in other news

I will get back to posting about NY hopefully tonight. I have one more day left of adventures to write up. Being that I had some good news though, I thought i would quickly share it first.

1. I think I sold my condo. The agreements have been signed, but he has 7 days to go over the regulations with the option to back out. Keep your fingers crossed! :)

2. After the most horrific flight to date (i can tolerate turbulence, but this was pretty bad, and the kid next to me was literally freaking out, white knuckled, tears in eyes, close to hyperventilating – so i talked to him, telling him it was all normal and wed be fine, discussing his future college plans, etc, all the while, in the back of my mind i was thinking that soon we would all be wearing oxygen masks as we fell to our deaths), boy picked me up at the airport. Long story short, in the middle of the airport in front of gobs of people, he finally got on one knee and asked me to marry him. I never wanted an engagement ring, so he produced the ring that will be my wedding band – I have had my eyes on it for probably 10 years so to finally have it is pretty amazing. It is designed by Jack Kelege – isnt it beautiful? So to all you people who wondered if indeed we had already secretly eloped and just never admitted it and to all you people who wondered if it would indeed ever happen, now you have your answer:)

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nyny day 5

We got going super late today – i slept in, spent some time doing nothing, and then got a very important call from….my realtor! The last showing I had, on friday, enticed someone to make me an offer. It was a little lower than I wanted, so we decided to counter and see what happened, but in the meantime, I had to find a kinkos to print, sign, and fax a form to her. We walked to one on our path only to find out we had to go twice as far in the other direction to do what we needed to do. Did i mention to you that its been HOT here? Heat + power walking != pleasant meandering.

The places tend to blur together for me, but here is the list: Little Italy, ChinaTown, Ground Zero, Wall Street, Battery Park and Battery Park City, and Tribeca.

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We also stopped by a bagel shop, Pick a Bagel, where i got a delicious sesame seed bagel with cream cheese. And not just some cream cheese, but like an entire container of cream cheese, already spread on the toasted bagel and everything!

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Then we saw a movie, to cool down and rest for a while. G-Force 3D. It was cute, and my bro paid so I have zero complaints.

Charlotte’s blanket

This post was a long time in coming. And when i say long, i mean loooong. She was born in december!!  But I just got word that the gift was received and loved (phew!), so now you can see it.

Her parents chose the “all you need is love” bedding set and painted her room a soft blue with a dab of orange.

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I wanted something to match, so I went with “sherberty” colors. I had started the throw before her birth day, hand embroidering all the hearts and cutting out all the blocks.

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I had even started sewing it together at my psuedo moms house since I didnt have a machine at the time, but, well, my creative mood strikes in the middle of the night so i rarely went over there to complete it.

I had made one of these before, so I pretty much knew what I was doing (one day, Ill post it in Lost Treasures). In theory, it is a simple project. I measured and cut exactly this time, so that my corners would match better. Regardless, I failed at that. (Even after pinning a lot of pins, it still got unequal by the end of the rows.)

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I also failed piecing it together in several regards. Lets just say I used my seam ripper almost as often as the sewing machine. There is one piece misplaced, what I like to call a little game for Charlotte and her family to find;) In reality, it was too late by the time i noticed it and i was not going to undo half the quilt.

For the rag look, you go around all the edges and clip them, being careful not to clip a seam. I happened to clip two seams, but no big deal, as I could hand stitch them back together. Right? HA! What I had thought was two seams turned out to be something like 77 seams clipped, because of the way the material was folded to clip, i was clipping farther with the bottom part of the scissors than what i was seeing on top. I sucked it up and re-did almost all the stitching with the machine. Something i like to call super quality with reinforced seams;)

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So, I washed it, right? And then like, all these holes appeared. Nothing to do with my clipped seams that I painstakingly corrected. No, I blame it on the sewing machine tension, something I am still learning how to adjust. Some of them were really bad, as you see here:

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So back to the sewing machine, with newly adjusted tension. Oh, and washing it made all the little lint pieces stick everywhere, so it didnt look as nice and new as it had prior to the washing.

I had needles break, threads snap, and bobbins jam. I ran out of thread at one point. I wanted to truly start all over and burn it in my dumpster, just dont tell Charlotte that. But boy stood by and supported the torture that this gift became. The most upsetting part was that after all that hassle, I just did not want it to fall apart after Charlotte received it and washed it. So when I realized that at every intersection of heart square corners, the seams were loose, I about lost it. But i returned to an old quilter’s trick of tacking with yarn. Although afraid that after one more wash, it would be my luck that the yarn untied itself, I tried to remain undaunted. Thankfully it worked, even if the neat little ties became little white puffs.

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Although it is the most problematic project to date, I learned SO MUCH. I learned about sewing machines, needles, tension. I learned how to tackle different problems. Hell, I am an expert seam ripper now! So even though it did not turn out as beautiful as I had envisioned it, I put my love into it and came to grips with its faults and love it. Here is my favorite part, a little something something for personalization (the purple lines are from a fabric marker and has faded).

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So here it is, in all of its misshapen glory. First, the bottom:

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And now the ragged top:

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