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Friday, July 28, 2017

So Proud of my 2nd Degree Black Belt




I’ll make no bones about the fact that it has been extremely difficult  raising a child who is bipolar and has asperger’s.   We have never used her diagnosis as an excuse for her actions but what galls me on this occasion is that last night, on one of the biggest days of her life, I received not 1 but 2 telephone calls from people I barely know, telling me that a woman, mother of one her ‘friends’ and the daughter herself,  have been bad mouthing my child to anyone that would listen, and trying to get her in trouble.  These people, now 3 in total, have told me they have been doing this for a while all the time crusading themselves as my friends.  WHO would do this to a child let alone one who is mentally ill?   This is a type of bullying that I thought happened by low-life creeps not Christian moms pretending to be a friend.  

My child graduated high school this year (at 16), has a job, has her driver’s license, and just got her 2nd Degree Black Belt.  She has volunteered with rehabilitation services for the past 5 years, mostly with children,  which has brought her out, although minimally,  of the fog she constantly lives in.  She has a hard time making friends but is the kindest, most loving ad giving person a ‘friend’ could ever have.  She questions herself every day.  She hates the way she is and knows she is different and even though she perseveres, she is  still is unable to be the person she thinks she should be.  It has been hard and continues to be a heartbreaking situation every single day of our family’s lives. And I ask again, WHO would do this to a child; suffering with mental illness or not.

One thing I have not mentioned is that my child is not bitter or wants to strike back; it is her nature to only question what she has done wrong.  She knows she is hard to like, which she is not, but she has it in her head that she is unlikable and never blames anyone except herself.  I, on the other hand, am having an extremely hard time keeping the lid on my anger.  I do know that Satan puts stumbling blocks in your path but God always give you the option of  doing the right thing, i.e., forgiveness and turning the other cheek; I'm not there yet.     I ask again, WHO WOULD DO THIS TO A CHILD, let alone one who is struggling with mental illness.

I add this in closing, that if YOU, the woman and child who has been parading as my friend, read this, please know you have been found out and I know what has been going on now for apparently some time.  My naivety has gotten the best of me one more time.   How could you do this?  I trusted you.  I confided in you as friends do.  Did you not notice that when you talked about other mom’s I did not join in?  Did it not occur to you that bad mouthing people was wrong?  I was always so proud of your daughter and her achievements while you were secretly seeking to destroy mine.  I now question EVERY good thing I ever heard you say; I now think, or know, it to be a ruse.  Does your husband know you have been doing this?   Do you make fun of my MS and MCS and the surgeries I have had behind my back too or do you only pick on children?



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time for "Row by Row" to start - with a new twist this year!



"Row by Row On The Go! is 2017’s theme and we'll be participating here at  Hyderhangout: Quilt Fabric & More.  We’re super excited about Row by Row Experience’s brand new program, Row by Row Junior, too!  It’s designed for kids ages 6 to 14.  They travel along with an adult.  They collect free row patterns designed just for them to make and they can learn to sew at home with family help and support from www.rowbyrowexperience.com.



Row by Row Junior follows the same rules and time schedule as adult Row by Row Experience, June 21 through Labor Day.  Kids need to be in the shop to get the free pattern handout, but anyone can buy a kit.  Grandmothers and traveling family can bring them home as gifts or souvenirs.



Row by Row Junior designed the five different row patterns so you can be sure they are kid-friendly.  Make it an adventure traveling to collect all five and seeing how different shops make up their row.  Our row is [your row choice and why].



We’ll be awarding “I Made This!” ribbons to the first five kids who return with something made using a Row by Row Junior pattern.  Any sewing effort will be celebrated, not just quilting.  Find Row by Row Junior’s free online activities, kids’ journal pages, support for learning to sew at home, and more at www.rowbyrowexperience.com this summer.


“We want our kids to learn how to sew and carry on this craft that’s so dear to us,” explains Janet Lutz, Row by Row’s founder. “Traveling to new places, collecting something just for them, visiting Grandma, summer vacation...this is all part of the wonder and excitement of Row by Row Experience.  Please join us.”

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Craft - 'Gelli Plate"

A great friend of  mine turned me on to a new crafting idea a couple of weeks ago.
'It will be fun', she said.  'It is easy', she said.  well, I watched video after video and ended up painting myself, the gelli plate, the vinyl cutting board I use as my undermat, and many pieces of paper.  My husband shakes his head, and only asked, 'Why'? to which I can only reply that I enjoy trying new crafts, and this may be the one that makes me a millionaire crafter! 

I made a very simple video today, one that covers the first 15 minutes with the product (although it took me 10 days to get to this point), you can barely hear me because I don't like the sound of my own voice so I speak sparingly and quietly, sorry. 

All the videos I watched were from people way past my experience level. I have one 88 cent stencil from walmart and 10 bottles of acrylic paint.  So, if you want to try this art, the 'gelli arts' go ahead and give it a try.  If you don't like it there are a hundred folks who will take the products off your hands.  I can say the process is relaxing and when I'm finished with a cutting project or embroidery project, playing with paint is fun and easily cleaned up.

Jump in with both feet (not really, I mean please no feet on the gelli plate) let your creative side take over.  Doubts? look up the color wheel for ideas; because some colors mixed just make mud and that will stifle your creativity.  Be brave, most of all Be Happy.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Just wanted to share my latest card.  It is my mom's Mother's Day card for this year.  I purchased from Dreaming Tree.  The instructions are broken down and (paper) color coded.  There was also a YouTube tutorial, pictures, AND material list.  Nothing personal Silhouette designers, but you could learn from Leo.  This was the fastest and prettiest card I have completed in a while (and I wasn't stressed and ready to throw my Cameo away) at the end.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Just a few pics

I have made a few new things lately and just wanted to post pictures in case anybody was watching.  I do love the way my sis's canvas turned out and I am sad that the cards I made for Valentines day did not sale on Etsy,  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SisTaughtMe , in case you were wondering.  I haven't listed the crown for sell yet, but they will be on there pretty soon.  I did the vinyl lettering for Sadie's karate dojo and was pretty pleased with the way that turned out.










Monday, January 30, 2017

Aunt Ruby's 92nd

My Aunt Ruby turns 92 on the 31st of January.  She is my mother-in-law's younger sister.  I wanted to make something unique and beautiful for her as she so deserves it as her sister, my mother-in-law, passed away last week at the age 94.   I found this card design on Bird's Cards website. http://www.birdscards.com/rolled-flower-2/  I never tried a rolled flower before so this is my very first and I hope to get better as I try again.  Don't ever be afraid to try new things and pass them along. 

Peace out💗

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Right Place, Right Time

I happened to be at my local pharmacy yesterday, a bit pressed for time to get to Chattanooga for daughter's doctor appointment.  I left something in my truck so I had to run outside to retrieve.  While out there I noticed someone in the car next to me taking my picture.  Now I know I am great looking (kidding) and am on defense most of the time because of the respirator.  Well this time, I turned to face my foe, ready with an explanation.  To my surprise it was a beautiful young woman. Before I could say anything she asked why the mask, as many often do so I explained.  She then told me why she asked 'why'.  She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.  This beautiful, full of life newlywed is now faced with chemo, radiation, and surgery.  It seemed   The interesting part is that I went through the same thing 20 years ago.  Young, newlywed facing cervical cancer  and endometriosis. Luckily, all cancer was removed with surgery but I lost the ability to have a baby with my new husband.  It was a sad, dark time.  It took time, a long time, but my life mended and we moved on.  I think I was there yesterday because this beautiful lady needed a verbal hug and to let her know her life would not end here.  As a matter of fact it can start by being a poster child for the cancer and to be there to encourage others when you are able.  It also teaches you to allow others to help you through this troubling time.  By allowing other to help you - you have helped them feel valuable again.

The moral of this story is one you see in memes everyday.  Everyone is fighting some kind of battle whether you see it or not.   Count your blessings, one by one.  Write one blessing down everyday.  EVERYDAY!

Slow down and smell the roses.  You never know when you will be in the right place at the right time, for somebody.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Father's Day around the corner

So I made it to beautiful Wonderful Western North Carolina today around noon after having left Cleveland TN at 6:15 am.  I made a couple of pit stops.  One at Hyderhangout's NEW location in McCaysVille GA.  Hyderhangout Quilt Depot since it's hours correspond with the running of the local train.  It is so so cool.  I came on over via Hwy 64/74/19/23/40/19.  It was a beautiful scenic trip that takes to long that going by way of Knoxville and construction and heavy nightmare traffic.  Unless it's winter icy, I will not travel the Interstate 40 way again.  It's actually just a hair shorter if you can just drive and not stop and take pictures or shop which is what I did this morning.  I found a nice quilt shop Quilters Quarters in Waynesville NC.  Easy access off 19/23 off and on again in a breeze.

I hate to say this is really not a pleasure trip as my mom has not been feeling well and  a trip to the doctor is in order for tomorrow.  Normally I would be in bed but something hit me as I sat at this table.  This table that I did homework at and ate gravy and biscuits,with fresh cantelope.  A table where we ate hot biscuits and fresh honey right after my dad robbed the bees; one where I couldn't leave until I ate my eggplant - yech.  I still see my dad sitting in his place that since his death  is now occupied by my mom. remembering how the three of us children and parents fit so nicely around this table.  This table that now somehow seems smaller but no less comfortable.  I didn't want to go to bed.  So I cut out some quilt pieces and sat until I could put into words how my heart feels.  So much of this home is just like it was when my dad died 39 years ago.  I think of it now, I suppose as Father's Day approaches.  His 51 year old face frozen in my mind and heart.  My older sis, brother, and myself have passed his age.   All with a bit of terror I might add, how could we do that?  It just seemed wrong.  I still feel his presence because as the baby, I still remember his  presence so well.




I suppose it is time for lights out - 1:30 am.  the farmers will be up shortly to start milking.  I am going to crawl into the bed that served me well as a teen.  Hopefully tomorrow - I throw some pic's up here.   Night for now from Leicester NC   I believe this is God's country so I shall rest well.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Soft Toy Drive To Benefit Children in Foster Care

This is something near and dear to my heart as a lot of you know my big brother, my hero, and his loving wife, have been foster parents to many children; infants to teenagers about to be on their own. So when I came across the Soft Toy Drive Benefit at Sew Mama Sew.com, I had to jump on that wagon.  I have made two to send in and I hope you will consider making one as well. #6WeeksOfSofties

To make this adorable 3-eyed beauty, you can click this link for the Embroidery Garden, one of my favorite embroidery websites.  This little guy is free,
If you love this tiny, irresistible bunny, you can go to Urban Threads.  I get all my FSL here and I love their up-beat embroidery pattern as well as their Spoonflower fabrics. He/She's a freebie too!