My First Columbus Day Weekend

Believe it or not I haven’t had a Columbus Day off from work since I was 16 years old and  got my first job.

For the past 15 years I worked for a company that had very few paid holidays. That changed when I was let go from my last position and found my current one. At FGX International they like their holidays. I will even have Good Friday off. I am blown away by the holiday and paid time off package I still can’t believe it when I think about what I put up with for 15 years.

I made sure that I spent my first Columbus Day weekend thoroughly enjoying myself. First up was a much needed haircut. Well, more like a much needed trim. My hair is pretty damaged from a flat iron I had gotten for free as a sample from my last job. I thought it worked great – my hair was straight – until it started breaking apart in my hands. I lost chunks of hair from different areas around my head and they are finally starting to fill back in, to my great relief. Kudos to my amazing hair stylist Magan who made me look normal this whole time through her crafty cutting.

After my cut I went to pick up my sister to spend the day. We ended up at On the Border for some Mexican and at Jo Ann Fabrics for some new fabric. I love to make bags and picked up some cool fabric to make my niece a craft bag for Christmas. My sister got some awesome, wild greens and blues to make an Irish Chain quilt.

We then headed to see Ben Affleck (yum) in his new movie Gone Girl but the 2:30 showing was sold out. No big deal, right? Just go to the next show, right? But that would have put it well past 6pm when the movie let out and I needed to be home by 6 to give Sparrow her insulin shot.

Responsibility.

Luckily, my sister understood and I offered an alternate idea – we could get our nails done. The girly idea sat just fine with my sister so we headed to a local nail salon. I was very impressed with the price, the cleanliness, the workmanship and the polite service. I brought my own polish – OPI’s Muir, Muir On the Wall – a brown-plum color perfect for fall. I also got acrylic nails because my fingernails were bitten to shit and it wasn’t worth paying for a manicure on them.

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Sunday I was inspired to start Nora Corbett’s The Letter M for a gift for my Grandmother for Christmas. I did not have all of the Crescent Colors and beads for the design (and I wasn’t that crazy about the colors for my Gramma) so I changed the colors. I used some minty Crescent Color greens for the dress and the 552/553/554 DMC purple colorway for the letter M – perfect Gramma colors. I had matching beads and the same colors and Kreinik for the wings.

Here is the original design:

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And here is the start of my conversion on Silver Mist fabric by Silkweaver:

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I roasted a beef roast in the oven which made an amazing gravy (after the addition of butter and flour), mashed potatoes and green beans. A perfectly homey fall meal.

Today was a supremely lazy day. I designed a chart for Sparrow’s insulin shots, feedings and glucose readings. She has adapted to her new litter box quite well (thankfully). It is the Tidy Cats Breeze system where the urine doesn’t clump in the litter but free flows down into a separate pan.

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I cross stitched, caught up on some tv shows and watched the Boston Bruins hockey game on tv. I’m a huge hockey fan for those who aren’t in the know. It’s been over 20 years and I still love it.

So ends the tale of my very first working Columbus Day holiday. Tomorrow starts a four day week at work and is capped off by the FGX International night at the Providence Bruins the minor league affiliate of the Boston Bruins. It ought to be a good week.

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Thank you Mood!

After furiously researching how to take my sister to the Fashion District in New York City as a Christmas present I abandoned it due to price issues. Taking public transportation in would be excessively pricey and neither one of us would want to drive in and handle the hassle.

I decided that bringing my sister to Mood would have to be replaced with an on-line order of one of the new Thank You Mood t-shirts and a tote bag as shown on Project Runway.

You see, I love Project Runway – Tim, Heidi, Nina and Michael are a delight – but my sister LOVES Project Runway.

Obsessively.

But not in a sick, stalker way. She’s just a big fan and even has the series on DVD!

My sister was poking around on-line (having no idea I was looking to get us to the Fashion District too) and found a local group that runs a yearly bus tour to NYC’s Fashion District including fabrics stores and local eateries.

How amazingly awesome is that??!!! They haven’t announced the actual date of the trip but we will join the group now so we can get into the swing of things.

First thing tomorrow morning I will be mailing off our registrations to The Rhode Island Sewing Network. The next meeting in November 1st.

If we actually make it on the bus trip I have asked my sister to promise she won’t attack Tim Gunn if she sees him in person.

I don’t think I’ll be able to scrape together bail money right after the holiday season.

Yet Another Bag

Even though I have been absent from regular blog postings it doesn’t mean I haven’t been up to my eyeballs in crafty goodness!

First up is a big (15″x 18″) craft bag for my sewing/quilting loving sister. I loved the antique sewing machines and dress forms on the print but was not crazy about the color combinations.

I made due with the colors and chose a blue floral that matched the sewing machines to use as the contrasting fabric.

I loved the ceramic button I found in the exact brown shade. I really, really loved this button. It was very hard to part with it! 🙂

The Bruins Bear

I will be stopping here with the Bruins Bear tonight.

He is such a dark bear because the Boston mascot is a dark, dark brown. I think some petite black beads for eyes and nose will help with the definition.

I put him in a road white jersey so the poor thing didn’t disappear in a blob of black.

FYI Bruins gold is DMC 742. Exactly. Trust me I matched it to my jersey!

I used GAST Picnic Basket for the main bear color which I think goes perfectly!

I still have to finish his shorts, socks, skates, stick, puck and emblem! On the back of the ornie I plan on stitching CHIEF 36 since this is a Father’s Day gift and that nickname and number mean a lot to my Dad.

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Who knew?

Who knew I would enjoy making cross stitch accessories almost as much as I enjoy stitching?

The set below was for part of my Mom’s Christmas gifts. I ended up using a yard of breast cancer fabric she had bought for herself. I had already made her an ort bag with the green/pink ribbon and the pink butterfly fabric but squirreled away the leftovers.

I made an 8″ and 11″ Q-snap cover, a needlebook, a 14″ envelope to protect hooped/Q-snapped projects on the go and a bottle cap pin cushion.

I ended up changing the way I make a needlebook so I told Mom I owe her a second book. And those bottle cap pin cushions? They are such FUN to make!!!!!

In this shot, under the pin cushion, is a little bag to cover the mini magnifier on Mom’s MightBrite Vue Magnifier!