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Are we ready for October? Well the stores have by passed fall and are getting ready for Christmas.  I’m still in fall mode and trying to get ready for a craft show.

I’ve been sewing in between water polo games, tennis matches, and soccer games that our grandkids have been busy with.

I finished another apron and some dish towels, along with little zipper pouches.

The pattern for the little pouches was taken from a blog, Melly Sews, which said that they only took 15 minutes to sew.  Well I’m not good with written instructions and the very first one I made took me half day.  pink pouch

With persistence I am now down to about 25 minutes. These are great to keep your purse organized.


A Dia de los Muertos pillow for decorating.

dia de los muertos pillow

The apron is a real simple one to sew.

apron dia de los muertos

And last but not least my dishtowel in fall colors.

fall dish towel

Sew you see, I have been very busy.   Having to sew many more things will keep me busy all month long.




Why does time vanish so quickly?

Of course, doctor appointments, dentist appointments, grandkids sports games, and daily chores help time disappear quite fast.

My next craft show will be in May, so I need to start sewing more items.

It’s been lots of fun sewing my Mexican themed pillows.

#2 mexican pillow

Right now I’m working on my Sombrero Sue pillow.  This pillow will also have the red  pom pom trim.

sombrero sue

I’m also working on my little dress dish towels. I love making these because it’s like making  little girls dresses.

Th  pattern piece for the top of the dish towel dress is  lost somewhere in my sewing room, so I had to make my own simple pattern for the bodice.

yellow dishtowel dress

So tomorrow after my doctor’s appointment, I’m hoping there will be time to sew.


This pillow started as a donation for my daughter’s fund raiser. Well, the fund raiser was cancelled, but that’s ok because I can use it at my craft shows.

I made  it with  some Mexican textile fabric that I had in my stash.


As decoration for the front of the pillow I made some felt flowers on my Go Baby accuquilt machine.

go baby flowers

Loving bright colors,  I chose pinks and reds with lime green leaves, and I machine embroidered them onto the fabric.

I added some vintage yellow buttons to the center of the flowers.

Wanting to add some more pizazz to it I added pom pom trim all around the pillow.

It was easy and fun to make except that the textile fabric  did tend to unravel  along the edges as I worked with it.

Mexican pillow


I’ve noticed that decorative pillows for football teams are not very girlie, so I decided to make one that would please the many women fans that root for their teams just as much as the men.


At the moment the Raiders are a big hit in the Central Valley, mainly because of Derek Carr having played for our own Fresno State College.

So, as I keep on sewing for my next craft show, this is what I came up with.  A little ribbon flower and some bling makes me want to hang it I my own home.

A little pillow that women can hang on the door knob, in their bedroom, or on the front door, or anywhere they wish to show their support for their team.

And while I was sewing, I also made a man pillow.

DSCN1157The other side of the pillow has the same fabric, but the placement is reversed.


I’m thinking I might become a raider fan. The last time I was a fan was when Jim Plunkett played for them, wow, such a long time ago.♥♥♥♥


We frequently visit a particular Mexican restaurant whenever hubby craves a bowl of pozole (a Mexican soup) and I usually  will order migas, (pieces of corn tortillas fried with scrambled eggs).

The waitress that serves us has always asked hubby how he’s doing since having his back surgery,  always encouraging him and telling him to be positive.

On our last visit she confided in us that she might have cancer in her lung. The doctors have found a suspicious spot on her lung. This is her second time facing this disease. This young woman has been depressed and worried.

We told her not to succumb to negative thoughts and hubby told her that I had gone through a breast cancer lumpectomy and am  now a survivor.

She listened as I told her that to get through the whole experience  I kept thinking about all the young children who have had to suffer through their own cancers living in their tiny little bodies, yet they seem to be brave and willing to fight like little warriors against this ugly sickness, not knowing what the future has in store for them.

When we finished our meal and were ready to leave she came over and gave us both a hug, and I think she felt a little better.

This little pillow will be for her and hope she knows that we are here to support her.♥♥♥♥




If you have signed up for Pinterest, you know that you can spend lots of time on the site, sometimes wasting your free time; unless you’re looking for ideas, then you don’t feel so guilty browsing and browsing.

I found this idea for a heart pillow on Pinterest and decided to try it.  This is a great idea since there is no sewing involved, so anyone can do this.

Using my old newspaper heart pattern, I cut out my fleece heart.

Then I cut  1 1/2 inch long strips along the edges, making sure the front and back are together at all times while you are cutting the strips.

Once the strips are cut, you begin to tie double knots all around the heart leaving a small section untied to stuff the pillow.

If I decide to make another pillow, I’ll cut the strips 2 inches long, making it easier to tie the knots.

Thanks for stopping by!♥♥♥♥


It does take a little patience to tie all the knots.♥




My dear friend’s father passed away recently.  She is so devastated by the loss.

He was her rock, her friend and she always smiled when she talked about him.

Her heart is full of sorrow, the wound so tender.

My words won’t make her feel better, it takes time, a long time to heal.

I wanted to do something for her, and all I could think of, was a heart shaped pillow that she could hug while watching  television, or just placing it in a special place.

I’m calling it a comfort pillow.

The pillow is made of squares sewn together.



Then I cut a heart pattern from newspaper. I used it to cut the heart shape from the squares.


I’m hoping this heart pillow will comfort her in a small way.♥♥♥♥


I love the look of shabby chic décor, but in my home I don’t have anything close to that particular look.

Sewing pillows has become a favorite pastime for me, so I decided to make some that had the shabby chic look.  They are “sew” easy to make.

The ruffles that I put on the pillows have raw edges so that they will fray with use and add more of a shabby appearance.

I’ve also made a few baby quilts with frayed edges.

A trip to the fabric store the other day gave me some more ideas on how to use my fabric.

The love I have for fabric makes me go a little wild when I purchase some, but it’s all used at the end for something.


Now, on to my next project.♥♥♥♥

What’s your favorite decorating style?




My second home is the library. It was such a delight to work in the library and get to handle the new books firsthand.

Recently I checked out Sweet and Simple Patchwork Gifts, which I recommend if you sew or quilt.


It’s a visual treat and has great ideas with good step by step instructions. The ideas are colorful and many are small items that won’t take long to make.

This is the finished pillow.


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I’ve had a friend for 59 years. Yes, it does seem almost unbelievable, but it is a friendship that gives me such a feeling of gratitude and one that I cherish.

This is a picture of my dear friend, Linda and myself from the sixties. Wow, so long ago.

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Linda, has always been the one that makes it a point to get in touch with  me because truthfully, I avoid the telephone as much as possible.

The telephone has never been my friend and I think it stems from being a telephone operator right after high school.

We both grew up in an old part of Fresno, California, known as Armenian Town. It was filled with old homes from the early 1900’s and earlier, most have all been torn down to make way for progress.

One well known past resident of Armenian Town was William Saroyan, the writer. Of  course this was way before our time.

My years in this neighborhood were my happiest.

When Linda’s mother passed away  she gave me some fabric that belonged to her mother.

There was one particular piece that Linda really liked and  asked me if I could make her a pillow or two from the material.  I said yes.

I was able to make three and made each one in a different style.

This became the square pillow.

DSCN3751And this became the round one.


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And I had enough fabric  left over to make a small rectangular pillow.





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