Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Life Change Coming Up...

I hope I don't bore you all to tears, but I will be going through a possible total life change on April 30th.  As some of you know I am extremely hard of hearing and that problem has gotten worse in the last year till it's almost impossible to understand the spoken word and I am withdrawing further and further away from contact with most everyone except family and close friends.  Thank God for my iPad and my Closed Caption Captel Phone and my quilting.!!!!   

I have worn a hearing aid since I was 27 years old, 79 years young now, and  as the hearing slowly receded I reverted to wearing an FMStereo system about 6 years ago.  This worked for a while, but now, it is beyond being acceptable so my next recourse is a Cochlear Implant if I want any betterment (is that a word? ) to my quality of life, which I certainly do.  My brain is young, my hands are nimble and I'm agile enough for my age to not want to curl up and hibernate for what time I have left because I can't hear.  It's time to socialize and enjoy the rest of my life.  

The result of this, after 3 years' consideration, is that I am scheduled to have a Cochlear Implant on April 30.  I am writing here on "The Meanderings" to bring hope and Faith in the Almighty to anyone that is going through what I am right now.  So....I'll write and update you all as things progress and hopefully, if everything is successful, a celebration worth celebrating!!!!

I may be able to hear the spoken word again, enjoy a movie and TV without captions, listen to a good thunder storm, hear my music again, hear my great grands voices, hear the birds sing, oh...the list goes on and on....just things  you get used to not hearing as your hearing gets worse, and worse, and worse.  There is hope and I'm going to share that process with you.  If it doesn't work, then we will grieve together.  

I have had my tests and shots and everything is set to go.  I'll get back to you on June 1 and let you all know how things went.  I won't know if it is successful until one month of healing has gone by and they are able to activate the implant that they have implanted in my brain.  If  you are not aware of the implant process, just Google Cochlear Implant and read all about it.  Dr. McReyolds has done 1700 implants with a 95% success rate.  So, I'm very hopeful that all will go well.  If you are so inclined, please say a prayer for me and let's all hope for the best.

Later my friends, and thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Just Felt Like Chatting

Good morning and a good morning it is too.  Texas is still in the grip of cool and rainy weather with a nice promising of spring thrown in every once in a while.  My old home town's of Lincoln, RI and Statesville, NC are not doing much better.

Lot's going on here in Jamie's quilting studio, testing patterns, working on current ones, finishing others.  This is actually part of my living room.  It is such a convenient spot with plenty of light.


I have started livening up my Facebook page where you can see all my newest creations.  With collaboration with my daughter, Shirley, we have opened up a new section called "Touch of Faith" that features quilted bible verses and other inspirational sayings that make wonderful "everlasting" gifts.  I'd love to have you go on over there and like the page.  Just press the Facebook line in blue above and away you go.........

I start every morning off with a couple of cups of coffee while reading a dozen or so quilting blogs  and Facebook pages to keep up with what's going on in the world of quilting, fabric, new patterns and just plain enjoyment.

I would like to recommend one that is very interesting that is written by Bonnie K. Hunter, one of the most fascinating blog writers that I have come across in a long time.  Her blog is called Quiltsville.    She is the author of "Leaders and Enders" and several other great books.  Celtic Solstice is one of my favorites from her blog.  It was a mystery Quilt-A-Long (QAL).  if you would like press the Quiltsville blue above and press the line under her heading.  She also has some wonderful free patterns.  if you enjoy her blog, go on over there and tell her so.

It would also be great if you would be so kind as to leave a comment below and let me know if you enjoy reading about great blogs and patterns that definitely made my bucket list.

Thanks for stopping by and remember when you want something beautiful and handmade, visit GoodiesByJamie.etsy.com


Friday, December 6, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Time has flown since I moved to Texas as I've been busy setting up an apartment or should I say a sewing studio?  :)

Well, that's exactly what it is, one great room that combines an eating area, a TV area and a sewing area which is right in front of a huge window.  The bedroom serves as a resting place for me and all my fabric.  My lovely big closet also serves as the resting place for all 60 items I have posted on my Etsy Shop.

In my living area I have a TV resting on a dresser/bureau which I couldn't fit in the bedroom and it is filled with fabric for future projects, a desk that has two drawers dedicated to new fabric and a baker's rack filled with boxes entirely filled with projects that are ready to go.  A quilter I have been for about 15 years now and will be until the day I can no longer either see or feel the essence of beautiful fabric or no longer have a mind that can create with that fabric.

Speaking of Etsy, I'll like to share with you the following notice I just posted there.

 �� SALE SALE SALE �� - UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2014 ALL ITEMS IN SHOP WILL BE SHIPPED FREE OF CHARGE ON ALL DOMESTIC SALES.  ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS INSERT "CHRISTMAS13" IN THE COUPON CODE BOX WHEN ORDERING.  

�� Have a wonderful Holiday and share your love with gifts from Goodies By Jamie (or maybe just buy yourself something beautiful. ��

Please take a few minutes and visit the shop.  Just press here and enjoy some armchair Christmas shopping.

I mentioned in the last post about a quilt I am doing for a friend and it has just come back from being long-armed quilted and I will do the binding and it will be done.  I will show you the quilt in my next post.







Sunday, September 29, 2013

Writing From Texas

Yup, it's ME!   Where have I been?  Well, it's a long story seeing that the last post was in March.  Time flies and my life has been one changing scene after another.

After my husbands passed two years ago, I put my house up for sale with the hopes of moving to Texas to be with family when the house sold.  Well, as you can see it has taken 2 years to sell, but F I N A L L Y I got an interested buyer and then the fun began.  How to pack a five room house and make arrangements to move from NC to Texas?  Well, it wasn't easy, especially when you don't have family in the neighborhood.  Thank God for one very good lady friend though.  I doubt I could have done it without her.  We sold all the big stuff and all the junk stuff that you accumulate in 57 years of marriage and still stuffed a 10x22 storage shed in Texas.  And I mean stuff!!  Finally the big day arrived and I flew to Texas two months ago to be met by 2 of my daughters and in two weeks I will be moving to my very own small but lovely apartment.  This apartment is going to be a glorified combination living and crafting area.  It's going to be close, but I Will Overcome and it will be great when I am finished with it.  A wonderful space to relax with my feet up with a glass of wine and knit while I watch TV when I am not quilting.  I'm really looking forward to the challenge!

I will say my quilting has bloomed and if you have been following my Etsy shop you will know that I have been turning out many quilted, knitting and crocheted items during the last two years.  If you haven't been following the shop, please take a look if you would like to. 

My latest endeavor is an experience that I am happy to be a part of.  I met a wonderful lady here in Texas who is the mother-in-law of my daughter's friend (got that?)  It seems that my daughter's friend is the proud owner of sixteen hand embroidered blocks made by her grandmother many long years ago, and she has asked me to make a quilt for her using those blocks.  Needless to say, I was extremely interested and set about designing a background for these blocks.  The layout was approved and the material purchased and I am well on my way to having one half of the quilt sewed.  I'm not going to share it with you just yet, but I will when my friends have seen it first.  Needless to say the blocks are fragile but beautiful.  I have backed each block with a very soft fusible interfacing which came out perfect.  The handwork is delightful with baskets of beautiful flowers, etc.  I have never made a commissioned quilt before and it is scary but exciting.  

I have joined a Quilt Guild and a Knitting Guild and attend a couple of quilting Bees and life is certainly a lot more interesting than when in NC.  I am so glad I made the move.  I'm with family (daughters, son in law, grandkids and their families, and a nephew with his brand new wife) all of whom I love and the freedom to go and do what I want.  Happy Day!!!

Thanks for visiting and I'll Catch You Later......



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dream of a Trip

Had to share ....  I'm on a happy, happy just outside of Houston, Texas staying with my daughter for a fun filled week of  crafting, shopping and eating.

For my quilting addiction, we visited Quilt and Sew in Katy which is always wonderful, and for my knitting and crochet addiction we drove to Sugar Land and to the Sugarland Yarn Co. which was an experience.  For a combination of both crafts we took a trip to La Grange to The Quilted Skein which is a yarn and fabric shop that was absolutely paradise to me.  Naturally, I bought wares in every store to bring home as a reminder of my trip.  Isn't that a great excuse for spending money on my addictions?

From a simple sign


you open the door and enter a world of fabric and yarn.  A fiber artists paradise.


Half fabric and half yarn


It was a totally wonderful experience and needed to share it with you all.  If you ever get to La Grange, Tx, be sure to visit the shop and the Texas Quilt Museum, which is right next door...



I am fortunate enough to have a daughter that shares my love of  fiber art crafts who loves to share her talents with me.

This trip gave me a chance to see a couple of my daughters, my grandkids and my great grandkids.  It was wonderful seeing them. I would love to put their pictures in here also, but I respect their privacy and will not.

Catch you later.......

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Just a Chuckle

When I find something the tickles my funny bone or makes chuckle, it is definitely worth sharing.

As you know, quilters, knitters and crocheters are pretty good at coming up with short set of letters to explain themselves (acronyms).  Here are some good ones.

HSY - Haven't Started Yet

PHD - Project Half Done

WIVSP - Work in Very Slow Progress

TOAD - Trashed Object Abandoned in Disgust

PIG - Project in Grocery Bag

USO - Unstarted Object

UFO - Unfinished Object

STASH - Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden

SABLE - Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy

And My Favorites...

FART - Fabric Acquisition Road Trip (so can we call previous trips Old Farts???

WOMBAT -  Waste of Money Batting and Time


Had to Pass Along.....

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Home Made Hand and Body Cream

It's not everyday that I can say that I've found something new to help the dry conditions of a winter skin.  Well, today's the day.  While perusing "Bellaonline" in the quilting forum I found a discussion about making hand made Hand Cream.  This discussion talked to me, believe me.  I have the dryest skin in creation, cracks around my thumb nail (so painful) and dry elbows to mention a few problems.

Off to Dollar General to buy the ingredients:

A 16 oz. bottle of Baby Lotion (Pink Bottle)
An 8 oz Jar of Vaseline
An 8 oz Jar of Vitamin E Cream.

Now, how to put it all together....simply empty all the contaianers into a medium size mixing bowl and beat with your electric mixer until smoth and creamy.  Oh it is so pretty, light and smells so good.   I am told that it will not turn and will last forever.  Time will tell!  Imagine and all for under $5.

I put some back into the vitamin E bottle and the rest into a plastic container with a lid.  Will offer small batches to my friends and neighbors. 



I waited to post this until I had tried it and I have to say it really works.  I have a small pretty jar on my bedstand, one in the kitchen by the sink and one in the living room where I settle in to relax and watch TV, knit or crochet. 

Catch you next time.  Try this you might like it!!!!!!

Christmas Flowers

Hi there, I wanted to share with you the pictures of my beautiful Christmas Flowers that are still blooming like it was Christmas.


This is a striped Poincietta that needs light to keeps its' color.  I have never seen one like this before and I just love it.

 
 
Still beautiful.  This one has not grown one extra leaf nor has it changed it's color since I received it in Mid December.  It just stays beautiful.

 
 
I have been very busy getting my Etsy Shop going.  I have added many new things and am very busy right now getting things done in a Spring and Summer theme.  I hope you will take a minute and visit me here.