Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fabric Storage


It seems that no matter what I do to the studio, it still is a monster mess!  My fabric is stored in plastic bins, but seems to have taken a life of its own and is sneaking into the rest of the room.  I have places for thread storage, places for scissor storage, places for ruler storage, places for sewing machine feet.  I even have a spot for the storage of the big roll of batting.

I have a cutting table (that doubles as an ironing board with the right top), a place for my serger, a place for my sewing machine, a place for my embroidery machine, and even a place for the extra sewing machine that belongs to my daughter.  I have a computer desk, a tv, and my 12 foot quilting machine frame.

I even have a kitchen sink (as well as a refrigerator and stove!)

But no place for my fabric!  I've thought and thought and researched...but I am at a loss as to how to tame my fabric.  Part of the problem is I have small pieces and large pieces.  I usually purchase fabric in 5 yard increments, but sometimes I will only buy 2 yards.  Then after my project is finished, I will have the left overs. Sometimes less than a yard, sometimes more.  The, I also save the even smaller pieces for my embroidery and applique.

I know the first step is to try and purge some of the smaller pieces, but that is really hard for me to do!  Who knows when I might need some of that particular fabric in an applique?

I have a couple of projects about to get started, and the possibility of a large project coming soon, so being able to find things is a must!  Maybe I can come up with a plan....

If you have any ideas, send them my way!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

IEP mess

Since Mr D's IEP meeting back in October, I really didn't look at the ACTUAL paperwork.  I mean we talked about all the things he needed, and were all in agreement on what should be done.  In fact his teacher was upset that the HWT was agreed upon by the OT that was in attendance.  The subject of the HWT lasted for almost half of the 3 plus hour meeting.

So, now that she is basically refusing to use the HWT method, I read through the IEP for the first time.  It does NOT mention HWT to be used in the classroom, only that they should use 'block lettering'. In fact, a lot of what we discussed was not in the final written IEP.

This is very upsetting.  I assumed that since there was so much discussion on the subject of what type of handwriting was to be used, and the various ways it could be accomplished, that something about it would be included in the final paper.

I have learned some important lessons.  Read each and every word and compare it to my notes, prior to signing it.  Never assume that the school is out for the best interests of the child, and never think ...not even for a second...that if things are going smoothly at school, that the first two things won't come back to bite you in the behind.

On our next IEP I will have someone else there with me as well as taping the meeting.  I will not sign it until I have taken it home to read and study.  Once I sign it, it becomes a legal document.  I am so tired of dealing with a school that doesn't really care about the child.  Only about getting the money and making their life easier.

A bit harsh...I think not.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Decorating a Pre-teen's room

OK...this has been in the process since Christmas!  Now we are in March, and I am still at it!  I found a perfect bedspread/quilt; found the perfect wall paint; found an area rug that matched perfectly.  I have been looking for either window drapes or fabric since sometime in January.

I thought I had found it. was having a great sale.  I love the Fairy Frost line by Michael Miller.  It is so scrumptious!  So, I ordered 11 yards of the Leaf color and 2 of the Orchid.  It came in today.  The Orchid is perfect.  The Leaf...not so much!

I know you should always pick the paint last.  Paint is the easiest thing to match up.  But once we found the quilt, I thought it would be easy from there on, so we settled on the three colors for her wall and painted.

The paint's name is Light Willow.  It is a spring green with a hint of blue undertones.  The fabric is the right spring green, just not the right undertones.  Too much yellow and not enough blue.  (and, yes, I understand that a spring green has yellow in it...but it can have blue undertones as well)

So, now I have to decide if I want to keep trying to find a fabric that will match better, or just go with this.  Miss B will be home from school soon...maybe I'll let her decide!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Out of the mouths of Babes!

As I play with my grand daughter each day, I am amazed at how much she is like her Daddy at that age!

There, amongst all the three year old nonsense, she has some amazingly clear thoughts, and knows how to argue her points!

Today, she wanted me to snuggle while watching Disney on tv.  I told her I had to mop the floor.  She explained the only Mommies mop the floor and I was a Memaw, so I had to snuggle. That is what Memaw's do!

When I tried to explain that I was a mommy too, she informed me I was only a Memaw because Miss B and Mr D were at school.  I couldn't be a Mommy until they came home!

She know what she wants and knows how to argue her point!  Maybe a lawyer in the making!

Nini aka Memaw