Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Beating the Heat with Sewing

Though I've been absent most of July, I have been accomplishing a few things. Despite the heat, I've managed to sew some new items for sugarbumps creations on Etsy. Plus, I'm getting ready for Canton Flea Market in October, a HUGE market for handcrafted items, as well as many other things. I'm excited about going, and nervous about how much to make, considering how many people go through there in one day!
 This style of peasant dress is so simple, but I think is very comfortable for your child to wear. Wish I could wear them, but unfortunately I'd just look like an older woman wearing a mumu. I don't think I like that look.

Then, I've been working on sugarbumps baby bottoms. I think these are so cute. Want a pair? No, I can't make them for a size 14 woman, but I wish. I'm doing different fabrics on these. This one is minky dot. I'll be doing some in chenille, as well as just regular cotton fabric with ruffles or appliques. These are super easy and quick to do, so I'm hoping I can do lots and lots.

This is an item I'm making that I just love.  Why do baby gowns have to be white or pink or blue. Why not fashionable and funky? So this is my newest item at sugarbumps creations. Fun baby gowns. How cute is that? Lots more coming. And I'm doing some appliqued onesies and t-shirts. Haven't got pictures, yet, but I'll have some later in the week.

Stay inside and keep cool! Sew and create while the heat is blazing! It's a great way to keep busy and stay creative. My sewing room is my therapy! And believe me I need it! Hope the rest of the week is good for everyone.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Been Gone Too Long!

Well, I haven't blogged in almost a month! My brain just wasn't into it, I guess. My last post was a tribute to my brother who was killed in a horrific car/18 wheeler crash March 17. Today, I want to tell you about my brother-in-law, Ross.

Ross just turned 55. He had a severe stroke in June, something we never saw coming. Ross is a big, burly, Harley Davidson driving, construction guy. I guess that's why it is even harder to take. His stroke has left him paralyzed on the left side, and no sight in his left eye. He, possibly, may remain this way for the rest of his life.

We never know what life is going to bring, but we must go on and handle it the best we can. And with God, all things are possible. Please keep Ross in your prayers, as he has a long way to go still. He will have surgery in August to replace the part of his skull they had to remove for his brain to swell. So hard to grasp. But we thank God for sparing Ross's life and allowing him to remain on this earth with us.

Short blog, but I've got to get up from here and accomplish a few things while the sun is up! Have a great Monday everyone! Remember, God is in control.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Memories of You

Tomorrow will be July 4th, Independence Day. But for me it is my brother's 52nd birthday. For 51 years the USA has celebrated my brother's birthday along with all of his friends and family. When Jamie was little you could not convince him it wasn't all about him. But this July 4th will be a little different for a lot of people. My brother is not here, but I'm sure fireworks will be shooting forth in Heaven. I don't know if the 4th will ever be the same for me. I always thought of Jamie when those fireworks started, and he was quite a firecracker himself.


There we are, the three of us, Lynn, Tommy, Jamie. I told my brother, Tommy, we are only two thirds now, we will never be a whole. There will always be a void where that one used to be. Jamie loved people and would go out of his way to help his fellow man. As a postman, it was not just his job, it was his mission. The people on his route, a lot of them, were elderly, not wealthy. Jamie would check on them, even when he wasn't working, making sure they were okay and if they needed anything he took it to them. Now, that's not just a postman, that's a friend.

This is Jamie and his wife, Pam. They were married when she was 17, true soul mates. They have a son, Steven, born on our daddy's birthday. It will be hard for him to live his life without his dad, I know.

The last picture made of my brothers together. Tommy is on the left, Jamie on the right. I cherish this picture. Don't they look alike? I think they do very much.

Jamie, if you can hear me today, happy birthday. I will forever love you and miss you. My heart will never be the same without you. I hope you knew how much you were loved on this earth by me, Tommy and all the friends you left behind and there were many. When the fireworks begin tonight, I know you'll be looking down and know it is for you. Love you, sweet baby brother.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's My Life, and I'm Sticking To It!

I've been blogging a while and I really don't know if anyone's listening. But that won't stop me. I need an outlet sometime to get the words out of my head, or they just keep going round and round in there. Sometimes they get lost and it's hard to find them again. At first, when I would write, I tried to think how it sounded. I was thinking too much. Now, I've let go of some of that and it feels much better.

Today, I looked around me and saw lots of wonderful things. Tomatoes, green on the vine. I love tomatoes and I can't wait to eat these when they are big, red and juicy. As I took this picture I thought what a great life I have and how wonderful that I have tomatoes growing in my yard. I'm thankful for little things and it doesn't take a whole lot to make me happy either.

I have a wonderful, crazy family, who keep me laughing all the time. Four grown kids, six grandkids, what else could I want? We have lots of faults, lots of problems, but we seem to plow through together. Always together.

And that's my life!