Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Super Easy, Super $$ Saver Idea

If any of you are like me
I LOVE Pinterest!
I find so many useful ideas and wonderful patterns on Pinterest
 and so I wanted to share on of my favorites
for any of you who sew.
I go through a ton of thread.
 I usually use white thread on everything and it can get expensive.
I buy my thread at Wal-mart and it's around $2.87 a spool.
Well thank you to Angie Padilla I am saving a ton of money by
buying the cones of thread for a price even cheaper than one spool of thread.
The cones are equivalent to about 6 or more spools of regular thread.
I fixed mine a little different than Angie did,
 but using the same basic ideas.
Thank you Angie for the wonderful,
economical, easy idea that makes sewing so much more enjoyable!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Why is Communicating With Your Family So Hard?

I always thought growing up that my family was really close.
I loved that feeling.
After I got married and started growing up
 I realized how much my family was only close on the surface.
I don't think that we ever really learned to communicate how we honestly felt about personal matters or anything controversial.
I always did and still do feel very intimidated by my mom and most of my siblings.
I feel like my opinion doesn't matter and that I am less than,
I have never told any of them how I feel,
I am 53 years old and have been letting this anger build up in me for years.
I have so much anger and I hate it.
So Why is it so hard to talk to them?
I was the same way with my ex-husband until I finally just blew up and had such a hatred for him that I couldn't stand the sight of him. 
 (We're better now since we've been divorced and are just friends)
That's not what my intention is with my family.
Now the lack of communication and the build of anger has been passed down to another generation.
Myself,  Earl, my kids and their spouses,
in my opinion have a problem communicating.
In my opinion we get irritated with someone and we gossip about it and keep building up the anger until one of us explodes.
I hate this so much!!
I want to learn how to start fixing my communication problem
with my immediate and extended family. 
I admit I am scared to death to do this and don't know how to even go about it.
I found the following insert today from the book
and I am going to follow up on reading the book so I can try to communicate my feelings better with my family so I can not be so angry and stressed out.
Wish me luck! 
"Have you ever felt really angry, frustrated, or irritated and then you ended up lashing out at people because of it? There is a way to have those feelings without causing so much damage and it is really simple. Learn to explain your non-positive feelings instead of expressing them!

Explaining how you feel (in a calm tone) rather than expressing yourself (using elevated tones and body language) makes it more likely that other people will listen and actually hear what you say. How many times have you said something in anger and the other person heard it in a way that was much worse than you intended? Your voice tone and body language are far more influential than the actual words you are saying.

You might yell "I am so irritated by you, why don't you ever put the lid back on the toothpaste when you're done?" But what the other person hears is "I hate you, you never do anything right!" It sounds crazy now as you read it, but this is so common! I hear from couples all the time about this. They hear the intention in the voice tone rather than the actual words and it causes bigger problems.

If you choose to explain your non-positive feelings, in a more calm manner, you can get your point across with a better chance of avoiding miscommunications. Try talking about your feelings instead of yelling, screaming, or judging and see how your communication changes! Feel free to express joy, elation, curiosity, and other happy emotions but explain the rest!"

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Jesse's 6th Birthday Party!

My grandson Jesse turned 6 on Friday
and so we went to Chuckie Cheese yesterday to celebrate.
Here's the birthday boy!

and here's some of the guests
 Ezie (he used to LOVE Barney) and my grandsons Mason and Trenton
 My grandsons Jesse and Jordan and my Jace
and Jesse with his Rainbow fish pillow that I crocheted for him.
and another photo of the fish.
Happy Birthday Jesse!!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

My First Attempt at a "Snippet" Sampler

I'm trying to think of something to make for my
granddaughter Vivianna for her upcoming 17th birthday.
I can't think of anything and then I thought of a sampler.
I call this a "Snippet" Sampler.
It's little snips of lace, ribbon, papers, felt and fabric.
I added some buttons, a washer and some charms.
I put all my "snippets" on 1 1/2 inch muslin squares with felt on the inside.
I still need to sew it onto something.
I think it's nice.....
but I'm not sure if my granddaughter will like it????
Here's hoping!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

My Balcony Garden

Living on the third floor of an apartment building
 is nice for the view....
and that's about it!
We love fresh veggies, flowers and gardening
so living on the third floor isn't going to stop us.
Here's my garden after transplanting my sprouts.
 On this privacy lattice I have Morning Glories
that are beginning to go crazy
looping and spreading. 
I also have some spearmint and rosemary on the door.
 On this side of the balcony I have 3 different kinds of tomato plants, marigolds,  
sweet peppers, basil and rose moss.
 Over here we have Jace's cabbage plant that the school gave him, chives, snow peas
and more of everything else.
Finally I have more tomato plants, sweet and hot peppers.
The tomato plants smell so good. 
 Just those little plants leaves have the most wonderful scent of summer and fresh tomatoes.
Pure Joy and Happiness! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Viv's Jr. Prom

My second oldest granddaughter went to her Jr. Prom on Saturday.
I can't believe that she's that old already.
I remember when her mom and dad went to their Sr. Prom.
here are some pictures of my beautiful granddaughter.

and here's a picture of her with her sister and brother, Liv and Jesse.
and then Fatima, Vivianna, Jesse and little Jesse
I think Jesse and Fatima have 3 great kids!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I'm Advertising!

Earl wanted me to get some kind of a sign for the van
to advertise my Etsy Shop so hopefully I can get some local shoppers.
Here is my first window sticker!

There is some glare from the hazy day
but here is Earl applying my sticker.
I love it!
I hope I can get some sales from it and not embarrass Earl and the kids to much!

My DIL made this up using the pictures of my 5 oldest boys. So funny!

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All 8 of my kids

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My 6 Grandkids

My 6 Grandkids

Me, Earl, My daughter-in-laws, son-in-law, kids & grandkids

Me, Earl, My daughter-in-laws, son-in-law, kids & grandkids

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You are emotionally stable and willing to find common ground with others. Your friends and family often look to you to be the mediator when there is conflict. You are easy going and accepting. You take things as they come. Avoiding conflict at all costs, you're content when things are calm. At Your Best: You feel connected, trusting, and fulfilled. You feel at peace with your place in the world. At Your Worst: You compromise your values to make sure peace is maintained. You give in to bullies. Your Fixation: Harmony Your Primary Fear: Causing conflict Your Primary Desire: To preserve things as they are Other Number 9's: Marge Simpson, Ronald Reagan, Audrey Hepburn, Jerry Seinfeld, and Abraham Lincoln.