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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I just returned from a short geneology vacation with my sister in lower Delware and Maryland. We grew up there. My father built a house in Blue Ball, MD, we attended Calvert Elementary school and had family in nearby Wilmington, Del. At age 12 we moved to lower Delaware to Riverdale/Oak Orchard. You have to be from there to know where that is. Sis and I had an amazing time going through old cemeteries and visiting old haunts. Rehoboth Beach, De hasnt changed much. Still the same boardwalk and buildings and thoroughfare. Just different businesses. Candy Kitchen, where we worked is still there and also Grotto Pizza. We learned to love Pizza at Grotto's and I understand it is now sort of a franchise operation with outlets in many places.

I'll post another day with pics but todays post has to do with working for a living. After visitng Delaware we headed for Northeast Md where we stayed with a cousin and attended a family reunion of sorts. I know what poor is, having seen it first hand. My dad was retired from the Navy and had a pension and he and my mom worked. We weren't rich by any stretch of the means but we had what we needed. My cousin came from a family of 5 kids and they lived in a house that had no water. Can you imagine living in a home during the 40's and 50's with no running water? In a developed section of the country? They were dirt poor. Her mother, my aunt, worked as a seamstress and her father was one of those who went from job to job or no job. This was a time when there were no food stamps, no government aid. No nothing.

My cousin married at 19 and had 3 children. The twin boys were preemies and one of them died so she raised a son and a daugher. Now she and her husband live on a farm in MD, retired with horses and cows. They are wealthy beyond imagination, not in money but in family, love and happiness. From a childhoods with absolutely nothing to a modest home on a farm in MD with family living on the same property. They are the example of the American Dream, growing up and living in a country where you can work for a living and make it.

I contrast that with todays population. 50% of Americans dont work. They just stay home and collect their government check. In some cases this is a good thing. There are those who need help while they are in transition, searching for a job. That is what government help is designed for. But then there are others who milk the system.

I hope and pray that things turn around soon. I'm not going to get into politics here but something has to happen in November. Only God knows what that is.

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Q8PRINCESS 7/5/2012 2:21AM

    Your family history is very interesting.

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ANDI571 7/3/2012 9:05AM

    The house next door to us went up for foreclosure and we have young people that come and go now that just live off the government. They have babies just to get more money. We work so hard to keep our house up and they just think it is theirs to destroy along with the one they live in. I agree, something with this country has to change.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

I have so many talents and interests I can't keep up with them all. This morning I slept in. Guess I needed it as I haven't slept well in several nights. So here it is, almost 10:00 and I'm still in my pajamas! Why? I'm sitting at the computer going through all of my hobby e-mails and so not getting any work done! I do still own a business and I have clients who want me to help them and projects to take care of. So I'm sitting here blogging about it on Spark instead of working. I've also spent 2 hours this morning, reading quilt blogs, sewing blogs, blogs about the Queen's outfits and why she picks the colors she picks for them, geneology (found a really distant cousin recently) Politics and whatever else. I'm also trying to become a consistant blogger on my real blog. So I am going to sign off here, get in the shower, get some clothes on, and then go to my real job as a decorator. I have people waiting to buy things, waiting on me to price it! Get moving Carol. Later.

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Q8PRINCESS 6/22/2012 1:41AM

    You just have to set a timer so you don't overdo one thing and sacrifice others. Sparking is a bit addictive for sure!

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KASEYCOFF 6/21/2012 11:29AM


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

With time, women gain weight because we accumulate so much information and
wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, Good grief, look how smart I am!

Must be where 'Smart Ass' came from!



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HEALTHYARTIST1 6/21/2012 10:58PM

    Love this!

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Q8PRINCESS 6/21/2012 7:24AM


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KASEYCOFF 6/21/2012 3:31AM

    You know, there seriously COULD be a connection... We acquire knowledge and skill and wisdom by reading, talking to people, working on crafts, watching the news on TV, attending classes, surfing the 'net, etc. (That's not to say there aren't other, more active, hobbies; merely pointing out the number that are not as active.)

When we read, where are we most likely to be? Sitting. Television? Sitting. Classrooms? Libraries? Uh huh. Many jobs are in offices and involve desks and computers - more sitting. When you work on your quilts, are you standing at the sewing machine? (Not counting bending over as you cut the pieces, lol.) Yet putting your brain to work as you figure out the patterns and improve your skills is learning, ain't?

So yah. The fact that my behind can grow in direct proportion to the amount of time I spend sitting makes perfect sense. Gee, I feel smarter already, LOL!

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JINLYNN 6/21/2012 2:14AM

    Too funny! emoticon

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BMCOLLEY 6/20/2012 6:25PM

    You are funny!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

So last night I was finishing up some binding on a tote bag that I started this weekend. I'm really into sewing bags lately and hubby is complaining because they hang on every doorknob in the house. I need to start selling something. At any rate, my creative mind was musing again and I remembered a UFO I had started with charm packs last year. I started thinking about how I could "fix" it.

Above is an example of how I inserted a 1" strip into a charm by assembly line sewing. I saw the pattern in LOVE OF QUILTING by Fons and Porter but the designer had you cutting the 1" by 5" strips, and sewing each one individually to half of a charm square. Fooey on that. At any rate, I have this bag of about 30 charms already with the 1" insert plus fabric to go with. So I was thinking last night of sewing strips around each charm to create a log cabin like square and then sewing them together somehow. I will have to think on it but I don't want to sew it like it was orginally designed. Boring doesn't cut it with me anymore.

I am a natural rule breaker. When presented with a challenge, I am always trying to reinvent the wheel and do it a different, better way. Doesnt always turn out better but you know the drift! Later.

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QUILTINGB52 6/20/2012 9:17PM

    I think that every quilter I know doesn't always read the instructions....it's so much easier to look at the pictures and then chose your own path to obtain the final product.

So often a block will catch my eye...I'll draw it on a piece of paper or tuck the thought into my mind. Then later I will figure how to recreate it, in terms that are easier than what the pattern maker may have done.

I figure there are "pattern police"...why not create to my hearts content?!?!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/20/2012 12:56PM

    "Rule breaker" - are there really rules when it comes to creativity in sewing??

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KASEYCOFF 6/20/2012 12:46PM

    Interesting that you're into bags! I found a website the other day that made me think of you:


...so all you have to do is come up with a concept that makes bags out of quilt-fabric pieces and do the 'party-plan.' Then, make it grow, establish a franchise system, sell it for boocoo bucks and retire to... well, you already live in Florida, but you see what I mean, lol...

If you're looking for an excuse... um, I mean, a REASON (!) to collect fabrics, it's a good 'un. Thinks me.

Comment edited on: 6/20/2012 12:47:34 PM

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Friday, June 15, 2012

I have decided that I am no longer a novice quilter. I've been describing myself as such since I took a quilting class in Aug of 2010. Last night was my guild meeting and as I was looking at others projects, I realized that I am just as good if not better than some. What I really excel at is color and pattern selection and I often hear from others, how difficult it is for them to pick their fabrics. That part is a snap for me as I've been an interior designer picking colors and fabrics and patterns for peoples homes for the last 28 years. I often find myself helping people pick fabrics at the fabric stores. I can't help it, total strangers and I'm pulling fabrics off the shelves for them.
At guild last night, I was looking at some of the home made items and realized that my points were better and my seams lined up better. That is a good feeling I guess! I"m even starting to sell some of the bags I"ve made. Sent one to a friend last week and she is thrilled. I didn't make that much because shipping ate up the profit but I wanted to get it into the hands of a client.
Yesterday I took a bag to a luncheon and sold it off of me. Guess I need to carry two to transfer contents.
So at any rate, I am confident and happy in the knowledge that I can hold my own with other quilters and sewers! I did know that, just more confident now. Later.

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ALMMOM 6/19/2012 10:28AM

    Way to go on your accomplishments. Quilting is so much fun!!

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LAMPLIGHTER777 6/19/2012 9:23AM

  I *love* to quilt!!! (And knit and crochet and so many other crafty things...) Sometime I'll share with you why I have not quilted in several years, but I will say that I am ready to take the plunge again!

Thank you for visiting my page! I will send you a message in a minute about something you said :) Have a wonderful day!

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QUILTINGB52 6/15/2012 9:17PM

    Glad to hear you are a CONFIDENT QUILTER!!!!!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/15/2012 4:20PM

    How fantastic, maybe now you feel ready to develop this side of your business?

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GCHUNG 6/15/2012 3:58PM

    woo hoo, congratulations

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JENNY888 6/15/2012 1:20PM

    I agree you are no novice. I love looking at all of your projects.

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