Friday, November 24, 2017

#bloglikecrazy getting ready

getting ready

I'm not sure how holiday have been sneaking up on me this year.  After all, I am now retired.  I'm thinking it might have something to do with the fact that I am no longer a slave to my calendar.  Everyday really feels like Saturday.  It's so freeing to be able to answer yes! when someone asks for my help and know that I won't feel stressed or pressured by things that need to be done before I go back to work. 

Anyway, with Thanksgiving over I sat down to take stock of what needs to be sewn before the big day.  I'm happy to report that 4.5 things need to be completed.  A pair of PJ's for the grandson (in truck fabric, of course!), a leopard print tote for my eldest daughter to carry back and forth to work, a clutch for my niece and 1.5 makercases for my girlfriends. 

The makercases are a new noodlehead pattern.  It will be the perfect case to tote supplies to our planned weekend craft retreat!  One friend does paper work and the other crochets.  I am halfway through the first and it's bigger than I thought but I guess that will mean more room to carry necessities. 

Here's a sneak peek of the outside:
One side has a snap pocket and the other a zip pocket.  I love the Tula Pink fabric. 

Back to work...I need to keep sewing...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

#bloglikecrazy So thankful

So thankful
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I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life. 

Anytime I think my life is difficult,  I only need look around to find someone who's life is a greater struggle than mine.  May we all reach out a helping hand to those in need who cross our path.

May God bless you all. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#bloglikecrazy A mom's work is never done...

A mom's work is never done...

Even though I've been cleaning all day, cooking, doing church work and looking after grandkids, I find myself at 8 p.m. with no pumpkin pie done.  My granddaughter and my brother are hunkered down on the couch watching multiple episodes of Scorpion (thank goodness a 10 year old and a 60 year old can find common ground)

I think that pumpkin pie may just have to wait until after breakfast tomorrow.  That couch and those 2 sitting on it are looking very welcoming....

Hope your holiday preparations are almost done....

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#bloglikecrazy Why do I read bloglovin?

Why do I read bloglovin?

People frequently ask me why I read blogs.  The simple answer is to learn. 

The more complicated answer is I worked for 15 years as a teacher/librarian in public schools in  Michigan.  Teachers do not have the luxury of learning during their work day.  We have children looking at us from the minute we walk through the door until the minute we leave.  If you have the chance to eat lunch with adults and use the restroom twice, it's been a good day.  We need to learn on our own time. 

Librarians are technology leaders in schools.  Technology is always changing and the only way to learn about new technology is to learn it from someone else.  Blogs were the first place I found where I could learn about what was new in technology and then I found teachers that were blogging about how the new technologies could be integrated into teaching.  Most of these blog posts were quick to read and gave me enough of an overview to know whether I needed to dig deeper to learn more.  I was hooked!

I'm retired now and don't face the time constraints I have in the past.  However, I still find blogging to be a great way to learn about sewing.  First purses, and then garments and now quilting.  I am able to take the expertise of others in the field who are scattered all over the world and learn how to sew better. 

Honestly, some of the bloggers seem like friends.  I have favorites that if they pop up I stop what I'm doing to check out what they have to say and they seldom disappoint. 

At my recent quilt retreat, I had a couple of women look at me skeptically when I told them I stored my patterns in the cloud and only printed what was absolutely necessary.  Then I told them about my blog feed.  Most turned away but a couple of newer retirees and I talked a bit more about it.  I think they'll be checking out blogs too. 

I frequently tell people that after you've been locked in a building with teenagers for a decade or two you begin to appreciate adult any form!  Blog on....

Monday, November 20, 2017

#bloglikecrazy The day that I didn't sew at all

The day that I didn't sew at all

With the holiday fast approaching, I spent the day picking up the turkey and groceries, visiting the eye doctor, and looking after a sick husband.  And then I did this with my 2 adult daughters....
We went to Painting with a Twist in Novi, MI, and painted this tree together.  It looks a bit like a weird pokemon on the bottom but I like the leaves and I've never painted before so I enjoyed the process.

So many way to be creative....

Sunday, November 19, 2017

#Bloglikecrazy The things grandmas will do...

The things grandmas will do...

I picked up my granddaughter friday after school and took her to see Wonder.  Great movie but really a phenomenal book!  If you read only one book this year, make it Wonder.  Anyway, she spent the night again and we were searching for PJ's.  She started telling me that she really needed PJ's for her American Girl doll and please remember grandma, I have TWO of them....sigh....

I dislike sewing doll clothes.  I do it because I love that little girl but definitely NOT my favorite thing to do.  So I bit the bullet and came downstairs and spent the day finishing the really PJ's for Lexi and making duplicate PJ's for her dolls out of the leftovers. 

Here's hoping she loves them...

The things grandmas will do....

Saturday, November 18, 2017

#bloglikecrazy Best idea my husband had in my sewing room

Best idea my husband had in my sewing room

Last summer we had a flood in our basement which is where my sewing studio resides.  We had to waterproof the basement which involved removing EVERYTHING!  Wow!  You have no idea what is IN your basement until you have to take everything out.  I was very selective about what I brought back in AND felt it was the perfect time to paint that HORRIBLE 1970's panel to a beautiful cream color.  It has lightened up the basement dramatically along with the extra lights my husband installed for me.  (I'm still not to his best idea yet...)

As we were hauling everything out he found a piece of pegboard hanging on a wall.  He suggested we cut it in half and use it for my tools.  Sewing tools on pegboard?  Sounded very furnace room to me but once I painted it a lovely lavender and hung it up, I decided it looked great.  Then I hung my rulers and scissors up!  Amazing!  I have spent YEARS searching for scissors that are laying on the table and are hiding what I am working on.  This pegboard has been life changing. 

It's right above my cutting table so I reach up, get my appropriate ruler, use it and hang it all back up again.  I always know where everything is.  The hubby was right!