Friday, December 30, 2011

Paper Piecing

I think I've got paper piecing down pat.
I was worried about trying this technique.
 this was my first attempt at paper piecing
 this flower is my second attempt
 this house was my 3rd attempt, I love the perfect-ness of the lines, it just makes me smile
 this is my 4th attempt at paper piecing
I'd say I've got it down pat, would you?
close up,
the mittens each have 17 pieces, WOW
I was worried about this pattern,
I thought it was bigger when I got it, I didn't pay attention to size.
This hat-scarf-mittens hanging will go to live in San Jose, CA
It looks a bit wonky on it's right side, but it's not.

I think now that i've learned paper piecing, I'll do my Farmer's Wife blocks paper pieced.
Now I'm just worried about curved pieces in those blocks.  eeekkkk

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ok Y'all....

Christmas is over and it's time to move on.
Easy for me to say, I didn't decorate a thing...
wait, I did put a wreath on the door.  It's down now though.
I think all the presents and boxes all have a home now and out of the
living room floor.

I got a gift certificate to Amazon and below is one of my purchases....
I'll need your help on this one.
I've googled and googled and used all I can.
I didn't find what I wanted to know.
I even left a few comments on several blogs and NO ONE got back to me.

My questions, and actually I thought once I get the book it might even
answer these questions for me.
Maybe I should wait and see.
Oh heck, let's go ahead.

**Do you use your scraps with these blocks?
**I know there are 111 blocks, how do you know how much fabric you use if you decide not to use scraps?
**Would you use one line of fabric?
**Or would you mix it up?
**I've seen examples of very modern fabric and for some reason I was thinking you would use Civil war era prints or something reproduced?

Any help you all can provide is much appreciated.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thank You

thank you all for all the thoughts and prayers for our family this holiday season
we're enjoying a few days with E
we had a team meeting wednesday with everyone involved
and they say he's making progress
and i can tell at home as well

i stitched up this little stitchery for him to take back and hang on his wall
he loves it

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Turtles-Show & Tell

we moved our babies (not babies, 8 years old) into a bigger home this week
we had them in a 30 gallon tank
only one get dry their shell at a time and they would fit over the 1 landing
as you can see all 3 drying off, and on the other side, their is 1 all by himself drying off
it's good to let their shells dry out as they want them too
 he's not even the biggest one
Dale is the biggest and he's much bigger than my hand

see the little guy over to the far left barely with his head out of water?
the females are bigger, so really our "dale" is a girl, oh well

normally turtles like this will never out grow their space
so, we're a bit concerned they'll grow
that's not our intention for the bigger tank, lol
our plan for the bigger tank is to mate them
we want to make a higher landing and place sand up there
they will only lay eggs in dry sand
it will be a work in progress
we've not read all we can about it yet, so we'll wait till we know all we need to know.
also, we'll have to have a plan for the babies (hmmmm)
yeah, we need to plan this out more

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Love these......

i've been looking for something like this for a while
i'm loving these.....

here's where I got the tags

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Makeover in E's Room

soooooo, we're in the process of an extreme makeover in E's room
and I mean extreme..
thankfully, i had already painted all his furniture black
oops....except for the bed, i'll get right on that

i've struggled with what the decor will be
i wanted all black (with some white)
he wants black and orange (the colors of our local high school football team)

i'm back to black
and i've just had a brilliant idea (well, i think so)
how about i put these different sayings on his wall?
not all of them, just a select few
and in black self adhesive lettering

and one that says "i love you" -mom

Sunday, December 11, 2011


so cute.....i saw something "like" this on Pinterest
this is my take on it......

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tutorial Coming Soon

crocheted ear bud cords
they will never tangle again
to us, in this house, that's a big deal

i've ordered some ear buds and am working on a tutorial
look for it next week

p.s. thanks to you all for your thoughts and prayers and emails, i appreciate you all

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Well, it's all going down tomorrow......
I've spent the weekend doing loads and loads of his laundry.
I've only ever did his laundry about once a month, that's how many clothes he has.
It's crazy!
It's good though, I needed to go through his clothes and this is the perfect time.

So, please remember our little family tomorrow as we dropped our beloved son off.
It's nearly a 2 hr drive, so down there and back will be long.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Moda Twill Tape Key Fob

i love these, simply made

two made from fabric and webbing, not MODA