Thursday, April 30, 2009
My adventures in putting together quilt kits has been more time consuming then I thought it would be (insert laughter here). It's been fun, but it's also been a lot of work! I'm almost done, now for me to cut out all of the appliques pieces- I saved the most time consuming part for the end.
I'm also going to put together some card making kits and then ship them to myself in England, ink, paper, scissors, paper trimmer and stamps, you know- the works! I'm looking at bringing my acrylic stamps and block versus bringing wood mounted stamps because of weight issues. I have some awesome clear stamps from MSE, not to mention that I will be shipping ALL of my pre-made cards to myself- I want to have them there and ready to use! Which reminds me, I also need to make some address labels (another thing on my "to do before we move" list).
Another part of my adventure is being able to "relate" to people. So far the only people who can truly relate to me are other military spouses. My own mother, mother-in-law and some of my civilian girlfriends can't begin to comprehend the amount of stress I've been under. There are days when I can sing songs of praise and other days when I just want to scream. Just so you know, today is a singing day :-)
-Philippians 4:11-12 NKJV
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
With that said I also need to knuckle down and finish my camera straps and get them listed on my Etsy site! I am making myself do that today!!!
Where are those kids of mine? I hope that they are getting ready for school- good thing we live less than 4 miles away from the school too, LOL!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A girlfriend took me to the car rental store and everything happened from there....
My rental car was not there when I arrived at the car rental store so they gave me a SUV- fine by me! I got to have it for most of the day and with that...I went to Sam's Club to see if they carried that super cool wheelbarrow I saw in their spring catalog. I was happy to see that they did! I take the ticket up from to have the sales clerk ring up the sale and I asked another clerk if she could get one of the guys to help me with the parts -there was the barrow part and the rest of it came in a box. I waited for a bit and there it was...the salesman had one all put together for me :-) I didn't have to put it together, I got one that was done :-) It was my lucky day! Then as I was at the tailgate of the SUV another young man who worked at the Store saw me and asked me if I would like some help getting it into the back of the truck, I said "thank you yes". And he put it in the back of the truck. I drove off happy as a clam and took my new prize home. After unloading the wheel barrow, I went out to the quilt shop to find flannel printed fabric that would be suitable to make a lambie out of, found some adorable polka dot fabric and it was on sale for 25% off- this is getting sweeter by the minute! I went to another quilt shop and found flannel on clearance for the whopping low price of $3.00 a yard- woohoo! This day gets better and better!
I turned in the SUV and got what I thought was to be my rental car for the next month. But then one of the guys tells me to come back on Friday as they will have some more cars, ones that are clean. That's right, they are going to switch out my car again. I'm not bothered by this at all, actually it makes me happy to know that there are people out there who believe that customer service is #1 and making their customers happy is a top priority.
But wait I'm not done yet! I take my M.E. quilt top and backing to be professionally quilted by Vicky over at Cakes and More in Rapid City (love that shop of hers as it always smells like chocolate). I'm looking for a posey flower kind of pattern and she doesn't have one- many other floral patterns but not what I'm looking for. She gives me 2 web sites that she orders from and asks me to look at them when I get home. I get home and there's the new hard drive for Hannah's laptop- I get it installed and them start the boot up process and am side tracked by that. Vicky calls me and asks me if I'd had a chance to look at either of the websites yet I had to tell her know that again I got sidetracked with other stuff. She lets me know that she thinks that she's found what I'm looking for, I hop on my handy dandy desk top, go to the website and there it is...the posy flowers. Perfect! She's ordering the pattern so she can quilt my quilt top, Now how awesome is that? There it is, another business person giving 110% to customer service! She does excellent work and I'd recommend her to any and everyone I know that quilts! Which reminds me, I've got to get my batik quilt backing sewn together...I've got that on my Wednesday to do list ;-)
Monday, April 27, 2009
I feel as if a load has been lifted from my shoulders (again). Another task completed in preparation for the move. Now to sell the big screen TV and the house.
I'm putting together quilting kits for myself in preparation for the move. Cutting the fabric pieces and getting them ready ready to go into large Ziploc bags. I can't begin to tell you how much fun I'm having doing this for myself. I plan on shipping these kits to myself and having them waiting for me on the other side of the ocean. I find myself thinking a lot these days about having things in place for when I get there. This is just one step to make sure that I have things there. I'm also bringing some stamping and paper crafting supplies with me while I wait it out for my household goods shipment. I need to have fun crafting stuff with me, don't you? I'll also bring some counted cross stitching stuff to work on. Got to keep busy or at least the appearance of it anyway, LOL!
With coffee in hand I greet the day with a smile and wait to see what happens. Lets see how many items I get through on my "to do" list today. Will I sell the Subaru today? Will a bona fide offer be made on our house today? Who knows. What I do know is this... I welcome the day that God has made and I step forth into the light of his love and I let him guide me.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
On Saturday I went grocery shopping -which made my kids happy (they were missing having extra nibbles in the house), went to the hobby store last minute to get things for Hannah's science fair project. I also bought myself a cute baby quilt pattern which makes me think of RAF Croughton (it's sheep themed).
On Sunday- It snowed, lots and lots of heavy wet snow. I'll say it, I've had my fill of snow and it will be something that I will not miss whatsoever! Hannah and I worked for a solid 45 minutes shoveling that heavy wet snow from the driveway, front walkway and front porch. Andrew meanwhile took his sweet time getting ready and by the time he finally came out Hannah and I had already finished. I started working on a new quilt project this one is made with flannel, what else can I tell you...my new realtor showed our house to a prospective buyer and my phone has been ringing like crazy with people inquiring about the car we have for sale in the newspaper. I have a couple coming out from Spearfish tomorrow morning to look at it.
So that's it, my weekend was one emergency situation after another. I do lead a rather non-glamorous life now don't I ? LOL! I'm ready for a glass of wine and a long hot soak in the tub!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
My new stamps from My Sentiments Exactly (MSE as I will refer to them) arrived and I've not yet had a chance to play with them. Been busy all this week with other things, maybe I'll make something cool with them...or not. I need to study them and see what kind of creating mood I'm in. Could be that I'll just curl up with a book and read all day long.
Friday, April 24, 2009
I woke up at 4:30 am to hearing my sprinkler system going off...I went downstairs and out to the garage and turned it off, then back upstairs and turned on the coffee pot. I checked my e-mail and then went to get a mug of coffee only to discover that it was raining. I got ready for the day and sent the kids off to school and then it happened- it started snowing and it was coming down thick and heavy! For over an hour it was near white out conditions. By mid afternoon it had melted away, but about 5 pm it started snowing again. It was light at first and now you can't see past the fence in my backyard.
I've been hanging out with my little friend Amelia this week. She was my test subject yesterday and this picture is my favorite.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I love giving handmade gifts, I feel that it shows that I care enough about the gift recipients to make it myself. I also put together little crafting kits and give them as gifts. Children especially like craft kits and you'll find that grown-ups like them too!
I want to encourage you to make something for that next baby shower you're invited to. Be it a flannel receiving blanket, a crocheted baby blanket or a set of stamped thank you notes. You don't need to go into debt to be able to give a friend a nice gift, and they wouldn't want you to either. I'm going to look at some flannel and create some small projects. Everyone needs receiving blankets and they are a quick and simple thing to make. To dress them up, use a colored thread and if your sewing machine has any kind of fancy decorative stitch use that! I want to make some with variegated thread for the decorative stitched edges, how neat will that look in shades of blue, green, yellow or pink? Too darn cute!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
-Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
Harold Wilson (1916 - 1995)
It's not the easiest of things knowing that you have to confront someone, if it concerns a legal matter it's best advised to bring a witness.
So here I am, it's brand new day and new things and adventures await me. I'll give you more scoop later...I'm off to get my lazy kids into gear for another day of higher education.
Monday, April 20, 2009
My "challenges" so to speak have been more daunting than I have let on. I've prayed on the "issues" that lay before me- oh how I have prayed! And with that said, I do believe that God has answered my prayers. But remember that he doesn't just answer a prayer and POOF there's the answer, rather his answers require us to perform another task and that through that task my prayers will be answered.
There are times when we all have been discouraged by the actions or non-actions of others. When we have to take a deeper look into a situation and confront the matter head on. Be it through verbal or written communication we do have to remain firm in our convictions and do what is right for us and our family. When others do not have our best interests at hand, it's best to confront the situation and deal with it swiftly. Please pray for me today as I am to make a confrontation and right a wrong.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
*Ironing- I know that's it's ranked pretty high on many of my friends' hate to do list but me, I find it strangely relaxing.
*Preparing and cooking food- I still find it hard to believe that so many people rely entirely upon boxed or frozen prepared foods. I'm in my element when I am making something from scratch.
*Vacuuming the carpet- another tedious task but there's a simple pleasure in it.
*Washing dishes -I find the warm running water soothing and it makes me think of tropical places- especially if it's warm in the kitchen :-)
*Making the bed- That's one room neat and tidy! Get yourself into a routine of doing this right after you get out of bed and you'll find that it sets a good tone for the rest of your day!
There's a simple rule to maintaining a clean house- "A place for Everything and Everything in it's place". Once you get yourself into the routine of putting your toys away after you're done playing with them, folding and putting away the laundry as soon they are out of the dryer...these chores will become labors of love that you won't mind doing. For those that stress out at the very thought of tackling these chores- well that's because you waited until the laundry became a mountain, or your ignored the fact that the newspapers and magazines were piling up until they became a huge an unappealing heap in your family room. Again, setting a routine will soon have you taking pleasure in having a clean house...I'm a living example of this.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
It was very befitting that my friend Amber Hollis farewell me as she was the first to welcome me when we came to Ellsworth, AFB back in 2003. Amber and her hubby are the only people that have been stationed here longer than Lucien and I have-wow! They finally get to move this summer, congratulations to Sloan and Amber on the new assignment! Many more friends will be fare welled next month- but as my schedule is getting more and more hectic and filled with loads of things to get ready for the move I doubt if I will be able to attend the OSC function next month. I received a lovely charm for my charm bracelet, I'll try to take a close up picture of it as it is very unique. When I leave this area for good, I will have been here 5 years and 9 months.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Spring makes me think of rebirth and new beginnings. I'm even more anxious to get this house sold and the movers here so we can start on our new beginning in England.
The conversation I had with my son this morning has left me with such a warm fuzzy feeling that I'm still smiling about it. I can see that what I have said to him has had an impact and he's showing me that he's ready to try new things. I do have to give some credit in part to his best friend who also has said some pretty wise things to him for someone I thought was rather aloof and is now proving to not be as I once thought he was.
So here I am wondering what crafty thing I will do today. I do have 5 quilt tops (3 baby quilts and 2 lap quilts) that need to be sandwiched and quilted, then there are those other things I'm working on for my Etsy store and of course there's the thing of maintaining my house show ready-ugh! which reminds me that I need to vacuum the carpet and do some dusting.
I have plans on going to an OSC function this evening. I haven't been to one since last August or September. I'm hard pressed to make myself attend tonight but I will on the grounds that I haven't been to anything in months and I need to get out, besides that maybe they will farewell me tonight (I can only hope).
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here's Ellen, There's not a time when she doesn't have some great looking stamped project to show to us.
This is Sarah, our multimedia artist please check out her blog for links to her other sites - she's more than just a paper crafter!
The always bright and cheerful Donna, who brighten up any room she enters! Donna is super creative and a true delight to be around! Donna has brought show and tell items from when she attends other local paper crafting classes. All I have to say is Ooooh Pretty!
Here's one of our projects- we made these little boxes using one of those really big dies from Sizzix that's made especially for Stampin Up. From left to right
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Being a Mom with 2 teenagers isn't the easiest job in the world, but it doesn't have it's good moments, hopefully more good than bad.
When I saw the quote that I'm using today I had to laugh- it reminded me of my current situation, you know- the big move to the UK.
Trying to keep everything together, in order to maintain that order I need to have those around me listening to what I say, that's not always as easy as it would seem. From the Realtor, to the 3 different schools (the 2 here and the 1 in the UK), to my children and the people over at the moving company who will be packing up our entire household. Maybe if I had a beautifully embroidered robe and a really cool looking hat like the Pope I could pull it all off, but alas, all I've got is my pink velour bathrobe and numerous multicolored knitted ski hats and pink bunny slippers- not that it wouldn't have people looking at me, it's the way they would look at me (like I'm a lunatic). Yup that being the case, it's best for me to put on my game face and play ball! I'll say it openly-It's not going to be easy, but I CAN do this!
I finally got the school thing figured out, together with all of the misunderstandings on the UK school's side figured out and the transcripts being sent and deciphered and my kids put into the proper grades. That's one thing down and done, whew!
Next hurdle- convincing our son that this is not the end of world. I thought that we had gotten through to him, but alas...he is 16 and he will be moving the summer before his senior year. Him staying behind with a host family IS NOT an option. He's coming with us and that's final. The sooner that he accepts it the better off he will be. I do think that once he sees that there are other American students his age at our new base he'll start to feel better about things. Our daughter on the other hand is looking forward to the move and all of the opportunities that await her there. "This" in case you haven't noticed is the sucky part of a military move.
Besides my sons situation (which is breaking my heart) I've got to prepare my beloved kitty for transport to the UK- alone. There's going to be so much last minute stuff going on around here that it worries me that she'll get lost in the shuffle. So I'll be shipping her out before we leave, her kitty dad will meet her at the Airport and bring her home in her kitty mom's minivan.
Throughout all of this I've got to keep Hannah in focus and not let her get lost or feel forgotten. She too needs to be made to feel special. I try to do one on one things with her as much as possible. I feel the need to reassure her that she is loved and just because she's not causing a ruckus about the move doesn't mean that she doesn't matter to me.
The sale of my house has been a slow going process. I hope to hear something from the realtor that brought a couple here on Saturday. I do have an open house scheduled for this coming Sunday the 19th from 1-4 pm- I certainly hope that draws some interest. I know that my house will sell, it's the waiting that is making me slightly neurotic.
Here it is, with all of the crap I'm going through I do try to see the humor in it. One thing that's good about all of this, my house is really clean, LOL!
It's said that God doesn't give you more than you can handle- can someone send in a prayer to God letting him know that my plate is looking pretty full right now? I've tried this but his line seems to be busy right now.
With all of the things that are weighing on my mind and on my heart I find solace in being creative. Trying to keep my brain and my heart favorably occupied has been more of a challenge than anyone knows. It's from another quote that I draw from...Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty."~ William Bennett
When I think of how much of a Steel Magnolia I'm going to have to be in the upcoming weeks ahead, I feel empowered. I know that I can do this, but I want to do it with grace and not come off as a bitch. With a heavy sigh I go on to get things done...wish me luck!
Monday, April 13, 2009
I plan on taking my camera with me and taking pictures of the signs of Spring.
OOOh, today is paper crafting group- Oh my word I just know that Peggy has something FAB for us to make. Stay tuned for it!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
*God, Mary, Joseph and especially Jesus- without them and their sacrifices, my life would not be as it is today.
* for the gift of friendship. It's a gift that keeps on giving all though the year!
* for having a roof over our heads, warm beds for everyone to sleep in and food in the pantry.
* for the gift of creativity, from scrapbooking and card making to sewing, quilting, needlework and cooking- I love it all and better yet I love to share it with others!
* for my loving husband and his military career, because without it we would not have ever met.
* that at any given moment it's 80ºF and sunny somewhere in the world.
* my desire to constantly push myself to do more. It's that inner drive that keeps me going like the energizer bunny through the good times and even more so though the rough times and it doesn't let me give up hope- ever!
*my love of classical music. I can listen to it all day long and never get tired of it. It can be uplifting and energetic or peaceful and soothing.
*for the gift of laughter- I can find the humor in most things, and I prefer to laugh than the alternative...getting angry.
*for my children, to think that I have had a hand in helping to shape who they are becoming as they reach adulthood- Oh what a scary thought indeed, LOL!
I awoke to the sound of my cat knocking things off of my dresser and was getting peeved with her when I suddenly realized something, I slept through the night- AGAIN! Dr.Laurie if you are reading this Thank You! I've had enough of waking up at 3:30 am and was ready to seek medical attention for my sleep disorder. I was chatting with my friend Laurie ( who is physical therapist) and she recommended me taking Melatonin. I bought a bottle of it and have been sleeping through the night every night ever since! That right there is a blessing indeed! I don't feel groggy or crabby, I had a full nights rest and I feel great!
We're expecting rain today, others may be moaning about it but I say bring it on! Lets get these ugly brown speckled piles of snow melted and gone! I'm ready to see flowering plants springing up from the earth! I'm ready to see Bee's buzzing around the flowers in my English flower garden collecting pollen -even though I'm seriously allergic to bees, I think them adorable! Heck I even chose a Bee as my symbol/mascot for my Etsy store. I long for spring time and the wonders that it brings with it. I eagerly await the time I can be out in my flower gardens pulling weeds, and tying plants to bamboo stakes to make them a little more sturdy against the South Dakota wind. I long to hear birds singing in the trees and the whirl of lawnmowers on Saturday mornings.
I finished the pink and brown baby quilt top. It's adorable! I just might have a hard time giving this one away! OOOh it's just so sweet and yummy! Here it is!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Now back to getting some other things done around here.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I better get my grocery list together and head on out to the commissary and pick up a few things for Easter Sunday dinner. I'm hoping that Andrew will go to mass with us but I'm not going to hold my breath on it. Hannah has been asked to preform with the church choir again, they request her to sing with them for every holiday.
I've got cheesecakes to bake so I better get on it! Now, where oh where did I put my coffee mug?
Thursday, April 09, 2009
I've got a few projects currently in the works
* Camera strap covers. There's no way on this planet that I am going to walk around looking like a walking billboard for Nikon. As much as I love my new camera, the strap is hideous, and to think that it has this logo on it twice! See for yourself...
Here you see my first attempt at making a strap cover (it's in batik fabric)- it's okay but I can do better ;-)
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Here's a list of the 10 quilt shops out here in the Black Hills area doing a shop hop until the 18th. You can pick up a FREE pattern, purchase a fat quarter at each shop to be entered into the door prize and Grand Door Prize. Maybe I'll see you at one of the shops today :-)
1- Dakota Quilt Company * Spearfish, SD
2- Fabric Junction *Sturgis, SD
3- Thimble Cottage Quilt Village *Rapid City, SD
4- The Sewing Center * Rapid City, SD
5- The Quilt Corral Too *Rapid City, SD
6- The Quilt Connection *Rapid City, SD
7- Seven Sisters Quilting *Rapid City, SD
8- The Quilt Shop *Custer, SD
9- Nuts & Bolts Fabric Shop *Edgemont, SD
10 Heart Song Quilts, Hot Springs, SD
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
*Waiting for the city to have their public works employees make our streets wider (we got an awful lot of snow out here with this last storm). By the grace of God our developer (who happens to actually lives in our neighborhood) took care of us even though many don't realize it. This man is like a shepherd watching over his flock, several times during the storm I personally witnessed him plowing the roads with his front end loader. Making sure that people could get out or emergency workers could get in if someone needed medical attention. So I say to you, if you live in my neighborhood give a nod of thanks to Ken S., he's a great guy who deserves a pat on the back! Other subdivisions do not have this kind of thing going on AT ALL...they are left to wait for the city.
*Waiting to see if the UPS truck will pull up in front of my house and bring me a package. To my surprise I got a big box full of goodies from Cameta Camera! Oh my word, I LOVE my new camera! I actually fell asleep reading the manual last night. I'm going to play with it some more today! I did manage to take some pictures of the snow in front of our house, but my main focus was on the cat and our daughter.
*I've been waiting to see when the newspaper would finally arrive- and it did, only a couple of days late, LOL! I loved reading the headlines BIG Snow Storm expected...hence the reason why I didn't get Saturday and Sundays paper until Monday afternoon.
*I waited for my friend to stop by and pick up the paperwork for our HOA. She came by in the afternoon and apologized profusely. I figured that she went home because of the impending snow storm. But it's in her hands now and I'm done with another part of the HOA.
So what was I doing to keep myself occupied during all of this waiting? I decided to make something. I know, didn't I just make something? Now I'm making something else? Sheesh! I've been thinking about a project I saw on line, but I didn't want to use the jumbo ric rack. So I start to go through my stash looking for those Mary Engelbreit charm packs that I bought last year. I pull them out (I had bought 2) and I only needed one and I sort them by color and lay them out. I made a simple but cute table runner, but not for my dining room table but for my sewing cabinet. You see, my sewing/quilting corner is dedicated to all things ME. I love the bright cheery colors and the witty quotes and sayings! I managed to completely finish my simple table runner; piece it, quilt it and get the binding sewn on by hand too- all before dinner!
While I was being crafty, so was my husband. There we are at opposite ends of the formal dining table we are both creating different things each being something fun and useful. His being a device that holds the GPS in his cup holder in his car. Our children are have been given a double dose of the crafty gene, it's no wonder why Hannah is the way she is. And Andrew, trust me, I've seen this boy of ours be quite crafty- he just doesn't pursue/indulge his crafty side as often as the rest of us.
My husband spent the day doing some last minute things. And true to the last minute thing, just before he went to bed he packed his suitcases.
And that was yesterday. Now for another mug of my ever so yummy coffee and to wake up my family members in a few minutes.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
There's just one thing I need to know...Is it too early for coffee?
I went into my scrapbook nook to get some crafting tools and the snow is past the top of the window. There's no use in shoveling away the snow right now as it is still snowing!
Key things for today...keep warm, keep busy!
Saturday, April 04, 2009
I'm looking at quilting magazines and pattern books trying to decide upon a quilt pattern. I want to make a large lap sized quilt using a jelly roll (those 2½ inch wide strips of fabric). It's deciding upon a quilt pattern (I've got it narrowed down to 3) and a color scheme (that's narrowed down to 3 as well). I'm feeling rather drawn to working with Batiks right now. I love how the colors seem to flow and swirl so gracefully together and how the finished look reminds me greatly of mottled marble.
I'm going to look at the patterns and lay out some fabric choices and take it from there. I'll mull it over with some mint hot chocolate topped off with whipped cream(doesn't that sound delicious?). What are snow days if one does not take the time to indulge ones self? They are miserable that's what they are! So my words of advice for my friends who live locally and are dealing with an ocean of snow...pamper yourselves! Take a long luxurious bubble bath, paint your toes nails, make some scrumptious cinnamon rolls (I've got a terrific recipe that came out of Cooks Illustrated) but most of all don't let yourself become disgruntled like I did yesterday...it's such a waste of energy!
I'm off to make myself that mug if minty hot chocolate and to look at my stash of Batik fabrics!
*My son's date- her parents wouldn't let her go out to the movies because of the pending snow storm.
*UPS - didn't deliver my camera because of the pending snow storm (no joke) If I'm lucky I might see it on Monday or Tuesday after it hangs out for 5 or more days in the UPS warehouse, grrrr! Here's a little tidbit for you- try as you might, you will never be able to find a local phone number for your UPS hub. NO matter how many google searches and white pages searches. Heck- locating a phone number to speak to a human being with UPS is a challenge! Then you get some rude person telling you that you will NEVER be able to find a local phone number and the guy was quite snippy about it too! Look people, I just want my camera that's all!
*Tonight's Raider Rumble- cancelled due to the pending snow storm.
*I waited all afternoon for someone to come over and pick some documents up from my house- she never showed up and never called.
*The British school of which our children will be attending this fall sent some documents of which were rather confusing to decipher. What we got out of it was that either our son was being held back a year or our daughter was being advanced a year...something got mixed up in translations of that I'm sure! I had to get that fixed immediately and it wasn't until early evening when that was done and settled (talk about getting an ulcer).
*I have to keep on top of getting my kitty shipped to the UK- There's some paperwork that my Vet's office didn't fill out. I need to go in there next week and get on it- you know...once I have access to a car and the roads are cleared of snow.
So a little bit of snow falling sent everyone into hysterics and places closed down in advance of a snow storm that didn't really in all honesty hit. Do we have snow? Sure we do, but the wind isn't blowing it all over the place, it's staying put (for now). It's light out now, I want to take a couple of pictures of the white stuff...in case the wind pushes it around and makes huge snow drifts in some places and leaves the ground scoured in other places. It's strange to see these huge snow drifts next to areas of dormant bare grass.
Now for the good part of my day. My new friend Terri had e-mailed me some wonderful links to check out. All of which are from the local area where I'll be moving to soon. They were wonderful! Restaurants (pubs), the panoramic link and it's views were amazing! I had a glass of wine and went on a fantastic tour of England all from my chair, thanks Terri it was wonderful!
Friday, April 03, 2009
Many of the quilting sites I visit have FREE quilting patterns. Here are some links
Free Quilt Patterns
Be sure to mind the terms/conditions of use with the patterns offered by these web sites. It's through the generous contributions of these and many more companies that make these FREE quilting patterns possible. Give credit where credit is due and protect copyright laws!
*My husband is to leave soon to start his new assignment in England. Our time spent together this weekend will be spent getting him packed for his journey.
*Our son has his first official date tonight.
*The UPS delivery guy is bringing me a package today - I can hardly wait to open the box and play with my new toy!
*I will attempt to finish that Americana Flag banner today- wish me luck!
*Believe it or not but we're on another winter storm warning. What is a Winter Storm Warning? Here's what is said over at Weather.com -- A significant winter storm or hazardous winter weather is occurring, imminent, or likely, and is a threat to life and property.
*I plan on dropping off my ME quilt top to the professional long arm quilter- could be today, could be Monday. Depends upon the UPS delivery guy and what time he drops off my package and when the snow starts falling...again.
I plan to keep myself busy today with sketching out some ideas for some crafting projects paper crafting AND fabric crafting.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
All of us at some point in time have experienced moments of sadness, thought that no one cares about them. There may even be some that think the world may be without hope- as for myself, I don't believe that for one minute! One life can touch so many others, I really believe that with all my heart! I didn't have the easiest of childhoods nor were my teen years what I would consider to be the best years of my life, LOL! But my life experiences have made me the person that I am today. I hope that by leading by example that I can show my children how to be compassionate and giving of themselves, tolerant and understanding, frugal yet generous, loving and kind to all things. We all have a gift, God made sure of it!
Throughout the years no matter where the Air Force has sent us, I've made it my personal mission to plant the seeds of kindness and to reap the flowers of friendship. To make friends from all walks of life, to gain knowledge and (to borrow a quote from Mary Engelbreit) To Bloom Where I am Planted! My next stop on this journey will take me many thousands of miles (and an ocean) away from my friends here in America. But they will all be just one click away from my computer key board! In this modern era one never has to leave friends behind, especially when we've got the internet and a fantastic long distance calling plan!
I've planted the seeds and have started cultivating new friendships in the UK. I can't begin to tell you how much I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful ladies in person!