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I'm a wife, mom, grandmother and great grandmother. I try to be creative - sometimes it works, most times it doesn't. I'm my own worst critic! I'm self taught in a lot of my crafts, but have taken quilting classes and most recently a beginner's rug hooking class. I enjoy both crafts tremendously. I'd like to learn to be a better gardener.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Approaching the new year of 2019

Happy New Year!

I’ve had a busy 2018.  Wish I could have posted pictures!  I think I might have a way to post pictures, just have to play with it on my computer.  Probably won’t be able to do it from my tablet but that’s okay.

I made a quilt that once I washed it I found four places where it had shred at the seams.  Started a quilt but didn’t really like the colors so I put all those blocks aside but ended up making a nine patch and giving it to a friend for Christmas.  She loved it.  My granddaughter had her dad ask me if I’d make her another quilt... something ethereal (uh what?) so I picked a carpenter star design with my idea of ethereal fabric in batiks.  Currently hand quilting a quilt as a gift for someone...hopefully will post pictures of that.

Started re organizing my craft room in the fall and found three quilts -small and table runners sandwiched, basted and ready to hand quilt.  Found fabric I forgot I had bought etc.   But then the holidays were fast approaching so the room got put on a back burner and became the place where everything under the sun went.  Today I spent four hours cleaning, putting things away, etc.  Ended up with three bags of trash!!  Still have loads of stuff to purge or take to the goodwill.  Need to organize my cross stitch and needle punch stuff better....I’m sure you know the routine!  Wish me luck and success!

Thanks for stopping by!

Char

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Time flies....when you’re having fun...when you’re busy working around yard...it just flies in general!

I have been so busy this summer!  Last year we worked on our bathroom and one of the casualties of that was that we let our gardens go.  So this year we are having to,weed big time and it feels like we’re getting no where fast!

My friend and I want to go to the Apple store to learn how to use our iPads better...you know, post pictures, etc.   But between her schedule and mine we just haven’t been able to fit it in....

I finally finished my Jane Harris sampler after about five years.  I’ve always done my own framing but this was too big for me to attempt.  Well imagine my shock over the cost to frame it!😳. Whew!  I had sticker shock big time!   It’s still at the framer....has been for three weeks.  Should be ready in a day or so.  Meanwhile I’ve been working on The Little House needlework Farmhouse series to put on my Christmas tree this year.   I also have two quilts sandwiched and ready to hand quilt.  Started quilting one of them today.

I’m hoping to be able to post pictures soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Char

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Here we are in February already!

And I’m still trying to figure out how to post pictures to my blog... I may have to schedule a class at the nearest Apple store to learn how to do that and how to delete and add songs to my iPod.   But that will have to wait until probably March because February is supposed to be a “colder than normal and snow above normal” for February here in Ohio.

Meanwhile I’m wetting lots of hand quilting done.  Almost finished with one quilt.  Then just have to make the lost block and sew all,the blocks together for another quilt top, sandwich, and quilt.  I still have two more quilt tops to mark and sandwich as well as a table runner.  And one more quilt top to sew together and quilt.  Hoping to get these all completed this year.  Hoping to get at least two more quilted before the weather gets too warm.  Big plans....LOL!

I had taken up rug hooking several years ago.  I have one finished and I think, 3 or 4 to finish.  All small rugs.  Then I just kind of lost interest for a couple of years...life got in the way.  Lately I’ve been yearning to put them on my frame and finish them.  I see so many pretty rugs and mats on Facebook...Out of Hand Rug Hookers group.  So maybe this will be the year for rughooking for me.

Take care, stay warm and thanks for stopping by!

Char

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Where did this year go?!?

This year went by so fast!  Too fast!   I didn’t get to enjoy summer because we started remodeling our bathroom late June and it was the middle of August before we finished.  Then in September we had Bathfitters come and do a tub cover and tub surround.   Late August my grandson, Ryan, starts the junior high football season so we attended most of his games, many of them in the cold or rain.  We also attended our grandson, Andrew’s, soccer game....yep we only got to attend one.

Earlier this year I signed up for a block of the month quilt class as well as joining in on Kathy Tracy’s small quilt group mystery quilt.....uh...what the heck was I thinking?!?!  Meanwhile I attended some “classes” held by members of our quilt guild.   In July my friend, Sharon, hosted a Christmas themed sew in.   We had our choice of making a table runner, table topper, or two placemats.  We could cut our fabric but not start sewing until the sewin day started at 10:00 a.m. and ended at 3:00 p.m.    Guess who didn’t finish....yep me!   The next class was to make an iron caddy....again, guess who didn’t finish...again, Me!   The next class was a carpenter star quilt which I really enjoyed, but again, didn’t finish the top by the end of the day.  Sigh....do,you see a pattern here?   I did get the top finished at home and cut the backing and batting, but need to mark,the top to hand quilt.  The table runner I managed to finish the top, cut the batting and the backing, need to mark and sandwich for,hand quilting.  Oh and I completely forgot the mystery quilt class done at the quilt guild meeting place.  Have batting and backing cut but also need to mark it to quilt.  Like I said....what was I,thinking?!?!  I still haven’t done all the blocks for Kathy Tracy’s mystery quilt.

Now I’m working on Christmas gifts.  Gulp! Got a very late start....  usually I’m almost finished and just have to add details... Sigh...

Meanwhile, it seems everyone wants a piece of me and I have many commitments and appointments to deal with.

Then again the “what was I thinking” card popped up and I got the brilliant idea of getting my two great granddaughters Mariah who is two and Juleigha who is six over to make some things this past Saturday.  We had funny and it was funny.  This coming Saturday I’m having my two grandsons, Liam who will be 9 (I think) and Dominic who is seven come over to make some things.

On top of all of the above my husband, John, has mild dementia that seems like it’s getting worse.  Tomorrow I’m meeting with someone at the Alzheimer’s Association to talk about what to expect, how to tell when it’s getting worse, etc.  he is only 68 years old...😔

So....what have y’all been up to?

When I can figure out how to,post pictures on my blog through my iPad or Apple computer I will post pictures.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dang it!

i thought I had figured out how to post on my blog and add pictures from my iPad.  I guess not only did I not post any thing on my blog.....no pictures showed up!  Urgh!   Back to square one!  Stay tuned for more....hopefully!

Thanks for stopping by!

Char

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Happy New Year! Yeah I know I'm about 20 days late!

But I have a good excuse....sort of....  my hubby has been sick again, multiple trips back and forth to drs offices, labs, X-rays, echocardiograms, etc.   He has heart failure so they've been monitoring him closely.    He seemed like he was getting better then last Thursday night he went to get ready for bed and was bleeding from his rectum.  So off to ER we go.   They admit him, do a bunch of tests, start him on IV iron because his blood was was so low.  Called in a blood/hematology specialist who ordered a bunch more blood work.   He had a colonoscopy and found that he had a large hemorrhoid that needed to be removed.   Meanwhile hematologist decided to do a bone marrow aspiration because every lab work was coming back fine.   The colonoscopy was done Saturday.   The bone marrow aspiration was done Sunday and we got to go home.   Monday he had to go back for more IV iron.   Wednesday he had to go for a liver spleen scan.   Then f/u from hospital to family dr.  Meanwhile he woke up in horrific pain at his big toe....turns out he has gout.   Today to the surgeon to schedule the procedure to remove the hemorrhoid which will be done Monday.   He also has been diagnosed with mild dementia and when he's in the hospital or an unfamiliar environment he gets even more confused so I end up staying at the hospital with him the whole time because he's less agitated that way.   He is only 67....  :(    Tuesday is a follow up at the cardiologist office.  

I completed a quilt for my granddaughter Skylar and gave it to her for Christmas and I have some pictures of things I made that I took with my iPad but I don't know how to download the pictures from my iPad to my blog yet!  LOL!  So those will come.  

I'm so tired and every day is going from one place to another.   My house is a mess, unorganized.   My craft room looks like a hurricane and tornado hit.   So my crafting mojo is kind of in the tank right now.   I'm hoping next week will be better.   I really need to get things straightened up so my creative juices can flow freely!  LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!  Sorry there were no pictures!

Char

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Man! Time flies when you're having fun....or not!

I have been busy.  Between multiple trips to the Cleveland Clinic main campus in Cleveland for hubby's heart issues to busily doing punch needle, cross stitch, and getting some quilts ready time has just become a big blur!

First - hubby:  He has Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and needs to have surgery to thin out the thickening of his heart which is blocking his aorta.  He also has a leaky valve that needs repaired or replaced.   Initially he was supposed to have surgery on July 19 but prior to that he ended up in the hospital due to his hemoglobin being only 7.   So two blood transfusions, 4 IV iron infused, and a week in the hospital he came home.   But not before he had a colonoscopy and EGD which were completely normal.   So next he had to have an encapsulated endoscopy where he swallows a teeny tiny camera which looks like a capsule type pill.   Again, everything completely normal - no bleeding, no redness, nothing.   Decision:  he doesn't absorb iron.   So our GI dr has him going monthly to have his hemoglobin checked and if it starts to drop (it's back up to 12.5) then he'll get more iron transfused.  So yay, green light for heart surgery.   Well, not so fast.   We went back to Cleveland Clinic August 1 for a do over of all his tests for pre-surgery since 90 days had passed since he had them.   This time blood work comes back that his blood takes too long to clot.   So this Thursday August 18 he has to go back to Cleveland Clinic (did I mention it's main campus downtown Cleveland?) to meet with a hematologist and will hopefully get cleared for surgery which is currently scheduled for August 24.   So if he is cleared for surgery, then we have to go back downtown on the 22 for a heart cath, back on the 23rd for his preop work up, meet with the anesthesiologist, and the surgeon, then back on the 24th for surgery.  Gulp!

Now on to fun things.   Like I said, I have been quilting and doing some punch needle, and some cross stitch. Our quilt guild, Lorain County Piecemakers is having a quilt show on Oct 8, 9, and 10.   They had sent an email out to members of the guild about wouldn't it be nice to have a section of red and white quilts.   So, I had a pattern from BirdBrain Designs titled "Snow Much Fun" that I had planned to do in blue and white.  Well, I decided to do it in red and white.

I will work on hand quilting while hubby is in the hospital.

Then on August 2 we had our 45th class reunion and I had volunteered to make a door prize.   I started out thinking I would make the "Welcome Pineapple" by Tara Guernsey, but after I finished and mounted it I was worried that it didn't look right so I had a block left over from the red and white quilt that I turned into a mini quilt.

 This is the Welcome Pineapple.   I need to hone my punch needle skills....

This is the mini quilt that I made for the class reunion.

I have also been working on my Jane Harris Sampler that I started, what, something like 3 years ago.   It was much bigger than I thought it was when I ordered it so it's one of those work on for a couple of weeks, then put it away to work on something else.   I feel like I will never get it finished!  It seems like there should be more completed on this than what is!!!


So this week I have been working on this sampler.  I've also been getting two smalls to work on at the hospital the day of the surgery and for ever how long hubby will be in ICU.

This Saturday, my friends Stacy and Sharon and I are doing a road trip to Sauder Village for rug hooking week even though Saturday is the last day.  Yes, I am a rug hooker too, although I haven't done much hooking lately, ok, not lately like in the past two years!  LOL!   Any hoo, I will be on the look out for a new punch needle as mine broke.  My friend Stacy does a lot of rug hooking and will be looking for wool.  My friend Sharon doesn't rug hook but she is a quilter.  Sauder Village has a nice quilt shop that in the past has had some nice civil war type fabric.  After we do the rug hooking and the quilt shop we will eat lunch there at Sauder Village.   From there we will head to Findlay, Ohio to a cross stitch shop.  I have started doing the "word play" by Brenda Gervais that is a cross stitch for each month.  I need four more and I will have all the months, so hoping this shop still has them so I don't have to order online and pay shipping and handling.   From there we're going to a bulk food store in Shiloh, Ohio.  Then we'll go to a quilt shop right around the corner from there.   Then as we head home we always have to stop somewhere for ice cream and we will do the same thing this time!  :)

So...i think that's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy crafting!
Char