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Halloween Orders are flying out of here! 08/27/2013


Today, I made two overalls for Halloween.  Two little brothers going on a cruise wanted the blue minion overalls from Despicable Me. Mom didn’t need the mask or head gear and already has the yellow shirt, etc.

They will ship out tomorrow morning!

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Now, it isn’t quite September 1st yet, but if you have something in mind do not think it is too early to order.  Don’t be the one wishing you had ordered earlier….we might need to allow for shipping of the fabric, then the creating time, then shipping to you and there may be others ahead of you…

 

What do you, or your kids or your family want to be for Halloween?

I am going as a tired gramma with pin pricks in my fingertips.  HaHaHa!!!!!

Have a wonderful week everyone. I’ll be waiting to hear from you.

Oh, did you forget to look for the ‘x’ in my shop?  Check the previous post and then go look for it….It is an easy $10, after all.

~Louise

 

Where Did The Summer Go? 09/01/2012


Wow, it has been a crazy and busy summer!!!! I spent a little insomnia time catching up on blog reading, answering emails, etc. this morning and was very inspired as most of the blogs I read were updates on what has been keeping the authors away…Well, for some it was work and others it was summer time fun.

For me, it has been both!!!

It started with a violin concert for one of my granddaughters.

 

 

Then there was a 5th grade crossing over (into middle school) ceremony for a grandson…Sorry, I forgot to bring my camera. REALLY??? Oh, sometime getting old really is maddening.

Then onto a preschool graduation, for the youngest grandchild!!!!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, there was kindergarten graduation, for the youngest granddaughter!!!

Then, we went on vacation at Newfound Lake lake house at end of July.  Perfect week, with great friends, great weather and so much fun and relaxation!  Just what the doctor ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, there was another vacation in the middle of August.  This one was spent with the youngest two grandmiracles.  We did a picnic at a local lake, and some shopping and some fun stuff, and that week ended with a huge family reunion at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine.  Later in the week, dinner out with the hubby to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I wrapped up August by hosting a baby shower for my niece.

HaHaHa, while editing before posting this, I just noticed one of my granddaughters sitting/hiding on the sofa…wants no part of being in a pic…LOL!!!!

Of course, in between all this fun stuff there were orders to be completed, deadlines to meet, and life as usual!! A couple of memory quilts as well as nursery bedding can be seen on my Studio  Page.

Today is September 1.  Unbelievable!!!! This is National Sewing Month!  It is also when all the kids start school again. Allow extra time for the school bus delays on the roads, drive safely!

This morning, I have a panic-stricken bride coming over to have her dress fitted for alterations, as the seamstress she had left it with called her Thursday to let her know that she will not be able to do the alterations.  Her wedding is October 5! I am sure she will be in a better state of mind when she leaves.

For this month, I have a list of birthday and Christmas gifts to get moving on, as well as a project for my bedroom that I haven’t been able to get to,  so hopefully, this is the month for the bedroom.

In addition, I Halloween costume orders are coming in!!!!

So, now you have my update!!!! How was your summer?  What’s next for you?

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Only 117 days till I leave on a jet plane headed to Maui for 10 luxurious days to have my long overdue (33 years) honeymoon!!! Can’t wait!

~Louise

How Much Snow Did You Get For Halloween??????


So, it is October 30, 2011 and I went to bed last night with snow falling!!! Woke up this morning, with 14” + of heavy, wet snow, which if it had been dry would have probably been three feet or more!!! What is this??? I know I live in New England, but REALLY????????

The trick or treaters will be going out with snow suits and boots under their costumes…THAT is just wrong!!!

First, I don’t like the snow, except to look at, now that I am old!!!! Secondly, my husband is in bed with a back injury from Thursday and cannot go out there to do what he usually does…so I just got in from cleaning off the truck, and some shoveling.  Waiting, now, for the plow to show up to clean the drive and parking areas……The weeds are not even dead yet!!! The leaves are still on the trees!!!!  I think the snow fairies’ GPS got shorted out and needs to be rebooted!!!

Power, cable, internet and phone went out around 2 a.m., and we are very lucky to have it all back as neighboring towns are still without and in the state there are over 300,000 without so it will be days before everyone is back to normal!!!!

Since there is nothing we can do about weather, we take it and make the best of it, but it doesn’t mean we have to like it!!!! All of us, (me and neighbors), all doing the same thing this morning, and laughing as we wished each other a ‘Happy Halloween!’  LOL!!!!

What else can you do, right?  It is supposed to be warm (in the high 40s during the day and low 30s at night) all week so it will all melt away, but no one was ready for this!!!

Wherever you are, I hope you are warm, dry, safe and enjoying your day!

Happy Halloween, everyone!!!!!

~Louise

 

The Countdown Begins!!!!


Good morning!!! 

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As I sit here with my calendar, notepad and pen, I am making a list of Christmas gifts done, still to finish and those I need to buy.  Many of my gifts, this year, are hand-made…such as, cell phone, i-Pod, digital camera cases which can also be used for a few make up items, as well as a sewing kit that fits nicely in your purse.  Spa wraps for all the kids, moms and dads!!!  Everyone loves them, they are quick and will all be personalized….a couple of twin size quilts, a couple of fleece jackets, some little dresses, little boy corduroy pants, tween throws for their beds, Americana home decor for one daughter, home decor personalized throw pillows for some beds.  In addition, satin pillow cases (personalized, of course) for the granddaughters and flannel ones for the boys.  It amazes me how happy children get when they have their own pillow case….there are a few friends who are having babies, so flannel burp cloths and wipes, baby bibprons, crib quilts, and more.  Some sewing friends are getting sewing machine covers, some other friends are getting aprons and coffee cozies.  One grandson is getting ‘dress up’ clothes, (fireman jacket, chef hat and apron, scrubs, cowboy outfit, and batman cape and mask). There will not be much to purchase and when I do go shopping it will be with a list and I am self-disciplined enough to get just what is on my list.  This will be the most economic and just as happy Christmas ever. More love is going into picking just the right thing to make for each person and the creation of each piece, than for any gift I could pick off a shelf, for sure.

So, that list is just about complete and many of the gifts are already made. 

My problem with the calendar is Halloween.  Only four days away and I had no idea what to give the critters and creatures that come ringing the bell, until yesterday.  I hate giving candy because it just isn’t fun any more, with it all having to be inspected, and then rationed by the parents, etc. Fruit will be thrown away, as it is suspect. So, finally, I decided to make little cases with handles that hold 6 crayons and a little notepad for taking in the car and scribbling and doodling while they ride, and for the bigger kids same version but a little bigger to hold two highlighters and a pen and pencil with a notebook, and no handles, for the tweens and older, cell phone cases.  Not sure how it will go over, but am giving it a try….From past experience we have approx 30 kids of all sizes that show up here, so I will make 15 of each and if there are left overs, the grandkids can take them to school and share with their friends.  On my shopping list today…highlighters, pens, pencils, crayons and two different size notebooks.

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Next on the calendar will be Thanksgiving, which will happen here, with kids and grandkids.  It will be buffet style since the empty nest made us realize we could downsize….although the family keeps getting bigger. 🙂  Buffet seems to work best anyway as we are a more casual type family and a sit down was always interrupted somehow…..we will enjoy lots of food, fun, the parade and football.  It starts here with breakfast buffet, goes to  veggie and cracker and cheese trays, chips and dips, etc. and then dinner followed by dessert and everyone will leave with their ‘care package’ of their favorite left overs.  It will be a wonderful day to count our blessings with our blessings.

THEN, the decorating and wrapping and music and happiness of Christmas! THIS is my favorite of all holidays.  Baking, sewing, and visiting and entertaining!!!  Oh, what a happy time of year!

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Finally, will come the New Year’s Eve sleepover at namma and pop pop’s house.  Grandmiracles come here, they get to dress their own personal size pizza with their favorite toppings and have soda or juice or milk and then for a dessert their favorite ice cream with their favorite toppings and then the older ones usually can stay up to watch the ball dropwhile playing games and the others go fast asleep.  This is a night out for the parents and a supervised break from all the rules for the kids and a real treat for us (the grandparents). 

The next day, the countdown begins again!!!! 

Are you all organized and ready for the next couple months of celebration and gift giving?  The more organized you are the less chaos you have to deal with and the happier you will be!!!!!

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Happy Halloween to you all….Be safe, have fun and watch out for children in the streets in dark costumes!!!!

~Louise

What Will You Dress As For Halloween?


Oh, My!!!! We are one week away!!!!  Where does the time go?  The older I get the faster it seems to fly!

I am finishing costumes and costume alterations for family, friends and neighbors.  I need to figure a way to let these people know they need to plan ahead…..

They call, knock, send emails and want these extravagant, one-of-a-kind, fun, costumes that are so much fun to make but they don’t tell or ask about it until two weeks before Halloween and since I love a challenge I mostly always say I can manage to get it done in time and I do, but they don’t realize I don’t have a studio stocked like a local or on line fabric store, so sometime it means going shopping, locally, or online.  If I shop locally it is fingers crossed because all I have here is a tiny little JoAnns or a Hobby Lobby.  Now, my best bet to find whatever I need or a good substitute is Hobby Lobby but even then, the possibility of having to order online always exists.  If that happens it will be a week before I see the order and can begin the creation.  This year, we all got lucky and every last minute request was possible so I am just in the midst of finishing up and needing to do one or two more fittings and they can take them home. 

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Fortunately, none of these last minute requests have done what usually happens…..calls, emails, knocks on the door with this request…..’I know you said it would be done for Halloween, but any chance I can get it a week sooner, I was just invited to a Halloween party over the weekend….’  HELLO!!!!  🙂   I try to make those requests happen, but talk about stress.  By the time Halloween comes I don’t need a wig to dress up, my hair is already standing on end!!!! LOL!!!!  

Somehow, I have been super lucky in always managing to fulfill last minute requests, as well as the ‘can I get it sooner?’ requests.  I dread the day I may have to say ‘I can’t’ and because of this I just wish they would plan their costume for next year right now, and order it now!!!!  Well, a woman can dream, right? LOL!!!!

In spite of the rushing and trying to get the perfect trim and/or accessories, fabric, bling, blood, or goop, it is fun and I so enjoy, especially, the toddler costumes…They are the BEST!!!!!  Just love seeing the little ones all dressed up.

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This year, I will be dressed like the mom, grandmother, friend and neighbor seamstress….with my glasses and scissors and needle and thread in hand…Why?  Well, because I haven’t had time to think of or make anything for myself.  Have you ever heard of the cobbler whose children had holes in their shoes? LOL!!!!!

I hope whether you are going out with your little ones, or to a party for yourselves, or staying home and enjoying the doorknockers that you all have a happy and safe Halloween.  Be careful driving!!!!!!  This is one night where everything children have learned about crossing safely is hard for them to remember as that house across the street with all the things on the lawn and lights everywhere is very inviting and they just can’t wait to run over there…..

What are you dressing as for Halloween this year?  Or are you?

Happy Halloween, everyone!!!!

~Louise

How Did You Spend Your Evening???


Good evening;

Well, this morning I got an email from one granddaughter while she was bus riding to school.  Could I make her a costume for halloween.  Well, of course, I can.  So that is my project for tomorrow.

On my way to sew up a storm in my studio this morning, my daughter calls and wants to know if I can make a baby blanket for a shower in two weeks.  Well, of course, I can.  So that is my project for this coming weekend.

Just before dinner, my other daughter calls and wants to know if I can make a purple princess hat for my 5 y.o. granddaughter.  Well, of course, I can….so that one got done tonite.  LOL!!!!!

I just love saying, ‘Well, of course, I can….’ and I think they love it too!!!!! 🙂

Here is the princess hat.

Enjoy your evening…….

~Louise