afternoon and because i've got a ton of stuff to do before i leave and then i have an errand on the way home...here it is...
with thy needle and thread:
so...the day (at least here) comes to an end...it's raining here and should be for at least 3 days - the storm (on the radar) covers almost the entire state and it's dropping snow up in the sierras (the radar map is a bright pink up there)...anything is a help at this point - except if it lulls people into thinking we are in anything but a horrible drought - so i gladly relish being a duck this weekend...will come and work tomorrow and probably until at least 6 tomorrow night, do some serious scampering tomorrow night and sunday and then hit it hard for 3 days before we leave early thursday morning....
so...a couple more hours here, then errands (desperately need serger thread) and then home to sink into a stupor and listen to the rain on the skylights and be very glad that bear and i got 5 cubic yards of arbor mulch spread last weekend because that rain is going to seep thru all that mulch and stay in the ground a lot longer and help my poor suffering sequoia trees...and then i'll start it all over again in the morning...life is good and i am renewed and inspired and will share some very fun news with you next time we visit...
enjoy your weekend...and it's a 3 day weekend for most everybody...be safe, be smart and stay warm... YAHOO...IT'S RAINING and it's the olympics...all good.
annie, the spoiled cats and me.
january 30, 2014
this is going to be very quick because i'm heading out to do rescue volunteer work in a few minutes...but, OF COURSE we are going to market and of course we are going to bring back some wonderful market only kits - in fact - we have already preordered this one:
the beekeeper by plum street sampler $44.00
i'm scampering...have spent a great deal of time on the computer today and my eyes are just as square as can be...and my head hurts...but there are doggers that need clean kennels and massive piles of laundry that need to be done and happy dogs are good dogs and it makes for good feelings doing for others...last week at the end of our 3 hours - we were asked if we could trek over to the vet in the next town south and pick up a litter of 4 australian shepherd/terrier mix pups that had been neutered...well, all tails and paws...3 fit in the carrier and the 4th had to ride on my lap while bruce drove...they came back to the rescue place and are up for adoption...way too cute... it just makes it all worth while.
i'll try and get more up tomorrow...we are so very excited about nashville this year and we leave on thursday, february 13th...sad and happy all at the same time...but it's going to be a grand market.
back soon and thanks!!!!!
january 23, 2014
no rain yet, no rain in sight, newspaper making noises about drought (seriously), fires in southern california, newspaper suggesting a good alternative to drought is to 1) purchase new toilets and 2) buy a new washing machine...(again, seriously??) and those two "tips" and 5 other equally helpful suggestions and here we go. on the other hand the midwest is getting slammed and battered and snowed upon and we would so love to have some of that weather...i would even start quacking like a duck if we got some rain...it just keeps getting more scary every day that goes by with no moisture.
we have new things, we are 3 weeks off leaving for the last nashville market, we are excited and sad at the same time, the weather is quite up and down there too and annie and i discussed packing the basics early and then, depending on climate, making coat/shoe choices as we get closer in. we shall have to see how all this works out.
i did some more housekeeping this week and found a few more "kits" that need to find homes...and the "poof theory" but they are cute and everybody loved them...
threadwork primitives a bee's gathering kit $30.00 (just the chart
alone retails for $10.00) SOLD OUT
now...on to the few new things that have arrived this last
samsarah design studio:
so there is the day...we are heading over this evening to do our rescue volunteer work...and then home and i'll get some stitching done tonight...or something in the many piles and baskets that i have piled around my chair.
we are busy working on the 2014 BC piece...assembling stuff and figuring out what we will be doing...but...here's the news - it will consist of a fabric pre-made tray (moda fabric), a spool pincushion (tiny) with matching pins and wrapped with wool felt, a steel ruler in a matching wool felt sleeve, a treasure bag, a needle book with stitching on the front and back and lined with the matching fabric that constructs the tray, a "ruler fob" to hang from the hole in the ruler and finally a beaded wooden laying tool. we are quite excited about it and i will have some pictures of the fabric next week...time just got away from me this week.
weekend work - walking and doing acute yard clean-up and putting down weed cloth because i'm having 5 yards of arborist chips delivered sometime next week - anything that will help keep the moisture in the ground over the summer months...but at this point - i'll do anything - i actually have some green shoots and green growth on my poor stressed redwoods so i think i have won that battle but the jury is still out. fingers are crossed...
have a good one and thanks for visiting this week - we so appreciate it and thank you very much.
lgm, annie, didnot and scruff la la
january 16, 2014
and because my brain sometimes misfires...here are the two items that were left sitting on my desk at the end of the update a few hours ago:
these two items will be prefaced by the fact that these are "free patterns". we are not selling the free patterns - we are selling the "kits" which will totally complete the items as shown and the kits include the free pattern. these are left over from the last retreat and i have a limited number of each because we are cleaning house and once they are gone...you know the drill...POOF!!!
january 16, 2014
unfortunately the weather here is beautiful in the afternoons - 68-70 degrees for the next million days it seems - i wish it would rain (hard) from now until at least april and i wish all the snow that fell in the midwest 2 weeks ago would fall up in our sierras...california is right on the edge of year 4 with no rain...i'm considering this drought - my 5 redwood trees in the back yard have been on soaker hose medication for 4 days for each stand of trees and i'm moving over to the stand of birch trees this weekend. because of the drought, farmers have been sinking deeper and deeper wells for irrigation on the east side where there are no irrigation canals - they planted acres and acres of almond trees because almonds are a huge $$ maker but they didn't make arrangements to water them...so while the wells are getting sunk and re-dug deeper and deeper and lowering the water table...all the trees are being stressed out to the max because they can't reach water and the simple process of turning on sprinklers to water the lawns isn't enough to sustain them. i am on a personal campaign to save my 5 redwood trees and 3 birch trees... we'll see how i do. having come from marin county and losing front and back yards twice during the course of 2 droughts - i guess it makes me very sensitive to it...and to this day i still turn off the water when i brush my teeth - it's habit - hose doesn't run when i wash my car - have a nozzle on the hose...just silly things like that because we lived thru it... i fear it is going to get scary here but the state government isn't calling a drought yet because it will just set off a huge crisis mode.
there are already water districts to the north of us that feed off of folsom lake east of sacramento that are ready to propose no yard watering at all because at this point they will barely have enough water to deal with "inside the house". folsom lake is very very low, don pedro is very very low as is the san luis reservoir and all of those as well as the snow pack and the rivers provide this valley their water...and there is NO SNOW in the sierras right now - zip, zero, nada...and honestly i think this is the worst it's been in the last 4 years. scary, scary, scary... annie and i are going to do rain dances and barring that - if we both wash cars and get bear to wash his car - maybe it will rain...maybe.
getting ready for nashville...we leave in 4 weeks - we are excited and the piles are being made...stickers, notebooks, bags, pricing gun, tape - annie is the wizard of the "market bag" and she steers me where i need to go...we've been doing this now together for a long time...
carolyn manning designs (CM)
our tuesday tarts have been quite busy too - both shann and
diane are finishing fools and we will have more in a couple of days...and i
might have a few of my own...
these are diane's things...pretty swell too!!!
our tarts are very clever and very innovative...and i think honestly they are leaving their "teacher" in the dust at this point - and it is always soooooo much fun to see what is coming out of whatever bag on tuesday mornings...a very talented and free-thinking bunch of stitchers.
we are excited about the new things coming from nashville, we have more housecleaning to do and there are 3 sets of racks in the "back" of this store (along with a pile of finishing) that will garner my attention tomorrow and most of next week. it just never seems to stop and as soon as we get one "mess" cleaned up - there is another pile to take care of.
the "tray" pieces for the 2014 breast cancer piece are all bonded and cut out and we are at the point where we need to bond one more piece to one side of the fabric and then we can start sewing the trays together...we are excited.
spend my 17th year diagnosis date tomorrow morning having a celebratory mammogram...can't think of a better way to celebrate those 17 years - early appointment and then back here for more shoveling and computer work...so...so...thanks for visiting...and we'll be back very soon.
january 9, 2014
spit, polished, cleaned, scrubbed, deleted, arranged, re-arranged, dumped, scrubbed some more, removed, added, built, destroyed, re-built: all accomplished within the last 36 hours - now that the "web house" is cleaned, i have added some stuff about the workshops in april and september, started gathering things for market in nashville in 5 weeks, annie has been ironing fabric for the 2014 BC piece and tomorrow i am going to now work on the new web site because i really didn't want to "pack the dirt and the dust bunnies" and move them to a new house - so this house had to be cleaned first...and clean it i did.
now, because my eyes turn square after about 4 hours on the computer, i will spend the day tomorrow working on the new site and then the rest of the time cutting fabric into pieces - because as part of the 2014 BC piece - we are making wonderful little trays to put your things in - and i have another pile of goodies at home that get worked on during football games - felt balls, ribbons, pins, spools, etc. that will be part of this kit too. i am also getting some help from a very, very dear friend and i will put up some moda fabric swatches in the next couple of weeks...totally different from last years and far more "graphic" than sweet but i think it's going to be quite fun and wonderful.
we are also working on a cute little fundraiser for the 3day walk - as soon as the 3 day gets all the glitches straightened out - apparently their new program that has been installed does not like IE (internet explorer) and they are having a devil of a time getting that straightened...my personal URL is one that happened to fall into the crack (at this point that crack is as deep as the grand canyon) and we are struggling to get me up the canyon walls and back on high ground again - unfortunately all i can do is wait until that happens...but it kind of slows down communication, etc. with the 3day team...i will be patient.
the tuesday tarts have been challenged while i was away...and they are now furiously stitching "old" stuff - nothing new can be purchased OR started until the first of february because the entire month of january is being spent finishing things that were previously started. after seeing everybody on tuesday - the giggle was how many things got started the week between christmas and new years so they would qualify for the "old" category...made me giggle...those women are pretty cagey.
shepherd's bush's the fold is perking along quite well, our lists are made and numbers turned in (all of which can and have been adjusted) and we are very anxiously awaiting for this program to start in february...it will be so much fun.
while bruce and i were away - the doggers stayed with their auntie annie and spent 15 days at "camp stone" and absolutely had the time of their lives. they played so hard and had such a good time that both boys got plopped in the sink and given bathies on saturday when they came home - they were so bad they needed a "pre" bath before going to in for their real bathies at the groomers on tuesday - i'm telling you - that was a mighty stinky crew.
anyway...we are waiting for new things to arrive, i am making great headway on the giant list of things that needs doing around here - another year has launched, we are desperately in need of rain (i truly believe that california is about 4 years into an ugly drought and it will not be pretty around here this summer if we don't get some of that rainy stuff) and we have another football game to get thru this sunday in carolina...it's been a nerve wrecking end of season for us and playoffs make me just a little bit insane.
we are looking forward to a new hoffman listing tomorrow, have some more pictures to take tomorrow as well and some other things that i'm whacking around with on the computer...but right now i'm out of here - have to head home so i can go fill up a bag at office depot. mid west and east - stay safe and warm and out of harm's way - it's just been ugly for you all and i can't even imagine - i would have been dead from the cold weeks ago...
thanks for visiting...we appreciate you and thank you for coming.
january 8, 2014
don't be horrified...we're still here - i'm doing major housekeeping on the website, dust bunnies, filing, moving, putting away, dusting, throwing out and working on the new website all at the same time...everything from last year is at the links above...and i'll have more tomorrow. are all your holiday decorations down and put away??? be back in a little bit!!!
we are also getting ready for the very last nashville market the middle of february. The powers that be are shutting down the 2 remaining hotel shows (nashville in february and the wholesale mid-west market in the fall) thus there will be only "big box convention" and on-line type shows available to business owners. we are very sad about the loss of the nashville market - we have attended every single one of them...but the world is a changing place and thus...i guess these changes are necessary (albeit distasteful to us).
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