What is THIS all about?

Thanks for coming to my Blog! I am a Daughter of a King, Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother of five, MomInLaw of two, and Gram of three. Designing and creating feeds something inside of me! This blog will be sharing about my faith, my family, my life, my creations and collections. I am on a journey to learn balance and will be sharing about that as well. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Project Progressions!!!

I have made progress on my purse I told you about!


wasn't sure what I was going to do in that center empty area, and then I saw something on the blog
 gentlework ~ By Christine Kelly
She makes beautiful very rustic natural vintage style art pieces that are embroidered. And when I saw her bird on a limb, I knew I wanted to do something like that in here. 



I still have more to do. I fuss too much about how to embellish what, and this was different than what I had in my head before I saw her bird project. She embroiders lots of birds and beautiful things. Here is a picture of her bird.


Isn't her work just gorgeous??? Mine won't have the same look or feel to it, I did mine differently and she is so much more accomplished at this than I am. You should go look at her amazing blog.



Here is a close up of my bird and some of the items I will use to embellish, when I get to finishing it! I wanted to make it soon after I arrived in Germany since I need a bit larger purse to carry a bit more in while I am here. But it has taken me longer to get it finished because...

Look who arrived!!! Isn't she gorgeous??? She is so sweet and lovely... Like her Mom and her sisters! 


Grandgirl*3 arrived last Sunday, and that is why I not embellishing! I am holding the baby, 


Playing with her sisters,


And trying help out around the house and yard so SonInLaw*2 doesn't have to do everything. Grandgirl*1 has been a great help, holding the baby in her lap when the baby is sleeping and other things are calling for the attention of the adults, like naps for Mom and Dad and dishes for Mimi. She will be a great help to her Mom when she is not at school.


I don't post pictures of myself much on here, but this is a favorite assignment of mine just now.... We love and adore these three grands!! I miss them since they live so far away, but we are lucky enough this year to be able to see each other a few times. My stay is about half over! The baby dress is the highest priority on the sewing list right now, besides getting better sleep so I can better help! 


But when I use my new purse, I will always think of my visit here when our "little bird" joined the family! 

will show you the purse when it is completely finished! Have a great day! Hug and kiss those you love when you have the chance! 

Hugs to you, friends!
Betsy

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mending and Finishing and Beginning!

Hello, my sweet bloggy friends! 
I have not posted regularly for so long, I seem to be finding some motivation somewhere, however, and I am completing projects and working on new ones. 


Here is a sweet pink sweater my wonderful MomInLaw knitted for Daughter*1's first baby girl, five years ago. This pattern is one my own Mother found and gave to me for my MomInLaw to make for our girls. My mother crocheted but she did not knit and she knew we would love this pattern. We have! My MomInLaw made quite a few of these in different sizes for our girls as they grew. And now our daughter has some to use for her girls in addition to the one her Grandma made specifically for her as a child. 


As you see, this sweater zips up the back and has a cute little hood on it, we call it a "Smurf hood", since it comes to a cute little point in the back. This sweater can't be removed by toddlers, that makes it a favorite for me! The button front sweaters always seem to be removed even when it's a bit chilly outside. You put this one in the child and pull the zipper down the back and they are cozy and secure!


The original zipper broke and so I replaced it for my daughter to be able to use with her other baby girls. I planned to baste the  zipper in by hand and then secure it on the sewing machine. Sometimes it ends up smooshing the yarn and looking funny, so I just stitched it very well by hand, and I really like the end result. This zipper is the only one I could find at the local fabric store near our daughter's home. It's a little darker than the pink in the sweater, but it will do. 


And here, on the right, is another unfinished project I am working on. It is the same sweater, but in a different size. This one is the size for 1 to 2 year old. I finished this knitting a few years ago, but I didn't get the zipper in! I had hoped to get it finished for Grandgirl*2, but she is already too big for it. You know how I procrastinate!!! Bummer... But live and learn, Betsy... Live and LEARN!!!

My MomInLaw's knitting is so beautiful! She does such an amazing job, you wouldn't know it wasn't made by machine. I hope to be able to knit that well someday, I guess I will have to knit more to get my stitches so evenly knitted.

My knitting, as you see in the sweater on the right and below, is nothing like my MomInLaw's knitting...


This is what it looks like mostly finished but before the zipper is sewn in. 
I have since sewn the strings of yarn back into the body of the sweater, and the zipper is pinned in and all ready to be sewn. If you have been following my blog for awhile you might recognize the pillow shams and comforter in these pictures... I am back in Germany at Daughter*1's house!
And here is another picture that will tell you why I am here again so soon after our trip here last Christmas.


This is the yoke for a baby blessing dress... A project I really need to finish... SOON! Because we are expecting Grandgirl*3's arrival any time now! I am watching the other Grandgirls and their parents are at the hospital! We will see how long it is before she makes her debut!!! We are so excited! I will let you know how the dress turns out and show you the beauty when she comes home. 


Since I have been here a week, I have also been working on another Crazy Quilt Purse that is a little larger than the purse Pat Winter made for me. It will be nice to be able to hold a few more items in this purse. I can keep the keys and a small wallet as well as change and my phone inside this one. Which will be nice if I have to drive somewhere in Germany!
I already got to drive their minivan the other day. I feel pretty confident. They drive on the same side of the road as we do in the U.S., but I don't understand the German signs!! That is why I need my phone in there as well! I will be here another three weeks, and am anticipating so much more fun! I will post pictures of the purse as the process continues!
Hugs!!!
Thanks for coming by! I love your comments!
Betsy

Friday, May 15, 2015

Some Organization Fun!

A few months ago I was able to get some organization and cleaning done.

My kitchen was clean and ready for a party! Yay for parties! They motivate me to get things done!

The living room even had the picnic table in it for extra seating! 

The dining room table wouldn't be able to hold all our guests. We have seating for 8, but we invited all the family that lives locally and that is a FEW more than 8! (I even got my curtains finished and up!)

My sweet SonInLaw*1 asked if he could help out with anything... ;)... You might think that after 10 years he would know better than to ask that! But he keeps asking and helping me! He is 6'7" tall and 
I appreciate his help so much!
He hung my plate rack I have had for a few months. I needed more places to store dishes, so why not above the dish cabinet! 

Guess what kind of party we had??? 
A baby shower for a sweet great nephew of my MomInLaw's! Hubby's Cousin's Daughter and her hubby live in our area. And we are the only family of her Father for 350 miles, so they are included in Family get togethers. 

This get together was in honor of their expected new baby boy! So the entry table had a few vintage mementoes placed on it. The white fabric baby boy shoe was our Son's shoe 23 years ago. Not quite vintage...

I love my handmade mohair bunny! I purchased him a few years ago from a friend who makes these from vintage coats. I love his comfortable pose!

This is what the kitchen looked like before we were ready for the party...


Frosting....mess


Brownie cupcakes...mess


Cake decorating accessories...MESS!!!


FUN MESS!!!! We were trying to make a soft blue and soft green look, but feeling a bit lazy we used purchased Wilton Frosting in the tubes.... It is NOT the same consistency as our homemade frosting is. We added white to the colors and they got lighter, but also more limp. So the perky little booties my MomInLaw usually makes looked more like the slouch sox Dr. Suess put on Thing 1 and Thing 2 in "the Cat in the Hat"! That should have been our theme! So, I just went with it and made crazy frosting on the brownies! So much for a vintage pastel look!!! And they were more like our Seattle Seahawks colors!!! But we had a great time at the party, even though I forgot to take pictures with our guests in them! 
And this sweet handsome boy made his entrance into the world a few weeks later, weighing 7 pounds 14 ounces, 19 1/2 inches long! Welcome to the family sweet cousin/nephew!!! 
Hugs and baby love to all my blogging friends! 
Betsy