New Products Coming for Embroidery

15 12 2008

I wanted to give you a quick update on a new product that I am going to add to our embroidery line.

I have found the cutest slippers that would be
a great inexpensive gift anytime of the year.
Stay tuned for a picture and availability.


Quilter’s Recipe for Cold Weather

9 12 2008

This recipe is perfect for the winter “frosties” when they come your way. Enjoy!

San Antonio Style Tortilla Soup (from Fix It and Forget It Lightly Slow Cooker Recipes)

1 Tbsp of olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 cloves of gralic
2 tsp ground cumin
1 14.5 oz cans fa free chicken broth
1 15 oz. can stewed tomatoes
1/4 tsp of black pepper
2 cups boneless, skinless chicken breast, uncooked and cubed
2 cups water

2 cups shredded low fat cheese
fat free sour cream
baked tortilla chips

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4-6 hours.

Note: You can also add corn if you so desire to this soup.

My “Studio”

5 12 2008

I had a question recently regarding my workspace for my quilting and embroidery business.  My husband and I downsized to a townhome in preparation for being semi-retired (I still maintain a part-time position as a school librarian two days a week and my husband is teaching in a community college).  Our town house has an area that, in most cases, would be used as an upstairs living room but this has turned out to be the perfect place for my quiltilng frame and embroidery machine. The lighting is excellent and we had extra “pot” lights added to give even more lighting. My 12′ frame is a little tight 🙂 but I have arranged it so that I can still get behind the frame for executing pantos.  I have all of my storage underneath the frame so that helps to keep “stuff” under control. I currently have furniture to handle the overflow of books, patterns and thread but one of my Christmas presents for this year will be overhead cabinets and a cutting surface that will be portable. I really want more floor space, so this will help that dilema. I have included some photos…I am currently working on another quilt to fill that blank space above my frame; I hate not having a quilt that I can look at all the time !

The Results Are In

4 12 2008

Well, as often happens in the real world, life got in the way of my blogging, so now I need to catch up and get back on track. Waiting for test results can be unnerving; I am not a particularly patient person when it comes to health related “stuff” so this was a good lesson on learning to make good use of the time in the interim.

As you may recall, I learned through my radiology clinic, not my GYN, that I had an abnormal mammogram. The fact that the group that I use didn’t contact me after having the results for 3 weeks was upsetting; as I have said, it is a great lesson in remembering that we all have to be assertive with our personal health care.  I also learned how wonderful it is to have a husband who will help you with that health care…when the radiology clinic told me that they couldn’t reschedule the tests for another two weeks, my husband went to the clinic in person and arranged a walk-in appointment for the following day…I was at work when he called to tell me. To say that I was happy to be getting it over with is putting it mildly. Long story made short, yesterday I received a letter to confirm that all is well and, yes you guessed it, the referring physician NEVER contacted me. I am very thankful that I am okay, that I now will have a breast specialist who knows who I am and can do procedures based on knowing my history and that I will never go back to the practice that didn’t contact me.  God is good!

On the humourous side of this, I have to say it is always an adventure to be a small woman having a mammogram. There are just parts of me that will never stretch in the direction that the mammographer would like to have it go…at one point there were 3 mammographers in the room trying to figure out how to get the best picture with very little to work with…maybe when I grow up I will be more flexible 🙂

Again, I want to encourage anyone who reads my posts to please be assertive with your health care;don’t assume and don’t let anything “go”. You are important!