Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Moving Forward

I feel like I can finally move forward. Turkey day is coming and I have a 5 1/2 day weekend!! We close at Noon tomorrow and I took Monday off. Time for me to get busy!! I need to catch up with all my Etsyblogger friends. I have items that need to get in my shop. And, I need to dust off the Christmas decorations!
Last night, I finally spent time in my craft room with my sewing machine. I made two sets of coasters. Not totally perfect but I may just put them in my shop. One is for everyday and the other is holiday themed.
I finally finished the baby afghan...I will post a picture later this week. I just need to weave in some ends and do some trimming and it will be ready to hand over to my friend.
I feel like the holidays have crept up fast this year. I turned around and it is almost December.
Hope all is well with all of you...I need to get back on the Etsyblogger team track and get some posting done.
~busy hands...
~holidays with family
~fun fabric
God bless!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Prayer request

It has been a difficult weekend. My daughter's high school is dealing with a tragedy. Read about it here. This man was a well-loved teacher and friend. I would like to ask each of you for your prayers for this man's family, friends and the students, both current and alumni. Please ask everyone you know for prayers for this community. This is the third death in two weeks that the students have faced.

God bless you all...thank you for listening.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Promised Pictures

Okay....I promised pictures...I am starting with Halloween since I hadn't downloaded my pictures since before then.

This is our front door...we were waiting for the Trick or Treaters to arrive...

This is Max...waiting patiently for the ghosts and goblins...

This is my handsome husband LOL...waiting to scare the Trick or Treaters...

This is my first attempt at a mini tote...

This one isn't too bad...still not shop ready...

I was feeling sassy so I got some cloth diapers and decided to try my hand at embellishing them...

I picked up some more materials for the weekend...

I am off to the craft room now...I can't wait to start creating again!!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and God bless!!

A Bloggy Promise

I promise to take some pictures tonight of my latest sewing attempts....cross my heart!! And I will rush right over to the computer and get them posted on my blog!!! First I need to finish my day at the office...come on 4:30...then pick up our Friday night pizza from this yummy pizzeria called "Pizza Doughmain" It is the closest thing we have found here in Indiana to the pizza we used to get at the Jersey shore. A bit of an indulgence on the diet front but we don't splurge too much anymore...who can afford it these days. I will let you know when I have some pictures posted!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sewing Away!!

I do believe that sewing is becoming my new crafting addiction! I spent Tuesday and Wednesday nights sitting at my sewing machine working on simple tote patterns. I broke two needles, messed with the tension, sewed up the wrong side, managed to work with the zipper foot, fixed a sweatshirt for my daughter, and ripped out a number of seams =) I am getting better…believe me. I actually made a mini tote that I gave to a co-worker today for her birthday. She loved it…it was the perfect size for her lunch!

Now that I am inspired to sew and create I headed off to the fabric/craft store on my lunch hour. I found some lovely fabrics in the remnants bin. One is soft paisley corduroy that looks like it will be fun to work with. I also bought some batting…my co-worker gave me some tips on quilting I might try this weekend if I get up enough courage. I also embellished some cloth diapers for burp cloths. Not perfect but I think I am on the road to getting some items in my shop.

I also have to work on some bracelets. I haven’t touched my beads in weeks. I want to get some holiday inspired items together. And there are a couple of paper projects I have been dying to try. Not enough hours in the day. Isn’t that always the way?

Right now the trainings are finished until the end of the month which should mean things are quieter at work. I finally had some time to organize my stack of papers and filing. I feel like I have a better handle on things. At home I need to get on the computer to download some of the pictures I have taken of my sewing attempts. I will only post them if you promise not to laugh!!

I need to count my blessings…I haven’t done so in a while. Let me see…

…learning something new! ~ I never thought I would enjoy sitting at my sewing machine as much as I do!

…fabric remnants and fat quarters ~ so many choices so little time!!

…my hubby and daughter ~ they are very complementary when I emerge from my craft room with a newly sewn item!!

God bless you all…I will venture around to your blogs sometime soon!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It's Beginning To...

look a lot like CHRISTMAS!!!

The cold has settled in over the Midwest and the holidays are heading our way at a dizzying rate. My Terrific Tuesday Treasures are etsyblogger team finds with the tag of Christmas.

that would make a lovely gift or stocking stuffer...

with a crisp peppermint scent...

just might be the right finishing touch to a holiday outfit...

Send holiday greetings to loved ones near or far with this

Christmas Tree Card by Angiecrafts...

Doesn't this group of treasures make you want to sing Christmas Carols?! I hope you have enjoyed my picks and God bless!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Sew Sew Weekend

This weekend I was determined to get some practice sewing in and, boy, did I ever? I headed off to the fabric store for some supplies after searching the net for some easy projects. I am getting more comfortable with my sewing machine and my seams are getting straighter. I had some tension issues but I did what my manual said and the problem was fixed in a jiffy. I even brought one of my projects to work to show my co-worker who sews and she was impressed. That definitely gave me a boost of confidence. I am not up to selling my items on etsy yet...but practice makes perfect! That was how I taught myself to crochet!
Another thing I did this weekend was head to the local library and straight to the section with the crafting books. I could spend hours just going through the books. I ended up bring home ten books on beading, crochet and sewing and one script for an audition in January!
Today at lunch I headed over to Half Priced Books and picked up a sewing and a rubber stamping book. If I don't like them I will just sell them back to the store. Both books look like they had some helpful hints in them. Hopefully, I will get a chance to look them over tonight.
I didn't spend much time online this weekend because I was buried in sewing books and fat quarters. I definitely need to catch with everyone. I need to get my etsyblogger posts together. I also need to get some pictures of my latest creations!! It gets dark too early now to take them outside...I have to find another option.
God bless you all!!! I need to get back to work!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

What's the Buzz!

So much happening I am not sure whert to start.

Halloween - We had about fifty to sixty costumed little ones at our door. We didn't run out of candy. It was such a beautiful night my daughter, husband and I sat on the front porch greeting the ghosts and goblins. Of course, hubby had to have his werewolf mask on. We saw many Hannah Montanas and Spidermen with huge muscles LOL...Of course my favorite was the little ladybug!!

The Weekend - We didn't get to Brown County like planned. Sometimes, that is how it goes. We hung out at home instead. It was the first weekend that there was nothing truly planned. I did some crochet and cleaned up the craft room! I started on my custom order and I have two new scarves to put in my shop...I just need to get the pictures downloaded. I loved that we had an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning. What a blessing!! And the Colts finally had a win over the Patriots!!! Go Blue!!

This Week - I have tried to catch up on everyone's blogs...I think it will take me to next January!! I am so glad we are a chatty bunch. I really have missed my bloggy world!

Voting - On Tuesday, I stood in line for two hours to cast my vote. I voted for Obama and I am so proud of Indiana turning blue. I had choir practice on Tuesday night for my church choir's Christmas program "Agnus Dei" by Michael W. Smith. Guess what?! I have a solo!!! It is going to be a very big deal. We have a 35 piece orchestra and extra voices to round out the choir. Right now we are practicing twice a week and sounding fabulous. When I got home I turned on the TV and was channel surfing for the latest results. I dozed off right before the West Coast polls closed and awoke about fifteen minutes later to the announcement of a new President! I couldn't keep my eyes open so I missed the acceptance speech...I am sure I can find it online.

The next two days have been meetings, trainings and workshops. I do love being busy...makes the days fly by. It is now Thursday and we are heading into the weekend!!! Not much on tap this weekend as far as events go. There is a Gift and Hobby show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. I want to go but with finances being what they are I don't want to spend much. I am still trying to make up my mind.

It is going to get colder so I am sure homemade soup will be on the menu! I have to dig out my recipe of Unstuffed Pepper Soup. Or maybe hubby will make his wonderful chili!!

I hope to get back to a regular blog and my Terrific Tuesday Treasures. I leave you with Bumble Bee notecards by Cards by Jenna

I am buzzing off now to more workshops!!! Leave me a comment and let me know what you have been doing!! BEE back soon ~ I promise!!

God bless!!