Monday, September 15, 2014

Home Again!

After another eight days in the hospital, we are home again!  There's no place like home for sure.
For those of you who didn't know, John got an infection in his incision and for part of a week, they thought it was MRSA - which is very, very dangerous.  They called in a team of three doctors from the Infectious Disease Clinic and going thru another round of blood and culture tests, determined that is was NOT MRSA.  Thank goodness.
So, we got to come home Sunday evening and things are much better at home.  I have even been sewing some today and am making table runners for Fall/Halloween.  So, be sure and tune in tomorrow and I'll give you a preview of them.
Thanks again for all of your prayers!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

What To Do In Your Spare Time????

While John was in the hospital and while he is recuperating, I needed something that I could just pick up and do, but put down at any moment.
YO YOS!!!!
I decided that I wanted to make a runner to go across the end of the bed in my guest room.  It has red - yes red - painted walls and the bedspread is black and white print.
I was at the Ethan Allen store years ago and saw a gorgeous bedspread made out of all black and white yoyos.  So, I made this little travel kit up and keep it in the car.
It has needle, thread, scissors and lots of circles cut out of black and white prints.  I can just pick it up and take in anywhere or in the car and make yoyos.  I started with a circle about 3" in diameter so I'm ending up with yoyos about 1 1/2" finished.
Do you know how many it takes to make anything out of
1 1/2" yoyos?  I might get this done before I die - maybe not.
I thought I would start putting some of them together and it would make me feel like I was getting something accomplished.
This is what I have put together so far - it measures approximately 6" x 14"!
But, it will be beautiful when I finish!!
Have you ever made yoyos?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Burlap Sunflowers

How would you like a quick and easy tutorial on burlap sunflowers?
I always think of sunflowers at this time of the year.  I love them for their size and their brilliant colors.  So, I decided to play around and make some out of burlap.  These are so easy.
Take a bush of sunflowers - I got these at Michaels because I wanted the bigger ones.
Pull them gently apart.  This one had two large, two medium and one small petal piece, a center and a calyx.  We are going to use the petal pieces for patterns.
Pin them to your burlap.  I found I could easily cut two layers at a time.  You do need really good scissors. 
Then, you are going to take your wire stem from your original silk flower and stick it through the layers of burlap.  You will have the one small layer on top, then the two medium ones, the two large ones and the calyx.  In my case, the wire then pushed into the artificial center - got it? 
I did put some hot glue under the center and held the petal layers up around the center.  Then I pushed the calyx up tight and put several dabs of hot glue between it and the bottom layer of burlap.
Add your leaves and you are done.
I decided to put mine in a small aqua vase.  Hope you enjoy your burlap sunflowers.
You could basically do this with any type of silk flower using it as your pattern.  You do need the center and a calyx to hold it all together.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Did You See The Super Moon and Happy Anniversary to my Sweet Husband!

One night week before last while we were at the hospital, I heard that there was going to be a "Super Moon" for a few nights.  This meant that the moon was going to be as close to the earth as it would be this year.
I went home to feed Bella and took these photos while I was outside playing with her.
It really was awesome.  So big and round and the whole sky just glowed from it.  It was a sight to see.  I am so glad that I got to see it.  I went back and told John about it, but where he was in the hospital, you couldn't see it. 
On another note, August 31 is a bittersweet day for us.  Forty-six years ago we were married (and they said it wouldn't last).  I am so thankful for my husband and all of the forty-six years we have celebrated together.
But, on a sadder note, it was also on August 31 six years ago that our precious great-grandson Landen passed away.  It was almost the exact time of day that we were married.
So, it's a good and hard day at the same time.  We have so many good memories that they outweigh the not-so-good ones.  We will celebrate quietly as John recuperates.
I need to once again thank you for all of your prayers for John and I.  The doctors keep saying that they don't know how these good things keep happening to him and John and I just smile and say that it's all of the prayers being said for him.  I am so grateful to have made so many praying and thoughtful dear friends.
Thank you all.