December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to all my dear friends and everyone who finds their way here. I have been MIA for so long now and I do apologize. In the previous post we were living in Midland, Texas. Since the 14th of October, we are in Lafayette, Louisiana. We are living at the hotel Tommy is working at. There is no internet except for wifi and neither of our computers have it. There are absolutely no dial up numbers for aol in our area code.........go figure that one out. So, I am internet deprived ( and going cold turkey is hell!) I miss everyone so much and can't wait to get back online. Hopefully that will be by the middle of January.

Stay safe and warm this holiday season. May God be with you and yours. I hope to see everyone next year.

October 06, 2008

A quick update on our lives. Tommy has been working nonstop for over two weeks. One of his guys is on vacation (known about before he was hired) and the other one is sick. I must say I admire the one on vacation. This is a 24 year old young man, married with a little boy. He is driving to Disney World in California with his family and his in laws. He definitely has more nerve than I do. They actually got back Sunday, so Tommy is taking Monday and part of Tuesday off so he can help me pack. YEA!!!!!!!

Well, Friday will be Tommy's last day here. We will pack the truck early that afternoon and leave. Tommy has some pics he wants me to take on the way. But we don't want to hit DFW at rush hour either. Our truck has no air conditioning. We will get to the inlaws very early Saturday morning. Sunday I get to go see my family Then Monday night we will drive to Lafayette. It is only about 3.5 to 4 hours from Bossier City depending on traffic.

I am really hoping our room there is bigger than our room here. My main concern is that there is absolutely no grass at all around this hotel. My babies need grass to do their business and play around in. Oh well, they sometimes seem to adjust to new things better than I do.




I now have pictures of the pinkeepers I made for the CQI pinkeeper swap. Remember you can click on the picture to enlarge it. These were the first ones I have ever made. I can't wait to see which ones I get in return. If you would like to see all of them, just visit Lyn Gaskill's blog at quiltinglion.blogspot.com. She is the hostess.


September 24, 2008

Well, it has been another extended period of time since my last post. My life is even crazier now than before. We are most likely going back to Louisiana. DH has a job offer in Lafayette that is willing to pay more than he is making here. They have called him 12 times in the last two weeks.

The hotel here is already having problems. The owners are refusing to pay expenses. We are owed 6 weeks of expenses. Plus we are paying for an apartment that we can't move into cause we don't have our stuff here. The company has now said we have to move our stuff here and then maybe MAYBE MAYBE they would refund us our expenses.

I am going so crazy. Staying in this hotel room is starting to feel like living in a box.....a very small box with two lively dogs and a man who is constantly changing his mind about everything. Dang, just thinking about it is making the box smaller each second.

I have been working. I made two pinkeepers for the CQI Pinkeeper Swap. I am working on a purse for the CQI purse contest for next year. YES that's NEXT year.....told you I was going insane.

It is also time for 3rd Annual Victorian Boot Swap over at CQForNewbies. That is one thing I have not started on yet. That will probably be the first thing I do in Lafayette.

August 09, 2008

It has been almost 3 months since my last post. Life is a little more certain for us now. We are living in Midland, Texas. Tommy is working as chief engineer for two hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott (opening soon) and the Hampton Inn. He is also going to be overseeing the openings and possible parts of the construction of 4 to 7 other hotels. Most of them will be here in Texas.

We have been living at the Victorian Inn and Suites (don't let the name fool you) since July 7th. Do to the oil boom, most of the housing here is taken up. We have finally found an apartment we are in the process of applying for. It is a two bedroom. The second bedroom will actually be my "studio". I am so excited and hope we get the place.

I am tired of living in this motel and eating out twice a day. Most people think I am weird that I don't enjoy living in a hotel and eating out all the time. It gets old having to get dressed everytime we want dinner or even a snack. About the only thing Tommy and I argue about is where in the world are we going to eat this time. I am looking so forward to being able to cook again. So is Tommy.

We added another member to our family today. We got a 7 week old long haired male chihuahua. Poor Zoe is scared of him. He is so tiny. I named him Zax. Now we have Zoe and Zax. Once I get a new digital camera (dh and mil lost mine in Florida--long story) and get my computer and hi speed again, I will post pics (lots of them I'm sure). I know that I wrote we had gotten a pug but we didn't. When we got him, we were living with the inlaws. My fil fell head over heels for him. He swore he didn't like him, just like he did Zoe, but then gets down on the floor with him, just like with Zoe, and plays with him. As much as I loved him, I would not have hurt my fil for anything in the world by taking that pup away from him. Of course, my mil loves chihuahua's and we know she is going to try to steal Zax, or even trade the pug for him (yes, she would try that). But that would definitely be a no go, no matter how much she begs.

More later.

May 24, 2008

I said when I returned I would have lots of pictures to show what I've been up to. Boy did I lie. I have been doing things, just not as much as I had planned. My work area went from two tables and half our bedroom in New Orleans, to a table just a little bigger than a legal size notepad. I also think I accidently left my muse in New Orleans cause I just can't seem to find her lately.
I do have two pictures to show you. The first one is from the Season to Season Spring swap Gerry is hosting on CQ for Newbies. This is Gerry's block that I worked on.
I added the flowered vine, the spider web and spider, the buds on the stems in the black vase and the red bird. I also added a few charms here and there and the blue sequin butterfly. I hope she likes it.
This is my block for the STS Summer swap. I know it is so different, but that's what came out as I worked on it. I actually like it. It is going to Ati in Norway. She is a wonderful stitcher. I wonder what she will add.

My mom took some pictures of other things I've been working on, but her camera is fighting with her computer and refuses to give up the images. Mom has to reload the software. With her new job, she just hasn't had the time yet.

WOW!!! Two months and two days since my last post. I wish I could say alot has happened since then, but I'd be lying to you. We moved in with my inlaws and are still there. Tommy has never had this much trouble finding a job before. It is quite frustrating for both of us, but for him especially. I pray day and night for him to find a job. If we have to stay there much longer I may end up in deep trouble. My mother in law is getting a little out of hand. I had to get almost rude with her the other day over her yelling at Zoe for absolutely nothing. It did have it's advantages though. My father in law has totally changed the way he treats Zoe. He never treated her bad, he just didn't praise her or anything. Now, he is always petting her and telling her what a good girl she is. She now loves going outside with Grandpa Mac when he gets home from work.

We have ended up with a new puppy, a pug. He wandered up to the door with several big dogs that were roaming the neighborhood. When my mil, Marie, opened the screen door, he just came right on in. We looked for weeks for his owner, but was unsuccessful. He is a dark chocolate brown. We have had him for about 5 weeks now. My in laws say he is their's but their idea of taking care of a dog is to put it in the backyard, feek it and maybe talk to it for a few minutes a day. This little boy is just full of love, and I have to admit, I am his favorite. He comes in the house and comes right to me, even though Marie is calling him. Tommy says when we finally leave, he is going with us. He and Zoe get along so well, also. He follows her all over the yard when she goes out. Zoe will sleep next me on the couch, when we are watching tv, and the pug will climb up beside her and put his head on her and go to sleep also. It is so cute. I have to find cameras in storage so I can take pictures. The inlaws call him Pugsly, cause he is a pug. Tommy named him Buggly cause he is, to Tommy's way of thinking, Butt Ugly. Personally, I think he is adorable.

A few other things have happened over the last two months. My brother Jeremy had his pit bull put down cause he accidently bit my mom in his sleep. She ended up with stitches on her upper lip and butterfly bandaids on her nose and cheek. It was totally an accident, but Jeremy always swore if Flip ever hurt mom he would put him down. And he did. We all shed a lot of tears that week.

April 19th was mine and Tommy's 5th wedding anniversary. May 22nd, Tommy's oldest child, Chelsa, graduated from high school. And this Friday, the 30th, my sweet, wonderful husband turns 50!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boy do I have plans for that night too...hehehe.

March 22, 2008

This will be my last post for a while. Tomorrow we are breaking down my puter and putting it in storage. If nothing happens, a job comes through, etc, we will be moving in with my inlaws on Thursday or Friday of this coming week. Most everything else, with the exception of the furniture, is in storage. I do have stuff to work with and on while we are homeless.

I thought, for this last post for a while, that I would leave you with a story. On July 4th, 1995 I got two 5wk old kitty sisters, PJ and Mitten. PJ is very friendly while Mitten is very shy and reserved. When Tommy and I first got together in 2002, PJ would have nothing to do with him. Mitten, on the other hand, latched onto him like she had never seen a human before in her life. That is HER man. He calls her Miss Mitter. He doesn't really like PJ, she doesn't mind at all, but he does adore his Miss Mitter.

Some where along the line, Tommy came up this image of Mitten dressed in a leather teddy, stileto heels, fish net stockings, riding crop, and a little Nazi hat. He says that whenever we go out of town, Kitten Kink (Mitten) makes her appearance. She runs the Slaves of whereever we happen to living at the time. Currently that is the Slaves of New Orleans. It is a high priced call kitty service/videos/etc. As we walk out the door, he tells her to be sure to have the place cleaned up before we get home and to leave his cut under his pillow.

A couple of days ago, my mom saw this little bag in the store and had to buy it for Tommy because it made her think of Kitten Kink.


It's just too funny.

Well, be good and get lots of stitching done. Hopefully, I will have lots to show when I get back online.
God Bless.

March 20, 2008

I have seen this on so many blogs and wanted to join in, but for some reason never did. Now, when we are homeless at the end of the month, I join in. Silly, huh? But you know, I love giving people things, rather I know them or not. I've always been the odd one with my friends and family because I truly do enjoy giving more than receiving. I always have. So here goes:


"Pay It Forward rules: I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange (and email me their mailing address), and who make the same pledge on their own blogs.I don't know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward meaning you will do the same for three people who comment on your blog."

As soon as we are settled again, I will make you a lagnaippe (a little something extra).

Thanks to Jackie at http://beaded-creations.blogspot.com/ for offering me this opportunity.

March 08, 2008

Well, I know I don't post as often as I'd like to, maybe that will get better some day. For now, I have to be gone for a while. Tommy lost his job due to the childish stupidity and insecurity of his boss. Jerk didn't believe Tommy didn't want his job and in fact wants out of the city. Set him up and then fired him. So we have given our notice on the apartment and Tommy is looking for another job elsewhere. We are putting most of our stuff in storage close to my mom and may end up living with his parents til a job comes through.

I wish everyone a wonderful, glorious and blessed Easter. I hope to be back soon and have something to show other than a sore body from packing and moving.

February 26, 2008

This is a doll I designed and made. Tommy says her name is FAB because of the position of her arms.



This is the wonderful Mardi Gras Bear I received from Karen in my Making Dolls group. Isn't she just wonderful!!!


February 14, 2008

My children
PJ, Zoe, and Mitten




For my Making Dollz group, we had two projects. The first was an altered bear dressed for Mardi Gras. The second was Roland le Ratt.

So may I introduce Ms. Bear-elle le rue Royale de Orleans.

This is Ms. Bear-elle with her good friend Rolando de Ratte, also formerly of N'awlins. Senor de Ratte is related to the de Ratte's in the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge.


My Pink Artist Breast Cancer Charity Blocks
Read about this project here


This block is in memory of my mother's sister, Joyce Bailey Chandler, who lost her battle April 22, 1007.
This block is in memory of Mary Jo McCormick Gresham (12/26/00) and her mother Josephine McCormick (11/00). Mary Jo was my mom's best friend.
This block is dedicated to Tommy's Aunt Judy Lynn who continues to fight. My beloved mother-in-law, Judy's sister, gave me the pin.
My Season to Season Fall Swap Block
This is after Marlene worked her magic on it.