Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas 2008

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Christmas Trip to Nebraska.

On Saturday night, Todd and I drove to Beatrice NE to meet my parents and get Mom's old industrial sewing machine!!!! We drove through a brief snow storm, but the roads weren't bad. Falls City had a blanket of ICE Saturday morning when we woke up, so I was worried the roads would be bad, but a few miles out of FC the roads were cleared. It was windy and COLD when we met Mom and Dad to change the machine from their PU to ours, so after Todd had it tied down, we went to RUNZA for a quick supper. (We don't have them in Texas, so that is a MUST place to eat when we are up north.) Todd and I had a tough time getting the machine unloaded when we got home last night, but it worked and it's in the garage waiting to be cleaned and oiled before it gets used. I can't even explain how excited I am to have it! I can't WAIT TO SEW ON IT!!!!!!!! Here is what it looks like now:


 I can't wait to use it! For a while Mom used to recover furniture and redo car interiors, so that is what she used the machine for. I remember both her and Dad working in the barn and going out to help or watch. That was a LONG time ago!!!!

Mom also gave me her button maker!
P.S. - If you have a couple minutes, you can click on the ads I have on the blog and help me earn some extra $$ to go towards my sewing expenses!!! LOL Thanks a bunch!

Monday, December 22, 2008

My new gym bag!!!

I saw a post on craftster with a tutorial to make this bag a while ago and finally decided to start it yesterday. I'm going to use it as a gym bag (the new gym in town opened last week) and also will use it when Todd and I head to Nebraska for Christmas on Thursday. I'm really excited about how it came out. I'm going to make a couple cosmetic bags to match it.

Here is the finished bag. There is a large pocket on each side that have velcro for closure. I made some red piping for the outside pockets - I think it adds a lot!
The long handle is removable - I found these at WalMart when I bought the zippers
Inside I made three pockets on each side like I do in my purses (I already packed the bag for my trip to the gym after work today)

The pattern was really easy to make. I used two layers of heavy interfacing for the bottom and the large sides, so I'm hoping it will hold it's shape. It will be fun to make some other sizes and play around with the pattern a little.

This may be the last post until after Christmas. (Unless I get the matching cosmetic bags done and have time to take pictures.) Tonight I'm off to the gym for my fourth work out in five days. I decided to take yesterday (Sunday) off since my legs HURT! Today I'll do my "A" day workout - upper body and some cardio. We're having left overs for supper, so I don't have to do much for that. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we're having Spaghetti, but I'll try to brown the hamburger tonight and put it in the crock pot when I'm home at lunch tomorrow. Wednesday we're having the kids over for supper and we'll open presents. Then Todd and I are heading to church at 9 pm. Early Thursday, weather permitting, we'll head to Nebraska and be there until Sunday. We both have to work on Monday morning. It will be a quick trip, but we'll get to see McKenna and her parents, my parents for a few minutes and we'll be staying with Todd's parents and his grandmother.

1/26/10 - I've been asked to post the link to the craftster tutorial that I used - you can find it here .  I'd love to see pictures of the finished bags!!!  You can email them to me at jylslife (at) gmail ( dot) com

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I'm taking a chance

posting this, since it's a Christmas present, but I don't think my sister checks my blog very often. ;)

She was nice enough to send a stained glass piece with my parents when they came to visit, and since Todd and I are planning to go to Nebraska for a couple days for Christmas, I thought I'd make her a purse. I went over to Kinsey Interiors last Friday to look at their fabric and really liked this one. I started on it Saturday and finished last night. I hope she likes it.

Finally updating my blog!!!!!

I've been busy lately. We got together with the kids to decorate Christmas cookies and to celebrate Angel's 4th birthday (it was Monday, 12/15). Here are some pictures from cookie decorating:

I wasn't very happy with the recipes I tried for the Sugar Cookies, so if anyone has a good one, please let me know!

And pics of Angel opening his birthday presents:
We gave him money to go pick out his own present. I can't believe he's FOUR!!!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Angel's school picture 2008


Quilt top is DONE!

Last night I finished the quilt top!!!!! Added the boarders and serged around the edges since it will be after the first of the year before I can put it in and start quilting it. I quilt by hand, so it will take up our entire living room and with Christmas so soon, I need to wait.

Here is the final result - the boarders add a lot! I made the boarder at the top of the quilt smaller so I'll be able to tell what goes on the top of the bed - a trick my mom uses.

I also took pictures of the Christmas tree and fireplace "mantel" - practically the only Christmas stuff we have up.
Todd put the stocking up this year.
And the fireplace with the lights on (sorry it's blurry, you get the idea).

Today the girls and grandkids are supposed to come over to decorate Christmas cookies and to celebrate Angel's birthday. It will be fun, but I still have a bunch of cookies to make, so I'm up early.

I also decided I'm going to make a purse for my sister for Christmas since we are heading to Nebraska on Christmas Day. I bought some more fabric at Kinsey Interiors Friday, so will use one of those. I'll post pictures if I get it done early enough.

I will have to work Christmas Eve, probably until 1 or so, then we'll have the girls and grandkids over to celebrate Christmas. I'm planning on a casual supper of Chili and grilled cheese sandwiches, then opening presents. Todd and I will get up really early the next morning (Thursday) to start our long drive to Falls City, Nebraska. We are taking both dogs and driving the pickup so that we can meet my parents sometime while we are there to get mom's old commercial sewing machine. I can't wait!

While in Falls City, we'll stay at Todd's parents and get to spend lots of time with Todd's grandma. Megan and family will come up sometime so we can get a 5 generation picture. We'll head home either Saturday or Sunday (at the latest) since we both have to work again Monday. It will be a quick trip, but at least this year I don't have to drive it by myself.

Better get those cookies in the oven.... :D

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mom's purse is done!

I finally finished Mom's purse Sunday morning. I had a hard time with the lining Saturday night, so decided to quit and start again Sunday. After about 20 minutes working on it Sunday morning, it was DONE!

It's finally the right size - not too big. I think she will like it. Here are the photos that I took quick when I was home at lunch yesterday.


I still haven't decorated for Christmas, so I think I'll do that sometime this week. Todd's already gotten the Christmas stuff off the shelves in the garage, so all I have to do is have him bring them into the house. I need to decorate at the office, too, but that's just putting the tree out - last year Jason put the tree in the corner of the storage closet without taking the ornaments off, so it will take me just a few minutes. I'll take pictures of our house after I'm done decorating.

Next week Angel turns 4! He's getting so big (they all are).

I still can't believe Christmas is soon! Todd and I are going to go to Nebraska so we can get a 5 generation picture with him, his Mom, his Grandma, Megan and McKenna. We are planning to leave Thursday morning and drive home Sunday. We are also planning to meet my parents to get Mom's old commercial sewing machine that she said I can have. ANOTHER TOY!!!! :D I can't wait!!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

I'm borrowing photos

of McKenna from Megan's myspace page.
Isn't she ADORABLE!!!!!!

And here is McKenna with her Great, Great Grandma (Todd's grandma) Rena from IL (she was the recipeint of the brown and orange purse I made).

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Our Thanksgiving went very well. All the food was delicious. My new electric roaster exceeded my expectations! And it was nice to get together with Tab, Sam and their families. It would have been nice to also be able to see Megan and Kate. Todd and I are STILL eating leftovers! Most of the new recipes will be in my recipe book from now on.

Yesterday and today I worked on my quilt. I decided to make it the size of our bed, so we can actually use it. Todd helped me with the design and this is what we came up with:

Here it is on our bed, I think I could have made it with one less row on the bottom, but I've got time to decide if I want to take a row or two off. :D

I need to add the boarders, then make the sandwich (quilt top, batting and backing), then it will be ready to quilt! That will be done later, first I need to make Mom's purse and get it in the mail for Christmas.

Our next quilt class is on December 15 (I think). I may go for a little, then skip the classes until they get to boarders, quilting and binding.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New week

I've been very busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. I'm doing a huge meal: Turkey (of course) and stuffing, green bean casserole (Sam will be happy), hash brown casserole, sweet potatoe casserole, a couple new salad recipes, pecan and pumpkin pies (making from scratch) and maybe pumpkin bars (if I have enough time). We should have 9 people there so there will be TONS of left overs. I've already got the table linens washed and folded, this morning I got up and mixed up the green bean and hash brown casseroles. (It's a good thing we have an extra refrigerator in the garage.) Tonight I need to get some more Crisco for the pie crusts, and I'll make the pumpkin one tonight. I also need to get the good plates out and wash them, in addition to cleaning the house. I have a feeling I won't be getting much sleep before Thursday.

However, last night I had another quilt class. This is a beginner class, so a little below my level, but it's a good way to get to know other ladies from our church. Before the quilt class, I met with the lady who is coordinating the school bag project and gave her the 42 bags that I had done.
Here they all are:
These are the new ones since I last updated:

When Mom and Dad were here, I told Mom I wanted to make her a purse for Christmas. She picked out two fabrics and told me a few things she wanted on it. She liked the really big bag I made before (see October 9 entry), but didn't want it that big. OK, a few days after they left I started on her bag and finished it a few days ago. The problem is, it's almost as big as the other bag. So, :D I used it to haul all my quilting stuff to class last night and it was GREAT! I'll make Mom another one and make sure it's not as big. ;)
So this is the bag that was going to be her Christmas present:
I wanted to make something to carry my supplies for the class, but didn't want to use any of the fabric I still have left over, so decided the first bag was too HUGE and used it to make this (yes, I cut it apart and used the material to make this):

The back has a pocket that my smallest ruler fits in:
Here are the two together:
The large bag fit all this stuff:

Anyway, the quilt class is going well. I am way ahead of most of the people, but this will be the fourth quilt I've made. (Haven't taken any pictures of the quilt squares yet, but will when it gets down to deciding the layout of them.)
We are not meeting again until December 15.

In the mean time, I'll start working on Mom's other purse, and hopefully it will be the right size this time. :D

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday afternoon

Todd worked on my serger Saturday morning and found a bent pin - that's why I couldn't get it to work. Although I think it had been there for a while because I ordinarily don't pin what I sew. Now it works GREAT! I used it Sunday to work some more on the bags for Church. (Which are almost done!)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Something we need not to forget, I loved reading this!!

David Letterman wrote this; it's the David we don't often see....

"As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark."

"The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?'

A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state.

F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.

L.. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy. Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day?

Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an 'other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?

Say what you want, but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.

'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

-David Letterman

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday morning update

So I'm at work, but the company's computer system is totally down so there's no work to be done.

So I'll update my blog!!!!!

I took some pictures of the bags I'm sewing for Church. So far there are 19 done.
I still have at least 6 more to make, but if they buy more supplies, we'll have to make more bags. I'm actually not making them exactly as the pattern they gave me. Just a little change on the handles. They are pretty easy - I could sew one - cutting the fabric and everything in probably an hour. I usually try to get an assembly line going so do them in batches depending on how much fabric I have.