Wednesday, April 15, 2015


 Just returned home Sunday night from our trip to St. Charles, IL for the Chicagoland Antique Slot Machine show. 

We've gone twice a year for the last 25 years and never missed a show.  I was debating whether to go this time or not, as I was having shortness of breath and my feet and ankles were swelling and I was feeling 'almost' like I did last year at this same time when I was hospitalized for congestive heart failure.  Almost is the operative word.  It didn't help that I also ate ham on Easter, the day before we left.  I didn't tell Tom as I know he would have cancelled the trip and I really felt if I watched my salt intake and got out of the car every 50 miles or so to 'stretch my legs' and get circulation moving, I would do ok.  I take a lasix pill every other day so I took one on my non-day too.   He was so busy packing up the truck Monday morning to notice my feet, so I got away with it for a while.  When he did notice, he wasn't angry with me but did admonish me for not telling him how I was feeling.  He wouldn't have made the trip, and I knew that, so I kept quiet.  If I seriously felt as bad as I did last year, I would have gone to the ER.  As it was, we stopped at every other rest stop and he walked me like a pet dog.  lol  We stopped off in South Bend IN for the night so we weren't driving for 10 hours straight.
I did pretty well, got some walking in and whenever I was too out of breath, would go back to our room, put my feet up and get some rest.
On our way home while we did drive straight through, we did the same thing, got out and walked around the rest stop.  We were about 5 hours from home and we stopped for a break.  We were one car away from our truck when Tom decided to walk around the car to go to our truck's tailgate for a pop and I walked in front of the car.  I did not see that the lip of the cement sidewalk block was a good 1-2 inches elevated, and I tripped over it.  I didn't JUST fall down....I went SAILING through the air, skid across the sidewalk and fell off the curb into the lot.  My hands and knees were all on fire.  It's a good thing I had jeans on or my knees would have been torn up.  My left knee has a 'brush burn' the size of a quarter and the right knee was boo boo free.  My jeans didn't even have holes in them from skidding - will have to invest in a few more of these.  My left hand took the brunt of the fall and the palm is black and blue.  For the first 3 hours I was in agonizing pain.  I was sure I had at least fractured it.  I couldn't move my fingers at all.  Tom got me some ice out of the cooler and wrapped them in a towel, but it hurt too much so he got me a cold can of pop to hold.  I couldn't grasp it in that hand but used my other one to hold the can against it.  I don't think I've ever been in so much pain, not even when I had open heart surgery and had stomach tubes pulled out ( that was agony) but at least I got pain pills for that.  Pain was shooting from my palm to my wrist and to each finger for a solid 3 hours. 
Did I mention that my week old pedicure got messed up on my big toe when I fell?  Grrrrr
To make a long story shorter, today I can move all the fingers and am able to hold things - though nothing too heavy.  I had a wrist splint I used during the day and at night while sleeping and the pain is now just a dull ache.  I know I should have gone to get Xrays, but we have another trip coming up this weekend and I will not be going in a cast. 
I had my routine 6 mo. checkup at my cardiologist's yesterday and I told him about my feet/ankles and the shortness of breath and he said I did everything right and that I would know when to get to the ER.  Just to be on the safe side, it's been longer than a year since I had a stress test and an Echocardiogram so he scheduled me for an Echo in October, right before my next visit.
Since we were out anyway, if my wrist still felt 'bad' I would have hadTom take me to get Xrays but I really feel so much better and will continue to use the splint for a while.

Enough of that!  We did some antiquing while on our trip and I've been looking for an old coffee grinder for years.  They can be quite high in price but I found this one for $25 and while I suspect it is a repro I just wanted it to display.  I had planned to set it on my kitchen hutch, but the wheel is too high so set it up on one of my jelly cabinets.
My younger sister Diane is driving in from Michigan this weekend and we are going on another road trip.  We are going to go to Atlantic City for 3 nights, Lancaster PA for a day/night and then the Carlisle Spring Car show.  Looking forward to some fun and praying I don't have any more mishaps.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Since my printer is back up and working and I just got some new ink, I've been busy printing off some wonderful graphics and making pillow tucks with them.
Rooster graphics are from Ewe-N-Me-Printables

This sheep proverb graphic is by Mary's Montage

House Rules graphic is by Prim N Shabby Me
 MOTHER pillows are my own design - although the saying is off the net

This sheep is a public domain image & I did the border in my graphics program

These Seed Packet graphics are by AlteredArtiFacts


Wednesday, March 25, 2015


 In May of last year I held a giveaway on my Selling Blog for my 'brand new' at the time Sheriff Rupert Thibideau Mouse Epattern.

My prototype
 Danice of Homespun Hannah's won the pattern and this is her version of Sheriff Rupert
I think he turned out GREAT!!  I love his mustache!!
Thank you for allowing me to share your photo Danice!
You can visit Danice's blog here


Sunday, March 22, 2015


I do, but I hate having to push the meat and all the veggies onto skewers and it seems like it takes FOREVER to cook on the grill.  What I do instead is pound my round steak to tenderize it then cut into bite sized pieces.  I marinate this in Italian Dressing overnight.
In a large bowl I add cut up green pepper, onion, tomatoes ( have also used cherry tomatoes)  and several cans of whole potatoes. This also gets marinated overnight.
When I'm ready to cook it, I dump it all on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 400 degrees until the veggies are cooked and meat is done to our liking.  Every so often I will get a spatula and turn the food so the other side gets nice and browned too.
You can add whatever else your family likes such as cauliflower, mushrooms, etc.
Serve with a side salad and crusty bread.


Thursday, March 19, 2015


 I've been busy making Easter eggs. 

Fabric Wrapped Eggs.  These are plastic eggs that I've wrapped with torn strips of fabric, dipped in a solution of coffee and vanilla for an aged look.

 These eggs are fabric, stuffed with polyester filling and brushed with coffee vanilla stain for the aged look.  I love these the best!

 These eggs are JUMBO sized and blanket stitched in the seams.

 Trying something a little different with these wrapped eggs.  After the coffee solution dries, I brush on glue and sprinkle with glitter.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015


 I was involved in a supply swap with Faith Conroy of The Primitive Black Hat Society through our Etsy Team FAAP Group.
She sent me some wonderful items and I can definitely use all of them!  Look at that big stash of sheep wool!!
 I sent Faith's box out today, but forgot to take pics of her items.  Not sure if she follows my blog or not, so I will wait until she receives her box and posts her own pics before I say what goodies I packed up for her swap box.  :) 


Tuesday, March 03, 2015


My Hippity Hoppity Bunny nodder was featured in an Etsy Treasury.  All of these bunnies are simply adorable!


Sunday, February 15, 2015


 I've been busy making some fabric flowers the past few weeks.  This one I made for our FAAP Etsy Team's 2nd Birthday Celebration Giveaway the first week in February.

 These blue/brown flowers in black candlestick vase are still available for sale
I made several sets of bowl fillers as well.
These double layer brown/tan flowers are SOLD.  
The double layered flowers sell for $20 for set of 6.
and single layered flowers sell for $10 for set of 6.

These are the single layer - both sets are still available.


Friday, February 13, 2015


 These were fun cats to make.  I've made this same barn cat many times before sans the yo yo flowers.  I usually just filled the pocket with dried flowers & Sweet Annie.  The cat is a design by Tennessee Ridge Primitives.
Both cats are available for purchase either on my selling blog or my Etsy shop.