Friday, October 19, 2012


For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.  
~Edwin Way Teale

Do you ever have days when you can never seem to get to where you want to be?  Every time I headed for the sewing room I remembered something else that needed to be done - forgot to look up a recipe, have to start another load of wash, time to empty the dishwasher, take a bit of time to chat with the guy from down the street that takes care of our front lawn, etc, etc, etc.  That's how my day went yesterday.  I never did get to sit in front of my sewing machine.  Hopefully today will be better.  Do you have any plans for the weekend?



With Halloween just around the corner, thoughts of scary things come to mind and one of those is Frankenstein.  Well, unless of course you remember the movie, Young Frankenstein, and then it is a memory of fun and laughter.  Here are a few interesting facts about the original Frankenstein:
Despite common depictions, the monster of the book was not green with bolts sticking out of his neck. Dr. Frankenstein carefully assemble his creature to be attractive; however, once the monster was alive, he was described as having yellowish eyes, long black hair, “shriveled complexion,” “straight black lips,” and yellow skin that “scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath.”
Victor Frankenstein was based on a real person – Johann Konrad Dippel. Born in Castle Frankenstein in Germany, he was a doctor who experimented with reanimating dead animals and corpses in hopes of achieving immortality.
The young Mary Godwin, later wed to poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen.
Frankenstein is a German name meaning, "stone of the Franks".
Frankenstein was released anonymously in 1818, and was originally sub-titled: The Modern Prometheus
Frankenstein’s monster has appeared on the US postage stamp twice! In 1997 and in 2002.



My doll quilt arrived from my October swap partner, Vickie, last week and I love it!

Isn't it adorable!?!  The theme this month is "Spooky" and Vickie certainly did a wonderful job following it.  From the darling ghost to the spider he's holding to the fabric she used - I love it all!  Thank you so very much, Vickie!!



Recently I was contacted by ASF Lightware Solutions and asked to review their Beam N Read.  I can honestly say that I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who needs more light while stitching, sewing, or doing about any kind of hand work. 
Here are the pros:
* Light exactly what you are working on without causing distraction for anyone else in the room (my DH really liked this)
* Comfortable to wear around the neck - light weight 
*  Can angle the light in several different positions
* Totally hands free and doesn't get in the way
* Uses 4 standard AA batteries, not one of the fancy round batteries that are impossible to find
* This will be great to use while traveling in the car - I can even stitch when it's dark out now :)
* Not overly expensive

I really didn't have any cons other than the strap could use a clipping mechanism rather than just being stretchy.  I had to have the strap adjusted up enough that it messed my hair when I took it off - that's what happens when you don't have much of a bust for the light to sit on - lol!

Beam N Read lights offer a range of included and optional accessories not available with other personal 
lights. Accessories, depending on the model, include clip-on color filters to warm and soften the light 
and clip-on magnifiers.  AC and DC power adapters are optional accessories. The result is a product that 
is one of the most versatile and economical, hands free LED lights available.

I will be holding a sponsored giveaway for a Beam N Read next month.  However, if you would like to purchase this functional light before then, it is available from and Amazon.




Vroomans' Quilts said...

I had a day lost because I ended up looking for something for my SIL only to find my Mom had come and borrowed it - Augh!! Very cute 'spooky' doll quilt.

Sheila said...

I have those days all the time Linda, The little quilt is just sweet and perfect for the season.That light looks awesome , I think every quilter could use one:-)

Linda said...

You've described my life! I am really scattered when it comes to cleaning house. I start in one room and get sidetracked into another, and then another, etc. Frustrating!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Young Frankenstein was my first 'date' movie. Funny! Now my kids love it, too! I keep wanting to try that light. I think hubby would steal it from me, but, that would be ok, too.

Maria said...

I understand exactly what you said in your post.. I often have lost days..

Love your Mini and it seems folk like to give spiders.LOL.

Hope to get some stitching done on the weekend and go for a few walks.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Thanks for reminding me I had a load of clothes I needed to put in the dryer! Ha! That is some interesting stuff about Frankenstein. Love the photo of Boris Karloff.....the Doll quilt is so cute.....and I agree about chocolate and quilting.....but if I had to give up either chocolate or quilting I'm afraid I would be living chocolate free.....looking forward to the Beam N Read Light. The light on Mom's sewing machine is terrible and I don't know if she would wear this but If I can win it I would find out!

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your blog today, here from Quilting I read your review of the reading light with great interest as I can no longer see to sew in the late afternoon or at night. I have the most trouble when trying to long arm quilt and I wonder if you tell us if the light is adjustable to have it point in front of you rather than just downward? It's unfortunate that it is not being sold in any stores where one could go and give it a try-out. I'd appreciate any response you can give to my question.

Rose in Nebraska
rvinmemo at msn dot com

Anonymous said...

lol,love your spooky doll quilt and love the information about Frankenstein.xx

Lynda said...

Such a cute Spooky doll quilt. Enjoyed the facts about Frankenstein.

Snoodles said...

Love the little quilt - it's cute! I've been wanting one of the Beam and Read lights ever since Kelly at IHAN told about them....they look awesome! Great review that you did! Hope you get back to sewing!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Thanks for the review. I've seen those before and wondered if it was just another gadget or actually useful.

Your spooky quilt is so cute.

Needled Mom said...

Your spooky quilt is just darling.

I love that little light. I carry it when we travel and love it for reading and stitching in the hotels that have those horrid dark lighting decors. I agree with the strap though.

Vesuviusmama said...

I bought a beam and read this year and love it! I can even quilt at the drive-in movie theater!

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