Thursday, February 22, 2024

AN ADD ON

One of you emailed
 and asked if I had used an antique button on top of the pin cushion in the last post.
As a matter of fact I did.  
I honestly don't remember whose button box I found this bit of button treasure,
my mom's, 
my grandmothers (best guess)
my husbands mother,
 or perhaps a donated box from a past Principal at Whitney
 by the name of Patti Hager.
But the thin cardboard these are housed on is very old and worn,
with thin rusty metal wire holding them on.
I adore old finds like this
 and try to make use of them rather then buying new. 
My guess is that they are over 100 years old.
I showed this packet to my husband
 and he was so very distressed I had pulled one off to use.
He told me it's a valuable antique and should be preserved.
Oh well I told him.
 I  had pulled one off a few years back to use,
so I had already destroyed it's integrity. 
Oops! 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

ON A ROLL

A CORINNE LAPIERRE KIT
from French Needle or Loop London

I just couldn't resist this delightful felt embroidery kit from Corinne's collection.
I liked it so much that I also purchased another smaller one,
 possibly even cuter,
 for one of my Tuesday Nite gals,
Aileen,
who has been with me now for 4 years.
She is still working on hers.
Back seam side

It came with wonderful color instructions,
and also encourages you to add your own touches which I did.
In fact,
 I pretty much changed up the entire top here and a couple goodies on the sides.
And recently I gifted it to Alyssa,
yes Molly's mommy,
when Alyssa brought Molly over to meet me.
And because Alyssa is very crafty,
 I wanted her to have a pair of bird scissors from the Gingher collection.
I also added the special heart & circular pins from Dritz on Amazon,
plus,
 of course,
 a variety of pre-threaded needles.

Monday, February 19, 2024

INTRODUCING LIL' MOLLY

Amalia Rose has arrived to my ex-student and art assistant Alyssa
and her husband Lucien,
and named after Alyssa's great grandmother who was called Molly.
She was 9 lbs and 1 ounce,
 and poor Alyssa had a very difficult time pushing her out,
 2 and a half hours.
Her little lungs were struggling a bit after all that pushing 
so Molly spent her first night in the ICU but then was doing fine. 
This is who the little knit sweater went to that I posted about recently.
When she grows into it I know mom will send me a picture to post.
She is such a little doll and Alyssa always has her dressed so adorably.
You can see below how much she filled out after only one month below.


And here is the little Princess on Valentines day.

I'm so happy for you both Alyssa and Lucien, 
and can't wait for Molly to meet Easton.
Much love to you both and your families.
 xoxoxo

Saturday, February 17, 2024

WILL YOU BE MINE?

HANDWOVEN & WATERCOLORED VALENTINE CARDS
Misc. Scrap Yarns, Watercolors and Papers, Pearl Cottons Size 5 or 8, 
Mixed Media Paper, and both Yarn Darner and Tapestry Needles

This project is a standby when I'm in a hurry,
which I always am.
Ha!
I can do it in one night on watercolor paper at least 140 pd weight.
Using 90 pds. will curl too badly and punched holes might rip.
I precut various sizes of watercolor paper that I knew I'd be folding into cards,
 and using a wet into wet technique,
dripped various colors onto the papers
 that I felt might look nice with my scrap yarns.
Underneath me I had some mixed media paper to catch drips and overflow
which I cut up into various size hearts to be glued inside card
 to cover all my pearle cotton holes, warp thread (pearle cotton) and knots.

This first card went to my new Grandson Easton,
and the yarn was leftover from a skein I had dyed
 and demonstrated with food colorfor my students some years back.
I think I used Kool Aide and Wilton's Cake dyes.
I really liked how the watercolors moved along the wetted surface.
And knowing me I probably dropped some water droplets 
into the color on the paper 
to make the pigment move even more.

This next one I gifted to my husband.
To my long legged,
 big hearted,
 guitar pickin' man.
From his big mouth woman.
Hee hee
Love that Johhny and June Carter Cash hit.

The yarn was a leftover ball of chuncky handspun 
which consisted of wool and Angora Mohair goat fleece.
I really like how it wove up and the way the Mohair curls.

This one I gave to my dear daughter-in-law.
I just love her to pieces
 and ever since her mom Mary passed we have grown even closer.

And this last one I kept for myself cuz it was too funky to give away.
I was using it to demonstrate how to go about weaving the heart.
(to a student in my Tuesday Nite Craft Class)
All my watercolor paper was drying up 
yet still too wet to work on, 
so I pulled this envelop out of the trash (hence stamp), 
and wove a heart into it.  
I was really surprised the thin paper didn't rip as I was puncturing holes,
 warping and weaving.
And this envelop was white with no watercolor
 but I see here it photographed a pale pink.
The Pearle cotton you see embroidered around edge 
was done in a blanket stitch and a size 5 string 
just because I had some leftover on my needle.

Note:  The yarn on the last two cards was from a special scrap ball.
Every year when I taught hand spinning to my young ones, 
at the end of the class period I would go row by row 
and collect all the unspun pieces of wool
 the kids had accidently dropped onto the floor.
At the end of the unit I would load it onto my drum carder 
and make a huge rolag that I would then spin into yarn.
And you would never know what the end product would look like
 until it was spun.
So much fun!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

OUR LIL' VALENTINE

It's been a minute,
 I know,
more like 3 months since I posted our precious little man.
Easton reached the 4 month mark on February 11.
And it's going just way too fast for all of us.
He is adored by 6 grandparents and 1 great grandma.

He is growing like a weed,
 now fitting into his 3 to 6 month clothes
trying to catch up to other babies his age.
He is 14 pds and because he's a preemie only in the 20th percentile.
Our new goal is to build up his upper body strength thru tummy time.
I'm averaging 2 nites a week of babysitting which is a dream come true.
He is such a delight as well as a fairly easy baby.
He loves to go outside for a buggy ride with one of the pups alongside,
and is getting used to having his face licked by 3 large doggos.
The pup Tatum thinks the baby is hers.
Ha ha!
He also loves to eat and has gotten his chunky rolls on him.
And he is so expressive and seems to like to pose for the camera. 
Just like his mommy. 
I'm still not sure what he's going to call me but he loves to hear an "oh" sound
which fills him with delight and smiles.
He's trying so hard to mimic that sound,
so now I'm thinking I might be an Oma.
I love feeding and holding him as he falls asleep in my arms
and I never want to put him down.
I just stare at that sweet little face and my heart melts.
Speaking of melting Hearts,
Happy Valentines Day to All!

Friday, December 8, 2023

ANOTHER BABY ON THE WAY

Back when I was teaching,
 I featured my Art Assistant Alyssa Olea often. 
First as my Ceramics student, 
then T.A.,
and she actually came back after she graduated High School
and assisted me a few days a week as her second job 
while putting herself thru college.  
I featured her wedding to her High School sweetheart Lucien Morales 
but what I haven't shared yet is that they are pregnant.
The baby is due soon in December and for her shower I gifted her a baby sweater
 I had knit several years in this post.
Back when I posted about it I thought it was destined for my step daughter Julie,
but she seems to only produce boys and she and hubby have decided NO more.
And since my daughter Dani had a boy I thought it was time to let it fly away.
The original post of it is much brighter and nicer if you are interested. 
So anyways, 
 I'm super excited to see this on her little girl.
Probably won't be till later in 2024 as it is for a 3 month old or so.
I'll keep you updated when I receive that pix. 
Besides the yummy Noro yarn I used from Japan, 
my favorite part of the sweater were the antique buttons
 from my husbands mothe 's button box.
Her family called her Cappy. 
I never got to meet Cappy but her son tells me she sewed all her own clothes 
and was quite the fashion plate and as well as a character.
I love that !

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

HOLIDAY BLESSINGS

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL

There is so much to be Thankful for on this home front with the birth of our grandson and Jim and Inars continued good health and recovery. 

Once again thanks to all of you who have emailed, and asked about the baby.

 Is he here yet?

Oh my, YES!!

Little guy Easton arrived on October 11 at 12:15 a.m., 4 weeks early, but weighing in already at 6 pds. 1oz. and 19 inches long.  My daughter Dani had a very easy delivery once she asked for that epidural, and was able to push him out in less then 15 minutes.  I had the extreme pleasure of watching him being born, a brand new experience for me, and mom and dad wanted me to cut his cord.  They didn't want a glimpse of any of that down there.  LOLOL

How lucky for me!!

First time Easton is meeting mommy and daddy.

Tiny but perfect in everyway, he has brought a whole new HUGE love to our family.  I have never felt this kind of joy before, and if I miss over 2 days of not seeing, holding and sniffing him, I need an Easton fix.

Luckily he is only 20 minutes away.

All cleaned up after his birth!


Dad taking charge right away.
Damn I love that!!!!

Meeting Grandma Deb and Grandpa Inars (my ex) for the first time.

Snuggling with mom
on the same day of Easton's birth in the afternoon, 
with tons of visitors popping in and out of the hospital room.  
Check out how large those newborn clothes are on him.

I was such a scared and timid mother with my first born Zach,
 never having babysat and knowing next to nothing about babies 
(no Google or Instagram at that time).
My mother was close by my side for a good week
as I was so overwhelmed.
 But Easton's mom and dad have taken to it like bees to honey.  
They aren't lowering their voices, the dogs are barking,
 and those loud noises don't seem to bother Little E at all. 
 
Day two of E's life and he's ready to leave the hospital.
They get the parents in and out quickly these days.
And what a cutie he is, so tiny in that big car seat!
In a lot of his pix you will see his right hand on his face.
His fingers are extra long and his feet are big for one so small.
Humm, baseball player like dad?  
First day home and in his crib.
You can see how even though he is stretched out here his clothes are just too big.
 So off to the store and a few preemie outfits found.
Home in his room with mom in their rocker for the first time.

Because so many women are pumping and have excess milk these days,
 it's really nice that the hospital
 gives the parents enough donated breast milk until mom's comes in.
I have no recollection of that when I left the hospital.

Easton sleeps thru everything,
I just can't get over that.
And he is such a good baby, 
so far he only cries when he is getting his diaper or clothes changed.
  
He thrives in very noisy places
 like watching his daddy play his weekly night baseball games,
 or watching dad bowl each week with the guys.
Just sleeps right thru everything and never makes a peep.
Dan takes him everywhere,
even going with mom to get her toes done
(she can actually she them again, haha!)
 Of course he loves being held,
swaddled,
 is a hearty burper and pooper, 
and really enjoys his stroller buggy rides with this grandma! 

 And to top it off,
he loves a party. 
On his 2nd day home he was off to a family party with his dads side of the family, meeting his cousins, uncles, aunts and great grandma Irene.

Step grandpa, Pop pop, fell in love with the little guy instantly
and is looking a bit like Jay Leno here.
It is so fun seeing the wonder on everyone's face as they meet Easton
or hold him.
I keep wondering what he will call me. 
 I'm kind of hoping for Mimi,
 that is what Jim's grandsons call me.  
Or maybe he will come up with a special sounding name.  
It's all good.

My son and daughter-n-law came up from L.A. in the Valley,
 brand new Auntie and Uncle,
to meet Easton and spend an afternoon with him and the new parentals.

His doggos are so over the moon in love with him,
 Granger, Tatum, and Kepler.
Kitty Lily is still not so sure.
Here are two of them on their way home from grandpas
 to met the baby for the first time.  
It was such a delight to watch that. 
 Just stretched my heart even more. 
 The dogs went crazy happy when they saw him 
and all wanted to give him sniffs and kisses.  
 Tatum has identified herself as his second momma in charge of many kisses,
 as well as face and neck clean up of any milk that has escaped 
down his chin and around his neck.  
Granger and Kepler are his constant companions and watchdogs 
who follow mom and dad from room to room with him
or lay by the bassinette while he naps. 

Mom,
 who gained 40 pds and worked out everyday while pregnant,
has lost 30 of it already,
 but shared with me today that she's struggling with those last 10.
I told her not to worry, 
she looks amazing and it will eventually come off.
And she is already back at the gym which is great for me because I get to babysit.

Dad had 3 weeks off but went back to work last week.
The minute he walks in the door he goes straight to the little guy
and smothers him with love and kisses.
Honestly I have never seen a dad take to a baby the way he does.
Just warms my heart.
These are two of my favorite photos so far in his bacon and egg preemie outfit.
In the top one my daughter captured one of his very first smiles.
The bottom is fresh out of the bath with his hair still slightly wet
and ready for bed.
I've gotten to watch a few of his bath videos and they melt my heart.

We continue to pray for our country and the peoples of the world, 
and are hoping peace will come soon for the many war torn countries.
  These are heartbreaking times for so many, 
so this year we are extra thankful and am feeling so very blessed 
to be here safe and snug in our beautiful community and home.

Wishing all a wonderful Holiday Season and Peace on Earth.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

MY BABY IS HAVING A BABY

Dani and Aaron's birth announcement

I've been over the moon for several months now 
since I found out my daughter Dani is pregnant.
She is a bit more then half way baked now 
and due on her brother's birthday in November.
Dani, my ex Inars, and Zach on Father's dad

And on the 4th of Julie her boyfriend Aaron proposed to her,
 so we are having the wedding next week.
Seems like it's all going so fast.

It also seems like I've been waiting for this forever,
and it's a dream come true.
And I've been creating and collecting baby goodies 
since before my son was born 34 years ago,
so you can imagine what she will have to choose from. 
My son and his wife are still vacillating about whether they want to have a child.
Of course I'm hoping that this baby, 
when "he" comes,
 will push them over that edge.
And yes,
its a BOY!
He has been doing acrobatics in her tummy 
since the first time we all saw him at her sonogram.
He is super active, 
and I'm pretty sure he is going to give her a run for her money
Ha ha!

All of us couldn't be more delighted to welcome
Easton Dexter David to our family.

I'm gonna be a grandma
Woot woot!!!!!!
My heart is full.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

ITS A DOGS WORLD HERE

This 4th was especially hard on 2 of our pups.
Our dog Sophie above,
  hiding in garage under Jim's desk with his sweater covering her.
She never came out till it was time to go to bed at 3:00a.m.

And below we have one of Danielle's pups,
Miss Tatum,
 who is a huge scarrdy cat.
Danie was at a party so my ex, son, Jim and I babysat her.
She felt safest last night in my son's arms with her protective & snug sweater on.
We had an unusually loud night full of locals firing off their fireworks
from about 8 till after midnight.
Maybe because of the full moon,
not sure why,
 but it was pretty awful for the dogs.
Our poor babies.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

STILL HERE

4th of July Rose at cabin this week
Lost a window pane in this years snowfall.
I think I'll break them all out, looks way better.
Ha!

Happy 4th all!
Don't give up on me,
I'll return hopefully this week with lots of news.