I hope you all had a good week-end. We did for sure. But before I tell you about that let me back up a few days and catch you up on a couple of other things. First, last Thursday it just so happened that my grand daughter Lindsey was playing in a high school softball game at a school not hardly five minutes from us so of course we couldn't miss that. Hubby was able to get away early and go too and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. They did lose unfornately, but Lindsey played a great game at shortstop. That was Melody's position on her travel ball team so I am WELL antiquated with that spot. It's funny how something can bring you back to a time that was so long ago so easily. Seems like just yesterday I sat watching those games and enjoying every minute even though it was MANY years ago now. Hopefully we will be able to catch another one or two before the season is over.
Earlier in the week I had decided to try my hand at another "softie" design. This time it was a hedgehog. Let me just say this...I was VERY unhappy with the way they were finishing their seams in this project, and actually wrote a note to the design spot to see if maybe I was not reading something right. She assured me that I was, and that the way they finish their seams makes it look like it is NOT professionally made...or "mass produced" is the way she put it, and that they strive for that home made look. I told her I understood to a degree, but that truthfully I like a more polished finish, and I certainly didn't want anything unraveling. Needless to say the hedgehog never did get made, and I found myself back at the drawing board looking for another design. I ended up with the cutest little giraffe you ever saw. His ears and his antlers were made out of felt, and I made him too out of the pink fleece I used on the owl. I decided to do her in pink and purples to go with the color theme of the nursery, but after I got that first one made I decided that I didn't really like the purple thread I used around her muzzle, and I really wished I had made her tail purple. Sooooo I did her over again making all the changes I wanted to. I will admit it was a bit fanatical, and that I can be a bit OCD at times, but I was sooo glad I did when I saw how much better she looked. It's really a good thing that I have all of these things on hand, or it could get both wearisome and pricey to do things over again. Let me show you what I mean.
|SOO SWEET. STANDING THERE BESIDE THE KLEENEX BOX YOU GET AN IDEA OF HOW BIG SHE IS, OR SHOULD I SAY LITTLE?|
|MATCHES HER OWL BUDDY WELL I THINK|
|THERE SHE IS....LOL|
|LOOK AT THOSE EYELASHES! COMPLETELY MADE OUT OF THREAD! YOU SIMPLY RIPPED OUT THE BOBBIN STITCHES AND THEN TRIMMED UP THE THREAD OF HER LASHES, AND TA DA..THERE THEY WERE! SOO CUTE I THOUGHT!. YOU CAN SEE THE QUILTING ON HER TOO IN THIS PIC|
|AND HERE SHE IS WITH HER FRIENDS.....|
After that we hit Joannes [I was out of zippers...but let's not go there] and a couple of other things, and then we popped by Macy's for a while and then finished up with some grocery shopping. I knew I was pushing my knees more then I should be for comfort, so I came home and took some Tylenol and iced them for a while. Sat. night I woke briefly to use the bathroom and after getting back into bed my mind started up [always a mistake in the middle of the night!] when suddenly it occurred to me what I thought the directions had been trying to say [in a very poor way I might add! lol] and it took every ounce of my self control not to get up right then and there and try those dumb bags again. But I did fall back to sleep faster then I thought I might and Sunday afternoon I was finally back in front of the machine again. Within an hour and a half I had successfully made BOTH bags, lol. First of all, not only were the directions VERY POORLY written, she had given the WRONG dimensions on the two final pieces of fabric you were supposed to use. Once I figured out the directions, and cut the RIGHT size pieces it was SUPER SUPER easy to make. I am going to write her a brief note and tell her my findings this morning too. Though truthfully the shop is a German one and I am not sure she even reads or speaks English as I had to push "interpret" in order to print the directions in English. Which I guess as I type this I am thinking that is probably where the mistakes came from....the interpreter, lol. Don't think I will be using a non English speaking shop again. After I finished the bags I dutifully cleaned up that GIANT mess and now this morning I can sit back down there and continue on my list. I am running DANGEROUSLY close of running out of time so I will have to be diligent. Maybe not as many "break times" or I won't get done. Let me show you the bags even though they are to be the prizes at the shower. I don't think anyone from my family who will be potential winners of these bags even reads my blog anyway, lol.
|TA DA! LOL CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE NO BIG DEAL I KNOW....THE SOFT GREY WAY PERFECT TO EMBROIDER ON AND I USED THE GOLD METALLIC THREAD I STILL HAD FROM CHRISTMAS|
|THE LINING OF THE BAG MATCHES IN BLACKS, GOLDS, AND GREYS. THE NEW BOBBIN MADE THESE EVEN EASIER, SO BIG BIG THANKS TO HUBBY!|
|AND BAG NUMBER 2....I LOVED ALL THE COLORS IN THIS ONE|
Welp, it is time to get off of here and get cracking...I've lots on my list today. Hope you all have a good week and find the Lord's joy all around you. Many blessings to you, Debbie Grandkid pics to follow of course.
|LITTLE MISS CLAIRE IS 11 MONTHS OLD AND GETTING TO BIG FOR HER OWN BRITCHES, LOL|
|SHE WAS LOVING THIS|
|ST. PATRICK'S DAY FUN|
|AND THIS...LUKE'S EXPRESSION IS PRICELESS HERE|