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!