Expanding My Horizons!

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I wrote a children’s book entitled “Bekah’s First Adventure.” Yep!  You heard me.  I wrote a book!  I did it.
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Luckily for me, it was accepted for publication by The Larry Czerwonka, Company. a publishing company located in Hilo, Hawaii.  We are so happy with our puppy, Bekah, and how well she adjusted to her adoption that I wanted to capture this in a children’s book.  It should be out soon!  I will keep you posted on this production process. It can be purchased from the publisher directly.  An e-book version will be out on Amazon.

Happy New Year

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Wishing all crafters a very Happy New Year.

For all of you who love to sew, may 2016 bless you with many inspiring projects  sewing machine  and may your sewing machine produce many magical creations.

For all of you who love to work with yarn, whether your passion is knitting or crocheting, may you be blessed with an abundance of yarn so your knitting needles or crochet hooks can produce a bounty of special projects.  knitting lady And may you have lots of shopping opportunities to replenish your stash.

For all quilters, quilting.jpgmay your quilting projects flourish and may your fabric stash dwindle as you weave together colorful quilts.  For all you embroiderers, may your embroidery projects generate happiness as you stitch and knot your patterns producing charming projects.  embroidery

May 2016 be a blessed year to all and may your creative cup overflow with joy and contentment.

 

Soft and Cuddly Afghan

A while ago I started knitting an afghan using  Sensations Rainbow Bouclé.  I used two 8-ounce skeins to make a 55 by 65 inch afghan. Using a size 8 circular knitting needle I casted on 207 stitches and worked the piece in a simple garter stitch.  I loved this variegated green yarn and the striped effect it yielded in the final project.

Cowboy Quilt

So, I finally finished this Cowboy Quilt.  I did all the hand quilting stitches.  It took a while but it was an enjoyable experience.

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It’s Mending Saturday!

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I collected pieces of clothing that needed mending. Today, I’m spending time just listening to music and mending. Some of the mending tasks includes hemming:

1. 3 pair of slacks that need to be shortened and hemmed.
2. a pair of men’s short pants that needs a hem re done.
3. a circular fall themed table cloth that is too long so it needs to cut and hemmed.
4. buttons that need to be replaced.

It’s relaxing and I am enjoying one-on-one time with our puppy.

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Celebrating Autumn

I like all of the seasons, but, I think I love Autumn the most. I believe its because I am partial to all of the autumn colors–burnt oranges, burgundy, deep greens and warm browns.

So, here is a look at my Autumn decor. Hope you enjoy it.
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Floral arrangements and tablescapes

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Haitus from Sewing…

New Puppy In Our Life! Back in March of this year, we got ourselves a new puppy.  So, the hubby and I are spending time with the puppy, who is now 9 months old.  When we got our puppy she was only 12 weeks.  43 days old (2)  This is our baby girl at 43 days old.  Isn’t she adorable?  Another view Bekah cuddling  We have done so many things with her.  She has gone to puppy training classes and has passed the puppy class and the intermediate class.  She is leash trained so it makes it easy to travel about with her.  Looking forward to more road trip adventures.

She loves going places, such as pet stores and Bass Pro.  We’ve taken her to the park but because of the summer heat that was very limited.  Recently, she went on a mini road trip to Laughlin, NV.  We all stood at Harrah’s Laughlin–great hotel and casino–very pet friendly.  Along the way we stopped in at a small town called Searchlight.  Searchlight is the hometown of Senator Harry Reid.  Every where we went, people fell in love with her.

Fleece Blankets

floral fleece blanket puppy fleece blanket  My girlfriend gave me two pieces of fleece that needed to be finished.  Each piece measured about 45 x 45 inches.  So, I serged all raw edges and then crocheted an edging to finish off each blanket.  The edging consists of two rows.  The first is a simple single crochet and the second is a fan stitch.  This is a great way to use up unfinished skeins of yarn.

Helping out a Friend

So much has been going on in my life that I have not done any sewing lately. But, my girlfriend asked me to help her out by sewing king-size pillow shams for her master bedroom.

What a great excuse for a girl date and a cup of coffee. (Like I really need an excuse to enjoy a cup of Jo.)

Deciding on a color to match the comforter was the first step. Since the comforter was a paisley print with gray, pale mauve and slate blue, we opted for something in the gray family.

Next step, which was the hardest, was to find the perfect fabric.  After searching through my favorite fabric store and coming up empty, I had to find another alternative.  Then the light bulb turned on and I decided to look for a drapery panel.  I wanted a shiny fabric and found a slate blue polyester.  I got a single 84-inch long unlined panel.  Brought it home and removed all hems.  Then I ironed the panel.  I was able to cut out shams for a pair of king-size panels.  The back of the sham has a six-inch overlap.

Needless to say once on the bed, the pillow shams looked great.  My girlfriend added a couple of navy and one mauve pillows.  Now, her master bedroom decor pops!  So, happy I was able to oblige.

Happy Fourth of July

Enjoying this day with my family. Wishing everyone who reads this post a very Happy and safe Fourth of July.
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