Friday, January 28, 2011

Blind Quilter



THIS VIDEO made my day!! Please use your talents!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Baby it's cold outside

Baby it's cold outside...La la...we all know that song from holidays just past. It's not a Christmas song, but we only hear it during the December holidays.  Shame...because boy oh boy is it true today here in New Jersey!!  I am at home today, and my heater is running non stop with only 10 minutes between cycles, and this is a house of only 15 years with current insulation and such.  I dread my utility bill next month!!


Pictures of the Delaware bay down in Cape May County where I grew up.  Frozen waves on the shoreline. Something I only saw twice while growing up [many moons ago]!! While growing up, we always boasted of how 'warm' we could be even in the dead of winter...because the salt waters were always above freezing. Guess those days are not now!

Life is happening....things are changing...weather is frightfully amazing....time for new ventures.  As this ice thaws, and changes so will there be some new happenings at the shoppe...stay tuned!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thank you all dear readers

Yup...it's my birthday! I am another year older, no wiser, no thinner, and many other 'issues'.  My birthday celebrates many things...
  • My parents, Joseph and Maren, met during WWII, married in 45, and welcomed me in 53.  A big baby...[maybe why I continue the trend ;-) 10lbs plus.  Mom was odd...she breastfed me!! AH the wonders of Danish beliefs...back then!
  • My Sister, my friend, born three years later the day after my 3rd birthday party!! UH HUH...on the 23rd.  She tipped the scales too! over 11 lbs.  I do remember bits and pieces of mom not being home...heaven help us...I slept with my dad!!
  • Race ahead some years...and I celebrate my Husband  Hank of almost 32 years now. He has always made this day special in some way, good times, rough times.  Love you bunches dear man.
  • Then my four wonderful children...Michelle, who made my 28th birthday special, Joseph when I was 30, Bryan at 34 and dear dear Sarah Beth who made me [advanced maternal age] at 36!!  what would my life be without them?? very very empty.
  • And now I celebrate my sweet Daughter in law Danielle...she makes Joe so happy.
  • The absolute fun part of being older [still waiting to grow up] is grandsons.  Jonathan who made 48 a great year to be a grand mom; and now J>J> [Joe Jr} who at 6months is such sweet joy.
  • Add my friends to the celebration, and Life is good.
  • Stitching, running the shoppe, cooking, gardening, all the things that make a life good.  I celebrate!
Don't need any gifts, I live them all year long.  Thanks all for the good wishes.  Stay tuned...it's gonna be another great year!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

New generation discovers pleasures of sewing - Style - NewsObserver.com

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL!!!

  This news story is courtesy of a good friend of mine from SAGA.  It supports the hope and promise that the younger generation and young MOM"S will discover the joys of sewing and making your own clothes.
  New generation discovers pleasures of sewing - Style - NewsObserver.com 
              Click the link for the article.

  Even though I have far fewer followers than some, I sincerely hope my dear readers will pass this one on. Not often do I 'soap box' about sewing, but there are days when I wish our education system, our grand parents [myself included] would give our youngsters and young adults more chances and more exposure to the needle arts.  Today it may not help our pocketbooks as fabric/notions are costing more; but certainly it will help them understand why good clothing is costly if done right.

  Like knitting...sewing has not disappeared, it is [hopefully] starting on a comeback trip as more than just Crafting!  Quilting is one art of sewing, home decorating is another.  Clothing is [in my mind] a very personal defining and rewarding type of sewing art that can create memories for a lifetime along with self satisfaction.  As I sit and sew, or knit...my heart sings with memories of my grandmothers [one knitter, one sewing] my own mother and her wonderful creations for ME in my life. I pray and hope that my own children, girls and boys, will have memories along with the treasures I have created for them. And that they may create for their own.

NOW, if I could just have one little grand daughter to sew for...it will be heaven.  Love my boys...but oh the girl things in my mind are bursting to be made.  [No pressure...just hoping]

Have a wonderful and happy day!!