Wednesday, July 11, 2018


This Memory Bear was made for my good friend and next door neighbor Nancy.  Her eldest son passed away last year and she asked me to make this bear from a shirt and tie he wore to his young daughter's First Holy Communion.  It smells of the aftershave he always wore.  His daughter Sarah is now 9 years old and she did not know I was making this.  When Nancy gave it to her she said 'Daddy'!!
You can't tell, but the tie is patterned with mallard ducks.  Sarah named her bear Duck Tie Daddy.


Friday, May 25, 2018


Last week my middle daughter and her husband took a trip to Banff, Alberta in Canada.  I stayed at their home with their 8 yr old and 4 yr old.  for 6 days.  I really enjoyed spending that time with the grandkids.
While the kids and I were keeping cool in the house with the AC on, my daughter sent this photo from Lake Louise.  She's glad she took a jacket and hat, and said it did snow a bit.

Last night was my eldest grand daughter's senior prom.  She's not dating anyone, and neither is her friend Jermaine, so they went to the prom together.

Today I dusted off the sewing machine and started working on another fabric teddy bear.  This one I will be listing on Etsy.  
It's going to be time to start working on Fall items...and we are just now getting ready to open the pool. . . . but ran into a problem with a part breaking in the pump and the company we bought it from may have gone out of business.  😨

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial weekend.


Friday, May 11, 2018


Not having worked with faux fur before, I found this project quite messy. There was fur flying through the air, landing in my hair and all over the carpet. 😛
 I had picked up some fur at a yard sale a while back and after making the fabric bears, thought I'd give this a try.  I need practice, that's for sure!  This was a free 2 piece pattern that you can find HERE.  Scroll down the page to locate the pattern and directions.

 My Finished Bear

I goofed on the ears a bit, but still think it turned out pretty cute.


Wednesday, May 09, 2018


This top bear I made for my 8 year old grand daughter Bella.  She chose her own fabric and loves the way it turned out.

This flannel bear is a Memory Bear I made for a friend from my Bunco group.  Her brother passed away in November and his grandson was born a couple months later.  She wanted something to give to her nephew as a remembrance.  This was one of her brother's favorite shirts.


Sunday, April 22, 2018


I received an order for an item I made several years back.  It's a fake loaf of bread made from fabric in a fake rusty loaf pan and the words printed on the top of the loaf reads : GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.
I'd forgotten all about that item so decided to make a few more to add to my Etsy Store.

This one is a little bit different, it has German glass glitter sprinkled on top to look like sugar, and I attached dried rose hips to resemble raisins.

I hope to make more, but am waiting to see if these are good sellers for me.  

I really need to get started on my middle grand daughter's bear.  The pattern is all cut out, just need to start sewing.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Saturday, April 14, 2018


This is the bear I made for my 4 year old grandson Rami.  He picked out the fabric.
I'm also making Rami a bow tie to coordinate with his bear's.  I ran out of elastic, but once I get some more I want to take a photo of Rami & his bear together.

It took me 17 days to get over the flu.  Finally feeling good again.  Still don't have much of an appetite.  I lost 8lbs, not exactly how I wanted to lose it, but it's a jump start! 👍

We had such a great time on our first cruise, we are now planning our second.  We will be in Long Beach, CA in Oct. so we are looking at cruises to Mexico.  Sometime next year we want to do another family cruise to the Bahamas and Cuba.

My younger sister Diane has been visiting me from Michigan.  She goes home tomorrow.  It's been a really fast week, but lots of laughs and food and drinks with the family.

I've currently got 2 orders I have to work on, and then make another bear for 8 year old grand daughter Bella. 

Have a great weekend!


Friday, April 13, 2018


UGH.   I got sick on our last full day of our cruise.  The dreaded FLU.  While everyone else was enjoying a lovely dinner, watching a show and going into a jacuzzi on the top deck, I was in bed.   The next day we got to Miami and got off the ship at 8:30.  We couldn't get into our hotel until 4:00 that afternoon, so everyone ( but me) wanted to walk in South Beach.  I literally had to walk around with a plastic bag full of kleenex.  I had a fever, was existing on cough drops and TheraFlu and a cough supressant.  Not much of an appetite.  The family decided to drive to Key Largo and Key West to have a look see and have lunch.  I took the time in the rental van to close my eyes and get some semblance of a rest.  We stopped at a nice place for lunch and I ordered a conch chowder.  Soup was the only thing I wanted.  When we were able to get into our hotel room, I went straight to bed.  Tom stayed with me and the rest of the family drove to downtown Miami for a late dinner.  The following morning we had to check out and drove to Fort Louderdale for the afternoon.  All I wanted to do was go to bed.  Had no bed, had no room.😭 Nothing worse than being sick on a trip.  Our rental van had to be back by 5pm and we took a shuttle to the airport.  Our plane was delayed an hour.  So I'm sitting in the airport, runny nose, coughing up my lungs.  People avoided sitting near me, can't blame that for that.  The whole time I'm thinking, what if the plane is full....SOMEONE is going to have to sit with us since there are 3 seats.  As it turned out, the plane WAS full.....but someone must have missed the flight because I sat near the window and Tom sat in the middle, which left the aisle seat.  No one ever sat there!!😄 Tom moved over to the aisle seat so the middle seat was vacant, allowing us both more room.  I heard a lot of coughing on that plane, so I wasn't the only one sick.  All I could think about was getting home in my own bed.  We had to take a shuttle to the parking lot where our daughter's Suburban was parked.  It is now a little after midnight.  When my son-in-law got in the van, he noticed the left rear tire was at 3 lbs.  He freaked out that the workers there were driving on a flat tire.  It's a really LONG story, so I won't get into it, but we never got home til 4 am.  and we only live 15 minutes from the airport.

ON with the photos

We are in the port at Nassau

We are in port at Great Stirrup Cay

These 4 went snorkeling and took along some fruit loops cereal.  Someone my daughter Deana works with told her to take them underwater with her and to let them out of the bag and that dozens of colorful fish would just 'show up'.  So she tried it and said IT REALLY WORKS!!


Thursday, March 29, 2018


This is my very first trip to Florida.  Husband Tom has been there many times as a kid and my daughter and her family have been there a couple times, to visit Disney World.

Me and my grand daughter Jordyn waiting for our rental van in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  It's about 8 am and we are driving to Miami to do some sightseeing and spend the night.  Can't get into our hotel room until 4 pm.
Spent a few hours in Little Havana

SIL Bob, Me, Jordyn, daughters Nicki and Deana and SIL Chris

husband Tom


Time to check in. That sure is a lot of bags for 7 people.
10 am the morning of our cruise.  We still have 2 1/2 hrs. to kill before boarding our ship so we are in South Beach Florida enjoying a morning Mojito and doing some window shopping.

The weather in Florida was just perfect.  When we got off the airplane it was a bit chilly at 59 degrees, but it warmed up really fast and was in the mid 70's by late morning.
The palm trees and landscapes are so much prettier than they are in California due to the draught out there.  And of course the palm trees in CA do not have coconuts.  The ocean is also much prettier in Florida, bluer/greener.

More photos in the Bahamas to follow.