Tuesday, December 02, 2008

My Meme

I'm considering myself "tagged" by Nancy Knits. She made a list on her blog, answering questions for a "meme". I'd never heard of a meme before, so I read her link to a site that explains it. I still don't completely understand it, but I'm going to answer the same questions she answered. (tee-hee)

10 Years Ago I:
looked like this: Sandy
Was a lonely single mom, looking for "Mr Right"
Was the Organist at Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church
Was engaged to "Mr Wrong", who cancelled the engagement a month later
Enjoyed playing games with my kids on Nintendo NES and Super Nintendo
Was lucky to find good deals on necessities at thrift and consignment shops
Was reading most of Jules Verne's works (my favorite was "The Mysterious Island")
Had just finished reading The Bible all the way through for the second time

5 Things on Today's "To-Do" List:
Have breakfast with my husband :)
Run errands: Cancel wireless internet & gym membership, pay car insurance
Teach 5 piano lessons
Work on knitting Christmas gifts
Computer time: Knitting Help Forum, Ravelry, Facebook, Yahoo, eBay, Flickr, Blogger

5 Snacks I Enjoy:
Almonds, Pecans, Cashews
Hot Tea or Coffee
Combos (Cheddar Cheese Pretzel)
Skor Toffee Bars
Breyers Butter Pecan Ice Cream

5 Things I Would Do If I Were a Millionaire:
Give some money to charity
Pay off all our bills
Buy a solar-powered house, and a cottage in the mountains
Visit Ireland, Scotland, Hawaii and Alaska
Finally have a new car, preferably an electric one (charged with the solar power at my house)

5 Places I Have Lived:
Indian Trail, NC
Wingate, NC
Charlotte, NC
Belmont, NC
ending up back in Indian Trail

5 Jobs I Have Had:
Piano Teacher
Independent Insurance Agent
Executive Assistant at Aetna/US Healthcare
Church Secretary at Mulberry Baptist Church
Telemarketer & Receptionist for Dr. Paul Homoly

Monday, October 13, 2008

Teaching an Embroidery Class

Recently, I taught a crewel embroidery class to a group of home-schoolers. It was a lot of fun!

I started off by gathering together lots of sportweight wool yarn for the students to use:
Wool Yarn for Embroidery Class

Next, I stitched a simple design, using the stitches I would be teaching to them:
Simple Example for Crewel Embroidery Class

Next, I traced a simple design onto linen fabric and placed them in hoops for each student.
Getting Stuff Together for Crewel Embroidery Class

Embroidery Designs for Students in Hoops

I taught 8 young girls how to do the following stitches:

Straight Stitch
Stem Stitch
French Knot
Couching Stitch
Padded Satin Stitch

I think the class went well, and several of the girls were asking lots of questions. A success!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Embroidery Work - Nice on Hot Days

Recently, our air conditioning was not working, so our house was SUPER HOT!!! (It was over 90 degrees overnight, even with 10 fans running in the house.)

Since it was so hot, I could not bring myself to knit or spin. So, I got out my new needlework stand, and pulled out some embroidery kits that have been waiting for me. I decided to work on a candlewicking kit called "He Loves Me Knot". Very nice. I just love my new needlework stand!

He Loves Me Knot - On Stand

New Needlework Stand in Use

Here's what I've gotten done so far:
He Loves Me Knot - More Progress 2

I really enjoy doing embroidery for a change. :)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Relaxing Day at Home

Today has been a wonderful day.

My hubby and I started the morning with a nice hug and kiss. I'm so glad I found my soulmate. We are good for each other. :)

He is a restaurant manager, so we usually don't have the chance to have breakfast together. But, today he scheduled himself to go into work in the afternoon. So we had breakfast!! He's on a low cholesterol diet, and I am on a low carbohydrate diet. So, needless to say....cooking breakfast took up a LOT of counter space!
Making Omelets for Different Diets

Real eggs for me..."Egg Mates" for him.
Real cheese for me..."Smart Beat" cheese for him.
Real butter for me..."Smart Balance" spread for him.
Sausage for me.....turkey for him.

We were able to share the mushrooms, spinach, herbs, spices, red bell pepper and onions, though. It was yummy!!!

After breakfast, my hubby spent some time on the internet, and I went to knit in my craft room. I've really been enjoying Librivox lately. It's a really cool website, with free audiobooks online. All of the books are in the public domain, and recorded by volunteers. I'm listening to all of Frank Baum's books about the Land of Oz. I had no idea there were so many books about that place!! It's really cool to listen to it for free.

While I was knitting and listening to Librivox, my hubby was taking a shower and getting ready for work. Before he left, he went to check the mailbox, and returned with a small package for me. It was an embroidery kit I had gotten on eBay. It's really cool! It's a crewel embroidery design of a knitting bag, with an initial on it. I'll probably use an "S" for "Shandeh" or "Sandy". :D
Knitting Bag Embroidery Project

After my hubby left for work, I listened to the first three chapters of "The Wizard of Oz", and got a good bit of knitting done in the process. Then, I started getting drowsy. So, I took a 3 hour nap. How wonderful!!!

When I woke, I made myself two cups of hot tea.
Two Flavors of Tea
My absolute favorite tea is on the left. It's "Good Earth Organic Original Sweet & Spicy Tea". If you let it brew long enough, there is no need for sweetener at all. It's naturally sweet, and is a natural source of antioxidants. :)
The tea on the right is one that I occasionally have. I must really be in the mood for it though. If I drink it too often, it reminds me of furniture polish. :P It's "Twinings Herbal Revive", with lemon and Chinese ginger.

I think I'll go back to the Land of Oz and knitting for a while. :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sewing for a Friend

A friend of mine from the Knitting Help Forum asked if I could sew a dress for her granddaughter. She chose a pattern from my collection, and specified the type of fabric she wanted. I took my time choosing the fabric, because I wanted it to be just right.

Then, I started sewing. It took a while, because I am a slow worker. I just want things to be right, you know?

I'm always careful to press open each seam as I sew it. I handsew certain parts, just to make it correct. And I read the directions WAY too many times....always afraid that I'll miss something.

I was a bit frustrated with this particular pattern, because they made a mistake in the bodice instructions. At the end, I had to rip out a couple seams and re-do them properly. If I didn't have sewing experience, I would have been thoroughly confused. I'm glad I've been sewing for 30 years!

Last night, I finally finished everything. The zipper is added, the snaps are attached, and the hem is sewn. It's lovely!

Here's the front:
Finished Dress - Front

And here's the back:
Finished Dress - Back

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Hey! I MADE some Spinners on The Sims!

I've been a Sims fan ever since the first "The Sims" game came out. I have every single expansion pack for the original series of games.

When I received "Makin' Magic", I think I only played it for one week before "The Sims 2" was released. At that time, I just removed all the old Sims games, and installed The Sims 2 instead.

I've spent the last 2 years struggling through LONG waiting periods.....waiting for the game to load.....waiting for the Sims neighborhood to open......waiting for my Sim to walk across the room.....waiting for my Sim to ride the taxi to another neighborhood.....waiting, waiting, waiting.

And not really enjoying it, I might add. :(

So, last night, I decided to REMOVE the Sims 2, and put my OLD Sims back on. Boy, am I glad I did!!!

I installed ALL of the old games. The Sims, Livin' Large, House Party, Hot Date, Vacation, Unleashed, Superstar, and Makin' Magic.

When I started playing, I waited for the game to load. And that's the only waiting I had to do. :D

After spending a few minutes with the game, I realized that I never really played "Makin' Magic" at all. I opened up the "Buy" screen to put some items in my little Sims house, and I found a SPINNING WHEEL!!!!! Oh My Gosh!!!! I was so excited, I was about to BUST!!

So, of course, I decided right then and there to make a castle full of ladies in long dresses, so I could have them all spin at the same time.


Sims Spinning in Makin' Magic

Friday, March 14, 2008

Yay! I Found Some Spinners!

Today, when I was at Cottage Yarn, in Mint Hill, North Carolina, I was talking to one of the friendly shop clerks. She told me that there are a few spinners that would like to get together this weekend in Mint Hill.

I'm so excited!!!! FINALLY, I have found some spinners that I can sit and spin with. I'm really looking forward to it.