Saturday, June 17, 2017

Crafting Originality

Yesterday I had a check-up with the urologist.  While waiting to be checked in I was able to snap a pic of their wall decor.
I grabbed some lunch then made a stop at Hobby Lobby and saw this going on all over the store.

Is it that time already???

I didn't know whether to shop for the Fourth of July, autumn and Thanksgiving, or Christmas!  So I made it easy on myself and remained in the craft section (my favorite part of the store!!!).

It's been a crazy week so there wasn't much time for blog-world.

Today my sisters and I spent the day with both our parents and took lunch with us:
homemade veggie soup and chicken salad and pineapple upside down cake.

It was a stellar day but it's nice to be home with my fan and feet up in my favorite chair too.


Monday, June 12, 2017

No Excuses

Well, all three craft carts are loaded up and as this post title reads, no excuses now.
Excuses why I'm not crafting, that is.

Everything I need to do some painting and scrapping is mobile, and ready to be used.

I had mentioned using one for either a sewing or bible study cart but the painting supplies fit the cart so much better.

It's day 27 of my diet and I'm losing weight so I'm motivated to push on.

For this evening's meal I tossed up this fruity lettuce salad.
It was very good.

One of the staples of my diet is this instant French Vanilla MH coffee.

Put some into a cup and add boiling water and stir and, voila, a yummy and easy beverage.
This particular variety is decaf and sugar free.

It's so satisfying and is like having a sweet little snack, basically.

Thank you for your visit!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sweet Little Cakes

Good morning to you and I hope you are well on this fine day!

I have a little show & tell for you today.

Since I had a gift certificate to the yarn shop, I stopped in recently while in town for one of my doctor appointments.  I'm SO GLAD that I did, for while I was there I learned that they are soon going out of business and the clearance sales were to begin not long after my visit.

I shopped around and latched onto these pretties.  They are PLYMOUTH YARN "Fantasy Naturale," in 100% mercerized cotton.  I don't yet have a pattern for putting them to use but I'm sure I'll be able to choose one.  The color combination just sucked me right in.


I'm so pleased that you stopped by for a visit!
Thank you!  Have a lovely day!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Quilt Memories

Hello Peeps! πŸ’œ
How are you today?

Today I am looking back a few years to some warm quilt themed memories,
I hope you enjoy them.

Granddaughter ABBY finishing the binding on a quilt she made by herself.

ABBY again with the first sewing-quilting project she made by herself.
This is one of my favorite photos of her.

  One of my quilts displayed at my friend's outdoor quilt show at her shop / home.
This was probably about ten years ago.

This pic of me was taken on the deck of my house in Illinois.
I was doing hand appliquΓ© for a quilt border.  I ended up not using it.

I was taking a quilt class at the shop my friend owns, the one who had the quilt show.

One of my grandsons under a crib quilt that I made.

Life has been so rewarding and good.  I loved spending lots of time with Abby as she was growing up and teaching her how to sew and to make her quilts.  She's in college now and too busy to sew at this time but she still loves it.

The baby in above photo is now six years old.  I made the quilt for his older brother when he was a newborn and it was reused for the younger boys when they were born.

I have another granddaughter who is eleven and wants me to help her sew pillowcases so that's going to be happening this summer.  I told her I would take her shopping to select some fun fabric.  I haven't made pillowcases but surely it won't be too difficult.

What are some of your favorite quilt-related memories?

xo xo xo

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sewing Something -- Finally

Months ago John asked me to make some covers for his recliner arms to replace the old ones.  I said, "Sure, no problem."


What looked like an easy-peasey project isn't all that easy.  It should be, but I am making it complicated, I'm sure.

I could have taken apart the old ones (which are still in usable condition) to use as a pattern, but instead I made measurements and am trying to make something similar.

This fabric is what he requested.

This is turning into a bigger project that I had anticipated but I'm sticking it out.

I'm glad I'm saving the old covers.  He might prefer using those once he tries out these.

I'm not finished with them.  Just taking a little break.

Wish me some luck!
xo xo xo

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Little Green Craft Cart

While I was in town for my doctor appointment last week, I made a craft shop stop.  This cart was half-price and I snagged a cute green one.  I've seen them on sale many times but never wanted one before.  I put it together myself (wow!) and it was simple.  I've filled it with some scrapping supplies.  I liked it so much that I placed an online order for two more before the sale ended.  They should be here in a few days.

For one thing, I love organizing.  And secondly, all of these supplies were stored in cupboards or drawers.  I wasn't putting them to use so my theory is that if they are easily accessed I will tend to use them more.  That's why I wanted two more carts.  One will be used for the art supplies like markers, paints, and so on, and the other one will probably be a sewing cart, unless I use it for my bible study supplies.  Will wait and see.

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Thanks for visiting me today!
xo xo xo

Monday, June 5, 2017

Simple Joys

Sometimes a simple thing can bring satisfaction.

When my husband got this little clothes dryer set up in the yard I was so thrilled.

Until now I've had to use makeshift methods to dry the things that can't go in the dryer.

To avoid shrinking I hang up most of my personal laundry.

This is going to get a lot of use!

Happy Monday to you!  Have a great one.
xo xo xo

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Siggy Blocks Now Ready For QAYG

Happy June 1st!  Already?  Time is moving along quickly!

Finally, a quilting related post.  I have some show & tell.

During the Sisters' Retreat last month, I kept busy sewing away on these blocks with the quilting.

 Here are few samples of fronts and backs.
This is just a representation as there are several different backings.

To turn them into a quilt I will be using the QAYG, or quilt as you go, method.

I've watched some You Tube videos so I understand how to do it but haven't yet done it.

I should have, could have, quilted the top on my longarm while I had it but didn't.

I considered sending it out to a longarm quilter but decided not to.

The reason I never quilted it was because I didn't know what I wanted.  Sigh.

Anyway, I've come this far so no backing out now.

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Today I'm having a thyroid ultrasound done to check out a nodule.  It's been checked before and biopsied but my new doctor wants it checked out again to keep an eye on it.

My appointment with her went fine.  She believes my hot flashes are a side effect of one of my fibromyalgia medications.  Re the curly hair, she said that hair changes as we age and she was non-specific about it.  She remarked that she hears common complaints about hair loss though.  So the hair mystery continues.  Actually, I'm happy to have hair and with the curls I do have a quick hairdo if I'm not mentally ready to deal with the hair dryers, brushes, and irons.  Grin.

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Most of the sorting and purging of STUFF has been completed.  I climbed into the attic and pulled out a few things to get rid of or sort for storage.  The last of the boxes of give aways was taken by my son a few days ago.  I still have an antique oak dresser in the garage that is going out.  It was spoken for by another son but am waiting for a final answer on that one.  A few storage closets could use some rearranging maybe but it's not critical as they're not messy.  Nothing in them to toss but maybe to reorganize better.  I've done a bit more reorganizing of my fabrics.  At least I know where everything is and can easily retrieve it.  I also cleaned the garage and it's in better condition!  Yay!

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Thanks for your visits and your comments.  They are always appreciated!
I enjoy making new blog friends and hearing from both new and old.

I also appreciate that my blog is gaining new readers.  That has been a very slow process.

Have a wonderful day and be safe!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Declaring War On Weight Gain

Hi, Peeps!  
Happy Memorial Day!

This is a low key day for us.  I'm doing a bit of laundry and John sprayed weeds before watching some Cardinal baseball on TV.  I've been watching with him.

Two weeks ago I made up my mind to take control of my eating as I'm overweight and I'm ready to face up to it and do something about it.  

I made two lists:  the "YES" foods and the "NO" foods and they are on the side of the fridge as reminders.  

Then, from the YES list I made a grocery shopping list and stuck to it.  Since that time, I have remained faithful and have begun to lose weight.  Since I like everything that is on my list, I'm eating things that I enjoy and it's not a burden.  I don't stray from the list, as I eat when I get hungry (and only then, no snacking due to boredom, etc.), and I eat enough to feel satisfied, without needing to overeat.  This has been the easiest diet that I've ever undertaken.

For my mid-day late lunch today, I made a salad with romaine lettuce and added these:
strawberries, blueberries, pear, grape tomatoes, a sprinkling of finely shredded Parmesan, pecan pieces, and a light dressing drizzled over the salad, then tossed.

It was very yummy!

My beverage was peach tea from a mix.

I plan to remain on the diet until reaching a weight that I'm ok with and, if I reach that, I will definitely have to modify my former eating habits, if I want to maintain the new weight.  I'm seeing an endocrinologist tomorrow as I have a thyroid disease and I'm interested in what she will have to say.  Besides dealing with these extra pounds that added up quickly, I also have hot flashes and sweats that seem uncontrollable.  It would be wonderful if she can address both issues and offer some help.  Perhaps she might also comment on my curly hair.

Thanks for your visits and comments!
I hope you are having an enjoyable day!

xo xo xo

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Straight Hair Turned Curly - Honest!

Happy Memorial weekend to you.  Here at Chez-Cootie Bug we will be just hanging out.  Tonight we're  grilling steaks for dinner, and, as I write, John is keeping watch on them.  I've already set the table and the side dishes are prepared.

This morning I scrubbed the patio table and chairs.  
I gave the grill a few swipes on the exterior while I was at it.

I have a question that I hope someone might be able to answer:

taken a few hours ago:

This one was taken 20 or so years ago, give or take a few years:

My question:

My almost-straight hair that I used to have has turned curly in the past 1-2 years.  I don't have a permanent and I don't use anything to curl it.

I wore my signature bob all these years until the curls took over.

Anyone want to suggest a possible reason why this has happened?  
I'm guessing that age and hormones play a part, perhaps.

John isn't fond of the curls, by the way.  Most of the time I don't mess with styling it except when I want to take the extra time.  I usually just towel dry it, add a bit of moisturizer to control static electricity, and semi-dry with a blow dryer to relax the curl somewhat.  Never, ever, does it relax.  I suppose a flatiron would straighten it but with the layers I don't think it would look good at this time.

I'm letting it grow temporarily, after cropping it very short last fall one Saturday night.  I hadn't done that in years and years, but I wasn't liking my hair at all and I had a sudden urge to chop it off, which I did.  It was very short.

That's all for now.  
Will be back, of course!
xo xo xo

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Sisters Retreat At My House

Hi Ho!  I'm here to post a bit about the sisters' retreat at my house which we had two weeks ago.

They arrived on a Tuesday and we were able to set up tables and machines quickly and get busy.

The three of them were scrapbooking and I was sewing.

It was so fun there wasn't really a lot of snacking going on!

I played oldies music on my iPod and there was some singing along going on too.

One of my sisters brought along a housewarming gift to me as I moved here a year ago.  I'll tell about it soon in a different post.  I love her wrapping idea.  The pic on it is of me when I was at a beach eons ago.

I finished up the machine quilting of all the remaining siggy blocks and all the trimming to size.
I'll tell about it later sometime as well.

Our first retreat was a big success and we determined to repeat it again.

I've heard from some of you and gained a couple more Followers and I want to thank you ladies!
I hope to return soon with another post.
xo xo xo

Monday, May 22, 2017

Waiting On A Mouse

πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’š Hello Peeps!  This will be a brief post again but I'm popping in to say hello and let you know that I'm still here.

I love this new computer but I'm still using the touchpad which isn't my preference.  I have a new mouse on order and it should arrive soon.

Additionally, the keyboard is taking some time to get used to.  The layout seems to be a bit smaller in totality and I am striking the wrong keys fairly often.

Today two of my sisters and I went to our favorite shopping haunts (craft shops) and had a yummy lunch at Panera.  I can recommend the salad I had with strawberries and blueberries and pineapple mixed in with the lettuce and other ingredients.  The poppyseed dressing was excellent.  I ordered the half size salad and it was plenty.

We three gals always have a great time together and if our fourth sister lived close enough we would definitely have her in tow.

Although I was able to add a photo to my previous post, I'm not quite catching on how to save pics to my files yet.  This laptop is a Mac and always before I had a pc using Windows so it's a new ballgame.  I have an iPad and an iPhone so I'm used to the Apple products but there's still some learning to do on the computer.

Thank you for your visits and comments too!
xo xo xo

Saturday, May 20, 2017

New Laptop Learning Curve

I haven't been posting recently due to computer issues.  I bought a new MacBook and it's been challenging to get this post written so I'm keeping it short.

Below pics show the results of the bookcase cubes for fabric storage.  John assembled them without problems and I loaded them quickly.  I do like them a lot and they serve the purpose well. 

Once I gain a better understanding of managing photos I'll try to post again.

Wishing you a great weekend.
xo xo xo

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rethinking The Fabric Storage

The storage I've been using for my stash isn't working out so well
so I'm refolding
and organizing the stacks by color, type, etc.

I am going to put the stacks into cube bookcases instead of
returning them to the drawers which were not at all to my liking.

There is still more to be folded but soon I'll have it finished.  Yay!
xo xo xo

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What is Clutter?

Happy May!
Now, where did April go?  Way too fast, for sure.
Time passes while I do just ordinary stuff like organizing, purging, etc., plus hanging out with the grandkids more.  I haven't used the sewing machine in a month, probably, but I have been in the sewing room trying to organize the storage to better utilize the space and I did move my sewing tables by switching them around.
Additionally, I've been crawling around in the attic as I'm purging some of the stuff up there.  My goal is to eliminate things I don't use now and know I won't be later.
I'll try to add another post without letting another month escape.
xo xo xo

Monday, April 3, 2017

I Think She Likes It

I gave my great-niece her bag yesterday after church during coffee & donut time.
Her mom texted me later and said Piper no longer wants any help with her new bag!
Mission accomplished.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cricut Time

πŸ’Hello, Peeps.
Doing some Cricut stuff this evening.
Linking all my cartridges to the Explore One.
Two of my sisters are Cricut whizzes.
My third sister is more like me with a Cricut, that is, still catching on.
Here's the little bag I made for my great-niece Piper.
It's very small, like her.
The straps are so stiff but maybe that will work out.  I didn't intend for them
to turn out quite this stiff!
I am going in the other room now to see if John wants to watch a movie.
xo xo xo

Saturday, March 18, 2017

It's National Quilting Day So I Should Be Quilting

Happy National Quilting Day to all my quilting peeps!
I would enjoy doing some quilting but I'm not feeling quite up to par today.  In fact, I've felt a nagging icky feeling since Monday.  No fever.  No acute symptoms.  Just fatigue (worse than usual) and some other blah, non-specific stuff.  Yesterday was better and I thought I was back to normal but then today I'm not.  So since I'm not quilting, I am going to begin a new book.  I bought this one used around Christmas time but haven't read a word of it yet.  It came recommended so I'm going to see how I like it.  I just started another book a few days ago and the story line is very good but it contains writing that I find offensive so I quit.  That book is soon going to be out of here.  I haven't read any others by Stephen King so I don't know what to expect.
I have a great-niece who is about 18 months old and she loves to carry around a purse or a bag on her shoulder.  I'm also a bag person so I understand how important they are!  I am wanting to sew a little one for just her size.  She's tiny and doesn't need more than a tiny bag.
Here's a snap I took of her during the coffee & donut time at church recently.
She's just a little dolly!
The  two little guys are her brothers who are so precious.
If I do happen to get her little bag sewed, I'll pop in to post a pic.
'Till next time, have a great day!
xo xo xo

Friday, March 17, 2017

Another UFO Becomes A WIP

Hello and happy Saturday, Peeps!
And a happy Saint Patrick's Day as well.
I woke up earlier than usual this morning and I've been sitting with my coffee and doing some reading in a novel that I began last night.  I needed a break so I'm taking a pause to post as it's been two weeks.
As I promised myself, I'm pursuing my UFO list and have pulled Gail Pan's free BOM blocks out to work on until completion.  They are such pretty designs and I don't remember what side-tracked me at the time.  I had them tucked away to finish later and I suppose later has arrived.  I do love embroidery but when there are French knots to be made I do give my poor arthritic hand & finger joints a bit of a workout.
John and I have been kind of busy doing some projects around the house and we also made a short out-of-town trip last week to take care of some business.  He also offered weeks and weeks ago to take me shopping to replace a chair and I finally was ready to do so yesterday.  I have a nice chair in the family room but this is for the other room which is where I prefer to read or watch TV if John is watching basketball in the family room.
 So off we went to the furniture store to check out the chairs and I chose this one.
Do you remember the story of The Three Bears and Baby Bear wanted a chair that was "just right?"  This one was it.  I could have ordered one in neutral colors but I liked this one.  (It appears slightly purple in the photo but actually it's a burgundy and tan tweed.)   I suppose it just spoke to me.  The store helpers loaded it into John's truck and we headed for home.  I thought it looked just fine with this small homespun quilt on the back which I will use as a throw if I get cold.  Not that that's likely to happen.
Besides stitching on the above project, I am using some inspiration pictures on Pinterest to design a quilt that I have swirling in my mind.  It will incorporate pieced blocks, accented with some embroidery.  That's all I will share until I have something more specific to show you.  I can picture something in my mind but drafting it onto paper is going to take some time and effort.
I'm so glad you decided to visit me.
Please come again!
xo xo xo