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Step 1, Step 2, Check and Check

  • Posted on September 26, 2007 at 10:53 pm

Step 1. Pack suitcases for us and for Phoebe. Check.
Step 2. Take Phoebe to “Grandpa’s House.” Check.

The house feels so strange and empty without her underfoot. It makes me realize how much our lives really revolve around her.

Time for bed now. I’m tired and we need to be up early so we can get to Hershey early. I’m aiming for 10:00 AM, which is when the market opens to non-CATS members. Here’s hoping that I get into at least one of the two classes that I wanted, as well! The next report will be from Hershey, with any luck. 😀

One More Day!

  • Posted on September 25, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Just one day left before we leave for Hershey and I am so excited!

For those of you who asked, yes, the agitation of yesterday was directly related to coming off of the Zyprexa. I had to leave work early to go home and take one. Apparently, the mixed state is something lurking just beneath the surface and I need the Zyprexa to keep it at bay. I have been feeling like I’m riding the edge of an episode and apparently I was right. I’m still uncertain about why that mixed state is a constant. I believe that it has to do with the Abilify and think I’ll have to have that argument with the psychiatrist again. I never entered a mixed state at all until I came up on the Abilify. And now it seems to be right there, just waiting. Abilify may be this fabulous, next generation drug for bi-polar disorder, but there’s nothing that says it will work for everyone!

I’m much better today, being back on the Zyprexa. Being off of it didn’t fix the vision issues, so that could be related to the Abilify, as well. I think I’ll be saying “Adios!” to that medication when I next see the psychiatrist. As for side effects, I’m trying not to look at any of that information. I’m way too open to suggestion. So, that’s Terry’s job. He looks up the side effects when we’re not sure what’s causing one issue or another. Fortunately, it’s only been the eyesight so far. I’m trying to take the side effects with a grain of salt. After all, I’d rather be fat (or blind) and happy. Hopefully not famous last words. 😉

But, back to the exciting stuff. HERSHEY! I’ll be meeting up with Cathy and Suz, at the very least. I haven’t decided whether or not to bring any trade items with me, in the hopes of getting rid of some of my excess stash. Any opinions? I’ll also be meeting with Sandie Vanosdall. We’re working through some spots with the model I have currently, so we’ll have a chat about what to do. I’m also hoping that someone will show me how to do punch needle. I’ve resisted the urge so far, but I had a talented punch needle designer approach me about adding her designs to OSL, so I feel like I need to investigate it as an option. Even if I don’t stick to it as a long-term craft. Because goodness only knows I have more than enough crafts in my life! 😆

A Picture is Worth…

  • Posted on September 24, 2007 at 1:14 pm


This is how I’m feeling today. I call it Agitation.

New Products at OSL!

  • Posted on September 23, 2007 at 10:20 pm

I’ve started to carry designs by Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks at One Star’s Light, as well as getting in the latest additions to the JBW Designs French Country line-up. Check it out!

Sailing and Stitching

  • Posted on September 23, 2007 at 12:32 am

Yes, we sailed today. We were slowed down by my non-cooperative stomach and head, both of which decided to complain right before we were going to leave. The nausea kindly returned after we were well underway, so I took a lovely snooze in the cockpit and all was well. I tried to stitch on the coasters while we were sailing, but then said nauseous episode interrupted me. We tried to do a little fishing off of the side of the boat, but the spot we chose just didn’t yield anything. Catch and release, only, of course.

Let’s see. What else is going on? Well, on the stitching front, other than the coasters, I’m working on the model for The Sweetheart Tree. That’s occupying all of my main stitching time. I was going to stitch through my little bout of insomnia (check the timestamp on this post) here, but I’m afraid of making mistakes on the model and I’m afraid to work on Leslie’s RR for fear of the same thing. So, nothing to show, at the moment.

Tomorrow is the baby shower and then I’ll probably model stitch once we return home, since it’s not long now until CATS in Hershey and I would like to have at least half of the model done by the time we leave on Thursday morning. I don’t know why I thought I’d be able to work on it while I’m there. It’s a model, duh, and confidential. So, unless I sit up in my room and stitch (which would defeat the purpose of being there), I won’t be doing any work on the model while I’m there.

Well, it’s time for me to go upstairs and try again at this sleep thing. If I can’t drop off into la-la land, I’ll try taking something to help me. This is only my second night off of the Zyprexa, which was making me sleep like the dead for up to 12 hours. We think it was causing my vision to go haywire, as it suddenly got really bad a couple of weeks ago. To the point where I no longer felt comfortable driving because my distance vision was so bad, even with my glasses on. I called and left a message for the psychiatrist and he called me back on Friday and told me to try getting off of the Zyprexa. He’d heard of close-up vision being affected, but not distance. He said it would take approximately 48 hours before I should see a difference (no pun intended). So, I’ll have to wait and see what happens. In the meantime, I’m hoping that I don’t have another mixed state episode. I think I’ll be okay and I certainly won’t miss the potential for weight gain that goes along with the Zyprexa. I just hope that the Abilify by itself is enough to keep things in check. I don’t want to be feeling off when I go to Hershey!

Disappointed, But Excited

  • Posted on September 21, 2007 at 12:14 pm

I have an interesting mix of emotions when it comes to attending CATS in Hershey in less than a week.

I’m disappointed because I wanted to sign up to take two classes while I was there. After all, this might be my last shot. And I was excited about the classes I registered for. I faxed in the registration form somewhere around the end of August. I have received no confirmation in the mail and my credit card hasn’t been charged. So, I wrote an email to the address listed on the website. No answer. I called the number listed on the website (that goes to Liz Turner Diehl) and left a message on their answering machine. No response. So, I guess I’m going to have to hope that the two classes I wanted aren’t full and that I can still sign up for them when I get there Thursday morning.

Disappointed would be an understatement.

And yet, I am still hyper-excited about going. I’m going to meet Sandie Vanosdall in person (again) and I hope the get to introduce myself as a shopowner to people like Jo Mason of Dinky-Dyes. Not to mention all of that S.E.X. awaiting me. Woohoo!

So, once again, I ask if anyone other than me, Cathy C. and Suz are planning on attending Hershey at some point next week. Also, has anyone successfully registered for any classes?

P.S. Notice any change to my blog? 😉

Today’s Arts and Crafts Project Is…

  • Posted on September 18, 2007 at 10:33 pm

a diaper cake! I didn’t read the instructions any more than to see that you roll up diapers and then layer them. Got it.

Went to Walmart for supplies. They actually managed to have the 3 DMC colors that I needed. AMAZING! Bought 3 sizes of diapers, diaper rash ointment, some pacifiers, bibs, a bottle brush and the bedtime collection from Johnson & Johnson (lotion, shampoo and body wash). Brought it home, ripped into the diapers, started rolling and this is where I came up with:

It’s not perfect, by any means and I had plenty of things leftover, only having incorporated the bottle brush and bibs into the array. The rest will get wrapped, along with the leftover diapers. My mom is sending an heirloom quality crocheted baby gown for the main gift. Hurray for keeping things inexpensive! 😀

Another Halloween Finish

  • Posted on September 17, 2007 at 11:15 pm

I think this is the last of my participation in the Halloween SAL, at least for a while. Now that I’ve gotten most of the DMC floss that I needed to stitch the Winter Dragon on Leslie’s RR fabric, I need to work on that and get it out as soon as possible. Especially since I just spoke with Sandie Vanosdall of The Sweetheart Tree today and will be getting a model in the near future that I need to try to stitch up two pieces of before Hershey.

My fingers will be flying, but I may not have a lot to show off. So, here’s Helga Mandl’s Too Cute to Spook design, stitched on my own hand-dyed fabric:

Have a Little Class

  • Posted on September 16, 2007 at 7:14 pm

Two sewing classes, I mean. I went to the Joann store and did two three-hour classes, back to back. I feel like I have a much better command of my new sewing machine now. It has its little quirks, but then, don’t we all? 😉

Confidence definitely seems to be the key when it comes to sewing. I do much better when I at least pretend to know what I’m doing. When I inch along, sewing slowly, things don’t seem to work as well. I’ve noticed that before. Take a deep breath and jump in with both feet seems to work a lot better for me. It’s against my exacting (that’s putting it kindly) personality, but it works.

Class 1 was just basics of the machine: what all of the different feet do, talking about different needles and threads, threading the machine, etc. I have nothing but doodle cloths to show for it. Class 2, however, had an actual project that we put together after playing with decorative stitches and threads. I went for the gusto and tried a triple needle with 3 different decorative threads. The instructor seemed amazed that I didn’t overwhelm the machine or break any of the needles in the triple array with what I was doing. Did I mention the part about jumping in with both feet? 😆

So, I came out of it with a teal satin handbag. It’s not perfect, but it’s not half bad:

On the stitching front, I did work on the plastic canvas coasters in the car on the way to and from the classes. Otherwise, I’ve done nothing because I spent 7 hours at the store in classes. So, maybe something to show later this week, now that I picked up the DMC I needed to stitch my winter dragon on Leslie’s RR.

Edited to add:
I had the idea after I finished the second class, which covered decorative stitching with the machine, to try some of the decorative stitches on some satin ribbon, essentially making my own trims. Here are my first two tries, using a green and purple multi-colored metallic decorative thread:

Today’s Craft is Brought to You by the Letter Q

  • Posted on September 15, 2007 at 6:19 pm

As in Quilling. A vase of tulips today:

I’ve also done some coloring, some stitching and some sewing. In sewing, I am trying to learn the ins and outs of this new machine, so I’m sewing a skort for which I have had the patterns and multiple, different fabrics on hand for a while now. I also signed us up for two classes back to back at the Joann store tomorrow. We get three free classes as part of the purchase of the sewing machine. And I need them! 😆

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