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Flowers on Friday, Birthday edition

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Neil. Bogie, and Eagle wished me Happy Birthday with these beauties.IMG_20140725_095345_507 (1)I know it’s a pretty bad picture, but it was easier to take a picture with my phone than find my camera.  (Did you notice the cuties in the picture?)

Thank you for telling me that Project Runway had started.  I think it is going to be a good season.  I can’t believe that it is the 13th season.  I wish I had copies of the emails we sent to each other for the first few seasons of the show.  Wouldn’t it be fun to read them?  We were blogging before blogging was invented.

Both of these designers should have gone home.pr1 Even I wouldn’t wear this dress.  Did this person know they were on a DESIGN show? Okay, I might wear the dress in a little quieter print.pr2Nina is going to have a field day with this designer, and his lack of taste.

Did you watch the Road to the Runway?  Tim was very impressed with this designer.  (As in past years it is too early for me to remember names or invent nicknames for the designers.)pr3I’m glad you are watching this season, it is still my very favorite TV show.

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July 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm

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Too Much TV Thanks To The Dierks

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It’s your fault.  Last night I was so nosy that I HAD to watch The Bachelorette to see if we predicted correctly that the cute guy was going to dump whats her name.  Talk about drawing out (my) misery having to watch him whining and whining and whining.    Just tell her you don’t want a rose and get it over with!!!

Luckily, there was an exciting baseball game on TV –  the Rays versus the Red Socks.  I was real man with a remote control, I drove myself crazy flipping back and forth between the Bachelorette and Baseball.   But wait… a rain delay in a game that featured my favorite pitcher.  Oh no, back to Whiney.   I thank your husband for my being interested in baseball.  (Neil also thanks Mike for that.)

And yes, you were the person who told me about Project Runway.  I still LOVE the show.  Some things are different this year.  As you know, Go Bank has given each designer a debit card with $4,000 to purchase fabric at Mood, so they have a budget for the whole season.   Tim is sitting in with the judges, and he can save one contestant from elimination.  The judges will be able to look at the fashions up close after the Runway.

It is too soon for me to pick my favorite designer.  There are a few kooky characters still on the show for the comic relief they provide.  One is a dumpster diver who wouldn’t let his model have and makeup or hair products because he is into sustainable fashion,  Oh, and his model was also barefoot, but he wore gold sparkled high heels????  I expect him to leave this week.  Then there is the hot-tempered Russian who was yelling and screaming at everyone, but who comforted one of the designers who lost it before her design went down the Runway.  Oh, and his model was the one who had to have a “black spot” cover part of her shorts so that the show wasn’t censored.

Kate was the winner of this challenge, which was to create a design to showcase diamond jewelry.


I was happy to see Swatch at my last visit to New York, when I visited Mood on the hottest day of the year.

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July 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

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I’m confused, is it Duct tape or Duck tape?

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I am enjoying project runway this season.  The challenges have been actual challenges, not simply make a pretty dress.   Two weeks ago,the designers had to make a prom dress, with a catch…duct tape. Well, to answer my question, the challenge was sponsored by Duck brand Duct tape. This season is interesting because every week is a team challenge.pr11-ep7-michelleamanda-fThis dress was the winner.  A bit bizarre, but it was made out of duct tape!pr11-ep7-stanleylayana-fWhen did prom dresses become short? I thought this was cute.  The judges and I liked the bow. So move ahead to last week, Heidi must have come up with this project, and she was out of her mind.  The designers only know how to make clothes for female models who are 6 feet tall, size zero.  The most complaining and whining occurs during the real people challenge.  Imagine the most ridiculous people for whom they could be asked to design clothing .PR11-ep8-layanarichamanda-fYep, it was a male review (aka strippers)and the clothing had to be easily removable.  The designers had NO IDEA how to make clothes for men, let alone these specimens.  The clothes were HORRIBLE.  Heidi wanted to Auff everyone. I would have turned this episode off, except that Nina GIGGLED during the entire runway and the judging.  It was hysterical!!!!  I hope the producers return to an actual design challenge this week.

Totally changing the topic, I like to read mysteries.  I have a new author to follow.lgI recommend this book.  I am going to overdose on him, I have 2 more of his books downloaded to my Nook.  If you like lighthearted mysteries (is that term possible?) I enjoy Harlan Coben’s books.

I always enjoy you posting entries that  mention your wedding, brings back great memories!

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March 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Project Runway – A new Season begins….

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and with it the hope that I will enjoy the last episode as much as the first!  Prior to the first episode was a Road to the Runway.   That was a fun introduction to the designers.  The entire season will consist of team challenges.  (It was worth watching this episode just to see the designers faces when Heidi dropped that bombshell.)

The team that played together well actually did the best.  Each designer made an outfit that showed their aesthetic and used NYC for the inspiration.  The winner was a 48-year-old Christian Siriano replica with a handle bar mustache. He constructed a gorgeous two piece wool tailored suit made in very little time.pr11-rr-daniel-f

Second was this outfit that looked much more attractive on the model walking the runway.pr11-rr-richard-fThe third place was won by the first American Indian contestant.  It is hard to tell, but she painted the “building scapes” on the top layer, then cut slits to reveal the blue sheath underneath.  She really did capture the look of the skyline.pr11-rr-patricia-fThese three looks were from the winning team.  One deserving person was sent home from the losing team.  According to Nina, the outfit that sent the designer home was the least constructed thing that has ever been sent down the runway.  I agree.   Sew far, Sew good!

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January 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm

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I haven’t given up on Project Runway

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What an amazing year you had! The picture of you and Mike is beautiful, I’m glad you had such a wonderful vacation.

Yes, I’m still watching PR.  I wonder if I am the only one.  I love Joanna Coles, from Marie Clare magazine.  She is the Tim Gunn on the All Star episodes.  The show is down to 4 designers.  This week the challenge was to make an outfit for a woman who is a veteran of the armed forces.  I like the challenges that are for real people.  Joshua won, as he should have.  joshuaUli is probably going to win.  Her veteran asked for and received and “Uli” dress:uliNeither woman looked happy in the pictures above, but both were beaming  on the runway. I will skip the other two pictures, the dresses weren’t very flattering.

I am 8 episodes into the first season of Downton Abbey.  How did I miss out on this for so long?  I am now timing my quilting by the number of episodes of the show it takes to finish a quilt.DowntonAbbeyWhat a great show.  I LOVE the costumes, and have fallen in love with almost every character.


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January 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

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Poor Pink 2-Putt

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His allergies are back.  Last night I awoke to a strange noise…it was 2-Putt itching his nose by pushing an ottoman from one end of the house to the other.

Aaawwww, poor thing.  In addition to the pink, can you believe how gray he is?

We had to go to a new vet because our regular vet could not see him until next Tuesday.   After a thorough exam, the vet said he actually seems like a 7-year-old, not an eleven year old dog.   Some things she said that might help my granddog’s allergies:

1. Make sure that you use a shampoo that does NOT have soap or detergent on the label.

2. You can use a baby wipe that does not contain alcohol (most do not) to wipe the itchy areas.  This should remove some of the allergen.  This can be done several times each day.

She prescribed prednisone and an antibiotic for Rudolph, and suggested that we start him on a low dose of prednisone in September to prevent this next year.

I know I keep promising a Project Runway review I should probably do it before the new season starts.  Oh no , I ran out of time…All Stars starts tomorrow!  I’m happy because Joanna Coles from Marie Clair will be part of the show.  I really like her.

Thank goodness for Skype so I can keep in touch with you on your world travels.  I can imagine you “being homeless.”


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October 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

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Project Runway Redo

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I know it’s earning’s season, so I’ve been trying to delay PR reviews, but I forgot to ask you if you watched the last episode.   Let me  start by saying that this is quite an entertaining season.  This year there is a good mix of people who are actual designers who try to perform the challenge and some crazy characters to keep the workroom full of  drama.  And…Tim is certainly looking quite dapper this season, isn’t he???

The producers actually waited until the third show to have a pretty dress challenge, but…in a HUGE twist the designers had to work in teams of two AND they had an actual client.  Horror upon horror!!!  The team challenges always bring out the best in the designers, ha,ha!!!  One knows that as soon as Designer A says they are thrilled to be working with Designer B that the end of the episode will have both designers in tears, and possibly one on the way to a hospital or mental institution.  And…the real life people they had to design for … previous contestants!!!

The dress was to be worn to the Emmy’s, so I disagree with this win.

Kenley looked very pretty, and it was her “look” but not dressy enough.   To remind you of Kenley:

Next Is April, this dress SHOULD have won.  How unusual for me to disagree with the judges.

April didn’t last too long on the show.

Laura Bennet was another previous designer who was a victim  model for this episode.  Laura has published a book on how to make beautiful accessories, by the way.

I’m not sure which was worse, the unflattering dress or the awful hair.

 The designers who created this dress should work on making a real person look decent in their creations. The hairdressers should have been fired.

I didn’t really remember Valerie, perhaps this is why:

The judges loved this look on Ileana.  I thought it was boring.  She was the only designer who acted like a real client and demanded the problem areas of her dress be fixed.

She did say she thought white would be nice:

The most controversial pair created the WORST outfit.  And The Mature Woman Designer sewed slower than I do.  Really. And did you think it would be possible to make Anya look bad?

Do the contestants WATCH the show?  Where is the print for Anya?

Well, now you don’t have to watch the show for the fashions, but you probably would enjoy some of the drama!

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August 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm

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