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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Missing in Action!

I doubt many have missed my posts because I haven't been keeping up my blog too good lately. 

 I had a knee replacement 5 weeks ago so that is one reason I've been away. It was rough at first, but my knee is doing good now. 

 My dear husband has been so good to take care of the house and tending to me. I don't know what I'd have done without him. I didn't have to go to a rehab or nursing home after the hospital. My doctor wanted me to come home and do physical therapy here along with using the CPM machine. Next week, I will be going to out patient rehab nearby. 

 In another week, I can officially start using a cane, but I've been practicing. My PT says I'm strong enough.  I haven't been out much, but I do walk outside everyday the weather permits.

 It's been a bummer in that I couldn't sew and make things for Christmas. I'm so glad I did make the little grands a special gift before I had surgery. I will post them after our family Christmas. 

 I do read a lot of blogs, but I missed out of doing that too for a while as I couldn't sit at the computer long at the time. I'm trying to get back into my old routines, but gosh, it's hard. 

 I did crank up the embroidery machine this week to monogram these stocking for my grandson and his girlfriend. He just bought his first home so he wanted to have a new stocking. The stockings were bought at Hobby Lobby.

 I do hope to try and blog more often. I don't want my blogging efforts to completely bite the dust!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Office Makeover!

 I'm sorry to always be behind on writing a blog post. My days seem to just get away from me. I guess it's a part of getting old? 

 We were really pleased with the office outcome especially since it was done on a budget. The biggest splurge was with the huge sign my husband bought to cover that big, bare wall!
 So here we go! Before and After pictures:
Big Blank Wall
Empty shelves 
The back wall  
 The windows are very tall so we had to solicit the help of our two oldest grandsons. I forgot to get a picture of Bubba. Clayton is the one you will see in some of the shots. He is really good with setting up computer stuff and climbing ladders!

   My husband bought burlap curtains, and I had to cut them off so I just let the hem ravel instead of having to take the sewing machine to school. They looked just fine with a fringe type bottom. 
 Now for the rest of the pics. The big sign was made to match the smaller signs we bought at Hobby Lobby.

 A friend of ours gave us the two chairs in front of the desk, and we bought the other one at Goodwill. 
 It's hard to see in the picture, but he painted the old chair royal blue, and the dishpan gold which are school colors.
The sign I made! 

 And last - the boss giving orders! 

 Thanks for stopping by. Clay is loving his new job as counselor! 
P.S. - I'm loving my uninterrupted sewing time. ;)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Project for the Hubby!

 Things seem to stay hectic around here for two old retired folks!

 Did I say retired? Well, it seems my husband is going back to work in August as a counselor in a private school in our parish. 

 He is definitely tired of teaching, but this seemed to spark his interest so he accepted. 
 I think I am sort of glad as he will be gone 4 days a week which will free up my time to sew more! 
 However, it does put a kink into a few things that I depend on him to do, or rather, things that we like to do together. 

 So he will be in an older school, and his office is the old book storage room. He has been picking up a few things here and there to decorate with, and also bought some drapes - all by himself!

 He asked me to help with a sign for his outside door. The hall is dark, and the wood is dark, he remembered we had an old mirror we'd bought a while back. We had already painted it to hang on the back fence - lime green! His school colors are blue and gold, so he sprayed the outside gold, and I embroidered what he wanted on some blue fabric.
 It was easy to do, and all I did was hot glue the fabric to the back of the mirror. 

  I think the students will be able to find his office! What do you think? LOL

Friday, June 13, 2014

Daylilies in Bloom!

 Our day lilies have been gorgeous this year. They have bloomed more than ever before. I always love for the end of May to get here because they usually start blooming then.
 We were gone for 5 days to the beach, and when we got back, I was just amazed at how many blooms were on each plant. It's been like that every day this week. 
 These are just the ones right behind our house, and outside my sewing room. We have more all through the back yard. 
 The two top pictures were made on two different days. 
  There is just nothing prettier than God's handiwork!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Martha Pullen Love of Heirloom Sewing Retreat!

  Yes, you read it right! I got to attend a Martha Pullen event that was only a little over an hour away for me. 
 When Martha posted it on Facebook several weeks ago, my heart did a flip flop! Martha was coming to Longview, TX! Oh geez! I just could not believe it! I've always wanted to go to some of her events, but they were always too far, or I was working, and couldn't take off. 
 This was just perfect! I booked a room for two nights, and I even found a friend to share it with me. We had a blast! 

 I left early on the morning of April 24th. Martha was having Sunday School when I arrived so I was glad I got to be there for most of that. She is such an inspiration, and she is on fire for the Lord! 
 Then we broke up into classes. My first class was with Pam Mahshie and Missy Billingsley. I have had classes with them both, and they are superb teachers. 
 We used the Babylock Ellisimo Gold embroidery machine to make an In The Hoop Cathedral Window Wristlet. The design is by Missy, and you can find it on her website HERE. She does a fabulous job of digitizing! The design stitched out just perfect. I took a few pictures as it stitched to share. 

After lunch, we had a lecture- demonstration session with Connie Palmer. She has a wealth of knowledge, and we all wished they'd had her teaching a class. She showed all kinds of notions, and many of which, I'd never used or never seen, so I did learn a lot from her talk. 

 Amy and I went to check into the hotel, and to eat some good Mexican food. 
 That evening Martha Pullen put on a show! Oh my! I never knew she was such an entertainer. It was all so interesting, and she had everyone dancing to YMCA. I did take a few pictures which I will share. I was having so much fun, I would forget to snap the pics. 

 She would pull out her phone every so often like she was checking FB or taking pictures. LOL I wish everyone could hear her Spanx story. It made me laugh until my ribs hurt. 
 She modeled this jacket the staff made her for their Sew Beautiful anniversary. It was a man's coat jacket, and they had used pieces of lace and trims that had been tossed on the floor during sewing sessions. I know it made her day. I wish I could have seen it closer, but when she finished the lecture, she was packing to leave. 

 She also brought about 30 pieces of her "Martha's Attic Collection" that she would show on her TV program that used to come on Saturday mornings. I was amazed that she passed them all around for us to see, touch, and examine which surprised me! We had a small group so maybe that was why she did that. They all had such magnificent stitching, lace, and style.  

  They took a picture of each of us with Martha, and she signed them all. 
 I snapped a pic of one of the lace shaping projects she taught us. We were given a Pizza Hut box, and we stuck our fabric on the back, and then proceeded to do the lace shaping. She also told the most hilarious story about lace shaping in a class where they had machines to stitch down the lace designs. This one girl kept calling for Martha to come to her, but it was very tight place, and Martha couldn't get to her. So the girl sewed her lace and fabric to the cardboard. Martha can tell a story so good that you actually feel like you were there! 

When I finish my samples, I will post more of these. We didn't have time to stitch them down, but she showed us the technique which is really easy.
 On Friday afternoon, we had a lecture with Missy Billingsley explaining some serger techniques, and then we got to make a little tea towel using the Enlighten. I love the wave stitch, and I wish I had that on my serger, but I don't. It makes a neat decorative finish for lots of things like table runners, place mats, blankets, on and on.
 On Saturday morning, we had a serger class with Kathy McMakin. She is another fabulous teacher. We used the Ovation serger. It is quite a big serger! We made a sewing machine caddy, but mostly we learned how to use some of the different stitches on the Ovation. She also told us some great tips about serging. I really enjoyed her and her class!
 We did pintucks on the serger, and the chain stitch is what you see going across the solid blue. We also made the little pin cushion. The only part we did on the sewing machine was the top of the binding and the ends of the pin cushion. She showed us a neat trick to make the binding on the sides by serging one side, and then cutting the lining on the other side 1-1/4" wider. Then we serged that side, and when we turned it, we had enough of the lining to make the binding on both sides. I need to remember that trick for sure! 
 We learned to attach lace on the serger with a rolled hem stitch. 

 Our last class was with Kari Mecca. We were given a little kit, and she showed everyone how to make a cute little flower using the Whimsey Sticks. However, it was getting late, and I left early since I had to drive an hour and a half home. I still haven't made my flower, but I hope to make something with all of the stuff in the kit soon. She has some really cute patterns out on the market so be sure to check her out online if you sew for little ones. 

 This event was sponsored by Sharman's Sewing Center in Longview, TX. They gave us a goody bag when we arrived. I love goody bags! 
 Sharman's also had a store set up at the event, and on Friday night, they invited us to their real store to shop. Sharman gave us 20% off anything we bought. They had lots of pretty fabric - I mean LOTS of eye candy! 
 The best thing is that they had fat quarters already cut for the fabrics on display. Oh yes, I had fun looking through those. 
 These are the things I bought. I can't wait to use that zigzag ruler, and the little 5" duckbill scissors are the bomb!
 This is Sharman with her dog, Chloe. This was the cutest dog ever! She was part Bichon and part Yorkie, and she was sooooo fluffy. 
The picture above is a better pic of Sharman, and also my roomy, Amy. Sharman has not just one, but two fabric stores. The other one is in Tyler, TX. They sell Babylocks, Pfaffs, and Brother machines. 
 I hope you have enjoyed my dream come true sewing event! I feel so blessed that I was able to meet Martha and all of the wonderful teachers from Babylock.
 Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Justice for Justin Bloxom!

 Some of you may remember 4 years ago when I posted that one of my former 5th grade students had been killed by a registered child molester.
 If not, you can read about it here. However, most of this article also retells the story. It was a horrible, tragic event in the community where I taught school. 

This is the recent article. Click HERE
This is the picture at the top of the article. It is well worth your time to read this. It's an amazing story about the jury that convicted Justin's killer. His mom is the pretty blond lady in the middle. 
 Please share this with people you know that have young children. Kids are so gullible and so trusting, and it's such a shame that we have to force them to live in fear to survive in the world these days. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Flag on a Stick Giveaway Winner!

   I must say the Flag on a Stick blog hop was so much fun! I really enjoyed seeing all of the creative and beautiful flags. I don't know if I could pick a favorite if I had to do so.

 Thanks to everyone that took the time to stop by and comment. It means a lot to me!

 I printed out the list, and crossed out the extra comments as I counted each person one time. Random number generator picked No. 35  out of 55 entries. 
  Soooooooooo the winner is.........................
Celynn of Celynn's Sunflower Patch
 Congratulations Celynn! I will be sending you an email to get your mailing address!

 Thanks again to everyone! I hope you will come back and visit! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


  Only two more days to see more beautiful flags waving!
 I am sorry I have been out of touch. I had to go out of town overnight, and now for some reason, I can't comment on any of the blogs. 
 If anyone knows why, please let me know. I've checked my settings, and I cannot figure it out.
 I'm way behind on replying, but I'm trying to catch up! 
 Have fun viewing all of the neat flags in this hop!

April 2nd
Thimblemouse & Spouse
Stitchin' By The Lake
Just One More Stitch
The Quilting Queen Online
Selina quilts
Whims And Fancies

April 3rd
Just Keep Swimming
The House on the Side of the Hill
Texas Quilting Gal
Madame Samm

Monday, March 31, 2014

FLAGS ON A STICK - Today's my Day!!

 (First, let me say, I'm so sorry my post didn't go out as I thought it would. I forgot to hit publish after I scheduled it to post.)

I have had so much fun looking at all of the flags that have been created! Oh gosh! They are all incredible! 

  First I want to give a big hug and thank you to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt for arranging all of the details of these wonderful blog hops. Also a big hug and thank you to Thearica from Pigtales and Quilts for being our cheerleader and fabulous helper to answer all of our questions. I know we all had great inspiration to make our flags from our sponsors Flags on a Stick and Flag-Outlet.

 I really thought I could do this fairly quick as I made a burlap flag in January just for fun. I think I thought wrong because it took me several days to get it done and all put together. 

 My first thought was to take pictures as I went.  Like I said, it was a thought. I forgot to take pictures beyond the first day in which I started embroidering the front side of the flag. 
 When I was in Hobby Lobby one day, I found this bright yellow burlap in the remnant bin! Woo hoo! First inspiration! 

 In case you didn't know, to get the sides, top and bottom straight, just pull the strings and slice off what you don't want with the rotary cutter. 

 This was just my first pile! The best thing about dyed burlap is that it's not as dusty, and doesn't make my nose run like the real stuff. However, it all gets a toss in the dryer before any project to get out as much dust as possible. 

 Then comes the spray starch! Lots of it will help to stabilizer those fibers. 
 Of course, it took me days to decide on what to do, but I knew I had to use something bright on this yellow burlap. I went through my stash, and I had some 5" charms that were the perfect colors. 
 So here it is ready to start embroidery, and that, my friends, is as far as the step-by-step pictures evolved! Ha Ha! Now to the finished product! I know it's hard to see, but I added a little bee on one flower, and a ladybug flying up the side of another flower. It is spring, you know!

My only disappointment is the back side. I didn't line the inside with a stabilizer that would block out the front side. Oh well, live and learn. I love the big "C", and I wanted something that would last all summer. The "C" is from Ageless Embroidery, and it was a free alphabet collection. It stitches out so nice! (I really need a new flag stand. Oh, why didn't I think of doing the tabs like some of the others did? Duh!)

  So now have you noticed my little "danglies" I added. They fly when the wind blows as you will be able to see in the videos. Don't worry, they are both really short.

 Of course, my nosy Maggie had to get in the picture. She came running and barking at my flag like it was an alien or something! 
  I made the dangly flowers sort of like making ITH frames or tags. I used a washaway stabilizer, and also put some stiff interfacing inside so they would be stiff. It took a while to do them even though they look pretty simple. 

 To give credit to the embroidery sites, I used a combination of flowers from Planet Applique, Embroidery Boutique, and the butterfly is from Embroidery Library. 

 I must show the first flag I made in January out of plain burlap. The design is by Sonia Showalter which was a free alphabet. I just love it too! This flag held up during the ice, snow, and bitter cold. I sprayed it with some acrylic spray, and I had joined the front and back with Heat-n-Bond Lite just like the yellow one.
 I know this is a long post, but since you made it this far, you might want to make a comment to be entered in my little giveaway. I have a Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower by Nancy Zieman, and a cute notepad by Mary Engelbreit. Plus I may throw in some other little something.

 Just one comment is all you have to make. I'd love you to follow me, but it's not necessary to win. 

 Be sure to visit the other blogs to see their flags. This is the schedule for the rest of the week.

March 31st
Grandmama's Stories
More Stars in Comanche 
Pampered Pettit
Farm Gate Creations

April 1st
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Quilt Doodle Designs
Buzzing and Bumbling
Why Knot Kwilt?
Creatin' in the Sticks

 Happy Flag Flying!
Shirley Clark