Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ALL ABOUT MY NEW QUILTING PROJECT

Well it seems as though Wednesday just snuck up on me, and I missed the Hodgepodge altogether. I have enjoyed reading all the others who participate though, so all is not lost.  lol  I thought I should warn everyone in my title just what this post is ALL about, so that those who are not really into sewing or quilting can be aware if they'd rather skip it.  On the other hand, I am constantly looking for good sewing and quilting blogs so if anyone knows of any, PLEASE let me know.  I have found that quilting blogs are much easier to come by then sewing.  I am afraid it is becoming a lost art, but that's another blog post.

SWEET TABI ON HER BIRTHDAY LAST SEPTEMBER

I am somewhat excited about my new project. One of my many nieces is graduating in June from high school.  I decided to make her a quilt as a gift.  Kind of a major undertaking, but I have been wanting to get started on something new to quilt, and I have discovered something about this whole process for me. While I have found MANY MANY MANY quilts that are beautiful and I love, I feel like I need to have a purpose for one of them before I make it. Not really I purpose I guess, as any quilt could be for nothing more than sheer pleasure to look at.  So I guess more what I mean, is SOMEWHERE for it to be.  I feel like a quilt is meant to be displayed at least, if not used as an actual blanket, at least that is what I want them to be for.  I couldn't bear for a quilt to be folded away in a closet or drawer or hope chest and NEVER looked at or used. For myself, I am wanting a beautiful Christmas quilt for some reason.  One I can lay out every Christmas, snuggle under and enjoy, and have it add to the memories we have made for this holiday over the years.  But it is WAY too early to think about Christmas quilts just yet.  Now I will have to get going on it LONG before Christmas so that it will be all done and ready to enjoy before then, but not yet...lol.  And I have also always wanted a patriotic quilt.  Not sure why I have that as something I would like, I just would. Doesn't it just seem like it would be nice to be able to spread out a nice patriotic quilt on summer picnics etc.? So that is probably my next project.  But for right now, a graduation gift just seemed like the perfect excuse to get busy on one.
AND WITH HER DADDY, MY BROTHER DEAN

Soo, I began to plan it out in my head.  I knew I wanted it to be mainly pinks, and "girly girl" as that soo describes sweet Tabatha.  And yet at 17 I wanted it to be something that suits her age as well, and maybe something she can take off to college with her and lay on her bed in the dorm room.  I also knew I wanted to embroider a scripture on it somewhere that suited the occasion.  So I began there.  I found the PERFECT scripture I think in Jeremiah 29:11, and my favorite sight for finding scripture designs had just the right look and feel.  So then I began to try and think of ways to lay out the quilt and realized of course that being so new to quilting, and not really be a designer in ANY way, I would need either someone to help TELL me how to do it, or I was going to have to find a pattern somewhere and figure out how to follow one.  Most of what I have done with quilting so far has been very simple and done by watching video tutorials on the internet.  Now don't get me wrong....I have learned A LOT and feel like I could make possibly anything I set my mind to, but I need a pattern, or at least a starting point beyond the scripture.  So yesterday I headed over to the wonderful quilting shop near my house and found the gal who has been so helpful to me in the past and showed her my scripture design and told her my dilemmas and she was a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL help.  She started by showing me a few patterns she thought might work, and letting me sit down in a comfortable chair there and open them up and read through them.  She wanted to prove to me that if I could read a sewing pattern and follow those, I could follow a quilting pattern if I knew just a few basic things.  She was sooo right!  Much easier than I thought, and I quickly selected one I thought would be perfect.  It is a very basic and simple pattern and should not only be just right for a beginner like me, but suit everything I was looking for to make for my niece, and accommodate the scripture right in the middle of the quilt as well! Soo then of course I set to work looking for just the right fabric.  Now that was fun let me tell you, lol.  Sooo many beautiful lines and fabrics to select from.  The store carries most all of the major designers and their latest lines.  I chose a beautiful line from Riley Blake at Moda.  I will admit I was a little horrified at the register after cutting the fabrics I needed for this SMALL quilt, as it did add up alarmingly.  Not an inexpensive hobby let me tell you, lol.  But I do love the fact that when you pick a line of fabrics by one of these designers, all of the colors blend together just perfectly and the fabric is soo nice.  I am quite sure I could have found less expensive fabric, but I what I had selected was just TOO perfect to pass up. Then, (since I hadn't spent enough, haha) I headed over to the shop where I bought my sewing machine since it is the closest place I can find to buy threads for my embroidery work.  I brought the fabric in with me and carefully matched the colors I wanted to use to the fabric.  I chatted with the ladies in there for quite a while, which is always soo enjoyable.  Nothing like "like minds" to discuss things with....grin.  Then I came home and got busy making the scripture for the center of the block that will be the center of the quilt.  I was concerned as I needed it to be on a piece of fabric EXACTLY 10 and half by 10 and half when done and be centered in the middle of the square perfectly as well.  And the hard part is I would need to start with a piece of fabric MUCH bigger than that in order to hoop it up to embroider. Somehow my brain figured out how to do it, I took my time, (something that is REALLY hard for me to do!) and it came out right the very first time...YAY!  I couldn't have born to waste any of the expensive fabric.  Though the white I chose for this was NOT part of the rest of the line I am using.  So now today I will set to work (after my cleaning woman leaves that is, so not until much later this afternoon) cutting all my pieces.  It really shouldn't be too bad, but again I am going to force myself to move slowly and THINK about what I am doing so as not to make a mistake.  I have found with my limited amount of quilting, that the cutting of the pieces EXACTLY is key. Sewing and cutting for garments is sooo much more forgiving.  Quilting is very EXACT work, lol, and not really my thing.  I have also decided I am going to carefully mark my piles A, B, etc., as I have a feeling I might get "confused" otherwise.  I am anxious to get going on this, and am hoping to get all my cutting done today.  Thank goodness for my rotary cutter that I have FINALLY mastered, lol.  Sooo now let me show you my fabrics.


THIS IS THE PATTERN I HAVE SELECTED

THE FABRICS....SOO PRETTY!  THE WHITE WILL BE USED FOR THE SCRIPTURE BLOCK, AND ALSO FOR THE LABEL ON THE BACK OF THE QUILT.  AND THE SOLID GREY IS FOR THE SMALL BORDER
THIS BIG BOLD ONE WILL BE THE MAIN FABRIC USED IN THE MIDDLE OF EACH BLOCK AND AS THE WIDE BORDER AS WELL

THE BACK OF THE QUILT
THE EMBROIDERED SCRIPTURE

LOVE HOW IT GOES WITH THE FABRICS!
I guess that's it for now.  Hopefully I will be able to show you some progress by Friday's post.  I need to schedule a time to get this to the quilters as they are already backing up by a few weeks, and I need this in time for her graduation party on the 8th.  Again, I do NOT take for granted the privilege I have that I have not only this new FUN machine to work with, but the time and the health to do so.  How grateful I am.  Hope everyone is having a GOOD week! Blessings to all, Debbie




Monday, April 21, 2014

EASTER CELEBRATIONS


Well another busy, busy week-end has come to a close, and Easter 2014 is a memory to record.  What a GOOD celebration we had.  On Sat. hubby and I started the busy day with lunch, haha.  We went from there and saw the movie Heaven Is For Real.  We both thoroughly enjoyed it.  We had both read the book when it was out as well, and while I don't remember every little thing about it, I do think the movie stuck to the book pretty well. I love that it is a true story of course, and moving one that gives you LOTS to think about.   After the movie we headed to Costco and I had my eyes examined.  I have worn contact lenses since high school, and in order to keep getting your contacts you MUST have your eyes examined at least once a year or no one will fill your prescription.  It is frustrating in some ways as honestly I think I am old enough to know if something has changed, or if there is a problem of some sort that would warrant a visit. Can't tell you how many times I have laid my hundred dollars down for the EXACT same prescription I have had for years and years.  But I guess they DO check for cataracts, glaucoma, and the general health of your eyes, so it is always good to hear all is well.  After handling that we did our shopping for Easter dinner and drove all the food over to my oldest son's house and dropped it off.  Usually we have dinner at our house, but as the grandkids have grown and our house is much smaller it is nice to head to Joe's house as they are the ones with HUGE HUGE yards, and therefore plenty of room for them all to run around.  Hubby and I headed home after that and collapsed in front of the TV and then went to bed fairly early.

JAMES AND THE WORSHIP TEAM


 Easter service was sooo nice!  It was outside in God's creation in the middle of the Plaza square where people wondering by could stop and listen, and they did just that.  There is just something about worshiping God in a public place with the sun shinning, the birds singing, the breeze blowing and so many voices joined together in song that is just really hard to beat.  The message was powerful and  several got saved, praise God.  After service hubby helped load up chairs and then we stopped at one of our favorite Greek restaurants and had a yummy chicken salad for lunch.  We then began the drive to Joe's house for dinner.  This was the only portion of the day that was just NOT GOOD.  The traffic was just soo bad that honestly it felt like we were crawling along with turtles passing us by, lol.  But we FINALLY got there and the rest of the day was as nice as the start.  The little kids ran and played together while the guys played some basketball and the ladies sat on the patio in the shade with little Vinny visiting. We ate dinner around 6.  We had ham, potato salad, baked beans, rolls, deviled eggs, and chips all served on paper plates that we tossed, and enjoyed outside as well.  It was perfect.  After dinner the kids hid inside while the older kids hid the Easter eggs for the hunt. So nice to have such a LARGE area for that fun activity. After that, we brought out the desserts and the kids ran and played some more.  There were cookies, brownie and lemon bites, and of course candy.  Everyone is so busy on Easter what with church etc., that the ready made desserts, and the easy menu just makes more sense.  Now Joe's wife Leah had to make the beans (we have such a yummy recipe for this) and the devil eggs of course, but other than that not a lot of cooking which was good.  We sat around talking and visiting until it grew dark and it was time to get the little ones into the bath as there was school today of course.  How grateful I am for time with my family.  I did miss my Melody and her little family, but we had some pictures from her and a phone call as well.  I have got a few pictures to show you now of the day.  I will start with the ones I got via text of Melody's family.

SAM'S LITTLE HAND PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THEIR DECORATED EASTER EGGS.  GOOD JOB SAM!

THE BOYS NIGHT BEFORE EASTER...SOO CUTE IN THEIR MATCHING SHIRTS

SAM ENJOYING HIS BUNNY EARS FROM HIS EASTER BASKET

THEY FELT BETTER ON HIS HEAD THIS WAY, LOL

MELODY AND THE BOYS AS THEY WERE LEAVING FOR CHURCH

VISIT LATER IN THE DAY IN THE CORN FIELDS...AGAIN, THE LIFE OF THE LITTLE FARMER BOY
And now some pictures from the rest of our day...

LARISSA AND THE KIDS BEFORE CHURCH 

THEY LOOKED SOO SWEET.  LITLLE JD HERE SO REMINDS ME OF HIS DADDY JAMES IT IS REALLY UNBELIEVABLE

THE BOUNTY FROM THEIR EASTER EGG HUNG

VINNY AND GRANDPA

TWO OF MY OLDEST GRANDKIDS LINDSEY AND EVAN
TELLS FOUND A SPARKLE EGG...THOSE HAD MONEY IN THEM!

ON THEIR SEARCH

SWEET CAPRI STOPS FOR A POSE

A BEAUTIFUL DAY!
I have done a little visiting this morning, and it seems as if many of you had similar celebrations, and good times.  I have finally settled on my next quilting project, and I am anxious to get started on it.  But more about that later.  For now, I will leave you with a 3 second video of little Sam wishing you all Happy Easter. Blessings to you all, Debbie



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Friday, April 18, 2014

SEWING PROJECTS AND EASTER WISHES...

I have definitely enjoyed one of my busy/relaxing weeks this week for sure, lol.  I have done quite a bit of sewing, and yet nothing that kept me sitting there for very long.  My neck is at least 95 percent better, so I guess I am at least resting enough for it to improve...slow, but sure. I decided to start this week by making a new casual type shirt for my hubby.  I used to make them FREQUENTLY for him, to include even some country/western ones to wear when we went dancing, but that's another story, lol.  I found a new pattern (don't know what happened to all the ones I used to have....must have been "purged" when we were moving here) as McCall patterns were 5 for 7 dollars.  I LOVE it when they put patterns on sale like this and try to stock up when they do. Patterns can be soo expensive otherwise.  Anyway, I got my pattern and then went to the quilting store and found a REALLY nice cotton to make up the shirt.  I discovered a long time ago that shirts for him do much better when I spend a little extra money and get some GOOD fabric.  Anyway, it went way faster then I thought it might, and a couple hours later I was sewing on the last button.  Hubby LOVES it, but it might be a little bigger then it needs to be.  I kind of remembered then that I used to alter a few things here and there for a perfect fit, but it's close enough, lol.  If I make another (and I probably will) I will adjust it a tiny bit.  Here is the shirt...

IT'S AS USUAL A LITTLE HARD TO SEE, BUT I REALLY LOVED THIS FABRIC.  PERFECT COLOR FOR HUBBY AS HE HAS LIGHT BLUE EYES

A CLOSE UP SO YOU CAN SEE (I HOPE!) THE TOP STITCH I USED ON THE COLLAR, AND THE HEM OF THE SLEEVES AND BOTTOM OF THE SHIRT.  MY NEW MACHINE DOES SUCH A NICE TOP STITCH. I HAVE USED IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN ALREADY.
And then since the children's knit fabric was still on sale I decided to make up another couple of dresses for my grand daughters.  They loved the first ones, and honestly Grandma doesn't need any more excuse than that.  Seriously though these dresses are perfect for spring/summer, and are sooo easy to make.  So here are there new ones.  Just as a warning, I DID NOT get good pictures...sigh.  I know, I know, I KEEP saying I am going to drag out the new camera, but that phone camera is soo convenient..

TELLA'S DRESS...SOO SWEET  I DID SHORTEN IT BY 1 INCH FROM LAST TIME.  

CLOSER LOOK AT THIS DARLING FABRIC, THOUGH IT IS STILL HARD TO SEE...LITTLE FLOWERS AND PINK LADYBUGS!

CAPRI'S.  I LEFT THIS ONE THE SAME LENGTH...PRETEND THIS ISN'T BLURRY, LOL


CLOSER LOOK AT FABRIC
I do have to tell a small story about Capri's dress.  For SOME reason the fabric on her dress was somewhat of a nightmare.  Not sure why.  It was the EXACT same kind fabric as the other dresses, (100 percent cotton knit) though it was from another line, which shouldn't make any difference.  Same price too.  But for some reason right from the start it gave me problems.  Truthfully, it was curling weirdly before I even cut it out.  I kept trying to smooth it out and the ends would curl up. I even tried pressing it down, and it didn't seem to matter. Knit fabric just does that some time, so I just pressed on, pretending it wasn't happening. But then...when I went to put the neck piece on it stretched WAY too much and TOO easily, and curled and was a general nightmare.  I actually ended up started ALL over cutting out a new bodice and new neck piece (thankfully I had enough fabric to do so).  Now, if you have sewn much with knit fabric you know that it stretches and moves and some people REALLY don't care for it.  I have never have too much trouble with it, though it CAN be a little tricky.  Well....the story goes on.  I ended up removing that neck piece and starting again 3 times before it was finally on there to suit me.  And honestly?  I still wasn't 100 percent happy with it. And the weirdest part of all?  All 3 of the other dresses it was a total non-event putting on the neck piece.  I had it on in less than 10 minutes.  Weird...it HAD to be that particular fabric.  Don't think I will use that line again.

I just have to show you a picture of little Sam with the Easter bunny and tell you a quick story about that.  I guess earlier in the week Melody was looking through her phone on Facebook and showing Sam pictures of friends of hers kids who were with the Easter Bunny.  Sam was VERY interested in just who this Easter bunny is and the pictures etc.  Finally he says, "My (he refers to himself as "my" soo cute) take picture with the Easter Bunny too Mama?"  Well she tried to discourage him a bit from the idea as the closest mall to her is almost 2 hours away.  Kind of hard to do with 2 babies.  But Sam persisted and so Melody called a girl friend and decided to meet at the mall for lunch and visit to the Easter Bunny with their babies.  All went well until her two saw the Bunny.  Luke clung to her like a clam and wanted NOTHING to do with it, and Sam looked a little overwhelmed himself.  But he went bravely up and sat right down and the look on his face says it all..."Hurry up and get this picture, because I am not sure I like him after-all" haha.  It is just ADORABLE in this humble grandma's opinion.

SOO PROUD OF HIMSELF!

LUKE FOLLOWS SAM EVERYWHERE!

SOMETIMES OF COURSE THIS IS AN ISSUE FOR SAM AS IN THIS CASE WHEN HE REALLY DOESN'T WANT LITTLE BROTHER TOUCHING HIS TRAIN

BUT IN THIS CASE SAM HELPED LUKE GET UP AND THEN LET GO AND WAS SOO HAPPY FOR HIM WHEN HE STOOD THERE ON HIS OWN....LUKE IS TAKING A STEP HERE AND THERE NOW.  

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A cute little video of Sam singing the B I B L E, lol  ENJOY!

Time continues to march on and the seasons come and go just as they should.  I love this about God's creation. There is something about every season that I love (as well as dislike, but we aren't going there, lol) so there is always something to enjoy and something to look forward to.  I know for MANY this has been a particularly long, hard winter so the warmer days, blue skies, blooming flowers and singing birds are especially welcome. I do know that even though our winter was especially mild this year, spring time is ALWAYS welcome for me.  I am enjoying the longer days, the warm afternoons but still cooler evenings and mornings, and am soo looking forward to Easter morning as always.  We will gather together in a big open area in the center of the plaza in downtown Escondido for service.  I know the worship music will be especially joyful and the message will be powerful.  I have been praying that many come to know the Lord that morning.  The fellowship afterwards will no doubt be sweet, and my heart is eager for it all.  Afterwards we will drive up to my oldest sons house to gather for dinner, and time with children and grandchildren. Doesn't get a whole lot better.  How blessed I really am sometimes is hard to contain.  Wishing you all a blessed and joyful Easter!  Debbie



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EVEN THE ROCKS WOULD CRY OUT!

I usually hesitate when it comes to blogging about what the Lord has been teaching me through my own personal Bible studies, or messages I hear at church, or in this case the Beth Moore study as they NO DOUBT suffer terribly in comparison, but I do feel like I want to at least jot down some of what has been sinking in.

The study of the book of Daniel FOR ME has been an extremely interesting and thought provoking, and yes at times a difficult one too.  The whole second half of the book of Daniel (as I am sure most of you know) is all about end times and prophecy's etc.  A subject I find both fascinating and faith building, but yet hard for me to retain and get through as well.   Of course I have read most of these scriptures before, heard many teachings on it, and yet have been amazed at how much there really has been to try and learn out of this book.  I always think of Daniel and the Lion's Den of course when thinking about the book of Daniel, and also about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego and the fiery furnace as well. Familiar Bible stories for most Christians of course.  And I did enjoy going over these passages in much greater detail with Beth, but the truly thought provoking verses for me have been the ones I am uncovering and learning about in the second half.  I will NEVER be able to come close to explaining anything even close to the way she does, so I will not even try, but I do have a few things to say.  She was in chapter 9 this morning (Monday is the day I listen to the videos) and referring to the times that were prophesied about concerning what would happen in the seventy sevens.  My heart zeroed in so much about the part when she was talking about how the day that Jesus rode upon that donkey as He entered the Holy City of Jerusalem, that I will have to go back and listen to this whole thing again to let the rest of it sink in like it should.  But the point was...(or part of it anyway) that the day that Jesus rode into that city on that donkey was predicted 483 years prior by Daniel, that Messiah the Prince would come unto Jerusalem. Daniel said that it would be 483 years on the Jewish calendar from the day of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem to the day the Messiah would come to Jerusalem - and it was 483 years, by the Jewish reckoning of 360 day years, exactly to the day!  We know this day to be Palm Sunday of course. I have heard soo many wonderful messages on Palm Sunday it would be hard to count them all up...including yesterday!  But I have never TRULY realized the FULL significance of that day.  Why or how I could have missed it might be the better question, but somehow I did.   Jesus rode into THAT city, HIS Holy City to bring peace that they (the Jewish people) didn't see and didn't receive.  Jesus wept bitterly over this.  He was announcing Himself to be their Messiah, and they missed it!  I LOVE LOVE the part when the religious leaders were trying to quiet the crowd from singing out His praises, when Jesus said, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out!" Luke 19:40.  There was NO WAY His creations could not be worshiping and praising Him at such a significant time.  This of course was then all tied in to the prophecy in which the 7 years of tribulation will come upon the earth and both Satan and God will poor out their wrath on the earth.  MANY will be fooled by the anti-Christ when he promises peace, because they didn't see peace when Jesus was bringing it. When Jesus returns to earth and His city at the end of this period of time He will be riding a white horse which signifys He is coming to do battle against Satan once and for all, and WILL bring peace to the earth for a thousand years. 

My point in all of this is we are living in "the church age" (an unknown period of time between Jesus entering Jerusalem that day, and before the tribulation)  and many of these prophecy's have come and gone...all but the final 7 years.  This is OUR time, our purpose, and our destinies as Christians.  To help bring as many as we possibly can to the saving knowledge of Jesus.  Next Sunday is Easter Sunday and we Christians will celebrate the most important day we all have to celebrate.  Jesus is alive and seating on His throne next to the Father, and He will come again in triumph.  He went to the cross for every one of us, and rose from the dead that we might have eternal life with Him.  It is just as simple as that. My prayer is that we all truly celebrate this next Sunday as we should, and invite as many of your unsaved friends as you possibly can to come as well, as they will no doubt hear a message of hope and deliverance for their eternal lives.  If you don't have a church home, find a near by church and go.  I know you won't be sorry you did, and it is definitely the most important thing you can do on this special day.   I wish I knew more of you in the San Diego area who might be looking for a place to attend as we could celebrate together.  Church at Revive this Sunday will be at an outside area on Maple Street Plaza right in the center of Escondido.  Join me in prayer that many will be reached.  How I would love to see you there...




Monday, April 14, 2014

WEEK-END WRAP UP....

What a GORGEOUS morning it is here this Monday morning!  The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and there is a wonderful cool breeze blowing in ALL of my open windows.  Some around here might consider it too cool this morning to have the windows all wide open, but I LOVE it that way.  After last week's heat I am so appreciative of this right now.  Our week-end was so nice.  Sat. we got up and got busy right away which is hard for us hubby to do as it is his only morning to sleep in a little bit.  I don't sleep in no matter what, lol.  I NEVER have except for when I was a teenager though I guess.  I just can't.  I wake up and I want to get up.  I can't bear wasting time in bed for some reason.  Now I am in it soon enough at night trust me, but not once it is morning.  But I regress with all of this.  I guess the bottom line is you are either a "morning person" or a "night person" and I have always been a morning gal.  Anyway....hubby decided to give the carpets in the living room/dining room and the area rug in our family room a good shampooing. OK, if I am being honest, I begged asked him to give them a shampooing, and he agreed.  (I am sure he has learned in this area it is just easier to do it when I ask him to ~ wink).  Now I am doing a little spring cleaning, and this is just part of the process.  But again, if I am being honest I just have somewhat of a carpet fetish.  I cannot bear dirty carpets, or even messy carpets.  I vacuum frequently and replace carpets probably LONG before they really need to be.  (Or I have worn them out with my cleaning as my hubby has accused me jokingly of, lol)  Truth is right now I would LOVE to replace these carpets...but again, I regress. Since he was going to work on that I decided to finish up Donatella's dress and make Vinny a pair of shorts. But I guess that makes me back up a bit to Friday.  If you read my Friday's post, then you know I was GOING to make Donatella's dress on Friday morning.  But as it turned out, I decided to run over to the doc's and have my ears cleaned out.  A long and uninteresting story so I will spare you that.  Then, I went by my health food store gal's place and talked her about my continuing hot flashes.  I am working with her and natural products for this issue as my doc's refuse to give me Estrogen after the breast cancer.  Though, my cancer was NOT estrogen related my blood tests said, I guess they are just being cautious.  But I have managed to get LOTS of relief from some of her natural products, and she has helped me a lot with her digestive products as well.  Anyway, after that I decided I was out I might as well get my nails done, and after that I strolled through downtown Claremont to see if there was anything worth seeing, lol.  Bottom line was I didn't get home until almost 3!  So I did start in then on the dress, but figured out I made ANOTHER error in that I didn't buy enough fabric to finish the dress.  I did think I was getting away with a small amount of fabric for such a wide skirt, but didn't give it too much thought after that, lol. Anyway...now back to Sat.  I ran over to the fabric store to get the needed fabric, finished up the dress...soo cute, and made Vinny's shorts and hubby jumped in the shower after WONDERFULLY shampooing the carpet, and we left to go to lunch and a movie.  We ate at Kubuki's.  Now this was at one point in time my all time favorite restaurant.  I LOVE sushi.  I LOVE Japanese food in general.  But there really wasn't much I could eat there with my gluten issues so we had stopped going there.  Well, I am happy to report they FINALLY have a gluten free menu AND gluten free soy sauce which is REALLY very tasty. (some of  what I have bought...not so much!)  Anyway, I had both a Salmon roll and an avocado roll and they were sooo tasty!  Feeling pleasantly full we went and saw Kevin Costner's new movie Draft Day.  It was very entertaining.  But then I LOVE Kevin Costner, and I LOVE sports movies, so it wasn't really too hard to amuse me.  After that we did our grocery shopping for the week and came home and relaxed with the TV.  Perfect day to me...A little work, and a little play.  Then Sunday we went to San Diego and church and had lunch at my son's house and visited the afternoon away.  We got home around 6 and relaxed again until we tumbled into bed, tired, but pleased with our week-end.  The girls dresses fit them well, and they both seemed VERY pleased with them, so I was happy to think I will definitely be making some more of them.  Hope you all had a good week-end too.  I am going to make hubby a new shirt this week, and maybe a couple of other things as well, but not much more on my agenda. ENJOY your weeks!  Blessings, Debbie

TELLA'S DRESS

CLOSER LOOK AT DARLING FABRIC

VINNY'S SHORTS

THE GIRLS IN THEIR DRESSES...MAYBE A LITTLE SHORTER?



Friday, April 11, 2014

MY LEISURELY BUSY WEEK...


Friday morning is here again and I have lots I want to do today so this is going to be quick! Yeah, right...lol.  (no really, it is!!)

I have had a leisurely busy (is that even possible? lol) week.  Let me explain what I mean by that. It is kind of a combination of relaxing and YET busy, lol.  It struck me the other day of how grateful I am for this season in my life.  It's like I am retired, and yet I have never really worked much outside of my home so I don't know what I am retired from.  Raising kids maybe?  Keeping the home fires burning?  I don't know.  I guess until hubby retires it won't really seem like I am.  But the bottom line is my days are WIDE open (most of the time!) to do with what I might like.  I can fill them with sewing, reading, Bible studies, lunching with friends, baking (though I try not to do much of that because it is of course it is then followed by eating), chatting on the phone or playing with grandkids.  And I LOVE it.  And I am sooo grateful for it.  Now don't get me wrong.  There are still dishes, cooking, keeping the house picked up, laundry, watering (takes longer than you think here in DRY California!), and running errands.  But honestly I have such a good system for these things, it doesn't take much of my time.  And let's face it, ALL of these things would still be here retired or not.  Soo my point in all of this is there are those times I feel a little guilty because so many it seems have soo much they MUST do.  But if there is one thing I have learned in this life it is how things can change in the blink of an eye.  I spent a couple years of my life recently in the day to day care of my mom and there wasn't time for much of anything else at all.  Looking back now I wish I had cherished those days a little more, complained less, and realized it was to be but a brief "season" in my life.  I had a dream about my mom last night and in it I was soo glad to see her and had soo much I wanted to say.  It was like I realized that she is gone, and yet I didn't...weird. But it hammered home again the truth that NOTHING stays the same.  Soo I guess what I am trying to say here is that while this is my pleasant lot in life right now, I intend to cherish and savor it and enjoy, and not waste any time feeling guilty.  So getting back to this week, I spent my time doing a pretty wide variety of things.  I am knee deep right now in the Beth Moore's study of the book of Daniel (which I know I have mentioned a couple of times) and honestly it soo good.  It has caused me to take a good, long look around me and trust me some changes are coming.  But having the time to DIG DEEP into this study is a blessing I appreciate.  And "some time" it has taken me that is for sure, lol.  The homework has gotten a little more difficult the further and further into the study I have gotten, and I have found myself listening sometimes to the lesson she teaches more than one time...soo much information, but I have just thoroughly enjoyed it.  And then I have begun a little spring cleaning as well.  Used to enjoy this a lot more than I do now, but I think my knees play a part in that, or at least it is the excuse I am giving, lol.  I WANT it done, and it NEEDS it done, so I press on but can't say that is my favorite thing to be "doing" right now.  I also took a day and went and saw my new great nephew.  What a little doll.  Soo sweet and soo tiny and soo perfect.  I held him and rocked and enjoyed conversation and a nice lunch with my niece and my sister.  I am glad I am able to take advantage of this chance to spend time with them, as she will go back to work soon, and it will be harder to do.



HOW SWEET IS HE?

I also spent some time at the sewing machine...I know, SHOCKER, lol.  But I do enjoy it so.  I decided to make some new spring dresses for my grand daughters.  Now if I keep this brief I won't be able to tell you the little story behind one of the dresses...so maybe this won't be quick after-all, lol.  I USED to sew with knit all the time.  Back when I made almost everything Melody wore, and lots and lots of tops, shorts, etc. for me too.  But then it seemed as if you couldn't find pretty printed knit anywhere.  They just didn't have any.  Well, suddenly it has come back!  There is all kinds of really cute, pretty knit fabric for little girls and I have been itching to get my hands on it. And the fact that Capri PREFERS to wear only knit made it seem all the better.  So I found a pattern for "knit" (again, not many of these anymore) little dress and bought one for both her and Donatella.  And then bought some of the darling fabric (that was on sale too!) for both of them.  I could hardly wait to get started.  Well.....it had been a while and I made a couple of "rookie" mistakes with it...sigh.  But I finally got Capri's dress done yesterday, and Donatella's "should" whip together pretty fast this morning now.  I LOVE the way the dress turned out, and I can't wait to see if it fits her well and she likes it.  Here it is....





NICE FULL SKIRT




CLOSER LOOK AT THE DARLING FABRIC

Other than that I guess there is nothing more to report.  I do have a few SUPER cute pictures I just have to share...again, I know SHOCKER, but they really are cute.



SAM ON HIS INSPECTION OF THE COWS ON HIS JOHN DEERE TRIKE.  IS THIS JUST THE CUTEST THING YOU EVER SAW?  OH, THE LIFE OF A LITTLE FARMER BOY



MEL GLANCED OUT THE KITCHEN WINDOW AND SAW NEWLY POTTY TRAINED SAM DOING THIS, LOL, AND ASKED HIM, "SAM, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!"AND HE INNOCENTLY AND QUICKLY ANSWERED, "OH, I GO POTTY ON THE GRASS MAMA"  LOL  AGAIN, THE LIFE OF A LITTLE FARMER BOY!




VINNY'S TURN WITH SPAGHETTI, LOL


And then hubby put together a little video of Sam on one of his many walks he took with grandpa while he was here in California.  Sooo cute.  I am missed them all right now



Hope you all have a good week-end.  We are suppose to cool way down into the lower 70's again and I am soo glad.  PLENTY of time before we should be sizzling in the 90's!  Blessings to you all! Debbie



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY...

It's time for Wednesday Hodgepodge.  You can join the others HERE

1.  April showers bring May flowers,. or so the the saying goes.  When did you last "shower" attention on someone or have attention "showered" on you?  Did you love it, or did all that attention make you squirm?  Well, it seems as if I have done a lot of showering recently.  First with all the things I made for my nieces new baby.  I loved every minute of it.  And then with my grandson and my son's recent birthday celebrations.   I LOVE LOVE LOVE "showering" others with attention.  As for me, honestly I don't remember when it was last my turn.  But depending on the attention and occasion, I both love and hate it, lol.

2.  Share a favorite "spring break" memory.  Not talking about just the "college spring break" things, but ANY spring break memory you'd like to share.  Keep it family friendly please!  Well good thing it is NOT a college spring break memory as I don't have any of those.  I remember more spring breaks when I was raising my kids.  We never went anywhere special that I can recall, but I remember looking forward to them and loving every minute of them as well.  It was always around Easter in those days (not any more I know) and most all of our time was spent around water of some sort.  New swim suits started things off.  And then there were beach trips, back yard swim days, at least one matinee movie, and enjoying NO homework or busy schedules. Broke out the shorts, slept in, barbequed and just generally kick started summer.  Easy to do in Southern California. Though we did have the occasional spring break that was cool and overcast. Those were never as much fun, lol.

3.  It's National Pecan Month...are you a fan?  If so, what's your favorite dish that calls for pecans.  Oh I LOVE pecans!  LOVE THEM!  I love them sprinkled on salads, in candy and cookies, or just all by themselves.  But the favorite dish is easy...pecan pie of course!

4.  "Put all your eggs in one basket"  "egg on your face"  "rotten egg"  "walk on eggshells" or a "good egg"..which egg-spression could most recently be applied to your own life?  Well let's see...nothing jumped right out at me, but surely I can work one of these....I guess I am going to go with "walk on eggshells" as it kind of felt that way after the earthquakes for a while.  Like at any minute another could hit.  I was kind of wanting to be prepared for it and I kind of slunk around jumping a bit at every sound.  Glad to report I am over it now, but it was NOT a good feeling, lol.

5.  In my experience....wow, this could go a million ways...  I always seem to have something I am trying to get someone to listen to my vast experience in, lol.  For right now, I guess I will say in my experience about life in general, it goes MUCH faster than you might think.  When I was a young mom and knee deep in car pools, school, homework, sports, orthodontics, and always putting a meal of some sort or another on the table, I was sure I would NEVER see the end of it. Part of that might have been I had 4 children and they were not particularly close in age. (a good 3 to 4 years apart with the last trailing 6 years behind the others!)  Seemed like I was on it for years! I was always hurrying it seemed and wishing ahead for when times would be simpler.  Looking back now I should have been S L O W I N G it down and savoring more of the moments.  Didn't figure that out to the end, and now sadly I feel like I might not have cherished it enough at the time. Soo, in my experience, take the time in your life to CHERISH the moments, make memories, and linger in whatever season you find yourself in.  The next one comes soon enough.

6.  What's a favorite song with the word rain in its title or lyrics?  Oh an easy one...Rain drops keep falling on my head by BJ Thomas.

7.  What does the word hope mean to you?  Wow another deep one.  Well I guess for me hope is all about the Lord.  Hope is defined in Webster's dictionary as a verb that basically means to want something to happen or to be true, and think that it could happen or be true...or as a Christian to somehow in my spirit KNOW something is true.  For Christians our hope is in the Lord. Through our faith in Him we have salvation from our sins and hope for things yet to come. Heaven and a reuniting with our loved ones. We have hope in His Word, in His promises, and in His constant care and love.

Psalm 31:24  Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who HOPE in the Lord.

Psalm 71:5  For You are my HOPE, Oh Lord God, You are my trust from my youth.

Psalm 119:114  You are my hiding place and my shield; I HOPE in Your Word.

Psalm 146:5  Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his hope, Whose HOPE is in the Lord his God.

8.  Insert your own random thought here...Well I guess I have a few as always, but right at the top of the list is these last couple of days have been HOT.  Near 90 degrees or more both days. Don't really feel like that yet, but it is the old it is what it is.  Don't really want to turn on my air conditioner and get that electric bill going in April, but this house is not insulated very well and it is over 80 in here.  Makes me lazy.  I did make up some coasters today for my sister.  No reason other than I saw the fabric and it was calling her name, lol.  She has been whining asking for some too, so I know she will be excited.  "grin"  She has taken this week off from work to spend with her new grandbaby, and I too am going to go over to Jessie's tomorrow and hold him for a while.  Soo looking forward to it.  Talk about something that goes quickly.  It's the "newborn" season for sure. So if you have one you can hold, rock, and love on, linger on it and enjoy every moment.  Hope you all have a wonderful day.  Blessings to you all! Debbie