Sunday, May 24, 2015

More in focus this week :)

First I want to wish all of those who have lost or been close to someone lost in service to our country...
In our home we do remember on Memorial Day that it is more than just great sales ... and a 3 day weekend... it is a time to be somber and remember the price for the freedoms we now have today!
I loved the artwork I found for this post.. and hope it gives you a minute to remember all that has been given for you in whatever country you live in... but especially this weekend in the US.

CJ has been over to visit quite a bit... here is a pic I took with my dd with CJ...
Then I pulled into an iPad app I am having fun with and it came out like this!
Doesn't that look just like a boy frame??!!  I love it :)  And I love them both!!!

Once I realized I liked this app for my iPad called "Photo Lab"... I made a business pic for our Paypal invoicing logo...
As most of our sales of featherweights is on facebook and we use Paypal to protect both parties invoicing and insurance claim wise... so far no insurance issues yet! lol  But nice the post office will take a paypal invoice paid in full as a receipt :)

I have gotten some stitching in as well!  Here was my hoop a couple days ago...
And I have done more on this besides what is shown here... but it is dark out at this writing and doesn't make for the best shots! lol

If you recall ... a couple weeks ago my bestie Connie Combs sent me a flimsy to make into a wall hanging.. well I had set a goal to meet on this wholecloth before I can set it aside... and while I do that I have still been playing with my honey iPad.. and photos... and check out the flimsy shot I did with this effect...
Aren't all those cricles there cool... light dark and medium... I can see the basic colors and it gives me all new ideas about this quilting... so I am glad I haven't started on it yet! lol

Then this week Connie finished the raw edge applique center of a table topper....
 Isn't this cool!!!???  I love it :)  I am excited to add borders and quilt both of these pieces!!!

I think it is amazing that she made them for me in the first place and sent me the leftover fabrics for the border so it will coordinate!!!!  Whoop!!!

Then... she also mailed our birthday presents early... she will visit in about a month now but is mailing ahead everything she can besides her necessities she will carry on the airplane ;)
He was excited to get this box!!!

Check out the cool Singer service truck that was inside!!!
 Then in a separate parcel... with the table topper center she mailed I got this for my birthday...
isn't this wool pincushion the coolest!!!  She made it by hand in her few off hours.. and found the perfect pins for it to decorate it well... it is waiting for my return to the sewing room to be given a more official job than to "look cute" and "remind me" of what a great friend I have in Connie!

Connie Combs ROCKS!!!!

Another play with my Photo Lab app... a quote I fell in love with on Pinterest...

 Who do you let rent space in your head.. old memories??? old recordings???   Try to add a new positive recording to repertoire every day... before long there will only be happy tenants filling your head! lol

So until the next time I can write to you all...





.... and I am relaxing and enjoying this weekend!  Hope you do as well!!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Blurry Week...

Yep.. this week has gone by so fast it is a blur.. Ever have one of those weeks?  Since I retired from nursing I don't seem to have them very often but this week was a busy one in the books for sure!

The beginning of the week started each day with a vigorous walk on the beach.. we are walking over a mile now and really loving it!

Today we walked a different way and didn't chart our distance but we had taken  a couple days off as after a day walking 1/2 mile on concrete I had stone bruises on my feet (note to self... don't use beach shoes for long distance walks on concrete! lol)  All better now... we enjoyed the walk this morning!
 This is a cool shot showing the hotels disappearing in the foggy morning :)  Less coast line showing walking this way too..

Not much happening on the quilty front but I did gift a quilt today to my daughters best friend Tiffany...
this is the backside... her favorite at the moment... of a quilt I made in 2013.  It has pinwheels of Dr. Seuss fabric on the front set on a white background... lots of fun to make and all hand quilted too!

Daisy had to be part of the giving ceremony! lol
Along with loving from Tiffany!  Tiffany has coveted one of my quilts so I am happy I could oblige her :)

I realized today all the quilts I have gifted .. rarely have I gifted them myself.. I found myself tongue tied a bit in explaining this quilts history.

If you are interested in seeing the front check out the links to "Pam's (pams) quilt" as this was made for my ex best friend... who now no longer speaks to me...it has a permanent new home with Tiffany :)
I have had a busy but over all positive week.. My honey got a good bill of health with his new PCP this week!  Yippee for good experiences with the VA!
I made a few adjustments in my regime.. and continue to take off a pound or so a week :)  Yay!  And really I am not trying either... just staying active!

Hope you are having a blessed weekend!



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Ya'll!

Hope you each have a blessed Mother's Day :)
Unfortunately it has been another stressful week around here...
But all is well now... so let me fill you in :)

Monday my honey has had allergies that we thought had gone to pneumonia so we started getting aggressive with home treatments we had available... unfortunately Tuesday he was feeling even worse and running a fever so he finally (after 4 years without one) decided he was ready to see a doctor here!  Yippee I thought...

Well he is a veteran of the Army... so going to the VA for the first time in 4 years is a bit tough to do we found out... you must register your move to the new state first (we moved from Tennessee 2 1/2 years ago).  They did check his basic vitals and took a quick history and started the transfer process but sent us to the nearby emergency room for the antibiotics after a chest xray confirmed pneumonia was the cause of his nasty cough and fever....

Well.. at the hospital they found his lungs clear... and because he has had open heart surgery about 5 years ago they wanted to keep him overnight for a long overdue cardiac workup...
 So me and Daisy held down the fort overnight! lol 
She refused to sit in his chair which she sits in all the time when he isn't normally... but she knew something was wrong... so we prayed and tossed and turned... finally morning came and I could get Brandi off to school and return to the hospital to see what this day had in store for us all...

The cardiac PA came in and informed us he would be going to a medicine stress test... which turned out to be a harrowing event of a test.. if you ever have to have one.. but once over gave us valuable info like his heart and arteries are all in GREAT shape!  So why the cough and fevers???

Unsure.. they called it an upper respiratory infection and started antibiotics and sent us home!  Yippee :)
A little worse for wear... as he didn't sleep well either without his usual bed partners! lol

So by Wednesday evening we had mapped out a tentative NEW DEAL!

We started Thursday out.. after a fairly good nights sleep had by all right here...
Isn't this just gorgeous!???

We moved near the beach to go there often... but found life "too busy " to "have time" for the beach.. now we are making time we decided...

So every morning we are gonna take a nice walk on the beach... start getting in better shape and enjoy the nature and beauty that is a mere 10 minute drive from our home!!!!  We are truly blessed to be this close!

We are also changing other things in our lifestyle... cutting back on bad habit items and improving what we eat... and we are doing it together!!!!  I love that!!!

In the meantime... when we got home from the hospital Wednesday we had a package waiting from my bestie Connie...

She sent me a couple new quilty themed t shirts for an early birthday surprise and something for me to hand quilt that she pieced for me...
I love this wall hanging sooo much!  It measures 32 x 32" currently... trying to decide if I chould add a bit of border to it before I start the quilting once my supplies all arrive...

Here is a quilt she has finished on a tan background fabric instead of my grey above... and you can see all those layered edges of the circle parts will curl up once washed...
 I will call this the Bulls Eye Wall Hanging I think.. at least for now... "Bulls Eye" is the name of the pattern she said & she has the book the pattern came in...and I sent her the beginning of the grey background fabrics.. she did all the rest!!!! Isn't that a wonderful gift!!!!

Here is the thread I will use on the circle "bulls eyes"...
It is Perle 8 cotton by Valdani .. I am trying it for the first time on this project that won't get much wear as it will be enjoyed... 

I also ordered buttons to go in the center of the bulls eyes... so that will add more dimension.

Finally I will quilt with a layer of cotton batting AND a layer of wool batting on top of that before adding the flimsy to make the sandwich.. it will be VERY dimensional when done I do believe!

Here is a pic of my honey showing it off against our kitchen wall light grey walls...

I just can't convey how excited I am to receive something made by Connie especially for me... I have never been gifted a flimsy special made before and didn't expect to feel so honored!  But I really do!!!

Finally it was the end of the week... Friday when Brandi got home from school she announced she needed to be taken across our little beachside town to the art studio to pick up a piece that was on display she had made in art class at school!!!!  "Sure" I said...

Little did I know that her piece was in the center most highest position in the place being shown off for all to see!
So here is a collage I made from that Friday afternoon visit to the Art Haus!  She calls this piece "The Vanished" as the pic to the left shows a moon with a wolf howling and on the opposite side of her vase is an empty moon.. 

You see this vase had a special purpose for being made... her father had been cremated when he died 7 years ago and we had just celebrated his birthday May 3 with those blueberry muffins and the birthday song too!  Now she had possession of all semesters hard work and inside this URN will go most of the remaining ashes.. she is mongo excited to have this.  It does sit in the living room and looks just like a decorator piece... Wolves were his fave animal and one she enjoys looking at too... so the top also has a wolf formed on it... the whole thing is made of clay and the etched with designs all commemorating memories she has of her dad!  Isn't this awesome now that I have shared the back story??

Then CJ came over to play... hadn't seen him since Monday because of our mega crazy week!
And I actually .. late in the week accomplished quite a bit of quilting progress... FINALLY! lol
So all I have left in this hoop to quilt now is the back hatching... and I only have about 2 hoop moves to make before I have finished this section completely on the quilt!  Yippee :)

By the time I finish this hoop or these hoops.. as the case may be.. I will take a break and start the Bulls Eye Wall Hanging... it will be nice to take a break and really start quilting a bit.. although the perle 8 cotton won't be much fun and 2 layers of batting sounds less fun.. but I am just so excited none of that is a deterrent at this point... 

I also have some crazy background quilting ideas for Bulls Eye... so stay tuned when I start that as I will mark the background before sandwiching so I can see the pattern I have planned!!!!

So excited ya'll ... to end this week up!  But I must calm now and work on back hatching lines and using my thimble as I foudn on the curves of the flowers and leaves getting great stitches was near impossible so the thimble my friend Kathy gave me has been waiting patiently for me to learn more about have accurate stitches WITH the thimble! lol

Have a blessed Mother's Day if you are a mom/mum ;)

Until the next time I can make time to chat...

Monday, May 4, 2015

Feeling Grateful :)

Happy Monday my bloggy friends!

After a rough week last week (thanks for all your supportive messages!  They each meant so much!) and not much handquilting in the may-lay ... I have picked up my hoop over the weekend and this morning too!
So that quilt is moving along... and other projects are moving along in needing to get done!!!  So I hope this week has less stress...

I also want to thank each of you for your thoughts and prayers for me last week.. I could feel them... the problems are with my almost 17 year old daughter... and this is something I came across.. thought I would share here...
if only teenagers could grasp the truthfulness in needing to compare a future mate to the ideal mate for them!

So in the meantime I have been enjoying some great photos from my best friends and wanted to share it with you too...

This hand quilted baby quilt as made by my bestie Connie!

The pic on the left shows the hand quilted detail while the quilt on the right shows personalization stitched by hand and an excellent wrapping job :)





And here is sweet baby Emily born just a couple weeks ago and had her first professional photos taken on it...
 Then my other best friend Wendy celebrated the 2015 Patone color ...
And made this flimsy...
That she then quilted and posed with a couple of fun bears for the blog show associated with the blog party!
The texture shows up some in this pic but it is astounding with all the shots she has sent me as this quilt was in production... it also is all hand quilted in Wendy's own freehand style... she is VERY talented :)  This quilt also won her Viewer's Choice award which came with a credit to a fabric shop here in the states.. she can't wait to cash it in as she loves their fabric selections!

Here was Wendy's second Pantone entry... 


It is a great table runner for a friend... and she had the border fabric in her stash already!!!

Wendy has a blog you can check out more on these 2 projects HERE!



May is a month that has many bittersweet memories for me and my daughter... please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers... Tony died in 2008 and we still miss him every day.. Sunday was his birthday so we are trying a new tradition and celebrating only his birthday this year....

With one of his fave breakfasts... blueberry muffins... but these were gourmet style and completely by scratch.. I will have to get the recipe from my dd if interested... but it includes yogurt and lots of blueberries too! lol

My honey has the flu (:( BOO!) currently, and my daughter is giving me gray hair (almost 17!)... but today I am ready to see my little buddy CJ...
And continue putting in some more hand stitches & taking time to share my gratefulness with all of you!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  Have a blessed week!  Until next time...