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Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Avoidace Behavior
Yeah...I really need to get the breakfast dishes done.....first:

1. What time did you get up this morning?

Alarm went off at 6am; I got up the first time at 6:21 to get Joey up. I got up again at 6:44.

2. Diamonds or pearls?

Either; both; I am not really a big jewelry person (which is funny since I make jewelry), I only wear it when going out someplace nice. But now I have my mom's watch back from being cleaned. It really isn't my style to wear anything expensive but this watch is special so I wear it whenever I leave the house (it's a Rolex).

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

Calendar Girls

4. What is your favorite TV show?

It's a toss up between Law & Order: SVU, NCIS, 24, House, shoot- I can't remember when I've watched so many network shows but, with no hockey this season I got hoooked.

5. What did you have for breakfast?

Corn pops with Silk (I can't tolerate regular milk) and 3 cups of black coffee- fresh ground French Roast.

6. What is your middle name?

Don't have one. I use my maiden name: Donovan

7. What is your favorite food?

All of them. Really, I don't have a favorite.

8. What foods do you dislike?

Nothing I have tried. Not too crazy about the idea of eating brains tho.

9. What is your favorite chip flavor?

Lime Tostidos and Salt n' Vinegar chips

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?

Don't really have one.

11. What type of car do you drive?

Subaru Forester 5-speed

12. Favorite sandwich?

Chicken salad from Harding's on sour dough or the chicken salad at Schuler's Books in Grand Rapids (MI)

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?

New Zealand and Australia or Ireland

14. What color is your bathroom?

Periwinkle blue

15. Favorite brand of clothing?
What's a brand??

16. Where would you retire to?

Shore of Lake Superior

17. Favorite time of the day?


18. What was your most memorable birthday?

The ones that should have been most memorable (18th and 21st) are the ones I can remember the least about (I wonder why??)

19. Where were you born?

Kalamazoo, MI

20. Favorite sport to watch?

Ice Hockey and Show Jumping

21. Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?

Definately dark

22. Mountains or beach?


23. What fabric detergent do you use?


24. Coke or Pepsi?

Diet Coke, really prefer water or cranberry juice

25. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning person

26. What is your shoe size?

8 or 8 1/2, depending on the shoe

27. Do you have any pets?

One crazy dog, one wierd cat

28. Any exciting news you'd like to share with your family & friends?

Eldest son made the dean's list

29. What did you want to be when you were little ?


30. What book are you currently reading if any?

Therapy by Jonathon Kellerman; just finished Blind Alley by Iris Johannsen
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Sunday, April 24, 2005
What Kind of Girl are You??
No big surprise, I'm: The Girl Nextdoor

I come from a home where gravy is a beverage.
-- Erma Bombeck

The Girl Next Door is from a small town, a large family, or both. She still has a healthy dose of what people 'round these parts call "family values." She calls her grandparents every Sunday and she's got her mom on speed dial. The Girl Next Door likes an uncomplicated life filled with the simple pleasures of family, home, kids, and food. She may not actually live on a farm, but she tends to keep a menagerie. Asked to choose between a dog and a cat, she generally won't. What's a good guard dog without a mouser to keep it company? She is caring and warm, welcoming and friendly. Anybody in your office ever bring in chocolate chip cookies? You got yourself a Girl Next Door.

The defining characteristics of the Girl Next Door are simplicity and tradition. Simplicity means that, unlike the Academic Girl, she's really not that interested in the great questions that keep philosophers up at night. When she can sit in the kitchen, drinking coffee, eating shortbread cookies with a friend, and listening to the cat purr on top of the radiator, what else is there to life? What else, indeed.

She Might Be a Girl Next Door if:
She drives: a good, solid American car -- a Ford Taurus, Chevy Cavalier, or Dodge Stratus.
She can talk for more than ten minutes about: her family's holiday traditions.
She begins her sentences with: "my mother says..."
She'd never: go to a rave.
She owns any of the following: scrapbooks, heirloom quilts, a Bible, family recipes, her grandmother's engagement ring.

Take the 'What Kind of Girl Are You?' quiz at

Thanks Deb.....

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Yep...Spring in Michigan
Woke up to 2+ inches of snow on the ground. Disappointing since my tulips are/were in bloom. Glad I didn't plant the dwarf cherry I bought for Earth Day (it is safe and cozy in the garage). Still, we have had measurable snow well into May- even tho the *safe* date for planting is May 5th.

Was working on some postcards yesterday...part of my Pacific Rim series. I flipped on Discovery Channel to find a show on, of all things, volcanos. Enjoyed seeing Kilauea, the world's most active volcano and Mauna Loa, the world's largest (both of which I have been to the summit of both and witnessed the July 5th, 1975 eruption of Mauna Loa (and nearly got stuck up there when the lava flow covered the access road about 15 minutes after we got down). Propitious since this part of the series has to do with volcanos and lava flow.

Well, time to get back to work.
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Ah...treat time....saved him some venison (aka fast beef) from last night's roast..... Posted by Hello
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My Shanny....he loves the snow.... Posted by Hello
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Mike (my DH) on his way into the barnyard to feed the cows. We have 8 mature cows and 4 yearlings. Over the last week added 2 more heifer, not sure what the newest one is. Posted by Hello
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Shanny (my dog) is watching the cows come up to the barn.... Posted by Hello
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My grill...I use it year round but currently it needs a propane refill.... Posted by Hello
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Just outside the studio window Posted by Hello
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4/24 what I woke up to Posted by Hello
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Sunday, April 17, 2005
Question of the Week
What is your favorite room in your house? Why?

Hmmmm.....I was going to say my bedroom but, all I do in there is sleep and get dressed. So, I am going to have to say the living room. It's where I sit and read; where I sit and yack with my son; it's where I sit and watch TV....and it's where my studio is. So, it's where I spend most of my time and it's very comfortable...most windows in the house. Sigh, I just want to get the new house built so I have a nice bathroom and a real studio.....

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Saturday, April 16, 2005
Book It
Book It!

I picked this up from Julie at High Fiber Content.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what's actually next to you

Jane moved at a lazy pace to the thick thatch of trees a few hundred yards beyond the log where she usually sat, sank down, and leaned her head back against an oak tree. From: Blind Alley by Iris Johansen- an Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller

Just finished Digital Fortress by Dan Brown...excellent read!!!!

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Friday, April 15, 2005
Weekend Ahead
Well, found that cleaning goes a lot easier with techno on....sure am glad no one was around to see me dancing like a madwoman, vacuuming the least the dining room is looking a lot better. Tomorrow I tackle the living room...ugh.

Any one else watch "Joan of Arcadia?" I was wondering when they were going to get around to bringing the Devil into the story line. Tonight...."please allow me to introduce myself....."

I cannot miss next week. And me, the lasped Catholic now Celtic Pagan.....

At least I got some work done on "Crop Circles" tonight while Joey was at batting practice.....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Unitarian Jihad Name

My Unitarian Jihad Name is: Sister Boomerang of Reasoned Joy. What's yours?

Thanks Mellie!!

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Minor Dilemma
While cleaning my cutting table off to get to work, I came across some printouts of a photo that I manipulated in Photoshop....the problem....I can't remember what the heck it is! I could go thru my photo collection but, I have literally over a thousand images on my computer and, this image may very well be just a part of a larger image....sigh...well, I could just do a fabric work out of it and ask people to tell me what they THINK it is!!

Brings new meaning to the term "Mystery Quilt."

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Joey and his maze. Please note the lovely yellow cupboards behind his head as compared to the yucky dark brown base cabinets.....ignor all the stuff on the counter...I'm making salsa today...if I get around to it. Posted by Hello
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Just Another Day
Had planned to be in the studio by 9 am. HA! This morning Joey informs me he needs a *thing* to display the results of his science fair project (timing mice to see which learns a maze faster, the male or the female....). His descriptors leave a bit to be desired as you can see. After much going back and forth to define *thing* I finally determine he means one of those foamcore display boards with the 3, I am off to Michael's. Not complaining as Bed, Bath & Beyond is next door and I need some measuring cups for dyeing and I have a 20% off coupon. Also serendipitous is Menard's is in the same strip mall which means I can get the screen door that is on sale that I wanted and I can pick up some drywall mud to replace the one that turned into cement over the winter. THEN maybe I can get my walls patched so I can finally paint them (just call me Cary....start one project and move on to the next one or two or a dozen...before finishing the preceeding ones.....ironic that his name rhymes with mine, don't 'cha think, Mel??).

So, it's off to Battle Creek! Tah!

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Fred & Ethel Posted by Hello
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Sunday, April 10, 2005
Guilty Pleasure
Well, like Gerrie, I generally don't feel guilty BUT right now my house needs major decluttering and spring cleaning but, I also have learned to "listen to my body" and when it says "nap time" I'm all about that. I feel guilty because I know the DH is working ALL the time but HE goes to bed at 8:30! And he does take naps on the weekends so I don't feel totally guilty.

And yes Gerrie, I watch one soap....Days of Our Lives. I have watched since before Bill and Maggie met. Stopped watching for a hooked again in college, then stopped again, then mom got me hooked again. I occasionally watch Passions but I just can't get into it. I was a bonefide "Dark Shadows" addict back in the day......

And Mel...Peter Jennings???? Personally, I would gladly jump Michael Weatherly from NCIS......

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Saturday, April 09, 2005
The Masters
I don't often watch PGA on TV but, this IS the Master's and both Tiger and (my personal favorite) Freddy "Boom Boom" Couples are playing. But the REAL reason I watch the Master's are the FLOWERS!! Especially on, I believe it is the 11th hole....the azaleas are spectacular and really get me feeling like I am so VERY disappointed this year. NADA! The greens are yucky looking, the rough and fairway are nice and green but no flowers this year! Ok you southerners....are they late or were they early this year??

Boo hoo.....glad I have 5 beautiful very yellow tulips in an antique canning jar on my table.

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Another Fabric Storage Idea
Last week I went to Home Depot and purchased an Indistrial, 5 shelf, wire unit for $59. It has leveling feet and, my idea was to remove these and put on casters. Ok, I am still working on that...the casters I bought didn't fit. But the shelf unit is great and I want more!! With the casters on, you could keep this unit in a standard-depth closet with sliding doors and have fabrics in front and back. When You needed to pull fabrics you can just roll the unit out into the studio get what you want and then roll it back. At $59 a pop + the casters (about $5) it's a whole lot cheaper than the pantry shelves. Though, I still like these for my thread spools since the standard ones would work and we wouldn't need custom built.....I would like to avoid the added cost as the cabinets in the house are all going to be custom.

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Friday, April 08, 2005

This is my pathetic drawing of how I would modify the pantry cabinets for access to my fabric. Posted by Hello
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Working on Ideas for the Studio
Ok, I am working on these ideas to store fabric so it is easly accessible yet out of site when I am not actively pulling fabrics for something and protected from light. Also, need to be able to store my thread so I can protect it from light but be able to look at the array of colors available without having to pull every thing out, as I do now. It will be so nice to have a real studio rather than trying to work in the tiny section of our living room that I have now because I have stuff in one of the closets of my bedroom, stuff in an armoire in the bedroom and a ton of stuff downstairs. It will also be nice to have limited distractions and space to dye fabric!! Still, it will probably be next spring before we can start building (I wanted to start this fall but my family hollered because the new house and studio will be across the pond from our woods and the construction will disrupt the deer. Heaven forbid I should interfere with deer hunting (this IS Michigan and deer hunting IS a religion here).
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Another style. Posted by Hello
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These would be great base cabinets for thread or other stuff (stuff is something I have a lot of). Of course, my thought was, the pantry cabinets as originally designed, would also work well for thread, especially since I have many large spools. But I know I could find plenty of uses for these drawers. Posted by Hello
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And another one. Posted by Hello
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Here is one of the Kraftmaid pantry cupboards that gave me the idea. Posted by Hello
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Ok...we have been discussing studios and fabric storage on QuiltArt. It just happens that I met with my architect, Michael Dunn, and builder, Jack Gusmundo (Hawks Hollow) on Wednesday to walk my building site and go over my idea book for my new house and studio. I had been playing with *stuff* at the Home Depot Expo store while visiting my dad in Boynton Beach, FL and had an epiphany regarding closet space for my fabric. I love Carol Taylor's studio set-up and her closets. But, I work mostly with fat quarters and 1/2 yard pieces of fabric and I tend to *lose* stuff on the normal depth of shelves (12-18"). I have a bookcase in my *studio* now that has shelves that are about 8" deep and it works well. So, I thought, why not design a storage closet with 9" deep shelves? But, since I don't want to take up all the wall space in my studio with closets, I thought "why not have multiple layers of 9" deep shelves so I can get more fabric in a smaller wall space?" Hence, the idea to use a modified version of the pantry cabinets I saw at Expo. With my idea I can get 3 layers of fabric in one closet and still be able to easily access it and see it without having to unstack large amounts of fabric. So, here is my rather crude drawing of it. The regular pantry cabinets have piano style hinges holding the moving portions so they can be swung out and there is a fixed set of shelves against the back wall. I want that fixed set, 9" deep. Then, in front, and unattached in the center, a two-sided set with a solid, 1/4" piece between the front and back, the moving portion to be held in, not on a piano hinge, but on pins that will allow the shelf unit to slide and pivot out so I can have access to outer, inner and back wall. We don't know if this will work, we may have to go with the piano hinge due to the weight of the fabric but, the building has several cabinet makers working for him and they are going to see what they can work out. Hope these pictures help. Posted by Hello
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Saturday, April 02, 2005
Question of the week
Question of the week, courtesy of Mary Beth Goodman, Cat Wrangler Extrodonaire:

What do you have in your car (or what have you had recently) that you can be pretty confident that nobody else has in their car?

My answer: rotten Clementines the boys said they ate and a wireless X-box controller. All left in the car from the trip to the UP on March 16th.

Watch this space: I will be posting pictures from our *meeting* (read class- seems our fearless leader, Holly Cheff Schaafsma won the 10 person class and invited her fund-raising co-horts- it was a blast!!)....

What have I accomplished today? Well, I cleaned up my *studio* (corner of the living room) so I could sew. Painted 2 sheets of Tyvek and proceeded to destroy one when I had the iron set too hot. Did manage to shrink the 2nd one. Printed out the supply lists for the class I am teaching at Ferry Beach in August. Now I can order supplies. Also need to print out instruction packets.

So far that's been it today. It's a beautiful day; 51 degrees out and I should be working in the yard but my head is killing me and it's time for another sinus to lay donw and try to eliminate this headache.....

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Friday, April 01, 2005
Ok, I have missed the deadline for the Straight & Narrow Challenge. I WILL complete this piece (I have too much time invested and, besides, I have a potential buyer) but, at the moment, I have some other deadlines to meet. For now I am putting it aside.

I have quite a few postcards to make and I look on this as an opportunity to work with colors that I really enjoy rather than the colors in the Monument Valley piece. I also have a graduation gift to make for a very good friend's daughter. I have been planning this piece for over a year so I know what I want to do and I have the fabric....just need to do it.

At the same time, I am trying to find the instructions for the beaded jewelry pieces I am teaching at the UU camp at Ferry Beach in August. Yes, it's a long ways away time-wise but, I know how hard it can be to find stuff around here (no centralized place to keep files- another reason I need a studio) and then I need to figure out what I need to put together the kits. I have NO idea how many (if any) people will sign up for this class which makes it really difficult to plan. However, I am going to put together 10 kits and can always add more later. At least I will know how much of what to order and how much it will cost. If fewer than 10 people sign up I can use the kits in classes here. Also, I am afraid one of the pieces may be a bit difficult for true beginners so I have pulled a couple of projects that are pretty easy but give nice finished pieces. I just hope I can dig up the money to put all these kits together!

Today I am off to a lunch meeting/team building for the Cheff Center Shindig Committee ( We are meeting at Val Dobbins' studio to paint. Val used to be a partner in "Art on a Whim" in the Park Trades Center with Gretchen Leguizamon but moved her studio into a reclaimed barn on her Gull Lake property and now calls it "Painted Lady Studio." She does great, whimsical furniture....gotta talk her into a website....

The sun is shining and I have lots to do! Tah!

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More and more detail added. Hard to decide when to add fabric detail and what to leave for thread work. Problem: thread work = distortion and I want to keep the distortion to a minimum so I am doing a lot with some very tiny pieces of fabric. Wish I had a good, very sharp pair of small scissors..... Posted by Hello
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Name: Teri Springer
Home: Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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