Monday, October 27, 2014

Hidden Charges

October 27 2014,

Today I went to UPS to send my quilts out to "A Quilter's Gathering" for the quilt show.

I came home and looked through the receipt to record how much I spent on the shipping.

I noticed a charge of $1.00 for "standard pack serve".

I called the store up and the kid said that he vaguely remembered me. He said if we packed the item for you, if we taped the box for you, we charge you $1.00 for it.

I told him that he did not tape the box for it, and he did not pack the items for me. I reminded him that I brought my own packing tape, and I packed and taped the box myself.

He went on to apologize for charging the $1.00.

Imagine that - $1.00 multiply the amount of people who go to that store and get charge that amount and not even realize it.


Quilt & Bitch

Friday, October 24, 2014

Quilt Show :: Blogger's Quilt Festival :: Fall 2014 :: Quilt 2 :: From the Inside Looking Out

October 24 2014,

Title: From the Inside Looking Out
Dimension: 70" x 70"
Materials: Front - Batik cotton fabric
Materials: Back - Robert Kaufman Solid Kona Cotton
Quilted by: Timna Tarr
Shown At: 2014 Asheville Quilt Show, Asheville, NC

This is the sister quilt to "From the Outside Looking In". Please read the write-up for that in order to get a better sense of this quilt.

The front of the second quilt, “From the Inside Looking Out” is the opposite of it's sister quilt. Here we have the the front of the quilt from the viewpoint of an Amish person looking into the English world.

Front of quilt

Back of Quilt

Detail of front of quilt

Detail of back of quilt

 Quilt & Bitch

Quilt Show :: Blogger's Quilt Festival :: Fall 2014 :: Quilt 1 :: From the Outside Looking In

October 23 2014,

Amy's Creative Side is hosting yet another Blogger's Quilt Festival. This will be my eighth time entering this festival.

This will be a repeat for you regulars.

Title: From the Outside Looking In
Date created: 06.2014
Dimension: 69" x 69"
Materials: Front - Robert Kaufman Solid Kona Cotton
Materials: Back - Batik cotton fabric
Quilted by: Timna Tarr
Shown At: 2014 Quilt Expo, Madison, WI

Front of Quilt

Back of Quilt

Detail of Quilt

The quilt sketched in excel

This quilt started brewing on February 2nd, 2014 when I was watching a PBS documentary call “The Amish”. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos were playing NFL Super Bowl XLVIII. I had no interest, so I decided to watch the documentary. A friend of ours in the summer of 2013 mentioned that their family would go to Amish country for the summer, and I told my husband that it would be exciting to go visit Pennsylvania Dutch. After researching places to visit, we decided to postpone it to early spring so that it would coincide with the American Quilter’s Society Lancaster Quilt show (note that the trip never happened due to work related issues).
As I watched the documentary, at one point, there were two boys sitting at the back of a wagon looking directly at the camera, and the camera back at them. This made me wonder how it feels to be in a fish bowl, having people thump through your back yard in millions, to be more precise, ten million.1 Most of the adults tend to ignore the camera and pretended as if the crew were not there. I guess they must be use to the gawks and stares from travelers. I could not imagine living in a community where people were continuously looking at me.
The front of this quilt, “From the Outside Looking In” is the traditional Amish center diamond block which portrays a non-Amish (or English) person  peering into the lives of Amish living. The back of the quilt is what an Amish person would interpret as modern living - a world that is busy and full of noise.
 Continue on to the second quilt for the continuation.

Quilt & Bitch

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Growing Up Sucks

October 13 2014,

This year has been a tough year for my body image. I weighed 105 pounds before my hospitalization, which was 10 months ago - and since then I've gained weight. How much - I'm not quite sure, because we don't own a scale in the house.

It's not really about what the number is, but it is more about how I feel about myself.

I've always been skinny, and I can eat like a horse and not gain any weight. Now it's a different story. My metabolism has slowed down, my pants don't fit, my tops are too tight... and I will be hitting my 40s soon - it all just doesn't help.

I use to shop in the junior's department because I could never find clothes in the women's department that would fit. In the junior's department I would stick with t-shirts and not so revealing tops, and shorts that weren't too short, and pants that weren't too tight.

These days - I have migrated from the junior's department and into the women's department. It is all foreign to me. Buying clothes that are not t-shirts, buying pants that are not jeans. Looking for a size small instead of an extra small.

Here I am now buying "grown-up" clothes in the women's department. Yes, I still have those junior's t-shirts, and I do still stroll through the junior's department, but I am getting more comfortable in my sophisticated clothes. Bring it on.

Quilt & Bitch

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Renovation :: Dining Room

October 8 2014,

We finally did it. We finally were able to tackled and start and finished what the contractors f***ed up. It has been four years since the contractor left and left us with a house that was half done. Basically whatever they touched, they f****ed it up.

So we first tackled the dining room. The dining room was originally painted a dark pink. I wanted this room to be orange. We painted a few oranges, but thought it was too dark. We went to lighter oranges, and finally settled on the Sherman Williams Flan (SW 6652).

We had been working on Benjamin Moore and Ace paints, because our local Ace was very close to us. But one day, hubby wanted them to mix some paints and they refused to do so. The guy said we opened the paint can incorrectly, and thus they could not shake it up. I then asked him how to open the can correctly, and he proceeded to show me. And viola, it was the same way I was doing it - I even used the same tool - the paint can opener that they can given to us. This Ace hardware store had recently changed ownership, and the previous owner knew me quite well, because I was always in there buying things, instead of going to the big box store. Hubby said thank you and left.

We drove to the Sherman Williams store which was 15 minutes away, instead of 5 minutes away and gave them our business instead. Good-bye Ace Hardware, hello Sherman Williams.

Before Renovation

Before Renovation

Before Renovation

Before Renovation
We had to paint our ceiling because there was a big crack in it. If you open up the first picture above, you'll notice the crack. Our ceiling is not flat but slightly textured, similar to popcorn. Hubby researched how to paint with the texture, and found Zinsser Popcorn Ceiling Patch to be the best solution. It turned out really well.

We also invested in a airless paint gun. We got the Wagner Flexio 590 Paint Sprayer Kit and primed and painted the ceiling with it. OMG, it is such an amazing tool. It was worth the $150.00 investment. It has already paid for itself. No rolling, no neck aches. The result was more than satisfaction. But we had to make sure we covered everything.

After we sprayed the ceiling, we had to spray the walls, so we covered the ceiling before priming the wall with the spray gun. It was not as successful, but we think it was the paint we were using, rather than the gun. We didn't strain the paint before using it - there were a bunch of blobs in it (the same has been sitting for a while) even though we did have it shaken.

I went onto youtube and found a great video on how to strain paint with stockings / panty hose. I had to sacrifice a pair of mine, but it was worth it, because we did not have to buy another gallon of paint.

During Renovation

During renovation
Below is the end result. Don't look too closely. We had to repaint the trim, crown molding, chair rails, baseboards again, because we had used the wrong color. Oh well.

If you do look closely, on the french door, you'll see paint swatches.

We also spray painted the doors with the smaller paint gun. We first did it by hand and it took 45 minutes each side to paint the panel. My back was hurting too much and I gave up and told hubby just to spray paint and pray that it'll be fine. It turned out beautifully.

The top half of the wall is Benjamin Moore - Strand of Pearls (CSP-395). Now that we no longer will be using Benjamin Moore paint, I have to find an equivalent of Strand of Pearls for Sherman Williams.

After Renovation
Below is a lamp that we found in 2012 at a yard sale for $25.00. We finally used it. The bulbs cost more than the chandelier. They are Sunlite 60T8 Antique Radio Style T8 light bulbs and cost approximately $10.00 each, totally $30.00.

The "chandelier" might not stay, we might get a different one.

So, after the dining room was completed, we are now working on the living room. And guess what the dining room looks like now? LOL.

Give us three more weeks, and the living room should be done.

Quilt & Bitch

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Yard Sale Jackpot :: 2

September 6 2014,

My yard sale finds continues.

This week I scored a less than one year old Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams "Major Chair Polished Stainless Steel Finish" for a whopping $50.00.

This chair retails for $1245.00.

When I got to the yard sale - I scoped the stuff quickly and spotted the chair. I looked at it quickly for any visible damages, sat on it, and said "I would like to buy that please". When I bought it, I had no idea what brand it was until we brought it home and turned the chair over and it had the manufacturer's label on it. Did a quick google and came up with the chair.

In 2012, we scored 4 (four) chairs almost brand new chairs for $10.00 each.

And before that, at another yard sale we got the 4 (four) Crate and Barrel Folio chairs for $125.00. These were brand new and barely used chairs. There was a miscommunication in pricing between the father and son, where the chairs were suppose to be sold for $125.00 each and not $125.00 for all four. Their loss my gain.

I love finding bargains - especially where I feel like I just blindly robbed them.

Quilt & Bitch

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Conversation

September 4 2014,

Me: Can you please pull down the shades in the living room?

Hubby: Why?

Me: So that the sun doesn't ruin the couch and the table.

Hubby: But the sun is not hitting the couch nor the table.

Me: Ok, fine.

Hubby: It is hitting to the right of the couch, more towards the door.

Me: Ok, that's fine.

Me thinking to myself: Should have just done it myself, it would have taken less energy.

10 minutes later...

Me: Can you call next door to see if Les is home yet?

Hubby: I haven't seen him.

Me: Ok.

5 minutes later I picked up the phone and dialed our neighbor... turns out he was home.

Is this for real? Is this how men get away from doing things?

Quilt & Bitch