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. 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!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Roses on my windowsill!

I meant to post last weekend, but time got away from me.  I wanted to show this beautiful bouquet, from of all people, my son Kevin on Valentines Day.  I already warned hubby not to bring home chocolates, as I have been steadily putting on the pounds for weeks.  I received some Primroses from him, which were a welcome touch of color, but I was so floored my son thought of me and his sister, whom he also bought a bouquet for.  He doesn't usually remember any occasions, and I am not sure what prompted him this time, but I was so grateful and touched!  I love my kids with such intensity, it scares me sometimes. he has been interviewing for a job with a major computer company and I am silently praying very hard, that he finally gets his break.  3 interviews out of an original field of 1000, narrowed down to a few guys.  He still might have to move home as his financial situation is difficult, but a job gives us all some real hope.  I will report in another post whether this is also cause for celebration.

I am still actively looking for a full time teaching gig myself, but continue to substitute teach.  Openings for what I do, are rare, Family and Consumer Sciences, but I am open to other types of positions as well. 

Walking in the woods last week, I came across this log, the tree having fallen some years ago, grinning back at me.  I travel a path that many dog walkers take, but I couldn't miss chuckling, and even noticing the smile was licking it's lips!  The cold and snow have really been taking their toll.  I mentioned recently that I have really been in the doldums, not creating much, just on auto pilot.  Well I had my first day at Curves, and have committed to losing 10 pounds by March 20th.  See, I have locked myself into a goal, and now I have to follow through.  A great web site I have used for teaching in the past and now for myself is http://sparkpeople.com/
The site lets you set up goals, post your food and fitness each day, and is a wonderful site for inspiration and information.  Even if you are not looking to lose weight, it helps you learn more about what you are eating, and there are wonderful exercise videos and nutrition experts to guide you.

I might have mentioned that our family has been struggling with finances.  Like many of you, dealing with unemployment and a decrease in paychecks and increases in expenses, the food dollar doesn't go far!  I have a little angel, named Paula, my good friend who somehow, knew of my struggle without my verbalizing, and she found out I was going to go to the grocery store and insisted I go to her home first.  I thought maybe she had coupons for me, and instead, 4 bags of groceries.!!! I still can't believe how kind she was to do this for me, but if you knew her, you would say she is busy doing God's work here; she has her own major struggles with a daughter with a seizure disorder.  She homeschools and somehow always is involved in helping others.  I count her as a very wonderful friend. We have known each other for a long time.  She has always been the kind of friend who is there for you, no questions asked.  The green tub pictured here is my payback.  She is having a benefit for Dravet Syndrome, in July.  There will be a silent auction and dinner and special appearances.  She works tirelessly for a cure for her daughter and many others that she mentors.  I hope to make a few Stuffed Animal blankets and Loveys for her to auction off.
If you landed on my blog recently, you would see I am offering a flickr group to promote a green use of vintage. Please continue to post your creations here, I love to see and share what others come up with. I hope to be posting more to my etsy shop soon, I am getting the urge to sew spring related stuff! I sold the Doily Heart Tote in my etsy shop last week, here is a pic to say goodbye!  I plan to make some more soon, as you can never had enough tote bags, right?


Monday, February 8, 2010

Flickr Contest Closed, kudos to Jessica!

First let me share with you the winner of my tiny little Flickr Invitational, Jessica from Ohsohappytogether
She has been a loyal follower and promoter of my attempts to be a blogger.  She posted the most pics on my flickr group so she will receive my little vintage crochet dress to use in whatever way she wants.  She has the most adorable little girl who cheerfully models her creations and inspires her to design such kid friendly and adorable things!  I would love to meet more readers who enjoy working with vintage and certainly recycling and upcycling things to give new life to them.  It is a fun and very green thing to do, right?

 Totally inspiring to me is to see where people work, and I got to feature my work room all cleaned up for it's 15 minutes of fame on a blog that is all Where People Create. You will see the pics of my space that were from last summer, when the sun was so bright and my computer was not in the forefront as it sits now.  I have many projects in progress sitting on tables right now, so a current pic would not be possible.  Here is the link to view my space:

My sis's bday was last weekend.  I just finished a little pretty for her, that I am mailing today. 
It is a little notebook holder with pockets for a sewing kit, or receipts or whatever.  The cute baby is her darling grandchild Zora, who is over a year now.  The pic was such a favorite of mine, I have blogged about it more than once. Made from an unfinished linen dresser scarf that my mom had started, probably over 25 years ago, I couldn't resist making it a part of the gift.  Feb 9th is the anniversary of her passing, and after my sisters bday on the 5th, my thoughts always turn to her memory.
My sis Jean who lives in Greenville, South Carolina has been very active with the Girl Scouts for many years, and as a result she had put together a Powerful Women Summit, that helps pair girls with successful women who provide a mentoring opportunity. She has done this in years past, but I believe interest in the project is growing each year. It gets bigger and better.   She has been featured on the news and has made many connections to the women's business associations that will help empower just women to become successful in whatever they choose to do. A link to the article written about her is here.  Because of bad weather, it was postponed, but is rescheduled.  She told me that they were able to accomodate more girls as a result of the rescheduling.  What an inspiration, I am very proud of her.  Happy Birthday Jean, my younger sis!  Keep up the great work!  I definately credit my mom with her example of always doing a good turn.  Those turns continue to inspire.

What are you blog readers doing that inspires others?  Have you checked out the blog at Margarets Hope Chest lately, they make quilts and donate them to those in need.  I know they were gathering for Haiti as well, and many other bloggers are donating their talents to this cause.  I have some projects I am considering right now, that maybe will lead me down a new path.  We will see.  I know I mentioned getting fit again; this was postponed last week, so it hasn't started yet.  I hope to be getting inspired to make some changes, and soon.

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