Sunday, February 15, 2009

Anderl Tree-Removal Service

The other morning, Dave and I were walking to our cars to go to work, and we noticed that there was a Christmas tree next to our house and trash can. We looked at each other, both with a look of "how'd that get there?"

Dave said he saw the tree in the neighbor's yard (Mrs. Kim) the previous day, and coincidentally, Sonny (Mrs. Kim's appropriately-named son), was getting into his Woodstock van to go to work. We waved him over and instead of allowing us to clue him in on the reason we waved him over, he asked us 40 questions about how much we paid to get our driveway sealed. Some ass was going to charge him $400 - poor Sonny. Anyways, we asked if that was his tree in our trash pile, and said we had seen it in his yard the previous day, and he got out of his truck to come look at it. As if looking at it closer would help him decide whether or not it was his. So after his closer look, he informs us that they have a "man-made" tree, not a real one, so this couldn't be theirs.

We realized that there's really nothing we can do about this mysterious tree in our trash pile. We can't put it out with our trash, because they won't take it. We can't leave it on the curb with a sign that says "if this is your tree, please take it back and dispose of it yourself, you asshole" - although that's my favorite so far. So what can we do? I will not be taking it to the dump, because if I wanted to do that (or even knew where the dump was), I probably would have bought myself a real tree, instead of my "man-made" one.

It will probably end up in the woods behind the house - our shrubbery graveyard.

People are assholes. Here's a picture of said tree:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'm a tool...

I know I'm a tool for only listening to the Alison Krauss/Robert Plant album, "Raising Sand," after it got Grammy buzz, but it is everything that is good about music. Two true musicians collaborating to create this brilliant album makes me feel happy inside.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Craft Night...

Tonight's craft night was successful! We weren't brave enough to start a second square, but we finished our first.

We used the fair and square pattern and each of us picked our own fabric combinations.

See pics below. We'll have to schedule another craft night to do our second square. It takes surprisingly long for 3 girls to make 1 square when we're sharing cutting tools.

But, that will have to wait, because next craft night is hosted by the Bonnie and we're scrapbooking...

What a mess, but it was worth it!




Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

After we got home from Stamp Club I was inspired to make my valentines for work and family/friends. Sunday, during the superbowl, I set everything up and put them together like working from an assembly line.

I decided to go with a simple design so I wouldn't kill myself making ~20 cards. Here's how they turned out. I'll take these, along with some candy, to our work potluck the week of Valentine's Day. The rest I'll mail with some cute stamps... :)

Stamp Club

Saturday, we went to stamp club to help Delaine use up all her scrap paper. She had all her paper laid out, and we just brought blank cards and tape. If there was a piece of paper she had that we needed, we could buy it, and she let us use all her stamps and markers.

We got there at 10 and the first time we thought to ask what time it was, we found out it was 1:30 already! Time flies when your creative juices are flowing, I guess...

We made a ton of cards. I wish I had started making cards for specific occasions earlier in the session than I did, but now I know my strategy for next time. I'll make a list of upcoming birthdays, holidays, and events, and make cards accordingly. OCD is fun!

Here are some pics of the cards I made, and some close-ups of my favorites. Enjoy!

Craft night at Pritchard!

This Friday, the girls and I are getting together to have the first of many craft nights - hopefully we'll have them monthly!

This week's project will be a sampler quilt. 4 squares, 4 different patterns and quilting stitches, using complimentary colors. My mom helped me make one in high school and it was how I learned to quilt.

Below is a pic of the one I made back then and the fabrics I chose for the one I'll make this week! More pics to come once it's in the works :)

Notice my absurd color choices from 1995 versus now?