Monday, November 20, 2017

LONG OVER DUE POST...


Goodness!  It's been soo long now and I am soo far behind I am not sure how to go about catching up.  I wish I could tell you I've been on some big important trip, or had some totally valid reason as to why I've been away soo long, but I just can't.  I have been soo busy is all it really is.  My daughter is about 3 hours away with her family to come and spend the next week with us, so I thought to myself....hmmm, maybe I can FINALLY take a little bit of time and TRY to catch you up. 

I don't think I can get real specific because WAY too much time has gone by, and I've no doubt forgotten what happened when.  Soooo I will just jump in and show you my pile of sewing/gifts that I have prepared to be given on Thanksgiving Day.  I am really excited because like I said my daughter is coming and they have rented a large enough house in Temecula to accommodate all of my kids and grandkids for Thanksgiving dinner.  We have become such a large number that we just don't fit here anymore, and the only one of us whose home is big enough is my oldest son's.  Well, his poor wife who works full time has had to have ALL of the gatherings anymore at her house and it just doesn't seem fair.  Plus Melody really wanted to take a turn hosting.  So they decided to rent the house, drive 1000 miles to California with 3 children under 6 and their dog, and cook dinner for the rest of us.  oh to be young again...lol.  So they will stay here with us a couple of days, and then we will ALL travel to Temecula and stay together Wed. - Friday.  To say I am looking forward to it would be to say it mildly.  I am giddy.  Now they can't all stay for 3 days as of course they have busy lives, but we will all be there for Thanksgiving at least.  As most of you who have followed me for a while know, I let the women in each family chose what they would like for a new Christmas decoration for their homes each year, and I make it for them and give it to them on Thanksgiving so that they can have it for the whole month of December of course.  I also make a new ornament and then make Christmas pj's for all of our grandkids.  Actually, I have eliminated the oldest 4 this year as I really had to start drawing the line somewhere, but that still left me with 9 pairs to make.  I had enough fabric left over to make a pair for my 16 year old grand daughter Lindsey, so I made 10 altogether.  Let me show you these things first....

THIS GUY IS DECEIVING AS HE DOESN'T LOOK VERY BIG FROM THIS PHOTO, BUT HE IS ABOUT 3 FT TALL.  MY DIL LARISSA CHOSE THIS DARLING DOOR HANGER FOR THEIR HOUSE AND I HAD A LOT OF FUN MAKING HIM UP.  I BOUGHT A KIT AND ONLY HAD TO ADD THE BATTING TO IT WHICH WAS USED TO PUFF HIS BODY AND HIS HAT.  HE IS ATTACHED TO BURLAP TO GIVE HIM EXTRA BODY.  I STILL HAVE TO ADD A HANGER OF SORT ON HIS BACK, BUT IT IS ONE OF THE FEW THINGS I STILL NEED TO DO.

I THINK I MAY HAVE SHOWN YOU THIS IN PROCESS AS I WAS READY TO SEND IT TO THE QUILTERS.  I GOT IT BACK A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND ALL I HAD LEFT TO DO WAS TO SQUARE IT UP AND BIND IT.  I REALLY LIKE HOW THIS CAME OUT AS WELL.  THIS TOO WAS A KIT SO ALL THE FABRICS WERE PRE CHOSEN FOR ME, BUT I LOVE THE COLOR COMBINATIONS.

JUST A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PATTERN AND THE QUILTING

NOW THIS PROJECT TOOK WAY WAY WAY LONGER THAN I ORIGINALLY THOUGHT IT MIGHT, AND HONESTLY MELODY I THINK WANTED SOMETHING WAY SIMPLER.  I KIND OF GOT CARRIED AWAY, LOL  SHE HAS A BAR AS WELL AS A TABLE IN HER KITCHEN AND SHE LIKES TO DECORATE THE BAR FOR THE SEASONS WITH A COUPLE OF CUTE ITEMS AND PLACE MATS FOR THE KIDS.  THAT'S WHERE THEY EAT THEIR BREAKFASTS, LUNCHES AND SNACKS, AND SHE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN TO HAVE GRANDMA MAKE THEIR CHRISTMAS PLACE MATS FOR THE BAR.  WELL.....I HONESTLY JUST COULDN'T DECIDE WHAT TO DO.  I HAD A BAJILLION IDEAS, BUT THEN I SAW THIS STAR PLACE MAT DONE UP.  IT'S AN "IN THE HOOP" PROJECT.  WELL, THE DESIGN IT CAME WITH WAS DONE WITH ORNAMENTS IN THE CENTER OF THE LEG OF THE STARS, AND DIDN'T SEEM VERY KID ORIENTED TO ME, SOOOO I FIGURED OUT A WAY TO GET DIFFERENT DESIGNS INTO THE STAR LEGS, ADDED THEIR NAMES AND HERE'S WHAT I CAME UP WITH.  MELODY HAS TOLD ME SHE WILL NOT REALLY EVEN WANT THE KIDS TO TOUCH THEM, LOL, BUT I TOLD HER THEY ARE VERY WASHABLE AND SO NOW SHE THINKS IT WILL BE OK.  EACH LEG OF EACH STAR (so 18 legs altogether) TOOK AN HOUR OR SO TO DO.  THEN ALL THE LEGS HAD TO BE ATTACHED TO EACH OTHER TO MAKE THE STAR.  THEN THE BACKING HAD TO BE ADDED AND YOU TURNED THEM RIGHT SIDE OUT, AND THEN I ADDED ON SOME QUILTING.  SOOOO AS YOU CAN SEE THEY TOOK FOREVER.  BUT I REALLY LOVE LOVE LOVE HOW THEY CAME OUT.  

JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK

THE DESIGNS WERE NOT TO DENSE AND YET HAD PLENTY OF COLOR CHANGES...THEY ARE JUST THE CUTEST DESIGNS.




THESE ARE THE PJ'S THAT I MADE FOR SAM, LUKE, VINNY,  ( and my nephew Weston) I LOVE THIS FABRIC FROM PEEKABOO FABRICS.  IT IS SOOOO SOFT AND COMFY AND HONESTLY JUST A DREAM TO WORK WITH.  

11 YEAR OLD JD AND 8 YEAR OLD CODY GOT A DIFFERENT VERSION OF PATTERN, BUT WITH THE SAME FABRIC.  THEY ARE TOO BIG (JD IS A MEN'S SIZE!) FOR THE OTHER PATTERN AS IT ONLY GOES TO A SIZE 8.  THEIR BOTTOMS ARE THE SAME FABRIC AS THE SLEEVES LIKE THE OTHERS WERE, BUT WITHOUT THE CUFFS.  FOR SOME REASON I NEVER TOOK A PIC OF THE FINISHED ONE OF THESE.  

AND THESE ARE 8 YEAR OLD TELLA'S, 2 YEAR OLD CLAIRES, AND 18 MONTH OLD SOPIA'S.  THIS WAS JUST THE CUTEST FABRIC EVER ALSO FROM PEEKABOO...HAVE I MENTIONED I LOVE THEM???  lol  SAME SOFT AND COMFY AS WELL

THIS IS WHAT I KIND OF PIECED TOGETHER FOR 16 YEAR OLD LINDSEY,  SHE FREQUENTLY SLEEPS IN SHORTS SO THIS WILL WORK FOR HER.  I HAD TO KIND OF MAKE UP MY OWN PATTERN AND PIECE TOGETHER PIECES OF FABRIC TO MAKE IT WORK, BUT IT CAME OUT PRETTY GOOD IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF, LOL.  I THINK SHE WILL LIKE THESE
AND THEN THIS NIGHT SHIRT IS FOR ALMOST 13 YEAR OLD CAPRI.  IT LOOKS LIKE A TEE SHIRT HERE, BUT IT IS LONGER THAN IT APPEARS.  I DID MAKE HER A LITTLE PAIR OF SHORTS OUT OF THE GOLD FABRIC TO WEAR WITH THIS THOUGH IF SHE WANTS.  

HERE ARE THIS YEARS ORNAMENTS....THESE DARLING LITTLE REINDEER IN THE HOOP DESIGNS WERE PRETTY QUICK AND SUPER EASY.  I ADDED THE YEAR IN THE HEARTS AND THEIR NAMES IN GLITTER THREAD, AND ADDED THE LITTLE BOWS WHEN I WAS FINISHED WITH HOT GLUE

CLOSER LOOK AT ONE

AND HERE ARE THE BOYS...STARS INSTEAD OF HEARTS, AND NO EYELASHES AND NO BOWS...SOO CUTE

CLOSER LOOK AT THE BOYS....OH! ALL OF THESE WERE MADE WITH FELT

AND THE FAMILIES ORNAMENTS THIS YEAR WERE FREE STANDING LACE ANGELS.  I WAS SOOOO EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO ADD MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THE YEAR TO THESE DESIGNS.  I WILL NOT LIE....IT WAS KIND OF FIDDLY AND HARD TO GET THE 2017 ON THERE, BUT I AM JUST KIND OF STUBBORN THAT WAY.  LOL....THESE ARE KIND OF STIFF WHEN THEY ARE DRY AND I ADDED THE WHITE RIBBON HANGERS ON TODAY.  EACH ONE OF THESE DESIGNS IS DONE WITH JUST WATER SOLUBLE STABILIZER AND THREAD.  THEY EACH TOOK OVER 90 MINUTES TO STITCH.  HOWEVER, I COULD GET EVERYTHING ALL SET AND TURN THE MACHINE ON AND GET BUSY WITH SOMETHING ELSE SO THAT WORKED WELL FOR ME.  

I WANT TO HANG MINE IN OUR KITCHEN.

Soo that is mainly what I have been doing for the last month.  Plus we have decorated our home inside and out for Christmas already as with Melody here for a week we wouldn't have gotten to it then till a week or so into December which is a little late for me as I enjoy it so.  And then!! We have gotten some new furniture in both our living room and family room.  This has had us very very busy for some reason.  Shopping and picking it out took forever....arranging and re-arranging and re hanging pics etc. after it finally came, and on and on.  One thing has lead to another and then another and on and on.  We have not bought anything new in over 16 years so it was just flat out time.  But it is such a process and was soo much work that honestly I am thinking I MIGHT not ever do this again.  I will show you now what I can...

THE COLOR ON THIS IS TERRIBLE SO SORRY ABOUT THAT.  WE ARE BOTH LOVING OUR RECLINING LOVE SEAT CHAIRS (sitting here right now!) AND THE CONSOLE BETWEEN THEM THAT HOLDS REMOTES, AND HAS POWER PLUGS AND PHONE CHARGING CAPABILITIES MAKE THEM TRULY WONDERFUL  I AM SOO GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THIS

OH AND I FORGOT WE PUT IN A NEW KITCHEN SINK TOO.  LONG, LONG STORY ON THIS BUT HERE IS THE RESULT, LOL

HERE'S THE LIVING ROOM....I TOOK THESE LAST NIGHT SO IT WAS DARK AND AGAIN THE COLOR ISN'T VERY GOOD.  WE ADDED A LOVE SEAT TO THIS ROOM TO ACCOMMODATE MORE SEATING ROOM WHEN FAMILY IS HERE.  THERE IS ANOTHER CHAIR THAT WILL GO WHERE THE TREE IS AFTER CHRISTMAS.  IT'S IN THE FAMILY ROOM RIGHT NOW AND HONESTLY I KIND OF LIKE IT IN THERE.  WE WILL SEE...

A VIEW INTO THE ROOM BEHIND THE LOVE SEAT.  ONE THING ALWAYS LEADS TO ANOTHER AND ANOTHER.  NOW I DON'T LIKE THE CURTAINS WITH THIS, AND HONESTLY I DON'T REALLY LIKE MY TREE SKIRT EITHER.  NEXT YEAR....OH!  AND THAT FIREPLACE SCREEN HAS GOT TO GO, LOL

NEW LAMP....I LOVE THIS.  I HAD TIFFANY LAMPS AND I LOVE THEM SO BUT THE COLORS JUST DIDN'T GO PLUS I WANTED A CHANGE.   I COULDN'T SEEM TO GET AWAY FROM THE TIFFANY'S THOUGH

CLOSE UP ON ONE OF THE CHAIRS....I FELL IN LOVE WITH THESE CHAIRS FOR SOME REASON...I BUILT THE WHOLE ROOM AROUND THEM.  BUT ONCE I GOT THEM IN HERE THEY WERE BIGGER THAN I THOUGHT.  IT'S SOO DECEIVING IN THE STORES.  THE LIGHTING IS BAD AND THE STORES ARE SOOOO BIG (or where I bought from it was anyway) THAT THEY SEEMED VERY DIFFERENT IN OUR HOUSE




Well this of course took a long, long time.  I will try much harder to keep up.  I have been around reading your posts when I can, but not always leaving comments.  That will change too.  Hopefully I have not lost any of my few remaining readers with my long absence.  I KNOW I won't probably post again till after Thanksgiving, so I am wishing you all a very blessed holiday.  I have soo much I have been blessed with and maybe I should have posted about that.  Much love to you all!  Blessings!  Debbie
















Wednesday, October 11, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

I did try to get up another post since last Wednesday's hodgepodge, but it just didn't happen.  I am still pressing on though.  I SOO enjoy the Hodgepodge and you can too by clicking on the picture below and joining all the others.  Thank you Joyce for taking the time for this every week!



1.  On a scale of 1 - 10 how would you rate your sense of direction?  1=can't find my way out of a paper bag, and 10=if I have been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.  I guess I would say I am probably a five.  I have a pretty good sense of direction, but I need to have been the one driving.  I don't pay attention if I am not.  But if I have driven there 2 maybe 3 times I can almost always find my way back no matter how long it's been.  When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand?  (phones don't count!).  HMM...that would be pretty much never, lol.  I hate maps and definitely don't read them well.  BACK EAST, DOWN SOUTH, OUT WEST, UP NORTH...Choose one of these directional phrases, and tell us why you chose it.  I guess I will go with down South, lol.  And probably because I have always wanted to visit the South.  Definitely on my bucket list.

2.  Did you do more talking or listening yesterday?  Is that typical?  Describe your day in one word...I did more listening.  And I would say that is very typical.  I think because I am home everyday and I don't actually work I am several people's "commute" call if you know what I mean.  I talk to one of my youngest sisters every morning on her way to work.  I talk to two of my sons on their way to or from work. (though not every day that's for sure!).  I talk to my older sister whenever she gets a chance between her busy, busy life, and the same goes for my daughter. And I listen to my husbands work day stories when he gets home before we turn the TV on. And mainly I just listen to their stories of work, school, and life.  NOT that they don't listen to mine, just that there is more going on with all of them.  I guess I will go ahead and complain that it is bothersome sometimes when I NEED to talk or vent and there is no one to be found, lol.  I can ALWAYS be found (or usually anyway) because I am almost always here.  My day yesterday could be described as both restful but productive.  Sorry I guess that's two words so I will go with productive.

3.  Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity....which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting?  What might you do to change that?  hmmm this could require some analyzing and/or thought because at one time or another I have been guilty of ALL of these.  But what am I MOST guilty of?  I think I will go with opportunity.  Or maybe that's the one I regret the most.  There has been too many times I have not taken advantage of the opportunity that presented itself to witness and tell someone about the Lord.  I've missed opportunities to encourage, or compliment or make someone else's day better.  I've missed opportunities to start a business (though definitely in my past...not these days.)  But I think you get the idea.  To change that I need to realize that life is short and there are ALWAYS opportunity's to share and encourage and lighten someone's load or circumstances.  I just have to purpose more to do that.

4.  Did your family take regular vacations when you were a kid?  Tell us something you remember about a family road trip from your own childhood.  We did not take regular vacations when I was growing up.  Though we did own a cabin in the local mountains and spent lots of time enjoying that.  I do remember one summer when I was 17 years old my dad rented a big motor home and we took a two week long vacation driving all over California (mainly in various mountains) camping in it.  Honestly there were MANY things I loved about it, but there was a few I hated too, lol.  We were at Mammoth for a while and it was totally glorious.  We swam, fished, and just laid around and soaked up the sun and fresh air.  I loved the campfires at night, and the marshmallows and the conversations.  But I HATED sleeping in that thing, lol.  There were 8 of us!  I came from a family of 6 children and to say we were "in there tight" would be putting it mildly.  I had claustrophobia let me tell you.  I also remember driving up some VERY STEEP, VERY NARROW, mountain roads in that giant thing (yes it seemed big then) feeling like we were hanging off of a cliff...and I GUESS we kind of were.  I was terrified.  But one thing I can say about that vacation....none of us has ever forgotten it.  It was really all in all a good time.

5.  If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow?  Why?    Hmm now this is something I have never given much thought to as I can't seem to grow a thing.  NO green thumb let me tell you.  Sooo IF I could, I guess I would grow beautiful BEAUTIFUL orchids.  My mother could and did and oh how I loved them.  I also might grow my own tomatoes as honestly there is just nothing quite as tasty as home grown tomatoes.  I have eaten these from many others gardens, and they are just soo good. 

6.  Insert a random thought...I FINALLY started some of my Christmas sewing today.  I don't remember a year I have not had a GOOD start by now.  For those of you who haven't ever followed me I can tell you that every year I make a pair of Christmas pj's for most of my grandkids.  Some of them have gotten too old to enjoy that anymore, but I will have 9 pairs still to make this year.  And then I make some sort of  Christmas decoration for each of my kids families.  Such as tree skirts, stockings, ornaments, advent calendars, banners etc.  I also make seasonal dish towels, hot pads, ornaments, and the like.  And I give it all to them on Thanksgiving so that they can have it to enjoy during the month of December.  Which means of course it all has to be done in just a few weeks.  I think part of the problem this year is just coming up with something "new".  lol  But I am definitely cutting it close this year as I usually begin in July.  I will show you what I made this morning for my oldest son's family.  She told me (I LOVE it when I get a request...makes things much easier, lol) she could really use a runner for their new kitchen table. 

THERE ARE 4 12 IN SQUARES IN THIS RUNNER WITH THESE CANDY CANES ON THEM.  I USED TWO DIFFERENT BACK GROUND FABRICS, AND CHANGED UP THE STRIPES ON THE CANDY CANES AND BOWS.  I GOT ALL THE PIECES CUT OUT AND GLUED DOWN (used Wonder Under for those interested) WHICH IS A PROCESS I CAN'T SAY AS I ENJOY A LOT.  KIND OF "FIDDLY" FOR ME.  AND I CAN BE KIND OF OCD ABOUT IT ALL TOO AND MEASURED AND RE MEASURED MANY TIMES TO TRY AND GET THEM ALL ON THERE EXACTLY THE SAME WAY.  

HERE'S THE OTHER BLOCK.  DIFFERENT BACKGROUND AND THE BOW AND CANDY CANE FABRICS REVERSED...
HERE'S ALL 4.  BUT NEXT I HAVE TO STITCH ALL THE PIECES DOWN AND HONESTLY AGAIN, NOT MY FAVORITE THING TO DO, LOL.  AGAIN, KIND OF FIDDLY.  BUT THEN I WILL PUT A SASH BETWEEN THE SQUARES AND IT WILL THEN BE READY TO QUILT, AND THEN I JUST HAVE TO BIND IT AND IT WILL BE DONE.  I DO LOVE THE COLORS AND FABRICS IN THIS.  HOPE TO HAVE IT COMPLETELY DONE BY FRIDAY, BUT WE WILL SEE.   (you don't notice my mess there on the floor right?)

Well, guess that's it for now.  Hope you all are having a good week.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie








Wednesday, October 4, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY...FARM LIFE


I am way behind on the Hodgepodge, but I am going to try to do this quickly and jump on anyway.  I always enjoy it so.  Join the others by clicking on the pic below...




1.  Have you ever spent time on a farm?  Tell us a little bit about it.  Have you ever grown your own pumpkin?  Been on a hayride?  Driven a tractor?  Milked a cow?  Well, as most of my regular readers know my daughter Melody married herself a dairy farmer/farmer and moved 1000 miles away a little over nine years ago now.  Before then farming was a completely foreign way of life for me.  For my daughter too by the way.  She was a city girl through and through.  But through the years I have learned soo much about this way of life and I have honestly just loved every minute of it, and few would suspect that my daughter had not been raised this way, lol.  They live ON the dairy (though that is in process of changing as they are building a home on one of their farms) and that is their main way of farming.  So yes on one of our visits I did participate some in milking, lol. I've also seen many calves being born, feed the calves bottles, worked her chickens, and watched this HUGE business in process.  Soo interesting.   But they also own a couple of farms which are used primarily to raise the crops needed to feed their cows.  Corn, alpha, hay, and even some cotton.  I have witnessed both planting season and harvest.  I have ridden IN a tractor, but never actually been the driver, lol.  Their tractors are air conditioned and very complex and trust me would have frightened me to even touch, lol.  It is a much slower, wide open spaced way of life, and I am very thrilled my daughter is able to raise her kids in such an environment.  Oh, and I have never successfully grown any produce, lol.  Melody as a little girl was interested and her and her daddy grew some yummy tomatoes and zucchini, but that was it.  Maybe it was just to be her destiny, lol. I have a bajillion pictures of their farm life so it was hard to chose just a few, lol

MANY WALKS DOWN THE COW LANES

WATCHING THE DUST CROPPER PLANES

THE SMALLER OF THE TWO BOYS WAS A COUSIN WHO WAS THERE FOR A TRIP...NOTICE LUKE IS WEARING BOOTS WITH HIS SHORTS...PRETTY COMMON FOR FARM BOYS, LOL

VISITING THE CALVES

SAME COUSIN

FROG CATCHING AT NIGHT PRETTY COMMON SUMMER EXPERIENCE

CHECKING OUT "HIS" COWS!

RIDING IN THE FEED TRUCK

CHECKING THE SPRINKLERS IN THE CORN FIELDS

MY DAUGHTER AND HER FAMILY....AND NO MY DAUGHTER IS NOT USUALLY DRESSED LIKE THIS!  LOL




2.  What's something younger you would like about you now?  Oh soo easy.  No arthritis!  And way more energy.  I was VERY active when I was younger, and I definitely miss the ability to be so.  Guess I could throw in wrinkles too, lol  I have read a few of the others answers to this now and see that I have misunderstood the question, lol.  Soo typical for me.  But answering what was actually being asked it would be.....that I made such a wise decision about who I would marry.  After 43 years still one of my best choices.  And that I made a decision for Jesus when I was just 18 and have lived my life dependent on Him.  That I developed such GOOD relationships with everyone of my kids that are still soo strong today, and they are all now married and my life is all about them and my wonderful grandkids. 

3.  What are three things you'd like to more often?  Three things you'd like to do less often?  Let's see...MORE often would be spend time with all of my grandkids, but mainly the New Mexico ones since they live so far away.  And lunch and spend time with my sisters.  My 3 sisters all have very little time for this.  Bake!  I LOVE to bake but I avoid it now as I can't seem to keep my own head out of the results, lol.  And LESS often.....that would be doctor and dentist visits (though thankfully I don't really do that a lot) coloring my hair, "threading my eyebrows and face, (and most things that require my maintenance) and guess that's about it for now.

4.  What's on your nachos?  I LOVE loaded nachos. (or just with cheese as well, lol) So that would be a little of everything.  Beans, chicken, cheese, and chilies and spices...yum.  Don't do this very often as my tummy definitely doesn't take well to this anymore.

5.  What's the most random thing in your purse or wallet?  Does it need to stay there?  Right now the most random thing in there is a little baggie with scissors, thread, needles, and a tape measure.  I had them along last week-end to use for repairs and alterings for clothes for the wedding.  And NO it definitely doesn't need to stay there.

6.  Insert your own random thought here...the only thing that is floating around in my head this morning is how I need to get cracking on my Christmas sewing.  I can't believe we are in Oct. and I haven't not only started, but haven't even really decided WHAT I am going to do this year. Finally rested up from our week-end (see previous post!) .   Hope you are all having a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


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Monday, October 2, 2017

THE WEDDING AND SOME OTHER STUFF!

Well we have just finished up a VERY busy, but VERY fun week-end.  I think I have probably mentioned that Melody and her family made their way to California this last week-end for her husband Mike's brothers wedding.  All 5 of them were to be in it!  It was in the local mountains here about an hour or so from our house.  Melody rented a cabin for them to stay in for the week-end and invited us up there to stay with them not only so we could have a little time with them, but so that we could help out some with the kids since both she and Mike were also in the wedding and her kids are all soo young.  Well trust me grandpa and I had NO PROBLEM hurrying up there to help out.  I think I also have mentioned that I had made the flower girl dress for Claire, and as it turned out Melody needed me to help her fix both of the boys pants that were too big around as well.  Soo I loaded up my sewing machine and we headed up around noon on Friday. As it turned out the dress fit PERFECTLY, and the pants were a super easy fix.  My son James was to be the minister at the wedding, so he and his wife were there as well, and they too stayed in the large cabin they rented.  They left their kids behind with their other grandparents though, so it was just Melody's kids we were dealing with, lol.  After the actual rehearsal was over, the wedding party all went to the rehearsal dinner festivities, and grandpa and I got the kids dinner and babysat with them.  The next day there was much for everyone to do.  The day passed in a blur, and after the wedding ceremony itself was over they again dropped the kids off with us and they went to the wedding reception.  The kids were honestly just as good as they could be, and we were both sooo happy to be spending time with them, and at the same time giving their parents the opportunity to sit and enjoy the reception without the hassle of dealing with a 2, 4, and newly turned 6 year old.  Sam's birthday was on the 24th so we brought along his gift to open which included some things I made for him and a Shark game which they all loved and we played over, and over, and OVER!  lol.  The kids I guess did perfectly in their roles at the wedding which was soo good.  We knew Sam and Luke would do well, but 2 yr. old Claire was a big role of the dice.  But she got into it, and Melody was very relieved, lol.  Most of the rest of what I want to share can be done so in pictures.  Let me start with some of the things I made Sam for his birthday....

SOME BATMAN PJ'S

BATMAN PILLOWCASE


A HOODIE....I HAD THIS FABRIC LEFT OVER FROM LAST WINTER AND DECIDED TO STITCH THIS UP.  IT WAS QUICK AND EASY AND HONESTLY IT WAS SOO CUTE ON HIM I MAY BE MAKING UP SOME MORE FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!
HERE HE IS SPORTING IT

AND THIS TEDDY BEAR!  THIS WAS DONE AS AN "IN THE HOOP" PROJECT, AND HONESTLY HE IS EVEN CUTER IN PERSON.  EACH OF THE PARTS (THE HEAD, THE BODY, THE ARMS, THE LEGS, THE EARS, AND THE MUZZLE) WERE ALL DONE AS A SEPARATE HOOPING, AND THAT PART WAS AS EASY AS CAN BE.  OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN MAKE HIM ANY COLOR COMBINATION OR FABRIC THAT YOU CHOOSE.  THEN!! THE HARD PART (FOR ME!) WAS SEWING BY HAND ALL THE PARTS TOGETHER AFTER YOU STUFFED THEM.  NOT AS EASY AS YOU MIGHT THINK!  IT WAS AWKWARD AND CUMBERSOME, AND FIDDLY.  I PURCHASED A DOLL NEEDLE TO ATTACH THE MOVABLE ARMS AND LEGS, AND THAT TOOK A FEW TRIES TO GET IT RIGHT.  WE WILL WAIT AND SEE HOW WELL IT HOLDS UP TO SOME "PLAY" BEFORE I MAKE ANY MORE OF THESE TOYS THOUGH, LOL

HE IS SITTING HERE AND STANDING IN THE ONE ABOVE.  I ADDED THE BOW TIE WITH RIBBON.  I SIMPLY TIED IT IN A BOW AND AROUND HIS NECK, AND THEN HOT GLUED IT IN A COUPLE OF PLACES

MOVABLE ARMS AND LEGS WERE CONNECTED WITH BUTTONS AND I USED SOME UPHOLSTERY THREAD WHICH I THOUGHT WOULD BE A LOT MORE DURABLE


THE DRESS THOUGH I STILL HAD THE HOOK AND EYE TO PUT ON

AND THERE SHE IS!  I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE PROFESSIONAL PICTURES!

THIS IS WHAT SHE WAS DOING WHEN IT WASN'T HER TURN FOR PICTURES!  LOL

SHE WAS SOOO HAPPY WITH HER LITTLE FLOWER GIRL BOX

APPARENTLY SHE KEPT EVERYONE TOTALLY AMUSED AS SHE WOULD CAREFULLY LAY DOWN SEVERAL PETALS AND THEN PICK THEM BACK UP AND PUT THEM IN HER BOX AND WALK A LITTLE BIT AND REPEAT THE PROCESS....ALL THE WAY TO THE ALTER, LOL  I GUESS SHE HAD NO INTENTION OF LEAVING ANY OF "HER" FLOWERS BEHIND, LOL

GUESS IT WAS A REALLY PRETTY PLACE

THE BOYS RIGHT BEFORE THEY LEFT FOR THEIR PICTURES....I TOOK THIS ONE AND IT WAS JUST THE CUTEST THING.  I LOVE THE RELATIONSHIP THESE TWO SHARE.  HONESTLY JUST THE BEST OF FRIENDS!

HERE THEY HERE WITH THEIR UNCLE THE GROOM

GETTING ALL 3 OF THEM WITH A "GOOD" SMILE AT THE SAME TIME IS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT!  LOL

MIKE AND MEL

MELODY'S FAMILY BEFORE THEY LEFT FOR THE REHEARSAL.  

CLAIRE GAVE GRANDMA A COUPLE OF PEDICURES, LOL

GRANDPA HAD PUT A MONKEY GAME ON HIS PHONE THAT THESE TWO JUST LOVED!  LOL  THEY LAUGHED AND LAUGHED AND LAUGHED AND TOOK TURNS SOOOOO WELL!  YOU CAN TELL THEY ARE VERY USED TO TAKING TURNS AND SHARING, PLUS THEY JUST ENJOY THINGS TOGETHER.  THEY LAUGHED AND ENJOYED RATHER IT WAS THEIR TURN OR NOT

AND OH HOW THEY LOVE BEING READ TO...ENTERTAINED THEM A LOT THIS WAY TOO

I CANNOT REMEMBER IF I SHARED HERE OR NOT ABOUT THE HALLOWEEN PJ'S I MADE FOR THE LITTLEST OF THE GRANDKIDS  SORRY IF THIS IS A REPEAT!  THESE WERE FOR CLAIRE.  SHE IS SUPER INTO KITTIES RIGHT NOW SO SHE LOVED THESE

CLOSER LOOK AT THE FABRIC

SAM'S

LUKE'S

CLOSER LOOK AT THEIR SNAKE FABRIC, LOL

AND THESE SPIDER AND SPIDER WEB ONES WERE FOR VINNY

THESE 3 IN THEIRS....AGAIN GETTING THEM TO ALL LOOK AT THE SAME TIME AND SMILE....DOESN'T HAPPEN MUCH, LOL

AND VINNY IN HIS!
We decided to head home LATE Sat. night so that we would have the whole day on Sunday after a good nights rest in our own bed.  I don't know about any of you, but for me, the older and older I get the better I sleep if I am in my own bed, lol.  After church Jeff and I went to see that new movie a Question of Faith.  It was sooo good with such a wise, good message.  But let me warn you, and real tear jerker.  After the movie we headed over to my oldest son's house for dinner.  Last Thursday the 28th was my birthday so our oldest son Joe and his wife wanted us to come over to celebrate a little bit.  She made lime/garlic shrimp tacos, and rice and beans and a delicious salad, and for dessert they got me a gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip cookie and ice cream!  Let me tell you it was ALL just to die for!  Leah is such a good cook!  My son and his family have been very blessed indeed.  We had such a good time with all of them as well.  It was just the perfect end to such a GOOD week-end.

I SAT AND WATCHED HER MAKE THE SAUCE FOR THESE BUT COULDN'T BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW, LOL.  BUT THEY WERE SOOOO GOOD.  I COULD HAVE ALMOST LICKED MY PLATE, LOL.  


Of course my heart is sooo heavy with the tragedy that took place in Las Vegas last night.  My kids all had MANY of their friends who were at that concert, and thankfully all of them were OK.  But to hear them describe how it was to actually be there and experience such a thing is beyond belief.  My prayers are for all the families of the people who were not as fortunate.  HOW can it be that our world has become such a place?  I pray the Lord comes quickly.  Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie