Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A block for me :O)

I had such a good time working on my Blocks ... I completed all 24 in record time..I started them on Friday afternoon and finished them early Sunday Morning....Some how I miss placed the first set I was working on. I have been doing a cleaning and remodel of the sewing area.. I don't know where for the life of me the first set of blocks I was working on went too... Oh well they will show up in a box that I packed away with extra sewing stuff I'm sure.... 

Pictured here is an awesome block that I made for myself after all the Christmas Swap Blocks were completed... An amazing Christmas Angel... It's really really hard to see in this photo but I have used variegated thread in almost all of this block.. What do you think of her curly hair.. I loved how this stitch turned out.. It was and application on the machine.. not at all for curly ringlets.. but it worked out amazingly ;)

Next weekend to finish up on my Christmas Stocking for my Swap :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Time to rest

The Thanksgiving Holiday is almost over. I just sent my daughter out the door so she could drive 3 hours home... she stayed with me a couple of days. Yeah she was so helpful ... she helped me finish up my blocks... she sat and press the pieces on the backing material and I did all the applique sewing.. they turned out fantastic.. I can't show them.... I love to have them as a surprise :O). I did received some blocks this weekend... they are lovely .. note to sender coming soon :O) Just a bit tired right now after entertaining almost all weekend.... I have been busier this weekend more than I have been in several months... wore me out... I need to go take a pain pill and nap....dang its only Two Pm.... OH well I had a great weekend and I Hope all of my readers did too :O)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Monday's fun

Annie went to work with me on Monday. You ask why? It was a very special day.
Monday was the day that the 85 Turkeys were delivered to our Police Station for families that could
use an extra boost for the Holiday.
In my personal life.. I don't have a whole lot of extra cash that I can offer.. but I can volunteer to help
deliver these .. and hopefully they will be a delicious bird.. to put smiles on the young and old a like ;)
As always I try to encourage my readers to do something kind for their fellow beings.
This Holiday if you can't financially help.. help by taking an elderly neighbor a home cooked meal. Volunteer at your local food kitchen... Organize a food drive, or a coat and mitten drive at your work. 
Every little bit helps to make someone else's Holiday special :)


Annie is watching as the boxes are being brought in to the building.

Here is Annie sitting on a couple of the boxes that have been finished and filled with all the Holiday Goodies.

Here is Annie waiting on me to finish filling up the back of my little Pick Up... Look she is very happy :)

The Pitty is telling Annie what fun!!! We are going to go and make new friends and deliver Turkey Meals to little boys and girls.

Pitty is like... Mom hurry up lets get this show on the Road.. its cold out here!!

Here we are.. Pitty is Helping The Mommie drive to the first destination...

Oh look Mommie.. I spotted something!!!

What could it be that my little eyes didn't miss???

 It was Uncle Bubba in his big Yellow Tow Truck.. He was just getting off work :O) The Pitty was beside herself seeing Uncle Bubba.. she loves him so :O)

We finished delivering the Turkey Dinners without more photos because it was starting to get dark when we came across Bubba.... The photos I did take were not very good... I can tell you we had a good time putting smiles on others faces.. then we finished out the evening at Momma Bears where we had a very tasty home cooked dinner. Good thing we got finished when we did.. it rained buckets... but that was well needed rain.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Friends out there in Blog Land :O)

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Assigning partners...

Thank you all my sweet friends for the get well wishes.. your my heros :)

Ladies please accept my apologies.. but I am under the weather and unable to assign partners today.. I went to work and came home with a migraine... I need to take some meds and lay down..  hopefully I can get this done in the next couple of days.. thank you for understanding!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

This is the perfect day to post this!!

Hello ladies.. if you have followed my blog from it's beginning.. You always know that I try to encourage my readers to help our fellow man throughout the year, especially during the Holiday Season.
I know this is the time of year that we all say hey........
I should help at the Food Bank or I should get extra ones to put in the red kettle.
I need to make sure I get those items on the list for the drive at work.
I have found the most perfect loving Pay it Forward thing to do this year...

Battalion Buddies: 
Supporting the children of deploying troops.

There are a lot of Agencies that use Buddie Bears and toys 
to help the small children that are going through a time of crisis.
And now I have found
Operation Gratitude

The following excerpt from Operation Gratitude Blog.
Having already shipped more than 600,000 care packages to service men and women deployed in combat zones, Operation Gratitude is pleased to announce the launch of “Battalion Buddies” — a new program designed to serve and encourage the young children of deploying troops.
In cooperation with Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders nationwide, Operation Gratitude will begin providing special stuffed toys – known as Battalion Buddies – to the sons and daughters of U.S. military personnel as their units prepare to deploy.
“Our hope is these gifts will offer some degree of comfort to children while their moms and dads are far away, serving their country,” explained Operation Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek.  “We want the children to know that they too have caring friends across the country who are aware of their sacrifices and send their appreciation.”

Those wishing to donate brand-new stuffed toys (ready-made or hand-made) to be used as Battalion Buddies may send them to the following address: 
Operation Gratitude
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: Battalion Buddies Program 

Financial donations are welcome and may be made online here:
Donate to Battalion Buddies 
or by check made payable and addressed to:
Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, CA 91436

I can hear you saying to yourself.. our troops are coming home.. 
Don't forget those men and women that are still stationed all around the world.
In places like Japan, Turkey, Germany and so on. 
Their children could benefit from or loving donations also.

Ms Ronda here is the perfect project for you...
A great way to give away your (lovingly) handmade Bears!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

If I was younger

Posted on Steampunk Galore.

If I were younger.. I would be so into this style.
But alas I am an old heavy gal and I don't think this would look too hot on me..
But I can dream! I can still love the style :)
Your asking what is this style... well read on.....
This ladies is Steam Punk.
Steam Punk (cyberpunk) adapts the style of the 19th century. It's a cross between Victorian era Britain and science fiction or fantasy. The styles are based on Victorian fashion, culture, and architectural style and art. Steampunk was the coined phrase given to this style of genre, which originated in the late 
1980's by author K. W. Jeter.
There are two types of Steampunk: 
Historical Steampunk and Fantasy Steampunk.  
Historical Steampunk tends to be more "science fictional": presenting and alternate history, 
presenting real locales and persons
from history with different technology. 
Fantasy Steampunk, on the other hand, tends to present Steampunk in a complete
imaginary fantasy realm. Often populated by legendary creatures coexisting in
a Steam-era or anachronistic technologies.
Although originally conceived as being Victorian-era science fiction only, the term has become common use
for many related forms of speculative fiction set in the pre-electric age era.
Steampunk was influenced by, and often adopts the style of the 19th century scientific romances 
Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Mark Twain and Mary Shelly.
One of the earliest mainstream manifestations of Steampunk was the original CBS television series
The Wild wild west. (1965-1969).
Steampunk is usually depicted in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, prior to a lot of electricity. Since the 1990's the Steampunk label has expanded to include the fantasy world that rely heavily on steam or spring powered technology.
The gnomes and goblin in world of Warcraft also have technological societies
that can be described as Steampunk. 
John Clute and John Grant have introduced the category "gaslight romance" Steampunk stories
are most commonly set in the romanticized, smoky , 19th century London.
Example: the early years of
Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes.
Steamgoth is a dark side of Steampunk.
Another setting is Western Steampunk, which overlaps with both Weird West and Science fiction West.
Several current utilitarian objects are used or modified to be used in
Steampunk style. 
Polished brass, iron, wood, and leather, computer keyboards, 
and electric guitars as long as these items are consistent with the Victorian era.
Will Steampunk break into the mainstream and have staying power? 
The Clockwork Century blogglist believes it will..
Steampunk comes from a philosophy of salvage and customization. 
Secondly Steampunk is participatory , and yet is simultaneously rebels and its inconclusiveness
The BBC series Doctor Who also incorporates Steampunk elements, 
reference the Doctor's time machine.
Because of the popularity of Steampunk with people in the 
Goth , Punk and Rivet cultures, there is a growing 
movement toward establishing Steampunk as a culture or alternate lifestyle.
Steampunk fashion has no guide lines, but tends to synthesize modern styles 
influenced by the Victoria era. 
Examples: Corsets, petticoats, and bustle, suits and vests,
coats and spats, boots, large sole, buckles, straps, 
or military-inspired garments. 
Items often used are timepieces, parasols, 
flying/driving goggles, and ray guns.
Several fashion styles have spun off of the Steampunk ideals...
Lolita fashion in Japan to the aristocrat
styles, and goth.
Steampunk music is less defined and tends to apply to any modern musicians 
whose music evokes a feeling of the
Victorian era or Steampunk.
A slogan for Steampunk:
What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.

 This image from AmandaDevial.

Image taken from BohoCircus