Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Blog Hop Starting Today! Check it Out!

There is a new blog hop starting today in support of those who have or have had breast cancer. I believe supporting those who have cancer in whatever way we can is important. Here is a blog hop just for that. Madame Samm and Pat at Life in the Scrapatch are the promoters of the hop, with Pat being the "cheerleader" doing whatever to support those who are participating. Make sure you support these folks and check out the blogs! 

Here's who's hopping during We Support You:

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Purses and Stuff!

Hi, Y'all! How you been? I've been blessed. You know something? God is so good! He is worthy of our praise and worship. I want to give Him every part of me to use. I am so unworthy of His love for me, but He loved me before I was even born. I am so thankful for that. Are you? I sure hope so.

I've been so blessed by the church we joined in November. Riverview Baptist Church is such a great place to worship my Lord and Savior. Our pastor preaches the Word just like God gives it to him, and he doesn't mind stepping on toes, either. He is so knowledgeable of God's Word and preaches and teaches what He knows in such a way anyone could understand it. He is one who loves the Lord with all his heart, soul, and mind and you can tell it by being around him and listening to him. My DH and I just love him and his family. I love to hear he and his precious children sing for God's glory. They have been blessed with talent.  As you can tell, I really enjoy our church. We are so blessed to have them as our pastor and family. 

Now, I have had a couple tough weeks having another tooth infection, then having to go to the oral surgeon to have it pulled. Then I got a dry socket, so I had to go back. I missed a few services at church during this time, and I really hated that. But, when you are in so much pain, it is hard to feel like doing anything. Even though it is still sore, I praise God that it is improving everyday. 

What have I been doing? I have been enjoying making some handbags from some new patterns I purchased and one I downloaded for free. I plan to purchase a couple more patterns probably tomorrow after I run to the bank. Need to deposit a blessing I received over the weekend. Then watch out! I was able to purchase a bolt of Pellon ShapeFlex 101 from Joann's at 50% off plus another 15% off on Saturday. Just waiting for it to arrive. It was the ten yard bolt, not the 25 yard bolt. But that is much cheaper than paying $5,99 per yard for it at Hobby Lobby. I have two more patterns already that I am wanting to try soon. Probably this week. I am hoping I can find someone to purchase some of these where I can get some money to purchase some fabric I want to get especially for a quilt. Or more bags. LOL 


The first bag I made was a pattern from #Swoon Patterns. This is called Bonnie. 
Bonnie: first time using vinyl, and added a signature yoyo to the bag, 

 This one is a rag purse I made for my daughter. It turned out really cute. I think I may have to make one for myself. LOL
Rag camo tote

This bag is a free pattern you can find on Craftsy (love this site btw). I love this bag and how it turned out. It was very difficult to turn it, but next one I make, I will do a drop in lining instead of having to turn it. My RA in my hands just does not like the pulling and tugging I had to do. Love the pattern. Very sturdy bag. 

Front with large pocket

Front of bag again taken outside

This is the back of the bag. I fussy cut the fabric to put the flower in the center. Love how it turned out!
Inside of bag. Has a zipper pocket on one side and another large pocket on the opposite side. Love pockets.

This bag did not call for any closure, but I placed a magnetic snap on the inside onto the lining where I can close it for a little security. I want to get brave enough and try to make a zipper to put on the next one. 

Well, what do you think? Like what you see? If seriously interested, I can make these to purchase (Ethel and Bonnie). I could also make some rag totes, but with your initials or something like that on it, if desired. 

I pray that you like this post. I plan to try and post more often now. Keep me in your prayers. I have a few things I plan to sew soon, and I will be showing these. Keep on the lookout?


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year! What's Happening?

Happy January! How is everyone doing? I pray you had a blessed Christmas and New Year with family and/or friends. We had an awesome Christmas holiday. The only thing that would make it better is if our DS and DIL would have been with us. We were able to spend Christmas with our grandson and his parents our DD and SIL That makes it all alright when we are with him.

We almost didn't get to go due to some sudden, unexpected health issues with my husband. Thank God, he improved enough that the doctor allowed him to travel. He and I both have been sick off and on for several months, but this situation was definitely something we were not expecting. Thankfully, he continues to improve. I on the other hand either have a sinus infection or allergies flared up that won't go away. LOL I have another tooth, on the opposite side from the one pulled in early June, that will be pulled today by the oral surgeon. My dentist had surgery on his shoulder and hand, so he isn't pulling teeth for awhile. I'm not looking forward to this, but I want it gone where hopefully, I can eat more normally again.

Well, have you been creating lately? What have you been working on? For several months, I was working on Christmas gifts, and being sick off and on, I did not feel up to blogging. I will share with you now what I made. I didn't have a lot to talk about, so I let you all down. :(


As you can see this is picture loaded. I made myself the purse at the top. The pattern is Phoebe, and it is a free bag pattern. Just Google "Phoebe" and you should find it easily. I made a microwave bowl for each of our children and one for the grandson. I made wallets for the girls, mug rugs for everyone. Except hubby wanted a coaster sized one. I made him one out of the Navy fabric since he was in the U.S. Navy. Not sure why I didn't get pictures of all of the kitchen towels I embroidered, but I made a set of towels for each family. They were embroidered or had fabric for Alabama or Auburn on them. They all love red, so that is what I went with. I made a messenger bag for my daughter. That is the last photo. I know, it isn't a great one. I will share more in a later post. I also made her a matching wallet. Here are the straps. She loved it! I plan to make myself one for my laptop. Yep, it is that big. I found the pattern for this on Pinterest and it is also a free pattern. The wallet pattern is called Fiona by Clobird Designs. I purchased this on Craftsy. She has a new bag pattern that was released yesterday. It is called Fallon. I really want that one. 

I have discovered some awesome purse patterns. Not free, but very reasonable priced. One thing I like about them is that one can make and sell these bags without worrying about getting in trouble. :D They are called Swoon Patterns. They have a website, or you can get them on Craftsy. I would love to get the subscription for them which is very reasonably priced, but I just don't have the money at this time. I plan to purchase one of the patterns this week, though. 

The lady for whom I was making the disappearing nine patch quilt (you can see it here), passed away the end of October. I had the top and the back finished, but had not gotten it pinned and quilted. It was sudden, and I was just devastated. I told her children that I would finish it and give it to them. I plan to get it pinned soon. I need to take my machine in and have her cleaned and serviced, so I may not get it finished before then. 

Well, I guess this post is long enough for today. I hope to be back on a fairly regular basis soon. I plan to add some of my Bible devotions, continue with the Family Christian reviews, and just share my heart. Please forgive me for being so lax in my posting. May God bless you all!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Giveaway Winner!!!

Congratulations Barb Nessle for winning the $25 gift certificate from Family Christian Bookstore!! Please email me your name, address, etc. at where I can notify Kristen from Family Christian.

Thank you for participating in the giveaway.


Monday, November 24, 2014

A Few More Days Left for the Giveaway!

I just want to remind everyone there are still a few more days left for the giveaway of a $25 gift certificate from Family Christian Bookstore in my previous post here. You have up to three chances to win, so give it a shot.

What have I been up to? Making Christmas gifts for my children is what! LOL After I finished quilting the Day and Night quilt for our DS and DIL's last year's Christmas gift, and preparing the backing for the disappearing nine patch quilt, I started working on Christmas gifts for this year. I believe I will start on them for next year at the beginning of the year. Hahaha!! We will see. I can't tell you what I'm working on exactly, because my daughter reads my blog, and I don't want her to know. :D 

In the previous paragraph, I mentioned the D9P quilt I am working on. I told you about it and posted a picture of the top in an earlier post. Well, I logged in to my Facebook page Saturday was a week ago, and her daughter's post was the first thing I saw. It was a picture of the four children with their mother (the lady the quilt is for) and her post stated that her mom had suddenly passed away the day before! Talking about shock! I was so upset and broken hearted!! I love that lady like a second mother and all of the kids are my friends. We would do anything for each other. Just because we had not communicated except on FB for years, doesn't mean we are not close. At the funeral home, it was just like time had not passed except we all are a little older. The mother and I were getting to know each other again and catching up with the lost years. She had not been sick either! The Lord said it was time, and just took her home. My heart hurts for the family. I know what they are going through. I have lost my mother, my step-mother and my MIL. It is a hurt that can not be healed except through Jesus. I just hate that I did not get her quilt finished in time for her to use it. But, I will get it quilted after Christmas and give it to one of the girls and let them enjoy it. She would have wanted that. Sometimes FB can be a hassle and can cause problems for some, it has been great for me since I have found many of my childhood friends and we communicate again and learn about each other's children, grandchildren, deaths in the family, and so on. It has been a blessing for me. I have made many new friends whom I will never meet on this earth. 

DH and I have also found us a church home. We actually joined a few weeks ago, and love it! The pastor and the church family are great and so welcoming to us and anyone else who comes. I am grateful that God has put them in our lives. We have searched for a long time to find just the right place that we both enjoy going to, and get fed the Word of God, but this church is it. So, I've joined the choir which means I have practice on Sunday afternoons. I try my best to attend Sunday morning, practice and Sunday evening. Plus I go on Wednesday night. I am so hungry and have missed attending church that I crave being there and being around God's people. That takes up some of my formerly free time, therefore, I haven't posted much.

I haven't had a lot to talk about either. Not a lot goes on with DH and me. We don't work anymore, so we stay at home a lot. I have also been going to physical therapy for my hips for several weeks. It has helped, but tonight they are hurting me. I sure hope that when therapy is over it doesn't just start all over again. I really need to exercise more and keep it up. Maybe that would help. Who know? 

Well, I guess I have said enough for now. I pray all is well with everyone. I have also been so busy that I haven't been reading a lot of other blogs and commenting either. Please forgive me. I will get back to it soon. Have a blessed week of Thanksgiving, and enjoy your family time. 

In Christ,  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"At Home for Christmas" CD and a Giveaway!!!

I received a sample of this CD free from Family Christian Bookstore for my honest opinion in this review.

Silent Night, Holy Night, All is come, all is bright. . . . This is one of my favorite Christmas carols and is one of several on this CD called "At Home for Christmas." The songs are played the the Starlite Orchestra and contains two CDs. White Christmas, O Little Town of Bethlehem join Silent Night on Disc 1 of this CD package. On Disc 2 there is The Twelve Days of Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, another favorite of mine, and Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer.  There are a total of 25 beautiful renditions of the best Christmas music ever to be recorded in my opinion.

The Starlite Orchestra does a fantastic job. It is instrumental music, and I have enjoyed it immensely. Even though it is just getting to the Christmas season, I still love listening to good Christmas music that makes me get into the spirit of the season especially when it is excellently performed.

From the back of the CD, and I quote, "Nothing says "welcome" like a merry medley under the mistletoe!" Come home for Christmas when you listen to the beautiful sound of the Starlite Orchestra playing White Christmas  and many others.

I also have a giveaway that will be open for two weeks. It will be for a $25 gift certificate from Family Christian bookstore. What a great time to be able to purchase Christmas presents for your family!


Thank you all for stopping by! Have a blessed weekend. Share my giveaway with your friends, too!


Friday, October 31, 2014


Congratulations to Carolyn W. for winning the book giveaway. Everyone stay tuned there will be another giveaway from Family Christian Bookstore coming up soon!.