Thursday, January 28, 2010

Block Printing with Brian.

Take care,

I'm selling a vintage Coach circa 1970 Flap Style Handbag are you interested?

This is a black flap style hand bag circa 1970's ,having a thin shoulder strap, heavy duty clip and release brass hardware, and a classic turn-lock clasp.

If you prefer the strap can be removed and used as a clutch.

 Bag has 3 interior compartments plus a 4th one on the back.

Authentic Coach, No. 0701-301.

CONDITION: In good, clean vintage condition, with the usual signs of wear, minor scratches in the leather patina, slight surface wear on the brass. Will polish up nicely. Smoke free pet free home.

SIZE: 9.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall and about 2 inches deep. Strap is about 38 inches long including the hardware clips.

Take care,

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What we've been up to.

 If you remember a few posts back, this was the quilt I was making progress on.  The main line of fabric is Snippets for American Jane.  My local quilt shop was having a sale and had these 2x6 scraps already precut and were selling them along with other prints in scrap bags. I snatched most of them up and decided to do a  Stacked  coin quilt of my own creation. I added many of my 30's reproduction fabric in the same color scheme to break it up a bit. 

This is the pieced back it still needs the final edge attached .

 This is the edge and the binding. I still have to make my sandwich and quilt it.

 I decided to put this on the back burner for the time being as we have loads of doctor visits coming up for both kids and the follow up visit concering Brian's Perthes.  We will be going in the next couple of days to get  a bunch of x-rays (which are cool)  and blood work (which is not cool) so we can take the films and labs to his doctor.  We plan on talking to her about letting Brian use crutches while at home instead of the wheelchair as it has been a real struggle keeping him in it with out a lot of tears, his and mine.  Hopefully we will be closer to figuring out where we go from here. 

This is one of the potholder ideas I had for the Potholder Pass Swap.  I have a few more ideas and have been practicing my paper piecing  skills in the process.  It's definately been a challenge for me as I am working with color schemes I'm not used to and are very different than what I think I'm good at.  My sister Krista is much more adventurous with bold colors than I am.   I do  hope my  swap buddy likes them . 

This is the latest toothbrush rug I've been  working on to sell. I have a grocery sack of precut 2 inch strips and it will be finished when the bag is empty.  Thankfully it isn't something fine detail eyes are needed to make.   I have been having a hard time lately with sewing and quilting since my 20/20 vision took a leave of absence, I've benn dealing with it but find that most of my work  and reading has been done in a constant blur. I went and got glasses yesterday and will get thim in about a week.  I picked a style that isn't normally "me" and I think the family's going to need some time to get used to them.. :)

Here's a little bit of E-Bay love with more  from the Snippets line I will eventually make a quilt for myself with these fabrics.

Miss Kaiya and I decided to go and get our haircut.

She did such a good job sitting still.

Finally you can see her eyes!

 I got my normal shag flip bob combo.

Excuse the dirty mirror.
Today after Brian gets home we are hoping to do some block carving to make our own stamps. I made mention of Valentines, he made mention of zombies so clearly we are each going to go our own way which is in the opposite direction of each other! 
Life's good right now.I hope yours is as well.

Take care,

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Picking Dandelions give away.

Hey make sure you head over to Krista's blog to enter to win a prize.  Leave a comment and pick a name for her baby quilt. It's that easy.

Take care,

Saturday, January 23, 2010


A poem by Brian .

Sunny days make me happy.

U make me happy.

Never sell me.

Days are fun.

A day with my mom.

Yes my life is good.

I think I may have made one too  many refrences about selling him to the gypsies.

Take care,

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


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Serious and Silly.

Never drop your I phone into the toilet and other useful tips.

Yes, you did read the title correctly. Yes, I did in fact drop my new I phone right into the toilet. Yes, I feel dumb. Well, it wasn't entirely my fault, really. Brody's arm may have bumped it while turning on the bathroom light and I was messing with the glow stick feature. Either way it flew out of my hands and my world instantly went into slow motion just like you see in the movies. It was surreal. I snagged it out as fast as I could, 2 or 3 seconds tops and watched the screen fizzle out and then go black. I had only had it for 4 days, and then it was gone. The worst part was we had just come home from date night while my cousins watched the kids for us so we could get some much needed adult time together. It was perfect. We also used Christmas gift certificate to go eat at a well loved, can never afford normally, restaurant. A great night out and a few good laughs with the cousins came to a screeching halt at the bottom of my toilet.  UGH.

Oh's just stuff right? Um...

I did some research and found that this is a quite common occurrence with I Phones and cell phones in general. I must say I enjoyed the ratings and visual descriptions Amy had on her blog. I had a few good laugh  rather than tears and uncontrollable tantrums that were surely coming.  Thanks for the comic relief it was definately needed.  I shook out as much water as I could, vacuumed out all the ports and popped it in a bag of rice while I tried to go on with my weekend. I convinced a clerk at a local sundries store to let me rifle though make up bags to collect (read: hoard) silica packets. As a parent, I always cursed manufacturers who put those in their packages; I have since realized that I may have been a bit irrational considering all that has happened. Bring on the silica!!!

Wool Hooooo!!!!!!I can happily report that the phone works  still with some quirks and there is no visible damage and I thankfully got off lucky ... this time.  i will be returning it a few more days to the rice bag just to be safe.  It could have been worse; it could have turned out like one guy telling the story of how he dropped his into a blue sani water Porto-potty. He eventually got his working as well, complete with a visible blue water tint under the screen and smells like poop every time he makes a call. We are still in the trenches of potty training here and I have all the poop one person can deal with thankyouverymuch!

 So I will continue to dry this phone out and report back to you all I've learned through this experience.  Who knows maybe it will be you one night frantically searching the internet on this very topic.  Or not.

 Have a great day.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Good Trade Farm Friday.- Gypsy Wagons

                                                       Good Trade Farm

Gypsy wagons.

Friday, January 8, 2010

52 Fridays Spin off.

I've notice some of the blogs I follow are starting a 52 week photo project that they post every Friday.  Most are doing a self portrait, or a  wardrobe refashion of some kind .  Personally I have no desire to  take pictures of myself or my clothes, but instead I am going to introduce GoodTrade Farm Fridays.

What, you ask, is that? Well it's my folks place.   It is located in Allegany County , in a small town known as Friendship. It is somewhere we go every summer and long to be at during the rest of the year. It is our "home" even though we don't live there. It is where we go when all the  shoobies are flocking to our beaches and our island for their summer vacations.  It is outdoor paradise that is different yet similar.  At the shore we go to the beach to swim and surf and fish for striped bass.  When we go to Grammy's we swim and ride the ranger while doing some bass fishing.  This year is obviously going to be different with brian's Perthes diagnosis, so it is even more important for us to get back "home".

They are getting close to retirement age and would like to pass their "dream" place to someone who would appreciate the possibilities.  The whole property is for sale, including complete woodworking shop, business and home. If I may, I'd like to share with you  a little bit of home.

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