Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kitchen-- Slowly Getting It Done.. Making Kitchen Curtains

Kitchen  -- The  small opening [was a small side porch, that
we closed in.. It houses my upright freezer. It has shelves 
around it, that holds kitchen things. The extended shelf
that you see..still needs painting.. Slowly..it will get
done...smile
ps - sorry about the  cans of paint in the corner.. It too,
is waiting to paint the outside  [if the new siding ever
gets done? ha]
NOTE: click on photos to see enlarged photo

Dining area... The arch way comes off the big hall.
The door you see, is a small broom closet ..It too, has
shelves on one wall. It holds the extra paper towels,
cleaning supplies.

Kitchen.. Sorry I didnt get  photos of the cabinets..
When I downloaded my photos,  that one was too
blury to see. Anyway, I make the  curtains. I looked
everywhere for some teal/red curtains.. Never found any,
so  I made these. Simple..

How about some Chocolate chip/Pecan cookies?  and we will
drink  Diet Coke to offset------ all the calories. smile!!

Have a blessed day..

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Skirts for Emily & Callie -- Simplicity 1109

Emily..  This skirt is  made from
a cute purple/teal fabric that she chose.
I made Emily 3 skirts like this..  I made one
to be sure, she liked it, and she loved it/ so I made
the other two. She is wearing a RTW t-shirt with it.

NOTE; click on photo , to see enlarged photo.

Callie  is wearing  a black and white polka dot
skirt that i made her. I also made her 3  skirts.

Callie is wearing a RTW  white t-shirt with 
her skirt.


                    Sorry I am just now  posting these skirts,
                     I made them  a month ago!!      

                       This was an easy skirt to make. The pleats are attache
                to the waistband, and has a zipper in the back..

                Happy sewing.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sewing Room /Big Hall Part 2

I have a big hall .. It is about 6 1/2 ft wide and about 20 ft long.
It has doors and 2 archways ..but still allows lots of room
for storage units.. [This is an old house...not sure why???
anyone would waste so much space on a hall way?..ha] Oh
well... it came in handy to  house the remaining of my
sewing stash. This photo is a long view of it.

Note- click on photo , to enlarge and see photo better.

This is the book shelf that hubby built. I found the zebra
pint baskets at a  junk store [Dirt Cheap].They were $3
each. They are really sturdy..So they hold the fabrics
really well. I found the  little wood chalkboard tags at
the dollar store , during Christmas. I haven't finished
putting them on  the baskets.. Ran out of red ribbon
to tie them on. eeeeeh!!! I am writing on the tags
with a chalkboard pin, so as the fabric contents change,
I can change the  titles.

Close up of the tags.


Sitting next to the book shelf, is two big plastic drawer
units. This holds embroidery thread,  regular threads,
zippers, ribbons, buttons, etc.

Sitting area on the opposite wall.. thought I would show you the
entire hall, and how  it all came out. The cushions on the bench,
I also found at Dirt Cheap..They were black and white.. and only
a dollar each.. I made the wreath above the bench.. I used the
zebra print ribbon to tie the baskets in .. Black and white decor, is
not really the colors I would have chosen, but.......... I needed
a place to store the fabric stash..and the hall was the ONLY
place left.. and the zebra totes [that were that well made] were
$3.. so that is how the color scheme came to be.lol
Desk is at the other end.. If you notice the chair.. It is the one
I covered for my old sewing room, to match my sewing table..
the pink /blue/red combo didn't work.. I found this zebra 
print, so I will recover it soon.

The hall also has a red cabinet [forgot to get a close up of it.sorry]
It just holds  extra towels/wash cloths, sheets..

We are settling in, and things are beginning to have a regular
place to be..  This has been the hardest part of moving for me..
When downsizing you MUST ,get rid of stuff.. I thought , we
had !!! We donated lots of stuff to Salvation Army, we gave
lots away..We threw away sacks and sacks.. But...........
this little house is FULL.. smile...
Slowly is becoming  a cozy little home.


Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Have a blessed day..
                                    Happy Memorial Day..

    Giving  thanks to the men and women who  have served our 
    Country to keep us safe. And the many lives that have been lost
    for our freedom. May we never forget them.

    Pray you and your family have had a wonderful day.
    We two , had a quiet [working] kinda day..We worked in the             garden and flower beds.. But, we  did celebrate, in the 
    afternoon.


    Menu:
    Steak [on the grill]
    Baked  Potato
    Salad
    Sister shubert Rolls
   Blue berry /Pineapple Crunch

The desert was wonderful.. Thought I would share this recipe 
with you.. I got it from our local newspaper years ago.. So, do 
not know, who to give credit to..Forget about the dieting today..smile.

Blueberry/Pineapple Crunch

1 [20 oz] can crushed pineapple[do not drain]
3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup sugar
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter
1 cup pecans chopped
Butter a 11 x 14 in pan. put pineapple [and juice] in it. then the blueberries. Sprinkle half the sugar on top of this. Pour dry cake mix on top.  Then drizzle  melted butter over this. Sprinkle with the rest of the sugar and pecans. Do not stir!!  Bake at 350 degrees for  45minutes.

This is really good warm with vanilla ice cream  on it.. But taste equally good the next day when cold.

NOTE: I halved this recipe , since it was just the 2 of us. I used a 
7 x 9 in pan..

Saturday, May 28, 2016

When You Love to Sew...and Loose Your Sewing Room...what do you do?

Sewing Nook in the Extra Bed Room
This is an OLD house..This bedroom had this
cut out in the corner..No one was sure what it
was for??  But.......... It was transformed into a
sewing nook..  My two little sewing tables fit
perfectly in that spot.Kenny built  the shelves
above  to hold books, patterns, and some accessories.
The wall next to it,  was just the right length  to
put my embroidery machine table and a book
case. The book case holds baskets for my sewing
stuff [zippers, buttons, elastic.. etc]

NOTE: click on photos to enlarge.. Shows much clearer.

This is the rest of the bedroom.. It's not
 like having my big sewing room.. But.. when space is
limited... you find the little nooks work quiet well.smile!!

Fabric Stash... as you know, I have TOO  MUCH fabric..
When we made the decision, to make this house move.
I knew , I did not have room for my fabric stash..So,
I gave lots of it away.. I donated lots to Salvation army. I couldn't
bring myself to part with  the rest.. ha  The hall in this house,
has  a very wide/long hall. I used it  wisely.. Kenny built
a really big book shelf to hold my fabrics. [Isn't he sweet?]
I found the black/white fabric totes for $3 each. They fit
perfectly in the shelves. Plus I had a few extra shelves
to hold books ,etc.  PS---I will be doing post of  the rest of
the hall and how I used it...coming soon.

 I will be doing post of the rest of our "little old house". Lots of work has been done...and there is lots of work to come.  I will
be sharing with you... the before's and the afters..

Happy Memorial Day to you and your family..

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Our Life Has Changed.... Sorry for my Lack of Post

We have moved into our "New" old house. We are getting
settled.  There is still lots to get done, such as --- waiting on
the carport  to be brought out [nope , the old house does
not have an attached carport, and I REALLY miss this].

Waiting on the storm shelter to be put in.. 

We moved into a smaller house [2 bedroom].. So . fitting 
everything , has been a challenge. We bought a storage 
unit, so this past week, we took LOTS of stuff , and put
in there..Such as, seasonal clothes,  holiday stuff,etc..This
really helped.

We have been working on the  house for a year . We still need
to finish the new siding on the outside [parts of it or done]. Need
new windows .. All  of this will get done eventually, as 
time permits.

I have done very little sewing. But, hope to get back to it, 
real soon. I did make my grandaughters   a few summer
skirts..[will post photos of them soon]

I will be posting rooms in the house, and show you some
before and afters..

Hope you all have been doing well.. Missed you.. So sorry, 
I  did not post for such a lengthy time.  Hope your
having a nice summer.