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Archive for January 4th, 2007

C is for…..

You may have noticed a slight obsession with the alphabet here on my blog.  It’s a little bit like I’m back in kindergarten learning my ABCs.  My decision to try to use the alphabet to guide what I’m blogging about and working on was born out of my need to find something to help me focus.    I love words and have found that I enjoy trying to use lettering in my quilts and in the other stuff I’m playing with.  There’s lots of possibilities in the alphabet, and I think it can lead me in a bunch of interesting directions.

It’s the theme for my 12x12x12 projects (12×12 is the size, the third 12 means I’m doing it monthly…).  It’s the theme for a lot of my posts, and it’s even the theme or starting point for the daily business cards I’m decorating (I had fun with today’s — you can click on the album "365Art" over in the column on the right.  I didn’t even realize when I was working on it that the medium I chose was a "d" word — digital!)

This will be my third post in which I list words that all start with a certain letter (I’m up to "C" this time).  I originally saw this idea on Red Shoe Ramblings earlier in the year.  I think she got it from somewhere else, but I can’t remember where now.

I hope you enjoy reading these and learning a little about me.  I’m trying to limit the number of words I actually use.  I could go on and on and….well, you get the idea….

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Chocolate —  Do I need to say more?  Well, I will — just to say that I’m not really that crazy about really expensive chocolate — Hershey Kisses and M&Ms do just fine for me.

Cookies — Peanut Butter Blossoms are my favorite.  I got a mix at Sam’s Club this year, and while they are OK, I do have to admit that they really aren’t as good as scratch cookies.  In general, I prefer my cookies to be crunchy, not soft, I do not like raisins in my cookies, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chips cookies are my second favorite.

College — Iowa State University — where I met my husband!  I have a degree in Computer Science, and even though the  positions I held before staying home where in the computer field, I never really used my actual degree (which was more programming, my career experience was in networking and desktop support).

Comic strips — I don’t get a newspaper, but each day I enjoy reading Dilbert and Unshelved.

Cross-stitch — what I used to do before I started quilting.  As with quilts, I seemed to be attracted to the large, complicated projects, of which I have many unfinished.  I also have a lot of finished projects, too.

Cocker Spaniel — Katie, my darling puppy,

is a Cocker.  During her most recent haircut (on Christmas Eve, no less…) my poor, suffering DH commented that he thought we had decided that after our first cocker, we would never get another one that grew so much hair.  It’s not my fault I fell in love with her picture on the Internet, is it?

Cousins — I have 2 Iowa cousins, and 3 New Jersey cousins.  The 2 Iowa cousins are both expecting their first babies– to be born within about a month of each other.  I have kind of lost touch with my New Jersey cousins.  I’ll have to try to remedy that.  My boys also have 5 cousins, but that number will probably grow in the future.  They are very lucky to live less than a block away from 2 of those cousins.

Connecticut — I was born in Iowa, but consider Connecticut my "home state."  I went to school from 3rd grade through high school in Ledyard, CT.  I love Iowa, but I do miss New England.  I’m sure it has changed a lot from what I remember.  One of the things I miss is the architecture.  Another is being close to water.  We are little land-locked here…

Character — My favorite Disney character right now is Tinkerbell.  I like her attitude.

Computer — I sure spend a lot of time on mine.  It runs my business, it helps with my quilting and artwork, and it keeps me connected with the world.  The people I consider my closest friends were met online, and we keep in touch via the computer.  It’s the best way for me to keep in touch with my family, and it provides me with lots of information and entertainment.  The boys know that if they ask a question I can’t answer — I’ll go find the answer on the computer.  It is a frustrating tool at times, and right now I’m having some trouble with my laptop.  Over the last week or 2 it has powered itself off for no apparent reason multiple times.  One day last week, I think it powered off half a dozen times.  And now today, it’s been running all day (and I’ve been using it all day) with absolutely no problems.

Color — Red is my favorite.  Followed by blue.  And green.  I used to say my favorite was purple, but recently came to the conclusion that while I still like it, red really wins.  I like my colors clear, not muddy.  I look best wearing bright colors.  I’m pretty pale, so pastels wash me out, something I didn’t realize for a long time.

Cones — of thread!  I have a lot, but I’m pretty sure my collection is a pittance compared to some others.  I’m soon to be the proud owner of the entire 288 colors of the Arc poly thread line (1000M, and I guess those are technically spools, not cones…).  I don’t even want to think about how many cones I’ve used up in 5 years of longarm quilting.  A lot. 

Cones — of ice cream!  I prefer cake cones.  Never have liked sugar cones.  Not sure why.

I think that’s probably enough for tonight.  Did you notice my little photo collage up there?  Me and Adobe Photoshop Elements are trying to make friends.  I have a lot to learn yet, but I’m having fun!

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Joe, The Author

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You can’t really read the text, but I wanted to make sure to include the picture that Joe drew of himself.  Take note of his white shirt and red tie (I talked about the tie and have a photo here).

My DH and I are probably the only ones that think this is funny, but I just had to share what Joe said about himself.  The book is one that he wrote in school — it’s about 5 pages long and is a story he made up about Christmas.  It’s pretty cute.  But the About the Author page is priceless:

Joe Earley (age 7 1/2) plays Basketball, and Baseball.  He likes cracking jokes, playing game cube, fighting his brother, pulling pranks, and watching movies.

(punctuation and capitalization are as Joe wrote it).

I’ll probably have more to post later about some other stuff, but I couldn’t wait to share this one.

edited to add:  the scribbles you can see on the top of his head are actually supposed to be his hair.  the line drawing and the text were done in pencil, making it a little hard to see when scanned…..

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