#40 Chain Stitcher Joins the Herd

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This big ole pile-of-red is part of the secret sewing I’ve been doing. I still can’t share with you all the details but it’s now being quilted and is king sized. Currently, the thread tension and breakage while quilting this one is making me crazy. I may have to remove it and start all over with resetting my longarm tension. Ack!

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I can share the quilt I finished before the red one. This one is for the family reunion I’m attending on Sunday.

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I had no issues with quilting this one. I used a simple meander because I needed to finish it quickly.

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The top was finished quite some time ago and was the result of playing with a sampler box of Jinny Beyer prints that were acquired from an estate sale. I still have enough left for a smaller project!

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I purchased this beauty from Goodwill online auctions. They can be hit or miss when it comes to shipping, but this one came from the Indianapolis store and they are pretty good about careful packing. There is slight damage to the very old case but it can be repaired. The needle bar had twisted a bit and a few new scuffs to the cloth plate seem to be the only damage to the machine itself. I don’t know if the needle had already been broken but it is now so I’ve ordered more. They take shorter needles than my other machines. I haven’t tried the motor yet but the wheel turns freely. Once I’ve taken it apart and cleaned it, I’ll use my featherweight cords to try her out. Crossing finger!

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I found this helpful when trying to locate the best deal for new machine needles. If you have problems finding needles for vintage machines, you may be able to use this chart to find them under different identifiers. ISMACS is one of my best VSM friends!


Here’s a cute picture of 3 of my fur babies, coexisting in peace for just a few moments. ha! Sissy (the middle one) is the peace keeper and all the dogs love her. Fuzzy (on the left) can be quite mean and Mojo (right) is a sensitive soul <3

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I renewed my driver’s license the other day so I wore contacts. I don’t wear them often anymore because I’m dependent on bifocals! So I stopped and bought some readers and quite like them. Pretty danged fabulous, don’t you think?

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On Monday, I hit the -50 pounds mark. I’ve been walking on air all week! If you’re on Lose It!, friend me 🙂

#39 Weezy’s High School Reunion

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In this episode, I discuss knitting and some sewing in between visits with family and friends. I talked about my high school reunion experience around minute 21:40.

We celebrated the grands birthdays by visiting Cedar Point.

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Autumn and Lizzy were just as excited as I was to be high in the air overlooking the park!

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This was the return trip in the sky at the end of our visit. Hubs and I were tired but happy!

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I took the grands toy shopping and stopped for lunch at Five Guys. Yummy!

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Hubs tipped a few back with me at the reunion. This man is truly my hero and best friend.

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Shelly and I have been friends since were we very young. She loves vintage machines almost as much as I do.

I also got to reconnect with a very sweet lady who does this radio show. Thank you Claudia, without you, I’m sure I wouldn’t have stayed and had such a good time!

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I did some knitting on the return trip from Indiana. Just one more sleeve to go before I cut the steek stitches!

I finally found the other knitting patterns I bought long ago and now have the skills to try. They are both White Lies Designs and I may be in trouble. There are a bunch of gorgeous designs I may need to own! The two I have are Filigree Lace and Heirloom Lace Jacket.


Since Baby can’t have regular treats, I did some research on substitutes for her. I found this suggested recipe in the comment section of the product page.

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The treats I made use both dry and soft food. Baby eats low fat ID only. I ground 2 cups of dry food in the food processor until it was mostly powder. I took a few tablespoons out to “flour” the board I will be using to roll out the dough.

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Next add one can of soft food and blend until mixed well. It will be soft and clumpy.

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Scoop it out and roll it to about a half an inch thick. I use a smooth glass as a rolling pin and work with a hand full at a time. I have a set of dog bone cookie cutters but you could cut the pieces with a butter knife to the size you want.

If your dogs are around like mine, they will be at your feet and begging to lick the spoon!

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Place the bones on a cookie sheet using a liner or parchment paper. You don’t want the bottom to stick or burn. Place the sheet in the oven at 300 degrees for half an hour (don’t preheat). Remove and cool before storing in the fridge. Use the treats within 2 weeks and don’t count them as part of your pets nutrition. Heat changes the protein properties.

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The leftover raw food can be shaped into balls and used as pill pockets! What I should’ve done and didn’t, use something like a straw to create a hole for the pill to go into because once refrigerated, the treats become solid and will crumble easily if you try to stick a pill inside.

#37 Rubber Chicken Juggler

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned sharing the matching wallet I made for my new purse.

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I’ve used it for a few weeks now and I’m quite pleased with it.

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I think it may be a bit big for everyday use, but my new phone fits in it well. If I need to, I can grab all my essentials in this one wallet.

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I have had many request to make one for someone, but have politely declined!

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The Good, the Bad and the Gorgeous

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First for the bad. Yesterday morning, as I was letting the puppies out in the back yard for potty breaks, I heard sirens. They sounded close but I really thought they were down the road and around the corner out of sight. I couldn’t see across the street where they were. I do remember chills down my spine and a very uneasy feeling. As the puppies came in, my thoughts turned to other things.

Later in the early afternoon, hubs came into the cave and asked if I knew what our neighbor’s daughter was talking about on Facebook. It seems her mother had passed away.

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I love this picture of Brenda. It almost captures her beauty, her sense of humor and her friendly and radiant style. She was just a little over a year older than me and we shared a love of sitting around a bonfire, drinking wine and laughing. She was one of the first friends we made in our neighborhood. I still can’t believe she’s gone.

She had knee surgery last Wednesday and her family says she hadn’t felt well the past few days. An autopsy is pending because they aren’t sure why she died. I’m just speechless.

Now, the good stuff.

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“Keeping the Faith” finished!

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Its prettier than I thought it would be. I think I have to keep it!

OK folks, this is what happens when you lose weight and your under wired bra doesn’t fit anymore. And you go bowling.

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At first, I didn’t know how this happened. It was much worse than this photo shows. But then, the next day at work, I figured it out when my already sore arm got poked some more. Good thing I kept my “skinny to fat” clothes. I have a size for each stage but this time I’ll be getting rid of the clothes as I shrink. Great incentive to work at maintaining loss!

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Because the hubs had let the grass get long, we found these. There were 5 but only 3 made it to this picture. Sadly, Baby found them a few days ago and shook one before my son knew what had happened.  We thought it would be ok, but hubs removed it from the nest this morning. The final 2 are snuggling to each other with opened eyes and ears almost fully erect. I’m sure they’ll leave the nest this week. I read they leave around 3 weeks which is very surprising to me. They are about the size of a fat chipmunk right now! I may regret them once the garden is in but I need to fence it in anyway.

last night, we went out to celebrate our 11th anniversary. (May 1st)

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We had a great time with my work mates, Steve and Becky…

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Daughter and son in law Colleen and Jesse…

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And our bestie neighbors Cheri and Butch!

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I broke my diet for the night and enjoyed a degree of enebriation.

The answer to the question I asked was 2 pounds. What was my question? How much weight can one person gain in just one bad night of eating. Haha!

Finally, the gorgeous

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I made myself a new bag. I used my favorite pattern but made it wider.  I also made a matching wallet but you’ll have to wait to see it!

 I’ve been saving this fabric for some special project. I almost bypassed it, saving it again in a stash where I don’t get to see it much and enjoy it. Especially with what happened to my friend Brenda this week, I am reminded that today is a special occasion. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Every day should be cherished. Even at work 😉