My typical blogging has been to enter posts over at Norm 2.0 for Thursday Doors. Even though I’m a bit burned out this week with a stack of Christmas orders and am trying to meet deadlines, I’ll still participate. Thankful there are a few extra doors in my stash and so for posterity’s sake, I’ll add a photo here in a few lines. Mainly to say thank you to my aunt who feeds my habit of collecting stuff. Thanks Aunt Maybelle!
So the gift from Aunt Maybelle(she has her own tag from so much generosity) this time is a salt and pepper shaker set that happens to present itself with a pair of doors. I was unable to attend our family Christmas party this year due to a terrible stomach virus and dining anywhere outside my own doors at home was out of the question. But I truly appreciate the thought she and my uncle always give to me.
Hope you’ll check back next week as Norm has scheduled our post to be a Year’s Favorite Doors theme. Should be a fun look at 2018 doors.
Whether you agree or not on immunizing your child, it’s a law in most areas to have your child immunized before their first day of school.
For this Free Tip Friday, I’m sharing a little gift from my mother-in-law on her recent excursion to the Missouri State Fair. She knows about the yearly report I’m obligated to make each year to our state licensing agency on the number of children in my care who are up-to-date on shots. Lots of red tape when you have a license to keep up with. Anyway, just wanted to give a shout out to thank her for thinking of me and to the Dept. of Health and Senior Services for the freebie offered this year.
It’s hard to take a picture of this totally unscrolled with one hand. But you get the general idea of why it’s a cool little item. It’s easy to reference something like this when a parent has questions.
This is the stuff that the hubster has lovingly declared as my own personal truth serum. After a taste testing of each flavor(thank you to my sister for the gift) — ok maybe a little extra from another larger bottle, , there was a warning sent out to my daughters that no telling what I will state, but it will be most definitely truthful.
I will be more careful to not indulge after a stressful moment in my life….
It’s the Mother’s Day surprise from my daughter. We’d been to our town’s new Hobby Lobby recently and I’d pointed to the metal contraption you see here and said in passing that I could use one of those. It is a pair of pliers for plastic snaps. The ones in the store didn’t have the rainbow of colorful snaps you see here included. They were separate. Her economics degree came in handy since she found this All-in-one set with an awl and all those snaps.
And I just happened to have a bib hanging around that needed a fastener. This will be so much quicker that sewing on Velcro or a sew-on snap. Thank you Rachel!
One of my favorite White Elephant gift projects of all time was an apron.
Not just any apron, but an Elvis apron.
Whadaya mean Elvis?
Well here, I’ll show you.
This item was created with my embroidery machine, AKA Brother Esante’ that is 20+ years old now. Still going however not always in a strong way. Since moving it to my basement sewing room, I have yet to put it to use. I hang my head when I tell you this.
Back to the gift. The recipient was pretty dang pleased and so was his wife. Maybe she saw the potential of having hubby do more dinners after work? I wouldn’t blame her. (FACT:My husband is a terrific cook.)
The gift was repeated as an item on Etsy and I’m told it was a surprise gift from daughter to her father. They lived states apart and it was heartwarming me to do the shipping ‘to Dad’.
“You only pass through this life once; you don’t come back for an encore” Elvis Presley
Spent some time trying to figure out a present for my niece who is moving out of the nest. This A to Z challenge proved pretty timely as I’ll have some items piling up in my stash.
I’d like to first show you a tutorial in progressive photos of the bookmark.
Note: be sure to tear off the paper before sewing backing on.
I used some old bluejeans fabric for the backing and added a rick rack tag.
Hoping she’ll find some tasty recipes to share with me in the future.
Baked Potato Bag is Bursting with “B”ears of course! Made by yours truly with love!
Party at Bandana’s.
I nearly ended this post with that last line, but my niece suffered a huge loss very recently. I’ve decided to share a little ‘New Home Blessing” and dedicate it to her new abode.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
A sickly weekend drove me to looking around in my stuff I hadn’t yet unpacked in my new sewing room. There was a pleasant surprise. An old gift from my girls. We’re talking about 14 years or so old. Not yet an antique 🙂 A sewing journal.
Now you’ll have to wait for the contents. I’m saving some of it for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2016….my 3rd year of participation. So as I’m a day late in my ‘Sunday Sampler’ post, I hope your weekend was wonderful and illness free.