Tolkien Quilt – Smaug

From – Smaug the Dragon.  I’ll post the number of pieces later, I forgot to count them.  All cotton quilt fabric from my stash.  The red has gold “sprinkles” and the mottled yellow has gold highlights.

Smaug and I had a lot of “discussions” about how he should be sewn together.  I lost most of the arguments … discussions.  But I persevered, and finally finished the block late this afternoon.



By the way, he has 95 pieces, and finished (if I remember correctly) at 7.5″ x 7.5″.  Yes, some of the pieces are smaller than my pinky finger.  His eyes, nostrils and teeth were the teeniest pieces, along with his front foot.  But I like how he turned out.


Only The Dwarves Were Small

OMG!!! Fantastic!!

Armitage Agonistes


Dwarves might be small, but everything else on The Hobbit was BIG. A 266 day film shoot was a huge undertaking, and required a great deal of effort by a great many people, before, during and after filming.

The statistics make for mind boggling reading; it was estimated that 3,000 people were employed- one thousand on the studio payroll, one thousand at Weta Digital and roughly another thousand at Weta Workshop, Park Road Post and casual contractors. There was a welcome flow-on in spending to other businesses around New Zealand such as:

  • 6,750 domestic flights
  • 93,000 bed nights
  •  1,800 rental cars
  •  1,650 work vehicles
  • $9 million spent on construction materials
  • $1.5 million on food suppliers

By 31st March 2013, spending on The Hobbit, prior to pickup shooting was reported at US$ 561 million.

Now for the fun stuff- the weird and wonderful stats from The Hobbit shoot…

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Online conversations and the misunderstandings they cause

I don’t know how to explain what happened to people that I don’t know, and I don’t understand it myself frankly.

Suffice to say, I posted to Facebook – my first mistake I’ll freely admit.  I HATE FB because people do not have filters on there.  They see something and they leap all over it, slamming the poster, and all without even asking for information or background.  They assume what you posted means XYZ, when you actually meant ABC or EFG (sometimes LMNOP!!).

Yup, you guessed it – my friends, or rather acquaintances now – and distant ones now, I’m that mad!! – basically flamed me online.  I knew it was going to be read, and probably misinterpreted (which is why a 4 line paragraph took me almost an hour to write – I wrote it and rewrote it, looking at it for any way in which it could be mis-construed), but I was hoping people would take it the way I wrote it.

NOPE – I am now without empathy, I am non-human apparently and I don’t have a clue what sympathy is either.  Whatever, I am so done with FB, I have no intention to ever go back.  People who know me know where to find me, and people who I classify as friends will do so.  And they will clarify what I have said before slashing me so publicly.  In fact they would never do it in the first place.  Friends don’t do that.  Friends don’t attack their friends EVER.

Frustrations, Irritations, and a big sigh

So….I get a call last night.  My daughter has “missed a class”.  In other words, skipped.  When I spoke to her (the book loving, school addicted one!!), she swore she had not skipped, and could only think that a teacher had not noticed her in class.  Considering it’s -20 or less, I believed her – there really isn’t anywhere for her to go to if she wanted to skip, not to mention she loves school (I know, right? Some kind of weird genetic abnormality there, I swear!!).  

So…off to her school this morning.  Stop in the office.  I ask which class she has missed.  It is her first class.  Considering I dropped her off at school yesterday, I didn’t think she’d have skipped the first class, not to mention that there is NOTHING to do around her school.  It is too hard to get to a mall, and again, why would this one skip?  The boy child….well, he’s another story, and even at 11 years old we would have grounded first and asked questions later.

Turns out the teacher just hadn’t seen her, so marked her as absent.  Good news for her.  No grounding.  Good news for me – no meeting with teachers and I get off without any issues!!

BUT…I get to my work (I work for the school board too, but at another location), to discover we’ve had a water main burst.  My brand new computer is potentially gone (turns out it is bone dry and OK!!).  I am not a happy camper tho – wet wet wet carpet and I can’t do any work.  We proceed to clean up the mess all day – very tiring.  But my desk is completely cleaned up, and some stuff that I’ve been procrastinating about getting rid of or moving have now been moved and/or gotten rid of.  Good news.

Then….yes, bad luck happens in threes….I go to the grocery store.  And get rear ended by someone backing out of a parking lot.  I figure that it’s going to be a 50/50 accident – after all, we are both alone in our vehicles, the damage is not severe, but probably close to the $2000 mark between both vehicles (have you ever had repairs to newer vehicles, OMG they gouge for the stupidest things – aluminium and plastic apparently cost their weight in gold!!).  BUT…..I have a car stop beside me and both witnesses offer their names and numbers to prove that it was her fault!!   

So, I’m going to enter some contests tonight.  I figure I’ve used up all my quota for bad luck for the month, and I want to go on some trips this year on someone else’s dime.  There’s this one contest to win tickets to the opening night of Noah in New York….<giggle…who knows, there may be other actors there besides those that star in it!!!!….you never know!!!>.  And another to go to Paris.  And another to go to Scotland and Ireland, and one to just Scotland and another to just Ireland.  You see, I’ve won stuff before, I know I’ll win this year.   I’ve already seen two movie premiers (just local ones, nothing special), so my year has gotten off to a good start!  I want it to get even better!