Monday, March 30, 2009


This is the azalea that we planted last year. We planted two more beside it. They had so many blooms on them and then the rain came. They don't look as good today but I still wanted to share.
This is our other flowering bush. From time to time we think it is dead, but from the blooms it has on it this year it is far from it. Absolutely beautiful! I can't say that about all the other bushes in front of our house. I clad Bo takes care of our shrubs because I would kill them.

Tucks and More Tucks

I have a few more tucks to do on Kandi's (Lizzie has requested this name) dress for the most part I'm finished.

I have been cleaning and painting so I have been away from my sewing machine. I really do miss my sewing mojo that I had last year. This year I just feel tired and overwhelmed.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today is Thursday and today I'm thankful our easy access to information about the weather going on around us.

Today it was raining when I left for work this morning. When I woke up and heard the rain I wasn't surprised by it at all because I knew it was coming. The internet, radio, and newspaper told me. A few summers ago my family and I were at the beach the water was clear and calm, an absolutely beautiful day, but we knew a hurricane was on its way. We experienced the calm before a storm. I know weather reports aren't always correct, but I would hate to live without having the weather channel, weather reports in the paper and on the news. So this everyday thing that I probably take for granted most of the time is something I'm really thankful for.
Tonight I plan to make a yard full of pin tucks. This is going to be fun. Pictures tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lizzie's Dress Again

Sorry, it has been so long. I got my computer back and apparently there wasn't anything wrong with it. You know it's like when you take your car to the mechanic and there is nothing wrong with it. Same kind of frustration.
I do have pictures of Lizzie in her dress. Well at least the bottom of the dress. I hope to have the top done in the next two weeks. Then one more fitting and we will be done. I have devoted so much time to this dress, but I think that it is turning out prettier than I imagined.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful that tomorrow is the first day of spring. The sun is shinning, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming. I need to remember to enjoy it now because in a few weeks it will be hotter than hot.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Computer Problems

My computer has a virus - I think. If it doesn't it has something wrong with it. So, I don't know how long it will be until I can have a post with pictures. The computer guy has it now, and he is working on it. I hope to have it back soon.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Favorite Dress

I think this has to be my favorite dress I have ever smocked. It was a simple pattern, but turned out so cute. I have enough fabric left over to either make a bonnet or party panties one day. I think this dress is a size 6 or 12 months. I can't remember.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Honeymoon Fabric

Bo and I went to Hawaii on our Honeymoon. It wouldn't have been my first choice, but he wanted to go so badly that we went. Bo had actually had never been on plane until that point. It seemed like such a long trip to take for your first plane ride, but he loved it. Well while we were there we visited the two fabric stores on our island. These are the 16 fabric fat quarters I came back with. I still have no idea what I want to do with them, but I'm sure I'll think of something soon. I actually forgot about them until I cleaned out my sewing closet. I actually have several yards of another fabric that I also got in Hawaii. Maybe I should make a quilt? Do you have any ideas?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Angel Sleeves

I smocked this dress on the way to my Grandmaw's funeral. She died in Alabama, but was buried in Pennsylvania. I think that it helped me deal with pain and grief of her sudden death. It kept me buzy while I rode that 1,000 miles. My brother and I drove one car and my mother, dad, and Maw rode in the other car.
This is a size two soft pink with small flowers fabric bishop dress with angel sleeves. It has to be one of my favorite dresses, and even I never have a girl to wear it I plan to keep it. It hold to many memories.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I can't believe it is Thursday again. I've been working on Lizzie's graduation dress and there isn't much progress to show you. French hand sewing takes forever to see anything that matters. Lizzie and I are going to go the store tomorrow and work on designing the top of the dress.

Well, since it is Thursday I will let you know what I'm thankful for today. Sometimes it is hard to pick what I'm thankful for. Because I have so many thing that could fill this post with.

Today, I will feature CVS and its Extra Care program.
Since finding this program and how to use it to my advantage I have had so much fun with it. Thanks bargain blogs, I couldn't have done it with out you. Every Sunday when I come home from shopping Bo tries to guess how much I spent. He is always way high and it makes me feel good that I got so much a such a little price. CVS helps us stretch our dollar. What I love most about there program is that I don't have to fill anything out and its not a mail in rebate. I hate mail in rebates, and with CVS it is instant.
Not only do I stockpile some of the items, but I have also give some of the items as gifts to my family. In January when my aunt came to visit I had a box of stuff from CVS for her. She loved it and thought it was so funny. She laughed at the fact that I gave her hair color and wrinkle reducer. My aunt and I have a special relationship and I could definitely get away with giving her these items.
So this Thursday I'm Thankful that CVS has a program to helps me stretch my dollar, gives my family a good laugh, and allows me to help others.
So what are you thankful for this Thursday?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Microwave Meatloaf

I'm a good cook, my mother-in-law is a good cook, but when I try to make her recipes I'm not a good cook.

Shortly after Bo and I got married my mother-in-law gave me a binder full of family recipes. Sometimes Bo will look threw it and picks out different items he would like me to make. This week he pick microwave meatloaf. Apparently, I did several things wrong because not only was it burnt it was also extremely salty. I plan to try this again soon. I'll post another picture when it turns out right.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday

This weeks thing I'm thankful for is easy. Yesterday, while we were getting ready for work our doorbell rang. This is never a good sign in the morning. It was my neighbor coming over to tell me that she had notice water in front of her driveway and it was coming from our yard. The first stop to fix the water problem was calling the city to see if the leak was there problem since it was so close to the road, of course not. They did cut our water off at the street until we got it fixed. At 5:20 last night the plumber finally got there and by 7:15 we had running water. I can't tell you how many times I went to wash my hands, or rinse out a bowl. Running water is definitely something I'm thankful for this Thursday. It is definitely a convenience I would hate to live without.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Just My Luck

Tonight, I was in a hurry to go to sewing class, which is always a bad thing. I pulled into the parking lot and realized that I had driven 20 min for nothing! Because I had forgotten half the project I was working on. I guess there is always next week.
Now, I'm going to go read a book and enjoy my evening.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb

This morning Bo and I woke up to snow falling. It isn't often that we get snow in Alabama, but today it snowed until around 2:30 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. It was gone as soon as the sun came out. The wind was blowing hard and it made it feel much colder, but don't worry it will be in the 70's by Saturday. Here are a few of the pictures I took this morning on my way to pick up the paper.
Our Street
Our House

My Car