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Saved 50% + 50%

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Hancock Fabrics had a 50% cotton fabric sale from August 24-26. I saved another 50% by resisting the urge to go to the store.

Must. Not. Buy. More. Fabric.
Must. Learn. To. Quilt. And. Sew. First. Using fabric I already have.


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Because of spam comments and being generally uninspired, I've been avoiding reviewing, approving, and responding to comments on this blog. I've just caught up and see that my father and his wife have both made a comment or two! Cool!


I think part of the reason I've been uninspired and avoiding crocheting lately (since around the end of June!) is frustration with my eye glasses. While I don't need reading glasses (yet!), I do need glasses to see far away (I'm nearsighted).

I wear glasses while crocheting because I'm also watching TV. But close-up objects (crochet hook and yarn, fingernails, refill number on a prescription bottle, etc.) aren't as easy to see as they once were. It's much more comfortable (less blurry) to just take off my glasses when I need to read a prescription bottle or file my nails. I remember several times in June removing my glasses in frustration while working on the Easy Breezy Vest (finished) and Easy Breezy Cardigan (abandoned).

Well, the solution arrived Saturday afternoon! A new pair of eye glasses for far away and close-up seeing! Now I can more comfortable crochet and watch TV at the same time! And, It surprised me the new glasses were so easy to get used to!


I started a new crochet project Saturday night. It is the Cream Cotton Shrug pattern on Diane Langan's free pattern page. Instead of using cotton yarn, I'm using the purple Microspun I was going to use for the Easy Breezy Cardigan I gave up on in June. I'm also making it larger than the pattern describes by using a K hook and 11 squares around the bottom.


I gave the Julianna cardigan to Elizabeth last week - it fit her nicely and she loved it!


We started watching Season 1 of The Shield on DVD. Wow! It's taken us by surprise quite a bit. A tough guy cop with a soft side... and a crooked side.

Sleep Shirt - Cats flannel fabric

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Size: XL
Fabric: Cats flannel (colors: white, browns, greys, golds, pink)
Pattern: Simplicity 9330 - Size A - Top C
Date: start August 13; finish August 27

I finished my first wearable sewing project! A sleep shirt in a soft kitty print. I wore it yesterday afternoon and evening and slept in it - it's very comfortable!



My 3-day weekends for the summer are over. Bummer. It's hard to believe 12 Fridays have already gone by. Back to 8-hour days 5 days a week starting today. I really like working 4 9-hour days (I take 1 hour of vacation each day to make 40 hours a week). If I didn't have to take a 10% cut in pay and pay 10% of my benefits, I would switch to a 4-day week working 9 hours each day.


Craftwise, I've been uninspired since before we left on our Hawaii vacation. Other than the 3 1/2 books I read on vacation and the 1 1/2 books I've read since we got back, I haven't done much except watch lots of TV and DVDs.


We're working our way through DVDs of Rescue Me season one right now, then moving on to season two. I want to get Bill involved with Lost but he says he's not interested. I'm gonna try, though, with the first DVD of season one.

We've switched from Netflix to Blockbuster's online DVD service because it is cheaper. Blockbuster is $7.99 for 3 DVDs (one at a time) and 2 coupons for free DVD rentals at Blockbuster stores. Netflix is $9.99 for an unlimited number of DVDs (one at a time). The usual turnaround for us is 1 DVD per week by mail so the Blockbuster plan works nicely for us.


Before we left on vacation, Bill offered to switch the bedroom he uses as his office with the smaller room I use as my craft room. So, I took him up on it! We switched rooms last weekend. My new craft room has lots more room and natural light and a great breeze through the window! Bill decided to use his new space as a TV Room since he really doesn't need an office (hmmm, not that he really needs a TV Room either...). We moved the TV from our bedroom into the TV Room since we don't watch TV in bed anymore. This weekend, we bought a new recliner chair in a nice shade of sage/light olive green for the TV Room. We also hooked up the livingroom TV to also display on the small TV in my craft room (which used to be in my office for when I used the treadmill... but since I haven't used the treadmill since probably January...). Now, Bill can watch a football game or whatever in the TV Room while I'm watching something in the craft room or livingroom.


Even though I've been uninspired craftwise, I did try to jumpstart myself yesterday afternoon by starting a sewing project: a t-shirt using flannel fabric which I'll use as a sleep shirt. I had to do something (besides sit on my butt) when I kept nodding off while watching the NASCAR race even while my Tony Stewart was winning! The back and front and sleeves are cut from the fabric. Now I just have to figure out what to do next... I've read the pattern directions and read about sewing online and in a book, but I'm just not comfortable with the pattern markings.


Greg and Lauren took the Oregon bar exam at the end of July. They'll get the results sometime in September. In the meantime, they're still looking for jobs. Makes me nervous, but something will work out.


I have quite a bit of sock yarn that I'm not sure what to use it for. I'm not on a crocheted socks kick anymore. In fact, they're just not comfortable. Unusual and cute for when I'm feeling that way, but not for everyday use.


I collected more fabric in the past month or so. Another sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics. At about $80-85 each visit, I must stop the insanity. I have been able to resist the recent 30% and current 40% off sales on Keepsake Calico fabric.

Must. Not. Buy. More.

Must try to use what I have collected.


The monthly online transfers from my checking account into my ING Direct savings account are growing.

Must. Not. Buy. More. Fabric. Or yarn... Or other collectibles...

Must. Put. More. Into. My. ING. Account.

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About Cheryl

Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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