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    yay! kelly, hi!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    so, something like margaritas would not be amiss? flip flops? ocean waves? jelly fish? could somebody please tell me what colors and how bright??? you know me, i will go all carnivale!!!
    No jellyfish please, lol. Oh, the bad memories I have from childhood from jellyfish. I grew up in Jacksonville, FL. We always went to the north jetties to go to the beach right across from where the aircraft carriers docked at NAS Jax in Mayport. That side was really deep with only little kisses of waves tickling the shore, and the other side of the wall where the beach was was normal beach. People would walk out the seawall to fish all the time. On the other end of the beach is a point, then it comes back around to a small bay with gentle waves where the Intercoastal Waterway begins. It's calm enough that people used to windsurf in that area, but I think it's closed now. In the bay is where all the baby jellyfish live until they're big enough to deal with the bigger waves, but on the beach side is where all the big jellyfish live, stinging people like crazy all over. When they're ready to die, they wash up on the other side of the seawall on the deep side.

    When I was a kid, mom's boyfriend's (at the time) daughter would go poke the dying ones with sticks and look at how their insides worked as they laid on the beach, happy that this was another one that couldn't sting us. During the time that they were in the other two areas, we were bored to death at the beach. Couldn't swim, couldn't ride waves, and the adults weren't driving all the way back home just because we couldn't play. When I got old enough to throw it, we would catch them in shrimp nets. I hated when that happened! You can't hardly get the suckers out.

    OK, I stop rambling now. I think it's bedtime....

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    obviously, i have not had such traumatic experiences with jellyfish, only 1 or 2 terrifying run ins. but i think they are very cool. i guess i was lucky to have a couple of boy children. i was always fascinated by the natural world.... except for skinks. really! they weird me out like crazy!! i'm good with snakes, i'm good with lizards, but i am not good with an animal that is half of each. i get nauseated just thinking about it! but if the general feeling is no jellyfish, i can live with that!
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    Hi,

    I joined the swap Friday and I'm looking forward to the fun. I'm on disability because I'm being treated for Multi Myeloma which make my bones brittle (not as bad as it was when first diagnosed). Any way I enjoy quilting and makeing things. I love this time of year because I like to veggie garden. Last July I got a new kitten that just turned 1 yr. old a couple of weeks ago. He is all white except for about 12 black hairs over his left eye, it looks like a dirt smudge. I almost named him Smudge but decided on naming him Kona Snow instead. I open all the windows in my apartment today (temp was good for that) and he just went nuts running from window to window it wore him out he is sleeping now next to me.

    I've been reading all the posts so far and everyone it sounds like is having fun already. Well I best get going and do some sewing for other swaps that I'm in.

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    Welcome Donna, you will like this forum. we chat about all sorts of things including quilting! (imagine that!).
    Kelly YAHOO!!!! oh oh pick me pick me!!! oh wait you arent picking are you? its that sneaky dustysmomma with her fancy dancy system for picking. I am positive of one thing. she will pick someone!

    Ok jelly fish: went snorkling at Capt.Cook bay in Hawaii the dive instructor said there are jellyfish but they rarely bother anyone.. so you can put on a wet suit or just swim I dumb bunny bought into the they rarely sting theory. I got stung three times before I hauled my tail out of the water and said I am done thank you very much. Six months I carried those ring marks on my arms and legs. Everytime I showered they stung and rose up again. Never again swim with a jelly fish I tell myself. No issue at all not doing it either. I did get to see a huge morray eel poke his head out and stare at me thing was almost as big as me yikes! and sea turtles lots of those oh so much fun and well fish for days. darned jelly fish for getting in the way of my fun. I hold those little jello things in reverence now. lol.

    I worked on my tropical tablerunner today and posted a sneak peak in anastasias swap. Its failing my passing grade of fun colors. think I might need a plan b unless my partner mentions how much she loves it. its so.. pastel. like spring not summer I tried!
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    In Denmark, at the tiny little "beach" close to where my boyfriend's brother lives, when it's season for all the jellyfish to come to the shallows, it's no big deal. There's a little dock out into the water, and going out on it and climbing in is how everyone gets in & out. They just climb right in with them. The kids go out there with buckets and play in the water with them, scoop them up and pour them out on the dock so they can look at them, etc. These ones actually don't sting. It's the weirdest thing. The one time we were there during this, I refused to get in the water until I got so hot I couldn't stand it. Even then, I got went and got out because I felt so slimy from being touched by them that it skeeved me out. I don't think I've ever taken a shower that long there before trying to get that feeling out of my head.

    Dusty's gone on his first trip to Atlanta today. OK, why is that a big deal? He's 20 and I'm still, in my head, thinking this is the first time he's going without an adult. I guess I should say he's gone for the first time without a parent...anyone's. I didn't drive in Atlanta until I was 25. The other girl he went with is actually driving, at least that's what I was told anyway. At least it's on a Sunday. Those people are still crazy, but there's not as many of them on the road then. Compared to Atlanta, we live in Mayberry though, and he's still had 2 accidents (the last one was about 15 months ago), which is why I haven't been willing to let him drive to Atlanta or in Atlanta.

    OK, time to go get on my runner. I've been on the heating pad with my shoulder most of the day. Gotta get something productive in today!

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    This is totally not home-decor related (or is it? I can answer that question below) but I finished the final 3 borders on a quilt that I'm sending to the state fair for judging this summer. It's the second time I've done the quilt but I reworked the colors to have 2 distinct hearts rather than 1 heart & a shadow (The pink/white is the original version with color choices as indicated on the pattern). The blue/white is tonight's finish.
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    So, how is this home decor? I have a place of honor on my wall waiting for the quilt after the fair is over.
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    oh we dont do just home decor in our chat here Kelly girl. Obviously we chat about Jelly Fish, and food, and parties and new dresses and fancy hair cuts, skunks and other critters. Conversation central. I love your quilt and much prefer the blue one that is superb. I think it goes lovely ontop of MY white down blanket oh that would be a lovely combo. Send it on over I will just ..borrow it for a while, like years, and return it only if I really have to. I ship slowly maybe another few years so I hope your patient. That is home decor because.. it decorates wall, beds or couches depending on where you want to put it.
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    this sounds like fun...can I join too
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmck View Post
    this sounds like fun...can I join too
    Sure! Just PM me the required info from the bottom of the original message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMamaHauser View Post
    This is totally not home-decor related (or is it? I can answer that question below) but I finished the final 3 borders on a quilt that I'm sending to the state fair for judging this summer.
    So, how is this home decor? I have a place of honor on my wall waiting for the quilt after the fair is over.
    Oh how beautiful! That is amazing Mama! That is very much a home decor project. Definitely a showpiece for the wall.

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    in my mind anything that is left out as decorative or useful is home dec. when you see what i made for sikesjj you'll have an even greater sense of confusion. most of it isn't home dec, but part is and that's what counts! man, i'm getting alot of mileage out of this first swap project.
    hello donna and mrsmck! we have the most fun teasing each other and getting silly once in a while ( ok, most of the time!). lots of fun making new friends so very glad you've joined us!
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    Since this is a home decor project in the works, I thought I'd share the design here for feedback. This past week marked 6 years since we lost my dad. Sadly, it took his death for me to get to know my half-brother, who I'd ever only been around twice in my life before then. His mom remarried quickly after she and Dad divorced & since he was a navy officer, they lived everywhere but where we were. When Dad died, we knew what city he'd lived in last, but had no idea how to reach him & once my cousin found a last known address, we had to get the local police to go out to do the notification. Luckily, that address was his ex-wife's house, so she gave them his cell number for us to call him to do it ourselves.

    In the six years since Dad died, I've tried over and over to get something that he could have of Dad's from his widow. Even though she was a great step-mother, some switch flipped when Dad died and it's been the opposite ever since. Last spring, she finally gave us 1 box through my cousin, which was basically only family photos, most of which Dad had gotten from Grandma when they cleared her apt and put her in the nursing home years ago, and both of Dad's Bibles. As a navy vet himself, the only thing my brother asked for of Dad's was the flag from the VA, which we've been unable to get. (That's a long story.)

    I've been thinking for a while now that it might be a good idea to make my brother a quilt, commemorating Dad's military service. I ordered copies of Dad's service records from the Army, then requested replacement medals. Some have been unreplaceable, so I thought since I can get photos, this would be something good to give my brother as a wedding gift (if he and his fiance ever get around to setting a date!) so even though Dad can't be there, a little part of him can be.

    So, now that I've babbled through the backstory, I'd like some feedback on the design so far. Of course, I'll sleep on it, send it to my cousin for she and her husband (Dad's best friend) to chew it over, etc. but I wanted quilter's opinion. Obviously some of it will be pieced, some will be embroidered, and some will be applique. The photos will require finding someone who can help me print them on fabric. I took off his last name, but left everything else as I have it on the draft on my computer. The white background on some of it is just the background color on the photos I downloaded.

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    very nice! i think there's a class on crat=ftsy that teaches you how to do pictures on fabric. and most of the classes are on sale!( my favorite 4 letter word beginning with s. bet you can guess my favorite for letter word starting with F.)
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    Thank you! My problem with doing photos on fabric is that I don't have the printer to do it. The printer we have is a more industrial printer, and a very old one at that. When I got my new laptop, I couldn't even find a driver for it that is windows 8 compatible. They stopped with Vista of all things. So when I want to print anything, I either email it to myself, then go to my old laptop in the sewing room & print it, or I email it to my boyfriend to print. It's quite annoying.

    The top photo is my dad in a church in Vietnam. He sent the photo to Grandma from there with a letter I still have telling her how beautiful it was and how he wished he could bring her there during peacetime to see it herself. I have to say, my daddy was one handsome fellow! The older my brother gets, the more he looks like him too.

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    speaking of dads-- as my dh gets older he looks less and less like anyone in his family. i'm beginning to wonder about my dmil! lolol. but my sons look more like my dh's family. isn't genetics strange and wonderful?!
    sounds like your dad was also very nice. did he ever take his mom to viet nam?
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    My dad was awesome. My view of him and the view my brother got from his mom was completely different though. His mom acted like Dad didn't want him, yet Dad and I were close enough that my first 2 step-mothers were wickedly jealous. (One even told me I needed to learn my daddy wasn't my boyfriend.) Dad never got to take Grandma traveling anywhere. She wouldn't have gone. To the best of my knowledge, she never went anywhere north of Chattanooga (I have photos of her at Lookout Mountain), and only by car, so she would never have gone overseas. Dad loved Arizona though, and it's ironic that my brother just moved there.

    I can't get my mother to travel either. She came here last spring for the first time since 1997. I mentioned that when something was said about my boyfriend and I marrying a couple years ago that he said he wanted to get married in Denmark. Mother said "well we won't push him then" because she has no interest in visiting. She actually told me she guessed we'd have to do it twice, lol. Heck, we've been together almost 7 years and he won't commit to doing it once!

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    My what a lovely tribute quilt? I am sure there are board members who can print on fabric for you. I havent done it before. I am not sure how well those things last over time. more for looking than using I think. great pillows though.

    Steve's Aunt never left her parish in Louisiana ever. She said she had all she needed right there at home no need to traverse all over looking for happy. She was happy there. I can not imagine never leaving home. I am tired now so travel is not appealing to me but I have also been fortunate enough to travel a whole lot in my younger years.

    I hope I get someone who loves chickens! I have this chicken fabric that well says make something with me already. two yards of wine red and black and white and a bit of yellow.. super kitchen like. I also have some very sweet tea pot fabric by kaffee fassette make a sweet tablerunner for sure in pale pinks and soft greens.. or two yards of kittys with ornaments very cute they are wearing santa hats on baby blue fabric.. Japanese design I believe. or there is this brown fabric with lemons and birds on it kinda modern looking also a great runner fabric I believe. or or or..all the others to chose from. I am so ready to work on a new project!!! what only 2 more weeks of waiting? better go make some tropical tablerunners for the fun of it.
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    Elisabrat, have you seen this book? The quilt on the cover reminds me of you and your chickens!

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Best-Fons-...abletop+quilts

    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat View Post
    My what a lovely tribute quilt? I am sure there are board members who can print on fabric for you. I havent done it before. I am not sure how well those things last over time. more for looking than using I think. great pillows though.

    Steve's Aunt never left her parish in Louisiana ever. She said she had all she needed right there at home no need to traverse all over looking for happy. She was happy there. I can not imagine never leaving home. I am tired now so travel is not appealing to me but I have also been fortunate enough to travel a whole lot in my younger years.

    I hope I get someone who loves chickens! I have this chicken fabric that well says make something with me already. two yards of wine red and black and white and a bit of yellow.. super kitchen like. I also have some very sweet tea pot fabric by kaffee fassette make a sweet tablerunner for sure in pale pinks and soft greens.. or two yards of kittys with ornaments very cute they are wearing santa hats on baby blue fabric.. Japanese design I believe. or there is this brown fabric with lemons and birds on it kinda modern looking also a great runner fabric I believe. or or or..all the others to chose from. I am so ready to work on a new project!!! what only 2 more weeks of waiting? better go make some tropical tablerunners for the fun of it.

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    lemon sounds tasty! i'm not allowed to do chickens any more. dh 'chickened out" so now we're doing wildlife. i sent most of my chickies to dd and 9 of 10 got smashed. never write fragile on a package! they take it as a dare!!
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    I believe FedEx/kinks can print the pics for you on transfers for you to iron on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat View Post
    I hope I get someone who loves chickens! I have this chicken fabric that well says make something with me already.
    Tempted to change my room selection. I have roosters in my kitchen. This time I chose the Living room. Maybe next time

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    Can't wait to see who I get, I love shopping for fabric.

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    oh get me I love getting things made out of fabric lol.. especially cottons. I hope this is an all cotton swap no more mixed fabrics dustysmomma. it is more consistant to get all cottons swapped.

    sikesjj please come to anistasia's tablerunner swap/closed and post and kibitz withus too on your tropical runner ok? we would love to see your sneak peaks there and you can check out the others like dustysmomma's batiks. I ran into my quilt shop today on the way home from surgery at the hospital today. Started out going to dialysis normal day. They poked me said your going to the hospital immediately. You have a clot. I was thrilled to pieces. just got out of there a week ago. what the heck right? long long day dh felt sorry for me so when I asked could I stop at the quilt shop he said yes. I felt like a sick dog but didnt mention that I just wanted some tropical fabric. not too hard. oh wait they dont sell any just batiks that might work. WHAT?? NOT ONE?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? what kind of joke was this right? long long day. I bought some batiks. a few and know I could have done better with that ebay guy whose 6.99 batiks free shipping are one sale for 5.49 a yard right now free shipping. I buy the 12.99 stuff.. what was I thinking? pouting and rewarding myself for a bad day. expensive reward let me tell you.start picking out the on sale 3.99 yrd good start fabrics but need that fq and that fq and for sure that fq and a 1/3 yrd of that for backing and 1/2 yrd regular price an well it was 69.00 last time it was just over 70. thankfully I shop mostly sales I could be dead if I bought as much as I like to buy at regular price. omg I would be not eating this month. now I worry lol.. who needs food? its halfway into the month I can go two weeks surely without eating lmao.. the dh not so much. oh dear. oops. (grin) he wont mind. he gets its been a bad hospital month for me. I sure dont like going. not scared just .. sick of it? best get used to this I suppose. yippee. yahoo. right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat View Post
    oh get me I love getting things made out of fabric lol.. especially cottons. I hope this is an all cotton swap no more mixed fabrics dustysmomma. it is more consistant to get all cottons swapped.

    I bought some batiks. a few and know I could have done better with that ebay guy whose 6.99 batiks free shipping are one sale for 5.49 a yard right now free shipping. I buy the 12.99 stuff.. what was I thinking?
    Um, have I mentioned that I dearly miss Yardsellr? I used to buy so much fabric there. You had to pick & choose, but if you looked regularly at the new posts, you could get some good deals sometimes. So, with that said, you're going to have to turn me on to your ebay cheap shipping guy!

    I'm not sure that the fabric was specified on this swap. Remind me and I'll try to do better just for you. Mother made a satin quilt one time. She was a brave woman, lol. I had to sew together a couple pieces and hem them to make a tablecloth for a science project for Dusty once. I'd have paid good money not to have had to deal with that, lol. My machine doesn't like silky fabrics. It also isn't particularly fond of denim.

    No go eat and leave some of that sale fabric for me!

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