Thursday, November 16, 2017

Frustration Relief

When feeling overwhelmed or something weighing on my mind, it helps to just sit down and sew.

I've been overthinking the candy winter wonderland project for Sunday school. I know the other teachers are looking at creating gingerbread houses for their walls. I want something original. So, outdoor playland with penquins and snowmen. It pictures great in my mind, but something is missing... ?????  Where does Jesus play in all this? We're to be teaching on Jesus is the sweetner in our life. So, while sewing I came up with an idea. Why not have penquins and other animals singing from a hymn book. Music notes floating above their heads and above that the words to the song, 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus'. Under the singers write the scripture Psalm 150:6. 'Let everything that has breath praise the Lord'.

Now, I enjoy sewing organizers for my sewing things. Anything that will keep my sewing supplies close at hand during any number of projects. I even enjoy sewing boxes, yet they take up more room. I took ideas from my chatelaine and from the pincushion thread catcher and created something that goes on my office chair. Needs a couple of things I don't have on hand at the moment, but otherwise it's completed. I kept it simple by using velcro. I know when I go to make another (I know mom, you're asking where is yours) I plan on creating a tutorial.

Just realized how well it goes with my chair color wise. I wasn't even trying, just pulled fabric from my scrap bin.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Am I Old?

I've been hand quilting on and off all week. Resting my poor pricked finger with crochet snow family, and stitching some embroidery. Still have a long way to go.

My beautiful daughter who has turned 18 today (yes, they say I'm old), decided to make glow in the dark cupcakes. They look and taste great, but disappointed that they didn't want to glow. We ended up calling them slime cupcakes.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Made 2 and got an order for 5 more.  Now to put buttons on and then to start the rest. Whew!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ritual continues

Bryndle joined Vincent this morning.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Morning ritual

Every morning my husband takes his morning pills. He keeps them in an old shoe box. You see it's a boot box and fairly large.
Our kitten Vincent likes to play in this box while hubby is taking his pills.
Today however; Vincent just got comfortable and went to sleep.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Been busy pinning ideas for a winter theme and a candy winter land theme for Sunday School. Lots to do. Though I've been cleaning and rearranging my family craft room. Kids have been happy to get to a sewing machine to make up quick projects.

Today my boys stitched up a boot polishing bag from an old pair of BDUs. The idea came from their dad and what he had done while in the Marines.

My daughter decided to try her hand at making leaves and maple leaves on her cupcakes. She really didn't do too much practicing. Really need to enroll her in a cake decorating class. They still taste great, though.

Any time I've had to spare is going into trying to complete my quilt. I've used wool batting to keep us warm and really want it completed for my bed. The nights are getting cold. Bbbrrrrr!

Been busy

Only have one arm so hubby jumped in and loaned me his. 3 arms pretty good. Doubled snowman and worked on window clings.
Now it all has to dry.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

First Sock Snowman

Got all my supplies from Dollar Tree and now my snow family has begun.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sweet Husband

He went out and took care of some business. He was gone so long and he went shopping bringing me back some pretties.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Details, Details

Been giving some thought to how to decorate the house in winter. Snowmen, penquins, snowflakes, icicles, etc...

Pinterest is full of ideas and definitely enough to overwhelm. Wow, so much inspiration. Even coloring pages give me so many ideas. Then, I remember winter is a month away. I'll need to work on specific things for this year and create more for next year.

That being decided, I started on some really cute snowmen. As well as my Welcome wall hanging, just need to start stitching.

Left arm

Took bandage off.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Down again

Had surgery on 18 of October and on my follow up appointment the doctor found a blood clot.
Had emergency surgery to remove clot and so now once again I can't use my left arm.
Lisa has come to watch over me today to help me out.
Thank you daughter.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Finished Projects

Spent two days with my sewing machine and completed a few projects to decorate my house for Thanksgiving. It felt good sitting behind my machine again. Lol

I finished a wallhanging and completed two rag slipcover pillowcases. I also crocheted my last mini pumpkin and stacked them up on eachother. Also been hand stitching my winter quilt. It's not coming along very fast and I've already bled on the same square 3 times. Ugh, my poor finger.

Getting busy gathering winter themed ideas next. So, many to choose from.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Another Holiday

Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is around the corner. Then Christmas, so I'm making my own poinsettias for a wreath I have in mind.
More work ahead of me but here are two:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Coming Together

I acquired two really nice couches, the couple was such a blessing, who gave them to us. So, the craft room now has a couch, which my family enjoys sitting on and the other is in the living room, so we now have more seating for when we have company.
                           Living room
Craft room

We also had a friends daughter over making cupcakes with Rebecca. They did an awesome job. They tasted great and looked great.

I kept myself busy as well. I've gotten back to quilting my winter quilt. Made some mini fairy tale pumpkins from
I used thread and cut out a few rounds to make them smaller. The orange one is followed exactly and the blue is with a few rounds removed.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


I started to unpack some of my craft boxes today to try and get a start on organizing the many different crafts I have bought over the YEARS. 

Lisa I need you!  I found crochet, knitting (yes), cross stitch, plastic canvas, embroidery, regular sewing appliques and quilting. On top of that I found T-shirt forms and paints (dried of course).  Then all the beads and trim for making necklaces and bracelets, etc. and then ribbons to make wreaths and you name it if you can imagine it.

             H  E  L  P!!!!!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Getting Cosey

Woke up today of a cool 55° and being anemic I was freezing. Sweet hubby set me up and he started our first fire in fireplace.


My sweet hubby got the idea (from so much yammering I made) to put up some extra shelves. YEA!

Now to fill them...hahaha...hey Lisa?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Not My Best

Keeping with the holiday I chose this picture to color.
One handed but not my best

Walking Disaster

I cannot believe it!   After having accomplished a minor craft ... I got up to go get me a drink. I slipped on some wood and twisted my knee.  Now it's hard to walk and painful to bend.  So now my left arm is out of commission and so is my right leg.

My mom told me as I was growing up that if I didn't have accidents I wouldn't be able to do all I've done.

Finally a craft

I had surgery on my left arm on the 18th of October.  If you've ever had surgery you know you have a few bad days of drug haze where it is not safe to do anything. The first two days I felt nothing as I received an arm block which left bruises on my arm. The third day I began taking pain killers every 4 hours. This was the beginning of my haze days.

Yesterday was the first day I felt decent. October  26th, I actually wanted to go shopping, however I settled for for firing my creativity by watching DIY videos.

Now mind you ... You are only limited IF you limit yourself.

I used my right hand and my feet. It took me awhile but I finally made a pom pom.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

One Down and......

One project done, yet so many more to complete. I've put my sewing machine on the table and decided to get some things done. Of course, that meant my son also wanted to fix the seams of a jacket I'd made a few years back, so he borrowed my machine. His isn't set up yet.

Finished my Shalom Y'all door hanging. Also stitched up a tea satchel for a friends birthday.

Quick things to do. Just need to get back to my quilting. Things are laid out begging to be finished. Just a matter of finding some time.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Something Old

With all the unpacking you always come across something you thought was long gone. I've tried throwing it out repeatedly, but its always lurking in a box. I believe it's my husbands doing.

I've always been interested in quilting and had no clue how they made such beautiful quilts. Had no clue about quilt shops or quilt patterns, just knew they were beautiful pieces of art work. I'm talking 20 years ago. I was completely clueless.

I could sew, cross stitch, and even crochet. All thanks to my mom, she taught me well. Quilting to me was something the pioneers did. I never realized there were still quilters. I know laugh at me and my ignorance.

What brings this all back to mind is my very first attempt at quilting 18 and a half years ago. I had just discovered I was pregnant and so desperately wanted to make a quilt. So, I had an idea in my head and just winged it. No pattern, no one telling me if I was doing it correct, no batting, and no quarter inch seams.

I didn' t attempt another quilt until my third pregnancy. By then I had learned some things. It was done by hand (my sewing machine being kaput at the time). Still no batting, this is Texas, and it was a summer baby. It turned out beautifuly, sad to say it was lost in a move.

A year later I learned to quilt and its intricacies from a neighbor. She had me quilt the Heartland Zoo Babies for a friend. Lots of tiny pieces.

From there I made many a baby quilt. Then started making quilts for my own family. Made my first queen size quilt for my 10th anniversary for my husband and I.

There is nothing like stitching a quilt for someone with best wishes and love.

My Anniversary Quilt

My First Attempt at Quilting

My First Quilt Pattern that I was
taught to use

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Still Organizing

Still here and still organizing. Still working on acquiring shelves and some chairs. Sometimes you just need to sit back in a comfy chair or couch with a warm cup of tea and some simple hand sewing projects. Oh well, it will happen one of these days.

We've been having some wonderful weather this fall and I sure do enjoy the harvest season. Pinterest keeps me in trouble as always with all the wonderful crafty ideas and decorating inspiration.

That being said I've been doing some embroidery, that I'm hoping to make into pillow slip covers for my new living room. Kinda hard to complete without setting up my sewing machine. Though I have a spare table I can use till my desk is finished. Yay, it will do for now.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Does It Ever End

Still been busy with the unpacking, reorganizing, and general set up for a house. Silly me told my husband, I wanted the table to break down easily for when we move. Still not thinking of this place as home.

We've decided that the second living room is going to act as a craft room. Yipee! Though I still will be sharing with my kids and the occassional project of husbands.

Miss my sewing, I had started stitching my hexagon diamond patches together. Then got busy with trying to organize the craft room. It's coming along, though I do need more shelves.

Best husband ever

He not only put all furniture in sewing room...he took excuse the mess...I still have to get in there and straighten it out.  I did not realize how small this room really was. Still need more room. 

Wonderful Husband 3

Iowa covered bridges. There were a total of 6 bridges but before we left Iowa we drove to 4 of them.

He was such a sweetheart...he took all the pictures. I actually got out of car and was holding myself up by a railing and he took a picture of my rear end. I won't share it because he said that was All pictures are on my FB page.

Wonderful Husband 2

I've had a hurt shoulder for quite awhile and my hubby has been REALLY working so hard on my sewing room. We finally got it painted...Yes I helped.

But he started moving in furniture, tables, file cabinet and even making me shelves in the closet to put my projects on. Room is too small for quilt stand Lisa and John gave me but I'm working on another idea for that.

Wow my bedroom is so bare now. I can actually see my floor. (That is when we're not unpacking more boxes).

Hoping to have it all done before my surgery.

Wonderful Husband

Not only did my sweetie take me to Iowa to see John Wayne's birthplace and museum I saw the Iowa Quilt Museum and on our way home we stopped off in Hamilton, Missouri at the Missouri Star Quilt Shops. Oh I had so much fun.
I posted all my pictures on FB.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Wanting to try this one.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Still Here

Well, I've organized the shed that contains all my crafts and am sharing same shed with my teenage children. Still no sewing area and I haven't really been working on any projects. Just finishing some that I've already posted.

I've also adopted a kitten from my parents a sibling to Bryndle. This week I've been tending to all the kittens since my parents went on a road trip. Quite sure she'll be sharing her adventure when she gets back.
I've named my kitten Skunky and he is living up to his name. He's been farting when he plays at our feet and does it stink.

Hopefully, I'll have more to share later.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Almost complete

Finally persevered and working all day I have the coaster almost completed. I need to add accent to it and it will be  complete.
  Lisa did the one on the right and mine is on the left.