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What a sweet happy life it is!

Monday, May 23, 2016


I admit it, I'm no good at waiting.  Once my mind is made up, I like to act on it, right then.  

But.  If a thing is worth having, it's worth waiting for, right?  Like, a house.  Sigh.  Still waiting on paperwork.

Reminds me of my Army days.  Hurry up and wait.

My sewing machine is packed away, which is a good thing, because I'm so absent-minded right now nothing would turn out right.  I'm working on hand projects.  Which is Allie-speak for "nothing to show you".

Mum and I went to visit our friend Shirley last week, it was so good to see her.  She had her 86th birthday recently, is still walking miles a day, and still moves like a young girl.  Her family bought her a new porch set for her birthday, it's just gorgeous - wouldn't you love to have a porch like this for morning coffee?

And a random pic from Mother's Day, because I have nothing quilty or stitchy to show.

Mum says "hi".  I'm taking her to the heart doctor later this week, her batteries on her pacemaker are almost done, so they're keeping a close eye on her.  Haha - my mom is battery-operated.

That's all for now, just wanted to pop in and say "I'm still here - well, most of me".  Not too sure about mentally.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Dance!

Last night, I was finishing up a project - worked on it all day, and all night.  I finally finished, turned on my computer, and read an email from our realtor - read it again, and promptly burst into tears.  They accepted our offer!!!  We got the house!

I get my own sewing room!  Oh it has so much room - you should see us today, planning and scheming who gets what room, and we haven't even signed anything or had an inspection.  But we will.

When I read the email, it was 1:00am - whoever wasn't sleeping was still at work.  I had nobody to share the good news with!  I called my mom, as I knew she'd be up, and she was very excited...texted my son, who also got very excited...when hubby finally came home, he asked if there was any news.  I said yes, they sold the house....just as he got ready to blow his top, I said "to us".  Giggle.

As you can imagine, I'm going to be very busy for the next little bit, I may not be posting much or visiting.  Not sure how long we have to wait to take possession, but once we do it's going to be a whirlwind!  I can't wait to show you the house!

Hermione isn't very excited though....she's going to miss the wildlife in her tree.

See you soon, I hope!

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Hi folks - been MIA for a bit - haven't been blogging, visiting your blogs, or much of anything online.  I do have good reason, though....

I've been taking lots of pics of my crabapple tree outside my sewing room window, as it may be the last spring I'm here to enjoy it.  We've put another offer on a house, and are in negotiations now.

We went again to view it today.  I like it....a lot.  We'll see.

Also, mum hurt her foot again.  Walked into a door, and sliced her toe on the bottom of the door.  I took her out to my aunt's today, so she could look at it, and my aunt thinks she'll be fine - and not have to go through everything she did last time.  WHEW.

Right now, I'm working on a project that needs to be completed by the end of the month, for a quilt-a-long that starts in September - so fun!  I hope you stay tuned for that.  I'm trying to get it done as soon as possible, in case we do move...not only would this new house require some work, but also the house we own now, as we'll be selling it.

Every time I think of all the work, I need another nap.

Fortunately, there's a new super food on the market.

I might be able to get through anything with that for breakfast.  (Yes, they're delicious!)

I'm also trying to finish stitching my postcard for June, as I'm sure May will fly by.  I spent a couple of days last week shopping with my son, he needed a suit for a wedding this past weekend.  May I say I LOVE shopping with boys?  No lingering, no drama, just "yes it fits, let's pay and go".  I can't believe I didn't get a picture of him in it!!

I'll try to get around to visit you all this week, although it looks like another busy no promises.  But I miss you all like crazy and am dying to see what you're working on!  Don't finish too many things or I'll never catch up, lol!


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Postcards From Heaven, Block Five, May From Jenny

It's time for another free block from our Postcards From Heaven BOM!  This month is Jenny's, and it's another gorgeous design from her.  

How stunning is that!  Don't you just love the colors, and of course that our Lord gives us sweet rest to rejuvenate our minds and bodies.  I remember reading a very old Christian book - by Hannah Whitall Smith - where she said we can rest in Jesus as easily as we rest our tired bodies on our mattresses.  We don't lay there awake all night, worried that our mattress will drop us on the floor, we just relax all of our muscles and trust that our beds will hold us up.  In the same way, our Lord and Savior holds us up, and we can trust that He will never let us fall.  I've never forgotten that!!

My version, of course, is in redwork - 

I've used scripture from the King James Bible, and stitched everything, using either one or two strands.

Get the design from Jenny's blog and craftsy shop - just click >>HERE<<.  

If you would also like to use the King James scripture, I've uploaded a file to my craftsy shop with the words only.  You can get that >>HERE<<.

It is our hope and prayer that you are blessed as you stitch these promises from our Lord.  A gift from our heart, to your hearts.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Celebrating The Songbirds

I'm celebrating the return of the songbirds - how we've missed them here in the frozen tundra!  It's finally spring, and the weather is cooperating.

You may remember Sunny sent me some vintage sheets - well, it got me fired up.  I combined some with my bird from my Summer Concert applique pattern, added some crayons, and I love it.  It's exactly the look I want to add to my vintage sheet quilt.

My wee bluebird is wearing a crown of pretty flowers, and singing her heart out, enjoying the warmth of the sun.  

I think she may need some feathered companions in this quilt - the design wheels are spinning!  

I don't think I can stop at just one, not when the quilt will be bed-sized.  I really love the way the sheet design peeks through the coloring.  It's not often that something turns out exactly like you hoped!!

If you'd like to color and stitch your own songbird, you can just click to find her >>HERE<<.   An instant download - you can start stitching today!

You can find my coloring tutorial  >>HERE<<, there's also a link in the pattern itself.  Of course, you can stitch her without the crayons, but it's so much fun!

I have a busy day ahead, unfortunately not looking at houses - a busy but mundane day.  But the sun is shining, it's going to 70F, the birds are singing and I'm going to enjoy it - I hope you do too!!!


Friday, April 8, 2016

The Quest Continues

Well, we didn't get the house, so the search continues...not much out there.  We went and looked at another one yesterday, but no.  

It's tiring, I must admit.  We're both looking for different things - I'm looking mainly for that perfect sewing room.  Well, wouldn't you be?  *G*

In the meantime, I re-arrange my sewing room so I can actually move around in it, and keep stitching.  I've finished the embroidery on Whirly Twirly Garden, next up is the border.

I'm also still stitching on block one of - gee, I don't have a name for this yet.

My ironing table is in front of the window now, the perfect place for Hermione to sniff some fresh [COLD!] air, and watch the wildlife.

That means I can't iron, but cats come first, right?

Plus I'm stitching June's postcard, and 7 other projects.  So I'm not really slacking, even though it sure looks like it from my blog posts - no finishes!

I'm also battling a yeast overgrowth again.  Lots of probiotics, and a diet consisting of nothing but meat and veggies.  No sugar, yeast, fruits and very little dairy, only the half-n-half in my coffee.  Can't give up coffee.  It got so bad that all I could do was sleep - no energy.  I hate that!  I'm pleased to say I'm on the mend now.  

I've been so sleepy I haven't even been around to visit you.  I slept for 15 hours last night, and feel pretty good today, so that's my plan!  I'll be around to see what you've been up to, I'm sure you've been busier than I have!  See you soon....


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