Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Thought I'd leave you with a picture of me playing Rock Star at my daughters house. TOOO FUN! If you get a chance to try it go for it. I couldn't play sitting down and had the foot tapping and head bopping going on. Ms. A said that this was the most pleasant photo of me as I was concentrating so hard that I was scowling the whole time!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
1. Read the directions - You may have made jello any number of bazzilions of times in the
past but at least scan the directions. This will prevent
the inevitable miscalulation...
2. Read the directions - This will prevent the "Will this EVER set syndrome"
that kicks in about 4 hours after you have quick set the
3. Read the directions - This will stop you from making two boxes of
jello and adding 4 cups of hot and 4 cups of cold water.
4. Read the directions - This will prevent the bruise you gave yourself after slapping your
forehead when you figure out that you didn't......
It's the same reason why I seem obsessed with making things for the girls. Yes, my personality is one that becomes obsessed with something and then once that obsession is over, never revisits it again! My latest obsession is making things for my girls homes. Maybe it's because "How many Halloween, Valentine or Thanksgiving table runners can I own?" Maybe it's because there are so many items out there that I want to make and I only have so much space. Mostly I think it is because I want them to be surrounded by the love that went into creating those things. I hope that they will have so many hand made things from me over many, many years that they beg me to stop! But in the meantime, I'll keep blogging and sewing and hopefully piling memories on top of memories.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This is the back showing the quilting. I paid no never mind to using the thread cutter. It also doesn't bother me that there are a few areas of built up thread. You should be able to click on it for a better view. A closeup of the back.
A closeup of the quilting from the front.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
This is what I have so far.....(if only one item is shown, I've finished one for each girl...)
These are for either January or December. You can see the closeups on the quilting here
Friday, October 17, 2008
Left to right....
Mrs. S and Mr. FancyPants (green shirt)
C2 & Ms. A(coffee cup in hand)(Ya see, Mr. FancyPants and
C2 have the same name)
and in the front our "rent-a-kid!"(Mr. r-a-k) He is a friend of Ms. A's and spends alot of holidays with us. Mmmmm... Mr.r-a-k is eating my world famous, okay at least in my house, kugel!
These are two dear friends, Mr. & Mrs. E. We have adopted one another.
Not shown are Mr and Mrs Newcomer and their adorable children. We invited these people into our home, sight unseen, to break the fast with us. They are new to the area and I thought they might need a friend. Let me tell you, it was not a great experience. To put it mildly, I received a nasty e-mail the next day filled with twisted lies and accusations (not to mention typos, grammatical and spelling errors! If you want to insult my hospitality at least have the courtesy of using spellcheck!). I was even told that we called them names! Derogatory, ugly names. Next, I was told that we were degrading another religion and in turn of members of their family! Heck, members of that religion were sitting right in front of them! My in -laws are that religion! Why would we degrade it!? Why would we insult our guests!? To say I fired off a passionate response would be an understatement. My family told me that I am not allowed to invite anyone else to our house ( I have a reputation of finding kooks!). They said from now on I must bring any invitations before committee!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
All of these.................
PLUS all of these...........................
Plus this adorable needle card......................... PLUS this great pattern!
Thank you Paula!!!!
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
My non-Jewish friends always ask me many questions concerning Judaism. Wednesday night begins the holiday of Yom Kippur. I thought that some blog readers may have questions so have posted this from the website Hillel, the foundation for Jewish campus life.
Yom Kippur is a holiday that raises many questions. Numerous rituals, prayers, and themes are unique to this holiest day of the Jewish year. This fact sheet will provide an introduction to the practices of Yom Kippur. (don't forget that these are the facts. People observe to different levels.)
Yom Kippur is one of the most widely observed holidays on the Jewish calendar.
Yom Kippur marks the highest synagogue attendance rate of any other day in the year.
To afflict ourselves for our sins, the Talmud requires that we practice "self denial." Thus, we abstain from eating, drinking, bathing, sexual relations, using bath oils and lotions, etc., and wearing leather shoes.
It is traditional to wear white on Yom Kippur as a sign of purity.
Yom Kippur, the 10th of Tishrei, is the day that Moses came down from Sinai with the second set of the tablets of the Ten Commandments, to replace the original set that he broke upon witnessing the children of Israel worshipping the Golden Calf.
On Yom Kippur, it's traditional not to wear gold or other jewelry so as not to remind God of the sin of the Golden Calf.
Yom Kippur is the only day where a tallit, the four cornered prayer shawl with fringes that symbolize the 613 commandments, is worn in the evening.
Kol Nidrei (meaning "our vows"), the service on the eve of Yom Kippur, is a communal supplication asking God to view all vows made under duress as null and void.
In Biblical and Rabbinic times, Temple rituals and sacrifices were the focus of the holiday. Among the highlights of the day was the scapegoat ceremony during which lots would be placed on two goats. One goat would be offered as a sacrifice in the Temple, in the Holy of Holies; and the second would be thrown into the wilderness. Once the Temples were destroyed, prayer and return, i.e. repentance, are the focus while the Temple ritual is recounted as part of the Yom Kippur liturgy.
Today, in addition to the traditional three prayer services (morning, afternoon, and evening), Yom Kippur includes a special Musaf (additional) service, Yizkor (memorial service), the Avodah service (a symbolic reenactment of the ancient priestly ritual for Yom Kippur), Viddui (the communal confession of sin), and Neiliah (the concluding service).
During the afternoon service, we read the story of Jonah and the whale.
During the Viddui, the communal confession of sin, it is customary to beat one's chest.
The Neiliah service marks the end of Yom Kippur and concludes with the blowing of the shofar, a sign of redemption.
It is said, "On Rosh Hashana, it is written. On Yom Kippur, it is sealed." Thus, the traditional Yom Kippur salutation is "G'mar Tov" (finish well) or "G'mar Chatima Tova" (may you be sealed in the book of life).
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Speaking of Houston.....anyone going??????????? They may be recovering but the show is still on.
Oh, It is not perfect. It wobbles a bit this way or that and my loops are not perfect but man! I knew I'd be able to work with this system. I've had this book by Pam Clarke called Quilting Inside the Lines. I have wanted a to try this system for some time now. It really does work. First I practiced on paper, then fabric and then my table runner. I don't have the stencil but may end up sending for it because it works! I'm not sure if you can tell, but I am thrilled. I'll show the whole thing once I bind it. Hey, and the best part is, Mrs. S's anniversary isn't until the end of the month!!!!