Weekend adventure

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We looked all over to find a Christmas tree. We were going to use the old one again however, we discovered that we threw out the old one last year. Sooooo, since we couldn’t find one we went to Bronner’s. It is one of the biggest attractions in Michigan all year, and it is the biggest attraction in December. But, we could find a tree anywhere else. I wasn’t ready to get a 4 foot table top tree. So we went, it was very crowded. However people were nice and not rude.

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We went to a couple of stores in downtown Frankenmuth. I found some fabric grab bags that are awesome. I liked the pillow in the window, the texture is pretty cool. We also enjoyed the lights all over town an then….

2014-12-13 19.30.09Bam! We happened to be in the right place at the right time and saw some fireworks! In December, it is pretty warm after such a rotten November (50+inches of snow) and everyone is feeling pretty festive.

2014-12-13 20.22.45 Isn’t this fireplace at Cracker Barrel awesome! I love the idea of a fire but in reality I hate the wood, dirt, smoke, maintenance…. lol but this was so warm and pretty.

2014-12-14 13.22.49 And the tree is up. We are leaving town Thursday for a little over a week,  but I am glad we went to the trouble of putting up the tree. It will make the holidays last longer because I always leave it up until after the New Years sometimes even a week or so later. So our adventure was fun and festive. And it made me feel really good inside.

Vicki

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Hmmmmm, lots of football talk on that word cloud but not quilting. Haha, its that time of year. I feel a bit lost when football is finished and we are sesrching for something to do. We’re going to watch more movies this winter, netflix, cable movies and amazon prime!  And I am working on my quilt book more. I am probably going to self publish it , its a goal I have and I am going to keep working on it. 

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Old word collage

What else am I working on ? The sewing room and furniture moving project. Its  reset of 2 of our bedrooms with organization of thoses spaces. I am working on weight loss and fitness.

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I have 2 quilt ufos and a few tops to quilt. I have 4 customer quilts to do. I am going to keep working on my quilt for a show.

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I dont think i will get bored this winter and those goals should carry me over till spring. Lol

Today its gym day and look for a Christmas  tree day. We discovered we threw out the old broken down one last year. 

Vicki

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Hmmmmm, lots of football talk on that word cloud but not quilting. Haha, its that time of year. I feel a bit lost when football is finished and we are sesrching for something. Were going to watch more movies this winter. And i am working on my quilt book more. I am probably going to self publish it , its a goal i have and i am going to keep working on it. 

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Old word collage

What else am I working on ? The sewing room and furniture moving project. Its  reset of 2 of our bedrooms with organization of thoses spaces. I am working on weight loss and fitness.

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I have 2 quilt ufos and a few tops to quilt. I have 4 customer quilts to do. I am going to keep working on my quilt for a show.

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I dont think i will get bored this winter and those goals should carry me over till spring. Lol

Today its gym day and look for a Christmas  tree day. We discovered we threw out the old broken down one last year. 

Vicki

Confessions

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I am so glad that the last conference I attended was about children. They left colored pencils out, and some candy but I was more interested in the pencils. I doodle my way through meetings but colored pencils, yea!!! I tried my hand at several ideas. Mostly what you would categorize as “comfort” tangles, and other things you don’t have to think about— just draw.

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I think that I need to take colored pencils and drawing pens everywhere but that is frowned upon at work and many other places, like church. I think in this age of technology and smart phones that maybe public doodling and drawing could be more acceptable but there is always a time a place.

I say draw on! I remember what was taught when I am able to draw during the presentations. I wonder if there are any studies out there that supports my finding. Hmmm. I will have to look!

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I knew it!!!! Article that proves doodling helps to remember!!!

http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1882127,00.html

Having to change the design….

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because I made a cutting mistake. I thought that it was Kona bought locally. Nope. I looked all over. I found several fabrics that were close but not the same. I have no idea where I bought this grey, no idea what company made it. So I decided to change the design on the background fabrics. I am using a 6.25″ x 9.5″  batik precut. I am using 2.25 x 9.5″ inch grey strips on each side and ta da the easiest block in the quilt world! I am finding that I like batiks. I didn’t when I first met them but I am finding so many options out there and they go so nicely with solids.

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Here is the idea for the grey strips in this quilt. Now to see if I have enough of the batik collection to make 81 blocks for twin sized quilts!

Vicki

Michigan

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This customer quilt is so full of suprises. The more you look, the more you see! I has the Michigan block M, it has cammo and the block M on the backing fabric. It is so perfect for a University  of Michigan student  going into the military  after graduating.

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I love the blending of the blue fabric for the background.  This queen sized quilt is quilted in all over free motion swirls.  I used a light yellow thread to blend into this quilt.

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Great job , Allison,  its a gorgeous quilt! 

Vicki

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I got my hair done today. I splurged and bought some product and really went all out with this haircut. It’s modern, asymmetrical and a bit daring for me in recent years. I like it and have had some positive comments.

However, it is funny how something like this makes me realize. I felt bad about doing something so extravagant. I felt so guilty. Why?

who knows. I guess that it is an ingrained habit of not spending money on myself. Or spending time on my appearance. It took me a few hours to get over it. And I am going to keep it up until I am ready for a change.

I used to feel bad about spending money on things like the gym, clothes, eating out, getting a nice hotel, purchasing fabric without me earning “extra money” outside of my day job….. I have gotten over those things so I think I will get over the hair costs.

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