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Someone once said -

"There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right and pray for the people who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living." Amen


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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Love this Christmas Song by U2


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas

and a

Happy New Year

to all my Friends!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Christmas Projects, Prizes, and Gifts

I'm back..been gone a bit..had a wonderful turkey day at me daughter's house it was nice to have her do all the cooking. Then I have been preparing for all the parties. Went to Thursday-Sat and yesterday I went with 6 members of my crochet/knit group to a really fun craft fair out in a wee equestrian town. What fun!   
Wow this new google format for uploading pics is a little squirrly isn't it? I mean they are very hard to line up now... hmmmm

I made this Christmas card basket. I just love them and they are so easy, you just make a pattern of one octogon side and center on the portion of the card you want to show and then cut out 12 one for the inside and one for the outside. Then I used scrapbooking sheets for the bottom in a heavy red glitter for the inside and the silver for the bottom side. Then all you do is whip stitch with a darning needle and your favorite yarn. all the way around ....it is fun and so pretty...   The elf slipper I made up for our slipper contest but only got one done, I just plum ran out of time! oh well...at least I had one to show... the gift is what I took to the ladies car club party...and I won the brautiful big red purse and scarf! I love them both...

Then I made the cute red hats necklace for a present for my red hats party and the pink eskimo slippers I won at my crochet/knitting party on Thursday night. It was quite a week, The gingermen I stuck on the goodie bags for the girls...

These cute stockings were given to my red hat friends and held the ornament hangers I made below...
These are the ornament hangers I made for my red hat gals ...they were fun to make

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Odds and Ends

Foxy got a new hair do at the groomers the other day, doesn't she look cute?
I started my little stockings for the gals in my Red Hats group, I couldn't decide what to make for the fillers and then I came upon a pattern for these really cute beaded ornament hooks and thought how cute they would be in our colors. Since there are 18 gals it can get a bit expensive and time consuming so I thought that these might work just fine.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Fun "After Halloween" Party

We had our "After Halloween" party with my stitchin group since I was so sick over Halloween.. :( It was a riot so I thought I would share a few photos with you all...I hung a huge black spider from my fan over the table where the food went..sorry it is a bit dark.. :(

I was Spaghetti and Meatballs and made my costume...sewed the material wore a turtle neck, red slippers with red gloves....even reddened my face... :)

Most of the gals wore something, it was fun fun fun!

One of the gals made this cool head piece and then wore a black veil, she was the lady of death....
I made this cute little Frankenstein container

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Thanksgiving Crafts and Things!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

More Halloween Goodies to Make

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Designs and Colors

Did you notice the change..??? Yes I decided to give the ole blog an uplift....as i was sipping on some ice tea the other day I decided to try something different for my blog.....but I want to change the fonts on my name and add my own design to the heading, but alas I am still learning that part...will have to do some research to learn...unless one of my followers can help direct me in the right direction?????

I am on my laptop as I got that virus on my desktop computer...ugh!!! Do NOT!! and I repeat DO NOT!!!! open "x" out or anything else to a pop up box that looks like it came from your computer but it DID NOT!!! It is a virus for a protection that says your computer is infected and it has a sheild and is called "Security Alert" it attaches itself to your hard drive changes your home page deletes your desktop and won't allow any windows to open but the alert window and asks you to buy it....then nothing you have lost your computer... :( the sad part is that even if you close it it will do the same soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo just shut down your computer and it should then go away... so many hackers out there is is not fun!!!!

On a more positive note I finished some of my goodie bags for my up coming Halloween party...and also working on some more necklaces for Christmas and pins out of buttons.. :)

Button pins are easy and fun to do and we all have a few old ones sitting around...so get creative and make some...

I am going to crochet a few flowers and add my button creations to their middles...if you like to swap buttons try this swap here....

Friday, October 09, 2009

My April Snow GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Another gorgeous giveaway, look at these earrings.... My April Snow GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Grosgrain: Owl and Pussycat Masks GIVEAWAY!!!!

Owl and Pussycat Masks GIVEAWAY!!!!

Owl and Pussycat Masks GIVEAWAY!!!!

If you like the masks there is a tutorial here. Martha Stewart has these made up. Read the famous poem below.

"The Owl and the Pussycat"
by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea,
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey,
and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are, You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'

Pussy said to the Owl,
'You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married!
too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?'
They sailed away,
for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose, His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

'Dear pig, are you willing to sell
for one shilling Your ring?'
Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away,
and were married next day
by the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince,
and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand,
on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon, The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon"

Grosgrain: Orange Poppy GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Grosgrain: Orange Poppy GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!! Want to win one of these beautiful designs be sure to check out Grosgrain's and see the others she is offering for this giveaway...

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Making Halloween Decorations is Fun

[step 1 supplies]

I have been working a lot on Halloween...one of my "fav" holidays...and this little "Graveyard Ghosts" decoration came out really cute.. :) I got the pattern over here... here are stages of my project...I couldn't find the right gloves until I went to the $1 store and there they were in the cosmetic department...who would of thought??? I used glitter glue to paint the bow ties and also acrylic florescent paint. The bats cut out of black foam was a little harder so I enlarged the pattern a wee bit and the base was a black ceramic dish from Michael's...worked out perfect with a little florescent paint.... [step 2 and 3 paint bottom and stuff gloves]
[step 4,5,6 paint gloves, cut out bats and moon and cardboard grave sign and gravestones, glue to pop sticks as shone and write on as shown]
[lastly put all together and into bottom as shown]

Then I worked on a prize for my groups party coming up on he 22nd...this clock turned out really nice, I still need to add a few more jewels and the title "Stitching Time" on it but I think it came out nice.. :) I have a whole bunch of these old 78s so I will for sure be making more of these....they make great presents....and they are not hard to make.....see it here

Then I made this cute spider...I twisted 2 pipe cleaners fo get the legs multi colored...used large and smaller fur balls, and google eyes...

Monday, October 05, 2009

Some More Halloween Decorations for the Home

Thursday, October 01, 2009

My pond is really blooming even now that it is fall time...I love all the green and there was a new flower this am on the big bush...really pretty with pink petals.. its hanging right over the flowing falls...

last weekend I went on a yarn field trip and found all these fun buttons.. I made this little guy out of felt...

These little birds showed up at my feeders. they are small and dark brown cute as can be

some of the goodies I used to make my neices "B" day gifts... :) and the card I sent her...

my fish are asking for food

and my pet squirrel always lets me take her pic...she is such a ham!!

I shot this one of a spider in her web with the sun coming up in the am....

Friday, September 25, 2009

Let's Decorate for Halloween

This is great for the front yard!

Fun recipe

Thursday, September 24, 2009

September is Natioanl "Read a New Book a Month"

How about making a "Story Sack" for an adult. Since we need to read at least one new book this month to be "hip" on this tradition of national things to do.....I thought it would be great to to make up this "Story Sack" to help us get into the mood to read.

You're asking, what is a 'Story Sack'? It's simply a bag or sack of some sort, which contains a story book along with related craft ideas, games, and other fun activities.

Why would you want to make one? What better way to get you interested in reading than by getting you involved with a good craft project that connects you to your new book/series. Imagine the fun of not only reading about the characters in the book you choose to read, but maybe making related crafts, playing a related game, or decorating your "Story Sack" to go along with your new book.

My idea is a pattern for a tote bag to go along with your new book, nothing complicated just a simple tote, but the enbellishments are what will get you excited.

You will start off with one embelishment related to the title ...like if the title says on the beach then maybe you might make a little shell out of felt or a string of beads to hang from one of the handles..... or if your title or intro tells you it is about a mystery around food then maybe you can crochet or knit a banana or cupcake and attach it to your tote, or even felt it or embroider it....then as you continue to read you will add new items to your tote bag....each item relating to the story....but remember if this is a series you might want to limit your embellishments to 3-4 a book depending on how many books are in the series....think of the fun Harry Potter's books would be? Ohhh the ideas and inspirations are endless.... Plus you can add little items inside your bag, like crossword puzzles or games that might help you stay in tune with your tote..or just your next crafting addition to work on when your not reading...

Some ideas of series:

You could also think about trying out a new "series" of books like; Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, or Robert Jordan's newest series of fantasy, or how about Maggie Sefton's series on "Knitting" murders. There are a lot of authors out there that have a ton of series with crafts included in the books. JoAnn Fluke has wonderful murder mystery books that include recipes to scrumpious bakery items.... yum yum...Harry Potter, The Mitford series, Nora Roberts series,The Charlaine Harris murder series, the list is endless. Just go to local library or book store and browse till you find book 1 in a series that intrigues you!!

"The Killer Pancake": with recipes by Diane Mott Davison "A nice fluffy quick read, loaded with mouth-watering recipes. While nice to read a series in order, you can pretty much read any of this series in any order."

"The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle" by Joann Carl "One of those light "cute" mysteries that's in fashion these days. It includes chocolate trivia. A nice read for a day when you just want something quick and fluffy to delve into."

"The Main Corpse" by Diane mMott Davison "This book was very good. It had a lot of suspense and kept me guessing until the very end. A highly recommended read for those who want to think. Plus there are recipes scattered throughout the book"

"Aunt Dimity's Death" by Nancy Atherton "Atherton's first mystery in a series of 11 books so far, it combines a strong sense of traditional English fare with an insistent gothic spirit. Suffering from her recent divorce, her mother's death, and an erratic income, Lori Shepherd receives notice from a prestigious Boston law firm that she must travel to England in order to meet the requirements of a will. While visiting her benefactor's "haunted" cottage with lawyer friend Bill, she uncovers important clues relating to a World War II mystery" [I read this book and loved it....]

I chose a classis mythiogical series called "Journey to the West". It was written during the Ming Dynasty based on traditional folktales. Consisting of 100 chapters, this fantasy relates the adventures of a Tang Dynasty (618-907) priest Sanzang and his three disciples, Monkey, Pig and Friar Sand, as they travel west in search of Buddhist Sutra. " So my tote bag has monkeys as it's design on it and I will add embellishments as I read on.

To make your tote: [check out here]
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the outside of your tote to go with your book's theme. [I chose a monkey theme, in fleese to go with my new series ]
  • 1/2 yd for the lining any color
  • handles [can be plastic or straps, or made of fabric]trims as desired
  • something to put in the bag with your book


  1. Lay out your fabric and cut two rectangular pieces depending upon how big you want your tote bag to be.
  2. For a regular tote bag, the appropriate measurement is 12x14 inches, 14x16 inches or for a larger bag try 19x22 inches rectangles.
  3. Set aside the left-over material for later use. This can be used for the straps of your bag.
  4. Place the first rectangular piece of cloth on a flat surface. The shorter sides of the rectangle will make the top and bottom of the tote bag.
  5. Fold one inch from the top edge of your fabric and secure it with straight pins.
  6. Iron the fold, so that it remains in place.
  7. Sew on your sewing machine straight across the edge.
  8. Take the second rectangular piece of cloth and repeat the above steps.

  9. Next see handles below
  10. Now, take both the rectangular pieces. Lay one of them on a flat surface, and place the other piece on top of it.
  11. Secure the pieces to each other, using straight pins.
  12. To attach the two pieces sew them together. Be sure to leave a ½ inch seam on both the sides and bottom.
  13. Sew both sides and bottom of tote being sure to catch the handles of the fabric at the bottom edge, do not sew the top side, which will serve as your opening. [use a zig zag stitch on the hems to prevent raveling]
  14. Your tote is ready! Turn it inside out, so that the sewed edges are inside the bag, while the outside gets the finished look. [option to line]
  15. With your tote inside out, take one corner feel for your seams and move the fabric back and forth in your fingers to flatten it out
  16. Now sew about 2 ½” down from the top point, straight across and sew this about 2 times
  17. This will give you a bottom for your bag and more room.
  18. Press the bag smooth, with the iron.
  19. Your tote bag is ready to be used!

To add a Lining:

  1. Take the other 1/2 yard of material and cut 2 rectangles[the same size as you used for the outside
  2. sew up both sides and the bottom of the bag with right sides facing
  3. now put inside of finished bag and turn over top edge about 1/2" around
  4. match side seams and ease around pinning into place
  5. sew around top edge 1/2" seam around with matching thread


  1. Take your fabric (about 2 1/2 inch piece wide), folding it in half right sides together and sewing (with a 1/2 inch seam) all the way down, iron the seam open and use a wooden spoon or long piece of dowling to flip it right way around. The top and bottom will be sewn shut when the bag is sewn together.. [make 2]
  2. Make sure your two lengths of ribbon are the same size. Pin one end of one of the handle about 1/3 of the way in from the edge on one of the sides (we'll call this side A). Make sure you make it go all the way down to the bottom hem (which we haven't sewn yet) as this will make the bag a lot stronger.
  3. Making sure not to twist the handle, pin the other end of it ALSO ON SIDE A about 1/3 of the way in from the other edge. Pin it so the ends are both flush with the bottom hem.
  4. Make the handles as long as you want them
  5. Trim the handle a bit if the handle seems too big.
    OPTIONAL: You can use fusible (iron on) sewing tape to tape the handles to the bag before you stitch them for a bit of extra support
  6. Once you're happy with the length of the handle, start stitching it to the bag along the top hem, turn the bag and stitch the ribbon down the length of the TOP HEM (not all the way down the bag), turn the bag and stitch the it along the top hem, turn the bag and stitch all the way back up. You've made a rectangle of stitching that should match the stitching you made on the top hem.[if stitching by hand: Stitch back and forth 3 times along the same stitch line as you made on the top hem.]
  7. Now repeat the entire process on "Side B" of the bag so you have a handle on each side.


  • 1. Magnetic closure, button (and buttonhole or hook and loop tape)
  • 2. Lining
  • 3. You can use fusible fleece giving the bag a nice amount of body. And use interfacing to make your handles. Fuse the fusible fleece to the WRONG side of your outside fabric.

  • Nylon fabric is a favorite as it folds compactly and is resistant to water
  • I addded lace to the edgesw of mine and sewed on the outside of my bag around with a zig zag stitch 2 times around
  • I left the 3 inches at the top edge for a flip over
  • I also used fleese on the outside and a small corderoy for the inside lining
  • Have fun and be creative... :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cricut Expression, Sewing , and Fun

I love visitng Sew Mama Sew because she always sends me off to some great blogs like The Crafty Crow who has some wonderful designs and fun tips plus she has a beautiful house and trees she created with her Cricut, something I have been wanting..... I have a Big Kick and love it for makin gmy felt designs but Cricut is wonderful....... or Whip up with a great wrist pin cushion to make, but she also had a great Pocket Stitch Book that you can download to carry with you anywhere so you can always sew those stitches right!!! and be sure to see the video for how to cut and fold...it was created by Bella Dia.....

You have to check out this great knitted pattern for felting a Christmas Tree.... WOWOW....

Now for an exciting contest join up over at Todays Mama

The Cricut people, Provo Craft, are having a huge contest where you can win their very latest creation, The Gypsy.

The Gypsy is a hand held design device that works with your Cricut so you can create designs any where you go and then later cut them all out on your Cricut.

No more sketches on napkins ortrying to remember that great idea once you get back home.

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If you would like to try and win a Cricut Expressions machine or all four of the newest cartridges then visit TodaysMama! Post a fun"Great Escape" meme on your blog and your entered,

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Monday, September 21, 2009

September Time and New Books to Read

It's that time of year again for starting on those projects for Christmas....I have so many patterns thatq I want to do and not enough hours....we went and took out the RV over the weekend to the ocean south of us. I always love this reswort, clean and pretty, the pool was so warm I got into it too....I usually watch Bob... :)

I didn't make much but I did finish reading "Dark Harbor" by Stuart Woods...great thriller suspense....he is a good writer and one with a lot of detail as to the characters and the plot....I like to not be able to figure it out before the end and he keeps you on the tip of your seat with the ending holding out to the last chapter....

Now I am sarting "A Killer Stitch" by Maggie Sefton....I have read her other books, and love that they come with a recipe and a knitting project... :)

I just figured out that Debbie Macomber's "Cedar Cove" series books are numbered in order...sheesh ... now I don't have to search through them for the dates to figure out which one comes next. My friend went to WA for the "Cedar Cove Days" celebration...I missed it this year because it was all sold out by the time I looked, hopefully it will be on again next year because I will be sure to make it there.... anyways....she told me about the order of the books, like "16 Lighthouse Rd" and "204 Rosewood Ln"...now I have to read "311 Pelican Court" ...

And now there is a terrific cook book out that I know will be on my Christmas list!!! :)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Help.... Relief for a Heat Wave Try a Cool Drink!

So the heat is turned up here!!! Hot and a little smokie in the air from all the fires.. :( I am surfing the blogs because it is too hot to go outside, just went out to lunch at our favorite burger place, Mel's Diner in Los Alamitos, then took a drive down through Seal Beach, too hot to get out. :( Now inside and found this cool drink over at While She Sleeps blog and it sounds wonderful:

"Its called a "lime rickey" with Monin sugar free raspberry syrup. Maybe you've seen Monin syrups at the coffee shop. It is awesome to have them at home. For the lime rickey juice a lime into a glass of ice, add a bit of syrup and fill the glass with seltzer. Then give it a stir. I promise you'll like this. It is especially good sipped through a straw."

And this one sounds really "cool"

5 large peaches, washed and pits removed (no need to peel)
1 can (6 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed and undiluted
Ice cubs
1 can (12 ounces) lemon-lime carbonated soda, chilled
Slice peaches into container of electric blender. Puree. Add limeade concentrate. Blend well with on/off control. Add ice cubes. Blend until mixture is slushy. Add lemon-lime soda. Stir with long-handled wooden spoon or spatula. Pour into tall glasses. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

I love Pina Coladas, who doesn't?
Here is a great " virgin" one to quench that thirst:

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (juice of 2 to 3 lemons)
1-3/4 cups cold water
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1/2 ripe papaya, seeded, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup cream of coconut
Pineapple wedges, for garnish (optional)
In container of electric blender, combine lemon juice, water, sugar, pineapple, papaya and cream of coconut. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Serve garnished with pineapple wedges, if desired. Makes 5 servings.

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