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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Things as Promised

I stated earlier that I wanted to post a few new items I had made. One of which was some beautiful FSL ( Free Standing Lace) this pattern which was purchased from Urban Threads.
I saw them, made them for fun. Then found out that Hyderhangout was hosting a Fashion show, for the charity Harbour House, and was requested to enter, so I did. My entry actually received 1st place in the Accessories Category.  I added a few glass beads for embellishment on the mask, bracelet, and butterfly pin not seen in this photo. Chains and a blue cameo bird pendant were added to the Raven Lace Choker.

We had professional D.J.'s, so I strutted my stuff to Patti LaBelle's Lady Marmalade played in the background.  A fun time was had by all.

Much thanks goes out to the designers at Urban Threads. They are fantastic!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Blue Nickel #12DaysofColor

Looking for an excellent Quilting blog, this is it. Glad I found it. Sharing it.
Blue Nickel 12 Days of Color.   #12DaysofColor

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Time certainly flies when you are having fun! I wanted to try an make a monthly post and here it is 6 months later. So, If I get something in now it should be easier in January. Right?

Health-wise, my MCS is staying controlled as long as I control my exposure. I have found that formaldehyde in fabric sizing is affecting me more with each exposure and of course my new friend owns a quilt shop. Hyderhangout: Quilt Fabric & More, here in Cleveland TN. Susan Hyder is a good friend with her own set of issues. She is allergic to chocolate. yes, I said chocolate as in Anaphylaxis. So no chocolate allowed in shop or on person or eating before entering or touching anything after touching chocolate. Just when you think your life sucks....

I hope to post pic's of my Christmas cards shortly after Christmas. Right now, this 5 minutes is all I have and I haven't taken the pics yet.

So check back soon and I will post pics ASAP

Thursday, July 4, 2013


During my recuperation from oral surgery I have come to realize several things during my recovery time. I normally am moving so fast that I don't give myself time to stop and reflect on what is going on around me. So here are three things that I have learned in the past 24 hours.

First I would like to know where IV sedation along with nitrous oxide used in conjunction with oral surgery has been my entire life. If this has been the norm and I had known about it my teeth would be in a whole lot better shape today. I also didn't know that having oral surgery,such as I did, that it would take so much out of me. I slept most of yesterday. I stayed up for a couple of hours but I quickly went back to sleep and slept until 730 this morning which is something that I haven't done in years. I am also a firm believer that when anyone has any type of surgery where one is sedated, that their loved ones should take the cell phones away from them. Tell them the battery is dead, tell them that the cellular towers are down, tell them anything they will believe it just keep their cell phones away from them.

2nd. Several months ago I complained about muscle cramps in my legs and in my shoulder. My fabulous doctor suggested I take magnesium citrate 400 mg a day, he told me I could get it in various places but to buy on Amazon from Solgar would be the least expensive and was what and where he purchased his, so I tried it. It was no quick fix but I soon realized after about three weeks that my cramps were lessening, I unfortunately ran out about a week ago and I have noticed that those cramps are coming back and my shoulder is hurting tremendously so it may be a little late but I ordered another bottle today. So if you're bothered by leg cramps shoulder cramps just muscles cramping badly, try magnesium citrate by Solgar 400 mg a day is only $7.12 for 60 caplets, on Amazon. I tried other magnesium but I could not find the citrate and nothing worked until I tried the magnesium citrate. Dr. Rucker told me that it was the citrate is best absorbed by the body.

3rd. I also learned today that you should doublecheck your washcloths before using. You see, multiple washcloths are held together by a little tiny T of plastic. If you miss that little tiny T, which is easy to do because it is tiny and clear, it can hurt you and even put your eye out. No, I did not put my eye out but it did leave a little red mark on my shoulder before I realized that I was scratching myself. Ouch!
I am thankful for the rain because without it yesterday today and tomorrow I would feel guilty about not being outside and working. I am thankful for my family who is taking care of me. I am thankful for my pets who have surrounded me and slept on me. I am thankful for my extended family and friends who have prayed for me and called to check on me.

I know this time of relaxation and reflection is almost over but I'm going to milk it for another couple hours, for tomorrow I'm sure the sun will shine and my family, well my family will soon be tired of taking care me and will be relying on my strengths, those strengths that make me the mom and wife , washer, shopper, caretaker, caregiver, chauffeur; all the things for which they are accustomed. I am thankful for the time off but I'm thankful that I will be able to resume my duties and in a whole lot less pain that I have been the past several weeks.

Please forgive any errors. I'm not sure I should have been given full rights to my iPad yet.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Salsa Verde! Yummm

The elusive Salsa Verde finally came across my screen a couple weeks ago. The one I've tasted many times at our favorite Mexican restaurant. You remember, the one in New Jersey, or Chicago, Memphis, Cleveland TN? Well, I've tried many recipes, none quite hit the spot, until now. I now realize it is the broiling or grilling of the ingredients that bring out that glorious taste. So, without further interruption,and while I go prepare Huevos Verde for breakfast, here is the recipe and website. 4.5 from 2 reviews Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (Salsa Verde) Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins Created By: Adam and Joanne Gallagher Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 lb. tomatillos (4-5 tomatillos) 1 jalapeno pepper 1 serrano pepper 2 unpeeled garlic cloves 1/2 cup chicken stock 4 tbsp. diced white onion 1/3 cup cilantro 1 tbsp. lime juice 1/2 tsp. salt Method Move an oven rack to the top position for broiling. Preheat broiler to high. Remove husks and wash tomatillos. Place tomatillos, peppers and unpeeled garlic cloves into an oven-safe baking dish with sides. Place into the oven, 4 inches from the preheated broiler, until the tomatillos are roasted and the peppers are slightly charred on all sides, about 10-15 minutes. Rotate tomatillos, peppers and garlic during roasting to ensure all sides are slightly charred. Remove the baking dish and add chicken stock to de-glaze the pan. If tomatillos, peppers and garlic are stuck to the bottom of the dish, use a wooden spoon to scrap the baking dish. Once cool to the touch, peel the garlic and discard the skins (you may have to squeeze the soft garlic out of the skin). For a spicier salsa, leave in all seeds from peppers, for a medium salsa, remove half of the seeds and for a mild salsa remove all seeds from peppers. Add the tomatillos, garlic and peppers to a food processor as well as the onions, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Add about 1/2 of the chicken stock from the baking dish and pulse the food processor 3-4 times or until the salsa has come together. You can add more chicken stock based on your own preferences for consistency. Serve salsa warm, at room temperature or cold. Notes For easier removal of the pepper skins: as soon as you take them out from under the broiler, place them into a resealable plastic bag and leave them alone for 10 minutes, after ten minutes the steam generated from the peppers will make it really easy to remove the skins.

Friday, March 29, 2013

I have been testing the waters with a new endeavor. I have always wanted to create something as a keepsake for family and loved ones so I started 2 yrs ago with a quilted wall hanging. "Cats". A creature, of many, that are dear to my heart. One year later, May 2012, our Grandson was born and on his "birthday" we delivered the "Monkey on a Bicycle". His dad is a marathon bike rider so this seems an appropriate theme. I failed to mention that he had a big sister for which I had not made a quilt. So early this year I found the cutest play quilt. At first I was going to use fabric as close to the picture as I could ??? I don't know why, it just seemed it would make the task easier. I bought the fabric a little at a time and started cutting. When I would go to the fabric store I started seeing the right colors but in prints that meant something to me and our family. The end product had bits and pieces of 4 generations. I have many projects in planning stages and hope to feel better soon so I can get started . I thank all of you who have been such an inspiration. AND I am going to enter every contest I can in order to stay within my budget and still get the most beautiful, and finest products on the market. I want these items to last - not sure why but my heart tell me so. I guess it's because I feel such a kindred spirit when friends and family show me their quilts from days gone by. I hope I am able to get the pics I want up here as I do want to keep up with what I do.