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INSPIRING MY GRANDDAUGHTER!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Well, last year I signed my ten year old GDD up for a class to sew a pillowcase and she made two, one for her brother for Christmas. Then I gave her an inexpensive singer machine for Christmas. But she has lost interest and everytime I ask her if she wants to come and quilt she says no. I so want her to love sewing like I did, and do. This summer she will likely be at our house a good deal of the time as she is too old for camp and we love having her anyway.

So this weekend, my whole family was at our home. Our son and family from North Carolina was visiting so we had them all over for dinner. So I was showing, Hannah, my GDD, and her Mom all the quilts and bags I had been making. So her mom says, Hannah you need a new quilt for your bed. ANd I said we could make one this summer. And Hannah says, but its hard. ANd her MOm says, but you will need something to do and Grandma will help you. And mentioned that Hannah wanted cats on a quilt. And so I said, we could do that! Make a quilt with cats! I think Hannah was a bit excited about that so maybe I can find some cat fabric and come up with a simple block design to make a quilt.

I know there are cat patterns out there but I think the easiest thing would be 12 inch blocks of cat fabric and plain fabric alternated across a quilt. That is just straight stitching. So I'll be looking for cat fabric. I know there is tons of it out there!

We had such a great time, our whole family including 93 year old mother-in-law. And the youngest 2 boys are 2 and 1/2. They were so cute together. And my other grandson is 7. The weather was lovely, not too hot. We swam in the pool and rented a pontoon boat. Never better living in paradise. Later.

  
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ALMMOM 5/2/2012 7:54PM

    Way to go ------ instill love for the creative side early!!

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DAP1313 5/1/2012 7:47AM

    Good idea to keep the quilt simple for your granddaughter. I think that will help get her excited about the project especially when she sees what she has accomplished.



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TOWHEE 4/30/2012 7:28PM

    I think I'd consider doing a pieced cat block and an appliqued cat block for the quilt. Not all of us like to sew straight seams, some of us like to do hand sewing or applique or watch a cat suddenly appear from squares and triangles. On the other hand your GDD may be more of a cross-stich or crewel type gal.

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KASEYCOFF 4/30/2012 9:16AM

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YOU CAN TEACH AN OLD DOG!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

WEll, many of you know that I took up quilting in Sept of 2010 when I took a class. I've become a sponge about quilting and I just soak in all the knowledge I can find. I've owned a decorating business since 1984 and I have a great business mind and creative talent which moves over into quilting very effectively! So I don't just want to quilt, I want to turn my quilting into some sort of business. And I keep learning so I can move in that direction. In the meantime, I'm improving my sewing skills and learning new techniques as I go along.

Today, I learned about using a light box to trace designs for applique! Didn't even know I needed a light box but there it is. The info came from a quilting book entitled BEST IN SHOW which features applique patterns for 12 dog breeds!. Since I'm a dog lover and new owner of two dachshunds, I am smitten. My sons both have dogs and an applique done of their dogs would be a nice gift. So a light box purchase might be in my future. I need to keep my interior design business going so I can pay for all this "quilt stuff".

Our local medical clinic has a party every year entitled "Little Black Dress" which raised funds for women's health and awareness. This is the third year and the theme is Paris. So I found this black and white dress form fabric online and I have the idea to applique an Eiffel Tower in the center of a fabric of Paris streets surround by a border of the little black dress form fabric. And make a lap quilt and donate it for their silent auction! Oh, what fun. You can find just about any type of fabric online nowadays and I just searched for Little Black Dress. There is also eiffel Tower fabric but I don't like it as much as the applique on the street fabric so here we go. Guess I could use that light box to transfer the Eiffel Tower form onto a pattern.

Today my son and family are visiting and we had the best time renting a pontoon boat and going swimming yesterday! The Gulf of Mexico is perfect this time of year! Today is another fun day planned! Later!

  
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ALMMOM 4/29/2012 7:13PM

    Don't know the sites you go online for quilting material.....for unusual or hard to find fabrics I use "e-quilter". They have about everything The fabric is wonderful too.

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KASEYCOFF 4/28/2012 12:43PM

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ANDI571 4/28/2012 11:11AM

    Oh swimming sounds like so much fun. I am back into sweat shirts here. Glad you had a good time with you son and family.

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POURING DOWN RAIN!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So we have these two new dogs and they peed on my 100% wool carpet. So I moved it outside to clean it and left it basking in the sun. Didn't work as we still smelled pee everytime we walked past it. So now, it is pouring down rain and guess what, it is soaked! And you know how wet wool smells. Any solutions out there, let me know. Carol

  
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LUTHERANGIRL 4/25/2012 8:52AM

    Carol, I think you'll need a lot of sunshine to resolve this one

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MISTTIQUE 4/23/2012 5:31AM

    Just buy a new one. You will always be ticked off with that one. Sometimes it's best to just accept things as they are and start over. What are you doing with the two new dogs? I have a feeling that rug won't be their only victim. Your flowers on your page are beautiful by the way, gave me a really warm feeling inside. Good luck with your delima.

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ANYVAR54 4/18/2012 3:38PM

    such a shame. sorry, I don't have any advice, but the previous girl seemed to have plenty. Hope you can get it fixed.

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KASEYCOFF 4/18/2012 9:29AM

    Pet urine on wool:

http://www.ehow.com/ho
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ool-carpets.html

Water-soaked wool:

http://www.ehow.com/ho
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et.html

Myself, I would take it to a professional - if the carpet is worth the expense and trouble - and have them steam it or dry it or whatever needs doing.

Some wool carpets are not 'dye-fast,' and if mine wasn't, I'm sure I would ruin it. Many top-quality ones will shrink - we had that happen to one of ours.

Now, the only 100% wool carpet I have (except for old wall-to-wall in the house, and believe me, we do NOT want to go there) is a hall-runner. If I wanted to keep it, I would take it to the pros. If it smelled or was wet enough, I'd get rid of it.

I'm pretty sanguine when it comes to stuff like that. Himself prefers wool (yeh, right, HE doesn't worry about cleaning it, lol). These days, I go synthetic.

Just call me laid-back...

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AJB121299 4/18/2012 8:48AM

    sorry to hear, but i do not have a solution

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IT'S ALL ABOUT BALANCE!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Isn't that what we've been saying, balance is key? Balance in work, personal life, creative life, spiritual? etc. Why do I continually throw my efforts behind just one thing? If I could do that for dieting and exercise, wouldn't I be skinny? At any rate, I've gone over board with the quilting and I need to step back. Even though I might be ready to retire mentally, I'm not ready to retire because my family still needs the income I provide. So I've got to figure out a way to keep the decorating appointments coming in and spend less money on quilting fabrics and time sewing.

I say this but today I'll be squirreled away all day in my sewing room. Got to finish a couple of things but at least I am thinking about it. CArol

  
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ANHELIC 4/16/2012 11:50PM

    Love your blog. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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BUGGYS 4/16/2012 1:30PM

    Well, I did retire from my inhome daycare about 8 years ago UNTIL my Gkids came along and now I watch 5 of them 4 days a week for free...why? Because they need me and I love it!

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CARLANNIE 4/16/2012 9:36AM

    WOW~ did I write this blog and didn't realize it? You sound just like me. One of these days we can retire. One of these days.

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LUVS2BIKE101 4/14/2012 10:59PM

    It's difficult to balance, but it can be done.
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COOPQUILTLADY 4/14/2012 1:03PM

    I didn't even know there was such a thing as too much fabric, and too much time quilting!!! Are you SURE?????? emoticon

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DOES ANN ROMNEY WORK? POST HERE!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ann Romney was admonished yesterday for not working and never having held a job and there was instant backlash from a number of women, including myself, who would have preferred to stay home with their kids. Ann's 5 boys are in their 30's and 40's and she raised them during a time when many women still stayed home with their children. I did for the most part, working part time with the Air Force Reserve and eventually buying a business when my youngest was 6.

I was fortunate in that my husband held a flexible position during the formative years and he was the one who was able to get off for doctor's appointments and to take them to sports events, etc. I did my share as well but we were equal in the raising.

In the 70's and 80's, when Ann was raising her children, women were just beginning to venture into the workplace and break the glass ceiling. Ann was busy doing what she did best, and what she wanted to do.

I know many women, including my daughters in law, who would prefer to stay home with their kids. But economic times prevent that from happening.

Just thought I would start a poll here to get others opinions. Keep the politics out of it. This is not about being a republican or a democrat. Its about whether you think she worked or not. I vote yes, she did. Can't imagine having to go out and get a full time job with 5 boys to raise. She was fortunate she didn't have to do so. Later.

  
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DAP1313 4/18/2012 10:06AM

    Yes she worked, but she didn't have a job outside of the family. I've done both, and it's much harder having to have that job outside of the family plus come home and do the chores, and take care of the kids.

Plus I am sure she had help on taking care of her house.

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LIFE-FAITH 4/13/2012 10:03AM

    YES she works/worked. She worked for her family.
When I was working on several committees at our children's high school - many of the mom's worked out side of the home - one was a high official in the community - she asked me what I did for a living - I expressed that I worked for my children and husband - my part-time job was a professional volunteer in whatever my children were involved with - I had 4 children. (some time later this official called me and asked if she could use my definition of working for my family - I told her of course!)

Great blog! Jean



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APRILWALKING 4/13/2012 8:36AM

    Yes, of course she worked. Being a stay at home mom or even a housewife is WORK. Sad when our country forgets that!

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MIZCATHI 4/13/2012 6:55AM

    Women, as well as men, should listen to their hearts and follow their call. Work is essential but my definition of "work" is not what another's is. I worked outside of the house because I had to, but I found ways to be a Mom first, and the "job" secondary. At 58 I am still working a "job", but I have to say I am tired and disillusioned about the workplace and the people who head them. There is no easy answer, but family should always come first and those who can make that choice the way they WANT to are the richest in the world.

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TOWHEE 4/13/2012 12:35AM

    There is no question in my mind that she worked and worked harder than women in the workplace. Not only that but her job was more important than most jobs in the workplace, since she was teaching/guiding/mentoring young children to become educated and productive members of society.

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ANYVAR54 4/12/2012 10:46PM

    Yes, just as I did in raising my three children, volunteered at the church, taught Sunday School, started and taught women's Bible Study. I don't make money for what I do, but I do work.

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DEBBIE130 4/12/2012 4:08PM

    Yes

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LJCANNON 4/12/2012 3:17PM

    emoticonAbsolutely YES! She had a JOB!! I think it is a sad commentary on the mentality of Our Culture that this question is even asked.
I am glad that you posted this, I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has to say.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/12/2012 1:11PM

    Definitely - she had the best and most important job in the world --raising her boys.

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ANDI571 4/12/2012 11:19AM

    I know she worked. I quit work 2 years after I was married and became a stay at home mom, daughter, daughter-in-law, friend, and you name it, I did it. I have had people say, what do you do all day.

Granted now that my parents and inlaws have passed away, I don't stay as busy. But up until then, there were days when I wished I had some down time. I was the one who went on doctors visits with family members when no one else could. I baby sat when no one else could. I only missed one field trip when my daughter was in school, and that was because I was at the hospital with my husband having a test. When my aunt lost her leg, I was the one who went to therapy with her, and learned how to get her in and out of bed and in and out of a car. When my brother broke both legs, I was the one who went over and loaded up his wheel chair and took him to the visitation and funeral of his mother-in-law so his wife didn't have to worry about him.

I have learned so much with what life taught me as I was taking care of others. The only trouble, I don't get credit for it. At 55 if I now went for a job, the only resume I would have is, life. Who wants to hire a 55 year old woman that they think has limited skills. I have filled out insurance papers, paid bills, went to therapy, learned how to give insulin shots. I have run back and forth from my family to a loved one in the hospital until I thought I would drop. I know about Alzheimer's, lung cancer, prostate cancer, allergies, diabetes, heart conditions, pre-mature babies, and a slew of other health issues that I have been taught by life and taking care of others. But let someone come in and say, you have never worked, they just don't see what life has taught me.

Has she worked? Yes, she has. I have never put any woman down for deciding to work. I am so proud of my daughter and the work she does with her physical therapy. I respect those that juggle a work force and a family. I know it isn't easy. I sometimes wish I got the same respect.

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NATARSHAD 4/12/2012 11:07AM

    Being a full-time mom to one child is definitely work. Being a full-time mom to 5 sons should qualify as two or three.

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