Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Half-Sized Crafty Apron With Henry Glass Shop Hop Fabric

Sewing a half-sized crafty apron with Henry Glass Shop Hop fabric had me smiling all day. 
I am totally in love with the ladies on this fabric..they are having so much fun together! 

Designer Bonnie Krebs definitely caught how we feel about shopping for fabric with friends.
These are just a few of the "ladies."

The red head in the middle would be my friend, Brenda. 
She can do cartwheels and jump on trampolines, so this Pogo stick would be no biggie for her.
Paula and Nancy would probably take a go at it, too!

This would be Susan, Bernice, Vicki, Brenda, and me ready to shop.

Such adorable fabric!

I'm over at the Therm O Web blog today showing how to make the apron...check it out!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I Remember The Days When I Blogged Everyday

I remember the days when I worked full-time, babysat Monkey Boys, cleaned my house, sewed,
and still found time to create a blog post and/or read lots and lots of other blogs everyday.
I even blogged enough daily on my private blog to create blog books...12 of them. 

I've definitely slowed down on writing, but not sewing.
I love reading blogs (I don't always comment...sorry.)
Seeing pictures of bloggers chickens, tractors, family, and gardens along with their 
sewing/crafty creations make smile. Sometimes it's those simple
things that are written or photographed that can make my day a little better.

Thank you, sweet blog friends! 

The mother-in-law is still a cause for concern and is back in the hospital.
Elderly people who get urinary tract infections don't always react the same way
 younger people do. They can actually become forgetful, lethargic, and appear to have
 signs of dementia. The MIL did all of the above and became unresponsive.
We're hoping the antibiotics get her back on track. Scary!

The Monkey Boys visited...that always makes me smile!

Oh, did I mention there will be another Monkey Boy to add to this sweet group.

I took a little time to smell the flowers. Spring is coming!

I've been sewing, but most of them are those "dreaded" secret projects.
Okay, they aren't really dreaded, but it is hard not to share them as soon as I finish sewing them.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sun, Sand, And Sea BOM...Block #3

I can't believe we are already up to Block #3 of the Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM.
Time is flying by!
Carla at Creatin in the Sticks really got creative with her block...love it!

I've been using Riley Blake Designs Crayola solid fabrics for my blocks.
I love sewing with them!

Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy is in charge of this BOM and has monthly giveaways.
Don't miss out on any of them!

Amy's Block #1 - February
You can find the blog post HERE and the pattern HERE.

My Block #2 - March
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

Carla's Block #3 - April
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

There's a Facebook page for Sew Incredibly Crazy and Friends where you can
share your sewn blocks and see what everyone else is creating.

I'm not crazy about tracing all the shapes when I applique, so I use Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite sheets. I love that all I need to do is run the design through my printer, iron to the wrong side of my fabric, 
cut out the pieces, and then press them in place. It is so fast and easy...I love easy! 
HeatnBond EZ Print Sheets

Thursday, March 30, 2017

How To Help Your Family Not Be Mad At You When You Get Old Or Die

There's an easy way to keep our family from wanting to wring our necks once we get old and can't
take care of ourselves or we die. One or the other is going to happen so deal with it now.
What to do? Clean-up our mess before we can't do it anymore.

Most important, create a folder or binder with important information and keep it updated.
Finding out who your doctor is, what medications you take, and who, what, where you
owe bills can be so time consuming to the family in an emergency or case of death.

Those birthday cards you received and kept in boxes for 30 years...toss them.
Trust me, your family won't sit around reading them when you are gone.

Old bills and statements. Anything over seven years old...shred/toss them.

Clothes and shoes you haven't worn in years...donate them now.

Make notes on the back of old photos. Your family may have no idea that a photo
is of your gr-gr-gr-grandfather who was famous. It may end up in the trash.
Share your photos with family now so they don't have to decide what to do with
that huge crate of photos you've got stashed in the garage or closet.

Those knick-knacks on the shelf may have value but the family might think they are
something you won at a carnival. Make sure you let someone know what is valuable
in your house. Better yet, write it down and leave the list with other important papers.

If you have jewelry or valuables that you want to pass on to someone, think about giving
 it to them when you are alive. It will have so much more meaning to them knowing you
 wanted them to have it then to receive it after you are gone. At least write a note indicating 
what you want someone to have if you don't want to part with it just yet. 

If you have to give up your independence, try not to complain about everything.
Life is hard during any transition, so give your family a break if they are doing their best.

Try not be stubborn and to listen when it comes time that family starts telling us we 
can't live alone anymore. It's hard to let go of independence, 
but it's harder on the family when they are forced to make the decision for you.

I can imagine most of you can add lots of other ideas to this list so feel free to add 
what-to-do and what-not-to-do in the comments. 

Thanks to all of you who wrote supportive comments about caring for elderly parents/grandparents.
It's been a rough few months for my mother-in-law (and us), but she's slowly improving.
She feels bad that her broken hip has thrown our life into a whirlwind of chaos and change, though
 there really isn't anything either of us can do to fix that. She needs us so we are there for her.
She's been a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother throughout her 90 years!

My hubby and I alternate and travel back-and-forth to help her. He spends way more time
with her than me and is doing a good job of it. It's been amazing to see all that he's had to do.

She's totally moved into assisted living and we've been working hard to get her condo
painted, and windows, flooring, countertops, and sinks replaced. We were lucky it wasn't
dirty...it just needed some extra tender loving care to get it more up-to-date.
Even the Monkey Boys helped get her moved in to her new apartment.

As for sewing, it feels good to sew a little as time permits. It's such great therapy!

Here's to growing old or dying with dignity and grace!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Another Easter Bunny Quilt To Add To All The Other Bunny Quilts

It seems that lately there's been an Easter bunny in most of my quilts.
It must be because I love bunnies so much!

I added some dimension to the quilt on the flowers, the butterfly and the bunny's pocket.

The lettering was easy using Heat n Bond EZ Print Transfer Sheets.

To hold fabric flower circles in place before sewing, place a dab of Therm O Web Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive in the middle of each circle as you layer them.

You can find the pattern at Just Let Me Quilt's pattern store:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Penny Rose Fabrics Blog Tour With Sue Penn's Lily Fabric

I love when new fabrics come out like this new line by Riley Blake Designs 
sister company, Penny Rose Fabrics, and Sue Penn. All the Lily fabrics are so beautiful! 
It wasn't hard to feel creative with such sweet fabric.

Sweet Bunny Love Quilt and Pillow
The quilt is 40" x 45" and the pillow is a 10" square.

I think the bunny is hoping for someone he loves to see the balloon heart.

 I used five different Lily Cotton fabrics for the quilt and pillow...

This 10" pillow was so easy to make!
I think my favorite design is the Lily Blossom Plaid.

Be sure to visit the others who are part of this blog tour to see what 
they made with this sweet, sweet fabric!
3/20 - Creamcraft Goods
3/21 - Fabric Mutt
3/22 - Ameroonie Designs
3/23 - Fort Worth Fabric Studio
3/24 - Just Let Me Quilt

You can find the patterns in my Craftsy store by clicking the link below.