Monday, February 18, 2019

Weekend Wrap-up

We left Friday evening for a weekend at the Auburn house. We took in a softball game, a baseball game and ate too much. All of it was delicious though! Back to my meal plan starting tomorrow morning.

As always Auburn is just far enough away to get a different landscape and I love seeing all the different kinds of trees there. Many were bare reminding me it is still winter. There were so many pretty daffodils and tulips though. The doggies loved their romps at the dog park. Auburn has the most amazing dog park out near the vet school.

I stitched at night and finished my birdie stitch. I am not sure how I am going to finish it though.



I didn't put the buttons on it. Well, I did, but didn't really like them and took them off and just added more border around it. It seemed to fit me better. Maybe the buttons would have looked better on the called for linen.
The colors were not as bright as the picture on the pattern, but I did like them very much.




I started the May wordplay that many have done.




I also bought some more of the same shelves to add to the master bedroom upstairs. I will take some books and stuff from here to finish them off next time. I really only need lamps to finish up the Auburn house. *I actually have plenty of room to stitch some things to add up therešŸ˜



Tomorrow is back to the normal week and taking care of Tucker. I missed him so this weekend.


He is lovable!


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lavender for Valentine's Day

I chose purple and lavender to do a quick stitch. This was a freebie found here.


As you can see I did it on a loose weave so I have threads showing through. Oh well... I still like it.

I chose the colors to remind me of a special Valentine way back when I was a little girl in Columbus, Georgia. I remember going with my daddy to buy Mother some Valentine's candy similar. We drove up to the store and went in to buy some candy in a heart shaped box similar to the ones pictured below. He let me choose the color and I chose lavender. Mom kept the box until we both decided it had seen better days and we would remember without it.


This little pillow will be a reminder of a special time.

As for this Valentine's, I am blessed to be married to a great guy and we will be eating out at Whataburger. We decided a while back that we would just eat at Whataburger. We both love it and it is a treat. All the fancy restaurants are always so crowded and with it being a weeknight we especially need to keep it a short evening.

I also got an early treat in the mail yesterday from Meg at http://livetostitch.blogspot.com/.
Just look at my goodies. I had to show you how cute she had wrapped it all first.



And then all opened.


Yep! IT is cuteness! I will be starting on the cross stitch project she sent very soon.




Enjoy your day,
Sandy



Monday, February 11, 2019

Sewing Project Finished

I started making more project bags. I don't need more project bags, but I had some pieces of material that were just the right size and calling for them.

I did the bags assembly line style. I cut out each piece according to size and then the interfacing. I began sewing all the zippers, etc. They actually went very fast that way and I finally have the directions down so that I don't have to look at the video each time. I got up Saturday morning like someone obsessed and finished them while Jeff was busy with a garage project that someone was over helping him. I finished just as he finished.

Now I have some adorable bags from some fabrics that I have loved and collected and let sit in my stash with no purpose for a long time.



With my previous ones I now have 9 project bags to fill or not fill and let decorate my sewing room:)

Here are some smalls of each one.

Another birdie one and a space one to hold my upcoming planets stitch.


A pea pod and retro Christmas piece.


My Dick and Jane one. This is the last piece of this cloth. I may have enough to do a small pillow around a stitch. I used this one time for curtains in my classroom. LOVE IT! You can see those curtains here on my old blog for the last couple of years I worked.
And then some good old Florida oranges.


I have one more sewing project for the spring and then that is going to satisfy all my sewing desires for all of 2019.






Friday, February 8, 2019

Stitching, Books, and Cuteness

I completed the space shuttle stitch last night, and I am totally in love with it. I can't wait to pull the Q Snaps off and get it framed. I am going to try a new place here in town. I was there the other day and they said they had hired a new lady that was good at framing stitching. She is supposedly a stitcher herself, so we will see.


I know there are more of these in my future plans. I have quite a list to do and finish for the immediate future, but I would like to do at least two more and make a trio of them. Maybe the Voyager one with the planets when I get a chance to come back to it. I have never stitched on black. Maybe I should do a small one on black to practice before I tackle the planets.



I finished this book on January 31st, but am just now getting to tell you about how much I liked it. IT was a delightful read. I met my goal for January reading.


I have always been a Jackie O and Barbara Bush fan. I always loved Jackie because she was so pretty and the kids were similarly aged to me, therefore I love looking at old photos of them. Barbara Bush captured me when they were running for White House. My mother-in-law had a book about her and I read it. I don't remember who wrote it or a title. I have always loved her because I think she represented how to age gracefully well.

I remember a portion of that book where she is talking about trying to keep herself young looking and fighting that early gray hair. She had used Fanci-Full Chocolate Kisses to darken it up on a hot day of campaigning. IT begins to melt so to speak and she gets a chocolate drip line running down her neck. She decided that day to never color again. She endured those who said she looked older than George. I guess I totally resonated with this because I was graying so early myself. Oh and what is not love about a woman who wears pearls?!

Does anyone else remember Chocolate Kisses Fanciful rinse? I used it quite a bit myself, but I don't think my peers used it. I think it might have been a bit older than me and came from my rural background. Beauty shop days!

https://www.amazon.com/Roux-Fanci-Full-Rinse-Chocolate/dp/B0001XQNNE
Back to the book I said was good.
I just thought it was the sweetest book. I learned a few things. It is a very quick read as it has tons of pictures and primary sources. A story with letters and memories from the granddaughter too. I hope my little Tucker and any other grands will view me as warmly. 

I only had one set of grandparents alive when I was born. One set died so very early. I adored my grandparents, so I feel honored to have this time with Tucker.

Here are a few pictures from the book so you can see how quickly it would read.



I loved the next picture. The purse is a needlepoint purse she made. She was an avid needlepointer. I learned that she has a rug in the Houston house that she has every grandchild's initials stitched in the rug.


She stitched the bags while on the campaign trail back in the Texas days and gave them out. I wonder if anyone still has one.


I did enjoy the book. Y'all know I love my biographies.

Next up is several bloggers have beat me to talking about Marie Kondo. I didn't read the book when it came out because honestly there was so much hullabaloo about it on blogs that I was pretty sure I knew was in there. 

ALL OF MY BOOKS spark joy!!! 
I could have a problem!

Anyway, she is popping up again with the Netflix series. I went out to my daughter's one day while she was still out for work with Tucker and she was folding clothes in her drawer. She had just watched an episode on Netflix. I couldn't believe she had never heard of her. 

I have to tell you I am not a konmaried my whole house and don't plan on it. I have decluttered for the past four years and feel almost guilty about how much stuff we have accumulated and I do want less. I will never be a minimalist because I like a house that tells your story when guests walk in. 

I will tell you I changed the way I dealt with my t-shirts and shorts drawers after all the stuff came out. I hate the stacks of stuff and you try to pull out something and all comes with it.




I have two very not deep drawers in my dresser. I ended up rolling my t-shirts and shorts. They don't wrinkle and haven't been any trouble to do while folding. I love it and have kept that way for over a year.




I have run on long enough for one post, so I will leave you with a Tucker post. I stopped in at a secondhand store and added to Grammie's Daycare. He is a bit young for it just yet, but I think he liked it.
I also got mine own stroller as we are loving to get out and walk down the street.


Cuteness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lindsay after work chatting with her dad.


I have been sewing too. More later.
Busy Busy Busy,
Sandy






Tuesday, February 5, 2019

I'm Still Here

My computer finally died last week. I had to wait a day or two to take it in, and then it couldn't be repaired. It was a DINOSAUR as computers go, so I can truly say I am not all that sad about having to dole out the money for my new one. I have to tell you I got my money's worth from the old girl.

Almost as soon as I left the store the other night, I felt I had made the wrong decision to spend money on repairing it due to its age, so when they called today I was actually relieved. I hopped into my truck this evening and headed out to get my new one.

I am now ready to catch up on my blogs. I haven't commented much because it is just too doggone hard on my phone to do all that and then all that Blogger vs Apple stuff about signing in. I will now have to do all that again.

I will catch up in the coming days with y'all. You know how it is...you don't have your computer and your brain is full of things to say.

Gardening news...
Camellias are just so pretty this time of year. I think they are the best thing about winter! My little town is know as the Camellia City. My little street does its part in having plenty of them. Several houses on my street have them as dividers rather than fences. One such pictured below has about a dozen in a row. They are over 8 feet tall and the buds are all over it. If I think I of in a few weeks I will try and capture some more goodness for you. 





I am eagerly awaiting roses. I have fertilized and pruned a week early. I always do it by the 12th, but considering the weekly forecast I think I am safe. They have been budding new leaves already anyway.

Sewing news...
The last you heard I was humming out project bags. I have a few more of those lined up, but in the meantime I had to make curtains for my daughter's office. I just did that a month ago, but she had to move to another office...arrgh... IT was a way different size, so I whipped out some news. I thought they turned out pretty good for broadcloth from my stash. I just have them hanging on the sewing room cabinet knobs, but not too bad ---huh?!



Tucker time...
Y'all - he is the most precious thing in the world and growing like a weed. I am thoroughly enjoying myself. Mother comes over everyday to see him, so that it is really good for her!!!
As I was driving to Destin this evening to get my computer, I realized I am not getting to do my WINTER morning beach walks in, but he is so worth it.

Lindsay sent this tonight. He is sitting up in this contraption so she can get supper ready.

Doggies...
Lemony decided to sit in the sewing room with me while I was sewing the curtains the other day. I made her a pallet to sleep on. She doesn't usually join me in that room. I think she thinks she is too large for the room and in the way.
I loved having her in there with me.



I have much more to talk about, but time is limited this evening.

All has not been lost on no computer. I have been plodding along on my stitching. I am so close to being finished with my space shuttle stitch. I have the back stitching on the nose of the shuttle and the stars on the flag.


I am completely in love with this stitch. I plan to do more from this very old book. Hopefully, I will be back in a day or two with a finish on this.



Be back soon.
Sandy


Saturday, January 26, 2019

A Little Bit of Sewing

I went a little bit project bag crazy. Here's how the story went down and the results.
Upon retiring I thought I would be a sewing fool. That didn't happen as I have learned even though I know all the book knowledge I need to be great (home ec major) I don't have the patience or desire to be a great seamstress that my mother was. 

That said, I have wanted to do a project bag for a long time. When I finished my last cross stitch I thought it might be cute in a project bag. I had saved this tutorial which is good, but something was amiss for me. 
Along came Kindred Stitcher with a Flosstube video using the same tutorial, so now I had written directions and a video to guide me. 

IT took BOTH.

I will share a bit more in between the pictures.

My first attempt. Not bad but not perfect. Don't look too close.


I had this fabric in my stash as well as the zipper which had no hole to add a pretty pull ornament.
You may recognize the fabric from my spring monochromatic stitch pillow. I love this fabric and bought a good bit of it for something such as this.



I also felt I might need to practice before I attempted the bag for the first time using my cross stitch project.

Bag #2


The stitch was slightly crooked, but I am pleased.
This fabric came from Joann's.
Oh and I was able to add a cute little pair of scissors to the pull.



Bag #3. Again fabric in my stash. It called my name one day while I was at the quilting fabric store. I bought a half yard which is perfect for the bag.
What is not to love about blue, birds, and dogwood blooms.

The pull has a spool of thread and a needle.


Happy insides too.


I should have stopped because the machine ran out of bobbin thread which you know has to happen and I made two bad mistakes.
Before I tell you what they are...
Let me tell you why I needed the video. 
I had to look at it E-V-E-R-Y SINGLE TIME I went to do that zipper placement. 

On the FOURTH time, I thought...I have got this. 

Big mistake. The zipper pull is on the left. I am not left handed so I guess I should have looked at that video one more time.

Cute thimble pull though. I ordered these off of Etsy a long time ago.


I had this fabric too. The one above and this one coordinated with this most perfect bee fabric.


Onto my second mistake.
I got in to big of a hurry and rumpled the zipper part of this one.



ARGGGHHH...
Oh well, here is my loot and should suffice any sewing urges I have for quite a while!!!


One other thing that is not mentioned in the written tutorial that Kindred Stitcher mentions is the kind of interfacing to use. IT is Pellon 911FF which is found on a bolt and is an apparel interfacing. It is fusible but a bit thicker. The kind you would use on a waistband or sleeve cuffs maybe. It makes the bag a bit sturdier. I would definitely recommend that interfacing.

I will leave the sewing to my mother and continue on with my passion - cross stitching.
Sandy





Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Stitching, Dogs, and Books

I am getting later each week in posting. All is well. IT is just finding time to stop and write. I am afraid it will be that way for the foreseeable future.

I did finish Berry Days at Thistle Hill Farm by With Thy Needle and Thread on Saturday morning. 


I did a bunch of substitutions of colors and I stitched it on 32 count rather than 36 called for linen. I really had no idea when I asked for it for Christmas how I would finish it. It was shown on a box sold by a specific store. It was made to be a sewing box. It has another piece to stitch that is for a needle holder.


You can see that my colors on the house especially are brighter.
Anyway, I think I have decided to make a zippered project bag like I have seen so many with. I found a blog tutorial that looks easy to follow and then a Youtube video that actually used that same blog tutorial and shows it on a video SO hopefully it will work. I am planning to put the stitch into the front of the bag. I will then decide if I want to do the needle book. I have enough fabric left. 

I figure if I mess it all up that I will restitch this piece with the called for colors.

I then moved onto one of those works in progress from last year.
I have been working on the space shuttle piece since the weekend. I made progress on the dark underbelly of the shuttle that has a lot of grays and black. The remainder should go faster.


Lemony had a 10th birthday this past weekend as well. She was queen for the day and had cookies and milk.
Here she is this morning on the way to pick up Tucker riding shotgun. She usually chooses the back seat and Gus sits in the front. She decided to commandeer the front seat this morning. I kind of had to chuckle because she just popped up there and sat on Gus. He had no choice but to retire to the backseat. I guess she is feeling her oats.


Gus... jealous that he isn't getting a bottle.


Speaking of Gus. He is not 2 years old until June. Just when I think he can stay out of his kennel box when I leave the house, he does something to make me regret it. Honestly three quarters of the time he is an angel, but then he has those moments. 
I came home from church this week to find that he had strewn a plant from the front door all the way down the hallway through the living room and finished in the kitchen. I had place  the plant there in the foyer thinking I needed to go downstairs and get a plant stand I had for it, but had just been lazy. The night before I actually thought I might need to move it or Gus would get into it. 
Oh why did I procrastinate?!

Anyway, that led to repotting about four different plants on the coldest day we have had this year. Life at our house is never ever dull.

One last thing.
I finished my John Grisham book, The Reckoning last night. You may remember I said the reviews were very mixed on Amazon. They were either 5 or 1. There were very few 2, 3, or 4's. I found that odd. Now I know why. I am really glad I read it. It had two thought provoking themes, but I would not recommend it. The reason is it has some pretty graphic and long Bataan Death March and guerrilla warfare scenes. IF you aren't a history buff, then you would definitely not like the book anyway. That was why many didn't like it. They didn't feel the description and length he gave to the topic were necessary for the storyline. It was a very long book and I think I come down somewhere in the middle of the 5's and 1's. 

I am now back to finishing my George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story written by their granddaughter. I think it will be a little lighter reading:)

That is all for now.
I am enjoying my little blessing and bundle of joy each day. He is an angel. 
Spoken like a true Grammie!