Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Catching up!

I've had several things happen lately that I haven't had time to post about. 
 So here's my Catch-up Post.

# 1
My Sister came out from Arkansas in October to load up her household goods that were in storage.  She and her husband have been roaming the USA in a 5th wheel and found a lovely spot to buy.  I so enjoyed having her and her husband stay with us for 10 days.  Every morning Jeff had the coffee on and they made the house so lively.  Connie taught me to crochet the ruffle scarves while she was here.
Here she is with her great niece - Scarlett - those two are two peas in pod.  So much alike!
 
#2
The following weekend my other sister, Cindy came to visit from San Francisco. We had a blast too.
She came down to get help with her Setters of Canaan quilt. 
 This is only her 2nd quilt!  I worked on my Civil War quilt.
  
 
#3
One of my co-workers asked if I could make her some doll clothes.  Sure!  What fun to sew up a couple dresses, Right?
WRONG!!
  I work full time and she was quite upset that I didn't finish all 30 outfits in one weekend.
Really??? 
Did she not realize that I had to read the patterns
 and that they were full of details - like the overalls had real pockets? That were lined?
I finished 6.  I thought that was good for a weekend.
I was not going to be chained to my sewing machine. 
I did have fun sewing them. 
 
#4
I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving - I do hope you all had a lovely one.  We spent it with the family.
We played in the leaves - that was so much fun!!!
 
Later we let the babies sleep. 
 
#5
Yesterday, 12/2/14 the day had finally come.  We had to put down our precious Sugar. 
She was such a wonderful dog.  And she had a great life.  She was our show dog and made Champion 5 times and then went on to be a UKC Grand Champion.  She really loved the show life and would jump onto the show table and pose for the judges - so cute.  She was only about 10 inches at the shoulders but could jump a 4 foot fence!  Also she was the fastest Rat Terrier - we put her in several races and she won every time, even against the Champion racer! 
 
 
#6
My place of employment has decided to change my location (again!!!)  Now that I'm used to this new place and all the people, they are moving me back to my original location.
I haven't decided how I feel about that.  I just hope my check finds me - last time it took 6 months to change it. 
 
So Happy Stitching to all of you!
What December plans do you have?
 
Linda


Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Little Gift from God


So – here’s what happened yesterday that  I really wanted to share with you.
 When we were kids we had these really pretty ornaments on the tree –  I really liked one in particular.  I remember hanging it on the tree when I was five.  So I took that ornament with me when I moved out or maybe when it was Christmas, I asked Mom for it .

  I hung it on the tree each year and it was so cool remembering Christmases long ago, each time I saw it. Especially when I was overseas or in NC.   Well, during one of my moves  I packed it in a box with a lot of other decorations and then later decided I didn’t want all those decorations (forgot my ornament was in the box!) and threw it out.  Well, took it to Goodwill.   

 You can imagine my dismay when I realized what I had done.  So instead of being  upset.  I asked God to please give me another one.  Well, I’m thinking God’s a pretty big God and can do that if he wants.  (Not very likely to happen – but what the hay.)   I have been looking for it in antique shops . 

Okay – so I go to Home Goods yesterday and walk down the aisle and see some pretty ornaments. 
I tell Mark, oh it’s nice to see glass ornaments, usually they just have plastic ones.  I looked last year at Michaels and Rite Aid, etc. and couldn’t find any pretty glass ones.   And then I see my ornament I used to have in a box of 12. (WHAT?  Could this really be it?)
 
And then I see the one that I remember as my sister Cindy’s! (Silent Night)   I know for sure these are the ones we had. 
And God has given me back the ornament originally made in 1940  (I know that from the box – it’s a retro set)  Wow! They were super old when I was a kid!
 
And the ornaments have little fuzzy white on designs.  As I touched it, I remembered how much I love to touching them when I was little. Isn’t that amazing?

 This is  my present from God this year.  :-)  I'm doing the happy dance!
 Linda

 

Monday, November 3, 2014

My Neptune/Halloween Update

Okay - so what I didn't tell you in my last post is what a Nut Job Neptune is when she's around others.
 
As in - she does back flips.  Wait - I don't think you believe me.  When we come up to another dog, kid or car that she would like to "get to know better" she does twisty, jumpy circles in mid air.  Which is why she is always on a leash.
Angela, Rex and Lilly as Ewoks for Halloween
But you see, I've been taking my other dog, Sugar, with me Trick or Treating every year and this Halloween she has gotten too old to go. (She was happy to stay home.)  So I thought, it's Neptune time to do the job of escorting the little kids. 
 
And knowing ignoring what a Nut Job she is, I bought her a costume and took her with me.  Right , I know -- I'm the nut job! 
Bunny Scarlett and Ewok Lily
AND  - She was PERFECT!!  Not one crazy flip or cartwheel or backflip.  She knew she had an important job and acted accordingly!  YEA NEPTUNE!
Serena - Really could she get more beautiful?  And doing her homework even on Halloween.
Well, now it's on to November.  Let's see what surprises this month holds for us.
 
Happy Stitching,
Linda

Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick Arf Treating

Trick or Treating?
 
Who's ready to go?
 
Neptune!  That's who!
Isn't she adorable in her pumpkin costume?
 
And she really will be trick or treating with the kids tonight.
This will be her first time.  She will be helping them not be scared to go up to the scary houses.
 
Arf! Arf!
Happy Halloween from me and Neptune.
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Little Coin Purse Foxes

For the FNSI I worked on these coin purses.
I've already given away two and have two more spoken for.
 
After the first one I've been doing them assembly line style.
 Let me tell you, I've gotten VERY GOOD at putting in Zippers - I can have it in 5 minutes!
 
These have been so much fun to make.
 
And just so that we get enough cutness on this post...
 Here's Lily; being her most cute and adorable self.
 
Happy Stitching,
Linda
 
 


Friday, October 17, 2014

FNSI

Let's get ready to SEW!
 
FNSI
 
 
 
Happy FNSI Sewing,
Linda

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sugar's Quilt (A Finish with Strange Circumstances)

YeeHaw!  I have a another FINISH!
 

It's 28 x28 inch square - okay so now I'm thinking you are not so impressed - but wait!
I started this a long time ago - in February 2011.  And after 3 years, I finished it in one weekend. Okay now you can be impressed.
 
It looked like this
 
I really didn't like it!  So in the drawer it sat.

Last week I was thinking I really ought to finish this quilt - I got up from the couch, walked into my sewing room...

And this is strange.. and I'll let you decide -

and the box I had it in had fallen out of the top of my closet & was laying on the floor.
In ten years I have never had a box just fall from the closet.

So I thought - hmmm....Is God trying to tell me something?
If so, I better get busy.

So I ripped it apart and put in back together - added more material.  Quilted it.
 
Put the binding on.
I sewed the binding onto the back and flip it over to the front - then sewed it on with a decorative stitch.  Let me tell you it's SUPER FAST.  How do you like that cute little strip for the binding?  I think it adds so much to the quit.
 
And the proof is in the pudding - here's the owner of her quilt enjoying it.
 
(Yikes! Poor quality picture.) She's gotten old and can't jump up on the couch to cuddle and get warm with us.  Sure I could have given her an old towel, but she's spoiled and loves the quilts. I'm happy she has her own little quilt.