Monday, June 30, 2008

Music Monday...More than Words

Hello fellow music lovers. I was unsure of what Music Monday would be this morning when I woke up. Sure, I could pick a band and write some diatribe about why I like them, but that would be so uninspiring. So I turned on the radio and inspiration hit! The 1991 surprise acoustic love ballad from Extreme..."More than Words". This song struck a chord with me when it first came out and still speaks to me today when I hear it. Listen to the words:

More Than Words

Saying I love you

Is not the words I want to hear from you
It's not that I want youNot to say, but if you only knew
How easy it would be to show me how you feel
More than words is all you have to do to make it real
Then you wouldn't have to say that you love me
Cos I'd already know

(Chorus) What would you do if my heart was torn in two
More than words to show you feel
That your love for me is real
What would you say if I took those words away
Then you couldn't make things new
Just by saying I love youMore than words

Now I've tried to talk to you and make you understand
All you have to do is close your eyes
And just reach out your hands and touch me
Hold me close don't ever let me go
More than words is all I ever needed you to show
Then you wouldn't have to say that you love me
Cos I'd already know


More than words

This song means a lot to me. It describes how I feel about my Hunny. He shows me he loves me in so many different ways...more than words could the little everyday things he does. Relationships take work and nurturing. I thank God every day for mine...Love ya Hunny!

Free Fabric Giveaway

Music Monday is postponed to give you this newsflash! There is a great new to me blog called Sugar Shop that you really need to check out. Dena is celebrating her blogversary by giving away a gift certificate to Over the Rainbow fabrics. You have til Thursday and if you want any more details, you're going to have to head on over the the Sugar Shop!!! We now return to our regularly scheduled program!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

In a Jam...

No, I'm not in trouble. Regularly scheduled sewing will be interupted for the making of the jam. Tomorrow several young people, including my daughter are coming over to learn how to make jam and have a BBQ. Young people...makes me feel kind of old, but I guess I am!!! The weather is supposed to be HOT, so the ac will need to be on in the house. Tom is going to set up the propane stove up on the patio, so maybe we will do the processing outside. Annie is bringing little Hayden, so we all will get our baby fix. FUN!!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Gardening and Puppies

I was watering the garden tonight and thought I would document my outdoor garden. I love to grow vegetables and despite the weird weather that global warming has brought us, my garden is finally starting to thrive. We have been enjoying radishes for a couple weeks now and the broccoli is about to explode. I am really pleased with the cabbage this year, as I grew it from seed this year. The raspberries are starting to turn red and I admit, it's hard not to just eat them as they ripen! I puttered in the garden for a little while after taking the pictures and when I looked up towards the house, I spied Kodi peeking over the bank watching me. He looked awfully cute, so I had to take a few shots of him as well.

Jo was on the sofa recovering from his oral surgery today. We had to go to the big city for his surgery, so I spent the day in town. After I dropped him off I went to buy some sewing stuff off a Craiglist ad I answered yesterday. The woman had bought this stuff at an estate sale exclaimed that this woman had "so much sewing stuff" it was insane. I laughed as I thought "Sounds like me". She had no clue about what we sewist stash!!! Anyway, I walked away with 8 cuts of vintage fabric, cards of buttons, snaps, elastic thread and some newer thread and I almost forgot...a full bolt of some nice interfacing...for $10.00!!! I didn't say anything right away when she said $10.00, so she must have thought I was balking at the price. She asked "Is that too much"? I happily paid her $10.00 and hauled away my treasures. I was very close to one of my favorite thrift stores that I rarely get to anymore, so I took some time to shop. I then headed towards Beaverton to shop Trader Joes before heading to my daughter's office to take her out to lunch. It always amazes me when I see her in her professional role...that's my little girl!!! Lastly is a picture of the Tutti Fruity skirt. Please excuse the stupid model just doesn't feel natural to me...guess that's why I'm not a model! Tomorrow is Baby day!!! Yay!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Music Monday and My New Baby

Today I have decided not to highlight a single artist or group. Today I salute the radio station that I have been listening to for the last couple weeks. Usually I just go with the flow and listen to 98.7 KUPL, a country station that my Hunny prefers. I love country music, but once in awhile I like to mix it up and listen to lots of different genres. 97.1 Charlie FM fills that need. Their slogan is "We play everything" and they mean it. Saturday I was listening on the drive home from work and I heard Jerry Reed crooning "When You're Hot, You're Hot", followed by "Living La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin. Who would have thought of mixing those songs??? Me, of course!!! I'm listening right now...Motley Crue...."Girls, Girls, Girls"...let's see what comes up next...Oh's Sugar Ray..."Every Morning"...Does Mark McGrath even rock anymore since he became Rico Suave TV Celebrity Reporter??? I miss his music. Now it's Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me" there's a classic..."Jungle Love"...Morris Day & the Time...can you say oh-wee-oh-wee-oh? Oh's "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies...I remember when I got the 45 RPM off the cereal box...Man, I love this station!!! Now it's REM..."Man on the Moon" last song for the road...Thelma Houston..."Don't leave me this Way"...Wow!!! Satisfies the need in me!!! Hey Charlie! For those about to rock, WE SALUTE YOU!!!
In addition to Music Monday, I brought home a new baby today...when Tom scours Craigslist, he looks for auto parts and MAN things...I always search "Sewing" for whatever I can find. Saturday I found a Singer TouchTronic 2001 for $25.00 in our little burg of Estacada. This is one of the first electronic machines. The gal said it had been recently serviced, so I thought I would give it a look-see. I sat down to try it out and the tension was all screwy. She said "I don't know anything about tension"...a quick flick of the dial and I had it stitching with great tension. It had the manual included...always a good thing so I can figure out the little intricacys of this baby. It is able to do 1 thread chainstitching (no bobbin), but I think the chainstitch fitting is missing, so I am on the lookout for those accessories. I thought I might give it to one of my girls that want to learn to sew or upgrade Sara so Abby could have the Hello Kitty Machine (my last Singer find...who puts a Hello Kitty sticker on a magnificent machine???), but as my Hunny suggested, I think I will keep it for my beach house machine (when we find the perfect beach house!!!) Sorry can use her when you come to visit! Today the sun acted like it was going to shine, so I wore my Tutti Fruitti skirt to work...Tom took a picture which I will post later...I really like how it fits, but I need to take modeling lessons...I wore panty hose to work as I am still pretty pale since we live on the dark side of the moon...I want to know why pantyhose are so high waisted? I feel like Steve Urkel for heaven's sake. I am not short by any stretch of the imagination, but the waistband of panty hose always hit me right below the girls...I need to do something different. Enough for that rant! The mysteries of Life!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Blah, blah, blah...working a sewing today. It's actually a pretty boring day here at the doggy ranch...the class is about ready to graduate and they have all been pretty easy keepers. Just been finishing up preparations for the incoming class. I did do something kind of fun though. 20 years ago we were a foster family. We took in mostly toddlers, but were blessed with a special baby that we had for the first year of her life. Jess was a happy baby and her Mom was in the process of getting her life back together. Sara was thrilled to have "her baby sister". We were fortunate enough to be a part of that and ultimately they were reunited and went on with their lives. Mom finished college, in fact she was the one who gave me a kick in the pants to go back to school and become an RN...they moved back East to be closer to family and over the years we lost touch. Anyway, I did some searching on myspace and I believe I may have found them! I don't know if she will want to have contact with us, or maybe she will think I am just some crazy ol' lady, but I am hopeful that we can reconnect. God bless the internet!

Saturday, June 21, 2008


It's a rather dreary Saturday morning here in Oregon...where has my sunshine gone? Hopefully she is just hiding behind the clouds and will smile upon us this afternoon. In sewing news...I finished my embroidery order Thursday night...ready for pickup. I have been working on a Butterick tunic that has needed a lot of tweaking, but should be done soon. My BWOF T-shirt is almost done, but also needs some fits a little looser than I envisioned (an easy fix) so it should be ready by tomorrow...we'll see. Yesterday after work I spent some time in the garden...weeding the strawberries, enjoying the first 2 raspberries to be produced on our canes (they are loaded and this species produces again in the Fall...mmmm). I harvested some more radishes...Tom says they have a little bite to them...I planted 2 types and the longer shaped ones do have a little more zing than the round globes. The broccoli is starting to head...I can almost taste the Sweet Tomatoes broccoli salad already!!! I bought a new camera battery yesterday (the camera died while I was taking Hayden I will have to post some garden pics. I got so engrossed in garden work that after we went for our walk, I was too pooped to focus on anything but the futon in the family room. I had a glorious pre-bed time nap while Pirates of the Caribbean at World's End played on the TV. I worried that my nap would ruin my sleep, but no problem!!! Anyway, the nice weather of late has inspired me to work on recovering the swing (a project that has long been pushed to the back burner, so I think I will work on that this afternoon unless I get a better offer!) Another project I plan to start is sock knitting. Kristi posted this great Guided by Love sock pattern she designed, the proceeds to benefit the Seeing Eye. Although they are not Guide Dogs, my employer, they share the same mission and purpose and I am all for supporting that, so I gladly bought the pattern. I plan to make socks for my Guide Dogs compadres. Now to find the perfect yarn! Almost (but not quite) as fun as fabric shopping!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Running, Running as Fast as We Can...

Today seemed like I hit the ground running. I did virtually hit the ground running this morning. After taking Jo for his morning constitutional, Kodi's ritual dog biscuit and Fig's canned food, I hopped on the treadmill for week 3 of the Couch to 5K program. Week 3 actually is pretty easy...Intervals of 90 second and 3 minute runs with a 2 minute brisk walk pace bridge. I find it better to get the run out of the way early before life takes over. There is more of a chance to rationalize my way out of it if I put running off til later! I baked the weekly bread this morning as well, since my little man is coming tomorrow. I also went to the market to get Hayden a little Dulcinea watermelon, since he likes watermelon...gotta keep the little man Grandma in training requires lots of special attention! No sewing was accomplished today, but I made good forward progress on the embroidery job last night, so it was okay. The EMP6 was acting a little wonky last might, but a little rest period seemed to fix the problem. We are under a year with the warranty, so I'm sure something will happen AFTER the gold standard warranty expires! I stopped in at the library and picked up the new Jennifer Chiaverini Elm Creek Quilters installment "The Winding Ways Quilt". Like I don't have enough to do...get absorbed in a good book. That's what life is all about my off to read!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Music Monday...Born to Be Alive

Adrienne posted this little musical meme on her blog yesterday, so I am using it as inspiration for this week's Music Monday. The deal is you set your ipod to shuffle and answer the following questions with the songs that pop up. Sound like fun, right? Let's see what happens...ready? GO!!!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL? Babygirl...Sugarland
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY? I'm Just talking about Tonight...Toby Keith
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE? Good Old-Fashioned Loverboy...Queen
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO? Troubador...George Strait
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU? I'm so Lonesome I could Cry...Glen Campbell
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS? Help Me Make it Through the Night...Willie Nelson
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN? Hearts and Bones...Paul Simon
WHAT IS 2+2? Her Strut...Bob Seger
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE? Like Red on a Rose...Alan Jackson
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? Here Comes My Girl...Tom Petty
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? I Saw God Today...George Strait
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? Mother and Child Reunion...Simon and Garfunkel
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST? The Child is Gone...Fiona Apple
WHAT SHOULD YOU POST THIS AS? Born to Be Alive...Patrick Hernandez
Now wasn't that fun? Looks like we were stuck on a country track today...there really are other genres on my ipod...what are you listening to today???

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Something Fast and Easy

No...not me!!! Another project cut out tonight! Remember this fabric buy?

It is destined to be BWOF 6/08 top #123. I thik it will be a fun little top to wear with a pair of capris or shorts, plus I think it is a mindless little project I can whip up while I am working on my embroidery order. I cut the T-shirt a size larger and modified the sleeves to make them a little fuller because the measurements seemed a little small for my big biceps. Yeah, I'm pumped up!!!! If this turns out well, I may make a few more. I can see it done in a solid and the yoke detailed with some nice embellishments.

I Know I've said it Before...

But Wow! I am sure glad I sew! We went out to dinner last night for Father's day and after dinner we went over to the mall as my Hunny needed some tools from Sears. We headed down to the restrooms before shopping, which are located in women's wear. I was browsing, idea shopping really when I pulled out the Butterick Maggy London twist dress. Having mad the dress, I was very familiar with the cut and construction. It was exactly the same, in fact one of them appeared to be made of the same black and white knit as the pattern envelope! I waited for my husband to get out of the bathroom and asked him if he recognized the dress. He was amazed and astounded when I showed him the $60.00 price tag! Makes me want to go buy more fabric...Yeah!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Father's Day... all those Dads out there. I lost my Dad last December. Truly Dad was never the same after we lost Mom, so I like to think that they are together now and at peace, but still it seems strange that they are gone. I guess that is one of the learning experience of growing older. We are going out to dinner tonight with the kids...Tom chose Claim Jumper, so Sara made reservations. She got him the gazillion screw driver set he hinted at a couple of weeks ago...I'm sure he's forgotten about it, so it will be a nice surprise. The man worked as an auto mechanic in his pre-firefighter career, so he has tools up the wazoo, but he says that you can never have too many screw drivers...must be kind of like "you can never have enough fabric, patterns, know what I mean!!! It will be nice to spend some time with the kids. Sara is running a half marathon today...GO Punkin!!! I am so proud of her. I run, but I don't think I will ever do a marathon or a half, for that matter. 10K will probably be where I draw the line, never know...I might be inspired by my daughter...I will be way behind her, but I could be inspired...and slow. No sewing last night...Tom was on duty and our friends Travis and Annie (Hayden's parents) brought some steaks to the station for a BBQ. It was fun and Hayden had a good time running around the station. Hayden play in the pots & pans cupboard, which he enjoyed...Mom didn't enjoy it so much as she had a headache. Pot lids make great cymbals!!! It is much nicer being an aunt or grandma. I think having been there/done that, it's easier to be relaxed and let the little guys play. I have a small embroidery order to whip out. My deadline is July 12, but I like to get orders out as quick as I can (they don't call me SewFast for nothing)...I hate last minute rush jobs...seems like things always go wrong when the pressure is on. Working full time in addition to my business adds to my anxiety about getting things done in a timely manner. Plus I feel guilty sewing for me when I have a paying job waiting for my attention. I will start on that tomorrow before heading to work and hopefully get it out quickly before the other job I bid on comes in. I can't complain though...the work has been steady...enough to support my fabric addiction! Since I have no new project pictures to show (still need to take a pic of the tutti fruitti skirt), I'll leave you with my favorite Pom funny

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Wonder of Virtual Friends

Today is a rainy, windy day. It feels more like November than June. I spent the morning ordering shirts and hats and designs for a job that came in last night. Then I ran 2 miles on the treadmill, followed by a nice shower. A leisurely trip to the library, browsing the new books and movies and then the post office. I was pleasantly surprised by a postcard from Summerset . Let me tell you, her work is even more beautiful in person. I am just amazed about the virtual friends I have online. Before the internet, there was a good chance we all might never meet. But through common interest and modern technology we connect, we make friends. And that, my dear friends, makes it a great day.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Music Monday

I love mixed CDs. In fact, some of my favorite CDs are collections made for me by my DD Sara. I love them because often times she introduces me to artists I might not otherwise be exposed to, plus she knows my quirky taste. I listened to one of Sara's mixes this morning as I worked on my tutti fruiti skirt that just needs the facing tacked down and a hem to be complete. Valentine is wearing it til tomorrow when I have time to finish it. The weather report looks frightening so sewing and movie watching appear to be the order of the day! One of the groups that Sara introduced me to is Modest Mouse, an indie group out of Issaquah, Washington. I have their CD "Good News for People who love Bad News" Great tune...has a catchy beat and the words are easy to decipher...not like some songs...that's okay, I make up my own lyrics if I can't understand theirs. It amuses me. Other tunes on Mom's mix include NoFX's "Can't play this song on the Radio", President's of the United States song "Kitty" and Greenday's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" version with the Aerosmith segueway...fabulous. On to embroidery news Jamie at Embroidables has came out with a breast cancer survivor Dolly Mama design. She is donating $15.00 from each design purchased towards breast cancer. I purchased mine to make gifts for my survivor friends...if you are unfamiliar with the Dolly Mamas...check them out! I own 3 sets besides the new one I bought today! It's a great cause to support besides being a fun little design.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Look quick...we have SUNSHINE!!!

But it's not supposed to stay for long (big sigh). I have taken advantage of it though. I spent an hour out in the garden last night, replanting some cranberry beans that didn't fare so well in this rainy weather, thinning out the radishes, pulling a few weeds and anhilating a couple of rogue slugs that dared cross the line I drew in the dirt! Did I mention I hate slugs? Well I do. I see no good purpose for them other than feeding ducks, of which I have none. So no slugs for me. I made some sewing progress last night and this morning. I worked on Butterick B5406 last night and was not happy with how it was going. The fabric is a pretty gauzy print and part of the problem I can probably blame on poor cutting (or poor ironing before cutting). I will make it work, but I like it much more when things go together without a hitch. The other project I am working on is a summer skirt in a tutti-frutti print from JoAnns, and it is coming along quite nicely. The skirt pattern escapes me at the moment, but it is part of a sportswear ensemble. All that is left is the last side seam, the zipper, finish the yoke and hem. With the return of the rain in the next day or two, I should get these projects both done. I have another skirt and dress cut out, plus the green coat, but I am not even worrying about that right now. It sits there patiently waiting for me...just like a dirty dish someone forgot to wash...eventually it will get washed...uh, I mean made! I did do some awesome thrift shopping on my way home from work yesterday. I stopped at the Goodwill to do some browsing. I find you must be willing to dig around and be vigilant to find the treasures, because there aren't always treasures every time you go thrifting. Anyway, I found the most perfect pair of beige Naturalizer Mary Jane strap pumps (I didn't even know Naturalizer made heels) that were brand new for $6.99! Since brown and tan are the staple neutrals of the wardrobe I am building, I simply had to have them! When I made my purchase, the clerk said "Oh, you qualify for the bonus is a voucher for $10.00." Sweet! Since I only had thirty days to use it, I figured I would browse a little more and just spend it then. I collect movies and all their movies are generally $1.99, so I knew I could find something to cart home. I don't know how I missed it on my first pass throught the store, but I found a big bag of sewing notions for $7.99. I latched onto that baby and picked up "The Scent of a Woman" on VHS and that bonus was gone save for 2 cents! Upon closer inspection of my treasure, I discovered a spool of waterproof green moire trim that is absolutely what I need for my swing reupholstery project. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to trim the canopy (the old canopy has a similar trim), so now I do. My smart@$$ hunny remarked "good thing you waited to start that project" (it's needed reupholstery for a LONG time!) I counted 40 zippers, most new in package and about 25 unopened packages of seam binding and hem lace in various colors. On top of that was a big wad of ribbon that needs to be separated and lovingly wound on spools for future use, but there was some great brown and black grosgrain that I already have designs on!!! The best thing is that it didn't cost me anything extra. I love it when a plan comes together!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

I've been tagged!!!

Shannon of Hungry Zombie Couture tagged all who read her blog, so I thought it would be fun to answer this meme:

What was I doing 10 years ago?
Working for the Department of Corrections; recently seperated and going through a divorce. Ugh...that was not a very good time for me.
What are 5 things on my to-do list today?
1.Work 2.Shop for necessary items (not fun stuff like fabric) 3. Return movies 4. Check mail (BWOF June 08 has not come yet) 5. Embroider a few more samples for the 4H club shirts and sew on my WIPs
Snacks I enjoy.
Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips or almonds, Veggies and Rye Crisp dipped in Hummus, Popcorn, Crystallized Ginger-Yummo!!!
Things I would do if I were a billionaire.
Buy my kids a house and set them up so I can be a Grandma (selfish, I know!) Send my hunny on all the hunting and fishing expeditions he could stand. I would set up trusts to benefit underprivileged children and animals. I would spend the rest of my days doing whatever I pleased.
Places I have lived.
1.Granite Falls, Washington 2. North Bend, Oregon 3. Klamath Falls, Oregon 4. Woodland, Washington 5. Vancouver, Washington 6. Coos Bay, Oregon 7. Lakeside, Oregon 8. Estacada, Oregon
What types of work have I done.
Babysitter, waitress, library page, retail, bookkeeper (spy), newspaper route manager, seamstress, Hospital Environmental Services technician, pharmacy courier, registered nurse
6 peeps I want to know more about. If you're reading this, I tag you. I copied this last line from Shannon because I liked it!!!

It continues to rain here. All people can say is "I can't believe's freakin' June". However, it is Rose Festival in Portland...a celebration sure to bring rain.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


We put up a new bird feeder in the back yard a few weeks ago. We hung it on a hanger on the fence and soon it became known as the neverending squirrel diner. Even though I filled ground feeders with actual squirrel feed, the family preferred to camp out on the feeder and empty it daily. This left little time for the birds to feed, so my brilliant Hunny welded up a freestanding feeder pole that could be placed away from the fence and tree. We thought the squirrels had been foiled, but as you can see...when there is a will, there is a way. The squirrels have now decided that the ground feeders are an easier way to dine, but they had to prove that we couldn't outsmart them! As for indoor critters, meet Peaches, my cockatiel on Papa's shoulder. She started screeching when I went outside to fill the feeders, so Papa put her on his shoulder to try and pacify her. I have had her for almost 10 years. She came from a bird rescue with her "friend" Darla, who passed away a few months ago. We called them the lesbian cockatiels. Peaches misses her terribly, but I'm afraid that if I get her another bird, she will die eventually, leaving that bird lonely. It's a vicious circle. Peaches lives in the sewing studio, but I get her out as much as possible. She loves showers and riding my shoulder when I run on the treadmill...she thinks she is flying! No sewing today or tomorrow for that's a baby day...he is watching Shrek right now and is totally engrossed...this is the first time a movie has grabbed his attention like that. It's amazing to see the changes from week to week. Tomorrow we are getting up way before dawn to travel to the coast to dig razor clams. There is an excellent tide and some friends are camping. Digging razor clams is one of my favorite activities (next to sewing), so it should be a good day!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Music Monday

Today's entry is about music that motivates. I recently decided it was time to get back into running again. Last year I did a Couch to 5K program that really whipped me into shape. I was running every day and had worked my distance up...not to marathon status of course, but I could run 4 miles without stopping, which was a big deal to me. Then I had some hip pain, so I slacked off and then the slide back down to where I started. Anyway, enough about that negative stuff. Music helps get me over the hump so to speak when I feel like slowing down. Today I ran to Rihanna, which I have wrote about before, but it got me thinking about other musicians who keep me running. Before I get the inevitable safety spiel about how "running with an ipod can kill you", I run on my treadmill. I'm more likely to be killed flying off the back than be hit by a car. Like The Cars. (I love that segueway...sometimes I amuse myself!) Their rocking groove gets my motor running. Who could forget their video of "You might Think" where Rick Ocasek was a fly...classic stuff, I'm telling you. And of course, the Office Depot classic..."You're just what I Needed" How could you not run listening to that? So what music motivates you, dear readers?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sex in the City

Today we went to see Sex in the City, the movie. LOVED IT!!! Of course, I have been a SATC junkie for a long time, but aside from that...I thoroughly enjoyed the was like catching up with old friends. And then, my other guilty pleasure...the fashions. In true SATC style, everything is over the top. Especially the Vivienne Westwood wedding gown that Carrie wore with the bird headpiece...Fabulous!!! Strap on your Manolo Blahniks, grab your Prada bag and go!!!

Project Dress a Girl

For the past couple of years, I have made dresses for Project Dress a Girl Around the World, in part thanks to the campaign launched by Mari...