Friday, July 10, 2015

What's Been Going On 7-10-2015

Well, once again I've slacked on my blog....

I have good reason!!! Or should I say, many good reasons!!!

Things are still just crazy busy. Our church life has grown by leaps and bounds, we found a Catholic Church here in Memphis that we really like. We are doing what we need to do to get Jay back in good standing as a Catholic that's been through confirmation and everything. This means we are taking classes on the weekends in order to get remarried in the church... so that the church recognizes our marriage. After that, the kids and I will take catechism classes so that they can be baptized and then the three of us will be confirmed... I think that is what you call it. We are going to a Traditional Latin Mass and doing things the "old" way which means Jay is learning everything all over again... the right way. I'm enjoying it. I find that I actually sleep pretty good at night.... I guess I needed to go back to the faith and teach my kids the faith. Some days I'm ashamed that it has taken me so long, but I honestly had no idea that there was a Traditional Latin Mass, let alone a church that follows the Pre-Vatican II stuff. I feel like we are home.


And we started fostering Maggie Moo again. Her adopter ended up getting ill and as a single woman, could not take care of Maggie Moo. She remembered everything about being here and was happy and excited. She and Ruby were thick as thieves. Ruby was adopted about a month ago and the young lady is in love with her and she's living the life she always should have had! Happy life to Ruby - WOOF! Maggie Moo has had an adjustment getting used to life without Ruby, but we think she has finally found her perfect family which includes kids and two parents and a cat and lots and lots of extended family.  Prayers that this adoption works out and that she is in her new forever home by the end of the month.


In May, we found a dog and fed him for a few days and earned his trust and brought him hope on a hope and a prayer that we'd be able to get the rescue we foster for to take him in. A few good people have donated towards his vetting (shots, neutering, and Heartworms treatment because he was, of course, positive) and SOAR Doggy Rescue took him in. He's a big goof ball and has charmed quite a few people... including us. I can tell he's going to be hard to give up when the perfect family finds him. We are calling him Z-Bo... that is the nickname of one of the Memphis Grizzlies that is a Michigan State University Alumnus... Zach Randolf aka Z-Bo. I love Z-Bo a lot. The HW treatment is tough, he's on crate rest most of the day because he's too hyper otherwise. We are almost done with the first treatment, next week he goes in for the next  2 injections and then it's another 4 weeks or so of crate rest. He's tough and he's keeping his sense of humor through all of it. I love him.... did I already say that? So far he loves all other dogs... especially Charlie and I think he has a crush on Apple, which is funny because she's old and grumpy and always growls at him. She only has an interest in him when he has food.


A day or two before we brought him home, we found another little critter... a kitten stuck in a fence. The vet says he was about 6 weeks... barely eating regular food (and not without having to get the syringe and squirting it in his mouth to get him to eat.) He was in good shape, no fleas, but was developing a respiratory infection... probably due to being hung up on the fence in an all night storm. Of course, there is a reason why we don't foster kittens.... it's because its too hard to give them up. So, Little Loki will be living with us forever. Our cats all love him, so it was kind of an easy decision to make.


 

So, since Z-Bo has been undergoing treatment, I've been slacking in the beading and creative areas. I guess I feel bad that he can't have much fun except for brain games in his crate.

Next time I will update you on the projects.





Saturday, February 07, 2015

Beadwork That I Learned Before Christmas

So here are some pictures of the bead stitches that I learned before the holidays started:



This first picture is Herringbone Stitch, both flat and tubular. It's an interesting stitch and I haven't decided if I like it or not. I do want to try it using Miyuki Delicas to see if I like the way it lays or not, as compared to the round seed beads.  I used a couple of YouTube videos to learn how to do this stitch. Two videos came from Beadaholique and teach Tubular Herringbone as well as Flat Herringbone Stitch and another couple of videos from Jill Wiseman.


This picture is of a chain (it ended up being a necklace) done in Chenille Stitch. I love this stitch and I'm sure I will be making plenty of necklaces in the future.  This video from Potomac Bead Company helped a lot.


And these fun things started with the hollow square and triangle via Sara Spoltore's videos.I need to play with these some more and finish experimenting (see that spiral thing next to the tubes of beads?) The Peyote Triangles were also completed using Sara Spoltore's videos.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A New Year, A Better Effort....

Well, I can't say I'm sad to see 2014 come to an end because I'm not. It was a very productive year, but also a very trying year. Now that the new year is here, I'm making a new effort to make regular contributions to my blog as well as to myself. I really put my crafty things on hold in order to focus on other parts of my life and I miss it. Truth be told, I'm much more balanced when my creative side gets fed. 

So, a brief review of some of the things that took up my time.... The kids joined a homeschool bowling league and are having a fabulous time. They only meet once a week, but of course, there is the inevitable practice time that goes into it. The bowling center is 45 minutes away from where we live, so that eats up an entire afternoon. They continued golf until mid October and look forward to starting again this spring. And my daughter has been learning to drive --- it's been fun and not as hard as I thought it would be... well, my husband is handling it better than I thought he would, LOL. 


We've fostered a few more dogs since Jack found a home. We took about a month off and then jumped in to foster 2 puppies for a real good rescue group called SOAR Doggy Rescue... sisters named Rosemary and Maggie Moo. We fostered them for about 2 months before they were adopted. Then right before Thanksgiving, an acquaintance begged us to take one of his dogs that he had recently rescued from the shelter because he was moving and couldn't take her with him. I hate that excuse, but she is a very loveable dog and deserves a good home, so we took her into our home to privately foster and find her a home. 


So, with the fostering, our home improvement projects are at a crawl again. I hope to have the main bath remodeled, the fireplace surround updated, and the rest of the rooms painted by our 3 year anniversary here. And we need to paint the wood trim outside, as well! It's a never ending list of things to do. 

Oh! And we've started going to church.... back to church for my husband - my kids and I are new to it... growing up my church experience was limited to being baptized and going for the occasional holiday. So far, we are enjoying it and I look forward to learning a lot. We are going old school and attending a traditional Latin Mass in Memphis and us girls are wearing dresses/skirts and veils and the guys are wearing shirts, ties, and jackets... dressing up, but modesty is very important. We are taking it seriously and it's been a breath of fresh air.

I've managed to only get a few beading things done for fun before the holiday frenzy.... I learned (finally!) how to do the Chenille Stitch and the Herringbone Stitch. I've also made a few beadwoven shapes. 

One of the online stores that I listed my stuff at went out of business so I will have to update links and post my things on one of the other sites. And another site has changed things so much that most of my patterns don't show up (limit 10 free listings) and so I either need to pay for a shop or list those somewhere else, as well. 

Look for another update next week!