More Butterfly Round Robin Work on Gail's Block

Butterfly Round Robin

I recieved a lovely block in the mail last week from the butterfly round robin. This is Gail From Wyoming's block and it is so pretty! I wish I could state who did what on this block but I have mailed the block and can't reference it!

When People Need You (and you don't even know it!)

I remember when we lived in Hawaii, I would see an elderly couple of about 80 years in our town. I would see them getting on the bus and walking around occasionally and I assumed they lived in our area. I was talking to a storekeeper who was a Christian, and she told me that one of the local churches in our town had 'sent them home' I was puzzled. I had seen them every so often and I assumed this WAS their home She had went on to explain to me that this couple had come to Hawaii on vacation. They were robbed of their possesions and were living down the street in a park!!! I had seen them over the span of many months, How terribly sad! How I wish I had spoken to them before!!!

Yesterday, I was walking and came across an aquaintance of my husband's. We stopped on the street and were talking about our town, local stores and, it seemed to me, nothing of great value. Today, he talked to my husband and told him how he was so glad I took the time to talk to him. He said that he has been going through quite a lot and was glad to have someone just to listen to him.

It got me to thinking... how many times have I not spoken to someone when I could/ should have. We never know the impact that our words ( or lack of words) have on others and their lives, no matter how trivial and common our words are. I don't want to be too absorbed in my world and circumstances where I cannot look out and see the needs of others around me.

Nature Pics from Sharee

Sharee and I went to the same church conference last month while I was visiting to the States. I tried to meet her in person but in the mix of all of the people it was impossible. I had seen her nature pics online and she has so kindly given me permission to share them on my blog. They really are awesome and I know how much embroiderers love to translate bugs, butterflies and flowers into their stitching!

Thank You Sharee!

The Devonshire FIles

Do hop on over to The Devonshire Files and read 'In God's Eyes'. It is a wonderful touching story so do read it in it's entirety!.

The Devonshires are missionaries in Angeles City, Philippines and have been dear friends to my husband and I over these many years. They have just given birth to their first child William who is an absolute doll!!! We are so blessed to be visiting them next month where I can see little Will face to face! =) Aw.... I can't wait!

Looking forward to our visit!

Market Stalls

This is in one of the buildings and it has mostly bedding and curtains...

And here is one of hundreds of stores that makes traditional hanboks that are usually made from silk fabric. The rolls of fabric below the dresses are silk bolts wrapped in plastic to keep them clean. The rolls at bottom right are also rolls of silk. Pretty, eh?

Umbrellas and Tarps

Blogger has REALLY been having hiccups for the last two days and I couldn't get in no matter what browser I used. Usually that does the trick but not this time...

Here are some pics from last Friday's jaunt to the market in Taegu, Seo Mun Market has building full of vendors stalls loaded to the gills with fabric, bedding, clothing, accesories, kitchen wares, you name it. Usually each floor specializes in a certain type of good. In between the buildings there are more stalls of goods and foods and they have umbrellas and tarps between them. It really is a neat site.

Baskets and Lace Post Card finished!

Well, I think I am getting the hang of this although I do have areas I still need to remedy. Here is my finished PC along with a few close ups.

The buttons on the top left of the card are vintage doll buttons. The buttons in the top right cluster are also vintage except the brown leaf button.

I am pretty pleased with my SRE floral and many thanks go to Melissa for the tutorial on her blog about how you pull the ribbon when doing Silk Ribbon Embroidery. It really makes a difference! Before my leaves and buds had a rounded end and now they are more pointy from pulling in the direction of the ribbon of the ribbon.

I want to get a stamp for the back of my postcards to make it look more professional then hand drawing it with a pigma pen. Here are some links to similar ones I am looking at.

Baskets and Lace- a bit of progress

Here is the latest on my Baskets and Lace postcard- =)

Baskets and Lace

I sewed up a small postcard size block this week. It measures larger then 4 by 6 but I still have to cut it down to size after emellishing it.

Please excuse the crude cardboard cut out frame. It 'frames' the work and helps you see the finished work throughout the whole process.

Many thanks to Katherine at Calidore Garden Rambings for her tutorial on how to make Crazy Quilted Postcards. She makes it look so easy!

Friday Market Shopping

I went shopping on Friday and picked up a few items.

One was this so pretty fabric that has basket motifs on it. They are about 21/2 by 2 3/4 in dimension and I coudn't resist at 3 bucks a yard.

I also picked up these lace motifs that are quite large- maybe two inches by three inches.

My third fabric postcard

Right before we left to the States I received a lovely envelope in the mail from my father in law's wife, Elaine chock full of vintage hankies. They are so lovely and I want to photograph some of them for you to see in the future. I wanted to make her something and I have also wanted to try my hand at making fabric postcards and this is my third effort. The first came out decent and I sent that to Gena so she could critique it and show me area of improvements. The second one wasn't fit for anything... lol...and I don't even know where it ended up! The third one came out great and this is the one I am sending to Elaine as a thank you for the hankies. The center print is a vintage 40s reproduction postcard fabric and when I saw this fabric on the shelf in Seattle I bought as much as my budget allowed.!

Hooray! I'm Back!

Moving sure has been A LOT of hard work! We are basically moved in, but there are many little things that need to be done that add up to much time!

Then I couldn't find my camera charger cord or USB cord so I was really in a lurch! =)

Candi's Eye Candy

Things are getting back to normal here with our move and I am so glad. =)

There is a new blogger 'on the block' and I wanted to share the link to her newly started blog.

Obee Olee???

I know I know! We are supposed to be moving! And we are. There is only so much moving I can do before I can be exhausted! I am off to bed in just a sec...

Tonight, we asked Mr Lee and a few other if they wanted to come over and have some ravioli with us. Mr Lee had asked the other Korean folk if they wanted to come over to (using it as a verb) obee olee.

It was hilarious! When I finally figured it out- what he was saying- I was in a fit of laughter. And so was he! =)

Crabby Old Woman

When an old lady in the Ashludie Hospital Geriatric Ward, near Dundee, Scotland, died, it appeared that she had left nothing of value. Then the nurse, going through her possessions, found this poem.

What do you see, nurses? What do you see?
What are you thinking When you're looking at me?

A crabby old woman, Not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, With faraway eyes?

Who dribbles her food And makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice, "I do wish you'd try!"

Who seems not to notice The things that you do,
And forever is losing A stocking or shoe?

Who, resisting or not, Lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding, The long day to fill?

Is that what you're thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse, You're not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I am As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, As I eat at your will.

I'm a small child of ten With a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters, Who love one another.

A young girl of sixteen With wings on her feet
Dreaming that soon now A lover she'll meet.

A bride soon at twenty, My heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows That I promised to keep.

At twenty-five now, I have young of my own,
Who need me to guide And a secure happy home.

A woman of thirty, My young now grown fast.
Bound to each other With ties that should last.

At forty, my young sons Have grown and are gone,
But my man's beside me To see I don't mourn.

At fifty, once more Babies play round my knee,
Again we know children, My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me, My husband is dead,
I look at the future, I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing Young of their own,
And I think of the years And the love that I've known.

I'm now an old woman And nature is cruel;
'Tis jest to make old age Look like a fool

The body, it crumbles, Grace and vigor depart
There is now a stone Where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass A young girl still dwells,
And now and again, My battered heart swells.

I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
And I'm loving and living Life over again.

I think of the years All too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact That nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people, Open and see,
Not a crabby old woman; Look closer . . . see ME!!

Moving Day

We are in the process of moving so I will be out of commision for about a week. On the tail of recently returning from the states we have ALOT of stuff to do!


Been back for a bit and am getting ready to move into our new place today. I can't sleep and have been up since about four thirty this morning.

Charlene has tagged me asking about five different unusual things about myself to promote the blogs I read regularly.

1. I was born three and a half months premature. I weighed in at 2 pounds one ounce and my weight dropped down to one pound nine ounces. Anyone looking at me would neverEVER guess this.... at five feet ten inches and a substantial weight(tee hee), I look anything but small, premature and scrawny. My father said they would put me in a shoebox for a crib and that I DID fit inside !

2. As a result of my premature birth, my eyes are underdeveloped. My glasses are coke bottle thick. yuck. Also, I was born with a crossed eye that where you could barely see the pupil of my eye. When i was two, I had surgery to correct it and when I am tired I can feel it crossing in of its own accord. However, I have alot to be thankful for as I do have my sight. =)

3. I eat french fries first. I hate cold french fries because they usually get hard. yuck.

4. I am fidgety. I usually have to be doing something... anything... I hate sitting idle. Whether it be reading a book, listening to something on my mp3 or stitching, I have to stay active. When my husband and I go somewhere in the car I take something with me. If I am on the train I am doing something. I love accomplishing things in those little snatches of time.

5. I always make my bed in the morning. Always. I hate to see it undone. It makes the room look so much cleaner and organized.

In return, I am tagging