Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lookie What I did - Pinterest Fun!

I have to make some items to sale for Serena's fundraiser.

I've been on Pinterest for years. I thought I would make the item that has been repined the most.  That makes sense right?

I gathered my supplies
 Have you seen the pin before?  Can you guess what I did?

I hot glued those animals to the lids and spray painted them.  

Yep - I think they are pretty cute.
And so EASY too.
Now I'll see how well they sale. Pinterest don't let me down.

Do we have a winner here?

Linda


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Life as it Continues On...

Well, it's been 2 months since Mark passed away.
Enough time for me to what?  Adjust?  Stop crying?  Learn which day to take the trash cans to the curb? 

No to all of the above.

There's still a huge list of things that ought to be done. And maybe, someday I'll complete it.
Things like changing over bank accounts.  I'm just not ready to take his name off of some items. 
What can I say - that's the way it works for me.

Speaking of working.  Both my toilets decided to stop flushing on the same day.  REALLY? 

 You have to admit that is just too funny.  Luckily I do have a distant-sort-of-relative that is sort-of a handyman.  So he came over and 4 1/2 hours later I had two working toilets again. 
Working toilets are such a blessing!

So while I've been trying to just exist and make it through each day - my daughter (age 20) had been learning to actually live life.  
We have great news!
She has been accepted in a mission program.  It's a 6 month program, 3 months of training and 3 of mission work.

She will need to fund-raise $6,500.00 for the trip.
Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated. We have not been involved in fundraising before. 

And Little Marzipan has learned to "sit".  
Marzipan, Neptune and Little Lily waiting for Grandma (that's me!) to come back.

So have a blessed day.
Sew if you want to.
As for me - I'll just have to count my blessings.

Linda


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Saddest Post Ever

This is my saddest post ever. 
It's taken me over a month to even start it.

My beloved husband, Mark, died very unexpectedly last month.
I've wondered should I say anything on my blog - it's so awful to love someone so deeply, and to just post a few words. That seems trivial.  And do a whole memorial wouldn't do him justice either.  
Well, I did say in my last post, I would probably have another excuse for not finishing Angela's quilt - and yeah this is it.  One of the first things I did was throw her quilt and the machine in the closet.  (NEVER had my machine been in closet.)  I spend so many happy, relaxed hours sewing while Mark sat by me or watched TV with me.  I just couldn't face that quilt.  (The fact that it's black doesn't help either.)

So do you want to hear about Mark?  What kind of man he was?
Mark and Serena 2015
I'll start by telling you this - some of you may not believe it but it's the truth.

I was getting ready for church when God told me that I was going to meet my husband.  NOPE - NO WAY - I told God I didn't want another one of those!
I even considered not going to church - but I did and met several new men.
(Ha Ha God very funny)

Well, that night at church I wanted to listen to the service and get the heck out of dodge.  But someone stopped me at the door - and that gave Mark just enough time to dish me up a plate of food. Well, there I was stuck.  Here's this nice guy with a plate of food - so I was polite, ate and ran. 

But he did get my number, we talked, dated and married. (you sort of knew that part didn't you?)

Mark always was the best husband.  We had a little unspoken game called "see who could be the kindest, sweetest, more caring to each other".  He was so good at it - I could barely keep up with him.
We told each other every day how much we loved each other and how thankful we were to God for each other. 

I like that Mark was such a hard worker.  He always had to have a goal - usually something materialist to work for.  A Harley Motorcycle, our pool, the house.  Didn't really matter what - just something.
You know, I went through his things and one of the things I found was a certificate for a 6-week bible study class we attended. It was something he had worked for, something he had earned; He was proud of that. 
I am so thankful I married a Christian man.  

I remember one lunch (we had lunch together almost EVERY SINGLE DAY OF of our 22 years of marriage.) we met a young woman and she had problems.  He explained what turning his life over to God had done for him, and suggested she do the same.  This sort of thing often happened.  He wasn't shy about his faith, yet didn't push it on people. I admired that about him. 

  He truly was such a good honest man. 
He would say it was so that God could bless us.  You know, I think he's right.  
He wouldn't cheat at anything - (expect board games! Which made us all mad or made us laugh.)
I remember when Mark bought the Harley - paid cash - saved it up, working hard.  And I was so worried!  What kind of man had I married?  Would he be a stereotypical biker? No - He had such a gentle soul.  And we had so many wonderful rides and good times on that bike. 

Mark is really the love of my life.  We hung out together all the time.  We swam in the pool and walked the dogs.  We camped and went to Vegas.  We cooked dinner together, raised our daughters, enjoyed our grandchildren.  Went to the grocery store together - I went on his job estimates, and set up jobs with him on the weekends.  We just loved being together.  
There will never be another Mark - there will never be someone who loves me unconditionally like he did.  

 He was in so much pain, he could barely enjoy life.  I'm thankful to God that he took him in such a kind way - he died in his sleep - it was his heart.  
So while I happy that he is no longer in pain, life has not been the same without him.

Linda


Thursday, March 17, 2016

My New Love

So what do you think?  Is she adorable?
I bet you thought I was going to show you a Sewing Machine. Hehehe

I decided we needed a new dog. I can't believe I ended up with a poodle.  
Really - I'm still in shock.  

This is little Marzipan. 
She's 11 weeks old and 3 lbs.  She will be a small dog.  Most likely a toy.
Or if you ask my daughter her name is Mars.  See we had a Venus, Saturn and we have a Neptune.  And we've had a KitKat - and Mars is a planet and a candybar.   (See?  Does it make sense now?)

We just got her on Sunday - so she's my excuse this week for not quilting.  Next week I'm sure I'll think of another one. hehehe

My little 2 year old granddaughter walked in saw her for the first time; the sheer wonderment on her face was priceless.  She pointed and said "lamb".  
Yeah, you got that right Lily she does look like a little lamb. 
Lily and Marzipan meeting for the first time. 

Here's Neptune on the first day with her.
video
Just Click on the play and it show the video.
And then click on the play again and it will play the video.
Neptune loved her right away too.
By the time I thought to take a video Neptune was a bit tired. 

(This is the first time I've posted a Video - so let me know if it doesn't work.)

Now it's back to quilting. Well, maybe - maybe not. I might have to go get me some furbaby love.)

Puppy Kisses,
Linda

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Some Before & After Pictures

So - I don't think I told you that my sister is coming out to visit.

And of course that means - I gotta get things cleaned up for her. 

I'm going to turn my sewing room into a guest room.

And this Closet needs HELP!

Here's my "after" picture.

I've been busy spring cleaning the whole house.  It's actually been fun.  I made a HUGE list and I've been just working my way through it and now I'm down to 6 items.  YAY!

And I've even taken the time to sandwich and pin Angela's quilt.
The blue is the masking tape.

I've cleaned my machine out - first time since I bought Janey Mae (my new Skyline Janome machine).  

It has a one step plate converter - meaning NO SCREWS to remove the plate. 
I had forgotten about this - and you would have died laughing at the puzzled look on my face - wondering where are the screws?  How do I get this darn thing off to clean the bobbin area?

I had to go find my manual - which I couldn't find for the longest time in my nice clean sewing - er I mean guest room.

Imagine my surprise - it just a little lever.
Pop! And the cover plate is off.  Wow!!  Sew Cool.  Sew Easy.
I love it!

Wait!  That's not all.

I watched Lily the other day - she has just turned two.

Well....I let her play with my phone.
And with out me knowing anything about it, she posted a picture to my Facebook!!!
Somehow she changed it to black and white and wrote that gobblygook.

Life if fun isn't it?

Happy Sewing,
Linda


Thursday, February 11, 2016

I've got some Updates for you - Quilts & The Bay

Well, would you like to know where I've been?

Okay then, let's get started.

First - I said I was going to finish piecing  Angela's quilt in January.  One Saturday I sat down and cut and sewn up the next border.
I was not happy sewing.  NOT happy at all and I threw a fit.  Well, my fits are very quiet.  I simply got up and decided I'm DONE.  No more quilting for me.  (EVER AGAIN)

Later that evening I came back and sewed the border strip. 
Hey, I'm not good at throwing fits, nor at staying away from my sewing.

I really didn't want to make more of this border so I finished up The Midnight Mystery Quilt.  
LOVE IT!
The design stays on the top of the bed and that big wide border hangs all the way around the edge.  I think it turned out to be king size. 

And listen to this - I showed the fabric scraps to Serena and she said.  "No, I do not like those!  I do not like polka-dots (What??  Aren't you suppose to be my kid?  I love polka-dots!  They are like rickrack - both fun to say and fun to be with.)

So I brought out the quilt to show her - after all it's not going to be her Christmas gift anymore.   And she squealed with delight "I love it".   

Hmmm.....what do you say to that?

Back to Angela's quilt.
Sunny of Quilting Dreams you need to sit down and prepare yourself...

  The following Saturday January 30th.  I finished it!!!!  
 
This quilt is a Queen and it also hangs nicely over the edge of my queen bed
and I LOVE the design.   

That simple border is so much better than the pieced border.  Now, I have the backing ironed and the batting.  I hope to sandwich and pin it soon. (Tonight?)

My goal is to finish quilting this before the end of the month.  BUT I do have to order thread for it.  

Now the other thing that kept me away from blogging is our anniversary.
I decided that we should go whale watching.

We drove to Morro Bay, CA and had dinner with this beautiful sunset.
The next morning we went out to sea with a whale watching tour. The sea was so calm and the weather so beautiful it was a perfect day. 

We only had to go 1/2 a mile and saw them.  We saw a total of 11 different whales. 
I didn't get a good picture of any that leaped into the air - but I do have this one.  I was more about enjoying the experience than taking photos - bad blogger I know.   


So here's to us and our Copper Anniversary

Happy Stitching - and no throwing fits!

Linda



Monday, January 11, 2016

FNSF Update - Midnight Mystery January Clue

I forgot to do the Friday Night with Friends!
(I'm so Sorry!)
I came home from work and I don't remember much else.  I was just too tired.

Well, I did work on my quilt over the weekend. 
I now have the Midnight Mystery Quilt Top completed.
(January's Clue)
 So I may not have stitched with everyone else - but I did stitch.

So - now it's on to how to finish this - no border, more borders ?
It measures 73 inches.  Which I suppose is big enough.

Taking into consideration my track record of adding borders to quilts (ie - Angela's quilt) I should probably stop here and call it good.

In the mean time - I'll go look for some fabric see if something catches my eye for a border and find some backing fabric. 

Happy Stitching,
Linda