Monday, May 29, 2006

Happy Memorial Day, Y'all

It was Memorial Day weekend for those who don't know so the husband and I had some good times hanging out with friends and going to multiple barbeques over the 3 day weekend. It's been 90 degrees out so thank god one of them had a pool. We spent today wrapping up projects around the house and putting all of the air conditioners back in the windows. Our next house WILL have central air, I hope and I pray.

Just call me a lemming, a bandwagon jumper, what have you, but I finally broke down and made myself a my space page. I did it because a.) it can't stay in the form it's in for very long, especially when it's in the news every day and not for good things and b.) the real life friends I have that can't even check their e-mails now have pages. So I figured I'd join the crowd. Feel free to add me as your friend.

Take care and I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Not Much to Blog About

Things are not going well in the vintage lilac household. The husband's job is"most likely"in jeopardy which means my stomach has been in knots ever since the news broke. Which means I'm in panic mode looking for another job. I like the job I have now and I don't want to screw them over but I just may have to. I'm looking for security here, folks. Never in my life did I realize how important security was to me until now. Knowing I'm in full blown job search mode I have major guilt issues reading other people's blogs let alone blogging on my own when I should be searching for a job.

The real bummer here is my head. I don't know how I'm going to do with my head thing and working a full time job again. Oh, well. I guess I'll have to suck it up and just do it, right? I'm also a firm believer in keeping busy to keep your mind off the pain so maybe this will be a good thing, right? Maybe.

I guess I should preface this whole thing by explaining to my non-Michigan blogger friends that Michigan has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Right up there with Alaska. Great. Plus the big bonus is that I'm living in Flint right now. Did you ever see the movie "Roger and Me" by Michael Moore? Yup, that town. Where the unemployment rate is even higher. Needless to say I'm feeling pretty low right now.

I try to keep this blog happy and upbeat but it's hard to be that way when I'm not. That's why I haven't been blogging much lately. Sorry about that. I'll try harder next time. :-)

Friday, May 19, 2006

A rainy, crazy, lazy week

I haven't blogged much this week because there doesn't seem to be much to blog about.

-It's rained pretty much non-stop all week. I keep telling myself that at least it's not snowing (it could easily happen, we're in Michigan) but today it's cold enough that it feels like it could snow. Ugh.

- The quilt I'm working on just isn't going very well AT ALL. I cut the thing when I was 17 yrs. old (I'm much older than that now) and it's all hodge podged together and there's just no saving it. I'm ready to forget quilting it, tie it off and be done with it.

- I'm very sad that Paul McCartney and Heather Mills broke up. Right before he turns 64. How sad is that? Especially when he had such a great run with Linda.

- We had $500 in car repairs this week. That's always a sad thing.

- I'm seriously considering releasing my inner tween and starting a myspace page. BUT...only for the soul purpose of having celebrities as my "friends". In fact, I'm even thinking about calling myself "starf**ker". My theory is that myspace isn't going to be available in the form that it's in right now forever so I might as hop on now while I can. Any reccomendations for future celebrity friendships?

- my crazy sister-in-law is coming over to spend the night tonight. That's always interesting.

That's about it, folks. I hope everyone has a good weekend and that I have more exciting things to talk about over the weekend.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Gotta Love Gwen

Gwen Stefani breaks finger in sewing machine.

Kudos to her for sewing her own dress.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Garage Sale Scores v.05.13.06

It has been dark and rainy here for the last few days so the husband and I ventured to Perry, Michigan for their annual city wide garage sales hoping there would still be some going on. There were and we found some cool stuff.

The coolest find was this men's tie gift wrap that was free! With all of the cool projects being found all over the web using men's ties, I thought this was a hoot.

The next big prize for the day was this queen size quilt from Pier One Imports for $5! Woo Hoo!

The final big find for the day was this medium sized oriental rug for $10. It's a good size for a small room. I'm not sure where I'll put it but I love the colors.

I also found a big box of free 1970's decorator fabric that I have no idea what to do with. I grabbed about half of it hoping I could do something with it. if anybody wants some or has any ideas just let me know.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

It's Log!

Do you remember the Ren and Stimpy cartoon where they had a fake commercial for a children's toy called "Log" and all it was was a log? Well, I can't get that song out of my head..."It's log, it's log, it's better than bad it's good!"

Anyways, after the hospital visit I decided I needed a neck bolster pillow for better head and neck support so silly me, instead of running to the store and purchasing one I decide to MAKE one and not just any old one but one that looks just like a log. Of course I had to hunt down fabric that looked like bark and since I couldn't find fabric that looked like woodgrain I hand embroidered the woodgrain ends. My husband laughed his butt off when he saw it. (He's a carpenter so he appreciates the wood theme.) I had plans of making a matching pair but the embroidery took so long we'll see if the second one ever gets made.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Fun With Food

Long story....
My husband forced me to watch Matango:Attack of the Mushroom People the other night which was one of his most favorite sci-fi movies when he was growing up (don't ask.)

The following day we happened to go into the Asian food market and what product do I come across? Choco Boy, made to look like little mushroom people. I had to buy them and have fun with them. They had fun, too, until Mango Sorbet Island melted and I got hungry.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Sauder Village 30th Annual Quilt Fair

On Sunday the husband and I took a road trip 2 hours south to Ohio to see the Sauder Village 30th Annual Quilt Fair in Archbold. It was a lot of fun and my husband actually had a good time! There were over 400 quilts on display and as you entered the exhibit hall they automatically give you plastic gloves so you can touch everything! I've been to a lot of little quilt shows but I think this was the first "big time" show I've been to. There were entries from all over the country and everyone was so nice and friendly. It was very inspirational to come home and start quilting. It was also inspirational to look at the quilts up-close and personal and be able to say "I can do that!". I'm half-tempted to enter one in the show next year, even if it's for exhibit only.

My husband and I started to notice the brighter the colors the more popular it was. The one above was my personal fave, which also reminded me of this quilt Spamantha is working on. I personally think Spamantha should enter some of her quilts somewhere because her's could have blown some of these out of the water. Like I said, the more colorful= the more popular it was.

After the show we checked out the living history village where the show was at. Unfortunately it was Sunday so the Amish Bakery was closed. Bummer. But here's some more pics of the Quilt Fair- Click here.

Friday, May 05, 2006

I almost forgot! In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the husband is stopping by Baja Fresh to pick us up dinner today. Mmmmm....shrimp nachos.

Queen of the Night

I know this is a crappy picture, but here are the Queen of the Night tulips I planted last fall. They are very cool but everyone thinks I should have planted them closer together in a "cluster" like fashion. The directions said to plant them 6 inches a part so that's what I did.

No big plans for the weekend. There are some garage sales and a quilt show I'd like to check out so we'll see how far we get. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Health Update

Some of you have been asking how the health thing has been going. First of all, thanks for asking. Second of all, I wish I knew. My doctor seems to be a real quack because now she's saying because of my bad posture (errr....I don't have bad posture) which is causing my back pain (errr...I thought I was here for headaches?) I now need to wear a back brace(?) 24 hours a day. If anybody knows of a really good doctor please pass the name on to me. I'd greatly appreciate it.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Making Plans

My friend and I are going to hit the recently announced Fiestaware Outlet Sale in West Virginia in June and are beginning to make plans. I'm so excited! We plan on packing my Jeep Cherokee with sleeping bags and a cooler and camping out the night before, just like we used to do for concert tickets.

Do you see what's wrong with this picture? When we were in our teens and twenties we camped out for concert tickets and now that we are in in our thirties we are camping out for dish sales. Oh well. I don't care. The dishes will last a lot longer.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

5 of My Favorite Things All Wrapped Up Into One

1.) Elvis. I even had a cat named Six Elvis once.
2.) Blue. Somewhere along the line blue became one of my favorite colors.
3.) Hawaii. I love that place and everything about it.
4.) Fabric. I'm a horder.
5.) A good deal. At Sprawlmart. It wasn't there a few months ago when I got the other Elvis fabric but now it is.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Kalamazoo? the Movie

There is a movie in limited release called Kalamazoo?, about high school friends going back to their hometown for their ten year class reunion. I went to college in Kalamazoo (about 10 years ago) and absolutely loved it there. It's probably one of my most favorite small city/college towns in the world. From what I hear most of the movie was filmed in Kalamazoo and many scenes were filmed in places I used to work, places my roomates worked, my favorite brewpub, my old neighborhood called the "student ghetto" (seriously, that's what it was known by), etc. I can't wait to see it and I hear the girl who played Blossom is in it. If anyone see's it playing anywhere let me know.