Friday, December 30, 2016

Santa Sack Swap

I want to thank Cheryll@ for the work of  having the Santa swap.  This is the only thing that kept me sewing (though sporadically) this summer. Selina@ made a fantastic swap partner.  She has become a friend which is even better, we converse on the phone occasionally and did so while opening our presents.  That added to the enjoyment of opening my lovely  gifts as each item was wrapped separately making it it a guessing game too.  I was being a good girl and hadn't even opened the box when Selina called, in fact I was in bed reading.  So I did not get photos of the wrapped items.

The pretty tin with chocolates was a huge  temptation to me.  I ate the two caramels and gave the rest to my DH.  He was a little jealous of all my pretties anyway.

I want to show that what I thought was some sort of netting at first is actually window screening. What a great idea, much sturdier.

There is also screening on the bottom giving it more uses than an regular tote.  I'm thinking veggies and fruits when shopping at the haymarket. Or even for the day at the beach for the wet swimsuits to get more air and sand goes right through so you won't be carting it in the house.

The Red work is so sweet on the little pillow and bird ornament below.  These both went on my shelf over my bed.

I enjoyed my festive placemats with matching coasters.  Selina also gave me a set of the templates she used so I can make other goodies. 

The placemats and coasters were reversible giving them double the use. 

I also received hand embossed all occasion cards.  I like sending notes and card so these will be used.
To me snowmen are not necessarily Christmas, so these will be sent this winter too.

I'm slowly switching to  fabric gift bags and this lovely zippered pouch will be gratefully added to my collection.  I figure if all the paper waste can be left to be gotten rid of by me, that they can also leave the reusable fabric bags. 

And last but not least, Selina also designed  me a personal Christmas Card.  It even has some hand stitching on it as well.  She is one talented lady with a large
 giving heart, who went above and beyond to see that I had a fantastic Santa swap.

Salina, I'm truly thankful we were matched up and have become friends.  Thank you 

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.
                                                          NUMBERS 6:26

I'm praying everyone reading this has a safe and blessed new year.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Some Good news! and A Question?

Morning All,
After retiring two years ago , we have finally received a contract on selling the shop.   We are negotiating the price now.  We have lost about 40,000 dollars on the building that is paid for but is still costing us about 400.00 a month for taxes, ins. and utilities.  The best news is that we won't continue to lose money every month and we won't have to pay capital gain and can claim loss.  At least that's what I'm being told at this time.

Another bit of good news, Kroger has finally called me to start work.  Gotta do what a girl's gotta do.
Hopefully it's only about 20 hrs per week.  After bills are straightened out it will be sewing money. Yeah!

Well,  I didn't finish my OMG last month, but I did get the embroidery 99% done.  I picked out the fabric for the quilted edging from my stash.  I also changed my choice of the frame.  Now my question for you is should I stain it darker color?  Or paint it.  What would your choice of color be if that is the case.  And would you cover it with glass?

I'm linked up @

Don't forget to VOTE!

Blessing and Hugs,

Friday, October 21, 2016

Christmas Gifting Started

Sincerely trying to beat the last minute rush this year as I will be making almost all our gifts again this year.  Plus I'm going to be working again.  I am going back to Kroger after leaving 20+ yrs ago.
Still praying for the shop to sell.  Which brings me back to Christmas sewing.  I love these little bears
they are so easy to sew once you get hang of getting the head on.

I'm trying and keep posts shorter and more regular.  At least until I establish a new habit,
and that includes sewing more with disciplined timing.

What do these look like to you?

They look like pancakes to me.

We have never had this type of mushroom before.  They are all over
the yard.  Anyone know what kind they are?  Be nice if they were eatable.

Looks like I'm gonna have to ask Santa for a camera this Christmas.
This one appears to be on its last leg.
Have a great and safe week-end

Hugs and Blessings

Friday, October 7, 2016

One Monthly Goal

I'm having trouble staying focused on an embroidered piece that needs finished  and then bordered with a quilted finish before framing.  I want to give this as a Christmas gift.  I joining this month's One Monthly Goal at +Red Letter Quilts to be held accountable to finish this project so I can frame it.  The badge is on my sidebar if you would like to see what this group is about and maybe join up.  They have finished some beautiful work.
So without further ado this is my started (JULY) and then forgotten project.  

I pulled this frame to use because of size so I would have room for enough quilt to show.  This is the size I'll use but maybe a little less ornate.  I'll have to wait until piece is done to tell.  I'll probably as for your opinon on that then.

So saying that, this month's the goal is to embroider and piece.

Hugs and blessings to all.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

An apology and a 2017 Stitch Along

Some of you may have noticed I haven't been blogging or visiting for awhile.  As in like a lot of your lives things have just gotten out of whack.  I'm in the job search mode now and waiting to hear from one interview by Fri. or Sat. (so they said).  Too much to share at one time so I'll catch you up a little at a time.

I owe MA. from a huge apology.   She has some beautiful Crazy Quilting to share if you would like to visit.  I'm so sorry this is so late in coming.  She sent me a beautiful hand sewn postcard a couple of months ago and I never showed how much I appreciated it by sharing it.  It came when my struggles were at the highest and I needed the kindness of just being thought of.  It stay on my shelf above my bed to remind me the someone cares and thinks of you even when you don't realize it.  My pleasant surprise arrived prettily wrapped.

Isn't her handwork pretty.

A great big THANK YOU. 

Now I would like to share a stitch along for 2017. 

Launching The Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club Stitch-Along

Cat Patches: Great Giveaway: Launching The Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club Stitch-Along:
Just visit link below for information , todays giveaway and join in the fun

I trying to get back in gear with some sewing, and I going to try to share on Fridays.  Have a great week end and be careful.

My God is good, He is my strength and refuge.  I will not be anxious about tomorrow.
Hugs and Blessings

Friday, July 29, 2016

Testing how to tag on my blog.    I'm testing a way to tag blogs that I might be sharing on my blog and want them to know.  Like some one that I have won thread from and want to show what was done with it.

If by chance this should work and you be tagged would you be so kind to let me know.  I always put your link up  so others can find your blog. But I think it would be nice if you knew I was doing so.

If any of you already know how to do this , I sure would appreciate your letting me know how.  And likewise if any of you are interested in this just leave a comment saying so.  When I get it figured out I'll get back to you.

I will continue testing on this particular page, so once you have read it  just ignore in any future post with the same title, unless of course you do receive notice that you have been tagged.

Now for a little happy news from me, I have just received some beautiful +Aurifil thread from Snoodles at  I going to start using it today.


This is a sweet pattern from Jenny at +  I just joined "The Stitchery Club"
and can't wait for August's patterns.  I want to us some of them on my cats and houses.

Thanks for visiting and I hope a couple of you are tagged, remember to let me know please...
Hugs and Blessings,

Saturday, July 16, 2016

12 Days Of Christmas in July

Tryin to get in the spirit of Christmas and what better way to start than joining up with Sarah at
I want to take a moment to thank Sarah for all her time and effort for making this a fun and smooth working hop.
Plus every day of the hop she will also have steps to a Christmas Quilt along.

On to my Christmas projects. My head wasn't into Christmas at first, but I'm if full swing now.  I have already picked out my gifts to make
for my kids and grands.  I stop there, with the great grands and more coming it getting to be too many to sew for.  But Santa does leave something in all stockings.

This year I'm making reusable fabric gift tags to go with packaging.

Since I have no packages yet they look a little lonely, Hoping the evergreen helps.

You can find the tutorial at
They even give you the printout for the cards.
 I went ahead and gave the link for all their free downloads. There are some really cute projects
you might like to gift as well.
They are really easy and fast.

I found this sweet ornament at

I like yard sales and consignment shops to find vintage wool.  All of this ornaments pieces of wool are from
ladies and mens vintage coats and jackets.

My final Christmas project for this hop is a mug rug.
I like these when eating treats in the evening while watching TV.

Or leaving Santa's cookies and milk.  You want to stay on his good side.

I hoping you found at least one idea for a gift.  Don't forget to visit  today, for another idea or two.
Here is all of the participants for this hop in case you have missed some.

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn You are here
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts

                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle
                                                                                           Blessings and hugs

Monday, June 20, 2016

A new find and Ice Cream

Well, I haven't quit but I did get side tracked, I went to my 50 year class reunion and did well.  But for some reason the day after while a old class mate and I went for lunch at a seafood restaurant I decided to get fried fish which of course comes with coleslaw and fries.  Thinking the whole time I can do this.  The start of  what could have been the end of my healthy eating journey.  This was not a conscious thought just an old habit sneaking in.  I have lost 15 lbs. and do not want to gain them back, in fact today's goal is to lose 15 more by by August 8 2016, which is 6 weeks equaling 2 lbs a week and that is doable.  Not many seem too interested in my sharing of  sugar free recipes so this will be the last one posted. But on August 8 I will post that I reached my second  goal  for my own benefit.  

This is so delicious I just had to share it.  It will be used at my 4th of July picnic for those who don't eat refined sugar.  The only sugar is what is in naturally  the fruit.  It is simply:
I banana
1/2 cup of strawberries

slice and put on lined cookie sheet and freeze
when frozen put in blender and blend.
eazy peezy!

I only have a small blender and it kept sticking to top and I had to scrap it off.
but was frozen just like ice cream

 This consistency is like soft serve ice cream and can still be up in a cone.
I just added about a tablespoon of skim milk and blended. It made about 4 servings.

Now, I found this site which allows you to figure up all the information of any recipe you might want to make yourself, I have found it very helpful in making up my own dishes.  The below is a sample of information you will receive when entering your recipe.  And it is free.

this is not the ice cream, just  random figures

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat

% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 2%Vitamin C 52%
Calcium 1%Iron 3%
Nutrition Grade A
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

Good points
Bad points

  • Very high in sugar                                                                                                                                             


Friday, June 3, 2016

Belated Birthday Day

 Hello Everyone

No DH wasn't late, in fact he started making in April. My lovely shelf just like I wanted it.  I wanted it lite because it is over my head, the hook on the undersides will be for Banners or whatever.  I have waited because I wanted to put something on it before showing it.  I did not know exactly how deep it would be.  So I started thrift store shopping and found the hat box which is the off color in my drapes at this time.  Will be changing that later.  And then found the wreath at goodwill.  I went to a craft gift shop in Bardstown Ky and found the the perfect sign.   I don't know what I want on the knobs yet
Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. 

I lucked out and found these sheets at a Unique Thrift Shop for $5.00, washed them and sprayed Febreze sleep serenity on them.  Moonlit lavender, I love, love lavender .  

I just had to have new pillow cases, and made these out of some leftover from some Christmas stockings I had made last year.  I'm getting ready now to make new cases for the back pillows too.

Here what I got for now, If I waited until I totally finished  I would never have gotten it posted.
I know it's off center a little, but he tried so hard to please me with this.  I'll either move the bookcase to the other side so I can scoot the bed over or wait a month or two and ask him to move the hangers.  Better yet, I'm may do it myself one day when he is gone and he will never know it.
Now don't tell me you have never done this before. 

The more I think about it, I'm going to paint the bookcase this summer I'll wait until then to make up my mind.  Too much going on right now anyway.
Enjoy your week end.   If you live in the Texas flood area I'm praying for  you.

Hugs and Blessings

Monday, May 23, 2016

Muscle Monday or Lack thereof,

My doctor has told me I have no core muscles, not a good thing he says........ so a big yellow ball and diagrams of sorta exercises he expects me to do was handed to me.
So this has been added to the agenda for better health.

The step thing is not working too well for me right now any way.  I'm not including them in with the tread mill. 8,000 steps is as high as I got and that was only one day.  I'm having more energy though and so I'm cleaning and rearranging my sewing room and I think that counts for me. At least I'm up and moving.  Uncovering the treadmill was the first thing I did about 2 weeks ago, again.

Danice over at made the comment that it seem the older we get the harder it is to loose weight.  Well you bet your booty it is.  And I have about 20 years on her.  The more time we try to lose weight the more times our metabolism gears down and the harder it is lose weight.  Just a big circle.  Now here is where the poster that Lori had put up on her blog comes in

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This is going up on my sewing wall as encouragement to keep adding to those steps.

I'm doing real well with the elimination of sugar in my diet though. Testing recipes for flavor and nutrition throughout the week.  Actually this is my personal recipe.  While I'm not a whiz at cooking photos this was an all in one dinner that Santaman stated was real good considering it was healthy.

Salsa Verde chicken and vegetables

     1 can of mixed veggies with one chicken cube and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric , simmered until cooked         down about 1/2 way.   (do not drain)
     1 lrg. chicken breast sauteed with 1/2 onion diced in 1 tbl. spoon olive oil with garlic and parsley           to taste drain on paper towel
     1 box of cooked long grained herbed rice.
      Mix all prepared ingredients to bake ware and microwave til heated thoroughly to your liking.

I found this delicious sugar free Banana Bread on Pinterest.  Not one person guessed it was sugar free.


How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
  • In a bowl, mash bananas; add splenda, melted butter, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and egg until well blended.
  • Stir in flour and walnuts. Mix well. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • I immediately remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack
Hugs and Blessings

Monday, May 16, 2016

I'm still excited

Morning Ladies,  Well I've been looking for healthy recipes all week and ran into another blogger that is into healthy eating and homesteading.  She was just on an self imposed sugar free 4 week challenge.  This was very interesting to me and I'm trying to take the greater part of sugar out of my food.  Years  ago, 52 to be exact, when I was 16 yrs old. I was at the doctor's office looking for help to lose weight.  His advice was simply stay away from sugar. and get up move.  I did not have a clue how much sugar  is in our food before we prepare it.    Diets only work for a long as we are on them,  I can't even hazard a guess how much weight I have gained and lost over my lifetime.  Thank God in this time we have social media to look for healthy ways to live IF we truly desire be healthy.  I'm not ever counting a calorie again.  but I will be reading labels for sugar content.  This lady has really opened my eyes.

It will be a slow start, financially and physically.  Infact even mentally there has to be some changes.  But they are coming.  I'm starting to restock my pantry with the right things.  It seems expensive but I'm just adding a couple of items weekly.  Just like shopping for clothes, every recipe is not going to fit your taste.  So I'll share the thing that work for me and recipes I like.  Maybe you will like them or maybe you can tweak them to your taste. 
Two of the good finds this week are listed below.

The hummus is not attractive in appearance but is tasty and  a good alternative to some dips. I'll try and take some photos in the future.

Stupid-Easy Homemade Hummus
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained & rinsed (or 1.5 cups cooked dry beans)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion flakes or powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I used dehydrated jalapeno powder)
  • 3 Tablespoons garbanzo bean juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Dump all ingredients into Ninja & puree until smooth & creamy, add more juice as necessary to attain desired consistency.
Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for up to a week.  Hummus will get firmer at refrigeration, so if serving cold you may want to put back an additional 2 – 3 Tablespoons of the reserved juice.
This is a delicious salad dressing, no calories, no sugar, fat free. carbohydrate free. gluten free, and cholesterol free.  There is no nutritional value I can see.  But is sure give a good flavor to some otherwise boring things when you are short on time.  
I actually found this in Kroger pharmacy area diabetic section.

I'm trying a sugar free banana bread today, I'll let you know.  Since May the 3rd when I started this I have lost 4 lbs.  I have to break the habit of weighing too often, besides it not all about the weight.
Hugs and Blessings