Saturday, June 15, 2019

Take 2


This has been one of those week's where every thing I planned fell by the way side. And God is laughing at me hysterically :)

I only had one day planned away from home and that was Wednesday. 

(laughing hysterically - soon to be manically)

Monday, I had to get a new router for the internet.

Tuesday, I had to run up to the local hospital to drop off a work permit for my son - yes, we are interviewing and trying really hard to get a job.
Wednesday, planned doctor appointment.
Thursday, a morning with Mom.
Friday, pick up signed work permit and take it to the school board only to be told I had to take it to the school and they are only working half days . . . Monday through Thursday !!!

Want to venture a guess how next week will start?

Add to that, the more on than off rain.

But it's all good. We want Newton to get a job and to have something productive to do over the summer and at long last it feels like he's on board and wants the same thing. It will be a good, positive experience for him. And what feels like a lot of running and chasing my tail will be worth it in the end.

As for the rain, it's a very good excuse to stay indoors and work on something related to sewing or stitching.



Mom gave me this gorgeous piece of lace a while ago. I was putting it away with Girls Getaway when a thought came to me.
This may be the lace from my sister's wedding gown. I called Mom and asked her if my sister knew I had it. She wasn't sure.

I called Sister, she isn't sure, but thought maybe. We are meeting for lunch on Tuesday and I'll take it with to ask her. I don't want to assume it's ok to keep and use if she might want it. If she is generous enough to let me have it, I want to incorporate some of it in my quilt and I'll make something sweet for her from the rest of it as a thank you for her generosity.


With all the running this past week, I wasn't able to get anything done in the sewing department. However, Friday afternoon I decided I had time for something before I moved on to my next goal. I started this block more than a week ago and was determined to get it finished. It's not perfect by any stretch, but that seems to be the issue with all of the kits I purchased years ago from JoAnn's. I don't know if they've improved any. I know the quality of fabric has gotten worse and I stopped buying them. I do have a newer kit that I collected  from their clearance section, but haven't even opened it yet.


And I'm leaving you with this beauty. 
Mom gave me this rose bush for one of my early Mother's days, so we are talking about 10 years ago or so. I was afraid this winter had done her in. But she's a fighter and after a good, hard spring trim, she's coming back beautifully. There are about seven buds, this is the first one to open.
It never ceases to bring me joy and happiness at its beauty.

Thank you for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.



Verse of the Day

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

John 14:26 NIVUK


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Goals for Wednesday and Thursday . . . Rolled into Friday - What Got Accomplished

Wednesday started off with a little time in the garden before the rains came.

 

The forecast was rain all day . . . you won't hear me complaining.  I love the rain. Not only is it good for the gardens and yard, it's really good for staying home and sewing :)
Thursday, it was chilly again. I went out in short sleeves, capris and sandals and wished I had dressed a bit warmer. After I ran my errands and returned home, it was the perfect day for sewing.


Honey Do arrived home safely Thursday evening. Plans were to have Friday off to stay home and relax. He did. I continued to work on my projects, making more forward strides on my goal list.

These were my goals for Wednesday and Thursday and ended up in Friday. 

1. Piece backing for Holly Cottage DONE


I'm already two quilts ready for quilting or sandwiching/quilting. This one makes number three. Next year's goals may be all the quilting that needs to get done. But I'm absolutely thrilled to have another quilt ready to finish. I boxed it up and put it away for now. I may even reassess my UFO goals for this year to do just that.

While I was finishing up Holly on Tuesday, I found a charm pack of Halloween blocks. So I quickly put them together. Nothing fancy.



My machine had a really cute "kitty" motif.


I pinked the edges and will use the test strip as a bookmark.



2. Girl's Getaway - finish current sign . . . then only one more to go

This I actually got no time to work on. Guess what I'll be doing over the weekend :)

3. Reorganize my sewing space - DONE


The clutter takes over very quickly, almost of its own accord. So periodically I have to sort and clean up.

 

It feels really good to have a space I can move, breathe and work in comfortably.

As I cleaned, purged and reorganized, I found my stack of scrap blocks I've been working on.


I managed to add another row of strings to each of them.


4. Prep next baby quilt 

Done, yes the whole thing :)




5. Prep next doll quilt

Done - again, the whole thing :)


I used the leftover pieces and scraps from the baby quilt.


6. Prep next doll gown - DONE


I arranged bins with my monthly commitment and got several gowns cut out.



And even got one finished. Isn't it adorable? :)


7. Prep next Believe block - DONE



8. Prep next JoAnn's BOM

I got a small amount accomplished, but not even enough to take the picture.


9. Prep first block for Sweet Land of Liberty

This one will be my weekend project, now that all the other commitments have been accomplished.

It was a very productive first week of the month. I'm organized and energized, ready to tackle the big projects.

I hope you all had as good a week.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.



He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

2 Timothy 1:9 NIVUK

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wednesday and Thursday Goals

Honey Do had to go out of town for a trade show. This is an annual event, and sometimes I even get to go with him.

Not this year . . . 




My hands and days are pretty full.

My few days will be filled with sewing too.


I spent Tuesday finishing Holly Cottage Christmas. All that is left is to sandwich and quilt.

That's where my goals for Wednesday and Thursday will begin:

1. Piece backing for Holly Cottage

2. Girl's Getaway - finish current sign . . . then only one more to go

3. Reorganize my sewing space

4. Prep next baby quilt

5. Prep next doll quilt

6. Prep next doll gown

7. Prep next Believe block

8. Prep next JoAnn's BOM

9. Prep first block for Sweet Land of Liberty

That's a lot for two days since these are my goals for the month but I'm going to see what I can accomplish since I have no real commitments until after Honey Do gets home.

I hope you have a wonderfully productive day.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 NIVUK

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

May Goals - end of month report

Let's see what I got accomplished in the month of May.

1.  UFO Challenge #2

Holly Cottage
Began August, 2018  2017- longer ago than I remembered.

The top is finished !!!!



Done for now.


2. 12 Things Challenge #2

Originally this listed my donations, but since I've not had any issues keeping up with them I'm going to continue working on I LOVE HOME from April.

* Backing purchased and pieced, done for now.





3.  "Believe" Block #4

Applique the pieces - DONE






4. "Girls Getaway"

 block 3


 

 




5. Baby Quilt

- choose fabric
-make quilt
-mail finished quilts to Jack's Basket

DONE


 



6. Doll Quilt/Gown
Make one more of each DONE





7. "Gingerbread Village"

Stitch/assemble block #3photos

Pattern downloaded

forgot pictures - DONE




8. Sweet Land of Liberty (SLOL) QAL

- assemble first unit

I'm making this a priority for June now that Holly Cottage is done. I'm really starting to get behind :(

9. JoAnn's BOM 
- assemble next block Done



10. 15 minute stitch challenge

DONE - 100% for the month


That should keep me plenty busy for the month :)

Thanks for stopping by,



Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.


Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honour.

Prov. 21:21 NIVUK

Sunday, May 26, 2019

HQAL - May 26

I want to thank our hostess, Kathy of Sewing, Etc. If you are interested in becoming part of our group just contact her through the comments section on her blog and she will get you set up. And while you are there follow the links for the other lovely participants and see what they got accomplished.

 

 


Four of the seven "signs" for the Girls Getaway have been stitched. I'm on track to finish on time.

 

Two more baby quilts making for a total of six that were shipped to Jack's Basket this week in conjunction with the efforts of Hands 2 Help.



A couple more doll quilts. These will eventually go to A Doll Like Me.

That's it for my past three weeks. I'd say I'm pretty happy with all I've accomplished. There are several other ladies in this group, I hope you visit Kathy's blog to see what everyone else has accomplished. It's a really good way to relax with a tall glass of iced tea or lemonade :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.


Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

2 Corinthians 4:16 NIVUK

The Winds of Change . . .

(image from Yahoo)

Are a blowin'

Newton finishes his junior year of high school this year . . . 

He turns 18 over the summer . . . 

And with any luck will be joining the throngs of the employed.

(Summer, 2018)


As for me, Honey Do and I made the difficult decision to stop planting a vegetable garden. It is no longer cost effective for us. And to that that i really don't have the desire to be outside on hot and humid days pulling weeds. 

(Spring, 2019)

Honey Do was going to help kick start the planting, but the weeds and grass have just taken over. Between the extremely wet and cold spring and the few hot days sprinkled in, I couldn't get a handled on it, let alone get ahead. When he had to mow before he could start tilling, he said we are done. He has enlisted Newton to help de-construct the garden and it will become yard again. 


In the meantime, I'll use up as many of the spring onions that self seeded and that I can.

As for me, I appreciate the help making that decision because I honestly couldn't decide. I'll have to work my way through the guilt I feel for letting my family down. Now hold on, before you all try to come to my defense, I know I'm really not. This decision has lots of aspects besides me not keeping up.

Financial is the biggest one. Plants and seeds are expensive. There is no guarantee they will grow or produce. There are several farmers markets around us and I even found a new one I want to check out.

Time and energy are the biggest reasons though. There are other things I would rather be doing, like sewing, embroidery, quilting and charitable sewing/quilting. I also want and need to make more time to spend with Mom.

So we will be spending this Memorial Day weekend doing much the same things most families do . . . spend time together, remembering the sacrifice of those who came before us, including Honey Do and his own father, who are both veterans of the Army, and being extremely grateful for the freedoms we take so much for granted.



Our country and our world are in immense turmoil. So much evil is all around us. Avoiding watching the news reports doesn't make it go away, but it's so hard to watch.  Pray with me, as one nation, that our Heavenly Father intervene on behalf of all the oppressed, but especially those who have little to no voice in this world for protect themselves.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Prov. 9:10 NIVUK






Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hands 2 Help

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no-one to help them up.


Eccles. 4:9-10 NIVUK




It has been my honor and privildge to participate with lovely people to contribute quilted items that are desperately needed by these organizations chosen as just some very worthy causes to be part of Hands2Help.




There are five organizations in the event this year:


1. From My Carolina Home




2. Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo




3. Victoria's Quilts Canada





4. Mercyful Quilts




5. Jack's Basket


Jack's Basket is my chosen organization. I have had a very fun time these few months collecting fabrics and making baby quilts. I intend to continue this as on going projects for years to come.

Here are the quilts that I've made and will be sending:

 

 

 

I managed to get six quilts made for this event. And they are boxed and posted and on their way with lots of love for I really did love being a part of this challenge to help, but more importantly, challenging myself to make the commitment and seeing it through. 

If you weren't able to join us this year, maybe you can help out again next year. Or better yet, if you can find an organization that pulls at your heart strings, maybe you can just do something throughout the year.

This event has truly blessed me and I'm looking forward to continuing to find and help such worthy causes.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.



Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6 NIVUK