Saturday, November 23, 2019

Baby In A Bowl

 Corey sends us pictures of my little great grandson Corey Jr almost everyday.  They are rarely posed pictures, but pictures taken of the baby's every day life.  Here is one of the exceptions that is clearly a posed picture and one of my favorite pictures so far.

Corey Jr is 10 months old, very tall and thin.  Just like his father was when he was this age. His length and weight when he was born were about the same as his father's so I suspect he will be a long legged thin and tall man when he grows up.  Corey and Corey Jr spend a lot of time together which makes my heart happy.  But then I knew he would be a great dad.

It appears that if all goes well, we will be seeing our baby in person soon.
I'm pretty sure I have mentioned that Nic and Corey Jr are going to have a new baby in the family along about March.  This time we get a little girl!

When Terry was in the hospital, I started to crochet a small afghan with variegated yarn that I had in my stash. Simple stitches with no real pattern and a little shell border finish.  I tried to take a picture of the entire afghan, but the picture turned out so bad.  All those little stitched colors looked like a pixel blur so I took a close up picture of it folded and it shows up a little better.   I will be gifting it to Alyssa for the new baby.

Next I'll be working on finishing Nic's Super Hero quilt.  I just got little Corey's quilt (remember the sharks) bound and washed.  I am just so happy how it turned out and am really proud of myself.  It's really my second quilt.  This is such a learning experience!

Grateful:  Recently my focus on what I am grateful for is doctors.  Terry had his follow up visit with the cardiologist that saw him in the hospital.  We have a total understanding of what Afib is made clear to us by his VA doc, our family doc and his Cardio doc.  Now the Cardio doc has thoroughly explained what Terry's options for treatment are.  Terry's brother has the same condition and has undergone all the procedures to correct it.  They didn't work for him.  Additional medication is not an option due to the RA meds Terry takes and his Kidney condition.  We both agreed not to opt for the surgery which if it works might relieve Terry's fatigue and shortness of breath.  But it probably won't because those two conditions are also caused by Terry's other illnesses.  As long as he remains on the meds the doc prescribed when he left the hospital he should be fine.

So.  there you go.  Our life in a nutshell.  My plans for the next month are to sew and later bake.  Christmas is only a month away!!  If you feel like it, please share one of your favorite Christmas Dinner recipes on your own blog.    I think my next blog post will include mine.

Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 8, 2019

I bought a new fall jacket recently.  It's kind of a strange color.  Kohl's calls it burgundy, but there is not one accessory that I could find that has this color in it.

This post is not about the jacket, but the bag I made to go with it.  I love purses.  I love to make purses. I like a bag to coordinate with my coat, jacket or clothes I am wearing. Long ago, I used to sew every purse or tote I carried.  When I worked,  I got away from that, but I am back to it and this is the first of what is to come.

This fabric is a heavy upholstery fabric that I didn't think would be too easy to add zippers to.  I didn't want a front pocket to take away from the fabric design.  I did put a couple of pockets in the lining. There are a couple of tabs inside with a ring so I can clip my keys inside.  I also keep my wallet on a chain attached to a ring inside so it is never loose in my bag.  I left it once on a counter in Walgreens free for the person behind me in line to take it, remove the $$ then call me to tell me they found it, but that is a whole other story to tell.   I didn't use a pattern for this purse.  I just measured fabric and cut.

I usually have things in my purse that I don't even LOOK at.  When I worked, I needed to carry a lot of things just in case I needed them.  I always leaned toward using one of those organizer bags with a pocket for everything.  Now I am constantly going though the pockets looking for whatever I am looking for.  So now, I'm over that.  I have decided that what I want is just a plain purse design.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to either make or buy one of those purse organizers that can be easily moved from one purse to another.  I have a pattern, and have added one to my Amazon Wish List because really, it's pretty cheap so I may get it to see if I like the idea.  If I am going to sew,  I don't want sew something that I can buy for $6 on Amazon.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful for electricity.  Winter cold is moving in and our home is heated with electric heat.

Do you carry a purse?  If so, what design to you prefer.  If you sew yours, feel free to mention a pattern you like.

xx, Carol

Friday, November 1, 2019

Dreams - Endeavourers Reveal

When the Endeavourers November 2019 was announced I didn't have to think about the theme for very long before what I knew how I would approach it.  I am NOT a dreamer.  A sad statement from me I guess.  Maybe not.

Terry's health and my own Carpal Tunnel recovery limited how elaborate I would make this piece.

I had a sad childhood as I was raised by an aunt and uncle who I considered to be my mom and dad. The situation that brought me to them was difficult for my mom as she was probably suffering through menopause.  At least that is what I choose to believe.  My dad worked in the steel mills for US Steel so they were doing pretty well financially and my father never  made me feel as if living with them was a hardship for them and he totally treated me as he did his own children.  Not so much my mom.  I was always grateful that they "took me in".  One thing my mother always said to me if I asked for her to buy something for me, even if it was something I actually did need..."money does not grow on trees".  When I was little, I had many dreams of a money tree growing in the back yard.  I can't remember any other dream from my childhood.

The pieces I stitch for the The Endeavourers Challenge and the pieces I did for the Bead Journal Project are always about me.  The Endeavourers has encouraged me to try some new technique that I have never done before. The leaves on the money tree have been fused to the piece  then stitched around the edges with black thread. You see this technique used a lot and I admit that I have never liked it much.  It goes against my A-type personality to leave the edges raw. Having done it, I admit that I liked DOING it.  I wanted to have a little girl catching 'leaves' in a basket but I just didn't get to that part.  I did quilt in the background. I have always admired those that FMQ.  I have also felt that I would never do it.  My mind has changed on that and I definitely will give it a try.

Grateful:  I am grateful that I am a member of this group.  Even though my pieces are not as elaborate as other's in the group, they do encourage me to extend my quilting/stitching abilities.