Thursday, June 12, 2014

Big Steps

Big step for me. I have been missing from my blog for so long, I wasn't sure where to start. Then this morning I just knew I had to start blogging again. I have missed the journaling aspect, but most of all the contact with all the new and old friends I have here.

Big step for these two precious granddaughters too.
Sixth Grade Graduation

They are less than a month apart in age and the best of friends and cousins.
They couldn't be more different in looks, Kobi, with her dark (Hawaiian) complexion, brown eyes and dark hair. Lexi, with her fair (German) complexion, blue eyes and blond hair.
But they are alike in so many ways.

I wanted to take them to lunch to celebrate going into Jr. High.
We also celebrated Honor Roll, Principals List and many more honers between them.

We went to Olive Garden where they both ordered Fettuccine Alfredo and a Strawberry Lemonade.
Listening to them giggling and talking was all I needed to make it a perfect day.

They both have phones now, and I learned that they had texted back and forth all morning about what they were wearing (sleeveless sundresses), how they were wearing their hair (buns), and even what shoes (white flip flop sandals). And Mascara!! Where did my babies go.
So proud of these sweet, sweet girls (young ladies).

Well, you all know, I am so proud of all my grands, but sometimes it is fun to celebrate them separately.

God is Good!!
Life is Good!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's Her Birthday

The "baby" of our 10 grandchildren turned 4 a few days ago. We celebrated her birthday Sunday.
How can it be??
A few weeks ago, I made 3 little dresses for my friend, Suzanne @ my favorite quilt store to take to a quilt show. When Emmy saw me making them, she looked up at me with those big blue eyes and said "I know, those are for the other little girl" It just broke my heart that she thought I had time to make something for another little girl and not her.
So, I started thinking about what I could make her for her birthday. I usually make dresses, but decided  to do this cute top and pants.
The top is a Pam Kitty Picnic fabric with kitties on it. I knew she would love it.
I found some Minnie Mouse sunglasses and flip flops at Target to complete her outfit.
The minute she put those sunglasses and shoes on the "attitude" came on.
She started prancing around like a model on the runway.
Her big sister Drew helped me get some pictures of that attitude.

She had no trouble giving us just what we wanted.
Notice the hand on the hip.
Oh how we love our Emmy Lou!!
I have been the world's worst blogger lately.  So many ideas for posts run through my head, but time gets away and  another post.
We are in Lake Tahoe with our good friends Dave and Gail Olds for a few days. I guess being in a hotel with no housework, laundry or sewing machine for an excuse, I had time for a little blog chatter.
We are driving around the lake tomorrow. It is clear and sunny and still some snow on the ground, so maybe I'll get some pictures for another post and maybe it won't take me another 2 months to post it.
God is Good!!
Life is Good!!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

On and Off my Sewing Table

 Starting with the "Off"
Other than the little doll cradles, this was my first week of sewing since way before Christmas.
Today I delivered  
6 Engineer hats
4 Cloche hats and 3 vests

"On" my sewing table is 3 vintage reproduction napkins.
My friend MariEllen gave them to me and challenged me to find something creative to do with them.
They are quite large and my mind has been going over all the possibilities.
The obvious being a large pillow.

But then I got to thinking more along the lines of kitchen accessories.
Frankly, at this point I can't spend any money, so I shopped my stash,

finding some fabrics, ric-rac, ribbon and of course my favorite...buttons.
The colors look a little Christmasy, but  I had to work with what was on the napkins.
I will take you along as I start.
I'm thinking:
Oven Mitt
Small Table Topper or Runner
Maybe...a Mug Rug...yes definitely a mug rug.
Oh yeah!! An apron.
Can you think of anything else?

Speaking of stash...I have a rather large stash. Fabric is one thing I can not seem to bring myself to part with.
I have tubs and tubs of it in the storeroom behind the workshop.
I love that I can go out there and almost always find just what I am looking for.
However, greens are another story. I am not a fan of green and use it sparingly. It seems to be the color I have the least of and what I have is ugly.
Oh well, I found something that would work this time.

God is Good!!
Life is Good!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Neighbors

After 10 days at our friends house working on her remodel, Mr. SS and I got home late Sunday to discover we have new neighbors.
Joining Belle the gentle mare, the rabbit, the dog and the 30 plus chickens, we found
 the pregnant goat
(with twins, no less)
and Betsy (who has no name plate yet) the pregnant cow.
This evening when we came home from the grocery store the family was out feeding and cleaning up
"the farm" says Brooke
Lexi below is showing us how tame Lucy is.
Three year Emmy Lou is explaining to us that Lucy is "preganut". And yes she knows what that means.
Even Mama Olivia is out shoveling (you know what).
Ahhh!!  We love it all!!
Proving once again that...
God is Good!!
Life is Good!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

It's a Pam Kitty Morning

 Do you remember when a very special lady named Annelies of Sew Blessed shared her win of Pam Kitty Morning  with me?
Well, we both decided to join the Scrappy Plate Club at Bunny Hill Designs
 We both finished piecing it over a year ago and mine was just taking up space in my sewing room because I had no place big enough to lay it out to baste it...until now.
My friend MariEllen insists that we stay in the Master Bedroom while Mr. SS has been remodeling her kitchen. One day, I just realized that the area in front of her bed would be the perfect size to baste my quilt.
So finally it got "sandwiched" and basted.
Let me tell you...I found muscles yelling at me for days after crawling around on the floor.
But TaaaaDaaaa
It is basted and ready to hoop
So I  got it in my 14" hoop and started stitching.
I really thought I was going to machine quilt this one, but, I just can't.
I have to hand quilt it.
This was what I did tonight. I quilted around the outside of the plate.
I had a little problem with the center, but I solved it and got the rest of the block marked.
No pictures , so will  just have to share that with you another time.
God is Good!!
Life is Good!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Along with my wish to enjoy blogging more this year, I wish all of you
Happy New Year
My friend Suzanne at Notes From the Patch chooses a "word" for the year and inspired me to do some thinking about a word to to focus on throughout 2014.
I decided my word would be:
I want to trust completely in what the Lord has planned for me.
I want to worry less and trust more each day that He is in control of
my life,
my family's lives,
your life
and all that is happening in our nation
and the world.
As always, I am trusting that
God is Good!!
Life is Good!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

It's Been a While

Almost two months, and I have really missed blogging, and missed visiting with those of you who haven't given up on me.
I really love writing posts, reading comments and visiting with all my favorite bloggers.
Hardly a day goes by that I don't think of something I want to blog about and I have taken hundreds of pictures hoping to post them.
But life has a way of interfering with our best intentions sometimes. It's been a crazy 2 months, starting with a trip to Kentucky to see my aunt (who is like my second Mom) and ending with the holiday season.
I got to spend some quality time with my aunt and she knew who I was most of the time. She passed away not long after I came home and I haven't really been the same since. It's really made me think about what is really important and how fast life is flying by.
Mr. SS has been working on a kitchen and bath remodel for our good friend MariEllen who lives in So. California. (you know, my friend who owns Aunt Fanny's Emporium...I've taken you along with me there a few times) Anyway, we have been staying at her house off  and on for the last two months.
All of sudden the holidays were here. Wasn't Thanksgiving just last week? And now Christmas has come and gone. We will spend New Years here with our friend.
I did manage to get  some sewing done for Christmas. The two youngest grands are girls and I found an old (and I do mean old) pattern of a doll and cradle to make for them. The publishing date was 1981 on the pattern and I remember making them to sell long before I dreamed of having grands to make them for.

The purple one for Brooke who is 5 and the pink one is for 3 year old Emmy.


I added "yo-yo" flowers with a button on each side.
The pattern called for eyelet trim with ribbon, but I wanted to update it a little and found this cute pleated grosgrain trim at Strawberry Patches (where else, huh?)

At one end an appliqued and embroidered heart and at the other it looks like a little bonnet.
According to Emmy, this is "Baby"

Brooke named her's Grape.
I have started quilting my Dresden Plate quilt made from Pam Kitty Morning fabric and wanted to show you a picture, but couldn't get it loaded, so will try again another day...
no, not 2 months from now, I promise, so check back.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is looking forward to a blessed New Year as I am

I"ll be back...
and I am still believing that:

God is Good!!
Life is Good!!