The Easy Friday List, July 20

This is my weekly list (posted every Friday) of items that have made my life easier in some measurable way these last seven days. Maybe they can make your life easier too. Friday should be easy.

HSN: Shyeah, the Home Shopping Network. They very nicely managed to get my new computer here within a record-setting three business days. I didn’t have to pay extra shipping, either. To top it off, I even get to pay for the thing in four monthly installments, interest free. How cool izzat?

The Computer: We all knew the new computer would make the list this week. I really hate being obvious, but I put it here anyway; sometimes the obvious needs to be stated. The new computer is truly wondrous. It’s an HP P7-1235, if you’re looking for a new computer. I highly recommend it.

Derwent Inktense Water Soluble Pencils: I found these at Micheal’s recently and, after reading about them on an art review blog, decided to snap them up with a 40% off coupon. Even so, they were quite expensive and I wondered if I made a huge mistake. So I tried them out on an idea I’ve been brewing for a bit.

Bird painting on muslin by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

This is the under-painting for the bird embroidery on unbleached muslin. The scenery will be left alone.

I am completely in love with these pencils.

Bird painting on muslin by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

A picture of my work area (a.k.a the plastic folding table in the living room) just before I cleaned the area up. The original picture is on the left.

I  printed the original picture from a photography site I pinned two weeks ago.(Here’s the original blog post by Christopher Campbell. He has some amazing shots on his site. This one called to me – it’s a gorgeous shot.)

I’ve already started embroidering the bird.

The bird embroidery project by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

Here’s a shot of the Inktense pencils on my current workstation, the footstool in the living room, with embroidery supplies. The bird is partially embroidered at this point.

I’m so in love with these colors. Also note: M&Ms are important when embroidering as shown in the picture above. There are 8 M&Ms in the mostly empty baggie. Alas.

M&Ms: I need more M&Ms. Candy-covered chocolate makes everything easier!

Green Support Gloves: You can see one of them in the picture above. I have tendonitis in my right wrist, and these gloves have saved me some pain. Well, the gloves help – I also take regular breaks, squeeze and roll a stress ball, and have a heating pad handy. I was skeptical at first, but I do think that these gloves let me work longer.