Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A book review for all ages


When I took my business back to the bare basics, I had decided that I was going to start all over again in every way, which includes this blog. 
On my old blog, I used to talk about EVERYTHING. From hillbilly sillies, to stories about my family, to quilt tutorials, I just blogged it all. And I LOVED it. But when Jerry first got sick five years ago (has it been that long??!!) I disappeared.

I mean it. I lost ME. 



So, I determined that when I basically took my little shop down to the very basics, JUST pdf designs, then it was time to start everything over again, including this blog.
Because I LOVE writing and it's a great outlet for me, and maybe even it will be a good read for you.

Reading and writing go hand in hand. So, I also vowed to pick up a book. And read it. I have SO MANY books. My husband and I were both avid readers at one time...before he got sick. We enhaled books. He can barely read anymore, and I never read because I was lost.
So I picked up a book.
I started with a kid's book.
One should NEVER mind reading a kid's book. Plus I need to decide at what age to read each book to Stephen. So I am slowly reading through our library, and am marking each book at what age to read them to my son.

Just today I finished a classic by E. B. White.
Now if you don't recognize that author, he wrote Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little.
And this book which I had never read before: 


At first I really enjoyed the story. I love outdoor stories and animal stories. I'd never read much about Trumpeter Swans and I looked forward to learning about these beautiful birds.

Just as in the other books mentioned above, the story line allowed for the animals to take on human traits and that is when I thought I might not enjoy it.  
Not that animals taking on human traits is a problem. I am just a realist. My favorite genre is biography or historical fiction.
I like it to be true or sound true.
But the more I read, the more I grew to love this swan.
And there is something to be said for older books. The character lessons are so good. This little swan rose above.
In fact, as I sit here and type, I am realizing just how much I can learn from this swan and his trumpet. 



Grab you a cookie, or a bon bon, or even a carrot stick. Sit down and read this treasure. It will only take you a day or two.
And I am not affiliated with anyone but me and my little family.
And my little family is so happy that I am finding my way to ME again.

Now what shall I read next?
Lemme go pick something...
Because we all know that I should be sewing but at the end of a long day, its so much better for me to just read a book. 


Monday, May 22, 2017

8 Shooters: Clue ten, baste it all again!



In the last few weeks we have been working on our pretty background colors.
(Labeled as SOLID MATCHING BACKGROUND SET TWO).
Below are the colors I chose.

We started with the darker one.
We still have some pieces not sewn up, but place them aside for now.



This week we are going to baste squares and triangles again.
ALL of your remaining squares and small triangles need to be basted to the lighter of the
 SOLID MATCHING BACKGROUND SET TWO color.



A quick count that I HOPE is accurate is there should be 80 small triangles and
48 squares, My pieces are at the other house at the moment so please tell me you have 80 small triangles and 48 squares left. (Because if you will remember right my pattern got lost in the move and has yet to be found. I sound like a disorganized mess but its only because my kids packed/moved my desk!)

I am going to see you in ten days this time. I have all mine basted but I feel like last week had a lot of sewing plus this is a lot of basting for those that hand baste.
If you are caught up then please share in the facebook group so that we can see, or even if you have just begun please share! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 9: Indian Time!


For this mystery we are playing Cowboys. And no game of cowboy would be complete without playing a game of Cowboys and Indians. 
It kind of makes me sad that in the political correctness of our society, our littles hardly play Cowboys and Indians anymore. Because, after all they are "Native Americans". Yes. Yes they are. But I am Cherokee. 1/4 Cherokee. Not a lot but enough to have enough Indian heritage to not be ashamed to be called an Indian. Sorry... I chased a rabbit there. 
We are playing Cowboys and Indians this week my mystery friends. 


Last Clue we were sewing our dark background pieces to Shooters Set One.
This week we are going to sew to Shooters Set TWO.

We are not going to touch our four shooters from SET TWO this week. Instead we are going to pick up our Double Shots (also from SET TWO)  and turn them into arrows.


Ok so they look like rocket ships.
That was the last mystery.
We are sharp shooters this time folks. So this is an arrow.
Cuz we are playing Cowboys and Indians this week.



I'll see you in a week. And this time its for real because I am already done with my portion.

I am so sorry this post took so long. I blogged why.
 You can read all about it here.
No matter how sick my husband gets, I am now trying to rebuild my business just as a pattern business. The dream still is to cut down my work hours some and travel to guilds and shops teaching or doing mini mystery classes.
 So please trust me that I will be around more since I've now up and moved my family and we are making a fresh start. A better start.
Of course we tried that a year and a half ago, and here we go again.
Hoping this is our last new start for a long time.



A quick move

Before I post the next mystery clue, I want to blog about why it has taken so long and where Ive been.

A few weeks ago a bad, unmentionable thing happened to Stephen. I won't go into details but never, ever do I miss work. This happened while I was at work. I rushed home and took off the next 5 days. During this time my husband and I decided we just had to move. This was strike two in this category of bad, and it was much worse than last time. We were not going to wait on a strike three.

So I began feverishly looking for a place that we could afford. But found nothing. So we decided to go forward and see if we could get a home loan. There are so many ins and outs of his disability battle and one big financial decision is still in court. So we were unable to get a loan until that court decision is made.

Right after we found that out, I woke up one morning and told my husband that I am hitting the road and finding somewhere. Something. I drove south. Further south than we cared to go but for months I've felt the urge to 'move south of the metro/ south of the river'. I work north of the river. But I looked south. I ended up in Independence. I grew up there. When I left I swore I would never, ever move back. But I found a subdivision. Sadly, thank to my husbands health, we have to become part of the low income population. I'm ok with that. I just wanted a decent neighborhood. This duplex subdivision seemed fairly quiet. Some places looked run down but some looked well kept.

I called on one place. Nope, she said no way on a dog. Well, our dog is family so no thanks to her too.

I called on another one. They wouldn't answer. I've tried with them before. The agent lived in Colorado. No thanks.

Then I found another. A scribbled sign in the yard with a number. And we got the place. Our new landlord is the best I've ever had. (well I liked the ones in Southern Mo too). The place is clean and well kept. So within weeks after the 'thing' happened to our boy, we were gone. I moved fast. I just wanted him out of there. And me out of there.

Stephen was heartbroken at first. But one day when he was quite upset, I reached out my pinkie and I pinkie promised him that all would be fine. We are building a new life. And he's been trying to trust me about that.

Well, all has been fine. In just two weeks Stephen has gotten involved in community events and made friends.

The move isn't easy. I am not even close to being done. I still have half the home to pack up. I keep going and buying cookware since I've not moved the kitchen yet. I can only move on days off. And my husband is too sick to help much. He's gotten worse. And worse. He fell today when trying to get dressed. So I have 15 days. And in those days I have to spend some of my days off getting him to KU for tests. But I'll get it done eventually.

The reason I am telling all this to you: This is why the mystery clue is late. When the unmentionable happened to Stephen I, right then and there, removed many of you from my personal facebook profile. If I don't know you, then I am sorry but I won't 'friend' you. Because I have a young son, a sick husband, and I don't need people I don't know looking at what we are doing. So, sorry if I unfriended you. I just friend people I know. That I REALLY know. Because my family is precious to me and must be guarded. So, you all didn't know what was going on, and were kept in the dark. I am sorry. When all went down I just worked as fast as I could to make things right for us.

Now, lets get to the mystery, shall we?
Its coming in the next post in a few minutes.

Monday, May 1, 2017

8 Shooters Clue 8: 888



Today I bring you the 8th Clue
in your 8 Shooters Mystery.
You need 8 squares of the background color that you just basted. 




I LOVE this clue.
Because we are starting to finally combining colors and making some pop.
Today we are just going to work with your Shooters Set One.
This set only has one 8 Shooter.
Give it four squares.
Pretty!
(Take a moment and remove your diamond papers as well. JUST the diamond papers.)



Then sew a square to the tip of each of your other four 6 pointer partial stars that go with SET ONE. 



And now you have 8 squares for your 8th clue of your 8 shooter mystery.

I have no doubt that some of you will have these all sewn up by days end. POST IN THE FACEBOOK GROUP when you are caught up. We LOVE to see the posts!

So I could say I'd give you the next clue in 3 days.
If I wasn't moving.
But I am moving and taking it a day at a time, a trip at a time around work.
Therefore, it's going to be a week.
If I get mine done sooner, I'll post it sooner.

8n't that somethin'?