Sunday, March 15, 2009


That's what we've been saying a lot lately - UGH!!
It started about 2 weeks ago on Saturday morning; when Juju got up that morning, she got out of bed by herself, so I had no occasion to visit her bedroom for a couple of hours, but when I did, I smelled a strange smell. Upon further investigation, I discovered that she had, at some point, thrown up all over her bed. Ugh. She was droopy the rest of the day, and complained of her tummy hurting, but other than that, that was the end of it..............or so we thought.
Fast forward a week. (one week ago) Friday afternoon, she all of the sudden decided she doesn't want to play outside anymore, but she wants to go to bed. That right there should have told me something.
1. She ALWAYS wants to play outside - even in the dark.
2. She NEVER wants to go to bed.

I put her to bed, After a while, I heard her kind of cough...she's puking her guts out all over her bed. Ugh!
That was only the beginning.
the rest of the day Friday, and all through the night she threw up, gagged, and threw up some more.
Saturday morning...she finally quit throwing up, only to get a fever. A high fever. Several times through the day and night it got over 103. We were getting very worried.
Sunday morning: the fever breaks....and she starts throwing up again. The the fever come back, and she does both for a while. finally, about 9:30 Sunday night, she asked me if she could go to bed. So I took her to her bed.
About 10:30, I hear noises. I go to check on her. She pops out of bed, and says, "mommy, I get up now!"
I didn't let her get up (mean mother that I am), but she was fine from then on (until Tuesday afternoon when she threw up AGAIN, but it was just once and she was fine again).

Fast forward to I'm sick. UGH!
Actually, I'm feeling better. I'm still nauseated a lot, bt I don't constantly feel like puking - a great improvement.
So how have ya'll been? :-)

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Just wanted to let you know:

If you scroll down, on the left side you will now see a list titled "Money Savers". On that list, you will find links to various sites where you can get coupons for groceries and other items. The link titled "Coupons For All sorts Of Things" will take you to a site where you can order actual coupons and have them mailed to you for a few cents - it's definitely worth what you pay to get them. Also, there is a banner ad where you can clock and print coupons for various items. Right now they have a coupon for $5 off Huggies Gentle Care diapers, and $3 off Huggies Natural Fit - for those of you that use diapers, it's not often that you can find a coupon for more that $2 off Huggies.
I hated to add the takes away from the lovely background, but there IS an upside to it! For every one of you that print coupons from it, I will get paid! (It's just a few cents, but it all adds up, right? Maybe I'll be able to send my daughter to college when she's 75 or so.) Best of all, it costs you nothing to print them! (Except paper and ink)

If ya'll are anything like us, you probably don't have a lot of extra money lying about, so I look for any way I can to save. And, of course, I might as well pass the savings on to my faithful (ha) readers! :-)

Now that I've finished my sales pitch,

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Finished Object....February!

I'm not as dedicated as some of you out there...not that I never finish any of my projects. No, No... it's just that by the time Friday rolls around I've forgotten what I finished! :-) So, I introduce to you:

Finished Object February
(in which I show you something I finished last month. But don't expect it every month. I'll forget by then! )

For those of you who don't know me too well - I like to sew. I enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery and such, but my favorite, I think, is sewing. There's something about the needle whirring through the fabric...Actually, I think it's because you can really tell you that you are getting somewhere. I'm a fairly patient person, but when it comes to crafty stuff, if I don't finish it pretty quickly, it's not likely to get finished.
Another thing you may not know about me... I don't often make anything just like the pattern or recipe says. I read the directions, and then proceed to do it my way. If I can't see something in my head the way I want it to look when it is finished, It won't ever get finished. Period. There's no reason to start it.'s Saturday morning. Inspiration strikes (it ALWAYS hits on Saturday - I don't why. I guess it's the devil trying to keep me from getting ready for Sunday). I see a pattern or a piece of fabric, and all of the sudden, there's this picture in my head.
So, then, I have to a.) find the proper material to match the picture, or b.) find the pattern to match the picture.
They don't exist. They never do. It's frustrating.
So. I finally find a fabric that will work, and I alter the head image.
But I still need a pattern, right?
So I look through my majestic pattern stash.
I find the pattern I want. End of story. Right? Right???

As I said before, the pattern doesn't exist.
Oh, but the sleeves on this one are right (the rest is all wrong),
the bodice on that one is right, the skirt on another one is right.
In the end, I either use pieces from all of them, or just start cutting and hope it turns out ok.

By this time it is probably late Saturday evening. I should put it away.
Oh, no. I'm just getting started.

Around, oh, let's say 3 a.m. the item is finally finished.
It happens every time.

Why can't my brain just work like ordinary brains?

WAKE UP! I'm finished rambling now.
Here are the pictures;
This is the dress:
(it's a pale aqua and white check. It's a rayon/nylon - with a slight sheen to it. Doesn't wrinkle much. It was great to sew with, only difficulty was that it has it tendency to fray a little.)

and this is the hairbow to match:

I need to take the wire out of the ribbon on the dress bow. It smashes out of shape too badly. For the hairbow, that's fine, 'cause it won't be messed with very much, but for the dress, on a little person, she squiggles around so much that it got all scrunched.

I would show you what it looks like ON, but my model would not cooperate. If I can ever get her to be still long enough, I'll post a picture of her wearing it.

I hope you've enjoyed this edition of:
Finished Object February

Check back next year! :-)