Friday, November 3, 2017

FNwF Update - Pillowcase

Is there anything as relaxing as sewing?
Especially sewing with friends?
Yikes - because I turned the fabric - so that the zebras would be running and playing horizontally across the pillow I was just a little bit short - like three inches.  So silly - but there is no way I could possibly sleep with zebras running the wrong way across my pillow!  

However, what did I have in my stash?  The perfect fabric purchased years ago.  YAY!!

I wanted to make it envelope style so that no dirt would get on my pillow.  And sometimes you can throw something inside - like a journal.
And here is my completed pillowcase.  

And I did have someone ask - why I didn't use Chinese fabric - since that's where I'm going.  It's because I saw this fabric and fell in love with it.  Hahaha

Now let's see what everyone else is up to.
Nicey Linda

Friday Night with Friends.

I don't know why I get so excited about this Friday Night with Friends, but I do. (Thanks Cheryll with Gone Stitchin")

And tonight is the night I'm sewing up my Travel Pillowcase for China.  Oops forgot to take a picture of the fabric.  Okay - well more later.
Happy Stitching,
Linda

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In Other Chinese News

Here's something I've been meaning to share - but just never take the time to.

When Serena went to Missionary College - they asked her to go to China so that she could connect with and help teach an girl there named JJ that had accepted Jesus. Their culture is Buddhist.  She had very few ways to learn more about God.

So Serena did and became good friends with JJ.

When Serena came home she said she wanted to go back and see JJ again.  Well, I certainly don't have anything going on in my life - so I said I would go with her.  

In the meanwhile, JJ raised money to go to the same Missionary College, (here in San Francisco) that Serena went to.  It's a six month course. 

And guess what?  We will be in China while JJ in here in SF!  hahaha.

JJ arrived a couple months ago - and stayed a couple days with us before going up to San Francisco.  When she saw my little black sports car she went crazy.  Apparently, they don't have sports cars there.  She said it's everyone's dream to ride in a sports car.  I let Serena take her out.  This car belonged to my husband.  And we had only taken off the top once. 10 years ago.  But for JJ and her enthusiasm we did it again.  It was fun.  
It was so fun having someone that had never been to The States before staying with us.
When she walked into our hometown cafe - she gasped and said "It's just like being in the movies!"
She couldn't order from the menu as she had no idea what things like hash browns or sausage were.  Had never had pancakes.  Oh what fun!

But there's more to the travel story.

When my Middle Daughter heard Serena and I were going she jumped in with "Me too".  Her husband didn't mind so she's going also.

Then my Oldest Daughter said "Wah, Wah, I wana go!"  She just had a baby!  But she and her husband figured it out and felt the baby would be old enough and she's going too!

So my daughters and I will be making a trip this month to China.  Wow I can't believe it's almost time to go.   

We are all making bets on who will get in an argument with who first.  Angela and Rosanna? Me and Rosanna?  Angela and Me?  No one and Serena, as she doesn't fight.   Just kidding we are going to have a blast!  

More on this later,
Happy Globe Trotting Linda 


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Things that happened over the Weekend.

Good News.  My quilt is complete!
I didn't think to cut my binding on the bias - hmmm... I can really tell.

It's just for me - so I think I'll leave it. 
 
My poor little puppy Marzipan has a black face - she does not photograph well.  That does not deter her.   Both those dogs like having their pictures taken.  Why?  I don't get it.  I pull out the camera and they run and sit/lay down.  Silly!

And over the weekend I sold the trailer!  
YAY!

I had a lot of calls - and a LOT of offers for less.  But with all those calls I was not coming down on my price.  It SOLD for the asking price.  
The new owner painted it black and wow - what a difference.

Now - on to the next item: my jack hammer.  SOLD!  
This is just not an ordinary household tool and I sure do not need it. 
I also sold that guy a wheel barrel and seven vinyl posts.  (I'm giggling with happiness! So happy to have it gone.)

Now I'm working on selling a two man Auger, compressor, etc, etc. 


What?? This is a sewing blog?  

Well, hopefully soon I can sew up my pillowcase and I'll show that to you.  

See you later,
Linda



Monday, October 23, 2017

The Scarred Woman - Book Review (Great Book!)

I just finished reading this book.  It is such a great story and I want to tell you because I'm sure you will enjoy it.  
It is written by Jussi Adler-Olsen.  He is a Danish author and I found out he has won the award “Favourite Author of the Danes” in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  

So in this book - which is a crime mystery, a team (Department Q which deals in cold cases) go about their business of solving crimes.  Of course that's not what makes this so interesting.  It's the characters that Jussi has created.  The book kept me entertained the whole way through. There are so many little things (little twists and then the turns that made me actually gasp out loud! Don't you just love a book that makes you gasp out loud?  And the little jokes that are so funny.)  I love that Adler-Olsen makes his characters so realistic.  I could understand why the characters did what did or reacted the way they did, even the killer.

  I especially love Rose's unique problems and her mental illness and the way Adler-Olsen had his characters react to her.  

This is one book that is worth reading!  

A side note:  it is not gory, bloody and gross.  There is murder - but not the gore that some authors describe. I was so happy not to read a book with that.

Happy Reading,
Linda


I was given the book by the publisher to give an honest review.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Selling the Business

I just put my business up for sale.  It only took me 6 months to do it!
This trailer may not look like much but she hauled miles of fencing and kept a roof over our heads, and us clothed and well fed. 

As you know, my husband and I had this fencing business and then when he passed my daughter and I ran it.
This Auger also put in miles of post holes - and many, many holes for the trees around our property and even little plants.  (Yeah, Mark was a nut like that, we would use it to dig all the plant/bush holes - fast and fun.)

At first I felt really good that I did it that I finally put it up for sale.  2 seconds later not so good.  Such is life when you have to make changes. 
I have all kinds of stuff like this chain link hanging around my house - it needs to go.

Well, lets just pray I can sell it quickly.  

Linda




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Binding those Scallops

Sewing is so relaxing - but not this sewing.
It took a bit to figure out how to do the scalloped edge. 
It was just a bit more of a struggle to do all the curves and indentations for the scallops. 

Now for the more relaxing part - the hand sewing.  
I sewed it to the back of the quilt first - as the back is Minky.

I just want to sit on the couch, 
watch a good movie and sew this baby down.

Happy Stitching,
Linda