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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!