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Roger had to go to Oklahoma City, which gave me a perfect opportunity to go along to visit my family. My mom, Debbie and I made our usual shopping trips to Kohl’s, Ulta, TJ Maxx, and various other places. Although we have a Kohl’s in College Station, I feel like I find a better selection in the stores in OKC. Because we’re in a college town, our Kohl’s seems to cater more to the college students than any other age bracket.

affairheartMichell came down from Tulsa on Friday night, and on Saturday the two of us, along with Debbie and my niece, Kristin, went to OKC’s Affair of the Heart. My sister has gone to this for years, but this was the first time for me. If you get the chance, you won’t want to miss out on this. This is one of the largest arts and crafts shows in the United States. It’s truly unique, with booths occupying more than five buildings throughout the OKC fair grounds. An Affair of the Heart was started by eight Oklahoma women who were selling their crafts at different shows. They started talking about what worked really well and what these shows could do to improve, and they realized they had enough experience and knowledge to start their own craft show. In 1985 they held their first Affair of the Heart. What started with 65 exhibitors has expanded into hundreds over the years. If you make crafts to sell you can look into getting your own booth at the event. They hold two of these a year: one in the fall and one in the spring. My sister stocks up on Christmas gifts at the fall event. It was a fun way to spend the day. Although, because it’s a three day event, you may need the whole weekend to really see the whole thing.  Here’s the website with more information:

img9mI picked up another ‘H’ to add to my collection. I’m going to hang these above my bed, as in this photo, but using just the letter ‘H’. Of course, this will only happen once I get the bedroom painted. I also picked up two wax tart burners along with several sets of wax blocks in different scents. My house is either going to smell very nice or it’s going to give me a raging headache from all the different scents. What else did I get? I picked up a purse organizer, a toothpick holder for the sun visor in Roger’s car, and some scented crystals that are supposed to smell like lavendar, but…I’m not too sure that I recognize that lovely floral scent in my new crystals. 

2I bought this waterbead diffuser at Christmas. Kristin gave one of these to my mom, and I thought it was the neatest thing so I went out and bought one. It’s made by Moments by Upper Canada. You put the jelly-like beads into the glass vase, and then you add water and a little of the scent. You stir the beads to keep them moist, and you add more water and scent as they evaporate. It’s very unique, and a pretty way to scent a room. 

Until next time!


With Christmas just around the corner and the news about the economy getting bleaker and bleaker, I thought I’d mention this site,, to those of us who still have some shopping left to do.

You shop at name brand online stores at the Igive Mall and select your favorite cause (you can even add a new one). A portion of each purchase is donated to your cause. What causes? The list goes from animal rescue to community service, childrens’ health to education.

Over 700 stores are participating in the IGive donation program, including eBay, Lands’ End, Staples, JCPenney, Barnes & Noble,,, Office Depot, QVC, Expedia, Home Depot, HSN, Best Buy, Drs. Foster & Smith, Gap,, & NORDSTROM.

Another small way we can all do our part to help someone else.

Until next time!

My girls were home for a week. Actually, Jenifer was here for two as she’s on leave until she reports to her new duty station at the Port Arthur Marine Safety Office. We drove to Beaumont yesterday and helped her move into her new apartment. She isn’t scheduled to report for duty until the 24th, but she’s hoping if she reports early she may get a few days off at Christmas. She’s also hoping that she’ll up her chances if she volunteers to work on Thanksgiving. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

I have no pictures of their visit or any of the places we went as I misplaced my camera. I found it right before Michell left. And then I forgot to take it with me when we went to Beaumont yesterday. I wanted to get pictures of Jenifer’s new apartment.

img_06571They kept me busy during their visit. We went to the Ikea store in Katy as Jenifer needed some new things for her apartment. I noticed that the Katy store has a bigger fabric department than the one in Round Rock. I practiced great will power and didn’t buy any as I’m trying to use up some of the fabric I have before buying any new. Wishful thinking on my part. I did pick up two small toiletry bags as mine is falling apart. Once we get home I ended up making this one while Michell worked on a tote.

daisy003-594-1ffefickle_cvrWe went to the Houston Quilt Festival (I wish I had my camera!). I didn’t see anything this year that really excited me…other than the new Brother Quattro machine. Very impressive! Many of the booths were displaying quilts in browns and creams. I didn’t see very many bright colors this year. Does this have something to do with the economy? I didn’t buy any fabric or patterns. I did pick up some machine embroidery supplies, and Michell and I both picked up the supplies to make Ficklesticks. These are basically fabric covered floral wire that you then twist into different shapes: flowers, people, jewelry, sculptures, wall hangings. I’m thinking this is a nice project to take on a car trip. I can make up a whole bunch of fabric tubes and then put them together in the car or hotel room.

Roger made it home from his trip on Saturday night so he got to spend some time with Michell before she left.  He was happy to be home after being gone two weeks. We’re thinking about going to Houston this coming weekend. We’ve talked about going Saturday and coming home Sunday afternoon. He wants to go to the Bay Area Divers’ annual flea market, which was postponed from October because of Hurricane Ike. I’m hoping I can talk him into going to a few quilt stores (there goes my not buying any new fabric). It’s our usual trade off. I’ll go to scuba shops if he’ll go to quilt stores.

I haven’t got much digitizing done lately. I have a few weeks before the holiday rush sets in. I don’t think I’m going to make gifts this year. Of course, that’s subject to change because I may find a great project in a quilt store this coming weekend!

Until next time!

I’ve been missing…again! Where to start?

We found out that our dog, Hemi, had oral malignant melanoma. We took him in to get his teeth cleaned, and the vet found a mass in the back of his throat. Fortunately, the vet school here at Texas A&M thinks they removed the whole mass during surgery; however, oral melanoma is the one most likely to spread. We’ve started him on the new canine cancer vaccine, which has a 25% success rate compared to chemo at less than 20%, and it also has less side effects than chemo. He’ll have to take the vaccine for the rest of his life, but what do you do? He’s a member of the family. Here’s a picture of Hemi is one of his more statelier moments. He’s usually got his face to the ground and his butt in the air waiting for you to scratch him in his favorite spot.

In the middle of September I had to put together a scholarship banquet for work. It’s not easy trying to get a couple of hundred college students to let you know whether they’ll attend or not. They can’t seem to grasp the fact that they need to go in order to meet the donor who gave them the funds to help with school. Well, at least that’s over for another year. I have an awards banquet in the spring that I’m just starting to plan. Fortunately, it’s not quite so difficult to get people to RSVP for this one.

‘Little Girl’ (who we finally named Missy) was adopted by a Texas A&M student who was looking for a shepherd. He fell in love with her and took her home. We’re keeping Cooper for a week. My sister, Debbie, was fostering him. He was pretty skinny when she got him, and he looks much better in this photo, which was taken a month or so after she brought him home. Roger leaves for a meeting in Las Vegas this Saturday and is taking Cooper to his new family. He is a big dog and all puppy. Roger’s driving with Cooper so I can just imagine what a fun trip he’s going to have.

In between Roger and I made a quick trip to Ikea when they had book shelves on sale. I got two of these book shelves and a desk in black and white to match. I also bought the doors to cover the bottom three shelves on each unit. They aren’t actually quite so wild looking once you get stuff on the shelves! My sewing tables are white so it all looks quite nice in the room. I’m not sure what we were thinking. As you know, we’re slowly painting the inside of the house, and we should have painted my sewing room before putting the furniture together and placing it in the room.

We spent a Saturday at the Round Top Antique Festival. We’ve never gone before and thought we’d go to see what it was like. The festival runs for one week, and we went the first weekend. Everything wasn’t open yet, and we still didn’t see it all. Although most of the places had true antiques, we decided early on that we needed to look at some of the stuff with a critical eye. We saw so many booths selling the same nautical ship wheels (nautical must be the next big thing), and honestly, you’d think people would take off the ‘made in China’ stickers before trying to sell their goods as antiques. However, it wasn’t a wasted trip. I found this old Singer cast iron sewing stool in one of the first booths we looked in. I’ve only seen one other at an antiques store years ago. I’ve cleaned it up and I’m using it in my sewing room.

I have squeezed in some digitizing. Here’s a Halloween voodoo design you can use against someone who’s made you mad…or you could just put it on a shirt. I have three more of these for sale on my new Etsy site. Look for IsleBStitching.

Until next time!

It’s been a while since I’ve been here. Where should I start? Last Saturday we drove to Post, Texas, which is just outside Lubbock, and almost a seven hour drive from home. We delivered Coco to her new family, who drove about the same distance from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here are the last photos I took of her before she left.

Please ignore all the water on the wall in the photo of Moose and Coco drinking. Coco does enjoy a long, cool drink of water, and she also enjoys tossing it all over the floor, the wall, herself, and any other dog that just happens to be near.

On our way home we got behind this guy, and he was not happy to be in this trailer.

If you remember, a few weeks ago we took Jenifer our old washer and dryer. While we there I visited a couple of quilt stores in the area. I didn’t buy anything in the first one, but I picked up these fat quarters in the second one. I didn’t get to spend a lot of time in this shop because my ‘traveling companions’ were getting quite bored and ready to move on.

I’ve spent a small fortune on gas the last few weekends. I plan to stay home this next weekend; however, Roger’s planning a trip to Houston to see his dad. He’s planning to take his Jeep, with the top off, and I find nothing enjoyable or fun about riding through blast furnace temperatures with the hot wind whipping through my hair. I’m not even going to discuss the bugs splatting off the windshield!

Until next time!

Roger and I worked in the yard the past few weekends, which aggravated my allergies that caused a bad, bad sinus infection. It’s been a while since I’ve had one that was this bad. The doctor prescribed a ton of medication so I feel like a zombie, but at least I can breathe again. And the yard looks nice.

I’m leaving town this Thursday to visit my family in Oklahoma. We have a few things around my mom’s house that we Roger needs to do. Of course, we’ll also get some shopping in.

One of the places we plan to go is the Paseo Arts Festival. The Paseo, built in 1929, was the first shopping district north of downtown Oklahoma City, and it has the feel of a little Spanish village. Today the Paseo is the home of Oklahoma City’s artist community. The arts festival has painting, pottery and jewelry, sculpture, wood working and wearable art. I always find something unique at the festival. There is an artist that takes old depression glass saucers and puts them in stained glass. I’ve already bought two from him, and I hope to get another this year.

On Monday, we’re attending the Memorial Day service at the Fort Sill National Cemetery where my dad is buried. The military always has a very nice ceremony. No matter how many times I go, it never gets easier.

Until next time.

I practised my red work this morning and did this floral design. It looks like art deco to me, and I’ve decided that I like this look. Kind of elegant but not too ornate.

We went out for lunch and then to Home Depot to pick up some screws to attach new knobs to the new wardrobe. We picked up glass knobs at Canton yesterday. The knobs that are on the wardrobe are a little beat up, and we think the glass ones will look nice. Home Depot had banana plants and we picked up two to put in the back yard. The tag says they produce bananas like those in the grocery store. We’ll see. Actually, we probably won’t see anything because I expect that the ‘boys’ will probably eat any bananas the plants produce! We spent the rest of the afternoon trimming branches from the oak trees and crepe myrtles. What fun!

I’m now doing the laundry, and I must pick up the house before the cleaning lady comes tomorrow. Another lazy Sunday.

Until next time!

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