Thursday, December 30, 2010

Another Flu-Bug Project

The worst part of this flu-bug we have had has been the joint/muscle aches and pains. I have been seeing these BO-BO packs all over the web, so I got up yesterday and made us some. I cut two matching size fabrics, put wrong sides together and sewed them except for a small area to turn them and insert the insides. After they were turned and pressed, I topstitched all but the opening. I mixed rice with some oils I had here at the house--again, all those buys over the years have finally come in handy. I put wild berry oil in about 3 cups of rice and mixed real well. Next I poured the mixture into the bag through a homemade funnel--a rolled up piece of cardstock. Then I top stitched the opening to close and finish the project. You can heat the pack on 2-3 minutes in the microwave, or place in the freezer for a few hours, which ever you need---hot or cold. I filled the second one with rice scented with peppermint extract--does great on the chest of you or your little ones to relieve the congestion and aches. Take care. Be healthy, happy, safe. Hug those you love. Smile and laugh! Pray daily for those in need, and may God bless ya'll in this upcoming year!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Holiday Wishes!!

Hope ya'll had a Very Merry Christmas! We did!!! Things did not go quite as I had planned, but it was wonderful with many blessings and great memories! All the kids and significant others made it for Christmas Eve festivities and have been in and out since. My sweet Daddy however did not make it for the get together. He came down with the flu on the 23rd and is just now getting to where he feels like normal. He decided on the 24th that he would not come over and that we could not come there. He let Carre (daughter) and I take him some food and his presents. She opened them for him while I fixed the table so he could eat. He tried to stop us at the door, but since we had both had the flu shot he let us in. We came back and did the normal things we do with supper and presents here, but it was not the same without him. We traveled to and from family get togethers starting the weekend before Christmas and endng with our last one on the 26th. That is the day Simon (youngest) and I came down with the flu! It has been horrible! He has had fever as high as 103! We just got out of the bed and started to mill around the house today. I called my internist on Sunday and he put me on Tamiflu, and I think it has made mine not be quite as severe as all the others.

The pics above are from a flu project and daughters attempt at Christmas cards with Angel Baby and my first granpuppy. This year I have 2 granpuppies, Doss (oldest son) and girlfriend picked up a stray this year, who when he gets loose from them comes to my house, climbs the fence into my back yard and plays with our dogs until someone comes to take him home. Darnest think I have ever seen, most animals climb out of fences, not in. He does climb out of theirs! I love the Christmas card attempt. This is not what they went with, but I got a pic of this framed, because I love it so much. You really have to see the series of pics to appreciate it as much as I do. This is the only one out of the bunch that they both looked straight at the camera. The scarf was made from yarn I had here at the house while I was "bedridden". I used a basic single crochet stitch for the scarf, and the flower was an after thought because the scarf just looked bland. I have a new fleece that matches perfectly. See, it is a good reason for buying all that yarn and fabric and adding to my stash--note to hubby!!!!!!

This time of year is special to us all. Sometimes things are hard, but if we continue to pray and ask God to take things into His hands, the best will occur. I got off work on the 21st planning to get all my Christmas finished and be prepared for the 24th festivities without being rushed. As I entered the house my phone was ringing. When I answered it my best friends daughter was crying uncontrollably on the other end. Her grandmother was found in her bathroom covered in blood and not talking appropriately. She lives in a small town out from our town about 20 minutes away. My BFF was out of town at a concert with her hubby that they had been planning for almost a year. I told MB to get a baby sitter if she could for her twin babies and I would meet the ambulance at the hospital, and not to call her mom until I saw what exactly was wrong with Gran. (My initial thought was if it was a cut or bump on her head, we could handle it until BFF gets home later tonight--THey are about 3 hours away) It was not quite that simple. Gran did not know me when she got to the hospital, and after a CT of her head it was found she had 4 bleeds in her brain. One big one and 3 smaller ones. Needless to say when she did not recognize me, we started to try and get BFF on the phone. She called back just as the ambulance was preparing to take me and Gran to a bigger hospital about 3 hours away even more south than BFF was. Long story short I got back home the next morning about 6:30, and todays report from Gran is the best one yet. She is starting to do things normal to her. Hopefully by the middle of next week, she will be able to come home. All of this has been brought to you by the power of prayer!! God is great in all ways, and we are so lucky to have such a great God watching over us!!

Take care. Be safe, healthy, happy. Hug those you love! Smile and laugh!! Pray for our soldiers, their families, those whom you know in need, and just anyone you thinks need an extra boost!! God bless ya'll and may ya'll have a safe and great New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010


Good Morning Blogland!! Hope all is well. I have to tell ya'll about this wonderful blog I found the other day while hopping-- It is awesome. She does wonderful crafts and incorporates teaching into the fun. Great teaching! I first saw her post about reindeer games, but after going back and looking the whole way through at old posts, her creativity and talent is everywhere. Please go and see and tell her how much you enjoyed the tour. The Rudolph above is straight from her blog. Angel baby needed something to give her nursery class for Christmas and I thought these with some reindeer food would be great. All you need are some clear ornaments, brown packing paper, red pipe cleaners, google eyes, and a red shiny nose. Pack the paper inside the ornament, glue the eyes and nose. Cut a pipe cleaner is half, and then cut one of the halves in half. Take the smaller pieces and make extra "horns" on each antler and shape. Glue the base of the antler to the top of the ornament. Cute, easy and cheap. Ya'll take care. Be safe, healthy, happy. Smile and laugh. Hug those you love. Do something special and unexpected for someone. Pray for our nation. Pray for our armed forces and their families. God bless ya'll!!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Angels Among Us!

This is an ornament I made many years ago. I made one for every child and parent for the tree that year, and actually I made some for friends and co-workers also. I am really surprised you do not see them much here in crafty blogland. They are really simple. I am not sure of the exact measurements because I made them in several sizes, but here goes my first tutorial. Ya'll bear with me now!

Things you will need:
Small styrofoam ball
8 inch circle of fabric--*not sure about the circumference, but you can play with it and see what size you like.
Lace- I used wide for the large Angels and small for the little Angels, again this depends on which size you choose to do.
Glue gun
Rubber band
raffita, straw, yarn-this is for the hair
Flowers, or any other embellishments--optional

I cut my fabric into a circle, then sewed the lace around the edge of the circle. Next, I glued the center of the circle to the styrofoam ball (only glued at the top of the ball). I draped the rest of the fabric tightly around the ball and secured it with a rubber band. Pull the skirt, so it lays smoothly. Glue the ribbon, flower whatever you decide on around the rubberband to hide it. Take a piece of the lace and make several loops with it. Pinch the middle, and wrap with thread to secure the pinch. Make a loop with some of the left over ribbon so you can hang her. Gluethe loop and the wings to the back of the Angel at the neck or right below. You can put something over the string to cover if you like. Take the straw and make the hair. I hot glued it to the head, and WHA LA---you have an ANGEL.

Take care. Be safe, happy, healthy. Hug those you love. Smile and laugh! Pray for our soldiers, our nation, and our nation's leaders. Help someone who needs it, it will make your heart feel so good! God Bless Ya'll!!!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The 2010 Tree

Well, the tree is up and the outside is decorated. I completely redid the tree this year, changed the lights, garland, and only put up the most important ornaments. How do ya'll like my little elf that helped me? I still have some things to put up inside, but I have decided to not do the village this year, one reason being the little elf. She has begun to really investigate things. I put at the bottom of the tree an Angel, Santa, snowman, Christmas tree, and a bell so I could let her start to learn about Christmas essentials. She loves the Angel baby ornament and Santa. Angel baby ornament is a blond haired little Angel girl dressed in pink that I got for her last year. If you say love the baby, she loves Angel baby ornament, and if you say love HO HO, she goes to Santa! It is so neat watching her learn something new everyday. I am very fortunate to have them so close. Oldest son killed a huge deer with his bow the other day. It is his first Pope and Young. If you do not have hunters in your family you may not know what that is, but it is something that true hunters dream of. Hubby had a big birthday Saturday! We had some old friends we have not seen in quite a while come over for football and supper. Very quiet, relaxing, and enjoyable. It was 14 degrees this morning when I got up! That is really unusual for us. I like it, cause it means snuggly time. Little son crawled up in the bed with me last night to watch football and was still there this morning. I really miss those days with him, you know he's at that age where mom may not be the most important person in his life, but thanks cold weather for getting a snuggle time. Ya'll take care and be safe. Please pray for our soldiers and their families. Smile and laugh!! Be healthy and happy. Hug those you love. REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON, JESUS CHRIST!!! God bless ya'll!!!