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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oh, No!! That did NOT happen!!: Examples of My Hand Made Wedding Guest Book Pages

Oh, No!! That did NOT happen!!: Examples of My Hand Made Wedding Guest Book Pages

Examples of My Hand Made Wedding Guest Book Pages

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Finished with the "Five Little Monkeys" Crib Quilt

embroidered squares, fills, and border words.  These embroideries take forever to create, they are so detailed right down to the little stray hairs on the monkeys.
Stitched together with Border Words
Finished Quilt With Striped Binding, There is so much stitching on this quilt, I added a serpentine stitch to the little blue border and it really added a special element to that part of the quilt. 
Back of the Quilt. I LOVE this fabric, it is so fun and colorful!
Back of Quilt with Front Folded Back

This Quilt is soooo Cute, but, I won't be offering it very often and when I do, I will have to increase the price of the finished product.  I forgot how detailed and complicated this little quilt is and the time involved in creating it.  I didn't realize how much was in this quilt until I had a prospective client ask for individual blocks and when I figured out the cost, and I mean just the embroidery cost of each square, it came out to be right at 400.00. and that is at the least expensive rate of 1.00 per 1000 stitches.  That doesn't even include the cost of the fabric, time, etc.   the largest block came out to over 50.00 and the least block was 2.50.  but, added up, it comes out to a lot.  Of course, if you are really into a unique little quilt that will become an heirloom, you may be willing to pay a little more, I don't know.  Anyway, that is the story on this little quilt.  This particular quilt is headed off to Canada Monday.

Wow!! It's been a brutal couple of months!! Thanks to all for your Support!!

It's been a tough and rough go, very emotional.  We have lost two family members, one from each side of the family. First, my sister's husband Larry, they are high school sweethearts and were married for 37 years.  Larry was more of a brother than a brother in law and we were very close. I have known him since I was about 11 years old.  Then, my husband's brother, Gary, he and my husband were very close and he was a witty, funny, amazing person, both were too young to go,  both in the early 50's, with much more life to experience. 

One week after Robert's Brother passed, my husband Robert, got very sick and was in the hospital in the intensive care unit for 21 days.  The doctors didn't give him much of a chance to make it. His organs were failing one by one, and he was losing his fight. Even I didn't realize how close he came to dying until after it was all over with and the Doctors told me that he is truly a miracle and that they never would have believed that he would pull through, much less, have no lingering issues. Every doctor who came in after he was released into a regular room all said the same thing, "Mr, Rutherford, you shouldn't be here, you've been given a second Chance." It was a very frightful time, but, I have to tell  you what happened, it was something incredible and I believe a true miracle.

It had started out like it usually does, with an attack of pancreatitis, which is always a serious and life threatening condition, but, he always pulled through, but this time, he wasn't getting better, he was just stuck, every day, I kept hoping to hear that he was just even a little better, but, Seventeen days into it, he was still on the fifty fifty plain, not getting better, but not getting worse, then, he took the turn for the worse. He had been placed on dialysis while in ICU because his kidneys had completely failed, his pancreas had quit working, his liver was failing, his lungs were filling with fluid, in other words, the doctors told me that his body was shutting down. Robert had been having dialysis every day for a week and I was told that if he survived, he would have to continue dialysis for at least several weeks and probably for the rest of his life.

I was standing by his bedside, He was still on the breathing apparatis but, all of a sudden, he took a loud gasp and wasn't able to breathe, the heart moniter was totally eradic and it looked as his heart was finally going to give out, he started to shake and spasm and I was rushed out of the room, they flattened out the bed, they stripped him down and were just about to apply the paddles, and then everything just stopped, his heart went into a regular rythm and everything calmed down. The doctors and nurses had a look of confusion and amazement on their faces.  I was standing at the doorway, and witnessed this with my own eyes. 

I believe in that moment, the minute that he started to shake and spasm and his heart was going nuts, and I believe this with all my heart, I believe that God himself reached down and grabbed a hold of his soul and pulled him out of his downward spiral.  Every organ that was failing began to function, even his kidneys regained full function, no more dialysis. His liver function returned to normal, he was off the machine that was helping him to breathe, and his pancreatic enzymes returned to normal.  WOW! Thank you God!! The Doctors were even amazed, every doctor that he had, and there were several, commented, that even they couldn't explain what had occurred.  They were amazed that he made it, he was going down so fast, but, after the heart incident, within a couple of days, he was able to get out of intensive care and be sent to a regular room and a couple of days after that, HE WAS HOME!!

Anyone who tells you that God doesn't exist and that prayer doesn't work, I challenge you to tell them this story.  Robert was on several prayer chains, even on prayer chains of people that he and in some cases even I didn't know, just people that knew our exteneded family members and cared enough to pray for him and our families. 

I don't even know all the people that I need to thank, but, Thank You, Thank you all, if it weren't for you sending your prayers for Robert, I beleive that he wouldn't be here today.  I also want to thank both of our families, especially my two sisters, Gay, who even with the loss of her husband was there the entire time to support me, and my little sister Suzy, who came and stayed also.  I also want to thank Robert's Brothers Rick and David, who came and stayed  and supported me also.  We spent many hours together in the waiting room and they made it so  much easier, the conversations, and even the laughter that helped to lighten the load was what enabled me to get through all of this.  Also, Robert's parents, two amazing people, who love their boys and thier families so much,  and it's amazing they are so strong, because they are both in their eighties, and especially after losing one of their precious sons, were still able to support us through all of this. 

What would we do with out our families, they are what keeps us strong in terrible times and without them, we would be hard pressed to be able to carry the weight of many of the things that life has in store for us.  I suppose that's why God gave us the ability to develope these strong bonds and build our families like we are able to do. So, thank you, thank you so much.

Also, I was working with some clients on some products that I was making for them, and I ran late on all of them because of all of this, and they were so understanding and they also supported us during this time.  Thanks Pegi and Valerie and Karen for being so patient.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Been a little occupied

Well, hi everyone, sorry I haven't been posting, but, I have been taking care of my husband.  He has been in the hospital 20 days today and this is our 20th anniversary.  He has been very very sick and was in intensive care for 13 days and according to the docs, should not have survived, but, he did, and I am so thankful.

I have been working on some orders that have been placed and will soon complete 2 books.  I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

My Dearest Larry's Memorial Collage

I am just now posting this, because, I just wanted to share some of my Brother in Law with the world.  Here are his Memorial Collages. He was a truly loved man, He was a husband, father, brother,grandfather and an amazing person.  He is deeply missed and we mourn his passing and celebrate his life.

Also, I made these Mother's Day Collages for my Girls
After creating these collages, I made a black custom mat and framed them in a flat black frame

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Marci's Quilt is finished and in the mail

I have finished Marci's (creator of Children of the Inner Light) Quilt.  I hope she likes it, It is soooo cute. Here are some pics:

Marci designed the little characters on this quilt and it was so cool to talk to her.  I have several of the "Children" items.  I have loved them for years, it is so neat to be able to talk to person who actually created them.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I love fruit trees!!

Check out my little fruit tree, don't remember what they are, I think that we planted a nectarine tree.  Well, no matter, it's loaded, hope they hang in there till they ripen.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hot as Blazes!!

Wouldn't you know it, our air conditioner unit has decided to die upstairs, have had to move my machine and work area down into the living room, well, at least I have a cool place to work.  Probably be working down here for a while. Now I have to keep up with the strings and cuttings on the floor, and oh no, where is my magnetic broom, I am the worst about dropping those pins on the floor!! Watch your feet. Here's my setup.  Hey, what's on TV?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Quilts in the works!!

I'm so excited, I got an email from Marci, creator of "Children of the Inner Light" and she wants me to make her my little crib quilt!! Kewl!!  Also, some time earlier, I got an order for the Wedding quilt!!  AND 2 of my wooden wedding guest albums. Awesome!!  I am having to work a little harder to get these finished, but, that's okay,  Our family has lost 2 family members 2 weeks apart, My sister's husband, Larry, and my husband's brother, Gary.  It has been, words can't describe.  Anyway, suffice to say, that these two brothers are always in our hearts and thoughts and are so very missed.

The orders were all received within one and a half weeks before the tragic losses, so I am in overdrive trying to meet my deadlines.  I CAN DO IT!!

Here are a few pics:

Finished Keepsake Wedding Guest Book For Karen and Alan
Wedding Quilt for client's Daughter in progress
and how cool is this, The creator of these little guys has asked me to make her one of my crib quilts,
I am sooo excited to do this one

Do your research!!

I've been wanting to get the 2nd upgrade for my Brother 4000D, but, it is so expensive, but, I finally decided to take the plunge.  I called my local dealer and they are asking 449.00.  WWWhhhhaaattt!!! That's crazy!!!.  So, I decided to go on the hunt for it.  I found a place called  Yeah!! Even though I think it is still outrageous the amount of money you have to pay for upgrades, this company saved me 120.00. AND!  the shipping was FREE!!  I'm all for that!!!  So, it is on it's way!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Custom made Keepsake Wedding Guest Book

I have finished the Wedding Guest Book for a client and if I do say so myself, This one turned out beautifully. I work very closely with the client and with her ideas and input, we put together a fabulous book.  If you are interested in a really unique keepsake for your wedding, then check out my Etsy shop:

Now, on to the quilts, running short on time, we have had a double loss in our family, my sister's husband, Larry and my husband's brother, Gary.  It has been a great loss to us because we were very close, as a matter of fact, Larry started dating my sister when I was about eleven years old, my sister, Gay Beth and he have been married for 37 years, so he was actually my real brother, and Gary has been my brother in law for 20 years and he was also more of a brother than a brother in law.  They are missed so very much.  They passed away exactly 2 weeks apart, so it's been a rough go, hence, this is why my time is running out, so back to work!! We love you Larry and Gary! Our hearts are broken and we think of you every minute of every day, the joy that you brought to us and the fun times spent together.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wire Wrap Jewelry for my Sister in Law, Darlene

I created these designs for my Sister in Law, Darlene.  My Brother brought back this beautiful blue saphire and some blue lapis from his time in Afghanistan and I told him I would make her some earrings and a pendant.  This is the result.  What do you think?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

OMG!! I've discovered filigree!!

I have discovered filigree and with the help of the internet and a wonderful Book called "Silver Threads",  I have been making some awesome filigree pendants.  Well, two to be exact, but I'll be making more.  What do you think?  A little rough, but still beautiful, I think, I want to add some gemstones and I want to figure out how to add the little silver balls, without melting the thinner wire.  Hmmmm!!  Any suggestions?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Got Wings?

More Dragonfly wings on Etsy.  Here is the link to one set:

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