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Vicksburg September 28, 2009

Filed under: Quilting — thehobbyholic @ 2:56 am

I finished the Vicksburg quilt tonight. It took me longer to finish than I thought it would. But I have had a lot more to do at work and been too tired to do much with it in the evenings. So having to get it to the quilter was the kick in the pants I needed.

This photo doesn't do it justice.

This photo doesn't do it justice.

 

Learning to Crochet September 25, 2009

Filed under: Crochet — thehobbyholic @ 12:02 am

How long do you have to do a new craft before you can call it a hobby? 2 hours? Great! I now can add crocheting to my list of hobbies.

It all started about a month or two ago. I was at my sewing group on Wednesday and in walks a quilter MY AGE!!! I was shocked. Ellie stayed and even returned a few weeks later. During our conversation she mentioned that she knits at a shop that happened to be a mile and a half from my house and they have a group that meets Thursday nights. I didn’t think much else of it past that conversation. Then I talked to Jen.

Jen was telling me about her recent knitting projects and showed me a few pictures of what she was working on and I was inspired! I wanted to make cute socks too. Of course, I didn’t feel comfortable enough to just dive into socks so I looked high and low for the one project I had started years ago that I was even slightly interested in, but could not find it.

So two weeks ago I went to the Thursday evening knitting group and looked for a project to work on. I couldn’t find anything that sparked my interest, so I started make a scarf. I was sitting near a woman who was breezing through a sweater and she showed me how to cable knit. I was trilled. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried again since that night. All I could think of to try cabling on was a scarf. And well, I live in Houston, I have no need for a scarf. Ever.

I didn’t go last week but went back tonight. And I am so glad I did. Ellie was there and she taught me how to crochet! I still want to learn more about knitting, but nothing I could think of to make seemed all that exciting to me. Crochet was something I had only dabbled in years ago, and thus the appeal.

Here is the sampler I made tonight

Double crochet, half crochet and single crochet.

Double crochet, half crochet and single crochet.


I love the top and the way the fans turn out. I am going to practice that more. And then I might branch out and make a hat or something. I have seen some cute things I’d like to try. I also hear making animals are fun. Just have to find a kid to give them to!

So now I am waiting for my crochet hook set to arrive in the mail. I love ebay.

 

First Quilting Class September 19, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — thehobbyholic @ 11:37 pm

Today was my first quilting class as a teacher. I was a little nervous beforehand. After all, they were paying to learn something from me. What if they didn’t like it and demanded their money back? What if they made a big mistake and it was because of something I said. Of course, none of these things happened and the day went great.

I got there extra early so I wouldn’t be the slacker teacher type. I even swung by Wally World and got name tags so I would have some idea who was who. I had 4 people sign up for the class and all 4 showed up! That was exciting all by itself. I taught an intermediate class with some slightly more difficult techniques and yet a self proclaimed novice signed up. All in all it was a good first class and even the novice did well. Could have used a little more time, but I don’t feel I rushed or had to skip anything important to get the main focus of the class accomplished. I forgot to get a group photo with everyone and their first block. Here are two I snapped at the end.
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To celebrate my wonderful teaching day I enjoyed a Sonic Cherry Limeade and made jiffy pop for the first time.
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My Husband Rocks Friday September 18, 2009

Filed under: My Husband Rocks Friday — thehobbyholic @ 7:35 am

I got up early so I could get some extra work done today. Went for a bowl of cereal and Paul had already started making me Belgian waffles… from scratch! My husband rocks.

 

Delicious September 14, 2009

Filed under: My Husband Rocks Friday — thehobbyholic @ 10:39 pm

Last week was a difficult one. A lot of different things contributed to that, including but not limited to the realization that Friday marked my last year of my twenties. Being 29 isn’t horrible. I know that. But tears were still present. The week did get better and definitely ended well.

Two days before my birthday, my friends at my sewing group on Wednesday had a lunch celebration for me. Lots of great food and some delicious desserts made by Joyce.

Chocolate Jelly Roll

Chocolate Jelly Roll

Lemon Jelly Roll

Lemon Jelly Roll

Both were delicious, but I’m not sure there was enough of the lemon one! 🙂

Friday was my birthday and it was great. All the build up to 29 being horrible, (all in my head of course) was not needed. Let me just say, my husband Rocks. He got up early like he usually does to get some work done. He also headed to the store, picked up the things he needed for all the cooking and baking (yes, baking) he was going to do. When I got up he cooked me breakfast while I got ready for work and when I finally got myself to the kitchen, there were roses, a mushy card and chocolate.
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I did go to work on my birthday. Paul had work he needed to get done and my friends are at work, so why not be with friends? Besides, if I hadn’t come I would have missed out on a pound cake that Paula made and this lovely note that Mary Elllen left for me.

The fine print reads: Insert ME voice where needed.

The fine print reads: Insert ME voice, where needed.

I got home and had some fun things waiting for me that had come in the mail. I love getting stuff in the mail. Even more so when they aren’t bills!

Paul pulled out a rather large wrapped box and asked if I wanted to open my present before or after dinner. Before dinner of course!! It was a professional waffle iron.

Insert happy dance here.

Insert happy dance here.

I have wanted one for some time now. I love belgian waffles and the waffle irons I have owned previously just did not cut it. This one, definitely gets the job done! It isn’t in the shape of texas or Mickey ears, but I’m not that picky. I promptly asked if we could have waffles for breakfast the next day, and he said, “How about for dinner?” He had prepped so we could have a waffle bar. It was great!!

All the fixin's

All the fixin's

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The first waffle!

The first waffle!

In addition to all this waffle goodness. Paul also made me a brownie peanut butter cup ice cream cake.

Here is what is left.

Here is what is left.

Brownies with ice cream and peanut butter frosting. It is delicious!

Getting older isn’t so bad. I’m still younger than my husband!

Where you think you will be in the years ahead isn’t always where you may have intended, but that doesn’t mean that isn’t where you should be. Maybe a little too profound, huh?

 

Guess what?! September 5, 2009

Filed under: Quilting — thehobbyholic @ 12:10 pm

It is official!! I am a quilt teacher. My name has been put on the calendar to teach my very first class. I even have one student already. Who paid. Money! To learn from ME! Can we say nervous?

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I will be teaching this quilt. It was a pattern by someone else, but had Y-seams all over the place. If you don’t know what that is – they aren’t that much fun. So, my mom figured out a way to have fewer Y-seams and now it goes together much easier!

The class is September 19th and the closer it gets the scarier it is. What happens if I run out of time and don’t get all the steps taught? What if they give me a bad evaluation? What if I get a student without a clue and I have no idea how to get them to understand? What if. What if. What if?! I shouldn’t let my mind wander this much, but these people (well, person) are paying money to learn something from me.

*Breath Robin. Breath!*

Okay. I’m back.

I’ll have to get my act together. Make lots of samples (as suggested by a wise friend of mine), and just jump in. (I’m saying these things to convince myself I can do it as much as I am explaining my thought process to anyone reading!)

A wise train once said, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”

 

My Husband Rocks Friday September 3, 2009

Filed under: My Husband Rocks Friday — thehobbyholic @ 5:00 am

So I have really gotten into this blog thing. I am sporatic at posting, which I think keeps it more interesting. My life is not regular enough to get me to sit down every other day to post something. And I’m okay with that. Hope you are too.

The other day I was thinking… “I wonder if the URL http://www.hobbyholic.com is available to purchase.” I typed it in and it takes you to some page that asks you to email and inquire about buying the URL. So I bite. I emailed and soon after I had a response. $10,000 to purchase the URL. HA! I like to blog, but not that much.

While waiting to hear back about the obseenly priced URL I checked out www.thehobbyholic.com and it was open. So I asked Paul if he would get it for me, and he did. He even had it redirect to the blog. Kind of fun to have the URL if I say so myself.

My husband rocks.