Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HOW CAN I GET SO FAR BEHIND MYSELF?? Part #1

How do I do it?  How do I think about writing a little each month and I turn around and it has been eons!

It will soon be a year since the Dx of lymphedema.  I have been a very good do-bee, and have done my massage and wear my totally stylish 20/30 knee high compression stockings.  Now not being a Hilton, or Kardashian, my trying to start fashion statement with these crazy sox is just not happening.

But, let me tell you what has been happening. 

The wedding, yes it has come and gone, can you believe??  250 German origami bells, filled with 5 candy almonds wrapped in netting with the wedding wish attached.  A photo board with a large stiffened burlap bow, 25 burlap tags with the table #'s on them and a not so prolific cutting of the white hydrangea bush, that suffered greatly from our super hard winter.  My baby sis did hundreds of cookies with the children's initials done in icing served on silver tray on the side of the wedding cake, which was done by a friend.  An aunt did the bridesmaids necklaces, they were stunning, and another aunt and uncle did all the photos.  Lucy did the #'s on the burlap tags and we did the flowers together with hubby doing a lot of the cutting for us.  Lucy did her designer hangers twisting the wire to form the names of all her bridesmaids.  They were beautiful.

I have a lavalier made from a single drop earing that belonged to my grandmother, hanging on a small gold chain that I wore, both my daughters and my baby sis wore and now my granddaughter wore on our wedding days.  The wedding was a church wedding and the reception was held at a charming winery in our area.  A fun 'old' car was parked next to the vine covered walkway with the trunk open for the gifts to be placed and the day was so beautiful we were able to eat outside with the food set up inside the barn along with a separate room where silly videos were being made of all the guests.

Would I ever say oh, my granddaughter made a fair to midland bride???  Not me, and I have no need to, for our 'MacGillicuddy' (for everyone younger than dirt, MacGillcuddy was the fictional maiden name of 'I Love Lucy' Lucy Ricardo, and has been a pet name for this Gram for years and years, for my little Lucy) was stunning.  That is the best I can come up with, she was stunning.  I have only a few pictures so far and will, as they come in, add more to my blog.  Thought I would get to some pictures now, to give you some rest.

I will, I promise, get to our vacation which came 2 days after the wedding and then to my Mother's 90th birthday a week after our return and then another family wedding this last weekend.  But, breath easy, I will do these in order in the next blog.

May this find you all happy and healthy and enjoying each day
Barb aka Tilly

 
 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

TAKING A CUE

My last post was seen by my friend and fellow crafter Kimmer, that would be MommaRock at http://krazycraftycreations.blogspot.com/.  We could be almost the same person, hahaha,  When she looked at the compartments of her life she knew she needed to make some changes.  As I read, I knew that would be very important to my quality of life as well.  So rather than just ponder, I took action, inspired by Kimmer. 

I stayed up a little later than normal and went thru my YouTube list.  I was over whelmed each day with 100 emails in my mail, most all YouTube friends and acquaintances.  As I tackled my list ( that looked like I would be doing an overnighter back from my school days) it started moving a little faster than I imagined.   

I changed many to 'show only in feed' I found many that I needed to remove, those that had not had a video in over a year.  And, I still may fiddle with a few more.  Late in the evening, I don't function as well as early morning.

I consider each that I receive, Kimmer has vowed not to watch 'haul' videos and for the most part, that will be my vow also.   And, though I love to learn, there are things I am not likely to try, so I have given myself permission to just pass on those, also.  We all love just a word or two when we publish a video, and in my beginning stage with few subscribers that was an easy task.  However, now my list of those I am subscribed to, is so long that to comment on all would be a full time job, so I have now given myself permission to, at times, just give a thumbs up and be off to the next.

In the past few days, I have had the time to do some projects of my own, view some videos, read some blog entries by friends and I have even started a grand mystery on my Kindle :)

I believe I am going to like this new improved compartment.  As the weather improves and the pool calls to me, I may make a few summer tweeks ;)

I will leave you now with a few things I have worked on.  Hoping this post finds you happy and healthy, here thy are:

One on the right is the one she will wear, on the left is the one the groom will throw.  Granddaughter wants to keep the one she will wear ;)




Thursday, March 20, 2014

THINKING I LIKE MY LIFE IN COMPARTMENTS

I am finding that I put my life in compartments.  My work (tongue in cheek) is creating.  That goes on down in 'God Bless My Mess' aka my crafting and stitching room.  My computer fun and work goes on in the great room (first floor consists of kitchen and great room and 1/2 bath).  My sleeping goes on, of course, upstairs in the bedroom.

My YouTube compartment is almost 99% crafters, my blog compartment is almost 99% personal sharing of life type bloggers.  My social life is almost 99% family.

I will have to ponder this, and see if I need to shake this up a bit, or just be content that I am happy this way.

I need to, rein in, my YouTube compartment, for it is starting to overwhelm my work, blogging and social life.  Will have to ponder this ;)

I gave myself permission, just this week, to add a few blogs to follow and have found an oldie and a brand new one I would like to follow.  Some of my crafty friends will recognize Natasha Hensel's  http://cleversoiree.blogspot.com.      I enjoy her vlogs, feeding her chickens and hearing how her day is going and what she has chosen to prepare for dinner.  She is a good cook.  She is my oldie.  Just yesterday, I met a young woman, by chance, (if you believe in chance) and find out she is an Author, Speaker, Teen Life Coach and Blogger at www.elizabethbourgeret.com.  I have only had the time to go thru her February and March 2014 posts, but I believe I will enjoy going back in time to read more, while going forward on any of her new blogging.  And, to always leave a comment, so fellow bloggers know I have stopped for a peek!!!!!

For now, I need to go to my work compartment ;)  And, will leave you with a few things I have made and the hope that this post will find you all happy and healthy,

hugs
Barb aka Tilly
PS  don't be afraid to sign up to follow me, you can always just delete the notice that I have done something, if you don't want to spend time with me that day ::))  (that is a double smiley face)

Tag swap for CCL

March friendship page swap for CCL



 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CAN IT BE THE END OF FEBRUARY???

One of new year resolutions was to be more faithful to the blog.  As you can see, true to form, I failed in the first month.  Why do I even think about resolutions?  Why do I set myself up for failure?  My February resolution is to never make another resolution for as long as I live.  That gets easier to say the older I am, cause there is so little time left to be resolute ;)



I have been having some fun with my YouTube friends and my real life friends and family.  We are in full throws of our oldest granddaughter's wedding plans.  I have finished 200 origami German Bells, (thank you Bernadette aka Auntie Bernie on YouTube)



Would you believe I have no picture of the German Bells and went to Bernadette's blog and she doesn't have a finished picture either ;(  I will take one when we get all the bows in them.  They will be used on the tables with the wedding, candy almonds inside them.  I am so honored to have been asked to do them.  Her mother, our oldest daughter, is putting all the seam binding in them and her soon to be mother-in-law is taking care of the candies, I just love family togetherness!!! 

Have also been having fun with my craft site Creating the Crafty Life and have joined a Friendship Page Swap.  We have made a front and back for our album and each month we will make a page, telling a little something about our selves and send it to a different partner.  We will end up with 12 pages from 12 different members of the club.  Each month will have a different theme, February was a Valentine theme and March will be a pink ribbon theme, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the US.  We have members from many different countries and it is so much fun learning a little about everyone. 

Will end this post with my front and back pages and the beautiful page I got from my swap partner for February.....huggles



FRONT

BACK

MY COVER


FRONT OF FRIENDSHIP PAGE FROM MY SWAP PARTNER


BACK PAGE

FOLD OUT ON BACK PAGE


Friday, January 3, 2014

MAKING NEW FRIENDS AND SELLING ANOTHER PRODUCT

First and foremost, let me wish you a healthy and content 2014.

Folks, it is cold here in the mid-west, and I have been recovering from the Christmas craft and cooking frenzy.  I was proud of the ornaments for the grandchildren this year.


 
With a cardboard circle and paper towel, water and flour, I made these old fellows.  I attached a wire for hanging and painted them.  They were fun to make and it brought back childhood, playing with the homemade paste ;) 
 
 
With ornaments made it was time to start their baskets of homemade hot cocoa and coffee mix, candies, cookies and chocolate covered pretzels.  I ran out of time before I ran out of items to make.  Well there is always Valentine Day!

I started getting back to crafting and found a video friend using a great little bottle with a metal tip and stopper that doesn't clog with dried glue and lays a tiny dot or line of glue.  I ordered some for my self and was so pleased I contacted the couple in the UK that make and sell the fine tip bottles.  Hubby and I decided to distribute them thru TILLYSBRIDGE on ZIBBET. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLz1namDrsE&feature=em-upload_owner

I didn't have it in my store for longer than 4 hours before I got my first order.  I do hope others find this little gem as great as I.
 
Again, I wish you all a wonderful new year and will strive to be more faithful to my blog!!
 
May this find you all happy and healthy!!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

OLD BONES AND A BLESSING

Our last outside show is over ;)  You remember the last show it got to 98 degrees, well this one we set up on a cold, wet 36 degree morning.  As the day went on, close to noon, it warmed up to the high 50's and the sun felt wonderful.  However, those 4 hours were enough to send me to the Advil this evening. 
I know you keep hearing me refer to the 'Golden Years' being a myth, this is true.  The cold got into these old bones and found a home.  I believe some Advil and some warm blankets tonight may be a cure...at least for today.
Hubby is happy the show is over, for he has a fishing trip to prepare for.  A week of man against fish, is, for him, nirvana.
And, a week on my own is my nirvana, hahaha
I haven't told you about my blessing, yes, I have been blessed with a new, used Viking Topaz sewing/embroidery machine.  I have had it for a week, but the prep work for a show and the fact that the machine scares the bejabbers out of me has kept me from touching it.  There is a huge learning curve and I had better catch on quickly, for we sold many embroidered flour sack kitchen towels and I will need more before the next show.  I believe this machine will even cook breakfast and make the beds, if I learn the right commands.  It is the learning that is the problem.  And, I may have as many lessons as I want, but I have to lug the 200 pound machine into JoAnns for each lesson.  A great way to discourage learning!!  But, I am determined and so a lugging I will go.

   I can't believe this is really mine, but most of this week I have been just looking at it, afraid if I touch it, for fear I will break something.  And, no, I will not be doing the bird anytime in the near future.  I will have to learn how to transfer my patterns from .pes format to .vl2 (if you don't understand that last part, not to worry :)  This is supposed to be easy, for my machine, to take one pattern format and transfer it into another compatible format.  I hate when they say that. 
I do have some cute patterns, both red work and applique, that I would like to transfer to the new machine format, so I will be praying over the machine and take my long list of questions to my first class.
I have told you about my cold, old bones and my blessing, so I will be off to search the blanket box for a comfy blanket and get a little rest tonight. A full report on class time to follow ;)
Hope this finds you all happy and healthy,
hugs....Tilly

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I AM MURPHY'S CHILD

Well the pool closed ;( and almost immediately the thermostat shot up to 99 degrees in the shade.  It is now September 20th and it has been in the mid 80's or higher, all but about 3 days since the pool closed.

We have one fair behind us, and yes, that Sunday was 99 degrees.  I believe the only reason we had anyone show up was because the club house, craft fair central, is where the swimming pool is located.  Many shoppers still had their 'floaties' on and a towel wrapped around them.

You all know I have been trying to figure out just a few items, and focus on them alone.  I have been foiled every show.  The altered sweatshirts, went like crazy, at one show last year.  The little girl aprons were paying our entrance fee at another.  The scarf and hat combo were a star at one fair.  This last fair, the only thing we sold were the leather cuffs, and they were buying them 2 to 4 at a time.   Now this is no help at all, how do I make any decisions based on what sells?????

As I talked about in the last post, I have added little boys 'daddy's little helper' aprons and had many positive comments.  Only the intense heat kept shoppers moving quickly to return to the pool or their air conditioners.  And truth be told, I didn't blame them. 

DADDY"S LITTLE HELPER APRON
 
A little video of the fair: 
 
 
 


Needless to say I didn't sell a single hat and scarf combo.  I was heart broken at the couple who had an Alpaca booth.  Their things were wonderful, but no one was in the mood to even try anything on, for the heat was so intense.

Our next show is the middle of October, with fingers crossed, it will be cooler than 98 degrees.  Are there any takers on the bet that it will be 8 degrees????

Personal news, not much in the way of excitement.  I am being faithful to the massage and compression stocking (what a fashion statement!!), and my legs and feet are, for the most part, normal size and the skin is back to normal, YEAH!!!  As this improves, I get the news that the lesion on my face is basil cell carcinoma.  Nothing to bother about, it will be burned off Monday, with a praise that it is not the nasty melanoma.  What a praise!!  And, the remaining freckles will help to hide the scaring.

Hubby has just left for the club to do a little fishing and target shooting.  I am sure the guys will have everything wrapped up early to be in their rockers on the patio to listen to the ballgame on the radio.  After all, we live in Cardinal Nation, and are rooting for a spot in the playoffs. 

Children and grandchildren are knee deep in baseball, football, school activities and just everyday work and home chores.  Life is progression as it should, grandchildren are so involved in church, school and play, that children are running to keep up with them.  Grandpa just tries to keep a pocket full of Werthers Original hard candies, just in case someone drops by.  And, we are both looking forward to a possible visit from Flossie and Mr. Wonderful in November.

Enough for today, so this is Tilly signing off,

Hope this post finds you all happy and healthy