Saturday, November 28, 2009

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What's up with the "Search. Earn. Redeem." logos on my page you ask?! Well, it's swagbucks.com. It's pretty clever. I google all the tiem but if you use swagbucks.com instead you win points which you can redeem for gift cards, electronics, clothing, music, books. dvds, etc...

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sew Excited

Sewing Machine finally fixed, up and running!


This is my mom's sewing machine that she passed down to me. Granny said she got it for her right after my parents got married...so it's almost 30 years old and it's still in great condition. I thought that the tension was broken but I just didn't know how to thread it properly! :) Haha! My mom has made plenty of Halloween costumes, Christmas Pagent out church, Easter dresses and more on this machine. I hope I can get another 30 or so years out of it! This past week I went to visit my grandmother for a few days and took it so she could show me some basics but we were busy with other stuff and it ended up being my Aunt Nancy, another awesome seamstress in the family, who showed me some different techiniques. Most importantly how to thread the needle and bobbin! :) I took the thread of my grandmother's because I was afraid I'd forget on my way home so a lot of my practice today is with thread that doesn't match!! But, I ventured out and took teh thread out and re-threaded the machine and bobbin just to make sure and keep my mind sharp!

Here's my very first "sewing kit"

This is an old cigar box that was my Lulu's, my dad' mother. She even put stips of wood with nails to hold up her thread spools. The three thread spools are pictured are also her's and the rose cards are old needles that were also my Lulu's. The new tools and needles are gifts from my Aunt Nancy, my mom's sister, who went to Wal-Mart and got me a "starter kit" for my machine in case I ever need to make repairs. I have a feeling though I'll be calling her or making another special trip to see if she can fix it!! :)
Here's a close up of the needle package. :) Everything was so pretty.





























My very first project: A sewing machine cover.





























Sorry for the blurry pictures, it was taken with my phone. Also, it's sitting on it's very own shelf in my garage which is one reason I wanted this to be my first project since it can get dusty in there. The fabric was given to me by my Granny, she has a vest made out of this material and this was left over. She has a huge trunk filled with left over fabric so I grabbed a few stacks. It was rainy and dreaery today so it was a good day to stay inside and teach myself to sew!

This was more or less "practice," obviously :), but I want to get some fabric that is heavier weight and quilt it as well and make a new one. Everything like the hems are are "on the inside" except for one section of sewing on the top. It's funny! But, for not having a pattern (not like it's super hard) and for this being my very first project all alone I though it wasn't too bad. At least to just cover up my machine while it's in the garage.

I have a pattern my Ganny gave me for an apron and have some fabric she gave to me so that's another project I want to tackle. I also hope to make some curtains, shower curtain for our guest bathroom, pillow covers and shams, a baby blanket just to see if I can do it; maybe it'll be a gift if anyone of my friends gets pregnant soon. I also want to make a tote bag. Lots of projects I hope to tackle and hopefully I'll find the time to set aside for my new hobby.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to us!


Tomorrow, November 10th, is our 2nd anniversary as a happily married couple! It seems like yesterday but also like it was forever ago when we tied the knot. We still talk about our wedding day and how much fun we had. How nice it was to spend time with family and friends and what a great day it was to start our new family.

Over the past two years we have seen our family grow by welcoming two new neices, Trinity and Brinley. We have watched our neieces and nephews grow and learn new things. We've travelled and had fun with other married couples...laughing about being married, learning from their similarties and differences as married couples. We've also lost loved one's over the past two years but having your spouse there to lean on and for support has been a blessing. We've been there for friends who have married, found out they were expecting and for when their little one's have arrived. And, we've expanded our own little family by adopting Claireabelle, our third, and last (for now) dachshund. Basically, we have just throughly enjoyed these two years together. Learning from each other, laughing with and at each other, and discovering new talents, similarities and differences in each other. It's been a great two years and I can't wait to see what our future together holds!

Here's a recap in photos of a little bit of our life together.
                                                             





Mr. and Mrs. Richard Blake Kallemyn













Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thankful



The other night Blake and I had gone out with some friends and once we got home and to the front door I held Blake back from entering the house. I pointed to the decorative pumpkin sign hanging on the door and jokingly said, "before you can go in you have to tell me something you are thankful for." Normally, Blake goesalong with my silliness and will say something funny to get me to stop being silly. But, instead he grabbed my hand and told me how happy his life was because of me sharing it with him. How much he loves me and never imagined loving anyone so much. He was so sweet and honest and totally blew me away. Not because he doesn't tell me he loves me daily or tell me how great I am (haha! more silliness!!) but it's always when I'm being stupid and funny that he surprises me with his honesty and sweetness. Of course I dropped the funny act and told him that I loved him, was thankful he was in my life and means the world to me. I love and amankful for the way he can calm me down and he can cheer me up in a second when I've had a long day. He has such a sweet, calm and caring way with me and I love him for it.

So, because of my pumpkin sign  we've started a new tradtion. Whenever we come to the front door we will say something we are thankful for. A roof over our head, our family, our friends, having jobs, no matter what it is. I love our new fall tradition!

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