Monday, December 11, 2017

Needle Tatted Wreaths...

My desire to blog more often is strong yet my failing to do so is stronger.  Life keeps interrupting my desires.  I have managed to be a tiny bit creative and productive.  A simple ball of crochet thread in size 10, a long tatting needle in size 5 and some inexpensive beads in size 6.0 are allowing me to make some small Christmas Wreath ornaments. 

I can pack these supplies in a small tote and keep them ready for any spare time I might have.  Of course I must also have excellent daylight or lamp light to see so that leaves out any evening TV time when Mr. C must have complete darkness. 

The beads get strung onto the thread before any tatting begins.  The beads don't always fit over the needle eye so I use a dental flosser loop for stringing which makes it so much faster and easier.

Here is the process of tatting.  Chains and rings and nothing more.  This link to Rusti Kate might be helpful.  Her YouTube how to videos are very easy to follow.  Thank you Rusti Kate.  So while life stays busy my fingers also stay busy.
Our weather is unseasonably warm and sunny. California is on fire and my prayers are for everyone affected by these horrific fires.  Thankfully Mr. C and I are safe and our children and grandchildren are far. 
I continue to enJOY each of your blogs and holiday decorations.  Thank you for sharing.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night...xo

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pocket Letter Fail...

For those of you who follow me on FaceBook you already got my opinion of my local Post Office.  I was so proud of myself for completing 17 Pocket Letters for my International mail recipients.  I had taken one to my local Post Office and confirmed with the clerk that my International postage was sufficient to send my envelope on its way.  So I came home and completed all 17.  I mailed them.  Two days later I collected my mail in the pouring rain and there were all 17 of my envelopes.  I have no photo here but I did on my FB post.  They were wet and soggy and the imbecile at the post office had rubber banded them all together with a note.  It said these must mail as a parcel and I would need to add an additional $12.35 postage to each one!  Excuse Me!!!  I am not wealthy and therefore that cannot happen.  To put it mildly, I was incensed!!!  I have had lots of issues with my mail being delayed and returned by the idiots at the Post Office but this tops them all. I am sad and angry and feel the worst for my recipients.  I had to switch up my plans...

In the meantime I was able to sew 10 Origami Coin Purses using fun Mahjong themed fabrics.  I found this on Sew4Home and here is the link.  I love these coin purses and they have lots of uses.  I won't divulge the purpose for this group so as not to spoil any holiday gift idea.  I may need to sew a few more.  I enjoy being able to sew these. The first ones I made, I hand sewed metal snaps and it took lots of time and work.  Then my friend Donna of Brynwood Needleworks introduced me to Kam Snaps.  WOW!  So much easier and quicker.  Thank You Donna.  Check out the links and you will find the pattern so you can make some for your gift giving.
On our Home front, Mr. C and I have removed our home from being listed.  We kept at it for an entire year and had NO Buyer and NO offers.  Only a handful of showings and nothing positive.  After meeting with our broker and the VP of Sales and Marketing for Coldwell Banker Grass Valley, we heard nothing new to encourage us to stay listed.  They stressed the importance of us being "STRATEGIC" with our marketing...that is there job and what we are paying them for!  They also stressed we must be "STRATEGIC" in our pricing...which meant they wanted us to drop the sales price another $50,000 and include an additional $2500 for the Buyer's agent commission.  My very wise husband said, "Anyone can sell dollar bills for 50 cents." 
Weather wise we have had some very good soaking rain the past couple of weeks.  The mountain ski resorts have gotten good snow and are open for the season.  Looks like we will not be having a drought this year.  Autumn has shown her colors and now the trees are barren.  Winter is just around the corner.  Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Americans and Safe Travels to all...
Blessings to each of you around the world and may you take time to enjoy the Magic of the Season... 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sewing and Pocket Letters...

Hello November.  You are beginning the month in a most productive manner.  Thank You.
I thought I was done sewing Dresses for Girls Around the World...until my local ladies invited me to join them.  I have just completed six dresses and here they are shown on the sewing room love seat.  I was able to unpack enough of my sewing supplies and machine in order to sew these.  Now I have renewed zest and will continue to sew.

Yesterday, today and the rest of this week I decided to make a mess on my studio work table which is 4' x 9' and such a joy to work on.  It is high enough that I don't have to lean over and kill my back.  This is also where I do all my sewing fabric cutting.  With the holidays coming all too quickly, I decided I better get busy.  I gathered supplies and got to work...actually this is pleasure for me.

I am creating some Pocket Letters for Christmas mailings.  Due to the cost of postage, I am keeping them very simple. Just a few stickers and some chocolate and a little surprise charm.

I decided to use one of my many 2018 calendars I buy from multiple charity organizations.   This little fox just melts my heart. I will have lots of variety when I am finished.  The post office is already getting busy.  We have November birthdays to celebrate. My Granddaughter Amy and Mr. C's Sister along with some friends.  Happy Birthday to each of you. 
We are getting rain and the Fall leaves are blanketing the ground. Winter is near and I feel the chill in the air.  I shall try my very best to Embrace Winter this it is not my favorite season. 
November Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving to those in our United States of America.  Bliss and JOY...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Goodbye Omaha & October...

Mr. C and I took the Amtrak Train to Omaha Nebraska specifically to see my baby sister and her family.  I had not seen her in almost 25 years.  No photo of our initial hug but I can assure you it was the deepest hug ever!  This is Wendy and her husband Harold.  They live a simple life in a very small town and yet they are happy and surrounded by family.

We had our reunion at the local park.  It was a dreary rainy day but we felt warm with layers of love.

Wendy and I sat together at one table so we could catch up while we were eating.  Wendy raised five Daughters and now has lots of Grandchildren.  They all sat at other tables and visited together.  The little bit of rain and cold didn't stop the kids from playing and running all over.  Everyone but us brought food and it was all very good.  Thank you everyone for driving and gathering and feeding us.

This is Candice, fourth daughter and Auntie to all her nieces and nephews. Here is a photo of a gift Candice made and mailed to me in 1999 right after we moved to Northern California. It is her image right down to the glasses.  Everyone, including Candice, was very surprised I have saved it all these years.  I will save it forever because she made it just for me.

Here is a group photo Mr. C took of all of us.  We kept our visit shorter due to the complete exhaustion from our train trip and no sleep and due to the cold wet weather.  My sister's town doesn't even have a motel so we still had to drive 25 miles to our night of sleep.
I am forever grateful for the wonderful visit and time we shared together.  The next morning we took Wendy and Harold to breakfast at the local diner and we got to visit for another couple hours before it was time for us to hit the road to Arkansas.  That might be the next post.
October has come and is leaving.  Leaves continue to Fall.  We expect rain here and snow in the mountains this weekend. Winter is not far away. Mr. C and I are hunkering in for another Winter here.  No offers and No Buyer.  We are most depressed at our continued living in LIMBO!!!
Happy Halloween and may you receive No Tricks and only TREATS...xo

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Train Trip to Omaha...

Mr. C and I recently took a train trip from Colfax California to Omaha Nebraska.  Just because we could and Mr. C (Wayne) wanted an adventure.  Our SNOW train to Reno in January wasn't enough for him so off we went.  Here is the link to that post 

It was 2 nights so we had a "Roomette".  I think this is a misnomer Amtrak.

This is our Roomette and it is an economy of scale. My elbows touch both sides of our room.  Of course I neglected to take a photo of our bunk beds made up for nighttime. The grey slanted top is the bunk that folds down.  Mr. C had the top and it was very claustrophobic with NO room to even turn over.  There is not to be any sleeping on the train due to the herky jerky motions and the bumpy noisy ride.  We were beyond exhausted when we arrived in Omaha.

What the train is excellent for is the scenery you get to enjoy along the way. This is the Truckee River heading to Reno.  Sitting back and relaxing and watching the miles go by is wonderful.

There were miles and miles of these flattop ranges...somewhere in Utah I believe. We got to sit in the observation car and look out the windows.  We also met lots of interesting folks having their train adventures.  Train travel is not cheap nor is it quick.  Amtrak shares the rail lines that belong to the big boys like Union Pacific and Southern Pacific. Freight trains rule and have priority at all times.  If you travel on Amtrak just be aware that there are no SET schedules...merely "suggested" schedules.  We ran late at all stops.

We followed the Colorado River for 235 miles which is amazing!  My photography through windows and smudges and blotches is not very good but my memories are quite clear.

The Colorado Rockies were spectacular!  We did see Fall colors even though they had not had their necessary cold snap yet so the colors were coming slowly.

Relaxing and enjoying the scenery was pure Bliss!  We just needed sleep.  We arrived in Omaha almost three hours late. There was no one in the building to help us.  There were no taxis to take us to the airport where the only auto rentals are. There was no cell service for Mr. C and therefore no Uber app or way to call them.  I was able to call my sister and family and let them know we are late to the reunion.  No worries...
I will share that adventure next time.
So glad to be home and enjoy our gorgeous Fall colors.  Our house sitter was a gem and took excellent care while we were gone.  Still no offers...
Beautiful days to each of you and I will be visiting y'all very soon.  Grateful Blessings...xo