New Beginnings

It has been a couple of months since my last post and what a wonderful time it has been. We have welcomed into our family it’s newest member with the birth of LilBit. She entered this world on August 13th and has taken command of daily activities from the very beginning. Her personality is developing and letting us know who is in charge.

Matching outfits for all 3 Girls (Mommy included) for the Fall Activities came together just in time for the Pumpkin Patch at Eckert’s Farm, Belleville, IL. Mommy’s was just a plain white tee with a fabric bow for scrunching up the side of the tee. Precious’s out fit included leggings with a nice 4″ ruffle & LilBit’s outfit was a onesie cut off to create a tee with a 4″ ruffle to complete the look. Notice the 4th outfit? That is for Baby Jenna (Precious’s baby doll). The pumpkin appliqué/embroidery design is from Anita Good Designs.

My friend, Anna, and her two granddaughters along with Misty, myself, Precious & Lil Bit all went apple and pumpkin picking. What a great time we had watching these little wonders twist & pull the apples from low hanging branches in the apple orchard. Little ones are allowed to eat apples that they pick with no charge. Then on to the pumpkin patch where we hunted for small pumpkins they could carry and call their own.

Precious talked PawPaw into taking her for a ride in her red wagon and of course pumpkin had to accompany them for the ride. Wish I had been there to get a picture of the ride.

Here we are over 70, retired and yet still full of life as we spend our days watching the granddaughters grow and develop into loving, caring little one. Mom & Dad are doing such a wonderful job as they make the important decisions & nurture their development. Larry and I just enjoy our time with this growing family and help out as we can.

Never thought we would be at this point in our lives. We are eternally grateful for the opportunity to be grandparents to this family and son and his family. We are truly blessed. Thank You!

Blessing to all.


Butterfly – FSL (free standing lace)

My daughter comes up with some of the best decorating ideas – dragon tacos out of Oreos & circles on the bedroom wall). She roams Pinterest and other sites picking out what suits her needs and sometime she gets me involved.  Such is how the circles on the wall came to be.

After creating the stencils, painting them on the wall and doing the cleanup on the designs; it was time for a little creativity from me.  We both like and collect butterflies.  They are a symbol of new beginning, transformation and just down right beautiful.

There are a lot of machine embroidery designs for FSL and I have a few in my collection.  I also have quite a few regular butterflies.  I stitched out the FSL designs according to the direction and for the others, I used sparkling organzas to stabilize the design.   Gingerly cut around the design.  I had used 3 layers of water soluble stabilizer so by gently wetting each butterfly and shaping it on a towel, I was able to give the illusion of flight.  Attach them to the wall with double sided tape and now we have butterflies fluttering around the wall.

Happy Decorating!


Butterfly Placemats

I have had these squares ready to incorporate into projects for sometime. Now that I have a mid-arm quilter, it is time to get with it. I have a twin quilt piece and sandwiched just waiting to be quilted. The quilter is new and I am still learning to how and what to do so small projects seem to be in order before tackling he actual quilt.

This set of placemats fit the need. I love the outcome. They have a internal light weight batting and a blue flannel backing. This gives them just the right amount of weight to stay in place.

Blessings, Ann

Weighted Blanket

I was asked to make a weighted blanket for a child with autism. I had not even heard of this and had no way of knowing what to do. Back to YouTube! One of my best resources of late. After watching about 10 videos and looking at several tutorial on Pinterest I started my adventure.

The lovely Princess and the soft-n-cozy materials along with the beads for filling all came from Joann’s. Not only am I able to purchase everything I need for the project, but the staff there is always helpful.

I delivered the blanket today and hopefully the child will benefit from this project.

Blessings until next time, Ann