Tuesday, July 08, 2014


 I kept my word.  I fully intended to get in my MESSY craft room and straighten it up.  Took me 3 days.  Now the trick will be to keep it this way.   I swear it's those darned goblins that sneak in at night when we are sleeping and get mischievous.

Seriously, how am I supposed to get in here to get some work done?
It's like going through a maze to get to the sewing machine

Who left the file cabinet drawers open?  Who messed up my patterns??

I have a carpet?  Who Knew!!!!

Work space!!

Now what do I do with all the junk I moved out and is now cluttering up my hallway and dining room table??  :/


Monday, July 07, 2014


 Whew, it's taken a couple days but I finally finished folding and wrapping all my fabrics with the heavy card stock backing boards that comic book collectors use for storing their collections. 

My next project is to organize the shelves next to this one - it's where I keep a lot of my crafting supplies like glues, glue gun, spray paint, German glass glitter, jute,  old candle sticks, etc.  It doesn't take long for things to clutter up :/  The entire room is in chaos and I told myself that when we got home from vacation, before I began any crafting projects, I would get organized so I knew exactly what I had and where it all is.  My work is cut out for me.  :/


Saturday, July 05, 2014

 I weighed myself the morning we left for vacation and I was down to 211.  The bad news is I gained 6.5 lbs over those 2 weeks and the good news is as of this morning ( being home for 6 days now) I lost 5.5 of those lbs. 
I did go to the Dr. on Thurs and I was right, I have acute bronchitis.  She must have determined it was bacterial because she gave me a script for an antibiotic.  I'm also taking Prednisone for 6 days and cough syrup with codeine.  I am starting to feel a bit better, but can not stop coughing!  It is driving me CRAZY.  Thursday was the first day I'd been out of the house all week, and that was just to go to the Dr.  Yesterday I felt well enough to have my morning coffee & breakfast out on the deck.  I went out several times to just sit and read and enjoy the cool breeze, so unusual for July.  Thurs. night taking the cough syrup before bedtime as prescribed, I had my first good night's sleep since we've been home.  I was looking forward to the same thing last night.  Not to be so.  At 11 pm I was getting comfortable, had my CPAP mask on and pretty sure I was about to drift off when I got a horrible tickle in my throat and went into a coughing fit.  Never thought to take off the mask, thinking that if I took a drink of water ( keep a bottle beside our bed) I would be fine and could settle back in.  Water didn't work, throat spray didn't work, nor cough drops.  I finally tore the mask off but it was too late, I had gulped down too much air and had incredibly painful intense pains in my abdomen.  The coughing began again and along with it I expelled some air which sounded just horrible, somewhat like a foghorn!  This went on for HOURS.  It was 4:30 am before my stomach stopped hurting and I tried to lie down again.  Took a while before I fell in a restless sleep and the phone rang at 7:30 waking me up so I only had 2-3 hrs. of sleep. 

I've decided today that I'm going to get in my craft room and CLEAN and reorganize.  I'm starting with my fabric stash.  It started off pretty good a few years ago....

 today, not so good . . . .
 ...So I decided to try out a pinterest tip of using comic book backings to wrap the fabric in 
( like mini bolts ) 

How 'neat' are these looking?  :)  I'll be spending my eve wrapping up my fabrics and will post a new photo when they are finished.  I will also be organizing them into colors groups.


Wednesday, July 02, 2014


 We just got back home Sunday eve from our annual 2 wk seashore family vacation in Wildwood New Jersey.  We had great weather the entire 2 wks, while it rained inland, and a couple times at night, it didn't rain during the day at all.  Had a lovely vacation, just wish I had felt better to enjoy it more.  I came down with what I thought was a cold right before we left home.  Now I believe it's acute bronchitis and has no intention of leaving me yet.  The first 3 days were the worst for me, then I started feeling a little bit better, and then it hit hard again our last 2 days.  On the way home ( a 7 1/2 hr. drive), I literally got sick in the truck from coughing too hard, with 3 more hrs to go.  It was NOT pretty.

Just love this photo of hubby and our youngest grandchild Rami ( 9 mo.) enjoying the ocean.

The sea air and sun wore them both out.
With grandson Jonah (11)
granddaughters Jordyn (14) and Ayden (7)
daughter Carey & Rami & Bella
daughter Nicki, boyfriend Bob & Rami
daughter Deana & hubby Chris
Still not feeling well and now hubby has come down with a sore throat and congestion.
Daughter Carey told me this morning she woke up with a sore throat..... 
Hubby has been badgering me to see my Dr. just to make sure pneumonia isn't setting in since I'm feeling worse, not better with time.  I have an appt. tomorrow afternoon.


Thursday, May 29, 2014


 This is the table runner so far.  Didn't get a chance to work on it the past few days but I feel I'm making progress with it.
 We opened the pool yesterday and the grand kids and I are looking forward to getting in some swim and sun time this weekend.

Granddaughter Bella (4) and grandson Rami (7 1/2 mo)


Thursday, May 22, 2014


 A few years ago I declared that I learned how to make fabric yo yos and that I wanted to make 'something' with them.  I never did.  I got too busy with other things, had other projects and yesterday I decided to quit procrastinating and get to it!  This is what I had finished yesterday.
I now have 3 rows finished.  Originally I was going to go with 3 colors - the navy blue, the gold and a red.  I don't have enough of the red fabric I wanted to use and am too impatient to wait until I order some so this one will only be these 2 colors.  I have a long way to go to get the length on this one.
I love catching up on my TV shows while I yo yo.  :)



I had completely forgotten all about this post until just now. I decided to go ahead and put it through.

On April 14th, I woke up feeling extremely short of breath.  My ankles and belly were swollen and bloated.  When I took my shower, I was breathing very heavily, as if I'd just run a marathon.  I basically did nothing all day since I wasn't feeling 'right'.  By early evening I still wasn't feeling right so Tom took me to the ER.  I had an EKG and chest Xrays done and the diagnosis was congestive heart failure.  I was admitted for 2 days and given Lasix by IV.  They were monitoring my 'outflow' and weighing me each morning.  I lost 7 lbs of fluid.  I was on a heart healthy menu at the hosp. with no salt.  When I was released, I wasn't put on a salt restricted diet, but I have not added salt to anything since the 14th.  I was given prescriptions for Lasix and Potassium pills for every other day.  My cardiologist isn't crazy about this, as he's worried my heart will dehydrate ( I have Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) so he wants me to have blood tests done every month for the next 3-4 months so he can monitor me.  I was/am 89 lbs overweight.  wow.  :(  I did lose another 8.5 lbs since I've been home, and that includes Easter dinner plus meals on the road.  Tom and I just got back from a weeks vacation.  Now I have 73.5 more lbs to go.
I was able to get a lot of walking in while we were away, and I will continue to do so as that's the only exercise I can do at this time.   My original goal was to lose 20 lbs by our summer vacation in June ( 6 more weeks) and I know I'll get there much sooner, with only 4.5 more lbs to go.  Once I lose that 20 then my goal is 10 more...and so on.  Please wish me luck in getting my weight back down to a heart healthy size!
Hoo Boy - just got the hospital bill in today's mail.  The stay itself was 29, 376.00 and does not include doctor bills, and quite a few of THEM stopped by to see how I was doing.  That amounts to 5 minutes of their time and a couple hundred dollars each.  :/ 
UPDATE - May 22, 2014
I have been trying to do at least 30 -45 min. of walking 5 times a week.  I've missed a few days for one reason or another, but I feel like I'm getting some stamina back.  My weight keeps fluctuating between 2 lbs, lose 2, gain 1, lose 1.5, gain back 2, etc. etc.  At least I haven't been gaining, it's more like maintaining.  That wasn't my intention, but I'll take it. 

SPRING TRIP: End of April
Our trip started out in Carlisle PA, for the Spring Car Show.  From there we drove to Harrisburg and spent the night and then the next morning drove to Lancaster PA.  I bought a few things there, like this cute little bird's nest.  
On our Chicago trip, I had purchased this candlestick for $1 and I want to repaint and distress it black and attach the bird nest on top.  I also plan to make a small crow to go inside the nest.
 I found this willow tree pitcher light that matches my willow tree tea and coffee canisters.
Spent the night in Lancaster and had dinner and breakfast at Dienners Amish Restaurant.  We LOVE their buffets.  After breakfast drove to Adamstown PA for the Extravaganza Antiques show and did Shuppes Grove, Renningers, and quite a few indoor shops. 
This photo was taken at an outdoor antique flea market.  
I bought this full size quilt for $5.00
I thought it was mismarked, but that was what the vendor wanted for it.  :)

While we were away, THE box that I've been waiting for, for close to a year, FINALLY came.  I cannot believe the hassle I had to go through to get it, after promises were made, broken, made again, broken, well, you get the idea.  I'm just glad that business is over with and I never have to deal with 'it' again.  2 items were still missing, but I'm not pursuing it.
My friend Dolores sent me a gift with the sweetest note.
"Denise, Why?  Just because...after reading your comment about the Consignment Shop, I felt so sad for you, my heart was broken.  You are too good and kind to be treated like that from anyone.  I just want you to know...there are good people in this world that appreciate your kindness and I hope this little gift makes you feel a little better. 

 Thank you for your thoughtfulness, Dolores! xxoo


Saturday, April 12, 2014


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Friday, April 11, 2014


 I had an idea for a mouse pattern right before I went on our trip.  I had just finished up all my orders and wasn't planning to work on anything else until we returned from our trip.  So I drew up the body pattern and sewed it up.  I wasn't happy with the head and pitched the prototype in the garbage can.  At the last minute I decided to stuff it in a drawerI took it back out and set it on my craft table.  While away, one night I dreamed about the mouse and got another idea.  I was going to keep it and continue working on it.  It was originally going to be a country mouse.  Once I got the face stitched, he ( it's definitely a 'he' ) had an expression that to me, looked like 'attitude'.  So the plan was to make him a mouse 'dude' with 'tude'.  I had an idea to make a certain type of hat for him but once I got it made, it looked like 'something else', so my mousie got another change, lol.  This time it's permanent, although my 'tude' mouse might still be in the works.

Let me introduce Sheriff Rupert Thibideau.  He's a French mouse from Texas whose ancestors date back to the 1600's.    Rupert's surname is derived from the French personal name Theobald meaning bold or brave.  An ancestor on his mother's side was said to have been a Constabulary in France under King Francis I.  Thus, Rupert was destined to become an official protector and keeper of peace between mice and cats. 

 Sheriff Rupert will soon become an e-pattern.