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Midway, NC, United States
I retired from Bali Bras, Sara Lee Intimates. Married in Oct 1976. I love meeting new people so hope to hear from you. Drop me a line. I've been doing crafts of all kinds since I was a kid. I loved making things and especially things that are recycled. I had never stamped until 2001 when I went to a stamp class while on vacation. We went to a local store to buy the stamps we had used. OUCH. When we got home I saw a Stampin Up catalog and realized how much money I could save with their stamps and best part as they are sets that go together which makes for easy card making. After doing some thinking I decided I should sign up as a demo and see what happens. I didn't know the first thing about stamping and still learning. Retired from Sara Lee Intimates in Feb 2001. I was in sales after many years, since age 18, as an office person, secretary, office assistant, etc. I am out of Stamping Up since Spring 2017 but still have lots of supplies!!!! These days I'm back to quilting and having a great time.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Glaucoma & Mama's B'day quilt Sept 2017

Earlier this year I fell in love with string pieced blocks.   Saw them first on Bonnie Hunter's blog.  Also inspired by Crazy Mom Quilts. 

String piecing is just so much fun.  Once you get started it's hard to stop.  Bright colors I thought would be great for a quilt for our bed.   Sounded good til Don said too bright for him. 

I thought I'd ask Mama.  She loved the blocks.   So the plan was set.    9/21/17 b'day gift for her 95th.

Kink in the plans.  May 12, 2017 I had " Glaucoma surgery on my left eye".  That knocked me out of commission for at least 6 weeks.  I was left with a dilated eye blurred eye.    Droopy eye lid is a side effect that is a bummer.   Finally came off the eye drop that was keeping it dilated.   Surprise...the Prednisolone that I've been on since 5/12/2017 has made the cataract in the left eye jump leaps and bounds.  So eye still blurred, no vision for 6 months.   Sucks to sew with one eye. 

Cataract in left eye to be removed 10/31/2017.

Finally around July-August I was getting back to normal.  I started cranking out string blocks.   Did I have measurements....nope.   Did I know finished size. ...nope.  I cut my paper from old phone books.  I cut 7.5" squares and trimmed down to 7".  Did I trim as I went along....nope.   Did I pull strips of fabric willy nilly...nope.   Did I mix in some Batiks...yep.

Did I check all my seams.....nope.  did I remove some strips that didn't work....yep.  Did I realize that when you do that....the paper falls off.....duh...nope.

Did I know how many blocks I'd need....nope.  I kept taking blocks to
Mama's and laid them out on her bed.    Yep...looking good and she is excited.

Keep in mind my sister Kimaley Johnson normally does the quilts on Mama's twin bed and she is good.  She sews a lot.  https://www.instagram.com/kbcjohn/     She also teaches at Sewingly Yours.

I can do this.  I have confidence.  Don't think, just do it.   Only need how many more blocks? ???   A lot.   Finished size....10  7" blocks by 12  7" blocks.  That's the goal.   Just wing it. 

While at Pineapple Fabrics, I found a great fabric for the back.  At the time I wasn't sure of size so I got 3 yards.   Duh.  Of course it wasn't enough.

Once I could see the end of the string block side,  I  could see I needed more backing.    Well I'll just piece the back.   Heck no.  If I'm going to piece it, might as well do a design.

Well this was an old draft that I was coming back to but then could not get back into my blog. 

Mama loved her quilt.  Her favorite is the multi colored String Pieced side.    I'm so pleased that she loves it and tells me often..   This was the largest piece I've ever made and to make it reversible topped it.    Finished!


This was on Mama's bench out back of her apt. at Creekside Terrace Retirement.
This was on the tables in my stamp room.



When the treadmill leaves.....

The treadmill that would not die. 

Part of my life for more years than I care to remember.  We had it our other house.  We lost our home in a house fire, 1993.   The treadmill was in the basement.  We went back to the house to see what we could salvage.   Beep, beep.... where is that coming from...the dreaded treadmill.  Oh my gosh my house is gone but the D... treadmill survived.  A sign?

Well we cleaned it up and it still worked.   When we build the new house we moved in with clothes on our back, 2 lawn chairs, a card table, crafts supplies from basement and the D.... treadmill.  That was 1993.   Moved into a new house with the Treadmill.   Thinking for sure I would use it, I even made a thing for the top to hold a glass, remote, etc.    What positive thinking.    I made it out of foam core and a piece of quarter round molding and covered with paper.  Attached to the arms of treadmill with velcro. 



2017 the decision was made to part with the Treadmill sitting in the corner, causing me a lot of stress each time I passed by it.  It basically just held things, along with my letter from Richard Simmons saying you grew it so now lift it.   

Good Bye Treadmill.    It left my house on top of a car.  I did take a pic but guess I zapped the pic.  No more memories of the treadmill.   Do I still need to be on a treadmill, more than ever but that ship has sailed.    That corner will now hold more quilting fabric.  Loving it gone.  No love lost. 

Guess now I'll have to get the feet moving outside.  Wake up FitBit.

Hope you've missed me.   




Blog issues

Been trying to get back to my blog but had issues and it would not let me back in.  Hope you all have been well and staying busy.

I've been busy quilting mostly,  Also still Rubber Stamping with my seniors group.    Life in general has seemed busy. 

If you left me, I certainly understand.  I'm back in the blog so here we go.  Will try to catch up with lots of pics since we last chatted.    Cards and quilts to come and of course updates on Mama. 

Best wishes to you today and here's to sunny days ahead. 

Hugs, Joan



Sunday, August 27, 2017

Where does time go as you get older....August 2017

Hi everyone.  I appreciate all the folks who have hung in with me thru some ups and downs.

Well it's August, 2017 and after 17 years as a Stampin Up Demonstrator, it's over for me.

Mama was sick in July 2014  with a very bad UTI that her doctor ignored.
By fall I was a caregiver.  She was 90.5.  We gave up her home of 69 years, the only home she had ever owned since she moved from Cuba, 1946.

    She now lives in a Independent Retirement Community and has a small apartment.  

She did a lot of activities in the beginning but has now settled down to her old routine of naps, Andy Griffith and crossword puzzles.    She's healthy and doing great.

Yellow sweater is one of my favorite pics. from late fall 2014.   I liked her hair.

  She has 3 meals available per day in the very nice dining room.  It's a very nice place to live and meet many new people as someone is always moving in.


 She will be 95 in Sept. and is doing wonderful.  It's like she's a new person.  She had no one to talk to living at home.  She had to think about what to fix to eat and many times it was McDonalds up the road.  

It's easy to find her apt. just down from the dining room.

   People often enjoy looking at her back patio

as well as the seating area we created.   I should be so healthy and live to 95.    Don't think that will happen but it would be nice as I have lots of creative things yet to do.    I just turned 70.


Broken Wrist.    Early in the year, 2016,  
I did a dumb thing.

 I tried to step down backwards off the steps.  Don was upstairs and I was on the second from bottom step tossing packs of quilt batting up to him to store upstairs as it was for Preemie quilts for our guild.    Well once we were done, I thought I was on the first step as I backed down.  Oops.  No floor and down I went, swinging around on the stairs post and landed in the hall with my right wrist wrenched against the wall.  I was screaming and Don said, I can't lift you.  Now is not the time to tell me that.....LOL.  I managed to get on my knees and he helped me up.  Yep.... I broke it good.  Right handed of course I could only think about all the things I would not be able to do.    Did you know it's hard to pull up your britches in the bathroom.

 My left hand was only for decoration.  It was not a working limb.    I needed Don for a lot of things..... you know that saying..... for better or worse.    He had to take my night guard out in the am as it was too snug for one hand to get.    It was a very long 4 months.

 Then around early 2017 I realized I just was losing interest in Stampin Up and have way too many supplies.  I'm currently down to one class a month, with some ladies who have been so loyal for about 9 years.    They come to a surprise class monthly where they make 3 projects (cards) for $15 and I supply everything.  My demonstratorship stopped early spring with Stampin Up.    Actually I'm a bit less stressed trying to keep up with minimums.    Now I just do a class a month, we laugh and often snack.  I have some great ladies who come to class.  Class is now 7 ladies as we just recently lost a dear member, Doris Biesecker to that nasty C.    I have enough supplies to last a long while.  I told them, when the card stock runs out, I'm done.

Trabeculectomy   May, 12, 2017.  What we had been putting off for a long time, was in our face....Surgery on the left eye.    I go to Duke Eye Center, part of Duke University, for my Glaucoma.  I found out I was type II diabetic in 2/2007.  It was recommended I check on my eyes.  Of course Dr. Sasser at Midway Eye Center said, I think you have the beginnings of Glaucoma and need to be seen.

 He got me in the next day with Dr. Moya.  I've been there ever since.  It was worse in the left eye.  We treated it for years with many different drops that you need an excel sheet for.    Finally we were at the end of the road.  He said it's time for surgery.  Shame the cataract is not ready so we could do both at the same time.   I spent better than 3 months hardly moving out of my chair.  No bending, lifting, no stress!!!!    Lots of naps.

Surprise, the Prednislone for the Left Eye, has not made the cataract in the left eye grown leaps and bounds.  It's to the point that Dr. Moya and the Retina specialist could not see behind it to see if eye still swollen.  That eye has been blurred since May.    Really can't see much besides fuzzy things, nothing clear.  
   Now we will discuss cataract surgery for later this year.   Of course it's not a normal one but I think 3 cataracts in one.    Just couldn't be simple.

So here we are, August, 2017.  Finally lifting, bending, trying to catch up on things I've missed out on.  My seniors class was this week and it was nice to see the ladies.  We were missing 3 this past week.   This is my stamp room in the basement.



Quilting is a renewed passion.   5 years ago I invited folks to join me for a Quilting Bee named "Busy Bees" and we are still going strong.  We have 9 local members and often it's a full space of buzzing machines.  We quilt from 9 am to about 3:30 and on, every Thursday, at the local Rec Center.
 I've been busy sewing since you and I last visited on my blog.    The blog got put on the back burner. My goal is to come back and share some of the pieces I've made.

Lately I've been working on simple string piecing blocks for a quilt for our bed.  BIG challenge.  Of course Don hates all the colors.  Bummer.  Not  going on our bed.   String block is a lot of strips of leftover fabrics.  I cut phone book pages to 7.5" and sewed on the diagonal.  When put together you can get lots of different layouts.  This is mine to form diamonds.
Well it's ready to layer and quilt once I finish the back.   Mama likes it so will make a twin for her and maybe reversable.   My first attempt at 1/2 square triangles.  We'll see when finished.  I'll share the results.

 My eyes are currently 2D and cutting is a bit off.  Trying to dead head flowers was a lot of cutting air so keeping sewing simple.

Well, I hope I can get back to staying in touch and sharing.

If you need a Stampin Up supply, don't hesitate to ask.  I just might have it.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Feb 2017 Stamp Class




April 2017 class...relax at beach

April 9, 2017 class .
I love this set with the ladies.

 
 the flower
Has been curled to be raised.  Beads 
For the center.


Small Quilt in Christmas colors

Hi everyone.  Just a little behind listing cards and quilted pieces.  Lately I'm really into quilting.  Spring 2017 my Stampin Up title was retired.    I do have supplies but cannot place an order.

Just remembered a small piece I made in perfect Christmas colors.  Think I'll find a place to hang it.  Small piece.  About 10 x 20.  This was made by see ing lots of strips together.  Then I sliced it and added a strip of red.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

September 2016 card class

Where does time go.  Hard to believe Fall is here again.
the years just fly by before you see another around the corner.




Probably can't tell but the bottom of this mostly
 white card was run thru embossing folder.

September 2016 card class

Where does time go.  Hard to believe Fall us here.
the years just fly by before you see another around the corner.




Probably can't tell but the bottom of this mostly
 white card was run thru embossing folder.

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May, 2009 when I started the blog and it's still a learning experience even in 2017.

If you are ever looking for a retired stamp set, ask me, I might have it and let it go.

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