Favorite Scripture

FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, DECLARES THE LORD...PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU...PLANS TO GIVE YOU A HOPE AND A FUTURE.
JEREMIAH 29:11 (NIV)

Monday, January 19, 2015

TAMMY BAG OR STREP??? WHO WON???


I POSTPONE THIS BLOG HOP FOR MY RECENT BOUT
WITH
STREP...
I've been off the Grid most of last week.
AS of this morning at 10:00, this is what my Tammy Bag looked like...
Plum Pitiful as we say here in the South.

But I AROSE from the Ashes of the sorest throat in recent memory and NOW.....
As of 12:00 a.m my Tammy Bag 
looks like This

 Where is the Cross Stitching, you ask?

 What little is completed....Here it is...pitiful isn't it?
(See my little red erasable dot for the center?  That was made 3 weeks ago)

I was getting back in the cross stitching Groove when...BAM...it HIT.
Baby Girl was with me Monday and she came down with Strep on Tuesday.  I got slammed on Wed.

I know what all you Go-Getters are thinking....Yes, I can read your minds...and You are Right.
If I hadn't waited so late to get started and planned for the unforseen emergencies that frequently occur at the last minute, I would have finished and been able to post my COMPLETED PROJECT.

JUST FYI:  My Dear Mother...God Rest Her Soul...used to give me that advice almost every day of my life.  Well, she's Gone to the Church Triumphant...I didn't heed her advice back then and more than likely will die of the affliction called PROCRASTINATION.
It's just the way the Gmama Rolls!

However, I am going to complete my project, make another Tammy Bag....probably 3 more since I have 3 more handles and show you my progress. 

In the meantime, I want to Thank, Madame Samm, Brooke,  Cori, and ALL our Terrific sponsors for making the magic happen One More Time.

FYI:  I'm so Freakin' proud of myself for making that Tammy Bag I could Shout!!!  I have been scared to death to tackle the DARN THING even though the directions were excellent.  I tend to avoid hard things and I think this was the underlying issue of my procrastination.  Anyway, That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

I HOPE YOU HAVE VISITED MY COHORTS TODAY AND GIVEN THEM LOTS OF HUGS FOR ACTUALLY FINISHING THEIR PROJECTS.  I'M THE "BlACK SHEEP" OF THE GROUP.  BUT THEN, I MADE ALL THE OTHER LADIES LOOK SO FANTASTIC!

January 19, 2015


Blessings


Friday, January 9, 2015

WHAT IS OLD IS NEW AGAIN....


CROSS STITCH

Unfinished Quilt Motif Cross Stitch  circa 1989

Who woulda thunk it?    CROSS STITCH is making a come back...in fact EMBROIDERY, CROSS STITCH, HAND WORK in general is finding it's place among those of us who love quilting.  SEW....I went searching....searching for all that cross stitching I had back in the 80's.  I even have a few pieces hung in the children's old rooms.  Pieces that I cross stitched about a Little Boy or a Little Girl with the obligatory Alphabet around the border and their names somewhere in the middle.  But alas, there are just so many frames you can hang on walls that change colors and style over the years.

Remember Country Blue and Mauve??  That famous color duo was found in every accessory, curtain panel, cross stitch pattern, carpet, wall paint, etc.  You name it and COUNTRY was the THEME with Country Blue and MAUVE (that pinkish purplish rose tinted color) as the Color Palet.

MY CROSS STITCH PATTERN BOOK COLLECTION

Once we had our walls covered with Cross Stitch Memorabilia the question became...WHY?  Why spend HOURS stitching another wall plaque?  There didn't seem to be more practical or useful ways of using our time intensive cross stitch pieces.

Fast Forward 2014.....2015
Designers are coming up with a plethora of unique ways to incorporate cross stitch projects into our Quilting and Stitching Projects.  In fact an upcoming Blog Hop sponsored by SEW WE QUILT and the fabulous Madame Samm, The Tammy Bag 4 all Seasons, demonstrates how quickly cross stitch patterns can be stitched up and sewn into a useful "catch all" bag.  


Here is another Cross Stitch UFO circa 1986


CHECK OUT THESE "TAMMY BAGS" EVERY WEEK-DAY THRU JAN. 20TH.



Saturday, December 20, 2014

SLOWING DOWN with Cute Picture Alert

CUTE PICTURE ALERT

BABY RJ

THIS PICTURE HAS NOTHING TO DO (WELL, IN A WAY I GUESS IT DOES) WITH MY BLOG POST TODAY BUT....
Since RJ is just so darn cute and I'm absolutely obsessed with this baby right now I had to share one more cute picture.  I will warn you now, expect one of these cute pictures to pop up at anytime.

SLOWING DOWN

 I am all about slowing down which for me began 6 yrs. ago when I retired from a 30+ yr. career in education.  I was on such a treadmill that I couldn't get off...children, lesson plans, mentoring new teachers, teaching colleagues from one end of the state to the other, teaching Developmentally Delayed children my last year, a grandchild born premature & diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy,travel....ALL this..... on top of caring for a mother with Lewey Body Dementia IN MY HOME...whew...my health, my brain, my soul was fighting for first place.  Then one day in October of 2008 at 3:10 p.m. sitting in the floor of my classroom bathroom after a day of being bitten, stomped on (fractured foot BTW) by an out of control 5 yr. old, and an autistic/non potty trained 8 yr. old's pee-pee all over me.......I SNAPPED !  NO, I Mean it!!  I SNAPPED!!! 

 I called my husband and told him that as of Dec. 17th, 2008 I was retiring.  Yes Dear, I know I lack 7 months before I can retire....BUT, I'm Retiring....No, I don't know how I will make it happen BUT I"M RETIRING AS OF DEC. 17TH, 
2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GUESS WHAT ???  I walked out of the school door on Dec. 10th ( 7 days before my deadline) without fanfare, drove home, took a nap, woke up, and got out my sewing machine!  I've been slowing down and stitching ever since that day!!!  Slowing Down has gained me back my Life!! 
My Next Post will explain WHY I am all about Slowing Down even more and returning to an OLD LOVE.....It's going to be FUN, RELAXING, and WITH PURPOSE.... WINK WINK
Dimensions Gold Collection Petite "A Kiss for a Snowman" Counted Cross Stitch Kit, 6" x 6"


STAY TUNED...




Blessings
Gmama Jane

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

MIRACLE ON THE HILLIS FARM

MIRACLE
ON
THE HILLIS FARM


“I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.
For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn’t give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you.”
Unknown

My daughter recently (3 months) adopted this precious baby boy, RJ (initials stand for grandfather's names).  The story of how RJ came into our family is a story of God's perfect timing.

About 6 months ago, my daughter, casually made a remark that seemed silly at the time but Oh how GOD must have chuckled.  She said, "Mama, I just wish some young girl would hand me a baby. James needs a sibling and we've been trying for 7 years."
I laughed and said, "Honey, God is certainly able to perform such a miracle but we know in all likelihood that's just not going to happen."  HA!!!

Fast forward to August, 2014 and a simple message sent via Facebook initiated a miracle that had been in the making for many many years prior.  A young woman LITERALLY handed my daughter a perfect baby boy.  Within approx. 5 weeks from initial Facebook message , RJ became a member of this family.  My daughter and SIL even had the awesome privilege of being in the delivery room when RJ was born!

So...without further ado, may I introduce you to RJ, my miracle Grandchild!

Clay and RJ

SCOTT and RJ


My FAVORITE Picture
GOTCHA DAY...FINAL ADOPTION HEARING...RJ gets a new BIRTH CERTIFICATE


Hope you enjoyed a little slice of our Family's Joy!!



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