Saturday, March 26, 2011

Catching up

I have been so busy trying to stay afloat in my two classes this semester that I haven't had much time for anything else!  However here's to catching you up on what I have gotten accomplished.

First, I started a new art class last Tuesday.  It's taught by the same woman that teaches the other class.  For the two classes, I pay $25 a month, get two nights of practice, and two gifts that I've painted myself.  Not too shabby!  It's also cheaper than psychotherapy!  This month, we painted wildflowers.  First, we practice on waxed paper.  Then we paint on art paper.  Finally, we painted on a clay pot.  Here's the results of my hard work.

Sorry, it's not a very good picture.  That was the best of the bunch!  I'm going to plant a flower in it, bake some yummy treat and give them to some friends of ours for Easter.

I finished stitching on the model for Flowers-2-Flowers and sent it back to them.  As soon as they give me permission, I'll post a pic.  Now, I'm stitching on a denim shirt for our Hoosier Stitchers retreat in two weeks and a model for Carla Rizzie.  I HATE WASTE CANVAS!!!!  I think I'd rather do french knots!  Carla's model is really coming along nicely, it's all in black and red on white jobelan.  I can't wait to finish it!

I finished "Queen of Babble in the Big City" by Meg Cabot.  It was a cute, light read.  Or listen in my case.  Now I'm listening to "The Master Quilter" by Jennifer Chiaverini.  I love this series!

I spent my gift card for Kohl's.  On Friday last week, I went to the Kohl's in Homewood and found the meat grinder attachment that goes to my Kitchen Aid mixer.  I've been wanting one for quite awhile so I snatched it up.  That left me $57.  On Saturday, we left Mariah at Lifetime Fitness for Parent's Night Out.  For $15, you can leave your kids from 6 to 10pm for pizza, juice, swimming, rock wall climbing, and various other activities.  Rich & I went to Qdoba for dinner.  If you've never been there and you like real Mexican food - GO!!  We had street tacos - mini tacos, 3 beef and 3 pork, that came with 2 helpings of Adobe BBQ pinto beans and 2 drinks and the grand total was $12.  And they were awesome!  After dinner, we went to Kohl's in Orland Park.  I wandered around picking up all kinds of things, but being practical and putting them back down.  I looked at new clothes for myself and for Mariah - Kohl's clothes are soooo expensive though. I looked at things we had been wanting for the house, nothing really yelled at me.  Until we rounded a corner upstairs.  Sitting on a table in the middle of the aisle was a display of The Sharper Image's Kobo ereader.  Normally, they are $250.  These were marked down to $59!  Besides the $57 on my GC, I also had a $10 coupon to use.  So, I took a look, asked a bunch of questions (which of course none of the teeny bobber sales clerks could answer.  One even asked me 'What's a Kindle?' when I asked her if the Kindle ebooks were compatible.), and finally took the plunge.  My grand total was $54 so I still have $3 left on my GC!  I have been dying for an ereader.  My textbooks can be downloaded to an ereader so I won't have to carry my backpack around.  It slips into the pocket of my purse so those times where I have to sit and wait, but don't want to pull out my stitching, I can pull out my ereader!

I got a PIF from my friend Carol the other day.  She had hosted one on her blog and pulled my name.  She kitted up her favorite LK chart for me - Housework Never Killed Anyone.  She sent me a lovely piece of 32 ct antique white Jobelan, all the WDW threads and Mill Hill beads for it and a pretty nail file all inside a mesh zipper bag.  Thank you so much, Carol! 

Sometime within the next month, I will be sending out a PIF to a lucky follower here.  Stay tuned for the details.   

Well, that's it for now.  How was your week?


  1. Glad you enjoyed the PIF. I was thinking most of us could relate to that saying... LOL. The painting looks wonderful! Is that the one stroke method? Hope you enjoy your PIF and good luck with your own.

  2. Oh, I can definitely relat to that saying! Yes, the painting is one stroke. I'm loving the classes!

  3. What a nice PIF you received. Sounds like a great time shopping and dinner (yum). You've been a busy, busy lady!