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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.

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Things I've been working on....

I have been a teensy bit busy creating.   I am working on some redwork for our guild's quilt show in October.   We want to have a section devoted to red and white quilts so I decided to do some redwork.   I've also quilted a small wall hanging from a panel of fabric I bought at the Quilt and Sewing Expo last year.   And, I've even made some maple leaf blocks for a quilt that a group of people are making to be raffled....

Lately I've been trying to work on cleaning/organizing my craft room.   I'm not getting very far though so I've been avoiding my craft room!   I did work in it for about 3 hours yesterday.   I managed to clean out a drawer - I swear it was a bottomless drawer because I kept pulling stuff out and pulling stuff out but finally I got it emptied, went thru stuff that was in there from 2000!!!!!!   Now it holds my journal which I don't write in very often (probably because I couldn't find it), my coloring book and coloring pencils and pencil sharpener.   Wonder how long it will stay that way!  Ha!

 This is the quilt I quilted from a panel I bought at the Sewing and Quilt expo last year.   I was playing around with different thimbles so I'm not really happy about the hand quilting I did.   This is hanging in my kitchen.
 This is one of the redworks I have finished stitching.   I am planning on adding small beads for the buttons and some of the snowflake ends.   Three down, six more to go before I can create a quilt top.
 This is what is in my hoop right now.   Little House Needleworks - Small Sheep Virtue - Friendship.  It went fast and I was in the mood to do something that I could finish in a couple of days.    I need to finish the stitching then decide if I want to frame it, make it into a pillow or what.  
My two maple leaves.

I hope you all are doing well.  

Happy Easter!

Char

Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day!

I hope you all have been enjoying the year so far!   Our weather here in Ohio has been pretty darn nice considering that it's February and we don't have snow on the ground!  :)   And we had a 64 degree day yesterday.   We're supposed to get some nasty weather this week coming up but it's gone almost as soon as it comes and I can live with that!

I've had a very busy (and not in a good way) couple of weeks.   My hubby ended up in the hospital with severe atrial fib.  They took him off his old medication which meant he had to be monitored in the hospital and then they started him on a new medication and again he had to be monitored.  But the new medication wasn't doing the trick either so they had to cardiovert him back into normal rhythm.   He was in the hospital for a very looooong week!   Then once he got home he had to go for an EKG on Tuesday, on Friday and then again today.   Thursday he has to go see the nurse practitioner at the cardiologist's office.   The doctor has been happy with his EKG's and his blood pressure so that's a very good thing.   We both were exhausted all last week so not a whole lot got done around my house except a lot of napping.  

I did, however, finish my daughter's quilt.   It was from McCall's quilting magazine 2015 and was a series.   The magazine quilt finished pattern would have measured 95 1/2 x 95 1/2.   I did not want to hand quilt one that big so I made hers to measure approximately 49 x 49.   She loves it.   It's the perfect size for her to bundle up with on the couch.   I'm happy it's done.   So life is swell!


Purple is her favorite color.   I picked this fabric up many years ago with her mind but had no idea what I was going to make.   So happy to see the McCall's series!

Here is a picture of it with me holding it up.....



So now I have a wall hanging of birds and bird houses on my hoop.  I'm just about finished hand quilting and hopefully will sew the binding on tomorrow and the sleeve to hang it by.   Then it will hang in my kitchen.  

I've also been working on a red work quilt.   The pattern is from Bird Brain Designs and is of snowmen.   But that's not a rush...well, not a huge rush.   I hope to have it finished in time for our quilt guild quilt show in October to be displayed with the red and white quilts.  We'll see....

I also have several cross stitch projects in the works as well as needle punch.   I really, really want to get my Jane Harris sampler finished so that may be the priority.   Once I get it finished the other cross stitch projects will go quickly as they're not as big as the Jane Harris sampler.

Thanks for stopping by.   I hope you've enjoyed your visit and will come back again!

Char

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Time sure flies when you're quilting!

I have been busy, busy, busy hand quilting a quilt for my daughter.



I'm quilting in the ditch around each star, log cabin strip, pinwheel, etc.   So it's taking me longer than I had anticipated.   But she will love it when she finally gets it!  She has seen it in person and liked it.

I read on The Old Tattered Flag blog about resolutions....I have a better name for it....my bucket list for 2016!  LOL!   She mentioned diets, exercise, that sort of thing.   Well, each year I make a list of projects I want to complete, that I want to start, and then some.   I write it down.   This past year it actually helped me stay on track and I did manage to get quite a few things completed on my list.   But quilting, cross stitching, punch needle, rug hooking are like shiny objects to me.  I swear I'm not going to start another project until the current one is finished.   Then I see people's posts on facebook of their quilts or rugs or cross stitch or cute little bunny punch needle and adorable little punch needle hearts and I want to stop what I'm doing and make those.   I've been strong so far and haven't given in to the urge to do something other than the quilt I'm working on.  But it's hard!  Plus I see those things and think, "oh, I could do those up quickly" forgetting that I'm not as fast at cross stitch or punch needle as I'd like to think I am!  And then there's rug hooking....I haven't picked up my hook since last April when I attended a rug hook in.   What the heck!?!?   Then I see my friend's blog Rugs and Pugs and see all that she has hooked and think, I should set my frame up in my craft room and even if I can only hook here and there a little bit each day or every other day I just might get a rug hooked!   

I've also been babysitting my grandson and two great granddaughters so my daughter can go to her son's wrestling tournaments.   They are ages 5, 4, and 1year.   I didn't think I'd be so tired after they left.   I've only watched them once so far but will be watching them next weekend.  

Sorry there aren't more pictures.  I will post pictures of the completed quilt when it's finished.   And I just might post my "bucket list for 2016"...oh wait!   Part of my bucket list is to actually make the bucket list for this year!   So maybe now I have the incentive to at least make the list!  LOL!

Take care - have a great weekend.  

Thanks for popping in to see what I've been up to!

Char

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas is over and we quickly approaching a new year....

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve with my children (John and Ginger).   Between the two of them they have 8 children (my daughter has six of the eight).   My son's daughter, Brooke, lives in Tampa, Florida and was not able to make it.   My stepdaughter who lives close by was not able to make due to daughter being with her dad Christmas Eve so the two of them came over this past Sunday.

The grandkids were on good behavior Christmas Eve with the threat of Santa not coming looming all around them if they dared to act out!  LOL!  Oh, heck, who am I kidding - they were wound up to beat the band.   The 5 year old (Dominic) and his cousin (Liam) who just turned 7 had a blast seeing who could talk (yell) the loudest!   Then Dominic's niece (Juleigha) who is 4 just sat very daintily observing it all until after presents were opened and then she gave them a run for their money.   The baby (also Dominic's niece) who just turned a year old December 6 (Mariah) was the life of the party!   Everyone enjoyed the food.   My daughter-in-law, Michelle, and my daughter, Ginger, cleaned up the kitchen and washed and dried dishes.  Yay me!   They all left around 7:30 which was somewhat of a relief to hubby and I as we had been battling colds all week.

Then on Saturday, December 26 we celebrated Mariah's birthday.   Which was hilarious!   So I'm posting some pictures below of Christmas and the birthday girl!


These are the Christmas gifts I made for family and friends this year.  They weren't very hard to make - just time consuming but it gave me something mindless to do while watching tv.


This is a gift I  stitched for my nephew who lives in Tennessee.


This is a gift I stitched for my niece who lives in Mississippi.

 This is a quilt I made from my grandson, Liam.   I had made his dad a quilt a few years back using the guitar fabric and musical notes that I binded Liam's with and Liam tried to take ownership of it.  Now he has his own - not exactly like dad's but using some of the same fabric.   He was a happy camper.

The quilt I made for Dominic.   He said it was so soft.  :)

 Miss Juleigha Renee.   She is our 4  year old great granddaughter.   Her hair was longer at one time but one afternoon she decided she wanted it short, went into her Grammy's bedroom, found the scissors and cut all her hair this short.  Lucky for her, Aunt TM (Toni Marie) is a hair stylist and cleaned it up for her.  She's such a little cutie pie!

 Uncle Dominic and Juleigha.   He's a wild thing and if I try to give him "the look" the little stinker just gives it right back to me.   It's so hard to not laugh when I'm trying to get him to stop doing something and he gives the look right back.

 This Uncle Dominic, Juleigha, and Uncle Ryan (Ry Ry aka stunt double).   To get somewhat of a smile from Ryan is a major accomplishment!

From left to right....my son-in-law, Tony; my daughter, Ginger; great granddaughter, Mariah; granddaughter, Toni Marie; her boyfriend, Tristian.

 Dominic and his big brother, Andrew.  My hubby and granddaughter, Karley, in the background giving them bunny ears.

 My granddaughter, Karley, with her precious baby, Mariah.  Those tights Mariah has on made it look like she had black shoes on.   So cute.
 Dominic, cousin, Liam, and niece Juleigha (my daughter in the background).
 Little Miss Mariah was infatuated by her cousin Liam and just followed him around and would stand and stare at him.  Then she started hitting him, cocking her head to the side and smiling at him.  She's already a big flirt!
 Liam with his quilt.
 Dominic peeking over his quilt.
Mariah hugging her educational doggie.


Picture of Mariah in her birthday dress.   She looked like a real life baby doll.   But she was not too happy being all fru fru'd up!   She was much happier once her momma took her out of her dress.   Ordinarily she's all smiles.   She's a happy little baby but has no fear.   Her daddy got her an age appropriate riding toy and the little stinker stands on it!







And here is the birthday girl, Mariah, with her cousin, Juleigha and my hubby, Paw Paw.



So now it's time to clean up my craft room so I can get started on a quilt for our guild quilt show in October. Time to make a list of projects (quilts, stitching, punch needles, rugs, Christmas gifts I want to make or finish in 2016) so I can stay on track.  I did that in 2015 and did a pretty good job of getting things done!

Thanks for stopping by.   Hope you leave a comment or two.

Happy New Year!
Char