Wednesday, July 1, 2020


I made a couple of new tops which I just love how well they fit.  I was just playing around on the computer and ran across an article about a lady that made t-shirts from ten different patterns from ten different sites.  Then she posted which pattern was her favorite.  I decided well if she liked this pattern the best out of ten, I thought I would try it.  Also, the pattern was free!! 

The site is Greenstyle Creations-Sewing & Pattern Group.  You have to join the group and you find it on Facebook.  After you join the group and are accepted you need to go to the announcements page.  Next, scroll down to the Welcome article that starts out like this.

Welcome to the Greenstyle Creations Sewing and Pattern Group! For more information and to purchase Greenstyle Creations PDF patterns, visit
Things that are helpful to know:
Then they list by number information and you need to scroll down to number 5 and you can order the t-shirt pattern and use a special code to get the pattern for free.

It is a free $10.00 pattern and you print it off on your computer and then tape the pages together. It is a great pattern and well worth the paper and tape. It also comes with ways to change the necklines. I am not affilliated in any way. I just thought someone out there might be interested. It is nice to be able to get the pattern instantly.

Here are a couple of pictures on my new duct tape dummy showing what they look like. These are just some materials that have been on my shelves for a while and since I could not go out shopping I decided to use what I had on hand. I have been able to clear out plenty of scraps that have just been waiting for an opportunity like this to get used up.

All sizes are on the pattern and the only adjustments that I made were going from my bust size to my waist size and then to my hip size. Just drew a line from one size to the next to get the correct measurements. Hope you give them a try and if you need help, just let me know!!

Saturday, June 13, 2020


This recipe with one cup of FAGE  0% FF Greek Yogurt and 1 Cup of Self Rising Flour, I use Hudson Cream), make the best diet rolls and they are always a big hit at my house.  I made some today to freeze for when we go camping.  They are delicious!

I always mix my two ingredients by hand on the counter and it is messy but it will come together into a nice ball and if you need to add a tiny bit more flour that is ok too.  Now here is the trick to having these come out good.  I take mine and spray a little olive oil spray on the top of the dough and lay a piece of saran wrap over them.  I let the dough sit for 15-20 minutes.  For the hamburger buns, I just use a hamburger maker and I take my dough and cut it into four equal pieces and press one in the hamburger presser and flatten it round and place it upside down then on my baking pan.  For the hotdog buns, I rolled my dough out into again four oval shapes to about 5 1/2 inches long.
Then I folded in one side, then the other side and folded again to meet in the middle.  Then placed the folded side down on the baking pan.  I beat an egg and did a light egg wash over the buns and sprinkled them with Stonemill Everything Bagel Seasoning.  I baked them at 475 degrees for about 15-17 minutes but watched them very closely the last five minutes.  I want to eat one so bad, but I will be good and freeze them.  If you are on Weight Watchers they are 3 points each or 94 calories.  I guess I never told you, I also love to cook and bake!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


My new darling great grandbaby is here and he was born on May 30.  His name is Quan Marquis, Jr.  He is just so precious and we just fell instantly in love with him!  I think I will call him Quan Quan or maybe Quanny, and my husband wants to call him QJ.  He is going to have to answer to many names!  We will just wait and see what fits him. 

Mom is doing fine but she is tired.  He is eating every hour, so she is not getting any rest.  The poor thing.  I think he just isn't getting full enough yet.  I wish there was a way I could help her out, but hopefully, he will be doing better soon.  I will also show you a picture of his brothers and their first meeting.  I just love this picture!

I haven't even gotten to see him with his eyes open, but he sure opened them up when he saw his two brothers!!!  The boys just love him to death!

Now I have been doing some sewing but just haven't had much time to post so some new items will be coming soon!!  I ordered some more material from JoAnn's this morning for two more tops and I want to start on those today.  Have a great day!  Cindy

Thursday, May 21, 2020


I lost 25 pounds and my duct tape dummy didn't fit my size anymore.  I used to weigh this amount before and she fitted fine but then I gained some weight and cut her up the back and restuffed to add a few more inches here and there.  Now she is to big.  YEAH!!

Since my husband and I have been home stuck in the house and I have been asking him to help me make another duct tape dummy.  He always says the same thing.  "How about next Monday, or next Tuesday etc."  But it just never happens and I miss her.  Well I finally pinned him down and we did get a new one made.  Here she is:

Now I did end up with a few scratches on my back when he cut it off of me.  I was being jabbed with the points of the scissors,  but it was worth the price to get my double back.    He always does an excellent job.  He even marked my lines for the waist, hips, and center of my body.  If I can ever get out of the house again, I am going to get some of that pretty colored tape and put it on my drawn in lines.

 Now, I also wanted to show you what didn't go into my new double.

That must be my 25 pounds of fat that I lost.  It filled a whole garbage bag.  That made me feel really good!!  I have met my Weight Watcher goal, but I would like to lose another 20 if that is possible.  It seems to not want to come off anymore.  It will take a while because I am only dropping about 1 pound a month now.  This is slow-moving.  Maybe summer will help!!  Anyone else out there on Weight Watchers?  How are you doing now with the pandemic?

P.S. A lot of people are asking, but no news to report on our new great grandbaby yet!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


I have been making blankets now for our new baby on its way.  My granddaughter is due May 31 so he could probably come any time now.    We ran into a little snag with the baby because we had to cancel the shower.  You know you kind of expect to get a few things to help out on everything that you need for a baby.  Well, this put a real crunch into what she needed.  This is her first baby, so she needs everything.  I have been sewing, trying to help get her ready.  Here are a couple of the blankets that I have been making.

My granddaughter just went to the doctor and I really thought, to me, that she looks like she has dropped, so I wanted to hear what the doctor had to say.  I asked her if she was dilated yet?  She said, I don't know they didn't check.  I said, well did they tell you about how much he weighs?  She said, no they didn't say.  I asked her well what did they say and they just asked her how she was feeling!  Now, she is due in two weeks and I find this strange!  I might be comparing this back to forty years ago when it was me having babies, but what is up with this?  Is this the new norm???  Someone please help this old grandma out here!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


I have been doing a little sewing.  A few things that I have been wanting to do for a while and some baby sewing items.

I made some baby receiving blankets so our little darling can be snuggled up.  I always make mine with a double layer of flannel.  They always turn out a little bit heavier and nice.

Next, I saw this on some featherweight machines and I loved this little thread holder and finally had time to make one.

Now, onto the hard one.  I am really just a crochet beginner.  I saw these little booties that I knew my granddaughter would love so I bought the pattern.  They are a little bit over my head and I had to constantly look up how to do this stitch and that stitch.  Then I could not remember them when it was time again to use that stitch, so I had to look them up again.  It took me a week to do my practice bootie which turned out ok, but I just used that to learn the stitches.  Here is my first finished bootie.  Now I am sure you pros will see lots of mistakes, but it was made with love.  I have to make the other one now.  It was hard mostly because it is so small, and the yarn is dark that I had trouble seeing my stitches.  I wish I could of went out and got me a pair of cheater glasses that would have magnified it a little closed for me.  Hopefully, this next one will go a little bit faster!

Anyone else working on anything new or finishing up some ufo's?

Sunday, March 15, 2020


This will be the last post on the Red & White Quilt!  It is finally finished!  I have the binding all sewn on.  I will be moving onto some baby items now since I will soon become a great-grandma!  Doesn't that sound terrible!!  Here are the last pictures of the quilt.  Thank you for hanging in with me for the last four months.  I think I am going to have to go shopping for some more material.  With the medication that I am on for this arthritis,  my immune system is compromised and not as strong as it should be.  I will probably be mostly staying in the house for a while and I am going to have to have something to sew!  Talk soon!  Cindy