Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I haven't found a job yet but I know that I will - in God's time, not mine. I will keep you posted and hopefully return to sewing and crafting soon. In the meantime, have a wonderful spring!
Friday, February 20, 2009
I have just joined the other hundreds of thousands of citizens who have lost their jobs due to this sad economy and I'm just now able to type these words without tears pouring down my face. I've never been down this road in my lifetime and even though I've been out of work only 2 weeks I can assure you that I will NEVER forget this feeling. I will NEVER be completely comfortable with my position or the company I work for again, even in my 16th year. I will NEVER be the same. That might not be a bad thing, as long as I find employment soon. I might be the best employee I've ever been, in the future. Right now, I'm just trying to pull my head out of the shell, get up out of the bed in the morning and put one foot in front of the other. Those have been my daily goals for the past 2 weeks. So far, I've met my 3 goals each day - but I promise you - I force myself. I've stood in line at our local job service with people who look like they've worked harder than even me to meet those 3 goals everyday. I've stood in line with a woman who was laid off in October with a severance package of a one year salary (unlike me of course) and wants to now go back to work because her husband doesn't get home until 6:30 and she's "a bit bored". (Yes, I was able to keep my lips zipped.) I've stood in line with men with a baby, and women with a baby; the luxury of a babysitter for a few hours so far out of reach. I'm (1) of a 2-person household, my high school senior being the 2nd. She's the one with a job right now. A weekend job - but a job. She worries...for me, not for herself...and I worry for her because she's worrying for me. I pray - alot. And I know prayer works, so I'll keep praying and I hope you will too. Pray for me, pray for your own job, pray that your family and relatives will be able to continue working, pray for this country, for our leadership, for the millions of people who are so depressed and down on their luck that they can't find any hope. They're out there. I've seen them...in those lines.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
By the way, thank you for the emails and comments prodding me on.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
And SO is her husband!
He didn't like me at first, but when I realized I had to unlock my door every morning like lightnin' and move away from the mother of his babies, he quit squawking and coming over to my railing.
...and they go for a dip...staying within 3' of the eggs.
This love is so sweet!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
These aprons were for my cousin in St. Louis who has a quaint, but hip cafe named Luvy Duvy's Cafe. If you're in that area you need to check them out. I used homespun and quilters cotton and made them reversible, with the embroidery on both sides. (By the way...I don't have an embroidery machine. A friend of mine did that for me.)
I had a custom order on my list for (3) purses and this is one of the fabric choices she made. I was playing around with my camera when I took this photo and had no intentions of putting it in a post, until I caught a glimpse of two items I purchased months ago from crafty blogging friends.
The pincushion in the upper left is one made by LeeAnn and on the right edge of the photo you can see part of the pink and blue coaster made by Karen. I use both of these great little items every time I sit at the sewing machine.
And these are the (3) purses I had the order for. The striped bag is a reversible combination she wanted but my favorite is the green with the bamboo handles. I love those colors.
This customer was very easy to work with. She didn't want any pockets or magnetic snaps, making this order easy. I was pretty amazed at how she organizes a purse. She carries three zipper pouches in a purse and she knows exactly what is in each one. Nothing is loose anywhere. When she changes purses she only has to transfer three pouches. I think I'm going to try that myself. I've been using a "Purseket" lately but it doesn't work for me in some of my purses, so maybe I need to try the idea of several pouches. I'll let you know how that goes.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
...a felted pin...
...and my own crown believe it or not!!! I just loved this crown.
...a recipe box with some of her favorite holiday recipes, along with candy and a fantastic "food" CD she made...
...and this fantastic reversible vintage apron, which I love to wear!
Vallen is such a sweet sweet person. My packages to her were always late (in the midst of my craziness) but she is an extremely gracious lady, BESIDES being so talented. I wish you could see the crown and garland up close. They are unbelievable and have now been very carefully packed away for next Christmas. Thank you for everything Vallen!
I've been busy the last month or so making pillows, purses and aprons - mostly for friends and family - but I'll be adding to my Etsy shop very soon so I'll post some photos just around the corner.