Friday, July 25, 2014

Emmalee and Danika Lee

Emmalee is Danika Lee's preteen aunt, and since I hadn't made Emmalee a quilt, I decided to do it now.  Hope she isn't a non busy and monocromatic lover. 

Emmalee's flannel pieced and again, busy, back.

And the label, of course.

Since the quilt I made for Danika Lee is going to be from her great-grandparents, I made a small baby afghan.   It's about 31 x 45.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Danika Lee's Baby Quilt

My niece's daughter is having a baby, and she asked me to make her a baby quilt.  I was going to anyway, lol.  She likes purple, not pink.

I like scrappy backs, I just hope they don't hate them.  Her mom is into country, hope a little rubbed off on her (the new momma).

It's going to be from the great-grandparents, I'm donating the labor.   I left empty space on the bottom, so they can write in the particulars, length weight, birthdate.  My niece also has a pre-teen, and since I never made her a quilt I'm working on one, and in my spare time (between Dr. appt's) I'm crocheting a little baby blanket.  I think that will do nicely for this branch of the family.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tote Bag Boo-boo

I've made 100 of these, so how could I have made one and not realized until I finished that I forgot to add the pockets that I had prepared.  So, I can't do a bag with no pockets, so I made another and almost forgot again. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

More Small Totes

Two more little girls coming for Memorial Day, so needed two more little totes.  Had a sleepless night so why not sew. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

More Tote Bags and International Magnets

We are having family pictures on Memorial Day, and so I made tote bags for my great-granddaughter from Palm Bay, and my great-granddaughter from Germany.  They both like Minnie.  I made them a little bigger than I had thought they'd turn out, but they are still relatively small, hopefully not too big for a 3 year old, and a 4 year old. 

The side of my refrigerator, and magnets from my grandson and granddaughter-in-laws year in California and their time in Germany.  They gave me the little working cookoo clock last visit, and the bear (if you pull the bottom string, he dances), the bottom magnet, and the Paris magnet this trip.  I'm a refrigerator magnet lover. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Misc. Pictures

Top picture, my nieces family with their quilts.  Second picture, at least for awhile the kids were so pleased they made their beds, and third picture, two of my great-grandbabies.

Seminole Quilt

The Seminole Quilt for my nephew, half of it, not sewn together yet. 

It's a top now, and the binding is done, but company coming from Germany for a month, so may not get back to it until after that.   It's ok though, we live in Florida, and I don't think he'll be needing it.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

New Project and Family Picture

I've done the Florida Gators, and helped with the Georgia Bulldogs.  Guess it's time for Florida State Seminoles.
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My handsome grandson and his mini me baby daughter.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A New Great-Grandbaby

Aurora, a wee bit of joy after the sadness.  She was born the 29th, she's healthy and beautiful.  Mommy is doing well, too.  Sorry, it's a blurry cell phone picture,
A little better picture, the next day.  Aurora, and her four year old cousin, Dominic.

Two of the three Gator bags made for my daughter, me, and a nurse at the Shand's Hospital pain management department, where my husband is a patient.

Some mindless crochet, which was what I needed.  It's about 80 by 50, and if my husband likes it, will be for him.

I bought 5 skeins of yarn, but both ends are using up pieces of yarn.  Now, I'm out of yarn except for some old scratchy yarn that I bought years ago.  This was made from "I love this yarn" from Hobby Lobby. Very soft, squishy stuff.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sad Time

Hard time.  My brother, Vincent Howland, passed away April 7th, and lost his fight with cancer.   He never complained and tried not to be a bother, we are a stoical bunch, and it's our way.  We had someone with him all the time, and his local hospice, and he passed away in his own home, hopefully aware that he was surrounded with love.  His daughter and son were there, I had gone home the day before and was driving back ready to stay as long as necessary (he lived about  240 miles from me).   I got back about 10 minutes after he passed.
His life had good times and bad times.  He was married twice, to best friends, difficult, but each marriage produced a child, and he loved them dearly and was a single dad each time.  My parents were here to help a lot with his daughter, but he was pretty much on his own with his son.  Both mothers have also passed, and I hope that his children feel the love of our family, and the other sides of their families as well.  My niece is an established mother of 8, but his son is just graduating high school this year.
He was a U.S. Marine, and served in Vietnam.  He was a proud veteran.  After the marines he became an electrician and traveled a good bit at times, taking his crews to work on various jobs.  He liked the commercial jobs, didn't do much residential, although he was always quick to do a little job for family or friends.  The past few years he loved collecting tools and doing woodworking. He would take the ugliest old piece of raw wood and make something beautiful.  I have 3 of his tables and to me, they are works of art.
He believed in God, but wasn't affiliated with any religion, and he is being cremated, but Sunday we are having a memorial gathering and dinner at his home.   He will again be surrounded with love.  It is also his sons eighteenth birthday, and we will celebrate that as well with a cake in his honor.  I hope that even though the occasion is sad that he will know that he isn't alone in the world, we are all there for him.