Friday, January 22, 2021

Working and Sewing

Good morning happy Friday!

I slept like crap last night. I should just stay up and do something when I can't sleep instead of laying there trying forever. Finally fell asleep and then the cats kept waking me up scratching something (probably the couch little assholes). I slept great from 6-7am though. 

Today I'm going with Jess to the dentist (probably sit out in the car) so I can pay for it with my Care Credit. For some reason they said I had to be there even though the rest of the family has used it without me. That's ok though, I'll just get a Starbucks while I'm waiting.

Yesterday I went to work all day and printed out stuff and filed stuff. Stayed til 7. So much stuff that needs to be printed off. I just put myself on the calendar for next Wednesday so I can do some more. I was thinking on my way there yesterday how funny that it is like a big ordeal to go into work now when I used to do it everyday.

After I got home I finished putting the binding on this quilt. It's kind of a raspberry pink.

I have 3 left that I started to finish off, one more pink, a green and the other crumb quilt I added to the other day.

I'm going to work on the other pink one next.

This one is long and skinny right now. I debated taking a row or two off the length to add to the width but I don't think that will work out well. I pulled out all my pink scraps last night to make some more strips to make it wider. Hopefully it will blend in ok, I think it will.

Trevor went to the store yesterday and bought stuff to make himself lamb chops? Weird kid lol. Now he's making us breakfast. He bought a new knife too. Hey maybe I won't have to cook anymore ;)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Happy Inauguration Day

Good morning! Watching the Inauguration this morning. 

Last night I got this pink strip quilt quilted and most of the binding put one. Just one more round to finish it off but it was almost midnight when I got this far so had to stop.

Almost every time I sit down I get this face. 

Mom Mom Mom. 

His I have to go potty face. He's lying, he just wants to go out and smell the grass and look for cats to bark at.

Friday I spent around $200 on grocery from Instacart. Almost everything is gone but the meat in the freezer. Last night at almost midnight Scott was making a bagel? and IDK what Trevor was making but he was making something too. Um maybe we should have a cut off eating time and GO TO BED. Sheesh. 

Have a good day everyone!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Big Sewing Weekend

Morning! I had a busy sewing weekend! But first I did a little more organizing. This is my "pattern cabinet" that I got years ago and brought into my sewing room once I had one lol. It had been out in the shed with household tools and stuff. At the beginning of the pandemic I had 3 drawers of patterns that were for sale on Etsy. Now I'm down to the top drawer and the little bit of the 2nd drawer. Part of me wants to just get them all sold out! The other part of me wants to go shopping for more to sell lol. I haven't been sourcing since the pandemic started. I wonder if the stores are full of patterns again since I haven't been there to buy them. 

Top drawer is themed fabric

Then bigger regular fabrics

and then 2 sizes of smaller scraps and patterns that are "mine"

Saturday I added a border to this quilt and then went to Joanns to get some batting and backing fabric. I was trying to use what I had for backing fabric but just didn't have enough yardage of one fabric. 

 I decided that I just wanted to try quilting these at home instead of paying someone to do it.  I think it turned out ok! It got a little bunchy in a couple spots but it is ok. Learning as I go!

So after that was done I had to clean up my extra scraps. I've been trying to do this as I go so I don't have so much. 4 new crumb blocks 

Then I had left over of the border I had made so I cut that down to 1 1/2" strips to match some others that I have been making in case I decide I want to mix them together

and then I had 1" strips left over and was able to make 4 squares of those, which I really like how they turned out

Sunday I quilted this purple one up, it is a lot smaller, so baby quilt sized. This one quilted great but the border I had previously put on got bunched a bit. Almost like it had been stretched. Oh well good enough! Still cute!

I had enough fabric for the back and the binding

I was showing my mom what I had left to finish and ended up adding 3 rows to this one. This is the last crumb quilt I have put together. The rest of the blocks are chillin' in the bag. I'm waiting a bit still to finish this one off since I had already cut the batting for another.

Next up is this one. I think I am not going to put a border on it and just let the binding be like a border. I got the fabric ready for the back and the batting cut so just need to pin it together.

After this one I'll have to go buy more batting. I have 3 more tops to finish up including the crumb one pictured. So those will keep me busy as my latest projects lol.

That's about all I did this weekend other than hanging out with the kids for a little bit when they came over to do some washing. Yesterday I let Jess borrow my car to go to the beach and before they left the baby did a giggle when I was playing with him. So cute!!

Ok off to do some "work". 

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Friday, January 15, 2021


Good morning! I almost just got up at 4 am because I had been awake so long. Scott got up and was talking to himself in the bathroom at 2 am then came back to bed and started snoring and I was wide awake. My hand has been bothering me every since we painted so of course that was aching. I finally got up and took some Advil and then I was able to fall back asleep for a bit.

Yesterday evening my old Buster cat had a seizure. I thought maybe he was dying but then he was fine and purring again. Sheesh silly old cat. I have never had an animal have a seizure before but I remember my grandma had a dog that had them. Also in high school a kid had one at the bus stop once. That was terrifying.

We just got an email from the state office at work. I'll share.

Dear California NRCS employees, contractors, and partners:

 With the potential for civil unrest directed at federal agencies, everyone in our NRCS family shall take the precautions listed below through Friday, January 22. FSA employees have received similar guidance.

 Also for your reference, attached is a notice from the FPAC Homeland Security Division.  Please contact your supervisor or SET member if you have any additional concerns or issues and above all be safe.

  • All employees should telework through 1/20 and preferably through Friday 1/22. If you have an issue with teleworking contact your SET member and they will provide you instruction on your situation.
  • Starting now through 1/22 do not wear government logo attire or your LincPass lanyard in public.
  • Keep your LincPass with you when away from the computer.
  • When securing the building, take all computers home, lock up all PII, secure sensitive and easily pilferable equipment and close the blinds.
  • If you are on your way into the office and encounter a protest or civil unrest near the building, do not try to go through the crowd to get to the office.  Instead, safely make your way back home to telework for the day.
  • Building doors remain locked at all times
  • If working in the building next week (please see the first bullet point) pack a lunch; do not leave the building during work hours
  • If a crowd gathers, leave via the back door if possible, otherwise shelter-in-place until it is safe to leave the building
  • Call 9-1-1 if anyone starts banging on the locked doors
  • Call the local law enforcement non-emergency number if a crowd starts gathering

Yeah so that's awesome. I was thinking of going into work one day next week but maybe not now. Although we are out on the edge of the city so I doubt anything would happen there but you never know.

Last night I made up 6 masks for my best mask customer. Her son wanted to give some to his teacher I think she said. So fishing and teacher themes is what she wanted.

Ok off to tackle the few emails I got of stuff to do then back to working on my spreadsheet. I'm almost done with June so making progress!

I've also been working on the laundry I had been neglecting and started cleaning some stuff up in the garage. My husband is the least organized person I know and never throws anything away. Doesn't help that he has a giant car in there with no wheel on it so we can't even push it out.
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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Another Day of Random

Good morning, never finished my post yesterday morning!

Tuesday I worked made some crumb blocks with what was left of the purple scraps. They will go into the bag with the others I have until there is enough to make something with.

I didn't sew at all yesterday. Just worked on laundry, dishes, cleaning up and then Trevor and I went for a ride to Panda Express drive thru to pick up dinner. I was trying to remember the last time I had left the neighborhood and it was January 2nd (and that was for Taco Bell lol). I think that is the longest I haven't left my neighborhood in quite awhile!

Today is my mom's 69th birthday! Last year for her birthday we went to my brother Joe's house and I coughed the entire time I was there. I had already been sick for weeks so I figured I wasn't contagious anymore.  At least I'm not sick this year but we can't get together. Some day life might return to normal?

Someone asked me this morning if I wanted to run for the Board out where I live. I've thought about it but I don't think I want to yet. Maybe next time.

Just had to recover my couch again. My cats are like thanks for buying us this HUGE expensive scratching posts. Ugh. Stupid cats. Then Buster comes along and pees on the sheet that is touching the floor. I can't win! I will not miss him peeing on everything. The cat is almost 18 years old, how crazy is that? Always the naughty ones that live forever. No more cats once this batch is gone that's for sure. I know I said that before the twins (Tina & Tubz) showed up lol.

I've been working on my side hustle spreadsheet since that tax stuff is coming up soon. I used to work on it when I was bored at work and now I just do the dishes so I had to go back to March to get stuff up to date. I'm almost done with April. I know there are faster ways to do it without so much detail but I like all my tracking info. I think April was my busiest month on Etsy with people buying patterns and craft books to keep themselves busy during the quarantine. I never went sourcing after the shut down so I've went from over 800 items in my store to 200 something. I haven't added anything new to my sewing store in quite awhile. 

Ok well off to do something productive today. I have an order for 6 masks to work on later.

After the masks I want to work on finishing up the little quilts I have started. I am going to figure out how to quilt them with the batting and backing at home so I don't have to spend the money to have someone else do them. They won't be fancy but they are super busy so I think simple topstitching is more than enough. 

Hope you all have a great day! The weekend is almost here.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Flamingos and Scrappy Purple Project

Good morning! Happy Tuesday! Yesterday morning I had this cute visitor on my porch. Someone bought a flock of them and put them out in the neighborhood. I didn't get mine redelivered last night but I'll make sure and do it tonight.

Doesn't Lucy look like she's going to kill me? That spot she is in is the treasured spot in the room now. All the cats but the old guy take turns up there. Mostly Lucy and Tina but Tubby took a nap up there the other day too.

I finished putting my little scrappy squares together. It is not very big all together so it will need some borders added to it. I have quite a little collection of tops that need to be finished now. I think that I am going to just try and quilt them myself with just some simple quilting. We'll see how that goes. First I need to get some batting.

Now I have all the little purple pieces left to make some crumb blocks with. 

I went over to my neighbors to see what she wanted to get rid of yesterday (wore a mask and she had her stuff in the garage with the door open).  I got some spools of ribbon and a bunch of lace. The rest was mostly cording and belting type stuff that she had and I don't think that would sell for much and I don't think I'd really use it. She wouldn't take any money for what I selected so that was nice!

I'm all caught up on stuff to do for work unless someone sends an email. I should really go into the office and do printing and filing but I don't really want to. Maybe later in the week. There are so many sick people out there.


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Monday, January 11, 2021

Weekend Recap, Surprise More Sewing!

It's here again, MONDAY blah. My Monday morning desk doesn't look as bad as last weeks.

I started off my weekend by making some mug cozies. I finished up the scrappy Valentine's ones

I made these for my friend and a bunch more to restock in my Etsy Store.

Then I was cleaning up trying to decide what I wanted to work on next. I have a really big zip lock bag I've been keeping my scraps in and I had several bags of purple strips (where do they keep coming from? I thought I had already used them all) so I played around with those all day yesterday. Here is where I stopped last night. I want to lay them out on the table to arrange them but that will have to wait a bit.

Stole these from Jess. I got him this little Pooh bear outfit for the baby shower but it was too big but look at it now, so cute! He is 3 months old now

and another on the quilt I made

I have a bit of work to do today. I sent out a lot of letters last week so people replied with the forms I sent. Doing work makes more work go figure lol. Getting closer to getting done sending letters. We have a deadline for something in about 2 weeks and then that will have us scrambling to get contracts ready again.

After work I might be going over to my neighbor's house (masked up). She has dementia but knows what she is doing 1/2 the time, just not the other. She came over yesterday and told me she's getting rid of her sewing stuff that she can't do anymore and asked if I wanted to come look at what she has.  Not that I need more stuff but if it's cheap enough I can always flip it too ;) Have a great day everyone!


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Friday, January 8, 2021

Sewing and Cuteness

Well I've started my morning off by drinking a huge glass of water and some Emergen-C. I feel like I'm on the verge of getting sick but that could also be my brain psyching myself out. Lets hope it's just the brain.

Last night I put in an Instacart order to be delivered between 7 and 9 this morning and when I woke up at 6:15 I had a bunch of messages from the shopper. Sheesh someone is up early working! Good for him and now I have some more groceries. I just didn't expect that to come so early.

Yesterday after work I made Scott 2 new masks, my friend 2 blank black mug rugs that she is going to put something on with her Cricut and then 2 mug cozies for a neighbor. I only took a picture of the mug cozies since the rest were boring lol.

This was the first time making mug cozies on my new sewing machine. The old one I used markings on the sewing foot a lot for distance. It's weird using a new machine. Also I always used the button foot to sew on my buttons and I don't think the new machine has one. I ended up just using the zig zag foot to sew on the buttons but I'm going to see if there is an actual button foot I can buy.

After I got those done I worked on cutting out some more mug cozy backs to go with some I already had cut out and I am going to cut out a few more Valentine's ones.

I stole this picture from Jessica, it is so adorable! The baby is 3 months old today. She said he is going to get more shots today :(

I watched this show over the last couple days. I only half assed watched parts of it while I was sewing but it was interesting and kind of good lol.

Now to find something else to watch. Tomorrow they are having a drive by baby shower for my sister in law but I don't think I'm going to go since we have someone sick here. Just in case, don't want to get anyone else sick. 
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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Crazies and Sewing

Well yesterday was interesting to say the least. I was always under the impression that if you tried to break into the white house they killed you first and asked questions later. I guess that doesn't happen when you're wearing a Rump hat.

I watched quite a bit of the live streaming last night. I have never watched them confirming the electoral votes. That was quite interesting. I think many of the people that stood up and talked about how disgusted they were with it all were amazing. And that was both Democrats and Republicans. It was like a ceremonial wiping of their hands and brushing off the Rump dust.

In other news, how cute are Tina's squished up toes lol. She's so funny always squishing into containers and boxes

I got my project crumb blocks made up and put away with the others I have for later

and made my friend some snowflake mug rugs. Seems funny in the West Coast "snow" is just for Christmas haha but she lives on the East Coast so it is "winter". 

Another friend asked me to make a couple all black so she can put something on them with her new Cricut so I'll probably do that next. Then I had someone ask for 2 black and white check mug cozies so that is on the list.

Scott came home from work sick yesterday. Runny/stuffy nose and coughing. Of course he "just has a cold" and insisted that he HAD to go to work today. Also came to bed last night to so I'm sure I'll have whatever he has soon if I don't have it already. JOY. Let's all hope it really is "just a cold".


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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Seeing Red

Good morning! What day is it I don't even know. Ohhh hump day!

Every day when Scott leaves for work he gives me a kiss goodbye. This morning he kissed my forehead and said he thinks he might have a cold. Wait, what?  Hopefully he just has a sore throat from snoring so hard. Of course now I'm like do I have congestion? Cough Cough ok no I'm good lol

Trevor is making us French toast for breakfast, yes please!

Yesterday after work I made some strippy mug cozies from the leftover pieces I had. These are just the base parts I'll need to put them together still (batting, loop, button, back etc)

and now I'm working on some more crumb blocks to finish cleaning up the bits and pieces. I'll finish those after work today most likely.

So one of my coworkers said she talked to some people and the guy that passed away was most likely a suicide. So sad :(  

Well that's all the excitement I have today other than seeing all the RumpSters hanging out in Washington DC with no masks and their stupidity. WTF people. Go home, he lost. 
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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

End of Christmas

Good morning! Happy Tuesday! Trevor made me this nice breakfast yesterday. He did a good job!

My friend Traci lives across from my mom's cabin (Jessica is renting it now). Nice little rainbow over her house.

Well it was time to take the tree down. I don't know who rewrapped the garland but they didn't do a very good job lol

Tubby supervised me putting the ornaments away. She loves to sit in the crock pot. What a weirdo. Don't worry I'll wash it again before I put it away lol

Last night I make up the last of the heart mug rugs. I had these hearts left over from so decided to just make them up

I cut what was left of the fabric pieces I was using into 1" strips to play with next lol. Whole room full of fabric and I just want to play with the scraps. Not sure why that is so entertaining to me.

Yesterday I found out one of my coworkers passed away. I used to call him "Trail Mix Guy" because he he would eat a bag of trail mix for lunch every day. I think he thought he was being healthy but of course it was like 1500 calories for a bag of trail mix lol. Then he stopped eating lunch all together, I think he was doing the Keto diet or something. He lost a lot of weight. The last time I went into work he was pretty thin. He was maybe 30, single (but he had a dog) and made beer with his brother. I'm not sure what happened for him to pass away. My boss said she had just seen him last week so we don't think it was Covid. So sad. 

Well guess I have to go put some pants on so I can take the dog out. Maybe by the time I'm dead we'll have a fence so I can just open the door.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Valentine's Mug Rugs

Well after a weekend of sewing I had to clear off my "work" table this morning. It wasn't too hard to clean up since most of it is in baskets.  Well I cleaned MOST of it up lol.

I spent the whole weekend working on my little mug rugs. They are kind of funky but I had fun making them. I have 6 more almost done, just need to put the backs on. My friend asked for 10 of them and another friend wanted one. I gave one as a gift already. I was thinking I could put them in my Etsy store with a mug cozy that matches. If they don't sell I'll just have them in my box for some day craft shows.

I can't believe people are still doing craft shows, although they might not have any other income. I am putting a mask on to talk to neighbors. Definitely not going to go to the mall and hang out all day.

The numbers here are horrible and I know several people who have/have had it now and I think my mom's friend is in the hospital still. She has been there for like a month. Good thing she went to all those bible studies.

One day Scott and I got this little buddy to play with while the kids went and did laundry at the laundry mat. Snookie is still the little Nana dog lol.

And that was our exciting new years! I ended up going to bed around 11 on NYE lol.


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