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..



Sunday, November 2, 2014

A RARE SUNDAY POST...

I am going to do something I don't usually have time for and that is to put up a quick post on Sunday! Yes, I am one of those RARE gals, lol, who does not use the extra hour we find for ourselves when it's time to turn back those clocks with sleeping.  I try honest I do!  lol  But I am such a creature of habit that it does take me a while NOT to want to pop into bed an hour earlier, and stay there an hour longer then I would have.  I do eventually come round, but it takes a while.  Personally, I wish they would just leave it alone.  I don't like it dark in the morning when I rise (as it has been recently) but I REALLY dislike more having my day end sooo much earlier it seems as it is dark by shortly after 5. Oh well, talk about it is what it is....

Hubby and I had a totally relaxing day yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  We are going to do a little babysitting after church this morning as my son has a meeting with his board, and his wife is going to take their oldest son to his football end of the season party.  That leaves grandpa and I with the girls and little Vinny for a little while.  Looking forward to that too.  Thank God our week-ends are usually slow and yet full with a little of this and that.

I was thinking the other day that my blog has become soo much of the same thing just said in somewhat different ways...What I am sewing, how I am behind, and one grand kid picture after another, that it's surprising to me that I haven't lost many more of you then I have to it's predictable dribble.  Then I went back a few years and re-read some of my old, old posts and realized that I USED to have a very varied blog with a multitude of subjects I yaked about.  To include a post EVERY Sunday (that I prepared on Sat. evenings I remember very well) that covered one of my biggest passions of all.  My love of the Lord and what He is doing in my life.  Not sure how that got laid aside for far less important topics such as what fabric I have recently bought and what project I am working on.  Sooo then of course I spent some time in prayer and searching my heart to see if maybe it's because THAT is really where my heart is at?  And I guess the answer is that while I DO spend a great deal of my time at my machine, and at the fabric store, and dreaming and scheming of what I might want to create, it could NEVER replace the source of joy and peace I have in my life in the KNOWING of whom I belong to and where my eternity will be spent.  How I rejoice in that knowledge and the joy it brings me IN SPITE of what might be whirling around me in this life.  His peace flows abundantly from His throne of grace, and is there for the simple asking for everyone who belongs to Him.  My biggest prayer is that all would find this peace and a relationship with the living God whom loves them more then they could ever imagine.  This verse really says it all...

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. THEREFORE, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 

In this verse we are being told quite plainly what our priority should be as Christians. Our focus HAS to be Him and what we are doing to further His kingdom. All the other things that fill our life and that we worry about are just "details"....God promises us here that if we do have our priorities in line, He will take care of all the details of our lives.

Sometimes I think for all of us it is hard to remember our purpose here on this earth. It is easy to get caught up not only in the urgent day to day grind of what has to be done such as work, caring for children, school, cleaning, laundry, etc. etc., but also in the planning out of our futures for both ourselves and our children. Without really thinking about it, we can find our days totally consumed with all the "urgent" things we must care for everyday, with precious little time left over to even enjoy our lives sometimes, let alone spend anytime at all with Him.   We worry and fret over so many things (some that are truly important, and others that really aren't) that at times we can easily become overwhelmed with it all. I wonder how much time I have spent in my life worrying about things that NEVER happened anyway, or ended up being of little consequence? WAY TOO MUCH I am very sure unfortunately. And how many of those days were spent agonizing over something that seemed unsolvable, only to have some circumstance or another change things around the very next day therefore making the day filled with worry and fear completely wasted? I can think of a few times right off the top of my head without really thinking about it much. How much better would my time have been spent focusing and TRUSTING in Him to take of all my basic needs? Our jobs as Christians is to spread the "good news" of His gospel with as many as we possibly can. To love Him above all else and to love our neighbors as ourselves...Where we live, what we eat or drink, what clothes we wear or how we look or feel are really nothing more than the "details" of life I am talking about. Whenever I live my life focused on Him it really has been amazing how the little things just don't seem to have the same impact. He DOES truly care for me, and provides me with everything I really need. How grateful I am for that.

Well my "extra" hour is up and it's time to get ourselves out the door.  I hope you all have a GOOD day, and let's focus our hearts on what's important and spread the good news around a little bit and rest in His peace.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Friday, October 31, 2014

FRIDAY FRAMENTS

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I know I am a little behind, (check out my previous post!) but I decided to try and jump onto the Friday fragments posts party this week.  I always enjoy reading the other fragments, and goodness knows my head is always full of random....so let's see.

I broke ANOTHER tooth.  Not sure what's up with that, but it's the second one I've broken in the last couple of months.  I have 3 "baby" teeth in my mouth.  There were NO adult molars to replace them so they have just remained in my mouth for 60 years.  Well, 59 anyway as they were all 3 my 1 year molars, lol. An inherited family gene I could just as well skipped that's for sure.  They all 3 have never even had a cavity!  My dentist said I should be in some world book of records or something over this. Well anyway, one of them finally broke.  He pulled out the offending piece (it was just kind of hanging there!) and thinks it can fix it with a simple filling.  So I don't need another crown, thank goodness!

I have found myself getting a little involved in a new business my niece Jessica is starting up with her friend selling baby clothes and accessories.  They designed the designs they put on t-shirts themselves and then had them printed up in various sizes.  I made the bandanna bibs to go with them and also the darling little head turbans and bows.  At one point they were going with infinity scarves, but they have scrapped that idea for now.  The eventual goal is to teach these gals how to sew so they can make these things for themselves, but for now we are simply swapping out for Jessica doing my hair which is a "win win" situation for us both.  Jessie has been doing my hair for almost 8 years now, and is a super talented hairdresser in Newport Beach.  Meanwhile, I have been thoroughly enjoying myself looking for fabric and coming up with new ideas for hair bows and bibs.  Their official launch date for this business is tomorrow.  I am soo excited for them! and wishing then all the success in the world in their new venture.  Let me show you some of their things....sooo cute!

HUNTWEST CLOTHING IS THE NAME OF THE LINE AND IS INSPIRED BY THESE GALS SWEET BABIES WESTON AND HUNTER,  YOU CAN FOLLOW THEM ON INSTAGRAM  (my niece and darling little nephew are on the left!)

THE CLOTHES WILL RANGE FROM 3 MONTHS TO 6

HERE'S ONE OF MY BIBS FEATURED.  THEY APPEAR TO TIE IN THE BACK BUT ARE SIMPLY THREADED THROUGH A BUTTON HOLE.   I FOUND THE DESIGN AND PATTERN ON PINTEREST, AND IT IS SUPER EASY
JUST SOME MORE IDEAS I'VE BEEN PLAYING AROUND WITH USING THEIR COLORS AND THEME
In between playing with these designs I am VERY busy trying to get all of my pillowcases and PJ's for my 11 grandkids finished.  My original goal was Halloween, but that didn't happen so I am hoping to be done by next Friday.  That will leave me 3 whole weeks to make my tree skirt (and maybe another runner), play with these designs some more (wink), and decide who else I might gift with a homemade item this Christmas. Oh, and I really want to make hubby a new shirt for our upcoming family photo session too.  I really want to take the whole month of December off from sewing, but we will see! I did manage to get little Vinny's PJ's done yesterday in spite of running to the dentist and Joannes. Cody's are all done but the applique I am going to put on his.  Let me show you Vinny's.

NO DOUBT A LITTLE BIG FOR 15 MONTH OLD VINNY, BUT THESE SHRINK UP QUITE A BIT SO THAT IS ALWAYS GOOD!

JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK AT THE FABRIC.  HIS BIG BROTHER JD WILL HAVE A MATCHING PAIR.  AND THIS SAME FABRIC (JUST MADE A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY) WAS USED FOR SAM, LUKE, AND CODY TOO.

LUKE AND SAM'S WITH THE APPLIQUE ON THE FRONT.
JUST HAD TO SHOW YOU A PIC OF LUKE AND SAM SPORTING THEIR NEW SNOWMAN JAMIES.  THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE THEM OFF SO THEY ARE PLAYING IN THEIR BACK YARD IN THEM, LOL


Well, guess that's all the "random I had time for right now.  Hope I followed all the rules the right way.  I enjoyed it.  You can check out the others at Half-Past Kissin Time.



HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM SAM AND LUKE!  (not sure why Sam is sporting  Rudolf antlers too, lol, other then he is frequently pretending to be Rudolf) 
Hope you all enjoy your week-ends, and your little trick or treaters. We don't get them anymore, and I sure miss them.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie