Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy Tuesday.  

I hope you have had a good week so far.  We had a great weekend at the Rodeo Cookoff, sporting a tad bit of headache and apparently I made lots of friends, got some beads..., but its supposed to be like Vegas - what happens there, stays there...yeah right....

Anyhoo - Chief had a fit on Sunday night and I got lots of sewing done - if I knew how easy that was to free up my time, I would have done that wayyyyy sooner...  just kidding - maybe - sort of...

Well, I am playing catch up and there are some things I have made lately that I wanted to share.  

First or should I say lastly, I made this adorable Cat in the Hat tote.  I got the instructions here, Cat in the Hat Tote Tutorial although I reversed the fabric - I lined the inside with the stripes - (ahem, did you hear that, I LINED something, oh yeah!)  Anyway, I did a boxed tote bottom that lines up PERFECTLY.  I couldn't believe it!!!  Not sure where my little tote headed, but maybe I will hold out for someone's birthday or baby gift, I think.  

Also, the Chief bought me a serger and I made an entire pillow using it - it was great fun, although I just shiver when I think I may have to thread that thing at some time.  I will worry about that later...much later.  I found the cutest Looney Tunes Dallas Cowboys fabric - so it's yet another pillow, I know, but its serged, which is something new.  Give me a break - I'm a pillow making fool  :)

I edited these pictures to rotate to the right, but they didn't and I'm not going to worry about it, so ENJOY the whole up and down image, yeah baby!  Life's too short to sweat the vertical hee hee.

About a year ago I made this rag quilt.  It came out so cute and I'm still holding it - for two reasons.  First, I don't know who to give it to that would appreciate the amount of work that went into it (since everything takes me twice as long).  Second, I nipped stitches when I was "ragging" it and I have to go back and sew some holes shut.  



I really love this blanket.  It's so bright and cheerful - some special little girl deserves it.  Let me know if you know of one.  I thought about at the hospital, but that's anonymous and I really wanted to see their face when they get it.  When the time is right - I'm sure it will find its home.

One thing that I am sure of by now is that I almost, no ALWAYS, seem to have to resew something on a project.  It's my lot in life I guess.

Ok - example time, ding ding - I saw the cutest little stuffed bunny to make for Easter - sort of combined two Pinterest patterns - cut, pinned and sewed.  So excited - out was out and in was in - even added lace for a little flair - I'm feeling cocky now, yeah baby!!!!  Getting ready to stuff when I realized - yes, its true, the ears are sewn on backwards.... see what I mean - EVERY FLIPPEN TIME!!!

(Ok - see I rotated this bunny as well.  I give up.  Tilt your head to the right and enjoy seeing my backward bunny ears!)

By the end of this week, I hope to finish my quilt repair and rip and resew my little bunny.  Then who fricken knows....I'm on a roll... look out  :)

Have a wonderful evening!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Laugh and Love!!!

Ok - It's only been a month and I'm back - wooo whoooo!!!!

It's been a sad month since Mom passed.  Passed what, right?  I hate that phrase, but died just sounds so final and blunt.  Anyway, the good news is my eye finally has stopped twitching.  My task list is almost complete and I get to get sad and then get glad again now.  So, that's life right...it just keeps going...

I'm trying to do things to keep busy - the Chief says Mom told him his job is to distract me, which basically means he's trying to make me craZy, with an excuse.  I asked him if he could feel Mom "swatting" him - you know like Whoopie Goldberg did on Ghost?  I feel certain that she, Mom, not Whoopie, is up there trying to "git that boy".  They gave each other hell and I know he misses her as much as I do.

Ok, deep breath, new subject...

I'm listening to Amy Sedari's audio book entitled:

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

I have replayed part after part - she makes me laugh so much, with "side bar" notes and self-award winning recipes, with tidbits and humor - I hate that I'm on the last cd.  If you need a little humor - get it, or be cheap like me and check it out at the library for free!!!  

My loves:  Libraries.  I miss holding books, turning pages, feeling the paper, smelling the ink.  I am old school and admit it here and now, I LOVE BOOKS!!  But, and, as I spend an inordinate amount of travel time back and forth to work, the audio book works for the car portion and I haven't opened the IPAD in a week.  I checked out a Stephen King book - The Dome (1,074 page, weighs a flippen ton) and Mary Poppins, that I found while scoping out the children section for my grandson, Adam.  I'm also reading The Human Life of Jesus that I found on a shelf at Mom's.  So lots of reading going on, and it's making me happy, so there!!!

News flashes:
I am down 26 lbs.  Jeff is down 30 so far - we are doing Weight Watcher's and its working.  I really got off track in the last month, but I'm finding my way back.  Can't let him win, right?

Valentine's Day was yesterday.  We agreed to go with homemade cards this year.  I don't have pics of his and my small cards, but I will post them next week, because mine was pretty darn good and his was absolutely hilarious.  I almost peed on myself while reading it.  I did want to give him something tho, so I made what I called a "big" card.  I found it on Pinterest - I love Pinterest.  It's not perfect and it needs a a little more work, and as usual I stayed up until 1:30 a.m. the night before last, making it, but I like it.  So did he, he was wondering where to hang it, which TOTALLY surprises me.  I will post the pics next week.  I would like some feedback.

Jeff's niece and sister brought over a little container of goodies - one was chocolate covered bacon.  Yes I said it.  Chocolate covered bacon!  Whoever thought of that was NOT on Weight Watchers!  It was yummy, shhhhhhh!

My Adam is here this weekend, so I am playing up the Mam Maw for all it's worth.  I see lots of Wii games in our day tomorrow.

Nothing else going on.  It's Friday afternoon and I am headed home.  One and one-half hour trek - here I go...

Ash Wednesday service reminded us that we are beloved children of God.  Isn't that awesome to hear, even though we know it already.  Never hurts to be reminded.  As screwed up as I am, I'm still beloved and so are YOU!!!  Have a great weekend!!!