Advanced Sewing

This is not a How-To.  It’s an I-Wish-I-Knew-How-To.

Sometimes it’s the little updates that make me smile so much. I bought this beautiful picture from Crafty Bastards last weekend. This piece is made by a lady named Jamie and here is her Etsy shop.

I hung it where I will see it every day and it makes me so happy.

Until I look at the almond, paint-covered light switch below. I need to stop obsessing over stupid crap.


Extreme Makeover: Down The Street From My Mom’s House Edition

The Extreme Makeover show is filming about a mile from my mom’s house!  The whole town is talking about it.  It seems there is a wonderful teacher at the local high school that recently adopted three sisters after their parents died.  She lived in a small trailer, and Ty and his friends decided to build her a new house.  It really is a sweet story.  And a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at a home makeover show.

Just LOOK at how many people are there working.  No wonder they’re able to turn these projects around so quickly.

They are like little blue-shirted, hard-hat-wearing ants, crawling all over that house.

Here’s someone filming.  I think his name is Not Ty.

Look at all these people watching.  They actually ran shuttle buses from a local bank parking lot because there were so many people wanting to stop by to watch.

I am not sure if this roped off tent full of furniture is the worker’s chill-out tent, or if it’s the furniture that’s going into the house.  Probably both.

Only four days later, the famous bus was there.  Lots of neighbors showed up for the big reveal.

Here’s a free preview.  I think the episode airs May 8th.

I didn’t stay for the ‘Move that bus!’ segment.  I was just there to gawk on my lunch hour.  I didn’t see any of the show’s hosts.  I didn’t see the nice teacher and her family when they got home to this circus.  But many people were there all day, with coolers and lawn chairs, tailgating for Ty.


Oh, January.  Why are you so cold?  No, not this January:

This January:

That theremometer is making me sad.  But this giant pile of firewood on my patio makes me very happy.

No more buying firewood at the 7-11!  No more paying five dollars for seven damp logs wrapped in non-biodegradable plastic!  We found a guy that delivers, splits, and stacks.  Now I get to unwind next to a roaring fire every night.  It’s better than Ambien.

Day One

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2011.  Which means it’s time for some good old-fashioned resolutions. This year I’m going to redo my entire condo, become a great cook, learn to quilt, and become the earth’s best friend.  Yep.  Also, I’m going to become a Supreme Court Justice and win American Idol.  Probably. And heretowith henceforth I shall keep track of my projects.  Mostly because I suck at finishing projects and this just might be some motivation.  And a little bit to remind my family how awesome I am.