Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome 2016!!

Happy New Year!
Another year has flown by and I haven't posted much or visited other blogs as much as I like to.
I have really missed all of my friends whose blogs I follow and I have missed the joy I get from posting on my own blog.

There, I said it...JOY! About a month ago, I decided that would be my word for the year 2016.
Some friends and I went on a shopping trip to Fallbrook to the Vintage Marketplace. 

About half way through the isles of vintage treasures and handmade items, I spotted this:

I looked at it for a long time, but finished walking through and  exploring in the booths. I just kept thinking about that sign and how much the word "joy" meant to me.
As we were finishing up and getting ready to meet back at the entrance, I knew I just had to go back and see if my "JOY" was still there. It went through my mind, that I could get Mr. SS to find an old cabinet door and I could make this  for myself. Okay...only for 3 seconds, then I knew I just wanted to buy this one.
The young women whose booth it was in said she had made it and when I saw a baby in a stroller next to her, it reminded me of all the craft fairs I had done as a young Mom (with my friend Suzanne) trying to earn extra money for our Christmas gifts or other "necessities"
It gave me great "joy" to buy it from her.

Now, with a loving husband, 3 great sons, 3 sweet DIL's and 10 grandchildren, I have a lot of joy in my life.
I also have many caring friends and other family who bring me joy.
I have a home full of joy and great neighbors.
My sewing brings me joy, not only the sewing I do for fun, but my job of sewing for an income is a joy for me.

But, by choosing the word "JOY" for my word this year, I want more. I don't want it to just be about me.  I want to bring joy to others. I haven't quite figured that part out yet, but I want to.
I will be praying about it.

In the mean time, as I sit here in my trailer on the last night of our week at the coast, I am thanking God for all the JOY in my life.

Wishing all of you who read this a year filled with JOY!!


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter

Are you like me and saying to yourself, it can't be Easter already? Wasn't Christmas just last week?
March seems like the fastest month ever. We had a busy month around here. A birthday and a trip to Washington and Oregon took up the first two weeks. Then March was gone and here it is April and Easter.

This Cross is right across the street from my front porch. I took this several weeks ago, but thought it perfect for my Easter post.
The birthday girl, Emmy turned 5 this month. She is our "baby" but is so grown up. When asked what she wanted for her birthday, she told her parents she wanted new baby chicks. If you have been reading my blog for a while, I have often called her the "Chicken Whisperer" because she can catch, hold and cuddle the hens when no one else can. Well, she got 27 new baby chicks for her birthday and yesterday she showed them to me. The all have names and she knows each one of them.
She asked to make her a dress, so of course that's what a good Mamaw would do, right?
When she told me that's what she wanted,  I told her I was really glad she still likes me to make her dresses.
Being the precocious child she is (and 5 going on 15) she said, I said dress not dresses....OK!
I have no trouble getting her to pose, we had a fun morning in the yard and I probably got 20 photos, but I'll stop now. You got the idea.
I took this project to Washington for handwork in the car. I blanket stitched it and the stitches aren't too even, but I got it finished and put together when I got home. It sits on the bench I have in my entry way. 
I really enjoyed making the flowers. Of course I've done lots of yo-yo flowers, but had never done the others before. It's always fun learning a new technique. They would make cute hair bows for my girls...hmmm.
I finished off the back in my favorite way, by over lapping and adding vintage buttons.
The pillow is 38 x 18. I made the insert and literally had a wrestling match on the floor trying to get the pillow inside. Mr.SS thought it hilarious, but didn't offer any help at all.
I did a little Easter decorating using a few favorite things and some vintage linens and tablecloth.
I love my little lambs. I have had them for many years.
This little bobble head rabbit was added this year along with the metal shelf. The rabbit came from the dollar store. Amazing how something so cheap inexpensive can make me so happy. The metal shelf came from HomeGoods and was a pretty good deal too.

Thought since tomorrow is Easter, I would leave you with this picture again.  Wishing you a Happy Easter and a blessed day with church, family and of course lots of good food.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Touch of Spring

A Photo of my yard!!
Several years ago, before it was my yard. 
My neighbor gave this to me the other day.  He took it from his side of the fence. If only it could look like this again.
When we moved into our small cottage in late August, everything was dead and even the 30 plus rose bushes looked sad. After a little water, we were able to get many nice bouquets of roses before winter settled in. But there was no sign of any thing else.
Now with the warm weather the flower beds have been taken over with weeds, some over 2 feet tall.
As we are clearing out the weeds and trying to prepare for spring planting, we are finding a few surprises.
Reaching up for some of the early spring sunshine, we have found a few of:
and several of these,
and a whole bed of these (please ignore the weeds),
and lots of these.
As I was weeding this flower bed, and after I had pulled up some of these sweet pea vines, my neighbor said, Emmet had sweet peas growing all along that old trellis.
Opps. Well luckily, There were a couple I hadn't pulled out yet.
We'll see what happens with those.
A little of these purple pretties too.

After 2 days on my knees, one of my knees went out and I  had to keep it propped up with ice for a couple of days while I watched my sweet Mr. SS weed a  few more of the beds.
He wanted me outside with him to "cheer" him on, he said, so he hung my favorite wicker swing.
Now that my knee is better, I will start weeding the rest of the beds tomorrow, a little at a time. Can't kneel, so maybe I'll just scoot around on my bottom. (I know, not a pretty sight), but I have visions of what used to be:

Before I go, I have to wish a big Happy Birthday to my granddaughter Kobi.
She turned 13 today and her wish was to go to Olive Garden with her Mamaw and Papaw.
Could we be any more blessed.

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Little Valentine's Sewing and Decorating

Last year, my friend Sandi bought a panel and the fabrics to make a quilt she wanted to throw over the back of her couch for Valentine's Day. Actually she got enough for 2 of them(one for me too), but I only got hers done for now.
She and some other friends came over and we had a sewing day. I sew, they cut, press, pin and we all laugh a lot and eat a lot.
This was one of the projects we worked on.
The panel is from the Pam Kitty Love collection last year. If you have followed me at all, you know how I love those Pam Kitty fabrics.
The blocks all look like vintage valentines. The back is very romantic, don't you think?
I love sewing the binding on the back by machine and it looks like top stitching on the front. So quick.
I machine quilted around the borders and sewed buttons down the center to tie it off.
My machine quilting skills are limited, but using my walking foot it came out pretty good.
The Pam Kitty border is actually the selvage. But it is so cute we left it on. The other side says Kitty Love, I think.

When I took my Christmas decorations down, I knew I wanted to do something different to my hutch.
There is a story to this hutch.  In our previous house, we had a large white hutch that my son and husband had built and I had a table that sat 10. When we moved into our RV small cottage, we gave them to our son who has a family of 8.
When we recently bought our old  new little cottage, we had no furniture at all. This hutch was our wedding present to our son and his wife. It was just sitting in their garage so they offered it to us. It fits just perfectly in our little dining area as does their first table and chairs. ( I will show you those later, I have big plans that includes a can of paint)
There was a solid door off to the right that Mr. SS removed and we have now removed the glass doors, replaced the wood shelf with glass and added a light.
I thought the back of the hutch was too dark, so I was going to paint it white. Then Mr.SS suggested bead board, but that still wasn't what I  pictured. Then, I decided I wanted to put fabric on it and it took me a while to decide which one. This Pam Kitty (I know, what else) fabric with recipes on it seemed just perfect. It lightens things up and adds some interest. I cut pieces of  heavy poster board to fit and covered it with the fabric. It is just sitting up there, so I can change it any time I want.
I don't have a lot of stuff, but I  found enough red, white and  glass things along with a few Valentine things to fill it up.

Here's a close up of the fabric.
And here it is all finished. Those two top drawers are going to be replaced with wire baskets soon.
I like it so much, I think the red and white will stay even after Valentine's Day. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

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.