Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello


Well it seems like every time I post it has always been a long time.  I have struggled with posting lately because I wasn't sure if I wanted to throw all my baggage out there.  But here it goes:

I am a migraine sufferer.  It has been on going since I was about 17.  I have tried lots and lots and lots of things.  I am not a good pill taker (not as in a pill popper);  I do not like taking pills, and I can never take more than one a day.  I just can't keep up with it, and am on the go so much.  The headaches have become increasing worse of the past few years.  I had been going to the only specialty clinic in AR, and well they closed.  They closed due to Obomacare.  I am not getting into politics just stating facts, as that was from the horses mouth as to why they closed.  All the Doctors in that office could retire and did.  My specific Dr told me I would have a hard time finding someone and see more and more specialist retire or stop practicing all together.  Well he sent me to a friend of his and I went to 1 office visit and got the letter; he too was retiring.  I was crushed.  So now I drive 3.5 hrs to another state to the closest headache specialist clinic, and well I have made him promise with a blood oath he would not retire soon!    So now what.  Well we talked about a lot of stuff and all the meds I have tired, normal visit stuff.  He wants me to try Botox injections.  I was like I don't know about that.  We discussed this for at least an hr.  I then have researched and quizzed people who take them, and well fast forward I go tomorrow.  31 shots in my head!!!!  yes that is a 3 before the 1!  I am pretty nervous about the whole thing to say the least.  Oh and he put me on a Gluten free, low carb diet, so yeah I eat nothing!  So I have been dealing with all that for a while now.

I haven't gotten to sew very much with all this driving and regular summer type stuff.  I remain a month behind on my mystery quilt-a-long, which I am pretty proud of.  I have been doing my bee blocks, and Oh I won a whole bundle of dreaming vintage fabric and aurifil box with Jeni Baker's favorite things collection.  I am loving that!!  I have started knitting, or tried to start.  I have also been canning like there is no tomorrow.  We have 80 quarts of pickles.  We are still picking about 80 tomatoes every other day!  I even made 12 half pints of pear jelly.  I guess we are on a roll.  I just can't stand to waste anything out there!

Well that about catches you up on things here.  I am hoping to actually finish something soon.  I have two tops that need to be quilted.  I just feel like I am so terrible at that and don't even want too!  lol


Aug Bee Block

July Bee Block


June bee block:  My month

Mystery Quilt block July





Saturday, May 31, 2014

Awwe Summer!

Wow it has been awhile!  I just haven't felt interesting or interested at all lately!  I think with my daughter's illness I have just been blah ya know.  She is better, but something is still off to me.  I can't place it really, but a mother knows.  We go back Monday to Children's Hospital and will discuss more I guess.  I have done some sewing this whole time.  I am really enjoying doing the quilting bee.  It is super fun and I have seen a lot of really cute blocks.  This is my month to be Queen and I am super excited.  Here is the block I did:

We also got the 1st clue in our mystery quilt along, and this is what I have so far:
Super bad picture I know!  We get our next clue tomorrow!!!

I have another quilt I pattern tested!  Wall hanging size.  I really need to quilt these and do something with them!  I just hate my FMQ skills (or lack of) and it is hard to motivate.  I have been toying with sending one off, but just can't make myself do it when I am just being lazy!


 I am learning how to knit also.  Wow who knew how hard that is?  I am finally getting a little smoother at it and just doing one stitch (knit stitch).  My sweety pie doesn't like me in my sewing room all the time and "ignoring" him, so now I can sit with him and knit.  Bless his heart he just likes us in the same room :).   I crochet already but found a whole knitting mother load at a yard sale for a dollar, so boom!   I am learning with Craftsy.  I think the course is called knit lab.  I love Craftsy!  I have decided to also not over extend myself on sewing.  I got a little overwhelmed when I tested 3 patterns back to back and overlapped.  I also had a baby present and such all at the same time.  It kinda stopped being fun for a min.  I also desperately and let me just bold that for effect DESPERATELY need to reorganize my sewing room. 

OH how could I have forgot (well because it is still in the box because of the above statement)  I got a new sewing machine.  Well a new old one.  I believe it is  featherweight, but I need to research it.  I will post all about it sometime. 

Well if you are still out there reading my ramble thank you!  Also I was wondering how you other bloggy folks went about getting sponsors.  Did you contact them or other way around?  I have had a couple contacts that seem pretty fishy and not any place I know, so I didn't respond. 

I also have been gardening, work is busy, and we just moved our horses from the other farm to here.  I also have been canning some jam:
I almost for got I pattern tested this for Pile O Fabric and Love it as my machine cover!!! 
Well what else.  Oh personal best at couponing last night saved $140!  We had literally not been to the store since February and we were so low in the stock pile! We were so low in fact the sweet one decided he wanted to go and kept asking me when we were going shopping.  HE HATES coupon shopping and wanted to go!  It is a family event we all go and all clip and sort coupons.  I am the one who organizes the coupons and makes the list and matches with ads etc, but everyone has to play their part. 

So that about does it for me.  It really sounds like I have been super busy lol!  Well I hope all is well with each of you and thanks for hanging around!  Blessings to you all!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Finally Breathing

Well since I last spoke with you we have been to the hospital yet again.  We still have no idea what went on with my daughter, but she is a least doing better, so thank God for that.  Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. 

So I have actually gotten some sewing done.  A few items I had to hurry and get them done and sent out so I forgot to take pictures :(!

I do have a project that I can show you now.  I have been patterning testing my rear end off lately.  I have to say I really like that.  It challenges me and forces me to have to do things I might not have tried.  Also love the quilts I have done.  Here is one that I can show you:

This is the front
 Ok so looking at these pics you really can't tell the colors.  It was a snowy day when these were taken.  The background is Kona Snow and the other is a bundle I won from the hemisphere quilt along.  Awesome!
back  
Although the backing looks blue here is is a lovely purple color and I used Kona snow as the focus on the back. 

This pattern is called Modern Morocco by Aria Lane and designed by Tara Knight.   Very lovely pattern, and after the cutting it comes together pretty fast. 

These next ones are some bee blocks I have finished and actually got pictures of before sending lol.


I know you have seen me talk about my FB group I belong to Sew Swap it, well, we are starting a mystery quilt and there lovelies are my  fabric choice (super excited):
So that is what has been going on here.  I did just finish FMQing a baby quilt, but alas I can't reveal it, as it is another pattern I am testing.  I am not at all good or even decent at FMQing.  It is so sad really!

Please love on your kiddos!  I tell you, you do not know what a blessing it is to have a healthy child!  God bless you all on this lovely (here anyway) Easter Sunday! 



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hardest week of my Life!

Well this has been hands down the hardest week of my life.  My daughter was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Monday the 24th and we made it home last night.  She had all the stomach issues (up and out) and 103 fever with sever abdominal pains.  We went to our semilocal hospital and was then transferred 3 hrs away to out states Children's Hospital.  We still do not know exactly what the issue was/is.  Her symptoms have gotten less sever and her fever finally stopped.  They believe it was a sever viral infections that hit her extremely hard, damaging her stomach lining.  There were several moments they believed it was the gall bladder and a surgical team was on standby.  There was one very serious moment when we were waiting on a red blood cell test for something very serious.  I did not see outside for 6 days, and slept in what has to be the most uncomfortable chair ever made for 5 nights.  I got very frustrated with drs (to the point they sent a psychiatrist to talk to me, and begged my parents to take me to a hotel to rest).  I was a mother on a mission and I wanted to know in detail everything that was being done and why.  Apparently that is not the norm.  Needless to say we all got on the same page and I feel great about what it is not.  They have sent samples off for test that will take a couple weeks to get back hoping to find what caused this and if it will ever return.  I will tell you if you ever think you have a tough time of things take a trip to a Children's Hospital and you will hate yourself for ever thinking you had it bad.  We met a woman who's child has been there 12 years.  I then for the 1st time realized there are several kids who never know a life outside a hospital and that breaks my heart.  My child was very sick but we did leave there, and seem to be improving.  We are hugging tighter, and slowing down a lot more.  We are enjoying each other and not worrying about the small stuff.  Things do not have to get done I assure you.  I have been stuck in a hospital for 6 days and the world has went on fine without me.  I can chill and let stuff go because all that matters is what was right there with me.  Family and friends!   I have never seen so may people call, text, visit, and pray for us!  It was so nice to know I didn't have to worry about work, or home and I could focus on my daughter.  I also know exactly how long my brain can work on no sleep at all and that is 3 nights/4 days.  It then will not process things correctly and I was not at all on my game.  But alas we are home and we are resting.  We have some follow up appointments and some recovery time needed.  She became very anemic with all the blood that was drawn.  She still has pain and is not at all 100% but we don't have fever and we are home which makes rest possible and we all need that.  So please don't get stressed out about work or even sewing just love and laugh and let the small stuff go!  I promise the world will not stop!  Blessing to you all

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I haven't vanished

I am sorry I have not been on here for a while.  I am working on 3 projects that I can't reveal yet, and my two Craft it Forwards I had.  I have a few more openings for the CIF (info here) if your interested you can comment here.  I can't wait to show you my WIPs I think you will like them!  I hope all is well with everyone, and you are enjoying nice weather. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Winner and a few more opening in the Craft it Forward

 Kate: 
glad to see that you are back -- I'd love to win this TSB as it looks like you put some great stuff in there. 

is the lucky winner of the stash box.  I have emailed you Kate and the box will be on its way soon.


Also I have a few more spots open for the Craft it Forward: I have 2 from the last post

1. I will make a crafty gift for the first three people to comment on this post and say that they would like to be a part of Craft it Forward! This little gift is a surprise, and will arrive to you anytime within the next 9 months. 

2. To sign up to Craft it Forward, you need to commit to the project yourself. Once you receive the item from me, just post this (or something similar) on your blog so others can get involved. You then make them something and Craft it Forward continues on and on! 

3.
 Leave a comment on this post telling me that you want to participate in Craft it Forward. Also, please be sure that I have a way to contact you so I can get your postal address (do not leave your postal address in the comment!) so I can get your crafty gift in the mail.

If you are interested in a surprise gift and giving one then please let me know.  Thanks  

Friday, February 28, 2014

I'm Back with a giveaway! revised

Edit:  I totally forgot to put the details of the stash box in lol!  It is freezing rain, sleeting, thundering, and lightening.  What is up with that?  Anyway here are the details of the stash box and don't forget One comment for stash box and one for Craft it Forward.   Thanks

 Stash Box Rules and Regs:

  • Be an active blogger -- post about receiving the box and the giveaway in a timely manner
  • Update the travel log in the box to let others know where the box has been.
  • There is a list of rules and guidelines in the box -- be sure to follow these to keep the box full of quality items and the experience positive for everyone.
  • You may take any items from the box just be sure that you are replacing them with quality and comparable items. 
  • Ship box to the next person timely -- and communicate tracking information with recipient.
  • Shipping is within the US only

Important Things to Remember:

  • Please ensure that items in the box are quality. If items in the box are poor quality they should be removed. Items that are being removed can be offered for optional inclusion to the next recipient. Poor quality items can be discarded but this should be done with digression.
  • Only include items that you would be proud to own -- this is not a dumping ground for outdated or worn item.  
  • Items should be free of smoke, odors and pet hair
  • You must replace all items that you take with items of equal value and replacing with more than you take is welcome.



Wow have yall ever had one of those weeks that you thought would never end!  I had went through 4 internet providers and finally have one.  After finally getting internet I pull up at my parents house and all my dad's hay is on fire.  So we have been dealing with that, plus the usual running around.  So anyway hello again!!!!

Ok some things I have to get out there the remaining stashbox.

This is what was in the stash box
This is what I kept
This is what I added! There are half yard cuts, FQs and charm packs.
 I  have had this box for longer than I needed to have it.  I will leave it open till March 4th, choosing the winner March 5th.  It is a lovely box that has had a slight makeover.  I believe there are a couple vintage sheet pieces in there as well!  Please just comment that you want to have your name in for the box.  

Craft it Forward!

I received this lovely item from Terry at Terry's Treasures.  She was  doing a CIF and I was lucky enough to be included.  The details are below:



1. I will make a crafty gift for the first five people to comment on this post and say that they would like to be a part of Craft it Forward! This little gift is a surprise, and will arrive to you anytime within the next 9 months. 

2. To sign up to Craft it Forward, you need to commit to the project yourself. Once you receive the item from me, just post this (or something similar) on your blog so others can get involved. You then make them something and Craft it Forward continues on and on! 

3.
 Leave a comment on this post telling me that you want to participate in Craft it Forward. Also, please be sure that I have a way to contact you so I can get your postal address (do not leave your postal address in the comment!) so I can get your crafty gift in the mail.


So please leave a separate comment if you want to be in CIF and the stash box you will need to leave 2 comments.   


And Finally a WIP:

Look at those scrap pieces.  I can't yet revel this project but it is super cute and I am actually almost done.  Well I was ahead until this week.  Deadline is next week so I better get back on track!