Monday, December 31, 2012

Ending the Year with Snow

Here in Albuquerque we don't see much snow, but we got a dusting last night. It is very much needed and its Beautiful.

Three of my kids decided to play in it before it is gone. 
My Christmas wreath this year on my front door.
Snow on our front gate.
Christmas went by fast. We spent it up in Taos with family. There was more snow, but no playing. It was visiting with cousins from VA.
There has been sewing done here. Just need to finish hems and put elastic on pants.
Take Care and Happy New Year.

Monday, December 17, 2012


My prayers go out to the families of those who lost their lives on Friday in Newtown.

I work in the school system here in Albq. as a special ed. teachers aid, working with kindergarten and first graders.  I can not imagine what the students and staff members went (and are going) through.

Today at school, the kids were scared. All doors were keep locked to put parents at ease. We tried to keep our regular schedule, but it did not work. The kids needed a lot of TLC.  The kids keep close and kept looking around. If one student was not is sight (bathroom or other pull out) the others would ask about that student. None of the students wanted to go into the hallways (bathroom, pull outs) alone, "just in case". So we staff members did a lot of walking students to the bathrooms, speech, office, OT/PT and nurse.

Kids understand a lot more than we adults think they do. I will continue to keep my babies at school safe, even if that means skipping my breaks and lunch and walking to the bathroom 40 times or more a day. I will hold their little hands when they need me too, I will give them a hug if they ask for one, I will check and double check a room or hall way for strangers if they ask me too. I will do everything to keep my EGR babies safe.  

My heart goes to the students and staff  Sandy Hook Elementary on their first day back to school. It will be a hard one for them and even harder for the parents.

Take Care,


Tuesday, December 11, 2012


At our sewing club luncheon, one of the sewing members gave all of us 1 1/2 yards of this fabric. We are to make something for the kids and see how many different clothing items we come up with. There are 10 of us. It will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.
Like sewing with pieces of donated fabric is not  challenging enough.
 Here  is what I am thinking: two pajama tops one for a girl with ruffles on the bottom with red bottoms and a t-shirt style for a boy with blue bottoms. Yes, I know, I have to go buy the red and blue fabric for the bottom of the pj's, but in my defence I now have to make an outfit every time for a girl and a boy. We have been short on boy clothing items, so I need to increase sewing in that area, and sewing girl clothing is a lot of fun.

I won't get to these till after Christmas (I think).
Gotta go, only 8 more days till winter break. Then 2 weeks off...........
Take care,

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sewing Club news

Here is a message from the head of the sewing club I'm in:
                                  Congratulations to the Sew'n SEW-ers for the 806 items donated                                   to the  Barrett  House Emergency Shelter in 2012.

                                  God Bless each of you for your dedication to our ministry. My plans are                                     to deliver the clothing tomorrow.

                                    Thank you!

                                     Have a blessed Christmas and New Year. Margaret          

I need to count and see how many items I made. Will post the results here.

Take care,


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sewing, Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving

Wow! Where has the month gone.
Here is a jacket and 2 pairs of pants I made for the BH kids. I was making warm clothing to keep the kids warm, but the weather has been in the 60's. Where is winter?  
 I have been so busy I have not done much sewing for the BH kids. I just don't have any creative ideas on what or how to mix pieces of fabric together to make something nice and wearable for the kids. I hope for winter break (in 2 weeks) I can get some rest and sew up a storm.
Wool Jacket (lined) size 6

wool pants size 4

wool pants size 2
I have also been making doll clothing. I wanted to open a Etsy shop before November, but life got in the way. I still plan on opening it after the first of the year. Here are a few starter pieces I have made. 

My only doll quilt.

Here is a picture of Em & Matt for Halloween. It was a very warm night.  I made Matt's top and Em's skirt and arm pieces. Sorry I can't get the picture to rotate.


No, that's not a baby Matt's holding. It's the turkey after its bath. He was patting it dry. This year he made the turkey by him self. He also helped with all the cooking.

Here he is with the 25lb turkey. There were NO leftovers this year. I guess he did a great job.

He did a great job.
Until next time,
Take Care,

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Not much sewing for the BH home

These are the only two items I have sewn for the BH kiddos. I really need to get busy.
  We got an e-mail that the BH home is full. They have so many mothers/kids that are coming with nothing. A few 17 teen year old girls have showed up on their own with nothing but their clothes on their backs.
 size 12 mths
size 12 mths with Velcro on right side shoulder

I have a busy week with my kids and work, but am going to try to put in an hour of sewing time every day. And all rules are out... we can buy our own fabric which will be great.
Take Care,

Balloons over Albuquerque

Here are a some pictures  from the Balloon Fiest this year. More to come.

Love the clock.
Take Care,

Monday, October 29, 2012

I know.... I am not a quilter

Well here is the quilt I have been working on and finally finished. You all may laugh now. Go ahead, I know you want too.
 I don't claim to be a quilter and don't think I ever will be one. I admire all of you quilters out there.
 This quilt/blanket was made with scraps of snowflake fabric someone donated to sewing club and were headed to the trash. Not enough of anything to make an outfit.
 So I used my snowman embroidery with the snowflake fabric, everything is blue and white. The back is all white with bits of blue where I tied knots to hold it together. 

Matthew said it is warm, so I guess it is going to work out.
Take Care,

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Balloons over Albuquerque

I am still alive, just busy with life. Work is crazy, we only have 5 kids in the class, but they are a hand full. Adjusting to having a Senior in High School and a 6th grader who has a lot of homework every day. Why do teachers do that? It has been a big adjustment.
The Balloon Fiesta came and went here in Albq.
Here are some pictures, I will post more this weekend.  

I have been working on my snowman quilt. If you want to call it that. I have learned that I am NOT a quilter. So when I post the pictures later this week, don't laugh. Oh never mind, you may laugh all you want too. I also have been sewing t-shirts for the kids at the BH shelter in sizes 12 months. That is the size they requested this time. No one has donated any fabric, so the members of the sewing club decided to bend the rules and let us purchase our own fabric. Yea!!!  I need a heavy weight fabric for pants, its getting a bit chilly in the mornings here.
Its late, got to get up early for work. 
Take Care,

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Day off

I have been tired, run down, antsy, jittery, over whelmed, cranky and yucky. So I took the day off and put up  apples. Last weekend DH, Matthew & I went to Taos to get the apples from my father-in-laws apple tree. I got 2 baskets full. The tree did not give many this year, but alot more than the pasted 2 years. I only was able to fry and freeze 1 basket and got 6 quart size baggies of apples ready for apple pies for this winter. This weekend I will do the rest and make & freeze apple sauce.

 Due to my being busy and my yucky feeling, the only sewing I did for the BH kids was this dress. The guilt is bugging me, but I have other thing to take care of. Like my family. I am hoping to sew this weekend.I want/need to sew. The weather is cooling down and the kiddos at BH need pants.

Tomorrow starts the Balloon Fiesta here in Albq. There will be lots of balloons in the sky and a lot of traffic going to work. Will post pictures of all the balloons. 

Take Care,


Friday, September 28, 2012

Some Embroidery

Some  embroidery I have done in the past.

Things have been very busy here that I have not done any sewing. I have been working on "413Twas The Night Before Christmas", that I won from Lori at

I am having so much trouble writing this post that I will sign off and return later.

Take Care,