Friday, March 27, 2020

The Bag Lady

So, I made a few project bags.

I didn't really intend to make so many, but I was on a roll and I had cute fabric!

I watched several you-tube videos and took bits and pieces of each one,
 along with some trial and error, to come up with what worked for me.

That pink one came out a little larger than I intended but it's still cute! 

I used some scraps to make some smaller bags to hold gadgets - love my gadgets!

Do I need this many project bags? Not really. Could I fill this many? Definitely.
I've already gifted a couple of them and I have a couple set aside for future gifts.

I will probably make some more later, but for now I've cleaned up my mess. I need to look for some more fabric. My sewing room is small and I have to set up folding tables to have space to cut and iron. I worked on these for about 2 weeks and I got tired of the mess.

How are you passing the time during these difficult days? Have your daily activities been affected? I'm staying home for the most part. Getting a little stitching done. Since the gym is closed, I've been walking around the neighborhood. It is normally a pretty quiet neighborhood but it seems even more so these days. 

I pass a few other walkers and sometimes see people doing yard work. I can tell others have been working in their yards (or they have someone doing it for them) because yards are freshly mowed and flowerbeds have been cleaned up. (neither of these things have been done here yet) It's been quite warm here this week - I've already had to turn on the a/c.

I hope you are all well and staying safe.

Friday, March 20, 2020

A Little Stitching

I hope you are all safe and well.
We are fine here. Talked to all the kiddos last night and they are all fine as well.

It's raining here and supposed to rain all weekend. I guess we will look for movies to watch. 

I've got a few stitched pieces. None of the are fully finished yet - I think I know what I want to do with them but I don't have backing fabric for any of them yet. I'm not in a hurry for them so it's all good.

Be Merry from the Christmas Collection by Hands On Design
There are two more ornaments in the chart pack. I will eventually get them stitched. I'm using 32ct Charcoal Belfast and the called for colors.  

Another Hands On Design piece - Harvest Chalk Full. Still have the small to stitch from this one. Again, need backing fabric. I want to do some more in this series but I don't know if I will do them all on black. We will see.

Secret Egg Hunt by The Trilogy. This one is an oldie (2005, I think) It came with the fabric and buttons. It was quite a feat to get the creases out of that fabric that had been folded for 15 years! I used the DMC floss colors. Sorry about the wonky angle of the photo - I was trying to get it without a shadow. 

Just hanging out here stitching.

How are you passing the time?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day

It's a gray, dreary day here. 
I think we are supposed to have rain later.

I went out for a walk around the neighborhood this morning, it was nice and cool. Other than that, I've been 'social distancing'.

Our annual stitching get-away weekend was supposed to be this coming weekend.

It has been rescheduled for August. 
I'm disappointed but it is what it is.

I've done a little stitching.

I finished the stitching on three pieces - pictures next time. 
They aren't fully finished and may not be by the next post, but I'll show the stitching part anyway.

I pulled a few charts to kit up and a WIP that is long overdue for some attention.

I'm just fine here for now.
It's a bit scary out there right now. 
I'm trying to balance staying informed and not getting totally immersed in the 'news'. 

Stay safe and be well.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mom's birthday

Tomorrow is Mother's first birthday in heaven. 
Her first pain-free birthday in years.
I've been sitting her trying to figure out just what I want to say and I really don't have the words. 
Miss you every single day.
Happy birthday.
I hope you have all the chocolate covered grapes and strawberries you can eat.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentines Day!

A few shots from around the house.



Hope you have a great day.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The birthday boy

Have to send out a happy birthday to the middle kidlet today! Wish we could spend the day with him but we will have to settle for a phone call later today. (he's working this morning) 

Do we ever stop seeing our children as 'children'? This one is usually pretty serious but on occasion the kid will come out in him.

Happy birthday, Timothy! 
Hope you have an awesome day!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

A little stitching and a new bed

I'm just now getting around to posting some pre-Christmas stitching.

I stitched The Birthday Tart from Plum Street Samplers three times for friends for Christmas. I have another tart pan to stitch one for myself. I really didn't mind stitching multiples because it was such a fun stitch.

 Also, finally getting around to showing pictures of our new bed.
We bought the mattresses and frame at Christmas last year thinking that we would build a headboard and footboard, but the longer I looked at it, the more I missed my metal bed (we went from a queen to a king so I couldn't use the old one - passed it down to the middle kidlet) so I started looking for a metal one but they were few and far between in stores and I was a little hesitant to order on online fearing that it would be too lightweight.

Right before Christmas we went back to where we bought the mattresses and frame. This was the first bed I saw when I walked in the store and it was exactly what I wanted. (and the only metal bed they had in the store!) It's nice and heavy. I think it also comes in white, but I wanted the black. (I already had the bed linens)

Long story about the delivery and set up but I'll just say you can go to Lowe's and get $8.00 worth of bolts and washers and put it together yourself and save a $99 delivery fee. (they couldn't figure out how to attach it to the existing frame and wanted to send a 'technician' to see what was needed to attach it, seriously? I did get my $99 back)
We did have to lower the frame which meant my bed skirt was too long. I finally got that fixed and back on the bed. 
I'm thinking I need a rug to go under the bed but I'm happy with it! 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Yes, she can!

                                           I did it! I finished January! That completes the set.
                                                   I've only been working on it since 2004.

Got the tree down and this is now the view to the right of my stitching chair.

I have 'winter' in my tray in the kitchen. It looks like winter out there this morning but who knows what it will do from minute to minute it could be in the 30s one minute and 70s the next (I think we actually hit 80 one day last week) Texas weather - don't like it? Give it a minute - it'll change!

I have plenty to keep myself busy inside so it's all good.
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Can she do it?

I started this Lizzie Kate series way back in 2004 when it came out - it has taken me 16 years to finish it! LOL January is the last one of the monthly charts and I'm aiming to finish it before the end of the month! I know it looks small, but I'm a slow stitcher - plus I had to frog a bit due to not paying close enough attention to the chart. 

My goal for today is to loose this view. (from my stitching chair) I think this may be the latest my tree has ever been up. This is the last one to put away but it is also the largest and will probably take most, if not all, of the day. It's 9' tall so there is a lot of up and down on the step ladder. I still have a few things on the front porch I need to get put away today as well. We are expecting strong storms later today and tonight so I need to - don't want anything blowing away. (winds up to 60mph) The high temp today will be 75 - tomorrow it will be 40. 

That's it from here. Boring, but that's okay too!

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year!

Do you stay up until midnight on New Years Eve? 

Most years I don't even try, but this year I thought I would at least give it a shot. I'm more than happy to put 2019 in the past. (I did and didn't make it - I dozed on and off but didn't actually go to bed until after midnight)

2019 was not the best year. There was a lot that went on - some of it I've shared here - some not.

It wasn't all bad though. 

Hubby and I celebrated 40 years in March but we took our 'anniversary trip' to New York in May. Baby boy has lived there for 10 years and this was our first trip. We did and saw a lot but there is more to see and I hope we don't have to wait another 10 years to go again. 

In August, my sister and I went to Las Vegas for a few days. We went to see Donny and Marie before they closed their Las Vegas show. It was a fun trip and again, lots more to see than we could fit into a few days. I would go again - but not sure I would go in August again!

 November brought us a wedding!

These guys here, they are my everything. I don't get them all together at the same time very often but when I do, I'm a happy girl.

We clean up pretty good!

Brittany has been part of our family for a couple of years but it's 'official' now. I've never seen Brian as happy as he has been since he met Brittany and that makes this momma very happy.

Baby boy made two unplanned trips to Texas this year. While both trips were not for fun, we did enjoy having him here and he was a lot of help while he was here. He finished staining the fence for us when he was here in December. 

We rewarded him for a job well done with a shaved ice treat. 

Between our trip to NYC and his trips to Texas, we saw more of him in 2019 than we have since he moved to NYC.

I hope 2020 proves to have more of the good/fun stuff. We don't have any big plans for this year - calm and uneventful would be just fine. Spending as much time as possible with family and friends - that's all we really need.

Here's to a blessed 2020!