Friday, September 30, 2016


                              Hitting the hobby wall

So much has happened in such a short amount of time.  It really knocked me for a loop.  As I sit here now I am trying to remember the last thing I created. I think it was the quilt I made for my granddaughter who is now five months old.
My cancer, which I am glad to say remains in remission.  Followed by my husbands heart attack and by pass surgery and a move I never wanted to take, adds up to a very high wall.
I wish I had a step by step for you if you have also encountered the wall. I don't!!  All I know is keep climbing you will find yourself getting closer to the top.
Today, is a brand new day that is finding my hobby plate filling up. 
Right now, I actually have work in the embroidery machine.  I have a little dress for my granddaughter on the sewing table, so I am hoping that by this evening I will be able to look back at the day and say "well done".  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The letter


 I found a letter from you today. It made me happy, it made me sad. 

I miss you so very much.

Most of all it took away the distance if only for a little while.  I will forever treasure the notes, cards and letters we shared.

Especially now, it is fall that is when we talked the most.  Gardening was done and all the fall fun was about to happen. 
We had time for each other.


As some of you know we are down sizing. Now, downsizing and moving are completely different.  When you move, you pack up your belongings and 'move' them.  When down sizing you pack up your belongings and take them to goodwill!  Down sizing means going through everything one piece at a time, do you want it? need it? Is it for trash day or donate. It has been amazingly hard for me.
So today, still going through things I came across a letter from my sister, who has passed away from brain cancer. For awhile she was back, for awhile I was spending time with her, I could hear her voice through the letter. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wee care gowns

Time to work my way back in to the sewing room and what better way to start off then by making a wee care gown.

 As a member of the Smocking Arts Guild of America, making wee care gowns is our chosen community project.  

Many of these gowns are made for babies that to soon are angels.  while some gowns are used for preemies to make life a little more comfortable.
 Our group the Apple Valley Smockers, try to keep a supply on hand at our local hospital.  Sorry these gowns are needed but thankful we have the talent to bring some comfort to families at this sad time.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Just a quick drop in.  I have started a new blog and want to invite you all to join me in this new adventure.
This is a learning curve for me, which is a good thing.  Need to keep learning and trying.
So please join me at noniesparadis

Could you please let me know you are following?

I would love your thoughts.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I love learning to quilt

When I saw this on my friends facebook page I just had to borrow it.

Last Christmas I was able to give two quilts, this year will probably not be as successful, moving got in the way of the quilting.

  I am not sure where the saying came from,  so I do not know how to give credit.

Hope that brings a smile to your face and many hours of Happy Quilting.

Friday, August 5, 2016

A notion I love

             We love our notions

If you love to sew, you know how much we love our notions.  when we find something new to us and it works better then expected then you know how happy I am.

            This is my almost new quilt and press.
I needed something since beginning to quilt and was not to sure if this would do as expected.

   it is wonderful.  My cutting is so much better when using it.  It also has a real plus

It aids in my smocking.
   I can block my piece using the padded side of the board.

 You can see a little burp in the pleating and by using the board I am able to steam that out.   Spray with starch and steam let dry on the board before starting the smocking process.

I purchased mine mail order from Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I am sure other places also carry it.   You will wonder how you lived without it.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Organizing paper (ugh)

I like things to be organized, I am just not good at getting them that way.

Paper, is a necessary product in my mind. Every time I am on the computer I am hitting the print button and that leads up to a lot of paper.   Sewing tips, decorating tips, recipes all need to be printed off and saved. 
           Or clipped from magazines

          Which adds up to even more paper.

I had followed the File--Don't pile method
and since moving all the papers in the file cabinet, was taken out and  'Piled' in boxes.  So it all had to be dealt with again.

              This is how I feel!

 so here is the cabinet that needs to be dealt with.

             Here is the book that
             will make it happen.

It is a different way of organizing paper. But it works for me.  It is not a leaf through book but offers a guide to a systematic approach  on how to organize paper.
              A good start

Check amazon if you are interested in this book.  some people are born organized, some of us need help. File don't pile