Monday, February 12, 2018

What a Week!

Last week seemed to last forever! Both my mom and me started out last Monday sick! By Wednesday the school called for me to pick up little T because he threw up in class! and on Friday they closed the school for illness! Growing up they never closed the school because too many kids got sick, but the last several years I've heard of other schools in Kentucky having to close because of the flu. This is the first time schools in our town had to close, both the local schools and the county schools!!! Scary to think the bugs are getting harder to get rid of that they have to close a school to disinfect them to get rid of whatever the most recent crude going around is!!!! Little T was better than me and mom, his didn't last nearly as long as ours did! Thank goodness! I hate seeing my sweet boy sick.
On the quilting side I have a few blocks and QALs to share.
This one is from Edyta Sitar's Patches of Blue QAL. You need to buy her book to play along in this quilt a long, but like her fabric the book is full of beautiful inspiration!
I actually completed this one on the 1st of February. This is a huge block at 16 1/2" and I think I used too many tan fabrics. So I guess my "Frost" is a little on the thawing out side!!! I'm still happy with how it came out and I'm anxiously waiting for the next block! This QAL is a once a month QAL which makes it easy to keep up with. But it seems like forever for the month to go by...hurry up February 15th! 
On February 4 (right before the crude set in!) there was a Super Bowl Mystery quilt along with Agatha and Sherlock. It ran only the day and I was hoping I could finish it up, well at least the top! It didn't work out that way!!! Now I have an UFO! But I'll work on it on and off between other QALs., I don't have a link for it. Apparently it only stays up for a short time. It was interesting and I may do another, she had others in the past. If you like participating with other quilters on facebook you're out of luck with this one. It was very closed off, I guess because you only had a day to work on it.
 
My most recent blocks are for Pat Sloan's Quilt a Longs, "In The Summer Time" and "Let's Go Camping". I posted The first blocks in both of these, but the Summer Time one needed it's border so I did that...
At the Beach block #1
I'm using Kona Cotton in Champagne as my background fabric, the color is a little off since I took it inside late last night. I'm using a mix of Batiks and regular cotton fabrics, whatever I could find in the adventures I was looking for!
Here is block #2 Oh The Gardens
We went to a few gardens, but trying to grow anything in Florida during the summer was not so easy. I did have a little area in our backyard that seemed a few degrees cooler. In it I had a big elephant ear type of plant along with some other tropical plants. Little T loved that garden and told me he misses it. I'm trying to grow some tropicals here, but they need to come in for the cold weather and they don't seem to go as big as they did in Florida. Here is Little T in the garden he loved back in 2011. You can see the elephant ear leaves by him, they are huge! I think he liked to pretend he was on safari!!!
Here is block #2 Around the Campfire for Pat's other QAL Let's Go Camping.
The background I'm using for this BOM is Kona Color in Silver and of course the rest is Batiks. Both the QALs are similar in colors, a kind of earthy tones to match the home. I can't remember ever having a campfire. We do have a fire pit in the backyard, it mainly holds Indy's sticks. I tried to tell him they are for a fire, but he thinks he should spread them out through the backyard. Hubby has a time trying to pick them up before mowing, especially if Indy is still outside. It's pretty funny to watch. I've tried to help in the past by picking up the sticks before hubby gets back there and Indy always helps redistributes them!!!
I have to say, I'm really enjoying Pat's QAL In the Summer Time. I found my photos from our adventures in 2011 and was going through them. Seeing my little guy so much smaller just makes me smile! I think I'll scrapbook the pages as we go through this summer time together!
This is me reminiscing and
This is Sheila
 


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Quilt A Longs!!!

Well, I am happy to say the quilt a longs are really starting up! I'm so excited about Pat Sloan's In the Summer Time QAL and it started today!!!! EEEEEK!!! We use to go some place every week when we lived in Florida, even if it was just the beach... Which happens to be the first block in this QAL!!! We've gone a few places since we've moved to Kentucky, like Mammoth Caves. Wow are they
vast! Back to the QAL... I collected material that represented places we went and things we saw on our adventures over the years and I've been so excited about this QAL since Pat mentioned it back in December that I could barely sleep due to the anticipation!!! So here's my first block...
There is a border that goes around the block, but I'm waiting on the background fabric. The shells and sharks teeth around the block are just a tad bit of the goodies we collected on our days at the beach. Yes I did say sharks teeth, fossilized sharks teeth. One of our favorite beaches was loaded with them! And it was my red headed husbands only favorite beach to go to...he didn't like the beach too much. I would snorkel and the boys would hunt for sharks teeth on the beach. The other wonderful thing about this little beach is it was hardly ever crowded, no condos and they still had sand dunes!!! It was heaven!!! I do miss the beach since living in Kentucky, but that's ok. Their is so many interesting things around here too.
So this is my day at the beach and this is me!
Sheila 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Quilt A Longs!!! I love them!!!

Well! I have all kinds of Quilt A Longs lining up to keep me busy and using up (or giving me reason to buy more) fabric. I wasn't sure if I was going to do the Let's Go Camping that Pat Sloan started the beginning of the month, but after seeing the first block I just couldn't resist! You see I went camping one time...just once. In Florida. In the summer. When it's HOT and the mosquitoes were very prolific! Did you know I can attract every mosquito in a 50 mile radius! At least that's what it seems to me. So, if I ever go camping again it will be in a camper!!! I love being outside, I just don't care to be an insects main course!!! But as I was saying I fell in love with this block. It reminded me of a sunset on a lake and that's how I did mine. I changed up the colors for the "sun" to reds and orange, but will be using the colors she suggested in other blocks. I'll also add these colors somewhere along the journey on our camping expedition. I also don't have any camping themed fabric so I used batiks with more images clearly visible. So here it is...
I really like how it came out. My sunset on the lake! So if y'all would like to enter head on over to her site...You can use the link above or use the link that's connected to Pat Sloan and you can see what other QALs she's doing or has completed. Yes you can get her past quilt a longs!!!!
Well I have a bunch to do...
This is my camp site and This is
Sheila

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sunday Drive and the treasure that I found!

I never thought I'd be lucky enough to find a great deal, but I did!!! I saw an ad for a vintage Singer sewing machine. It was green and I just fell in love with it. I contacted the person and even though she had the ad out for over a week she still had it!!! So we got together and gave her what she was asking...$27. She didn't know if it worked or not, but I thought for $27 bucks how could I pass it up! We drove almost an hour on Sunday and it was a beautiful drive through the country roads of Kentucky. When we got there I couldn't wait to get it to the car and really look it over. It was dirty and probably would need a good cleaning and oil, but I was thrilled! As soon as I got home I checked the computer to find the year it was made, then to the table to clean it, back to the computer, back to the table...I wanted to do everything all at once!!! So after cleaning and oiling all the parts (I checked the internet for how to oil it) I plugged it in, a little nervous...would it blow up? catch fire? do nothing? Then pressed the petal and wow! It worked!!!! I did smell something from the motor and decided I would have someone look at it that knew more than what I found on the internet. I think it may just be old oil on the motor at least that's what my friend suggested and she has a few antique machines. In fact her husband is going to look at it for me so I'm very happy!!!!
Without much further ado... Introducing "Sigmund" my sea green monster! He is a Singer 185J born in Canada in 1954.
 
I've read that you are suppose to name them! And one is never enough! In fact I already have my eye on another one!!!
So this is my new friend and this is me!
Sheila

Sunday, January 14, 2018

January????

Wow did the end of the year just disappear or what! We had a crazy month, my mom was in the hospital the week before Christmas, but she's home now and doing very well. I had put my shop on vacation mode for the month and I'm glad I did! As it was I still didn't get the projects I wanted to finish done let alone work on them even a little bit!! But one project I did push myself to complete was a baby quilt for my cousin.
The quilt was made with the block from Aurifils Designer of the Month that Pat Sloan hosts. I really love how it came out! I am always on the look out for blocks that have a 5" square (or around that size) because it is perfect to show off large print fabric, especially the Thomas the Train fabric I found. I thought Amanda Murphy's block was perfect for the baby quilt I needed to work on. So the hunt was on for fabrics that matched the Thomas fabric I had. I knew I needed a variety of fabric to give the blocks some interest and help move the eye around the quilt. This is what I came up with!
I added the sashing and cornerstones and rotated the blocks, but notice how the "tightropes" still line up with one another! I love it!!!
Well I have more work to do...I still have to quilt this puppy and I have Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen to finish up for mom. I also have Bonnie Hunters Mystery quilt On Ringo Lake to finish. I'm actually only on clue 2 so I have a ways to go! I also want to do Pat's Let's Go Camping (though I only went once and that was one time too many!) but the first block is so cool I'm finding it hard to resist!!! I am definitely doing her In The Summer Time sew along which starts the end of this month!! I can't wait!!! I've been pulling fabric and picking up material here and there as I find it. I have some wonderful memories of our day trips with little T when he was younger until just recently. We didn't get to do too much this past summer which was kind of sad. I love exploring the areas touristy places and parks and I hear Kentucky has some amazing waterfalls! So it's definitely on my To Do list!! Oh and I have a Second Chance quilt challenge at our local art center I'm planning. I'm excited to get that done. It will be simple and probably just a tie quilt I probably won't win a ribbon, but I know my little guy will love it! He already said I can't sell it!!! So funny! So that's what I'm up too!!! I hope you join in on some of the fun!!! It's a great way to improve your skills and you get a quilt out of it!!!
Sew until next time... this is me being busy!
Sheila

Thursday, November 30, 2017

More blocks and New QAL!

I thought I posted the most recent blocks I finished for Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen, but I must of just thought about writing the post! Did you ever do that...think about doing something and after awhile THOUGHT you did it!!!! I've been doing it more often than I'd care to admit!!! So with out much further ado here are the blocks!
First block # 18 The Fridge. I probably should have used a solid color in the corners because just like my fridge it's sure is busy!!!! 
 This is block #19 Mending Basket. I'm very happy with how this one came out! I think the points lined up pretty good!
 Here is block #20 Lovely Dishes. I thought about making this one bigger and putting it in the center of the quilt, but I'm worried I won't have it finished in time and I'm not sure how long it would take to make the adjustments...maybe I'll make another bigger when I have a free moment.
 
I was caught up when I finished #20 on Sunday the 19, but now I have 2 blocks to do... It's ok! I'm not too far behind! At least that's what I keep telling myself! I joined another quilt a long. It's with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. This years Mystery Quilt A Long is called On Ringo Lake. I love how she suggests colors using paint chips!!! Computers are notorious for showing the wrong color! Here is the majority of my material. I just love how these colors look together!
  
Tonight I complete Part 1 and I am amazed how these little beauties came out! She gave tips and tricks on how to shave some time off your cutting and still have the blocks line up beautifully. Plus I'm getting better at my 1/4" seam allowance. Well with all the sewing and quilt a longs I'm doing I better be getting better! So here's my finished Part 1s...
 Aren't they cute! There is so many of them there! Shhh it's a mystery! ;)
Happy Quilting all! And I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! We sure did! Lots of eating and family time, you gotta love that!
These are my blocks and this is me,
Sheila!
 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What a weekend!

I had a good weekend! I was determined to just quilt this past weekend and that's pretty much what I did!!! I've gotten a little behind on my Grandma's Kitchen quilt a long and I wanted to get caught up. I finished 3 blocks this weekend, plus cut out the fabric for the fourth. All in all pretty good since I didn't actually get to do only quilting, people want to eat around here! Here's the blocks I finished:
 
Here is block #11...well not quite. It was suppose to be three peppermint candies, but I'm not fond of circles and applique...well not yet! And I wanted to do a block more like the others. I'm pretty happy with the out come!
 
This is block #16 it's called Small Change, but I'm calling mine Rose Garden. I think it's self explanatory! I'm happy how everything lined up nicely.
 
 And here is block #17. I love the blues and white of this block and my points are getting better!
So how was your weekend? Did you get a lot accomplished? I really love when I can work on a project and see progress! I should show you the bookshelf hubby and I made for Little T's room. He does love his books and now he has plenty of room for them!

So this is me, Sheila!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Solstice Quilt in Batiks

I LOVE color! White walls make me nervous and beige is just a tad better! So when I first saw batik fabrics I was instantly smitten! The colors are so vibrant and they have a look of nature to them. Ever since I saw and held my first piece of batik fabric I knew I wanted to make a quilt with them. Not just a block here and there or a piece intermixed, but a whole quilt made up of batiks. So the collecting began!!!
When I found Pat Sloan's blog and QALs I was ready to use what I had so far. I found her blog just before Grandma's Kitchen started and the Solstice QAL was just finishing up. I had never did a quilt a long before so I wasn't sure what to expect. I decided the Solstice one would be perfect for me to use the batiks on and it would be all mine!!! Ok I'll share with hubby if he gets cold...he is a polar bear though so that won't happen often. No seriously he is! It'll be in the 40's and he has on a t-shirt! What normal person would do that!!! I'm bundled up with layers and a winter coat and he just makes me cold looking at him! Now back to my story... As I waited for Grandma's Kitchen to start I started on the blocks for the Solstice Quilt. I printed them out as I was planning on what to work on and what colors to do them in. I started with one and was going to go in numerical order than decided I wanted the big blocks to be some of my favorite batiks and color combos and I wanted to make sure I had enough fabric to complete the big blocks. As the weeks went on and I was also doing Grandmas Kitchen I would finish one or more blocks of the Solstice. Finishing the last block was exciting, but I must admit I had bought more batiks along the way, I mean seriously how could I not buy more! I love the way Pat laid out the blocks in a asymmetrical layout, but also gave a layout that was symmetrical if people would rather do that. I had my eye on what I thought was the perfect fabric for the background and binding. I also decided the color I used for the binding I would use for a 5" border around the quilt to make it bigger...for those days I did share with the polar bear! It ended up being 96"x96" and covered our queen bed with extra to fall down the sides. Then came the quilting...wow I didn't think I would ever finish quilting it! If I did just a meander I would have been finished so much sooner, but I would have been bored. So I played and planned out blocks and looked for patterns. Many of which I found from Angela Walters. If you are just starting out with FMQ I encourage you to watch everything she has! She is very entertaining and has my kind of humor! So after 2 needle replacements, 16 bobbin changes and over 40 hours on my Tiara III here is my quilt!
This is the front...

and this is the back.
 My hubby thought he was being funny having the back out. Little did he know I wanted to take a picture of that too! Notice the strip of color across the top. I used scraps from the fabric I used in the blocks on the front, framed it with the same fabric I used to bind it and not only gave the backing fabric enough inches to be able to cover the back, but also tied the back with the front. Plus it gave me more color!
I've slept under it a couple nights and I believe I've had better nights sleep or maybe I was just so tired from all that quilting!
Another thing happened to me since my last post that made me very happy...My sunflower block (go down to Thursday, September 21, 2017 to see it)  was picked in the Aurifil 2017 Designer of the Month QAL!!!! I get a box of Aurifil thread straight from Italy!!!  I love Aurifil and it's what I use all the time!!! So if anyone is interested my favorite colors are 2600 Dove I use this for all my piecing, 2783 a medium delft blue and my very favorite 2140 Orange Mustard which is a golden color. I used it on my very first quilt I quilted. I was brave and used it with a dark green background.
See all the sparkly stars! It's not perfect, but I love it! It's the very first quilt I quilted and it makes me smile! The quilt pattern is by Lori Kennedy at theinboxjaunt.com. She has some wonderful patterns and tips and a bunch of quilt patterns!!!!
Well It's taken me all month to get this post out! I'll see you soon and we'll chat again!
 
This is my life in Batik and this is me!
Sheila!!!
 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sanitary Commission Stamps and Quilt A Longs oh my!

I've been busy with my quilt guild for a while. There is a civil war reenactment that goes on every year in Perryville KY. This year our quilt guild planned to have a civil war quilting reenactment that ran along with it! I've learn so much about what the ladies part was in the civil war. I was part of the committee to help organize and get the word out. Then I was made aware of a stamp that was used by the US Sanitary Commission to stamp the back of the quilts used at the hospitals. Well, since it is my job to make stamps I was put in motion to do just that! In looking up images of the stamps used I've learn about a few things, which is always a plus! I made one stamp that is a pretty good replica if I do say so for my self and I made a second stamp, more of a commemorative stamp for the event. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the 3 day event, but I heard all the stamps I sent sold! How cool is that!

Here is a image of the two stamps I made for the event. I usually take photos of the actual stamps for my shops, but I was in such a hurry to get them done and to the reenactment I forgot! I'll see about getting that done and loaded onto my shops very soon! 
 
As soon as they came to pick up the stamps for the reenactment I went right to work on blocks! Thank goodness the material was already cut out, all I had to do is sew them together!!
Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen block #12
and
block #13

 
I guess it's a good thing I didn't post yet!!! I finished up two more blocks from Grandma's Kitchen!!!
Here's block #14. I really love how this one came out!!!

 
And block #15. I enjoyed this one too, I just confused myself with the two different mediums...one looks more light than medium! But it's still an interesting block! and I'm glad I threw those big yellow and blue roses in there.
 
 
 This block below is from Aurifil's Designer of the Month QAL. Also hosted by Pat Sloan! This is the block from February's designer. I really love batiks!! They have such a natural, unplanned look and they go so well with each other!
 
I have some more blocks that I need to sew up. They are also ready to go just as soon as I decide what I want to work on next. I have the solstice quilt under my needle waiting for me to finish quilting it and since our quilt guild meets a week from Tuesday I'm going to do what I can to finish it so I can take it to Show and Tell!!!! I'm really looking forward to finishing that one up! It's all batiks and the blocks were pure joy to work on. I think I've learn so much by doing that QAL even though it was already through. There was so many HST that I was doing them in my sleep!!!!
 
Well, this is what I've been working on and
this is
Sheila from KY!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

I just finished a block I'm so in love with! It didn't turn out perfect, my points are a little off, it isn't quite 12.5" like it's suppose to be and me and Jack had a rippin' good time with it, but I just love it anyway!!!
I mean seriously! How can you NOT love a sunflower block!!! This was from Aurifil's 2017 Designer BOM This months designer is Vanessa Goertzen and I just love the block she made for September! I used Batiks I have in my stash and since I don't have many yellows I went more toward orange with blue as the background. To top it off I was lucky enough to have what I think is the perfect center for a sunflower!!!
Well that's it for today...I'm behind on my BOM, QAL, Weekly challenges, monthly challenges...oh you get what I'm saying! I need to get back to work!
 
This is my sunflower block and this is me!
Sheila

Monday, September 4, 2017

Just keep sewing, Just keep sewing!

Sew, that's what I've been doing! You wouldn't think I had enough projects...I'm actually hunting down more Block of the Months and Quilt A Longs to join! Some I haven't participated in, but I am saving the patterns...You just never know! As if that isn't enough, I woke up the other morning with a quilt idea in my head. Good thing I always keep a pad and pencil by my bed for just such epiphanies! I love when ideas come in that half wake plane of existence! Well it took a few days after sketching out my idea that morning, but I got my grid paper out and laid down my idea. I did change one block to a star block, just seem so appropriate. I started stitching it together but it will probably be awhile before I post it here...if I ever post it at all! I mean it is my first idea, it may be a real stinker. I have to say it does look cool all drawn out and colored in though!
   So here is what I have been working on....Grandmas Kitchen by Pat Sloan. I forgot to post the block from last week. I actually finished it the Wednesday the next block came out! I'm happy to say I have both blocks done and I'm all caught up!
     This is block #9. I love the window blocks!!! The white fabric with yellow roses came from a woman in my quilt guild and I'm so happy I got it! It works great with the colors I have going in this quilt! Here's Block #10:
     This block was a lot of fun! It's Grandma's recipe box, but since I didn't get to know my grandma Bagwell or Nana very well I'm doing it for my mom. After all she is a Grandma too! It's funny looking at these two blocks I didn't use any of the fabric from the Dutch Garden collection that I originally started with! But they all play nice together so it's all good! Pat mentioned it was going to be a large throw, but I plan on making it big enough for mom to use it on her bed. As soon as Pat puts up the layout I'll be able to get an idea of how many more blocks and how big they need to be to get the size I want. I have to admit when I first started the Quilt A Long I was nervous about the unknown, but now it adds to the excitement of waiting for Wednesday to get here!
I'll post more of what I've been working on...besides making stamps and filling orders! Until then...
 
This is sew Sheila!
and I hope you stop by again!
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

More quilting going on!

I've been busy...when am I not! I completed block #8 from Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen Quilt along. It took me a little longer as I was trying to finish up a lap quilt. I started that in the spring and finished the top, but just laid it aside after quilting another lap quilt and little T's quilt...after that monster quilt do you blame me! Well I needed a show n tell for the quilt meeting and I figured I'd just finish it right up, fat chance! I even did a simple quilting on it. Well I guess the design could have been bigger! The design is actually from Angela Walters (love her quilting philosophy). If you are wanting to learn Free Motion Quilting I strongly recommend her videos. She is wonderful and makes it fun! I can't get enough of her videos!!! We also had a sew day with my quilting guild. Only about 6 showed up, but it was still fun. I worked on three civil war blocks for a quilt the guild is putting together. It will be raffled off at the Perryville Civil War Reenactment that goes on in October. So here is the lap quilt...

I believe it's called Jelly Roll Race and here is Grandma's Kitchen block #8...
 
 
and here are the civil war blocks...
 

 
I'm pretty happy with how everything came out. I'm getting better with every new project and for being a quilter for less than a year, that's not bad!

So this is me quilting!
Sheila

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Life in motion

How in the world did it become 2017? It's crazy how fast time slips away from us! So much has happen in the last 3 years. My mom came to be with us!!! We now all live together and have the perfect set up. She never thought she would have a dog, but as much time as Indy stays down stairs with her you might as well say he's her dog too!
He's a good dog. Happy as can be, especially when it's cool out. Actually the colder the better as far as Indy is concerned! Our house sits on top of a hill and Indy is the happiest sitting on top of the hill and keeping an eye out on all the land he can survey. After all if he can see it, it must be his! His baritone bark sure gets the neighbors attention! We have wonderful neighbors so it's all good! Our one neighbor has show dogs...6 to be precise! So our one noisy pup isn't too bad.

I'm not sure if I've mentioned what I do. I'm a rubber stamp maker, designer, Etsy seller. I enjoy what I do. I like to take an image or drawing and turn it into something that can be used over and over. I also like that I can share my designs. This November will be 10 years of making and selling stamps!!! Hard to believe I've been doing this for 10 years!!!

This past fall I found myself on a new creative path...Quilting! I've been wanting to try it for a very long time.
Well, one day I went to Hobby Lobby to buy some fabric to make Little T a new pillowcase for his body pillow. Apparently 14 year olds don't want Thomas the Train pillow cases anymore. hahahaa While I was looking at all the beautiful fabric I thought how fun it would be to make a quilt of places he always talked about going when he was younger. And then it started! I went online and looked for travel, adventure themed material. I found so many different fabrics that I had a hard time decided what I wanted. I decided to put a plan together and limit color choices (didn't work so much!) and to find a pattern that would be easy for a new quilter, but would also show off the travel material. I found a version of Turning 20 Again and altered it slightly to accommodate what I wanted. After all the material arrived...I purchased most of the fabric online to get the best variety, though picking the right color was a challenge! I started working on it in November and by February Little T's quilt was finished!...well not quilted, but the top was done. I joined a quilt guild and met a bunch of wonderful women and thanks to them I found out about a exhibition (no ribbons or judging). I worked feverishly to get the quilt done in time for the show and by June it was done. Here's a picture of my first and second quilt...front row!
So as you can see I'm hooked! I have made a few more and I have another large quilt I will be finishing up as soon as the backing material gets here. That's the bad thing about ordering online, the wait!
Do you want to see what I'm working on now...
It's from Pat Sloans blog. She does a quilt along and I'm having so much fun following along. She put's out a new block every Wednesday...boy it sure takes long to get here! So to appease my desire to quilt I also decided to do the Solstice quilt she has there. The good thing about it is they are through with that quilt a long so all the blocks are up! In fact I just finished that top and that is the one I'm waiting on the backing fabric for! If you are a quilter or your interested in trying it out check out Pats blog. People post their version of the blocks they have made and let me just say they are beautiful! Well off to quilt!
and This is Sheila! slightly lost, but found!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Where does the time go?

I ask myself that a lot lately. I look at the last post of this blog (in October!), the fact that it's already March, my little guy will be 11 on Friday....so where does the time go??? I try to make the most of the time I spend with my little guy, he's growing up so fast! The good thing is I work from home so I'm able to be there for him. We have learned to live on one income (for the most part) and though some days it gets hard it is worth it and in the end it all works out.

So back to my little T...His birthday is Friday!! I can't believe it! I still remember holding him as a baby. He was so tiny due to being 5 weeks early. But it didn't take him long to not only catch up, but go beyond! He's tall, but around here a lot of the kids are tall...wonder what they put in the water!!! Anyway, for his birthday I made him a plushie (stuffed animal) from his favorite game, MineCraft. For those that don't know what MineCraft is, it's a video game that despite it's pixel-ly graphics it's one of the hottest games out there. Little T is fixated on Herobrine. A character that isn't really part of the game...more like a ghost story that some players have claimed to come across while playing. Little T says he thinks he saw him and from that comes his obsession....And this plushie....

I'm pretty happy with the way he came out. It was hard to keep the boxy-ness after stuffing. And though he was time consuming it went along with out too many problems. I'll credit my new sewing machine with that!!! I added magnets to his hands and to his pick ax so that he can hold items. I plan on making a sword, of course it will be a diamond sword! And I have enough fabric to make Steve, a Zombie, Creeper, and a Slime. Looks like I'll be busy! But for my baby it's all worth it!








Sunday, October 6, 2013

Never try a new recipe when tired....

Yes I tried and failed miserably! It sounded so yummy. A little more work than I would have liked, but I thought it would be worth it.

I had chicken in the refrigerator and I didn't want to wait another day so I went to work making Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken. First I used olive oil to fry it, which smoked up the house so bad little T came running in yelling Mommy, Mommy! The next batch of chicken I went to fry I decided to see what oil they recommended....canola, it worked so much better! After the chicken was done I put it in the slow cooker and proceeded to mix the sauce that it would cook in. As I'm adding the ingredients I'm thinking that's way too much red pepper flake, but put it in anyway. I added that to the slow cooker, plugged it in and set the timer for 3 hours. I kept coming into the kitchen to see how it was doing sniffing at the lid to smell the yummy-ness. When there was only a half hour left I went in to get the rice and egg rolls started. That's when I noticed.....I didn't turn the dial on my slow cooker to low! It was still off!!! And it was 6:30 already!!! So I had to make something else for dinner. I put the slow cooker pot in the refrigerator and figured I would just make it for tomorrows dinner.

When tomorrow came I made sure my slow cooker was getting warm, when a half an hour was left I made my rice and egg rolls. And dinner was on the table hot and smelling good. The first bite confirmed my suspicions that I had too much red pepper flakes in there! We added a bunch of ketchup and rice (little T had something else) but it was still pretty hot. I grabbed the recipe and noticed it said 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes....I added 1/4 CUP!!! I knew better! I've been cooking for years, decades even! I knew it was too much when I poured it in....did I check the recipe then?! Of course not! I always double check the recipe, but when you are too tired to cook....DON'T!

So that is what the last 2 days have been like. What's for dinner tonight? Something I can just heat up and serve!!!! I'll try that recipe again. When I do I'll add a link to where I found it...if it turns out as yummy as I think it will.

Here's Little T with Indy. In case you didn't know all big dogs think they are a lap dogs! This photo was actually taken the beginning of August, so Indy is a little, OK a lot bigger now!

This is Little T with one of his two cats. This is Mittens. He is a very special tabby along with his sister Cuddles. I'll chat about them more later. It's a wonderful story, at least I think so! :)
 
So this is how not to try a new recipe and this is Sheila

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Indy turns 6 months old!

Well, yesterday he did. It's hard to believe we've had him for 14 weeks now. To fill you in on our 14 weeks together I'll start by saying he's smart, very smart!

We use to leave him out in the house....first mistake! He was good for the most part until we had to go into the city and it took longer than he felt we should be away from home. In that time he decided I didn't need my alarm clock anymore. He chewed the electrical cord while it was still plugged into the wall! We are lucky he didn't get hurt or burn down the house!!! OK so that wasn't so smart.

Photo taken around 4 months old.
 After that we decided we would start leaving him in the bathroom when we went out. I use to have a dalmatian and he did wonderful when he was a puppy and I left him in the bathroom while I was away. But like kids, dogs have their own personalities! The first time we were gone longer than he thought we should be gone (another trip to the city) he chewed the tube that brings the water from outside into the toilet tank. Apparently it wasn't able to withstand puppy teeth. By the time we got home the bathroom was flooded and it was out the door and through the hall. Indy seemed to be smiling as he sat there soak and wet water spraying up above him. Hubby was less than thrilled...I laughed. I looked at it as there was no real damaged, just the tubing needed to be replaced and the water mopped up. Hubby purchased an all metal tubing for the toilet and when we had to leave puppy again we turned of the water.

Another time he turned on the faucet in the tub. I'm not sure how, but it wasn't on strong mostly a good trickle, so no flooding. But the next time he turned on the water we were having problems with the pipes clogging up. In fact we were waiting for the plumber to come out and fix it. This time we weren't gone too long just dinner and groceries. Of course puppy turned on the water again...the hot water to be exact. Our hot water heater or the boiler as I refer to it gets the water so hot it comes out boiling. How Indy turned it on and didn't get burned still amazes me. But of course it flooded the bathroom again. He also clawed at the vanity which looks pretty bad, but I have an idea on how to fix that. I mopped up the water and sat with little T to relax a moment. Then the plumber showed up....Did I mention the plumber is friends with the landlord! He saw the vanity I'm sure. I was panicked that I would be getting a call from the landlord, but we didn't. He is a super nice guy and he knows we are handy. He also mentioned he wanted to update the bathroom. I think it still has the original everything since the day it was built in 1950.

So that was the last time we left him. Mainly because last week we took him in to have him neutered. One of his testicles didn't drop and the doctor assured us it was probably just within reach and it would be no extra charge. HA I warned him if there is only a 5% chance it would be in the abdomen than it would be in the abdomen! Guess what, it was in the abdomen! the 20 minute operation turned into a hour and 10 minutes and they wanted to keep him overnight to make sure he was still and quiet. When we picked him up the next day one of the rules was to keep him quiet...excuse me he's a puppy! There is no keeping him quiet! I will admit that he is a whole lot more quiet with only burst of excited moments, unlike the Irish setter I had when I was 10 years old! She had one speed full throttle! She had boundless energy. If you ever seen the movie Funny Farm with Chevy Chase you'll understand. They bought a dog, an Irish setter and let it out of the car when they got home. The dog ran and ran and would make a cameo later in the movie...still running. That was Holly! So when it comes to energy levels Indy is mild with only short bursts of frolic.
 Photo taken 9-26-2013 almost 6 months old
Since I don't want him to bust his stitches or turn on the water and get his incisions soaked he has been going everywhere with us. Hubby thinks it's going to last forever, I have to remind him he IS still a puppy. Indy has become happier about car rides, actually jumps right in. I'm a little worried it's not helping his separation anxiety any. With me working from home it's not helping that I'm home all the time. In fact the other day we went grocery shopping and had to play tag team. I went in the store first while hubby, little T and Indy waited in the car. I filled up the cart with dinner and breakfast foods and anything else I   had on the list then I called hubby (aah the cell phone age!). He came into the store to get what he wanted and I went to the car. Indy and little T did great, but hubby informed me that when I left the car earlier Indy started crying and barking...he never barks!

That will be our next trick to tackle, dealing with us leaving. We'll start with short trips without him....5 minutes at a time and work our way up to longer time apart. I'll also wear him out before we leave. Hopefully getting him tired enough that he won't have the energy to rearrange the house.

I think that should have you up to date on Indy. He is a good boy, my shadow. He keeps me company during the day and since my son is getting older, he is filling a void of the mothering that little T doesn't seem to need anymore. Next time I'll "talk" about something other than puppy. Promise!

So this is Indy and this is Sheila

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy October!

Is this year going as fast for you? I can't believe it's October already! The weather here has been beautiful. Crisp cool days a cozy nights. In Florida I would freeze if it went below 70 now it's in the 60s and I have the windows open enjoying the cool breezes!

I'm also having a hard time believing it's October because that means it's the beginning of the holiday season! I'm still unpacking and trying to find room for the boxes from our move....in January!

But this month I'm planning a clean sweep of the house to get ready for the holiday season. Which means finding home for the boxes of stuff I don't need anytime soon! Also getting pages done for the Christmas Daily I'll be working on this December. I've never planned ahead when it comes to scrap booking. I like to work from the photos and see what matches best and fuss, a lot of fussing. Which usually means not finishing! So this time I'm trying something different to see if I can't get a better result.

On a different note I want to introduce to you our new puppy. Actually this photo was from June 26 2013 when we got him. He was 10 weeks old in the photo. We had a hard time naming him, between the three of us we all couldn't agree until our son picked Indy. As in Indiana Jones, but we say Indiana Bones. He will be 6 months this Wednesday and he's already the size of an average size dog. As if you couldn't tell with those paws that he's going to be a big dog! I read up on Great Pyrenees so I knew what we were getting into...average size of a male 110 lbs.

My recent favorite thing to do when people see him is tell them he's only 5 months old. I love the reaction on their face (O_o) or the comments...You're going to need a saddle for him when he gets older! It makes me smile, I'm weird like that!

He is an awesome puppy. He still thinks our son is his chew toy though, it is getting better. He's not biting but mouthing little T. But little T still complains that the dog is bothering him. I remind him he is still a puppy and he is getting better, it's up to him to train Indy to behave the way he wants him too. So wish us luck on that! As for training him, he knows sit, shake, down, roll over and crawl. He will even do the tricks from hand signals. He is a very bright puppy!
I'll stop here. More on puppy later. I have to say puppy...to remind myself his large size doesn't mean he's done growing and learning!
So this is Sheila....
 

Monday, September 30, 2013

The beginning....

I'm not good at blogging...I always can think of wonderful things to write, but it's usually when I'm away from the computer. By the time I get to the computer I forgot what I wanted to write about! But we are on this adventure and I have so many fun stories to tell! Plus I want to remember our new start in Kentucky!

We moved to Kentucky the beginning of this year. We left Florida. I love Florida. My husband has never lived anywhere else and thought he would never leave. We loved our home. We had an addition added on and remodeled the kitchen....I loved my kitchen. But the economy has a way of making things happen...that and prayers to find the answers of what to do.  What to do about hubby being out of work for over 2 years and when he finally gets a job doesn't make enough for the mortgage company to even want to talk to me. We didn't spend foolishly, we didn't have a bunch of debt, we didn't have car payments and our home was not out of our budget...until my hubby lost his job.

So bad things happen to good people, but for a reason. For some reason we are suppose to be here, in Kentucky away from the beach and my beautiful kitchen. We rent a home now, I miss owning my own home. I miss the room we had and of course my kitchen...did I mention how much I loved it! But I have faith and dreams and there is so many beautiful old homes here...Queen Anne homes! I drool!!! But then the farms around here! I would love a hobby farm, raise a few goats for milk and cheese, chickens for eggs, plant some apple trees and maybe a pecan tree or two! And definitely a garden. I love to walk out the back door and pick a salad for dinner!

Speaking of dinner, I've been trying out all sorts of new recipes since we moved. I've always loved to try new recipes out and change them to suit the family. So I'll be posting those here too, along with my daily happenings and mishaps and just life in general.
So this is Sheila and this is Kentucky!