Sunday, August 30, 2009
The bag tag above is one I did for a friend as a RAK (Random Act of Kindness). She was an on line friend and really loved my art and crafts. She commented a lot about my stuff, so I sent this one day. It is made out of cardstock and designer paper. The ribbons are from my stash. The eyelets are from Close to My Heart and the baubles are from Stampin Bella. I paper pieced the clothes on the stamped image, and colored in the other areas with CTMH markers. I hope to have pics of some of the new stuff I am doing for the baby. I have made some bibs and burp clothes and I am smocking a few outfilts. Hopefully they will be finished soon and I can post a pic.
Time for me to close my rambling for today. I hope ya'll have a great week with many memories and blessings. Be safe, happy, healthy. Hug those you love. Remember to smile and laugh, and God bless ya'll!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I have had such a busy week that this is my first time to post. I knew last week this week would be tough, but I did not know quite how tough it would be. We worked Monday night until 11:30 and I am still not over it. Tuesday was a 11 hour day, Wednesday was a 10 hour day, and today (my day off) was a 3 1/2 hour day. Tomorrow does not look much better, I am expecting at least 10 hours. Oh well, as I say, it makes for a good nights sleep.
The above pic is an apron I made for myself last year. The colors are pink and brown. The pattern is called "My Granny's Apron", or something similar to that. I made some of these last year and gave as wedding presents and birthday gifts to friends. I have at least 10 cut out in my sexing box and I plan on finishing them soon. I really think I will give them as Christmas gifts this year to my aunts. I love mine. I also may put some on my Etsy shop. Aprons to me are a classic, that people rarely think of anymore. I am so glad to see such sites as Apronista out there. I hope people will start back using them as our parents did. My mom and grans always had an apron on.
Today's bible scripture is :
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you already are doing"-----
1 Thessalonians 5:11
In this world today there is much more criticism than encouragment. Whether it be at home, at school, or at work, we find fault instead of good. I hope that each of you will think this verse through and repeat it several times. Make it your goal to tell the ones around you the good things they do and not harp on the bad. In the end you will be happier and the person you commended might pass it on and hey--your little good deed could lead to a chain of events that could go all around the world. Wouldn't that be neat??? That is our "Time Out" for this Thursday. I hope to hear good things in the future from this!! Gotta go, little buddie should be in from school soon, and we gotta get homework done, rested and hydrated for football practice late this afternoon. Take care. Be healthy, happy, safe. Hug those you love, and may GOD bless ya'll!!!!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Just a quick post. On my way to finish getting stuff for babies nursery with daughter. I will be back later with whether the trip was successful or not. Particularly looking for fabric for curtains and a rug. These are a new style of painting I did this week. I need some feed back as to whether it is a like or dislike. Found the camera on the floor board of my car. Simon went and crawled around for me and there it was. Thank goodness, I was really not in the mood to buy a new camera. Ya'll have a great day!! Be safe, happy, healthy. Hug your loved ones. Pray for our soldiers and their families. God bless ya'll!!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Just had a quick rain shower here and I had to go out and put our dogs in the shed. They are the biggest babies. They were crying at the back door, but I got out there too late to keep them from being muddy, so I opened my workshed and they all jumped in. I have been painting a little this morning. I have a few new cross patterns I am doing. I will post later when I FIND my camera!! I took it to the shower the other day and have not seen it since. I really don't think I ever got out of the house with it. I have looked through all the bags I took and I hope it did not fall out when moving things to and from the car. Carre and Andrew's wedding pics are up and they are great. We are ordering this weekend and I hope to have some to post soon.
Thursday Time Out:
This is the time to sit back, relax and smile. Deep breath in and blow out slowly. Now, roll your neck, lift your arms up, stretch, and bring down slowly. Don't forget that breathing!! Stress will KILL you!! Please, take time everyday to think about this and find something that will help you relax. Today's scripture is a one for times of upheaval....
" Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare on the Lord: He is alone my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God
and I am trusting of Him."------------Psalm 91:1-2
It's time for me to go. Be safe, healthy, happy. Hug those you love, they are precious. See ya later!! May God bless ya'll!!!!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Good Morning! Hope all is well, and that you are having a blessed week!! I have almost finished cleaning out the extra bedroom. Need to get in the closet. I have decided to paint the room, but that will be in a few weeks. I already have to many plans for the next few weekends. Dawn (my best friend for life) is going to help me, but her schedule is as crazy as mine. Today is hump day and that means it is down hill for me. Tomorrow is my day off, then a quick Friday work day and WEEKEND!!!!! I am going to Jackson ( abouth 1 1/2 hours from here) with my daughter Saturday to pick up some final things for the babies nursery. I am particularly looking for some material to make some curtains. The bedding came in and it is so cute. It is custom made and the colors are black, white, fuschia, medium pink and green. Really good looking. I am making the curtains in black and white polka dot if I can find the right material. When she finishes it, I will post a pic. I wish I had a camera right now--my youngest cat, Eustus, just came in here fussing and he would not be quiet. This cat usually is the quiet one. I followed him all over the house to see what was wrong and found nothing. When I sat back down at computer, he came back and started all over again. Finally he crawled up in my lap, layed down across my arms and started purring louder than I have ever heard him. You should see me typing and the cat over my arms!!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Quiet day here. We are running short days this week because my doctor is a farmer also and it is harvest time for some of his crops. We are running 3/4 days instead of full days, but today was like a half day. I got off, came home and started cleaning. The weekend was so busy, my house shows that it was neglected. I have set up the old computer in Simon's room, but having trouble with the internet connection. Andrew coming later to see what I did wrong. Working on the spare bedroom now, but had to take a break. This room is full of toys and I am throwing away broken ones, packing up ones I want to keep for grandbabies and putting in attic, and anthing else is going to this mission that my friend Dawn's mom helps with. I was talking about the old toys and getting rid of them and Gran (Dawn's mom) said let me have them, the missions needs toys right now, so that is todays project. When I get the toys out, I am putting my sewing stuff in there so I will not have to be moving things around. Time to go back to work on the room. Ya'll take care---be safe, happy, healthy--Hug your loved ones--smile til your face hurts and laugh hard--God bless ya'll!!!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Good morning!! It is a beautiful day here, but already 91 degrees. Jack and Simon have gone to a scrimmage football game for the older boys on the pee wee team. I finished Doss painted camo cross ( or as camo as it is gonna be) It is like the real abstract one I have already posted, but 16 x 20. He is working on his farm this morning. Carre woke me up this morning with a frantic phone call to see if I had an extra set of keys to her car. She is taking her ACLS certification this weekend, and could not find her keys. I did and sent Simon over there with them, but by the time he got there Andrew had found them. I had a wonderful conversation this morning with 2 of my best friends. Just discussing life in general and sipping coffee. We may cook out tonight with one of our friend couples, but it depends on if I get through with all I have to do. Carre and I are giving a kitchen shower tomorrow for her friend that is getting married in September. I need to go to the grocery in a little while and start cooking for it. I make these great sandwiches and all her buddies love them, so that is some of what I am making. I will post the recipe at the end of this post.
The card above is one I made a while back. The cardstock is Bazzill, and the background paper is from K & Co. The image is "Sweetybellas" and the saying is from Studio G. The eyelets are Garden Green from Close to My Heart. I used the technique of paper piecing for most of the card and some layering. The only coloring that was done was with CTMH markers--garden green, cranberry, and flesh. The buttons are from SEI--Winnie's Wall collection. The fibers are scraps I had in my fiber drawer.
The sandwiches are po-boy sandwiches. You can use ham, turkey, roast beef or whatever you want. You need a loaf of garlic bread. I use Pepperidge Farm. Cook according to directions on the package. Then put your condiments on while bread is still warm. This will soak in the bread and make it moister. I put a pound of shredded meat on each sandwich. After I finish putting the sandwich together, I slice it into small sandwiches, about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Place the small sandwiches back like a loaf and wrap in foil. Place in oven on 200 degrees and heat throughly. These can be made ahead of time and heated up when needed. They are really good.
Gotta get off this computer and get started on my days activity. Take care. Be healthy, happy, safe and smile!! Hug those you love, and God bless ya'll!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday Time Out
Stop, take a deep breath, blow out slowly. Life is to hectic and fast. Slow down, stop and smell the roses. Laugh. Sing. Thank God everyday that He has given you another day to love.
"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you".......James 4:8
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Ok, last painting for a while. Tomorrow will be a new project. This is a birth annoucement I did for a friend at work. The nursery is done is purple and green. The only thing missing is the name, but I do not letter good, so I had her write the name. It really is a lot cuter than this pictue makes it look. The large canvas is 11x14 and the drop downs are 8x10 with a 5x7 on top of it. These are fun to do . I am setting up an Etsy shop and you can get one from there is you would like to have one. I really need a couple of weeks notice to make, receive payment, and ship. Any of my paints are for sale. If you are interested, just email me directly at
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This is my second cross I painted for myself. I am working on another and will place them on either side of the big one I posted last night. This one is 11x14 and is also hunter green and chocolate brwon with cream and tan throughout. I think I like this one the best. Love all the abstract in it. My oldest son asked me to do one for his house for his birthday and he wanted it done in camoflauge. I told him I did not think that was possible, but I believe he will get one like this but 16 x 20.
We have our meet and greet your new teacher tomorrow morning at 7:30. Wow, I really wish they would have done this tonight. We will only be there about 1 hour. I don't know who's idea this was, but I believe they had a memory lapse when they thought up this one. Anyway, we will be there with bells on!!! I am looking forward to this year. Simon will be in 5th grade and this will be his first year to have a homeroom teacher and to switch classes throughout the day. I remember when I first did this. Man, I thought I was so big!! We also had our first summer reading this past summer. That went good, so I hope it is an omen to what kind of year we will have. School has never been a problem with any of my children, and I am very blessed that it has been this way. Simon won the Math award for the 4th grade last year, and he is wanting to keep up the tradition this year. He is a very good student--doesn't write to well, but what man does--but he sure can add!!
Today was a nice day. We had a long hard day at work, but that just leads to a good night sleep. I brought home Chinese take out and we are all stuffed. All big kids are doing fine. All animals are doing fine--I believe I have failed to mention them: 3 dogs--Rambo, Sweetie, and Gracie, lab, mix and beagle order corresponds to name; 2 cats--Black/white stray we have had for 17 years named Buckwheat (Bucky for short) and long haired grey, black, white, and some orange stray we have had for about 6 years named Eustus. Both of these were brought home by my daughter from spend the night parties over the years. They are great cats and get along well. Time for me to close my eyes. We have about 80 patients to see tomorrow. Be safe, healthy, happy and sweet. Don't forget to smile! Hug the ones you love, and most of all GOD bless our nation and GOD bless ya'll!!!!!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
The picture above is a painting I finished this weekend. It is for my dining room. I plan on making a collage of paintings with crosses and angels. This is on a 16x20 stretch canvas. The colors are hunter green and chocolate brown. I painted all weekend. Stayed in my pj's all day Saturday. I finished wedding gifts and baby gifts I had been working on. I made my first cross painting some time ago, and I cannot keep them--someone either buys them or gets them as a gift. Today I got 2 orders for these. One in burgundy and gold for a church and the other in chocolate and blue for a co-worker. I hope to have them finished by next week. I love crosses in any shape or form. You will see a lot of these in my postings.
Family is great!! My first grandbaby is due to arrive in October and I am exstatic! It is a baby girl according to the U/S's. Mom and little one seem to be doing fine. I got a new son in law this weekend. My daughter and the love of her life finally tied the knot. Ran off to Gatlinburg and called us when it was over. I kind of suspected that was what they were doing even though they looked me straight in the face and said they were not before they left. She called me on the phone Friday afternoon and said, "Mom, we got married, but don't worry. We hired a photographer and a real preacher. We had pictures and prayers just for you!!" They had planned this out to the tee. I will post pics when I get them. Oldest son is having a birthday today. He is 24! He got a large dorm refrig and a microwave from me. He has is own house down the street but would not buy himself a refigerator--been waiting on a friend who works at the Sears store here to hook im up with a "deal". I told him eating out everyday is not healthy and he could use this until he found what he was looking for. He has the sweetest girfriend and she gave him a grill, so he should be fixed up. I figure this will make him get that refrig soon. He has been in his house about 2 months. Little brother is wonderful. Started pee wee football and this may be his calling. He has really turned into a jock!! He starts school on Thursday and his first real game is September 1st. He got measured for his suit today. I cannot wait until he gets in to see how things went at practice.
I am very fortunate in life. My father is still living and lives 2 streets over from us. I have 3 great kids-one at home and the older two have good jobs and live on their own--all in the same neighborhood as I. I have been married for 12 years to a good man. God has given me many blessings and I see many more to come. He has given me a wonderful talent that I have suppressed all these years due to working fulltime, but that is changing. I have slowed down considerably with my work. I am a nurse and have been one for 30 years-22 of those being an operating room nurse. I have recently changed jobs and have gone to work for an orthopedic surgeon I have known and worked with over the last 8 years at the hospital. I go to surgery 2 days a week with him and work the clinic 2 days a week. NO MORE CALL!!! It is great. I am off one day a week and that is my crafting time usually. I plan to keep this blog loaded with crafts and projects. I hope ya'll forgive me for rambling tonight. I feel like I have renewed old friendships. I wish for all a safe, healthy, happy tomorrow. Please pray for our soldiers. Take care and God bless ya'll!!!