Monday, October 27, 2014

Chopped Off...

After another long week, last week, it was nice to find out the day I requested to take off next month was approved.  It is my last personal day off with pay for the year.  It was getting to the point of either use it or lose it.  So I am going to use it.  That is something to look forward to, in addition to the paid holidays coming up.

I'm thinking of starting a block of the month or a mystery quilt to share on my blog, but I need to do some research before I dive into it.  I hope to be able to post it each month for others to participate in and show off their finished quilts when we are done.   I have thought this might be a good project for the guild I attend too, but again, I need to research it all before I present it.

I'm letting my hair grow out again.  It got to the point it was beginning to bother me and one day I got up from a nap and when I looked in the mirror, I pulled my bangs down and chopped off about 2 inches.   So last week, I went to the beautician and asked her to trim it up, straighten it up and thin it out.  It was getting pretty unruly, so she cut in a lot of layers like a shag haircut.  I'm happy with it, I can usually just blow it out, after washing it, and run a comb through it and it looks fixed.

Last night we had three baptisms at church and I saw a friend I worked with for 20+ years.  It was good to see her.  I haven't seen very many people I worked with at my previous job since I started working in another town.   Then today, in two different stores, I saw three more people I either use to work with or had connection with through my last job.  Then this evening, at two different stores, I saw family members I haven't seen in a few months.   Truly a blessing.

As my family and I were on the road this evening, David was driving, and I was able to take a pic or two.

I got this picture of this old house as we drove by.  I honestly didn't know if it would turn out as we were picking up speed as we went by, and I was turned towards the back of the car with my window rolled down trying to get a picture.  I think it turned out pretty good though.


I've updated the following tabs today.

  • My Walk
  • What Is It?
    • last week's may have been unfair as it was of something we don't see very often, and hopefully this week's pic will be easier.


Hugs,
Sonia

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Update

Hello,

I saw some beautiful fall color today.  As I was driving back to work on my lunch break I saw a tree with a little green, but mostly red, orange and yellow.  The sun was shining on it just right and the colors popped.  :)

I hope to get some pretty picture of the color change soon.

I've updated the following tabs.  Check them out.  :)

  • Crochet, Etc.
  • Giveaways
  • What is it?

Until next time,
Have a great day!

Hugs,
Sonia

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Set backs and Progress

Today I stayed home from church.  I started feeling bad Friday night and things weren't any better this morning.  So, I had church with 1st Baptist Rogers on t.v. this morning.  It was a good message on how with Jesus Christ you can become new.  They showed a video that I really liked.  I've shared it on the "My Walk" tab.

It seems of late, things happen that keep me from my family and my church family.  Things like being physically sick, or having to work long hours.  It's like I'm sinking and am having trouble coming up for air.

While I was laying on the couch this morning, trying to get warm under a throw, my tabby came to lay down close by.  He covered his eyes with his paw and proceeded to fall asleep.

A blog or two back I mentioned a Christmas stocking I had started.  I've made progress and hope to have a finished product by the end of the week.
So until next time,
Have a great week!

....  Don't forget to check out the video on the "My Walk" tab.  :)

Hugs,
Sonia

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nip in the air...

Hi, it has been a beautiful week thus far ~  cool breezes and sunshine.  When I stepped out this morning, there was a nip in the air and I thought Autumn is truly here.

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I've updated the following pages.
- What Is It?
- My Walk
- Giveaways

Have a great rest of the week!

Hugs,
Sonia

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Scarecrows watching...

It was cool day today, according to my standards.  :0)

I stepped out earlier today and took a pic of some leaves that are beginning to change. 

This is my favorite time of year.  I have decorated a bit for the season.  In the living room I decked out the piano.

Then, in my sewing room the scarecrows are keeping watch. 



It won't be long and we will be getting ready for Christmas.  Since I have finally finished the log cabin quilt, I have time to work on other projects.  I'm happy to say I have finished a small quilt that has been on my heart for some time.  The lime quilt however, is still waiting for me to finish it up.  The top is done, I just need to add batting, a backing, and I've decided to tie it.  So that will happen in the next week or so (I hope).

Right now, I'm working on a Christmas stocking, for the guild's Christmas party this year.  We are going to exchange stockings.  

Here's what I've got going on.  It is being made out of felt.  I will line it with cotton or flannel fabric after I applique the trees and the snow man on the front.

I'm going to decorate the trees, the snowman and stocking with snowflakes and beads. I think it is going to turn out cute.

I have updated the "What Is It" page.  Check it out.

Have a great rest of the weekend!
Hugs, 
Sonia

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Quilts and more

Earlier in the week, Thursday to be exact, a storm blew through.  After the worst part was over the sky had a orange hue.  I stepped outside to take some pictures and there a beautiful rainbow was in the eastern sky.  My camera didn't pick up all the colors, but it was beautiful none the less.  The sky continued to churn and lighting continued to snap.  Here are some of the pictures I took over about 20 minutes.




Yesterday morning, I stepped out to check the Autumn wreath I had just put on the front door and noticed a bee, of some sort, going from flower to flower.  So I came back inside, got my camera and went back out to take pictures of him at work.




I've updated the following pages.  Check them out.
  • My Walk
  • Giveaways, Etc.
  • Quilts

Have a great week!
Sonia

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In Progress...

Over this past weekend, I found 6 quilt blocks, 16" square, and rescued them for $5.

At first I thought a blue fabric would be what I would add, but after I got the blocks home and auditioned a few fabrics I decided to use white instead. 

I have updated the Quilts, Etc. page with more on this quilt in progress.  It is going to be a small quilt and I will tie it.


I've also updated the What Is It? page.  Check it out.  You will see what last week's pic was and there is a new one to try to figure out.

I hope to have the My Walk page updated by next week.

That's it for now.

Until next time, 
Hugs,
Sonia


Friday, September 26, 2014

Beads and more beads

I've had a bracelet and a pin that needed repair.  I was able to repair them last night, and while I was at it I decided to work or start work on a couple of beading projects.

I received a bracelet, handed down from one of my aunts the other day.  It was made of agate beads and small gold beads.  It had been stretched out over the years and needed to be restrung.  When I was in local craft store, I found swarvorzki crystal beads that I thought would look good with the agate beads.   I restrung the bracelet with crystal and agate beads alternating.  The original clasp was no longer functioning properly, so I added magnetic clasps.


I had a few beads left over and made this.  I haven't decided if I will add it to my key chain or crochet a ribbon to it and use it as a book mark.



I have also had these purple beads for some time and bought the leaf pendant to go with them.  Needless to say the pendant and beads have sat in a container waiting for me to do something with them.  So I started on them last night.   I still have beads left and think I will have enough beads left over to make a matching bracelet.



That's the beading side of my life.  I plan to try to finish up the necklace tomorrow and start on a small quilt.

Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Sonia

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Autumn!

What better way to start the first day of Autumn than with a yummy bowl of peach cobbler for breakfast?

That's exactly how I started my day.   David made a peach cobbler from scratch yesterday.  He didn't have a recipe but it turned out delicious.  I have asked him to write down how he made it, so that we can make it again.   I know he used fresh peaches and that alone will make it yummy from the start.



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I've updated the "What is it?"  page.  Check it out and give me your guess.

Also check out the "Giveaway" page, it has been updated too.

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Hugs,
Sonia

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Finally Finished

Finally after a very long time, lessons learned, and contemplation of how this quilt is a picture of life, I finally have the Log Cabin quilt done.


I have also been busy with some crochet projects of late.  I have updated the Crochet, Etc page with a little car seat afghan I finished last night.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  :)

Here's another one I've been working on. I used up some specialty yarn and added borders.  It is more rectangular in shape at 23" X 36" and I'm thinking of adding more the border on the sides to make it wider.


If you don't have a gift bag when you need one, consider using a plain white bag and decorating it.
This is what I had to do for a recent gift.


My next project will be a small quilt and I will post instructions for it on the Quilts Etc page when I get it planned out.  I'm getting close to also posting on the My Walk page soon.

This evening after church I caught this picture of the clouds in the sunset.  On the drive home the clouds were lit up more from the sun and reminded me of pink cotton candy.  As you can the see the sun was set lower by the time I got home, but the clouds were still pretty.


As a sign Autumn is near, the Naked Ladies have bloomed in my flower bed.  They are an unusual flower with no leaves on the stems, but pretty.

Hope to hear back from you.

Sonia

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New pages

Hi, as you can see I'm updating my blog.   You will see new tabs/pages at the top of the page.  I have some of them updated and others I am still working on.

I've updated the What is it? tab, the Giveaways, Etc tab and the About Me tab.  The Prayer request tab has stayed the same.

I hope to have the others updated soon.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Quilted Coat

Have you ever had something like spring fever in autumn?

I feel like a squirrel that's as cracked as the nut it is trying to get into.

High energy within is held at bay from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  By the time I can spend the energy, after 5 p.m, I am so beat down from the hours before I don't have the pep in my step to do it.  It's not a physical beat down but a mental one.

It was very warm outside today, so I sat at my desk and ate lunch.  While I was eating I thought to myself "I should have brought some small hand work like crocheting or a small hand quilted project like ornaments or a Christmas stocking  This is a way I could use up some of this creative energy brewing inside".

I had a book to read, it's a good story, but when I"m in this frame of mind it is hard for me to stay focused on the story.  I tried reading after I ate, but after a few paragraphs my mind began wondering.  So I began to type.

You've guessed it, I started on this during my lunch break.

Yesterday David met me in Ozark and we spent my lunch hour together.  We went to a flea market that Audre and I discovered last week when she and I spent lunch together.

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I found a cute little Santa Clause with a quilted coat.  I think he is adorable.
I also found an angel by Jim Shore.  She is from his 2002 collection.  I've always like Jim Shore's creations and was tickled when I found this one.

$4.98
Needless to say I enjoyed my lunch break.  I use to get to spend lunch with David everyday, but with my current job it doesn't happen very often.

Thank goodness the weekend is near.  I'm so ready for it.

Hugs,
Sonia

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stopped for a moment...


On the way to work this morning, I rounded a small curve and a coyote shot out of a thicket on the side of the road and ran lightning fast across the highway in front of me.  I know that coyotes can be pests and often times are not wanted but this one was a beauty.  I don’t know if I startled it as I rounded the curve or if it was running from something, but it was moving fast.  There were a lot of crows or ravens out and about this morning too.  I don’t usually see as many as I saw this morning.   I think it was a good sign that Autumn is close.

 After I’d been at work for about an hour, it began to rain.   I had to go downstairs for some documents and as I came back upstairs the rain was coming down hard enough for me to hear it in the stairwell.  I stopped for a moment and enjoyed the sound.      
 
Though I'm physically at work, on lunch break,  I'm at home in heart and spirit.  With it being a rainy day, it is the perfect day to be in my sewing room and then later curling up with a good book.

Hope your day is going well. 

Until next time...
Hugs,
Sonia

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Always Close...

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Yesterday afternoon, towards the end of another long week at work, my desktop wallpaper changed to this picture.  I thought "what a great pic to end my week...".   A rainbow is a sign of better things to come and after the stressful and extra hours over the past two weeks, I needed that reminder.

Well the "better things" started with a 3 day weekend.  Can I get AMEN?!

This morning I was able to work on the log cabin quilt.  It was nice to be able to do so after not working on it for two weeks.

One of the best things so far this weekend is the opportunity I had this afternoon to spend time with family members I don't get to see very often.  Some of my aunts and uncles from Alabama and Louisiana are up to visit this weekend.  One of my uncles, my uncle Harold, I haven't seen since I was a young teenager.  Listening to him talk today, the sound and inflection of his voice, reminded me of my grandpa.

Growing up, due to my dad's occupation, we were on the move every three years or so and were not in close proximity to most of our family.  I wonder sometimes what it must be like to be near most of your family all your life?  What is it like to be there for them through hard times like heart break or grief, to help them through it so that they don't make choices that could harm them or they regret later?  Or to be there for them in the happiest of times, like the birth of a child or the addition of a new family member through marriage, or even to celebrate an accomplishment they've had no matter how big or small?

Though I don't get to spend a lot of time with most of my family, I cherish those times I do get to see them, because I don't know when I will see them again.  I have been blessed with a loving family on both sides and I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world.  My family is always close to me in my heart and thoughts and are continually in my prayers.

I took quite a few pictures today and plan to put them in a scrapbook.  I found a scrapbook yesterday at a local flea market and it has all the decorative pages in it.  The theme is "Family & Friends".  So the pics I took today will be perfect for it.

My first day off for the Labor Day weekend has been a good day.  I trust your weekend has started out good too.

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What's Up With That?

Lately there have been things that just make me say "hmm..." and make me wonder about them.  For example...

On the way to visit with family today, we met a police car on the highway driving towards us.  The car was moving slower than normal and as it got closer to us it moved to the yellow line, and after it was past us it swerved over the yellow line.  What's up with that?

Then there is a spot in the road on one of the highways I drive that has a sign that states "BUMP", indicating a bump is ahead in the road.   Well it is not a bump, it is a dip.  I know they have signs that state "DIP" to indicate a dip in the road.   Were they striving for a bump and just did not accomplish their goal?  What's up with that?

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I guess that's all I have for now.

Until next time, enjoy your weekend!

Hugs,
Sonia


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Focus

I was finally able to work in my sewing room this weekend.  I haven't been in it at all this past week due to my work schedule.

At the end of my week I had in 60.61 hours.  My long week caught up with me Friday afternoon and I fought off falling asleep as hard as I possible could, but I felt that my coworkers would hear a loud thump as my head hit the desk.  So I had a strong cup of coffee hoping it would help. Though I have to admit the afternoon drowsiness is something I battle frequently with this current job.  Some are days are just worse than others.

I've been thinking of what I need to get done in the next sixteen weeks.
  • Finish the log cabin quilt
  • Make small love quilt
  • Make Christmas stocking for exchange
  • Make wall hanging/place mat from last year's fat quarter from guild's Christmas party
  • Other gifts I want to make for family and friends
Hopefully things will begin to level out and I will have time to work these projects.

At the beginning of the week I decided to focus on blessings instead of the frustrations and long hours the week promised.

  • Monday: after a long day I saw a beautiful rainbow on the way home and a beautiful starry sky at night.
  • Tuesday: stepped out of the house to a cool morning, a nice change from the hot muggy ones. 
  • Wednesday: coconut cream pie - it's been a very long time since I last tasted coconut cream pie, this was a yummy blessing.  It was also a day of good song's going through my mind.  Songs like "it's alright, have a good time cause it's alright yeah it's alright" and "His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me". 
  • Thursday: a favorite sweater of mine was returned to me.  I didn't realize it was missing, I thought that it was in the clothes hamper waiting to be washed.   One of the local churches catered our lunch today and the oatmeal raisin cookies were the best I have ever tasted.  
  • Friday:  enjoyed a phone call with my son.  He is doing well and starting school and teaching next week.  He is going to be very busy.   I also got to leave work earlier today than the rest of the week.

By focusing on blessings, it helped my week go better.  I was tired and wore out by the end of the week but I was not frustrated or stressed to the max and that is essentially the best blessing of the week.  :)

So if you feel discouragement coming on... start focusing on blessings that come your way.

Hugs,
Sonia