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december 4, 2013
so...much to my chagrin - i didn't do an update - i got lost in having some time off at thanksgiving, had a huge list of things to do, came down here and worked on that friday, crossed piles and piles of things off the aforementioned list and have managed to fill it right back up again...i play this never ending game of adding and crossing off and unfortunately the "adding" faerie is winning and the crossing off faerie is lagging sadly behind the eight ball.
behind the scenes there have been lots of things done (ya just can't see 'em yet) and i did manage to get the facebook page finished for the twinkle toes...now i have to go back in and make team members administrators so they can post to it...i think it will be fun over the course of the year to follow ourselves as we gear up...
started cutting out the 2014 BC kits - they are going to have little trays (assembled) and are going to be very edgy and graphic - not "sweetie pie" but graphic with numbers and pinks/grays/curry and a little orange thrown in - it's great fabric...needlebook, a tiny pincushion that will be premade to sit in your spiffy tray and we're still bashing around ideas...but it's all part of the greater plan (what plan) ;)
it's going to be ugly cold here for the next 10 days - it was so cold this morning that it threw the sensor for the tires on my car into fits...had to take annie's car up to escalon for the haircut - came back - immediately drove the car up half a block to the dealership - big joke - i walked in - service guys said "air pressure"...long story short...they were expecting 10-15 calls/drop ins today - something about the freezing air confuses the sensors/computer in the car...blah, blah, blah. i knew i was good when it wasn't one "low tire pressure" but all of them - then i knew it wasn't a stray nail or something ugly - it had to be the car and sure enough...i was back in 10 minutes and all was good.
so...here are the new things that have come in and the final note on the liberty hill boxes
lizzie kate's jingle (wait 'till december 25th) that i made into a christmas cracker...mary ann (a tarty girl) is making 3 more of them - i played with the first one for her and she assembled 2 more yesterday at the table and now everybody is making them...cute, easy finishing and there is just something so wrong about throwing out empty TP rolls when you can do something cute with them...
so...that's the end of it for right now...i have more computer work to do, a side trip to the grocery store this afternoon, a stop along the way for something i was looking for last week and they have promised more in stock this afternoon, the extra christmas paper is here in the store waiting for pick up - annie's tad and all the band members do a fundraising "thing" outside toys b'us and wrap pressies - i had a ton of extra paper - it's going to a good cause.
there are bolts of fabric in partial states of "cut" and fusible interfacing and fusible batting - strips of it all over the cutting table - my kitchen table at home has trays full of spools, ribbon and felt balls and my brain is full of stuff i want to get done and i have a very tight schedule to accomplish between now and 12/20th...
will have more information on next april's retreat and next september's retreat with the next update - and the calendar will be done and the new website will launch right after the first of the year - i seriously tried to overwhelm myself this fall between our shop event, 60 miles in san diego and everything else and am looking forward to some sort of brain quiet around here...and yes, the lists continue to grow.
also (probably tomorrow because i did an update today) the new shepherd's bush goodies will arrive, some blue ribbon designs and a few other things and then hoffman on top of everything else... message for lily and most of kansas: annie thinks they will arrive friday 12/20 so stay tuned ;)
and...to see if you made it all the way to the bottom of this
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happy holiday preparations!!!
november 22, 2013
we're all home (iowa and texas included) and we are all safe and it was amazing and now we are on to the holidays and trips and preparations and new ideas and finishing the new website and generally getting our "stuff" into one sock. the winter months here seem to melt one into the other and we had a wonderful storm on wednesday - grateful for the rain - not grateful for the 3 accidents and the chemical spill on I-5 when i was trying to get ms. belinda to the airport for her flight home...hair is now white...but, she got on the plane...delivered her at baggage at 11:47 for a 12:23 wheels up on united.
there is a link at the bottom of this update with the walk information and pictures so if you are just sick to death of pink - you can skip right over it. we have a few new things and i am doing another update early tuesday morning in preparation for the thanksgiving weekend so check that out and in the interim...these are the couple of new things that came in while i was gone.
we have new things coming from blue ribbon designs in the next week or two, we have new charts that are being unpacked right now and will be on the next update tuesday morning, we are working on some really cute things for the early spring, i'm cutting the fabric for the breast cancer 2014 piece this weekend and next week - there's some sewing machine time involved in this one like last time. suitcases are out at home in the living room - my husband and i are taking a trip leaving on december 20th (we badly need it - way too long) and i have lists upon lists upon lists. in the interim - all the "normal" things that make up our lives here...and the tuesday tarts will commence again this week.
enjoy your weekend...we are doing buy 1 get one free turkeys to take to the gospel mission on monday afternoon and today we pick up our travel docs for the trip.
here's the link to san diego komen
and thank you for visiting this week...check back again on tuesday for more
november 8, 2013
busy and running and trying to get everything finished by this coming thursday because at 0600 we will be on the road to san diego for a most amazing journey - lori, belinda, diane, terry and i will be heading to san diego by cars and we will catch up with sandy who is flying in from dallas so it is really truly happening and i am so excited i can hardly stand it.
this morning i finished our team jammies - and honestly, i will never make another thing out of minky fabric...love it but the pattern i chose had far too many seams in it for minky...but we will be very stylish and those jammies will keep us warm and we will be most beautious in our pink tents because we are wearing pinky minky jammies...
so...annie and shann will be holding down the fort for us here starting thursday morning 11-14 and we are driving back up from san diego on monday 11-18 at which time i will relieve annie of her duties and i thank her and shann right now because they are going above and beyond and we all so appreciate it... if you need anything - give us a call and/or drop an e-mail and we will get it done for you.
so...everything is packed and ready to go and i will take some pictures of my living room and we'll have a complete picture scrap book of our journey...as well as posting and tagging each other on facebook so everybody who is friends with any of us can see our journey...we are ready...but until then...
tuesday's tarts have been busy this week - including me...i
actually got a few things finished again - baby blanket is about 6 inches of
4sided stitch from being finished and after my final training walk on sunday i
am going to finish it because there is a baby coming at the end of november...
this is the newest jabc pincushion for eugenia the sheep...obviously she is in paris - i think it took me 15 minutes total - actually the longest part was holding the wool felt ball on until the glue set up... it's very cute and i am very fond of it.
and finally...we had two beautiful finishes - the mermaid bag
from the ang (american needlepoint guild) magazine - a betsy morgan piece that
margaret and liz both finished...and within about 15 minutes of each
other...it's my secret who finished it first ;) they did an amazing
job...and i am very proud of each of them and just a little bit different each
one because they made it their own...it was fun...and the results are
wonderful. margaret has the bi-color cord through out and liz did bi-color
cord and solid cord on the fob...spectacular...
and now i am finished...a list of things in my pocket to get
finished, some clean up around here because there is minky bits all over the
floor and i used the giant sucking machine on thursday before minky
sewing...and just because it's very fun and because there is a new
"second-hand", funky chic and paris shabby that opened up right
outside our back door and we went and visited on tuesday afternoon...look what i
won't have an update before we leave but we'll have a ton of pictures when we get home and remember - you can follow us on facebook because we will be all over that as 5 of our 6 team members is FB active.
thanks for visiting...wish us luck - it will be an amazing journey we are about to undertake and we are all so ready...
have a GREAT weekend...i know 6 of us who will be buzzing about finishing up the last of the "to do" lists...
november 1, 2013
so...lots of stuff in the pipeline it's just that nothing hit the door this week except the new plum street which we think are pretty cute...
so...because the cupboard is bare until the brown truck and
the fed ex truck arrive and because we are busy putting together things to go to
williamsburg at the end of the month and because two weeks from yesterday we are
going to be on the road at 0600 hours and because two weeks from today - in just
a few hours - we will be returning to camp with 1 day and 20 plus miles under
our belts and because i have some serious stitching to do tonight and this
weekend as a model stitcher for a very important last piece of a puzzle and
because i need to have that finished and shipped off before i leave for san
diego and because i've had two very sick doggers this week and a worse sick
husband (who has managed to get the worst cold in the history of mankind)
and because i have a guest arriving in 1.5 weeks to start the journey to san
diego and because i have 2 training walks to do this weekend and maybe if i get
my butt in gear i can crank out a few miles this afternoon, and because and
because and because and because it's been a rough week for annie and me...we are
going to do show and tell with the tuesday's tarts... so here's a few pictures
of things that have been finished and i will have some more next week...some of
them i just forgot to take pictures of and they are bring brought back in for a
this "tart" will have a few things of her own next week...have exactly 6 inches left on the baby blanket but like i said...tough week...vet visits, sick doggers, nicky literally sat on my lap on wednesday night rolled up like a hot dog and it's amazing how 14.5 pounds of dog can put your lap to sleep over the course of three hours...and nothing would do but he had to sit there with me... both he and daisy are still not right but we now have 48 hours of antibiotics in them and it should turn around this weekend. thankfully, gatsby has dodged the bullet so far.
now, we've had two of our tarts who have finished our betsy morgan acorn/friday class "a gathering for winter etui" and we got some pictures of those too...we are also working on some caskets and annie's and diane's are finished...and i took pictures of them but i have no clue where i put them...so that's a next week kind of thing too...
but...the acorn is just spectacular and so here's diane and
lori's pieces...and we took them on the furry seat of our hospital tart betty's
very new and spiffy walker...it makes the perfect photo shot place:
we also have two betsy mermaid bags very near completion - and we should have some of those pictures by the end of this coming tuesday and i'll get snaps - they are both quite spectacular and lined in two different colors..one white and one blue.
so...there you go...but lastly...i need to really brag on our merry band of twinkle toes...as of just a few minutes ago - our team of six (5 walkers and 1 medical crew member) have raised $25,425 towards our walk in san diego in 2 weeks. there is more $$ in the pipeline that has not been posted to our accounts and we all hope to raise more than this amazing amount...there is stuff all over my living room and when i get it somewhat more organized i will take pictures of it and post because all the preparation we do and the expenses we incur are all part of the journey. it's an expensive proposition to get a group of six to san diego which is 406 miles from here...taking 2 vehicles, purchasing sleeping bags and tarps and drop cloths and everything that we need as well as gas money down and hotel rooms for 2 nights (thursday and sunday) - and the organization of all of this is quite amazing...sat on the stairs at home last night and did the little ones looking for treats and at the same time wrote out luggage tags and thank you notes and tried to organize snacks and bags of clothes and everything that still needs to be done. this weekend will be filling squeeze tubes with peanut butters and honey - but i believe that job will be done in the kitchen and not on the stairs while i'm trying to take care of 200 little ones looking for sweets. http://www.the3day.org/goto/lgmbear to everybody who has supported us - a million, trillion thanks - i hope if you can find a small donation in your heart that you will make it - there is never too small an amount because it all goes towards a greater good and a bigger cause and if you are just a small part of the cost of a mammogram for some person who needs one - then how can any of that be wrong. i know every member of my team is grateful for anything and everything because we are so committed to being the best we can be for this commitment - i am so proud to be one sixth of this amazing group of women. if you hit the link in this paragraph it will take you to my page and from there you can go and check out the team page...
not only is there a box of hot pink organza bows for our
shoes but there is also a box of special hats...because we are the twinkle toes
and because we always have to have new head gear because we just need to have
new head gear...amazing what you can do with a walmart baseball cap and a spool
of ribbon from hobby lobby and a few "sparkles" which the girls can
pin on themselves...still have to add some sparkles to my red and gold 49er cap that
i need to wear on the sunday because we will be playing even if i can't watch ;)
but that will get done this weekend too.
thank you - remember to "fall back" an hour on saturday evening/sunday morning and i'm out of here quick to gather up the piles of stuff i need to take home with me - and i'll actually get something done if i can keep mr. nicky from taking up residence on my lap.
have a great weekend and thanks for visiting...
october 26, 2013
so...almost 10 miles later that we walked this morning, some grapes in my tummy and my walking shoes still on my feet...the agenda for the day is as follows:
down here to get this finished and if i have a few minutes, work on 4 christmas stockings that i am finishing...if i can get them to the point of hand sewing then i can take them home and work on them tomorrow during the game, then home for bird feeders to be filled, 2 new orchids to be potted, picking up 25 pounds of wasabi almonds for a dear friend's husband (he seems to be addicted), put away the rest of the farmer's market booty that i got this morning, 2 loads of laundry, shower and head over to annie's at 5:30 because she is doing the soup (home made french onion) and salad (wedge with yummies on the top) for 16 people and i'm plating for her while she and gary do the serving, then home and maybe part of a college game then get up and do another training walk tomorrow morning after the grocery store so the doggers will be on alert for terry, lori and diane to show up about 8:15 and we'll do a quick 6 or 7 miles around the neighberhood and then i'll buzz around for a couple of hours and be ready for kick off sometime around 1:00 tomorrow afternoon.
the drawn thread: - we ordered these charts with the
embellishment packs for your convenience
sam sarah design studio:
amy bruecken designs:
the stitching parlor:
plum street samplers:
tuesday's tarts: our betty tart was released from rehab on monday after 8 very long weeks between hospital and rehab and came for a visit on tuesday. we were very glad to see her up and about...and i have some finishes for you to see and i will put those up next week - including me actually because i plan on finishing the baby blanket tomorrow during one of the games...it's very close to being done - needs a quick delicate wash and then the silk ribbons need to be woven in and then i will be finished...and i have two more in the wings... we've had some betsy morgan finishes and some black bird finishes and annie is almost finished stitching a betsy morgan piece from a magazine and we have two more that are close from the ang magazine...it's going to be fun...also some christmas stockings - shann has 2 that will be ready to put together...busy place here on tuesdays.
my entire living room is awash in pink, everything is now packed and organized and the squeeze bottles are all here now and the assortment of peanut butters (flavored: white chocolate, dark chocolate, regular and honey) as well as the almond butter (nothing in it but almonds - it's the best) and a bottle of wildflower honey - all of that goes into the various squeeze tubes for our cinch sacks and now i'm working on the greek yogurt covered raisins - and my produce lady will have those for me in the next couple of weeks - great energy and not even close to being as sweet as the regular yogurt raisins...love the greek yogurt...and then my dears - we are ready to head out on the road south to san diego. clothes, socks, shoes, medical supplies, air mattress, batteries, clothes pins, drop clothes, you have no idea how much "stuff" needs to be taken with and it all has to fit into one bag per person not to weigh over 35 pounds and that includes sleeping bag and air mattress - all in the same duffel with clothes and everything else.
we have all worked so very hard and 5 of us have already committed to dallas in 2014 - it is an amazing experience and every time i read the 3day blog posts it makes me cry and i know that my new first year chickens will be absolutely blown away because that is the affect it had on me last year. san diego has 2,500 registered walkers this year - what an amazing time and we will be posting on facebook so if you want to see pics - find me (lois bear) and we will friend you so you can see our progress. i think for my iowa twinkle the best thing i am looking forward to is seeing her face if the sea lions are at the children's pool on the beach at la jolla...we will hear them from miles away if they are "in residence" and it is just an amazing site. also closing ceremonies at petco park (home of the san diego padres baseball team) should be most amazing - bring it on - i am so ready and i am so ready to start the whole process over again for dallas 2014...i will walk until...and nothing more needs to be said than that. Real close to 17 years are under my belt...and i'm looking for a whole lot more....for me and every person who has been touched by this disease - every person deserves a lifetime.
have a great week coming and we're "thinking pink"...thanks for visiting.
october 18, 2013
quick and fun trip over to cupertino last night and spent some time with the santa clara ega group - great group and always good to see familiar faces. didn't get home until quite late and when i finally did arrive back in modesto - both freeway exits were closed so i had to go off at one much further south and then try and wind my way back home - which is no easy feat over the river and thru the woods at 11:15 at night.
then the fun enjoyment for this morning was a flu shot. bruce came and picked us up and annie, bruce and yours truly all got stuck in the arm...and they weren't even giving out tinkerbell band-aids...just plain old brown ones and i was sad. now the right arm hurts but i'll survive.
tomorrow is a good training walk with 2 members of the twinkles...and 29 days from now we will have completed 1 full day and over 20 miles and be ready to tackle saturday and sunday. next update i will include a picture of my living room...and today i ordered some "squeeze tubes" that i am going to fill with the most yummy peanut butter that i found at sprouts (our fun market here) and the flavors will be regular, white chocolate, dark chocolate and "bees knees". it's perfect energy and will be much easier to manage than carrying around 4 jars of PB in our cinch sacks... the "medical equipment" 2 gallon ziplock is full to the brim and i'm going to give the K tape a try tomorrow...left knee is starting to pinch a bit (or maybe it's just the on-set of old age with another milestone coming up quicker than i'm looking forward to).
anyway...here we go...with more next week...but for right now...this is what we're doing...
blackberry lane designs:
and so...i am off to home shortly to talk my husband into taking me down to purchase a new sucking machine for home so the home one can come down to the shop and torment scruff la la and didnot...and then back home to make dinner and then slide into my "at home" list of things to do... monday down here will start some serious finishing because i have a potload of stockings to get done, a huswif that just arrived from tennessee and a few other things...and everything is pretty well prepped and ready to go and then i have a few more things to finish up on the sewing machine for san diego and it's getting to be "crunchy" time.
the new drawn thread charts and embellishments have been ordered and i'm expecting those mid-next week and those so holiday themed - we love them and look forward to their arrival.
tuesday tarts - have been exceptionally busy - diane finished her betsy morgan casket, annie finished hers too, lori finished her betsy morgan acorn class, shann is working on some really cute things and liz & margaret are doing finishing work on a BM mermaid bag from the ANG magazine - and it's really spectacular too. busy, busy and i will get some pictures this tuesday and get them out there...it's been insane around here and i've been remiss on that one too!!!
and...a HUGE shout out to our dear friend carol in baltimore - celebrating her 49th birthday by doing the baltimore komen walk/run on sunday. she is an amazing person and i've known her for a very, very long time and i am so proud of her accomplishments and this is just an incredible journey for her on so many different levels. carol - may you walk with angels on your heels and not a blister on your toes and know that the twinkles are in your pocket cheering you on to the finish line with grace and goodness. we love ya!!!
enjoy your weekend...we are getting ready for the "march thru san diego" and we are so very excited...it's coming really quick...
october 17, 2013
quick update until tomorrow - annie off today and over in the bay area picking up a new trumpet mouth piece for tad and i have to head over to cupertino/los altos this afternoon to teach a class, flu shots tomorrow morning and then hopefully it will calm down just a little bit and i can really get a handle on the finishing i've got sitting here - which will be organized before i leave to head over the hill this afternoon.
we have two 15 mile back-to-back training walks to be completed next weekend or the weekend after - that means 15 miles saturday and 15 miles on sunday...my living room is awash in pink at the moment, sleeping bags, air mattresses, duffel bags, medical supplies, 2 gallon plastic bags, shoes, socks, getting ready to pull out the clothes and put them in zip lock bags too - protection from moisture...it's all coming together. hotel reservations made...i swear, it's coming faster than birthdays which, when you get to be my age, come REALLY, REALLY fast.
updated the instructions for paris flea market kits - put it
on the front page in both word doc and pdf form - you can just click and print -
should help a little bit more with the jacob's ladder needlebook instructions...i
used a black sharpie marker, black ribbon and wrote all over the linen, etc so
here you go.
other than that - i'm jetting today with annie being gone and i promise i will get an update done early tomorrow a.m. because i've been 10 days remiss.
thanks for your patience...and our tuesday tart gets out rehab this coming monday - bruce and i went over to see her last night - that place (and our tart) have worked miracles...the progress is just amazing...she has to get up and out and back on her feet - she is the very proud great grammie to twin girls born on monday - i had the on-line photo album of the baby portraits on my tablet and i pulled up the entire bunch of pictures for her to see yesterday afternoon - both over six pounds, 19.5 inches long and mama had them the regular way...they are just beautiful!!!
off i go to clean up some messes that i am famous for causing and then into the car, stop for gas and over the hill i go towards the pacific ocean ;) have the rest of a good day.
october 7, 2013
i promised and here i am - a little bit delayed - my phone decided to misbehave over the weekend and although every other device in our home recognized the wifi - not my phone...thus it involved stripping it off, download, reloading, etc. and now waiting for the technician to call me back because i have done all my homework and it's sitting here plugged into my computer...but what havoc it has created for me day...
so...before anything else blows up...
in the meantime....
that's it for right now - the phone keeps ringing and i'm expecting the tech person to call me back and if i leave this unattended the whole thing will blow a fuse and i am so looking forward to getting the new website up and running so this won't happen any more...which is just one more job that i need to get done and the on-line needlework show and, and, and, and...we just won't even discuss the finishing that is sitting here waiting patiently for me...getting all that set up is going to happen this afternoon...
poof - like an old crow in a wind storm...i'm history!!! and p.s. the starlings are here - enroute the warmer climes of mexico and southern exposures...one never drives thru town with an open sunroof when the starlings are visiting ;)
have a great week - between walking, walking, finishing,
finishing, web site work, on-line needlework show preparations, etc. i think the
week is pretty well shot full of holes...however does that happen??? beats
october 5, 2013
brief, brief update because it's saturday, i just walked 9.61 miles, i am teaching in sacramento tomorrow and have to leave the house by 7:15 in the morning, i just finished kitting up 140 kits and after the software blowing up twice during the charting process - i'm lucky i still have any hair left on the top of my head.
tuesday's tart - is in her second week at rehab...she has a cardio appt. on monday that bruce is accompanying her to and is really looking forward to coming home.
i have a ton of updates to do - and i promise i will do that first thing on monday morning but i have just run out of steam this morning and i really need a shower and to clean up some of the mess in this shop - and the only one responsible for the messes is me...
so... paris flea market 2013 will start shipping first thing monday morning...annie will do that and i'll do the update at the same time...we are finished, we are pleased with it, we want to kill two separate software programs that blow up in the middle of charting monograms and because of the explosions - lose everything, including an entire software program that i still can't raise from the dead. we have purchased the fabric for next year's "whatever" and it's going to be an entirely different look and feel to the 2014 design...but i can tell you that i have already named it "count on you".
will be back on monday - i promise - i need to go back to
cleaning up kitting messes and piles and boxes and crates and put the tools away
until next time. have a great weekend...i can't believe it is six weeks
from today we will be on day two in san diego...how exciting.
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