September 22, 2007

Redecorating

With the in-laws visiting for 4 months towards the end of the year (long story... think I blogged about the cause late last year), DH and I decided that we'll need a bit more lounging/living space so that we won't be on top of each other all the time.

Thus began the task of redoing our Florida/computer room into a den. Thankfully, I neglected to take some before pictures since it was a horrific sight to begin with and was pretty much just a space we had. We linked out 2 computer desks together with some cube shelving (a la Ikea) and the cubes now house all my stash and beads. DH rebuilt my computer and it's now a kick-ass gaming machine, as well as being about to function as a media center. The red curtains were a bold move for us, since we've always gone with the earth tones, but we're really loving the look. They are thermal-lined, and since this room faces the west, these have been a big help in reducing the heat in the afternoons. Also, I finally have a proper place to fully display my cross-stitched Mighty Samurai and Elegance of the Orient, not to mention David's samurai sculpture. :D



We moved the recliner from the living room in here and lately my most favorite thing to do on weekend mornings is to read in here, have my coffee, and look out to the lake. I'm getting spoilt, yes, I am. ;)



With the boldness of the red curtains in the new den, it was decided that the blahness of the living room isn't going to work, so we got some gradated olive green curtains just to punch up the room. We also bought a new recliner, this time we made sure it matched the color of my stitchy chair, and angled it in to face the other 2 pieces of furniture instead of the tv. I liked this much better since it opens up the whole space to lead from the living room into the music room. They're not in the picture on the right, but we bought 2 chinese hand-painted cabinets to house all our piano and guitar books and situated them at the wall opposite the piano.



The guest room has also been redone so it'll be more comfy, but haven't taken pictures of that. I think this pretty much does it for redecorating for the next little bit. I was going to say "for the next couple of years," but really, who am I kidding? LOL!!

Next up.... a 46 inch 1080p LCD HDTV.... maybe.... I think I'm quite in love with the Sharp Aquos LC46D92U.....

September 19, 2007

Lessons in Logic


If your father is a poor man,
it is your fate but,
if your father-in-law is a poor man,
it's your stupidity.
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I was born intelligent -
education ruined me.

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Practice makes perfect.....
But nobody's perfect......
so why practice?

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If it's true that we are here to help others,
then what exactly are the others here for?

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Since light travels faster than sound,
people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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How come "abbreviated" is such a long word?

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Money is not everything.
There's Mastercard & Visa.

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One should love animals.
They are so tasty.

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Behind every successful man, there is a woman
And behind every unsuccessful man, there are two.

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Every man should marry.
After all, happiness is not the only thing in life.

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The wise never marry.
and when they marry they become otherwise.

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Success is a relative term.
It brings so many relatives.

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Never put off the work till tomorrow
what you can put off today.

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"Your future depends on your dreams"
So go to sleep

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There should be a better way to start a day
than waking up every morning

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"Hard work never killed anybody"
But why take the risk

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"Work fascinates me"
I can look at it for hours

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God made relatives;
Thank God we can choose our friends.

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The more you learn, the more you know,
The more you know, the more you forget
The more you forget, the less you know
So.. why learn.

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A bus station is where a bus stops.

A train station is where a train stops.

On my desk, I have a work station....
what more can I say........

September 17, 2007

On the Stitching Front...

... the needle is feeling the sting on loneliness, the threads are sobbing out their misery, and the pattern lays in hopeless forlorn. The biggest factor for the current lack of stitching effort is because we've been redecorating during what little free time we have, but that's the story (and pics) for another day.

I did manage to stitch a little here and there on Cirque, but it's just not quite happening. Nevertheless, here's the WIP from September 9th. Tammy, wonderful owner of Stab and Stash and darling friend, special-dyed this gorgeous piece of fabric for me. It's actually the most beautiful shade of dark chocolate brown, and the thread (Waterlilies' Cocoa) blends in beautifully. DH requested that the thread and fabbie for this piece to blend in as much as possible, so create the 'burnt velvet' effect. Now, if I'd get my act together and work on it, the effect might be more prominent.

My First Order!!!

A little background.... I've taught Hannah for 2 years, since she was 4 and when I wore my green "Alien" bracelet to her lesson one time, she totally feel in love with it and begged me to make her one. (Think of the cutest little 6 year old, with puppy dog eyes, saying pleaaaaaase, and you'd understand how hard it was for me to have said 'no.') Of course, I didn't give in that easily, no sirrree bob!! The deal was made that she will only get a bracelet if she didn't whine or complained in class (which lasted all of a month. LOL!)

I got a call from Hannah's mom late last week, and without much preamble, she started telling me about how Hannah is finishing Speech after 2 years and they were thinking of getting her a gift. Mom asked her what she would like to get her teacher, and was expecting the answer to be flowers or angels or something along those lines. Much to her surprise (and mine), Hannah told her that she would really love to give her speech teacher "that bracelet Miss Joyce made me" and true to form, wanted something in her 2 favorite colors, pink and purple.

So here it is... my very, very first sale. WHEEEEEE!!! I used pearls, an assortment of czech glass, seed beads, and I'm not quite sure what that triangular purple stone is.


Here it is on my wrist:

Hopefully this will be the beginning of many good things to come. :D

Hello, Dear Friends

Thanks for such a warm welcome back, girls. I try to check your blogs as much as I can just to stay abreast.

Andie, congratulations to you and DH on your pregnancy. It seems like there are so many of my friends that are preggy. :D

Noreen, Connor is growing leaps and bounds and those half-naked pics of him are just DARLING!!!

Novi, see you soon on YM. ;)

Sittrish.... look!! Another blog. Hehehe.

September 9, 2007

A Blog? A Blog? A Blog You Say?

I should probably ease myself back to this very foreign weird notion of blogging.... this and carving the time out to visit my beloved Crafty Coven again.

Saying that things have been hectic lately is such an understatement, it's laughable. Days seems to fly by with minutes and hours rushing pass in the blink of an eye, and before I know it, I'm sprawled out on the couch, falling asleep watching ST:TNG. That in it of itself is sacrilegious!! (Although, the first 4 episodes of the series is soooo horrendously awful that it should be forever struck out of the face of the earth. Hehehe.)

I have been nagged (glares at Sittrish) for months to start blogging again and desire to seems to have melted and drizzled away like ice on a hot Florida day. But here I am now, so we'll see how long this bout will last. ;)

At the grocery store today, we were checking out and there was this pregnant lady in front of us. Out of the blue, this was her conversation with the cashier and us:

Lady: I'm buying this cabbage because I read that it's good for drying up milk.

Cashier: Oh.....

Us: *dumb-founded look*

Lady: Yeah, so I'm going to give it a try and see if it works.

Cashier & Us: ........

**cabbage gets rung up, a few moments of silence save for the beeps of the register**

Lady: It's not to be eaten though.

Cashier: Oh.....

Lady: Yeah, you put it, you know.... *makes the motion of putting her palms towards her boobs*

Cashier & me: *looks at her like she's grown 2 heads*

Lady: Well, you're supposed to put it in your bra, and it's supposed to dry up the milk.

Me: Wow.... really?!!

Cashier: I've NEVER heard of that!!

Lady: *to cashier* Well, I'll give it a try, and I'll let you know how it works out.

She pays for her food, walks away, and when it was my turn, the cashier and I looked at each other and busted out laughing.... all the while, the cashier was shuddering and putting her hands up to her ears, saying "I didn't want to know that!! Now I'll never be able to look at a cabbage the same way again!!"

I did tell her though, to make sure to find out all the fine details from the lady her level of success.

Gives a whole new meaning to "stuffed cabbage," doncha think?