Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Where Am I and When Did I Leave?

Today in the grocery store, I found myself staring at the shelves of food, wondering how to make shoepeg corn casserole. I've been making shoepeg corn casserole for years and years, but for the life of me all I could think of was shoepeg corn!  And on top of that, I couldn't remember what all I was going to make for Thanksgiving. I just was a blank slate! My mind just wouldn't function. Was it me? Or was it the 5000 people at the grocery store grabbing for food! I knew I had to get out of there! Quick!
 I just threw those flowers in just because I like flowers. It has nothing to do with what I'm writing. But, anyway, where was I? Oh, yes, the grocery store. I managed to grab what I thought might go into the casserole, and went to the nearest check-out line. Then I was out of there. That's when it hit me - where am I and when did I leave? I used to be all ready for Thanksgiving, lists made, ingredients in the cabinet. Now, I can't find anything, and for some strange reason, I keep moving things to places that I think will be a good place to remember, than I can't remember where I moved the things. Why did I move them in the first place? They had been in the other spot for 6 months, and I knew where they were. Now I can't find them. And you don't want to see me when I can not find something. I mean, I can not stop looking. I become obsessive about it, like if I don't find it the world will come to an end.

Just one more thing, if you find me, please return me to my husband, and don't tell him where I was. He already has questions about my sanity. Let's not give him anymore fuel.

EtsyKids Treasury Team: Rose Prints Online - Letter Love

EtsyKids Treasury Team: Rose Prints Online - Letter Love

Thursday, November 4, 2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Well, I survived Halloween and all the orders. Now it's on to Christmas. I am swamped already with orders, but I'm not complaining. Business is good. And it's putting me into the Christmas spirit. This will be the first year in a long time that I will be at home for the holidays instead of working (outside of the home, I mean). I'm excited about that.

Christmas is a special time when our family really shows off, and I love it. I can't remember one dull Christmas in the Palmertree family. We are all like a bunch of kids when it comes to Christmas. And most of us love hand-crafted gifts. Plus I'll get to bake a little more.
 One picture from last year's celebration.
I've been working on appliques as I have already posted. This is my newest applique. Isn't he cute? I love this one. More for the boys, I think. He has a sister. You've seen her before, but I'll post her one more time so you can see how cute she is.
Now, you know you need these appliques for your children's shirts. Go to Etsy to purchase at my shop, sugarbumps creations.

Until next time, Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Christmas Appliques

Today I've been working on some new appliques for my Etsy shop. I love Christmas, and this will be my first year at home for the holiday. Normally, I'm at work at my shop. Now, my shop is in my home. I'll be able to make goodies and handmade gifts this year. I'm excited. Making the appliques has got me into a sewing for Christmas mood. Here are the first few appliques I have made.

How do you like these? I've got some more to work on tomorrow. Then I'll work on my Christmas clothing I'll list on Etsy. Check my shop out when you get a chance.
Have a great week and come back soon!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Reunion for the Class of 1964

This past weekend, my graduating class of 1964 had a get together at a local restaurant, Vanelli's. This is our second one to do. We don't really call it a reunion, because we just get together and have fun. Most all of it was planned and done on Facebook and word of mouth. I'll share a few photos.
Friendships! We sometimes take these for granted. But this past weekend brought it all back to me. Friends grow older and sometimes weaker, but friendships grow older and stronger. So many people in one place, all talking, laughing, remembering. How can it get any better. My heart was lifted so far above my head. These people who I met so many years ago, are truly still wonderful and special. Always cherish your friends, as they will help you in times of trouble and laugh with you in the good times. Sometime words are  not necessary with friends. Maybe just a hand to hold, eyes to look into, tears to share. God is in the making of friends, and He keeps us bound even through time. As we get older, I think we realize more and more what these people in our life mean. And they become more important to us. If you have someone in your life like these people, don't fail to reach out and tell them what they mean to you. Don't put it off until tomorrow, do it now. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, we must live the day as if it were our last. Love your friends, laugh with your friends.

1946 Was A Very Good Year

Well, I did it! I turned 64 this week. Doesn't feel too bad. But I had a fabulous day. Got a few gifts so I thought I would share them with you.

This canvas was made for me by my daughter, Angela. She is very creative and sells these wholesale and retail. I love this one especially, as I love this bible verse.

My daughter, Lori, made these for me. Another creative daughter. What can I say! I have great children. Love these earrings. I'll be wearing them this weekend when I go to Joe Wheeler Lake to relax for a few days.

Another daughter made this for me. A very special bracelet and she is also very creative, as you can tell. I must say this Power Bracelet seems to work. I haven't fallen down once since I got it and my self-esteem is definitely up. This was made all from duck tape, with lovely permanent magic marker print.

Two of my granddaughters made a few things as well. They made me this cake! Delicious, but who told them to put those candles on it? I have a feeling their mother may have had something to do with it.

Then just for fun my granddaughters carved pumpkins and left them for me. I really don't think I could have had a better day than this. Gifts and some of my family all day. What a great way to celebrate life. I think I'll save those candles to use another year!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Just some things in this universe that God made and did a great job, I might add.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Will You Still Need Me When I'm 64?

Time is going by very fast for me, and soon I'll be 64. I remember that song from when I was a teenager - "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64." That seemed like such a long time away!! But here it is, just around the corner. Do you ever wake up in the morning and think how did I get here, where did the years go, and who is that woman that has moved into my house and is calling herself me?

I have found out, though, that this is not the last part of my life but the BEST part of my life! This weekend I went to an MSU college football game with my daughter and family, my 2nd one in my lifetime, the first being when I was a sophomore in high school! I LOVED IT!!! The drums, the band, the touchdowns, the screaming, the cheers, the cowbells ringing, the heat, the people, I loved it all. And I didn't even know I would. I know - I'm starting late! Well, at least I'm starting. I enjoyed myself so much, and didn't think about one problem at all the whole time.
Just look at those guys playing! They were great! And the band! Wow what a band! It sounds so much better when you are there than on tv.

And to top it all, State won against Memphis State. What a great first State game for me! So, I'm asking you this? Will you still take me to the game when I'm 64? Or 74?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Getting Ready for Fall

Here in Mississippi Fall is not in the near future, but other places are getting ready. I have been working on new items to post to Etsy for Fall and Halloween. Newly listed items are appliques that I am now making and selling for you to put onto your own garment.

Also, a few new outfits for the holidays are coming out of my studio. And more will be coming. I just got in a few new bolts of fabric, and I am anxious to cut into them. As soon as I have them ready, I will post them. Here are a few Holiday items.

You can find these items at my etsy store:

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fun Follow Friday

Today I want to share Fun Follow Friday hosted by Simply Stacie and My Wee View. The goal of this hop is to get new Google Friend Connect Followers for your blog and be introduced to new blogs to follow! All you have to do is add your blog link and start blog hopping and following away! You aren’t required to write a post for your blog for Fun Follow Friday unless you want to.
When you visit a blog that you like and want to follow, leave them a comment with your link telling them you are following from the Fun Follow Friday.

The main goal is to have fun and follow the blogs that interest you!
There are a few fun things that Fun Follow Fridays does each week:
1.  Each week 1 winner will be randomly drawn for the #3 Spot
2. Each week 1 winner will get Premium ad space for 1 week on both Simply Stacie and My Wee View.  To enter, you have to blog about Fun Follow Friday! (You can still  participate in Fun Follow Friday without making a blog post about it. However, to participate in this special giveaway, you need to write a post about it).

The above copy is from simply stacie's blog. Just wanted to get all of it right. Her site is A fun blog for sure and lots of blogs are already listed for you to check out. Also My Wee View is a great blog. So go join both of their blogs, and check out "Fun Follow Fridays".

Thursday, August 19, 2010

God Has A Plan

This blog today has nothing to do with creating, nothing funny, no wise words, just some things from my heart. For three years my husband and I have been searching for help or a place for my son to live and have some kind of life. He is brain damaged following an attempted suicide December 11, 2007. Buster is 41 and has one son, Chase age 11. Buster doesn't even remember he has a son. Some days he doesn't even know us and in his mind he is 18. It's hard to see your once lively, handsome son become a mere shell of what he used to be, and I worry about what will happen when I am no longer here. Who will watch after him? Will he be put away somewhere to live out his life? I can not bear to think about that.

Now, my daughter has no place to live and she is 39. Of course, we have offered her a place to live for a while. This is something I wasn't expecting, but she is my daughter and I feel that I am supposed to help. Also, another daughter called this morning and is having some problems. She will probably need a place to live. I don't know if I have room but if I do she will join us.

So, I have been asking God to let me know in some way if this is what he had in mind. It wasn't what I had in mind. But sometimes what we want for our life is not His plan. I am weary and tired of searching for a place for Buster, for some form of help. I have called every place I can think of and emailed every association I have found with no results. I have emailed senators and representatives, no response at all.

For some reason, yesterday, I just felt a peace. I have made a decision to take care of my son as long as I can. I believe in my heart that's what God wants me to do. I know I'll get tired, but I have three wonderful girls that I know will help me when I need a break. They have always been there for me. I couldn't ask for better children than these four young adults. Oh, they have had their problems, don't get me wrong. None of us are perfect, and we all make mistakes. But they have always learned from the mistakes and taken responsibility. For that I am grateful.

I'm not sure, still, why God has given me this "job", but I accept it. I think that's why I feel peace. I have accepted it instead of fighting it for so long. If any of you out there feel life is just too hard, think about the ones who have it harder than you. My girls and I visited Mississippi State Hospital last week, and while it was the cleanest place I've been, it is sad at the same time. Men walking in their socks looking for their shoes, not knowing the shoes were in their pocket. One man called me mamaw. Others just sitting in chairs staring at nothing, talking to themselves. It broke my heart and I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

I request your prayers today, as I will need them. Both my husband and I will need them.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Getting Ready for Canton

Still sewing for Canton Flea Market in October. If any of you get a chance, you should try to go October 14, Canton, Mississippi. Great outdoor market, with many artisans, we well as just about anything else you can think of to buy. This will be my first time to be a vendor, and I'm a little nervous. Hoping I can make enough to sell, as so many people come to this particular flea market.

I will share just a couple of things made so far.

This is one of my new Christmas shirts and I'm working on one more for girls. Got to come up with something for the boys. I've done a reindeer in the past, and I might do it again, as it was very popular. My other girl shirt is HOPE with the O being an ornament. I think it's going to look good. I will post it sometime today.

I like this little set for boys. I will be making it in various sizes. I am awaiting 4 bolts of fabric to begin my next designs. I will be making reversible jumpers, one side being a Christmas theme, the other side for any time of the year. And I will be making some long-alls for boys, as well as pants and shirts appliqued. I think I will be busy from now until October!

Life is good here in Mississippi, though a bit hot this year. I hate to say this, but I will be glad when it gets a little bit cooler. If only we could have cool weather a little bit longer here. We don't have that many months of COLD weather, but it's enough for me.

Enjoy your Sunday and stay cool.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesdays

Anyone who knows me knows that "wordless" is not me. I have many words and sometimes they just spill out before my brain says stop. But today I will get on with the job at hand and share some pictures I''ve made lately and not say a word! I promise.

A few appliqued shirts.

Next to last picture is my brother, Tommy and his sweetie, DJ, on his Harley. The last picture is of sidewalk chalking by my granddaughter, Julia Grace, age 9. She is so precious and I love her.