December 18, 2008

Down To The Wire.

O.K. so it's only December 18, 2008 and I have a few more projects to finish... my DH asked me what else "we" could work on! I kinda laughed and mentioned it seems that the "me" in "we" always gets more than my share of the projects! DH's little sis Caroljean got married last weekend and the "me" in this "we" got her quilt done on Friday.... the night before the wedding! Thanks to my oldest DD in the help with the tie-ing of the quilt! It would have been great to either machine quilt it or have it machine quilted... but it was sooo thick I would have had to kill my self when I was thru and the machine quilting people would have shot me as soon as they got it done... So, safer to tie it! And they loved it so all in all... we did all right! Funny thing, after the wedding (some of the family... my DH's side) stayed to help with the clean up etc... (it was at the home of my BIL, which was very nice of him to do) and I went to go get my coat.... ahem, the coat that was left in the closet was wool... that's the only similarity with my coat that it had going for it! Wrong size, color, style... just not mine!!!! So, one of the host's said Oh, well so and so had a wool coat maybe it was her who took yours by mistake. So, for the rest of the evening and part of the next day I tried to get a hold of a gal that my SIL works with. Finally, I got a hold of her! No such luck, she mentioned someone else! Even gave me a phone number! I got a hold of this new person..... No Such Luck again! By Monday, I figure that if I get a hold of the bride (now hang on.... the bride/groom only took one day together away.... cause they knew Christmas was coming and they both had kids at home!) she would know someone who might have taken it! O.K. so now the ball was in Carol's court! The next day... Tuesday, she calls me back and says.... "I know who ended up with your coat!" She said, this person... sorry I forgot the name, grabbed it as she was going out the door and probably didn't look. Now, I live in Utah, my coat on the other hand is in California!!!! Too Funny! When I told one of my daughters about what happened and that it was found and where... she said, "Oh, mom wouldn't it be fun if your coat could talk and tell about it's adventure!" I just now thought, if the coat could talk, it wouldn't have ended up in California! It would have just said, "Hey Lady, I'm not your coat! Put me back!" It would be fun to write a story about it though!

O.K. well I'm pretty sure that my DIL doesn't read my blog.... she is a pretty busy person.... work and school. She is finishing her Masters!
So, that means I can tell you about what I did last night! I pulled an all-nighter, working on a project for my DIL.... and hopefully I will get it into the mail as soon as I'm done here. I made her a skirt! You know how things go... when you want to finish something, it's never fails... things mess up, my machine would run out of thread, it would tangle up.... then when I put the zipper in it was a bit of a mess.... only when your trying hard to finish! But yes, it's done! Now... onto a couple more projects... I will post pictures a bit later... really I will. I still have pic's of the wedding and the quilt too!
I also need to cut out and sew p.j. pants (matching of course!) for my two little grandson's! And something for my granddaughter (I love saying that!) too!
Gotta go! Oh, DH did work on a project... he cut and smoothed (I will explain that choice of word in a minute) a bunch of wooden blocks for our oldest grandson! O.K. you have to picture this.... my DH made wooden blocks for grandson #1.... I asked if he was going to sand them? His reply was, "No, he needs to toughen up his hands." LoL.... so about an hour later I was into the "workshop" and find him on the floor with each block he is using the cement floor as his sanding machine! He would take a block and rub it on all sides and knocking off the corners a bit so that they would be smooth! Too funny! So much for the tough old grandpa... guess that #1 will have to figure out another way to toughen his hands.... (he's only 3!)
Gotta go..... I know, I said that b/4! But, this time I mean it! We both know that I could go on for..... ever!

December 9, 2008


O.K. everyone... now is the time to help those who work hard for a living!!!!! People who make toys & items for children all over the world (no I'm not talking about Santa Clause! And this is NO Joke!). Please read this article I got from a friend. And take action if you feel so inclined! This is something I feel needs to be addressed!

Help Save Handmade Toys in the USA from the CPSIA
The issue: In 2007, large toy manufacturers who outsource their production to China and other developing countries violated the public's trust. They were selling toys with dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small part, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that made kids sick. Almost every problem toy in 2007 was made in China.The United States Congress rightly recognized that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) lacked the authority and staffing to prevent dangerous toys from being imported into the US. So, they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008. Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number. All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels. For small American, Canadian, and European toymakers, however, the costs of mandatroy testing will likely drive them out of business.
A toymaker, for example, who makes wooden cars in his garage in Maine to supplement his income cannot afford the $4,000 fee per toy that testing labs are charging to assure compliance with the CPSIA.
A work at home mom in Minnesota who makes dolls to sell at craft fairs must choose either to violate the law or cease operations.
A small toy retailer in Vermont who imports wooden toys from Europe, which has long had stringent toy safety standards, must now pay for testing on every toy they import.
And even the handful of larger toy makers who still employ workers in the United States face increased costs to comply with the CPSIA, even though American-made toys had nothing to do with the toy safety problems of 2007.The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of toys that have earned and kept the public's trust: Toys made in the US, Canada, and Europe. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade toys will no longer be legal in the US.If this law had been applied to the food industry, every farmers market in the country would be forced to close while Kraft and Dole prospered.
How You can Help:Please write to your United States Congress Person and Senator to request changes in the CPSIA to save handmade toys. Use our sample letter or write your own. You can find your Congress Person here and Senator here.

Just because one country messed up, the rest should not be blamed and or handicaped!

Thanks for reading!

December 8, 2008

Baby It Snowed Outside & The Saga of My Oven...

How is everyone doing??? I know, I know, such a question during this busy time of year! I must say that if I were to concentrate on the tasks I have to do... I would probably be... worried! Sometimes it's best not to focus on everything all at once! Otherwise it can just be a little overwhelming!
Last night we had the kids and spouses and grand kids over for dinner, (we try to do this every 1st Sunday of the month) and so we had Turkey & Noodles, and also Minestrone Soup. Some of us in the family are not altogether taken with turkey/chicken, so we have to provide an alternative! Yep, of the Turkey & Noodles, there was very little left for leftovers.... (just goes to show that they are a bit of a hit...) where as the Minestrone there was still a bunch left (I mean we still took out about 1/2 of it). The grandson seemed to enjoy the Turkey & Noodles too... even though when we have these get togethers he tends to have a certain lack of concentration on eating in general... (just too much going on for him to have to take time to eat!) And well dessert was a bit of a question mark because my oven has been on the fritz! Don't you just hate that!!!!! I love my oven don't get me wrong! I really enjoy baking/cooking etc... I have a Whirlpool gas range. We bought it 4 years ago.... yeah, I know what your thinking! WoW, and it's already giving up the ghost! Not the total oven/range... just the control panel for the oven. It's a touch pad type that is the problem... actually I'm probably the problem! I will explain: first of all it's the type that have the sensors and pretty easy to use. Nice actually! Around 4-5 months back the touch pad started acting up... if you pushed Bake.... nothing! So, I would touch Start, and then Bake and Wa-la! It would work! So then after a while that way wasn't working any more either. So, I tried something else! I tried Start and then the Temp arrows... to put it where I wanted it to pre-heat and then... once again Wa-La! Now.... No Wa-La at all! Every time there is someone else watching (and no not my husband.... it has to be someone who doesn't live at our house!) it will work! Believe me when the repair guy came I still had to do a lot of talking cause... well he kind of looked at me like..... o.k. lady.... sure! You wanted to take up my time for.... why??? But, at least why he was here I tried the Broil cycle and it wouldn't work.... so he did get the point!
Some of you by now are checking back to see if I've actually gotten to the "main" point yet.... (I'm almost there!) After speaking to the repair guy and he informed us that maybe we should try talking to Whirlpool.... (cause the warranty no longer covers these parts... of course!) I happened to read part of the care and feeding of our Gas Range.... ahem, it says to make sure that if your cleaning the unit; don't spray anything... directly onto the touch pad, spray it onto a cloth and then use it on the touch pad unit! I'm thinking that maybe this is alllllll my fault! Because I missed that point! Well, we spoke to Whirlpool and mentioned that we have several other of their products (they really are a good company!) they decided that they could manage to help us out a bit (50 % off the part) which was soo sweet of them! It saved us around $100.
Here's the point....
Someone asked if we were having dessert... I said, only if we can get the oven to work! If we can I will make Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies! There was some motivation to get the oven to do it's thing... I tried one of the above procedures..... and (you got it!) Wa-La! The oven came on! So anyone out there interested in the recipe for Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies; Here it is!
Used to be you could find regular chocolate chips that were mint flavored... now we have to use Mint M & M's.... and they are making them sooo large now... we chop them up a bit. Works just great!



December 1, 2008


Well, here it is December 1st already! Seems time flys when you have projects that you haven't started yet! I know, I know, I've been talking about different things I've got to do for a while... ahem... let's just say that sometimes... I'm all talk! I saw a sign on a church the other day that said "When all is said and done, usually more is said then done!" Yep, that's me! Motivation! That's what I need! And none of the negative type either... you know, like oh, well, just look at the calendar! You have how many gifts you need to make??? Why is it that when I mean well to get things started early it never happens? Lots of questions and not many answers that's for sure!

O.K. after reading Carolyn's and

Kristy's blogs about stashes or at least fabric stockpiles... I dug thru the mess on my idea board and found this: 10 GOOD REASONS FOR BUYING FABRIC!

#1 It insulates the closet where it is kept.

#2 It is less expensive & more fun than psychiatric help.

#3 A sudden increase in the boil weevil population might wipe out the cotton crop for the next ten years! (for those who quilt with cottons)

#4 I'm participating in a contest... the one that dies with the most fabric WINS!

#5 Because I'm worth it!

#6 It's not immoral, illegal, or fattening. It calms the nerves, gratifies the soul & makes me feel good.

#7 Buy it now, before your husband retires & goes with you on all your shopping trips.

#8 It helps keep the economy going. It is our patriotic duty to protect the jobs of cotton farmers, textile workers & quilt & fabric shop staff with cute babies & grandchildren.

#9 It keeps the dust off those previously empty spaces like the dining room table or the living room floor.

#10 It keeps without refrigeration, you don't have to cook to enjoy it. You never have to feed it, burp it, change it, wipe it's nose or walk it!

And if you can think of any others let me know... I'm always ready, willing and able to add to the list!
My family calls my sewing room "Jean's Fabric Store". Which is all fine and dandy... until they want to "buy"... I'm picky when it comes to what they can take and what they can't! Some times it's just easier for them to go to the brick and mortar store. Probably less stress all around too! LoL
Well, it's going on 8 a.m. and I've been up since 4 a.m. so it's time to see about a few other thing! I have gotten 3 loads of laundry washed already! And 2 of them either dried or drying. Now if only my sewing room could get things done in it so quickly!

November 25, 2008

Thanks Giving

I would be a pretty ungrateful person if I didn't post about how Thankful I am for my life! So, I'm taking a few moments to just let you know that I know that I have a lot to be thankful for! My dear husband who puts up with my lack of patience and is sweet to me.... even if I do become a "Hyacinth".... sorry, inside joke! I love him to pieces! I'm thankful for our 4 kids and their extremely fortunate mates... yes, we know you think that they are wonderful! So do we! And for our beautiful and sweet grand kids! Nothing like being a "gramma" and a "grandpa" even when sometimes I get called grandpa instead of gramma!
We have a job, (DH does.... and because he does, it allows me to work at other interests, service etc...) that is pretty stable. We live in a free country, where we can decide what we do and where we do it. We have freedom of speech and religion and a whole lot of freedoms that I don't have time or space to be writing here... but, know that I am Thankful for all the ones I mentioned and the ones I didn't!
I have the Freedom to be Thankful or not! I choose to be Thankful!
I know that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me! And that his Son Jesus Christ died for me. For this I am truly Thankful!

O.K. that's about all I'm boring you with now. Those of you in the U.S. have a Wonderful Thanksgiving! Oh, one more thing:
Remember to let your loved ones know how much you care and are Thankful for them! You never know when the last time you will see them, this old world of ours can get kinda scary at times. I guess I feel that we need to just remind ourselves that there are sooo many others that don't have even a 10Th of the rights, possession's, and love that we do! Please remember our wonderful world and all the people on the planet in your prayers if you pray!
Tomorrow I help my girls make pies for Thanksgiving and then I need to make a turkey and a ham.... there's goes the old diet! Portions, I just need to keep telling myself that..... smaller portions!!!! Eat some yams for me!

November 16, 2008

One Activity Down..... a few more projects to go!

On Saturday, it was the day of our "Primary Activity". It was all based on the book "Stone Soup"... (see last post!) we had a great time! There weren't too many kids there around 18 or so, but with the help of some parents and teachers we picked up a whole lot of food! Neighbors and people from our area went above and beyond the call... if you have ever seen the cardboard things that some of the food stores put watermelons or pumpkins into to sell? Well, we filled one of those and almost filled another one with donated food! It was such a great thing to see. When the kids came back from collecting food, we took pictures and then ate "Stone Soup". LoL.... it was sort of funny because two of the little girls around age 3-4 years old, wouldn't eat any soup! They told their moms..... no, there are stones in it! Yes, we did put several smooth stones into the pot! We did wash them several times first! It was cute! They probably have been taught that you aren't to put rocks in your mouth... so I suppose that they were just following the rules. Anyway, we did have fun and it was a good time.

So, now that it's official about my "new" grandkids I can get started on clothes for them for Christmas, and maybe just cause. You know how that is, I'm making this... just cause I can! I have some cute camo material that is in blues that I want to make matching p.j.'s for my grandsons to wear. Guess I will have to find some type of shirts too, or make them also.

Have you seen the new minkie fabric there is? Well, it's not all that new.... but all in all, it's sooo soft! I just need to make my new granddaughter a little vest out of it! And who knows, maybe some mittens too! It's sooo soft and cute! When I was a little squirt, I remember having a white rabbit muff and hat that is now not politically correct! But it was as soft or softer than the Minkie fabric. If you haven't seen it you need too! I'm into textures with fabric's so I'm sure that is one of the reasons that I love it so much!

Well, today is Wednesday, (the 19th Nov.) and I still didn't get this finished up! To be honest, I forgot! Actually the computer was being naughty on Sunday when I started this and I thought I had lost it!
Yesterday, I went with my dd's family to help out while they got pictures taken! It was cute to see them trying to get the youngest two to cooperate! The 3 year old is one thing, but the 15 month and the baby were a whole different story!
Our oldest grandson is a bit of a "ham" when it comes to pictures, so if you tell him to say "cheese" ... he is all over that and posing to boot! And then if it's me and his mom taking the pictures, (with a digital camera) he says.... I want to see! Sorry, that is really different than from when I was a kid! You had to wait until the film got developed! Unless you had a Polaroid type camera that is!
So, I need just a bit more reading, tutorial and all... and then I can start to post some of my pic's that I've been taking. Now just remember, I'm not the best! But I'm learning!
Back to the sewing room! Always look to see if you have dropped pins on the floor! It's a whole lot nicer to find them "before" you or a four legged friend steps on them!

November 13, 2008

It's Official!!!!! More Grandkids!!!!

Well, as of Monday, Nov. 10th we now officially have 3 grand kids instead of 1! Talk about exciting! I talked a little about this in my last post, but if you go to the blog posted on the side of my blog "Good Times Today"you can get all the details, and pictures!
Although, I will be learning how to post pictures soon! (it's very apparent that I won't be learning from my eldest daughter.... LoL.... she has her hands and feet full right now!) I celebrated my 50 (ahem) something birthday... on Sunday and was spoiled rotten (as per usual) by the family. But, I got a digital camera! My DS tells me welcome to the space age mom! LoL... what a bunch of characters I have as family! Nothing really wrong with my old camera... although, I did manage to mess up a few photo's lately. Alright, practically an entire roll of film was blank when I had it developed! Sigh...... always something. Plus then I didn't remember what was on it in the first place. Heavy sigh... hopefully it wasn't too important!
I've been busy lately working with the children in our ward at church. We needed to plan an activity that the kids could get involved in. One that has a Gratitude theme. So, we decided on a Food Drive! So, the idea is centered around a story book called "Stone Soup" by Marcia Brown. There are other versions of Stone Soup, but that just happens to be the version that I remember reading to our kids when they were younger. My son helped me find it at Powell's books ( while I was in Portland a few weeks back. Such a cool store, if your ever up in Portland, Oregon you need to check it out! It is advertised as the largest used Book Store in the U.S. This store is huge! Not only does it have Text books (for those of you into higher education) but it has new books too. I can't recall how many floors it has, but it's a lot for a book store. O.K. I digress... so, what I'm doing is; I will tell the story to the kids (o.k., o.k. so I'm going to read it and show them the pic's!) and then we will have given them each a slip of paper with an item of food that will go into the soup! Let me back up, for those of you that are not familiar with the story, it's about some people that are hungry and go into a small village to see if the villagers will share some food with them and a place to sleep. The villagers say no, and so it's decided that these people (3 soldiers) will make stone soup! It gets the people interested because they want to learn to make soup from stones.
Bit by bit the 3 put stones into the pot with water and then begins the real story! One soldier says, hmmm this would be a lot better if it had onions in it! Someone runs to get a few onions, and then all sorts of people are helping out by adding different things to the pot as the soldiers mention different things. Before they know it, the entire village has helped make stone soup! And later offer places for the soldiers to sleep too. We want to teach the children about Gratitude for what they have and kindness to others. So, they will go from room to room at the church to ask if people will share what they have. If the person looks at the paper and doesn't have the item, they will say "No!" As they find the person with the item they need that person will say "Yes!" We will make the soup as they go out with adults to collect canned food in the surrounding neighborhoods! (My DH and I walked ourselves silly.... and I have the aches and pains to prove it! To pass out flyer's telling about the Food Drive) And hopefully the weather will be somewhat good and we will have a lot to donate!
It should prove to be interesting! I hope that they have lots of fun, I know that I've felt good about the planning so I hope that it will be successful!
Guess I will let you know some time after this Saturday! Now I need to finish up a few odds and ends to this activity. I will update you when we are through!
Oh, and by the way... now I have a granddaughter to sew for too! Good Times are here to stay! Busy Times but good...

I forgot to add one more thing... I know your about bored to tears...but it won't be much longer!!! O.K. so last week I went to bake a couple of apple pies because we invited a few people over for dessert! I'm baking away, and it hit me like a blow to the head! The reason that the pie didn't work at my son's house!!!!! It was all my fault! For some reason I had her baking the pie for 1 hour! WHAT WAS I THINKING? Apple pies get cooked at 400 degree's for 45-50 minutes!!!!! So, I called and told my son and told him it was all my fault! I hope that subconsciously I wasn't trying to sabotage their pies so that he will always think mom's are best! Ho, hum! Anyway, apparently they cooked one the other day (on my birthday!) I still need to find out if it was alright!?! But, hopefully it wasn't like applesauce this time! Just thought you all needed to know, that I can admit I do make mistakes.... well, once in a while anyway!
Later, I have 9 patches to make and projects for Christmas etc..... there's no stopping me now!
Take care out there! And don't forget to change your socks once in a while!

November 1, 2008

Time Fly's When Your Visiting Family

Wow, time does fly doesn't it! Sorry it's been so long... (I keep saying that don't I?). I will try to do better, but to tell you the truth, I'm not too sure that that is going to happen! Mostly because of the news that I have to share with you all in a moment! I'm soooo excited, I can hardly stand it! But, you will have to wait for a few moments.
I went up to Oregon and had a lovely time visiting my folks and our Son and DIL. The Fall colors were beautiful! Really and the weather was wonderful too! No Rain at All! Just FAll Colors everywhere! Ben had me walking all over the NW area of Portland looking at great buildings and looking in books stores, fabric shops (I did persuade him to go in for a few minutes.... and he didn't even seem to mind!) and very cool furniture stores. We had a great time! Oh, and if you ever get the chance, check out the Portland Library! WoW, it was something else! Old, but cool! Lots of great stair cases, and the building is really something else! I like Old.... (probably cause I'm getting there myself, and well anything that's older than me.... is neat!) I also got to meet Jenic's sister and see her house (built 1909 and listed in the towns Historic listings). They have done a lot of work on it, and even received a book about the orignal owner and builder. Not bad! She was such a sweetie and showed us (Jenica had already seen the entire thing) all over and was proud of the things that they have accomplished work wise (and rightly so!). Hmmm, Jenica also took me to a fabric store, we just happened to see near the Micheal's we went to. Unfortunately it was going to close 5 mins. after we got there, so I really didn't have time to peruse the area very much.... so, no fabric to speak of! Such is life!
I did get my peepers full of some beautiful fabric's though. Next time..... they had better look out! It was great to see the area. The bus's and cable cars (I forget what they are really called) were great! No charge!!!! Talk about easy to get about! We went to the local Saturday's market and enjoyed feasting our eyes on the local produce and many other wonderful local products. We bought fresh caught (the day b/4) salmon..... it was sooo yummy too! Jenica cooked it up with sliced oranges, and onions and a few select herbs. We made Apple pie, cause that is one of Ben's favorite things. Ahem, although, it turned to mush!!!?
Apparently something was wrong, cause I've never had it happen b/4. The apples, were crisp Granny Smiths and the oven was set at 400 degree's like I do at home. And although I know that the altitude is different in Utah and Oregon, I used to bake apple pies in Oregon and never had any problems???? I told her that next time try the oven at 375 degree's for less time. Live and learn!
I then went and spent time with my parents in Eugene. We had a really nice visit. More Sea Food! Dad makes a great Shrimp Salad! We also visited the Coast and Mo's restaruant, where I had a Grilled Crab sandwich. Yummmm!
Although, I could have just eaten the crab without the bread or cheese. I would have been very happy that way! Just it was a bit too rich for me.

O.K. you have been very patient! Now for my news!!! I am now (or that is on Monday this coming... November 3rd!) a grandma of 3 instead of 1! And how you say do you jump so quickly to 3 when there was no report of a pregnancy???
I will tell you the shorter version of the story! About 3 weeks back my SIL was approached by a co-worker that is the grandma of 2 sweet little children. Apparently the birth parents of these 2 sweetie's have been having a hard time just coping being parents. The little ones are 15 months and 2 months old. So, the decided that it would be better for all concerned if they put them up for adoption. This is the shorter version... my daughter and SIL have had the little girl with them for around 3 weeks. Last Sunday the 2 month old boy was brought to them also. So, now they have become parents (officially on Monday) of now 3 little children 3 years old and under!
So, of course I'm happy as a clam and my sewing self has got to get busy!
So, now you know, (as Paul Harvey say's) the rest of the story!
Later! Don't forget to finish what you start..... otherwise people will always figure that your always starting something..... and it could just be trouble!

October 10, 2008

Fall Has Come Sneeking Past Summer and Creeping In Before Winter

I'm so sorry that I've been away so long! Time can get away from me sometimes. But now that Fall is here, and things will slow a little bit, maybe I can make use of some of my time here on the blog! For those of you who may be set into a dull darkish Fall/Winter already, go to this site and see the beauties of Fall in color!
Click here: RAINBOWS OF FALL... It is something to see. Of course there are many other beautiful landscapes of Fall. I just don't have access to them at this time.
I will soon come back and post a bit more to catch you all up on what's been going on around here!

August 24, 2008

I took some time this week to help out at the local fabric store. They needed help with the inventory. This way I get to peruse the fabric and see all the new (and the old) fabric! I have no problems with older fabric... mostly cause I figure that since it is older, they mark it down to get it out of the store.... in walks me! Yep, what can I say... it's a deal just waiting for me and my $. And besides, they pay me to do this too! What's not to like? So, after seeing #'s in my sleep... I'm happy to say that I only bought two remnant decorator pieces. We need new pillows for the couch. Then I got them home and I set the remnants on the couch.... oops.... it's just not going to do! Guess I will use them for making bags or the like. I dug thru my stash and found a floral piece that will be perfect for a couple of throw pillows and ahem, now I need to go and see if I can find a pretty purple or deep shade of dark pink that will go with the floral. Gee, going to the fabric store again? So sad! What? I'm working 3 more days this week? $$$ yes, I'm starting to see a few dollar signs... my biggest problem is to try not to spend it all on fabric! I'm trying to just use stuff in my stash. Well, trying is the operative word here. That reminds me, when I worked at the Fabric store years ago, we came across a few; Reasons To Buy Fabric. And I will try to find them and post them soon.

So I was reading Calicodaisy ......

and she has started to make and sell quilt binding (you could use it for other projects besides quilts .... The sewing police will not show up to drag you off!!! Don't quote me... but I'm pretty sure!) on her esty site. So, go check her out if you don't make your own and are in need of some to finish a project.

Sewing gets into my blood sometimes. Especially in the Fall! Must have something to do with back to school or such. Or maybe knowing that Christmas is just around the corner! Anyway, I get so excited to look at the pattern catalogs and the new fashion magazines.... now I'm hooked on some of the sewing blogs..... like and and
So, I'm trying to clear off the projects that are taking up time/space and thought process (does that sound like I don't like them anymore???) so I can move on... I really like the projects that I've been doing... it's just I have a tendency to be distracted by (as I call them) bright, shiny objects!
In other words, new projects... I start thinking about how this project would look so great in these colors or this fabric that before I know it I've practically made it in my head! And sitting behind a lady at Church today, I was reminded that since last August when our youngest DD got married (sniff, sniff..... the baby!) this lady and her DH helped out by loaning us their tripod's (these huge, things that you can set up decorations on) for the reception. And they didn't charge us anything at all! Mind you, people rent this stuff for around $1000 or more. So, I talked to her about making a baptism dress for their little girl (I really ought to say all 3 little girls.... but she didn't push it, so I probably won't either! Besides, I did make her a new pad for her baby's high chair and didn't charge her anything.... besides the cost of materials ) she was thrilled. So, that means I need to dig out patterns to have her go thru so I can get that done before the first week in October. Seems the list of things to be made is always more than the time available!
DH is home, time to see what we have to eat!

August 19, 2008

One Thing At A Time

Last night I was able to finish up a baby ragg quilt that I've been tying to get together. One of the ladies that I teach with at Church just had a baby boy. She has a little girl, and now has a boy too. So, since we will miss her not being in our class for a while, we decided to make her a quilt. The kids in our class are 7-8 years old and well sometimes there are 3 and then again, at others times there are 6 kids there. It was cute, I had tons of flannel 5 inch squares all cut out, red, greens, lots of prints w/white and yellow and also some light blue w/white. I had the kids decide how it should be laid out and took it home to put together. Last Sunday I was grilled by the kids to see if I had finished it yet! Talk about pressure! I figured I had better hurry it up and get it done. Hopefully sometime tomorrow I can get all the kids together and we will go give it to Jamie. Nice to have one more thing checked off the list of things to do.
Update... Sunday 8-24-08: Today, Jamie dropped by our Primary class at Church and we were able to give her the quilt we had made for her.... big hit! The kids were excited to see it and to give it to her. Yeah.... it's out of my sewing room... that means more room for the next couple projects!
Onward, the next thing is to get some alterations done for DD#2 done. Funny how quickly projects jump out at you when you get a few of them done.
My grandson has been at my house for a few hours yesterday and today, so needless to say besides laundry I didn't get a whole lot of other things done. It was fun though, we played in the dirt (yep, I play in the dirt too... nice to have an excuse that's for sure!) with the cars and trucks. Played with the dog, ate watermelon watched a little T.V. and pretty much entertained ourselves for several hours yesterday and today! (mom forgot that the appointment was supposed to be today.... Oops!)
Hope all is well with everyone out there. Getting close to Back to School Time for the neighbor kids. It always gets sooo quiet when the kids go back to school. Even the dog seems to miss them. They peek thru the fence at her and pat her and talk to her sometimes when she is outside.

Keep your pins up off the floor!

August 14, 2008

Just Waving Hello

Yesterday while I was running a few errands I happened to notice that there seem to be a lot more motorcycles on the road. Probably because of the gas prices. So for the longest time this one motorcycle rider was in front on me. Every time another rider would come the other way and pass us, he would stick out his hand down low to the ground and wave two fingers at the rider. You know, like a kind of salute to the other rider. Now, the riders that were older (I say older, but I mean older than in their 20's) returned the greeting. But the younger ones or maybe just newer to riding didn't. It's cool to think that just because someone has something like the love of riding motorcycles in common they take the time (and how much time can it take... a few seconds?) to signal a hello! I really do think this is pretty neat. It just goes to show that people still care about others. So, the more I thought about this neat little ritual, the more I thought... wouldn't it be cool if there was some way as seamstresses, (whatever your sewing aim) we could identify ourselves maybe on our person, in our cars etc... so we could wave and acknowledge the fact that we have shared interest. Well, sorry, I'm not into tattoo's. So, that isn't going to happen. But until someone comes up with a neat way to let us each know this info I guess I need to find a way to just wave at you all out there! Whether you are a machine sewer or a hand sewer, a quilter, an embroiderer, or what have you.... just know that I'm waving at you all! Just do the best you can at encouraging others and it will come back to you full measure!
Remember to keep your needles sharp!