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)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NEW YEAR 2014...NEW SEWING ROOM COMING !!!



HAPPY NEW YEAR
2014

LOOK....The Sochi Olympic flags have a Quilt Theme!!!  Isn't this cool??  It's listed as Russian Folk Art and in my quick research, it would appear that quilt patterns and colors are prominent throughout the marketing emblems for the Winter Olympics taking place in Sochi, Russia.

I'm still de-Christmasing my house, cleaning up from all the festivities, grocery shopping for "healthier" food, and getting ready to create my new sewing room.

Yep, I've decided to take the plunge and repurpose my dining room into my new and MUCH larger sewing room!  The family will have a heart attack but since my kitchen was remodeled and I have room to feed 9-10, I can't really justify a room that's used at best 2-3 times a year.  I've always loved my dining room and big family dinners but since I sew EVERY day this is my gift to myself.  This room has a fireplace with a beautiful white mantel and french doors that open up to my patio full of flowers in spring and summer.

I've been pouring over all the beautiful sewing/craft rooms on PINTEREST and I have the perfect room to take the plethora of PINTEREST  inspiration and make my sewing room a reality.  The latter half of 2013 was stressful for me and my immediate family so I've decided to take charge and make 2014 a year of taking care of Gmama Jane & Tractor Man.  I'll post pictures along the way and ask for suggestions as I proceed in making my wish come true!!

2014 is the year of ........
Gmama Jane's Great Sewing Room Makeover!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope your 2014 is one of making your own dreams come true!

Blessings
Gmama Jane




Friday, December 13, 2013

DON'T OPEN TIL CHRISTMAS...UNLESS YOU NEED TO OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS


MERRY CHRISTMAS
 TO ME
BLACK BEAUTY
IS 
WHAT I'M GOING TO CALL HER

What's a girl to do when she needs to complete the Christmas Baking but her old mixer has met an untimely demise?
All the ingredients have been purchased, kitchen cleaned, sewing put on hold, and recipes chosen.  But No Mixer!!!  The hand mixer is out of the question.  A pound cake just can't get that light texture without the power of a good stand mixer.  Ask me how I know???  Trust me...there's nothing worse in the baking world than to have your pound cake "FALL" along with 6 fresh farm eggs, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract purchased at Jim's Steakhouse in Suwanee, Tn.,  Swans Down Cake Flour, and sticks of Land O Lakes sweet cream butter!  The MIXER can make a difference in success or failure when it comes to Baking!! JUST TRUST ME!
SO....
When the UPS man delivered my beautiful Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer this evening, I had absolutely no choice but to
OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

Tractor Man wanted me to wrap it up and place it under the Christmas Tree but I put a STOP to THAT SILLY NOTION right off the bat!!!
(Psst...I picked out the mixer after seeing it on sale, told Tractor Man he was buying me a Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas, and  got the go ahead mumble from the recliner which means "as long as I don't have to go shopping it sounds like a perfect plan to me")
HOWEVER...
what Tractor Man doesn't quite understand is this now means he has to go shopping anyway because I'm NOT getting up Christmas morning with NO PRESENTS to open! 
Like I told him tonight before he left to attend the local High School Basketball game, "You have to Up your game now Big Guy.  You're on your own as you go seeking that perfect sentimental necklace or bracelet that will live up to Black Beauty."

Am I the ONLY person who 
OPENS BEFORE CHRISTMAS ?

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS
FROM
THE FARMHOUSE
TO 
YOUR HOUSE


GMAMA JANE

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A LITTLE SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT...

BLACK TIE BOOGIE...
TODAY IS MY DAY!

My half bath is getting a small make-over and since it's located next to the kitchen, the idea of combining a Black Tie Boogie project with a newly repainted antique shelf was a two-for-one winning combination.  If you've followed me for long, you know I almost always use my blog hop projects for utilitarian purposes.
I'm also cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 11 and week-end house guests which didn't leave a lot of time for any elaborate projects...just the necessary...can't have an ugly bathroom with company coming!


Cock-a Doodle-Doo!.............
Two Roosters for You
Black and White 
They're Outta Sight!

Made of Fabric Strips from my Black and White Stash
Beautiful Wall Art from Stuff Bound for the Trash!

The Fellas will look Manly beside this nice little black shelf
 And to Think, I did it ALL by Myself

So Good-Bye for Today,and Please Drive Safe


As you visit Friends and Family
on this Great American Holiday
THANKSGIVING TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT

Scott is showing you his "crow worthy" Super Hero toboggan and gloves.  He wanted to be in Grandmama's "blog thingy"  Isn't he adorable?  Bless his heart, he's been with me for 2 days because he was running a temp and couldn't go to school.


Madame Samm always comes up with such creative projects for us to Crow about
and
Vickie brought us all together quite nicely

PLEASE VISIT MY BLACK TIE BOOGIE FRIENDS

Wednesday
November 27
Grandmama's Stories (GMAMA JANE)

Blessings
Gmama Jane
Tractor Man
and Grandpeeps

HAPPY THANKSGIVING


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

PILLOWS... FOR THE BOYS...DUCK DYNASTY STYLE


MY BOYS
ARE ALL ABOUT THE OUTDOORS!
"DUCK DYNASTY" STYLE OUTDOOR KINDA GUYS

WITH THAT IN MIND...
 BLOG HOPS 
ARE MY EXCUSE 
TO 
KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE

*FOR THE BOYS* BLOG HOP INSPIRATION
WILL TAKE CARE OF SOME CHRISTMAS STOCKING STUFFER GIFTS
SUCH AS...
  
CAMO PILLOW CASES
DUCK DYNASTY STYLE!

YOU CAN BARELY SEE THEM 
ON
THE BACKYARD SWING

EASY PEASY PROJECT FOR A BEGINNER 
 PURCHASED WARM AND COMFY CAMO FLEECE
THANK YOU JO-ANN FABRICS VETERANS DAY SALE
50% OFF FABRIC
 PLUS
 25% OFF TOTAL PURCHASE 
AT REGISTER
SEWED UP 3 SIDES, TURNED UP CUFF, ZIGZAG STITCHED,
VOILA!

SEW...
WITH SUCH GREAT PRICES AND AN EASY PROJECT
WHY NOT MAKE PILLOW CASES FOR EVERYONE
I ALSO BOUGHT THIS...

AND THIS...

AND THIS...

AND THIS...
MATCHING THOMAS THE TRAIN PILLOWS
 FOR THE 
THOMAS THE TRAIN QUILT

WITH ALL THIS GGORGEOUS FABRIC AND INSPIRATION FROM MY FELLOW BLOG HOPPERS
I SHOULD BE ABLE TO CROSS OFF SEVERAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS
I'M TRYING TO GO MAJORITY HOMEMADE
FOR CHRISTMAS 2013

NOW GO VISIT MORE BLOGS....
November 14th

Grandmama's Stories (YOU ARE HERE WITH GMAMA JANE)
 
 November 15th 

THANKS MADAME SAMM 
AND 
FOR MAKING OUR BLOG HOP *FOR THE BOYS* POSSIBLE!

BLESSINGS













Thursday, November 7, 2013

CEREBRAL PALSY...GLASS HALF FULL PHILOSOPHY (Funny Story)

My Grandson
James Patrick

Tonight while taking his bath, James asked his mother a question she has been dreading.  James 
stops playing, looks dead pan into his mother's face and asks, "Mama, why do I have *the palsy* (his name for CP)? My daughter, holds her breath and begins to share with James what "the palsy" means, but before she gets more than 1 sentence out, James interrupts to ask, "Do any of my friends have "the palsy"?...Mother, "Well, 1-2 of your friends have Cerebral Palsy but none of your friends at school have CP."  And just as deadpan as he could be, he says,
 "Oh?! (said as though he has had an Ah Hah, Lightbulb moment)
Is *the palsy* why I'm so AWESOME ?"

I GUESS, IT'S ALL IN HOW YOU LOOK AT A SITUATION!
YOU CAN EITHER BE A GLASS HALF EMPTY OR A GLASS HALF FULL
KIND OF PERSON.
PERSONALLY, I LIKE JAMES'S PHILOSOPHY BEST!  HE MAY JUST BE THE WISEST LITTLE FELLA I KNOW!

James Patrick
was born 8 weeks premature
with a Grade 3 Brain Bleed
This is his MRI

JAMES IN NICU...OCT. 7, 2007

 JAMES AND HIS FIRST WHEELS
                               
                                            JAMES , AGE 2 1/2, SDR SURGERY, ST. LOUIS                                       SCAR....BUT SO WORTH IT!   
                                                                                 
                                           AFTER SURGERY PHYSICAL THERAPY                                          
                                                JAMES IN ADELLI SUIT DEVELOPED FROM THE
                                                          SPACE PROGRAM TO GIVE SPATIAL
                                                             ORIENTATION TO CP CHILDREN
                                                                            

                                             JAMES GROOMING HIS HORSE PRINCESS
                                   
                                                                   COWBOY JAMES  
     
                                                           SCHOOL PICTURES 2012                        
                             
                                             JAMES BEING INTERVIEWED ON LOCAL TV
                           
                                                JAMES AND HIS FAKE BLACK-EYE


                                                      JAMES READING WITH SANTA  

                                                 
                                                        JAMES AND MOMMY
                           
                                      DADDY, MOMMY, AND JAMES


Today, James is enrolled in a typical Kindergarten class with an aide to help him maneuver from place to place.  In the classroom he uses a walker or canes along with the braces he wears on his legs and feet.
Academically, James is right on grade level and somewhat above with his reading.  He uses a device called an alphasmart to take spelling tests by using a keyboard.  This device is needed since his lack of motor control over his arms and hands prevents him from holding a pencil. Next year he will receive an IPad for written work.  Recently, another MRI was done to rule out any anomalies that would explain his nocturnal seizures.  Nothing had changed since the one you see at the top of this post.  However, within the last month, James has had a few peti mal seizures at school.  Medications have improved his concentration but further adjustment is needed to control the seizures.  Given all his physical disabilities, James is a delightfully funny, articulate, little 6 yr. old boy who loves people, his music, his dog Neela, his cat Flower, and just happens to think of himself as AWESOME.  
My Grandmama Prayer for James is to always believe in himself while having empathy for others.
I would say that is a Glass Half Full Philosophy!

BLESSINGS




Monday, October 28, 2013

WICKED #3..Blog Hop..MY DAY IS HERE

WICKED
# 3
Here is The Wicked Creators Schedule
Monday, October 28th
I Piece 2-Maryxc

I wish I had created more projects for the Blog Hop but there have been a few "Wicked Storms" that have attacked my family as of late, the kind that get hold of you heart, throat, and stomach, and don't seem to want to let go.  All my Mama friends out there know what I mean....those times when you simply have to 
LET GO AND LET GOD"
I'm not so good at letting go.
I've begun a daily Prayer Journal

 A 'WICKED DISPLAY"
 A nice Mini-Quilt for my stand
APPLIQUE METHOD
2 Cute appliques Pumpkins with Insul-Brite  
 A simple Bag-It for the Season
The grandpeeps love these placemaps

The Grandpeeps love eating off their own pumpkin at the Kitchen island/

All In All, sewing each project was good therapy!  Please go visit my fellow Wicked creators for some lovley wicked ideas.  A Big Hug to Madame Samm and Cheerleader Wendy!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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Saturday, October 5, 2013

THE REST OF THE STORY... RIOT STORIES,PART 1


THE REST OF THE STORY....
RIOT STORY...Part 1
It was 1971, I was a freshman at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia.  The plane crash of Nov. 1970 had killed the entire football team/boosters/coaches (75 total), the city was still in mourning, and the Viet Nam war was raging, All but for a naive small town WV girl away from home for the first time, life held innumerable possibilities............plus, I had a Super Size Crush on a 6'4" Alabama boy who played Offensive Guard on the Young Thundering Herd Football Team.  Bama, as we called him, had borrowed a dime from me during Freshman Orientation back in July to call his Alabama girlfriend.  The dime for a pay phone may be a clue as to how times have changed.  
Marshall University...Huntington West Virginia
1971
Angered by drug raids in the campus area during the early 1970s, students rioted in the streets, including incidents of rock throwing, breaking windows in nearby businesses and setting fire to garbage dumpsters. Here, police in riot gear are lined up outside the main gate at 16th Street and Fourth Avenue.

The real story begins with  our local police Dept. having  just come back from "Riot School" and they were anxious to try out their new found skills and new "toys"...check out those billy clubs. Armed with Big Ol Armored Shields, cans of Tear gas laced with pepper spray and students anxious to get on the local News, you had a situation primed for trouble.

Back in my Dorm Lobby, a group of us ( me and Super Hunk Bama) were playing pool when some frazzled on-edge students came rushing in to tell everyone about the Riots happening in front of the Student Union.  Now you take some small town kids who had only seen a real riot on the news somewhere in California or Detroit, a Saturday night and a few beers MAY have been consumed...not by me...just sayin...and you have the recipe for TROUBLE.

Tractor Man or Bama as he was known back then said, "Hey, let's go watch the riots!"  Who was I to be a party pooper so...off we went "to watch the riots" or more accurately, find Trouble!

Uh OH, boy did we find it...........or I should say IT FOUND US!!!  TROUBLE that is!!!  Take a group of innocent on-lookers, (aka...college students standing on the street corner of the University Student Union), a freshly minted Riot Squad, rumors of students throwing rocks somewhere on campus and some Lone Ranger running up BEHIND the ON-LOOKERS in an attempt to throw a bottle to make it look like the ON-LOOKERS are the Rioters ...........well, let's just say IT Might Look Like You Have the Beginnings Of A Riot on Your Hands!!!

I never knew my short little legs could run so fast but when a local Police Militia with their Riot Squad Diplomas shoot tear gas canisters at you, the body's adrenalin takes over and you find yourself in an out-of-body experience.  It's as though I'm in a dream running from police with my new boyfriend, Bama, dragging me by the elbow yelling for me to " HURRY, they're shooting at us"  We break off from the original group to find a row of hedges to hide behind.  We duck down, hold our breath, and watch the riot squad march past us following the larger group.  The police pass, we breathe a sigh of relief, and as we stand up to walk back to the dorm in the Opposite direction, all I hear is, "There they are!" 
WHO?   Me???
 Bama??
OH NO!!

Evidently, we were spotted and once again mistaken for "rioting students".  Once again, my short legs take off in hyper drive.  Bama says  "follow me" so I follow him along a back pathway to the nearest dorm, South Hall.  When we reach the SH, the University Police have the dorm on lock-down so we have to find a way to let them know we're the good guys and to let us in.  By this point, the entire campus and the entire city have erupted into huge unrest, bottles thrown, fires in the street, tear gas, total chaos.  The Local news is filming for the 11:00 news and all I can think about is my parents watching and worrying about me back in my small town 4 hrs. away from all the unrest.  Little did they know at the time their straight as an arrow daughter was right smack dab in the middle of the whole Hot Mess!!

At this point, We hide across the street from the South Hall entrance hoping to run for the door without the local City Police (who are patrolling the street) from seeing us as well as hoping we can explain quickly enough for the Campus Cops to let us in before the next squad car passes by.  At some point, we decide to just run for the door, yelling and screaming for the security guard to OPEN THE DOOR, OPEN THE DOOR, OPEN THE DOOR!!!!.  We get inside in the nick of time RIGHT BEFORE the city police stop their squad car, run up to door and BANG, BANG, BANG.... demanding to be let in!!  Thank goodness for our Campus Cops who wouldn't open the door! The City Police Leave!!!  Whew!

FINALLY, we're safe!  Hearts are pounding, adrenalin flowing...We could have made the wise choice to call it a night, walk across the street to my home dorm, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! .......... since we don't know when to let well enough alone, our entire group of approximately 20 wise acres run up the fire escape to the roof of the dorm so we can WATCH the rest of the riots all over campus.  At the height of 7 stories, we had a pretty good vantage point.  Aaah, the ignorance of youth.

HOWEVER.....REMEMBER those city policemen the campus cops/security guards wouldn't let inside the dorm??? 
 Evidently they didn't like being told NO, so they came BACK
 only this time with REINFORCEMENTS!!!  So here we are, a bunch of 18 yr. old numskulls who think everything is A-OK , watching the events unfold below like we're watching a movie
When...Like a News Flash
we realize the Police Squad Marching Loudly up the outside Fire Escape steps are not coming to put out a fire but  they're coming after US!!!  Oh yes, some one heard over a police radio that there was a group of Rioters on top of South Hall!  South Hall???  That would be US!!!

SO...as the riot police are marching UP the fire escape, WE are RUNNING DOWN the fire escape to the nearest open fire escape door which wasn't till the 4th floor.  The police were approaching the 3rd floor when a campus cop opened the fire escape door to let us in.  We no sooner shut the steel door till we hear BANGING and BIlly Clubs Beating the door demanding to be let in.  At this point, the Campus Security Guard yells to the police that they have no jurisdiction on campus and to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!!!! 

 By this time, the dispute becomes an issue between local Campus Cops and Local City Cops!  We use this time to disperse and flee back to the safety of our own dorms.  We get back just in time to watch the Riot coverage on the 11:00 News.  I get a message that my parents have called (era of No cell phones).  I call to reassure them I'm safely in my dorm and have been All Evening!!!  cough cough wink wink

And Now You KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.............

BUT WAIT.......THERE'S MORE............STAY TUNED FOR NIGHT 2...........
RIOTS AT THE LIBRARY.............MORE TEAR GAS W/ PEPPER SPRAY...........I'M INCAPACITATED....................
But I'm with Bama and not the tall red head who's been chasing him since Aug.
(wink wink)

BLESSINGS




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