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Monday, January 30, 2012

A Question From a List Buddy Has Prompted This!

A list buddy thinks I'm very creative and asked me a few questions. It turned into a novella size reply so I thought I'd post my answers here!

NO, I don't think I'm creative at all but I DO like to take something and re-purpose it for another use, especially if it's old.My daughter mostly makes me that way! How did I ever raise a girl-child that doesn’t sew? My mother didn’t set me down and say, OK, here is today’s sewing lesson! I had a very big Bride Doll and decided she needed more than just a wedding dress to wear. I told my mother I wanted to make her some clothes so she gave me a pattern, some fabric and said be careful and don’t sew your fingers. That was it! And I didn’t sew my finger, until I was married and making a dress. I’ve only done THAT once!! (As I’ve aged I find that I’m a real woosie when it comes to pain, my threshold gets lower and lower. I’d no doubt pass out and die right on the spot!!) ANYWAY. I was probably 9-10 when I started sewing by making clothes for my doll. I’m not saying the craftsmanship was anything to brag about certainly. I’ve had to learn that as an adult. Mostly by watching a niece that is VERY accomplished. Just sitting and watching her sew as we visited, I learned so much about the proper way to do things. She’s so good she paid for the remodeling on their house with her sewing machine! Took the house from a very tiny little 2 bed, 1 bath to a 3 bed with an absolutely HUGE livingfamily room.
DD has me making a Nurse apron for my Princess, from a photo she saw on Pinterest! This has been an interesting journey. The child is in TX, I’m in WA. Her mother knows next to nothing about sewing! She doesn’t understand when I call/email saying I need another measurement, “Mom, I already told you how long it needs to be. Isn’t that enough?” I have things done and I’m ready to sew it together today. PTL!!!
Her other project for me is a crochet bag that she also saw on Pinterest. The directions are not in US English, so that’s a real challenge. I’ve discovered that we write crochet pattern instructions much differently! So, it’s a learning experience, to say the least! DD keeps my life interesting! Even from 1500 miles away LOL
I just HAVE to share my new purse with you.  I love it!  It's not leather and I only paid $15 for it.  If I can find cheap, I can have a new one now and then and not feel that I have to use it FOREVER!

I don't want to brag or anything but I just think this is so cute!  Wouldn't it be awesome in fabric?

That little "quilt" it's resting on is made from Dresden Plate blocks my Grandfather stitched before he passed away. I just put four of them together, added some ruffle and there it is!  (I do love Dresden Plates) I wanted a cover for my seldom used pellet stove that I would like to stay nice, and further more, dusting isn't something I really enjoy!

Have a great day! And do something 'quilty'!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Isn't This Sooo Cute?  Check out this darling wall hanging!  I'm printing out the instructions as they are given.  The first part is up today and will be availiable until next Friday.  Anyway, that's how I understood it.  It's only three parts, so shouldn't take too long to finish.

The weather has warmed up, for a few days, and the other day the wind blew very hard. According to my max/min thermometer though, it was 16* F last night!  No eaves dripping !!

That's it for now. I have sewing that I really want to get accomplished today. That's my intention. And I might do a little hiding things straightening in between LOL Something to make it appear I'm NOT the slobby person I really am!!

Have an awesome day!!  And, if you're North of warm weather. . . .STAY WARM

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Winter Is Here!

We've survived this first major storm of Winter.  My heart goes out to the families of those who didn't.  I won't repeat the details but there have been at least two tragic incidents that I know of.  Very heart-breaking.

It was beautiful!  For a day or two. Since this snowfall we have had freezing rain so all this beautiful snow has turned to solid ice.  It has melted some but my car is still stuck in the snow.  I was without power on two different occasions for a few hours.  I feel fortunate because there are STILL many people, even here in our county, that are without power.

On another note:  Scroll down and take a look at the CUTE, quilt-a-long I found.  And, of course, notice that there are LADYBUGS crawling around on it.  It's from 2010 but the instructions are still up.  Now to see what I can find for polka dots!

I blogged the other day about getting the cardboards from WalMart, well, that started something.

I have added more bolts since I took this photo and THERE'S STILL MORE. I had no idea I had so much fabric because it was all in little totes stuffed here and there.  Now I need to make some curtains to protect it from the light and dust. (which is VERY plentiful here once the snow melts LOL)

Now I'm off to get some mug rugs made for a friend.  I need to give them to her when I see her tomorrow as she lives about 60 miles away. I'll see her if my car gets dug out of the snowy looking ice, that is!

Have an awesome day and I hope you are surviving whatever is being thrown at you, weather-wise.

Today I'm thankful that I have power and the temps are warming enough that during the day this STUFF is melting.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

What I'm Doing

I made the most delicious Chicken Rice Soup for lunch.  I like soup!  I can get my veggies without any stress and it warms me all the way through.

I also stitched a bit on the Elefantz BOM.  I'm doing the words now and it takes a great deal of time. I'm basically a cross stitch person so this is a REAL challenge!  But I'm enjoying it.

I'm working on making a little thread catcher that I saw on a blog.  It's really cute but a great deal of hand sewing involved.  NOT my best talent LOL  I'm learning!

I was given 15 of those little cardboards that bolts of fabric are wrapped on so yesterday I took some time and started rearranging things so I can wrap the larger pieces and put them where I know what I have.  That turned into one of those "bigger mess" situations! Now I'm trying to decide just HOW to arrange them, by color families, subjects or what. First I need to get it all on the card boards and settle on a place in this tiny room!  One thing I'm finding is that I have enough fabric to open my own shop LOL And SCRAPS!  Do we EVEN want to go there?  Is this even lawful? LOL  I need to make many many quilts for others.

Have an absolutely awesome day!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pincushion Kit Giveaway

Susan over at Desert Sky Quilting is doing a giveaway until January 17. The kit includes the pattern, fabric, and a fabulous looking button for the top. Click on the link to find out how to enter for a chance to win it.  Good luck!

Have an AWESOME day!

PS--There is a chance of snow this next week in our forecast! Maybe winter is just VERY late.  Just hope it doesn't stick around until June LOL.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I wasn't going to collect any BOMs this year since I barely got started on the ones from 2011 but Jenny at Elephantz is doing a stitchery that's just a small size, perfect for the sofa.  Each month is a different Bible verse so that will be fun to do.  If you notice, there is a button to her site and the BOM.



About Me ABC's

Age:63 Bed Size: Queen bed with pillow top mattress Chore You Hate:Washing windows. Dogs: Mini Doxie, DaisyEssential Start of Your Day:Reading my Bible Favorite Color: Most any shade of blue  Gold or Silver: Silver Height: 5'2" Instruments You Play: Clarinet, Organ, Piano  Job Title: Mom and Grammie. Kids:3 and they've given me 6 GRANDS Live: Washington, USA Mom's Name: Julia Ruth (she hates it!) Nicknames: Tootie, when I was a child. Overnight Hospital Stays: Baby deliveries and masectomy Pet Peeve: People who lie to impress others, chewing with your mouth open(or talking with food in your mouth), and people being late. Quote From a Movie: "I'm older and have better insurance. Tawanda!." Right- or Left-Handed: Right Siblings: 0Time You Wake Up: That depends,usually between 3 and 4 a.m.Underwear: Yep, I wear them! Veggie You Dislike: Brussels Sprouts What Makes You Run Late: I am very good at not being late.X-Rays You Have Had: Dental. Yummy Food You Make: What are you asking? Most everything I make is yummy or I don't make it again LOL Zoo Animal You Like Best: The big cats!

Thanks for listening! :) How about you? Copy and past this list to your blog and after you fill it out, leave a comment so I can come see!