Friday, October 31, 2014

FRIDAY FRAMENTS

Half-Past Kissin' Time



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


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FEELING A LITTLE BEHIND!


Well suddenly (it seems) it is the 28th of Oct., and I am somewhat behind schedule.  And here I thought honestly I was starting in PLENTY of time, lol.  I think I just keep adding on unplanned things to make, figuring I was WAY ahead of schedule, so I really shouldn't be surprised I guess that I am not where I thought I might be.  My original goal was to have ALL of the grandkids pillowcases and Christmas pj's made by Halloween, and ALL of my Christmas quilts done as well, so that I could spend the month of Nov. maybe making some " extra" things I might want to do.  And just kind of coasting some, you know?  lol  Instead I am sure I will be on my frantic rush to get everything done as usual.  Oh well, somehow or another it always seems to get done Lord willing, and I refuse to fret about it.  (do I sound like I am listening to myself? lol). i guess I do have all of the Christmas quilts done, but I have yet to even start the Christmas tree skirt.  Meanwhile, I decided to make up the extra sleeper for Luke that I debated on before, and I made one up for Vincent as well.  They are just soo soft and comfy and fleece at Joannes has been soo inexpensive that it just seemed like I should. Babies can always use sleepers.  I had the pattern, thread, elastic, zippers, and ribbing on hand already, which meant these sleepers only coast me about 4 or 5 dollars to make.  Just can't beat that. Now if I had to add on all the other things I needed that wouldn't have been the case, but I didn't so that was my logic. They do seem kind of big, so I hope they fit.  Let me show those to you first...

THIS ONE IS LUKE'S...I HAD SOME OF THIS FLEECE LEFT OVER FROM LAST YEAR WHEN I WAS MAKING THEM THE SLEEP SACS, SO THIS ONE IS PRACTICALLY FREE, LOL

AND THIS ONE IS VINNY'S...HE IS SOO INTO ANYTHING HAVING TO DO WITH BALLS, THAT WHEN I SPOTTED THIS FABRIC I KNEW IT HAD TO BE HIS.  THIS IS NOT HIS CHRISTMAS ONE OF COURSE...JUST AN EXTRA, LOL

CAN'T SEE IT VERY WELL IN THIS PICTURE, BUT THIS IS THE GRIPPER PADS I PUT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SLEEPER SO THEY COULD WALK AROUND IN THEM WITHOUT FALLING DOWN.  I HAVE NEVER USED IT BEFORE, BUT IT WAS REALLY PRETTY SIMPLE.  
 I then I also made up Donatella's Christmas nightgown.  Her pattern is soo fast and easy that I am tempted to make her even more, but I am refraining, lol.

ALREADY HAD THE HOT PINK KNIT FOR THE CUFFS AND NECK, AND AM PLEASED THEY MATCHED SO WELL.

JUST A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS DARLING FABRIC...I LOVED IT!  SOO SOFT AND COZY TOO
And then I also finished up my fairy quilt.  I took several pictures on my good camera so that you could see it, but for some reason or another I can't seem to download them to my computer.  So you are stuck with my i-phone ones after-all.  And let me just say this up front...there is NO way you can really see the quilt good enough without the better camera.  I am VERY frustrated with my picture taking recently as I feel like all of my pictures are soo mediocre.  And then I see sooo many pictures here in blogland where the quality is SOOO good it seems as if they were taken by professionals...sigh.  Oh well, it is what it is....Let me show you the fairy quilt.

HORRIBLE LIGHTING, CAN'T SEE A THING SO IT IS SOMEWHAT POINTLESS TO POINT OUT ANY OF THE QUILTING...SIGH, OH, AND THE COLOR IS NOT REALLY VERY GOOD EITHER.

THE QUILTING REALLY MADE THE EMBROIDERY POP SO YOU COULD SEE IT WELL  I LOVED IT!

ONE OF THE FAIRIES

YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THE QUILTING HERE IN BOTH OF THE BORDERS.
Hopefully I will figure out soon what is going on with the download on my camera and I can show you some decent pictures,

And then I just wanted to share a couple of quick photos of sweet Sam who went to his very first dental appointment yesterday.  He was a very brave boy and did really well.  His mama had to leave the room (and stand in the hall so he could see her) while he got his first set of x-rays since she is pregnant, and he did soo good.


LOOK AT HOW LITTLE HE LOOKS!

BIG BOY!

HANDSOME SAM
Guess that's it for now.  I am going to try to at least get Capri's nightgown cut out and maybe even started before I get dinner together so I'd best get off  here and get cracking.  Hope you are all having good weeks.  It is soo pretty here.  Finally feeling like Fall.  Nice and cool at night and in the morning, in spite of the fact we are still nearing 80 during the day...sigh.

THOUGHT THIS WAS HILARIOUS FOR SOME REASON SO THOUGHT I'D SHARE
Blessings to you all!  Debbie

Friday, October 24, 2014

FINISHED CHRISTMAS QUILTS AND EXCITING NEWS!

Well it has been a pretty slow last three days for me. I have taken a quick nap or two (wink), and hit my bed pretty early too, so I think I am about all caught up and back ready to go.  Now don't get me wrong, I have done some sewing too....and the laundry...and the grocery shopping....and re-potted a couple of plants too, along with the everyday chores. There is always something to do isn't there? But I have mainly been working on my Christmas quilts that I picked up.  She did such a good job on them all!  And they are soo different from each other.  I squared up the star one first as it was the smallest and didn't seem quite so overwhelming, lol.  I decided to use up some of my scrapes from this project, and made a scrappy looking binding.  I really wasn't sure how that would look as the borders were already quite scrappy too with my made up pattern, but I have ended up REALLY liking it.  She quilted it using red thread (just like the one in the store!) and I just love it.  I am going to hang it over the buffet in my formal dining room at Christmas time, and it fits there perfectly.  "IF" I get really energetic, I'd love to make a matching runner for the dining room table too.  I think I have enough fabric to do so.  I bought a fat quarter bunch and there is really more in those then I thought. And I ordered two charm packs to make a matching tree skirt out of this fabric too. Anyway, let me show it to you....

YOU CAN SEE THE QUILTING PRETTY GOOD IN THESE PICTURES PROBABLY BECAUSE IT IS DONE IN RED...LOVE IT!

EVEN WITH MY GOOD CAMERA PICTURES JUST DON'T SHOW THEM NEARLY AS WELL

YOU CAN SEE THE BACKING AND THE BINDING IN THIS ONE

AND THIS ONE SHOWS THE BINDING BY THE SCRAPPY TYPE BORDER.  DON'T KNOW IF I COULD EVEN REPEAT THIS AS I ALREADY DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT I DID, LOL  I GUESS IF I AM GOING TO MAKE THEM UP I SHOULD WRITE THEM DOWN!
And then I sat to work squaring up the big Christmas type ornament one.  I had already bought the fabric for the binding for this one, so I just had to cut it out and put it on.  The LONG part of course is hand sewing on the binding. (just under 3 hours to sew it on!)  I washed and dried this one after I was FINALLY finished so that it would be soft and comfy.  It will go on my family room couch during the season, and I intend to keep myself warm and cozy with it.  That's if it EVER cools down enough to need to, lol.  Let me show you it now...

I LOVE THIS FABRIC.  IT IS CALLED 25TH AND PINE BY MODA.  DIANE IS ALSO MAKING A QUILT OUT OF THIS FABRIC.  SIMILAR TO MINE, BUT A LITTLE DIFFERENT AS SHE DIDN'T USE SASHING AND CORNERSTONES.  LOVE HERS TOO.  ONE OF THE THINGS I LIKE SOO WELL ABOUT QUILTING IS HOW EASY IT IS TO CHANGE THINGS UP JUST A LITTLE BIT AND MAKE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LOOKING QUILT.

YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THE QUILTING SHE DID IN THIS ONE.  I JUST LOVE IT.  THERE ARE STARS, ORNAMENTS, AND SWIRLS ALL OVER.

AND THEN THE BORDER HAS CHRISTMAS TREES.  IF YOU LOOK REALLY, REALLY HARD HERE YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THEM, LOL.  THEY ARE KIND OF HARD TO SEE EVEN IN PERSON!  I WISH I HAD TOLD HER TO USE RED ON THOSE TOO SO THEY WOULD HAVE SHOWN MORE.  OH WELL, LIVE AND LEARN...

YOU CAN SEE THE BACKING AND THE BINDING HERE.  LOVE THAT SHADE OF GREEN!

ANOTHER LOOK AT THE QUILTING.
And then I finally squared up the fairy quilt.  For those of you who read my blog regularly you might remember that I didn't know if I liked this quilt when I got it done.  I had used my embroidery attachment and had made fairies doing various things such as cooking,  ice skating etc., and then did a Joy to the World design for the center.  I was hoping she might work some magic on this one with her quilting, and she did!!  Oh my goodness, what a difference quilting can make!   I just LOVE IT!! She was forced to do a custom quilting on this one of course do to all the embroidery designs, and honestly I wish I knew how to photograph it well so you could see all the detail she went to.  It did make a little more pricey, but honestly not as bad as I feared, lol.  This one will hang on the wall in my sewing area which is really kind of part of our family room as well.  I am VERY anxious to get it up there and see what I think.  I have not done the binding yet for it so I will wait to show it to you.  I can't even fully make up my mind what I want to do with it.  One minute I am thinking...use left over fabric and make another scrappy look.  The next I am thinking just using the same fabric as the backing.  And yet what I think I really want to do is get another coordinating fabric altogether.  I will decide soon.

Tomorrow my niece and her friend and new business partner are coming over for a lesson in making bandanna bibs and infinity scarves for toddlers for their new business venture.  They have already designed designs for t-shirts, and they want to add on the bibs and the scarves to complete their "look".  They intend to eventually make these items themselves, but I will help them out for a while in exchange for my constantly needing to be done hair.  (BIG GRIN!)

And then!  One final thing... I have been waiting for the go ahead from my daughter to announce that she is expecting another sweet baby!  In early May or more then likely late April.  She is already ready to begin her second trimester, and hopefully will start feeling better soon.  Goodness, she has been soo sick this time round!  She is still considered high risk (like her first two pregnancies) so we would appreciate any prayers you might like to pray. This makes an even dozen for hubby and I, and honestly I feel beyond blessed! My cup surely runneth over. Let me show you her cute little announcement that hit the social media today!

SOO SWEET!



Monday, October 20, 2014

THE WEDDING WEEK-END


It's late Monday afternoon and we've been home about an hour.  Whew, I am NOT going to lie, it was a L O N G week-end!  lol  Soo packed with activities and people and events that it might take me a while to re-group and get back to normal.  I feel like we've been gone a good month, haha.  I am definitely tired and I should probably wait to write this post until I am not, but I have a lot going on the rest of the week too, so I have decided to press on.  I will just try and tell the stories without going into my usual LONG explanations.  lol

It started early Friday morning.  We had to pick up the car (that Melody and her little family would use while they were here), from Mike's grandma, who keeps an extra one just for this purpose.  We also helped her load her things into her car and then caravan style we headed down to Temecula and to the private airport to pick up our travelers.  Let me just start with this...WHAT a way to travel! Mike's dad rented a private jet for the trip, and honestly I have this horrible feeling after traveling this way, going back to commercial flights might be difficult, lol.  There are usually NO direct flights out of their little town, and they have to start their travels by driving almost 2 and half hours to the airport, which of course you have to be at an hour early to get through security. Then there is ALWAYS at least a 2 to 3 hour lay over in Vegas, and then they finally arrive in Ontario an hour or so after that. So by the time we get their luggage and get back here to the house, it is almost an entire day of traveling!  And with two little ones it is NOT easy.  In comparison, they jumped on the jet RIGHT in their little town, flew straight to Temecula, and 3 hours later they were here.  Sam LOVED the whole experience, and got to actually spend part of the flight in the co-pilots seat, feeling he was FLYING the plane himself.  (and if you ask him...he was, lol).  Let me show you a few quick pictures here...

THERE IT IS...THE SMALL LITTLE AIRPORT WAS SOOO NICE TOO AS WE SAW THE PLANE LAND AND TAXI AROUND AND THEN WE SIMPLY WALKED OUT TO GREET THEM AS THEY GOT OFF...

SAM CRAWLING DOWN, LOL

HE SHOWED US THE PILOTS SEAT!

HE'S FLYING EVERYWHERE IN HIS LITTLE MIND, LOL

SETTLING IN HIS SEAT

MIKE AND HIS DAD AND THE BOYS...NOT SURE WHERE MELODY WAS, LOL

We ate breakfast/lunch at the cafe in the airport (great food!) and then drove out to the house that his dad had rented for the week-end.  It wasn't only for all of us, but also for a few others in the wedding and attending as well.  I think at our peak we had 21 people staying there.  Some were only there one night, some two, and some of course all 3 nights.  Now I have to tell you about this house, though for some reason I took NO pictures.  I was soo busy from the time I entered the house until we left, usually with my arms full of one of the babies, it just never happened.  So I guess you will just have to let me TRY and describe it.  It was HUGE!  lol  and GORGEOUS, and UNBELIEVABLE.  It was 11,000 square ft.  I got lost more then once, lol.  Not really. but you could have.  There were 8 bedrooms, all with private baths, and a HUGE HUGE patio area that was beautifully landscaped with a gigantic pool complete with a waterfall.  We felt like we had stepped into another world.  I honestly couldn't tell you enough about it if I tried as I would be sure to leave something out.  It was sooo pretty.  Shortly after we got there they left us with the baby and hurried off to the wedding rehearsal. The baby napped, and we relaxed as bit in our luxurious surroundings.  They got back a couple hours later, the baby got up and we hung out for a while visiting until they all then left for wedding rehearsal dinner.  They left both boys with us for that and we fed them, played with them, and finally got them into to bed.  They did amazingly well for being as young as they are...soo far away from anything familiar, and mom and dad gone.  Sam kept asking me, "Grandma, when are we going to YOUR house?  I just want to go there..."  It was soo sweet.  We slept like babies and woke up the next morning to find out some others had arrived that night while we slept.  Sat. morning was a whirl wind of making breakfast, chasing babies, visiting with others, and just hanging out until it was time to go to the house where the bride was staying for a barbeque.  But as soon as the boys went down for naps, hubby and I took off and drove the rest of the way into San Diego to attend our grandson JD's championship flag football game.  They got to play on a high school field complete with an announcer, and finished up the game with a tie.  What a FUN game.  JD was definitely the star of the game...and this was not just this grandma's humble opinion, lol.  He was just soo good.  What a future he has in front of him in this sport.  Then, we quickly left and drove back to the barbeque.  (I am not going to pretend I wasn't slowing down at this point, lol, I was soo tired!).  The barbeque was soo good, and honestly I wished I had taken a picture of the view you had from the gorgeous swimming pool in the backyard, but I just kind of laid relaxing in a chair doing not much of anything at all but chatting. Grandpa chased after Luke, lol.  This was the night that all 21 people were at the house so the rest of the night is almost kind of a blur.  People coming, going, babies crying and being cute, confusion and yet calm, it was an action packed night.  And then...it was finally Sunday morning, the day of the wedding.  Melody left early to go and get ready with the bride and the rest of the bridesmaids.  Mike did the same with the groom, and Grandpa and I worked the boys.  They did sooo well!  They played and ran around all morning, ate a good lunch, and then went down easily for naps.  Luke slept 3 hours!  And Sam over 2.  When they got up we didn't have much time to get them into their tuxes and fix their hair, get ourselves ready (did this while they slept!) and get over to the wedding site.  My son James (who was the one marrying them) and his wife had arrived at this point and they helped us get those boys ready and belted into their car seats and we were off.  OF COURSE everything was running a little behind at the wedding so we kept the boys happy until it was finally time.  It was  GORGEOUS wedding.  Spectacular views, breath taking flowers, gorgeous bridesmaids, and a bride who radiated joy.  Little Sam as the ring bearer was more then I could stand.  He did sooo well.  And at just turning 3 this could have gone either way, lol.  But he walked proudly up that aisle with the darling little flower girl and stood at the front by his daddy through the whole ceremony!  The ceremony itself was perfect.  Soo good.  And Luke was in the back as good as gold with grandpa who kept him quiet with a totsie pop, lol.  Lots and lots of pictures and then onto the reception.  Again, NO pictures.  But take my word for it the whole thing was just gorgeous.  Soo perfect down to the tinest of details.  The food was good, the cupcakes were to die for, and again, the boys were soo good.  There was dancing (which the boys loved!) and lots and lots of fun.  We left before it was over (though we made it until almost 9!) and Melody came with us and we got those boys back home and into bed.  We did have a couple of melt downs after we got back to the house, lol, which made me glad Melody had decided to leave early and come home too.  We tumbled into bed utterly exhausted, and slept in kind of late (for me anyway, it was 7:30!) and showered and dressed, packed up, went to breakfast, and took them back to the airport.  We watched them fly off and we drove away soo pleased with our week-end, but REALLY REALLY tired.  We did stop and pick up a couple of my quilts. but I will tell you about that later.  Let me show you the pictures I did manage (somehow!) to get.  It wasn't easy, and honestly I am lucky there were any at all, lol.  Oh, and they are all from one of our phones, so not as good as they could have been with a good camera either, but oh well.


MELODY RIGHT AFTER THE HAIR STYLIST AND MAKE UP ARTIST FINISHED WITH HER
LOVED HER HAIR!

SUCH A FUN DAY FOR ALL OF THE GIRLS!



THE GORGEOUS BRIDE 

THE BRIDE (MELODY'S SISTER IN LAW) AND MELODY


GRANDMA'S LITTLE SWEETIES AS THEY WERE WAITING FOR THE WEDDING TO START


AND HERE HE COMES...I AM SURE THE PROFESSIONAL PICTURES WILL BE MUCH BETTER, BUT CONSIDERING THE SUN WAS RIGHT IN MY EYES I THOUGHT THIS WAS PRETTY GOOD!  LOL

ANOTHER SHOT...HOW ADORABLE ARE THEY?  THE LITTLE FLOWER GIRLS DRESS WAS SOOO PRETTY!

EXCHANGING THEIR VOWS...BEAUTIFUL VINEYARD IN THE BACKGROUND

EXCHANGING THE RINGS





STOLE ONE OF THE PROFESSIONALS, LOL
LOVED THE COLORS AND THE DRESSES....AND THE FLOWER GIRLS DRESS WAS BEYOND PRECIOUS!




MIKE AND MEL COMING UP THE AISLE.  MELODY HATES THIS PIC AS SHE SAYS SHE HAS A DUMB LOOK ON HER FACE, LOL, BUT THE SUN WAS SOO BRIGHT YOU CAN HARDLY SEE THEM ANYWAY, LOL

LITTLE LUKEY WITH THE FLOWER GIRL TOO....HE WAS ADORABLE WITH HER!



HERE COMES THE BRIDE!

TAKEN IN THE VINEYARDS...SOO PRETTY!



WOULD YOU BELIEVE THIS WAS THE ONLY PICTURE I TOOK AT THE RECEPTION, AND IT ISN'T VERY GOOD.  THIS IS MY SON JAMES AND MELODY OF COURSE WITH LITTLE LUKE WHO WAS HARD PRESSED TO BE ENTERTAINED AS WE WAITED FOR CAKE, LOL


All in all it was a wonderful week-end experiencing one of life's best moments.  Joy, laughter, love, and fun were just what it was all about.  I wish them all the happiness in the world!

My computer didn't work there, (though I had almost NO time anyway!) so I am WAY behind on my blogging, but I will be around hopefully soon.  Hope all is well with everyone, and blessings to you all!  Debbie