Friday, November 27, 2009

~On the Couch~

I want to thank you all so much for all your thoughtful wishes and prayers for a safe surgery, it really touched my heart!.

I had "Bunion Surgery" on the 24th. Gary took this picture on Thanksgiving day, its a bit blurry but that's just how I feel. I had an allergic reaction to the first pain med's the Doctor prescribe for me, my face and cheeks turned bright red and puffy, I also itched all over. I am learning how to use the crutches, its harder than I thought it would be. I will be right here on the couch for several weeks, with my foot up watching HGTV.

I am writing this post with my laptop on my lap and my foot up its a bit hard to do this. I missed not reading all your posts the last few days.

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. My daughter asked our little grandson "Ty" who is 4 1/2 years old, what he was thankful for and he said, " Apples!" Out of the mouths of babes. I think apples are a good thing to be thankful for too.

I will be thinking of you all decorating your homes for Christmas. I don't think I will be doing much decorating this year so I can't wait to see your homes all decked out. It will take some time for my foot to mend. The Doctor had to remove some bones and put in a few screws.

My girls, sister and mom have been here to help me. Gary and all the girls in the family cooked Thanksgiving dinner for us. It was quite fun to see them all scurrying around my tiny kitchen.

Big hugs to you all and thank you again for thinking of me.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

~What I did this Weekend~

I spent my weekend finishing up sewing projects and using up the rest of the toile fabric I had made the dinning room chair slip covers out of and the pillows for the cream couch in the front room.

This is a 18x18 pillow I made using the left over toile and what was left of Grandmas stitching that I had previously used for the pillow I had made out of drop cloth for our bedroom.
Then I decided to cover the ottoman in our bedroom, originally I was going to use the drop cloth fabric, but I didn't have enough and I did not want to run out to the hardware store to buy more, so I thought I would just use what I had. I am not sure if I like it or not.. since I really wanted to make the ottoman slip cover out of drop cloth. I think I'll have to make another slip cover with the drop cloth when I'm able to sew again.

Then I needed to finish up with a baby gift for my niece, she is having a baby boy who's name will be Logan in Dec.. This is a simple blanket made out of two yards of fleece fabric, this is a blanket I make a lot since all my little ones in our family enjoy cuddling up in them.

So are you wondering why I wanted to spend my "Whole" weekend sewing?, well I will be off my feet for a while recuperating from foot surgery. Yes indeed I will be sporting a pair of crutches for two months and wearing the most fashionable shoe.
My surgery will be on Nov. 24th. I will be off work for two months. No sewing or spinning yarn for me, but I will be doing a lot of hand stitching, knitting and crochet on the couch.

Gary and I went to the yarn store so I could stock up on projects, and I decided to make a afghan for my very first give a way, I am hoping to make my 100th post soon since I'll be off work and I will have more time to post. So stay tuned for my 100th post.

I also took a lot of photo's this weekend, so I could have something to post until I can get around to take pictures.

I wonder if this very chic shoe comes in "Red".

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

~The Ashford Spinning Wheel~

This is the "Ashford Traveller Wheel" and she is so "sweet". I have always wanted to learn how to spin my own yarn, ever since I went to my first "Renaissance Fair" and watched the ladies spinning.
Learning how to spin yarn was on my bucket list, now I can cross it off. Well at least I have the spinning wheel now, I still need to learn "how".
I searched for classes on the net in my home town and low and behold I found one. I am so very excited to start a class and finally learn to spin.

The Ashford Traveller Wheel weighs only 15 pounds so she is easy to carry and transport. I found her for sale at work of all places, a gal at work was moving and she no longer had room for the Ashford, since she had purchased a new wheel. I bought her for only $80.00, new these wheels can run over $400.00.

I even have some practice wool.
And books to read!. I can't wait to get started. Do you spin and if so can you give me any helpful hints? (Oh my, I just noticed that when I snapped this photo the bottom of my pjs were in the way , oh silly me!) Do you take your photos in your pjs too?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

~Pink & Red Rose~

On Saturday we had the utmost pleasure of having our life long friends (Mike and Lisa) come to dinner, we have not seen each other for years, but that did not matter, our conversations were as if we talked everyday. We had lost touch with each other when we moved and then they moved.
I was a bridesmaid in the their wedding and Gary sang for their wedding, that was 32 years ago. Mike, Lisa and I went to high school together. Mike found us through Face-Book.
Gary and I wanted to prepare a nice meal and we also thought it would be a nice time to use the china he had purchased while stationed in Okinawa in 1968.

A close up of the china, a simple pink rose. (You can click on any photo to enlarge if you like)
This is how the table looked, our color skeem was white, pink, red and blue. We used a white table cloth with matching napkins, red chargers under the china, Grandma's sliver and crystal wine glasses.

Gary and I made the flower arrangements, very simple to do (flowers from Costco). My niece Amber while working in Guatemala purchase these lovely blue candle holders. I use them every chance I can.
The cobalt blue candle holders really brought out the blue in the china and the toile chair slip covers.

The day after the flowers were still fresh and looked pretty on the dinning room table.
I almost forgot, to tell you the menu. We all started visiting and I forgot to take pictures of the dinner, but I did snap a few photos of the dessert before Mike and Lisa arrived, a chocolate and coconut bunt cake that we served with french vanilla ice cream and coffee.
So for dinner we served, Prime Rib with Au juice that Gary prepared deliciously for us, red potatoes, sweetcorn with butter, green salad filled with radishes, pecans, cranberry's, cucumber's, cheese and hot peppers, we also had freshly bake french bread with butter. Red and Blush wine.
We had the loveliest time with our friends who we treasure. Gary and I had a fun time dressing the table and preparing the meal.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

~The Office Chair~

The story of the "Office Chair". This little chair started out in a garage sale where my dear friend Jackie found her, Jackie cleaned her up and put a new seat cover on her and brought her to work to reside in her office for many, many years. The stories this little chair could tell, I think everyone at work has sat in this chair at one time or another to tell Jackie their woes (Jackie is a wonderful listener).

Jackie retired and the little "Office Chair" went to stay with my other sweet friend Shirley and to reside with her for many, many more years, until Shirley retired just a few weeks ago (I miss my friends).
You can click to enlarge any photo if you like.
As you can see the little "Office Chair" came home with me! and I could not help myself but to give her a new look!.
The first thing I did was take the seat off and remove the fabric, Jackie how many staples did you use? I was talking to you as I was removing them one by one. LOL.

Then I sanded her for what seemed to be forever and then I clued on four little flower medallions that I purchased from Lowes.
All sanded and ready to paint.
I used spray paint its much faster then the old paint brush.
And Wa-La here she is, with fresh paint and a new seat cover, that I made out of the left over drop cloth that I used for our bedroom curtains.
I sanded and distressed her to give her the vintage look.

Aww, but then I could not get Becky's slip chair covers out of my mind, we all know Becky from "Sweet Cottage Dreams" we love Becky. Well I just had to copy her, I mean borrow her idea (hehe).
I added pleats.

I also lined the inside. I love the new look of the little "Office Chair". She will have a new office to reside in here at home with us. It only seems fitting she stays in the office.