In My Mailbox….


My mailbox overtfloweth.  Yes, I made up the word overfloweth.

When a box comes unexpectedly we play a guessing game around here….charity quilt tops or fabric.  Lately fabric has been winning out.

Check out this parcel of goodies.


Whenever I get fabric in I always read the note, if there is a note that accompanies the goodies.  There are typically three different ideas that people have when sending fabrics…
1-I am cleaning out my sewing room.  I’m so happy I found someone to take it.
2-I know you like scraps I don’t.  Have mine.
3-You do charity projects and I want to support charity projects.

Whatever reason people sent things I try to honor it.

The goodies in the first photo came from Felecia, Janet, Ann and Christine.  They make charity quilts together and wanted to share their scraps.  This was so sweet ladies and the scraps will be used and loved.  Christine asked if my daughter Kayla is still accepting yarn for charity yarn work….Yes.  She is accepting yarn.  She’s been so busy.  She’s been making lots of purple baby hats lately.  She loves it.

Can you believe I’ve gotten in two other packages too?  Check them out. [Read more...]

Sewing Room Tour


So I had a “turn lemons into lemonade” day on Monday.  The previous week it all started with one of the little ones having a temperature.  From there is turned into a high temperature and from there it turned into Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.  Well it spread.  By Sunday we had two of my families with it and the third and fourth families are out on maternity leave so that left me with an unexpected day off.  I was sad the kiddos were sick but elated for a chance to get the sewing room together.

I started at 8:00 am and worked until 11:30.  Then I went to the chiropractor and did some errands.  I was back to cleaning and organizing by 2:30 pm.  I had called Kalissa to see if she would help me get the television set up.  Over the summer we thought we had been hit by lightening and we thought the television in the kitchen had died because of it.  I went to town and bought a new kitchen television.  We set in up and it wouldn’t work.  After playing around with the cord we realized it was the power strip that had fried, not the television.  The new television was now in place and working and the old one was on the counter.  Hubby ended up plugging in the old one and it worked.  Then we debated.  Take the new one back?  What a pain to package it all when I’ve been wanting a television in the sewing room.  I really don’t watch television but wanted it for the news and to watch Netflix from time to time…so the television went to the sewing room and there it sat.

Part of my mission with cleaning and organizing the sewing room was to get the television working…and we did.

So as you see the first movie I watched was Grease.  It will always be in my top ten of favorite movies.

I snapped some pictures thinking you might want to see the cleaned up version. [Read more...]

Halloween Safety


Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S7 Smart Phone.  This is one of those posts.  If you have a kid or grand kid with a smart phone you might want to check out this parent child agreement on cell phone use.  I think it would be very useful when opening a discussion on phone safety with your children. You can find that here.

Every month U.S. Cellular gives me a topic to write about…this month they asked that I address Halloween and the safety features of a smart phone.  A recent survey from U.S. Cellular found 62 percent of parents actually cite safety as a reason for getting their child their first phone.  I know for us, that’s why we got them for our kids.  Back then the safety we were concerned with is when they first started driving.

Now kids are getting phones much younger.  It’s great to know that devices can double as Halloween hubs to help trick-or-treaters stay safe and give parents peace-of-mind.

As Halloween rolls around there will be plenty of pictures are taken of kids in their costumes so they can be shared with loved ones and on social media channels, but it’s important to have current photos stored and readily available should a problem arise.  In addition to having a current photo of each child in regular clothing, before heading out on Halloween night, also take and store individual shots of children in their costumes.  If they are wearing masks or anything else that covers all or a portion of their faces, make sure to get photos of them with and without the masks on.

 iPhones include a built-in emergency feature located in the lower left hand corner of locked password screens, which allows users to make emergency calls, even when the phone remains locked.  iPhones also give users the opportunity to set up “Medical ID” information allowing friends, first-responders or even concerned bystanders to gain access to potentially life-saving information if needed, right from the emergency screen.  To set up this built-in “Medical ID” feature:
Select the pre-installed Health application
Click on Medical ID in the lower right corner
Make sure the “Show When Locked” option is turned on
Add name, date of birth and information as it relates to medical conditions, allergies and reactions, and medications
Add emergency contacts and personal information that would be useful in case of an emergency.

While this built-in feature isn’t currently available for Androids, there is a helpful alternative. Android users can include their name and emergency contact information on their locked screens by going into their settings, selecting security and then updating owner information.

I love’s like a medical bracelet for your phone.  I am going to be sure to tell Hubby, Craig and Kalissa who are all first responders that this is something they might need to start looking for on phones.


Amid the excitement of trick-or-treating or Halloween parties, it’s easy for kids to lose track of time.  Using the clock feature you can pre-set a series of different alarms on a child’s phone to remind them to periodically check-in and to ensure they don’t cut it too close when it comes to curfew.

 Be aware that certain applications can drain batteries quickly. If users suspect they will be using their phones more than usual, they should consider bringing along a portable charger, like the PureGear® PureJuice Portable Charger.

Image result for PureGear® Pure Juice Portable Charger
External batteries are lightweight and easy to plug into multiple devices via USB microcharging cables, allowing users to recharge a phone’s battery in their pocket, purse or bag.  There are also cell phone cases on the market that automatically charge smartphones without any extra cables, like the Mophie Juice Pack.

Image result for Mophie Juice Pack.

Strolling streets and walkways in the dark can be dangerous, and since superpowers such as night vision are not included with the purchase of superhero costumes, flashlights are needed.  Fortunately today’s smartphones come with built-in flashlights.

Those are just a few things about smart phones that might make your Halloween experience a bit more safe.




A Quilt Finish: The “H” Quilt


Yahoo! I finally have a finished quilt. It has been so long since I’ve had a finished quilt. Seeing it is a sign that my foot is better and better each day allowing me to do more and more. I couldn’t be happier…speaking of HAPPY…how about a look at my finished “H” quilt?


Here it is laying out all flat and nice.


I am so happy it turned out so cute.  I initially didn’t know how it would be in shirts and then without all the extras that the original pattern had.  The pattern is based off of Bonnie Hunter’s “H is for Happy” pattern.  The pattern can be found here.   I made the “H” blocks and then set mine differently.  I ABSOLUTELY loved making this quilt.

When I showed the “in progress” picture a week or so ago several blog readers said that it looks like the quilt says “HI”…can you see it? [Read more...]