Friday, March 22, 2013


My husband is on a trip this week to Santa Barbara, California. He is lodged at The Fess Parker Hilton, a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean. He called me poolside to tell me he wished I was there.

He also called to tell me that his pilot, who is female, just had the same knee surgery I will be having one week ago. As I listened to him tell me this, my mind shifted from my Last Supper preparation mentality to an image of flying a jet plane. I said to my husband, "But I live in a two story house, she doesn't have to use her knees to fly the plane!"

With this new found revelation of mobility, I dressed, donned my makeup, curled my hair, and headed to the one place that minimizes the pain in my knee to joy in my heart, Michaels. I felt like I was going to the State Fair. (Thank you Susan for my Cute As Can Be duck!)

May I tell you that Sandy's Easter Swap has created quite the stir in our community. A conversation with her on the phone led to brainstorming about a future swap inspired by the wonderful Susan who was my partner.

The supplies she sent me both in her Valentine's Day Box and her Easter basket have inspired so many of my recent projects. Wouldn't it be wonderful to receive a box filled with fabulous supplies yourself! The lovely quilt blocks Susan sent me have set the color pallet for a new cast of characters.

I tell you I will Bite the Bullet leading up to my surgery day as I craft my State Fair characters and gather together my VERY BEST SUPPLIES I would like to swap with the person Sandy will match me up with. (after Easter) OH MY Goodness! This little ladybug has been assigned to the Agriculture Exhibit.

"This way please." to the homegrown offerings. Aren't these crocheted flowers absolutely fabulous? They are also presently in Michaels $1.00 bin.

So as I await the dreaded day, I will hold close the well wishes you have left for me and take them with me into the surgery suite along with excited anticipation of Sandy's swap in MAY. Find a cigar sized box to decorate and start collecting YOUR VERY BEST NEW AND VINTAGE CRAFTING SUPPLIES. This swap will be like a day at the State Fair for sure!

BLOG NOTE: You just have to visit the previous post that has been edited to see the ADORABLE nursery characters in all their pink and blue glory I created for a very special friend.


Debby said...

Hi E. Not fair of your husband to be in all that sunshine, hah.
I thought about this as a swap idea just the other day. For the spoolie swap my partner Jean and I exchanged supplies with each other. We both said that we had enough things. It was so nice to get the things she sent to me and I hope she gets hers. I will be thinking of you next week. Remember I am only about 45 minutes away. I can be there in a jiffy. (((((HUGS))))) mkeybv 3511

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This sounds like a fun swap, Elizabeth! I'll have to see if I can find a box that qualifies. I think the time spent thinking about a surgery is worse than the surgery itself! How wonderful for your husband! I have to check on weather in CA myself as we are going in a couple of weeks to San Diego. I've never been to CA before, so I'm excited.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

You're so cute Elizabeth. So glad you took you and your knee on a crafty shopping expedition to Michaels. Always good for what ails ya! :)

Happy weekend!


I was wondering what type of surgery you are going to have...I'll be praying for you.
Enjoy your weekend.

A Little Creation said...

Don't be too jealous Elizabeth. I live in the area your husband is visiting and the wind is so bad this time of the year that we almost lost a few preschoolers during recess. hee hee
Ahhh... the healing powers of a trip to Michaels.
Chris =]

Sandy McClay said...

I had to laugh when I saw your trip to Michael's ended up with a few things that were in my cart last weekend also! LOVE the little crocheted flowers and the paper printed flowers!!! I was willing to part with the $1.50 price for these!!! And now I know what I can do with them! This post shows all of the colors that I love in my world!!! Us "primary girls" are in heaven with photos like these....:)

Cindy said...

I know the thought of surgery is a little frightening, but I'm sure it will be over before you know it and you will feel better than ever afterwards.
That swap sounds wonderful!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Oh I love love your state fair people!! Soon as I seen that first picture, I was thinking how cute are those crochet flowers!! :) Love all the bright and colorful folks out there!!! You should make a cute little horse! :) The swap coming up sounds wonderful!! :) Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! Hugs, xo Holly

Ina said...

MAN!!! I get inspired looking at the creations that come out of all of you! ;p

GardenofDaisies said...

Elizabeth, everything you make is so adorable!! Your husband is so sweet to call you every morning when he's away. Do you ever join him on his trips? I'll have to keep my ears open for Sandy's next swap. I had so much fun working on the spoolie swap and seeing what everyone else made. I just posted about mine today.

Patti said...

I've never been to a State Fair, but I spent time at the County Fair with my sweet 4-H goat, Becky, when I was a girl. She was too small. She judged terribly, as she fell asleep on the judging circle. I didn't care though - I was with my sweet baby. Michael's IS therapy - I'm not sure it's 'cheap' therapy LOL! Those $1.50's seem to add up in my cart! I just love every little thing you make!!!

VintageBettys said...

I wonder what happened I know I commented this one already...Again Elizabeth your little country fair characters are so darn cute! I pray that you have the speedest recovery :)

Pieceful Bits said...

Hi E!

Best wishes with your knee surgery. I'm not sure what procedure you are having. My hubby had a knee arthroscopic procedure a few summers ago. It was at an outpatient surgical center. He came through with flying colors. Remember to follow Doc's orders. Moving the knee as they instruct and keep it iced and elevated. Following the physical therapy routine will get you back to new quickly. I'm sending healing thoughts your way <3 Julie

VintageBettys said...

I miss your stories Elizabeth...I hope everything is going well. Michele really loved your delivery stork ..we put it in lil Tommys room :)

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Get well soon Elizabeth! Remember, ice is your friend! That's what the therapist always told me!
Dorothy and Ms.Wilma

donna said...

Hope all goes well with your knee surgery. I know you will do fine and be up and around in no time. So much cuteness here.

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