Project Poll

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Project Poll
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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 8:20am

This is my attempt at fluff.  Sorry in advance if it's not fluffy enough.

1) What's the biggest event (Work, Social, Volunteef) you have ever organized? Do you like creating/hosting events, or would you rather just be an attendee?

2). What's the biggest home improvement kind of project you've ever attempted?  How did it go?  

3). Are you crafty?  Are you working on a project right now?  Tell us about it!

4)  What are you reading?

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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 12:20pm

1) Biggest event?  Probably the fundraiser dinner-dances for about 180, that I did 4 years running.  I was the head of the committee, and I did a lot of the work--finding the venues, negotiating prices, planning the theme, decorating, printing the tickets, selling the tickets...  I've organized various other fundraisers, also--candlelight bowls, spaghetti dinners, white elephant sales, raffles, etc.  Then there were the private parties, showers, etc., some at my home.  One of the biggest was a luau at my house, for about 60 people.

2)We built our own house, 27 years ago.  We contracted out for the big stuff, like the foundation, framing, sewers, etc., but did all the rest ourselves.  Dh is an electrician, and his brother was a carpenter.  We have done major remodels on other houses we owned(new kitchens, baths, floors),  finished the walk out basement on this house about 15 years ago, and within the last two years we tore the balcony off the back of the house and replaced it with a WeatherTek deck that stretches the entire length of the house, and redid our master bath.  We have an acre, and did all the original landscaping, and then redid it a couple times over the years.

3)Crafty, yes.  I make jewelry and floral arrangments.  I refinish and reupholster furniture.  I've sewed drapes and swags, and made cornices.  I am going to be making the centerpieces for the tables at my daughter's wedding in October, and I am working out concepts with her now.  A few weeks ago, my other dd and I made fondant for the first time, and created a Mickey Mouse face for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday cake. 

4) I just finished the "Breach" trilogy by Patrick Lee. 

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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 12:24pm

savcal2011 wrote:
Xh and laid a laminate floor in our first house.  And we built an outdoor play structure for the kids.  End results were great - even though we had our fair share of arguments while doing it.

DH and I put together a play structure a couple of years ago.  It took quite a while, but I was really happy we were able to do it without asking for help (except the loan of some tools) from my dad.

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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 12:45pm

1) What's the biggest event (Work, Social, Volunteef) you have ever organized? Do you like creating/hosting events, or would you rather just be an attendee?

Probably a work event a little over a year ago, major change and required a lot of attention to details, although I'm told that controlling is a bad thing, good thing that my boss likes how I controlled that project!  I do like creating/hosting events, I've been a co-chair and a committee member for a variety of social events but I also like attending.  I try for a mix.

2). What's the biggest home improvement kind of project you've ever attempted?  How did it go?  

IF you mean doing it myself then, re-doing the downstairs bathroom, it's going well...not quite finished though.  I need to do something with the shower, but I'm not quite sure what I want to do yet.  If not, then I would have to say the pool deck/patio that dh completed a few years ago.  If you mean professional, then I think the major roof upgrade that was done last summer.

3). Are you crafty?  Are you working on a project right now?  Tell us about it!

Somewhat and I have a variety of projects going, lol.  The bathroom is my current working project.

4)  What are you reading?

I'm reading a fluff novel by Carla Neggers.

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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 12:52pm

geschichtsgal wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">savcal2011</em> wrote:</div>Xh and laid a laminate floor in our first house.  And we built an outdoor play structure for the kids.  End results were great - even though we had our fair share of arguments while doing it.</blockquote></p><p>DH and I put together a play structure a couple of years ago.  It took quite a while, but I was really happy we were able to do it without asking for help (except the loan of some tools) from my dad.</p>

When we bought one for the kids way back when they were running a free setup and delivery, so thankful, those things can be complicated!

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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 1:53pm

savcal2011 wrote:
The Vice-Chair/Chair Elect of our region is tasked with planning the spring meeting every year.  When nominations were open last year for Vice-Chair, I had a coworker call me and ask if I'd agree to be nominated. I said no.  I was already in office as the Secretary and had 8 months left on that term.  I also didn't think I was ready to run the conference - was thinking "maybe in another year or two".  Within a few days of nominations being open, I had three more colleagues call and ask to nominate me.  By the time the fourth one asked, I caved.  And I'm glad I did. The timing sucks, since my office has been in flux for about 15 months, but it's been a rewarding experience.  Registration isn't open yet (i'm waiting on our National office to proces the forms), but once it is and people start registering, it will be a relief, because I'll know the money will be flowing in.

I'm the secretary of our state organization right now-- in year 1 of a 2 year committment.  I have a feeling when it's over that I'll be approached for a VP position.  The VP does all of the arrangements for the annual conference, and the president does the programming.

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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 2:06pm

geschichtsgal wrote:
<p>I'm the secretary of our state organization right now-- in year 1 of a 2 year committment.  I have a feeling when it's over that I'll be approached for a VP position.  The VP does all of the arrangements for the annual conference, and the president does the programming.</p>

Just say NO! lol

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 3:59pm

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>This is my attempt at fluff.  Sorry in advance if it's not fluffy enough.</p><p>1) What's the biggest event (Work, Social, Volunteef) you have ever organized? Do you like creating/hosting events, or would you rather just be an attendee?</p><p>2). What's the biggest home improvement kind of project you've ever attempted?  How did it go?  </p><p>3). Are you crafty?  Are you working on a project right now?  Tell us about it!</p><p>4)  What are you reading?</p>

1.  The company picnic at a small company (200+ employees) where I worked before getting into the printing industry.  It was torture.  I hate these kinds of things. People seemed to have a good time.  Yay me.

2.  So far, setting up my sewing room (painting the walls, sealing the windows and putting in a beadboard ceiling) in the basement.  My next project will be to essentially gut the bathroom (the tub will stay), add insulation, seal the window, add a vent fan that actually vents outside instead of into the attic (so I don't use the vent I have) and then retile the bathtub surround, the floor and walls and replace the toilet and sink.  I have most everything already; I just need a toilet and shower installed in the basement to get started.

3. I have 3 quilts going right now, with a 4th quilt top ready for batting and backing and a 5th quilt project that I'll start in March.  Of the three quilts I'm actively working, one is a fully hand sewn baby quilt done with English paper piecing hexagons.  It's also entirely done with scraps.  I used seersucker fabric scraps from a sundress I made for John's little sister years ago, as well as similar scraps from baby blankets my mothers has made over the years.  It took me about 2 years of on and off working on it to complete the quilt top and today I just hand sewed flannel scraps together to be used as the backing, created the quilt sandwich and hand basted it, so it's ready for me to begin hand quilting it.  

The 2nd project is my new DGS's baby quilt.  I embroidered 8 muslin squares with farm motifs, used a green print as sashing between the blocks and then a yellow print border.  Today I created the sandwich (in quilting parlance, a quilt sandwich just means the quilt top, batting and backing, before any quilt is completed and a binding sewn on--after the quilting and binding, it's just a quilt) and hand basted it.

The 3rd project is a Mariner's Compass quilt project that I'm doing in paper foundation piecing.  This is a massive project and will be 98x98" square when complete (queen sized).  I have 3 more blocks to complete for the main block (which is 68x68") and then will begin piecing the queen extension blocks.  We're supposed to begin assembling the quilt at next month's class so I'd like to have all the main block sections completed, and at least one set of queen extension blocks done so the instructor can lead me through the final steps of putting the quilt together.

I think I've posted pictures of all three projects on my Facebook wall in recent months.

The 4th project is actually the first quilt top I ever completed; I think I'm going to go ahead and quilt it this year.  The 5th project is another foundation piecing project called Captain's Wheel.  Classes for that will begin in March, but it's another big project and I may put it on hold until next year, because I have lots of little projects I want to do for my new  soon-to-be-DGS, his cousin and some babies coming to family friends.

4.  I've been rereading the Lunar Chronicles (an YA dystopic series based on traditional fairy tales) by Marissa Meyer.  Cress (the 3rd of 4 books in the series) recently came out and I wanted to reread the first two (Cinder and Scarlet).  I'm also reading the Sense and Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries (by Emma Thompson, writing about her work to bring the Jane Austen book to fim).  The book was recently discussed (favorably) by readers at the Dear Author blog so I bought a copy and have been reading it.

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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 4:03pm

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>Right now I am working on a patchwork quilt.  I've been working on it a while, but I will put it up for months at a time and never take it down.  I tend to work on it more in the winter than the summer.</p>

Having seen some of the quilt blocks you've completed, I will be eager to see the finished project.  It's going to be lovely.

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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 4:29pm

Sounds like the sewing machines are getting the most action in your home lol

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Mon, 02-17-2014 - 4:51pm

  We re-did the house we are living in now, including tearing down some walls and raising some ceilings, when we moved in in 2000.   I am slowly turning the boys' old bedrooms into (a) a home office, and (b) a guest room.

When our bedrooms started emptying we changed them into exercise room, guest room, office.  In that order. 

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