Sunday, September 3, 2017

What happened to August Y'all?? Happy Labor Day Weekend! Hello September!!!

Wow!  I have been so busy... I didn't blog a bit in August!!!


So I wish you a Happy Labor Day weekend for those in the USA and Canada and a WELCOME to you ALL!!!!






August went by so quickly... but we were also sooo busy!

Above right is our new door hanger for this month!  I have one for Christmas time too that is a holiday wreath of seashells :D

Quilting was one area that had ups and downs...
My piecing on the wall hanging came to an abrupt stop and it has been put in time out... I even reached out to the pattern writer for assistance ... but she couldn't help me :(
So this is where I am stuck... with uneven joins... before recutting and resewing I just put it up... I have other projects to focus on anyway! lol

First I took this out of hiding...

And added a flange to it... it will end up like a 3d pillow/cushion and eventually will be gifted to my friend Brandy who got the quilt these leftover bits came from :)
And I can't forget about this quilt....
Here I am working on row #3 of the center rows ... 15 total so a ways still to go! lol

Row #3 is almost done... this is all hand quilting and all my designs :)

But most recently my honey showed me his sleeping snuggle pillow!  It is getting holey.. not holy!!! lol
 If you look closely you can see that the fabric is breaking down even though my stitching is all still in place...
So what is a good quilter wife to do???
Like I did above... find a pattern... blow it up to the right size... print it off in 1/4 size pieces.. tape that back together to make a 16" pattern all together... make a light table on a glass top table ... trace it onto NEW fabric that is nice and thick... then layer it up and start stitching! lol

As of last night when I went to bed I was about 1/3 complete with the stitching on this pillow top... I am using YLI 40/3 in a blue grey color to stitch with on this fun batik fabric... it was a backing fabric and if you look close you will see my wholecloth pillow actually has a seam down the middle! lol
Here is a close up of my pencil marked pattern that I have stitched from the front...
 and easier to see on the back side...
I wanted to use cotton/wool blend on this to show the stitching better but my honey requested cotton only!  so that is what he is getting :)

I will soak it in Palmolive and warm water to remove the pencil marks I made when I am done ... then wash it properly and dry it well once it is a pillow :)  I will be making an envelope backing on it and that is all prepared ... maybe I will finish the pillow top today?  Maybe tomorrow! lol  But I am enjoying the slow stitching... this will be the 3rd pillow in 6 1/2 years he has had!!!

Linking all this quilty progress to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching linky HERE !!!

We have also been doing decorating throughout the house.... from a puzzle framed and put in the guest bathroom...
To some pictures and artwork framed ...






All in a focus to Relax....
We also have been buying things for a little and rehabbing them and selling them for more... like this sewing machine we found at a local thrift store last month...
 Then we put it on eBay like this with a starting bid of $49.99 to pass on the good fortune of what we found... well it went for more that we thought!!!!
Wowee!!! Did it ever!!!  

So we did some more redecorating...
 In the laundry room we found this cool hanger to coordinate with new shelves my honey fashioned for me :)
 In the kitchen we added a clock and bulletin board for pics and notes and keeping us on time :)

 Here is some fabric I found at a different local thrift store... someone had turned in their stash and I was lucky enough to buy some including this cool 1980's fabric that will be a baby wholecloth or 2 for a future grand baby :)
 We gave our bedroom a life with this new headboard / footboard/ and pillow shams....
 Then we found these cool 2 cube shelves to use as bedside tables with our new bed...
But first my honey is prepping them for use with our CPAP machines... first his is getting fit and when I get mine later this month he will get mine all ready too!  He added the shelf his hand is on with rollers like a drawer to roll out the machine to fill with water chamber and do anything else... the back side is open for the plug to come out of :)

Another fun find for us this past month was some holiday solar pets...  we had the flamingo already! 
  The little lizard sitting in front was a gift from one of my nieces years ago and stays with us :)

Then there was a little upgrade for the business side of things too...

So my honey got a new iPad... the older one was giving him troubles!  And this one isn't all it was supposed to be but it is better!  I think :)












So we have been working really hard the last month and a half to lose weight and make true lifestyle changes... so we did!  We met our first goal of losing 22 pounds each... and enjoyed a meal fit for royalty at one of our favorite seafood restaurants!
We had lobster tail... salad bar... and shrimp n chips too!   Totally yummy but I don't mind how we eat these days either so back in the saddle we go!!!
As we continue to pray for all those left homeless and feeling helpless from Harvey's wrath... we hope you all have a blessed weekend and can Make Today Great somehow and some way!!!

This month my grandmother I call Nanny will turn 99 years young y'all!  Here she is just last month too!!!!
I am so happy to still have her and her sage advice still in my life today!  

Let's make time to show appreciation and caring to each other today and EVERY day please...  

So until next time...

5 comments:

  1. What a great list of projects. Beautiful Nanny, wish I still had my gran around.

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  2. Wow you are busy. Quilting, decorating, refabbing and dieting. Congrats to both of you on the weight loss. I was trying to lose 10 pounds over the summer and am the same weight that I started the summer with. Oh well. I love to hear success stories. Keep up the good work. Your Nanny looks great.

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  3. Oh my, Kathi, you have been busy. I like your quilt on the frame and the progress you are making. Lucky you to find a 'white' featherweight at a thrift store. In my dreams. I recently sold one locally (purchased at an antique store) as I prefer my older black one. A blessing to have your Nanny.

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  4. Wow, that white featherweight is beautiful and so happy for you to make such a profit! Congrats! on the weight loss for you two. Did I read correctly that you will be using a CPAP too? Oh no! I like seeing your decor projects; I love your beach theme. Your quilting is beautiful and I hope September slows down for you a little!

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  5. I missed your post last week and hope all well be well with you as Irma passes though. Lovely things you have been doing with your house. Hubby is getting a BiPap machine later this week - a different type of CPap machine, like how you are doing your set up - he needs to loose a lot of weight too but it is going very slowly for him - he is not ready to admit he needs to try harder and me cooking right won't do all the work - he has to want to do it. Love that featherweight that you all sold - great price you got for it. Someone sure wanted it.

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