Friday, November 30, 2012

You'd better watch out, you better not cry....

Here is my girl Phoebe. She is such a sweetie and I KNOW that Alphie the elf BETTER be reporting her as GOOD to Santa. IF HE KNOWS WHAT IS GOOD FOR HIM!!!!!!!

Now Dunkin on the other hand...............
eh.....You are on your own buddy! LOL
Alphie can still see you Dunkin!!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree.......

Here is daughters tree. It is artificial so no drying out issues. LOL
It looks pretty with all my ornaments. We had crochet snowflakes, bears, birds, glass ornaments, painted ceramic ornaments, lace ornaments, plastic icicles and you name it. all live happpily together making memories.
The title of my post has a funny memory attached to it. My niece who is now a mom herself, when she was in like the first or second grade was to be the star in the school music Christmas show. She had an elaborate Christmas tree costume with blinking lights made with hula hoops etc and it was gorgeous with ornaments dangling etc.
Her job was to sing solo the song Oh Christmas tree which she did perfectly!
the night of the show we were all sitting near the front waiting for Kayla to do her solo. She comes out, spots us, waves and proceeds to sing. The music stopped. The teacher  had technical difficulties so she runs up, starts Kayla on the song again. again Kayla starts to sing and the musc stopped. After about the fift restart, Kayla decided she was gonna get this thing over with and she screams out "OH CHRISTMAS TREE OH CHRISTMAS TREE, " lol  by this time the audience is all running to the ladies and mens rooms as we are peeing our pants with laughter. she was the star of the show! we tease her about the song every Christmas! wish I had it on tape. It was hilarious!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

heeeeeeeeeeeeeer's Alphie!

This is Alphie, the Christmas snitch, I mean elf that reports back to the Big Kahuna, Santa. Isnt he cute?  Anywho, he brought the "Santa letter" and some kisses for the kids to ket them know he was here and watching and reporting.......
He will move about the house but will lose his magic if the kids touch him. He can be found doing mischievous things (to see if you think they are naughty or fun) and delights both parents and kids with his antics. One year my nieces elf Bob, was in the kitchen on the microwave. She runs into the living room where the adults were having conversation and whispered to me "Auntie, he is on the microwave. come with me"
I followed her and sure enough, there he was proud as punch sitting on the microwave. she wanted a snack but couldnt touch him to move him. The next morning he was in the bathroom on the sink. How does one go potty with the elf watching?????? LOL 
Her elf Bob was found  hanging upside down from the ceiling fan, in her bed, hanging onto a picture frame and other fun places.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

waiting for Mom to get done

These two little sweeties are waiting for Mom to get done with her chores. The other day daughter came over to get some Christmas decorations for their tree. I wasnt using mine anymore as our apartment is way too small. we just have a table top one for ambiance. So someone may as well use them especially since a lot of them have meaning to family. These two are waiting for me to finish putting the plastic on the windows so that we will be nice and cozy warm. It is already getting very chilly round here.
Where's that quilt!!!!!!LOL
no time lately for sewing....:-(  boo hoo

Monday, November 26, 2012

being naughty

Does anyone else out there have one of those Elf on a Shelf dolls? I had gotten one for each of my kids families a couple of years ago and some for others as well. They are so much fun to keep the spirit of Christmas alive.
In my daughters move from the South to here  up North, theirs was lost. so what is a Grammie to do? I went online and got a substitute. I found an Analee doll elf that is just as adorable. today "Alphie" the elf came back and brought each of the kids a note from Santa and a hershey kiss to let them know he will be watching them and reporting back to Santa.
Can't wait to see where he goes and what he does while he is away from the North Pole.
Don't look at me Alphie! I NEVER said I was good! You tell Santa and I will.................. grrrr........LOL

Saturday, November 24, 2012

after the feast

Hi everyone. Hope your Thanksgiving was nice. We had our son and family over and had a great dinner and family time.

I seem to have a sinus infection that is kicking my butt so I probably wont be blogging for a couple days. Please bear with me as I  recouperate.

Not much sewing going on here lately.

Anyone brave enough for black Friday sales? I had to work so it wasnt an option but I have done them years ago when the kiddos were little. Got some great deals and it was worth seeing their faces on Christmas morning with the "coveted prize gift". LOL
Hope your holiday was a happy and safe one!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

think I need a pincushion Santa?

Over the years I have had many pincushions. the magnetic ones, the red tomato ones, etc but the one I keep going back to is this one that I made when I first learned to sew over 40 years ago.
It was fabric left over from my sewing proeject at school. I made a green jacket and pants of the green check seersucker fabric and the corduroy was pants I think too.
This is a pincushion I made when I figured out how to do this 3d patterned is another favorite.

But Santa, a pretty one would be nice. ****wink***

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

candleholder in birch

 My brother made me this last year. isnt it nice?
I love birch trees. it is do rustic and neat and he made it with his own two hands. that is what  I like about it.

just beautiful!

I am thankful for a creativbe family..
What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 19, 2012

no secrets around here

everywhere I go this guy follows. He should have been named Shadow! As I was taking pics for the blog about Christmas gifts, here he was. sitting pretty waiting for Mommy to pay attention to him.
If you tell Daddy what we wrapped for him Dunkin, YOU are IN BIG TROUBLE!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

dishtowels anyone?

I found this nice piece of plaid fabric. It has some nice fringed edges. I cut it in half to make two new dish towels for drying dishes. we do it the old fashioned way around here! Another gift for me! whoot whoot!

I am thankful for the ability to dry dishes with my own hands.
what are you thankful for?

Saturday, November 17, 2012


This cute little number was ordered on Sunday and delivered on Wednesday,.How is THAT for service!  I know somebody who will look awful cute in this..........
just sayin! 
with Santa coming soon and all the preparations happening, I decided to clean out a little area of my closet. You just never know what you will find!  I found a new pair of shoes which I need badly!  Do you think Santa knew????
My closet is the catchall for paper towels, cat carriers, holiday gifts etc and sometimes it is difficult to know what lurks there ha ha
so glad I took a peek today.......

Today I am thankful for nice things just when I need them. Thank you God..........
What are you thankful for?

I am still sewing

Oh how I wish I could show you all the things I am working on. but I can't. Until there is a way to block out family members from viewing my blog, LOL.

Christmas is fast approaching and I am working like mad to get it all done.
Today I am thankful for being able to be productive in making  things for others.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 16, 2012

warm and fuzzy

another scarf so warm and soft. I wish I could whip these out a little faster LOL

it is nice to have extra scarves in the winter because when you come in from shoveling your scarf  is now wet and cold and when you go back out you need a new warm one.

today I am thankful for nice warm and fuzzy things

mug rugs on a roll

I had used some strips as leaders and enders in between sewing other projects and put them into a zippy bag. I have strips of them in different widths and lengths that I thought I would use as a small quilt. In doing the 12 days, I thought if I sewed a wider border on each end and quilted it as one piece, I can then chop it up into matching mug rugs. what do you think?  then they will match for a set. I have two sets going.
brilliant arent I???? LOL
Today I am thankful for the ability to think and solve problems. What are you thankful for?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

handmade soap

This handmade soap is made with olive oils and some orange scent. It smells so good! I bought it as a last minute gift for someone. Another thing I want to try doing.........making soap........but why is it I don't think I will live long enough to do all these things?
Wish I had smellaputer so you could smell how nice this is. You will just have to imagine.
Today I am thankful for the ability to smell wonderful things.
What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

more craft fair

You know a girl has to get herself something too !  I love the red bracelet and I have small wrists. It fits just right!  Maybe I will wrap it from the cats to Mommy.......hmmmmmmmmm....LOL

Today I am thankful for transportation to get where I need to go.
What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

marbled Christmas ornaments

I always love how these ornaments turn out.
I bought clear glass ornaments, cleaned and dried them.Then  I took the top ornament hanger off and put in some paint. The paint I used was acrylic. I picked 4 or 5 colors and at the top of the ornament on the inside squeezed in a dab of each color and let it flow to the bottom of the ball kind of in stripes. Then the fun begins. you cover the hole at the top and shake shake shake. the kids love doing these but be careful as they are glass and if dropped will not survive.

Once the paint has covered the whole inside, put upside down in an egg carton or other container to let the excess paint drain out. I let this happen over the course of a week or so and as it happens I turn the balls again as some of the colors are still moving in there. I have been known to blowdry them too but be careful. It is paint and you don't want to blowdry that everywhere! Ask me how I know!!!!!
This green one needed more contrast. the green overpowered the red. I will fix later with a little bling onthe outside using some red crystals or something.I am turning as it dries to see if I can improve it.
I tried to do just the two colors but I find the more colors I use the better they come out.

they are also pretty cool with the date and name of the child who created them. That can easily be done with paint markers in gold or a contrast color. The kiddos can make a whole box of them for a special grandparent or Aunt as a gift. Keeps the kiddos busy, makes them proud to be creating something with their own hands to give away and gives them skills .

easy peasy and oh so pretty. Once dried, put the top back on, wash the outside of the ball of dirt and fingerprints and voila~
beautiful Christmas ornaments for the tree or to give away

                            Today I am thankful for being able to see beauty all around me.

                                                 What are you thankful for?


Today I am thankful to be able to help others in need.

What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas jammies

Does anyone else have memories of Christmas jammies?  Every year we would get a new set. Sometimes they were Christmas themed, sometimes not but it was a tradition we looked forward to.
Fresh new jammies to wear on Christmas Eve when waiting for Santa. Kind of like dressing up special you know? Found these online and they arrived after the hurricane. YEAH! I was worried as they were in transit to me.

I know a certain 4 year old who will look mighty cute in these.

                                                                  with her matching dolly too.

I am thankful for great memories as a child.
What are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

salt dough ornaments

These are a few of the salt dough ornaments I made. The punk kid is for the kids today. they have spunk. The kitty looks like my Phoebe.
The Phoebe ornament spelled out was a test and I like it. I have some alphabet cookie cutters from long ago about 1 inch high and they make great holiday words! I am imagining a tree filled with loved ones names, or words like joy, Jesus, love etc. how fun is that?

Today I am thankful for all the gifts God gave me.
What are you thankful for?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

oilcloth painting apron

this is for my 4 year old granddaughter. she was upset when her mom made her put ont he apron I gave her when they were painting ornaments. she wanted to save it to cook! LOL  little does she know for Christmas I got a set of mitt, hat and apron for her.shhhhhhh.... dont tell!
anyway, I will give this to her now so she can rest assured that we will have an apron to bake with.
Today I am thankful to be able to teach crafting to a new generation.
What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 9, 2012


At the craft Fair was a woman who had had a stroke and for therapy she knitted to get her strength back. She made tons of baby hats and they were so adorable. I HAD to get one for the gal my niece knows who is due in Feb. She is having a boy and her own mom passed away when she was 12. So being a surrogate Auntie of sorts, I had to get this. I also got a beautiful throw of fleece with monkeys on it and it came with a childs book too. I will add that to the things my niece and I have been making and collecting for this special event.........
I have a baby toothbrush, pacifiers, quilt, bib of the month and we may try and make a diaper cake. will see how much money I can get back in CVS Care bucks and then buy the diapers with it. almost "free" because I was spending the money on the items I purchased anyway.
Babies bring out the best in us don't you think?
Today I am thankful for great family.
What are you thankful for?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

angel ormament


One of my cousins who lost her dad this past June will appreciate this little ornament I think . I know she will be missing him this Christmas and every Christmas. Her mom passed away when she was a young woman so her Dad was her rock throughout her life.

I think she will like to put this on her tree in rememberance of the two angels watching over her from above. dont you?

today I am thankful to be able to do small things for others.
What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

dont you love craft fairs?

This weekend I decided to treat myself to visit a craft fair at the church around the corner. I was not disappointed. Look at the great things I found!
A new scarf, a heart shaped door decoration,
some Christmas ornaments too. I thought they were so cute! the owl is  felted and the lady was showing me how it was done. I gave her the money she asked for it and ran! looked like a lot of work and I got a darned good deal!

sitting behind a retired friend from work was a gal that still works with us in a different department. She made all this cool jewelry! the snowmen and the cupcakes are so so adorable. I HAD to have them!

today I am thankful for nice things.
What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

hurricane finishes

these are the four potholders I ended up sewing and binding during hurricane Sandy. the two blue things are about 3 inches square filled with rice. I want to make a basket full of them to be used in gloves and mittens to warm hands when shoveling or out for a period of time waiting for the bus etc. You zap them in microwave for a few seconds (depending on microwave) to warm them and then the warmth will last a while on cold hands.
arent they the cutest? I know I will appreciate them when I am cleaning off my car to go to work at 6 am!

today I am thankful for enough food to be able to choose what I want to eat. many dont, especially those hit hard by Sandy.
What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 5, 2012

trick or treat

OK now I am REALLY in trouble. This is the leftover Halloween candy. I even gave as much as I could to the grandkids. Do you see your favorite in there? want me to send it to ya? c'mon, you KNOW you do!
Everyone at work is bringing in their candy too. If we eat it now we will pay Weight Watchers later. grrrr........... thought I saw something on Pinterest about recipes using Halloween candy for the holidays. I need to check that out! 
and today I am thankful for nice warm heat whan it gets cold outside.
What are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

thanksgiving month

I have seen different blogs and facebook pages as well where on a  daily basis,  people are listing the things they are thankful for in November to celebrate Thanksgiving. I think it is a GREAT idea.

Because today is the 4th, Here are mine so far

1) Thankful that hurricane Sandy was kind to us
2) Thankful for my health
3) Thankful for the ability to see my Grandkids and share a little of their lives
4) Thankful for great blog friends who are patient as I learn a new task

what are you thankful for?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

give me all your candy

Who wouldnt give all their candy to this cutie pie?
her feet were killing her (typical girl suffering for the shoes LOL)
she walks in, sees cookies on my table and goes "Grammie, can I have a cookie and a drink and some candy and what else you got. LOL I cracked up
I put a few candies on the table and said you can have as many as you can count. she counted to 9! good girl! keep practicing!
and this guy can protect me anytime! Rough and tough
He had some cookies and crackers and candy too.I wanted to take some pictures and he goes "Grammie, wait, let me pose". great job! I LOVE it!

this guy is really a sweetie at heart. Dont let the cover of the book fool ya. He gives great bear hugs!
but on this day they were a little "bloody" LOL
he didnt want candy, no cookies, no cake. he was collecting his candy for sis. What a nice big brother! so Grampa made him an ice cream frappe with chocolate chip ice cream. Hey, you gotta get your chocolate fix SOMEHOW!

Trick or treat! what a treat to see some of my grandkids all dressed up having fun despite the crazy Sandy weather that blew in here a day before. all is well. we are safe. and have candy stash! LOL
hubby saved a lot of the mounds bars-his favorite. they are mine too so I wish he gave more of them away........

Friday, November 2, 2012

we survived Sandy

We survived Sandy. Actually we were so so lucky!  I was sewing with the cats.......
then the power flickered on and off so I went to the hand stitching and finished up binding on 4 potholders ,made a pair of handwarmers and hemmed one pair of pants.........
we got some wind and rain and worried about the trees and water as we live about 50 yards from the river and are surrounded by trees.
we awoke the next morning and the sun was out and there were a few branches and the pool was flipped over but other that that we survived without a scratch. we are SO SO thankful!
so much devastation from this storm and hope that soon people can get back to normal.

then the next day these little trick or treaters came to Grammies house to let her know they too survived! we are back to normal around here and are hoping and praying for some "normalcy" for those who were affected negatively by Sandy. She was a powerful storm and left much devastation in her wake. May God bless those less fortunate.