Monday, December 28, 2009
I recently rediscovered sewing. I can't explain the rush I get when I go to a fabric store. It's almost like a drug. The smell of the fabric, the textures, the patterns and yes the sales! There is just something addicting about finding the perfect fabric for that new pattern (or concept in my head) and actually executing it. The rush of sitting behind the sewing machine and feeling it stitch each little stitch. The knowledge that a little bit of me is going into each piece I create.
I have been on a fleece kick lately. I have been working on lined dresses, longies/pants, mittens and hats. I will post pics soon.
Check out my new blog www.socialcook.blogspot.com
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I started my 'spring cleaning' only to discover I had much more than clutter that needed to go! I didn't realize how much stash I had! Not to mention the boxes of inventory. Needless to say I am starting to understand hubby's grumpy attitude about buying more boutique things.
I decided it is definately time to declutter and destash the shop. To that end I am having a 50% off sale on all instock items and supplies. Headbands, bottlecaps, tulle, tutus, bows, outfits, flip flops etc. I will be adding more as I come across it.
www.littlelovlies.com The sale code is IC50. Keep checking hyena cart for more great deals.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
God has brought me through many trials. All of which were self imposed by neglecting him and choosing my own path instead of the one he has so wisely chosen for me. His way would have been so much easier!
Blessings to all on this glorious day!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Does your life seem to be without hope and direction? Does your butter land with the butter side down? Then you need the comprehensive and compassionate advice of Uncle TM.
Often times it is assumed that the common man is consumed with all the major problems of the world, but in reality the problems that we all have are fairly common when they are examined are quite humorous. Likewise it seems we can make a problem out of just about anything. Consequently, the solution should be equal to the magnitude of the problem.
I love advice columns. Mostly because I can laugh at other people and not feel so silly with my own issues. So this book was right up there with my sense of humor. Uncle Tm's Advice to the Forlorn and Desperate by TM Sharp is hilarious. I was able to snag an interview with him and thought I would share it with you guys.
What inspired this book?
The inspiration actually goes back to my teenage years when I would always turn to the advice columns in the newspaper and read the kinds of questions that Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren answered. While I know they probably published the sanest ones, I could only imagine what crossed their desks. This coupled with my life in business and the almost unbelievable encounters provided me with a bank of “problems”. Finally, I absolutely love to twist words so that they take on a new life and meaning. Maybe I should have considered politics.
Why be and author?
Writing is like taking a trip into another reality. I can become the character that I am writing about and view the world from a completely different perspective.
What is your favorite color?
What or who brings you the greatest joy in your life?
The greatest joy in my life is my faith in Jesus Christ. As a writer you prefer that people do not jump to the last chapter to find out how the story ends but I think that God wants you to know how it all comes together and how you fit into that plan. While I think that answers the what and who, I also have to say that my wife Nikki runs a close second in the greatest joy category. Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth would be my sons, their wives and the grandchildren.
To purchase a copy of this book, learn more about or contact TM Sharp go to his website www.sharpTM.com.
Be on the lookout for his new book "Been There Done That" which is a series of stories about his experience in the real estate business.
Friday, April 17, 2009
It's that time of year again to begin thinking about cookouts and family reunions. This is a family favorite of mine. This is a recipe that my vegan inlaws went nuts over and the kids all loved as well. FYI it is 6pts a serving for weight watchers.
16oz tricolord rotini
2 cans sliced olives
2c grape tomatoes halved
1 English cucumber sliced into quarters
1 small purple onion chopped
1 medium bottle zesty italian salad dressing.
1 can kidney beans drained and rinsed
I put all my veggies together the night before and marinate in the salad dressing. The next morning I cook the pasta al dente and rinse with cold water before adding to the veggie mixture. Keep it refridgerated until ready to serve.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Lately I have been helping my mom clean out her home and garage. At first it was strictly to get her to hush, but then I started realizing how much time I was spending with her. I also noticed how much time my daughter was spending with her. The more I helped her the more I realized how much this time meant to all of us. Which got me to thinking about my grandma who passed in '98.
We found some awesome things from my grandmothers estate while sifting through my mom's stuff. From recipes to baby layets to embroidery pieces she never finished. It was all I could do to not cry looking at her beautiful work and missing her. She taught me all I know. She was the first person to tell me that handmade meant made with love. From my first embroidery stitch at 6 to the final quilt we made when I was 22 I enjoyed her teachings and special time spent with her.
Now my mom is teaching my daughter how to do all the fun stuff my grandmothers get to teach. My daughter can already tell you the difference in homemade cookies, break and bake and store bought cookies. At 2 that's a feat.
Keep all your memories alive in your work. Pass your knowledge to others. Make the handmade pledge to send your love to others.