A Little of this and that.....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I am still here!

Wow!  What can I say except that was a long blogging break!  I had many challenges this last year that kept me away from a lot of different things including blogging.

My father passed away from cancer last May and I still have not got over that.  Each day is a new day and challenges in themselves.  A random comment about something can set me off crying or perhaps a memory and there I go again.  I can say though that mostly things are getting better.  The good days are starting to out number the bad days thankfully.  Now I am starting to remember all the good things about my Dad and that makes me feel so much better.  Don't get me wrong, it still hurts, but I know that he would want me to be happy and that is what I am trying to do.  I know he is in a better place and is pain free and that makes me so glad and thankful!  Cancer really is a horrible disease and I can't wait til we have a cure for it.

I have also had some health challenges that have kept me away from doing some of the things I like.  One of them being an emergency surgery right at the same time as when my Dad came home on Hospice.  Perfect timing I know!  I am still having residual complications from that but am waiting to get in with a specialist as we speak.  So hopefully that will be resolved also.

Then a few months after that I was involved in a slip and fall accident and hurt my shoulder and neck.  Boy did that hurt for quite awhile!  After quite a bit of Physical Therapy and home exercise it is also on the mend and now I am able to do things without intense pain.  I couldn't pick up or hold my grandchildren, I couldn't sit and sew, I couldn't stay in one place too long without getting uncomfortable but all of that has gotten SO much better!

I am staying busy now with the little munchkins that call me Memaw.  I have been busy with them at swimming lessons, soccer practice, play dates at the park and sleepovers.  I enjoy being with them so much and love being a Memaw.  The only thing that could be better about this is that the other 2 grandbabies lived closer to me!  Hawaii is definitely not within driving lessons.  I am blessed that we do get to see them a few times a year but that is definitely not enough!

I am very involved in sewing and quilting.  I am just getting back into the swing of sewing clothes and stuff for the little ones.  I used to sew clothes for my children but haven't really done a lot of sewing for the little ones except for costumes and such.  I am trying to make matching outfits for the two little girls and that has been so much fun!  I also have an embroidery machine and am getting a lot more proficient at that.  I have been embroidering little tee shirts, onesies, burp clothes and a few baby quilts.  I really like taking something that is pretty plain and turning it into a really cute embellished finished project.

I am SO involved in the local quilt guild.  In addition to being the 1st Vice President of Travel I am also in charge of Community Service.  Right now we are working on making 400 patriotic pillowcases for homeless Veterans in our local community.  We are also gearing up to give between 15-20 patriotic Quilts of Honor to very deserving Veterans at our upcoming Quilt Show.  We also make baby and childrens quilts for several different local agencies in addition to lap quilts for Seniors and several Auction quality quilts for other agencies to raise money with.

So my plan is to try and keep my blog up to date with regular posts.  I think it can be a nice way to put my thoughts and feelings down and let people know what's going on with me!  Here's to the rest of 2014!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas sharing it with your family, friends and those you love.

Friday, December 7, 2012

My Secret Santa Apronista Swap Package

I am participating in the fun Secret Santa Apron Swap over at The Flirty Apron Swap.  I had some kind of bad luck this time around though!  I made up my apron with care, thought of all the cute little gifts I wanted to include, wrapped everything with love and care and then boxed it up to go on its merry way to my secret partner.

I made a very quick stop at the grocery store with my 4-year-old grandson on the way because I promised him a candy bar if he would go with me to the post office.  We got out of the car and I used the automatic key lock to lock up my car.  We were only in the store for a few minutes but when we came back to the car the back door was ajar and the box was gone off of the back seat.  Apparently when we got out we didn't get the back door closed and someone helped themselves to the package.  The only thing I could think is that maybe they really were in need of a really cute apron!

So I finally figured out what I wanted to do the second time around and whipped up another cute apron if I do say so myself!  I went back to the store and purchased some more appropriate gifts and then did the whole boxing and wrapping everything up again.  This time I went straight to the post office without making any stops and got it mailed off again.

So sorry swap partner!  I really didn't forget you I just got a little bit off track and had to start over again.  The post office assures me that you will receive your gift no later than Saturday.  So happy swapping.

Wonderful Giveaway over at ImagiMeri's Creations

"ImagiMeri's Creations has two beautiful vintage ornament wreaths to give away, and they each have a substantial amount of ornaments on them.  This first one is comprised of between 60-80 ornaments of varying sizes and colors, also has some vintage wooden ornaments and a small vintage china angel on it.  It is approximately 15" in diameter and quite whimsical.  Approximate value is close to $100.


This second wreath is the one from her tutorials HERE, and is comprised of vintage and some newer ornaments.  It has a plaster plaque filling in the center with a vintage decal on it, and touches of platinum garland and a blue bow as accents.  It is approximately 13" in diameter and has about 30-40 ornaments on it.  Approximate value is $85."

So what are you waiting on!  Go over there and enter and maybe you can win!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Apron Giveaway

Shawnee from Apronista.com is hosting a fabulous giveaway until 11/15/12 so hurry over there and enter.  You could win a lovely apron from Aprons by Vittoria.

Shawnee said she was "SO excited to offer this giveaway. I’ve been tickled by Aprons by Vittoria from the first moment I laid eyes on them. She lists new items weekly that are designed with new ideas and modern day to day fabrics. All of her Aprons are handmade, carefully making each stitch aligned and properly matched with the fabric to bring you a great result!   She has a great assortment of fabric choices, something for everyone."

Go over and check her out and then make sure you leave a comment on the Apronista website at www.apronista.com/

Aprons by Vittoria

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Secret Santa Swap

I just joined in a fun swap over at The Flirty Apron Swap.  This year it isn't an apron swap but it still sounds like a lot of fun so I'm in!  I'm suppose to blog post my answers to the following questions so here I go.  If you would like to join the swap head on over to their website and join the fun!  Hurry though signups end on November 3rd.  Just click on this link:    Secret Santa Swap

  1. What are your hobbies?  Quilting, crafting, watching t.v. and playing with my grand-babies
  2. What are your favorite colors?  Purple is my favorite color with pink a close second
  3. Do you collect anything?  I collect teapots, teacups, tea accessories, milk glass, doilies and old linens and laces.
  4. Are you allergic to any fibers or animals?  No just very sensitive to smoke.
  5. Do you have any pets?  Yes a very spoiled Brussells Griffon named Chewbacca, a beta fish and a desert tortoise that lives in my back yard.
  6. Coffee, Tea, or Chocolate?  All of them!
  7. What do you like to read?  Quilt magazines, Romantic Homes magazine, craft or sewing patterns, Romance novels and some mysteries
  8. Do you prefer Cookies or Candies as a sweet?  My favorite cookie is shortbread but I love caramels and chocolate also!
  9. What is your favorite holiday treat?  I love it all but especially love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice lattes that they have every winter.
  10. Describe your favorite holiday tradition.  I love the tradition that we decorate the tree and the house the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  The littlest one gets to put the angel on top of the tree.
  11. Did you believe in Santa as a child?  Yes I did!
  12. When do you open presents?  Since our children have grown up and moved out we open our presents on Christmas eve and then go to their house on Christmas Day and watch the grand-babies open their presents Christmas morning.
  13. Do you put up a tree and when?  If not, how do you celebrate?  Several trees through out the house and decorate pretty much the house!  We usually start the Saturday after Thanksgiving and it takes a few days to finish decorating the rest of the house.
  14. Does your tree have a theme?  Pink and gold with a lot of crystal ornaments and pretties!
  15. What has been your favorite gift to give?  to receive? I love to give something to someone that I have hand made if at all possible.  If not I like to give them something I know they would want but probably wouldn't buy themselves.  I love to receive a gift that is from the heart and you can tell the person giving it to me as put a lot of thought into.  That doesn't always mean that it is expensive but it is from the heart and that makes it extremely precious to me.