Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hey Everyone!
Just a few more days and we begin a new year.  2012 looks strange to write but before you know it, we'll be  used to it in no time.  A favorite of many this time of year is organizing.  I know I love to arrange and re-arrange my sewing room {okay, maybe a little OCD} over and over but it gives me time to think about what I'd like to create next and see what I have in my stash.  I'm a huge Etsy fan ~ as well as the  Everything Etsy! page.  Today's newsletter was full of great ideas, and even a few Etsy shops to refer to. Take a look at  Organize Your Craft Room and get a jump start on crafting in the new year!
Until Next Time,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

M e R r Y * C h R i S t M a S * !

Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you all have had a blessed Christmas and enjoyed quality time with family and friends and all who hold a special place in your hearts.
The past crazy fun filled days, prevented me from posting much.  Maybe I can catch up soon ~ there has been a lot going on, that's for sure.

Until Next Time,

Saturday, December 10, 2011

* Pin Obsessed *

Hey Everyone,
Have you P i N n E d yet ?   I joined this craziness some time ago but honestly, I didn't really have it all figured out.   I mean, I know it's a virtual pin board and it's all about pinning photos you love, organizing them into groups or boards.  You can follow people with similar taste, and re-pin items from their boards on to your board.  Beautiful collages are bound to happen!  I'm not totally up to speed though, there are still questions!  Like, what if I'm looking at a photo I'd like to "pin" but I don't see the "pin it" button next to it ?  Because really, I've got a lot of pictures I'd like to add to my boards that are not in the confines of Pinterest World.  So what's a girl to do?  I suppose I could read the Help menus. But since I was up most of the night pinning away, I'm too tired to read anything.  I did find out I could add the nifty Follow-Me-On-Pinterest button to my blog... which I'll have to do!
Feel free to let me know what you know, if it's more than I know about it  :-)
Not a whole lot of sewing for the shop has been going on due to more complications with my leg.  I'm finishing up a special order today and then I might work on hand sewing projects or other things I can do with my leg elevated. I'm feeling a little frustrated! {and that's not including my phone}  I see the iphone in my very near future.... and maybe a new sewing machine!  Specifically to embroider. This will open up lots of possibilities!
Until Next Time,

Saturday, December 3, 2011

21 Shopping Days To Go

Hey Everyone!
How is your Christmas shopping coming along?  I've got a lot of ideas for gifts but nothing actually in hand yet...  Which brings up something else I was thinking about.  Our fur-babies!  They should have something to open along with everyone else! Besides, if you don't keep them occupied, you know they'll just get into things they're not supposed to!  
I purchased this cute little "bone" for my girls last month from Laurie at CREATED BY LAURIE.  She personalized it for me, one side says Mia & the other side Abby.  I can only show you Mia playing with it because she won't let Abby have it!  The second I opened the package and squeaked it, Mia grabbed it and ran.  You'll notice the fabrics are my request too.  Sparkly pink for Abby's side and solid pink for Mia.  Her prices are so reasonable!  You should check out her shop.

I noticed that there aren't any negative comments on the music!  I guess you all use your mute button as well?

"MIA" side of bone

MIA with the bone

"ABBY"  side of the bone

Until Next Time,

Friday, December 2, 2011

! ! ! ! F A I R - W A R N I N G ! ! ! ! . . ;-)

Hey Everyone!
I have to give the "fair warning" alert to you all because in my very last post, I wrote about music on blogs and how most people don't appreciate it. { Personally, my volume is always muted until I need the audio }  Like the usual chain of events in my life, I start out doing one thing and very quickly I'm sidetracked into something completely different. Such was the case about two minutes after uploading my last post.  I was reading a fellow crafter's blog and she had this *free* music widget right there on her page.  Even though my laptop was muted, I could still hear it whispering for me to click on it and download my very own!  How could I resist?  It is sorta cool and it's not like I listen to heavy metal, head-banging, blarring, type of "music" although I know a few of my friends would agree that Country is the same. Oh well, whatever!
The first song "Will you go with me" by Josh Turner, is my all-time fav! I discovered it last summer and could listen to it all the time.  His voice goes SO low! Reminds me a lot of last year's American Idol winner, Scotty.
So what do you think? Music on blogs, yes or no? 
Update: Okay so I removed the music player temporarily.  I don't want it playing the same song each time you sign on so until I figure out how to mix it up, I'll keep it disabled.... just thought you'd like to know!
Until Next Time,

Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Items!

Hey Everyone,
Happy December to all.  I can't believe it's already Holiday time and I couldn't be happier!  I just love Christmas time with all of the music, the lights, the parties, warm clothes, getting my sparkle on, the flood of Christmas picture cards that fill my mailbox and eventually cover an entire door and wall in my entryway. I thought about maybe adding music to my blog, but then I read that sometimes it can be a negative.  Not just Christmas music but music in general. I don't know about you but I can understand that.  We are a vast bunch and one size doesn't fit all. I imagine that I may be a little overboard with my {still going strong} Country Music obsession. I'm pretty sure that the few followers I have would surely hop on their horse and ride off into the sunset if I played what I'd like to! 

Last Friday and Saturday, I spent lots of time in my sewing room.  Here are a few photos of what I uploaded to my shop...
Gathered Craft/Crayon Apron. Front Side.  Accommodates up to 30 crayons.

It's reversible! This is the backside of apron.
 Baby Kimono Bootie and Burp Pad.  Soft Flannel all around. Solid pink side.

Booties and Burp Pad featuring the printed side.

Close up of those adorable booties!!
The Chef Pot Holder/Hot pad. I added Black & White Gingham around the Chef panel.

The reverse side of Chef Pot Holder/Hot pad. A generous 9x10"

The Hot Pad sold right away!  I have more panels with the little Chef guys in different poses.  I'm thinking of making a couple more as well as another idea I've been pondering.
I was sewing until the wee hours of the morning! I looked at the clock at it was 3am.  I called it a day {or night} and slept for a bit and did it again the next day. After a long day, I took a break to put my feet up. Have you ever felt that feeling when you have had a lot of salt & maybe your hands or feet feel swollen? I had that feeling but only in my right leg/calf.  I pulled up my pant leg and ohmygosh, my ankle and calf were bigger than I've ever seen. { I didn't have lots of salt, I actually was so involved in my projects that I "forgot" to eat}. I was thinking blood clot was the culprit.  Afterall, I made the CA-NY & NY-CA non-stop flight twice in four days just last month. My leg was warm to the touch, red, painful, poor refill, couldn't  flex my toes back, and the skin was so tight, there was absolutely no jiggle.  What else could it be? I probably should've went to ER that night but I was busy, tired and kept telling myself, there is no way this could happen to me!  That night I slept with the giant leg elevated. By morning, I could tell nothing was changing and maybe it could happen to me.  Did I go to ER right away?  Nope! Prior plans had been made for brunch that I really wanted to keep. Nurses really are the worst patients!
I dressed appropriately so everyone could check out my calf and ankle and compare my two legs.  Even the triage nurse thought for sure I had a clot.  The blood test was positive for clots so I was rolled off to Ultra Sound.  Guess what? No blood clot!!  What I did have was a Baker's Cyst that had exploded!! ... okay, Burst.  I like saying exploded more.
So I haven't had much experience with this type of Cyst other than it's always behind your knee and usually is found in arthritic people.  Who knew they blew up like that and answered the burning question of where all that fluid/swelling came from.
That was my excitement! I was out of commission the following 24 hrs and then work as usual.  Finally feeling a lot better now.
Until Next Time,  

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