Sunday, September 30, 2007

don't get around much anymore

I haven't been around lately. Just too busy at the "bump". We've been to market since I last posted to buy for Spring. I've been crocheting and sewing a lot, also. Finally finished my afghan and I'm putting up a pic of it. I really love it! And it's mine.
I got a book (Japanese) in about a week ago with an afghan I want to do in hexagons. I saw it on another blog (Moonstitches, I think).
Here are some of the pants I've been making for sugarbump's. They seem to be very popular.

It's finally getting a little cooler around here (About 85 degrees on some days). That's much better than 102 anyday! I wish the days could stay like this for a little bit longer. We don't have much winter here in Mississippi, but it's enough for me! Me and cold weather just do not get along. Here's a pic of one of the little hummingbirds in my yard. I love to watch them - they are such fighters, definitely protecting their territory. I've seen about 5 or 6 at one time in our back yard. They sound like bees when they come in to the feeder.
It's after 9:00 pm so I believe I'll go relax in the living room for a while. I'll try to post more often, but no promises.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Bodock - too hot to handle!

I've been silent for a while, due to lack of thoughts. I have been sewing a lot lately, however. I'm trying to get ready for the Pontotoc Bodock Festival this weekend. I've been sewing little pants for boys and girls, bibs, pacifier holders, onesies and tees appliqued. It is really going to HOT Friday and Saturday. I think it's supposed to be about 102 degrees Friday and maybe 99 degrees Saturday. Thank goodness for one cool day!
Got to run to the back of the shop and continue to monogram.
Well, This is after the Bodock Festival and I had to pack it up early due to heat! I'm not kidding the heat just about took me away. My son-in-law came and got me and saved the day. That is the LAST festival I'll do, period. Why would anyone in their right mind have a festival in Mississippi during the hottest month of the year? Lesson learned.
It's Monday and sugarbump's is closed, so I'll get some things done around home. At least I have lots of things made for the shop, now.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

And That's No Bull

Not much to talk about but I wanted to share a picture. We got free advertising last week with this.... That's our shop with the flowers on the window. A bull calf got loose downtown Tupelo and he moseyed on down to the sugarbump's. You should have seen the 5 police cars chasing him. So the picture ended up on the front page of the local paper. This is the second time we have gotten free advertising. The first time was during katrina. The winds came through here and blew off part of our roof and we ended up on television news. In fact, that's how I found out about it - I was watching the weather when there we were!

I don't know what was funnier - the cars chasing him or the policemen chasing him of foot (about 10 of them). Just another day at sugarbump's.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

I washed my fingers today and I can't do a thing with them!

I thought I had some things to write about, but all of a sudden my mind went blank and my fingers would not type what I wanted them to type! It's Sunday and sunny, my son and grandson spent the night and will be here tonight as well. I love them really I do, but I believe I have become a creature of habit and my habit is doing whatever I want to do whenever I want to do it. I remember way long ago I was so sad because my last child had left home and I had no children to fuss over. Even my Sunday school class said cheer up - now you can do things you have been waiting to do. I couldn't see that then. Well, it didn't take me too long to enjoy my new life. Now, I love my kids, really, but I think I love them more away from me than living with me. Does that make sense? Enough of this - I'll save this and write more later when my mind is ready to speak to my fingers.

I'm back, after letting my fingers rest a few days. Unfortunately, I still don't have anything inspiring or interesting to write about. I am still working on the baby vintage embroidered blanket. I'll probably be working on that for a while.

Here's a pic of my 5 granddaughters. They all love each other so much and I love all of them. When they get together it total bedlam at the house. That's (from left) Julia, Taylor, Nicole, Lindsey, Isabella. My grandson, Chase, is not in the picture. Aren't they the cutest? Julia and Isabella are here with me now, though they are asleep. We got out of the pool at 4:00, ate a snack, turned on Sponge Bob and they passed out. Nicole and Taylor leave tomorrow for church camp, but they were here until Saturday afternoon. Lindsey is camping this weekend so I haven't seen her. Chase was here last weekend and will probably be here next weekend with my son, Buster. He still hasn't gotten into his living quarters, yet.

I believe I'll go ahead and publish this post before I get carried away. I haven't sewn this weekend at all, only a little embroidery. My fingers are behaving a little better right now, so I'll go and do a little handwork.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

My fingers have a mind of their own...

It's been awhile since I posted here. I've been busy, but I'm not sure at what. I've been reading other blogs and doing some thinking lately. And that takes some time anymore.

What I've been noticing is that so many crafters out there do those cute little stuffed animals that look like - well, no animal I've ever seen. And lots of fun totes that are just so simple! I look at the bags I make and wonder why I put so much effort into each one, when everyone else just whips them up and bingo they're done. I think I'm on the wrong track! Even the hand embroidery I do, I spend so much time - why do I do these things? I'm driven to it, is all I can figure out. Something within me will not let me stop, even if I wanted to stop. So, I sew, crochet, embroidery and anything else I can do that is creative. And I don't even consider myself really a creative person in the end. The young people out there these days are so talented, it makes me envious.

Why didn't I start all these fun things years and years ago? I was so busy with life - kids, business, etc. - I didn't stop to do the things that were boiling inside me to get free. So, if there is anything I could say to my grown kids and anyone out there it is this - JUST DO IT! Time will not stand still, the kids will not go hungry and the business will continue without you there every minute! I wish someone had said that to me about 30 years ago! All those things I was going to do someday have not been done yet and someday is HERE! So, at 60 I will do those things I've longed to do - crochet afghans all day, sew, hand embroidery little onesies and tshirts and blankets, read a book for hours on end sitting in the back yard while the birds sing. What fun is that to do what you love while there is still time!

Wow! Where did all that come from? My fingers just ran away from me. And while I'm at it, why can't they print those wonderful Japanese craft books in English? I know they know the language, because I see some of the words are not in Japanese. They could make a killing here in the USA if they would just translate their books! And I don't think I'll be able to learn Japanese in time to do the things in the books. Those Japanese are some crafty people, is all I can say! I'll just buy them anyway and follow their wonderful diagrams. Hey! Maybe they know what they're doing after all.

Well, the Annual Elvis Festival has begun here in Tupelo, MS. I would like to go tomorrow night because Taylor Hicks is the headliner at the nightly concert. But I will probably stay home and visit with my son and grandson, who will be staying the night with us. The Festival is a big draw here as Elvis was born here in Tupelo (if anyone doesn't know that by now). We get all kind of interesting people here who come just to see Elvis's first boyhood home.

I believe I'll get off of here and go to the living room and embroidery for awhile. I'm working on some blankets/quilts for babies using vintage embroidery transfers. I think they will turn out just fine.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Another Saturday at the 'bump

The Gum Tree Festival is going on here and it's a little slow at the shop today. Okay by me! Lori and I will go to the festival when I close at 300. I enjoy walking on the square and seeing all the artists.

These are samples of what I hand embroider onto t-shirts, onesies, etc. and sell at the shop. I just love all the vintage transfers, so I keep doing them whether they sell or not. It doesn't matter to me, because I get such a joy from the stitching. I've gotten some great old transfers from ebay. I remember my grandmother embroidering pillowcases when I was a little girl (that was about 102 years ago). She looked so serene, so I think that is why it brings a peace to me. Of course, I don't have to think about anything other than what I am doing at the time. I'll post some more when I finish the linen bubble and panties. I think they will be so cute.

Lori just came into the shop (it's her Saturday off) to make a bracelet for a customer. I believe I'll go to the back and watch her. Her jewelry is so pretty. AND I have another daughter who is very talented - Angela at Pink Present. She's the one who keeps me straight and up on all the latest "beat box" news. She has her own line of screen printed tees and does canvases and other painting. You can see her stuff on Etsy or her web site: www.pinkpresent.biz. I have been blessed by my children (and theirs).

Friday, May 11, 2007

Bebop or Beatbox, it's all the same to me!

Well, I have been admonished by my eldest - it's not bebop! Okay, so I'm a little out of touch with the whole "beat box" thing. Who knew? Not me, for sure. So, sorry, Blake. I'll watch myself more closely when I comment on the American Idols. But Blake is still in the running, though I think he may go next week. That's just my opinion and you know what they say about opinions.

It's Mother's Day weekend, so maybe we'll be slow Saturday and I can just do a little of nothing at sugarbump's. I'll probably work on some of my sewing that needs to get finished. I've got too many ideas and not enough time to get them finished. Does anybody have this problem? I always think I can do way more stuff than I really can! And I take home all kinds of things to do and never get half of it done. Today, I brought home some t-shirts, a few linen bubbles, and bloomers to do hand embroidery on. I love all those vintage transfers, and do a lot of that to sell at the shop.

Also, I'm crocheting on a little giraffe. My oldest granddaughter, Nicole, wants me to crochet her friend a purple goat! Well, I admit I have never crocheted a goat. But I found a pattern on ebay and bought it, so I guess I'll be doing that next. That's her to the left over there. She will be 13 next week. I just cannot believe she will be a teenager already! Has anyone crocheted a goat before? I'll put a pic up when I get it finished. Nicole wanted a pink giraffe, but it's aqua and red. I didn't have any pink thread I liked for it. Maybe she will be okay with this color.

I will be through with my afghan this weekend, probably. I have not been working on it at all, or I would have been done a long time ago. I really like this afghan, and I haven't made one in such a long time. I've been busy crocheting little caps for kids, scarves, things like that. I get a satisfaction out of doing things for children, rather than for adults. You know, I could be crocheting right now if I wasn't on this computer! So, I am getting off of here now.

Have a happy Mother's Day! I plan on resting a lot, and cooking out on Sunday afternoon after church. (My Robert will be cooking out, that is.)

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

I'm hiring a bulldozer!

Thirty-eight years ago yesterday I gave birth to a bouncing boy! My second child! He was so cute and chubby, unlike his older sister. Now she was cute - the cutest baby I've ever seen! But she was not so chubby until 4 months of age. They both have made me very proud to be a mom, as have my next two born 2 and 8 years later! Angela, Buster, Terri, and Lori. Without them I would not celebrate Mother's Day, so I say thank you to all four.

I'm going to finish my afghan this week. I'll post a pic when it is finished, if I can find my camera! It's somewhere around the house, I'm sure, or at the shop. I will be so glad to get rid of all my clutter in this house! I've often thought of bulldozing everything out and starting over.

I think of my Mother when those thoughts invade my head. One year she kept telling me she wished she could just bring in the water hose and hose everything down to get the house really clean (she was a clean freak like you wouldn't believe!). Well, low and behold, one day I go over and the windows are all open, the water hose is snaked into the dining room, into the bathroom, through the window, and Mama is spraying down the walls! I've never seen anything like it. Unfortunately, the water collected in the carpet in the dining room. What did she do? Well, someone told her baking soda would soak up the water, so she bought I don't know how much baking soda and put it all around the dining room. Daddy replaced the carpet the next week! Don't try baking soda on carpet, you'll be disappointed with the results!

Tonight is elimination night on Idol. I believe Blake needs to go home. I'm really tired of the bebop sounds. I know - he's cute and young. But he'll have a good career without Idol. I'm still torn between Melinda and Jordin.

So much for all this, I'll go do something constructive and make myself feel better. Or maybe not.

My little hubby's out mowing the dried up lawn. Where is the rain we are supposed to get? My yard it crying out! And it's just so large, it's hard to water the whole thing. It's probably waiting for me to have a day off, then it will come a flood.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Miles and Miles To Go . . .

Wow! It's Wednesday evening already, and I just finished watching "Idol". I will hate for it to end, but I WILL get so much more done when it is over, so it's kind of bitter/sweet. Evenings are when I can do things like crochet (though I do that watching Idol), sew a little, read my magazines (which I have too many of), and get on the computer a little while. I have so much I want to get done for the shop, that my mind gets bogged down. I need a brain transfusion.

You know, I was thinking today how my life has transpired. It just seems like yesterday I was a young mother with all the time in the world to do all I wanted to achieve. Now, I look back and wonder where all the time went. I have accomplished a lot, I know, but more of what I wanted to do has not been done. I guess that's the way it goes for most people. We think time goes on forever, and it does, just not with us here in this world. I feel like I did years ago, then I look in the mirror and question where that woman came from, and why is she pretending to be me. Life has a way of just keeping on after all is said and done, and that's what I'll do, just keep on keeping on. I do find myself trying to clear out the clutter in my life, looking for that perfect serene place. With everything I clear out, I feel a little lighter.

I believe I'll end this tonight and get ready for bed. Another day awaits me and I have miles and miles to go.

Monday, April 23, 2007

It's Monday and I'm off, which is really great!

I'm off today, and I plan on doing not much of anything. I am cutting out a new diaper bag for the shop (http://www.sugarbumps.com/), but that's not really work. As I said before, Saturday was rummage sale day, and I really am glad it's over. Up at 4:00 am and to bed early, about 9:30 pm. I was worn out!

Went to Hancock's yesterday afternoon, to get some new fabric for this diaper bag. It is a vintagie (is that a word?) looking fabric in lavender, green, peach. It reminds me of a vintage quilt. It may turn out looking great! I'll post a pic later, if I feel it is worthy.

I went to Hobby Lobby this morning to pick up my yarn I ordered to finish my afghan. I crochet every chance I get. This is the first afghan I have made in a very long time, and it is for ME. It is a soft wave (ripple) design, that is evidently very popular these days. It is the first pattern I crocheted way back 102 years ago. So, I guess it's true what goes around comes around. Crocheting is so quieting for me. I usually do it in the evening while the tv is going. Mostly, I have always made hats, scarfs, sweaters for children, purses, things like that. The afghan is definitely fun to make and fast. I will be making one for 2 of my grandchildren's step-mother, who is expecting her first child, a boy. It will be in blues and brown. The girls live with their dad and her, so I know her very well.

Got to get off this computer if I plan on getting this diaper bag made today.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Decluttering

Haven't posted in such a long while. The weather here is getting better again. I love the warm weather. Of course, we haven't had much cold weather in Mississippi this year. We had some cranes nesting at the edge of our woods, but I haven't heard or seen them in the last 2 days. Also, the hummingbirds are back and just as entertaining as ever.

We cooked burgers outside last night and Lori, Isabella and Julia came over. Isabella is such a mess at two years old. Always wanting to go outside and play. Julia is a little quieter than she is Julia is six, or will be next week. We will go to her party at Flip-Flop Gymnastics next Saturday. Robert and I got her a new Barbie bicycle!

Angela, Lori and I had a rummage sale behind sugarbump's yesterday. I have accumulated too much junk over the years, and I need to get rid of it all. Too much fabric and yarn! I don't think I could live long enough to use it all up. So, in the rummage sale it went. I will probably have one more in May, though I truly do hate having them. You have to get up so early to get all of that stuff out, and pricing everything is such a headache. But I have made a start on cleaning out the clutter in my life. I have a lot more to go. I wonder if I could just bulldoze everything out of here and start over?

My son and grandson stayed the night with us. He is in between houses, so on his weekend to get Chase, they stay here. I usually cook for them, but last night they went to the movies, so I may not get a chance to cook today, as they will leave fairly early.

I have all these ideas in my head for making things for sugarbump's. I believe I'll work on a new diaper bag for the shop. I've got a pattern drawn out, so today may be a good time to try it out. Robert and son-in-law, Corey, have gone fishing, so I'll be alone for a while (except for Chase who is still asleep, and Buster who has gone to a meeting). I usually sew just about every day. I love doing it. Monday I will start teaching Lori to sew on her new machine she got for Christmas. I hope she enjoys it as much as I have over the years. We will start small, probably a pillow of something.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Sunshine today

Okay, I'm totally new to this blogging stuff. So, I'm going to give it a try. My daughter and I own a children's boutique in Tupelo, Mississippi called sugarbump's. And another daughter, who has a business called Pink Present, is with us at the shop. Who would have thought I would wind up one day in business with my children? They put up with me, though.

It's Saturday and I'm here at sugarbump's to kind of clean up our back area. I'm hoping for a good weekend, no rain, just sunshine today! I think I'll take home some projects to finish for the shop. I'm making some new spring items and new diaper bags.

Tomorrow I'm going to church at The Orchard. I haven't been in a while, and I'm needing it. I think Lori and family will go, also. She's the one who is in business with me. The umbilical cord never got severed, which I like a lot.