Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wilson's Homer Boy...AKA Buddy

Wilson's Homer Boy...AKA Buddy

One day about eleven years ago my husband and I went to check out some yellow lab puppies.  We had every intention of getting a three or four month old puppy, but when we arrived, a sixteen month old yellow lab pulled on our heart strings.   After much debate, we decided on the sixteen month old yellow lab.

He had been raised in a pen and  had never been shown much love or affection.  All he new were the other dogs that were living in his pen,  but he seemed eager to go with us.  When we arrived at our home the newness of our place scared him to death.  He was so afraid of everything and, bless his heart, did not even know his own name.  He spent three days in our spare room, not eating, not drinking, not even going to the bathroom.  We were just about at our wits end and thought we might have to take him back.  We continued to talk to him and finally did coax him out of the spare room and into drinking some water.

He finally began to eat and go out and go to the bathroom, but he was still scared to death.  When he did come out of the spare room and try to join us, even the volume of the television changing would send him back into the spare room with his tail tucked between his legs.  Our place was carpeted and if he stepped on the linoleum in the kitchen, the sound of his toenails hitting the floor scared him to death.  The rustle of a garbage bag being changed would send him running in fear.  We were afraid he was going to stay a very nervous and timid dog.

After several months though, he did come around.  We lived at the lake and he grew to love us, and the lake.  He would spend hours chasing his ball as we threw it into the water from our dock.  (He was very popular with the area boaters, they would often stop just to watch him play his game of retrieval.)  When the kids were visiting and swimming he would swim with them.  He loved the water, he loved the boat, and he loved our attention and affection.

Bobby and Buddy

He was the smartest dog I have ever owned.  He was a devoted friend, an avid protector, and an adored pet.

We lost this precious part of our life on Monday, and it is hard to even be at home.  I never dreamed you could miss an animal as much as I miss him.

He had become such a huge part of our family.  Everyone that met him loved him.   He would always meet me at the door.  He adored Bobby.  He took every step that Bobby took and waited patiently at the door if he was gone until his return.  He loved the kids and the grand kids and enjoyed playing ball with them.  His pleasure was pleasing us.

He was born Wilson's Homer Boy, but he was Buddy to us.
God Bless you Buddy, you are missed by everyone in our family( your pals Scooter and Sissy miss you too)
Thank you for all your years of devotion.  Rest in peace dear friend.

Best of Friends
Buddy and Scooter

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Meet Me On Monday 3-19-12

Acting Balanced

Hello!  It is time for Meet Me On Monday once again.  I link up with Acting Balanced every Monday for this great blog hop.  Every week she post 5 questions and I give my answers here on my blog.  If you would like to join the fun just head on over to Acting Balanced and link up!

Here are this weeks questions:

1. How do you like your eggs?
2. Who is the last person you spoke to on the phone?
3. Do you have a place you keep 'junk' in your home?
4. What is on your 'spring cleaning' list?
5. What blog post have you written recently that you'd like more people to know about?

Here are my answers:

1.  I like my eggs scrambled with a little cheese mixed in, or a cheese     omelet..yum!  Makes me hungry just thinking about it!

2.  The last person I spoke to on the phone was my daughter, Carrie.

3.  I have a great place to keep all my junk, in my "junk room"!  It is the extra bedroom downstairs.  I keep all our summer clothes in there during the winter and winter clothes are stored there in the summer!  I recently made one of the extra upstairs bedrooms into a sewing and craft room and I have all the stuff from that room stored in the "junk room".  I love having a special place for all my junk!

4.  Ha, I have that "junk room" on my spring cleaning list!  I really need to throw some of that junk away!

5.  One blog post I wrote in November was about a new product that I love.  Blooming Chenille Bias Strip Scarf .  That Blooming Chenille Bias is a joy to use and works like magic.  It is a very interesting product and I think more people need to know about it.

Well that is it for this Monday.  Hope everyone has a great week and I will see you again next Monday!

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Can you Guess What This Is?

I am calling it a ball cap curtain..It is a curtain to protect the ears!

Recently my husband had surgery to remove a skin cancer that was on  the top of his ear.  He has had several frozen off, but this one was too large so it had to be surgically removed.  His doctor has warned him not to be out in the sun without a hat. That makes perfect sense and should be easy to do, but my husband spends a lot of time in his bass boat fishing, and any type of hat (except his ball cap) flies off when he is speeding down the river to his next honey hole!  He has tried all kind of hats, but always has to take them off before moving from one place to another for fear of loosing them.  Not only is it aggravating to him, but it worries me that he will tire of that aggravation and simply not wear it anymore.   Voila, the "ball cap curtain!"

It really is a simple thing to make, the first one I made was even all the way around but I was afraid that the back would get caught on his collar, I don't want any kind of aggravation, I want it to be comfortable.

The first one was even all the way around.

The next one I made shorter in the back and long enough on the sides to cover his ears.

Top photo is front view
Bottom photo is back view

Side View
I hemmed it all around and made a casing wide enough to insert a piece of 3/4 inch wide elastic.  The front is left with just the elastic showing and fits up under his ball cap.  I used a snap on the ends of the elastic so the curtain can easily be taken on and off.  (I plan on making him more and perfecting my pattern as I go.)

He is happy!   we have looked for a ball cap type hat that has ear covers attatched, but it seems they are all made out of winter fabric, meant more for warmth than protection from the sun I guess.  I think that if he gets too hot he could just wear the curtain and let his hair blow free.  (He doesn't seem to be very fond of that idea!  ha).

Not exactly a fashion statement, lol, but it will do the trick and keep his precious little ears safe from the sun!

Happy St. Patricks Day!
Happy Sewing!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Meet Me On Monday 3-11-12

Acting Balanced

Again I am joining Acting Balanced for Meet Me On Monday  Every week she asked 5 questions and I answer them here on my blog.  It is great fun and if you would like to join up just head on over to her blog and add your link!

Here are this week's five questions:

1. What are your plans for St. Patrick's Day?
2. What is your favorite room in your house?
3. What 'gadget' do you have that you can't live without?
4. What will your first thought be when you learn that you won a lottery?
5. Other than Acting Balanced and your own, what is your favorite blog to read?

Here are  my answers:

1. For St. Partick's Day I will wear something green to work just to keep from being pinched, but that is about as far as it goes.  I have never been one to   celebrate very much on Saint Patrick's Day.  I leave that to my oldest son, it is one of his favorite days!

2.  When I am in a creative mood ( which is much of the time), nothing is better than my sewing room..the fact that it is all mine and I can leave my sewing right where it is and come back later and it is still there waiting for me is awesome, but my favorite room in the house is the den.  I watch television there, read, and use my laptop.  It is total relaxation!

3.  The gadget I could not live without is my Ipod touch.  I listen to it when I sew, walk, read and if I am feeling down all I have to do is turn it on and my sadness is goin within minutes!  It also lets me know if I have comments or activity on Facebook and Twitter!  It is totally awesome!

4.  The first thing I would say after winning  the lottery would be  "Look out retirement, here I come!"

5.  I love so many blogs that I hate to have to mention just one, but I really love reading Nancy Zieman's blog, she is such an expert on anything to do with sewing and always gives me such great inspiration!  

Well that is it!  Hope you all have a great week and I hope to see you next Monday!  

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Darling Baby Shower Card

Is this not the cutest card ever?   I just had to share with you.   Today my daughter-n-law's co-workers hosted a baby shower for her and my son.  She works in the art department and this card is proof of the talent her co workers possess!  I love the way Harper ( her name  is going to be Harper Miette Headrick) is peeping out over the side of the stroller..and  those big blue eyes!  Just too cute!  Makes me so ready for June to arrive, along with my baby grand, Harper!

Well, that is all, just wanted to share this darling card!

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Health, Fun, Sewing Info

This has been a busy week for me.  I would like to let you know that my Nuclear Stress Test came back normal!  That is one thing I can stop worrying about!  I might add that I am certainly glad that I have health insurance.  That test was almost six thousand dollars.  I don't think any medical test should cost that much!  I really don't know how people that have no health insurance benefits can get the medical care they need.  Something has to be done about the cost of medical care in this country!

Yesterday I went to a Cookie Lee show.  I had never seen the Cookie Lee line of jewelry before and they really have some very nice things.  I was amazed at all the different items they had to offer and the prices were very reasonable.  They had a little something for everyone, from young girls to really big pieces of bling!  They had some really cute ankle bracelets and some toe rings that I would have loved in my younger years.  I purchased a necklace (that can be worn several different ways, most of their necklaces are very versatile!) the matching bracelet and some earrings.  If you have never seen this line of jewelry before you can check them out here, I think you will like what you see.  If you live in the Chattanooga area and are interested in learning more about Cookie Lee, leave me a comment with your email and I will be happy to give you the name and number of a great consultant!

Sewing Info:
I am hoping to teach my grand-daughter, Anna, to sew this summer.  I have been checking out books that I think will get her creative juices flowing!  LOL She is only 13 so I have been looking for something that is easy to follow and will give her an idea of everything involved when you begin to create your own clothes and accessories.  I recently purchased Sewing For Dummies by Jan Saunders Maresh (not to suggest Anna is a dummy in any way).  It is a very good book for beginners.

It covers everything you can think of from knowing your sewing machine to choosing fabric and notions. It even has some basic and very easy items to sew. If you are wanting to learn how to sew, check this book out. It is available at Amazon for less then $20.!

Another great book is Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z: Your Source for Sewing and Quilting Tips and Techniques.  It is also available on Amazon.  I love Nancy Zieman, I have been watching her on Sewing With Nancy for years.  She is an expert in every aspect of sewing so you can feel sure her books will always leave you with the knowledge you are longing for!

This is a great book for beginners also, it even includes instruction on quilting. If you have never watched Sewing with Nancy before, check your local PBS listings, it usually airs on the weekend. For more books written by Nancy and for great notions and all your sewing needs, check out Nancy's website, Nancy's Notions.

Hopefully by this summer Anna and I will be ready to have some fun, with  both of us utilizing the info we have taken from the many wonderful tips and ideas in these books.

Hope all of you have a wonderful week!
Happy Sewing!