Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Crafting Venture, Old Birthday

I missed posting this on the exact day, but I still want to acknowledge a birthday we had at our house. My best little friend, Belle, turned 16 years old last Wednesday. And I will admit, she was long over-due for a bath, so I gave her one, thinking I would get her looking spiffy for a few Birthday candid shots. Turned out, I only managed to make her look like a stray!!

Her hair is still wet and she is not too happy about it.

She doesn't jump on the sofa anymore, she can't hear at all nor see too well. When we have to get her attention, we wave our arms real big. Lord knows what the neighbors think of us!! But she is still a sweet gal. Hard to believe I've had her since she was 6 weeks old.

And I have finally started doing a crafting project that has been on my To Do List for a long time!! I finally picked up some beautiful colors of yarn, got my Mama's old crochet hook, and sat down for a weekend, playing.

Round and round we go

New use for an old basket

Really loving these colors together.

Have you started a new project? If not, it's Springtime, a great time to jump in!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Milestone - 100th Sale in the Shop!!

WOW - I didn't think I would ever get to this point, but I'm so excited! I have finally made my 100th sale at Grace Goods. I know that for some people, this would have happened a l-o-n-g time ago. I mean, the shop has been opened since July 2009!! But I will be honest, I didn't really give it 100%. Being a stay-at-home-mom, everyday chores, and all the moving we have done, I was always able to find an excuse to procrastinate doing it. But this year, I realized that my life was just fly by, and I wasn't participating in it like I wanted to.

So I made a decision that this year, I would really start working towards my dream.

And slowly, I am getting there. Baby steps, I remember reading, are the secrets to achieving any goal. So my next milestone will be my 100th sale - for THIS Year!!

These are the items for the 100th sale. And I would like to give a big shout out to Gretchen of Casa Cupcake for being the lucky person. She is a repeat customer at Grace Goods and we found out that we have some really awesome things in common. Thank You Gretchen. And thanks to each of you who have supported me and offered words of encouragement.

{{ H U G S }}

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Still Missing You

Grace Adell Robinson Nuckolls
November 6, 1913 - March 26, 2007

My Inspiration, My Mentor, My Grandmother

I miss you!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

In Sickness and Test

I am going to blame it all on the weather, the rash of sickness that has swept through our house. Not terrible, off-to-see-the-doctor sick, but just the irksome sniffling, sneezing, runny nose, I'm tired as hell-but-can't-sleep-lying-down kind of sickness that comes with having snow one week and 60 degree weather the next!

And in that context, Hubby and I are taking care of each other. Seems the kids are doing a little better than us old foggies. Which explains why the rest of the house is asleep and I'm awake, drinking a hot cup of Butterscotch Caramel Toffee tea and making a late-night blog post. But if I was needing to go anywhere, I can do so now, LEGALLY!!!

You see, long story short, I let my license expire. And once expired, you have to re-take your drivers examine. The written test AND the road test. Two weeks ago, I started this process. Seems that things still move pretty slow in Alabama. To begin with, no one took the time to notice that my licence was expired. By the time they noticed, it was too late in the day to take the road test. This was on a Thursday. I return on Friday for the road test ( I had been calling the office for about 2 hours with no answer) It was raining that day, so no road test would be performed. I was able to take the written ( had to take it twice, but made a 100 the second go-around). They did make an appointment for me to take the road test for this past Wednesday. And lucky enough, Hubby was off that day and drove me to the facility. After another long wait, I finally was in the car with my instructor. The first thing she asked was for me to put the car in drive, activate the emergency brake and release the foot brake. Background info: We paid $900 for this car. It's a 1998 Chevy Blazer, green. I have nicknamed it Gobi. Supposedly for Gobi, the Green Goblin. Bust after all the trouble it has caused us to get it running properly, it's now Gobi, the Green Gremlin! And wouldn't you know it, that car just keep on going once I released the foot brake!! FAILED!! However, she was really sweet and said we could either see about getting the emergency brake fixed or asking a friend the use of their vehicle. Luckily, Hubby is in the Automobile parts business and just so happens to be good friends with a repair shop around the corner. Off we went, the three of us, Hubby, me and Gracyn. We get tot he shop, they hop underneath the truck, turn a few wrenches and it works. Hop back into the truck and return for the road test. As we pull up to the facility, Gracyn looks out her window and says, "On no, not again!" Life should always be as simple as a Two-year-old sees it!
I passed. Had a few "rolling stops" and didn't get the parking along a curb on a hill, but I passed. So now I am legal. Again. And I was so glad Hubby went with me. Originally, he thought he was going to have to work that day and my neighbor was going to take me. But as luck would have it, he got to take me and we went out for yummy bad-for-your-health burgers and fries at 5 Guys. And is was SO GOOD!

So, even in sickness, and in test, I'm glad he's around! And I didn't tell you the good news yet. He just celebrated a birthday...on February 12 he turned the Big 40! Still a baby as far as I'm concerned. I'm a cradle-robber apparently, by about 3 years. Who really cares, age is just a silly number. You should enjoy each day to it's maximum potential, no matter what your age. But it does help when you have two kids under the age of 10 to keep a sunny outlook on life. I just hope I can always remember to look at things through their eyes.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dear Toothfairy

Dane has finally lost both his top front teeth.

It's so bizarre looking at him now!

And I just loved this note to the tooth fairy.
He pointed out exactly where inside the envelope she might find the missing tooth!
Gosh, ya gotta love kids!

And never one to miss a photo opportunity, here is Gracyn. I was attempting to snap a picture of her lavishing kisses on this pink pony. But as soon as she realized what I was trying to do, she got shy all of a sudden. At least I received a pretty smile!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thrifting Finds

Time to share a few great finds that I happened upon the last few weeks.

I have been bitten by a red bug...meaning I seem to be attracted to anything within the red hue family. So imagine my delight when I saw these two beautiful bags at a little hole-in-the-wall thrift store.

The small bag is actually reversible with a black toile fabric on the inside. It is now my everyday purse. And the large red bag I'm using to carry around either library books or small goodies that need to be mailed. Love the chickens on the cover of the book. And another new decorating item - Magnolias! Think I might be giving a coat of paint to those gold frames though.

Also at same said thrift store, I found this awesome lamp! Still haven't decided if it will be going in the shop or staying home with me. The Mid-century coffee cups are listed in the shop. And the cool fabric...a beautiful ticking-style curtain from Ikea. I've been using it as a backdrop for some of my items in the shop.

And the Best Deal of the Week...this great vintage transferware bowl. Yeah, I know it has a small chip, but that just adds character as far as I'm concerned. Price::::::: $1.20!!!!!!!! Love it! This came from a new shop I've just found. Think I might be going back there REAL soon!!

So, any good deals for you this week? Love to hear about it!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Crazy January Challenge - Day 8 - 15

Here are the final projects for my Crazy January Challenge. Sorry that I don't have all of these started, I will be purchasing the patterns and fabric just as soon as I can. And I thought that being snowed in all week would offer more time to get things done, but seems that when kids and dogs can't go outside on a normal basis, Mamma gets stuck with alleviating the boredom.

Day 9

Need to order pattern and fabric

Day 10

Need to order pattern and fabric

Day 11

American Eagle

Day 12 & 13

Need to order fabrics for these two

Day 14

Not sure which one of these I'm going to do for my best it's still a little up in the air.

Day 15

A very old pattern that I have always adored, just need to purchase the fabric.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Crazy January Challenge - Day 5, 6, 7 & 8

Okay, I'm still running behind with my post. A few of my pieces are alive in spirit, but I am having to slowly get all the appropriate supplies for each piece.

Day 5

Red Tree by Markia Beliori

Day 6

Country Heart Sampler by Need'l Hearts
(waiting to purchase fabric for this piece)

Day 7

Boo Jack by PrimitiveBetty's

Day 8

I am going to work the Angelic Birth Announcement in this one for my grandson (still feels weird to say that!). But again, I'm searching for a copy to purchase and then will need to decide on fabric and will work in the colors that Krystin is using in the baby's room.

That's all I have pictures for now. Not sure if you heard, we got had almost 8 inches of snow dumped on us last night! So, no school, Snow Day!! We stayed outside until little fingers and toes turned red, then it was time to come in and take a warm bath!


Friday, January 7, 2011

We are Grandparents!

Yesterday, January 6, 2011, Charlie's daughter Krystin had a precious baby boy.

John-Camdyn Alexander Martin

7 lbs., 12 ozs. 21 inches long

We are so happy! Charlie is one proud grandpa!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Crazy January Challenge - Day 4

Day 4

Reindeer by Sharon Bennett
Yellow fabric - From my very, very old stash
Using a combination of 300 & another unknown brown color

Also, I would like to mention that I have some cross stitch patterns listed on the shop. If you see anything that you like, I would also be very happy to trade for some other cross stitch patterns that I don't have. I fell out of cross stitch for awhile and have just recently started up, so anything that you have that is a few years old I might be interested in. Some designers I like right now: Blackbird Designs, Birds of a Feather, By the Bay Needleart,Carriage House Samplings, Goode Huswife, Little House Needleworks, Plum Street Samplers, Prairie Schooler.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Crazy January Challenge - Day 2 & 3

Oops, running a little behind.

Day 2

Sampler Winter by Marika Belfiori
14 ct fabric from my stash

Day 3

Christmas Deer by Woolensails.
18 count fabric, hand dyed by me.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Crazy January Challenge - Day 1

Looks like I am going to be one day behind, as I usually blog very early in the morning and stitch afterwards. This was my stitching for yesterday, January 1st.

Birds of a Feather - Bitter Flower Sampler
14 ct fabric from my stash. Distressed by me

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Let's Get This Party Started!

WELCOME 2011!!

Wow, can you believe it? It's 2011!! That sounds so far-fetched. Like we should be flying around in space ships or something. Or having a little robot come bring me my morning coffee. I guess just wishful thinking on that one - HA!

I know some of you make resolutions, and some of you think they are for the birds. What's the difference between a resolution and a goal? I make goals. And I made 10 of them this year. Easy, so I can count them off on my fingers (thank goodness I still have all 10).

Three of thses I will mention today, since I have been anxiously awaiting the New Year to get them rolling!

First, the Crazy January Challenge. I found out about it through Siobhan, at Notes from Blue Hen Hollow. Even though we have never actually 'met' F2F, she has managed to get me into trouble, and I can only imagine the fun we would have if let loose on the town for 24 hours!!

Second, a reading challenge, Winter in the Shade. I honestly don't have plans to complete this, but I would like to see how far I can go. And since hubby got me this for my birthday, I can't wait to start reading on it! But that brings to another smaller goal I made for this year. To try, I mean Really TRY to read from books that I already own, so that I can purge some. Think I might even start selling some, maybe through Amazon?

And, third on the list for today, Grace Goods. I will be putting new items in the shop. Lots of new items. Lots and L-O-T-S of new items, throughout the year. So please stop by the shop and have a look around. My goal is to really get the shop full of wonderful yummy stuff! I'm still discovering my style but I do know that the things I have in the shop are things that I believe would be wonderful in any home. I'm hoping that by really working on inventory this year, I can start to gather items that really speak to me and help establish a central theme for Grace Goods.

Hope you are having a wonderful New Years Day, enjoying yourself and your loved ones.

We're having some bad weather and lightning strikes, so I'm going for now...