Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY






Today is Wednesday and time for the Hodgepodge.  You can join the others here.  I so enjoy doing this and thank Joyce for this time.  I have met a few new blogging buddies through this party, and I am so glad I have.

1,  "Summer is like childhood.  It's full of warm memories and gone too soon." Kellie Elmore.  Agree or disagree?  Share something you loved about the summers of your childhood.  Oh I couldn't agree more! There were MANY things I loved about the summertime when I was growing up.  Don't think I can pick just one.  Lets see...right at the top of the list of course was no school and LONG days that were spent playing, swimming, and just doing nothing at all.  My parents owned a cabin at Big Bear Lake and we would go up most every summer and spend two or three weeks there.  It was a huge cabin and other families would join us while we were there.  I especially loved it when we would go.  My dad only came up on the week-ends and during the week we spent most of our time outdoors.  Hiking, fishing, swimming or just laying on the hammock in the back yard reading, or just listening to the wind blow gently through the leaves of the trees. How I loved that sound!  I can hear it still.  It rained many afternoons and I loved the smell of the pine trees and the ground after they were wet.  There was no TV and we never missed it.  We spent our evenings playing cards, or board games.  I'd read to my hearts content.  My mom was always soo relaxed up there and baked cinnamon rolls every morning for breakfast.  I loved waking up to the smell of bacon and sweet rolls.  We'd take our breakfasts out on the deck and watch the squirrels and the birds and plan our day. Yes, I realize this is WAY too long.  But summertime for me growing up, holds some of my best life's memories.

2.  Are you a fan of auto racing- NASCAR, Indy, Stock, Grand Prix, etc?  Ever been to a race in person?  Any desire to do this?  Do you know a lot about cars?  Do you notice particular makes and models when your out and about?  No, I am not a fan, and I have never been to any of these events.  I have no desire to do so either.  I know almost nothing about cars.  Can't say I never notice a nice car, but for the most part I pay it very little attention.

3.  What's something you think is too serious to be joked about?  Or do you think anything and everything is fair game?  Well no, I don't think anything and everything is fair game.  Many things in life are just too serious for that.  Diseases in children, war, accidents, murder, sin, and the list could go on and on.  Having said that, sometimes in the right way of course, humor can lift the mood and lighten things up and heal hurts.  But sometimes it is just way too inappropriate.  

4.  July 29th is National Lasagna Day.  Are you a fan?  Do you have a great recipe and if so where did it come from?  If given a choice would you choose a plate of lasagna or a plate of spaghetti?  Yes, I am a pretty big fan of lasagna, though I haven't had any since I went gluten free.  I had a good recipe I made a few times that belonged to my mother.  If I picked one today it would probably be spaghetti since I have a really good gluten free pasta that I use, and a tasty recipe.  But if that wasn't an issue, and calories weren't an issue, I'd pick a delicious lasagna right now.

5,  What's a simple pleasure you'd miss if it were not a regular part of your life?  I am not sure how simple to go, lol.  It could be as simple as my cup of morning tea.  Or maybe my blogging time.  Or chatting on the phone to family and friends.  Or I'd miss my sewing and  quilting if I had to give that up.  Time spent with my husband and grandkids is right at the top of my pleasures, but don't know if that's just a "simple pleasure".Probably over-thinking this....imagine that?  lol 

6,  If you could be a CEO of any company, which would you choose?  This is soo far fetched for me, and holds NO interest or desire whatsoever so it's kind of hard to play along....good thing it's never come up.

7.  August in just around the bend....bid farewell to July in exactly seven words....Goodbye to you July...it was sweet!

8. Insert a random thought....Looking forward to today.  It is one of my younger sisters birthdays and my other sister Diane and I are meeting her for lunch during her work break.  She's the one I made the lighthouse pillow for a couple of weeks ago and I am anxious for her to see it.  I was thinking today how blessed I am in the sister department.  These women are more then sisters, they are my very best friends, and honestly I don't know what I'd do without them.  Happy birthday Danae!  And may the Lord bless and keep you and make His face to shine upon you always!  Love, Debbie

PILLOW, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DIDN'T SEE IT!












Monday, July 28, 2014

RELAXING WEEK-END

Well weather wise these last few days it's been a little weird for So. California.  It's HOT and humid, and we have even had little bits of rain.  I also heard this morning that there some people who were struck by lightening and even one man who was killed by it down at the beach yesterday.  He was only 20.  Soo scary. Just goes to show again how you just never know what a single day might bring.  We need to be ready to face our God at any time.  One of my daughter's best friends in high school's father (just 56) was in a bad automobile accident 6 weeks ago, and remains in a coma.  Soo hard and sad for the whole family.  Melody did get up (they live in Bakersfield, about 2 and half hours north of us) to spend a whole day with their family while she was here, and I am so glad she did. They have all been in our prayers.  Life is just a constant mixture of the planned and the unexpected, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, and somewhere through it all we must find that balance.  I love that our God holds EVERYTHING in this life in His mighty hands, and we need only to trust in Him.  But we must never take a single moment for granted.

VINNY'S SHIRT 


Moving on from these serious thoughts, lol, our week-end was really pretty kicked back.  Hubby and I were both needing some down time I am not going to lie.  We didn't do much of anything.  We did do a little shopping for our grandson Vinny whose first birthday is next week-end.  I honestly can't believe how fast the time has gone and this sweet baby is already a year old.  There will be a little party down in San Diego for him next Sun., and I am looking forward to that.  We decided to skip going to down to San Diego for church as there was a picnic right after service and neither one of us could muster up much enthusiasm for that, lol. It's too long of a drive for a quick turn around just for service, so we listened again to our old pastor on line. I did embroider a quick little birthday shirt for Vinny to wear to his party, but other than that spent my time napping and watching movies and chatting on the phone...very relaxing.  This week I intend to get back to my sewing.  I have decided to pick up working on the HST quilt I started a few weeks ago for Melody's sister in laws wedding in Oct.  I want to have that done and out of the way BEFORE I begin my own I have decided.  As soon as I get a little further along I will post some pics.
So guess that's it for now.  Hope your week is full of GOOD things.  Blessings to you all, Debbie



Friday, July 25, 2014

A QUIET HOUSE, and A FULL HEART


Well it's Friday morning and my feelings are all over the place. I am soo sad to see them go.  I already miss them, and know it will take at least a day or two to get back to my old routine. It almost seems as if I have been in another world (right in my own home!) as 10 days with 2 babies (and more at times!) can do that to you pretty quickly.  They are just soo incredibly sweet.  Soo many little precious things they said and did have been tucked away in my memory to be cherished.  They do say and do just the cutest things.  And hours of conversation with my girl and her hubby after the boys were put to bed at night was soo nice too. Yesterday (which was Melody's actual birthday) my youngest son and his family came up for the day, as did my middle son and his fiance.  My oldest son and his wife didn't make it as they both had to work, and they were all missed for sure. It was such a HOT day.  Our first one of triple digits in a while.  We were glad to be able to go over to the pool and enjoy a couple of hours swimming with them all.  The rest of the day was spent in our air conditioned house though, lol.  The 3 littlest ones all took nice long naps, and the 3 older ones read books and played quietly while us adults all visited and chatted the afternoon away.  We decided to get dinner and bring it in as it just sounded so much easier then packing up the bunch and going to a restaurant. We have a local Italian restaurant that delivers, so they ordered some delicious spaghetti and meat balls, and I had a GREAT salad.  My sons went up to the store and bought soda and cheese cake for dessert, and lit candles and insisted on singing to Mel again. It was nice.  Luke who is 14 months in a couple of days, and Vinny who is ready to turn a year in another week, and Sam who is just 2 kept us ALL busy, lol, and on our toes.  There is always so much to get into.  You do tend to forget that when they are not right under your nose like that. Luke could climb up on furniture quite easily, but getting down was a definite issue.  He would just step off and we'd all pray there would be somebody there to grab him.  SUCH a busy, busy, happy baby.  And then little Vinny is taking steps all over the place, but still just dropping to his knees and quickly crawling off when he wanted to get somewhere fast. They both LOVED the water at the pool, and slept nicely, and were just as sweet as they could be.  James and his family left about 8:30 and Mike and Mel packed up their suitcases and loaded up the car as they had to leave at 4 am this morning as they had another early flight. I decided to just let hubby take them to the airport this morning, so I said my goodbyes last night and slept in a little bit. The house is quiet.  I've put all the toys back away on their shelves, and folded the crib up and put it back in the closet.  The high chair and the booster seat are also stored once again, and the sippy cups are washed and in the cupboard on the top shelf. The sheets from the beds are already in the dryer, and all the extra towels are in the washer.  It will soon be as if they weren't ever here.   And while that fills my heart with a sadness and a longing, I also feel like it was time.  They were anxious to get back to their lives, and hubby and I are ready for our usual MUCH quieter, slower way of life. (smile) All is as it should be.  I soo enjoy our visits and times with them I can't really express it enough, but it also makes me appreciate that all the busyness of babies and little ones are part of my past, and this season of "grandma" is one of the best life has had to offer so far.  I get to love on them, spoil them just a bit, and then they go home for mama and daddy to work.  I expected to miss my sewing more then I did, but I am anxious to get to my routine.  I will probably wait till Monday though.  Today I am going to rest....and catch up the laundry...and give the house a GOOD vacuuming...visit around in Blogland....chat a bit on the phone...and probably take a nap. (wink!)  I will do my best to keep my head focused on how blessed I am, and how grateful for this nice LONG visit, and NOT on the fact that it is over, and they are gone.  Here are some pics I got.

STOLE THESE BEACH PICS FROM MELODY.  THEY WENT WITH SOME FRIENDS OF THEIRS ONE OF THE DAYS.  THE BOYS LOVED IT!

LITTLE BEACH BABY

SAM KICKING BACK AT THE BEACH

BOTH THE BOYS LOVED THE WATER!

THIS WAS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF THE TRIP.  DON'T KNOW  WHICH OF THEM IS CUTER HERE.THEY SOO ENJOYED EACH OTHER

LITTLE TELLA

VINNY IS SOO COMFORTABLE IN THE WATER.  FLOATED AROUND WITH GRANDPA

SAM ENJOYED SOME INDEPENDENCE WITH HIS FLOATIES

SOO SWEET
THIS SWEET LITTLE FACE NAPPED ON GRANDMA A COUPLE OF TIMES! LOOK AT THOSE LONG LASHES, AND THOSE SWEET LIPS!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL!


THEY BOTH TOOK A COUPLE OF NAPS THIS WAY!  LOL
MELODY JUST SENT ME THIS PICTURE.  TWO SLEEPY BABIES ON THEIR LAYOVER IN VEGAS, LOL
Well that's it for now.  I am looking forward to a relaxing week-end.  Some more birthday celebrations are around the corner, and a backyard sleep over for 3 of my grandsons is coming up as well.  Life is good, and God is awesome!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie

Monday, July 21, 2014

5 DAYS DOWN....5 TO GO!


LOTS OF KISSING GOING ON



Well it's Monday afternoon July 21, and we are already half way through our visit with Melody.  They are off today visiting with Mike's family and so I am doing some laundry and going through some pictures.  I decided it would be much easier to make two posts out of this visit as sooo much has happened and is going on, then to over load both you and me with doing it all at the same time after they are gone.  Soo let's see....They got here last Wed and the trip was a little wild, lol.  It was an EARLY morning for both the boys, and Luke especially did NOT want to stay seated for the flight, but they finally arrived safe and that's all that really matters.


THE BOYS ENJOYING SOME OF THEIR NEW TOYS
 We have had wonderful dinners in and out, hours and hours of conversation, lots of hugging and kissing and just enjoying those boys, and honestly I couldn't be more pleased.  On Friday morning Grandpa and I decided to have a little one on one time with sweet Sam and took him to see the new movie Fire and Rescue.  What fun it was! He was just as good as he could be, which for a 2 year old could have just as easily gone the other way, lol. And we all LOVED the movie, but especially Sam.  He wore his new fireman hat, munched on popcorn and ice cream, and wanted to "do it again!"  lol.  Got a few pics of that...

NICE AND COMFY ON GRANDPA AND SNACKING ON SOME GOLDFISH




TIME FOR A SUCKER 
GRANDPA AND HIS LITTLE FIREMAN
WE GOT SAM A LITTLE TRIKE AT THE SECOND HAND BABY STORE NEAR HERE AND HE LOVES IT!  RIDES IT EVERYWHERE.  BEST 15 BUCKS WE EVER SPENT! LOL




MELODY JOY


On Sat. we got together with the extended family to celebrate Melody's birthday, but also to just let everyone get a chance to see them.  It is VERY hard when they come to California for them to get around to see all the family on both sides and all of their friends that are still important to them as well.  We had it here in our clubhouse and honestly I tried to keep it as simple as I could as truthfully those kinds of parties are always soo much work.  And I didn't want to be tired, just enjoying everyone.  We had lots of snack type food, pizza, salads, and cake.  The kids ran (at full speed it seemed, lol) and soo thoroughly enjoyed themselves that they all toppled into bed quite beat when it was over, lol.  I was not far behind them.  I have to thank my sister Diane especially who helped me get the food together, set it all up, and helped clean as well.  I honestly couldn't imagine having done it without her.  Actually, everyone helped clean up and it was most appreciated.  There were 5 of them under 2 so it seemed as if there were babies everywhere.  I was exhausted when I went to bed that night I am not going to lie, and my knees were screaming their protest. But I slept like a rock and woke up yesterday feeling pretty good.  Melody and Mike were gone yesterday most of the day too, so hubby and I got all the food and party things put away, gave the house a much needed vacuum, did a quick grocery shop, and then took a nap!  lol.  I do feel as though we get the lion's share of their time when they are here as they stay here.  That gives us the morning and the evening with them even if they are gone all day.  We have sat up and talked after the babies have gone to bed every night until 11 or 12.  Last night we were ALL in bed by 10:30 though so that was good.  Not used to those late nights, lol.  Thursday our family (my boys and their family's) will have a beach day and then go out to dinner for Melody's actual birthday. I am enjoying it all and NOT dwelling on the fact that it will come to a close soon. They leave bright and early on Friday morning.  I put together a little slide show of the party.  Hope you enjoy.

HUBBY AND I AND ALL OUR GRANDS...MINUS THE OLDEST 3 THAT IS!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

WEEK-END HAPPENINGS...AND SOME FABRIC STORIES

This will be quick as I have LOTS still to do, and it will probably be my last post until after Melody and her family are gone.  I know I will have my moments where I will no doubt visit around while Melody is off visiting Mike's family and some of their friends though, or goodness knows how far behind I might get, but we will see.  Grandma may need to be dozing during the down moments, lol.

We spent the week-end on the run.  Does it seem like we spend a lot of our week-ends like that?  It does to me sometimes.  But on the other hand, I enjoy it and I am not complaining.  Sat. we took off early (AFTER thoroughly cleaning the porch furniture and trimming out there!) and went to Riverside where we met Diane for lunch and then hit a couple of quilt stores in that area that we have been wanting to get to.  My husband is a saint and went along with us and carried things around for me etc. As I have said before not sure what I'd do without him...wink.  It was really kind of crazy to fit this outing into everything else we needed to do this week-end, but I have been fretting over getting the fabric that I had FINALLY decided on that I wanted for a quilt for ME, lol.  Every since I took up quilting, I had wanted to make a quilt for me for our family room.  I had only a small idea of what I wanted and I have been all this time (when I could grab the moments that is) searching for fabric, both styles and colors, to come up with what I wanted.  A couple of weeks ago I decided on both the fabrics and the pattern, and I have been somewhat frantic to get started on it every since.  I felt like I needed to get all of my July and August gifts out of the way first, so I could concentrate exclusively on it.  I have also been gathering ideas for a Christmas quilt for ME, and I have come up with that too.  It will include both embroidery and quilting which I am very excited about as well, but first things first.  I want to make the family room one before I even get started on that, lol.  Anyway, I had decided on Civil War Fabrics.  The colors and the style so suit my family room one would wonder why it took me so long to come up with it, but it just did.  So naturally I began the search.  The pattern I am going to use starts with two layer cakes.  Figured I'd just get a couple of layer cakes in both darks and lights to make the pattern. Well there is where I ran into my first problem.  I simply could not find layer cakes pretty much at all in these fabrics, and the ones I did find I didn't want. I guess it is the 150 anniversary of the Civil War and LOTS AND LOTS of ladies are making Civil War quilts and the fabrics cakes are simply hard to come by.  One of the sights I went to that had the layer cake I wanted (at one time anyway) simply said, "This fabric is no longer available, and NEVER will be again!"  I had to laugh as I read it to my husband.  Soo onto to plan two.  I would have to gather my own fabrics and then cut them all into 10 inch squares like the layer cakes are and do it myself.  I was really hoping to eliminate all of this, as cutting is not my favorite thing, and it means having to be ever so careful while I do too.  But having made the decision I went to both of our local quilt stores but couldn't really find what I wanted. And I don't really like to mix and match fabrics online when I need soo many different colors, and really wanted to SEE the fabric myself which means of course going to the actual store.  Thus the panic began to set in, lol.  I had called both of these quilt stores in Riverside and they assured me they had LOTS of the fabric in the colors I wanted, so we decided to go on own.  They are both about 45 minutes from here.  Sorry for all this background info, but you get the idea of why I felt like I HAD to go look and buy before there truly was nothing and I had to re-think the whole project.  Anyway, the first store not only had NONE that I liked, it was sooo hot in the store (not running their air ~ whatever were they thinking when it was near 100 degrees outside?)  we could barely stand it. Onto to store two.  Now this store was just our kind of place.  Both Diane and I LOVED it.  How we ever found it though remains a mystery as it was in the oddest little remote spot ever.  It was soo cool in there I felt I could have stayed much longer then the hour and half we were there, but the old knees were screaming in protest by the time we were done as it was.  They too were running a little short on some of the colors I wanted, as they got hit up hard during the quilt run.  They had NO navy's at all (except for in fat quarters) and that is probably my main color I wanted, and didn't have many burgundies either which was my next big choice.  (apparently they are everyone else's as well, lol).  But I found enough in fat quarters to get 98% of what I need.  I am needing just a little more (1/2 yard of each) of both a navy and a burgundy and I am all set.  Let me show you as best I can what I got.

RICH NAVY'S, BURGUNDIES, OLIVE GREENS, AND PURPLES.  AND THEN THE GOLDS WILL BE THE LIGHT COLORS THEY ARE PAIRED WITH TO MAKE THE BLOCKS

A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK

SEE THE BURGUNDY IN THE OLIVE GREEN FABRIC?  LOVED THE WAY IT ALL TIED TOGETHER

A lady who worked there was a TREMENDOUS help to me or I am not sure I could have come up with these choices.  I am excited to get a few blocks done to see how it is going to look, but I will have to refrain until there are NO babies underfoot, lol.  And speaking of babies, we hit up Target and a couple other places after that and managed to find a few new toys to entertain the boys with.  I also got MOST of what I need for her party next Sat., and have my lists made for the grocery store.  I am getting my nails done and the car washed when I finish with this post (and while I am working on the laundry ~ YAY ~ for multi-tasking) which leaves my hair for tomorrow and a couple of other quick errands.  I might make it after-all...whew.

I did want to show you really quick what I won.  I am always entering give-aways for fabric and such on the quilting and sewing blogs I follow, and I pretty much NEVER win, lol.  So when I was notified that I did WIN one I couldn't even remember which fabric it was for.  Going to the site I was super excited to see what I had won.  However, when the fabric arrived a couple of weeks later it wasn't the fabric I thought it was suppose to be and was fabric I know I had never seen before, lol!  However!  I do LOVE it!  And there was sooo much of it!  42 fat quarters of sweet vintage style scrappy type fabric.  Let me show it to you....

LOOK AT IT ALL AND IN SOOO MANY COLORS TOO!


LITTLE CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF THEM

Anyway, I have only just recently been following this blog, and I love it, so a big THANK YOU to them, and I am urging you all to check it out if you haven't and you are interested in that sort of thing.  The name of the blog is Clover and Violet, and you can find them HERE.

OK, guess that's it for now.  I simply must put this computer down and get back to my list.  Hope you all have a good week.  I am soo excited for Melody's visit (they will be here Wed. afternoon...early!) and pray for safe travels for them, and that we might all be healthy during their visit.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Friday, July 11, 2014

THE PROJECT THAT MADE ME QUESTION WHY I SEW....

Well it is actually done....the project that wouldn't die...the one that defied all odds of what might/could go wrong, lol.  Honestly it was one of those projects that makes me wonder what in the world I find fun or satisfying about any of this.  My daughter (who hears almost all of my musings rather they be positive, negative, or both!) has said to me (more then once btw), "Mom, I just don't get you.  This is your relaxation and fun you say, and your outlet for creativity, but you are OFTEN frustrated, perplexed, and at times downright annoyed as you sit ripping things out and striving to make something "just right" or even perfect. How is this fun?"  It has caused me to at least briefly consider rather or not there is any truth to her questions. I DO stress myself at times, and DO struggle and strive to make something the way I want it to be.  And as I have analyzed it, I KNOW there are some deeper reasons why I do, but at the end of the day it is who I am, at this season of my life anyway, and so I MUST press on.  Maybe it is because, as I have mentioned many times before, quilting and embroidering (at least by machine) are new to me and I want them to be as second nature as garment sewing is, and they just are't.  In fact, FAR from it.  I have sewn since I was 12 years old and have always enjoyed it.  I have ALWAYS wanted to quilt and somehow I just assumed I would have a step up on it as much as I have sewn, but in some ways I think it has made it harder.  Whenever I sew a garment, be it a shirt for my husband, a dress for a grand daughter or whatever it is, it is EASY for me now if I concentrate to make it perfect.  But I think I am forgetting the MANY MANY MANY shirts, dresses, collars, sleeves, and things that weren't.  How many times I threw something in the trash as it was finally beyond fixing.  Or stuffed it away in a cupboard or drawer and thought to myself, "I'll think about this later." How I could honestly be reduced to almost tears because I WANTED to do it, and yet struggled.  And then, finally, it all fell into place and became easy, and there was honestly no stopping me.  But now, after all these years, I am back to struggling.  Back to frustration and S L O W L Y learning something new, and now I am old, lol.  My body screams sometimes in protest, lol.  My neck and back and rear end can only take so much of sitting in the same position bent over my machine in my hard little wooden chair (a soft comfy one is on my "want" list).  And yet at the same time all I can think about is the things I want to make, and how little time there is to do it.  And so that's enough deep thinking and musing for right now, lol.  It is what it is.  So let me tell (I will try to be brief!) my recent dilemmas.  I had decided a lighthouse embroidery design would be perfect for my younger sister Danae.  She loves lighthouses, she loves the beach, and I had found the perfect one.  I did mention that it was a full blown picture (way more involved then most of the things I have done) and that my first attempt took 4 hours.  Well, I purchased 5 more threads, DOUBLE stabilized it, got a much nicer piece of fabric and set to work again.  I developed a system for all the color changes that really helped me keep track (don't know how I didn't think of this sooner!) and took my time.  I will say I did most DEFINITELY enjoy this part.  I have from the beginning.  Now that I know how to work everything, it is both relaxing and creative.  However (why did you know that was coming? lol) I sat in the little hard chair for 4 hours straight.  I don't think I even got up once to use the bathroom.  I was afraid of forgetting where I was and making a mistake and having to start over again.  And let me just say this, I would NOT have done this again.  However this one had come out was going to be how it was.  So needless to say, I was stiff, hurting, sore, but OH SO HAPPY!  It came out soo pretty.  Let me show you the design!

IT MAY  NOT LOOK THAT INVOLVED BUT THERE ARE OVER 35 COLOR CHANGES IN THIS DESIGN!  I USED THE SAME COLOR ONCE OR TWICE AS I HONESTLY COULDN'T SEE THE DIFFERENCE, BUT THERE WERE STILL A LOT.  I HONESTLY WISHED THERE WAS SOME WAY TO MAKE THE DESIGN BIGGER, BUT MY MACHINE IS NOT WIRED FOR THAT.  THIS IS THE CLOSEST I WILL EVER COME TO PAINTING AS I HAVE NO ARTIST ABILITY AT ALL.  SO THIS IS KIND OF LIKE PAINT BY NUMBER.  I'D PROBABLY MAKE IT EASIER ON MYSELF IF I JUST USED THE COLORS THEY TELL YOU TOO FROM THE COLOR CHARTS, BUT I AM KIND OF A REBEL TOO.
Then I had found some perfect "beachy" type fabric a while ago to make the rest of the pillow with.  Oh my, again, one thing after another went wrong.  Rip, rip, rip, and finally I actually cut some of it off with my rotary cutter.  I won't even tell you all that went wrong.  I will tell you this part, (though maybe I shouldn't) but I guess it is kind of funny.  The pillow cover was actually TOO small for the size of the pillow form I had bought.  A LONG story why.  But I had decided that pillow was going in there if it was the last thing I did.  I struggled, pulled, pushed, poked, and finally sat on it (not a slight weight I am btw) and it's in, lol.  I imagine if anyone had caught me perched on that pillow they might think I had finally cracked up, haha.  It is not exactly perfect ( still looks a little too full ~ might have to sit on it again!l) but honestly, I no longer care, lol  It is finally done.  Finally sitting in the chair waiting to be wrapped up for my sister.  But I think I will at least LOOK at it for a while before I do, lol.  Her room is in soft blues, and she has beachy type pictures on her walls in white frames.  I think this is going to look nice on her bed.  Let me show you this pillow.

A DEFINITE "TA DA" MOMENT!

LOVED THIS FABRIC AND IT IS SOO SOFT.  TO THINK THAT I HAD ONCE CONTEMPLATED QUILTED THE BACK WITH A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT COORDINATING FABRICS...yeah right, that was happening.
So there you have it.  My project that took all week, lol.  I guess I did take yesterday off as my sister Diane was here and we worked on her quilt.  OH MY GOODNESS it is ever going to be cute.  I will take pictures soon and share it's progress if she doesn't care.

Meanwhile, I actually won a giveaway on a quilting blog and won myself some darling Retro fabric.  Two big fat quarter bundles worth!  42 fat quarters in all.  I will share more on this later as I still need to run to the store.  I did get Melody's place mat finished too today so I can clean up my sewing mess and will be taking the next 14 days off!!  So for at least 14 days you won't be hearing any more sewing dilemmas or sob stories from me.  Hope you all have a wonderful week-end and are finding joy in your summers.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY!





It's time again for the Hodgepodge.  Time is a flying...

1.  July is National Anti-Boredom Month.  What was the last time you were bored?  What's your go-to cure for boredom?  Truthfully, I really don't know.  I am almost never bored.  And if I find myself in that rare state there are many things that will snap me out of it.  Unformately right at the top is eating...sigh.  But so will chatting on the phone, the computer in my lap with plenty of places to visit, games on my i-phone, a book, TV, and sewing or thinking about sewing, and then there is always a nap.  Don't think I need to go on, lol.

2.  What's the last thing you made a reservation for?  Well let's see....I guess it would be reserving the clubhouse for Melody's birthday party/big family gathering in mid July.

3.  What's one thing on your summer bucket list?  Any plans to make it happen?  Don't really have a bucket list per say, unless you count all the one on one time with each of my grandkids.  And yes, the "plan" is in full swing.

4.  What's your favorite summertime sip?  Truthfully as boring as it sounds I NEVER drink anything but plain old water with the exception of the cup of my herbal tea every morning.  It USED to be ice tea!  And yes, I still miss it!

5.  What do you find is the best way to handle another person's  hostility and hopefully ease the tension?  If I find myself around or talking to someone who is feeling or acting hostile, I usually do my best NOT to engage at all.  Or "fuel the fire" so to speak.  I try to listen and be that someone/somewhere for them to vent though..  I also do my best to say something funny as I find laughter is good medicine most of the time.  I guess I am talking more about being around someone who is "grumpy" or crabby or irritated or even downright mad and therefore acting and saying things somewhat hostile, not a TRULY hostile person if you know what I mean.  If someone were hostile to the point of being violent I'd get myself out of there ASAP.  

6.  Your favorite film set in summer?  OK, well let's see...there are a few.  Off the top of my head I'd probably go with Stand By Me...though I haven't seen it in a long time.  Can hear the theme song in my head already...Under the boardwalk, down by the sea...  But then there is also On Golden Pond and the Notebook is to isn't it?

7.  What word are using too much lately?  Wow, guess that might be...HUNGRY, lol.  Dieting for 3 weeks now and hungry is always right there at the top popping out every other minute it seems, lol.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  I have many so I will try to lasso in only a couple.  I spent the day yesterday embroidering a BEAUTIFUL full blown picture (though small) on my embroidery machine.  I didn't intend for it to be a full blown picture, but that's what it was.  Just to give you a clue it had 4 different shades of blue in the sky and water, and 3 different shades of white in the houses and lighthouse! And 4 different shades of grey in other places (didn't even know there even were that many shades of grey!)  It took me almost 4 hours!  I did break here and there in that time, but still!  And here is the bad part!  I need to do it again!  I have a few places where the color of thread I chose is NOT working, and it is ever so slightly crooked too. I really wish perfectionism was not one of my traits as honestly it is really pretty flaws and all, but I know I will never be able to bear it.  So a trip to the store for thread, a nicer piece of fabric (a really dense design NEEDS a thicker nice piece of fabric) and maybe even a little stronger piece of stabilizer as well.  And I need to get it done as it is the front of a pillow I am making for my younger sister for her birthday and I am running out of time as Diane will be here tomorrow, I STILL have one place mat to make for Melody's birthday and she will be here NEXT Wednesday for 10 days (only 1 more week!  YAY!) and her birthday is only 5 days after that, so I want this to be done by Friday.  And I still need to grocery shop, get my hair and nails done, find some new toys for the boys to play with while they are here, CLEAN and organize things for her party.  Think I will make it?   It seems I always rushing to finish something...maybe it's why I am rarely bored, lol.

Enjoy the rest of your week!  Blessings to all!  Debbie