Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wicked Little Witches!

They are ALL gone!  Be sure they are not lurking around her somewhere.  But it WOULD be hard to hide 11 of us.

Yes.  They all left.

I wanted to get a picture of us all together.  Now that would be impressive!  13 Wicked Little Witches!
Such an appropriate number.

They wanted the book, but we hid it well.
Now they will have to wait 'til next year to read it.

We are such wicked little witches.

Yes!! we are such a pair.  Almost twins, made from the same mold.

Well, the rest of them flew off to Sara's house.  She is going to take them to work with her and ask a few of her friends to board them at least until next year. They all loved that little Serenity Girl so much.  Everyone wanted to buy one, but no.  That Carol said Serenity was special. So she collected 13 little witches to give 11 of Sara's friends a Halloween fright.

Carol loves my red hair, so she is keeping me here.  She likes you too, but she's sending you off to one of her friend's house.  That lady has a lot of dolls and she needs YOU to keep them in line.  Maybe you can teach them a few new tricks....or maybe they have some for you.

Well, as the story is told, I gifted Sara some scarey dames to give to her friends.  I can't believe I didn't get a group pic before they left. The pattern is from Raven's Haven.  I wanted to make them smaller...about 5 inches...but the patterns says that you can't alter the size. Well they were fun to make and even more fun to deliver them to Sara.

Sara had disturbing news.  The Chemo drug they have been giving her can cause heart damage. Because of some symptoms she has, they have discontinued the treatments and she will be having a test Tuesday to find out if all is well.  Please say a prayer.  Sara is having a difficult time remaining positive.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What If She's An Angel

Today Deb's post really got me thinking about something I've been thinking about. It really is worth taking a moment to click the link and read a heartfelt story.

Now, let me tell you a story that kind of gives me goose bumps.

Did you ever hear the country song "What If She's An Angel"? I don't listen to Country Music, but this song always provokes a thought and one came home to me this week.  I don't write much here about my daughter.  In a lot of ways we have different views on life, but in some ways we are the same and in some ways she is better than I am.

Laurie does not know how to make a long story short...ever.  So sometimes when she starts one, you want to roll your eyes and make that circle in the air with your index know the one that means speed it up. She gives you EVERY little detail.  When she called the other night just when I was fixing supper, that's kind of how I felt.  She works in an RV factory and has for about 15 years.  There is a LOT of drama amoung the women in that environment.  Lots of catty women.  The story started off about one of the new women and the trouble she was having with some of the others.  You know how some women can attack the weakest.  The rumors were that this woman had been in a bad marriage...left with only what she could carry and got nothing in the divorce.  She was living in a local low cost motel and walked to work until she could save to buy a clunker to drive. My daughter struck up a friendship with her, but never asked details of her story.  Laurie lives in a very nice apartment complex.  Her apartment is well decorated and maintained.  She has had her own struggles being a single mother.  Since Corey moved back into our home, that left an extra bedroom in her apartment.  She offered the young woman  to stay with Laurie until she could get on her feet and save more money.  At this point in the story, my fear of the unknown rose up but I didn't voice my thoughts.  This impulsive action is one way that Laurie and I differ.  I must think things out and rarely jump right in.  Anyway, Laurie continued with her story.  When the woman entered Laurie's apartment and saw her family pictures on the wall, she told Laurie that she had thought Laurie looked familiar and asked if she is a DeLater.  That is Laurie's maiden name of course. Well, the hook in the story is that the woman is my brother-in-law's ex daughter-in-law.  We haven't seen her since she divorced his step son more than 20 years ago ( her first marriage).

There is a little more to the story..nothing like drugs, or drinking etc...and I don't know how it will end.  But for right now I'm wondering which one is the angel.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gone Girl

It's been a long time since I read a book that didn't involve self improvement, psychology, or some form of crafting.  I used to be an AVID reader, but somehow reading novels slipped away.  Over the years I have collected a few I thought I would enjoy and set them on the shelf for "future" reading. The last novel I read was "The Girl With The Dragoon Tattoo" when it was on the best seller list.  Quite a while ago, huh!

Then I saw Gone Girl on the shelf at Walmart.  I had not yet heard anything about it...nothing. The back cover description sounded OK so I picked it up.  Sometime later I started reading...actually I would call it plodding through the beginning.  I didn't much like the author's style and in the beginning scanned though what I found to be too much character thoughts.  But I kept reading.  It got better.  The characters unfolded and I started to see Ben Afflick on the talk show circuit talking about the move.  Well, THAT renewed my determination.  Then the book really did get better, but I still was not at the "can't put it down" level yet.  Then...THEN..I turned from page 291 to Part 2 Boy Meets Girl. POW!!!  The ZINGER that grabbed me. Caught me by surprise.  Pushed me to the "can't put it down level".  But at 2:00 AM I had to and can't wait to get back to it. (If you are reading the book and haven't reached this point...DO NOT turn to Part 2 until you get there).  Now I am seeing what all the hype is.  I EXPECT this book to get even better and after starting Part 2 I KNOW it will.

I don't like to see a movie then read the book.  I often don't mind seeing a movie AFTER reading the book, but usually find that the movie does not live up to a great book.  I can tell you that the movie comes out Friday.  I'm not sure when, but I will DEFINITELY see this movie.  Ben Afflick is the absolute perfect match for the husband in this book.  If nothing else..he has the necessary smile.  If you are reading the book, you will know what I mean.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Can We Talk About Pinterest?

Do you remember when Pinterest first came on the scene?  You could only join by invitation.  So many people refrained from joining due to image theft.  I, myself stayed away because I found it to be a time absorber.  But that was when I worked.  I still spend very little time on Pinterest.  Most of the time I spend is trying to locate the origin of the picture to find out more about whatever image it is that catches my eye.

Why post pictures to a board?  Well, that's easy enough for ME to answer.  Inspiration...Admiration..a place to collect ideas...

But I spent some time there today and it got me to thinking even deeper about my purpose on Pinterest.  I saw a lot about myself there. Mostly found in my thoughts about why I post some of the pictures that I have collected.  It solidified the knowledge that one of my personal traits is organization and a purpose for everything I do.

Tell me what you know about Pinterest.

Tell me how to better navigate there.

Tell me how to be a better pinner.

Do you mind if your pictures are pinned?

Why do YOU pin.

How much time do you spend on Pinterest.

Where can I find YOU on Pinterest? and do you want me to?

Ain't I nosey!!??!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Few Questions

I wanted to post today.  I was going to take pics of my garden.  But since we are re-landscaping the pond area (which is taking entirely too long) the only beautiful flowers I have right now are my Rose of Sharon and Hibiscus.  I have several unique varieties, but I have pics in past posts. It seems like our whole summer has been in slow motion this year.  The heat and humidity caused us to be inside most of the summer.  The oppressive humidity practically leave Terry immobile due to his COPD.  We did have some plumbing issues under the house.  That horrid winter gone by caused a pipe under the house to break and our tub drain was leaking water.  Since we have a crawl space it was not easy to repair.  Terry ended up cutting a trap door in the bathroom floor and Corey went down to do repairs only to find there is another crack.  We will be removing the tub and putting a shower unit in, which we have wanted to do for a long time.

When I completed the CQ block from Kathy Shaw's class, I asked her to give me the list of supplies for the next class so I can start gathering what I have and buying what I need. So, first let me tell you that though I love Crazy Quilt, I am not too found of very encrusted blocks.  I love to look at the very Victorian pieced blocks, but I personally prefer the less embellished blocks in a book I have by J. Marsha Michler "The Magic of Crazy Quilting". That said, in the next class, Kathy will give the choice of using "fancy fabric" or cottons.  I am teetering between ordering fancy fabrics from Kathy in Iowa (Crazy by Design) or buying a selection of appropriate cottons. So, do I use fancies because, after all it's a class and the purpose is to learn something new.  Or do I use cottons?  What do you think?

I've been thinking a lot about blogging and comments.  When I retired, I resolved to leave comments on the blogs I read.  Some bloggers never acknowledge the comment.  Some reply back via email, while some respond via a blog comment.  I try to reply via email.  I like that more personal interaction.  I think it promotes a stronger cyber friend connection.  Sometimes I click the box asking for a email notification of future comments, mostly when I want to see comments about questions the blogger asked.  Sometimes when a blogger is known not to respond, I read the post but don't leave a comment.

What do you think about blog comments?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Finished Class Block

Here is my completed block.

Thank you Kathy Shaw, for offering the class and for all the information that you shared.  It was just what I needed to jump in and begin a CQ journey.

I learned so much.  It's funny how you can look at a block and think it looks great.  Then you see a picture and are able to better critique your work.  I see the purpose in having a center focal point to fix your gaze before your eyes move around the block.  I want to further study that aspect of CQ.

I look forward to the next class and can only say that I dearly wish I had begun CQ long ago.

I learned that my best stitching area is in my room where I can close the door.  When I was set up at the dining room table, the dogs liked to bother me by nudging my arm which often caused me to pull the silk ribbon all the way through the fabric, when it was supposed to sit fluffy on top.

I also know that would try other brands of ribbon on future project to test what I like the best.  If anyone has suggestions, please let me know.  This project is done with YLI, however I just got an order from silk which I haven't used yet.

I think future work will probably involve threads more than ribbons but we'll see.

I like stitching with a hoop. I like the tube hoop. I bought two about 30 years ago and never used them until this project.  I found a smaller one ( 8 x 8) at Hobby Lobby and grabbed it.  I will give stitching without a hoop and determine which I like better. I always bead embroider without one so it will be interesting to see the difference.

In the future, I'll stitch the perimeter of the block in a dark thread.  I came too close to the outer lines here.  I think I will frame the piece with the backing fabric, like you see hexie quilts finished.  I like that look.

So, if you have any tips, suggestions, links to great places to purchase supplies I would love to know. I thought I had a lot, but I don't ~lol~.  So much for what I thought was my "Retirement Fund".

Have a great holiday.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CQ class WIP

Here is my WIP for the CQ class I have been taking.

I am learning a lot.

I love roses...
I don't think I like manipulating 4 mm ribbon..
I'm a visual learner...
CQ embroidery is very forgiving...
It will take a lot of stitching to be proficient.

Notice I didn't say perfect.

Novice stitchers will see beauty~
Intermediate stitchers will too~
Experienced stitchers will remember when they began stitching and hopeful give suggestions and definitely will be encouraging.

I will remain excited to continue on this journey forever.....

Thank you Kathy Shaw.