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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Where Flowers Bloom!


Welcome! Today is my day to show off my project for the Creatin' In The Sticks blog hop "Where Flowers Bloom"! Many thanks to Carla for organizing all of the blog hops. I'm glad I was able to participate in this one. 

 Flowers certainly rank high on my list of favorite things! We have a pretty good variety of flowers that start appearing in spring starting with the azaleas, bridal wreath, and then the yellow day lilies. The day lilies are dwindling down. I sure love their bright yellow blooms. 
 We didn't get many potted plants done this spring due to a lot of reasons. My previous posts explain how hectic things have been for us, but it's getting better. 
 I debated on what to make, and I was about to cut out a pillow when I saw this blank flag sticking out of a shelf in my sewing room. Then my feeble brain remembered why I had bought it! So I went through my files looking for the perfect flowers to stitch on the flag. It's called Swirl Applique Flowers from Lynnie Pinnie Embroidery Designs! I love how it stitched - just perfect! 

 Instead of adding fabric to the center, I decided to glue on a cute button. The burlap flag was really cheap at the vinyl store - $5.00, and it has a backing that makes it sturdy. I've used these before, and they hold up pretty good outside. 
 The alphabet I used is called "Fallen" from Applique Corner. I was pleased as it also stitched so well on this flag. I will be using it for lots of stuff including burp cloths. I always use Heat n Bond Lite on the back of the fabric for appliques. It keeps them sturdy and unwrinkled.

 Now to share a few other things I've made with flowers in the past few weeks. 
 My daughter-in-law, Tonya, asked me to embroider a shirt for her with "Lolli" on it because that is what she wants her granddaughter, Ellie, to call her. (Ellie is our great-granddaughter that I sew for, and I have previously posted some of things I've done for her.)
 I love this whimsical fabric I had in my stash, and Tonya loved it too! 

I've also gotten into making the zip bags using The Pioneer Woman placemats from Walmart. These can be so addicting, and they make such nice gifts. I made one for myself, and two for some good friends. I have more to make when things settle down.

The placemats have some pretty flowers on them, and there are videos of at least 3 different styles you can make. Just Google Pioneer Woman Placemats, and you will find them, or search on Pinterest. 
 This beach towel was for my granddaughter, Shelby. The alphabet is the Daisy Swirl alphabet from The Itch 2 Stitch. Shelby loved it, and I love the daisies! 
You can tell I love to sew, and I'd have a lot more to show if things had been a little calmer the last few weeks. 

 I hope you will visit the other blogs too!

 These are the other blogs participating in the blog hop! 

Have fun everyone!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Life Happens!

 Both of our kids planned back to back vacations in Florida, and both invited us to come and stay with them. 
 Years ago, we would either pay for a condo or help pay for a condo, so this would be a nice treat for us. We always love watching the kids play in the water. 
 Due to work schedules, they couldn't plan for the same week. We went with our daughter and her kids on May 19th, and had planned to stay until the 26th when our son was going.

 Emily's husband had planned to fly down on Tuesday due to work and his dad being sick. Things took a drastic turn for the worst, and Troy never got to come. So Emily and the kids left out that Tuesday and came home. 
 It was so quiet without them, and we were so bored, we decided to come on home on Wednesday. Troy's dad, Jimmy, passed away Wednesday morning. We knew we'd made the right decision. Cayden and Shelby have never lost anyone close to them, and we wanted to be close for support. Plus we thought a lot of Jimmy, and had spent time celebrating birthdays with him and Shelby. Jimmy had also gone to the same rehab as my husband in the last couple of months so we saw him pretty often. He was such a fine example of a Christian man. He will be greatly missed!  His wife, Dorris is really having a hard time. They'd been married 56 years.
 Shelby is always taking pics on her iPod, and she took this one only a few weeks before they lost Jimmy. It is very treasured now! 

 When we got home on that Wednesday, we found another problem. My bathroom had flooded onto my bedroom carpet. It was only a few feet into the bedroom so we sopped and kept sopping towels to dry it out. Then I ran a fan on it for days. We just didn't have time to try and pull it up at that time. We are getting new floors in there, the 2nd bedroom, and the bathroom. That has kept us busy cleaning out and putting things out of the way. 
 My son and his family went to FL on the 26th knowing Alberto was approaching, but it ended up not being that bad. We would have probably gone back if we hadn't feared being in the bad weather. 

 On the way there, our grandson, Clayton, and his fiance', Emily, were involved in a major wreck on I-10 close to Pensacola. It's a miracle they weren't killed or injured badly. We're so thankful they were ok. A big truck jack-knifed, and hit them from the rear throwing them into the guard rail. Then another car hit them. I think there was a wreck up ahead, and the cars started slowing down. People drive way too fast on I-10. It's even hard to stop if you're not going over the speed limit.
 My son had to unload at the condo and then drive back an hour and a half to get Clayton and their stuff. What a day for them!
 So Clayton had to get a rental car as their car was totaled in the wreck. That unnerved me so badly I cried for days.  

 I know only a few will probably read all of this, but I wanted to keep this for a reminder of just how good God is! 
 I will be participating in the "Where Flowers Bloom" blog hop starting June 11th! I hope you come to visit!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Ten Years Ago!

TEN years ago today was my 12 hr. surgery for tongue cancer - 12 days in the hospital including 6 days in ICU. I have come a long way. Praise God I'm here today to tell about it. No one knows how gut wrenching the words "you've got cancer" are unless you've been there! I have some friends fighting this disease right now, and some who lost their battle. It breaks my heart to see what they have to go through. I am so blessed - beyond words - but the thought never leaves my mind that it can return.
I spent Mother's Day in the hospital that year, and I don't remember much, but I do remember my kids tried to make it the best they could. 

I am so blessed to have had amazing doctors, and even more blessed to have amazing friends and family to support me. As I went back over the blog posts Emily posted to keep everyone informed, tears came to my eyes. It was all so overwhelming, and a lot of it I can't even begin to explain.
I am so thankful I am still here to enjoy my kids, grandkids, friends, and my sewing! It was a rough time for me and my family, but we all pulled together, and we survived! Praising God! 

 Enjoy life to the fullest while you can because you never know what tomorrow will bring. 
This pic was from my 2 year celebration. 
 This pic is the last time we all went to the beach in 2013. We're going again this year if all goes well. We just won't be able to get a full family picture. (Sorry this one is distorted due to the width.)

 Love to all!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Trying for a New Normal!

 I really don't know what normal is anymore. My favorite normal is when I can stay home and sew or work on projects. Since the hubby started going to rehab 3 days a week in January, that occupied a lot of my time. He wasn't allowed to drive for a while, and then he got the clearance to drive, but I still went with him just for my peace of mind. He was having to wear that Zoll Life Vest, and sometimes it would go off for no apparent reason so I felt better being with him. Plus I did enjoy some of the classes and the cooking class.
 The doctor determined that his heart function on the bottom lobe was still only at 35% so he decided to go ahead with the internal defibrillator/pacemaker surgery.  He had that on April 2nd, and he did really good. He did get dehydrated since we had to wait 6 hours after we got there at noon before he was taken back. He'd not had anything to eat or drink since the night before except to take his meds.
 We came home the next day, and all of the driving and running errands was back on me. He's not supposed to raise his left arm for 4-6 weeks so the incision can heal around the heart. He also has to wear a support vest at night. It's getting better! 
 At least I've had some sewing room time since we couldn't go anywhere much except the doctor.
I've done a few things for our sweet great grand, Ellie. She will be one on the 18th, and our granddaughter, Shelby will be 11 the same day.
Since we give the older grands money, I did embroider Shelby a beach towel. They're going to the beach in a few weeks so I'll also do one for the boys before then.
I bought Ellie this adorable swimsuit so I got her a beach towel, and made a paci holder to match. I also ordered her a flamingo pool float that's on it way. 
The short sets came from ARB Blanks and Blanks Boutique. I love their shirts to embroider on, and these should last all summer. 
I don't put her name or monogram on everything as her mom wants to save things in case they have another girl, but sometimes a girl just has to have a monogram! 
If anyone stops to look, I do appreciate you coming by. I'm trying to be more consistent, but it's hard right now. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Ellie's Easter Outfit

I knew it would be hard to get this done with us having to drive to cardiac rehab 3 days a week, but I decided to try. I saw an outfit made like this in a FB group, and I knew I had to make one. 
I ordered the fabric holding my breath that it would make it here in time. I don't sew as fast as I used to so it was a challenge. The pattern for the top is Violet Fields Thread Piper, and the bottoms are VFT Ruby. 
 I'll be honest. I wasn't thrilled with the top pattern in the way it is put together. If you want more details, then write and ask me. It turned out ok because I changed the way it was sewn. 
 The fabric is a woven, but it's stiff and hard to work with which didn't help. 
I took it to her mom on Saturday, and she wore it on Sunday to an egg hunt at church. 

These are some pics I took of it flat. 
I did like the bloomer pattern. I'll probably try to find some fabric to match them and make a summer top. They were so cute on her! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Life is Busy!

 I'm so thankful in so many ways, but sometimes I do wish I could have more sewing time. You can read about why I don't have much time to sew Here.

 However, I was invited to a baby shower for the daughter of a long time friend. So I had to make something special for her. They aren't finding out the gender until the baby is born so that makes it a little more challenging. 
 They call the baby "Baby Bear McNair", and I found two designs on Embroidery Boutique that were perfect. EB has such great designs! 
 This is the quilt I embroidered on - no I didn't make the quilt, but it's really nice. 
 The other part of my gift was two burps I decorated from diapers. I buy the 6 ply BabysRUs brand, and I've been very pleased with them. I love the bright striped fabric that I got in a scrap pack from a sewing friend.
 The last one is a saying that I love because I know this baby had lots of prayers said for him/her. I can't remember where I got the design. I used a cute little animal print for the trim.
 I love doing baby gifts! My next project is some spring things for our sweet Ellie Marie!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Nancy Zieman

Since it was 4 years ago at this time that I was able to attend a Nancy Zieman Sewing Event, I wanted to share this post again. It was such a sad day in the sewing world when Nancy passed away this past November. 
 I can never say enough as to how much I enjoyed meeting her and listening to her lectures. She was so incredibly sweet and personable. She definitely left her legacy in the sewing community for many to enjoy for years to come. 

 At the end of January, I got to attend a Babylock - For the Love of Sewing Event with Nancy Zieman!! It was in Shreveport, LA which is close to where I live, and I can say it was "wonderful!" Three days of classes, plus lectures and demonstrations by Nancy Zieman.
  If you ever get a chance to see her live, take advantage of it! She was wonderful! My brain was overflowing with the wealth of information she shared with us.
  The Babylock classes were also fabulous! We got to sew on the Unity, Ellisimo Gold, an Evolution Serger, the Sashiko Machine, and the Embellisher. Oh what fun!! 
 In the first class I attended we made a Mardi Gras table runner using the Unity and the Sashiko machine. We made the 10 minute table runner, but we embroidered the mask, and did some top stitching with the Sashiko. It stitches a wonderful stitch and can also be used for quilting. 
After lunch, we moved on to the Embellisher - Oh my goodness! I could have played with that one for hours!! It's sort of like a felting machine, but so fast, and did I say fun?? We made a little bag. First we made the back with some stipping on the Ellisimo Gold, and then we made the front using the Embellisher. We used all sorts of scraps from scarves, yarn, trim - you name it! It punched it all into that fabric, and none of it looks like it did before we started. 
 I just know my little granddaughter, Shelby, would love making things like this with her Mimi!
  That night we got to meet and take pictures with Nancy Zieman. Now this made me feel like I was on the real show!
  After pictures, she shared some of her favorite projects, and also during the next morning she showed us how the show is taped, and more projects.
 Nancy's love is making landscape quilts, and she shared with us how she does it. It was so interesting, and let me say, I didn't realize how we could use just scraps, bits, and pieces of fabric to make a beautiful quilt. (and an occasional fabric marker.) (wink)
  The wonderful Babylock instructors also shared some of their own projects which was also very interesting. 
  My last class was with the Evolution serger, and we made a wall board completely on the serger. It was pretty much easy and fun! They had the sergers set up so we rotated and didn't waste a minute.  
 Of course, we had to visit the on site store every time we finished a class. My dealer in Shreveport was the sponsor of the event - Shreveport Sewing Center. I picked up some neat goodies, and at a discount during the workshop.
 My favorite thing is the magnetic pin wrap bracelet. It's so light, and so convenient to use. 
 Now I'm just going to post some random pictures I took during the workshop. Can you believe we only had to pay $199, and that covered our kits (3), lunch for 3 days, and snacks. I'm sorry to say I didn't win a door prize or the machine they gave away, but I certainly wasn't disappointed as I gained so much from this seminar.
Happy Sewing!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Missing in Action!

Good morning from the deep South! I know it's been a while, but I'm going to try and start back blogging as often as I can.
Life happens! I've not stopped sewing! My sewing is just sporadic at times. Sometimes it's for mission projects and sometimes for my grands.
My Shelby is going on eleven so I don't sew for her as much. We have a new great-granddaughter, Ellie. I'm enjoying sewing for her when I have time.
My church mission group keeps me busy making care bags for a domestic abuse shelter close to here. I'm the only one that sews so that makes it hard, but I do enjoy it.
The biggest change came in December when my husband had a major heart attack. Our whole life has changed, and it's also very busy at times. He's doing much better, but he takes a lot of my attention. Some days more than others. I had to take up running all of the errands and driving. I've never liked driving!
I know things will get better, but it's going to take a while. He starts cardiac rehab next week so that will involve lots of driving. I'm hoping it won't be long until he can help with that.
These are some of the bags, and a pic of what we put in them. Louisiana has a whole lot of domestic abuse cases. I was able to visit one of the shelters. It is an old two story building with no signs of any kind. It's kept locked, and someone stays there 24/7 to service whoever is living there. They try to help the ladies to become independent, find jobs, and start over.
Of course, many don't stay but a day or two and go back to their abuser. They're offered counseling and lots of support, but that is their own decision.

I will be adding some more posts. I hope there's a few people who will follow and read my posts. I love reading blogs!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sewing Room Randomness....

  "Where I Sew".

I love my sewing room. I spend the majority of my time in here. Since I took these pics, I have added a cutting table I bought from Joann Fabrics. It is a life saver for me! 

 My husband bought me furniture from the Christopher Lowell collection when he retired from teaching. (He's since gone back to work. He loves working. LOL)
 I'll share a few pics of my area. A few things have been rearranged since I took these pics, or I should say that I have a little more junk. I do clean out about twice a year.
 I have 2 big desks. My embroidery machine and serger sit on one. My computer and smaller sewing machine sit on the other. My chair sits in between. That part is really convenient for me to sew and embroider at the same time.

I lucked upon this Brother machine at a yard sale for $45. It sews like a dream. The lady sold it because she didn't know how to thread it. So I put my little Janome away for now, and use this one. I hope to teach sewing lessons one day soon.

I have a big armoire that has lots of storage room, and it also holds my TV. The desks both have drawers and cubby holes that hold thread, stabilizers, and my notions.

                This pillow is SEW me!!!

My tiny ironing board my son-in-law found at a yard sale. It really helps on kids things. 
Below is my Sew Beautiful magazines, and all of my patterns. I put them in binders, and they are so much easier to find.

My "most used colors" of thread sit in a tray that my daughter bought make-up in a few years ago. She tossed it out, and I grabbed it. I wish I had another one. It is just perfect to slide in my cubby space in my desk.

 I have an extra chair if anyone wants to come and sew. Anyone want to come? I also use it as an extra work station.
 I really need to make a space for a small, narrow table to use just for sewing. I don't really have enough room on my desks with the machine and the computer monitor. I feel I could find something perfect at Ikea if I ever get to go. 

 I've been working on reorganizing my sewing room, as always this time of year. My daughter made me some vinyl chalkboard labels, and I bought a few. It has made a world of difference in being able to see what is in my bins in the closet. 
 She did an etched design on this jar I put some old wooden spools in that came from my mom's stash. 

  Now for the humor part. I collect threads from my embroidery snippings. I only put embroidery threads in this red bucket. Any ideas for what to do with them? They are pretty to gaze upon!
Since I took the pic of the bucket, I've bought a 12 needle Babylock Embellisher, and I've used some of the threads with that. I still need to find more projects to do using the threads.
Happy Sewing Everyone!