Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sad Sunday.....

early this morning I had to say goodbye to my best friend!

What will we do without you 
our precious furry friend??....
Part mischief, but a blessing
 and faithful till the end...

You looked us with eyes of love...
You never held a grudge...
You thought we were to wonderful to criticize or judge...

It seems your greatest joy in life 
was being close to us...
Whether walking in the park, playing ball or getting a belly rub...
you just gave unconditionally love....

I know you thought you were human...
We wish you were...
Because the world would be a nicer place 
if folks were more like you.

We had over 11 wonderful year together...
now we must part...
but you my friend will always have a place 
in our hearts!!

 We will greatly miss you Max !
  

Good-bye my friend !!

Wet nose kisses till we meet again!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Purse Palooza 2014

I am thrilled & honored to be included in this years Purse Palooza...by Sara at Sew Sweetness...

Be sure to pop over and read about my review of "Glenda"  of Swoon Patterns 

Hugs,



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lightning ...

never hits the same place twice..... thats what they say .....I sure hope they're right....

but someone should tell this guy...*Click here*

... ...a couple weeks ago our house got hit by lightning....
We got lucky and the house didn't catch fire...but it blew out our furnace, telephone, internet & computer. I think the worse part was that I was just about to shut off my computer when it hit us...I thought my iMac was going to explode!!! I had never heard such a loud bang!!

I can tell you it has been a looooong 2.5 weeks!!
It took almost 2 weeks to get the furnace fixed...living without heat was OK...it isn't cold outside yet and we have a fireplace but without hot water it sucks!
The telephone & internet were fixed after a couple days...I can tell you 3 days without internet and I realized I was a internet/ computer  junkie!! Withdrawal was bad!! My Hubby was also glad when it worked again...I think if he had to listen to my chatter any longer he would of tied me to a lightning rod!
Unfortunately my computer still isn't fixed...I love my iPad but not for my blogging and computer work...
We have everything backed up on a Time capsule but I won't be 100% sure it works till I get my iMac back and can check. If I lose all my pictures & bag patterns...you will hear me scream LOUD !..

I think the worst part of it all is the dance you have to do with the insurance company...we are suppose to have coverage...but I still don't know how much they will cover...and between you and me...I don't believe them !...  the adventure goes on!!

Hopefully next week I will be up and running again...the one positive thing is ...I'm getting tons of sewing done ! Lots to show you !!

Tomorrow I will be featured on Sew Sweetness Purse Palooza...so be sure to check out the pattern I reviewed!

Hope to be back soon...miss you all!!!
Hugs,
P.S. I did have my computer on a Surge protector..guess they only work for surges not direct hits! 









Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spectrum Tote....

is a fun easy tote bag by Sarah of Cozy Nest Designs....
Originally I had planned on making this tote in lovely shades of blues & greens but one of the other testers (Judith) beat me to it !!
This meant I had to come up with plan "B"...I decided to go in the opposite direction and use the bias strips as the spectrum of color!
I was thinking of a rainbow as I was sewing it but now I think of a box of Crayola Crayons !
Either way I like it..its bright, its fun!

Regardless which color Spectrum you make this bag in ...it will look fabulous...if you don't believe me...check out the other testers totes...

I can see this tote looking great in Christmas fabrics....and it is big enough ( 18"w X 15" H without handles)  to tote all your gifts in...
or for those lucky enough to live in warm climates..it could be a big beach bag...that is a huge beach towel in there...
What I love about this pattern is that it was fast & easy to sew....( machine quilting excluded) and it looks great when your done.
I used normal cotton fabrics and Thermolan ( Lidl Bodentuch) for the batting and it stands up on its own.
Sarah's instructions are easy to follow, with lots of drawings & web based photo tutorials ( those are cool) ....I think anyone can make this bag...even a real beginner...just follow the steps....or should I say Rainbow ??

If you want to make your own Spectrum Tote...You can get the pattern here....
Happy Sewing!
Hugs,


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A special bag...

my little sister was celebrating her 50th Birthday and I wanted to give her something special...but what ??
After pondering numerous ideas...it finally came to me...a bag!! What else ??!!!
Not any bag but a custom made bag to carry her Henna supplies in.
My sister does Hennas...I make bags....I can't have her carrying her supplies in a plastic grocery bag ...can I ??...no way !!

**I want it noted that this is the first bag I have designed myself ...there is no pattern...this was a work in process. So please don't look to close for the mistakes ...they are there...( there was no time to make a tester so this was a sewing, learning, creating process.....but I think it turned out quite well!)
The bag is made of leathers, suede, taffeta and cotton ( blood , sweat & tears !)
I originally wanted to machine embroider a Henna design on the front of the bag but when I came across these gorgeous ladies designs by Kreations by Kara ...I just knew I would have to use them...
 This is the back of the bag...a large pocket for her notebook... 
 My sister thought it would be great if the bag / tote could open flat so that she could get her supplies out easily...
 But I was concerned things could fall out if the bag didn't have sides...so I had to get creative...here it is with sides....
...here is it open flat...I think I solved the problem well...this is not recommend for the weak at heart
.....it is loaded with tons of pockets to hold all her supplies.
I decided to put the henna embroidery designs on the inside ...
...top view of the insides....
I even put some feet on the bag..don't want the leather sitting on the ground


 ...keeping to a bit of tradition...I decide to use blue polka dots in the lining of the pockets.
Since I had an embroidery design left over...I decided to make a little pouch for any extra supplies...
Every woman loves a little bling-bling on her birthday...so I had to add a little to the bag....

Now that you have seen the finished bag...I will bring you to the beginning, where it all started....
here is the picture my sister sent me of what her bag should look like ...
...and the supplies that had to fit in ....
Here are my drawn patterns...with notes and my attempt to attache a zipper on the side of a bag.....this cost me a few choice words!
 ...playing with the layout....
then started the fun part...sewing !!
For the most part it went well...the important thing is that I finished it and my sister loves it !

Hope you liked my first creation...It was a real learning process for me ...I will leave the designing to others and stick to testing patterns...I get more sleep that way! 
Happy 50th Birthday Peanut !! 
Hugs,
P.S. ...she sent me pictures of it filled...

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