Thursday, May 10, 2012

Just a few things to add :)

So, I got my Starflowers done

And BRACE YOURSELF...
Dragon fly
Flower pots
Tree
My first attemt at embroidery!!! Sorry about the wonky pis! It is still in the hoop and I did not want to have to wriggle it back in there! LOL I just started on the tree last night and I think I will take  this with me when I camp this weekend! YA! It is part of the Clover & Violet QAL I know they did the blocks and then the embroidery, But I know that my Applique blocks 'shrink' and I did not want that to happen to these! So, I did the stitchin first and will go back and sew blocks later! Plus, I have not decided on what two colours I want to use! So, I will wait for inspiration from the centers! I will take better pics once I get them done and ironed and all! But you get the idea! :)

Well, I have packages that I have to finish getting ready and they WILL go out today!

I also have laundry, packing, and I think I might get to stitch while kids sleep!
Have a great weekend! I am camping and enjoying the WONDERFUL weather!!!
Josie

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I'm back!

Whew! That was a long week without a computer! LOL What did we ever do without?? No in all reality I did have my little notebook, but I cannot put pics on that not a lot of memory and I don't want to fill it all up! I really need to get a memory stick to put all my pics on!
I have finished a few things!


Remember all those HST I was working on??  Well, I got the top all together! Now I have to decide if I want more of a border on it! Oh, I did add a 2 inch white border after this pic was taken, But I have to say one of my biggest flaws so far is NOT knowing what to add to 'fiinish' it off! You know! Honeyman likes this with just the white on the edge! I think I might have to agree with him and When I get a chance to pick up some backing for this I might just do some straight line quilting and purple for the binding! i was happy to use some of my squares from the swaps I have done! I love all those different fabrics!


                                                       I am a month behind in my Blogger BOM. So this one is my March Block(s). I have to get the April done yet, too and then I will be caught up! (I do so hate being behind).
I got my May swap done for We Bee learning! It will go in the mail in the morning when Honeyman gets home and can make my run to the post office!
May To Do List:



Catch up on Blogger BOM! Only one month behind!!
Decide what I am doing for the Red White and Blue Blog Hop!!
Swaps:
   We Bee Learning: DONE
   Bee Creative 2012: Star Flower
   Beejeebers: Beachy Applique (Yes this is a new swap! I was recently invited to fill in for someone who sadly had to drop out! I hope I can do these AMAZING ladies proud!!)
   Comfort Quilts: My Month!! Wait for stuff to arrive and stitch together!! :)
Celebrate my oldest Daughter's SEVENTEENTH birthday!! (that just does NOT seem possible!!)

I think I got it all! :) Back with more!
Have a beautiful day!!
Josie

Oh, are y'all ready for this?? I started an embroidery thingy!! AAHHH!! Wish me luck!! :)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Winner Winner...

Sorry guys! I am still without computer so I will try my best to make this look as spectacular as I can!! Well I got the little guy on here, but do you think I can make him pretty??? NOPE! hehe! Well # 4 is
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BloggerGrammasheri said...
Oh Josie I just have to enter this one! I love love love pincushions! You did a great job on these and, well, I think the pink one is my favorite. Who can resist the fun, fuzzy edges of the leaves? Thanks for hosting this giveaway...
She gets the pattern and one of my pineapples

Next winner


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Blogger~Kelie~ said...
Aww those are adorable!!!! I'm so glad I'm not the only beginner around that has "issues" with certain things!!! LOL! Anyways, thanks for the chance to win such a cute prize!!!

Kelie you get one of my pineapples!!

I will be sending out e-mails to you ladies! Thanks again to those of you who come back to see me!! :)

I have more finished projects, but alas till I get my new computer I cannot get them up on here!! Gonna stitch away the day!
have a splendid Saturday!!
Josie

I have realized that I do not know how to use Mr. Random Number generator! He really did show #'s on my screen, but when I went to put him on here they went away! POOOO! Plus, I cannot turn off the Italics! LOL Is this just me or is it Blogger in all its wonderful glitchiness???



Thursday, May 3, 2012

techno terror and another of my rants!

Well, when I say no fun pics this time I really have to mean it! :( My computer finally bit the dust! I cannot get it to keep a browser up!! So, My beloved Honeyman ordered a new one :) and I got a bonus out of the deal!! See, he ordered it off Amazon (I love that place) because it was cheaper than going to the box store, plus six months same as cash! A phone call to Baby Brother to give the thumbs up for the one we chose (he is after all the expert) and it seams the last time I was shopping there I was looking at a 1/4 inch foot for my machine but did not want to pay shipping for one item, well! Did I say I love him?? It was in the cart so he went ahead and ordered it for me! The update said it should be here by Monday and I can't wait! Oh, for the computer, too!! LOL In the mean time I have to put up with life on the notepad! At least it is my window to the outside world! I would be lost if I did not have this little guy (private moment to hug my Notepad)!

OK rant time! This is the part where I moan about just any old thing that has come to mind and can I tell you right now it is the bank!!! So, one of the guys that Honeyman works with just did some mortgage modifications on his rental properties. This is not something your bank will advertise to you but right now because loan rates are so low you can modify and it costs little to no money to do so! Well, we called and got the process started, but because we have an FHA loan we have to do what is called a streamline. So, after a week of filling out papers and faxing back and forth they tell us that in order to meet the terms we have to decrease our payment by 5%. OK not a big deal. Here is what made me MAD... when the re-offer came the reason marked for the 'new terms' was not 'does not meet qualification's or 'needs to meet certain terms' it was , wait for it, NO BENEFIT TO BUYER!!!!! OK, so we were going to go from 23 years left in our loan to a 15 year loan, from 6.375% interest to 3.5% interest and payment would go down by $23. By their standards it had to go down by $34! So we were talking we missed the boat by $11 a month!!! I was beside myself when I read that!!!  And the big kick in the pants of all of it was all we had to 'pay down' on the loan is $1200! What the, they WILL allow us to pay that down and then we will meet the qualifications, but my words to them are, so in 15 years from now (or really if we continue to pay what we are paying right now which is the plan only 11 1/2 years) if I just stop paying you then you tell me there was no benefit to me!! Right! Please tell me I am not the only one who thinks that a line drawn that far in the line is just NUTZ! Sheesh!

OK rant done! Thanks for listening to me! Hey, if you have not already make sure you go over and check out my giveaway!!

Have a great day!!
Josie

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Who Lives in a Pineapple under the sea (Giveaway)

So, I could not get that song out of my head! Well it might have had something to do with the fact that that show is on our TV every day! True story I am a Patrick Star (or as Lil used to call him Patpat) fan!! But that really has not that much to do with my post today! Did I say giveaway??
stitching on the side!
Rena, asked me if I wanted to do up a pattern and review for her for her Pineapple Crush pincushion !! After I made sure to say 'Ya do know I am a beginner' she assured me that I would be just fine! Guess what... when a pattern is laid out for you and you have clear direction (and you remember to read ALL of those directions) She is right! I was just fine! Sometimes, I do have to read things a few times and other times I do have a tenancy of missing something altogether! See...
Let us take a look at the pink and teal pineapple... so you see the stitching, well somehow I missed the fact on the first one that you were supposed to twist the embroidery thread around it! Guess what, it was there in black and white! Clear as day in the directions! Lets all laugh at me now! The first one I did was the pink one and I reread the pattern when I made the other three and kicked myself for not seeing that! Lesson learned because can I tell you how long it took to do that after this bad boy was already stuffed! (But, I secretly like the way it looked! sshhh)

I did correct my error on the other three and I LOVE the way these little pineapples look! I did get a little carried away with the two tone look! And I was so crazy psyched to have fun coloured embroidery thread that I had to use some fun colours! I also, as a new sewer, have to thank her for the clear directions on the satin stitch! Some of the things on my new machine are still very new to me and I learned something new (ummm that would be stitch length and width hehe)
 Rena has kindly offered a free pattern to one of my lucky followers! And I am going to offer one two of these little guys to you! So The first winner will get a pattern and a pincushion, and the second lucky duck will get a pincushion!
                                                                                                    I don't claim to be the queen of the pincushion ...yet, but hey I had such a great time with these little guys!!                          So, to win it is easy... leave a comment!! You do not have to be a follower, but it would be nice! I like to see your faces here :) Please make sure you are not a no-reply blogger! If I can't get ahold of you, you can't win :(    I will draw a winner on Friday @ 5:00! (If I can figure out how to use Mr. Random Number Generator I will use him otherwise my kids will get to draw from a hat! LOL)
Good luck!! Thank you SO much to Rena for hosting!!! Be sure to check out her blog and her shop!!
Thanks for visiting with me today! Good luck in the drawing!!
Josie



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 8 Spring Air Top Hop

This is it ladies and gents!! We have come to the last day!! I hope y'all have had as good of a time as I have!! There are some tables out there with AWESOME tops on them!! Just sayin'!!

Wednesday April 25th




Thanks again to all of the lovely ladies who shared with us!! And our amazing hostess for guiding us along!!!
Come and visit me again please!!
JoCrazyMama





Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day 7 Spring Air Top Hop And Treasures from my Daddy!!

Hey all! I had the best surprise on Monday!! But I had already posted, so I didn't want to bog anyone down!! Back story, My Dad went to visit his cousin (Audrey) over the weekend. My Dad is 73 and I'm not sure how much older Audrey is, but I think it is ten years or so. She has always been very active had a sharp mind and was often out with her 'Man Friend' who has been her companion for 15 years or better. Well she is now in a care facility and does NOT want to be there!! To top it off her 'Man Friend' passed away this weekend!!  So, Dad was going to try to calm her down and see if he could offer any help. While he was there he asked Audrey if he could have some of the quilts his grandmother had made!! (Audrey has no children and her only other family is another cousin who helps along with Dad) She was more than happy to let him pick out what he wanted!! And of course they were for ME!! :)
Postage Stamp

The first one (Postage Stamp) is not in that great of shape! Many of the little squares have been replaced, but were NOT replace with cotton. Feels like a synthetic of some sort! It will take a little TLC to get this one back in shape! But can I tell you the back is PERFECT! It is the flipped over Bright Yellow (My guess is feed sack) and I LOVE it!! It is not 'quilted' only tied with fine purple thread... to the back side! Weird!!
HST







The second one is probably in the best shape! The back is a fake out itty bitty triangle thing Heidi (aka Hagatha or the Troll guarding the bridge) has it flipped over on her side. This one is also tied and I think I might see if it is big enough to fit my bed! If so... I am SO putting it on there!!
Tumbler Blocks





 The third one, the tumbler, is in pretty good shape. It needs a new binding and I need to see if I can work the water stains out of it! (Can we say hello Biz and a special thank you to Mary for her leg work in this matter!! Thanks for your help!!)
So I will be pulling out the stops and working magic on this big bad (my guess is this one is a queen!)
My Dad says these were  either made by his Mother (Flossie Festina Elizabeth Fettererer Iffland) or his Grandmother (who I only know by Grandma Cook  LOL) But his grandmother has been gone since the early 50's and his Mother passed away soon after my Sister was born in '71!

OK Now we are still in a blog hop here!!  What amazing Toppers we have seen so far! And... THERE ARE MORE!!!!


 Tuesday April 24th
 


Catch them now! Last two days to hop along!!!
Josie