Friday, August 29, 2008

Sew Crafty Friday

It's that time again-Friday, Sew Crafty Friday. Click on the picture to see Shereen's blog and more ideas.
I've been making aprons lately. Here's one that was going to be a bag, but I thought I could turn it into an apron instead.

The pom-poms and rick-rack add that cuteness that I love.

Here's the other side. I had a little piece left from a strip that I didn't want to waste so it ended up on this side.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Church-going bag

As couple of Sundays ago I was sitting in worship and the thought popped in my mind probably during the prayer (shameful, but I did get myself quickly back to what I should have been thinking) that I need to make a bag to transport my Bible and the new hymnal. (We use overhead projection for most of the songs and don't physically use the hymnal, but I like to have the book in my hands.)

So there it is, made from stash material from last year's bag making frenzy. Both bag and handles are home decor remnants with calico lining and pocket.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Winner Is...

"Shear not!" from Christine.

Send me an email. : )

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sew Crafty Friday

Click on the above picture to go to Shereen's crafty blog.

I learned another stitch using this pattern. That felt good.
I have been sewing this week also. I made a muslin of a shirt I'd like, but the neck line is way too big (I knew it would be) so it's not worthy of a picture. Amy has another pattern that's similar, but more easily altered, so I'm going to try it instead.

Washing Machine

After months of trying to decide and then weeks after ordering, it's finally here. So far, after only three loads, I like it.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

"Moral-of-the-Story" Contest

My sister posted one of her experiences on her blog and sort of challenged me to come up with a moral to the story.

Instead of me doing that, I'm passing it along to you. The person who comes up with the best "moral" will win the Apples and Bees apron featured on Friday's blog post. Now we all know and understand that "best" is subjective and will be determined by my sister and me. We are not responsible for hurt feelings if you don't win; actually we will not be responsible for anything other than deciding who wins and getting the prize in the mail. In order to enter, leave your "moral" in the comment section on this post. Sometime next weekend we'll make the choice, so be watching for the winner to be posted. The winner will need to email me at the address in my profile. Only one comment per person. Comments will be taken until midnight, Friday, August 22. Have fun!

Here's the story:

This story may have been left untold, but someone has requested it three times! (You know who you are=)
It's not a beautiful story. It's a "what if" story, and "what ifs" are so grating.Our neighbor's 13 year old son had longish hair. It begged to be cut, you know? I had offered a couple of times to cut it if he ever wanted me to. One night, he and his 16 year old sister were over. I don't remember how the haircut idea came up, but I offered again to cut it. Well, he got brave enough (with some serious prodding from his sister) to give in. Sister assured me that Dad doesn't like it in his eyes and hounds Mom about it, thus Mom would be thrilled to get Dad off her back. I cut his hair. Not too short. He didn't want drastic (though I would have loved to cut it much shorter.)After I got done they went to show their mom. She was NOT happy. It started a big deal in their household, for which I felt awful! John urged me to go apologize and offered to go with me. We went, and I gave my very sincere, teary apology. She accepted but said that they had been wanting to see how long it would get and now they wouldn't get to see. She was also worried that her husband would be mad at her for letting it happen - and she'd had no say in the matter. Also, she didn't like the cut - too poofy on the sides. (My thought exactly, but he didn't want it shorter.)A little later he came back over sporting a "buzz," given by his mother. It looked great - just what I would've chosen for him. He looked so much older, cleaner, just better. But that didn't really matter. I cut someone else's child's hair without seeking their approval. That was a huge lack of judgment!! I would have been unhappy too - even if I liked the result. To be overridden as a parent is not cool!
So, to my Requester, that is the story. Maybe you can post the moral of the story=)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Apples and Bees

Look for this apron to come up again. :)

Head over to Shereen's blog by clicking the Sew Crafty Friday picture.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Our school

Someone asked me about our school, so I'll try to give an answer.

We use Ambleside-Online and have all along. We don't read everything, but use it as a guide. I put it all together in a weekly schedule of readings. I also use Manager's of Their Homes for a daily schedule. We roughly follow it. Some days we don't.

All that and a lot of prayer brings it together.

This summer we've learned about:





Cherry tomatoes that came up from two years ago.

Japanese beetles and traps



And yellow squash and tomatoes in abundance.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I made it!

The colonoscopy went well, including the prep, not pleasant but ok. The dr. removed a polyp from the right side. I should know some results from that next week.

The blood work was normal and the CT scan showed a couple "female" items that I already knew about.

I really appreciate all your prayers.

Now back to the sewing machine. (Well, actually I'm going to bed first.)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Apron #4

Here's the latest one.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Another test

This week I'll be preparing for and having a colonoscopy. I promise I will not give you the details of how it is. ; ) And I really wasn't sure I even wanted to mention it, however, since I've done one before I know I need to ask for prayer that it will not be as miserable as it was the last time, the prep part, that is. It all begins tomorrow. I can hardly wait.

So while I'm not eating anything over the next couple days I think I'll be sewing. Today I finished another apron from the cute chicken fabric. I really only have enough fabric left for doll-size aprons or maybe a childs. That's giving my an idea...

If I can get a good picture of today's I'll post it tomorrow.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Sew Crafty Friday

Here's the third apron I've made in this fun fabric. The ties are made of the same orange and the ruffle.

If you'll go on to the next post you'll see the first two aprons.
Also, go see what others are making over at Shereen's by clicking on the Sew Crafty Friday picture above.
ETA: The book I used is More Retro Aprons by Cindy Taylor Oates. The doll version is from Little Retro Aprons for Kids by the same author.

Monday, August 4, 2008


I just did not want to wait until Sew Crafty Friday to post this apron.

Here's a picture of the book I used.

When dh saw it I could tell that even he thought it was cute. So, of course, I mentioned that now he could see why it was so hard to not buy things at Joann or any fabric store for that matter. There's just way too much cute out there. For that, I'm thankful. ; )

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Garden Party

While I was inside slaving away vacuuming and mopping (I left them until last) Amy was outside having a blast as you'll see in this album. This picture is just a little taste.


This post is supposed to serve two purposes. First, I'm avoiding vacuuming and mopping. Second, I wanted to give Cheri over at Southern Hills Ramblings another zucchini idea. LOL!

I had left over shredded zucchini from the bread I made and I didn't want more bread, so I just sauted it in butter with green onion and salt and pepper to taste. It's very fast and very easy.

I had the last of it this morning with eggs. Yesterday I had it on top of a turkey burger.
OK, now I suppose I must get to work (or not). ;)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Very short medical update

This morning I had blood work done and a CT scan. I should have some results next week.

AG sewing swap

This came today from AG-Sweetheart from AG Fans Board.

Isn't it cute! Look at the rickrack and trim.

Emily & I are happy and thankful. ;)

Anna's nightie, Etta's apron

See Shereen's blog for others' items.

Amy brought me a new pattern last week for Bitty Twins' clothes including this nightgown. It's made from stash fabric. (I'm sure I'll never run out!)

The trim was also from the stash.

When Fabric Obsession had their sale in the spring I bought a book of patterns for aprons. It was for kids and included a pattern for a doll apron. Etta gets this one. These fabrics are also from the stash. They were in the Red Tag section at Joann. I first found one of them at one Joann store then happened to find the coordinating ones at another store.

I recently found the adult version of the apron pattern book on ebay, so the next apron will be for me. :) It's cut out and ready to go. But today I need to do a little cleaning.