Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hello It's Me...

It's been a long time, I know... I joined a quilting group in town a couple months ago. And it has me going in circles. I just joined to meet ladies here, crochet, knit, and sew. Learn more about quilting and my sewing machine... Then  people asked me if I wanted to help with this charity, with that charity and do I want to join Quilts of Valor...  They make things for babies, make things for seniors, make beds and quilts for Sleep in Heavenly Peace.. Now I am going to meetings and group things three days a week, going home and sewing more.. I'm not enjoying it, it's stressing me out! I finally said something to a couple ladies, and they said to just wait/hold on. It's not usually this busy/crazy. This week was the 25th anniversary of the group. The News and Newspaper was there. A big huge picnic. (I made a dessert.)  The woman who founded the group got a certificate. She started the group 25 years ago, in her garage. (In the desert... That had to be fun.. Lol)   I took a Freshman Quilters Academy class. That was four weeks. Monday was the last day.  Then I volunteered to sew a bag for a fundraiser for Quilts of Valor. I've never sewn a bag before in my life. A couple ladies helped me. One sewed the topstitching on one side of the bag for me. And Thursday, another lady helped me with what to do next, what to do next...  And I actually finished it. And it looks nice. :D I'm so happy.

The inside is lined. We got a handout of the pattern, I think it's called Charming Going Green bag. I couldn't find it online. But this bag is very similar.  I have squares to do another one for the fundraiser, and squares halfway cut out for a third (that one is for Pine Ridge).   I never thought I would ever do any sewing again. I used to sew a lot-- Bears, bunnies, doll clothes, some clothes for our kids (shorts mostly). I sewed a couple quilts. I got the quilt I started for Eon when I was pregnant with him, out. I have one strip all sewed. I started sewing more squares. To finish it. But...  My squares now and the ones I sewed 17 years ago do not match. I think I was using a really big 1/4" seam, and was sewing some crooked and just left them.  So... I don't know what I will do with that strip.   Maybe frame it as bad quilting art. Lol. :P 
Next week is an awards ceremony for the Quilts of Valor group. I volunteered to make cookies, and I am going to be in charge of a table. I don't know what to do (about quitting the group).  I feel like they always want you to do more, more, more...  I can't even do everything at home and I feel like it's a part time job. (And I'm not even a secretary or in charge of anything!) One lady I was sitting next to on Thursday resigned from that group. (I don't blame her...)   I appreciate our veterans, and I think it's great what the Quilts of Valor group does for them. But I don't think I will EVER sew a quilt good enough to their specifications. I don't know. I am learning a lot with the group.    I will try to blog more, and keep you posted.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Happy 2019 Part 2

Since my last post of 2018 was talking about this dishcloth I had started, I thought I would post a picture of it.. That's the booklet the pattern is in.

And the finished dishcloth. I really like it and wanted to keep it. But blue and red are not my kitchen colors. :P Plus it was for a swap. (Like my kitchen has any "colors" any more... LoL. Nothing matches anymore...) 

I crocheted this to go with it. I don't even remember who it was for.. This was in a magazine, I don't even remember what one it was out last summer though. Probably Crochet World? In the summer, I remember.

Another thing I was talking about in my last post of 2018 was these tags I started. So I thought I would post some that I finished... These were from old bill envelopes. All of them. I made different tags from them.

Some other tags from regular card stock I also had started.

My "Shabby Chic/Ephemeral" tags..

Butterfly one.

Another butterfly.

Halloween tags, all from old bill envelopes- except for the bottom middle one.

A Piggy tag I made for a Pen Pal friend, who loves pigs- and got me loving them, too...

Santa tags, all from old bill envelopes.

And, some of the Christmas baking I did... Christmas Tree Brownies, which I'm sure I've posted about before? Basically, you just make brownies in a round springform pan, then cut and decorate. I saw this originally on Pinterest.

I only had blue gel icing. So. Whatever... The kids don't care. :P

I saw this on Facebook I think M& M Christmas bars or something...It's with a yellow cake mix, and like two eggs... I'll try to find the recipe to link it later. It was from Pinterest: M& M Cookie Bars (only four ingredients.)

I made some Jumbo chocolate covered Christmas marshmallows, and candy cane hearts with chocolate in them. I put them in stockings. I made the whole bag of marshmallows, thinking Eon would maybe take some to friends or teachers at school. But he didn't want to. So, I gave one to the lady at the post office. Put one in the mailbox for the mail carrier. And, we ate the rest. 

Here they are all bagged up. I got the bags at the Dollar Store.

And, some candy cane sleighs I did. I haven't done these in years. I thought Eon would want to give one or two to a favorite teacher. But no. So, I took one to the woman who works at the Bookworm Haven (used book store here in town). She gave me two free Harlan Coben books on my birthday. So I put one of these in a bag with a Christmas card and said thank you.  :) The other three were for Eon, Eli, and Steve.

I just made a few of these one day. I don't remember where I saw them probably Facebook or Pinterest. Basically, you put peanut butter on a cracker. Then do that again, and put a cracker on top. Then put them in melted chocolate- and I put sprinkles on them.

I made cinnamon rolls one morning while Steve had four days off, too.  I will save more pictures for later. See what happens when you don't blog for four months?...   

Happy 2019

It's been a long time since I blogged...   So I thought I would start off with what I last posted about, the mini-Christmas stockings. I ended up getting twelve done and sent. Here they are filled with one candy cane and two mini-Hershey chocolate bars. :)

I jumped on the Grinch C2C bandwagon. :D  I don't even remember who posted the original pattern but when I finally decided to crochet one, and went back to it; she had taken the pattern down because of copyright issues.  But, it is the basic C2C scarf pattern. If you go to YouTube, and type it in you could make one.

This was another pattern I kept seeing on Facebook. I thought it would be perfect for Eon, he is always using Burt's Bee's lip balm. I never did give one to Eli. I was going to put money in his (but we ran out of that...) The money in there was just for the picture. This is the pattern.

And, I finally decorated my crocheted Christmas Tree. Which I think I started when we lived in the apartments in Oregon. I finished the "base" (which I made up) when we moved into a house in Oregon. I had more mini-ornaments, too; I thought. But I got the gold bead rope at a thrift store here. So I just used that. I think it's cute. I posted it on a crochet group on Facebook and I almost regretted it, people kept liking it so much. LoL. This was the pattern I used.

And, I also crocheted a Grinch scarf. I totally winged this one. For my husband. I guess I didn't tell about the Grinch scarf. Well when I posted it on Facebook, someone asked if I do orders. (I haven't and don't want to. But.....  I said I would.)  So, I hurried up and finished this scarf before Christmas but knew there was NO WAY it would make it there in time for Christmas. I sent her a message and she didn't reply..... Finally get a message back saying she would do it after Christmas.  Well, my husband really liked the scarf and asked if I was making it for him. Soooo, finally getting to my point, here... That was why I did this hat. And, he hasn't even worn it. (Roll eyes...)

Another Christmas theme thing... I did another Santa suit sleep sack for the OB Unit.  

AND, I don't think I posted this? I finally finished the Central Park Hoodie!!!  Only ten years later...  I was so happy I finished it. 

And yes, I finished it in the summer. O.O Hood up.. 

Hood down...

And, unbuttoned..  :) 

I am not really into "New Years Resolutions". But, I do want to do better sending to the OB Unit this year. I really "slacked off". Not only because we haven't had any money. But I just was burnt out.  The Santa suit I posted I had finished a year prior. (No lie.) 

We also found out last year that we were going to be grandparents. Our oldest son and his wife. But, she lost the baby at approximately twelve weeks. :(  So... We aren't going to be grandparents at this time.  It was sad. But, the doctor said they could try again in three months. They weren't "trying" when they got pregnant. And I don't know if they will try again or not. But the fact that Evan told me they could try again makes me think they might. We will see.I did knit a pair of booties and bought a onesie that says "Take me to Grandma's and let the spoiling begin"...  I will go find the pictures.
This is the booties. I knit them in off-white/aran, because they obviously didn't know yet what they were going to be having... The pattern is a free Ravelry download.
This is the onesie.  They still have these things, so... Maybe they will be trying again. Evan is almost 27 years old. So... (I was beginning to think they just didn't want to have children.)  

Monday, August 13, 2018

First Day Back To School

Where did summer vacation go??? :(  Well, what can you do? 
Since it's back to school, I guess that means back to school baking...  I made some Butterscotch Cookies this morning. A double batch.  

I really liked them with butterscotch chips, but we don't have any. And no money and I'm not going to the store just for that. So, I just made regular ones.  

Made four dozen. (Not all here.)  

And, besides laundry and dishes I managed to get this done so far.  I have had this pattern leaflet (?) forever! I don't think I have ever made anything from it, either. I am getting a birthday box together for a pen pal of mine. This is going to go in it with some other stuff I got, but haven't taken a picture of yet.

I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos on making tags lately. First I watched this one, then I don't remember how but I found this one and thought it is SO cool!! I immediately started going through our stack of bills.  

These were the first tags I made, from the first video. I haven't done anything else with them yet. 

After I watched the second video, I immediately started making flowers. I have one finished here. But I have done two more. Oh I finished a tag too. But I am not super happy with it. I still have to finish decorating it, though.

I don't know if I posted about the Mini-Stocking Challenge/Drive I signed up for. Well I signed up for one. :P  I pledged to do ten. And, here are my ten. I think I will do more. I have one more almost done. But I am not committing to more. Just whatever I get done will be what I do. 

I had big hopes and plans about things I was going to do on Eon's first day back to school. Sigh...  I did get cookies made and a dishcloth started though.  (And some housework, and wrote a letter to someone.)  I can't believe my baby is a Sophomore already!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Two More Birthday Boxes

Now that I've sent them both, I feel like I can post about them.. (The chances of her reading my blog are probably zero.)  I crocheted this "Playnket". Play mat + blanket. I wish they had stuff like this when my guys were little. 

Four outfits.

The only actual thing I sent from this picture was the Hot Wheels track builder. I was going to send the truck, but.... 1. I didn't have a big enough box/enough money to send a bigger box, and 2. I had already spent more on his gifts than I did his sister. So, I wanted everything to be "equal". I sent three hot wheels instead. Which make more sense. With the hot wheels track and track rug/blanket..

This was "Moms'" box. I re-used the Victoria's Secret bag... (My husband bought me a pair of sweats for Christmas.)  I got her a pair of pants, two shirts and earrings. Plus oddball stuff.... I was going to send more (but, money.... Lack of...)  I just tried to fit what I could in there. One of the things was a popsicle mold. And Kool-Aid mix to make them with..

Along with this; because I spent more on her big brother... Now I feel like he will feel left out...  Sigh... Lol. I got this at the Salvation Army! I just thought it was cute. It looks old.

This is something else I have been doing, it's a "drive" in a group I am in on Ravelry. They are trying to make 300 mini-stockings for an elementary school on Pine Ridge.  I "signed up" for 10. So far I have five done. This was the first one I finished. It's my night time TV watching project. It is too hot to do much else than small things.  

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Birthday Box

Well, I did get some things for Dominica's birthday. I got this doll to begin with. Because I ended up deciding to just use a pattern I have had forever, Baby Syndee's Layette (from Annie's Attic). I used to love making doll clothes. And I haven't made any (that I can remember), since we lived in Michigan. :0  (We left Michigan in 2005.)  

I first crocheted the party dress.

Then I crocheted a pajama outfit. I wasn't going to do any more.

But then I thought, it HAS to have a blankie...   And then I did a pillow, too. (The pattern does not have the pillow, I just chained however many until I thought it was big enough.)

Shoebox bed. (I didn't send this.)

This was everything else. I got a cup/dish/bottle set. A dress, and a princess coloring book. She said they like to color.

Aaaand.... I got three more outfits.  I think that was more than enough.

Everything wrapped. 

Now I am working on getting Tokala's package together. I finished his crochet thing.  I will post that when it's done. I still wanted to buy a couple more things (clothes).  I wanted to sponsor a child or family on the Okini One Spirit site. But, we are still so broke..  So, I decided to "sponsor" them. At least for their birthdays.  I haven't said anything to her. But, I did sponsor her before. She won't answer any of my questions except what size the kids wear. So, I got them some clothes. :)