Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday Window

One of the very first things that John ever bought for me was two needlepoint kits.  I had told him that I do counted-cross stitch and he thought I would like these.  One was an eyeglass case kit and the other was this change purse kit.  I made the eyeglass case right away.  But, last month while I was packing I came across the change purse kit.  I had completely forgotten about it.  It is a "Stitch & Zip" kit, where all you do is the needlepoint on it and I was able to finish it last night.

My goal is to try and complete any projects that I have before starting something else.  I now can mark another project off of my to-do list!  It feels good to complete something, even if it is little.  Plus, it only took 9 years to get around to it, but at least it is finished!!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

New Dresses

I love the smocked top dress that they sell at Victoria Secrets, but I do not like the $60 price tag.  A few months ago, Nancy and I went to JoAnns and we bought a bunch of material.  I was able to make six dresses for $90 - that is $15 each!  I really like the black and white print of the one I have on.  I wore it with black and silver flip-flops while John and I were running around shopping and doing some errands.  But, it looks good with my white high heels and white shrug for a little bit dressier look.  I made a few short dresses and a couple of the maxi dresses, too.  I made a long version of the bright yellow and orange dress for Nancy (which had pinks and purple, too).  

Thursday, May 20, 2010


What?  What is a Camcist?

Yesterday we had our carpets in our house cleaned by John Hurst (919) 795-9032.  He did a great job.  You do not realize just how dirty your carpets are getting when you live with them every day.  But, since we are trying to sell the house we figured we better get them professionally cleaned.  Like I said, he did a great job and I was also impressed with the cost.

But, carpet is not what I wanted to talk about - it is the Camcist.  John Hurst is also the inventor of the Camcist.  I had to ask what this thing was.

(The following is taken from:
The "Camcist" is an aiming device (frame) that attaches to the tripod assembly of any hand-held camcorder.
Invented in North Carolina by a father (John Hurst) who realized while videoing his children's activities, that he was unable to enjoy the game and capture video footage simultaneously.

The Camcist has five advantages to the camcorder user:
Benefits of Using the Camcist:

1) allows the user to watch an event and video at the same time
2) eliminates the need for the LCD screen and subsequently while saving battery power
3) stabilizes the video
4) eliminates eye strain related to LCD screen
5) eliminates LCD glare from any light source

Sometimes the simple ideas end up being the best.  The product is also made from laser cut steel so it is made to last.  John did not ask me to promote his product, but I believe that it is a great idea and deserves to be mentioned.  

If you want to purchase one, contact John Hurst at or write to him at P.O. Box 272, Rolesville, NC 27571

They cost $24.95 from B&H (+shipping and handling), but if you buy it directly from John and tell him that you saw this on my blog, he will give you a little discount. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday Window

The house went up for sale on Sunday and we already have had two showings.  How many does it take to sell?  I wish I knew the answer.   I think that is going to be the hardest part, just not knowing "When".  I will miss my house.  I have always loved it, but I know that being out next to our studio will be so much better.  And a "house" is just a structure -  I know that we will have a wonderful "home" no matter where we are and what we are living in. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday Window - Auction

Instead of my typical Wednesday Window I wanted to put up a link to an auction.  It is to help a family in need during a very difficult time.  Please check it out at

To see all of the items you need to scroll down after reading the auction rules and all the items will be shown.  This auction is for May 12 and 13 only, so hurry over to the site and place a bid!!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wednesday Window

I just want to thank everyone who came out to the Sanford Pottery Festival!!!!! It was a great show. And a THANK YOU to Don, for letting us be a part of it!

This is a picture from our booth in Greensboro two weekends ago. I forgot to take the camera to the Sanford show. But, it was set up pretty much the same.

Photo Shoot at the Railroad

One of John's and my great friends, Scott, took us out to the old railroad station so we could shoot some photos.  As you probably know,...