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Monday, August 29, 2016

New Cute Pink and Red Fabric and Back to Etsy

Hi! How have you been this last week? I hope you're all doing great!

Well, wouldn't you know? We went to Walmart the other day - it was the first time we had been in a while - and I found this darling fabric to add to my already too abundant stash. So I've prayed about how I can turn this fabric addiction into something positive instead of something that is just lying around in a closet, in a cabinet or on a dresser. So, instead of trying to use all of this for a quilt somewhere down the road, I'm going to make shower curtains with matching tissue box and toilet paper roll covers from some of it. Some of it will become pillowcases. We'll even have classes over at www.ecraftclasses.blogspot.com for those of you who want to learn to sew these things. I will announce those links here when those are available. Below is the newest fabric.



For those who don't sew, I'm going to be selling these items on Etsy at ridiculously low prices. I am actually going to start relisting some older items at greatly reduced prices as well as some of my patterns. I'll be back next week for more news about that. If you'd like, you can start watching for those items to show up this week at the following link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomandPopCraft. I'll talk to you all next week.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Images of New Fabric and Quilt Project are Available

I have added images of new Christmas fabric and a quilt project at the following link: http://ecraftclasses.blogspot.com/2016/08/new-fabric-and-quilt-project.html. Thanks for dropping by to see them.

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FINISHED! The Winter Cabins Quilt is Finally Finished

If you enlarge the images by clicking on them, you should be able to see the hand-quilted sections better. I am so excited. I made the hanging piece over the weekend and I'll have it sewn on by the end of the day. 
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

New Quilt Pattern and Haunted Doll

Hi! What have you all been up to? Just business as usual for me. But I wanted to drop by and show you a couple of my latest purchases. 

My friend, Vicki, sent me a picture of a quilt so I immediately started searching for a pattern that resembled that quilt. I soon found the Open Heart pattern, which is smaller than the quilt she sent a picture of but has the same concept. The 22 in. x 22 in. will suit me fine as it looks like a tedious pattern to follow. So, I bought it. I'm not sure yet when I'll get to work on it. 

The doll is supposed to be haunted. She should arrive sometime this week with a story as to why she may be haunted. As most of you know, our house was haunted for a few years. Then all of a sudden the events stopped. I kind of miss the strange occurrences and hope Sarah, the doll, can help revive that excitement. I'll let you know how that goes.



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Friday, July 15, 2016

Post-Surgery Update

I had my surgery over two weeks ago. I went for my follow up and everything is healing like it should. The cyst was just a normal cyst that forms under impacted teeth. It will take about a year for the gaps left behind to be filled in with bone, so I have to be very cautious for at least two more months about what I eat so I don't break through the hollow areas of the gums. It was sure nice to see those wisdom teeth gone in the x-ray they took Tuesday. The first two or three days after the surgery were rough. My jaws and gums were very swollen. It was difficult to keep food down. As a matter of fact, I didn't keep it down the whole time. They prescribed a medication to rub onto my wrist and that cleared up the nausea quickly. I only had to use it twice. I know. I didn't think something I rubbed on my wrist would do the trick either. But within 10 minutes or so of applying it, I was able to eat again. Once I was able to eat and keep it down, the headaches also went away. Yay! The bruising set in about day three and lasted for about a week. But I finally look normal again and feel great! Please, please, please don't wait until your 51 to have your wisdom teeth removed. Our younger son was back to normal within two or three days of his surgery....he was 16 when he had his wisdom teeth removed. What a difference age makes in recovery.

I did finish reading Uncle Tom's Cabin before I had my surgery I think. I thought I wanted to read the Iliad but it is very confusing even in modern English. I'll keep it in my Kindle carousel in case I can concentrate better at another time.

I bought more fabric, so I need to upload pictures of that. I'm working steadily on the Winter Cabins quilt. I should finish up just in time for the quilt show. Work has increased dramatically on Upwork, so that's a good thing. I love being a virtual assistant! All of my clients were very understanding when I told them I needed a week off for surgery.

We bought another butterfly bush before I had my surgery and still haven't had time to set it out. Hopefully, we can get around to that this weekend. We certified our yard as a wildlife habitat yesterday. I kept forgetting about it. Then, Mom called me yesterday for that web link, so hubby told me to go ahead and get our yard certified while it was on my mind. Mom got us a milkweed too. So, hopefully, that will do well, and we may be able to certify as a monarch habitat too at some point.

Sorry to have been gone so long without an update. I'll try to get some pictures uploaded soon. For now, I have blog posts to write for someone else so I should go. Take care!

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Finished with Our End of Spring To Do List

We finally finished our end of spring to do list. Some things weren't even planned but just happened suddenly.

The wall in the basement is sealed, so it should be protected against moisture for many years to come. The wall is about 20 feet or so long and we painted about 6 feet high.

We got our double knock out rose bushes set out. We have actually planted one more between these two. These are as durable as advertised to be. Usually a plant dies as soon as I bring it home, but these are doing well and have new growth in just the two weeks we have set them out. Now, I have cut the dead blooms off of the pink one until it has only a couple left so I'm going to stop dead-heading them for a while. You don't have to dead-head these but I think fresh flowers look better than dead flowers...until you run out of flowers. LOL! So I'm just leaving them alone for a while.





When we went back to Lowe's to get the third rose bush, I saw this cute birdbath. So we brought it home. Hubby leveled a place in the yard and set it on a paver. The birds still want to take a bath in the little birdbath we have. Strange. We actually put the new birdbath in the location we had the old, small one. You know what this means, though? I'm going to have to have more gnomes! Ü


Hubby and older son have fixed the loose bricks in the stairway that leads up to our front stoop. And they have also filled a small grassy area with pavers. I got this picture from the deck above that area.


I almost forgot to show you how big the butterfly bush has gotten! My goodness! It is at least three times larger than it was last year. I set it out at the end of the  high section of the deck but I almost believe we'll be able to see the blooms - while sitting on the deck - by the end of summer. This picture was taken about two weeks ago. It is full of blooms now. This is another plant that is easy to care for. I just don't do well with many plants, but I planted this three or four years ago and it has done very well for me. I just cut the dead blooms off to keep it looking fresh. Hubby was going to make me a butterfly house to put next to it, but he read that nobody has ever actually had a butterfly live in them. Mice, spiders, roaches and other pests will live in them though so we decided against having one.



I think that's all for now. But we have definitely been busy. I also have been busy with my Upwork work for the last few weeks so this is the first chance I have had to post pictures. Not much has been done on the Winter Cabins quilt either. I have maybe had a couple of hours to work on it these last few weeks. Today is the first afternoon I have had free so I could post my pictures.

I'll have my surgery in about 1 1/2 weeks, so when I start feeling better from that, I will probably check back in. All of those wisdom teeth are bothering me today, so I'll be glad when they are finally gone. 

Thanks for dropping by today. The first day of summer is Monday! Yippee! I just thought I'd mention it.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Spring and Summer Busy-ness

Hi everyone. I thought I'd drop by to let you know I'm still alive. I am working on the quilt little by little. And it's coming along very well. But when warmer weather arrives, outdoor activities and work come into play. I hope to get so much accomplished before fall gets here. That also includes a lot of indoor deep cleaning. A busy spring is going to soon turn into a busy summer. My reading and crafting comes to a crawl this time of the year - and this year in particular. I'm sure all of you know what I'm talking about. I'm not getting any younger and lots of things have to be taken care of.

I have been extremely busy with my Upwork work as well. That's a good thing.

And, now, after letting my wisdom teeth remain in my mouth for all these years, it's now time to have them removed to avoid complications. At 51 years of age, this isn't going to be fun. But once it's done, I can move forward. I just wish that someone would have had the initiative to move this forward 20 years ago or so. But the dentists just wanted to "let sleeping dogs lie". Well, now, those dogs are barking! Ü

Despite the busy-ness, my husband and I have still taken time to enjoy our backyard leisure two or three evenings a week. We are attracting lots of wildlife by giving the animals food, water, shelter and tranquility. Mostly birds, squirrels and rabbits drop by in the evenings when we have time to sit outside after dinner has been eaten and dishes have been washed. We have five or six new species of birds visiting now. Must be spreading by word of mouth. Ü I'm ready to get our certified wildlife habitat certificate.

I love all of it though. I'm not complaining, just explaining. Being busy lets me know I'm needed and it gives me a purpose in life.  I plan to finish reading those last 50 pages in Uncle Tom's Cabin when I have my few days of down time after my surgery.

For now, I'm ready to start one of dozens of other projects on my to-do list. I hope you all are having a great spring and getting lots done as well.

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