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A Surprise package, a broken foot, a new job, a doctors appointment, and a shopping trip.

Posted on: 23 August 2008

Sounds kind of ominous doesn’t it? All those things will be discussed in this post, and they’ve happened within the last 2 weeks. Can it be really two weeks since my last post… oh wow, it must be.

A surprise package

A few weeks back, a dear online quilting friend requested my address to send me a magazine she thought I would be interested in. Not only did I receive the magazine, but two others, as well as a piece of gorgeous fabric, a skein of silk thread, a companion DVD for one of the magazines, a beautiful card, and all this wrapped in a pretty ribbon. Thank you, Ann for a lovely gift. Ann has just started her own blog, beginning with a restoration project. I look forward to watching her progress.

A broken foot

The broken foot, is a comedy of the most tragic kind. Well, not particularly, but it sounded great in my head. Doesn’t read very well though. The Perseids Meteor Shower displays its beauty during August, with the best viewing on August 12 between 2 am – 4 am. I had woken up a little and looked at the clock which read 1:57. I thought I would then get up to see the meteor shower. I put on my glasses, and wandered outside. Looked up in the sky, and didn’t see a thing. Feeling rather tired at 2 am, and wanting to go back to bed, I headed back inside, and to the bedroom. About six feet from my bedroom door, a box… yes a box, which has been sitting in the hallway with its neighbours for several months (remember renovating quilt’n room), decided it was going to get my attention. The said box, leapt out from its place and right smack into my right foot. After a brief holler and several minutes of standing on one foot with both hands propped up against the wall, I waited for the pain to subside. I have hit my toes on several occassions over the years, but do not recall it ever hurting quite this much. I hobbled back into bed, and tried to get as comfortable as I could. A couple days later, it was still paining me, so I checked in with my doctor. After a precursory examination and answering a few questions, it was determined I had broken one of the foot bones. He didn’t think there was a need for an X-ray, and told me to wear hard-soled shoes. I told him I didnt’ have any, in fact all I had was the runners I was wearing. He wrote an order to get an Air-Cast. To close a long story, I received the cast a few days later. The first day I wore it, I didn’t realize how much low-grade pain I was in, until using the cast. The support it gives cannot be described.

The Doctor’s Appointment

We do not have a pediatrician in our community, and to see one we have to travel out of town. This past week was a scheduled appointment, so off we went. The details of the appointment itself are not something I will be writing about. It was the trip! As we live in a sort-of remote community, only access is by ferry or airplane, it means a lengthy trip out of town, between ferry trips. Which is okay, because it gives an opportunity to make the trip into a Shopping one!

The Shopping Trip

There is a shop, The Needle Loft Studio, that I have been meaning to go visit. I did attempt a visit in June, but got there, just after closing. My goal this trip was to go and visit. WOW. The Cross-stitching patterns they have available is truly amazing. Some are quite breathtaking. It almost makes me want to get back into cross-stitching… almost. I think I would need more steady work to support both hobbies. I did purchase some beads for my Bargello – West Coast Sunset. The nifty thing about this shop, is it in a “loft” of a barn-style house. Unfortunately, for me and other customers, the proprietress, will be closing her shop June 30, 2009, after 29 years of being in business. She is ready to retire.

I have decided to embellish the bargello with some beadwork. I want to create the setting sun. The dark beads on the bargello was to represent that, my circle didn’t come out very well. *grin*. I think I’ll have to draw on the shape, and then work at it.

I also want to have radiating lines from the sun to represent the setting sun rays.

I was using dark yellow coloured beads, and a quilting friend suggested that it was too dark, and to use lighter shades of yellow. I didn’t have the lighter yellow beads, but I do now. I’ll be taking off the darker ones, and start working it out again.

The beading suggestions I took from the DVD that Ann sent me. Lisa Walton is the featured quilter on the DVD. She has a website Dyed and Gone to Heaven. What she does with a piece of hand-dyed fabric is truly inspiring.

Now an unplanned trip cannot be complete without a little bit of fabric shopping. My goal and intention was to buy 3 pieces of fabric in a colourway, which I do not have in my stash. I looked at all the bolts and wondered what I should choose. I know my stash is low in pinks, purples, yellows, oranges… okay pretty much the entire colour spectrum. I decided to go with an “olive” green. Or in colour terms, a yellow-green palette. I chose 3 fabrics, a dark, a medium and a light. Unfortunately the photo I took, does not really bring out the colour.

I then spotted some Fat Quarters. In particular, a colour scheme I would never have chosen. These 2 pieces just spoke to me. I have no idea what I’ll do with them, but they are so bright, cheery and yummy.

I then saw a trio of fat quarters that were appealing… again, something I wouldn’t have thought as “my colours”… although I don’t really have a style. I then saw the same trio, but packaged with 2 other trios to make a 9 pack fat quarters. This line is “Swell” by Urban Chicks for Moda. I do have a plan for these. Until I work out the details, the project will have to remain unannounced. But, a small hint… wouldn’t these colourways look good in a kitchen?

The next FQ I found was a batik. I’ve been looking for a small bead embellishing project, and found this piece. I thought I would make it into a wall-hanging. On the trip home, I started thinking how I could use this piece, not just the beading. I have decided (for the time being anyway), of cutting it into quarters, flipping 2 pieces over (the other side is unique in its colouring too), and they say you buy both sides of the fabric *Grin*. I am thinking of “sashing” in between the pieces, to make it look like a picture frame or something, so each piece is a little different, or that there are bars over it. I hope I have described it reasonably well. We’ll just have to see how it comes out. In the photo, I have turned under one corner, so you can see both sides of the fabric. I really like the colour of this piece.

A new job

I forgot about this, and instead of trying to go up, and find the place where it should happen, I’ll write about it here. I have been hired by a local grocery store to help with the “reline” crew. What this means essentially, is moving stock from an aisle/shelf to another location in the store. The job was to start September 3. I will be working nightshift, this should prove interesting as I have never done that before, and should be about 2 or 3 weeks work. I received a phone call last Friday, asking if I was available for some work on Saturday, and possibly the following week. I said yes. Before you say it… I know… the broken foot. But I was fortunate, that I had a day off between the days I worked, which helped. And the cast too has helped. I have finished the week off, and now they are saying it could be September 12, or 15 before we come back to do the reline. Which is okay, gives me sometime to allow my foot to heal. I took the few days, so I could do the shopping I mentioned above. Now my bank balance doesn’t (or won’t) look so dismal.

I think I mentioned in a previous entry, that somewhere in my posts I want to give you some thought provoking topic, or challenge. With this entry, it may be difficult to determine what it may be. *Grin*. But my challenge to you, is to look at a couple pieces of fabric, you may usually pass up. And add them to your stash, or a project you are working on. I think you’ll be surprised at the “pop” results you will gain.

Until next time,

-Alice

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4 Responses to "A Surprise package, a broken foot, a new job, a doctors appointment, and a shopping trip."

Ok Alice, I can take you up on that challenge. As I’ve been organizing the stash , have found some hand painted pieces that go with a yard of hand painted from a friend – put them together,then found a bunch of fall tones/prints that could be amalgamated.A fresh look at projects has me chucking them or starting over. A fresh look at things before the guild year begins.
nina

Gosh Alice, I don’t know what to say – thank you for your lovely remarks. I’m quite overcome and so pleased that you enjoyed the parcel as I had fun putting it all together for you.

Another terrific blog! I do so enjoy reading yours. I used to work in insurance so I know all about the ability of inanimate objects to jump out in front of people…and cars… At least the air cast is giving you some relief.

You can’t beat a good shopping trip (I had a mini one last week but more on that later). What a shame such a lovely store will close. I still have an unfinished cross stitch sampler which I really should finish before I go completely blind.

It’s really exciting that you are embellishing your bargello. I love the blue-orange-yellow colours. After seeing the bead embellished quilts yesterday it will be interesting to see what you create. They certainly change the dynamic of a quilt. The poppies quilt in my APQ blog doesn’t show it very well at all but they were heavily embroidered and beaded. The Seed Pods quilt was fabulous and included folded fabric, embroidery and beading in purples and soft dark greens.

Your fabric thinking is right on track. It’s important, I think, to try and pick things out of one’s comfort zone. Luckily, I don’t have a set theme or style so I never feel uncomfortable buying different colours and styles.

All the fabrics you purchased are marvellous. I like them all. I want to try a aqua/dark chocolate combination in a quilt and can’t decide between *mod/funky* and *jewel batiks* for another quilt I am making next year. Your batik reversed really well. I’m looking forward to seeing what becomes of that.

A job is a job and let’s us have some pin money for things we enjoy – especially fabric!

Have a terrifc week!

Ann πŸ™‚

Hi Alice, Sorry to hear about your foot. Lucky you to get such a nice package. Looking forward to seeing your bead work on the quilt. πŸ™‚ Lisa

Ooh ah, love the Moda fabrics!!!! πŸ™‚

Glad to hear you’ve got a bit of time off for the foot to mend properly. I suppose your silver lining for a broken foot is that you got your little shopping trip – which sounded very overdue!

So lovely of Ann to send you some goodies. I look forward to seeing the beading skills you’ve learnt.

Cheers, Jen πŸ™‚

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