Sunday, April 01, 2007

Happy Blogiversary to Me!

I remembered I had started my blog in April of last year, but it wasn't until I just checked, that it was one year ago today I started my blog. I've met some wonderful quilters and seen many terrific projects. I never knew bloggin would be so much fun! Happy Anniversary to me!

The maintenance man was here on Friday. He checked the walls in my studio and there is no mold. He removed the peeled and bubbled paint, replaced some of the tape and put the first layer of mud on the walls. He will come back tomorrow to add one more coat of mud. Then we can sand the wall and paint it. By next weekend my studio should be back together! Since the closet won't be torn down, I was able to work on putting stuff back in the closet. Previously I had been using two old nightstands/bookcases in my closet. I decided I didn't like that set up anymore so yesterday I went to Target and bought this cubicle to use instead. I also bought three fabric drawers to fit into some of the cubicles.

It took DH and I about an hour to put it together. It was a little small for the closet so I decided to leave out and to put my plastic bin of FQs in the closet, along with my tubs of UFOs, batting and some old shirts that are going to become quilts some day. I hung up the few pieces of yardage I have that are bigger than one yard. I can't fill the cubicles until we are able to put all the furniture back but I have put a couple UFOs in one of the baskets.

For the first time in several weeks I was able to sew with my machine. I started working on the quilt gifts I'm bringing to my quilty friends when we have our Jamboree later this month. I was able to spend 3 1/2 hours working on my gifts.

In other news - DH and I went car shopping yesterday. My 1999 Grand Am is almost dead, although it has been a very, very good car. We knew we wanted a crossover vehicle. Not a big SUV, not a station wagon, not a sedan. We decided on a Dodge Caliber. We are getting the red one pictured on the site. Tomorrow afternoon we will be able to pick it up. This is the first car DH has bought brand new. The pick up truck he had in college was bought by his parents and he drove that until it died. The last 8 years we've been driving my car. I've had two other brand new cars. He is like a child at Christmas. Buying a car for me is no big deal, but for him it's been a lot of fun.

Given the water problems in my studio I was able to make progress on my March goals. I've been diligently working on my redwork alphabet and I started my retreat gifts. I couldn't work on Football Depression blocks or mark my Birthday Garden quilt. But this month I'll be working on my Birthday Garden quilt as one of the women coming to the retreat only does hand piecing and hand quilting and she has agreed to help me get started on the hand quilting of my birthday quilt.

Let's see what else? Oh yeah, in March I spent 31 hours working on quilting projects and spent $153 on books, templates, fabric for my redwork quilt, Saral paper for tracing and some miscellaneous tools for redwork. I think I need to sell or donate some of quilt books, I already have too many.

But the best news of all is Baseball Season is here! I really hate the weeks between the Super Bowl and Opening Day. I am not a March Madness fan. I like gold, but it doesn't get the coverage that other sports do. And I can't stand hockey. So for the several weeks between football and baseball I don't get a good sports fix. I'm watching the Mets play the Cardinals right now, but tomorrow I can't wait for the Red Sox to play Kansas City tomorrow!

25 comments:

Leah S said...

Congrats on one year! I didn't remember mine because it's like December 16 or 17th and I was too busy panicking about Christmas. :)

Doodlebug Gail said...

Happy Blog-a-versary - mine is coming up this week as well.

I like your Target purchase - my children have those in their rooms as bookcases. Don't forget to show us a photo when it's all full of stuff.

JoAnna said...

Happy anniversary! I love that cubicle. It's a great storage idea!

kjquilts said...

Yes, Happy Anniversary to you! Sounds like you'll have your studio back in order before too long. Your new car is so nice! March was a good month for me as I didn't spend any money on fabric! I've never done that before!

Patti said...

Happy anniversary! I'm so glad you are getting your sewing room back together - how awful to have it disrupted for so long! Sounds like you made good use of the time however, and it sounds like you are getting super organized as you get it all put back.

I'm actually not all that excited about baseball this year, considering my team had such a lousy off-season. I'm guessing we fire both the manager and the general manager this year - time will tell. I'm so sick of coming in last! I miss the old Lou Pinella days!

Clare said...

Happy anniversary - it's been a great year hasn't it. Glad your sewing room is getting back to normal too.

Angela said...

Congrats on the car. And I agree with you, I am not a March Madness fan either. It just makes me mad! LOL

Carole said...

Happy Blogiversary to you! Glad to read that your studio is finally getting worked on. Gosh, it's been a while. The new car sounds wonderful. Red is a perfect color, I like red. Happy quilting!

Libby said...

Happy 1-year Blogiversary *s* Time does fly when you're having fun.

Angie said...

Happy blogiversary! :) I know you're so happy to get your sewing room back together. Hope you enjoy your new car...and can't wait to see pics of the gifts you're making! :)

swooze said...

Happy Blogiversary. You have to paint the walls? Well I am glad they are getting it all taken care of finally! Sounds like you had fun!

Kathy Wagner said...

Happy Blogaversary!
I look forward to seeing more of your redwork blocks!

Beth said...

Happy Blogiversary to you! And happy Opening day too! I live in 'spring training land' and only got to see TWO innings before we got hailed out. ::::Pout:::: I enjoyed the Opening day game also. I root for the Diamondbacks, but if they are not playing the Mets (like wrong league!) I root for the Mets for my uncle!

tootsiesmom said...

happy day to you! Congrats! We watch NHRA - drag racing in between sporting seasons.

sewnut said...

It has been a great year of growing and sewing. Enjoy the fun of a new car! Glad you are back at your sewing. I get really cranky if I have not had my vitamin-sew for a while.

Morah said...

I'm glad you chose to begin blogging. It's fun "getting to know you." As my grandma would say, "May you have many more happy years."

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Happy Blogiversary, Paula, I'm so sorry I missed it.

I love your Target purchase - perfect for fabric storage!

Baseball season - BIG SIGH! I'm happy! teehee

I'm really glad to "hear" that your sewing studio will be back together this week. Whew!

Owens Family Adventures said...

Happy Anniversary!!
dawn

Wendy said...

Wow many Congrats to you for Blog Anniversary, getting your sewing room back and the new car. Can't wait to see some pictures of the new organized room.

paula, the quilter said...

Happy blogiversary! a couple of days late. I've been trying to catch up on the rings and bloglines, etc since the quilt retreat.

Linda_J said...

Congrats on your blogging milestone, Paula! Fun, isn't it?

Karen said...

Happy Blog-iversary, SweetP!

Jeanne said...

Happy Blogiversary! Time sure flies when you're having fun. I agree that it is wonderful to have baseball season upon us again. My Tigers were cancelled today, though, and I'm already in withdrawal. :-D

Cynthia said...

Happy belated Blogiversary Paula. I've enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to reading more.

Glad to hear things are sorted out with your Studio

Gypsy Purple said...

Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Easter