Monday, September 30, 2013


Definition of Support:
 comfort and emotional help offered to someone in distress.
 "she's been through a bad time and needs our support"
 synonyms:  encouragement, friendship, strength, consolation, solace, succor, relief


Need a fun gift for the holidays, birthday, dorm or office gift?  Indoor snowballs are fun for all ages.  People can't resist throwing them at each other.

As many of you know our family is in a really tight spot financially.  I'm NOT asking for your sympathy or a hand out and don't mean to offend anyone with this post, but if you would please take a minute and read this I'd appreciate it.
Earl is working 60-70 hours a week and since we don't have a car he's been walking 6 miles each way to and from work, he is fortunate enough to catch rides some day and we are grateful for that.  We've been really struggling for about 5 years now, BUT we are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel.   Of course every time we seem to take a step or two forward we seem to get knocked back five or six steps....such is life, but we do try to make the best of it.

Anyway, I stay at home so I can be here with my kids and I try to make extra money by sewing.  We REALLY need to earn more than we are making so we can get a car before winter and still pay our bills.  I would like to help out more and ......SO.......with some encouragement from a friend this is what I am proposing.

I am taking orders on these handmade, fun, and quality "Indoor Snowballs" and hoping that some of my Facebook friends will help us out and support us with your shopping needs.   If your not interested in purchasing any snowballs could you please share this post on your page so others will see it.

Here's what you'll be getting:  A Baker's Dozen of the Indoor Snowballs and a nice cloth drawstring bag to put them in all handmade by me all for $25.00 and that includes shipping.   The fabric on the bags will vary depending on what kind of "snowy" fabric I can find, but I can send you a photo of the completed bag before mailing to make sure it's okay with you.  If you would like a smaller set I can do 6 snowballs and a bag for $12.50 including shipping.   It takes me a few days to make them since it's all done by hand.


Each snowball comes with a handstitched face (they all vary....I just go with the flow when I'm stitching them) and a felt nose that is hand sewn on.  The cheeks are acyrlic paint.

Snowballs are made out of Cotton Flannel fabric, Stuffed with polyster fiberfill, Machine washable and dryer safe.  The snowball are sturdy (they won't melt no matter what the weather temp. is!)

I want to thank you in advance and so do Earl's feet!



Monday, August 26, 2013

Patchwork....Well it Just Makes Me Smile!

I have always LOVED patchwork!
I've probably posted this before, but my love of patchwork started as a little girl and there are 4 specific reasons I know of that made me fall in love with patchwork.
My granny always gave us kids a $5.00 bill for Christmas. 
1.  One year when I was pretty little I asked her why that's what she gave us.
  So...... the next year I didn't get $5.00.
I got a beautiful white and pink patchwork quilt instead!
2.  The next reason I love patchwork is that in elementary school we had to wear skirts or dresses and on of the girls had this skirt that was made out of tiny patches of fabric that her grandmother had made for her.  I loved the fact that the fabrics in the skirt were all scraps from fabrics that her grandma had used to make her things over the years.
3.  The third reason I love patchwork is from a story we read in probably 2nd grade and I think the title was "Patches".  It was about a little girl who's family didn't have a lot of money and the although the girls clothes were always clean she usually had little patches holding them together.  She was embarrassed in front of the other kids and so one day her mom put little appliques of animals on her dress instead of just plain patches.  Everyone loved her dress and the little girl felt so special.
4.  The fourth reason that I love patchwork is that when I was in high school our family t.v. broke and my parents decided not to replace it.  My mom had taught me to embroidery and sew before the t.v. broke, but once we didn't have t.v. we started quilting.  I can remember spending hours looking through quilting books at all the different patterns. 
 Patchwork was always my favorite though and it still is!
So here are some prim bookmarks I made last night.

and some patchwork drawstring bags

and these aren't patchwork, but I wanted to show them off.
I quilted these cute bookmarks for back to school things for kids.

So that is my story on my love for patchwork. 
I also learned a few other things from my love of patchwork.
Never question a person about the gift they are giving you.  As a Nana of 14 I totally understand why Granny only gave us $5.00 each and now I really appreciate her thoughtfulness!
I learned that something as simple of scraps of fabric can hold some wonderful memories and that it's a wonderful thing that something as small as a patch and some understanding can make us feel more loved and beautiful than any knew dress.
I learned that t.v.'s can really take away from family time and the joy of doing things together.  I learned that I enjoyed those years without a t.v. and the time that my mom took with me and my sewing.  We had fun with quilts, Stretch-n-Sew and picking out fabrics for clothes.  Thanks Mom!! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Layers of Hope-Quilting 911

My blogging friend Jean from Quiltingranny organizes people to make quilts for the families of people who have died in tragedies.  She asked me to help with the Arizona Firefighters families.  The name of Jean's group is Layers of Hope-Quilting 911 if anyone is interested in helping with sewing, purchasing fabric or donating money for postage.
I had fun making these quilts for the family of Travis Turbyfill's family.  I haven't actually machine quilted very much and so I challenged myself to do it and it wasn't as hard as I thought it might be.
The Turbyfill's have 2 little girls so I made one out of bright colors and a Tink fabric.
I machine stitched it with different colors of thread and in an "organic" straight stitch.  It was nice because the quilting lines aren't suppose to be straight.
Works for me!
 the front
 the back
 a close up of the back
 a purplish patchwork quilt
 the back is some Princess Dora fabric I had in my stash.
 and the front of mom's quilt
 and the back.  I also did mom's in the organic straight stitch, but in white.
Then I made a couple of doll quilts for the girls.
 the front
the backs
Earl and I stuck in a couple of magic wands and Jace put in some of the mustaches and lips I made for his class.  I hope the family knows that people do appreciate their sacrifice and think of them often.
I have quilts I need to do for us now.  I can't wait to see how they turn out!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

I've Been Crocheting More Hats!

I made this cute zebra hat the other day.
It didn't turn out quite like I wanted,
but I think he's pretty cute anyway.
I based my hat off of  this pattern by Repeat Crafter Me's pattern 

and then another version of a Minion hat

a Mickey hat based off of  Repeat Crafter Me

a cute little penguin
and another Minion

    It's fun  making these hats and hopefully someone will enjoy them this winter!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Getting My Crochet on......

I' m trying out some new hats this year.
My first one is a Minion that Jace helped me design.
Pretty cute on Jace!

Next I made some super cute Candy Corn Hats for dolls and for kiddo's.
I found this pattern on Simply Sweets Crochet on Ravelry.
I'm planning on making a costume to go with the hats.


I love this little Cupcake hat!  It fits a preemie or an American Girl sized Doll.
The pattern I used is from Repeat Crafter Me's blog.
She has the most amazing crochet patterns and they are all free!!!
God Bless Sarah for sharing her amazing talents with us!

The Minion and the Knights Mesh hats I designed on my own after looking at photo's that other talented people posted.

Jace with his Knight's Mesh hat on.
I'm planning on making a costume to go with this hat too.

I'm having so much fun making these hats!
I've already started making some different ones and I can't wait to start designig
costumes to go with the hats!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

My Crochet Projects Over the Last Couple of Weeks

First I have to thank Mallory for modeling for me.
Mallory would like for me to buy a mannequin so she can quit modeling for me.
Life is so hard when you have a mom that crochets and sews!
 Mallory is wearing a ruffled shawl I crocheted out of Caron's Simple Soft yarn

 I made this beach or shopping bag out of a cotton crochet thread.
 Don't I look attractive in a beard?? 
 I made this owl pillow out of some acrylic yarn.
My grandson Owen and Anthony with Jace in the middle wearing their beards.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bella's First Birthday!

Jace had a fever and was dizzy and achy so we missed my
 youngest granddaughter Bella's party,
I got some pictures of the Birthday Girl!

Bella is definitely a Beauty!
Happy First Birthday Bella!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Recyle and Reuse

I had been throwing out the top hems of the sheets that I use for my rag rugs....
I finally got an idea after feeling guilty about wasting the hem
and here's what I came up with.
I made this large tote bag out of the hems of various sheets to make the bag
and the pocket.
I used a piece of sheet for the handles and an old pillowcase for the lining.
It would make a cute "sleepover" bag....since it's made out of sheets.  LOL!
Anyway, it will make a great tote for dirty clothes, groceries, clothes shopping or whatever else.
Next thing...
I have an idea brewing in my little head.
We have this old door sitting in our backyard and the glass is broken.
I was thinking if I took all the glass out and brought the door inside
that I could use it as a........
get your imagination going.....
quilt rack.

I think the weathered look of the door and the old handle would be cool
to put my grannies quilt over. 
Do you see it??
Stand the door up and put the quilt through the window space.
Earl thinks I'm crazy, but  I think it will look really cool!
Recycle and Reuse and make some cool stuff.....
that's what I'm talking about!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Start of Another Scrappy Quilt

I've started another scrap quilt.
I still need to quilt the other one, but I started on this one anyway.
I have so many ideas for when we move.
I want lots of scrap quilts and rag rugs in the house.
I want to surround us with happy colors and memories.
we just need to find a place to move too!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My Kids

 My Oldest Jeremy with his two daughters
Leigha and Sabrina
Sabrina and her mom Nikki

My second son Chad and his wife Jenn

        Next is Jesse and his wife Fatima

Daniel and his wife Tedi
and Mason, T.J. and Jordan
Lexie and her husband Jake
Number Six is Ezie and his girlfriend Alyssa
and then Mallory with her Daddy
and finally my little man,

Here's a picture of the proud parents
Me and Earl

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

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All 8 of my kids

All 8 of my kids

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

The Whole Family

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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.