Wednesday, February 10, 2016

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY


It's kind of late Tues night and the Hodgepodge just kind of snuck up on me, so I am going to try and get one up quickly.  I don't usually do ANY post quickly, but I am going to do my best...Join the others by clicking on the picture.





1.  Create an acrostic using the word LOVE.  If you're unsure what an acrostic is click here.  Oh boy, this was supposed to be quick remember, lol

Loyal, trustworthy and kind, are
Often what I desire to be,
Very often I fall short,
Except when Jesus lives in me. 

2,  Does love really conquer all?  Why or why not?  Oh goodness, lol, there is NO WAY to answer this quickly either.  I guess I will say that it all depends in how you are referring to it, and what you are looking at.  So I guess I will go by it this way and say that I believe that the Bible teaches that God is love.1 JOHN 4;8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  And so looking at love in it's truest sense, yes love conquers all.  Jesus conquered man's ultimate enemy..death..by Jesus's perfect life, sacrificial death and Resurrection.  OF COURSE, there is a different way of looking at this if you are referring to love between human beings.  But in that case I guess I would think that while it might come close if it is true and unselfish and unconditional, it can't conquer everything...only God can.

3.  Tell us about a time recently where you really put your heart into something.  I guess it would have to be when I decided I wanted to try my best to help my niece get through a difficult season in her life.  God used that problem she was having to draw her to Himself, and I have done my best to help her grow and begin her new life in Him.

4.  What's your favorite fictional love story?  Hmmm I think I will go with the Notebook.

5.  Do you generally wear your heart on your sleeve, or keep your cards close to the vest?  Oh I am an open book for sure!'

6.  What food says love to you and why?  I think it would be a great big nice t-bone steak.  And because it is the meal hubby always makes for me when he is wanting to celebrate something with me and he is cooking!

7.  When were you last "tickled pink" over something?  Explain..  I guess it would be a couple of days ago when I figured out how to work something on my sewing machine that I have been wanting to figure out for quite a while.  Yep, doesn't take much to excite me, lol

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  Too tired for many random thoughts right now, but I can say I am having such a good time making some baby bibs.  I love sewing period.  But I really REALLY love sewing for babies, especially my grandbabies, and I especially like making these little bibs as I use up scraps of fabric and trim, and am putting to use my new founded technique...see number 7, lol.



MADE FROM LEFT OVER QUILT FABRIC







THIS WRITING WITH DECORATIVE STITCHES IS WHAT I HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO DO!






Monday, February 8, 2016

WEEK-END WRAP UP AND MONDAY'S WORK...


Well the Santa Ana winds have kicked up and it is windy and WARM here in So. California.  We are supposed to be in the low ninety's all week! Can't say that I am exactly perky over that, but it is the old it is what it is.  I am just hoping that I don't break down and turn on my air conditioner as I really want to avoid those HIGH electric bills this time of year especially.  So far I am doing just fine today. The only bright spot is that when the winds blow at this time of the year it still cools off pretty good at night so the house stays pretty cool til almost 2, and by then I've almost made it till sundown.   We had a good week-end.  Everything about the baptism went really well and I was very grateful.  I did have a MAJOR flare up with my legs [not sure why they do this every once in a while] but the muscles all down the back of both of my legs cramp up and tighten and hurt soo bad I could barely crawl around.  But I used my cane and just kept going.  Not much was going to stop me enjoying the joy of that day.  And they are back to normal [normal for me that is, lol] today so as flare ups go that wasn't too bad.  It was just a glorious day all the way around though, and we enjoyed and soaked in every moment.  Then yesterday was church and then a couple of quick errands, and then the super bowl.  Hubby and I decided to just stay home and enjoy it by ourselves, and I was glad we did as I did doze for a while during the first half too, lol.  It was a good game, and we were rooting for Peyton and the Colts, so that made for an even better game, lol.

Today I am kind of tired, [didn't sleep well with those legs either] and so I've taken it kind of slow today.  I got 2 bibs made though in spite of the hour snooze I took earlier this afternoon...wink...  I tried something new that I have been wanting to figure out ever since I got my machine almost two years ago.  There is sooo much that sits unused on my machine it is really just a shame, and I want to learn to utilize it all..  I took both of the 3 hour classes on how to use this machine but it covered just the basics.  I'd like to suggest that they have a beginning, intermediate, and advanced lesson on it so that you can learn it all.  I am pretty sure I can't be the only one who is clueless when it comes to some of it's functions.  ANYWAY...there is six different font alphabets on the decorative stitches. Not on the embroidery attachment, but on the regular sewing machine under decorative stitches. Anyway, I knew there was a way to write out a name or a saying, or really anything you wanted to write out that way, but I have never been able to figure it out.  I could only get a single letter at a time to work.  Now truthfully, the font is NOT very big anyway, and there is not a lot of call to write out anything that is as small as this comes out, and truthfully usually when I want to write something I simply use the embroidery attachment.  But a bib seemed like the perfect place to write a name in a small way and so I decided to REALLY work at it today and see if I couldn't get it to work.  And I did! Now truthfully it is not perfect but I was soo happy it worked at all I really don't care.  It doesn't look like any kind of a big deal, but I am anxious to continue playing with it as I know there is a way to switch out stitches too.  Like I should be able to have a rose and then a daisy and then a name and then back to a rose and daisy etc.  But that is still alluding me.  But anyway, let me show you the bibs and the stitches...

I LOVE THIS FABRIC FIRST OF ALL.  SOO SWEET.

I QUILTED THIS ONE WITH A WHITE DECORATIVE STITCH WHICH YOU CAN'T SEE VERY WELL.  THERE IS A PLAIN WHITE FLANNEL IN THE CENTER OF THIS SO THAT IT IS MORE ABSORBENT AS WELL, AND THE BACKING IS A SOFT AND COMFY FABRIC

LOVE THIS FABRIC TOO AND I USED A RED THREAD FOR THE QUILTING STITCH ON THIS ONE, AND A LARGE RIC RAC DOWN THE SEAM LINE THAT WAS LEFT OVER FROM KATIE'S APRON.  

THERE'S A CLOSE UP OF HER NAME

HERE'S WHAT THE BACK'S LOOK LIKE, THOUGH IF YOU CAN'T FEEL AND KNOW HOW SUPER SOFT THIS IS, IT IS HARD TO APPRECIATE, LOL  I DO ALL OF THE QUILTING AND THE DECORATIVE SEWING ON THE FRONT ATTACHED TO THE IN BETWEEN FLANNEL PIECE BEFORE I ATTACH IT TO THE BACK, SO THE ONLY STITCH YOU SEE ON THE BACK IS THE EDGE STITCH.  JUST THINK IT'S BETTER THAT WAY.

Well that's about it for now.  I am hoping to finish up with the bibs, the burp cloths, and the one last blanket I have by Friday so that by next week I can switch modes a little bit and do some of the clothes I intend to make for both her and for Claire.  Claire's first birthday is only two months away and we hope to go out to New Mexico for it so Melody has purchased some fabric and sent it to me to make up a couple of things for her, and I have bought a couple of pieces of fabric as well.  I am going to make her a tutu to wear on her party day too.  LOTS and LOTS of sewing on my horizon.  Hope you are all doing well and have a good week full of His blessings!  Debbie


Friday, February 5, 2016

THIS WEEKS WRAP UP....

Well here we are to Friday afternoon, and I am finally ready to relax for a little bit before hubby gets home.  If relaxing comes while your finishing up the laundry, and putting up a blogpost that is, lol.

I have had a busy week at the machine.  I wanted to finish all the burp cloths I intend to make for
Sophia, and I almost made it.  I just have one more in mind, so that's pretty good I think.  These last seven I made were all quilted with different decorative stitches, and clipped on the sides to create a ragged fringed look.  These are by far the quickest and easiest to make, so that helped getting so many done.  Every one of them was made with scraps and flannel I already had, and honestly I am trying really hard to clean out all of my "scrap" and left over fabric, as I am really out of room to store any more.  It felt good coming up with something to do with all the left over fabric, and serves a good purpose at the same time, and let's face it, FREE is always a good feel, lol.  Like I said, don't think you can ever have enough burp cloths.  Let me show you these.

I'LL JUST SHOW YOU ONE CLOSEUP OF SOME OF THE QUILTING DECORATIVE STITCHES SO YOU CAN KIND OF SEE.  THESE HEARTS ARE A REALLY CUTE STITCH THAT I LOVE AN EXCUSE TO USE.  I WAS ABLE TO USE ALL OF MY EMBROIDERY THREADS ON HAND FOR THIS, SO THAT DIDN'T COST ME ANYTHING EITHER.









Then, a couple of weeks ago I came across a free standing lace design that was for making a Valentines banner.  It attracted my attention almost immediately, as I thought it was just darling.
After thinking on it for a while, I decided that I would just go ahead and make it up for myself, and even entertained ideas of making one for my daughter and daughter-in-laws.  The design for the whole banner was only 5 dollars which seemed very reasonable, and of course they can be used forever once they are purchased.  Free standing lace for those of you who don't know, are designs that are made on an embroidery machine using only a water soluble stabilizer and thread.  They are super easy to do and are how I created a lot of the lace ornaments I made for Christmas this year.  Anyway, I had white thread and plenty of stabilizer still on hand from Christmas, so I decided to give it a whirl. Well I got the design purchased and downloaded and transferred to my machine, and everything hooped up and ready to go when I noticed for the FIRST time how long each design took to do.  Two WHOLE hours of stitching time!  Just in case you don't know, that is ridiculously long for a single design.  Most of the ones I did for Christmas took around 20 minutes or so with the exception of the nativity scene one which took around an hour.  Anyway, not to be deterred, I pressed on and turned the machine on.  I got it going and busied myself with other little chores around the house periodically checking, or at least listening, to see that everything was going alright.  Suddenly towards the end the machine stopped and I realized that an entire bobbin of thread was NOT enough to even finish the design....so I reloaded and continued on.  When it was finally done and I went to remove it I realized that some of the lace was coming undone on the edges.  Wondering what on earth had caused this problem I got online and began searching for some answers.  Not really finding any answers, I decided to try on my own, double hooping the stabilizer, thinking maybe it needed a little more.  I will admit I considered throwing in the towel on the whole project, but that would go against my stubborn side, so ever onward I went.  The first design I had done by the way was pretty much useless and I tossed it into the trash.  Two hours later ANOTHER design was completely finished and it was GORGEOUS!  The double stabilizer solution had worked perfectly.  I quickly got the next letter going but when the machine stopped around 30 minutes later I realized in horror that I had used up all the rest of the thread on that spool!  You might wonder when I knew it was taking over a bobbin of thread per design, that it didn't occur to me that I was going through thread at an alarming rate as well, I can't be sure.  I don't use the same kind of thread for the bobbin btw as I do for the top, so I wasn't really watching the top thread is all I can offer as an excuse.  Of course this now meant I had to get in the car and drive the 20 minutes to the only store I can find that carries the kind of thread I use, and PRAY that they had the color I needed.  I headed out, and much to my delight they did have the thread, and I bought two spools just to be sure I got through the whole project.  I got back home and got the machine going again and started in on supper.  Hubby got home and was admiring the finished design and we sat down in the family room to eat and I relaxed as I knew the machine had to be close to finishing the design by then.  Suddenly, the machine made a very strange LOUD noise and as we glanced over in shock we saw that it had actually come UNHOOPED!  That has NEVER happened to me!  I ran as quickly as my arthritic legs will let me, and quickly stopped the machine realizing that yet another design AFTER two hours of time, two pieces of stabilizer, and a bajillion miles of thread was again RUINED.  Truthfully I wanted to burst into tears.  I didn't of course, but I simply switched the off switch on the machine and thought to myself, I will think about all this tomorrow.  The next day I began AGAIN, and determined that I WILL MAKE THIS BANNER!  Well I am happy to report by being a little more attentive, and watching closely, design after design finally finished, and by 3:30 Thursday afternoon it was done!  It did take every last little bit of stabilizer I had, but I do have a little thread left.  As you finish a FSL design, you soak it in a bowl of warm water and let all the stabilizer disappear, and then you lay it flat to dry.   I let it dry overnight and then this morning I ironed them using a little starch, and strung a ribbon through them and hung it.  Honestly? I LOVE IT!  But! there is NO WAY I am making another, so sorry girls, lol. And truthfully when you factor in the amount of thread it took, the stabilizer, and the ribbon it wasn't nearly as inexpensive to make as I had hoped for.  But it is pretty and I am super glad now that I pressed on.  Let me show you.....

THERE IS THIS HEART BLOCK AT THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF THE WORD LOVE

ONE OF THE LETTERS...NOTICE THE LITTLE HOLES AT THE TOP TO STRING THE RIBBON THROUGH

THE WHOLE BANNER

I REALLY LIKE IT HERE BUT THIS IS NOT A VERY GOOD PIC.  DOESN'T DO IT JUSTICE
This morning I was running around getting what I need for the baptism tomorrow and made a quick stop at Joannes to pick up a couple of things to get ready for next weeks projects....bibs!  lol  Though again, I will be using mainly scraps for these too.  We are going to heat up around here for a week or so and not wanting to complain I guess I am.  I am NOT ready for ANY heat yet...sigh, lol.  Just a few pics to finish this off and I am done.  Hope you all have a wonderful week-end, and find the joy all around you from Him!  Blessings, Debbie

LOOK AT THESE GORGEOUS BLOOMS ON MY AZALEA BUSH ON MY FRONT PORCH.  I GET THESE A COUPLE TIMES OF YEAR....HOW MY MOTHER LOVED THIS!  

SWEET LITTLE CODY TURNED 7 YEARS OLD ON WEDNESDAY.  THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN BY HIM BY HIS DADDY AS HE LEFT FOR SCHOOL.   GRANDMA AND GRANDPA WILL CELEBRATE WITH HIM HOPEFULLY NEXT SAT!

MY BEAUTIFUL CLAIRE....HOW I MISS HER SWEET LITTLE SELF...SHE FINALLY CUT HER FIRST TOOTH TODAY!
AND SWEET LITTLE VINNY FELL ASLEEP STANDING STRAIGHT UP, LOL.  NONE OF MY KIDS EVER DID THAT.  SITTING STRAIGHT, AND EVEN ON A ROCKING HORSE, BUT NEVER STANDING.  HE WAS ONE TIRED LITTLE BOY!



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

Already Wednesday, and time for the Hodgepodge.  You can join the others by clicking on the picture.  See ya there!






1.  Describe love using all five senses...Oh wow, this could take a while and might be kind of hard, lol, and I am not sure how we are supposed to do this.  I ALWAYS overthink these things.  Does it mean in general, or specifically for us. Between a man and a woman or something/someone else.  I think it will be easiest for me if I just use a baby as my example.   Lets start with smelling....there is definitely just something about the smell of a baby.  Especially right after their bath with the smell of light baby lotion and their sweet breath...heaven.  And then sight....honestly is there anything more precious then the sight of a sleeping baby with their eyelashes laying against their little cheeks and their innocence for all to see.  And then hearing.  A babies sweet giggle, cooing and babbling, saying mama for the first time, all such precious sounds.  And touch.  Well hugging and kissing and loving a baby up is one of my favorite things of all time.  Leaving taste....I guess maybe that would be hard to describe, lol.  Love of a taste for a baby is brand new.  From
the first time they taste solid food, to discovering that something "sweet" is pretty good.  I have a feeling I didn't do this the way it was intended, grin.  Loving definitely involves ALL the senses I believe, but in many different ways.

 2.  February is Canned Food Month.  What's your favorite food that comes straight from a can?  I must be in a weird mind set because I am overthinking this too, lol.  Let's see, I LOVE canned chicken and use it in a number of ways.  From just dumping it on a salad, to making it into a chicken salad sandwich, to using it in a chicken pot pie, or chicken noodle soup it is something you can usually count on making it's way into my grocery cart.
THIS IS HOW I WOULD LOOK IN PJ'S, LOL

3.  A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they [the parents!] dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school [basically saying please don't wear your pajamas].  You can read the letter here.  It's gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts?  And do/did you ever make the school run [or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc] in your pj's?  Well, this is interesting and I imagine there will be many varied opinions and thoughts considering we are all different.  For me personally I believe that PJ'S have their definite place, and our wonderful, wonderful garments, but they don't belong on the public streets.  But then I am funny about things like that.  Not sure why.  I have NO problem with babies and toddlers out in PJ'S, but not adults.  I am an early riser.  Always was, [except for those teen years when I couldn't seem to sleep in late enough] and I pretty much to this day [though there really is no longer a need] step into my shower right after I roll out of bed.  I NEVER left to take to my kids to school which I did of course for years and years and years with 4 of them spread out quite a bit in age, without being not only dressed but my hair and makeup completely done.  It's just what I did.  I usually got out of the car at school and chatted and talked with other moms and sometimes went for coffee as well. Usually any baby I may have had at the time was dressed as well, but there were those occasions where waking them at the last minute to make the run meant leaving them in their jammies.  I can say though while I would NEVER consider doing it, and think it is better if they are dressed, I do not nor have I ever judged women who do.  Some people have a HARD time getting going and getting things done and maybe deal with a lot more in the mornings then I ever did.  HOWEVER, I don't think demanding women be dressed and not in PJ's to be on campus is not too much to ask.  

4.  Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck...which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?  Oh scoop neck for sure.  Almost ALL of mine are.

5.  I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier.  They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails.  Are you guilty of any of these behaviors?  Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding? Well in the last couple of years since I got an i-phone I DO browse quickly through Facebook and Instagram before I plug it in to be charged and turn off my light to sleep.  I have not noticed it making any difference in my mood when I wake in the morning.  I thoroughly enjoy it as I usually am just looking for pics of my kids and grandkids to enjoy, or a quick recipe or something like that.  I do it quickly so it's not much time, and at this point I have no attention of avoiding it, lol.  I usually wake up pretty happy.

6.  Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child?  Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love the best?  Hmmm, I think one of the hundreds of things I remember about this house was the view out the window while laying on my parents bed.  I used to go in there frequently and lay across their bed and gaze endlessly out that window.  The view as I think back on it now was really not all that spectacular either.  Just of our front yard which had a HUGE tree, freshly cut green grass most of the time, and countless different kind of flowers which seemed as though they were always blooming.   My dad took quite a bit of pride in that front yard and worked on it tirelessly it seemed.  There were generally neighborhood kids out front playing as well and riding by on their bikes or roller skates.  It was just a comfortable, homey scene and feeling and I loved it.  Thinking back on it now I wonder why my mother never seemed to complain about me sprawled across her neatly made bed looking out that window? Maybe because she understood and did it frequently too.  Whatever it was she never complained.  This was definitely the home I loved the most and lived in from the time I was nine until the day I married.  Most of my memories of growing up it seemed included this wonderful house.  

7.  Your favorite movie based on a true story?  This will be a hard one for me because movies based on true stories are my favorite by far, and I have several that I love.  I think the one that is coming to my mind most right now is Erin Brockovich staring Julia Roberts.  But honestly as a very close second is Schindlers List.  Both excellent movies in my opinion and I have seen them both several times.  


8.  Insert your own random thought here... Not many random thoughts rattling around up there right now which is unusual for me I will admit, lol.  Just looking forward to this week-end.  If you follow my blog at all then you know that I had the privilege over the last several months to be involved with my youngest sisters family and the giving of their hearts to Jesus.   It started with their sixteen year old daughter Katie, and now includes her parents and her little brother.  Their whole family.  It has been exciting to watch God work, and be a witness to such a miracle.  Anyway, several weeks ago Katie began to talk about wanting to get baptized, and about wanting her cousin the Pastor [my son] to do it.  LONG story short my son is coming here on Sat. and their whole will be getting baptized in our parks spa.  My son's church usually hold a baptism once a year at the beach, but in the summertime of course.  If anyone expresses the desire to get baptized in the meantime, he usually just finds a swimming pool somewhere, which in So. California is not hard to do. Katie is way too excited for any waiting, so we decided to do it here and were thrilled my son agreed to drive up.  I just couldn't be happier about all of this.  Katie and her mom [my sister Donna] have continued coming to my home on Tues evenings for bible study, and I can't express enough how much it has blessed me watching them grow.  I did pray it would be a nice warm day with hopefully NO rain, and I just checked our weather on my phone this morning and it is supposed to be in the mid seventies on Sat.  Doesn't get much better.  God is good!


Monday, February 1, 2016

41 YEARS!

I started my day today by finding a little video my hubby posted for me on Facebook, as it is our 41st wedding anniversary. (And doubled as an early valentines greeting too!)  It was hysterical, and I broke out laughing and smiling and watching it over and over again.  It set the tone for my whole day.  It was just one of those silly jib jab videos, but for whatever reason I have always loved this particular song and hubby and I have sang and danced our way through it many times over the years for fun.  Well trust me it has been awhile since we have, but of course it is one of the reasons it was soo hysterical.  I FINALLY figured out how to share it here, so let me show you....



Wouldn't that be wonderful if that was actually my figure, my voice, and my dancing ability?  lol  I'd like to pretend he stills sees me that way though!  It has made me think I can tell you that.  Whoever in a million years would have ever guessed WHAT in the world we'd be doing 41 years later. I spent most of the day sewing burp cloths for my coming GREAT grand daughter, that's one of the things I did, while hubby is off to work as usual. I am hobbling somewhat today as well as my arthritis is acting up some [maybe the rain and cold weather we've had the last couple of days?] and we're actually living in a senior citizens park. My figure is NOT what it used to be, my hair is NOT the same color, I am minus several different body parts, and that's just the physical changes. Hubby has fared a little better.  His weight is not much different then the day we married, and while he hasn't had but one surgery to repair a knee, he has had numerous skin issues and his hair is thinned WAY out and turned gray. We're the parents to 4 children, 4 in law children, 12 grandchildren, and have one great child on the way.  We've weathered many a storm together through the years, and danced our way through the good times.  One thing I KNOW for sure is that the Lord brought us together all those years ago, and through His grace has lead us faithfully through this life.  How grateful I am for this man.  My life has been SOO blessed because of him, and I hope that there is never a doubt in his mind to that.






Friday, January 29, 2016

SOME FRIDAY HAPPENINGS....

Well it's late in the afternoon on Friday so I decided I'd better wrap up the sewing for the day and get a post up.  I've had a pretty busy couple of days, but it felt good.  I took the new quilt to the NEW shop that my quilter has opened up, and I really liked it!  Not surprising I guess when I know we seem to like the same sort of quilts and fabrics etc.  It's not too far from here either in Norco.  Not that it's close either of course, but it only took me about 25 minutes on the freeway.  I could have spent a wad of money in there but I refrained and didn't spend anything at all, lol.  But I'll be back that's for sure. She carried a little supply of the nice printed gauze which is perfect to make swaddling blankets which is all the rage right now for babies, and Joannes does not carry.  Hobby Lobby has a nice solid color gauze, but no prints.  I can find the printed gauze online but it is 17 dollars a yard which just seems ridiculous!  I want to make a self binded blanket out of it which means I would need two pieces.  A 40 by 40, and a 30 by 30.  That makes that blanket kind of pricey obviously.  No wonder they sell in the specialty shops for minimum 40 dollars, and as much as sixty!  Crazy!  And that's not for a double layered one either.  I could just make a single layer I guess and hem it up, but I really liked the way the double one looks and it is still SUPER light and airy.  She was selling hers for 12 dollars a yard so it seemed quite a bit better...but truthfully is still expensive.  I made Melody a couple for Claire out of the solid color from Hobby Lobby [just the single layer ones] and she used them both to pieces. Probably because they are soo light and Claire was a late spring baby just as Sophia Rose will be.  I am dwelling on what I am going to do about a guaze one for now, lol, but I have a feeling I will probably stick with Hobby Lobby's plain ones.  It is only six dollars for a yard which is much more in my price range for a blanket.  Will see....She also had a baby play mat quilt on the wall that I positively adored.  Just the cutest thing ever.  And she was selling kits of it for only 30 dollars!  Seemed almost free, lol.  That doesn't count the backing or the binding, but still pretty good. Trust me if I hadn't already made a quilt for the new baby that would have been in my hands, and it might be anyway.  It would just be darling for either Sophia or Claire. And another selling point for me is that it is one of those quilts that has different sized blocks that all work together which I love and I don't have the slightest idea how to do. This would teach me I am sure. And finally she had some adorable fabric I could use to make bibs out of but I really want to finish up the burp cloths before I start on bibs or a couple of little outfits.  So as you can see I had a lot to resist, lol, but I did pretty good!  I have finally started on the burp cloths.  I have SOOO much flannel in my stash that so far I am just using that.  Not sure if I will even buy any.  I want to make her up a dozen of them which seems like a lot, but considering they are basically free why not as they are sooooo useful!  I've managed to make 4 in the last couple of days and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself doing so.  They are ridiculously easy of course, and I can play with them using my decorative stitches etc.  I intend to applique some but haven't got to that yet.  Let me show you what I've got so far.  Apologizing in advance for the quality of these pics.  I REALLY need to do something about this I know...

I DECIDED THAT I WOULD QUILT MOST OF THESE BURP CLOTHS AS MELODY HAS TOLD ME THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT REALLY HOLD UP THE BEST.  I MAKE THESE 3 LAYERS THICK FOR EXTRA ABSORBENCY.  IT DOES TAKE QUITE A BIT MORE TIME OF COURSE, BUT IS REALLY PRETTY SIMPLE TO DO AND ALLOWS ME TO USE MY DECORATIVE STITCHES.  I PUT THE PURPLE AT THE ENDS AS I JUST HAD A LITTLE OF IT.

THE FLIP SIDE IS WHITE.  LOVED HOW THIS LOOKS

CLOSE UP OF THE DAISY STITCH.  MY MACHINE DOES LIKE A BAJILLION DECORATIVE STITCHES AND I LOVE HAVING THE EXCUSE TO PLAY WITH THEM, LOL

THIS PICTURE IS SO CRUMMY SO DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN TELL, BUT THOSE ARE BABY CARRIAGES I PUT ON THERE.  DIDN'T THINK I'D EVER HAVE A NEED TO STITCH THOSE, AND YET NEVER SAID NEVER!
HOW CUTE IS THIS BEE FABRIC?

I WISH I HAD MORE YELLOW FABRIC HERE, BUT I MADE DO

THOSE ARE BUTTERFLYS FOR THE QUILTING STITCHES HERE
THESE NEXT TWO ARE SUPER BAD QUALITY PIC'S AND I AM NOT SURE WHY...SIGH...BUT I DECIDED TO BIND THESE LIKE YOU WOULD A QUILT.  I USED A CHEVRON GREEN TO BIND UP THESE ELEPHANTS AND ITS PRETTY CUTE, BUT HONESTLY TAKES TOO LONG FOR A SIMPLE BURP CLOTH SO PROBABLY WON'T DO TOO MANY MORE OF THESE IF ANY, LOL

JUST A CLOSE UP [BLURRY THOUGH IT IS!] OF THE STITCHES I USED TO QUILT THIS ONE

AND HONESTLY THIS PICTURE DOES NOT DO THIS ONE JUSTICE, LOL.  I BOUND IT TOO WITH A CUTE COORDINATING FABRIC THAT I HAD JUST ENOUGH OF TO DO IT WITH.  SAVED THIS PLAIN PINK DESIGN FROM BEING REALLY PLAIN.  BUT THE BEST PART IS THOSE ARE ROSES I USED TO QUILT IT WITH!

YOU CAN SEE IT A LITTLE BETTER HERE
My last load is buzzing in the dryer, and I still need to water my plants out front so I better jump off of here and get that done.  Hubby is going to bbq steaks tonight....yum....so all I have to do is pop a couple of potatoes in the over and make a salad.  And we have a taped Downton Abby to watch, and an American Idol.  Sounds like a good Friday night to me.  Hope you all have a good week-end! Blessings to you all!  Debbie  OH....just a couple of quick grand kid pics...

MY HELLO GRANDMA PIC FROM NEW MEXICO THIS MORNING!  GUESS THEY ARE HAVING GORGEOUS WEATHER....PRETTY NICE HERE TOO ACTUALLY!  ALL LOOKING AT THE CAMERA AND ALL SMILING IS ALMOST A MIRACLE, LOL


AND A CLOSE UP OF MISS CLAIRE.  MY GOODNESS NO ONE WOULD KNOW IT QUITE LIKE ME BUT SHE IS JUST A CLONE OF HER MAMA.  I AM LOVING IT!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY!

How can it possibly be Wednesday again already?  And yet time for the HODGEPODGE which is always fun.  Join the others by clicking on the picture.




1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.  On Tues morning when I was visiting one of my favorite blogs...Cheryl @ Thinking about home....she asked about one of our favorite snow memories and I shared briefly with her one of mine.  It was such a wonderful moment in time that I was glad she had brought it to my mind, so I might as well share it here too.  Growing up in So California snow was really not part of our everyday life by any means.  But my parents owned a cabin in Big 
Bear when we were growing up and we spent MANY a week-end in the winter months playing in the snow.  Several times we spent the week between Christmas and New Years there as well.  One night as dusk was falling it started to snow.  When our parents suggested we go out IN THE SNOW, IN THE DARK, and SLED DOWN OUR STREET, I could scarcely believe it.  But they turned on the flood lights on our front porch and we did just that.  It was actually a very magical time.  Kind of un real in a way.  One of the funnest things I was ever on. But honestly what I remember most about that night was my parents.  They were having as much fun as we were, and were laughing and smiling and joking around.  My parents had a rough marriage at times, which eventually ended in divorce, but that night they were happy and obviously in love.  I like to remember them that way...


2.  What was on your blog last year at this time?  [besides the HODGEPODGE of course!] If you weren't blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?  I was knee deep in making clothes for the coming of little Claire.  Seriously almost every one of my blog posts described some project or another.  Not a whole lot different this year [in fact the babies due dates are only 2 weeks apart.] as I am AGAIN knee deep in baby preparations for another coming grandbaby.  Notice any patter here? 
3.   Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, "We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but potential.  Do you see more flaws or potential in your life at the start of a new year?  I TRY to dwell on the possibilities then the failures or flaws.  Have you done anything specific this month to address either one?  I guess in the respect that I have concentrated MUCH more on my own devotional time with the Lord.  Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?  I think January is when I usually think of the new year and new possibilities, but when I was younger September and the new school year often felt that way too.

4.  Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why? I honestly think it is very wrong the way 
American's have athlete's as hero's and put them on pedestals they don't deserve.  But I also think that there are athlete's out there we CAN admire and one of them is Tim Tebow.  He had the courage to speak out against such things and for his faith in Jesus Christ.  I think he is a wonderful role model in MANY ways for young people.  There are others I know who have used their fame and fortunes to benefit the less fortunate, but they don't get much media coverage now do they?

5.   Do you like cream in your coffee?  Yes please!  Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie?  Always! and lots of it!  Cream cheese on a bagel?  Oh yes... Sour cream on a baked potato? Adore it!  Cream of wheat for breakfast?  Love it, but haven't had it in years..  Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream?  Yes, once, at a bridal shower for Melody.  Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?  Hmm considering it is VERY early in the morning here I guess I'd go for cream cheese on a bagel.  But as a general rule it would be the pumpkin pie.  My all time favorite period!

6.  Where were you last kept waiting for "hours on end" Or for what felt like hours on end?  How well did you cope?  Honestly I haven't been anywhere recently where that has happened, though of course it has been the case MANY times over the course of my life.  Probably one of the most frustrating times when was when I took my mom to see a specialist once and we honestly waited in the office for over two hours!  I mean I know you can easily get behind if you are a doctor, but at what point do you just re-schedule?  I will admit coping was difficult as my mom was NOT a happy camper, was in a wheel chair at the time which was difficult for me to maneuver what with my arthritis and I had to take her twice down on a long hall to the restroom, and TRY and keep her happy while we waited.  I hid my feelings from my mother as it would NOT have helped the situation, but I inside I was NOT coping well, lol.

7.  Believe it or not, when next week's Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February...huh?!  Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.  Goodby!  Not sad to see you go!

8.  Insert your own random thought here...Heard a frustrating, somewhat annoying fact last night as my hubby attended a social security information meeting last night as he prepares to get ready in the next year or so to file.  We had heard that those who turn sixty two in 2016, which is me, are eligible still to receive half of their husbands social security IF they do not have more of their own, [i have none!]and they have been married over ten years...ME ME!  Well, come to find out you must BE 62 by May first! NOT ME! My birthday is not until late September.  Soo unfair in my opinion to let half of those born in the year receive it, and the other half not to.  It will make a HUGE difference for us!  My hubby has paid in the maximum amount for years and years and sooo much over the years it is just ridiculous.  There is NO WAY he will ever get it all back.  And it is afterall his money. Sooo I guess that's that...sigh.  I do believe the Lord will provide and take care of us in our old age, but it was VERY disappointing nonetheless.

Well that's it for now...Hope you all have a good day and look for the joy all around us!  Oh, btw, for those of you who are interested my hair came out OK...LOL..  She did shape it up a little better, and the color is GOOD, but growing out is growing out.  I am sure most of you have been there, lol.  In another maybe 3 or 4 months it will be long enough to look alright, so I guess that's not long to go, and in the meantime I am grateful that this particular issue is not a big one in the scheme of life.