November 2007

The Ami Simms Newsletter
November 2007
Copyright by Ami Simms
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

WELCOME
Through the magic of the Internet here is your monthly Ami Simms Newsletter, possibly even on time. Isn't it amazing!?


I MADE THE FRONT PAGE IN PARSONS, KS
Yes, indeed! Is that not cool, or what?! Here I am!

AAQI UPDATE
  • We're up to $110,372.75 in donations raised for Alzheimer's research!

  • Read about the last quilt venue that hosted Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece complete with a YouTube video of the exhibit.

  • 930 quilts are on their way to Houston! See them in booth #5817/5819. (Don't count them; there are some Little Treasures in the suitcase but not on the list.)

  • The November auction starts on the 10th this time around, not the 1st

  • Betty Blais from Embellishment Village has graciously offered a $50 gift certificate to encourage the $1,000 Promise-Makers! Thank you, Betty!

  • The Alliance For American Quilts project called Quilters' S.O.S. ("Save Our Stories") now features SIX quilts from the "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" exhibit.

HEAD TOWARD THE LIGHT!
My goodness, you people must all be quilting in the dark! I've never had so many responses to a newsletter question, nor have I had to throw away so many sales with both hands.

Turns out several of you found Ott Lights at Home Depot for $25. I've been looking for years and we must not be on the right list. But, I did see one at JoAnn Fabrics the day after I sent out the newsletter for $25! Imagine! But thanks to Michelle, who sent me to QVC, I am now the proud owner of a Tensor 13 watt, full spectrum, folding desk lamp, WITH a flexible gooseneck magnifier AND a removable storage bin! And it cost $24.50 (plus shipping and sales tax). You can even select from FOUR colors. I still like the lamp I showed you, mostly because it travels so well in my suitcase. But this baby at QVC is the cat's meow (it has a handle, too) and I can't compete with QVC. Item H94030. Then make a "pity purchase" at www.AmiSimms.com.


NEW PRODUCTS
If you're tired of your old seam ripper, try this one. And, this has got to be the best gadget for carrying around a bunch of bobbins ever.


THE RELUCTANT SAILOR
November 11th is Veteran's Day, a perfect time to thank a veteran you know with a copy of The Reluctant Sailor, by Bud Gottesman, a.k.a. my Uncle Bud. Those recently subscribed to this newsletter may not be familiar with his wit and wisdom, so I direct you to the following gems: Uncle Bud's First Car and The Garden Hose. If you're hungering for more, pick up a copy of The Reluctant Sailor

That he was able to write the Reluctant Sailor in the first place it totally amazing because macular degeneration has robbed him of his eyesight. He can only see out of the corners of his eyes, using a very strong magnifying glass. If you know someone who is blind, they can enjoy The Reluctant Sailor as a selection on Talking Books. This is a federal program for the blind that offers special cassette players and audio tapes free of charge for blind people. Ask for tape # CBE 03467.


GREAT TIP FOR QUILTING GAMBLERS
Doris Lux from Meriden, Kansas showed me a great thing to do with those bungee cords you get at the casino.


CYBER SHARONG
Nancy Swanwick and Barbara Coonrod share their rag fur jackets.

Anne Vaughan made a Twisted Sisters quilt.


LAST LETTER FROM JACK & AMY
Jack and Amy have written one last email Kazakhstan.


UNTIL NEXT TIME
Thanks for inviting me into your mailbox, and I'll see you again next month. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Ami Simms
AmiSimms@aol.com
www.AmiSimms.com