Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


I wrote a nice long Thanksgiving post yesterday morning, only to "somehow" lose the whole thing...sigh. Hate when that happens, though truthfully it has been quite a while.  Anyway, I will never be able to duplicate it, so guess I will just try again.  We had a busy, long, action packed week-end, and even though we were both whipped Sunday night we were glad at all we accomplished.  We actually finished all of our Christmas shopping (with the exception of one gift for little Luke) which was not only NEVER in my plans,  it also has NEVER happened in our 40 years of celebrating Christmas together either. I have struggled and  sought to have my shopping out of the way before Thanksgiving in the past, but no matter how I tried, it just didn't happen.  It's a nice feeling I am not going to lie, lol.  All of our decorations are up and ready as well, so it looks a lot more like Christmas over here then Thanksgiving.  Meanwhile yesterday I finished up my last tree leaving only 1 scripture picture to finish all of my "pre-Chirstmas" gifts, along with getting my nails done and running SEVERAL errands. Not sure when or why I first got started on "pre-Christmas" presents, but I have been doing it for a few years now and actually almost enjoy these more then the actual Christmas presents, lol.  They usually consist of  making PJ's for all the grandkids, plus this year I added in pillow cases.  And then I make each family some sort of Christmas decoration.  This year it was the trees, the ornaments, and the scripture pictures.  I soo thoroughly enjoy doing this and it keeps me VERY busy that's for sure. I give it all to them on Thanksgiving so that they have it to enjoy through the whole month of December.  This year I also made myself 3 Christmas quilts, so I really went kind of nuts, lol.  But it is almost all done and now I can make my tree skirt with no sense of urgency and I will probably continue to make some more ornaments.  I continue to find that whole process wonderfully therapeutic.  But now, thinking back over this last year I have soo much to be thankful for.  At the very top of my list as always is God and my relationship with Him.  He is my source of comfort and strength in the dark and difficult seasons of my life, and my joy and peace when all is well.  He is ALWAYS there for me no matter what the circumstances, and my biggest hearts desire would be that all would come to know Him and experience this for themselves, and to know that their salvation is theirs for the asking and believing,  Next on my list would be gratitude for the man the good Lord blessed me with almost 40 years ago now.  He keeps me laughing, cared for, and loved.  He is my forever best friend and together we have faced the storms of this life and enjoyed those mountain top moments as well.  I have no idea what I ever did to deserve such a man, but I will be forever grateful. Then there are my children of course, and the in law children they have brought to our family.  How blessed I am in each of these categories honestly I don't know if I could ever express it enough.  And that brings me to the eleven grandchildren (with one more on the way!) that provide me with more joy then I would have ever thought possible.  The role of grandma is one of life's VERY best blessings, and I am soo thankful He put these precious people in my life.  Then there are my friends, all of you, my home, my health and on and on and ON the list could go.  Yes, there is much to be thankful for and I never want to take a single thing for granted.  We will spend Thanksgiving Day at my oldest son's house, though my other two sons will be eating with their in-laws this year.  I am only bringing a salad to the meal and am grateful that I am a guest and my responsibilities are small. (grin) Melody and her little family will arrive early tomorrow morning, and I know you all know I can't wait to get my hands on those babies.  I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!  May we all count our blessings, ENJOY our feasts, and remember to Whom all blessings flow.  Blessings and joy to you!  Debbie

Psalm 26:7   That I may proclaim with the voice of Thanksgiving, and tell of all your wondrous works!

Psalm 100:4  Enter into His gaits with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him and bless His name.





Friday, November 21, 2014

ALMOST FINISHED AND SOME UNBRIDLED JOY!


This is going to have to be quick as it is close to 6 o'clock on Friday night and hubby is due here in any minute and I do TRY to have everything I am working on (which includes blog posts!) done when he is here.  That's "our time" and I do my best to guard it.  I am sooo close to having everything I wanted to have done all finished that I could practically do a jig, lol.  It meant keeping my head down and pressing ever forward but sometimes that's just what you have to do.  I finished up Annabel's jammies (I hadn't made any for her...oh my!) and I remembered I had never put the elastic in Cody's PJ bottoms either so that was first on my list today.  Then I had decided to give all my girls a choice...They could either choose a quilted tree, or a Luke 2:11 scripture picture.  Larissa and Leah both chose the trees, and Melody chose the scripture picture.  Today I made Larissa's tree, and Melody's scripture picture AND two ornaments as well.  It meant working on ornaments while sitting by the embroidery machine as it worked away, but that felt kind of good, lol.  Now I just have to get hubby to frame up the embroidery tonight and that is all done.  I did take a while off yesterday and shopped with my sister for a while, and then picked up Jeffie and Cody for hair cuts.  I thought about taking them to the movies as well, but Jeffie had homework to do so I took them home.  They looked SOO cute, and I intended to take a picture of their little handsome selves, but I forgot, so you'll just have to take my work for it.  The week-end is jammed packed full already, but somewhere in there I will have to make one more tree and I will be ALL done, lol.  Well, all done with everything that needed to be finished by Thanksgiving.  After next week (which will be spent loving on those babies) I will need to make my tree skirt and finish up some ornaments, and buy and wrap just a few presents and that's pretty much it.  Not bad at all.  I tried SOOO hard to have NOTHING in the month of December, but I came pretty close and I am not complaining.  Though it did make me wonder what would have happened had I not given it the good old college try...lol.  Ok, let me show a few of the things...

I COULD TELL YOU A LONG INVOLVED STORY ABOUT THIS DESIGN....BUT I WILL SPARE YOU., LOL  LET ME JUST SAY THIS... THIS ONE IS MINE!  WHICH PROBABLY DOESN'T SEEM THAT BIG AS IT IS A SCRIPTURE AFTER ALL, BUT GETTING THOSE LINES EVENLY SPACED, AND A SQUIGGLE DESIGN THAT FIT AND ON AND ON WAS NOT VERY EASY.  AT LEAST NOT WHEN YOU ARE ME AND ANYTHING THE LEAST BIT ARTISTIC IS WAY WAY OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, LOL.   HUBBY FRAMED IT FOR ME AND HE DID SUCH A GOOD JOB!

THE TREE I DID TODAY.  FUNNY HOW DIFFERENT FABRIC REALLY CHANGES THE LOOK!
SAME FABRIC MADE THIS ORNAMENT....SUPER CUTE!

HERE IS MY NEW PIANO ARRANGEMENT THIS YEAR WITH MY TREE AND THE SCRIPTURE PICTURE.  LOVE THEM THERE

And then I just had to tell you about Sam.  At just turned 3 he is just at the perfect age to find everything about Christmas magical and exciting.  He understands perfectly that we are celebrating Jesus's birthday, but he adds in the fun of trees, reindeer, and make believe and he is what my husband describes as unbridled joy.  He spends a good deal of his day "pretending" he is Rudolph and flys around and plays elaborate games.  He's been wanting to put their tree up ever since it snowed there as somehow in his little mind they went together.  He brought it up every day till daddy finally gave in last night.  She sent me videos of him "helping" and dancing and just generally being adorable. They waited till Luke was in bed which was probably smart, lol.  Anyway, she took some pictures which I will share.  How on earth she managed to catch the look on his face just as the tree was lit up for the first time I don't know.  But it is just priceless in this grandma's humble opinion, lol.






IS HE ADORABLE OR WHAT? LOL

HAPPY BOY...CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON HIM!

Well hubby was a little late (which worked for me with finishing this, lol) but he just walked in the door so I will sign off for now.  Hope you all enjoy your week-ends, and maybe like Sam we should look for that "unbridled" joy.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BUSY, BUSY BUSY LADY....

It's close to 4 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon and I am officially downright beat, lol.  I have been pushing myself everyday because I SOO want to get everything done before Thanksgiving, but I am going to go ahead and throw in the towel, and realize that it's OK.  In the grand scheme of things it is really not even the tiniest bit important.  I just have kind of always been that way.  I set myself (somewhat ridiculous!) goals and then work like a mad woman to reach those goals, as if it actually matters, lol.   It doesn't.  But I suppose if I wanted to take the time to analyze why I do it, I might find out something interesting about myself, but honestly at this point I just don't have the energy. Melody and Mike are coming for Thanksgiving and will be arriving on either Tues. or Wed. (depending on Mike's schedule) of next week, and I need to have MOST things done so that I can sit for at least 5 days and do NOTHING but enjoy them.  We wanted to have our house all decorated for Christmas when they arrive for a few reasons.  The first being they are not coming for Christmas this year and I want to see both boys with Christmas things.  Especially Sam.  He is just at that perfect age to find everything about it all magical and exciting, and he will be nothing but fun.  In addition to this reason, if we wait until the week-end AFTER Thanksgiving (it comes late this year) then it will already be the 6th of December, and only two and half weeks until Christmas comes which makes it feel like it isn't even worth while to set it all up, lol.  I realize this makes me sound old, (I am 60 now!) but it is just soo much work.  And every time I think I am going to scale back on our decorating, I realize I am just not ready to do that yet.  I am sure it is coming, but not yet.  Sooo considering hubby and I move slowly and do not like to be rushed, we have been working on it the last two week-ends in a row.  At this point, we are completely decorated outside (we have cut WAY WAY back on this compared to when we lived at our old house!) though we will not light it up until after Thanksgiving. And the whole inside of the house is decorated too except for our tree, which is scheduled to go up this Saturday.  I have finished all the Christmas PJ's and pillowcases/sheets for the grandkids, and most of the ornaments as well.  It was my original goal to give each family 3 or maybe 4 of the quilted ornaments, but that was before I made any, lol.  Now as it stands they will all be lucky to get one!  haha  Oh my goodness!!!  Soo much time goes into the making of one.  I finished my first couple last Friday and I have to tell you what I did....I have NEVER been much of a crafter,  And this is what these definitely are.  Not a single stitch is involved.  They are made with folded fabric squares, MILLIONS of pins, ribbon and embellishments (if you want them) and Styrofoam balls. You can use a hot glue gun as well to glue on the final piece of fabric, which I wasn't going to do as hot glue and I have NEVER gotten along.  Well, I should have followed my first instinct!  As I was finishing up on Friday (I was sooo tired, mistake number 1) I decided to glue down my final piece, and the next thing I knew I burned my index finger (on my right hand of course!) soooo badly it immediately peeled the skin right off of it.  Oh my goodness it hurt!!!  I quickly ran it under water, and realized I would be nursing this wound for a while.  It is finally not hurting today, but trust me it has been nothing but a nuisance in my way ever since.   Right in the middle of all my ornament making I decided to make myself a quilted Christmas tree as well.  It is close to the same procedure, with just a little bit of difference in the folding of the fabric.  I was thinking if it didn't take too long I "might" make one for all of my kids too, but that is officially out, lol.  It took me almost 2 and half hours to make one!  Each one of the ornaments takes a little over an hour as well.  So there is only so many I am going to have the time to do.  Let me say this about all of this.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!  Not only the way they look, but the creating of them as well.  It is long and tedious, but every so therapeutic or something as well.  I am enjoying choosing the fabrics to put together, the differences in the ribbons and embellishments, and the way my mind wonders around to thinking who might get each one etc.  I am hoping to give one to each of my sisters, my good girlfriend, my nail ladies, and also my niece (the hairdresser!).  Not to mention, I'd like to have several myself. (grin)  I want to give them at least to my kids by Thanksgiving so that they can get them on their trees this year etc.  But I think my original goal of making around 20 or so may be cut literally in half, lol.  I have six of them done.  I still have not even started my tree skirt (one thing I decided doesn't have to be done before Thanksgiving) and I still want to embroider a design using the scripture of Luke 2:ll.  I intend to frame it and display it as well.  This is on my list for tomorrow!  I am THRILLED and I mean THRILLED with the way my Christmas quilts look on my walls btw. Way better then I had hoped for.  Which considering the time and money that went into them, it's a good thing I do I am sure.  So I have taken a few pictures.  Both of the ornaments, and the quilted tree, and  of the quilts on the wall.  I am tempted not to even post them as honestly the pictures are just not very good, and don't come even close to doing ANY of them justice.  Whoever thought up how to do those quilted projects was a genius!  How I love being able to just "goggle" what I want to do and there it is for me to use.  Anyway, let me show you....

I LIKE THIS ONE BUT IT IS ONE OF THE FIRST ONES I DID AND I SEE A SPOT NOW THAT I NEED TO UNPIN AND FIX....SIGH.  THIS GOT EASIER THE MORE I DID..

THIS ONE IS THE SECOND ONE I DID AND HAS MICKEY MOUSE ON THE OTHER SIDE.  I WISH I HAD WAITED TO TRY THIS AS I THINK I COULD DO A BETTER JOB NOW BUT OH WELL...

THIRD ONE WHICH I LOVE, BUT I SEE A SPECK OFF HOT GLUE NOW THAT I AM LOOKING AT THIS THAT I NEED TO PICK OFF.  NOT TO MENTION THE FACT, THIS IS THE ONE I WAS FINISHING WHEN I BURNT MY FINGER, LOL



SIDE OF ONE OF THEM...LOVE THIS.

THERE'S MICKEY!
ONE OF THE FIRST...AGAIN, NEED TO FIX IT AS YOU CAN SEE SOME STYROFOAM PEEKING THROUGH.  (maybe I shouldn't have blown these up and posted them as all my mistakes are glaring at me now, lol!)

HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE SO FAR...IT HAS TWO JINGLE BELLS ON IT AS WELL

SIDE OF IT

THE LAST ONE I DID...LIKE IT A LOT TOO!
AND MY TREE!!

ANOTHER VIEW

KIND OF BLURRY AND YOU CAN'T SEE THE QUILTING, BUT YOU GET THE IDEA.  CAN'T TELL YOU HOW I LOVE THIS.  I WOULD LOVE TO JUST LEAVE IT UP YEAR ROUND

THE FAIRY QUILT.  LOVING THIS TOO

FAVORITE GRANDKID CHRISTMAS PICTURES OVER THE YEARS DISPLAYED HERE. STILL NEED TO FILL MY GLASS TREES WITH CANDY FOR THE GRANDKIDS!

YOU CAN KIND OF SEE MY NEW VILLAGE DISPLAY...ANOTHER TIME I WILL SHOW YOU BETTER!

AND THE CUTEST REINDEER YOU'LL EVER SEE.  SAM CONTINUES TO PRETEND HE'S RUDOLPH EVERY DAY.  HE TOLD MAMA TODAY HE NEEDED A RED NOSE SO HE COULD FLY.  SHE OBLIGED, LOL
I had to go to the dentist yesterday in the middle of everything too, but hopefully now that should be it for a while there.  I am going to be gone all day on Thursday (hanging out with Cody and Jeff and getting them haircuts and seeing a movie!) and so that just leaves me tomorrow and Friday to finish up.  Sat is full, Sun is full, and my cleaning woman is coming on Monday and Tues I am getting my hair done.  So whatever gets done, gets done, and whatever doesn't will have to wait.  Hope you are all enjoying your days, and are finding the blessings that surround us all!  Debbie




Thursday, November 13, 2014

A NEW OUTFIT AND THE CONTINUING SEWING MACHINE SAGA


It's already late afternoon on Thursday MID WAY through November.  Goodness time just keeps whipping by SOOO fast.  I have had a busy week.  I finished up all of my Rudolph ornaments, and spent some time getting the supplies and watching tutorials on making quilted Christmas ornaments. I have seen them done a few times and have always loved them so decided to try my hand at them this year.  Haven't made any yet so not sure how it is going to go. I am really hoping that they won't be my dreaded "fiddly" lol.  I have enough scrap fabric to make hundreds I think....an exaggeration of course, but I do have a lot, lol.  And then I spent yesterday helping the girls get together their orders for their new business.  I think they were both a little surprised that there was more to it then one might think, lol.  Bibs and hair turbans and head bands are simple enough that's for sure, but it still is LOTS of work.  I think they might be re-thinking this part of the business.  I told them that honestly it is one of the reasons I have never started my own Etsy business.  Unless someone is WAY WAY WAY speedier then I am (and honestly I am pretty fast!) there is NO way you are ever paid for your time.  Not that you couldn't make money of course, depending especially on what you are selling (and it wouldn't be bibs and hair turbans, lol) but your time just honestly can't be factored in.  It's time consuming....period.  So I guess we will see what happens there.  Meanwhile, we did get all of their orders filled.

Today I got my nails done and then spent some time shopping for an outfit to wear for our family picture.  Let me just say this about this LONG adventure.  I ended up getting something that was soo different for me I still can't believe I purchased it.  I never wear a plain color....never.  I just don't think it's flattering on me.  I almost never buy anything in white or tan (I bought both!) and I got some jewelry too.  I NEVER wear anything with the exception of a very rare pair of ear rings, and of course my wedding ring.  I have no idea how I will feel the day it is time to put it all on and actually wear it, but at that point it will be what it is, lol.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if it could morph me into a younger, MUCH thinner new woman?  (yes, I hear the song Dream, Dream Dream in my head...anyone remember that?)  I did take a selfie and send it to Melody for her opinion, and she LOVED it... very, very surprised that I had actually picked it out, lol  I almost went so far as to get some boots to wear with it as well (and NO I don't even own a single pair!) but lets not not get completely carried away, lol.  Though, I am not sure what I am going to wear on my feet with this ensemble.

The story on the sewing machine did not end well.  sigh...They (the store owner) was really not very sympathetic or apologetic even over what had happened, and pretty much offered NOTHING to compensate us for the loss.  He tried to claim that no one stores designs on the machine, and in fact, he had no idea it would even do that.  We should have backed them up somewhere or taken them off every time I was done with one etc apparently.  But like my hubby pointed out to him WHY would anyone do that?  You have a design you love and use frequently, why not store it on the machine to use whenever you'd like instead of re-downloading it from a jump drive every time?  Not to mention the fact, OBVIOUSLY the machine does that.  I doubt I made that up and then figured out a way to do something the Bernina people never even thought of.  Give me a break...surely he could do better then that?  Soooo now I think we are going to go straight to Bernina themselves and complain about this dealer etc.  I can't bear things like this.  Now I can't go into the shop to buy my supplies either.  I need the threads, the stabilizers, needles etc., and honestly I don't know anywhere close where they are even sold.  But I just can't in good conscience patronize this store anymore.  Soo this story I guess continues on.

I don't know about any of you but I have officially begun my Christmas shopping too.  Sooo much to do.  Guess I will wrap this up for now.  Hope you all have GOOD week-ends.  Hopefully I will soon have some gorgeous quilted Christmas ornaments to show you next time I post, (that weren't the list bit fiddly!) and oh yeah, my Christmas tree skirt (starting that any minute!) lol.  I will leave you with a couple of pictures from Mel.  Just too cute to resist, and always make me smile.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


LUKE AND SAM WITH THEIR VERY FIRST HOT CHOCOLATE EVER!  THEY LOVED IT NEEDLESS TO SAY...THE LOOK ON LUKE'S FACE JUST CRACKS ME UP!  THEY GOT THEIR FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON TODAY!
AND A PICTURE OF THE SNACKS SHE MADE THEM TODAY....I THINK SHE MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN HER MOTHER'S LOVE OF CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS...LOL  (IT'S STILL NOVEMBER MEL!)  THEY LOVE IT THOUGH!

MELODY JUST HAPPENED TO GLANCE IN THE MIRROR (THANK GOODNESS, LOL) ON HER WAY TO THE STORE AND REALIZED SHE HAD NEVER REMOVED THE STICKER SAM HAD PUT ON HER FOREHEAD WHILE HE PLAYED....OH LIFE WITH TODDLERS, LOL




Monday, November 10, 2014

A FRUSTRATING SEWING STORY, AND MY RUDOLF ORNAMENTS


It's around 1 o'clock on Monday afternoon and I am going to take a small break and put up this post. Does it count as a break if you are blogging?  lol.  I need to make this quick though as I really need to get back to my machine. So without any more talk, let me tell you what happened last Friday.  OK, I had gotten all of my regular sewing work done the day before and I sat down at the machine nice and early to get a couple of embroidery projects out of the way.  I try to do them all at the same time as when I embroider I have to take my machine out of it's cabinet and put it on the table that I used for cutting etc., as that is the only way there is room enough to attach my embroidery module.  But I guess I need to tell you what my machine had been doing for the couple of days prior to this.  My machine is basically somewhat of a computer.  When I change from stitch to stitch the needle automatically goes to the default position when it is set.  Well, for some reason my needle was not going back to the default position, so I was merely using the little button I have to move my needle to get it to the positions that I wanted.  It was somewhat annoying, as I wasn't always remembering that it wasn't where it was suppose to be and would start out with it in the wrong place therefore throwing my seam off.  But as it was easy to move and correct it, I wasn't giving much thought as to why it was even happening.  Anyway, now back to the embroidery.  I sat everything up, hooped my project, got my design all set and was ready to begin when I noticed that the needle was not in the right position, and if I had tried to start sewing at that point the needle would have hit the foot and of course immediately would have broken.  So sighing with relief that I had noticed that the needle was NOT in the right position I went to do the way I had been with the little button for the last couple of days. HOWEVER, the needle wouldn't move at all!  I began to panic, and began trying various different things to get the needle to move etc., and no luck.  I got out my manual and began trying to find this problem listed somewhere, and again...nothing.  So I called the store where I bought it and talked to the gal there who convinced me I needed to bring it in to be serviced and checked.  When I asked her how long this might take she told me 8 - 12 or MORE business days!!  I totally flipped out then and told her there was no way I could go that long and that I had a couple of gals counting on me to get their orders together for their business, not to mention my own pile of Christmas projects.  There was of course nothing she could do so I began frantically calling every Bernina dealer anywhere's near me only to get even worse time estimates.  Sooo I packed up my machine and headed down to the shop figuring I had no choice.  Which let me just say this too.  Getting down the carrying case required moving a chair into our closet, to get up on the shelf where it is stored, and loading the whole HEAVY HEAVY thing up and getting into my car was NO easy feat.  However, after I arrived at the shop the repair man who was working there told me that for 40 extra dollars he could move me to the front of the line.  Apparently everyone (or maybe everyone who appears frantic!) is given that option. Soo of course I opened my wallet and told them PLEASE move me.  Well, by 5:45 that night my machine was done and I went back over to pick it up.  I guess I have got over 2 and half MILLION stitches on my machine, and most people who have my machine for that length of time have maybe 800,000 thousand stitches on an average!  So I guess I am making my machine work pretty hard, lol. They told me I should either trade up, or get my machine serviced more like every six months if I want it to run well.  I also managed to get more instructions that I wasn't sure about regarding using stretch stitches on my machine, and left a happy camper.  However!!!!  Yes, there is a BIG HOWEVER....The next day (Saturday!) after we had finished cleaning house (how I had to make myself do that, lol) I sat down on Sat. afternoon and decided I would do the embroidery design I had wanted to do the day before, and that's when I discovered that ALL, and I will repeat that for major emphasis, ALL!!! of my embroidery designs that I had bought, downloaded, designed myself, and used for the last 15 months were GONE!  They had somehow been erased!!  To say I was hysterical would be putting it mildly.  You honestly have NO idea how many hours I had spent finding these designs, working on these designs, downloading these designs etc. etc. etc., not to mention PAYING for many of these designs! They couldn't be just gone...and yet they were.  I looked everywhere I could think of they might be and again frantically called the store only to find out the repair man was not there (apparently he doesn't work on the week-ends) and they were as horrified as I was to hear that the designs had no doubt mistakenly been erased.   She told me I would have to call again on Monday to find out if there was anything he could do.  In the meantime, there was NOTHING she could do.  I told my hubby the whole thing and he called the store demanding to talk to the owner who also would not be there until Monday.  Soo then we began looking through the MANY (and I mean MANY) jump drives where these designs could have been downloaded to, so that we could try and reload some of them to my sewing machine.  Some of them we did manage to find.  Most of the important ones I used all the time, but not all of them by any imagination.  I have no idea where they are.  Hubby told me probably erased off a jump drive to make room for other designs.  I did get the reindeer applique I was looking for to complete the project I was working on and went ahead and got it done....Meanwhile, my hubby is going to go by the store on his way home and talk to the owner and see what can be done.  At bear minimum I want the 160 dollars back that we just paid to have my machine serviced.  This will by no means bring back my designs, nor will it cover the money it cost. But I think they should at least do this!  We will see...I will keep you posted, lol.  I guess I feel like it would be as if you brought your computer somewhere to be repaired, and somehow they lost ALL of your pictures and other important documents.  Maybe this man DID download my designs somewhere and simply forgot to reload them.  A gal can dream can't she?

Soo today, this morning, I finally got busy on the Rudolph ornaments I am making up for my grandkids.  Last July, Diane and I found some fabric that was designed to celebrate the 50 years it has been that the first cartoon movie of Rudolf first came out.  It was a darling whole line, and both Diane and I bought a few yards of it without any idea of what we might do with it.   I had finally decided I would make up a pillowcase for Sam using some of it (how he LOVES this cartoon video would be hard to describe!) and then I decided if I fussy cut some of the fabric, and paired it together with a coordinating fabric, I could make darling little ornaments out of it.  It's what I definitely call "fiddly" but there was just enough for a set of 7 different characters to give to Mel's family, Joe's family, James's family, and a set for myself.  I have one set completely done, and the other's all cut out and ready to assemble.  I hope I can finish them all up this afternoon.  They are nothing great, lol, but I KNOW the kids will love them.  I made a little video for Sam making the ornaments talk together etc. so that he could see them all, and he was just thrilled.  The nice part as he and Luke and all the little ones can hang these ornaments on their trees, or take them back down, or play with them etc., and they won't hurt a thing.  Let me show them to you....

SO HERE THEY ARE...RUDOLF, CLARICE, HERMIE, CORNELIUS, SANTA, SNOWMAN, AND THE SNOW MONSTER

CLOSER LOOK AT CLARICE, LOL

THE FABRIC I USED ON THE BACK

I HAVE ALREADY USED THIS DESIGN FOR SAM AND LUKE, BUT ENLARGED IT TO MAKE THIS ONE FOR CODY


SAM WAS BEGGING TO WEAR HIS FRIDAY NIGHT SO MAMA LET HIM.  HERE HE IS ENJOYING HIS JAMMIES, AN ICE CREAM SANDWICH AND A ROARING FIRE.  LIFE DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER DOES IT SAM?  LOL

MY GRANDDAUGHTER LINDSEY AND HER NEW KITTY ATHENA
Well now it's almost 3 (I had a couple of LONG phone interruptions!) so I need to get back to my sewing,  Hope you all have a GOOD week.  Blessings to you all, Debbie

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I AM ALMOST THERE!!

It's late Thursday afternoon and I am done sewing for the day,and since it's past time to get another post up...here goes.  I have had a busy week it seems just trying hard to get to my goal by Friday.  It was really my goal for LAST Friday, buy hey, better late then never huh?  Seriously, I am definitely pushing to get it all done.  I took Wed. afternoon off though and went and had lunch and a nice long visit with my long time girl friend.  She moved into a new home this summer and has been soo busy
"nesting" we haven't got together much recently.  We're hoping to correct that now and get back to our once a month (at least!) get togethers.  I thank God for her soo much, because if there is somebody who gets me in this world, it's her.  There really is something to be said for having such a long history together.  After our visit I made a trip to Nordstroms to get some new mastectomy bras. Let me tell you, I could tell such funny stories about this experience, but honestly I doubt unless you stand in the shoes I do, you'd get the humor of it much anyway, so I will spare you.  Let me just say this....I've really got my hopes up for these new ones I am trying out. lol  It's been 4 and half years now since that season in my life and honestly I still feel grateful that it all went as well for me as it did.  But these bra dilemmas are here I guess as a daily reminder rather I want it to be or not. lol  And then, last night was women's group and I thoroughly enjoyed that as always.  I thank God for these young women too (they are all pretty young but my sister Danae and I!) and love being able to remember the days when I stood in their shoes.  Again, there is something to be said for "history" and being able to encourage these young women that some things really don't last forever, and to share what my road as a Christian for 40 years has been like.  It's a little out of my comfort zone to go to one of these studies at night (tired...and don't like the freeways after dark!) but I do feel for now that the Lord wants me right where I am at.  It's been warm AGAIN these last couple of days, and I am trying not to complain.  But I'd like to turn off that air conditioner for good, and pull out my winter jeans.  Haven't done it yet though.  It does cool off sooooo nicely at night though, and stays that way till mid day, so that shows the weather has changed at least a little bit if nothing else.  Well, I guess that's all I've got for now, so I will just show you what I've done this week.  If all goes well tomorrow, I will finish up the very last of the grandkid PJ's, pillowcases and/or sheets.  All of my Christmas quilts are done as well.  Next Wed  I will work with my niece and her friend on orders (it is going very well so far!) and then!! hopefully Mon I will start some of the other stuff I was hoping to get to before December is here.  The tree skirt is first, and then I have several ornaments I want to make, and then maybe some towels and hot pads, and maybe even a runner. Think I will get to it all? lol  Yah, I have my doubts too..

IT'S THINGS LIKE THIS THAT KEEP ME FROM BEING DONE, LOL, BUT I CAN'T RESIST.  MY CHARGER FAN JD JUST HAD TO HAVE THIS CHARGER PILLOWCASE DIDN'T HE?  HIS SISTERS GOT FROZEN PILLOWCASES, SO IT SEEMED ONLY FAIR.  PLUS, THE LICENSED FABRIC WAS 30 PERCENT OFF AND I HAD A 25 PERCENT OFF MY TOTAL PURCHASE COUPON AS WELL.  I ALREADY HAD THE WHITE FABRIC AND THE GOLD, MAKING THIS PILLOWCASE ABOUT 3 BUCKS.  SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT HUH?  LOL  
AND THIS IS MY 19 YEAR OLD GRANDSON EVAN'S CHRISTMAS PILLOWCASE...YES, I DECIDED TO MAKE THEM FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO, LOL

AND I DECIDED TO MAKE CAPRI'S OUT OF THE SAME FABRIC AS DONATELLAS, BUT STUCK TO THE SHORT SLEEVES I KNOW SHE PREFERS.  SO THESE ARE SISTERS TELLA AND CAPRI.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS FABRIC!

GOT JD'S DONE.  HE AND LITTLE BROTHER VINNY WILL BE MATCHING!

AND HERE IS VINNY'S CHRISTMAS CRIB SHEET.  JUST THE CUTEST FABRIC...LOVED IT!

OLDEST GRANDSON EVAN'S.  I UNDERSTAND THAT HE LOVES HIS WARM PJ'S FROM GRANDMA STILL, LOL

JUST A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS DIFFERENT FABRIC.  

AND THESE ARE JEFFIE'S MADE WITH HIS FAVORITE PENGUINS OF COURSE...WONDER HOW LONG I WILL GET AWAY WITH "CUTESY" FABRIC FOR THIS 10 YEAR OLD BOY!? 

JUST A CLOSER LOOK
AND THEN I WHIPPED UP THIS EXTRA ONE FOR DONATELLA...FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS...FIRST, I HAVE HAD THE FABRIC FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AND I REALLY WANTED TO USE IT, AND SECOND, THE PATTERN I USE FOR HER IS SO QUICK AND EASY IT IS MADE IN ABOUT 45 MINUTES OR SO, SO WHY NOT?

ISN'T THIS CUTE FABRIC?

AND FINALLY THIS CUTE PIC OF MR. LUKE.  HE IS GETTING TO BE SUCH A BIG BOY!  AND SOO MUCH HAPPIER NOW THAT THOSE MOLARS HAVE FINALLY POPPED THROUGH.

Hope you all had a GOOD week....many blessings to you all!  Debbie



Monday, November 3, 2014

HALLOWEEN CUTIES


Originally I thought I might skip posting this morning since I put up a post yesterday which was unusual for me, but then I realized if I did that it might be Tues or even later before I put up my cuties having fun on Halloween, and then it would just be too late, lol.  And while I am sure you would all live right on not seeing the pictures, I wouldn't have them in my journal book, and we just can't have that now can we? lol.

We didn't do anything at all on Halloween this year other then eat our wonderful steaks hubby barbecued, and watching a little TV.  Hubby had yet another small skin cancer removed on Thursday and needed to just have a little down time, and trust me it sounded good to me too.  So we were satisfied with enjoying all the pics that came in on our phones from our kids and grandkids enjoying their time.  Let me show you...


WOODY AND BUZZ LIGHTYEAR..aka Luke and Sam

AND JESSIE JOINED THEM AS THEY WENT DOOR TO DOOR, LOL  SOO CUTE

SAM STILL BUSY WEARING HIS COSTUME THE NEXT DAY AS HE IS BUZZ YA KNOW..LOL

CLEOPATRA, A MERMAID,M AND TWO CHARGER FOOTBALL PLAYERS

JD'S DREAM OF BEING A SAN DIEGO CHARGER

LITTLE VINNY

CUTEST MERMAID EVER

BEAUTIFUL CAPRI
LINDSEY THE HAPPY CLOWN

CODY THE CUTEST, SWEETEST VAMPIRE EVER, LOL
And that's about all I've got for now.  I have a busy week (shocker, lol) and have lots to do.  Hope you all our enjoying your Falls.  We actually had some rain on Sat. and some cooler weather and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  But I noticed it is going up to the upper 80's by Wed.  Blessings to you all

Just had to show you this picture of little Vinny sporting his new sleeper.  It fit him perfectly!  YAY!

CUTIE IS HAPPY WITH HIS FOOTBALLS..