About Me

mom of three, wife of one, baker, quilter, coffee drinker.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Big as an elephant!

I just got a new picture of my nephew - he is growing so fast!!
Three months old and he is so grown up!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Catching up

This is a quick catch up post - Seriously,where did the summer go??
I have a few sewing projects going on right now(i.e. in pieces on the floor)
Ryan's Calgary flames quilt
Banner for church
I have a few projects that I am still wishing to do:
sew a flippy black skirt with the nice rayon from goodwill
mend the ever growing pile of holey socks and cat ripped pants
attend to the piles (now spilled) that are for christmas presents:
apron for Jen Rourke
hangings for grandmas,moms
apron pile for sale?

Alas, it now looks as though 3 tornados hit my craft room, and the closets barfed up fabric.
It is now a good "organizing portfolio" project!!

I finally got emmas quilt delivered a few weeks ago, but I can't get blogger to upload them.
Check out the photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thepyrexqueen

I'd better get to work!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Digging myself out

This morning i heard a song on the radio that really struck a chord.
I am unwritten, can't read my mind, I'm undefined
I'm just beginning, the pen's in my hand, ending unplanned
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

I have been in a tizzy, thought stew, mental tornado this past month (or so - 29 1/2 years?? he he). I am feeling stressed and caught in the spin cycle. I am questioning my present situation - am i happy at work? Am i working towards my dreams? Am I living my own life?

I asked the question/ voiced my "complaints" to a handful of close friends this weekend to get feedback and was given some good/different perspectives by a few good friends. Some feedback was surprising and previously unrealized, but needed. Some pointed out the obvious thoughts that i have been struggling with - i.e. put words in my mouth that i could not find..

I have had a few options kicking around in my head that are "practical career options" but Ryan suggested that i start moving towards what I often talk about. Ryan told me that I need to do what I need to do. And that if it costs money, then we'll spend money to make sure that I am happy.He suggested that I try out an entrepreneurship course and learn about setting up my own business. (Whether sewing or organizing related)

Today I re-visited the Prof. Organizers of Canada Webpage and found that the Calgary Chapter is meeting on November 1st. I am going to make a point of attending that meeting, to get more information. I cannot be afraid. They also have web based seminars that are quite inexpensive.

On a lighter note - I finished another baby quilt. Photos to come. I decided that before i start Ryan's hockey quilt I am going to make a few things for myself, so i started my "comfy cozy" skirt on Sunday afternoon. I just need to put in a waist band and hem the bottom. It is stretchy and knitted and purple, and will be awesome to curl up in at home. It is too ugly to wear in public, but the fabric was practically free. (3.99 at goodwill)

Okay, now that i have somewhat caught up and cleared my mind, i can get back to work for another hour, and then, only then, can i go home.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

News News News

Well, time flies!
This week I became an auntie:
Kail Richard Orriss was born on Sunday August 27, 2006!
I am so excited to go see Kail and Kelly this weekend. She told me that I am not allowed to steal him though. :(

I have actually managed to get a few projects done this month:
- Rebecca's curtains
- Hayden's wall hanging
- piecing the top of Emma's quilt
- making an elephant for Kail (he is cute)
- Piano cover for me!
- make rhubarb cake

I'm just trying to keep on top of being creative!
more later...

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Can a nostalgic person be a professional organizer?
I am thinking that it is NOT possible - without major hipocrasy!!
When think about what I'd like to declutter at my house, I realize that I don't want to let many things go myself. I see myself as the curator of memories - that I want tangible many years from now so our kids, and my family can have those triggers of great memories.

I salvage fabric and other "junk" to bring back reminders of the "good old days", before life got modern and overly full of stuff. But that is my stuff - dredging up the past!

I am hoping that somebody will give me permission to keep holding on to these things!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Thrifty Itch

I just extricated myself from reading a bunch of thrifting blogs, and now I'm itching to go to my local Goodwill to see what's new. I want to post some of my photos of what I've picked up in the past month..i've been on a green and yellow spree I think.

I usually make it there at least once a week - and usually leave with something - whether it is one lonely pillowcase or a basketful of goodies.

My last haul included flowered sheets that I plan on turning into quilt squares and a skirt, a set of stacking stools that are screaming for a new coat of paint and seat covers, and some more miscellaneous fabric. I'm a sucker for fabric - so my pile is now quite high!

I will get some pictures up yet! I am definitely running over to the store at lunchtime!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Before and After

A partial view of my new green kitchen.
The colour is actually brighter, but this picture was taken early in the morning on an overcast day - so it doesn't pop. It actually reflects off the ceiling and sides of the cupboards if the light is right!
Before (Previous owner's stuff)

After (Our stuff - including Grandma's tins and blue coffee pot)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Green kitchen, yellow skirt

Last week was quite productive as I created a skirt from one of my fabric piles, and I painted my kitchen green - photos yet to be taken. It felt so good to get the kitchen done. I was getting quite sick of the peachy white walls. Milo tried to help, but he really didn't do much except get in the way.

The skirt has been fun too - but I have some modification to do tothe hem - mainly doing a real hem - as my cheat hem 0f bias tape just does not want to hold.

Tonight I am going to try my hardest to finish little Rebecca's curtains and baby Hayden's wall hanging. I'd like to deliver them both this weekend.

Last weekend I spent a relaxing time at the edge ofthe mountains - visiting with old friends. We felt like the Ya-Yas. What a great place to live!

It made me realize that I need to spend more time with my girl friends, and I have every right to try to achieve my daydreams - as it IS possible.

My friends out there decided they wanted to build a house in the mountains - so they did!

My dreams are a little smaller - I want to create a haven of my house - unique and fun and suited to Ryan and I's personalities. I am a nester, and I want to fix the house up to my specifications.

I don't want to live in it with the bland colours it has now. I want it to have my colours!

Anyhoo..back to work!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Order from Chaos

I am very happy with the state of my craft room now. I've got layout room on the floor, and all the piles of potential in the corner. Now to finally hang pictures!

We've been living in our place for almost 7 months and we have very few pictures hanging on the wall. First, we didn't want to ruin the beautiful job Ryan did patching all the holes from the previous owner, and second - we have no art. As well, it took until 2 days ago for us to decide on paint colours for the hallways and living room!

It doesn't matter which pictures I hang in my craft room, since it is my space. I can put up all the cheeseball pictures I've picked up from garage/yard sales over the years. But I would like it to look *somewhat* put together!

I painted three pictures for the bedroom that I need to get framed this week. I'll post the triptych once they are framed and up.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Distraction at it's most productive

This weekend was supposed to be a work catch-up weekend. I had a grand plan of putting in 20 hours of report writing... but instead my house is clean, my mending pile is shorter, and the yard is tidy. Hey, at least I was productive! A clean house makes a happy Jen. So the time will be made up in the next 2 days??

I was happy to have Jen (1) over to help me put the finishing touches on cleaning my craft room. It looked like a tornado had hit it. I managed to clear out 3 bags for the garbage bin, and one bag to donate. I still have way too much fabric though. I've created piles on my drafting table with the name of the potential project recipient for motivation... let's see how that works. I managed to dig into one pile yesterday, and started Rebecca's curtains. I've got maybe 1 hour left on them, then I just need to pick up a rod.

Well, gotta get truckin'. The boss is coming in to review reports this afternoon, and I need to get something for him to read!

Friday, June 16, 2006

I sat in the tub 'til I looked like a prune...

I had a flash of inspiration last night, regarding how I can contribute to my own sanity, and stress control.

Only do things that contribute to accomplishing a goal.

When I am at work - only do work-related tasks that contribute to getting reports done, or improving my knowledge.

When I am at home, don't waste time on crappy t.v. when I know that I am daydreaming about quilting and sewing when I am at work.

Each action should be deliberate and meaningful, and that will make my life deliberate and meaningful. If I need to relax and turn my brain to mush, then I'll watch mush-inducing t.v.

I will feel like I am not just biding time, if everything is done with purpose!

Off to be productive!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I must have slept enough last night, because the rain hasn't dampened my mood to get lots done today. Yesterday I felt quite productive at work, so I must continue that. I was hoping to put in a crapload of overtime this month, so I can truly enjoy my trip to the lake in mid-July.

Unfortunately one drawback of the wonky weather is it has made our new kitten insane!
He has been meowing to be picked up, put down, played with...and tearing around the house like he's on speed. Hopefully he is a little calmer tonight, as I've got another meeting and will not be home to play. I'm sure the hubby can handle him!

I was trying to catch a picture of Milo actually curled up inside this basket, but as soon as I grabbed my camera he escaped!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

It's a start

Well, we'll see how long I can keep this up!
This past week I have drifted past, and been sucked into a few really good blogs on crafting, thrifting, quilting...which inspired me to perhaps start one of my own.
I have journalled the old-fashioned-way since I was in elementary school, and have accumulated many books of stressy ramblings in the meantime. I think I am near volume 35? 36? or even 37? after 18 years. The annoyance with journalling is I tend to return to the same topics, over and over (and over again)...which is unhelpful, when trying to grow and move forward as a person. I usually only notice this though, when I reread old journals and discover I have fallen into the same pit again!

Hopefully, writing out "in public" will keep me positive and creative...and motivated! I want to spend more time sewing and quilting...working on my expanding family tree, and writing. My ability at prose has suffered at the hands of writing technical reports for the last 6 years.
Well, life beckons.