Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Busy day on the longarm machine

Yesterday was a very busy day on the longarm machine. I completed 3 quilts and put a 4th on the machine! I only have 4 more to go and then all customer/friend quilts are done! I will work on Steve's quilt while I wait for the Mississippi quilts to arrive. I have 7 coming from Mississippi. I also have to finish my sister Renee's quilts and pillowcases. She always has an order for me.
Camelot is on! Our summer project, Camelot! I can't believe we are going to put on another play before school starts back up again. I have to start lesson plans asap so that I have time to breathe after the play. That will be the entire month of August. I will have a month off between play and school. I'm so thankful that my boys can work alone for about 75% of the subjects. To save money this year, I'm going to write out my own lessons, bringing in lots of resources that I already have. Today I must run some errands before I get started back on the longarm machine. I also need to call some of the kids' friends so that I can get some help in moving rocks out of a large flowerbed. I'm calling it a rock party! How clever! I will feed the kids that come over and help. That is all for now....

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What is on my design wall this Monday..


Well let me see, I should have finished piecing this quilt this past weekend, but my mind was in other places!!

This is Steve's quilt. I had made him a quilt almost identical to this one over the summer 2008. After I finished the twin size version, we decided to get him a queen size bed...needless to say the quilt did not fit his bed. I'm trying to finish the quilt now, but I was just not motivated enough to work on it yesterday...so it is on my wall still, along with a friend's quilt on the longarm machine. I need to finish these projects!! the little white squares...that is just batting, I use batting pinned to my wall for my design wall. I did work on the quilt for just a short bit yesterday, I added red and brown 1 1/2 inch squares to cover up all those white spots! Steve's room is painted that lighter color green.

Till next time....

Sunday, May 24, 2009

going through photos

This afternoon while I was going through photos I found this video from the boys' practice "Fiddler on the Roof" this is one of my favorite scenes. They are not in costume, and I'm walking all around props to try to video this scene. Turn up the volume! I love Joe's line of, "I like it I like it" He played a fantastic Tevhe!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

We made it!

We made it! We survived Hell week! and yes, that is the proper name to call it! Every night since the previous Monday we did not get home before midnight!! Take the sets up and down, breaking down the bake sale tables and goodies and was a huge task every night. If we would not have had the team of parents we did none of us would have survived the week!!
The play, Fiddler on the Roof, was an amazing success! So many of the audience members came up to ask me if Joe (he played Tevhe the Poppa) was going to pursue acting as a career. I told them all no, this was just a way for him to go end his senior year of high school with a bang! And that he did! He was fantastic!! He surprised his mom and dad with his acting!! The audience loved him and the entire cast!
Steve's role of Mendel was fantastic! I loved the bottle dance!! And the scene at the cart when he is trying to get the Rabbi's cream! If the audience only knew that Tevye and Mendel were brothers and to see the action going on between the two of them! I loved it!! Chris played Sasha. He learned to play the mandolin for the play and he did it exceptionally well!! I'm so proud of all my sons!!
My sister, Renee flew in from South Carolina to see the play. I felt so bad for her, because I was so busy that I did not get to spend enough time with her. I love it when she comes up here!! I have such a wonderful time with her. She spoils my kids too, so they love it when Aunt Nay-Nay is coming up for a visit! She takes them all out to eat and buys them starbucks!! LOL Well, that is all for now. Tonight we have to go pick up the sets from the school/theater. UGH! I hope it is not another late night!
~Nancy

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fiddler on the Roof!!

Fiddler on the Roof, opening night was last night Thursday, May 7, 2009!! What a night! Joe did a phenominal job with his role as Tevye!! Oh my goodness he made me cry as soon as he began playing the part! All the kids did fantastic! I hope to get pictures up soon!! Every night this week I have not gotten back home before midnight, hopefully this night I will. We don't have to break the bake sale down nor the green room! So we should be able to just pack ourselves up and go!
I will write more later!

~Nancy

Friday, May 1, 2009

Double Delight gift


Double delight quilt has been given away to a very special person! I know she will take good care of the quilt and it will be well treasured! We had a wonderful day on our last day of IEW co-op. Good food, great conversation, and giving the quilt to Paula. I hope she understands just how much all of us love her and care for her.

To add to our count down, we have less than a week now to our first night of production "Fiddler on the Roof"! Everyone is excited and very stressed at the same time! We sold out of our first three shows, added a fourth one (Saturday matinee) and now we are scrammbling to make sure everything and everyone is taken care of.

Yesterday, my friend Carrie came over and we began painting the family room! Why in the world I decided to do this now I have no idea what I was thinking!! But I am determined to get rid of that depressing gray color in that room. The previous owners painted the house very dreary colors, I need brightness in my life. The room is being painted a soft creamy yellow. We need the light to bounce off the walls, not sink in.

Last night, in the pouring rain, we had to load up the insturments and head over to a senior center. The Rotary Club was having a talent show night, no prizes, just come show us your talent. They were having a fund raiser for their organization and they were serving a speghetti dinner to raise funds. The entertainment was free. A couple of local dance studios had their students do a routine. A group from the local high school sang acapella, fantastic too! and there were a few other acts. My kids' group, the McPeakLee Experience performed last!! Man are they good!! They sang "Everyday" by Buddy Holly and "Don't you want somebyody to Love" by Jefferson Airplane. The audience loved them! I just might have a video of them performing from a previous concert night. I will try to upload that as well.
Till later.....I hope next week to have some of Fiddler pictures up for viewing!


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