Rosa's World

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Braggin' Buys - File Cabinet

Hi there!

A while back, Gilbert asked me to keep an eye on posts from "Freecycle",
for a filing cabinet.

If you've never checked out that website, you should!
There's a "Freecyle" in your part of the world, I'm sure!

Anyhow, it's a spot on the internet, where you post to GIVE away stuff.
No monies exchanged!!!
And it keeps fairly good stuff, out of the local dumps.
Good for the environment and good for your pocketbook, too! *grin*

Anyhow, he needed a file cabinet, to put up in our attic...
for "archived" documents - bills, receipts, etc, etc.

Well, yesterday afternoon, someone posts that they're giving away a file cabinet.
I quickly sent them a message and we were the first ones to contact her,
so it was ours! We high tailed it over there and picked it up, ASAP! *grin*

This morning, we pulled that BIG file cabinet out of my Toyota Matrix.
Did I mention that I LOVE my Matrix?!?? LOL

It doesn't look heavy, but it IS! We lugged it up the backstairs...
up 1 flight of stairs.

Here's Gilbert cleaning it up and straightening up a few (minor)
bent pieces.

Well, chit chat, chat chat.... I suggest to him
(rather than lug that monstrosity UP our narrow stairs to the attic),
that it would be more pratical to have it in our "craft room".

Gilbert says, "Yah, but there's no room for it in the Craft Room."
So, I suggest that it's time that I did a good cleaning up,
in there and bring all my "craft" stuff downstairs in my sewing room.


Three bookcases crammed back with books, containers full of sequins, beads,
crafty feathers, odds and ends, etc, etc, etc.

Sooooo.... rather than do some sewing, today, I was a good girl and
sorted, piled stuff in 3 boxes for my crafty cousin and threw stuff out.

Feels good that it's finally done, but it wasn't much fun at the time....
Then, I remembered my friend Barb and her hubby are in the
middle of cleaning out their house to move from the East coast
to the West coast of Canada. Not a mean feat....
When I thought of them, I stopped thinking those nasty words
that were rolling around in my head! LOL

NOTE: When we moved in our home, in 2000, Gilbert told me that this was MY room.

We baptised it the "Craft Room".
Hmmmmm.... I actually only got 1/2 of the room.
The other 1/2 has 2 of his file cabinets, typing machine, fax machine and empty boxes of software and hardware stuff, etc, etc.

Anyhow, here's a pic of our "Craft Room", that needs to be cleaned up.

Here's a picture of the "tip of the iceberg".

By then, I had lugged a whole bunch of stuff, downstairs.

Here's the room.... all tidied up, FINALLY!!!

Since these were 2 old, but not antique bookcases, and in rough shape...

Gilbert decided to chop off a part of one of them,
and attach to the bottom one.
We didn't have enough room for this BIG file cabinet
AND 2 bookcases.

And here's a picture that I took,
from the INSIDE of that room.

Oh yah... I forgot to mention that I went to a yard sale,
today... on a Sunday morning, imagine, eh?!??

Found the last 2 Harry Potter books, for my collection - 3 bucks each!

And, I wanted to designate a wall, in my sewing room, with pictures.
But for it to look 1/2 decent, I wanted ALL the pictures frames in black.

Picked up this bundle of 2 black frames - still in the package.
They were originally for 5 bucks. I got 2 picture frames for 1 buck!

Neat, eh? *grin*

That's about it, for my weekend....

Saturday, I managed to do some sewing.
Trying to finish ALL my birthday Siggies, for the WHOLE year -
then, I can get THAT project out of the way!

Hope you all have a nice week!


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sewing - Giftie

Hi there!

Okay, a year or two ago, a good friend of mine had the "big" operation.
I had wanted to make her these slippers, at the time.

(NOTE: Look in the dictionary for "procrastinator"
and you'll see my picture there! LOL)

Anyhow, I finally got these made up and sent them to her!

I call them "Quilting Slippers".

Click on the picture and you'll get to see them up close.

Notice the "Siggie" block??? I even managed to sign my name, on there! LOL

That's about it, folks! Meant to blog on this a week or two ago....
Too many ideas.... not enough hours in a day!

Have a great day!


P.S. As an extra bonus, you can remove the strip underneath the slipper, put them on your feet and walk around with them. It'll pick up any loose threads or dust bunnies, too! LOL

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Braggin' Buys - Canada Poste

Braggin' Buys
- Not really, but read on! *grin*

Hi there!

Okay, Gilbert and I did our Saturday morning errands, yesterday (Friday), after work.

THANK GOD! As some of you might know, I HATE Saturday morning errands!

Anyhow, this morning.... Saturday.... Gilbert declares that he needs to get his hair cut and I wanted to pick up some more stamps, for the "Birthday Siggie Swap".

Sooo, we head out the door, AGAIN, on this gorgeous Saturday morning. Not too bad - hair cuts are quick and I DO need stamps! *grin*

At the pharmacy, where they have a postal outlet, I asked the young fellow at the counter if he had any other kind of stamps, other than the same old boring stamps, with the Queen of England, on it. Don't mean to offend you "Royalty" fans out there, but after awhile, I like to have DIFFERENT kinds of stamps.

Anyhow, I picked up a booklet of international stamps, with British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. The photographer was Canadian - somewhat. Okaaaaaay.... these are "different", right? *grin*

Then, since I needed some stamps to go to the USA, I asked him if he had "different" kinds.

"No, I'm sorry.", he replied.

Well, didn't I spy the Anne of Green Gables stamps??!? Now, I ask you, what kind of idiot designed these gorgeous stamps, just for CANADA?!?! Most Canadians already KNOW about Anne of Green Gables and that, if they wish to see her home, etc, etc... they need to travel to Prince Edward Island, Canada, to see "Anne of Green Gables, with an "e", as Anne has always stated! *grin*

BTW, her books are EXCELLENT - whether you're a teenage girl or an ADULT teenage girl! *grin*

Anyhow, how do you promote tourism?!?!? Well, certainly NOT by making nice stamps, just for Canada!!! Anyhow, I digress, once again...

The "blue" picture is what is written behind the booklet of stamps.

Then, since there wasn't enough postage, with the Anne of Green Gables stamps, to mail to the USA, I asked him if he could figure out the difference and give me "other" stamps. A young teenage boy, early Saturday morning, has difficulty to understand "complicated" requests. LOL

So, Gilbert and I had to explain to him, slowly, that I would be adding EXTRA stamps to make up the difference and could he give me X amount of 25 cent stamps and X amount of 10 cent stamps and then, X amount of 1 cent stamps. Well, towards the end of the calculations and instead of him taking the time to count LOTS of 1 cent stamps, he "wakes" up and says, "Well, we have 9 cent stamps. That would be enough."

"Great!", Gilbert and I both reply.

CHECK OUT THE 9 CENT STAMP!!!! I had NO IDEA that Canada made these!!!!

I left there, grinning from ear to ear!!!!

So, for all you quilting Canucks, you might want to pick some of these 9 cent stamps!!! And for those of you yet to receive a Siggie from me... who knows, eh? This 9 cent stamp might be on your enveloppe!!! *grin*

Have a GREAT sewing day!


Saturday, July 12, 2008

DJ - Bangor, Maine, USA - Siggie Quilt

Hi There!

On the 26th of June, 2008, a small group of us doing the "Dear Jane" quilt,
(AKA "Janiacs") got together.
We exchanged "Siggies" - those are "Signature Blocks".

Well, I'm usually the type that procrastinates... hemming and hawing and never sure and
thinking, "Yes, I should do that, some day..."


Anyhow, I had SOOO much fun at our get together and wanted to have a "keepsake" of our day together, that I put my foot to the metal and finished off this wall hanging,
with everyone's Siggies blocks.
I will be taking this to work, on Monday and hanging it up, in my office...
And remembering all the warm, fuzzy, nice feelings that I had that day! *VBG*

Thanks to those that "signed" blocks, for me! *s*

Here's the quilt top, finished and hanging on the clothes line, outside.

Because I didn't have enough blocks to make this
the size that I wanted,
I added 2 more blocks...

Here's the 2nd one....

Here's Cindy Boring's Siggie block...

Here's Diana Rauch's Siggie block...

Here's Jennifer Strouse's Siggie block...

Here's my Siggie block...

Here's RVJan's Siggie block...

Here's Sheila Belyea's Siggie block...

Here's Sue Blanchard's Siggie block...

Here's a picture of my "label"...

Thanks to Constance Ross, who send me a WONDERFUL link,
on how to make "corner pockets", for wall hangings!

SOOOOO easy and SOOOO pratical!!!! *VBG*

And for those of you out there that are wondering "how" did she quilt this?.....

Well, THAT'S easy!!
With my sewing machine and "in the ditch" and
nothing fancy smancy!!
Wanted this "baby" on my office wall, ASAP!!! *grin*

That's about it! I finally can say that I have "another" project finished....

Now, back to those darn UFO'S (UFO = Un-Finished Objects)!!!!


Have a great sewing day!!!!


Monday, July 7, 2008

DJ - Bangor, Maine - Picture of me and my DJ

Silly me...

A group of us .... "Janiacs" - that's people that are making a Dear Jane quilt,
got together in Bangor, Maine, USA, on the 26th of June 2008

Yes, silly me! I forgot to ask someone to take a picture of
me and my DJ quilt top.

Thankfully, RVJan took pictures and uploaded them, to her webshots!

Thanks RVJan!!!!


Misc. - Our new mail box!!!

Hi there!

This was our old mail box. It was there when we moved in, in 2000,
and we had painted it, at the time.
I even tole painted a rose on the top. But, as we all know, the weather can play havoc on our outside stuff, sometimes.

Anyhow, during the past year, Gilbert and I had talked about having another one....
and placing it in the BACK of your house, as we never use this door, anyhow.

Well, we searched and re-searched the WWW (world wide web) for a free pattern,
looking for a mail box that was the size that we wanted.

Couldn't find one.... and once again, we decided to do our our "design".
Here's Gilbert, working on our (first) mailbox.

Here's another picture of Gilbert's hand, trying to figure out how to put a lid on the mail box
and avoiding rain to get in the bottom of the box.

Well, as they say, plans don't always work out, the first time.
The above mail box was too narrow and the lid should have been bigger.

Back to square 1.... this time, Gilbert made a BIGGER box!!! *VBG*

The "crack" of the lid HAS to be in the BACK of the box.... closer to the wall. It's hard to explain, but if the crack of the lid is lined up with the bottom of the mail box, the rain will come in. (Hope this is understandable... *grin*)

Here, he decided to cut a hole in the front of the box
and take a (scrap) piece of glass and paint it.

Here's Gilbert, lining up our new mail box and
Thunder, our dog, just wandering around...
like he usually does! LOL

I had asked Gilbert to put a piece of "roofing" on our mail box,
to make it look like a "mini house".

Neat thing about the "window" is that, when I pull into our driveway,
I can see all my new Siggies, waiting for me!!! *grin*

Here's another picture of Gilbert, holding the lid up.

And here's a final picture of our mail box.
Gilbert went an placed our OLD mail box in it, to compare sizes!

And that's it! I see to go in "blog-spurts"...
don't really have time to write everyday, but I DO "collect" ideas
and things to share with you.


P.S. My oldest son came over, yesterday and we offered him the other mail box.. The narrow one that Gilbert made, right? Anyhow, he and his wife will be using it as a clothespin box. Recycle.... recycle.... recycle....

Neat Web Sites - 2

Hi there!

Here's another list of neat web pages:

22 FREE pincushion patterns:

FREE quilt patterns:

An EXCELLENT spot, where the author shows you, with pics,
how she's doing her DJ blocks:

Fastest Charity Quilt:

Hope you all find these sites as interesting as I! *s*