Thursday, December 29, 2011
I'm curious - did you finish all your Christmas/Holiday projects? I'm still finishing some up. I had to give a couple "to be completed" notes this year. So.... I will be working on finishing things up so I can get back to quilting. I have (I think) 11 quilts waiting to go on the frame and get completed. Nope, I don't think I'll be bored in the New Year!
So how about New Year resolutions? Do you make them? I don't...I figure if it's something I really want, or need, to do, I need to just do it and not worry about it being a resolution. I mean, seriously, how many times can someone resolve to lose weight? I have so many times, I can't count - why set myself up for failure?! It'll happen when I get good and ready!
Please have a very safe start to the New Year and may the year ahead bring you inspiration and creativity.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Yesterday as I was rushing to sew yarn into hair for a doll, I sewed my finger instead - it hurts like &*%#... but I did finish getting the bald doll some hair! Now just have to get it dressed and it's good to go! The stuffed cat still needs a neck dressing - we don't want a naked cat! Today I managed to get snaps on all the jammies and camo outfits that were finished except for the snaps - but that wasn't without incident either. Instead of just putting a small hole in the cuff of a shirt with the seam ripper, I ripped the entire cuff! Thank goodness I had extra fabric, but still had to take the time to rip the torn cuff off and make a new one. Did manage to get most of the gift wrapping done for the items that were bought or finished , so I guess that will save some time later. I still have 3 sets of jammies to make and a quilt to finish, a doll to dress and at least 3 pair of slippers to knit and I'm also wanting to knit a pair of fingerless mitts - will I get it all done - ummm NO... at least not in time for Christmas. As this will be my last post before Christmas, I want to wish you and yours a blessed day. Please take a minute to think of those who are not able to be home for Christmas and think of those who don't even have a home for Christmas.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I've explained how special my Nativity is to me, well this memory is related to the Nativity.
My grandson was a little over 2 years old, so this is 6 years ago. My son & his wife had bought me a new DVD player and my son was 'wiring' it up, so had moved the Nativity to the dining table. My daughter and daughter-in-law were cleaning up the kitchen after dinner and my grandson took a liking to the Nativity figures. My son (his dad) kept telling him to leave them alone. Well, I took this as an opportunity to let my grandson 'play' with the figures. I put him up on my lap and using the figures, started telling him the 'real' story of Christmas. In the process of telling the story, my grandson tooted and without skipping a beat, I simply said "you stink" and kept on with the story. Everyone started laughing and I looked up to see that the whole family had stopped to listen to me tell the Christmas story. I asked "what are you laughing at?" My daughter-in-law said, "here we are listening to this beautiful story and "you stink" just flows in". This started a bit of a tradition of telling the Christmas story every year - but we try to leave out the 'you stink'.
I hope you have many happy memories and that your Christmas will bring you some more special memories.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
We're quite lit up! It's hard to see, but we have the 'fire place' and the tree. In the center, we placed stuffed animals with presents and wrapped lights all around.
We spent about 4 hours on this and we still have at least another hour to finish it up. We really had a lot of fun doing this. Just spending time with friends, lots of laughter and sharing a pizza after. That's what the Christmas spirit is all about - sharing.
oh, bless my hubby, he let us take up all that space in his shop.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
So my story, which just happens to be about my son! My son is known as somewhat serious. Oh he likes to have a good time and he laughs a lot, but usually stays to task. One year, after he was first married and before they had children, I had him and his new wife come and help me decorate the tree. All of a sudden he just sort of disappeared. We figured he'd gone to the bathroom... then here he comes..... strutting down the hall with his red union suit (long johns) on, stuffed with a pillow, wearing a Santa hat and doing a very respectable Ho,Ho,Ho. I laughed til I cried. The spontaneity of it just tickled me. I do have pictures, but alas, they are not digital.
I do have one more memory to share, but that will be at a later time. Until then, I hope you all are enjoying good health and much happiness during this glorious time of year.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Hope everyone is not stressing but taking the time to enjoy the season. Remember to take time for yourselves, as well, as I told my son once "sometimes it IS all about ME"
Monday, November 28, 2011
For some reason, I've just not been in the mood to sew lately. I seem to really have to push myself to go to the sewing room and work on my Christmas items. And I'm not doing any quilting until the Christmas stuff is done! Ah, such is life!
Christmas decorating > I love a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. It doesn't have to be elaborate, with expensive ornaments. Some of the most beautiful are the simple one. But.... I don't put up a full size tree anymore. Several years ago my hubby got a 'record book' elk and it now hangs in the living room - and it seriously takes up about a 5 foot square in the living room and my room is small - 13 X 15 (I think). I do put up a 36" fiber optic tree and it is pretty - but not the same effect as the big trees. And most important is my Nativity - if I don't put anything else out, my Nativity would be a must. Not only because of what the Nativity signifies, but because my Nativity has a story............
I had wanted a Nativity for years and years and one day while shopping with my daughter in Costco here was this beautiful Nativity. They only had one left and I grabbed it. I could hardly wait to get it home and put it out. So, daughter and I opened the box and started pulling out the figurines - and I wanted to cry! Every single piece (except one - the baby Jesus) was broken. I thought about taking the whole thing back to Costco but my daughter looked at me and said, "Mom, this was the last one. Can't we glue the pieces together?" and I thought "what do I have to lose" So my daughter and I spent a couple hours gluing all those figurines together and I have to tell you - You would never believe it by looking at those pieces. I sometimes think they've all been 'healed'! So here it is 20 years (or more) later, and I still put up that very same Nativity and think about the time my daughter and I spent fixing it - I think it was meant to come to us. Someone else may have taken it back to the store and it would have been disposed of - yep, it's very special!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Anyway.... seeing as how the Holidays seem to have had their 'kick off', I will wish you all low stress, patient shoppers and happy times spent with family and friends. And something I will do, regardless of whether it's politically correct or not, I will wish people a Merry Christmas not just Happy Holidays. Those who celebrate Kwanzaa or Hanukkah or other 'seasonal' holiday, I hope they understand that my Merry Christmas is meant in the true spirit of the season.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Please note this is my own opinion and not meant to influence others.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I think I finally have the hives under control. After a month of this, I sure hope so...... It's amazing how itching can affect your focus. I simply couldn't concentrate in the sewing room, but I was able to knit. I think it might have had something to do with the hands moving constantly?????
I'm working on a fall themed table runner. I should be able to finish it tomorrow. I have the backing for the chenille quilt. I'm going to use a cream color fleece without a batting. I will get it on the frame after finishing the table runner tomorrow and it will be ready to go.
I have made a few stockings for the Stocking for Kids project (see button to the right). As I was putting the stockings together, I wondered if there was a need for something similar in my area. I'm sure there probably is, but I've committed to this project and will send the stockings. In the meantime, I will research to see about the need locally. I know our local Elk's Lodge holds a Christmas party for kids, so will start there for next year.....
Until next time, and hoping to locate my camera, wishing you creative thoughts.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I haven't been doing much sewing at all - actually I haven't been doing much at all. I'm battling a severe case of hives. My family doctor threw up her hands after giving me some pretty hefty steroid and sent me to a dermatologist who has put me on a prescription antihistamine (that doesn't seem to be working either). I wake up feeling drowsy and spend most of the day in a fog and because of the itching my focus is, quite simply, crap! I am able to knit, so I guess my time is not completely wasted but right now I really should be working on my Christmas projects. I have fabric and patterns stacked together - so I suppose it's a start. My hubby has gone hunting, been gone 5 days now and normally this is my most productive time with no interruptions.....May have to hope for the best when he takes his next hunt the week after Thanksgiving......
Anyway....if you follow me on a regular basis, I will apologize for not being so active with my blog- just not much to write about.
Katie who's tired of itching.......
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Hope everyone has a beautiful weekend - I'm off to watch my grandson play baseball!
Friday, October 21, 2011
The Holiday season is fast approaching and if you're anything like me, you'll be doing this, doing that and trying to keep track of everything that you want, need, should get done. If I could be cloned for just 4 weeks a year, I might actually get everything accomplished that I want, need and should!
So what about customer service???? I've been reading on some blogs lately about poor customer service. It's out there, we've all experienced it at one time or another. What do you do about it? I've done a few different things - You may want to get a cup of your favorite beverage - this could take awhile!
I want to start by saying that I was a C-store manager for 15 years and that in that time, I found that the customer wasn't always right - but there are usually ways to handle that. Anyway.....
One year (during the Holidays) I was in a national chain grocery store and had a basket full of groceries. I was pushing my cart down the aisle after finishing my shopping and lo and behold there was a cashier with only one couple ahead of me. I looked down the row of cashiers to see if someone with less than me was looking to get in line. Nope, clear sailing.... the cashiers weren't busy at all. So I unloaded my groceries onto the belt as the cashier finished with the couple ahead of me. She watched as I unloaded my cart and then said, " this is the express lane - 15 items or less" ... Excuse me! why did she wait until I unloaded my cart????? I looked up saw the sign began to apologize and take my items off the belt and return them to my cart when it hit me.... there was no one behind me in line, the store was not busy, the only person I may have been inconveniencing was the cashier herself. Instant anger. I walked out of that store leaving everything behind. After I got home (which was a 30 minute drive), I called the store and asked to speak to their manager. I told him I'd left and that I wanted to apologize for whoever had to restock those groceries, at which time he told me it was him. I explained what happened and told him that if I'd been thinking more clearly I would have had the cashier ring out only 15 items at a time and paid for them that way - then she'd have understood inconvenience! He thanked me for the apology and in turn apologized for the behavior of the cashier as it was not something that should have happened - he also asked that if I ever had an issue in the store again, to please contact managment before leaving the store - well it was probably 5 years or more before I ever shopped that store again. Moral of story - talk to management when you're unhappy with the service provided.
Another time - and this was before above said incident.... I was in one of the 'big box' home improvement stores. It was early. DH and I were working on a project that we wanted to finish that day, so we hit the store as it opened. Another case of coming down the aisle and having a cashier open! I pushed the cart to the open cashier who was on the phone. Didn't think anything of it until she continued her conversation which was obviously a personal call about a party she had attended the night before - before I left I knew who drank what and who did who! But..... she scanned all my items, pointed at the display to the total, I wrote my check and handed it to her and stood there. She dropped the phone back a bit and said, "Oh, that's all" I walked away, stopped and told my DH to please take the stuff to the truck. He looked at me and said, "oh, you're not, are you?" and I said, "oh yes, I am!" He thought I was going to rip her a new one - and if she'd been my employee, I would have! Instead I went to the customer service desk and asked for a manger. They asked if they could help me, I told them "yes, you can get me your store manager" I guess they decided I meant business and called him to the front. I explained to him what happened and proceeded to tell him that I'm sure she was probably a very good cashier but her treatment was inexcusable and because I managed 9 cashiers that if something like that had happened in my store, I'd want to know about it. He thanked me and I noticed when DH & I were driving out of the parking lot, the manager had the cashier outside talking to her.
Okay, so again the moral is - talk to management. I would never want someone to lose their job, but if they aren't protecting their jobs, well maybe they don't need them! But seriously, if you have an issue as to how you've been treated, the only people who know are you and the person who treated you that way. Management can not correct an issue they do not know about - and yes, I agree, sometimes management IS the issue. If that's the case, and this is a chain type store - contact their corporate office. Maybe if people started sharing their experiences with those who can correct the issues, things would improve.
And one last story (sorry), I was in a hobby/craft store - it was really busy, the holidays again and the store was packed, every register was open and the lines were long. I was thanking God that it wasnt' me working! The customer ahead of me was giving this young cashier hell about them not having something in the store. This cashier was offering to call a manager, she was apologizing, she was doing everything RIGHT to try and please this customer. Nothing would have made that customer happy - NOTHING! The customer snapped up her package and said "well, I won't be back here again" My darling son (10 years old at the time) very loudly said, "well she was rude!" This poor cashier was close to tears. I looked at her, told her to take a deep breath and to thank God that not all customers were like that. So moral here? When you're feeling rushed and irritated during the upcoming holidays - remember you're not the only one! You will get out of that store, go home and hopefully be able to put your feet up for a few minutes but those cashiers will put up with cranky customers and have sore feet - smile and try to be patient!
If you've made it this far - thank you and even though it's early - Happy Holidays!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
This morning we head into Tucson to watch my 5 year old grandson play his first ever baseball game. I can hardly wait! I love to watch the little guys play ball. With that said, I'd better get in gear and get DH out of bed so we're not late to the game.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
These are the aprons I made for our Rotary booth. We had a cool morning and a really beautiful day.
So now that this is 'out of the way', I will be concentrating on getting some quilting done - my stack of quilts needing quilting is dwindling, but my stack of quilts needing binding is growing...... and I'm working on a quilt that will alternate a quilt block with a chenille block. When I started this quilt, I was planning it for myself, but I'm thinking I might also give it as a gift...... darn - more decisions to make ;-) I'll try to remember to get a picture of the actual block - I'm really liking it and the fabrics I chose.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Anyway, I do want everyone to know that I appreciate your comments and I do read them and if you can offer some advice of what I need to do to be able to respond to your comments personally, that would be great!
Friday, October 7, 2011
So, I'm curious are you a 'last minute' Holiday person? or are you well planned and executed type of person? And a few gift hints would be appreciated......
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I am back into the sewing and quilting rooms. I have 4 quilts quilted and waiting to be trimmed and bound (don't forget the labels!), I have a set of blocks started that I'm going to put with chenille- anxious to get it finished but have other things in the works that have to take priorities! A lady brought me a couple Christmas panel quilts to quilt for her. She normally does them by hand around the figures of the panel but was injured in a car accident and unable to do them. I told her I don't do hand work but would do what I could - the downfall for me...... She's put really puffy batting with these panels - I'm not fond of 'extreme' loft batting, but I'll do my best and hope she's happy (pictures to follow).
Also, I'm the secretary for our local Rotary Club and I've got to get some aprons finished by Saturday for a booth we're holding for our local fall festival (Copper Town Days).... so I am staying busy just not as much as I'd like in the quilting department :-)
Seems to finally be cooling down here in AZ. Hope you all are enjoying 'fall like' weather.
Monday, September 26, 2011
I've been reading some blogs and it seems that fall/autumn is starting to show itself in many parts of the U.S. I'm reading about all the activity and it made me wonder about something..... I'm a fall cleaner. I want my house all cleaned up before I close it up for the winter for months. Fortunately, here in AZ there will be days that I'll be able to have the house opened during the winter. And come spring, I'm ready to get out and dig in the dirt, ride my quad (well, I do that during the winter too!) and just enjoy life. So how about you? Do you Spring Clean or Fall Clean or just lucky enough to stay on top of it all during the year?
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Have a great day!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Hope everyone's having better creative days than me,
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
So why am I neglecting my babies? DH! Well not really, it's sort of my fault. First some history - our house was built in 1953 and has very little renovation done. It's a small house and that's okay with me - who wants to spend all their time cleaning a big house? - not me! A little over 3 years ago we did totally renovate our bathrooms and in that process acquired some tile from DH's brother. We have had that ceramic floor tile all this time with every intention of using it in our kitchen. I finally told DH that I was going to buy more tile for the dining room and we were going to get this done - and I did! Friday afternoon I started ripping out the old vinyl tile. Sat & Sun was devoted to laying the new tile - and I certainly am not as young as I used to be! My knees and back are still screaming...... But we're in the home stretch and hoping that by tomorrow afternoon I can put my rooms back in order. It already looks so much nicer and more up-to-date.
I have to say here that quilting skills have come in handy with the measuring for cutting tiles.... these old houses are certainly NOT square.
So 'til next time..... and hopefully by then I'll have a picture or two :-)
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Busy weekend ahead for me. so guess I'd better get moving. Will help my grandson celebrate his 8th b-day today! I can't believe how fast the time has gone - grandkids are the best!
Hope all is having more creative times than me!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I hope you will take the time to check out A Left-Handed Quilter blog.
Katie who will post a Scrappy Saturday on Sunday :-)
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Again, a big THANK YOU to my followers,
Saturday, August 6, 2011
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
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Sunday, July 31, 2011
What a wonderful week I had. We had 10 attendees but only 8 sewers, but when we thought a bit more about it, 2 of us spent more time sandwiching quilts to be quilted then actually sewing- but it was a chore that needed done and we did it! Oh, why only 8? You ask. Well, Bea comes with her sister, Mary, and she is a fabulous person. She trims and sorts and designs. We'd be lost without Bea! and the other... Jade- a wonderful 20 yr old who loves her G-ma to pieces and she came along for the ride :-) . We had Donna, our youngest sewer who at one point I said she looked liked a California Surfer Girl! She's a gem and I love her, but don't tell her I said that! We had Phyllis who sits quietly (sometimes!) and assembles the most beautiful creations. Her work is astounding, now if we can only convince her of that. Oh, and Mary (Bea's sister), what a source of information. She seems to have one of those minds that can recall where she found what at a moments call, and what lovely quilts she produces -another of our Gems! Paula, Jade's Granny - she has appropriately replaced the Energizer Bunny - she just goes and goes. She sat down at her Juki and started quilting and just kept going and going and going and going (you get the picture!) Tracy, Another prolific quilter who doesnt know her own worth! all I can say about her quilt tops is WOW! Tracy just seems to have that natural ability to know how to put things together. And we have Cathy...... Not only a very dear friend but our main organizer. She's the glue that keeps us together. Without her encouragement I don't know how'd we manage to do what we do - she's amazing. And we had the pleasure of Mickie stopping by for a visit. I've had the pleasure of quilting many of Mickie's quilt tops and her work is amazing. It was great to finally meet her in person. She is warm and upbeat - what joy!
Yes, I will be posting pictures in future posts, but I wanted to introduce you to the lovely ladies first as they are the Thread that Binds!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
This is sort of scrappy…It’s made from smaller pieces, no yardage required
As I have made (and use) one of the bottle cap rings, I thought why not a wrist cushion??? I have a nice little wrist cushion that someone made me and I really like the size and all, but the pins go right through it. So, when I emptied the mayo jar, I kept the cap and here it is!
Oh, you can’t see the cap, well it’s here!
I added a bit of lace and rick rack around the edge to dress it up some. And used a scrap of fabric to make the wrist band which is, of course, elastic covered with a tube of fabric.
And when I’m not using it on my wrist, it sits nicely on a little jar and can be used next to the machine!
Until next time……