Sunday, January 25, 2015

At The RoughRiders Stable

Well we had a great time last night at the RoughRiders Hockey game up in Cedar Rapids. They lost but still...when the Lucky Charms Zamboni comes by, all is well!
 SIL John and Girlfriend-in-law Jean and DD were my company for the night. We had many laughs.
 The hockey was good...losers though, but still good.
 ``There is never too much cowbell!
 And then this morning ...more snow. Deep sigh, I think I'll take a nap.....

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's A Wrap

So, I had one last return to make from Christmas gift giving. The snow pants I bought for DD didn't fit, so off I go to The Kohl's store. Lookie what I got for me and and uber son! I got new shoes! I'm ready to skip along the streets of Minneapolis in March, and Uber son got a new pair of Levis.  Thanks DD, you got us some nice presents! Hahaha!!
SO that task is done, now I've been meaning to stabilize the shelf unit I made for the spare bedroom for quite some time. I can't believe I had to assemble this many tools and stuff just to do this!
See, I added a little bracket to hold the shelf steady. I just screwed it right into the wall. Let me just remind myself that having to use tools left handed and under eye level is a challenge. But I got it done!
And lastly, Santa is all wrapped up for the season. I was looking for a good way to store Ol' St. Nick, and these bags were some samples we got in at work and were going to throw away! Perfect fit for the jolly Big man!
I like it when I get all these little things done!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Target Day

So, I have not been to Target for quite awhile. Did you know they have sandwiches and stuff over in the grocery section? Huh, well whadoya know?
 Ooo, it's valentines time! I love valentines......
 Yikes, they apparently don't make plain paper valentines any more. Ohhhh, magic marker books! They all come with something.. Some have a tattoo, or a sticker...mostly a tattoo. Do you think that's why tattoos are so popular these days? We let our kids tattoo themselves for years and BOOM!

Look you can BUY a cardboard shoebox with a slot already cut in the top! $3...really? I mean, I know that slot is really hard to make, I can remember stabbing my hand with the pointy scissors to this day!

HAHA-their sign person is asleep in their bra I bet! Those are some pretty jazzy underpants.....
 Heyyyy, look in the dollar spot...magic marker books...$3...wait back in valentines they're $4.99...shame on you Target.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dog Tagg

So I stopped in at Verizon with my Mom. She wanted a screen protector for her phone. SO while we waited we looked around. Wait a minute...texts from your dog?  Well kind of, it turns out it is gps for your dog and will send you a text if you lose your dog. What will they think of next?
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sewing For Others...the Excuse

I know, I don't really need an excuse to go to Hancock's to fondle the fabric.
 But I did need to pick up a zipper for a jacket for a guy at work. So of course I had to look-and fondle-the fabric. Look at all the fleece!! My goodness, they must have spent their whole;e buying budget on fleece!!
 It's everywhere! And a lot of other pretty fabric too. but really all I needed was a zipper...then how come my bill was $28?

Well at least I did complete the zipper installation!
 I finally figured out how to keep the sweatshirt knit lining from bunching up when I sew in the zipper. I just basted a row of stiching as close as I could to the edge before ripping out the broken zipper.
Worked like a charm!
Wednesday, January 7, 2015


 So here comes the snow! We got about 6 inches on Monday.  I was so thrilled that my friend, Snowblower, started right up! And even more thrilled that the gas can in the garage actually had gas in it!!
 What a job! Thank goodness it wasn't on Friday, because on Friday we had Furnace drama. This is what a used electronic ignitor looks like....we had this one replaced last year.
 This is what a broken electronic ignitor looks like, what a chilly problem to have, but thankfully it was only about 30 degrees on Friday night so when our furnace guy came on Saturday morning we were just chilly, not frozen we would have been today!
 brrr, look at that thermometer today, and the forecast is not good....
"Arctic air remains on top of us as the mercury falls once again tonight.  Wind chill values tonight stay between -20 and -30, making it a dangerous cold." Yeah, as opposed to a safe cold...whatever, TV weather guy.
Sunday, January 4, 2015

Place Mats For DD

 So DD selected this lovely Waverly fabric for place mats. She said her table is getting dinged up and she wants to protect it a little bit.
 So I cut it up....with a little help from Bob...yeah, help, that's it.... We selected some odd fabric to make a 2nd set of place mats. It's kind of like vinyl, with threads through it, we'll see how that goes later.
 And then I just rolled edge them  with a flannel on the back. How pretty!!
Mom's Bernina serger did a great job on the rolled edges, these look nicer than the ones at pier 1, I'm positive!
Friday, January 2, 2015

Tis the Season

So now that Christmas has past, it's time to check out the after Christmas sales. Lookie, I got ribbon at Joann's for 75% off. Only .99 per spool.
 Red rick-rack since valentine's day is coming and lucky green because St. patty's is coming along also. Isn't that aqua with silver pretty? Now I'm all stocked up!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Packing Up Christmas

So, deep sigh. It's time to say good by for another year.....
 Bye to the beat tree ever.....
Bye to the non vintage ornaments that are still awesome.....
 By to those really awesome vintage ornaments....
 By to Santa...Oh how I love this Santa
 They are sooo cute, and I made them several years ago and Santa still looks great!
 By to Mary and the kings and the sheep......
 and by to Joe too.
 I've got it all packed away...Don't remind me I still have to pack up the church tree & wreaths.
 I added a few too many vintage ornaments this year and they won't fit in a plastic storage box, so i packed them in this heavy duty vintage turkey box.
$6.35 for a 17 lb turkey! WOW!

So by to all the wonderful Christmas goodies, you're safetly packed away now....until next year!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

One Last Christmas Post

I forgot to share my church Christmas photos.
 Silver with pink and white was my choice this year. I love my white tree and it looks so good in the church.
 I got this MJJ set a couple of years ago but hadn't had a chance to get it out. It looks awesome as the advent wreath!
 And I used inexpensive pink lining fabric to make a table cloth big enough to puddle on the floor. It really sets off the advent table.
 So there! I will be packing this all up pretty soon so I guess it's better late than never to get it posted! Merry New Year to all with wishes for health and prosperity for 2015!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Day Roundup

 SO I sewed up these cute stockings-using the same method I used to make the 30 church stockings-for the kids coming to our house.
 And the kids had presents galore....
 Caitlynn, had to wait-AGAIN-to open her presents, sucks being the oldest!
The grownup???kids entertained themselves....

 Lookie who liked her quilt! YAY!!! Score one for homemade Christmas!!
 ANd Lookie who liked her vintage Jadeite bowl! YAY! Score one for vintage!!
 A wonderful lunch was prepared by my hubs-roast beef, taters and gravy..mmmmmmm it was delicious!
And with my favorite people to share it, we had a really nearly perfect Christmas!