Just thinking....

I have a quilt rack my Daddy made me but now that I have moved around in the bedroom, I have nowhere in there to put it. I'm looking for ideas. Thinking about trying to find room in my sewing room, but not sure I can. I went to Pinterest and saw this idea. 

But mine has large dowel rods not slanted boards so this wouldn't work. So I thought, well I would have a place in the kitchen but what would I hang on it. Then I remembered the kitchen towels my mother made that my sister brought to me a couple of weeks ago. I had stashed them away in my storage until I could figure out how to hang them. So I thought why not try them on the quilt rack in the kitchen. I am loving it. Don't really care if other like it or not, but it is something my Mommy made that is displayed on something my Daddy made and I couldn't be more pleased!

On another note, as I am changing decor in several areas at one time, I am still focusing on my sewing/craft room getting turned into a vintage style sewing room. I'm trying to figure out what to use to replace the pink and black Thirty-One containers that I store supplies and fabric and stuff in. Well, my cousin Patty shared with me what she has done for storage in her craft room and I am so excited. There is a particular item I see at antique stores that I wanted to purchase every time I see one, but I think of anything I could use them for. You better believe I'm going hunting for some now! It's vintage picnic baskets. I am so excited about this. 

One last idea to share about something I want for my craft room. Instead of dry erase or chalk boards, I'd like to make something like this. I am thinking a pretty piece of weather wood for the back, a wood paper towel hold that I will paint probably brick red and two painted paint stirrers for the guide. I am definitely going to do this. 


Weekend wrap up....

Not a lot of weekend wrap up when you end up working both days unexpectedly, but it did end with a great time. My grandson, Garret, leaves for college this week and we had a family gathering for both sides of the family. It was a wonderful evening and I even got a picture of me with the grandkids. 

(L-R: Garret, Colby, Alexis, Shelby, Caleb)

I even got to snuggle with the newest addition to my daughter-in-law's family. This is her great-nephew, Boone. He is absolutely precious and was so much fun to snuggle with. 

I even ate something I had never eaten before. I love cake and I love ice cream. But I have never had an ice cream cake in my life. Don't know why. Just haven't. We had Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard Ice Cream Cake for Garret's party and just let me say OH MY GOODNESS. That was delicious. 

It was a wonderful, relaxing evening and something I really needed. Have a happy Monday and enjoy the eclipse. 


This and that...

I wanted to give an update on Stephanie. This was posted yesterday around 6:30:  "How could you not believe in God and miracles after seeing this. Double lung transplant not even 24 hours and off ventilator. We have an awesome God"

Then I wake up at 7:00 this morning and find this post: "They got her out of bed this morning and sitting in a chair. Next step will be walking." This is amazing. They told her mom that it is almost unheard of to be off a ventilator within 24 hours of surgery and yet she was off hers about 12 hours after the surgery was finished. She has so much faith and when you add that to her will to do this, it's an amazing combination.

On to other news.....I got to meet Dolly Parton and get my picture made with her yesterday. We did them in groups of four. I can't wait to get them. It will be about a week or so before we get the pictures back but the photo shoot was fun.

Well, I have to head out to work and I'm so tired I can't even think ahead to what I'm supposed to work on today. This is going to be how to make it through the day today.


What a difference a day makes....

Thursday at shortly after noon, we go the church call. My friend, Stephanie Goodall, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis received the call she has been waiting on. Vanderbilt University Medical Center contacted Stephanie. They had her a set of lungs. She headed right out for Nashville for her double lung transplant.

First was the wait in admissions while she got checked in to get her room. She arrived before the lungs. Hubby and his Dad sitting patiently. 

She finally got in her room and the lungs had arrived. Now began the wait for the doctors to check them out to give the final okay. There was still that chance that for one reason or not they would not be accepted by the doctors. But she is a lady of remarkable faith and felt 100% sure they would be just right. 

A little later, they got the word that they were perfect and it was time to prep for the surgery.

Once she got hooked up, they came to get her. Surgery was started around 10:30 CST last night. She has shown no fear through the entire process. You can see the thumbs up and wide, infectious smile in every picture.

Time for a Mommy-Daughter kiss before heading out for the big moment.

Stephanie's Mom, my dear friend Charlene, kept us posted throughout the night.

The biggest fear from the doctors were the removal of the old lungs. Cystic Fibrosis can damage them to the point that they are hard to remove and many things are happening during the process that can cause complications. Here were the updates throughout the night....  

 A little after 1:00 a.m. - Just got a call from Operating Room. Surgery hasn't started yet still checking out lungs to make sure they are good and will work.
A little after 2:00 a.m. - Just got the call from surgery. Lungs good; it's a go.
A little after 3:00 a.m. - Old right lung out, just starting to put new one in.
Around 5:30 a.m. - New right lung is in, inflated, pink and functioning. Praise God
Around 7:30 a.m. - They are done. Both lungs are in and looking good. She is on a ventilator hopefully for only a short time. Should be a couple of hours then back to her room. They are going to do a bronch before bringing her back. Less than 24 hours since getting the call and she has her new lungs!!

Stephanie was put on the transplant list on the 14th of July. She was warned it could take months or even a year or more. But she and her unshakable faith kept telling us God wouldn't make her wait that long because He knew how bad she needed them. Here we are 5 weeks later to the day and she has her new lungs. Her fundraisers have all been under the name of New Breath for Steph. Her friends and family are now declaring August 18th as Happy Breath Day for Stephanie.

She will have a long way to go yet and there will be some bumps and curves for sure. But for today, it is total celebration because now she has something that we take for granted. The ability to just breathe. No struggle, no focusing on making her lungs work, no oxygen tanks everywhere she goes. Just breathing in and out like we all do. And she also has HOPE. She will continue to cling to one of her favorite bible versus.

She still has to live in Nashville for a few months to make sure there is no rejecting or complications. Continue to keep her in your prayers. If you would like to donate to her medical expenses, please visit her Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/q4-stephanie-goodall-lung-transplant


Some things I'm thinking about today...

It's going to be a crazy day. I do like the quilt I am trying out so I stopped at Walmart last night and bought a set of the pillow shams. They only had one set and I didn't even think to look at the size. Ended up with King size when I actually needed Standard. So a trip to Walmart is in my future sometime today to look for the Standard size.

How many of you have memories of the old Hoosier cabinets? I have long wanted one of these but can't find one in good enough shape at a price I can afford. But I continue to look. If I ever get one, I want to fill it up with Pyrex, FireKing, Glasbake and Federal bowls and bakeware.

I am on the hunt for a set of vintage Raggedy Ann and Andy. I like the soft cream fabric instead of the bright white. I should look for the really primitive ones, but some of them are scary looking. This is the style I like .... although this particular set is on sale for $1500 on the internet. Yep, not gonna get this pair.

Heading to McKay's today to change out some books. There are two books I need to complete a series. Surely in a store this size, I can find those two books. 

Tonight I get to go to Smoky Mountain Adventures. This is Dolly Parton's new dinner show in Pigeon Forge. As an employee of Dixie Stampede, we market this show as well so they are giving us all a free ticket so we are able to tell our guests about it. I am going with Sue & Mary from work and expect it will be a very fun time.

Time to get ready to head to McKay's. Have a great day.


A funny story.....

I was at Walmart Saturday with my daughter and granddaughter when I decided to pop into the bedding section to see if they had any primitive style quilts. The only I saw wasn't exactly what I wanted but I did like it real well. Shelby said "That's just like Mamaw Sherrie's new quilt". Well, her Mamaw Sherrie is my best friend that I go shopping with a lot and I remembered that yes, her new quilt was like that.

When I got home, I was telling her about picking out the same quilt but couldn't decide if it was what I wanted. It turns out that when she bought hers in a queen size, it didn't come down as far as she wanted due to her thick mattress and mattress topper. But she couldn't take it back because she had thrown away all the packaging. She went back and bought the king and just stuck the queen in her closet. So she said if I wanted to try the queen and see if I liked it, I could take it for a "test drive" and if I wanted it I could keep it or if I just wanted to use it till I found exactly what I wanted. So needless to say, it is now on my bed until I decide what to do.

I think it does look primitive. My cousin and sister who have excellent decorating taste both say it is primitive looking. So I am going to start incorporating primitive decor to see if I want to keep this or look for something different. I had a few pieces in other areas of the house, So I brought them in to start putting a look together. This is also temporary till I know what I'm doing. I love my weeping willow tree and it is what started my whole love of primitive and wanting to do a room in that decor.

I had a blanket Mom made me in primitive stitchery with homespun fabric so I laid it across the foot of the bed. I like  how well it blends with the quilt.

I will keep you posted on my updates. Time to shop my house and check my storage closet to see what else I can find. 


Weekend Wrap Up

I had a great weekend. My sister came to town and dropped off some goodies from when Mom closed down her home for her move. Some stuff was from Mom and some from my sister. I haven't had time to go through it all yet, but wanted to share a few of the things I have found homes for so far. One is this gorgeous cast iron rooster napkin holder. Though as I look at the photo, I need to swap places between it and the flowers. Notice the chickens are looking away from each other. That messes with the mild OCD moments I get. Going to have to change that.

And I love the big red crock. I am using that for the utensils I seem to be collecting with red on them.

I need to fix a display with these and my bowl, but for now I just wanted you to see my Pyrex cups and S & P shakers in the butterfly gold pattern that I have started collecting.

When Mom had surgery a few years back, I gave her this Thirty-One bag to take to the hospital. It has circled its way back to me. I always loved this pattern.

I love my baskets. I'm not sure if they came from Mom or Sis but I absolutely love them.

Mom had made this one year at a craft day with my cousins. Love the little Christmas mouse. 

I didn't get to see my sister much, but we did get to go to the Corning Ware outlet together where I found this small plate and bowl. This will be perfect for me to have a snack of chips and dip or my melted cheese with little sausages for dipping. It was just $4.98 for both pieces since they were on clearance. This is the new Pyrex Vintage Charm pattern that is the take off from the popular vintage butterprint pattern. I love it.

And they had the vintage charm butterfly gold (my new fave) pattern. I love these storage bowls and especially for just $4.99.

My sister treated me to one of the daily bonus specials. It is a casserole dish with lid and she got it for just $3.99. That was amazing. Going to make something in it for supper on my day off this week.

That's all for now. I'll share some of the other goodies she brought me later this week when I've had time to look through everything. Have a great Monday.


Top 10 for Thursday

Here are my 10 favorite things I found on Pinterest that I am liking this week. If I get my bedroom switched to primitive before Halloween, I love some of these ideas.

Does anyone know where you can by these small craft ladders? I just love this.

What a cute idea for a shadow box for a sewing room. However, I would just find vintage thread that is old looking to put in there, not a regular spool with ribbon on it.

Another cute idea for a ladder if I can just find a ladder somewhere.

I love what they call subway art. This one is perfect.

I am always looking for things to make with fabric. This is too cute and you could use any quilt pattern design.

Oh my goodness I love this. I am a fan of red and aqua together. This is adorable. Of course the fact that it has Pyrex bowls makes it even better. 

What a cute idea for a pin cushion. A vintage jello mold. I really like this.

While the focus of this picture may be aprons, I am posting it because I love the ironing board cover. I need to Google and see if you can buy plaid ones. Somebody probably made this.

And last is something I shared last years and never got around to doing it. I really need to find where to get craft ladders. 


When God uses an umbrella....

Sometimes God produces miracles that are so mind blowing that we can't see how people can not believe in Him. And sometimes, He moves in the simplest ways that we fail to see it was Him.

I want to share an experience I had the other day. I hope you take the time to read it through. Our God is an amazing God. When we took Mom shopping, she wanted to run into Dollar Tree. While she was in the checkout line, I noticed there were small umbrellas on the counter. It's an impulse buy ploy. So I acted on impulse and thought "I'll get a black one for work. You never know when you will need an extra umbrella." I paid for it and stuck it in the trunk of the car and thought no more about it. It was just an umbrella and it was just $1.00. No big deal.

BUT GOD (don't you just love those words) had another plan in mind. Fast forward to Monday when we were traveling home. We stopped in Corbin, KY to have lunch at the original KFC and to view the museum in the restaurant. On the curb in the parking lot sat an elderly man. He was very thin and gaunt. He had on a long sleeve shirt over a t-shirt, jeans and a Veteran ball cap. I didn't think much of it because he didn't appear to be panhandling or holding any signs. He just sat there looking down at the ground hunched over.

Once we got inside and were eating, I saw someone stop outside and speak to him. He came in shuffling behind them, still looking forlorn. They told him to order whatever he wanted and then they added some more to his order. They went their way to a table with family and he sat across from us and ate like he hadn't had a meal in a week. He kept his eyes downcast and ate every bite. When he was done, he cleaned up his mess. He even took a napkin and wiped off his table and got up and left, not speaking to a soul.

When we left, he had returned to his seat on the curb and was just sitting with head bowed again. It had started to sprinkle and by the time we got in the car (which was near the old man), it was a pretty steady mist and my shirt was getting soaked. Immediately, my mind came to the new umbrella I had in the trunk. I heard a voice in my head point out the old man was getting soaked. I popped the trunk and got out the umbrella and stepped up to the curb. He didn't even look up. I squatted down to his level and said "Excuse me sir, but it appears you are a little down on your luck right now." He said, yes ma'am. Just busy trying to survive." I said, "Well, I'm just passing through and can't do much for you, but I'd like you to have this umbrella." He finally looked up and smiled with a twinkle in his eye and said "Thank you, ma'am. That means a lot. God bless you."

As I got in the car, I was reminded of all the stories and bible lessons over the years that tell of how many times Jesus will visit us in various forms or situations and we ignore Him because we don't even realize it is something God is doing for us to help us grow. 

I will never see that old man again. I will never know what brought him to that place in his life. But I DO believe with all my heart that God led me to purchase an umbrella on Sunday in Barboursville, WV that I didn't even need because He knew there was a man in Corbin, KY who was going to be sitting in the rain on Monday with no umbrella and no place to go. You may think it is just a coincidence. But I know it wasn't. God knows our needs before we do and He will put His plan in action to make sure we are taken care of. 


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