Another FO!

It seems to have worked so here is that second post I told you about in the last post.🙂 And if you didn’t read all the way to the end you will have no idea what I’m talking about.  hehe.

this is a Christmas pressie for a good friend. I found out she loves sea shells and I decided I wanted to do something with them. My original idea was to make a wire-wrapped fancy shell for a necklace but then I went in this direction. I’ve been really wanting to do some painting, but I was worried since I had never drawn shells before. I had the frames already so I painted them oceany colors. then I drew the shells, inked them and used Grumbacher watercolors to paint them. I used a white gel pen for some addition highlight and touched up some of the inked lines.

I’m really happy with how it came out. What do you guys think of my first shells?

shells1 shells2 shells3 shells4the third pic is a little blurry, but you get the idea. I hope she will like it.🙂

Making and Packing

Hiya all. Just a little update on what’s been going on here. On the work front, Wednesday the sweetie finds out exactly what his severance package will be. We’re hoping the scuttlebutt was correct and they improved it, specially since they didn’t have to do it for everyone. It wasn’t bad before either, but every little bit more is a huge help.

Packing has slowed down for several reasons, not least of which is that its hard to keep packing when you don’t have anywhere to put the boxes. Small house. Lots of stuff. LOL. Still trying to get rid of some of it and that will pick up again once we have room to go through things again. Still making decisions regarding what furniture we’re taking, but I think most of it will not go with us. A few items, but most we’ll probably take to the auction and get whatever we can for them. Most of it came from yard sales and flea markets and I redid, so whatever we get it won’t be a loss. hehe.

Chore for tomorrow: make LOTS of calls to get prices on moving options. What a job that is…trying to figure out how to get moved without spending a fortune. Wish me luck!🙂

Finally, I’ve been doing some sewing and crafting again. I actually have an FO. I started these mittens last winter and never got them finished. the pictures (sorry my capital t doesn’t work. I spilled stew on my keyboard)  didn’t come out all that well, but I just love the mittens. Picture 2 is closest to the right color. the outside is 100% peruvian wool in a deep burgundy and the inside is 100% baby alpaca in a pumpkin color. Both came from Knit Picks.  You basically knit 4 mittens then tuck the pumpkin one inside the outer shell. It’s pretty clever really and they are soooo soft and warm.

mittens1 mittens2I now have another skirt. I made this one for the Christmas season. I found this material and it was so pretty, yet because its a plaid look, I don’t have to wear it just at the holidays. It will all depend on the shirt I pair it with. Sweetie and I went to a favorite restaurant for thanksgiving since its just the two of us and I wore this with a black shirt and the blingy necklace and my tiara that he got me a couple weeks ago. I was a hit and got SO many compliments on how pretty they looked. <beams> Again this picture is a bit color wonky so I will post a small pillow I made with a piece of it for my scooter, also. In that one, the color is more accurate.

skirt1christmas-pillow

I have pretty gold sparkly ribbon that will make a bow around it like I did in the next two pictures. this cover is actually reversible and on the other side is the fall version. third is my Minnie Mouse pillow. If you’re wondering what these are for, they are for my scooter. When we go to the movies I have to use my scooter since they put in all new seats and they’re so bad on my back I can’t even sit through a movie without being just about in tears and useless for the rest of the day. So I made these little pillows to put behind my neck so its a little easier on my neck. I also made bags for my basket that are reversible and made with the same materials. My scooter is red and black, btw.

fall-pillowmickey-pillowNow I might have another post. I turned off the FB setting for this one, so if that works I’ll post another item I made. It’s a Christmas pressie and I know the person sees my FB although I don’t think she keeps up with my blog. I hope! LOL.  I really want to show it to you all. I’m actually really happy with it. We’ll see how this posts.

For now.. bye all!

Woohoo!!!! No job offer!

ok, yes, I know that’s a wierd thing to be happy about. I sure never thought I would hear myself say those words. lol.

As some of you know, those who read my posts, <winks> my sweetie’s job ends on Dec. 31. They are selling off his building and the product they make there. (He works in the biotech industry). It was up for sale, but no way of knowing if it was going to sell or not. Either way he was going to be out of work. It sold and the company who bought it was going to keep some of the people who work there but not all.

Now what you have to understand about this is…we have been wanting to move out of Massachusetts and head to Texas where my family lives. Holding us back? Our house and his job. The house is still up in the air, but when he got this news about the job, and then found out about the retention bonus AND the severance pkg, we saw this as God’s way of getting us where we want to be.

If he stayed through the sale process, he would get a retention bonus. He did that so he gets the bonus (40% of a years salary). If he did not get offered a job with the new company, he will get a severance pkg. There has been some scuttlebutt on this, that it was improved from what was originally stated, and we’re hoping that’s the case, but even if its just what they said initially, it will mean that paying off debts and moving is a very doable thing! yay!

Today the word came down.. he did not get offered a job. YAY! lol. See? Sounds wierd, but in this instance its a real answer to prayer.  I called my sister to let her know and she is thrilled. We can’t wait to be down there with her and my bil. We miss them a lot.

So that’s all I have for today. I made another skirt, a little more Christmas-y. I’ll get piccies of that tomorrow. I have one more thing I want to sew, a small pillow, then I can pack up all my machines. My materials are all packed already except for the few pieces I needed for last projects. Then I have a couple things I want to make for special friends for Christmas pressies, and in this case, little goodbye-don’t-forget-me pressies.

Talk to you all again soon!