Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Easter

We had our Easter dinner yesterday.  I cooked all day and the food was good!   Son #1 with his wife and daughter.  Son #2 with his girlfriend.  His girls had pinkeye and stayed home.  Her daughter was with her dad and couldn't be with us.  And, my mother in law.  It was a wonderful time together.

There was news to be heard of which I can't repeat for a while but it's all good!

Happy Easter!

Monday, April 7, 2014

McCalls Jumper Pattern 8288

I buy a lot of vintage patterns and sew for my granddaughters.  I buy what I like and think they would like to wear.  On Sunday I cut out McCalls 8288 which is a jumper pattern.  I went with version B which just pulls on right over the head.  Simple.  Pattern cover says it's a one hour pattern.  If I had sat there that long it might have only taken an hour but I took breaks and pressed the fabric pieces as I sewed them together.

I have the hemming left to do but want to measure for that while Jass is wearing the jumper.  The fabric I used is a middle to heavy weight 100% cotton fabric by Waverly which I thought might hold up better than light weight cotton.  It's pink, feels like denim or twill and is covered with dragonflies.  I think it's really cute.  It also has pockets.  Little girls like pockets.




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Oncology Appointment

Monday afternoon I received a phone call from my oncologist's office reminding me of our appointment on Thursday. I had completely forgotten about it and that I needed to have blood work drawn prior to the appointment. I scrambled out the door as fast as I could to get blood drawn. On Wednesday I received an email letting me know the results were good. All counts were within normal range. On Thursday I arrived half an hour early for my appointment in case there were papers to fill out and there were. My oncologist must have been extremely busy because it was 45 minutes after my scheduled appointment when I finally was put into an exam room. Another half hour passed and in he comes with a smile on his face! haha That smile was worth the wait. That and hearing him say my CEA was still below 0.5 and that he is so pleased that I am doing so well. We chatted a little while discussing the weather, the flowers popping up in his yard, bike riding and boating. I left happier than when I arrived. :) I scheduled my next appointment in six months and left the office on the way to see Lilly. Awesome day!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Has It Been Three Years Already?

It's hard to believe three years has passed since my last colonoscopy procedure but it has. The last one was in March 2011.  

I received a letter from my Gastroenterologist today asking me to contact his office to schedule my colonoscopy. 

I don't know why but I thought I wasn't supposed to have another one for five years. Guess I was wrong!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sewing for Summer

The first thing I made with my new sewing machine was a summer top and shorts for Dixie.  Same pattern I used a few years ago for her sister (Butterick 3832 in sizes 4-8).  I also have an almost identical pattern McCalls 9369 in sizes 7-10.  Jass told me she wants me to make this for her, too.

I bought the fabric probably a year ago.  It's a pink cotton ice cream sundae fabric which I thought would be cute for a dress for one of the girls.  Her mom asked for some shorts and tops.  This was the first one.  I plan to make more over the next couple of weeks.

This photo turned out more purplish looking than pink.  No photo of the shorts.  I ended up putting elastic in the legs so they wouldn't be too loose or ride up on her.




When I was at Walmart last week I picked up an It's So Easy It's Simplicity pattern A1533 in sizes 3-8.  Super cute!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sewing and Embroidery

I ordered a Brother SE400 computerized sewing machine last night.  It's also an embroidery machine.  I first saw it online through Jo-Ann's website listed at $499 and then came across it at Amazon's website for $299 plus FREE SHIPPING!  Here's the link:  http://www.amazon.com/Brother-SE400-Combination-Computerized-Embroidery/dp/B003AVMZA4

It's been seven years since I bought my last sewing machine.  We had been at Jo-Ann's looking at their sewing machines and I balked at the prices back then.  We decided to look at the machines at Sears.  I ended up buying a Kenmore.  It sews well and there's nothing wrong with it but I've always wanted to have a machine which did embroidery.  The Kenmore does basic embroidery stitches but nothing like the Brother will do!  I'm so excited that I'm getting a new machine and that I saved so much money!  I'm praying I can easily adjust to the new machine!

Update on March 20, 2014:  I received my new machine yesterday and also a disk with embroidery designs I had purchased off eBay.  Hoping to have time to work with them tomorrow!



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Recent Photos

I wanted to post recent photos of my grandgirls.  Love my girls!!