Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Few Facts about Me!

Over at , Laura wrote 100 things about her. I thought, WOW! I don't know if I could list 100 things about me all at once. So, I'll start off with just a few: Here are 10 things about me.

I have lived in Scottsdale, Arizona for about 8 years and still love it. Before that, I lived in Florida for about 22 years. I was really ready for a change but didn't want to go somewhere cold. So, I traded humid heat for dry heat!

I met my husband in Flagstaff, AZ while I was on a three month assignment. We dated a year and then took the plunge and never looked back. While we come from very different backgrounds (he’s European), we live together with pleasant ease. I can’t say I always understand where he’s coming from with ideas and such but he doesn’t always understand where I’m coming from! I believe it’s partly just being different sexes. Will men really understand women…I don’t think so!

Even though I know it's vain: I hate to admit to myself that I'm 46 years old. In the last six months, I look more like my mom! How did that happen? Ready or not, I have to learn to accept changes in my appearance.

I truly believe I have a good life.

I have two sons; Mathew and Jason. Mathew is 27 years old and Jason is 23. They both live in Florida. Even though they live so far away, they are never far in my mind. I look forward to when they get married and have kids. Right now, they are just working on life.

I work at a children's hospital in radiology. I have an associate’s degree in Radiography and currently work in CAT scan. I love the hospital where I work. I have a really kind and easy going boss. I work three 12-hour shifts on weekends so I have four days off to do whatever I want.

I love sewing!!!! I wanted an outlet that was creative even for someone like me. I can't draw and I'm not creative but I can follow a pattern!!!! I took our guest room and turned it into a sewing studio. It's my paradise.

I also love cooking. I'm glad that people at work don't mind me bringing food to share. I need someone to share all my brownies or I would eat them all, usually in a couple days. I have a really fit and trim husband so I want to look my best.

Also, I'm trying to lower my sugar intake. That's a very hard goal for me. I take after my grandma, she loved chocolate too. Well, really it wouldn’t be a problem if I only loved chocolate but it's all sweet things!

I hated peas all my life. Well, that was until my husband asked me to try fresh peas. I said “Are you kidding me, I HATE peas.” To appease him, I tried one….then another…and another. I LIKE peas!!! Now, I just hate canned peas!

I have been to Hawaii twice! It was just as wonderful the second time as the first. I even tried to get a job there so I wouldn’t have to leave! I don’t know if I could live there a long time but I would sure love to try for a year. This is one of those places that gives me serenity.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A little about me....

Here we are kayaking for the first time.  I'm the leader!!!

My first attempt at snorkeling. Our guide told me that seeing a shark would bring me luck...who came up w/this??  I think that if I spotted a shark, I must be the most unlucky person...

My son Mathew, talking with his cousin, Gabbie.  I love how Mathew kneels down to listen to her.  He has a special gift  w/little ones.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

This Might Help Me w/My Blogging....

Since I started this blog, I have had some issues! I look at many blogs and notice how nicely created the blogs look and have no idea how women have done this. I saw this blogger's bootcamp and wonder if it might help me (it certainly can't hurt me!). I live in the Phoenix area and could easily attend. Has anyone in blogland atttended bootcamp and could comment on what they had learned from the experience. If you're interested, visit the website:

When I think of bootcamp, I think there has to be some type of pain involved!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Continued Progress!!
It feels so good to report progress. Everyday, I'm sewing. Some days quite a bit others just a few minutes. I'm happy to report that I finished my sister's tote bag! Even better, my husband had a business meeting in Florida so he was able to hand delivered the finished item. My only regret: I forgot to take a photo of the finished project. The design was Amy Butler's Sling Bag. This is the fourth one I've made and I'm onto making the fifth as I type. It's for a baby! I will definitely get a photo of the finished project. But for's a pic of the material I made my sister's bag and a pick of the fabric I'm using for the baby's tote: cute!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Progress.....on my Commitment

I'm off to a good start! I have finished the skirt for my niece, placed one seam in bedspread, cut out all the material for one tote and all the interfacing for both totes. I saw this skirt as a free pattern and thought....I can make this! Here's a link for anyone who would like to have
the pattern.http:// .I am happy w/my progress; especially considering that I just bought a new computer (Mac) and I have spent quite a bit of time learning my way around it!

The top picture is a sneak peek of the fabric I'm using for a tote bag. I am making this for a friend's daughter who is having a baby girl due in May. The pattern I'm using is The Sling Bag by Amy Butler. I have made 3 of these totes and have received great feedback; people like this bag. I'm also making one for the my sister, Cindy. I keep promising her one and each time I make one I end up giving it away when I show off the bag. So, as part of my commitment, she is going to get her bag!! No showing it off except on my blog!