Thursday, September 8, 2011
I am being such a goof ball tonight. I think all of the overtime that I am doing is getting to me.
Hugs and much love my friends, Sue
P.S. This girlie is going night, night.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Please stop by Anne's blog, Fiona and Twig and give her some words of encouragement. She is devastated that her precious Mother has inoperable ovarian cancer. The news came fast and hard. Our prayers and words have been a great comfort to her.
Hugs and much love my friends, Sue
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Around the middle of June and much to my chagrin a stray kitty showed up and naturally I fed her. I think she was a "foreclosure" kitty. Fast forward two weeks. 4th of July to be exact, she blessed us (tongue in cheek) with 3 kittens. Of course I hovered over them and cuddled them. I even lost sleep over them when Momma moved them and they were no where to be found for two days, but the time has come that I MUST find them some new parents. I would love to keep them all but that is not possible and practical. It has been hard placing them and so far we have had no success and I cannot stand the thought of taking them to the shelter. All of the other rescue places are jammed packed with cats and kittens. Please say a prayer that these babies will have new parents soon.
Do you ever get to a point that things just seem dull and when someone asks you what have you been up to and you just stop and think and ask yourself...what have I been up to? Well that is me these last few weeks. Don't get me wrong. Life has not been boring but it has not been exciting either. I am as busy as I have ever been. Maybe too busy and I am not stopping long enough to take it all in. Too much work and long days of working non-stop has made for a dull girlie.
Soon, I will post some pictures and show you what I have been up to preparing for all of my Holiday Craft Faires that are coming my way. I will be putting on some finishing touches to my "Victorian" Christmas stockings but I am still hunting for the perfect ribbon. I haven't made them for about 6 years and my Mom urged me to make them again. They were quite popular.
Hugs and Blessings and much love my friends, Sue
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I haven’t felt like doing much these last few weeks, although I did manage to celebrate Memorial Day at our beautiful State Capitol Park and captured these images.
Our California Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in 1989.
A lovely pink rose in our beautiful Capitol Rose Garden. There are approximately 700 rose bushes in this garden. On a warm morning walking to my office I can smell the roses a city block away. I spend many lunch breaks over here. I am blessed.
This beauty is called Shockwave and I can see why. I have never seen a rose so bright and yellow. This picture does not do it justice.
One of several paths between the roses.
I have no idea what this one is called. I call it the Candy Cane Rose.
Why am I so late sharing my lovely Memorial Day? I debated on whether to share this but I want to let all my friends know to not ignore a sinus infection! I kept blaming my overall crummy feeling on allergies. I should have known better because I don’t have allergies. I just figured that I finally developed allergies. This region is one of the worse for allergy sufferers and if you don’t have allergies you will eventually develop them if you live in this region long enough.
Anway, I get home on Monday afternoon (Memorial Day) and looked in the mirror and was horrified at what I saw. My eyes were swollen and I was quickly developing a rather large beet red circle around my left eye that went all the way to the eyebrow and down my face. So what does this girl think (blonde moment?)…the allergies are getting worse. Fast forward to Tuesday morning. My eyes are now almost swollen shut with all of the signs of pink eye maybe? I saw the Doctor that morning and I was feeling REALLY bad by then and the temp was hovering around 100. When you are in the Doctor’s office and the Doctor walks in, the last thing the sick person wants to see is a rather shocked look on the Doctor’s face? Huh? I am thinking this must be one of the more severe allergy cases she has seen. Well let me tell you, I had a sinus infection so severe that I was in the first stages of cellulitis of the face (a bacterial infection of the skin cells). Oh yes, had I waited much longer this would have put me in the hospital . Fast forward to today and antibiotics…I AM FEELING MUCH BETTER!!! I want to do a happy dance! Thinking back on these last several weeks, if not the last 3 months or so, I think I have had this infection for a very long time. I must have one heck of an immune system.
How I managed all this time I have no idea. The Doctor doesn’t know either. All I can say is, today I have more energy than I have had in a long, long time. The moral of this story…don’t ignore a sinus infection. I had no idea that it could manifest into something more serious however I didn’t know I had one. But I will the next time!
Hugs to everyone as I continue with my Happy Dance! Sue
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
We are going to go to Texas at the end of September. YES, Texas is fabulous! Sweet Hubby’s sister lives in Texas and we have a new little great nephew that we can’t wait to see. His sister’s birthday is September 29th and….another drum roll please…
I am going to go to the Round Top Antiques Fair! Here is my little confession. I sort of planned this getaway around the show. O.K., not sort of, I flat out planned it around the show but SH reminded me that it was his sister’s birthday too. Now how fabulous is that? This is better than a vacation in Hawaii (which is long overdue too, but I will save that for another story).
Oh and one other thing, I am going to hit Hobby Lobby up BIG TIME. We don't have one in Cali. :(
Friday, April 8, 2011
A woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services , when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled: 'Stop! Acts 2:38!' (Repent and be Baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ , so that your sins may be forgiven.)
The burglar stopped in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done.
As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar: 'Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you.'
'Scripture?' replied the burglar. 'She said she had an Ax and Two 38s!
This was just too cute not to share!
I have some catching up to do. Now you would think being on vacation all this time I would have posted more. Well, I have been so busy being busy but I am loving every minute of it.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Of course it will be the Good Scissors! Yes, these are my scissors.
I finally said enough is enough and I am taking 3 weeks vacation! What are you going to do on your vacation, you ask? Anything this girlie wants to do. I spent the morning in my sewing room. BLISS! I am working on a new design for a bag. BLISS! I think I have the pattern just the way I want it.
Now comes the hard part. What fabric do I want to use? This is not my stack of fabric but I am so loving the Spring colors in this. I found this fabric at the Fabric Shoppe on Etsy. Hmmm, me thinks I should pop back over there. They really do have a beautiful selection of fabric and great prices.
Big vacation hugs, Sue
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I did my Saturday morning Costco trip and hurried back to unload the car because I so want to make BJ's Sunshine Cake. I even bought a huge bag of the most beautiful oranges for it but I still needed to make a side trip to our neighborhood grocery store for the other items for this most delicious sounding cake. Well something that may surprise you, I am just shy of 6 feet tall and when I opened the door of my SUV the top corner of the door smacked me HARD on my lip. The door cut the outside of the lip and the teeth did the rest of the damage inside my lip. HOW DOES SOMEONE DO THIS!? I don't know if I was in more pain or more mad at myself. I want to make this cake after all!!! I have been thinking about it for days. I know BJ is waiting for the reviews. LOL! I have swooned over this cake. Well after some ibuprofen and a nap I looked at myself in the mirror and my lips do have this rather attractive fullness to them. ;)
I will keep you posted on the cake. I am going to make this cake if it kills me! Just not today.
Have a blessed weekend. Hugs, Sue
Monday, March 21, 2011
Speaking of Craft Faires. I hinted about our Spring Craft Faire that was March 5th. It was quite successful for me. Mom also did rather well with her adorable Easter and Spring creations. She makes the most amazing items out of felt and every stitch is done by hand. She loves doing handwork. Years ago when she was still working and was making her own clothes, she did her buttonholes by hand. They were sheer perfection. I hope to one day show you. I guess I could ask her to make a sample. I know she would love to. She is even proud of them, as she should be.
She and I did the Craft Show circuit 25 years ago and were quite successful but working full time it got a little rough and sadly we had to give it up. About 7 years ago we decided to resurrect and dust off those sewing and crafting genes and hit the Craft show trail once again. Mom is now retired but I am still working full time, however I have some news about that and will share with you in a few days. All I can say is woo hoo! Will I finally get my Etsy shop stocked? The fingers are crossed.
Any hooooo here are a few snapshots…
These are my Mom's egg covers. Aren't they the cutest?
More of her of little cuties. People love her things. When I get my Etsy store stocked I hope to be offering some of her things too. Her Christmas creations are soooo cute too!
Some more cuties. Her lapel pins.
I have a new camera and I really have a lot to learn. The coloring is way off.
Little bunnies dressed in their little ribbon dresses.
These are a few of my bags. In the white basket are my "Mad Money"© wallets. I love these things. They are the perfect size for business cards, credit cards, gift cards and of course your Mad Money :)
These are my Key Keeps. I have several other fabric designs. I sold many at the show.
These were from a show last year. Since my inventory is so low at this time I wanted to show you a few from the past.
I love fabric and I love creating things using fabric. This year I will be working on a couple of new designs for my handbags. I want to have them ready for the holiday season.
Wishing everyone a blessed week.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
This precious Pink Egg is hanging from my Spring wreath. I am loving this wreath stand.
My gorgeous eggs. These are truly heirloom quality.
I still have to share my Spring Craft Faire with you as promised. I have to say it was quite successful.
I am wishing everyone a blessed week.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
And last but not least...
The weekend is almost here! Yay! I have a Spring Craft Faire this Saturday. The first one of the year for me. My handbag inventory is low. It's on purpose though. I am working on some different items for this year, which I hope to share with you in a few months. One of these days I will get my Etsy store stocked but I have come to the conclusion that I will have to retire before that happens. That darn pesky job. LOL!
If I don't get too side-tracked I will try to take some pictures of the Faire to share with you.
Hugs and many Blessings to everyone! Sue
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Kevin has been trying to get into law enforcement for the last two years. Since most counties have been cutting back he has not had any luck. A couple of years ago he was two weeks away from his final interview for the San Diego County Sheriff's Deptartment when they had major budget cuts. I felt SO bad for him because I cannot even begin to tell you how hard he had to work to get that far. It was many months of hard work. But as a Mom deep down I was relieved. It is getting so dangerous for our law enforcment anymore.
Here is my handsome 30 year old son, Kevin
This cutie patootie is Shauna, my son's girlfriend. They have known each other since 7th grade! And yes, she is as sweet as she looks. She and Kevin are two peas in a pod. I hope I will soon be posting about a wedding. So is Shauna (wink, wink)
I couldn't resist orderding these cupcakes and I didn't tell Kevin because I was sure he would have tried to talk me out them (a Mom has to do what a Mom has to do). Even though I ordered them after Valentine's day they still had these heart rings. He was with me when I picked them up and I was bracing for the "OH MOM" comments but he said, "OH COOL!" (insert a shocked look on Mom's face here)
YES, he is all grown up and Mom is a little weepy at the moment.
xoxo to my wonderful and sweet friends, Sue
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This is my Japanese Maple. I am seeing little buds.
I planted Mums in a pot last year and they reseeded into the bed this year. Seeing them was a pleasant surprise. The allysum comes back every year.
I can't take credit for growing these beauties. I purchased the Hydranga last weekend at Costco. I am going to plant her where I had a Camellia bush that up and died on me last year. Still cannot figure out what happened since it had been planted for a few years.
I know many of my blog friends are enduring some of the worst weather ever and many are suffering from cabin fever. So here is a little something that will help with the thoughts of Spring and to brighten your day with a few flowers. Now the only thing that you will need are crayons or colored pencils...
Just print this out and color away. I don't know about you but I still like to color every once in awhile. Although these days I only color when the grandkids are visiting but I find it very relaxing. I can color away and not think about anything and sometimes we need that.
I hope you are seeing signs of Spring too.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
God graced me with the most special Valentine ever. 30 years ago on Feb. 14th my son Kevin was born. I never thought a child could bring a mother so much pride and joy. Every Valentine's Day is extra special for me.
Happy Birthday my beautiful, handsome son. I am so proud of the person you have become. You are the sweetest, kindest person that I know. This is not just Mom saying this either because everyone that knows you says the same thing. People that meet you immediately like you. That has always amazed me. And you are pretty darn fun to hang out with too! You have not just been my son but you have also been my "best buddy, of course along with your brother. There are no other people in the world I would much rather hang out with than you and your brother! You two crack me up when you guys are together. Where you get your personality and humor from is beyond me because you know your Mom has such a serious, no-nonsense side to her! I am glad that it did not rub off on you!
Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine's Day!
P.S. I would have posted some pictures but the scanner is down! Actually the message I am getting says it is off-line. Now how in the world does that happen out of the clear blue? Ugghhh! I will do a follow-up post.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The song "I am Going Out of My Head Over You" is playing in my head. Oh wait, it is playing. I am not kidding it really is. I have the 60's music station on right now. Yes, this is a good Saturday!
Big sweet indulgent hugs, Sue
Thursday, February 3, 2011
SH really liked this wreath and he usually doesn't comment either way when it comes to the decor so we bought it. Between me and you I think he liked it because it looked like chrome. I will save the chrome story for another post.
I liked the look so well and the idea of the wreath stand that I went back to Pier 1 the following week and got another stand and another wreath which is below.
This is on my cradenza just inside my front door.
I think these stands are so versatile. I would like to keep them out all year and change out the wreaths and put up seasonal wreaths. I can see a darling Valentine's wreath up on the cradenza in front of the mirror. The mirror beautifully reflected the wreath. It really created a lot of depth in the space.
For Easter I think this would be so cute. This wreath is at Victotian Trading Co. My all time favorite catalog.
I know, I know, I am a little late, O.K. a lot late posting about my Christmas decor but I really wanted to share the wreath stand and this super cute PINK wreath.
Big hugs, Sue
Thursday, January 27, 2011
That first day with my new Momma was a little frightening. She put me in a box and we got into her car. I screamed and screamed because I wanted out of this box. As we were driving she kept saying, “you will be alright little baby.” We eventually arrived at an office with several nice ladies who thought I was so cute. They put me and Momma in a room and she let me out of the box and I just wanted her to hold me. A lady came into the room and introduced herself as Dr. Martin. I got the once over by the doctor but I didn’t care because I was getting so much attention by people who cared about me. We soon left with antibiotics in hand and went to my new Daddy’s office to surprise him. He smiled when he saw Momma walking up to his office because he saw her with a cat carrier box and my little black and white paw was poking out. Daddy couldn’t wait to see me because you see, kitties are his favorite. Momma was very excited and happy that she rescued me and was talking a mile a minute but was so upset that I had been tossed out like trash by two horrible people. I probably should have covered my young ears when she talked about these people. Daddy took me around and showed me off all the while holding me in his big arms. After a few trips around meeting everyone I became very sleepy so we sat in his chair and I slept so soundly in those arms. After a short nap Momma and I left. She put me back in that horrible box. We finally got to what is now my home. I was introduced to Milo, my 22 pound new “Uncle.” I got the once over by this hulk of a cat and to everyone’s surprise he really liked me.
Daddy has since retired so he has been able to spend a lot of time with me. My favorite place to be in the whole wide world is curled up on his lap. Momma can’t believe that I now weigh 11 pounds and she is so happy that I no longer need antibiotics. After 6 months of antibiotics the Dr. has given me a clean bill of health. I was very sick and had been much neglected the first few weeks of my life. I spend most days playing with my Uncle Milo and making my Daddy laugh. I am so happy when Momma gets home from work because she plays with me and lets me know how happy she is to see me. One thing I haven’t figured out yet is why she doesn’t let me into her sewing room. That door is always closed. There are so many things in there that I could be
Momma, who you know by the name of Sue says she will let me post on her blog every now and then so I can let all of her sweet friends know how I am doing and what I have been up to. She says she loves all of her friends very much but just between me and you, I think she loves me just a little bit more.
I was not feeling well but I was so happy to be in my new home
I am feeling so much better. I have grown to be a handsome young man
XXXOOO, Elwood aka "Little Baby"
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This is a picture of my family room taken 4 years ago, right after we moved in. We have since gotten window treatments and that glaring empty space next to the sofa has a table. My styles will change throughout the years but my heart will always be with the Cottage style. That was my previous home's decor but when we had to stage that home to sell it and make it "neutral" I spent countless weeks clearing "stuff" out and swore that I would never put myself through that again. There was something liberating about it too. I was able to walk into the home and "breathe". Our previous 1100 square foot cottage home was just that, a little cottage and she wanted to be dressed in cottage decor and in my mind that meant lots of things were needed to fill this tiny home. My current home wanted to be Traditional. I grew up with very Traditional decor that included some strong timeless furniture pieces which my mother still has and they are still beautiful. Traditional is also what I have now with some well placed decorative pieces and for me at the moment it seems to make a little part of my life simpler which is what I desperately need at the moment. But to get my Cottage fix I am going to do the guest bedroom in Cottage style.
Big weekend hugs,
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I am not rich and I do not long for high end things (well maybe that Mercedes, pre-owned of course) but the older I get the more I want to pamper myself with not so inexpensive products. For the most part I am very practical. To me bragging rights means coming home from Macy’s after their Super Saturday sale and having $700.00 worth of clothes and spending only $150.00 or less (yes it is possible with some determination and patience, just use the Macy’s card for that additional discount but don’t forget to hop on-line and pay it off the same day!). I do want to go on record however and say that I dislike clothes shopping more than anything (I heard the gasp from here ladies). I only clothes shop when I have to, so those $150.00 worth of clothes better be practical, multi-tasking and last at least a couple of years. As far as my pampering and facial products are concerned that is a different story. I like only certain things. Do I think because it costs more it must be better? Probably, but there are just some things that really work me, but I will never go super crazy and spend $250.00 on a facial moisturizer. Paula Deen's favorite is a $250.00 Chanel moisturizer. Never, never, never! That is just obscene.
These are just a few and I mean just a few of my favorites (notice the title says Part 1)
Clarisonic does an amazing job cleaning the face. All those facial products work better when your face is impeccably clean. I highly recommend it.
Philosophy Purity facial cleanser IMHO is hands down the best facial cleanser. I use this with my Clarisonic. It even gently takes off the eye make-up.
Philosophy Miracle Worker is my new favorite facial moisturizing products. The eye treatment is a little on the heavy side and I have to wait about 10 minutes before putting on my make-up but it is worth the extra effort. It has really brightened up my eye area.
Philosophy's Amazing Grace scent is just that, amazing. I love this bath/shower gel and body lotion. It is the most light and feminine scent and I constantly get compliments when I wear it. The body lotion is really nice.
More confessions to follow!
Big weekend hugs, Sue