Sunday, February 4, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching - Gender Reveal Hats

Its a rainy Sunday afternoon and I am crocheting some baby hats. Grandbaby number 7 is due on July 4, 2018, and the gender reveal party is this coming Saturday.  I know it will be kind of hot in July here in eastern North Carolina for any baby to wear a crocheted hat, but these are meant for a photo opportunity!  This grandma loves to take pictures and I am already making plans for a newborn photo shoot. 

If the baby is a boy the pink hat will be gifted to someone else, and if its a girl, the blue hat will make a good gift, as well.

This is the pattern that I printed out two years ago.  I am not a natural at crocheting and I struggled to teach myself how to make hats.  I will make the ears once I finish the blue hat above.

I'll let you know which hat will be used!

This post is linked to Kathy's Quilts HERE.

Friday, January 19, 2018

On My Sewing Table Friday

Another snow day = a little sewing!

I love these little clips that I ordered from Amazon a few weeks ago.  There are a lot in this cute tin, but I only use a few at the time while sewing down the back of a binding on a quilt.  They make the process so much easier.

I don't know if you noticed, but the old red truck with a Christmas tree in the back has been everywhere and in every store during Christmas.  I saw a few things during Christmas of 2016, but this past Christmas, they were on every kind of Christmas decoration you could think of.  I love them, so I made this Mug Rug, or small quilt.  I didn't have time before Christmas to get one made.  I'll put this one away until next year.

The back:

Here's a red truck Christmas decoration I bought before Christmas from Dollar General.  I also bought 2 dish towels with the truck on them, but they are packed away too deep for me to get out for a picture!

My husband loves the 1953 Chevrolet Truck, so I bought him this small model a couple of years ago for a gift.  He would love a real life size one, but oh well,.....

I love sewing Christmas items and I have a large plastic tote full of Christmas fabric.  I already have 3 Christmas Quilts, but I am thinking of making another one.

I would love to make some Christmas items all along all year.  Once November gets here, there's no time for it!

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Quilt Finish

I finished a quilt!  It was too cold outside today to go out there dragging a quilt around, so I just took a bunch of pictures inside.  I don't finish a quilt very often, so when I do, I take a lot of pictures!

I was going for an Americana theme.

There are some pieces of some men's shirts in this quilt.  Also some denim from jeans.

I'm hoping to finish more quits this year than last year.  HaHa, that won't be too hard since I only finished one wall hanging size quilt last year!

Monday, January 1, 2018

In The Kitchen With Debbie - New Year's Eve Baking

Happy New Year!  Yesterday I did some baking. It was the first time I have had time to do a little recreational cooking in a while. Over the Christmas Holiday I made food for several celebrations, but there was no time to try anything new. I was doing good to get my "tried and true" recipes together and on the table.

I am happy to say that these two new recipes will be on my Christmas table next year and at other times as well!  They are low carb and sugar free since they are made with almond flour, coconut flour and stevia sweetener.   I use Pyure sweetener and love it.

This is how my kitchen looks when I am doing what my husband affectionately calls, "computer cooking".  I don't have a printer at home, so I read the laptop screen while I am cooking.

This one is called Low Carb Jam Thumb Print Cookies and the link for the recipe is HERE.

The recipe makes 28 cookies, but I only ended up with 24, so I probably need to make them a little smaller next time.  Also the recipe called for finely shredded sugar free coconut and I didn't have that available to me at the store where I shop.  They were delicious anyway!  I ate way too many.....

The plaid plates are from Walmart.

The cake is called Gluten Free Cranberry Bliss Pound Cake and the link for the recipe is HERE.

I have never used fresh cranberries, having only ever used canned cranberry sauce.  I love cranberry sauce, but it has a lot of sugar in it.  This cake turned out great!!!  Its delicious and has a very "Christmasy", or fall taste to me.  I'll be cooking it more often than that however.  Cranberries are easy to find at the grocery store this time of year and according to the bag, you just put the bag in the freezer for use later.  I bought 2 bags and put what I didn't use in the recipe in the freezer.

A friend of mine made this cake using blueberries and it was delicious as well.  So, this summer when there are soooo many blueberries around my neck of the woods, I'll be trying that option.

I have discovered that my tummy feels much better when I eat gluten free.  Who knew?  I have always, always eaten a lot of bread.  But now when I eat bread my tummy bloats.  I will still eat bread occasionally, but limiting it seems like something I need to do as much as possible.

In 2018 I plan to eat real food as much as possible and focus more on healthy eating than the number on the scale.  I ate anything and everything I wanted for about a week at Christmas and was feeling very bad by the end of that binge!  Now, after about a week of eating right, I feel so much better.

The 2 recipes I made fit well with the Trim Healthy Mama diet plan, as well.

Here are a couple of affiliate Amazon links for products I love:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trim Healthy Table and an Amazon $5.00 off $15.00 Coupon on Books

I've been wanting the new Trim Healthy Table cookbook and was getting ready to order it for myself on Amazon for Christmas.  I was happy to see that there is a $5.00 off $15.00 book promotion going on right now.  The code is:  BOOKGIFT17.

You can use the code on most any book or combination of books totaling at least $15.00 though.  Just make sure the code works on your particular book order before pressing "Order".  This would be good to use for buying children's books for Christmas gifts.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sewing To Sell Book

This looks like an interesting read for anyone who wants to make money from home. I love sewing gifts for my family and also items to sell in my Etsy Shop. The problem is to figure out what people actually want! It also has to be something that doesn't take forever to make.

One of my favorite things to make to sell is Clothespin Bags. But, I have to face it, not too many people are in the market for those in this day and time! I think I could sell quilts, but they take me forever to make!

So there might be some ideas in this book.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sewing/Quilting Clips Lightning Deal

I've been wanting to try some of these kinds of clips for holding down the binding when either machine sewing it or hand sewing it. And the little tins are so cute too. They are on sale for $7.88 on a lightning deal for another hour and 40 minutes

After that I "think"  they will be $9.88.  Be sure to check your price before hitting the purchase button!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Anxious For Nothing - A Bible Study

I thought I would share a new On Line Bible Study that starts Monday.  Its based on the book, "Anxious For Nothing" by Max Lucado.  Its being offered by the Proverbs 31 Ministry at THIS LINK.

The Bible study is free, but you have to furnish your own book.  I got mine at the library.  I hope to be able to renew it in order to finish the Bible study.  My library also has it in E-Reader format, but all their copies are already on loan.  I have my name on the waiting list just in case.

You can download the first 3 chapters from Proverbs 31 if you want to do the Bible study, but don't have a book yet.

You can order the book from Proverbs 31 which helps to support their ministry or from Amazon in print form or digital format HERE.

Any time is a good time to learn about not being anxious, but this time of year is an especially good time!

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Here comes November!

Happy November!

One of my grandsons on a beautiful Fall day.

I have been plugging away steadily decluttering and organizing in the zones in the farmhouse, each week working in what ever zone the Flylady is in.  If you haven't heard of Flylady, its a wonderful program for getting organized and getting things done!  I have implemented the Flylady principles off and on for years and haven't found any other method that works as well.

Last week we were working in the master bedroom and closet.  It was the perfect time for switching to my Fall and Winter clothes and storing the Summer ones!  I filled up a couple of boxes with shoes and clothes that I no longer like, or don't fit and actually dropped them off at the thrift shop right away, instead of riding them around in the back of my vehicle for days or weeks.

I didn't quite finish doing what I wanted to get done in that closet, so this week, I have been doing tiny jobs each day.  I can get so much done by breaking up big jobs into small bite size jobs.  Sometimes its a micro size bite of the job, but eventually the job will get done if I hang in there!

The first 2 days of this week were dedicated to the living room.  I have three jobs in mind for that area.  Number 1 is to purge some old magazines that are stored in a basket.  Number 2 is to clean the dust bunnies from under the furniture. Number 3 is to vacuum under the cushions on the couch.  None of those are too much work, but need to be done.

The rest of the week will be spent on the front porch and entry way.  Neither of those areas need much work, but I do need to get rid of some scraggly plants that are on the porch and sweep.  There are also some pumpkins that are beginning to look a little bad, so I need to check on those.  I'll leave my fall decorations up for a couple of more weeks though.

I've been planning for Christmas, following along with Flylady's "Cruising Through The Holidays" plan.  I haven't made too much progress, but I'm working on it!  I bought a red journal to keep my lists and ideas in.   I plan to get more serious about getting ready for Christmas early now that November is here. 

I hope your November is peaceful and blessed!

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Slice of My Life October 9, 2017

Good Morning!

I worked in the sewing room on Saturday and completed two more of the small monogrammed tote bags that I am working on for Christmas gifts.  I also started on the 4th bag.  I felt a bit of accomplishment since I had not been able to find the time or motivation to do any sewing lately.

My plan is to work at least 15 minutes each day in the sewing room.   But, with even the best of intentions, lots of days (well most days) it doesn't happen. sigh.....

Also on Saturday my hubby and I cleaned out one of my Zinnia flower beds.  The flowers were still blooming, but the plant part was looking very bad.  I picked a bunch of the flowers and then we pulled up all the zinnia plants and I trimmed all the remaining plants.  That's one flower bed that has been put to bed for the winter!   The flowers made a very pretty arrangement that I have been enjoying all weekend, and should last most of the week.

This is the other Zinnia bed that has mostly yellow zinnias.  They are still looking pretty good, so I'll leave them for a while longer.  Its been very dry lately, so we've been watering them.

This week I am working in Zone 2 on the Flylady plan which is the kitchen.  Here are my plans:

1  Declutter and throw away some of the junky plastic ware we have accumulated.  I get so mad when I am running short of time and I'm trying to pack my lunch and none of the lids will fit the bowl I put something in!

2.  Wipe off the cabinet doors and the fronts of the appliances.  Our cabinets are white and dust accumulates on them.  The best way to remove this is to use baby wipes or Lysol wipes.

3.  Wipe out the refrigerator shelves  and drawers and throw away anything that needs to be tossed.

4.  Declutter duplicate and unneeded kitchen utensils, gadgets, pans, etc.  I have a huge pile of cookie sheets, muffin tins and spatulas. 

5.  Store some things that are normally stored on the counter inside the cabinets.  Hopefully there will be more room when I get rid of some things.  For example, I don't use the blender that often, but it is taking up room on the counter.  Same goes for the red Pioneer Woman Dutch Oven.  Its pretty, but adds to that cluttered look.

6.  Wash the window over the sink.

7.  Use magic minutes:  Those are the minutes that can be used while waiting for something else, or when you just have an extra minute.  I could wipe out one of the shelves inside the refrigerator door during a magic minute, or wipe one cabinet door front!

Ideas for food this week:

Butterbeans cooked with smoked sausage that has been cut into small pieces

Beef kabobs cooked in the oven.

Sloppy Joes

Bite size celery sticks with a spoon of pimento cheese on each one.

Hot dogs

Green beans cooked with ham bits

I hope your week is blessed and productive!

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Slice of My Life.....

Good Monday morning to you. Here's what's going on in my life this week.

What I'm wearing:  At the moment I'm still in my comfy clothes with a quilt tucked around me as I type this.  The temperature dropped enough outside that its slightly cool inside.  Its 69 degrees in here with no AC running.  That's the way I like it!

What I'm going to wear today:  I hung my clothes for today on the hook on the closet door yesterday.  Its black pants, purple and black striped top that has gold buttons on the shoulders.  A long necklace that has gold and black beads on it.   Black sandals.  I'll wear sandals a few more weeks before its too cold around here.

What I'm hearing:  Bad news on TV.  The sound of dishes clinking as Hubby unloads the dishwasher.  The sound of his cup of coffee brewing.  The low hum of the fan that runs while we sleep, which hasn't been turned off yet.

What I'm working on in the home this week: I am going to work in the dining room and front entry way.  Just 10 minutes a day!

1.  Pull the dust bunnies from under the china cabinet and all other furniture with the static duster and vacuum them.
2.  Clean cob webs from the ceiling area and light fixture.
3.  Wash the glass doors at the front and back doors.
4.  Dust the top of the china cabinet and all other furniture.
5.  Declutter and clean up plants.

What's going on outside of the home:

I have a doctor's appointment this morning for my annual check up.  No coffee for me this morning!  UGG.   I don't usually eat anything until lunch, but I normally do have coffee with stevia and half and half.

Going to work every day, as usual.

What's for supper tonight:

Pork Chops.  Potatoes.  Broccoli and cheese. 

What's going on in the sewing room:

I'm working on the little monogrammed tote bags for Christmas gifts and the machine quilting of the Road Trip Quilt.  That's the plan, anyway.  I didn't touch any of that last week.  UGG 

It was a busy weekend!  I'm hoping for a quiet week and more time in the sewing room.  Just 10 minutes a day would be great!

Slow Sunday Stitching - Gender Reveal Hats

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