Thursday, September 22, 2016

A CATCH UP, NEWSY POST

Well at least it hasn't been quite a week since my last post, so guess I am improving a tid.  lol.  I will back up just a bit first and tell you about our week-end, as it was just a little bit different then usual. My 16 year old niece Katie decided she wanted to spend a little time hanging out with us, so she came over on Sat. morning and staying until late Sunday afternoon.  I enjoyed every minute of her.  I really enjoy girls in that age group, and honestly can hardly get enough of them.  We went to our favorite place for a movie,,,the reclining chairs, the refreshments brought to you, and all at a before noon bargain price, lol.  We saw Bridget Jones baby.  Now I could spend a bunch of time discussing why this was just not good, but I think maybe I will spare you my soap box.  But seriously it did give me LOTS of things to discuss with Katie as to why I felt the way I did, lol. After the movies we went back to the house and spent the next SEVERAL hours (well Katie and I did anyway) deep in "teenage girl" dilemmas, drama, and life.  Then hubby got us taco's for dinner and the rest of the evening was spent watching teenaged girl movies and laughing and enjoying each other.  Sunday we had planned on going to our old church as our bible study group is on a two week break.  Last Sunday because my niece Jessie is on a little family vacation, and this Sunday because my son will be in Colorado teaching a men's conference.  Anyway, we headed out to church Sunday morning and I was REALLY eager for Katie to see this church and hear this particular Pastor teach as he is truly blessed by God. He has a HUGE radio ministry (among many others) and his church is now home to many thousands. It's Dave Rosales of Calvary Chapel Chino Valley in case anyone is familiar or interested, lol. Anyway, she absolutely loved everything about it.  (which is hard not to I guess! lol) but the truly exciting part was that the message given that morning was hand tailored for Katie it seemed.  Seriously neither one of us could believe it as it was discussing the VERY essence and topic of a big part of our discussion the day before.  It was NO accident obviously that Katie picked this week-end to come and visit us, or that we went to that particular service.  It's sooo exciting to see how much God loves us, and that He would orchestrate such a thing.  For those of you who are new to my blog, or don't remember, I had the absolute privilege of leading Katie to the Lord just a little over a year ago, and it's sooo wonderful to watch her grow and discover just how great our God really is.  After church we went to lunch where we chewed over at length just how wonderful this all was, and then we went by my oldest son's Joe studio so that hubby could help him get his copier working.  He is having a HUGE special program this week, and really needed more flyers.  When she was younger Katie attended his studio for a while, and was really excited to see how much bigger and exciting his new studio is.

KATIE AND JOE ON THE BOXING RING HE HAS IN HIS STUDIO NOW
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Hope I copied this video right and you can see a little bit of Joe doing his thing, lol

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One more.....this is MUCH MUCH harder to do then you might think, lol.
After we left Joe's we stopped for some frozen yogurt (it was SOO hot!) and then headed back home where we continued our conversations until her parents came to get her around 5.

The rest of the week has found me parked at my sewing machine as always.  I have to admit I am STILL on somewhat of a sewing bonanza of baby clothes.  I am officially done though (with baby clothes that is) and will FINALLY begin Christmas sewing now.  Let me show you this weeks projects....I know your dying to see, lol

On Monday I made these sweater shirts for Sam, Luke, and Claire.  I found this fabric at Joannes, and even though it WAS pricey, I used my two 60 percent off coupons, and one 40 percent one too, so it came out really well.  I have never really sewn on this kind of fabric before so I was a little apprehensive about it, but it was actually a dream to work with. I was especially concerned about the neckline as I knew it would be kind of thick using it for a neck band and was afraid it wouldn't lay flat, but it really worked out well.  It is kind of hard to see it from my pictures, but it literally looks like sweater fabric on one side, and the inside is a soft fleece type feel, so they should be really warm too.  I think they are perfect for her annual Christmas card picture, but not sure rather she will or not.  Here they are...

LUKE'S, CLAIRE'S AND SAM'S....THE BACKS ARE THE SAME AS THE FRONT.  IT LOOKS LIKE BLACK DIAMONDS IN THIS PICTURE BUT IT IS ACTUALLY NAVY BLUE.  THEY CAN WEAR THEIR DARK BLUE JEANS WITH THESE, AND CLAIRE HAS A PAIR OF HOT PINK HIGH TOP TENNIS SHOES THAT SHOULD BE PERFECT

JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WONDERFUL FABRIC
And then on Tues I was finally able to use a little fabric from that shop I have been raving about...Peekaboo fabric.  Both the fabric and the pattern are just ADORABLE.  Now I will be honest and say I have worked on easier to sew with knit, but this was really pretty good.  And I have been working soo much recently with knit, that I have discovered a couple of tricks that help out quite a bit.  So let me show you that....

I JUST THINK THIS IS DARLING.  ITS A TOSS UP WHICH I LIKE MORE...THE FABRIC OR THE PATTERN.  IT'S KIND OF A LONG TUNIC TYPE TOP, OR THERE IS ANOTHER RUFFLE YOU CAN ADD TO MAKE IT A DRESS.  IT COMES WITH YOUR CHOICE OF SHORT OR LONG SLEEVES, OR THE 3/.4 SLEEVES I HAVE USED HERE.  I CUT OFF THE LEGGINGS PATTERN I USUALLY USE, AND ADDED A MATCHING CUFF HERE WHICH I THOUGHT WAS PRETTY CUTE.
THOSE ARE LITTLE POCKETS ON THE SIDE THERE....SOOO DARLING


JUST A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS ADORABLE FABRIC.. PERFECT FOR FALL.  LITTLE SQUIRRELS, BIRDS, AND ACORNS, PLUS THOSE LITTLE TREES...SOO CUTE! 
And then yesterday I used up the rest of my stash from Joannes, cute little fox knit fabric, and used the same pattern that made the sweater shirt only this time I used the 3/4 length sleeves instead of the long, and added a machine embroidered design to the front.

I HAVE A FEELING SHE IS GOING TO THINK THESE ARE KITTIES INSTEAD OF FOXES, LOL

CLOSER LOOK AT THE DESIGN..  IT IS KIND OF HARD SOMETIMES TO MACHINE EMBROIDER ON THIS THIN OF KNIT, BUT I USED TWO PIECES OF STABILIZER, AND A TOP COAT OF WATER SOLUBLE AS WELL.  WORKED PRETTY GOOD.....NOT PERFECT, BUT GOOD ENOUGH, LOL
Today I am working laundry, putting up this post, lol, watering my thirsty plants on the porch, and heading out to my grand daughter Lindsey's volleyball game late this afternoon.  This week-end my sister Diane is going to spend the week-end with me while hubby is away on a short trip and we are going to SEW and hopefully hit a quilt store run and see a movie and eat out and just generally enjoy ourselves.  She was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and honestly I am doing my best not to flip out on this.  God has got it.  Her surgery is scheduled for Oct. 15th and I covet your prayers about all of this.  So far the prognosis is a good one, and the cancer seems to have been caught at a very, very early stage and they are expecting a full recovery for her, with maybe NO CHEMO or radiation either.  We will see.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Hope you all have a GOOD week-end, and enjoy this wonderful season of Fall we are just entering.  Blessings to you all, Debbie

LUKE AND CLAIRE ARE GETTING SOO BIG AND ARE DEVELOPING A LITTLE STRONGER BOND WITH EACH  OTHER NOW THAT SAM IS IN SCHOOL 4 MORNINGS A WEEK!  SOO CUTE

CLAIRE WAS SOOO EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO BE INCLUDED IN A RECENT FROSTING THEIR PUMPKIN MUFFINS ADVENTURE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.  DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE SHE ONLY HAD ONE MUFFIN, LOL.  LOOK AT THOSE FROSTING COVERED SWEET LIPS

AND LOOK AT LUKE'S EXCITED FACE.  THE CUTE STORY THAT GOES WITH THIS IS AFTER MELODY DROPPED HIM OFF FOR PRE SCHOOL THAT MORNING IT STARTED TO RAIN, SO WHEN SHE CAME BACK TO GET HIM A COUPLE HOURS LATER SHE BROUGHT HIS NEW UMBRELLA.  THE MINUTE HE SAW HER AT THE DOOR HE VERY EXCITEDLY SAID, "MOM, DID YOU REMEMBER MY UMBRELLA???  OH YOU DID!!!"  LOL  HIS LITTLE FACE JUST SAYS IT ALL.  MOM IS STILL HIS HERO.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A SEWING FRENZY

I could just cry, lol.....I had written quite a bit and pushed something on my new computer and lost the WHOLE THING....If it hadn't been for the fact that I haven't put up a post in 10 days I think I would just throw in the towel and call it a wrap, but guess I will press on and try again.

I have not been up to a single thing new.  I have just been on a sewing frenzy I think you could safely call it.  I have determined that what I really like sewing best is baby girl clothes.  And since I have TWO little grandbaby girls right now, it is keeping me pretty busy.  I do have 3 toddler boys as well and they are kind of fun too, but they don't touch those girls when it comes to sewing clothes.  lol. Anyway, I think I mentioned that I have found a "new to me" shop that carries both current PDF patterns, and THE most darling little knit fabrics you have ever seen.  Now they carry cottons too, but for sewing for babies, knit is hard to beat.  It is called Peek a boo pattern shop for those who might be interested.  I will admit that there fabric is a little on the pricey side, but the patterns are very reasonably priced, AND I did just get Melody to order some of it to make PJ'S for her babies and had her send it to me, as I got her to fall in love with it too, lol.  I am just itching to get my hands on it...  I did talk to the owner of the shop and she assured me she ordered plenty of extra of the Christmas fabric I missed the pre order for, and there should be no trouble getting what I want come the first of October.  It is going to press me a little for time, but I will just have to be diligent, lol.  Sooooo ALL of this just to say I have been doing A LOT of sewing these last 10 days.  So let me show you....

OK I WILL START WITH THIS ONE FOR CLAIRE....NOW ALL OF THIS FABRIC WAS FROM JOANNES AND ON SALE....WITH A SINGLE YARD OF FABRIC I AM ABLE TO GET LEGGINGS AND TOPS FOR BOTH BABIES, MAKING THE WHOLE OUTFITS ABOUT 5 OR 6 DOLLARS.  I PRE SHRINK ALL OF THE FABRIC SO THAT HOPEFULLY THE GIRLS WILL NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT, AND HONESTLY I WAS REALLY SURPRISED HOW MUCH SOME OF IT SHRANK, MEANING I REALLY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A FULL YARD TO WORK WITH IN SOME CASES.  I LOVE THE FABRICS ON THIS, AND CLAIRE IS LOVE WITH "NEIGH NEIGH'S" RIGHT NOW SO I AM THINKING SHE IS GOING TO LOVE THIS.  THESE LITTLE POLKA DOT LEGGINGS CAN GO WITH MANY, MANY OTHER THINGS AS WELL MAKING THEM QUITE VERSATILE.  THIS IS A PEEK A BOO FABRIC PATTERN, AND I LOVED IT!!!  SUPER SIMPLE TOO AND WELL WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS AS WELL.  THE LITTLE BOWS LAYING BY THE HOOD ARE NOT ATTACHED, LOL, THEY ARE JUST TO SHOW HOW THE BOWS I MADE MATCH THE OUTFIT.

AND THIS ONE IS THE SAME FABRIC BUT FOR SOPHIA THIS TIME.  ANOTHER LITTLE PEEK A BOO PATTERN, AND THE LITTLE V NECK IS SUPER EASY AND CUTE.  I ADDED THE LITTLE LABEL JUST FOR A LITTLE EXTRA SOMETHING.  I USED THE LONG SLEEVES AND ADDED THE LITTLE CUFFS FROM ANOTHER PATTERN AND IT WORKED OUT JUST FINE

THIS IS JUST TO SHOW YOU HOW WELL IT GOES WITH SOMETHING ELSE TOO.  I GOT THIS SUPER CUTE STRETCHY DENIM FABRIC AND THEY BOTH GOT A PAIR OF THESE TOO 

OH, AND I FORGOT TO PICTURE IN MOST OF THEM, BUT THEY BOTH GOT LITTLE TOP KNOT HEAD BANDS TO MATCH WITH ALL THE LEGGINGS TOO.

CLOSE UP LOOK AT THE DENIM

OK ON TO A NEW FABRIC NOW.  THIS LITTLE BIRDIE PRINT WAS ADORABLE I THOUGHT.  ANOTHER PEEK A BOOK PATTERN.  SUPER SIMPLE AND GOT PATTERNS FOR THE BOYS FROM THIS TOO.  IT IS SHOWN HERE WITH THE DENIM.  THE DENIM  OF COURSE GOES WITH ALMOST EVERYTHING.  I ADDED A CUTE LITTLE LABEL TO THIS SHIRT TOO.
THIS ONE IS SOPHIA'S....SAME PATTERN AS BEFORE BUT I USED THE SHORT SLEEVES THIS TIME AND ADDED A RUFFLE AT THE BOTTOM.  JUST KIND OF MADE THAT UP BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS CUTE.  OH, AND I ADDED ON THE LITTLE HEART APPLIQUE AS WELL.  I REALLY LOVED THIS ONE!

JUST SHOWING HOW WELL IT GOES WITH THE POLKA DOT LEGGINGS TOO.  BOTH GIRLS GOT THE POLKA DOT LEGGINGS

CLOSER LOOK AT THE BIRD FABRIC.  ISN'T IT SWEET?

OK SAME PATTERN BUT DIFFERENT FABRIC...THIS IS CLAIRE'S.  THIS IS A DIFFERENT PRINT ON STRETCHY DENIM THAT THEY BOTH GOT TOO.  IT HAS LITTLE LIGHT BLUE HEARTS ON IT.  ADORABLE!  THE RUFFLE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TOP, AND ON THE APPLIQUED STAR IS MADE OUT OF COTTON THIS TIME INTEAD OF KNIT.  TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR....SOOO CUTE!  THE HOOD IS LINED IN THE SAME WHITE AS THE SLEEVES

CLOSER LOOK AT THE TWINKLE FABRIC AND ALSO THE DENIM HEART

AND THIS ONE IS SOPHIA'S.....HERS HAS LONG SLEEVES AND RIBBED CUFFS, AND THE HOOD IS ALSO OUT OF THE TWINKLE TWINKLE FABRIC, AND LINED IN THE BLUE.  BOTH GIRLS GOT THESE PLAIN BLUE LEGGINGS AS WELL.
I MADE A LITTLE PAIR OF DENIM SHOES FOR SOPHIA THIS TIME.  I JUST WANTED TO SHOW YOU HOW I USED THESE LITTLE CLIPS TO "PIN" MY FABRICS TOGETHER INSTEAD OF ACTUAL PINS....WORKS WAY BETTER AND I DON'T KEEP STABBING MYSELF EITHER

AND HERE THEY ARE....I EMBROIDERED THESE LITTLE HEARTS IN A TIARA SHAPE ON HERS

ANOTHER LITTLE OUTFIT FOR CLAIRE.  I EMBROIDERED THIS LITTLE C ON THE FRONT OF HER SHIRT

I'VE USED THIS DESIGN IN THE PAST FOR HER IF ANYONE REMEMBERS IT!


THEY BOTH GOT LEGGINGS OUT OF THIS
AND THIS

AND THIS

THEY ALL GO WITH THE SHOES....I KNOW IT SEEMS RIDICULOUS, BUT THESE LEGGINGS COST ME ABOUT 2 BUCKS TO MAKE AND ABOUT 15 MINUTES A PIECE IN TIME FROM CUT OUT TO FINISH.  SO WHY NOT IS HOW I LOOKED AT IT, LOL

I GOT THIS LITTLE ONESIE FOR SOPHIA TO GO WITH THIS PAIR CUZ I JUST COULDN'T RESIST IT.  MY SON (HER GRANDPA) GOT A KICK OUT OF IT TOO

AND I FOUND THIS LITTLE DRESS AT HOBBY LOBBY FOR 3 DOLLARS WITH A COUPON THAT IS.  I THINK I AM GOING TO EMBROIDER ON THE FRONT OF IT....RAIN RAIN GO AWAY   LOL
Sooo as you can see a sewing frenzy.  I am just about finished.  Just a few more of the headbands to make, and a couple of shirts for Sam, Luke, and Vinny to go, AND THEN, I can get busy on my Christmas sewing.  I am honestly not sure why I become quite so obsessed with sewing, but I just do is all I can say.  It satisfies me in many ways, and I like to keep busy.

Melody pointed something out to me yesterday (HOW ON EARTH SHE KEPT IT TO HERSELF I CAN'T BE SURE!) BUT! If you remember the advent calendars that I made last year for all three of the families as part of their Christmas gifts, and took me WEEKS AND WEEKS a piece to make??? Well, on her's (which was the last one I made!) I actually misspelled birthday!  It says HAPPY BIRTDAY JESUS!!  Can ya stand it??  lol  She knew how long I worked on them and couldn't bear to tell me last year, but she knew I'd just have a fit if I knew so she decided shed better tell me.  I have figured out a way to fix it without re-doing the whole calendar so I am pleased, but it IS another thing on my list now.  Let me show you for those who have forgotten, or never saw it.....come on, I know your dying for another pic (if you are even still here, lol).

NOW THIS IS THE ONE THAT WAS RIGHT, LOL, THAT JAMES AND LARISSA GOT!  LOL  MELODY'S IS IDENTICAL, BUT WITH BIRTHDAY SPELLED BIRTDAY, LOL

HERE'S WHAT THE REST OF IT LOOKED LIKE

Soooo I guess I will sign this ridiculously long post and try and visit as many of you as I possibly can until hubby gets home.  Looking forward to the week-end as always.  Many, many blessings to you all!  Debbie

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

LABOR DAY AND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Hope you all enjoyed your long week-end and final day of the summer (not technically I know) Labor day celebrations.  We certainly did that's for sure.  Sat we spent the day running around and completing some shopping and errands.  And then Sat. night we gathered to celebrate my middle son's 40th birthday.  (that's two kids for me now in their 40's!) I kicked around several ideas on how to best do this.  It's hard when there are soo many of us, not only in finding a time and day that works for everyone, but also a place large enough to do so.  But I finally settled on something pretty different for us in that we did an adult only night.  A first actually!  So all of my sons and their wives and hubby and I went to dinner at a pretty nice restaurant near us called Cedar Creek.  I could tell you how nice the place was or how good the food was, (and it is and was!) but honestly the real clincher was the fact that we were able to linger and take our time, and visit and talk with each other without the interruptions and demands of little kids.  Now I am pretty sure by now NO ONE could ever accuse me of NOT being a kid person or loving to pieces my grandkids, but they are pretty all consuming when they are all together, and sometimes it is just nice to go somewhere that is not necessarily "kid friendly" lol.  We came back here afterwards, where my youngest son (as per the birthday boy's request) whipped up his famous pizookie.  He even made a gluten free one for me! Oh my it was SOOO good.  They called their sister and her hubby on Facetime, and they too joined in on the visit that continued until almost 11 o'clock.  Again, without kids to worry about getting to bed etc., it made for a much longer time to visit.  Enjoyed every minute of this night!

from left to right....MY OLDEST SON JOE AND HIS WIFE LEAH, THE BIRTHDAY BOY JOHN AND HIS WIFE JESSICA, AND MY YOUNGEST SON JAMES AND HIS WIFE LARISSA   THEY GAVE ME A HARD TIME ABOUT THEIR "PROM" POSE, LOL, BY I AM GLAD I INSISTED.  THE LIGHTING COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IN THAT THEY ALL LOOK A LITTLE LIGHT, BUT YOU DO GET THE IDEA
Sunday was spent on our usual things.  All very good.  I did spend the morning finishing up little Vinny's bible cover.  I had made them for his 3 older siblings, and he was feeling a little left out so his mama bought him a little toddler bible and I covered it for him too.  He was pretty perky to have his very own too.   I think last post I showed you Capri's and JD's, so let me show you now Donatella's and Vinny's.

CAN YOU GUESS HER FAVORITE COLOR?  LOL  LOVED THIS FABRIC

A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK AT THE QUILTING I DID ON HERS, AND HER GLITTER BUTTON

ADDED A LABEL TO HERS TOO, AND PUT HER NAME ON THE SAME WAY I DID JD'S...WITH A TRIPLE STITCH STRAIGHT STITCH

INSIDE COVER FLAPS

I LOVED HOW VINNY'S CAME OUT...I USED SOME LEFT OVER FABRIC FROM SOPHIA'S QUILT.  THIS IS QUITE A BIT SMALLER THEN THE OTHER BIBLES SO I WAS A LITTLE CONCERNED ON HOW TO CUT DOWN ON THE SIZE FOR THE HANDLES AND BUTTON FLAP, BUT IT CAME OUT PRETTY GOOD ON THE FIRST GUESS SO I LEFT IT, LOL.  

SO HERE THEY ALL 4 ARE.  HONESTLY, I HAD SOO MUCH FUN WITH THIS PROJECT, AND WOULDN'T MIND MAKING UP MORE.

SWEET LITTLE VINNY WITH HIS!

We did go and see Ben Hur as well this week-end, and thoroughly enjoyed that!  I'd recommend it if you are looking for a good movie.  Oh, and I made a trip to Joannes and stocked up on some much needed items for sewing and took advantage of their GREAT coupons and Labor Day sales

I am getting closer to making decisions and deciding on what to do for my Christmas projects this year, and hope to get going on some of them soon.  I have found the ABSOLUTE cutest sight I have ever stumbled across for fabric for the PJ'S though, but believe it or not I have already missed the pre sales for this fabric, and so I will have to wait to see if there is even enough left after the pre sales to even order what I want.  Who would have thought that EARLY Sept would be too late?  Guess I am not the only one who does this, lol.  I am still debating what to do because I won't find this out until mid-Oct., and if there shouldn't be enough I will be back at the beginning looking for something else i MIGHT want, AND by mid Oct. there probably won't be much of anything left, anywhere, lol.  OH SUCH DILEMMAS, lol.

Guess that's about it for now....I will leave you with a few pics I need in my books...Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie

PRETTY 15 YEAR OLD LINDSEY READY TO START ANOTHER YEAR...OH, AND CAPTAIN AGAIN!

MIKE AND MELODY BOUGHT A BOAT!  PRETTY

FIRST RIDE....LATE IN THE SEASON (best prices that way of course!) BOYS LOVE LOVE LOVED IT....CLAIRE WASN'T HAPPY AS SHE DIDN'T WANT ANYONE "HOLDING" HER...SHE THINKS SHE'S AS BIG AS HER BROTHERS.  SHE GOT TO TAKE THIS PIC WHILE THE BOAT WAS SITTING STILL, AND SHE WAS FINALLY HAPPY.  OH THE DILEMMAS OF BEING A TODDLER

SHE LOVES A SNAP CHAT PIC, LOL

A PHOTOGRAPHER IN THEIR CHURCH TOOK THIS OF MEL SUNDAY MORNING.  SHE SENT IT TO ME TO COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW SHE HATED HER HAIR, LOL, SO SHE PROBABLY WON'T BE TOO HAPPY I POSTED IT, BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS GOOD.  AND THE CHANCES OF ME GETTING ANY OF HER ACTUALLY LEADING WORSHIP WON'T HAPPEN ANY OTHER WAY I AM SURE, LOL, SO IT WORKED FOR ME.

AND HUBBY FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO WORK IT, LOL.  HAD TO POST THIS!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CATCH UP....FALL DECORATIONS

I had GOOD intentions about getting more posts up last week, but it just didn't happen.  Not even sure why.  I had a pretty uneventful week too so I've nothing to blame.  I did get back to my sewing machine and made up a few things I have been wanting to play with.  I know that I should be getting busy on my Christmas sewing, but haven't started even yet.  You know how on facebook they put up those go back and share your memories thing from a year ago or more?  Well, I had a few of them recently that showed me what I was doing last year at this time, and honestly I was somewhat horrified.  I had many bunches of ornaments, and had completed an entire embroidered advent calendar and was started on another, and had a real start on things.  In addition to that I had made some quilted Fall trees, and embroidered a scripture pic and the list goes on.  What on earth have I been doing?  lol  Or maybe I was just too carried away last year, lol.  Anyway, let me tell you about what I HAVE done.  I don't know if I mentioned that when I made that last pair of little fabric shoes for Claire....and they were SOO cute on her and fit her perfectly.....that I immediately wanted to make some more.  When I mentioned this to Mel she told me, "well, if you really want to make some more, why don't you make some out of denim.  That way they will go with LOTS of her outfits, and should be really cute." Assuring her I could do that, I secretly thought....how boring, lol.  Too plain.  I want to do something more.  I thought what I really wanted to do was maybe embroider something on the toes of the shoes. But honestly I had NO idea how to go about that, and figured it might be hard hooping something that small, and getting them identical (and they must be!) and on and on went my head, lol.  But one night it occurred to me.....wait!  I know what I will do.  I will hoop a small piece of denim on my 4 x 4 hoop, and after the design is complete I will fussy cut the toe piece out making sure everything is right where it should be.  Now maybe to some this would have seemed like, OF COURSE this is way you should do it, but I am not always the quickest thinker, lol.  Anyway, I had some denim left over from something (you don't need much of course!) the pattern, and a small little grey/blue gingham fabric for the lining of the shoes.  Now something else I wanted to do different, or really better I guess, was to make the sole of the shoe out of REAL leather so it would be more durable.  But I was pretty sure Joanne's didn't carry real leather, and it is kind of pricey to order online.  So I asked about it when I was in Joanne's and come to find out they DO carry it in small little squares back in the craft section.  Sooo I found a piece of creamy colored tan suede leather in a piece big enough to make two whole pairs of shoes!  And even though it did seem pricey too (8.99 for the little square!) I had a 60 percent off coupon I whipped out making it seem really reasonable.  Soo all I needed now was a design that thought would work in a small area and be really cute.  I found what I considered to be perfect and finally got busy.  I just couldn't have been more pleased with how they came out.  I made up a pair of leggings too, bumping the pattern size up to an 18 to 24 month!  She is getting big.  I have a couple more pieces of knit I am going to make some more, and the good news is there is enough of ALL of it to make leggings for Sophia too.  Sooooo after all of this build up, let me show you the shoes....

HARD TO TELL HERE BUT I USED A LIGHT LAVENDER THREAD....LOVE THE DESIGN
THE LEATHER SUEDE SOLE
CLOSER LOOK AT LINING

JUST A CLOSER LOOK SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE SMALLER MUSICAL NOTES TOO...REALLY LOVED THIS DESIGN




LITTLE LAVENDER LEGGINGS
Other then that I have been working on Bible Covers for 3 of my grandkids as their parents got them new bibles, and their mama wanted a way for them to carry them back and forth to church and school without messing them up.  I've made two so far so I can show you those, and plan on making the final one tomorrow.

THE FIRST ONE IS FOR 11 YEAR OLD CAPRI....SHE ENJOYS A TIE DYE LOOK SO I THOUGHT THIS FABRIC SEEMED PERFECT

A CLOSE UP LOOK AT THE DIAMOND GRID QUILTING I DID, AND THEN I ADDED A CUTE LITTLE LABEL I HAD AND USED THE ALPHABET FONT ON MY DECORATIVE STITCHES TO PUT HER NAME ON IT

HERE'S THE INSIDE AND THE BOOK COVER FLAPS....SUCH CUTE FABRIC I THOUGHT AND I HAD JUST ENOUGH

ANOTHER DECORATIVE STITCH ADDED THE BUTTERFLY'S TO THE HANDLES

AND THE BUTTON GLITTERS!  SOO CUTE!

AND THIS IS ALMOST 10 YEAR OLD JD'S.....I REALLY LIKE THE BOYISH TYPE FABRIC I FOUND, AND I QUILTED IN A TRIPLE STITCH STRAIGHT STITCH WHICH GAVE IT A TOTALLY DIFFERENT LOOK 

A CLOSE UP ON THE INSIDE BOOK FLAPS...I REALLY LOVE THIS FABRIC AND DID CONSIDER IT FOR THE OUTSIDE COVER, BUT CONSIDERING IT HAS SOO MUCH WHITE IN IT I DECIDED IT WOULD BE DUMB, AS IT WAS SURE TO BE DIRTY QUICKLY, LOL

SORRY THIS IS BLURRED BUT YOU CAN SEE HOW I PUT HIS NAME ON IT JUST KIND OF WINGING IT WITH THE TRIPLE DECORATIVE STITCH...NOT PERFECT, BUT IT WILL WORK.  

I have been having such a good time making these.  I am thinking I might embroidery the front of Donatella's, and make them all a book marker too.  Between the shoes, and the leggings, and these book covers, it's just what I have been in the mood for, but I do think I might have to begin all the Christmas sewing on my list now if I have any hope of getting it all done by Thanksgiving.

I do have some exciting news to tell too!  One of my younger sisters has twin 26 year old sons.  They are the brothers of my hair stylists Jessie (whose Melody's best friend) whose house we have our Sunday fellowship at.  Anyway, we have been praying for both of these boys salvation's for a while now.  Well, God is faithful and has answered our prayers, as Anthony went forward at the Harvest Crusade here last Sunday night and gave his heart to the Lord. How excited we have all been by this! He will join us now at the Sunday fellowship, and I am just soo pleased.  It's always exciting to see God work.

I did get up all the Fall decor this last week-end, and I am enjoying it all as always.  Can hardly believe it is almost the first of September.  Hope you are all having a good week.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie





FALL TREES I MADE LAST YEAR...I'D LOVE TO MAKE SOME MORE!

SCRIPTURE PIC I MADE LAST YEAR TOO
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JUST THOUGHT THIS LITTLE VIDEO SHOWED HOW THIS LOOKS ON TOP OF THE PIANO, LOL