Monthly Archives: November 2013

Christmas Wreath


This weekend I attended a holiday event and — despite purchasing some costume jewelry to match my gown — was not happy with my choice. So I started sorting through the necklaces and earrings that I’ve purchased over the years. I was kind of shocked at the amount of jewelry I’ve accumulated.

Before anyone tries to rob my house, let me say that I never pay more than $20 for a necklace or earrings. Nor do I have any family heirlooms in my collection. Unfortunately, I even lost my wedding rings a few years ago.

What I did realize was that jewelry goes out of style. And, when I came across this blog post about using jewelry to make a beautiful holiday wreath, I thought it was a wonderful idea. It would be a great Thanksgiving project for those of us who will not be going near a mall over Thanksgiving weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday Sewing Day Totally Sucked!


For the past several weeks, I have been taking a weekly wellness course at our local hospital. The basis of the course is that our lives need to be in balance. We were asked to set goals in the following areas of our lives: relationships, career/finance, health/fitness, spirituality and mental/emotional. Let’s just say that I’ve been focusing almost totally on my new career, with a bit of time carved out for exercise. I wasn’t the class model of a balanced life!

Yesterday, I came up with the idea of designating Sunday for recreation. (I believe I am the first person to declare Sunday as a day of rest!!!!!) So I admitted to a couple of friends that I was rededicating myself to quilting. After a wonderful morning walking in one of Long Island’s beautiful parks, I came home excited to sew.

Since you’ve already read the headline, it should come as no surprise that yesterday did not go well. I had decided to quilt a few Christmas stocking panels on my longarm. (You may recall that, over the summer, we moved my longarm from our living room into the basement.) First of all, the fabric I’d chosen wasn’t stored as neatly as it could have been — and it all needed ironing. Then I spent 90 minutes trying to keep the thread from breaking, because I couldn’t remember what kind of needle worked best, I couldn’t find my notes in the piles of yet-to-be-put-away papers that related to my longarm, and I seemed to have forgotten the precise needle placement tricks that I knew a year ago. By 4:00 PM, I was done with Sunday Sewing Day and ready to go back to work!

Instead, I forced myself to watch a 3 hour DVD called Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration. I opened some mail and did a little bit of housework.

So this morning my back is sore from a combination of  a long walk and too much time bent over the longarm machine. But I definitely feel refreshed and excited to get back to work. Even though my step toward quilting wasn’t very productive, it was a step in the right direction.