Crazy as a Loom

Monday, June 13, 2011

Reconciliation and a Giveaway!!!!

Now I know the title is a bit misleading.  I have not reconciled with anyone, there is really no one to reconcile with.
Oh, there is one person I am SO done with.  A disrespectful blight on the earth.
But that's another story.
I am on pretty good terms with everyone I know.
The reconciliation is a MONTHLY duty, with Quick Books, the accounting program I use to keep my business on track.
I think they called it QUICK Books because they had a sick sense of humor.
Anyway, once a month, I have to balance it all out.  Twice.  Once for my Paypal account, and once for my bank account.
Now the Paypal account can be a few dollars off, I am not a stickler about that.
But my bank account has to balance, preferably to the penny.
Some months are easier than others.  Some months just stink.
But I am nothing if not determined.
I have been working on May's reconciliation for four days, on and off.  I work on it for awhile, leave it, go back, work some more.
I don't let myself get too crazily annoyed, I walk away if I feel myself getting that way.Then I do something else, and go back at it fresh.
Today, day four, but who's counting, I got it down to a $99 difference.   Now that figure did not come up anywhere....so how could that be?
Out loud, I said....they are JUST numbers, that's all.  They HAVE to add up.  It's factual.  There is no reason for this NOT to work.
Finally, after staring at the screen, and the lists of deposits, and checks, for what seemed like hours, I saw a $1.00 error, which led me to believe that I had taken out $100.00 at some point, from the ATM, arriving at $99.
And there it was.
Why don't balloons explode out of the top of my computer when I get it??
That's what I want to know.
So, at last, I am reconciled.
In between, I hung out some bleached loopers to dry.


I had to empty some containers so I can dye fabric tomorrow.
It looks like it will be a 'good day to dye'.
Sorry, I couldn't resist.


Last week, L and I wove the 5x7 sock rug for an order, and these are the two rugs we wove for the shop.


Wild pink and purple, with some lime and turquoise thrown in.

Purple, turquoise and lime green.


And now for the giveaway........
I am going to use the random number picker......so you don't have to name anything this time.

The giveaway is a Hip to Be Square Rag Rug Kit.

Kit consists of the 9" square looper loom, two hooks, directions, and enough loopers to make a 2'x3' rag rug.



Or you could just make a whole bunch of potholders from this kit, instead of a rug.  It's your choice.


You know you're gonna love it, and if you don't, it makes a great gift!!!!
All you have to do is be a follower, and comment, but please, leave your name or email address or something so I can contact you if you win.
I will draw the number on Saturday night, June 17th, around 6pm.  The winner will be announced then.

Just one thing....if you don't live in the continental US, you can still win, but you will have to pay shipping.

Coming up tomorrow, a big dye mess.  I will try to take pictures.  Stay tuned.

50 comments:

joyceetta said...

Oh my goodness....am I first to comment? I'd love the kit. One of those rugs would look great in front of my kitchen sink!

Joyce
joyceetta@gmail.com

weaverpat said...

That is a cute rug! Count me in, please.

spindrift,me said...

Hilary, I love the shot of the loopers drying on the fence! I did a really bad pun just now, too-- over at Country Girl. Is there something in the air? Reconcile? Reconcile? What is that?? I figure the bank knows what it is doing, at the end of the day when my Quicken says one thing, my checkbook says another, my bank statement says a third and my calculator comes up with a different sum each time I do the tally. That's when I enter the word "reconcile" into the accounts and add or subtract until it matches the bank. Some months she takes away, some months she is super generous. Always a surprise. (Have I won yet??) ;o)

Heidi said...

I love your looper rugs and would love to be able to make one for myself. *fingers crossed*

neknitsandbeads said...

I love that loom rug. However what I'd really love to save my pennies for are your blue jean rugs...I simply have the perfect space for one!

rona said...

I love seeing your all your rugs. Very inspiring! I wish I had a huge, sturdy loom to make rugs on, but I certainly wouldn't say no to peg loom kit!

Country Girl said...

Count me in!

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ktweaver48 said...

Somedays you make me smile, somedays you make me laugh, some days you make me think....I always enjoy reading your blog. And today, I think I would love to have one of your little looms!

Karen said...

Me too (exclamation point)

Cait Throop said...

Oh my goodness, if I win I could make my very first rug, ever!! Pick me!!! !!! xo

Nancy said...

Love to have a chance to learn a new weaving method! Am I the only one that did not weave pot holders as a child? NancyG22368@hotmail.com

Hartwood Roses said...

I know there has to be a method to that mass of loopers drying on the fence, but I see the potential for a tangled mess if it were to be handled by less skilled hands than yours. A big pile of wet loopers must weigh a lot.

Accounting is for math people ... and I'm NOT a math person. It's a struggle.

Hilary said...

You and your luscious colours.. so beautiful. I'd love to be included. It counts that I follow you on Google Reader, right?

fiberdance said...

Love the loopers on the fence-would love to get a rug kit,count me in

Deb said...

Love to have my name thrown in the hat. That looks fabulous. I'm a follower. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Teri said...

I'm an accountant and I've used Quickbooks for years, and yes - you will find it and balance, sometimes it takes longer than others.

I could make a rug to fit my RV.

Teri
tls2100@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Diane said...How cute, I would really enjoy making this rug...

PattiHN said...

I was just trying to balance our checking accounts, took a break and saw this! Very cute rug, nice colors!
honda_nations (at) hotmail (dot) com

Gayle said...

Love your blog. Love your rugs. Hope to win. I have 3 kitties that would love a chance to sit on it and have their pic taken. =^,,^=

moosecraft said...

I would love to win this loom! I remember making many a pot holder on the plastic ones during Summer Arts & Crafts in the Park (when I was a kid... many moons ago)... With this loom... I think I'd piece them all together to make the rug sample you show... or maybe even get a set of placemats going... the loopers drying on the fence is a great pic! Should make a great rug too!

~Sharon
moosecraft@optonline.net

linda said...

Would love a rug kit....wow!

linda said...

me again ~ linda @jollieprimitives DOT com!

rosek1870 said...

I would love to make a rug!! I too spent much of my childhood at and around Lake George. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and memories. What a great giveaway you are so kind. Hope I win!
rosek1870@gmail.com

Marsel said...

Your reconciliation story gave me a good laugh...we all know exactly how you feel!

This is a great giveaway -- my kids and I would have a blast crafting this rug -- thanks for the chance! (My profile is set up to allow email.)

Anonymous said...

Yikes! I would love me a potholder loom.

Brenda
iabrenda0312@aol.com

thotlady said...

Simply love the rugs.

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Cami said...

Reading your blog always gives me a lift. I love reading about everything, you write so well!! Thanks for the give away, this will be a fun summer project! camipaul@comcast.net

Thistle and Rose Handweaving said...

Did I miss understand you? The loopers on the fence were bleached? From where I am sitting they look nice and bright... Love both rugs, the bright pink rug is just super! Please count me in for the rug kit, it would be lovely to share with my Grandaughter - hopefully it will give her the weaving bug.

claudia w said...

How do you keep those bleached loopers from being all tangled up? It is a beautiful piece of artwork on the fence though.
I love all your new colorways of rugs. So cheery! Well, I believe everything you make is cheery.
I would love to own one of your looper looms. And to make one of those looper loom rugs...that would be the icing on an already delicious cake!

Andie said...

I love the loopers, need to order more :)Please enter me in the drawing! Andie Scamehorn
Scamehorn9464@msn.com

MarthaVA said...

Ah, if I won, it would be my first rug - but I'm sure, not my last! You're my rug inspiration....when I get some fabric cut. LoL. Any hints on shortcuts for that???? :-)

Martha
m_manigross@yahoo.com

Gayle said...

As a bookkeeper by profession, I relate and love the idea of balloons popping out---too funny.

Two Guys and a Loom said...

Count us in..... do we get two entries!!! LOL Enjoy the day!!!!

Marianna said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I enjoy reading your blog--I wish I had the eye that you do.
minmenk @ gma.....

barazile, livpåIrland said...

Well, you have no idea how much i would love to have one of your Hip to be Squares here in Ireland, i love your blog, I've been reading you since before the Hip to be Square came into commercial being.
and i'm a follower of yours too, so count me in please!
in fact i may just have to buy a Hip to be Square even if i don't win, coz a rug like that gorgeous rug beside the door in your photo is just something i have to have.....
warmest regards
liz

Lili said...

I just love your sense of color and your sense of humor (the idea of "balloons coming out of the top of your computer when you get it" had me cracking up). I would also love to win your fabulous looper rug kit. Glorious! ~Lili

Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

I'd love to be hip to be squared!
Love your blog - makes my day to read your latest post.

Sue said...

Love your blog, and would love one of the hip to be square looms and the loopers...you take me back to my childhood and my childrens childhood with this I am still using potholders that my children wove.

Anonymous said...

Like your other "followers" (sounds like some strange cult), I'm lovin' your blog. And I would be thrilled to be the number picked to receive a Hip To Be Square Loom! And if that doesn't pan out, I'm thinking I'll have to pony up and buy one for myself. Keep up the great blogging, it brightens up my day. Jackie
jmrowand30@msn.com

Restless Knitter said...

Count me in! I swear I put people on Follow and it doesn't always stick. I've just Followed you again.

Sweetpea said...

Toss me name into that hat, Hilary, cuz I'm itchin' to make a rug! Been following for ages but not sure if it's *publicly*...hope that counts ;>}

Christi
(just click to go to my blog - email is there)

Candy Duell said...

I would love the kit, please add my name too.

Candy Duell said...

Please add my name also, I have followed you :)

Candy Duell said...

Please add my name also, I have followed you :)
I hope this is not my third time posting this. It keeps giving me an error.

Anonymous said...

I always follow you!!! Wish I could sign in with my name but I am stuck with anonymous!'

Debbie from Cobleskill
debray13@yahoo.com

Kathy said...

Reading your blog has become a special part of my day. Believe it or not, we think alot alike! If I win the loom, I will show my grand neice how to weave. I think we'll have some fun together!

Thank you for sharing your life, thoughts, ideas, and everything else!

Margreet said...

Love reading your blog, always makes me smile. Count me in for the draw too :-)

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