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Friday, March 25, 2011

Sewing for Lily - kimono was slow going

Good afternoon! 

A few weeks ago I posted a link to TADA! Creations on my post  Sewing for Lily, a baby girl who was to undergo heart surgery. 

I really feel bad that it's taken me so long to get my contribution completed!  We've had some family emergencies (Dad broke his ankle and hit his head, diagnosed with dementia, and Mom fell and broke her hip!) and I've been down a lot with fibromyalgia.  Dad and Mom are now in a healthcare and rehab center.  My sister and I cleaned and packed, my brothers packed what was left and moved our parents' belonging to storage.  It's really been hectic.  After all that, I was down for almost a week.  FM is really a nasty "syndrome" to have!  People don't see what is going on inside you, and the outside looks normal to them.  Inside you feel like you've been hit by a Mack truck, and I've gotten to the point my memory isn't really all there.  Sometimes it feels like I have Alzheimer's setting in.  My sister, Kathy, has this, too.  Together, we maybe made one person while cleaning and packing.  Our Dad's mom had Alzheimer's and it looks like Dad's headed that way now.  If you wouldn't mind, please say a prayer for all of us! Thanks! :0)

Enough, already!  I just wanted to post some pictures of the kimono I've made for little Lilly or Lily (I've seen it posted both ways).  It's been a long time since I've sewed anything as small as this little kimono!  It looked simple enough, only two pattern pieces.  However...the section around the neck was giving me fits, so I ended up lining it.  It's turned out better than it would have, and I don't feel bad about sending it to little Lilly and her parents.  If I'd continued the other way, the trashmen would have been the only ones to see it! LOL!  Anyway, the garment is finally completed,  laundered, and will be on the way this afternoon.

I hope this kimono keeps Lilly warm and that it helps out in the laundry department!  Our prayers are with her and her parents!

I also crocheted her some little booties - hope they fit!



Indiana Weather-wait 10 minutes & it'll change!

Good morning All! 

Last week was so warm here in Southern Indiana we were able to have the windows open!  It got to 80 degrees one day and was beautiful outside.  I love the fresh air blowing softly through the house, clearing out the stale winter air!  Today is COLD and damp!  And, we're supposed to get 1-3 inches of snow Sunday!  Typical Indiana weather, especially during MARCH MADNESS!  GO BUTLER!

Hubby's favorite teams are Notre Dame and Ohio State.  He was so disappointed ND lost, but still has Ohio State to root for!  Our son-in-law Nate enjoys watching OSU, too.  It would be nice for both guys if THE Ohio State University would win!  (I'd still like to see Butler win, though!)
Our Chinese Magnolia (I've heard it called a Tulip Tree, too) is in full bloom!  We spotted some buds last week and the first blossoms appeared last Saturday, March 19th!  Pretty early this year.  My hubby and I both love this tree, the scent given off by the beautiful pink and white blooms is awesome!

Our Chinese Holly is blooming, too.  It has no scent, but the delicate, pinkish-white flowers are delightful!

Last year our neighbor, Kathy, gave me several starts of her peony bushes.  By the end of summer, the wind had knocked these over, and the drought we experienced most of the season left the new starts in pretty bad shape!  I doubted whether I'd see anything of these beautiful flowers this year.  However, last Saturday I noticed them poking their heads through the ground and almost shouted for joy!  Kathy said she had given me both pink and white starts, so I'm anxious to see if both made it.

Our iris and daffodils are growing.  We still have yet to see a bloom on the daffodils this year, but Kathy's are blooming like crazy!

Beautiful, aren't they! 

The Surprise Lilies have shot up and promise to be plentiful in or around August.  These flowers are really strange!  The greenery appears in the Spring and dies off in early summer.  Then in August, POOF!  Beautiful pink blooms everywhere!  Thus the name, Surprise Lilies.  My MIL grew up knowing these as "naked ladies" (due to the lack of greenery!). 

I'm afraid one of our holly bushes might have been affected by the drought last year.  Can't really explain why this bush, and not the one next to it, has dead leaves all over it.  I'm going to cut it back, hopefully the root is still alive!  Holly is one of my favorite plants!  This one, the "dead" one is about 10 years old and has done great ever since we planted it, until now.  The other one, the survivor, is a year younger, but has been stunted.  I've fertilized it and all the plants get good waterings during the year.  Don't know!

Here's a picture of the Angel my FIL made for us a couple of years ago for Christmas.  She watches over our home and family quietly each day.  Thanks Dad!

Remember the flowers my SIL and her husband sent me for my birthday?  I can't believe it, but they are still looking pretty good!  I hate to throw 'em away!  Maybe I could get some preservative at Hobby Lobby, like an acrylic water?  We'll see.

March 18, 2011

March 25, 2011

These still are in good condition, considering the cats knocked 'em over right after I got them!  Water was all over the coffee table, but hadn't gotten to the floor or the phone rechargers yet.  Our kitties decided they liked the baby's breath and had it all over the living room.  Since then, I've had the arrangement in our kitchen, where I can enjoy it without fear of damage! LOL!

Enjoy your day!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Super Cool Dragon Cake by Dot at Dabbled

Mornin' Everyone!

I found this wonderfully cool Dragon Cake at Dabbled this morning and had to link to it!  Dot's really pretty talented.  I think I'll just admire it for right now, but would love to try it some day. 

Dabbled photo
Good luck to those of you who are adventurous!


Friday, March 18, 2011

You could have knocked me over with a feather!

You could have knocked me over with a feather this morning!  I got a delivery of beautiful birthday flowers from my dear sister-in-law and her husband!  My birthday isn't until Monday (used to be the first day of Spring), so these were really a big surprise.

Aren't these just gorgeous and Spring-y!

These certainly brightened my day and made me smile, a lot! :0))  Thank you Bev and Joe, for being so very thoughtful!  Love ya!


Thursday, March 17, 2011


Top o' the mornin' to ya! Happy St Patrick's Day to one and all from a German-Irish Frau-lass!

Dover Publications


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

One Lovely Blog Award!

I was stunned and delighted at the same time the other night upon receiving the One Lovely Blog Award from Nancy at My Ancestors and Me!  Thank you, Nancy, for reading my posts and deeming my blog worthy of this award!

There are responsibilities attached to accepting this award, as follows:

These are the rules for accepting this award:

*Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and their blog link.
*Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered.
*Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

There are so many wonderful blogs to choose from!  My interests are so varied, not all of the recipients are of the same genre.  

Most of these wonderful blogs are so instructive and the bloggers very generous in giving of their knowledge.  Some are a joy to read, the authors have such wonderfully giving spirits.  I hope that you will visit these sites and enjoy as I have!

1.    Mary Corbet's Needle 'N Thread
2.    TipNut
3.    The Feathered Nest
4.    Snowcatcher
5.    TaDa! Creations
6.    Red Brolly
7.    Julia's Place
8.    How Mom Did It
9.    Notes from the Holler
10.  Polka Dot Pineapple
11.  Graceful Knitting
12.  A Day in the Life of the Hooks
13.  Inner Child Crochet
14.  Food, Photography and Travel
15.  Free Stitchin' Patterns

Thank you again, Nancy!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Knitted Waffle Pattern Dishcloths

Here's a link to a cute dishcloth that will probably work up in a jiffy and make really nice Christmas gifts!  Thanks Deb at Homespun Living!

Waffle Knit Dishcloth Pattern



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