Monday, March 29, 2010

Towel Bibs & Happy Birthday to Me!

While killing time today, waiting for Mandy to get through with piano lessons, I stopped by a favorite little variety store, King's (for those of you who remember Woolworth's, Ben Franklin,Vordahl's, Haspert's Drug, etc.) it is very similar! Fun to go in and poke around. They have the cutest border print towels too! So I stopped to see what I could find, thinking I'll get some made ahead for my Etsy store. Here's a cute "fishing" one......same print on the reverse and the paw prints all around.
Then I saw this doggie one....both could have the black neck ribbing.

Then I was very excited to find this "cowboy" print for my sister. I've "heard it through the grapevine" that she's been hunting for one for a friend. I think this is a cute one! I hope it will work. She makes the oven door towels. I've got the address label and even a note for the mailer...I'll get it shipped off to you right away, Becki!

It's got the cute red border that goes all around too!

I picked up two of them for you Becki, and glad to do it--no pressure from Mom! Seeing how you spoiled me terribly this birthday with this cute bag, I'm happy to return the favor!
I love it, and my Sis too! You see, she is an "example lady" at Costco in Myrtle Beach, and that's where they have all the cute stuff!

It's a wonderful, giant clear bag with lots of little bags and pouches inside, and even the perfect sized containers for shampoo, conditioner and hand lotion--that won't get confiscated at the airport! Now I just need to plan a fun trip somewhere (Myrtle Beach) to use it!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Thinking of Opening up an Etsy Shop!

I'm not sure why, but the other day in the fabric store they had the cutest flannels---everywhere I looked there were polka dots, and I love polka dots for babies!

So I've been busy cutting out butterfly blankets and matching bibs.

I get stacks of them cut out and then spend a couple of hours at the sewing machine.

Actually, I just serge all of the edges.

Loved the monkey prints!
Here you can see the shape of the butterfly blanket.
They are nice for car seats.
Here's a cute Panda set!

A friend saw them and said, "You ought to sell these!"

I'm also making the towel bibs. I've started making them in blacks and reds (my kitchen colors!!) but this way they will work for boys or girls.

I found some cute ones with appliques on them--no I did not do the stitching on the front!
I've got to come up with a cute way to market them....thinking of just stacking them and putting a nice big bow on the stack!

Let me know what you think!

I'll probably wait until school is out to set up my Etsy Shop.
Meanwhile, I'll be sewing up a storm!

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Spring Break found us in Reno at the Nationals where Bear bowled.

Let's see if we can win "the big one!"
Okay, scratch this off my Bucket List!

Arriving at the Bowling Stadium in style!

Hot Pink and Purple...not exactly my colors!

Bowling lanes as far as the eye can see. There's Bear, in the red (in front of the bald guy in the white shirt). Bear bowled REALLY great games! He had 6 strikes in a row in one game! He came home and bowled in his Thursday night league and bowled 2 back to back games--12 strikes in a row! It was 2 games, so didn't count for a 300 game, but he's getting close!

Daddy and Daughter

After a couple of hours.....bordem has set in!

A little drama

We stayed at The Silver Legacy

Big.....big chair in the lobby

1st time eating at a Long John Silver's.....very exciting!

The Diva won all this at Circus Circus!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I've been working on my digital collection of Victorian greetings, postcards, and photos. Here are a few favorites for St. Patrick's Day! Click on any of these to enlarge.

Under the toadstood, out of danger, Till somebody wants a "little stranger."

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Last Great Race

The Iditarod, known as "The Last Great Race," borrows its name from a gold-mining town lying on the 1,049-mile path between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska. The race is a memorial to mushers who formed a dog sled relay team in 1925 to deliver dyptheria serum to miners in Nome during a winter epidemic. The closest source of serum in those days was Anchorage, which is nearly 1,200 miles away. The Iditarod's founder, Joe Reddington, suggested they make the memorial race 1,049 miles in length, representing a 1,000-mile race through the 49th state. The first race was run in 1973. This morning at 10:00 am Alaska time 71 mushers and sled teams left Anchorage on another historical journey to Nome. You can check out the race at or Cabelas is a sponsor of the Iditarod, and Jeff King.
I have been an avid fan of the Iditarod since the days of Susan Butcher, and have faithfully followed the race every year.

I am a member of the Bootie Brigade, which makes booties every year, primarily for the rookie mushers and those who do not have the big sponsorships.

Doug Swingley, the Montana Musher was always my favorite. These are some photos of him and his dog teams.

Doug is retired, but still trains and raises dogs in Lincoln, Montana. I must admit the race was very exciting back in those days when he won several races in a row. He was not highly favored among the Alaskan mushers or fans. I don't think they liked someone coming in from "the outside" to show them how to win the race.

This year they are taking the northern route.

The Official 2010 Logo

The Alaska Commemorative Token for 2010