Tuesday, July 28, 2015

KEEPING THINGS REAL....

I can't believe it's been over a week since I posted.  I guess maybe it's because I've really nothing new to say.  I had a REALLY REALLY REALLY hard week last week.  None of which I can really talk about.  I can say that it seems to have blown over and I guess maybe everything is OK, but I sure wouldn't want a repeat of anything like that pretty much ever again.  I can also say my God is soo faithful, and He WAS there for me to see things through, and I how grateful I am would be hard to express.  I am very sure I am like most of you out there.  We all tell the little stories of our lives, and even some of the HUGE things that go on as well, but we least TRY to refrain from telling life's daily difficulties, trials, set backs and dilemma's.  With the exception of maybe mentioning occasionally that we're not really feeling good or need prayer for a real crisis situation.  Or maybe it's just me. Best foot forward I guess is a lot of my blog is about.  But how realistic is that really?  I am writing this in the first place to be a journal of my life for my kids and my grand kids should they ever be interested. At the same time some things I am just not comfortable about putting out in cyberspace.  Sooo, I guess I hope they know that there was a lot more to my life then what these pages will tell.  It's obvious I think, or I at least hope, that my heart lies mainly with my relationship with God, my husband, kids, and grandkids, and the love affair I have going on with my sewing machine as well, lol, I guess, and maybe that's all they every really NEED to know anyway.  I think the stress of last week has caused the lingering shingle dilemma to rear it's horrid head a little more then usual, and honestly I am beginning to wonder if that is ever going to go away.  I'd say it's from stress, but honestly it just isn't really the case I am pretty sure, but it DID seem to make it a little worse, so I will do my best to avoid it in the future.  But does a stress free life really exist this side of heaven?  I am thinking no....But have droned on about all of this for long enough now, and I do want to tell you I have FINALLY gotten back to my sewing machine this week, though I am not working on any of the things I have mentioned in the past few blog posts.  I made a birthday shirt for little Vinny who is going to be 2 on the first of August.  We will celebrate him on Sunday afternoon after church. And then I began working today on some Christmas ornaments....YES, you read that right...I said Christmas ornaments, lol.  If you have followed my blog for any time now you know that every year I make a few Christmas decorations etc. for my children's families to use and enjoy during the season. And I have to begin everything I do in July if I have any hope of getting it done by Thanksgiving, which is when I give it to them so that they can enjoy them during the season.  I am thinking I am going to make Advent Calendars this year, and some Christmas ornaments, and Melody needs new Christmas stockings.  Claire has joined their family and she does not have one to match the others, lol, so grandma will have to see what she can do.  I can across these ornaments SOMEHOW online [goodness knows how I discover things sometimes]and I wasn't even sure I could get my machine to do them.  But I tried one this morning and it worked pretty well.  It is NOT the color I intend to use as this one was for practice and so I just used what I had on hand, but I did pick up the color I am going to try today at Joannes.  They are made from felt, and I embroider with my machine on them for decoration.  I am going to make the advent calendars with the same process.  However the tension must be off for this project as the bobbin thread is showing through a little bit, so I will have to mess around with that some too.  I am afraid it is because the pig tailed bobbin cover I have is broken and I have just been embroidering without it.  Up till now it has not made a bit of difference, but I may have finally found something that is not going to work,  I went by my dealership store and talked to the repair guy who showed me how to tighten the tension up a bit and he said it MIGHT do the trick so guess I will try tomorrow.  Worse case I will have to replace the bobbin case which I have been trying to avoid as the thing costs over ninety dollars.  Everything is soo expensive for that machine. Anyway, let me show you what I've got....

I TRIED TO FIND A DESIGN THAT HAD EITHER JUNGLE BOOK OR NEMO ON IT, BUT JUST HONESTLY COULDN'T FIND ONE THAT I LIKED.....SO THIS ONE IS KIND OF PLAIN FOR A 2 YEAR OLD BUT IT WILL WORK

AND HERE IS THE ORNAMENT....NOW THE COLOR ON THIS PIC IS BAD....IT'S REALLY NOT QUITE AS DARK AS IT APPEARS HERE, [burnt! lol] BUT AGAIN, YOU GET THE IDEA.  YOU CAN SEE THE WHITE THREAD COMING FROM THE BOBBIN UP ON HIS MOUTH . HUBBY SAID HE THOUGHT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE TEETH LOL.  I AM ANXIOUS TO MAKE UP THE OTHER DESIGNS AS THERE ARE 3 GIRLS, AND 3 BOYS AND THEY ARE SUPER CUTE.

I got my hair done today and went a little shorter in the back then usual.  I think I am going to like it and it is definitely cooler.  The front looks exactly the same.  I did darken up my eyebrows a little more then usual too.  We usually color my eyebrows to somewhat match my super blonde hair, but I think it makes me look kind of washed out. I think it looks a little better, though truthfully I was soo disgusted looking at my image in the full length mirror two feet from my face at the salon, that I could have just wept.  I am WAY too heavy.....WAY!  And not only is it unattractive of course, it is downright unhealthy I am very well aware.  I will be addressing it any minute.  Is that "REAL" enough?

Hope you are all having a good week.  May God bless you all with His peace, joy and best of blessings, Debbie


Monday, July 20, 2015

WEEK-END WRAP UP!

Well we had a different week-end here in So California for July that's for sure....RAIN! Boy do we ever need it too, though of course this didn't do much at all to make any real difference, but we will take it nonetheless.  Sat. morning hubby and I headed out to our porch to do some much needed trimming and clipping which we wanted to get done before the rain hit and before it became unbearably hot as well.  I think I have shared before that ALL of the plants in pots on our porch [except for two which were mom's] came from our old house where I would have had room to let them get practically as big as they ever could.  But there just isn't the room here so I have to keep them pretty clipped.  We have two LARGE gorgeous Sega Palms, a huge fig tree, an Azalea bush, another type fern [don't know the name of it, lol] and two jasmine bushes.  All of these plants require very little care and not a lot of water or there is NO way I would have managed to keep them going as long as I have.  We have lived here 5 years after-all and we had them at least 4 before we ever moved here.  Mom added a super nice Ivy vine to our plants and it too requires very little care.  However the other one is a Hydrangea plant which honestly I have no idea how it is still going two years later after she passed away.  I should just plant it in the ground like I did the other two she brought [they are doing well and are soo gorgeous!] but for some reason she wanted to keep this one smaller and on our porch so I have tried to honor that, but seriously you have to know how UN GREEN my thumb really is, lol.   Mom's on the other hand was VERY green.  All of her plants were always soo beautiful. Too bad I didn't inherit that from her.  Anyway, we worked away out there for a couple of hours and just as it was starting to sprinkle we were done.  Always a good feeling to get that out of the way.  We got cleaned up then and headed out for lunch and a movie.  We hit up our favorite Sushi place and then saw Holmes which is a story about the aging Sherlock Holmes.  We both thoroughly enjoyed it, and sitting in the chilled theater felt wonderful.  After that we stopped and did all of our grocery shopping and then headed home for a quiet evening of TV.  We made up a big barbecued chicken salad and it was just perfect for dinner, and had some tasty watermelon for dessert. Sunday we went to service with our oldest son and his family [minus Lindsey who is vacationing with her girl friends family, and Evan who was working]  which included a sixteen year old foreign exchange student from Germany.  He is joining them this summer for a month, and is here as part of a group from their church.  I was glad we were going to get an opportunity to meet him and here about his country first hand.  He speaks English very well, but with an accent of course.  After service we decided to go to a Mexican restaurant for some authentic Mexican food, as he had never had it and wanted to give it a try.  I can honestly say [and Mexican food is one of my very favorites!] that this was one of the best [if not THE best] Mexican food places I have ever eaten.  Sooo good!  Now the exchange student, Tom, was not so sure.  Too polite to say he hated it, I don't think he was very impressed.  Way too spicy for him, lol. Though truthfully it was really NOT that spicy as I am not real fond of that either, We enjoyed picking his head about his country and he was very obliging. Considering both hubby and I are mainly German made it even more interesting.  Hubby is also some Irish, where I have a little English thrown into my mix.  After lunch [which was long, lol] hubby and I headed home and it was a good thing as it was starting to rain again.  Truthfully yesterday was pretty horrid outside.  Sooo hot and humid. Probably close to a 100 degrees it was just kind of sweltering.  It felt good to get inside into the air conditioning.  How blessed we all our to have such a thing!  We spent the rest of the evening just watching TV and relaxing, AFTER we finally got all the furniture moved back where it belonged, and got the make shift beds taken down and stored away for next time.  I intend to make a decision today or tomorrow on what project to get started on so I guess my week will be a lot busier this week. The cleaning woman is due here any minute though so I need to finish stripping the beds and getting things organized for her.  Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie  Hope you enjoy my pics as always!


JOE AND LEAH AND JEFFIE AND CODY WITH TOM THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT....SUCH A NICE YOUNG MAN!

JOE AND I...SOMETIMES I AM AMAZED HOW SIMILAR WE LOOK, LOL

HUBBY AND TOM

MISS CLAIRE

I LOVE THIS ONE OF HER!  WEARING ONE OF COUSIN JESSIE'S SHIRTS FROM HER CLOTHING BUSINESS

HOW ADORABLE IS THIS?

AND 5 SECONDS LATER SHE WAS DONE, LOL....POOR BABY....WISH GRANDMA WAS THERE TO PICK HER UP AND GIVE THOSE CHEEKS A BIG KISS



A BOY AND HIS DOG!  LOL  BAXTER CAME ALONG ON THEIR LAST TRIP HERE AND WAS SOOO GOOD!  THEY USUALLY LEAVE HIM BEHIND WITH MIKE'S FATHER, BUT HE WAS IN CALIFORNIA TOO SO THEY JUST BROUGHT HIM.  TRUTHFULLY I WONDERED HOW IT WOULD GO WHAT WITH FLYING AND ALL, BUT HE WAS AS GOOD AS HE COULD BE, AND GOT ALONG WELL WITH OUR DOG ELVIS TOO!

THIS IS TELLA'S FEEL AT THE BEACH....THINK SHE LIKES IT MUCH?  LOL







Thursday, July 16, 2015

SOME NEW QUILTING IDEAS....

Well here we are to Thursday afternoon, and I decided to go ahead and put up a new post, even though I really don't have too much to share other then what has been swirling around in this old head of mine.  I have been taking it REALLY easy these last few days and honestly it has felt really good. But if you have gotten to know me at all, you know that I really prefer to be good and busy, so you wouldn't be surprised then to hear that I have been giving some serious thought as to what project to begin on next in my sewing room. I am thinking honestly that I could start on Christmas sewing already, and it really wouldn't be that out of line, but then again I do have a couple of other things I really have been wanting to get to, and this might be just the opportunity that I've been looking for. I have a place on the wall that is quite large and kind of in my sewing "area" so to speak, but also is a pretty big area in our family room as well, that I have a picture that I do love hanging there now on, but I really want to replace it with a quilt. At Christmas time last year I hung one of my new Christmas quilts there and I just LOVED it. Ever since then, I have been TRYING to think of something that I could hang there year round that I would just love as well.  I did go ahead and leave the other one that I made and hung in my living room/dining room area over my buffet last Christmas, as it didn't have as much of a total Christmas theme and the colors were quite perfect, and honestly I have just loved having it there. Quilts used as wall hangings are just soo warm, homey, personal, and perfect in my opinion, that I don't think I could ever have TOO many, lol.  Soo whenever I have the opportunity to browse, be it online or in a store, I have been looking for an inspiration.  I think sometimes it would be nice to have something seasonal that I just switched out every 3 months or so. You know, a Fall one, then my Christmas one, then maybe a spring one, and a patriotic one for the summer time.  Now of course I already have my Christmas one, and a summertime patriotic one would really be pretty easy to come up with I think. A Fall one shouldn't be too hard, and lets face it, neither should a spring time one for that matter. I intend to make all of them in the colors that would easily go in that area.   But where to start?  And WHAT should it be?  Meanwhile honestly I haven't found anything that has caught my eye completely and seemed just like what I "see" in my head. Then....I REALLY do need a new quilt for our bed in the worst way, so "maybe" that should be my next project. But again, though I know the colors I want it to be, I have yet to find a pattern that really grabs me.   And then!!  one of my nieces got married last month and will be in California in December for a wedding reception of sorts, and I really want to make her a quilt as well. Now for this one I know just what pattern I want to use, and the basic type of fabric and colors I want, but I haven't purchased a thing for it yet. Soo where do I begin, and what should I start with?  This is what I have been sifting through in my head these last few days.  I think I mentioned before that there WAS a quilt store quite near me that closed their doors last spring.  And another one a bit farther away that also closed theirs and moved to a new location.  So I really haven't had one near me for a while now where I could just go and browse around in for ideas.  I really do much better with a GOOD visual of something in comparison to just seeing something online.  So I decided it was time to find a new store.  I went to goggle and began and you'll never guess what I found!  In the exact same location as the one that is closest to me and closed it's doors last spring, ANOTHER one has opened up!  Now I asked several women at the time if anyone knew if this might happen etc., and everyone said and acted like there was no way.  So I guess I just assumed it wasn't to be the case,  Well I was wrong, and they have been there since last March!  I was practically giddy. Just the idea that there might be fabric I could go and look at and feel that I haven't seen before practically kept me from sleeping last night [not really, lol] but you quilters and seamstresses know what I am talking about.  And then I went ahead and looked up directions to where the other store had moved to and decided I would make a day of it checking them out.  The only thing that would have made this day more fun would have been if my sister Diane could have joined me.  But she has a pretty busy summer lined up, and so I set out alone.  I went first to the one nearest me and honestly is was SOOO good, and the women were SOO friendly and helpful, that it was easy to spend close to two hours browsing around and chatting.  I even considered maybe not even going to other one, but I did, but let me tell you first what I found there.  Well actually it was MANY things, but the one I am considering seriously is a kit.  It is a pre-cut applique of older women [I think there is 4 of them] ALL holding or working some sort of quilting paraphernalia that is honestly the cutest thing I may have ever seen.  It had a cute little saying underneath which for the life of me I can't think of now, but it too was just darling.  One of the gals that works there was in the process of looking for fabric to use as borders for this so that she can finish it up and hang it on the wall.  Honestly it would be JUST perfect for my area that I described, but I have a few reservations that I am going to dwell on for a while first.  While it IS the perfect size, and it IS the perfect theme and feel, the colors of the pre-cut pieces were not exactly what I would have chosen for MY room.  Not that I don't like the colors, just not sure how they would go in there.  I think I could use colors for the borders however that would go just fine with the women, but also tie in the colors in my rooms so I don't think this is enough to keep me from going with it. However, it is A LOT of applique.  Now all of the pieces are pre-cut and pre-glued, but still.  And according to the woman who made it she used an extra technique to get them to stick better, because if you use to hot of an iron she said it tends to take the glue right off.  Might this whole thing prove to be a little TOO fiddly for a gal who HATES fiddle?  A distinct possibility.  And then she finished off all of her applique with ABSOLUTELY perfect blanket stitch which looked wonderful but it was tiny and I will admit I am not very good at that yet.  It was kind of pricey too so I am going to dwell on that a while.  The other store was just as you described it Kris if you are reading this.  Small and cute but without a whole lot of anything to offer.  I doubt if I will be back.  Soooo how was this long involved story just to tell you I can't decide what to get started sewing on, and I found a new quilt store, lol.  Other then that there is not a lot to tell you.  Luke has been running a slight fever the last couple of days so he must have picked something up on their trip, but the others have been fine and he was feeling better this afternoon.  I taught them both a new song while they were here [the wheels on the bus!] and Luke does amazing well with it so I sang with him on the phone a few times today and he really enjoyed it.  I took my grandsons Jeffie and Cody to the movies yesterday afternoon and we all had a good time.  How I enjoy them!  The movie....not so much, lol, but the next one we chose will surely be better.  They LOVED it which is all that matters after all.  Hope you all have a GOOD week-end. Blessings to you all!  Debbie  I will leave you as always with some cute pics!

MELODY AND I DISCUSSED SEVERAL TIMES WHAT COLOR OF EYES WE THINK CLAIRE MIGHT END UP WITH....THEY ARE BLUE BUT DIFFERENT FROM SAM'S.  SHE IS SHOWING HER HERE WITH HER ONE EYE IN THE PIC, LOL, THAT THEY ARE REALLY JUST LIKE HER'S,  I THINK SHE IS RIGHT!  SAM'S ARE A VERY LIGHT BLUE.

HAPPY GIRL!

LITTLE VINNY WAS SOO CUTE WITH HER.  HERE HE IS GIVING HER A LOVE WHILE HIS MAMA WAS HOLDING HER

ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE HAPPY GIRL.....I LOVE SEEING ALL THE THINGS I MADE HERE BEING PUT TO USE....THE QUILT SHE'S LAYING ON, HER TOP, HER BOW AND HER MOCCASINS!  LOL  SOO CUTE!




Monday, July 13, 2015

THE LONG WEEK-END VISIT!

Well it's Monday morning and the house is SOO quiet.  No babies cooing or crying for their meal or saying, "read book Grandma?" or giggling and running from toy to toy.  How I enjoyed them all is so hard to express sometimes.  It just bursts my heart is all I can say.  Everything went SOO well.  The kids slept really well both at nap time and bed time, and made everything easier for everyone.  We hadn't been sure just what we were going to do with little Luke as he has just recently transitioned from his crib to a big boy bed, but he has it pushed up against the wall on one side, and a bed rail on the other to keep him from rolling out.  Well, we only have two bedrooms here.  With a queen sized bed in it pushed up against no wall.  And in the past what we have done is we have a blow up single mattress on the floor in the room for Sam, and then Luke slept in the pack and play at the other end. Well now of course we needed the pack and play for Claire, and there wasn't really room for another blow up single mattress.  I thought maybe we would just borrow another pack and play and put Luke in that.  Melody was afraid he'd be soo unhappy about going back into a "crib" per say it might make bedtime difficult, but hey it is what it is.  But grandma figured it out!  We often go by the second hand children's store by us to purchase things we need before a visit.  Booster seats to eat on, a high chair, and even a tricycle and a baby's bath tub.  Things you can't really take on an airplane of course. Well I had gone to see about a second booster seat [as Luke is no longer using a high chair either, lol] when I saw a little toddler bed.  Perfect!  I thought.  Small enough to fit in the area available, and yet NOT a crib, and yet WITH side rails.  It was the perfect solution I thought.  And it came with a crib mattress, seemed to be in perfect condition, and ALL for 25 bucks.  So we purchased it, and they delivered it for free [still not sure how we lucked into that!] and we got it set up. Luke was thrilled with it, and slept and napped there perfectly.  YAY!  Sam has always called his blow up bed "his California bed" lol, and Claire moved into the pack and play and slept through the night just wonderously.

KIND OF BLURRY BUT YOU GET THE IDEA....SAM'S BED WAS THE ONE RIGHT NEXT TO IT
THIS WAS SAM'S FACE AND FEEL [ELECTRIC!] AS THEY LEFT THEIR HOUSE AT 5 am ON THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT.  HE WAS JUST SOO EXCITED HE WAS POSITIVELY GIDDY, LOL

AND AFTER THE AIRPLANE FLIGHTS AND LAYOVERS ETC., THEY STOPPED FOR A BURGER ON THE DRIVE TO OUR HOUSE, AND HE FELL ASLEEP EATING.  HE JUST COULDN'T KEEP AWAKE ANYMORE, LOL.  I GUESS HE KEPT EVERYONE ON THE PLANE AMUSED AND ENTERTAINED WITH HIS QUESTIONS AND ENTHUSIASM.  

WE BOUGHT THIS NEW WHEN SAM WAS BORN AND IT HAS GOTTEN SOO MUCH USE.  IT COMES WITH A CHANGING TABLE AND LITTLE GEAR HOLDING STAND AS WELL AND WE HAD IT ALL SET UP AND READY FOR CLAIRE....WE TAKE THOSE PARTS ALL OFF OF COURSE AS THE BABIES GET BIGGER
The rest of the visit went well. My niece [my hairdresser and one of Mel's best friends] and her little family came over on Thursday afternoon to meet Claire and have dinner and spend the evening.  It was nice and she did Melody's hair while she was here too.  Friday hubby worked and they all spent the entire day with Mike's family.  I rested and cleaned things up a bit and sewed the buttons on Claire's rompers.  Sat. we hung out in the morning for a while and Melody and I did a little shopping as well. She does not have a babies r us by us so we went there so she could get a shower gift for Brooke. After the babies naps we left for my oldest son's house to swim, play, and have lots of quality cousin time.  We kept things simple and had pizza for dinner.  We staying there until the little ones were started to melt down a bit from being tired and headed home where the babies went straight to bed and we sat up talking with Mike and Mel till well into the night.  Yesterday was the shower.  It was VERY nice and she seemed truly very appreciative of all I made her.  I spent most of my time talking and holding a sleeping Claire.  She pretty much slept the whole time we were there.  After that Mike and Melody and the kids went over to see Mike's sister's new house to swim and have dinner and I went home to relax.  They got back here around 7 and bathed the kids and put them to bed by eight and then packed up the car ready to roll as they had to leave here by 4 AM!  Pretty early, but they only have 1 half hour lay over by choosing that early flight and should be home by 2 Texas time. Not bad at all.  So another visit is in the books and the memories will hopefully linger for a while.  I got in LOTS of snuggling, LOTS of kisses, and plenty of long chats with my girl.  Even though it is stressful being away from home of course with 3 such little ones, I know she appreciated all the extra resting she got in while we occupied the kids, lol.

OUR WHOLE GANG!  CAN'T BELIEVE THE LORD HAS BLESSED US WITH SOO MANY

MY YOUNGEST SON JAMES AND CLAIRE


ALL DRESSED FOR HER PARTY....THE ROMPERS FIT HER SOO WELL!

MY OLDEST SON JOE AND CLAIRE

MY OLDEST AND MY YOUNGEST

MY MIDDLE SON JOHN AND CLAIRE.....WITH NO CHILDREN OF HIS OWN [yet!] HE ISN'T AS COMFORTABLE WITH BABIES, BUT HE DID REALLY WELL, LOL

SAM, TELLA AND CODY ENJOYED SOME SIDEWALK PAINTING, LOL, WHILE THE DADDIES WERE PLAYING BASKETBALL
SAM WAS EXCITED TO JOIN IN WITH THE OLDER COUSINS AND THEIR GAME OF KNIGHTS
TELLA AND SAM ENJOYING THE TREE SWING
I did not feel 100 percent by any means, and yet felt good enough to enjoy everything and I was soo grateful!  I can honestly say the medication did NOTHING to improve my situation and may have caused a whole new problem...sigh....so I have discontinued that.  I intend to spend the next couple of days taking it pretty easy.  Hope you all had a wonderful week-end.  I am anxious to get around catching up.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A LITTLE COMPLAINING....A LITTLE WHINING.....AND STILL A GRATEFUL HEART....oh and few more finished projects


Well talk about keeping your nose to the grindstone....that has certainly been me these last couple of days, lol.  Melody and her family are do in tomorrow around probably one, by the time they rent a car and get here from the airport.  I have frantically been trying to get all my sewing done as of course it will be easier to just send things home with her then having to ship it out there etc.  And then of course I need to have my laundry done, house cleaned and groceries bought as well.  I want my schedule to be completely cleared so I can spend all my time holding sweet Claire or playing with Sam and Luke.  On Sat. we are having a meet and greet for the baby at my oldest son's house, so that my sisters and brother and their families can meet her.  It will have to be the get together for my son's and grandkids to meet her too, though I would love to have had time to have our gathering separate. There is afterall 22 just of us altogether, and 24 when you count in my oldest grandkids respective boyfriend and girlfriend.  But they are only going to be here 3 and half days, and there just isn't time. Friday they will gather with Mike's family, and Sunday is Brookes shower which both Melody and I and Claire will be going to, and then they leave at the crack of dawn on Monday.  Short trip....I have done my best not to complain because it wouldn't change a thing anyway, and it IS better then not coming at all, but I am not going to lie, it IS frustrating.  Poor Melody and Mike have such a hard time when they come to California as they are pulled in soo many directions.  Melody's whole family and extended family is here of course, but so is all of Mike's minus his dad.  Then there are their friends which of course have to take a back burner to their families.  They spend all of their time running around to visit people, and honestly MOST of the time somebody somewhere is annoyed or upset that they are NOT getting enough time.  I do my best not to add to their problems, but oh my how I would love to have the short, nipped little 3 and half days to myself.  Now they usually keep their visits to their own immediate families, with extended families only getting a visit occasionally when they are out, but EVERYONE is anxious to see and meet Claire for themselves this time, so that makes this trip an especially hard one.  I do feel like I have it the best as they ALWAYS stay with us, [not sure how it happens that they never stay with Mike's family...but I certainly am NOT going to question it, lol] which does give us extra time even on the days that are not spent with us, but honestly it's still not enough.  Like I said I try my very best to keep these lips quiet unless you count venting here not, lol, or in my prayers to God.  But it IS hard.  In the last couple of days I have made pillow cases for Sam and Luke to use while they are here and take home with them when they go, and 4 hair ties, 2 rompers, and a little zippered pouch for my niece.  It was pretty much NON stop sewing to get this done I will be honest.  And now today I am going to get my nails done, grocery shop and run few errands, and water thoroughly on the front porch and hose down and clean the furniture out there.  Tomorrow I will clean bathrooms and vacuum and clean before they arrive around 1ish and the hullabaloo begins, lol.  And I REALLY REALLY hate to mention this, but NO the shingles are still NOT a thing of my past.  I honestly can't believe it.  The tingles and the pain are really very minimal but they are how I can tell for sure it is still what's going on.  On a scale from 1 - 10 when I originally came down with this and suffered with the pain etc. I would have rated it honestly a good nine or 10.  Now these same symptoms are maybe a 2 or very occasionally a 3.  All of which I can easily deal with.  I don't want to sound like I am a martyr or something, but I am used to pain what with all of my arthritis etc., but the thing that is getting to me is that occasionally I just don't feel well in general.  Headache, achy, just "puny"....Now it comes and goes as well with the rest of the left over shingles symptoms, but these last few days have NOT been good.  My doc told me it can happen, and if and when it gets especially bad to take the antiviral drug for a few days and see if it doesn't help.  I started on it a couple of days ago and truthfully have NOT noticed an improvement....sigh.  I do HATE to complain, HATE to whine, and HATE to look for excuses, but it makes things soo much harder for me. But at the same time how I thank God for an understanding and helpful husband who does way more then his fair share of things to keep us going.  Sooo now that I have both complained and whined, I will get off of here and being my newest busy day, and thank God for the ability to do what I need/want to do.  I will not be back till next Monday, but I bet I will have lots of things to share.  Blessings to you all, Debbie.....Oh, and here's a quick peek at the most recent finished projects...



LOVE BOTH THIS FABRIC MELODY SENT, AND THIS PATTERN...JUST MADE THIS A LITTLE BIT BIGGER THIS TIME AND I WILL WAIT UNTIL SHE GETS HERE TO SEW THE BUTTONS ON TO MAKE SURE THE STRAPS THEN FIT AS THEY SHOULD

THESE ARE THE SNAPS THAT HUBBY ADDED TO ALL THE ROMPERS I MADE THIS TIME FOR HER.  MELODY IS THRILLED AS THIS WILL MAKE CHANGING THE BABY SOO MUCH EASIER OF COURSE.  I JUST KIND OF RIGGED A WAY TO MAKE IT WORK, AND HUBBY POPPED THE SNAPS ON....WE'RE A GOOD TEAM

THIS IS A TERRIBLE PICTURE AS THE COLOR IS WAY OFF....THIS IS AN ORANGE, NOT A PINK AS IT APPEARS HERE.  THE MATCHING HAIR TIE IS THE SAME PATTERN I MADE FOR THE WATERMELLON ONE AND THE SEA SHELL ONE BUT I DID NOT TAKE PICTURES
A CLOSE UP OF SAM'S PILLOW CASE...HIS BELOVED TRACTORS AND SWATHERS, LOL



THEIR PILLOWS ARE READY!
WHEN MY NIECE STOPPED BY THE OTHER DAY WITH MY BROTHER SHE SAW THE ONES I HAD MADE FOR TELLA AND CAPRI AND SHE FELL IN LOVE SO OF COURSE I HAD TO MAKE ONE FOR HER.  I MANAGED TO GET HER NAME ON HERS AND THE TINY LITTLE TULIPS AS WELL.....IT TOOK SOME DOING LET ME TELL YOU, BUT I'VE TOLD YOU OF MY STUBBORN WAYS BEFORE, LOL




Sunday, July 5, 2015

BUSY WEEK AND SOME 4TH OF JULY PICTURES!

Well it's Sunday evening July 5th and I can hardly believe it.  Another week has come and gone, another month has come and gone, and another 4th of July has come and gone as well.  Time continues to whip by, and sometimes I really would love how to figure out how to slow it down some. But I do know from experience that it will seldom happen when you are busy.  And this last week I have been just that.  I started out last week with getting my new machine back, but before I tried it out I had another project or two for my old machine as I wanted to continue to use my walking foot. Now my new machine also has a walking foot, but I really didn't want to take the time to learn how to use it when my old one was sitting right there with the walking foot already on it.  Soooo my first project of the week was to make another blanket for Claire.  Now I told you about the "comfy" fabric in my last post and how I made a blanket for Melody's SIL with it, pairing it with a soft flannel. But this time I wanted to pair it with another comfy fabric.  There were several coordinating fabrics to chose from, I still had some coupons, and curiosity if the walking foot would work as well as it had when using the comfy with flannel spurred me on.  It did make the blanket a little more expensive using TWO comfy fabrics instead of just one, but with coupons it was still pretty reasonable.  So here is my assessment. I won't do it again, lol.  With both fabrics being the slippy sliding hard to work nightmare that "comfy" is, EVEN with the walking foot it was just fiddly and hard.  It was difficult to even pin it in my opinion.  Took me WAY longer then I really had to spend with all my other projects still on my list and staring me in the face.  And it turned out only OK.  It is somewhat uneven, and not totally perfect which is the way I like those blankets to be, but being how this is just going to my daughter and granddaughter, I decided it was good enough.  I am very sure NO ONE else would notice a thing anyway.  It is super, SUPER soft, will be very warm come winter, and the colors in the fabric are just GORGEOUS.  Let me show you....

I HAVE TO SAY THAT THESE PICTURES I'VE TAKEN THIS WEEK ARE JUST NOT GOOD.....SOO NOT GOOD AS A MATTER OF FACT THAT I HONESTLY JUST  SHOULD HARDLY EVEN BOTHER.  BUT I JUST DON'T HAVE TIME TO GET OUT MY CAMERA AND TAKE SOME BETTER ONES SO YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT THAT THIS FABRIC IS FABULOUS!
After I whipped up a final gauze swaddler for Brooke,  it was FINALLY time to test my machine out. I had SEVERAL embroidery/applique projects I wanted to do for both Brooke [the SIL] and for Claire.  Let me just say this....I am not sure if my machine has EVER worked as well as it is working now.  I was positively giddy, lol.   Now I was just making burp cloths, so it's not like it was really all that critical or anything, it's just that I enjoy it so for some reason. I am very sure most people would not bother to take the time involved in embroidery and appliqueing for something that is in essence only going to be used to wipe spit up and who knows what all, lol, but I REALLY REALLY enjoy doing this.  My daughter has told me that there is those occasions when she wants a "nice" one [such as going to church, the doctors, a friends house, etc.] to have and use, but she might just have said that because she knows my fetish obsessions desire to make them.  Anyway, I started with Brooke's. The theme she has chosen for her nursery is of woodland animals, so I had some fun ideas in mind.  Let me just show you what I made.

I USED A SOFT WHITE FLANNEL FOR THE FRONT OF THESE, AND A LIGHT GREY TERRY CLOTH FOR THE BACK .  I FINISHED IT UP WITH THE CUTE WOODLAND THEME ANIMALS IN A COTTON ON THE BOTTOM.  THIS LITTLE APPLIQUED RACCOON TOOK ME QUITE A WHILE TO DO, AS HE IS SMALL AND DETAILED, BUT IT WAS A REALLY CUTE DESIGN I THOUGHT.  I FINISHED OFF THE EDGES IN A DECORATIVE EMBROIDERY STITCH FROM MY OLD MACHINE.  I  MADE THESE BURP CLOTHS A LITTLE LARGER THEN THE OTHERS AS WELL,  THEY ARE 11 INCHES WIDE, AND 22 INCHES LONG.

AND HERE IS THE FOX....A LITTLE QUICKER TO MAKE AS HE WASN'T QUITE AS DETAILED, BUT HE IS PRETTY CUTE TOO I THINK

I CONSIDERED MAKING AN OWL FOR THE THIRD AND FINAL ONE FOR BROOKE, BUT I WANTED TO PUT HIS NAME ON SOMETHING,  SO I USED A FUN FONT, AND DESIGNED MY OWN DESIGN FOR THIS ONE.  NOW THAT I HAVE FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO WORK EVERYTHING ON MY MACHINE, IT WAS REALLY PRETTY EASY.
 Then it was time to do Claire's "special" ones, lol....

I THOUGHT THIS WAS ONE OF THE CUTEST DESIGNS I HAVE EVER SEEN!  LOL  AND WITH THE LITTLE CROSS IT IS PERFECT FOR HER CHURCH BURPIE, LOL.  I WILL ADMIT I HAD TO DO THIS ONE TWICE,  THE FIRST ONE HAD A COUPLE OF MISTAKES I JUST COULDN'T ROLL WITH.  IT WAS NOT CENTERED RIGHT, AND THE BURP CLOTH ITSELF WAS NOT BIG ENOUGH [I WAS TRYING TO MAKE ANOTHER FABRIC WORK WHICH I REALLY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH OF LOL]  I WAS REALLY GLAD I TOOK THE TIME TO DO IT AGAIN, THOUGH IT WAS SEVERAL HOURS OF WORK,  THE BACK OF THIS ONE IS WHITE TERRY CLOTH

JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK.  I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD ADD THAT ALL OF THESE COST ME ONLY THE PRICE OF THE DESIGNS, AS I USED SCRAPS FOR THE APPLIQUEING AND FABRIC I HAD IN MY STASH.  THE DESIGNS COST AROUND 3 DOLLARS

THIS ONE WAS  IN ESSENCE FREE, LOL, AS I ALREADY HAD THE BIRDIE DESIGN.  I PUT IT ON A ONESIE A WHILE AGO ALREADY.  LOVE THIS FONT FOR BABIES AND KIDS. I BOUGHT THIS ALPHABET FONT QUITE A WHILE AGO TOO. AND THE EMBROIDERY ON THE EDGE IS ALSO FROM A DECORATIVE STITCH ON MY OLD MACHINE.

NOW THIS ONE IS REALLY DIFFERENT AND STRAIGHT EMBROIDERY....NO APPLIQUE OF COURSE.  AND THE DESIGN CAME WITH MY MACHINE SO IT WAS ALSO TECHNICALLY FREE,  LOL  IT WENT SOOO FAST TOO COMPARED TO THE APPLIQUED ONES  ANOTHER DECORATIVE STITCH FROM MY OLD MACHINE.  I HAD JUST LEFT IT SET UP WHILE I WAS USING THE EMBROIDERY ON MY NEW MACHINE, AND PUT THESE TOGETHER WITH MY OLD ONE USING THE WALKING FOOT.
ISN'T IT DIFFERENT?
And then weeks and weeks ago I had found a pattern with woodland stuffed animals on it and I bought it when Joannes was offering Simplicity patterns for a buck, figuring IF I felt like it I might try making an animal or two for Brooke.... if I could make them out of fabric in my stash.  That was a lot of IF'S I know, but figured worse case I had an eighteen dollar pattern for a dollar that I might use someday, lol.  And since I always seem to have a supply of the fiberfill stuffing on hand, I figured it wouldn't cost me anything to give it a try.  Here's what I have to say about this....They were WAY bigger then I thought, and their appliqued faces called for felt.  But I didn't have any felt that would work in my stash, so I just used cotton and then used wonder under to attach them, and a machine blanket stitch to finish them up.  They came out fairly cute, but I don't think I will be making them again too soon.  WAY WAY WAY too much work, and FAR from perfect, lol.  Let me show you....

THE ARMS ON THIS FOX WERE SOOOOO SKINNY THEY WERE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO TURN RIGHT SIDE OUT AND STUFF, BUT I FINALLY GOT IT DONE

AND THIS LITTLE RACCOON HAD SEVERAL LAYERS TO HIS FACE, AND HIS HEAD SEEMS KIND OF BIG TO ME AND IS LUMPY ON TOP,BUT THERE HE IS, LOL.  I HAVE NO IDEA IF BROOKE WILL LIKE THESE LITTLE THINGS, OR WANT TO USE THEM SOMEWHERE IN HER NURSERY FOR DECORATION, BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING OFF MY LIST THAT I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY, AND COST ME ONLY THE DOLLAR FOR THE PATTERN, AND OH QUITE A BIT OF MY TIME TOO, LOL

SEE HOW MUCH BIGGER THE RACCOON'S HEAD IS? LOL

Hubby was off on Friday so we enjoyed 3 days together.  We worked some of it, played some of it, and enjoyed a wonderous barbecued chicken dinner at my oldest son's house on the 4th of July.  I loved every minute of the whole week-end.  But since this is long, I am tired, and I have MANY things to finish sewing and doing before Melody arrives on Thursday, I am going to pop off of here and jump into bed.  I hope to post once more before she comes, but we will see how i I do getting things done.  Hope you all had a great holiday week-end celebrating this wonderful country, and had a have a lovely week.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie
LEFT OVER FROM THE JERSEY SHORE VACATION...LITTLE DONATELLA IS JUST SOO CUTE HERE I HAD TO SHARE1

AND HERE SHE IS AGAIN ON THE 4TH OF JULY!


SAM ON THE 4TH....CAN YA JUST SEE THE FUN ON HIS FACE.  GUESS HE JUST HAD A BALL!
MELODY AND CLAIRE

THEIR LITTLE FAMILY....LUKE WASN'T FEELING THE PICTURE, LOL

CODY WAS READY FOR DESSERT

CLAIRE LOOKS AS IF SHE WANTS TO SAY, "MOM, THESE BOYS ARE A LITTLE WILD YOU KNOW."  LOL

SWEET CODY!