Saturday, December 20, 2008

PICTURES........MY SHOP.. I HAVE PROMISED

I have promised a picture of my shop for a long time and I have put it off until my shop was nice and tidy, but girls, my shop will never be nice and tidy......... soooooooooo I cleaned it up today after finishing most of my job and quickly took some pictures before it gets busy again.......... soooo without further ado............... My shop........... So when you hear me say that I am busy in my shop this is where I am working...............


First I want to post this picture of my Jingle for the Cure hosted by Deena over at Can I be Pretty in Pink.. I received this today from my swap partner Sandy and I put it on my Christmas tree in my shop...... Isn't it pretty..................
Now for a picture of my book swap from Stacy she sent me this craft book and it is filled with good stuff that I am anxious to make............. I will put some stuff on my Etsy shop after Christmas...... it was a wonderful swap............... NOW.......... My shop.......
This picture is the back of the shop where I have my stash of material and my ironing board and hangers full of sweat shirts and Tee shirts......... I have one more job laying on the ironing board, it is three heavy long sleeve shirts with a Carhart jacket to embroidery tomorrow afternoon. You see my back door in the far right of the picture and that goes outside to my pool !!!!!!!!!! YEAH.. but it is covered right now (sad face) but summer is coming.

This is just a little table that sits right outside my kitchen door where I like to display items that I make...... You will see a better picture of it in a minute....
This is a picture from the back door looking toward the front of my shop.. You see my shop front door in the background. My embroidery machine is to the right of the picture and my counter that has all my little plastic drawers where I keep all my stuff......... My sweet hubby built that counter for me two years ago and it is wonderful .............My sewing machine is sitting in the foreground on a small table, when I need it I just move it up to the desk table where there is a lot of room to sew........
This picture is taken behind my desk looking out the windows..........There are three front windows but I have the shades drawn except for the one in front of the tree........... The shop faces west so I have a beautiful view out the front of my house. And it is a wonderful place for some summer plants.......... If you look right in the counter you will see my printer on a shelf, and my PC is sitting right to the left .... The printer will slide out when I need to use it..... It is a scanner, printer, copier.......... It works real well for scanning designs for my customers........
This is looking from the door just inside the shop looking toward my kitchen door. This was once a garage so the door going into the house is not a very pretty door so this summer we will be replacing it with a door just like the back door in a few pictures up......... Sweet...............
My machine sits under a North window and right across the yard is the little house where Mom and Dad live....... I can work at my counter and see their front door.. That makes it nice for me and for them.............

Here is my stash girls...... Material, material,material. There are wooden crates between the shelves and I have material on cardboard sitting up in the box... Better picture is below. Little plastic drawers hold stuff! I is pretty organized but it could use some help........ My DH is going to put another brace under the bottom shelf, you can see how it is drooping just a bit.......




These are my cutter quilts. I have several craft ideas for these......... I have people all the time wanting them........... Nope......... I have collected them for a long time and I have several more tucked away in a closet....... I sure hope I can get my butt in gear and make some things !


What you see here is my patterns that I have been buying for about 3 years now.. waiting for the day that I can start making dolls and prim things........ There is some wonderful patterns there!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you look close there is a wooden box sitting there with patterns and material inside. I just take cardboard and cut it into strips and wrap the material around it and stand them up. It is in disarray right now but I have been busy! ahahhahah That sounds like a good excuse !
See at that material, I save all the little strips. Those dolls do not take much material sometimes and any little scrap can turn into a bow or something !



Peg board with my embroidery thread and hoops and hat attachments....... Wall heater for heating.... The entire house is total electric so we just put a propane tank outside and hooked up this little heater...... It does a good job...........We are moving the peg board while he is off over the Christmas holiday........ It is going on the North wall at the end of my counter......... That will put it right by my machine and I will not be walking back and forth for thread and hoops............ Ain't he sweet!
See that back door, that is the same door that I am going to replace the old brown door going into my house........... What do you think? I think it will look great! I will be able to see in the shop without going out there and see into the house from the shop............ do you think it will look ok? I hope to do that this summer.
You can see the printer better in this picture....... It is kind of tidy don't you think, and those heavy black mats are wonderful under my feet.............

A view from my chair............. I am so blessed......................


Right inside the front door......... You can have a seat and we can visit.............


Just coming out of the kitchen, look at that TV in the corner....... We are changing to cable TV this next week and I will have a big TV during the day........ I hate to say it but I am a TV freak but I am doing better......... but when NCIS comes on I have to watch! I have to!!!!!!!!!

I am a basket freak and have them everywhere.......... I collect wicker picnic baskets..... you can see them peaking out from under that little table and in front of my counter is several stacked up with a plant sitting on them ..... they all have something in them, but I am always forgetting what ! hahahahha Picture below is of the ones in front of the counter............. Sweet !!!!!!!!



This huge baskets sits in front of my desk and is full of doll bodies...... I found a girl on Ebay that was going out of the doll business and going into quilting........... She gave me a good deal on these.... There are 55 doll bodies and she threw in some dresses and pantaloons............Sweet.. Then the picnic baskets with my old watering can with my spider plant.. My shop also functions as a green house for my summer plants......... They love the west window and all the sunshine and not the cold! Most of them do real well.................




And my unfinished project.......She is waiting for a face and hair and some trim on her dress.......... She is a Christmas present for a special person in my life.. Cannot tell you right now as she reads my blog.......... I will tell after Christmas and maybe have a picture of her and her doll........!!!!!! Betty Boop just sits and watched all the goings on in my shop.. She is the keeper of old buttons.....


I had a terrible time taking pictures of the tree in the dinning room. The light flash and it is almost impossible to snap a picture at the time they are all lite! Soooooooooooo never mind.

This is the dinning room as you come in from my shop. If you will look at the ceiling just past the tree you will see what appears to be a patch in the ceiling...... You are right.....There was a wall there just before Thanksgiving, and down it came ! I love the huge room now and you can see my front door in the background. We have a lot to do but for now it is functional. We are going to lay a new wood floor and paint the kitchen cabinets. But that is for this summer or next summer. It works for now.



Table at the far end of the dinning room.......... It really looks good at night when all the lights are off except for the tree.............. I love Christmas.........

You cannot tell much about the picture above the table but it is just a pair of hands reaching down and the caption is "Come Unto Me" .......... Oh how HE bids us to come.............



My tree.. It really is pretty but some how this picture does not do it justice!


Well that is all, thanks for staying with me on this picture tour........ I will post a Christmas story tomorrow and it will stay until the week after Christmas..... Wishing you all a Christmas filled with love and laughter and mostly Jesus.......... Please invite HIM to sit and stay a while this Christmas day, HE does love a good meal and friends and laughter!


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

We Are The Reason For The Season



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Merry Christmas

and with that said let it melt your heart to the real reason we celebrate.
For you see we are the reason for the season.
He came without hesitation, leaving His crown at the feet of the Father. He came as scripture foretold. He came, His future planned before the foundations of the earth. He came with a whimper in a manger, knowing that He would die as a result of His birth. Yet He came.
He came from the Father so we could be reconciled back to The Father. He came from the Father and He was without sin. He came in obedience to the Father, so that we could cry Abba Father.

Romans 8:15
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father

Let us rejoice

He came. He is coming again
Merry Christmas