Monthly Archives: August 2010

The mint panel from the garden ball

Well I Thought I Was Done

Last night at my local stitching group I proudly showed off my accomplishments at the end of the evening. I was only six beads away from finishing another panel in the garden ball project.

As soon as I got home I settled on the sofa, pulled out the panel and quickly added the last few beads. Then I took a photo of it and texted it to my friend Val to let her know that I finished the panel.

After sending the photo I started looking over all the panels and suddenly noticed that something was different about the one I just finished.

Upon closer inspection, I realized what was wrong. Big mistake, some serious frogging in my future. Funny, nobody noticed the mistake when I held it up at the meeting. LOL.

Garden Ball Mint Panel.

Did you spot the big mistake?

I guess I was just too anxious to get finished. It’s so close, only details on 4 more panels and then I can start that assembly.

What I Learned About Eggs From the Recall

With the big nationwide egg recall this week, I learned that unless you’re looking for some special qualities in your eggs, you might as well buy the cheapest ones you can find, because most of the eggs come from the same few distributors and just get packed into boxes with different brand names stamped on them.

My current carton of eggs came from Costco and cost me less than $2 for a carton of 24 eggs. Better yet, my particular box wasn’t on the recall list (although the brand turned up in the second wave of the recall). I could have paid more for Lucerne eggs from Safeway and ended up with eggs from the same farm in the midwest.

Have you checked your eggs yet? Read my article about the egg recall to find out if your eggs have been recalled.

This carton of eggs was not recalled

Good Eggs

Will She Finish in Time?

Progress on the garden ball project

Progress on the panels for the garden ball project

Question: Will Amy finish all of the panels for the Garden Ball project before the finishing class on Thursday night at the EGA Meeting?

Answer: It’s doubtful. But I do have one panel completely stitched and beaded, so I will be able to start working on the finishing.

This weekend I worked on the letters I want to substitute for the word “GARDEN” that is on the pattern. In the pattern the designer said that she encourages stitchers to be creative and make changes to the fabric and threads called for. Then she went on to say that the only rule is that the letters must spell GARDEN. Well, that just brought out the rebel in me and made me want to change them. I’m going to stitch my name in place of the first three letters, and then fill out the other three spots with the year and a couple of extra flowers.

Check out Liz’s blog to see what the garden ball will look like when it is finished. Her post includes great tips for finishing the project too.

Message of the Day from My Car

The good news is that my car didn’t stall while I was driving back to the car repair place. Much easier to drive without that annoying stall at every stop light. But the car just had to make a social statement and displayed the message in the picture.

Car Troubles … So Sad

This photo was taken 10 minutes after I picked up my car from the car repair shop, and drove from Steven’s Creek to Homestead. How far could I have driven? One mile, maybe two?

At least it’s not like they said they fixed anything. They had the car all week (it was towed in last Saturday and today is Friday) and the repair guys were unable to duplicate the problem and there was no engine code for the problem. They drove it every day this week and it didn’t stall for them once. So they told me to come take it off their hands and bring it back if it starts happening again.

I couldn’t believe how fast it started acting up for me. I picked the car up at closing time, so I couldn’t bring it back right away. I did call and leave a message and told them that the car stalled out within 10 minutes and that I’d be back on Monday.