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Welcome to my blog! I hope to make your visit worthwhile and reward you with some new inspirations, sewing and recycling, crafts tutorials and recipes. Please add yourself as a follower, so that you will automatically be updated when I post something new! Please comment, I appreciate sharing mutual interests, like sewing, crafting, cooking and of course eating well! I am a former Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, I sub in 3 school systems and moonlight at a retail ladies clothing store. I also am a licensed realtor with my hubby's company, which sometimes allows me to indulge my creative energies. A wife, a mom through adoption, Christian, boomer and a member of the sandwich generation I hope to share my unique perspectives and help you with some of yours!


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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Finishing Nothing, Finding Peace

What do I mean by this title!  Not sure, but having a long spell away from my sewing/crafting, as my two jobs demand my attention.  Digital crafting by pinning my favs on Pinterest, I fill my longing for creating by looking at others contributions.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Life gets in the way sometimes!

Well, I lied!  We were supposed to be in Washington D.C. for the 50th Celebration of Peace Corps by today.  Life intervened again.  Last weekend, for my hubby's birthday, we were planning to go to the boat, sit and enjoy the sunset and stars and celebrate.  For some weeks previous, I had been battling a bad stomach, and by the time we were sitting on the boat, I was doubled over with abdominal pain.  We turned around and came home and tried to rest, but I was clutching my stomach most of the time.  By 12:30 a.m. we decided that a long weekend of pain was not something we were looking forward to, so off to the E.R. we went. Sedated on morphine and saline, I was "well" enough to go home at 5 a.m. Ugh, not a fun night, and a week later, I am still suffering with pain and gas, and concerns.  I have a specialist appointment next week, so see what is going on.  My dad had diverticulitis, so I know that it might be the problem.  I have tried to be good about what I take in, so I am hoping to turn this around...So why did I tell you all of this?  Well it is my excuse for not traveling this weekend, and for being a little afraid to be too far away if an attack hits me.  I am hoping our friends at the reunion will take alot of pics, we are so sad we are not there with them..

Meanwhile, I still am managing to work, and juggle my various jobs.  We finally had a real estate payday, and have started paying our bigger bills.  And I am subbing at least one day a week...Retail hours means I am working 7 days a week, but I haven't felt too tired yet.  As long as my stomach cooperates...I give it a talking to every day!

We are having a rainy week, which means I return to my crafts, one at a time.  Crocheting while watching T.V., attaching beads and making some new jewels, and my quilt is being returned to again.  It would be nice to finish something, but such is the adhd world I live in. 

My hubby's big Irish family had their annual Labor Day picnic, at a local park, here are a few pics of the cousins and extended family!


 

Tonight is my daughter's homecoming, though she is opting out of the dance.  I will be selling hotdogs for PTA before the game, but as I write this, rain is constant.  Hope I can locate a raincoat before then!
Highschool has been a challenge for daughter, but I am proud of her work ethic and getting herself up and out the door every morning.  Quite a different child from her older brother...need I say more?

I hope you are finding time to do what you enjoy, leave me a comment, on how you do it!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Double nickel, 55!

Laugh out loud, you didn't think I would put a picture of what I look like at this age!  The cute couple (us) to the left is a pic taken at a friends wedding.  I think we were married for a year, and we were back in the country by then.  Hubby has the obligatory 80's mustache!  Not sure who has caught his attention, but I blissfully smile for the pic!

Yes, I had another birthday today  yesterday!  The day went well, beginning with sitting for Paula's daughter while she went for radiation for breast cancer.  I brought my daughter along, and we both agreed, it was our gift to be a blessing to them.  And I got to spend most of the rest of the day with my darling 14 year old, part of the time at her fav stores at the mall.  I used my gift card to buy us some fab earrings, and for her, more shirts to go with all those skinny jeans, I will never be able to wear!  I have so enjoyed the fame that comes with having lots of Facebook friends, over 30 wishes by this hour!  I feel so special! 

My last post talked about my success at my quilt shop job.  Well, alot can happen in a few days.  I am no longer working there.  There is a story, but I believe God will open a window after the door was slammed there.  I have already had two interviews, retail of course, so I am hopeful.  Meanwhile, I will probably will continue to help sell real estate, make and sell crafts at few craft shows, substitute teach, and work a few hours a week to fill in the gaps.  I have so enjoyed the beautiful day that was today, I am in no hurry to do much!  To the left, a pic from brother's 50th, we celebrate alot of special days through July -September.  Daughter is the exception, in November.




My quilt has been stalled, but I cleaned up my sewing room, to purge any bad karma.  Daughter wants a new curtain for her closet.  I had this one there, (above) made form vintage crochet panel and old sheets.  She thought it looked "old lady".  Here is the beginning of the new one.
I had this pile of shiny black, kind of see through fabric, and I married the pink duck I had from a thrift store.  Daughter wants to paint her room a sophisticated gray, and wants black accents.  Her bedding was a big investment last year, so I convinced her to work with the bright colors, and coordinate with black and white.  You can see how slick it looks, and then back lit, with the closet light, how it makes her clothes look etheral?
And I attempted to make my birthday cake, with only 1 egg, since I was out.  White cake mix calls for 3 egg whites, so after scrapping it out of the pans, I poured the scraps into a big bowl, mixed with the frosting and coolwhip and called it dessert! 
I probably won't do this again, but it tasted it ok.  My gal friend Max dropped by with Eggplant parmesan, gifts and card.  She made my day, especially since it had been a pretty difficult week for us both! 
I leave you with the pics from a beautiful day, I thank God for it and for my family and blogging friends!



Friday, July 22, 2011

Baby Brother Bill is 50!

Tomorrow, my only brother will be celebrating his 50th, with a little soiree at a Holiday Inn, and he is inviting all of his Cleveland area friends and relatives, and all of our southern and much northern ones too!  We all gathered for my dad's 80th last year, and I think he decided not to wait till 80 to do the same!  Smart idea, celebrate while you are still young enough, to remember it!  Should be a great time, and I get to see one of my great nieces, born last winter, whom I have only gotten to know through Facebook!  LOL Can't wait to give Zora and Leah a big hug!


I have been working extra hours as the shop owners are at Bernina University in Texas.  They will bring back lots of great ideas and new stuff from the mecca and we are celebrating this with a fun day August 4th.  If you live in the Cleveland area, sign up (for a small fee) to participate wearing western garb (homage to Texas) and enjoy goodies and drawings to boot!  Wear boots if you have them!  Of course, I am hoping the weather breaks by then, our heat index is well over 100 degrees these past few days.  We probably should add bathing suits to the requirements.

I have only had a few stolen moments to sew or create, and certainly blogging has been sporadic.  I so appreciate those folks that stop by my linky parties, I haven't had much time to promote them, so I might drop for a few weeks, and focus more on new things I am learning in the world of sewing and quilting.  So many visitors and tourists have stopped by lately, each bringing with them their regional requests for fabric or patterns.  So much fun!

Well I mentioned I have been working on a snowball quilt, I probably have made 24 patches to date, and I have been using the different models of machines so that I can try out how each works.  And today I began to make a top using Serendipity Patterns from the book Kate Whit wrote last year. Here is the book pic, Sew Serendipity check out Kay's blog.  In a past post, I showed a skirt I made with her book.  It turned out great, though I have some sizing issues.   I have a signed copy of her book!  I am making one of the tunic tops with Lily and Will fabrics, so pastel and trendy.  Hope to finish to wear this weekend! I'll post when I finish.

Thanks to my faithful followers who have been posting their links.  I am grateful for the support, even though I haven't had as much time lately.


A few parting garden shots, with lots of rain, and before the heat started to take them down...ahhh, I miss spending time with my garden, until Sunday...:)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mother's Day Gift- Quick Crochet Collar Tut

While I no longer have a mom or mother in law to make gifts for, please see my tribute to mom from last year...I would wager most of my readers do! I am not a professional at crochet, but when I sub long hours at school, I need something small to keep my hands busy. I was given a few crochet collars, that button on top of crew neck tops, from my good friend Connie. These are cute but not long enough to grace most of my thrifty cardigans, so I decided to use them as inspiration to create my own. This little simple collar is made with a small crochet hook and crochet thread, but I am sure it could be interpreted with a larger hook, and slightly heavier gauge thread or fingerling yarn.



My design makes up in 6 simple rows, and is not as fancy, but quick and elegant, if I must say so! Using a crochet hook, (close to size 8, or 1.5mm) and crochet thread, (I prefer cotton). This design needs an even number of chains, and the design is a multiple of 6. So if you want the design to come out evenly, chain 6 for every scallop you see, and if it isn’t perfect, you can fudge on the extra chains or reduce as you go.

Row 1: Begin by making enough chains (foundation row) to span the length of your neckline. Turn, Row 2: chain 3, and triple crochet in each chain. Row 3: Turn, chain 3, triple crochet in the first space between triples on the previous row, chain 3, skip 2 triples, make a triple in the next space between, all the way across. Row 4: Turn, chain 3, (chain 3 makes one of the triples next mentioned) *make 3 triples chain 3, 3 more triples all in the space between previous rows triples, skip next space then chain 5, single crochet in next space created by chains, chain 5, repeat from * all the way to end of this row. Row 5: Turn, chain 3, *in space between the 6 triples previous row, make 3 triples, chain 3, 3 triples, chain 5, sc in next space, chain 5, sc in next space, chain 5, repeat from * all the say to end of row. Last row, involves a lot of sc, with “picots” (made by sc chain 3 sc). Row 6: Begin this row with 1 picot in space between first 2 triples, chain 3, sc between each triple, and in larger space, sc chain 3, sc, (picot) chain 3, sc and chain 3 across the 3 triples in design, 3 sc, sc chain 3 sc, 3 more sc in space, repeat this pattern across, with picots at the top of the triples, and over the 3 spaces in the design between the triple shells. You can be creative here, making the last row lacy or less so depending on how many spaces you create by adding chains. Fasten off and steam press, to block the design. Pin your collar to your sweater neckline. Using a large embroidery needle, and your crochet thread, make invisible stitches through the first row of triples on the design fastening it to the collar edge. I used the holes in the design to push the buttons through.

If my instructions are not clear feel free to email me, you can tell I don’t write patterns for a living. Experiment with your chains and the amount of rows you make depending on how gathered or flat you want it to look. You can’t do this wrong, since you are the creator! Try it, for those you love!

Please don't forget to post your links of simple and crafty gift ideas for the moms, grandmoms, and mother figures in your life, in my Mother's Day Linky Giveaway in my previous post, link found here.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pillow Book Holder Tutorial and Winter Continues

One of my my dear sisters in law, (I have 5of them) was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer, with a lesion that began on a hand.  Doctors say it was fast growing and necessitated taking parts of her skin, and sections of arm that needed to have skin grafts.  She then had to return to surgery for lymph nodes that were affected, just 2 weeks ago.. On top of it all, was her birthday on Valentines Day, so to remember her and to give her something she could actually use as she recovers, I tried to find ideas for making a book pillow rest.  I saw the triangle shaped things on the internet, but they just didn't inspire me.  I looked through Etsy sellers, and there was one very ingenious one, but rather than wait for it, I plunged into my own version.  I took an embroidered pillow sham from my surplus linen collection, and first made a linen pillow to fit it and stuffed it with poly fill. 

 For me, practicality always is the first consideration, so I had to make sure it was a removable and washable cover. Then I selected pink ribbon, to make the stays that hold the book binding, and chose stretchy lingerie lace for the page holders. If I had narrower lace, I would have used it, but still recovering from my sinus/cold/ crud condition, I opted to use what I had. I simply attached the ribbons securely top and bottom.





 Velcro is used on one of the ribbon stays, here I am placing and adjusting.
 
 And I saw alot of pillows with an eyeglass pocket, so I made mine by attempting to create a bound/pocket variation. I made a slice in the fabric, constructed a linen envelope to attach to it on the inside. If I had made the pillow sham from scratch, I would have done this before it was constructed, but I had to work with what I had. So it is not the prettiest of pockets, but it does the job. I think the fact that it is internal to the pillow sham, might protect fragile glasses better. What do you think of my idea?



I cut a slit for where the glasses pocket could be placed. I used some ironing tape, and pressed the edges under, in prep for a zigzagged ribbon to cover and support the pocket edge.



 Notice the velcro on one side of the two ribbon stays.  You slide one side of a larger book, and then open the velcro side and adjust.  The book stays pretty secure, though the pillow is a bit puffy, so it might take some breaking in.


 I made a little ribbon bow for up top to cover the velcro I sewed along the edges to keep the sham closed up top.
The book I picked up at the Library Book sale, for my sis in law was "Oprah", by Kitty Kelly.  A tell all, and not very flattering view of her.  I am fascinated by Oprah, always thought she has led a pretty feisty life, I skimmed this book, hoping to bolster my admiration for the lady.  Sadly, alot of the book especially in the later sections, show how being a billionaire has corrupted her life and thinking.  The new network My Own, was briefly mentioned as her future endeavors.  I have only watched a little bit of her channel, but you have to give her credit for fighting for her vision. 




At the risk of showing how portly I have become this winter, here is the skirt I started last fall.  I blogged about getting this fab designer, Kay Whitt's book, and plunged into making a "patchwork" pieced skirt of her design.  It was an a-line fitted design, and to compensate for my girth, I added inches on each panel.  Well, the reason this skirt sat on my sewing table for so long was that I had to take it in, 2 times, that means on each panel!  Finally, it was still too large, I added an elastic waist band, that eases the extra fabric around.  And I discovered it was a bit too short, so a row of green cotton and lace extended it a bit.  I am not known for wearing red. but when I found the green and brown piped shirt at a thrift store, I decided to use up the pieces of brown, red and green calico I had laying around.  Hubby thinks it is perfect when I want to dress up as a clown's wife (remember, he is color blind) ...I like it, it has personality!  Maybe it would be good for a spring luncheon, or for housecleaning...Whatever, I was glad to finally finish it.

Well, this is February 27th, and I have officially been sick for 4 weeks now.  On my second antibiotic, I just can't shake this sinus thing.  Maybe I will still get my flu shot, cause I just don't want to go through this again for awhile!

Ending with a beautiful shot of our trees after the last 2 major storms, it began with an ice coating, then full blown storm, then, big trees all around us crashed our electric lines, so we were without power for 2 days.   Nothing like 40 degree inside temp to speed your recovery from a cold...! Our elderly neighbors suffered the most, we made them food on our gas stove, and got them groceries...so glad we have a working fireplace, it helped, though even that has it's limitations.

Watch for a recipe and tut, see ya next post!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Grateful for this and more:

As I take a quick moment to reflect, on the coming busy week, I am so grateful for:


my family - daughter Kate is turning 14 the day before Thanksgiving, son Kevin is doing well in college and working full time, hubby Ted has been working so hard to maintain our home, living through a 2 week re-roofing, new windows ordeal.  He is now doing all the drywall and finishing work around new skylights, God bless him, my mind is on other stuff, but he keeps the home fires going while I while away hours on my computer preparing for school each day! A shout out to a nephew Colin, who's football team is winning all their games, (thanks to his amazing catching skills on the field) and for a niece, Ashley who is working on a doctorate while very pregnant with number 2 daughter...My big extended family whom I don't get to see very often but are thought of and prayed for.

my friends - my two dearest, Max and Paula as they struggle with parenting special needs children, yet facing every day with such grace and creativity! They inspire me, they keep me from wallowing in self-pity and depression, they make me accountable and keep me close to my God in the process!
 
having a job - being overwhelmed with the amount of work, and being full time as a teacher while taking classes, yet feeling so rewarded and loving the challenges!  I am still long term subbing, and praying for more time as my hourly pay rolls into a salary.  Pray for this, as it will come just in time for Christmas! And for my real estate career, for 2 closings this year, grateful to have met some great people, Lauren and Zach in their new 1870's home!
 
my hobbies - like sewing and crafting, and sharing the joys of both with my students and my fans on etsy, blogging and local craft shows.  I have a beautiful new skylight in my work room, that lets me glimpse heaven, and for that I am so grateful!
 
What are you grateful for?  Post a line or two, especially if you are one of my followers, I so enjoy hearing from you, even though I have been a little absent lately. Watch for upcoming Tutorials for using vintage.  God bless...
leaving you with a pic in my teacher role

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