Friday, January 23, 2015

So, I Sew!!

It's been a dreary, gloomy, foggy January so far. I need to be out pruning roses and cleaning flower beds, but this weather just makes me want to hole up in my sewing room. So, after getting my house back together after Christmas, I have done a little sewing. Since my blog name sorta suggests I do some sewing, thought it was time to post a little about that.

Actually, the first two little dresses, I did before Christmas. I showed you the fabrics and patterns, but never got around to showing you them finished. They were both for Strawberry Patches for models.
Patterns and fabric available on SP website.
This one is "Penelope" by Olive Ann

I didn't get a picture of the next one, so I stole  borrowed it from here. Hope you don't mind, Suzanne.
It is also an Olive Ann pattern called "Butterscotch"
The fabric is Pam Kitty Garden, the new line just out.

 I'm so thankful that Strawberry Patches gives out my name to people wanting sewing done. This is a cradle pad. The sweet grandma wanted two mattress pads and 4 sheets made for it.
It had been a long time since I have done nursery sewing so thank goodness, I kept my  reference book for instructions.
This book had a 1982 publishing date and I have used it so many times, it is falling apart. It's a good thing I never get rid of stuff.
A couple of weeks ago, at church, I noticed how my bible cover was falling apart and knew if I didn't do something  soon to save it, the pages would be coming apart too. I have other bibles, but this is my devotional one and I have written in it and read the devotions since 1990. So I dug out some denim scraps from a Goodwill dress, some hexies I already had made, and robbed my vintage pearl button jar.
I even had a little scrap for a pen holder.
The back needed scraps to cover some unsightly seams.
Then I made little pockets to fit over the front and back cover.
Of course, I used Pam Kitty Morning scraps for it, still my favorite fabrics...ever.
These are the fabrics I will be using to decorate my laundry/sewing room. Last spring, I decorated a table for our "Buttons and Bows" luncheon at church with these. I have a ton of them. The aqua looks good with my paint color and the button fabric is so cute for a sewing room. the red is a dot(it's hard to tell) and a Pam Kitty Morning fabric...of course.
These baskets were black with white liners for my laundry room in my last house. It took about 3 cans of  white spray paint to transform them for my new laundry room. There are four of them and four little cubbies for them that Mr. SS built on the laundry side of the room.
I've lined two of them and am working on the other two today.
Still sewing for Four Tiny Cousins and made 18 of these last week. Nine vests for them are on my sewing table too.
Then with this chilly weather, I spend some time almost every day or night cuddled up under this quilt that I am hand quilting.

So, I sew until it warms up and I can get out and do my gardening...hopefully a little warmer weather this Saturday. No ball games, so guess I'll tackle those rose bushes...maybe.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Grandma's Bragging Rights

Sunday, we drove down to Cal State Long Beach (UCLB) to watch a cheer competition
That is Mr. SS's Alma Mater and we both grew up and met in Long Beach, so it's always a little nostalgic having a reason to return.

Lexi (one of our youngest son Brandon's daughters) is the one in the back row, center of the screen. We were so high up, I couldn't get a good picture of them. She is in 7th grade at Rosedale Middle School. There were 160 teams there. We watched about 90 of them and really thought her team was among the best. (Grandparents can be a lot  little prejudiced though) I guess the judges thought so too, because we found out later that night that they took 2nd overall. GO!! ROSEDALE BULLDOGS.
We are so proud of you Lexi!!

Monday, Cade (my middle son Eric's youngest) invited me to an event at his school called "A Walk Through California"  All the kids in his class dressed up as character from California history. Cade is a Gold Rush Miner. They studied hard to learn about California and were split into teams. Here he is in the "expert" chair and answering questions.

Cade and his teacher. Guess teachers get to dress up too.
Mom did a great make-up job on that beard.
Anyway, I learned a lot too and found myself trying to answer the questions along with the kids.
So proud of you, Cade. (Love my little Mini-Eric)

Okay, totally off subject, but have to share this:
Mr. SS brought the mail in this morning and laid this on my ironing board. Because we had moved, I hadn't expected to get it in the mail. Even when I worked at Strawberry Patches and taught classes there, I always got excited to get the newsletter in the mail. All work stopped, I grabbed a fresh cup of coffee and sat on the couch under my favorite quilt and read it from cover to cover.
One of my goals this year is to take a class....
Hmmmm...which one to choose??
Well, guess you'll have to wait and see because I can't make up my mind.
You can find the newsletter here on Strawberry Patches website.
Maybe we can take a class together.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Gratitude and a Little Nostalgia

I don't always choose a word for the year, but this year, the word "gratitude" keeps coming to my mind.
So, I wanted to share it here to remind myself to be thankful and full of gratitude everyday for the things the Lord has given me.
I am blessed with a wonderful husband who works hard to take care of me and never fails to say "I love you" everyday. 
I have a wonderful family and am blessed that we are all healthy. I am also truly blessed that we live close enough to get to spend time together and we that we like spending time together.
I am full of gratitude for the extended family that I have been connected to in the last couple of year.
Mr. SS and I are going to make this a year for connection with some of his family too.
I have wonderful, supportive, giving friends who stand behind me no matter what.

Mr. SS and I were talking today about our church and our church family. We are blessed with a great pastor who ministers to our heart.
And last, but not least, the Lord blessed us with a house last year and after 4 months of believing it is (or will be) our dream home, we are full of gratitude for it.
I have only touched on a few of the blessings that give me a heart full of gratitude, but you get the idea.

Now for the nostalgia part. After 3 full days of putting Christmas decorations away, I ended up with a few things that would not fit into any of my 15 plus tubs. I went to the shed and pulled out a tub of decorations from when my kids were younger, thinking maybe there might be a little space for the rest of the decorations.
I opened a box of decorations I haven't used since 1994. Many ornaments that my boys had made and some I had made. I pulled out a few of my homemade ones to show you. It was fun seeing these and made me think I should decorate a small tree next year with all my homemade ornaments. Anyway, the candy cane in the picture was one among 6 that were still in one piece. Can you imagine, over 20 years put away in that box, in the heat, and cold and moved about 7 times.
Isn't something considered vintage after 20 years. Do you think they are worth anything? Hahaha.
I singled this one out, because my good friend Suzanne, showed me how to make these. I don't think you can tell, but the Charlie Brown and snowman are "3D"
Remember these Suzanne. We made many, many ornaments over the years for our trees and to sell.
Good times.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Let it Snow!!

Just kidding. As beautiful as snow is, I am thankful for the California sunshine we have experienced the last few days. There is a chill in the air and early morning frost, and that's about as cold as I want to be.

But, I needed an excuse to show you my little snowman display. I decorated my house from top to bottom for Christmas, much as I did my last house and I posted that in December of 2009. Of course this house is smaller so not all of my decorations got put out.

Mr. SS made the mistake of asking me if I was able to put all of my decorations up that I wanted to. Well, all but my little snowman collection, I told him. He didn't recall where it was in our other house, so I showed him this:
He had built this niche in the entry way.
He just kinda smiled and said he wasn't ready to add one of those yet, but would a shelf do.
Of course it would.
So off we went to Home Depot and got the supplies for this.(Actually got enough to do one in the kitchen too, but will show you that another time)
Within a few hours he had it painted and on the wall of our entry.
Yes, I know I am a spoiled brat. I am so blessed with a hubby who really gets me.
The next morning I decorated it. We have a pretty big entry so that shelf just looked lonely. I added some other decorations and pushed my wicker bench over there to make a cozy little corner. (In case you are wondering, the front door still opens.)
The last few days, I have been feeling rather lazy and chilly and have enjoyed throwing my quilt over me and hand quilting. Mr. SS has a football marathon going on today of 3 back to back games. I have sat with him and quilted so when he asks if I saw that play...well of course I  did, honey.

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Parks Family Christmas

Sunday, for the first time in 4 years, Mr. SS and I were blessed to host our family's traditional Christmas celebration in our new home.
We decorated everything in sight and hung Christmas lights and wreaths outside.
I cooked and baked for days.
I wanted to do something fun for the kids, even though some are not really kids anymore, I knew they would have fun with a little game too.
Thanks to a blogging friend Patty of Lemon Lane Cottage who told me about them, we searched 4 Walmart's to find 11 of these cute little mugs. (plus a couple extra for me)

Do you know what this is? Well, the official name now is Muddie Buddies, but when I first made them several years ago, the recipe I found on line was "Human Puppy Chow". Isn't that appropriate. They look like puppy food...but taste yummy...melt in your mouth yummy.
(Have to give my cousin's daughter, Amber credit for this recipe. She made them and told me to google the recipe, so if you want to make them and I know you do...just Google it.)

Anyway, I made two batches, filled bags and put them in the Santa's.

Then I hid them around the house and wrote clues on pieces of paper. Each of the grands drew a clue and had to find their Santa. Of course Emmy, the youngest had to have help reading the clue, but had no trouble finding her Santa. Kyle the oldest had to have help finding his.
It was lots of laughs and of course they loved what was inside probably more than the mug, but what I loved most was the laughs and fun.

I wanted to show you a picture of my three sons and their beautiful wives. I love these girls like daughters. 
I had a little fun thing for them that brought lots of laughs. I got "Crackers" at Von's. They looked really festive and matched my decorations. When I got them home and read the caution on the back, it said may contain adult toys, not for children. Well...really...from Von's? So with a disclaimer that I had no idea what was inside and with the kids in the other room, they started popping them. They were really loud. 
Guess adult toys were paper crowns, a little car, a magnifying glass, a tiny ring toss, etc. LOL What the heck??

Sadly, two of the grands were at home sick. Drew and Jack had fevers, but we face timed them so they could join in on some of the fun.
Sadly they aren't in the our picture, but love that we got one of these nine with Mamaw and Papaw anyway.
It was the best night ever and my heart is full and feeling so blessed with wonderful family during this time of celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Dennis and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!

I don't know what happened to my cute closing, but the sentiment is always the same.

God is Good!!
Life is Good!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Good Day

All in all, a VERY good day.

I painted a $20.00 lamp I found on Craigslist a couple of weeks ago.
It is made of iron (yes, very heavy) and has a marble table. I love it painted white, don't you?
Just need to find the right shade.
Earlier this week, I was in my favorite quilt store and Suzanne gave me a pattern and fabric for a new model for the store. It's been awhile since I've made a cute little dress. It's been hats and vests for quite some time.
Today I had some time to get started.
Ruffles, and bows and cute little pockets (guess you can't see them.)
Fun, fun, fun.
Laundry for the first time in my laundry room after 3 months of  laundry mats.
More, really.
I decorated our Christmas tree and emptied shelves in our entertainment center getting it ready for my Snow Village. We replaced the wood shelves with glass, which I got today too.
On our rare rainy day earlier in the week, I got to have my Emmy Lou for cuddling under a quilt on the couch,
and for hot cocoa and toast with homemade apple butter.

Now after such a good day today, in the morning we leave for a two day getaway to the coast. Mr. SS is putting in a new front door for our friends in Grover Beach.
We didn't make it to their house for our usual summer getaway, so this is a treat.
Then back here to get the rest of the decorating done.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Goodbye Thanksgiving...Hello Christmas

We spent Thanksgiving at my cousin's house in Sacramento. It was so much fun. We sounded like a couple of kids in the kitchen laughing and cooking together.
I only got a few pictures. (Much to busy having fun)
 I made 7 pies, these along with 3 cream pies. Pumpkin, of course, pecan (which was a flop...didn't set), raisin (Mr. SS's favorite), two chocolate and a coconut cream. Can you tell I love making pie.
 Cousin Judy found this idea on Facebook and we really had fun with it. When the guests arrived, it was quickly gobbled up. It helped that we had a big bowl of Ranch Dressing to go with it.
Along with my brother-in-law and his wife, we were joined by my Tehachapi family.
Kyle, Stefani, Madi, and my oldest son Scott.
So, we only had 10, but we cooked for 20.
Hard to believe that two old ladies like us can still put on a spread like we did.

Tonight, Mr. SS got out our Christmas Tree. It's up and lit, but won't be be fluffed and decorated for a few days. We both agreed right where we wanted it. You will have to come back for that the rest of the story decorating
I can't tell you how excited I am to decorate this year. 2009 was the last time we decorated and had a tree.
I had a few things for the RV small cottage, but we're getting it all out this year. One of the few things I kept was all my Christmas decorations. Just couldn't part with them yet, I guess.

So...let the decorating begin!!