Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

Here we are to mid week again AND the beginning of Spring, and it's time for the Hodgepodge.  You can join the others by clicking on the button.  ENJOY!




1.  Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title "March Madness"?  hmm...honestly I can't think of anything at all that could claim that title.  Maybe that I am feeling somewhat flurried to get all the sewing done I want to get done for spring and summer for Melody's kids before we leave here for a week??  We are going to spend Easter with them this year, (a first since she married nine years ago!) and celebrate little Claire's second birthday too.

2.  What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? Does your family still use the word today?  If there' a story behind the origin please share.  Well it has always seemed like our family has a language all it's own....lol....and we ALL use it all the time to include all of my brother's and sisters, and ALL of my kids and now their kids as well.  But believe it or not the only two words I can think of right now are berini and goop.  lol  Berini is not really a made up word as it IS a word, lol, but we all use it when we want to describe something that is just beyond perfect and good,  And goop refers to chocolate syrup that you put on ice cream.  My dad always called it that and honestly I thought it was actually what it was called until I was a teenager and one of my friends had no idea what I was talking about, lol.  I guarantee you though there is not a person, old or young in our entire family extended and otherwises who does not know what "goop" is, lol.

3.  Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us?  I read here a list of 15 quick (under 1 hour) spring cleaning tasks.  There were...clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out the vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets...Of the fifteen quick tasks listed, which two most need doing at your house?  Will you do them?  Why do I feel like I need to get off this computer now and start cleaning, lol?  The two most needing to be done would have to be degrease kitchen cupboards, and tackle the windows.  I will wait for a while longer to tackle windows as I don't think we are finished with the rain, in fact it is raining as I type this.  And as for the cupboards, I am thinking of asking my cleaning woman to take that horrid little job on as physically I don't think I am up for it, and I can't bear asking my hubby to do it on his days off.  His weeks are soo long and busy.  HOWEVER, what I REALLY want to do is paint the cupboards, so we will see.

4.  A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?  Well let's see....I can think of more for New York so I will say, One Fine Day or Hitch.  And for Paris, I LOVED Forget Paris and French Kiss was cute too.

5.  What's put a spring in your step this month?  A few little things I guess.  I love that it is staying lighter longer and the weather is been soo nice.  Warm, but far from the scorching heat I know is coming.  Then like I said I am counting the days till we leave for Melody's.


6.  Did you ever want to be a teacher?  Why or why not?  I wanted to be a teacher ever since I can remember, lol.  I guess it just always seemed like something I would love.  Whenever anyone asked me when I was growing up what I wanted to be I would answer without the slightest hesitation, "I will be a teacher." But if you've read my personal story then you will remember I got pregnant at 17 and began my family young, and therefore only ended up doing one year of college before I had to go to work full time, and then only worked one year before I quit to raise our family.  I did get to be a roving teachers aid for grades KG through second grade for 5 years or so and I loved it.  I took reading groups, drilled math combinations, and just generally helped out to the side.  It was something I loved even though I was making barely above minimum wage.  I believe that teaching is a calling, and I felt called, but never answered, lol.  My daughter IS a teacher and that thrills me.  My oldest son is a karate instructor so he teaches everyday as well both children and adults, and my youngest son is a Pastor so he teaches too.  Might have been in their blood, lol.  I guess being a mom is at least a part time teacher, right?

7.  What's your favorite floral scent?  Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume?  How do you feel about florals in food?  How about wines with floral notes - yay or nay? My VERY favorite scent is gardenia and yes I have it in both bathrooms with a scented candle. LOVE it and Lilac too.  I also love the floral fragrance by Ralph Loren called Romance.  Don't know about florals in food, and I am not much of a wine drinker, though that seems like something I might try.

8.  Insert your own random thought...Not a whole lot rattling around in this head today.  I spent the morning (and a little into the afternoon) making a little spring time dress for Claire.  I found patterns at Joannes last week-end for 2 dollars so I stocked up on anything I thought I might want to try someday.  Patterns are generally anywhere from 15 to 20 dollars and are just soo ridiculously overpriced in my opinion that I rarely buy one that is not on sale.  But I found a bunch and tried one out.  And!  generally with these type of patterns I used cotton fabrics.  But this means of course they NEED to be ironed, and since my daughter seems to be allergic (sorry Mel) to this, it is really not a good choice, lol.  But I went ahead and used some of the pricey knit I have on hand that I couldn't resist and it worked REALLY REALLY well.  Mostly I use made for knit patterns when I sew with knit, so I just didn't know how well this would work.  But I may have discovered a new coo.  Regular patterns with knit fabrics!  (probably everyone else has ALWAYS done this! lol) It opens up a whole new world of possibilities.  And NO IRONING Mel.  She loved the dress btw, and plans on using it for her Easter dress for Claire....win, win.

I MADE A LITTLE DIAPER COVER AS WELL TO GO WITH THE DRESS!

Hope you are all enjoying your week, and the beginning of Spring where ever you are!  Blessings to you all, Debbie

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS.....


Not a whole lot going on over here, but thought I'd check in anyway.  I've been busy with my sewing, but that's about it, so I can't decide if there is any point in sharing it as always.  I sometimes wonder if anyone finds it either:

1.  boring
2.  repetitive
3.  or worse of all....boastful, lol

I imagine it's just like so many other things.  You are either interested in things like sewing or your not.  I find myself MAINLY gravitating towards sewing blogs, sewing tutorials, sewing fabric, sewing projects, and even sewing businesses, lol.   I know....SHOCKER.... Not to say I don't enjoy many other types of blogs and posts because I certainly do, but if I am caught up on my regular bloggers I follow, then I am off in search of what I can find in the sewing world.  I keep myself busy with all of the things that NEED to be done of course as well such as bed making, dishes, cooking, laundry, grocery shopping and the like.  And of course my bible studies take up some of my time as well.  But my hubby leaves here at around 6:30 am, (and I am always showered and dressed with the bed made and things straightened by then) and doesn't return until 6:00 or even 6:30 pm, so it does make for a pretty LONG day to fill.  Don't get me wrong.  I am NOT bored.  I am usually busy....there's ALWAYS something I NEED to do, or WANT to do, and I am definitely not complaining.  I am very grateful that I don't need to work, and that I am blessed with health that is good enough that I can enjoy the simple pleasure of sewing.  Our plan is that hubby will retire in 2 or 3 more years and then I imagine (if the Lord wills it and I am still here..wink) my life will change somewhat and I won't find soo much unspoken for time on my hands.  I will go ahead and admit I guess that I do feel guilty sometimes.  I know MANY who are still knee deep in the trenches (as I call it) and must trudge off to work everyday (like my husband) or who are busy helping raise grandkids or are at least involved in their day to day care, or are very busy with volunteer work either at church or in the community, and I feel as I don't do much at all in comparison.  But then of course that's where the danger comes in doesn't it? Comparing myself to others has NEVER gone very well for me.  My arthritis keeps me from doing some things I feel like I might do that could be both productive and helpful to others, but it is the old it is what it is.....Sooooo, I guess for me this is me in this season of my life.  What can I say?  I sew....lol.  So I will quickly show you my latest projects, and then I have just a couple other things I might mention.

THIS HAS TURNED INTO ONE OF MY NEW FAVES TO MAKE.  A QUICK PAIR OF SHORTS THAT CALLS FOR SOO LITTLE FABRIC THAT I AM MAKING IT SOMEWHAT OUT OF SCRAPS LEFT OVER FROM OTHER PROJECTS...MAKES THEM FREE RIGHT?  lol  THE QUESTION REMAINS OF COURSE OF HOW THESE WILL ACTUALLY LOOK ON HER OR IF THEY WILL FIT, BUT MEANWHILE THEY ARE PRETTY CUTE I THINK

I ACTUALLY STARTED WITH THIS LITTLE TOP AND HAD ENOUGH LEFT TO MAKE UP THE SHORTS TOO THOUGH OF COURSE THEY COULD BOTH BE PAIRED WITH OTHER THINGS.  THE RUFFLE ON THIS TOP (in case you can't see it very well) IS MADE OUT OF EYELET AND I TRIED TO DO THE LETTUCE HEM ON IT AND HONESTLY IT DIDN'T GO WELL, BUT IT WAS OK.  AND OF COURSE YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO TUCK THE TOP IN

I HAD THIS LITTLE BIT OF YELLOW EYELET AROUND FOR A LONG, LONG TIME AND I FINALLY DECIDED TO MAKE UP THIS LITTLE TOP WITH IT.  IT LOOKS PRETTY SHORT, BUT IT MIGHT GO DOWN FURTHER THEN I THINK WITH THOSE STRAPS....WE WILL SEE.  BUT I FELT BETTER FINALLY AT LEAST TRYING TO USE THIS FABRIC

IT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD WITH THE SHORTS I THINK....LOL
I KNOW I ALREADY SHOWED YOU THIS LITTLE DRESS.  BUT I WANTED YOU TO REMEMBER THIS FABRIC.  IT WAS SOME OF THE EXPENSIVE STUFF I BOUGHT FROM THE DESIGNER SHOP THAT I COULDN'T RESIST.  I HAD TO BUY THIS FABRIC IN YARD INCREMENTS AS THEY DON'T SELL BY THE HALF YARD.  I FELT KIND OF GUILTY BECAUSE IT WAS PRICEY, AND WAS THEREFORE DETERMINED TO USE IT ALL UP SO THAT IT DIDN'T GO TO WASTE.  NOW KNOWING THIS I'LL SHOW YOU WHAT I CAME UP WITH...

FIRST THERE WAS THIS WHICH AGAIN I KNOW I ALREADY SHOWED YOU...BUT A TOP AND LEGGINGS

AND YESTERDAY I ADDED THIS LITTLE PAIR OF SHORTS.  I LOVE THEM!  OR I THINK IT'S JUST THAT I LOVE LOVE THIS FABRIC!

THEN, I HAD THIS HAPPY FABRIC FOR A WHILE, AND I JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT.  IT IS CUTE, BUT THIN, AND I DIDN'T HAVE MUCH.  BUT I THOUGHT IT MATCHED WITH THIS FABRIC PRETTY WELL.THIS IS HOW IT LOOKS UNTUCKED WITH THE SHORTS.

AND NOW TUCKED IN...HMMM THINK I LIKE IT BETTER UNTUCKED

AND HERE IT IS WITH THE LEGGINGS....WOULD YOU BELIEVE I STILL HAVE ENOUGH OF THE POLKA DOT COORDINATE TO DO SOMETHING ELSE....BUT WHAT?  LOL  AND I DOUBT MELODY REALLY WANTS SOO MANY OUTFITS WITH THE SAME FABRIC.  BUT I JUST DON'T REMEMBER WHEN I LIKE A FABRIC AS WELL.  
OK, let's see....Jeff and I had a nice week-end.  We went and saw the Shack on Sat.  I know there is some controversy involved with this film within the Christian community, but I read a couple of things and then decided to see it myself.  I had not read the book but know many who had.  We both thoroughly enjoyed it.  Even though the topic of the movie is a very sad, and depressing one, I did find that they showed how God really can work things together for good very well.  Was it totally scriptural?  NO...but then not much is unless it is the Bible itself.  Could it be confusing for those who are not strong Christians, firmly planted in His Word, maybe.  But overall I thought it was really good and a positive inspirational movie that encourages those who belong to him to trust Him more.

We went down to my son's church on Sunday and that too was really good.  It was hard too I am not going to lie as the time change on Sat. night meant we were leaving a WHOLE HOUR earlier as well, lol.

That's it for now.  Hope you too are all having a good week.  Love and blessings to you all!  Debbie

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

It's Wednesday again and time for the Hodgepodge.  Can't believe how quickly these weeks whip by and the days click off.  I guess this is the Hodgepodges 300th post!  Pretty impressive!  And she has a brand new BEAUTIFUL button to click on as well.  So click on that and join right in...Soo fun!





1.  What is one area of your life where you're a perfectionist?  Is that a good thing?  ONLY 1 area?  lol  Truthfully, I can honestly say I have always been somewhat of one, and NO it is not a good thing for me.  I have relaxed A LOT over the years, and it has helped probably everyone around me a lot.  I used to be really bad about my house, in particular the floors.  I could not a abide a piece of lint, or a smudge of dirt on them anywhere ever.  I wanted everything where it belonged and at times even cocked to the correct angle (like pillows on the couch!) and put away always.  I would never have considered not making my bed.  And if one of my kids left one unmade (heaven forbid) I made it for them.  All my mirrors and windows had to sparkle!  And while raising my 4 kids you can imagine how hard that was on all of us.  I regret truthfully what a fanatic I used to be.  I will say that I did not demand perfection from my kids or those around me.  I never wanted anyone else to fall slave to that task master like I had.  I truthfully never even noticed if someone else's house did not seem to be even close to what I felt mine had to be. Those days are behind me now that's for sure...though I still just have to have my bed made daily, and dishes done ASAP.  But these days I am still kind of perfectionist when it comes to my sewing.  You could turn things I make inside out and they are just as finished and clean there as they are on the outside.  And if they are not?  I rip it out and do it again.  I try honest I do to relax with it more, but I just WANT it done right.  No, for me perfectionism has been somewhat of a nightmare, and I would imagine for those who have lived with me as well.  Though honestly I haven't really had a lot of complaints, lol.  I imagine there are some physiological reasons behind my perfectionism, but it really doesn't plague me like it did in the past, so I am not going to give it much more thought.  Bet you weren't expecting this long of a detailed answer, lol.

2.  What's something you find perfectly ridiculous?  Oh wow, again just one?  lol  I guess I will go with how long the wait can be at MANY urgent cares, emergency rooms and doc offices these days.  OK, maybe there is not much to be done with urgent care and emergency rooms...it is what it is.  But the doctor's office's RIDICULOUSLY over book.

3.  What's a skill you've developed by way of that old fashioned saying, "practice makes perfect"? Hmm I guess I will go with sewing.  Though I am by no means perfect.  There are certain things involved with it (such as my new skill of the lettuce hem) that I am definitely STILL working on, and no doubt will (knowing me) until I have perfected it as best I can....wink.

EXAMPLE OF A LETTUCE HEM...THOUGH THIS IS THE FIRST ONE I EVER DID, AND IT IS FAR, FAR FROM PERFECT.  I DID ROLL WITH IT THOUGH SO MAYBE I AM NOT AS MUCH OF A PERFECTIONIST THAT I THINK??


4.  What is your idea of a perfect breakfast?  Well this for me would depend greatly....Are we talking about the perfect HEALTHY breakfast?  The perfect breakfast for me these days?  OR  IF I could eat whatever I wanted, (which I most definitely cannot!) what would the perfect breakfast be?  I think I will go with IF I could eat right now what sounds like the perfect breakfast and I didn't have to worry about calories, or sugar, or caffeine, or carbs....it would be a breakfast I haven't had in a LONG LONG time.  2 eggs over easy, 2 pieces of practically burnt bacon, crispy buttery hash browns and 2 pieces of sour dough toast with butter and strawberry jam, and a few cups of hazelnut coffee with cream.  Instead, what is the perfect breakfast for me these days is....1 soft boiled egg and 1 piece of Trader Joe's whole grain gluten free toast.   I also have 16 oz of water with all of my vitamins and supplements, and 1 large cup of herbal tea....sometimes I splurge and have a handful of blueberries or blackberries, but not often....sigh....it is what it is.

5.  What's a trip, holiday, vacation, or day outing you've taken that you'd rate a perfect 10?  Tell us why.  Well there has been a few Christmas celebrations that I would rate a 10 or close to it....and many, many trips to the beach when my kids were young that honestly just couldn't have gotten much better..definite 10's!  But I think for right now I will go with last Mother's Day.  My kids are all grown and gone with families of their own now so Mother's Day it is hard to get them all together for the celebration.  They have both their own kids and in law mother's to celebrate too.  Truthfully I am fine with that, and don't really expect them to do so.  But they got together last year and surprised me and all came at the same time (without their families) including Melody who flew in from New Mexico. We had a barbeque and hours of visiting and conversation and I just couldn't have felt more loved and appreciated.  Melody stayed the night and we had the whole next day as well together.  I will NEVER forget that Mother's Day, and tease them as I wonder how they will ever top it? lol

MELODY HAD TO BRING CLAIRE ALONG (though she left her two little boys with their daddy) AND HERE WE ARE...NOW HONESTLY I WOULD HAVE DONE MY HAIR A LITTLE BETTER AND PUT ON MORE MAKEUP IF I HAD KNOWN THIS WAS HAPPENING, LOL, BUT THIS WAS MY PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY CAPTURED.

6.  What quote or saying perfectly sums up your life right now?  If you can't do perfect, how about one that's close.  I heard or read this the other day, and for me it's perfect....

My life is not perfect, but it has PERFECT moments!  I have much to be grateful for, and feel very blessed.

7.  How would you spend 300 dollars today?  hmm...I would probably spend it on some new dress shirts and ties for my hubby. He just could use some new ones right now.

8.  Insert your own random thought...and this is REALLY random, lol.  But I wish I could discover a sight where I could buy the GOOD quality, beautiful and soft cotton lycra knit that doesn't cost SOO much.  It's soo expensive.  But I LOVE it so.  But I am finding myself having to be very disciplined about it or I could spend WAY WAY too much on fabric!

Hope you are all have a good week!  Blessings to you all, Debbie





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY...a little late!


I KNOW it's late, but I decided to go ahead and jump on the Hodgepodge.  Join the others by clicking on the pic...




1.  Slow and steady wins the race....tell us about a time that was true in your life.  Hmmm I am going to have to REALLY think, lol, because it seems as if everything goes quickly these days, or I do quickly, or I want quickly...just my nature.  But I guess I will go with my final pregnancy.  I was 32 years old, had 3 active, wild, and involved in a million things boys, and I was NOT exactly thrilled with the thought of another LONG nine months.  And that's just what it was.  Everything was hard about that pregnancy.  My other 3 had been pretty uneventful, but I had a few issues with the last.  However, the end result of my precious baby GIRL was sooo worth every agonizing moment that it took, and I was and will always be soo grateful!

2.  As slow as molasses...Do you like molasses?  How about maple syrup?  Caramel?  Butterscotch?  What's your favorite of the slow moving treats mention here, and what's your favorite food made with that sweet treat?    Don't like molasses, though there was a cookie recipe I made years ago that called for it that was pretty good.  LOVE maple syrup, but unfortunately it is a thing of my past right along with almost everything sweet, but goodness I especially loved it on french toast.  Caramel is OK...not  a big fan, but don't remember turning anything down that had it.  And love butterscotch too.  My favorite of these would have to be maple syrup I guess, and like I said poured over my cinnamon french toast.  Used to be a big Sat. morning favorite at our house!

3.  Your favorite slow song....Hmmm I have a few.  My favorite though I think would have to be I don't want to miss a thing by Aerosmith which might surprise some of you I think but I just love it.  I also love Just my imagination by the Temptations.  And can anything beat some of Whitney Houston's big hits...I will always love you (she wasn't the first to do this, but no one did it better in my opinion) and also I believe in you and me.  In case you have a few minutes I will post that one to listen to. I guess I am way over my limit so I'll stop now..



I JUST had to add on these two additions to my favorites, because they honestly top the others I have already listed, lol.  One would be George Straight's I Cross My Heart, and truthfully I promise my all time favorite was by Vince Gill called, Just look at Us.  I want to dance to this at our fiftieth anniversary (still 7 years away, lol)  Take a listen to this if you can.  I think I may have exposed I am somewhat of a romantic I think.  Kind of corny, but true.




4.  Your favorite thing to make in a slow cooker or crock pot?  Again, I have many favorites (for many years the crock pot was my best friend when I was soo busy with sports with my kids) but I will go with a chuck roast.  I do it VERY simply.  Little red potatoes, baby carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic, a few spices (depending on my mood) a small amount of beef broth, and that's it.  Very little prep, smells WONDERFUL all day, and the meat just kind of falls apart when it's done.

5.  You may delay, but time will not...Benjamin Franklin.  Are you more a hurrier or a delayer when it comes to unpleasant tasks that need doing?  What are you currently either delaying or hurrying to get through this week or month?  Well, I may be somewhat of a combination.  Unfortunately, I DO tend to "put off" things I can't bear to do, aka, cleaning out a closet, organizing all my fabric, etc., getting tax information together, but once I actually begin the task I am VERY quick,  as I want it DONE lol. Right now I am definitely delaying getting the aforementioned fabric organized.  I just can't bear it...soo much more I'd rather be doing.


6.  Tell us three things you encounter regularly or even occasionally that you find to be annoying slow.  Welp, living in So. California that's soo easy.  Number 1 would be traffic on the freeways. Nothing quite as frustrating as that, especially if you find yourself there during rush hours.  Number 2 would be LONG waits at restaurants.  The last two week-ends in a row we decided to take some of our kid's families to dinner and the waits were just ridiculous.  And number 3 would be the cutting table at Joannes, lol.  Sooo annoying.  I usually pop into the store and grab my number BEFORE I do my shopping as this helps....a little.  (grin)

7.  March is National Craft Month.  Are you crafty?  Tell us about something crafty you'll try in the next thirty one days.  Or something crafty you'd like to try or wish you had the skill to make happen. I think most people would consider me crafty as I sew every single day.  Or almost every day.  But sewing to me is NOT crafty.  Crafty usually involves hot glue, lol, or creativity or imagination and lots and lots of what I call "fiddly" things, which I DO NOT like.  I made myself a fabric garland at Christmas time and I am CONSIDERING making another soon as I soooo loved the finished project and I'd love to give one to all of my kids, and as a crafty sort project went, it wasn't too bad or too fiddly.

THERE IT IS!  LOL  THIS TOOK FOREVER, BUT REALLY WAS PRETTY SIMPLE

AS I WAS POSTING THIS FOR A BETTER VIEW, I REALIZE THE TREE SITTING ON THE MANTLE I ALSO MADE AND I WOULD CONSIDER THIS A CRAFT AS WELL I GUESS.  NOW THESE TREES I LOVED DOING...I MADE SEVERAL LAST YEAR FOR GIFTS AND DEFINITELY PLAN ON MAKING MORE.  VERY THERAPEUTIC TO MAKE FOR SOME REASON. 

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And this little video is just a quick little glimpse at some Fall fabric trees I made last year, AND a picture I embroidered with my machine.  Some might consider machine embroider a craft, but I really don't,  And I decided I might as well post a picture of an outfit I made for my grand daughter Claire yesterday.  Though again, I don't know if sewing is really a craft.


LOVED THIS FABRIC!


8.   Insert your own random thought here.  I have soo much scrambling around in here today it will be hard to just pick one.  But I am going to go with how much I love HULU.  Now I know it's been around for a while, but I am slow to pick up new things these days it seems.  But we did a few months ago and I just think it's wonderful.  Now most of you probably already new this, but I just recently discovered that almost ALL prime shows are on there too.  So I can watch a favorite whenever and whatever time suits me (or my hubby too ) and without commercials.  We pay the extra 4 dollars a month to eliminate that and it is soo worth it.  We watched The Voice for the first time last night this way and it was wonderful.  I know it's unbelievable that we had not seen that show before, but we hadn't.  We enjoy "binge watching" on both netflix and hulu soo much that we rarely if ever watch actual TV, and when we do I can hardly believe the commercials.  Soo much better without.

Well, again, I realize I am behind and maybe no one will see this post, but I sure enjoyed it.  Hope you all have a GOOD day.  I am heading into the sewing room now.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie







Monday, February 27, 2017

QUICK CATCH UP.....

Well I was without my computer for a FULL week, so I am a little behind...I am going to try to catch back up and jump right in and not let it get completely out of control.  I do feel like I see blogging becoming a not as popular thing to do anymore, and my personal thought on that is it is because of Instagram.  It is soo easy to pop a quick pic and quick thought up and move on.  And in today's world the easier and the quicker the better.  I have to admit I do enjoy Instagram for those very reasons....But!  I do still have my moments where I want to sit down and read for a while, and I do LOVE having an account of what's been going on in my life, so I guess I will just press on with blogging...

I need to back up a bit to Sat. Feb 18th.  We headed down to San Diego to celebrate 8 year old Donatella Valentina's (born on Valentine's Day) birthday.  It was a fun but simple party and we enjoyed every minute of the games, snacks, and fun.  We got her a guitar as she has expressed such an interest in learning to play.  We have also decided to help out with some guitar lessons for her, and honestly I am really looking forward to her learning to play.  I am envisioning a future worship leader in this girl!

HOW CUTE IS SHE?  AND THE PINK GUITAR SUITS HER PERFECTLY

MOM AND DAD GOT THE STRAP AND THE CARRYING CASE AND SHE'S ALL SET

IT WAS POURING RAIN THAT DAY BUT NO WORRIES. THEY SET THE PARK PLANNED PARTY UP IN THE GARAGE, AND 23 KIDS HAD A WONDERFUL TIME, LOL

And honestly other then that I guess I don't really have much more to catch you up on.  I am back to a sewing frenzy.  I guess you have had to figure out by now that I spend some time pretty much every day at my machine.  I just enjoy it so.  I always have.  But the difference now is I don't have a lot of other things that demand my time and attention, so it opens up LOTS of time to pursue this....wink... I do enjoy quilting too, but truthfully, I just prefer the garment sewing.  It's quick and varied and fun.  And right at the top of my list is making little girl's clothing, (again, always has been) so this works out well for the little girls in my life.  Particularly Claire.  Let me show you what I have been up too....

 
Let me start with showing you this 20 sec or so video of little Claire wearing one of her new interchangeable outfits I sent her.  Melody sent it to me so that I could see how well it fit her.  I want you to see it so you can see WHY I enjoy sewing, lol

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I AM REALLY HOPING THIS LITTLE SKIRT FITS HER....I AM THINKING I SHOULD WAIT AND SEE IF IT DOES (I am concerned about the waist part only) BEFORE I MAKE ANY MORE, BUT IT WAS SOOO EASY, QUICK, AND FUN I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN RESIST.  IT TAKES ALMOST NO FABRIC SO IT'S PRETTY INEXPENSIVE TO MAKE TOO.  I DID ADD THE RUFFLE LETTUCE HEM WHICH I AM REALLY LIKE.  STILL PRACTICING THOUGH AS IT IS NOT QUITE AS GOOD AS I WANT IT.  I AM BEGINNING TO THINK THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE THAT LOOK WOULD BE FROM OWNING A SERGER.  I AM THINKING QUITE A BIT ABOUT PURCHASING ONE...

THEN I HAD TO ADD A LITTLE SHIRT TO GO WITH IT OF COURSE....THOUGH THEY COULD BOTH BE WORN WITH SOMETHING ELSE TOO

NOW THIS OUTFIT WAS REALLY FUN, THOUGH I MADE IT WITH INEXPENSIVE KNIT FROM JOANNE'S AND I COULD REALLY TELL.  THEY WERE BOTH NEW PATTERNS FOR ME, FROM A SHOP I DON'T USUALLY USE, AND THEY WERE NOT VERY EASY TO FOLLOW BUT I FIGURED IT OUT....I THINK MY POCKETS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TURNED UP MORE TOWARDS THE WAIST, AND MORE SIDEWAYS (looking at the pic on their pages) BUT IT WAS ONE OF THE FLAWS OF THE PATTERN.  THERE WAS NO MARKINGS ANYWHERE ON THE PATTERN, AND A SIMPLE MEASUREMENT GIVEN INSTEAD....WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE FOR MOST PEOPLE, BUT FOR ME I PREFER A MARKING.  I DIDN'T KNOW WHICH PART OF THE POCKET AT THE MEASUREMENT ETC.  FRUSTRATING....BUT CUTE ENOUGH FOR ME TO MAKE AGAIN THAT'S FOR SURE.  ESPECIALLY THE TOP, AS I AM LOVING THE RUFFLE BY THE SLEEVE.

NOW THIS MIGHT BE MY ALL TIME FAVORITE THING I HAVE EVER MADE FOR ANYONE, LOL.  I JUST LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS FABRIC FROM VINTAGE LACE.  IT IS THE SAME SHOP THAT I GOT THE FABRIC FOR THE TWO INTERCHANGEABLE OUTFITS.  THEIR FLAW IS THE FABRIC IS PRICEY, AND YOU HAVE TO ORDER A FULL YARD INSTEAD OF A 1/2 YARD.  AND A FULL YARD FOR SOMEONE AS LITTLE AS CLAIRE IS TOO MUCH.  AND FOR THE OLDER GIRLS I CAN'T ORDER 1 AND 1/2 YARDS, AND 2 YARDS IS WAY TOO MUCH AND WAY TOO PRICEY THEN.....BUT!  IT IS THE SOFTEST, SWEETEST FABRIC I HAVE EVER WORKED WITH AND I LOVE IT!!  THIS ONE HAD A PANEL....LOVE.....AND I ADDED THE LETTUCE HEM....LOVE....AND THE RUFFLE SLEEVES ARE JUST AN ADORABLE ADD TO THIS LOOK.  THIS WAS A NEW PATTERN TOO FOR THE SAME SHOP AS ABOVE, BUT EVERYTHING ABOUT IT WAS PERFECT!  LOVED IT.....NICE AND EASY  I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS ON MISS CLAIRE...THIS ONE IS FOR HER UPCOMING SECOND BIRTHDAY...

AND I MADE UP THIS ONE SO AS TO NOT WASTE THE LEFT OVER FABRIC....THE TOP IS FROM A PATTERN I USED FOR HER LAST YEAR, JUST IN THE BIGGEST SIZE NOW.  JUST ADDED ON THE LITTLE HEART APPLIQUE. CAN'T BELIEVE SHE IS GETTING SOO BIG.  HOW I LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT LEGGING FABRIC....(did I mention I LOVE the fabric from that shop??  lol)
Other then this, not much to report.  I did finish up the women's bible study I was doing, and I loved that too.  Another one starts up the first part of April and I am looking forward to that.  We are planning a trip out to Melody's over Easter and I am counting the days.  It will have been a full year since we were there which is just too long.  Thank goodness they were here a couple of times though, or I'd really be hysterical.

Got some more sewing lined up for this week, but that's about it.  Hope you are all healthy (goodness sooo much sickness going around this winter, (but hubby and I both have escaped thus far thank God!) and enjoying your winters. I am hoping to get around to visit and catch up with all of you now... Many blessings to you all!  Debbie

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY


Midweek and time for the Hodgepodge again....join the others by clicking on the pic...ENJOY



1.  What did/do you call your grandparents?  If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name?  If you are a grandparent what do your grands call you?  Who chose your moniker?  I called my grandmother on my dad's side Grandma Merrick.  Not sure why the last name was attached to her name, as the other one's was not, lol.  We called my grandmother on my mom's side Gram.  Never really knew either one of my grandfathers.  My grandkids mainly call me just plain old grandma. Sometimes, when BOTH of their grandmother's are present, then they might call me grandma Debbie.  Which means of course two sets of my grands call both of their grandparents the same thing. Melody's kids though call me grandma, and her husbands mom Grammy.  I think way back when I got started on the grandma road someone might have asked me what I wanted to be called, and for me it was simple....Grandma.  lol
Carmel, CA

2.  Ever taken a road trip along the California coast?  If so what was the highlight of your trip?  If not, any desire to do so?  If you were to take a trip along the coast, what's one attraction that would be on your must see list?  Well living in California pretty much my whole life it seems as if I have been up and down the coast too many times to count.  I do remember one trip we took when our boys were young up to San Francisco.  There is a spot in Pismo Beach where you can drive your car right onto to the sand up to the water.  My boys LOVED this.  We also saw Hearst Castle which was fun.  But Carmel remains one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  We didn't do anything or see anything spectacular any time we have ever been there, but the just the beaches, and the countryside, and the little town, and all of it are BEAUTIFUL in my opinion.  I could go there anytime and be happy.  

3.  What are three things you don't know how to do....well, lol, this will be easy.  There are MANY things I don't know how to do.  Let's see...I don't know how to knit or crochet (does that count for one or two?) and I'd really love to learn.  I don't know how to use a serger.....BIG time on my bucket list, lol.  And I don't know how to water ski.  There was a day when I wanted to learn, but that day has definitely come and gone.

4.  Tom Peter's is quoted as saying...Celebrate what you want to see more of.  If that is true, what will you celebrate, and how will you celebrate it?  Well I haven't ever really thought about this like this before, but I think it's true.  I think this is the question this week that I will "overthink" because there is always at least one, lol.  What I want to see more of honestly is just seeing people treat each other well.  How or when I would celebrate such a thing I honestly don't know, but it is what I think the world needs right now.  If we are taking it at a very personal level, I thought back over my life these last few years, and I am pleased with the fact that I managed to learn to quilt.  It was always a lifetime (or so it seems...at least most of my adult life) goal, and I'd have love to have celebrated that somehow with my mom.  But I didn't learn how to till after she passed away.  "MAYBE"  if I celebrated that more, I would make some more.  

5.  Thursday (February 16) is national Almond Day.  Do you like Almonds?  What would you prefer..an Almond Joy or a macaron?  What's something that you make that calls for almonds?  I LOVE almonds.  I'd definitely prefer an Almond Joy, and I can't think of anything right now that I make that calls for almonds...though I do like them slivered and sprinkled on oatmeal.  Does that count?

6.  What does Sat. morning look like at your house?  Sat mornings at our house have been very, very similar for years and years it seems.  It started back when we had a house full of kids and my husband and I looked frantically for a time and place to catch up with each other.  We bought ourselves two giant rocker recliners (that we STILL own and use every day!) and put them in our bedroom, and then made our coffee and breakfast and brought them to our room where we ate together ALONE and chatted and talked until we felt we had caught up.  Our kids knew better (they were a little older by that point) then to interrupt us, lol.  To do so usually meant being put to work somewhere.  These days the recliners are in our living room, I've switched to herbal tea instead of coffee, and our breakfasts are WAY smaller and healthier, lol.  But we still guard this time together and "catch up" on any untold stories we might have.  There aren't as many these days, but we almost never don't have "our time."

7.  Share with us a book you have read this winter...Hmm, I haven't read but two, but I loved them both.  Both by Karen Kingsbury....Brush of Wings, and A Baxter Family Christmas.  Both of these books are just the kind of books I love.  A love story, but told from a christian perspective.  I don't know if I could honestly say which of these I enjoyed more.

8.  Insert your own random thought....My head right now is full of sewing....for anyone who reads or knows me well this is hardly shocking, lol.  But I have had a few things on my list that I have wanted to learn to do or make for a while now, and I decided THIS YEAR I am going to make at least a stab at them.  And with "goggle" and tutorials, you can honestly teach yourself almost anything I have found.  One of the things on my list was to make a bathing suit.  I knew the only thing of any real difficulty would be the attaching of elastic to the suit.  Soooo I watched several tutorials and set out yesterday.  The first one was kind of a nightmare I won't lie, lol.  The fabric slid all around (my least favorite kind of fabric!) and there is a definite right and wrong way to stretch the elastic while putting it on.  The suit was merely OK.  lol.  But forever stubborn, I pressed on today and looked at a couple of other tutorials, and found a couple of tips I thought would be helpful.  Plus, I searched through my sewing machine manual to see if there were any attachments or stitches I didn't know about that would help.  And yes! there was.  No, attachments, but a stitch that was made just for this.  Attaching elastic to both swim suits or lingerie.  Who knew?  Anyway, I made another one today, and it was a completely different experience.  WAY WAY easier, and came out not bad at all, lol.  So hopefully it will fit her.  I've made this for my grand daughter Claire.  I feel an obsession coming on.  I might be making a few more!  lol

FRONT OF SUIT...THIS SHOP HAS THE CUTEST FABRIC

BACK OF SUIT....THE NECKLINE COMES DOWN A LITTLE LOWER IN THE BACK

COMPARED TO YESTERDAYS, LOL....don't look too close as yesterdays, lol


Hope you are all having a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie
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Monday, February 13, 2017

BACK TO SEWING FINALLY....

It's almost 5 on Monday afternoon and I really should be getting dinner in the over, so this will be quick.  I don't want to fall behind on my Monday posts though so here it goes.

Let's see....I have FINALLY managed to get back to my sewing machine.  I think it's like everything else with me.  I am kind of an addictive person.  I'd like to think that isn't true, but honestly it just kind of is.  Once I get going on anything, I tend to just keep going on it, sometimes downright over doing it.  It is true of many things I have done over the years....eating, exercise, sewing, eating, reading, decorating, and did I mention EATING?  sigh.  It CAN be a good thing, but more often then not I just have to really watch myself so as to NOT fall into a frantic overload.  Anyway, I found the old fever for sewing this week, and I made up a lot of stuff that I have been wanting to get to.

I found MORE adorable fabric, and new shops and patterns, and I really had myself a very good time. Let me show it.....First I made up Claire's pj's.  I loved the flannel fabric I found in her beloved Paw Patrol, but of course again, using a flannel verses a knit, meant I needed to find a pattern that would accommodate.  I couldn't find one like I did for the boys that pulled on over her head, so I head to go with a button up the front.  It wasn't hard (I've made a bajillion over the years) but you do forget how much more work goes into one of those tops verses the quick and easy pull over the head knits.  Plus, finding a pattern in a size that was going to fit her proved to be kind of hard to.  I finally cut out a 1 and cut it to fit her.  Thank goodness I have taught Melody how to take proper measurements, so that helps alot.  Lot me show you these...

THIS PARTICULAR PATTERN HAD A FRONT BINDING PIECE TOO, WHICH IS CUTE, BUT ADDED UNNECESSARY WORK IN MY OPINION, LOL.  I DID PUT A LITTLE DECORATIVE STITCH IN LAVENDER DOWN THE FRONT OF IT THOUGH, BUT DIDN'T PUT THE BUTTONS OR BUTTONHOLES IN THIS UNTIL SUN AFTERNOON

JUST A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SOFT ADORABLE FABRIC....FOUND THIS ONLINE

I GOT THIS ALL CUT AND READY FOR JEFF, AND HE TIED IT UP FOR ME ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER CHURCH...SUCH A HELP!

SO HERE'S CLAIRE'S PJ'S AND BLANKET SO SHE CAN GET ON THE FUN WITH HER BROTHERS...MAILED THEM OFF THIS MORNING TOO.

Then, Melody had decided we needed to bump Claire up to a size 2T, so that meant finding new patterns and getting those together before I could get started on anything else.  I am getting better about putting together PDF patterns, and truthfully I guess I am beginning to prefer them.  I have yet to use a PDF pattern for anything but knit yet though.  The PDF's do seem to have a much wider choice in this area compared to traditional patterns however, so that has helped.  I found the cutest fabric and got enough to make her two complete, yet interchangeable outfits.  Let me show you those...

OK, THIS IS FABRIC FROM A NEW SHOP I FOUND, A NEW PATTERN FROM ANOTHER, AND!!!  I DECIDED TO TRY MY HAND AT MAKING A RUFFLED LETTUCE HEM TO GET THE GIRLY AFFECT THAT I REALLY LIKE.  I WATCHED A FEW TUTORIALS (such a wonderful thing those tutorials!) AND JUST KIND OF DOVE RIGHT IN.  IT CAME OUT PRETTY GOOD, BUT THERE IS A LOT OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT, LOL.  I AM THINKING HOPEFULLY I WILL IMPROVE WITH PRACTICE.  I LOVE THIS PATTERN AS IT GIVES YOU MANY DIFFERENT POSSIBILITIES.  SKIRT, OR NO SKIRT, SLEEVES SHORT, 3/4, OR LONG, AND A HOOD OR NO HOOD.  I LET MELODY CHOSE THESE ITEMS, LOL  THEN OF COURSE AFTER YOU CHOSE WHAT YOU WANT, THEN YOU HAVE TO DECIDED WHERE TO USE WHAT FABRIC....TOO MANY CHOICES, LOL

THEN I MADE A PAIR OF LEGGINGS TO GO WITH IT IN A COORDINATING PRINT...SOOO CUTE  I LOVED THIS FABRIC!  AND SOO PERFECT FOR THIS DAIRY GIRL

THIS IS THE SAME PATTERN, MINUS THE SKIRT AND WITH A HOOD.  CHANGED THE FABRIC AROUND A BIT AS WELL

AND ANOTHER PAIR OF COORDINATING LEGGINGS

SO THERE ARE THE TWO INTERCHANGEABLE OUTFITS...SOO FUN.
 
Then today I decided to try making a swim suit for Claire.  I have always wanted to try making one, so I decided a little one would be best.  Again, a few tutorials on how to put elastic in a swim suit, and I began.  I had gotten some really cute little coordinating fabric panels from my favorite shop, and was really anxious to try it.  Well.........it was A LOT more fiddly then I hoped.  The fabric slip and slided around, and the elastic has to be stretched just so, and the bottom line it is going to take some practice.  But just like the lettuce hem, I really WANT to learn to do new things now and then so I push myself through.  The suit is merely OK, LOL.  And that's because the fabric is soo adorable.  I have two more cut out for tomorrow, so hopefully they will be better.  Let me show you this one...

LIKE I SAID, FABRIC IS ADORABLE...BUT I HAVE A FEW MORE TIPS TO TRY TOMORROW WHICH SHOULD IMPROVE ON THIS A LOT.  MEANWHILE, I HOPE IT AT LEAST FITS HER, LOL

AND THIS IS THE BACK!
So honestly, that's about all I have been up to.  Our week-end was pretty ordinary for us.  Relaxing, a few errands, and more relaxing.  Hope you all had a good week-end.  I did stop and put my dinner in and I am hearing Jeff pull into the driveway so I finished this just in time.  Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all, Debbie