Monday, March 30, 2009

Surgery went well

Hey, I made it through my hesterectomy and I am home! It was an abdominal surgery since both my children were born by c-section. You know, I don't remember it hurting so bad though, probably since I had a beautiful child to focus on the last 2 times I was cut open. There was a lot more scar tissue than expected, infact, the uterus and bladder were adhered together. There was a very large fibroid attached to the uterus as well. The doctor explained it as half a mickey mouse hat. No wonder I wasn't feeling well. On a sour note, I had to come home with a cathiter and won't get it until April 3rd. Geesh!

Anyway, I'm home now and feeling better everyday. Mom and Dad have been over everyday to help and visit. In fact, they are grocery shopping for me today. Timm took off 4 days last week to be at the hospital and home for me...what an awesome guy he is. I think he worries a lot about me even though he won't admit it. I realize I do tend to do lots of things I probably shouldn't so he figures it's just par for the course. My kids have been good about helping me, I think they worry also.

On a crafty note, I finished tying the polar fleece blanket yesterday for Justin's boy. Today I am clipping rag quilts. I finished 9 of them before I went in so I would have something to do when I got out. Keep crafting is still National Craft Month. I have faces to put on a few dolls and get them listed on Etsy and Artfire.

Thanks to all my family and friends for good thoughts, prayers, meals, and chores. I really do appreciate every bit of it. I can tell it's about time for another pain pill...and a nap.

Monday, March 23, 2009

trying to keep busy

I think I have just about everything done, caught up, and ahead around here. I have to admit I'm getting kinda nervous at this point about going in for surgery tomorrow (hysterectomy and bladder repair). I's had 2 c-sections so I know what recovery will be like and I'm bummed about being down for the count during the spring. ATV riding in the desert is the best's not too hot, the cactus and flowers start to bloom, and it's really pretty.
I've made soup, chop suey, done a ton of laundry, changed the sheets, waxed the floor, pulled weeds most of the day on Saturday, and I've sewn 9 baby size rag quilts...5 of them today. I finished sewing up a fleece patchwork quilt today as well. It's pinned and ready to be tied off.
I need to shower, pack a small suitcase, re-make the bed and hit the sack. Need to get up at 4-4:30am to be there at 5:30am. Wish me luck!

Friday, March 20, 2009

More crafty stuff

It's still National Craft Month so keep on crafting your hearts out! I finished a skate order for a customer, she only wanted 3 orginally but ended up taking all five I had painted. I've also been sewing up that large pile of rag quilt squares into baby blankets. I four sewn right now and working on more today. You'll get to see them when they're finished. I think I will have enough squares to make about 8 of them.
I'm still moving more fabric to the new sewing I am staying out of JoAnn's for a while. I have a lot of fabric! Not to mention wood, paints, and more. I have set a goal to use a majority of what I have this year. Donating extra supplies to a school or two is also on the Cathy, are you need of any for your after school and art programs? I really have enough supplies to open a shop...and it's crossed my mind many times but now is not a good time to open anything kind of retail store. In the future, who knows. This town needs a decorative painting store.

The writing is on the wall

Litterally...I've been wanting to do this for a few weeks now and finally did it yesterday.

Wanted to give the kitchen a more personal touch and thought this was a great way to bring me and what I love to do into the kitchen. I only had to scrub it off I didn't offically measure, I just started painting letters on the wall. I'm really glad we bought good quality paint.

I liked the way it turned out so well, I even painted on the header in the dining room. I am going with more Americana stuff in there but still wanted the outdoor/lodge feeling since you look into the living room from there so I think the wording is more in line with the outdoors than the other phrase I was going to overlay. Here is a close up view of the dining room. You can see the shading under all the lettering in it better.

Now, I think I will head to the bedroom next for more

Friday, March 13, 2009

Altered art anniversary gift

It's hard to believe that my son will have been married a year already in just a few weeks. (Officially, they got marriend in March but we held the wedding ceremony in May...I know was in insurance issue). Anyway, I wanted to make them something that was uniquely them and this is what I've come up with. It's an altered art/collage piece.

It still needs to be mounted and framed but that will come next week. I'm telling you I must have 1000 scrabble tiles and several game boards. I purchase them everytime I find one at a thrift store.
They met in her home state of Minnesota so I have that on there in a vintage 'greetings from' postcard, they live here now so I one for that also. Pictures from the wedding are in included and where they were married.

I think it turned out totally cool and unique and after it's framed out it will be awesome! They make such a cute couple and they are really good for each other. (So far they say no kids...just dogs)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A few things done

I've been busy the last few days with household things but I did manage to get a few things completed.

This is a wood picture frame. I applied scrap book paper, antiqued the edges with raw umber paint, put several coats of varnish on it, cut out the center and added some vintage Scrabble tiles. I will be listing it on Etsy later today at my site. It's for those who haven't added it to their favorites yet ;). Got several others done also, but I think this one is my favorite.

I've also managed to get some organizing done in my sewing room, brought more fabric over, sewed up a rag quilt for Timm's nephew (you know, the one that is having a boy...see previous post about afghan), it's getting washed today. I found 2 boxes of rag quilt squares that are ready to be sewn together. Mostly baby flannel in the boxes...some with warm and natural in them some just flannel squares waiting to be used. So I guess that is my next project.

Monday, March 9, 2009

A few more crafty sites

Another day to share some crafty goodness with all of you. Here are some of my favorite web sites that I visit often.

There are so many, please share by leaving a post.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A few good sites

Today I've been painting a little. Timm is working on water lines so when I dumped dirty water, guess more water to fill the water basin to keep painting. Totally spaced it. I've got some sewing out now and this dang computer sucked me in again.

Anyway...since it is National Craft month I thought I would share a few websites with you that you, me, and many other artists and crafters sell their wares at. your crafters and buy handmade. Come see me at I just registered to sell This is UK site This is an Austrailian site

Sit back, relax, and enjoy exploring these sites. Oh, and if you have others you enjoy please leave a post and let me know.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

National Craft Month Project #1

My first completed project of National Craft Month, an afghan I had started a while ago. I've been working on it the last two days. I really like the way it turned out and I love the yarn, it's the Lion Brand Homespun. It's a really soft and fluffy yarn that just makes you want to wrap up in.

I started this one when I found out Tim and Allison were pregnant. Guess what? They're going to have a boy. So, it looks like I will be saving this one for someone else's baby.

Here are a couple of closeups so you can see the flowers.

I also added a scalloped edge to finish it off. There are 81 squares of yellow and lavendar raised flowers. It's a little bigger than anticipated orginally but you know how it goes. Short a couple of squares so you buy another skein of yarn and don't want to waste it so you keep making more squares. Anyway, I've enjoyed making it and someone will love it.
Please share what you've been creating. Oh, and big thanks to Chocolate on the Keyboard's blog for mentioning me for National Craft Month.'s good for the soul.

Monday, March 2, 2009

March is National Craft Month

That's right folks, March is National Craft Month. I knew I was born on a good date...hehe. So everyone, get your craft on! Pull out some supplies and create!

I plan to craft every day this month...okay, maybe those are my plans everyday, but what the heck. I am feeling creative and need to do something. Let me know what you plan to create this month by leaving a comment and at the end of the month one lucky person will get one of my latest creations.
Need inspiration? Stop by your library and pick up a book on crafting. Take a class at your local craft store. Support your fellow crafter and purchase a piece of their work. Attend a craft show. Shop my websites, or Consider taking a sewing class, learn to knit or crochet, maybe jewelry is your thing. What ever you are interested in...get out and do it. Maybe even clean out some of your older supplies and donate them to a group or school so others can be creative also.


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