Monthly Archives: February 2009

Poop on My Tires

Yes folks you read it right. Poop, the Horse kind. Today I drove all over Amish Country visiting two different repair shops with misty eyed hopes of getting my machine fixed. When one said they couldn’t do it, I was sent to another dealer who happened to be all the way on the other end of the county! GRRRRR I figured people get a second medical opinion so why not mechanical. So I drove and drove and drove only to get another no. 😦

I did get to check out some really sweet Janomes, Baby Locks, Brothers and Elnas along the way. My favorite was the Janome MB-4 embroidery machine coming in at a little under 6 grand! Oh one day my sweet, I will possess you! I’m sure for those of you who are not crafters and stitchers and unaware of the investment you are taken aback by the price tag. Don’t be, I’ve seen embroidery machines that are 20 grand. Yes you heard me right, $20,000. They do everything but butter your toast…well maybe there is even a program for that now! Stitchers did you know that Marie Osmond has her own line of Janome machines??? The one I saw retails for $1400 and I must say it was pretty sweet except for her signature on the side…that was kind of queer.

So for now I have a new Brother, it has all kinds of bells and whistles. I am looking to trade up to the NX-250 but at $700 it will have to wait a bit…hopefully not too long though! Better get to stitching and hopefully sellin!!!

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A Date With Don

In the last 5 minutes I managed to break my main sewing machine and see stars.

Earlier today I noticed my machine was not making the same kitten-like purr while running at full throttle. Also the hand wheel seemed to not want to turn as easily as it normally does. I figured I would finish stitching the row of patchwork that I was working on, open her up and clean out the lint. Maybe that had something to do with it. Nope.

I didn’t think it was anything too serious. I just wanted to complete the wee bit of remaining patchwork for this skirt I am working on, so I kept on sewing. That was probably a mistake, no let me rephrase that, it WAS a mistake. I should have stopped right there. But nooooo I had to keep sewing, all because I need to get this skirt finished for the update. I figured I would take her in for a professional tune up this weekend. It would be a perfect time since I am going to be taking pictures and working the site and I won’t be sewing for a few days anyway. Well that plan just went to shit! It was like I was watching an old projector movie frame by frame. The needle slowed to a painful crawl for about 4 stitches, an alarm screamed and then the screen flashed 00. Now nothing moves! So tomorrow morning at 10 I will be meeting with Don my friendly sewing machine repair man.

Thankfully I have a back up machine so I can continue with my work. However, in all my excitement and drama about the machine I didn’t realize I moved my chair so far back when I was tinkering around. So when I went to sit down I landed on the hard floor with a painful thud! I saw little white stars, scratched my back, got a headache and scared the crap out of the cat! Now I am completely annoyed and all I want to do is chill out with a bottle of wine and a movie!

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Inanimate Cute-ness

If they had cheeks I’d pinch em’!

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WARNING

You must be a ninja to operate this machinery!

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Sneak Peak

I’ve been a crafty little pixy as of late, meaning yesterday. 🙂 I was planning to update the website this weekend but I will be pushing it back to the beginning of next week. I had several inquiries from customers who had asked to see particular items/colors/sizes in this upcoming post, which of course I will do my best to accommodate them! Here is a glimpse at what I have been working on.I hope to finish these pieces this morning so that I may move on to another one this afternoon.

I’ve also been left wondering if I should continue to announce upcoming website postings? I’ve noticed an increase in repeat traffic over the last week as well as received a few special requests. It is definitely something to consider!

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Mastering Fashion

I’ve always been a non conformist, especially when it comes to fashion. I say fuck trends, fuck them up the butt! hehe Why would you want to dress like everybody else? Chances are if it’s *cool* this season, it is going to be *out* the next. I can’t afford to keep up with seasonal wardrobe revamps! I prefer to take on a more unique approach to my style. As a child I was allowed to dress myself, which was my major form of expression. This continued through my young adult years. Here I am in high school with my best friend circa 1993. She allowed me to dress her that day. 🙂 I was always the odd one in the group. Obviously I’m the one with the long brown hair. How I miss those olive one stars!!!! I was usually adorned in bright vintage attire, sporting chucks, birks or docs. I was also not a stranger to being called a freak, to which I always had a quick witted retort at the ready. Once I was out of the house and off to college I started dying my hair. It has been several shades of brown, blond, red and purple. My mother was not very enthusiastic with the latter. Long purple locks were pretty sweet in my opinion though. 🙂

Now a days most of my garments are of the handmade persuasion with a few vintage gems. This skirt is one of my favorites! It’s vintage 70’s, velvet, super heavy and very warm, as in wind stopping warm! I’ve even posed in it for a sculpture because of the way the fabric drapes and creates lines.Sometimes function has to come before fashion. I refuse to become a member of a gym and go up invisible stairs for hours and pay for it. Instead I opt to exercise outside, which I will admit SUCKS in the winter! I kid you not this is what I look like when I go running.
That would be a Whals blizzard suit I am wearing, you know the kind you see construction workers in. I LOVE IT! Not only am I able to be outside when the temps are in the teens and not be bothered, except for my exposed skin which is easily protected with my wool scarf, but the beast weights about 5 pounds! At first it was a real challenge to try to run in it and not look like a complete asshole but I think I’ve mastered that skill! *I think*. hehe I do love people’s expressions when I go trotting by. I’m sure they think I’m completely nuts…and well, I am! At least I know and accept it. 🙂

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Crack Comes in Many Forms

For me, it mainly takes the form of CHOCOLATE, sometimes CHEESE. For Jimi it’s light. He can be dead asleep, and yet somehow he senses a reflection is looming. Next thing you know he is chirping frantically and jumping at the wall!

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Death’s Holding Tank – the Sequel

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Death’s Holding Tank – Part 1

AKA Port St. Lucie Florida, which is where I spent the first two weeks of February. I went with my parents to help take care of a family matter. My step father’s parents had a house there since the early 70’s. Jack’s step father passed away over a year ago and now his mother who is 96 is in a nursing home with advanced alzheimers. So it was left up to us to clean out their Florida home to get it ready for sale. We weren’t quite sure what we would be in for since it has taken over a year to clean out their 3 story farm house…they are still working on the out buildings waiting for the weather to break. Thank god they sold the place in Maine a few years ago!!!

We left ice laden Pennsylvania at 3am Friday Jan 30th and were relaxing in our beach front hotel in Daytona, FL by 6 that evening. Can you say Lead Foot! 🙂 This was the view from our room. We dined at Bubba Gump’s just a few blocks down A1A. All I have to say is Bourbon mahi mahi which was charbroiled cajun mahi mahi with bourbon sauce and shrimp served over mashed potatoes topped off with big beers made spending the day in the car so worth it! I LOVE food! The next morning we paid a visit to my grandmother, as an added bonus I got to see my Aunt and Uncle who lived in NY but now reside with my grandmother to help her with daily living. I haven’t seen my aunt and uncle since 92. I couldn’t believe how they have not changed a bit!

Shortly after noon we arrived at our destination. We cautiously entered the premises not sure what was going to be waiting for us on the other side. Man o man did we have some serious shit to tackle!!! First off we had to do some regular cleaning since the place had been sitting empty for a year. We also came to the conclusion that once you reach a certain age you just stop cleaning for one of two reasons. Either A. You are just so damn old you no longer care or have the physical ability or B. You are so damn old you just can’t see the dirt! Either way we started wiping cabinets, scrubbing counter tops, washing floors, vacuuming the shag carpets (once all the vacuum pieces were located, for some reason they were stashed throughout the house??) Then we started opening drawers and digging in closets…DAMN! You won’t even believe me if I told you what we were finding. Just imaging 40 years or serious pack ratting! I mean SERIOUS! They did not throw a single thing out! Living through the depression may have played a key roll but seriously! We are talking day planners from 1978, that is when I was born! Years of National Geographic magazines stacked on tables and on the floor. Anywhere you could stash, squeeze or wedge something, they did! Even burned out light bulbs were stuck back in the boxes and marked *No Good* then placed in the cabinet. WTF!?! Every time we found something that left us baffled, speechless and confused, like finding the emergency vegetarian meals stored under the bed, the only answer given was *burned out light bulbs*. It became our running joke…but honestly it really wasn’t that funny!

Sunday we took the day off and lounged poolside in the warm sunshine since Saturday was SO over whelming! 🙂 We spent the remainder of the week digging out and cleaning up. We took three Jam Packed car loads to goodwill! Friday was trash day, we ended up taking 37 bags of straight up trash out to the curb! No too bad considering that the farm had over 100!You can just see my mama’s head peaking out from behind the mound! Since we were in a 55 and over development most of the neighbors were in their mid 80’s on up…original home owners that purchased in the 1970’s. They have nothing better to do then watch ALL the activities of the neighborhood. If you sneeze they know! They would all comment and wonder where Libby and Dirk had all this stuff! They also mentioned how they would see us walking the loop everyday, wishing they still had that energy. The generation before my parents all had plans to move to Florida when they retired. It’s like they moved there to sit and wait to die…um yea, my parents are like no thanks!

Once we had the house out of the way it was time to play…and play we did! Sometimes it was a struggle to get out of the house since there were constantly accidents! Seriously we would hear sirens 6, 7 ,8 times a day, everyday! Old fuckers just running into each other left and right…it was like geriatric bumper cars! My step dad was worried we were going to get hit, especially since our neighbors, who were down from Canada (snow birds, aye) the husband was T-boned leaving the development…some old lady in an SUV ran a red light and plowed right into him! Thankfully he was OK, just minor injuries! Seriously every time we left to go somewhere, my mom drove and I was on Buick patrol…that is the white hair assault vehicle of choice, I shit you not!!! Thankfully we didn’t have an encounters!

A few highlights from our touristic adventures in Fort Pierce, which was the original home of the Navy Seals, also home to the Manatee Observation Center, the 7 Gables House and A.E.Backus Museum. This was a weather vein sculpture constructed out of recyclables/trash…it really worked too!These were the only manatees I observed up close…My mom and I also spent some time at Jensen beach where we both purchased some kick ass new pottery!!!I will continue the rest of my post tomorrow since I have lots more *interesting* things so share as well as a wildlife photo adventure! To give you a few hints as to what’s to come, just think alligators and cup cakes, tattletale mobile and lawn ornaments…that’s when I dish out the real good stuff! 🙂

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