Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Thing of Beauty

Hey Y'all~
I got the coolest early Christmas present yesterday and I'm so excited, I have to tell you about it straight away. It's a thing of beauty! Check it out... A few weeks ago, I asked my friend Arlen (He's an awesome crafty dude that made me this last year for Christmas) if he thought he could make me a light box for tracing embroidery patterns. They're wicked expensive, and I didn't want to fork over $100 for a nice big one. He said he thought he could, and for a lot less. I was thinking just in general terms, like you know, "someday".

Usually, I trace my patterns using the sunshine-thru-the-window method, but this time of year, when it gets dark before I even get off work, transferring patterns gets a little iffy.

Yesterday, when I went into work Arlen had surprised me - there it was, sitting on my desk! It's so much more than I expected, it's really big, it's bright, it's sturdy, it even has a toggle switch - it's awesome! Arlen rocks!

See how it glows!
My delima of tracing patterns after sundown is a thing of the past. I traced my first pattern using the light box tonight, worked like a charm!

Since I recently got the laptop, this space on my computer desk was freed up, it's a perfect spot for my beautiful new light box.

As a little Christmas treat to myself (teeheehee) I bought a pattern that I've wanted for a long, long time. The Cuckoo Clock from Wild Olive. This pattern was featured on Feeling Stitchy last week, did you guys see it over there?

OoOoh, I have plans for this pattern! It involves this fabric, squeeee!

Only two more days till Christmas, are y'all ready?
I'm not. I'm not sure if I'm going to make it this year, I'm struggling with ALL of my projects, argh!

Ok, time for nighty-night, I've got to get up early tomorrow morning and make a special batch of cookies to take to work for Arlen, he's worth a million cookies, don't you think?



suzitee said... lucky duck! I've been wishing for a lightbox for the longest time...but the price tag always pulls me up! My hubby says he could probably make me one, but has never gotten around to it. Arlen is worth many many cookies...what a fantastic friend.

Angela McRae said...

Yes, definitely worth a million cookies! What a great gift!

katevet said...

This is so cool! I love it! That's a wonderful gift.