Monday, January 19, 2015
didn't get post up yesterday. Seems like time flies - lots going on and a lot of hurry up and wait. Have had therapy every day ad think am doing great on that. Will actually go home for in. home evaluation tomorrow but have to come back. Hoping after that the next time back won't be too long. Wish I could be on my big computer and type normally. Hunting and pecking is hard! When I go home I want to stay there and not have to return. I took a selfie yesterday but haven't figured out how to get it on post. Was elated to have shower and shampoo yesterday! I thank you for your nice words and thoughts of me. This blogging has always been a fun thing for me to do. Funoldhag
Saturday, January 17, 2015
No pictures today but will let you know I am still around and hoping to be home in a couple of weeks or earlier. Got sidetracked after Christmas with my copd and was in hospital a week. Now getting therapy and rehab and getting really good feedback on progress. Believe me I,m working hard and will do this. Have a brand new iPad and trying to get it figured out. We will see if this makes it on to my blog. cannot say enough about my sherry and her Barclay. My son and wife will be here later. Families are so scattered as almost all of you know. Fourth little great grand baby due February 9in Portland. Will be able to FaceTime great with this gadget. So all is well and progressing. If this works will do another tomorrow. Funoldhag
Friday, December 26, 2014
Despite the fact that colds or flu hit everyone (knock on wood - except Funoldhag) for the actual Christmas celebration, it was a very sweet, fun time with those of my family that were together. First Barclay, my son-in-law, came down with something. Then Ian, Hannah's boyfriend, had a cold when they got there, followed by Hannah starting to cough, etc., on Christmas Eve. Sherry fought it yesterday and today she can rest and take it easy and get over it. Sounds like we didn't have a good time - but we did!!
Christmas morning we had a family "get together" over the internet! Ian fixed it up some way so that Molly and her family in Portland and Norah and her family in Denver and the five of us were all on a three way facetime so that we could watch the little ones open the gifts we had sent them. Above is Annie opening a little dollhouse from Grandma and Grandpa here in Michigan. Henry tore into his gifts with gusto (reminiscent of his mommy when she was about that age) and was very enthusiastic about Christmas this year. Lauren was not too enthusiastic about gifts this year but she is just ll months old. Annie was very methodical in opening hers and very enthusiastic about looking things over. She is adorable (as they all are). She was really into a pink toolbox that Henry and Lauren sent her. I could never have imagined even ten years ago that we would spend Christmas together on the internet.
Annie and Daddy
The girls texted these pictures of the kiddies earlier. Thought you would enjoy Henry feeding Lauren's little dolly. It certainly seems that some day a long time from now will be a good daddy!
Two years ago, our family decided to have the adults draw names for a nice gift and then get stocking stuffers for every one. You might remember that I made a stocking for each. That has turned into such a fun tradition! After watching the kids open their things, it was our turn to open the stocking stuffers. Lots of fun and a lot of thought and love went into the items each person picked out. Next came the one big gift each one received from their Secret Santa. So much fun to see who had your name and what you got. There is a website where Molly put all our names in and they paired up the giftor and giftee. Even avoided husbands and wives from getting each other's name. Each person put up a list of things they would like and the giftor could pick from that. I had Chad, Norah's husband, and one of his was a beer making kit. Found that on Amazon and sent it along. I just put on my list a cozy nightie, wool socks and earrings. By golly, Norah had my name and I got all of them.
We spent a long time in our gift unwrapping session and it was almost as good as being together. Later everyone was texting about the neat stocking stuffers and how much fun we all had. I also talked to Bill - he and Ann were with her sister and family and her mom. They were having a great Christmas, also.
I am sure the kids will continue with this tradition over the years--when the little ones are all grown up they can join in the name drawing. However, it is so much fun finding them presents and seeing the excitement they get from receiving. Christmas is so much more fun with little ones around!!
In my box to Bill and Ann, I sent along a picture of a tabletopper I will be giving Ann. Could not finish it with my machine in the shop but now I can get it quilted and bound in the next week or so and get it off to her. Just sent her a picture of the top and here it is
It was a big Christmas!!!!!!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
I haven't posted for a while but will be back at it after the holiday. By the way, I have my sewing machine back and am so happy about that. Haven't used it much yet but will soon. It is purring like a little kitten.
I send you my wishes for you and yours to have a warm and happy Christmas and hope the upcoming new year will be full of good things for you. Hope Santa stuffs yards and yards of beautiful fabric in your stockings!!!!!!
Saturday, December 13, 2014
I didn't have much green or yellow so found what I could of that. Most of the patterns come in quite a few colorways and it's amazing how my eye usually goes to one or two of them. There are several other designers other than Kaffe Fassett. I really like the ones by I think it is Brandon Mobley - but I'm not sure I have his name right. There are a couple of women designers and two men beside Kaffe. Quite beautiful stuff.
Here is the rest of the order. There are some beauties in that pile also. Not sure what I am going to do with them other than just soak in the gorgeous color but I will come up with something after the holidays. It's pretty safe ordering because you pretty much know what the fabric is and how beautiful the colors are. Sometimes there is a piece that isn't that great, but it still works right in. Love, love, love this stuff!!!
A Thought for Today
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Every girl needs a tutu! Grandma Sherry bought jammy outfits for all three of the little ones to wear together when they were all in Denver at Thanksgiving.
Today I saw my pulmonoligist for my six month visit and all is going okay. I was feeling a little rough around Thanksgiving, but that has gone away. Must have been a bug of some kind. Back to feeling normal for me. I consider myself very blessed for feeling as well as I do at the age I am. I had to go before lunch for the breathing test then back after lunch to see the doctor. While I was at home between times, the phone rang and it was my bank. By golly, if I didn't win $500 in a sweepstakes they had!!! How cool is that? Can't remember ever winning anything worth that much. I have made arrangements to have a humidifer put on my furnace and that will pay for a big chunk of that expense. Woo Hoo!!!
Still without my Bernina, but it has been sent away to be fixed. The power supply is now working and they don't made that part for a machine this old. However, I think they are going to rebuild it. Will be glad when it is home again and hope that it can be fixed. I have been using the Huskvarna and find that it is a nice machine, also, but not having much luck with the buttonhole stitch. I'm sure with enough practice, I could master that. Also, I have not tried quilting on it. Will just be patient and see how my dear old machine comes out.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Had a very nice Thanksgiving with Sherry and Barclay. Our dinner was stellar and it was a nice day. Bill called from Florida where he and Ann and her mom were visiting Ann's sister and family, and we facetimed with the girls who were all in Denver having Thanksgiving together. So everyone was with loved ones and that is what matters!! Would be nice to be all together, but that does not happen very often for most families.
My Bernina is in Bay City at the shop that services that brand. My dear friend, Leslie, stopped and got it to take it in for me. I appreciate that so very much. So far I have heard nothing from the shop and hope that it will be able to come home good as new.
As mentioned earlier, Annie just recently turned two. I sent her a Crayola Art Easel and I think she really likes it. Here she is creating a beautiful picture!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
I am feeling lost today - my beloved Bernina will not turn on!!! OMG - she is 26 and a half years old and seems like a part of me. I will get her up to Bay City after Thanksgiving and have them see what is ailing her. She also needs a good servicing. What a wonderful machine she has been--very few problems over all those years and I have sewn zillions of stitches. Hopefully, she can be revived. If not, I am not sure what I will do. Don't think I would want to spend as much as I am sure Berninas cost nowadays. One of my friends who does beautiful quilting has a Pfaff and she loves it. I think they are a little more reasonable in price. Goodness only knows, a machine would not have to last me 26 years now at this stage in my life!!!! In the meantime, I am using the Huskvarna (sp) that I bought used probably 8 or 9 years ago for the basement and have not used very much. It's no Bernina, but it is a good machine. I had Sherry bring it upstairs and I have been playing with it. I never liked the foot pedal, but think I have that figured out now. Will go down to Material Mart and see if they have a darning foot and some bobbins to go with this one. Maybe it will be a nice surprise! I will give quilting with it a try.
Will go out and shop for some Thanksgiving groceries tomorrow. Sherry and Barclay will come over here and we will have a feast with plenty for leftovers. Barclay is going to bake a cake!! He has been baking cookies and is expanding his talents. How cool is that? I think it will be a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I will do a pumpkin pie so that will give the three of us plenty of dessert! All the girls will be together in Denver! I am sure we will do some facetime with them! Then about a week after Thanksgiving is over, Norah and family will come to Midland for an early Christmas. Can't wait!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Here are two redwork pieces I worked two to three years ago. They have been put away waiting for me to do be finished. And I have just about done that. Just finished putting the strips together for binding which will be the first small border. I think I have enough for both. They are both quilted and that didn't take much time since they are only about 18 x 24 inches and I did nothing fancy. So, by golly, another ufo has about hit the dust! Don't worry, though, I have plenty more! There was a third pattern with these - a cool Christmas tree - but I won't be making that. Will put it away for someone to find one day and maybe it will get made.
I also quilted the African tabletopper that I made a week or so ago and will get the binding ready for that. Just did straight line quilting with the walking foot and it turned out pretty well. I am glad that I can do a decent job of machine quilting but don't really like the time it takes to stop and start so many times. Love doing the small pieces but when they get much bigger than a baby quilt, I will have someone else do it.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
In an earlier post, I told you about the baby clothes belonging to my husband that his mom gave me a long time ago. This is some sort of a little romper with really big legs. It is handmade with a feather stitch embroidered on the sleeves and neckline. Clothes for babies have certainly made a big advancement in the last 88 years!!!!
I've got a good one for you today!!!!
Friday, October 31, 2014
I love this picture of Molly and the two pumpkins taken way back in the mid to late 1980's. In fact, I may have used it on an earlier Halloween post but I think it warrants a repeat. She and grandpa carved the pumpkins on a beautiful day in Chillicothe, Illinois. It's not such a pretty day here in Michigan!! Rainy, windy, dank--even saw a few snow flurries earlier and they are forecast to be mixed with rain this afternoon! A shame for all the little ones who love going door to door in their cute little costumes to trick or treat! I sent a couple of little boxes to my little greatgrandbabies in Denver and Oregon and they got there when they were supposed to.
Here is Lauren in her little witch's hat that I sent--very cute! Her mommy said the picture reminded her of some of the old fashioned ladies looking very stoic in their photos or paintings. I'm sure there will be some other pictures of the little spooks to post later on.
Happy Halloween from Funoldhag!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
A needlepoint vest I did back in the late 70's or early 80's. I did so much needlepoint and loved doing patchwork bargello and other stitches. The back is denim and the vest is still in very nice shape.
Day started out rainy but did a turnaround and it was nice and sunny - but very windy! My assignment for the day was to get some little Halloween boxes off to Denver and Portland for the little kiddies. I took them to the post office this afternoon and they should be there the day before or at least Halloween itself!
Have a great rest of the week!!!!