Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ode to the Mechanically Inclined!

Woo Hoo! My wheels are running again, thanks to my bro who has a thing for mechanics. Thanks Joe!! Right now, it moves and doesn't screech. That screech was the serpentine belt (attached to the alternator, I think) being stretched out and last week, it finally broke. When the alternator went down, the engine continued to draw power from the battery, which took a hit. My brother said the battery was too small for the engine/car and had to buy a bigger battery. So the total price tag for all: two belts (while he replaced the bad belt, he replaced another just because), and the battery--$140.00! The battery alone was $100. I was told taking the car to a shop would've set me back $400-500. So I'm so grateful to have a brother who knows cars. My car needs a few more things, like a new gasket, and CV shafts. Those are things that he can put on himself. But for now, it runs and runs good!

While the car sat outside dead and I missed two days of work, I stitched on my new start. Yes, it isn't the ones I talked about on the last post, but it's a new start nonetheless:
Witchy Brew
Witchy Stitches
Mystery count and fabric
GAST

I'm half-way done with this one. I've been neglecting stitching for the Spooky Stitcher's SAL. So Witchy Brew satisfies that. I've ordered GAST Cherry Wine from one of my favorite ONS's-J.J.'s Collectibles and should be getting that sometime next week. I'm needing Cherry Wine for WaBH. I'm taking a break from the witch on her broom right now. I'm just so giddy I have wheels again!

This morning I headed out to a not-for-profit 2nd hand shop to look for stuff to sell on eBay. I found some paperbacks (for me), a Jim Shore cross stitch pattern (this'll go on eBay), and what I consider to be a great find, these plates:

No cracks, no chips, nothing! Wonderful folk-artsy plates by Jim Shore, all for .49 cents each. I walked out of there with $4.00 less and smiling. I'll be putting these on eBay also.

Man oh man, has summer hit! Last week the temp's been around 94, 95. It seems we went from winter to summer in two weeks. First part of June, I was still pulling on a blanket in the morning! The dew point has been hovering around 10%, humidity at 20%. I get zapped from everything I touch. As that famous saying here in Arizona goes: Yes, it's hot but it's a dry heat. Go outside and it feels like a blowdryer on medium heat.

Well, that's it. I just wanted to yell to the heavens that my car is good to go. Hope you all have a super weekend with no car problems!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

When It Rains, It Pours

Today my car chose to break down on my way to work, which is 9 miles up the highway. Fortunately, I got about 1 mile away and limped half-way back when it went completely dead. Called my roadside service, and towed the darn car home. The mechanic in the house is 100 miles away at work (my brother). I washed dishes and vacuumed, and now here I sit. I'm in the middle of a huge pity-party and decided that just for that, I'm going to start a new stitching project! Because I can! Take that, car and the other problems! I do my best thinking when I'm stitching, and its calming.

Before discovering blogs, I primarily stitched to sell on eBay. To this day I'm still in the seasons cycle, i.e. Halloween stitching now and then Christmas. For the first 6 months I stitched Halloween and Christmas so by those times I had quite a bit of things to sell and I'd make extra money for Christmas. I've been itching to start a new project and now with the car, I've found some seasonal designs to start. When you have a huge stash pile like me, sometimes looking at it all is overwhelming! But with these designs, I have all the threads and fabric needed:
The Pirate design I chose because it'll be quick and is frameable. I have 3 things that I'll frame myself but with the car problem, I'll have to wait for the non-glare glass that I was hoping to buy next week. I will make the 'My Pretties' designs just as they are. Luckily, last year I bought the fabric for it and with my tax return this year, the Belle Soie called for. The Leisure Arts book has a cute Christmas design in it and should go quick too.

For the last 2 weeks I've been stitching the Witch on the Broom, one of my WIP's from years back. I realized we're at the halfway point of the year and that I'd better start finishing up the last 3 or 4 WIP's that I have. I've taken creative license and stitched the border differently than what's on the chart. As you can see I don't have much more to go BUT I have backstitching to do on the witch, broom and cat (just love backstitching, NOT!). I'll be turning this into a pillow.

Funny how 2 weeks ago I was frustrated about Blogger problems. They have smoothed out and I'm able to leave comments. Now I have a new frustration that will take a large chunk of change to fix. We will be on foot for a couple more days until the brother and his pickup come back. For the rest of this week I'll be able to hitch a ride with co-workers who live out here. Then next week I'll be able to use bro's pickup to go to work. I hate car problems!!

That's all for now! It helps to unload sometimes and I'm glad I have a blog to do it with:) Have a great rest-of-the-week and thanks for dropping in!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New stash, WaBH update, and frustrations

Yes, I know the new stash should've done away with the frustrations. Blogger frustrations, that is. I haven't been able to comment on anyone's blogs for a whole week. And I'm not even sure I can get my pics onto my blog. So here goes:

I received my thread that I needed and I bought an extra chart because I've been such a good girl. Have a look:
Yay, it worked! Anyway, I'm finishing the one WIP I have that needed one of the new threads. Stay tuned for pics! As for the PSS design, I had to have it! I bought it at Stitching Bits and Bobs Friday morn, shipped Friday afternoon, received Monday morn! I love them! I get so giddy when I'm able to buy stash:))

I finished my Antique Locks and Keys design from Shakespeare's Peddler. I had a lot of fun with this. Since I got through stitching each key and lock with no problems (although Frog came a-calling for 5 or 6 stitches), I feel I can stitch Rosewood Manor's newest 'Keys to the Kingdom'. It has dozens more keys than this one I just finished.

After finishing 'Keys' above, I went back to WaBH and stitched quite a bit:
Sorry for the blurryness. My recent purchase of GAST thread should've included Cherry Wine. I totally forgot! I could have stitched up the building, the alphabet at the bottom, and the bird house at the fence. Ah well, just gives me the excuse to buy more stash!!

It has finally warmed up around here but it's still below what it's supposed to be. I still find myself pulling a blanket over me in the early hours. Usually the second week of June is hot, in the high 80's. I see areas of the South are hotter than Phoenix! Crazy! Take a look at my cactus flowers. There are more that are ready to bloom:
This Fall, for sure, I'm making Prickly Pear jelly. It's good stuff!

That's it for now. I'm hoping the Blogger problems will be fixed so I can comment on blogs. Obviously, I was able to post pics. Hope the weather is fine where you're at. We have a couple of raging wildfires burning east and southeast of here. Sunday we could smell and see smoke, and see the slurry bombers passing over us. But it's been quiet lately, firefighters must be getting the upperhand. Hope so! Take Care!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Giveaway!

But not here! I will for my first year blogoversary which is around December or January (don't remember!). Anyway, here it is: Confessions of a Serial Starter. She's celebrating her third year blogging so check it out!

Enjoy the day!