Jul 4, 2006

Weekend Update & SBQ's

Happy 4th of July! I pinched a nerve in my back below the shoulder blade. How fun is that?! I spent the evening talking with a special friend. That was much more fun.

My sister is 3 years younger than me. Like all little sisters, she was a pain in my rear. Who would've thought that when we became adults, we'd actually get along? LOL This past weekend, the two of us took a trip together to Schaumburg, which is a suburb of Chicago. It's home of Woodfield Mall, the 3rd largest shopping mall in the country.

On the way to Schaumburg, we stopped at an LNS where I got WDW Old Glory and she bought two beaded scissor cases and a scissor fob kit. Her idea was to make me a beaded kit for Christmas. Although, she now says she never told me "which" Christmas it will be. This was after she spent 3 hours sorting beads. The scissor fob kit? Well, that was for me to stitch for her because she liked the SB fob I made and now she wants one for her scissors.

After spending 20+ minutes waiting in the toll booth line, I took an exit to use the facilities. Keep in mind, I'd been there on more than one occassion. Well, this time there was construction and I missed the detour sign. Next thing I know, we are going BACK the way we came. My sister looks at the heavy traffic on the other side of the interstate (The side we had *just* gone though) and made a few choice comments and tried to convince me to use the "No U-Turn" exits rather than finding an off-ramp to turn around. "No. Yes. No. You wimp. I am not pulling out in front of all that traffic going 80mph." LOL! Farther and farther we go in the wrong direction. Traffic on the other side had thinned out, so I took the plunge and used the "No U-Turn" and told her she was paying the ticket if we got caught! Then we spent another 20 minutes getting through the toll booth for the 2nd time. "Yes, we're so charitable that we'd like to pay twice." After this incident, she decided she'd had enough and took a nap. As we got closer to Chicago, I started to look for the exit we need to take. Next thing I know, I'm driving over top of the road we needed to be one. Do you think there was an exit I could take to get back? Noooooo. That didn't stop me from trying, though. Finally, my sister woke up and asked where we were at. In an irritated voice, I told her I missed the exit and we were near O'Hare Airport -- which was WAAAAYYY south of where we were supposed to be. Her bright idea was to pull into the O'Hare oasis and get turned around. Rational idea, but there's only one way in and one way out that points you in the same direction you were going when you came in. No turning around. So then, I decided it was time to ask for directions. We entered the oasis and approached two people at the cell phone booth we thought might be intelligent. They work there, right? They should know, right? Wrong. The one clerk was on his cell phone talking to his buddy... actually ASKS his buddy for directions on our behalf. 10 minutes later, he says... Sorry, we don't know. Grrr! Next stop: the gas station. Now that little fellow was helpful. Unfortunately, we had to go way farther south before we could get turned around and work our way back to Schaumburg. We made it though. Finally!

While in the burbs, we went to a JoAnn Fabrics Superstore. The next day was spent at Barnes & Noble stitching, beading, and looking at books/magazines. I caved in and bought one of those British magazines. It was a fun weekend.

On Monday, the remainder of my order from 123stitch arrived. I only placed the order over 3 weeks ago! At least now I can finish up my SS package and send it on it's way.

What do you do with your charts once you've stitched them? Do you keep them or dispose of them? If you keep them, do you organize them in away that is different from the way you keep your unstitched charts?

I dispose of the work copy since it's marked up. I file the original with the rest of my charts, in nor particular order.

What is the biggest mishap you have had with your stitching material (i.e. spillages)?

Luckily, I haven't had many mishaps. I think once (a long time ago) some ice tea got spilled on a piece, but I rinsed it right away and there were no remnants of stains.


Old Yankee Stitcher said...

So good to read your blog I have missed your witty humour. Take Care and Happy Stitching, CJ

Melissa said...

Thanks for posting your framing instructions.

Hope your back is feeling better.