Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Memory Doggies

Several yeas ago my sister gave me four shirts of her husband who passed away.  I told her I could make some doggies for her grandchildren.  I can't find the pictures of the doggies I made but all together I made five doggies.  
Like this one you see here made out of Island Batik Fabrics

She didn't know I was making this for her for Christmas but here is a pillow for her bed, the buttons and applique are off his shirts.  She was really touched by this.

Then they have a grandson that is named after her husband and he worked for the Railroad, so I made this quilt.  The applique is out of his shirts using the Accuquilt Go Train die.

So out of four shirts I got 5 doggies, one quilt, one pillow, and one pincushion made from his cuff.

You never know what is going to happen so I had a week to do whatever I wanted at the beginning of Dec. so I rushed and got all of this done plus a round table cloth for my son and his wife which I can't find the picture.....too lazy to go and get.

Thanks heavens, we ended up keeping our grandson for a week, my mother fell and was in the hospital, and then m sons came for Christmas which I was running to and from the rehab for my mother.  She was in the hospital for four days and then was taken to rehab and then....guess who gets sick?  You guessed fun during this Christmas season.  It was good to see the boys and their wives.  My fifth son and his wife cleaned the house before they left....I thought that was so sweet.  Am I luck or what?

Friday, December 9, 2016


I am a fly by nighter.....

My mother always said that I run around like a chicken with my head cut off.

I don't like to pin.


I decided that I should really start.

for some reason it makes it easier if you pin.

I never wanted to take the time but for some reason things go together easier.

Go figure.

I am how old am just now figuring this out????
Should I be ashamed?

My sewing room has been humming.  I wish I could show you all of the things I have been doing but it will have to wait til After Christmas.

I actually had a full day of nothing to do...well I had things to do but nothing I had to get out and do.

So I had a blissful day yesterday.

My daugher in law has our round table....and the top is kind ugly so I made her this.

She loves purple and yellow...these are the colors she wanted.


I was in the store the other day and saw a table runner with reindeer on the ends like this but different reindeer.  I came home and thought about it....remember the hand towel.

I just love this little guy.

Anyways.....I just enlarged him and used my awesome Island Batik Christmas fabrics.

I just love it.....looks more fun up close and personal but this picture will have to do.

I hope all of you are getting ready for a wonderful Christmas.  Most of my gifts will be handmade.

I have another day in my sewing room.  Count me lucky!!!!

Everyone was so sweet to comment on my naked reindeers.....

A little cosmetic surgery and now they have ears????

Silly me!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fidget Blankets or Sensory Blankets

Have any of you heard of fidget blankets?

I only heard about them today.

In case you have not, these blankets are for people with brain injuries, dementia, Alzheimer's, and Autism.

Memory Fidget Lap Blanket Dementia Alzheimer's Autism Stroke Patient Sensory Busy Elderly ADD


Dementia / Alzheimers activity mat/sensory activity/ therapy present for elderly

Alzheimer's Fidget Blanket Cowboy / Horses / Dogs  Alzheimer's / Dementia / Autism / Restless Fingers Sensory Blanket


Here are just a few of them with the link underneath.  You can certainly look it up on pinterest or etsy.  I didn't realize there were so many out there and to be honest.....didn't have the slightest clue as to what they are.

My mother was diagnosed with Dementia at the beginning of the year, although, I don't think she has progressed to this point yet.  I did noticed that when I took her to the Dr. today she was twiddling her thumbs for the hour drive there and back.

So a wonderful idea and a great idea to make and give to hospitals.


On another note....I got my embroidery machine back yesterday.  I did make a hand lazy to take a picture...busy day today...but I did walk out with both legs but had a slight hobble (didn't have to give an arm and a leg away when I went to pay for the repairs)

Friday, December 2, 2016


This month's challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is to make something (anything) for Charity.

When I think of Charity as in giving I am thinking of like March of Dimes, the Hospitals, Linus etc...

I was lazy, I wanted something near enough to me that I could take it straight over and not have to worry about forgetting.... 

So the thing that popped into my mind was the Wesely House where my mother is living.

It is an assisted living place.

When they get enough items they have an auction.

The residents get paper money throughout the week.

Winning at Bingo, Finding the Elf on the shelf are just a few ways to earn this money.

Then they have an auction.

All the ladies love my mother's little puppy.  So I decided to make a puppy and donate it to the auction.

I was so hoping you would not notice the dust on the table (blushing here)...I guess I could scoot the dog over the top and take care of that table.

I just love the various Island Batik fabrics and who doesn't love pink???

I am sure there is a store near you that sells Island Batiks to find out just go to their site and click on find store.  I know you will love the fabrics like I do.