Friday, February 29, 2008


This week seems like it has lasted forever....a very long week at work. I'm sure part of it is this cold that I have battling for the last week.

Wednesday night I worked on birthday gifts for Sarabeth and Addie to give to one of their preschool classmates. His birthday party is tomorrow. I understand that Grayson and Addie are best buds. He is a BIG Spiderman fan -- probably where Addie got her obsession with Spiderman. I did a Spiderman embroidery on a sweatshirt and also embroidered Spiderman on a towel for him.

Tonight was a pizza night for us.....I had no energy to cook so we ordered a pizza. Takeout delivery is wonderful!

We have a busy day tomorrow. Sarabeth's first soccer game is tomorrow afternoon. Addison is staying with us while Robin goes to a scrapping session. Sarabeth will be with us tomorrow night while Joy and Danny work a concert at the arena. And the house has to be cleaned! Where is my magic wand or fairy godmother!

Luck, love, and laughter

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Wedding Scrapbook

At our monthly scrapbooking crop at Tina's last month, I started a scrapbook of our family weddings. I started working with pictures from Robin and Bill's wedding which was in 2000 and this month I began working on Joy and Danny's wedding which was in 2001. Once I finish with their pictures, I plan to add pictures from my wedding way back in 1964. This is going to be a great memory book for all of us.

All three of us had home weddings. Mine was at my Mother's home with just close family members present. Robin's wedding was a lovely affair at her sister Joy's home, and Joy and Danny's wedding was a celebration at Joy's home blending two families into one.

Tonight I thought I would share with you some LO's from my beautiful daughter Robin's wedding. (robindiane to you bloggers)

Robin's Daddy getting ready to give the bride away. When asked who gives this woman away, her Daddy replied in a voice loud enough for everyone to hear, "Her Mother and I and there are no returns!" Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture of Robin jabbing him in the ribs with her elbow.

Robin and Bill reciting their wedding vows to each other.

Here they are cutting the wedding cake.

This is one of my favorite pictures. Ronny and I are with Joy's two sons, Matthew and Jesse. At that time they were our only grandchildren. It's hard to believe that Matthew is now 15 and Jesse is 12 and that we have three more grandchildren. How time flies!

Please indulge me my trip down memory lane. I will be sharing more wedding picture with you in the future.

Luck, love, and laughter,


Monday, February 25, 2008

Bits and Pieces

I am ready for some nice pretty days full of sunshine. The gray and gloomy days are starting to get to me. Spring hurry up and get here!

I just finished a shirt for Joy to wear to Sarabeth's soccer games - the first game is this Saturday.

More My Sewing Journal layouts..............

I made Sarabeth and Addie matching sundresses for the 4th of July last year.

Ribbon Jeans with matching shirt. Ribbon loops around the bottom of each pants leg.
Luck, love, and laughter!

Sunday, February 24, 2008


My two granddaughters are as different as night and day, just like their mommas. Joy's daughter, Sarabeth, is our prissy girlie girl and Robin's daughter, Addison, is far from being a girlie girl. She much prefers Spiderman and pirates. This makes it difficult to come up with embroidery designs for her as she will refuse to wear anything that looks too girlie. My dilemma -- how to do a Spiderman shirt for her that doesn't look like it belongs to a boy! I went to a children's consignment sale yesterday and found a girl's light blue Gap shirt with girlie detail around the neckline and sleeves. Then the hunt began for the perfect Spiderman embroidery design. This is what I came up with.

I accented the spider web with hot fix crystals to give it a little bling!
Luck, love, and laughter!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

My Sewing Journal

I started scrapbooking in June of 2007 with My Sewing Journal as a way to record my sewing and machine embroidery creations....yes, I do consider them to be the creative part of me. Robin helped me get started and we found a reasonably priced 12 x 12 album at Tuesday Morning. The cover was not something that I wanted. So I went through my fabric statch and found a piece of ultra suede that I had been hanging onto for years and covered the album with my own design.

I found a freebie sewing machine design that I liked and embroideried it on the fabric along with "My Sewing Journal".

Here are a few pages from My Sewing Journal.

This is the fairy costume that I made for Addison for Halloween 2005. Robin picked out the pattern and material and I must admit that it was a challenge to make.

Sarabeth's Christmas 2005 dress. I used my favorite jumper pattern that I have used over and over for the girls. I used the sewing machine to stitch the ribbon and rickrack trim to paper and used a decorative stitch to adhere the photo.

Valentine Day 2007. I made both girls matching jumpers using pink courdory and pink and brown ribbon and appliqued hearts. I used the sewing machine to stitch the ribbon to the paper. I topped everything off with matching hairbow.

These outfits are perhaps my favorite of all that I have made for the girls. The jumpers were made of white chenille with a snowman face on the front. I appliqued an orange nose and sewed black buttons on for eyes and mouth. I made matching black and white hairbows for each girl.

Sarabeth is going to be playing soccer this Spring. I embroideried a soccer sweatshirt for her last night. At some point it will be added to My Sewing Journal but wanted to go ahead and share it with you as I am really pleased with the way it turned out.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Good Thursday Morning

I was just a little overwhelmed when I got home from work yesterday. Hubby Ronny went to an estate auction yesterday (one of his favorite things to do). My dining room is full of "stuff". He did get some fabulous vintage Anchor Hocking FireKing items - they don't even look like they have been used. It's the contents of closet that are overwhelming -- a lot of sorting to do to see if there are any treasures. Anyway, we spent a lot of time on eBay looking for the FireKing. We'll be listing some of eBay and putting some in our booth at antique mall.

I am so excited. Sue Hausmann is bringing her American Sews Roadshow to our town next month. I have already registered to attend and requested a vacation day from work. It's an all day affair - 10 to 4 with lunch being served.

I was going through some pictures and found one that I want to share with you. My 15 year old grandson Matthew is into motorcross racing. I haven't worked up enough nerve to go watch him; you'll understand why when you look at this picture taken at one of his races last year.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Back to Work

It was back to work today after the 3 day President's Day holiday weekend. Things were quiet at work this morning and this afternoon I had to attend a training session on the new purchasing procedures that the bank is instituting for all its branches and affiliates statewide. Fortunately it was short and to the point...nothing long and drawn out.

I finished the baby blanket last night that Joy asked me to make for her for a baby gift. The baby is a little girl and Joy wanted something with baseball on it! Seems the new daddy has been or is associated with baseball. I searched the freebie designs on line and finally found a cute design with little girl holding a bat on annthegran's web site. I managed to get enough juice out of my camera's battery to get a couple of pictures. (Ordered a new battery tonight).

Tonight I embroidered a burp pad that Tina asked me to make for her. The prefolded diapers make wonderful burp pads. I trimmed the edge with rick rack. I also put a crystal Rock Star design on a tee shirt for Addison. Sorry no pictures available.

I keep looking at the stash of sewing and/or embroidery projects that are piling up in my sewing room. I think it's time to make a list and check it off as I finish projects. Then there is the scrapbooking that I want to do. There just are not enough hours in the day or should I say that I no longer have the stamina to go so many hours in one day.

Had a great time yesterday with Robin. We haven't had a Mother Daughter day in a long, long time.

Monday, February 18, 2008

President's Day

Well, this is my first post to my new blog site. My daughter, Robin, came today and set this up for me. She is an avid scrap booker and has initiated me into the world of scrap booking. This craft has been added to my sewing and machine embroidery passions. Check out robindiane at
I will be devoting my blog to my machine embroidery and sewing projects and scrap book pages. Today it's embroidery. My camera battery has died so I can't take pictures of scrapbook pages.
Ronny and I have a booth at an antique mall/flea market. I am testing the market for custom machine embroidered/appliqued tees. I put 4 shirts in the booth on Saturday so will see if they sell. Will keep you posted on the outcome.

I love this color combination. I am going to have to do one for myself.

Pink and Purple - A great combination.

This one sold before I even left the mall.
I always love the black shirts.

Here's a picture of my granddaughter Addie taken Saturday on our way to my great-nephew's 3rd birthday party.
I've got to go finish a baby receiving blanket that my daughter Joy needs for a baby gift. I'll see if I can get enough juice out of the camera to get a picture when I finish it.