Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cool weather is great!

The girls and I had a great trip to Sonoma and Napa Valley. We had many laughs and memories that I will cherish forever. I am working on several orders for Christmas and hoping to get a few more on Etsy. I am going to post a few of my sewing projects that I have recently sold to customers. I love my new Baby Lock monogramming machine, it makes things go so much faster. Well I have 3 weeks and then I have another holiday and I can't wait...the good thing about teaching is the long vacation time. I hope you have a great week and stay warm.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Middle Child's Birthday and sewing fun

Today is my son Matthew's 25th birthday....my time flies! Today was a chilly and misty day here in Southeast Texas. I cooked Cornish hens and rice for dinner and it was delicious. I haven't cooked that in a long time. My mom, sister and I went to the Nutcracker Craft Show in Houston yesterday and I had a fun day out with those two.

Today I made a couple of new things for my Etsy Shop and worked on my booth in Jasper. Just 5 more days until Linsi, Haley and I fly out to Sonoma and Napa Valley. This is my first trip to California and I am pretty excited about it. We will be gone for about 3 days and then back for Thanksgiving and family time. Here is a look at the new shirts that I have added to Etsy. If you have a chance visit my shop:nwalkercreations "The Pink Door".

Sunday, November 7, 2010

What a week!

Wow...glad this week is over! I got sick on Weds. and really didn't feel better until Saturday. The stomach virus was going around at school and I had to catch it. I went to Dallas to visit my kids and pick up Fisher, my son's dog. Finn, my dog has been enrolled in training school and will be gone for at least a month. Fisher has a tumor and we are going to hopefully get his surgery scheduled and get him on the mend. I had a great visit with Linsi, Haley, Tanner, Matt, and Dallas this weekend. We always have lots of laughs and eat tons of good food. Since my tummy wasn't all that great I had soup at most stops.
I plan on sewing lots of new things this week so I will post what I make later. I did visit one of my favorite fabric shops while in Dallas. City Craft off of Lover's Lane some really nice fabric and patterns. I always find something to buy when I go there.
Linsi is busy making her cute baby shoes and other projects that she is selling. Haley is winding down the semester and has senior idis really bad...LOL. Matt is working and hunting.
I hope you have a great week and I hope have a better week than last week. God Bless and take care.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Etsy Shop

Thanks so much for the comments! I have been super busy. I have bought a new embroidery machine and I have been busy with orders. My Etsy shop has not been that busy but I have been busy with the Antique stores and special orders from my friends. My Etsy store is under nwalkercreations, so check out what I am selling and let me know what you think. I am posting a few pictures of some of my things that I am selling. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labor Day!

I had a great Labor Day weekend with my family. The girls and I sewed most of the weekend and had a great time. I will post pictures later on all the things that we made with my machine. I have rented a new room in Buna for all of my baby items, so I am busy trying to fill it up. Mother and I painted the room pink and then I purchased some white grid to hang the clothes, bows, and etc. It looks really nice and I'm so excited about it. I finally opened my Etsy store and it is called nwalkercreations. I only have 3 items right now but hey it's a start! I hope that it works out to be a good thing. I have not tried online sales so this all new to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated from those of you who have sold online. My favorite things to sew are children's clothing and accessories. I hope everyone had a safe and happy weekend.
God Bless you!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Glance back at summer.....it ends tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be the last day of summer for me, since we start school next Monday. As I look back on this past summer I can honestly say it was one of the best summers I've had in awhile. So I thought I would reflect a little on just that. I love to go camping with my family and we were able to get the whole family together in May and go to the lake. We enjoyed a week of fun, food, friends, and family. Haley and I took our first trip to Europe and had a wonderful trip touring Italy. Being a history teacher for many years, this was truly a dream come true for me. On our way home, we got news that the sawmill had burned. Needless to say this was quite upsetting and after leaving the airport we both cried as we left the airport and headed home. I think we were so exhausted from plane delays and the trip that we didn't know if we were crying because the mill had burned or that we were just so tired from the long day. But I believe God always has a plan for our lives and he knows what is ahead and we can only put our trust in him and move forward.
Our Europe trip was great but there is no place like the good old USA.
I made several trips to Dallas and enjoyed shopping and visiting with my kids this summer. On July 4th, we went to the lake with the family and had a wonderful day of fun in the sun.
Looking ahead to the new school year, this will be Haley's final year in college. So this will be an exciting fun year for her. And yesterday Jimmy and I celebrated 31 years of marriage. My how time flies!
I am going to post a few pictures of my summer time fun!
God Bless You and have a wonderful week!

Monday, August 9, 2010

A busy Monday!

This was a busy and productive Monday for me! I made several monogrammed Kleenex holders this morning for my booth in Buna and I cooked a delicious lunch for me and my husband. The seviche was wonderful and we had fresh black-eyed peas and fresh corn. I love all of the fresh vegetables in the summer time. Afterwards I went for a swim with my lab, Finn. I plan to get freshened up and go to Buna to visit my parents and take the Kleenex holders to my booth.
I have a few pictures of those cute Kleenex holders. I gave the instructions on how to make these simple holders last year. You can scroll through my blog to get the instructions for those if you would like to make them. I added a monogram on these this time.
Have a great day!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Seviche Recipe

I don't how many of you like to eat Seviche but my sister gave me this recipe and I will have fresh Seviche in 12 hours from now! This is my first attempt at making this but it was very simple and it turned out to be very pretty!

Shrimp 'Cooked' in Citrus Juice
Seviche de Camarones

All over South America, people "cook" fish by soaking it in citrus juice. After marinating several hours, the seafood turns opaque and firm, with a texture half-way between sushi and traditionally cooked fish. Seviche goes fast at a party -- especially in the summer when the citrusy, fresh bite feels especially right. There's a lot of room for improvisation here: buy whichever type of sweet peppers look good; play with the proportion of citrus juices and control the heat with your choice of hot peppers.

Makes 6 servings

1 ½ pounds large (about 20 per pound) shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into thin strips about 2 inches long
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into thin strips about 2 inches long
Half a small red onion, cut into thin slivers
1 small bunch cilantro, thick stems removed, the rest chopped coarsely
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fine sea or kosher salt
1 Scotch bonnet, jalapeno or hot chili pepper of your choice, stemmed and minced
12 lemons, or as needed
8 limes, or as needed
4 oranges, or as needed

Like sofrito, there are a million variations on this theme. Use this very simple recipe as the base for your own.

1. Toss the shrimp, yellow and red pepper, onion, cilantro, salt and chili pepper together in a bowl to mix them evenly. Pack into a non-reactive container (a 2-quart glass jar works well). Squeeze the citrus, strain out any seeds and pour over the shrimp and vegetables. There should be enough juice to cover the shrimp and vegetables, if not add more. Seal the container and refrigerate until the shrimp is opaque, 12 hours to one day.

2. To serve: Drain, discard most of the liquid and pile the shrimp and vegetables in a serving bowl.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Early Christmas Projects

I am trying to start early on my Christmas projects so I have done a few appliqued onesies and a 3 piece gift set. I also got my Etsy Shop up and running today. It took me awhile to get the pictures the right size and posted but I now have two items for sale. If you are curious and want to take a peek at my shop it's called "nwalkercreations".
I had a visit from my sister and my parents today and we had a great lunch and visit.
My sister, Lisa purchased a Bernina similar to mine and I gave her a quick demonstration on how to use the embroidery and how to do applique with the machine. Lisa loves anything with birds so I embroidered her a dishcloth with a cute little bird. I also did Mom one for her kitchen. Afterwards we went out by the pool with Finn and watched him retrieve and swim. I hope your day was as fulfilling as mine.
Take care and God Bless You.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Little Peek into "MiMi's Cottage"

Here are few pictures that I took at "MiMi's Cottage" in Buna, Texas. She has a cute business in my grandmothers house. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

It is soooo Hot!

It is so hot here I can barely stand to go outside. I worked on some of my old doors that I have collected over the last months. My husband and I put metal brackets on the bottom of them so they will stand alone and I can use them as a back drop for my antique booth. It was extremely hot in our garage at 8:30 when we were working on them. I am ready for a little fall weather to pass our way very soon.
I am working on several sewing projects that I need to finish before school starts in a couple of weeks. I am still loving my Bernina machine and in the hoop embroidery. If you have not tried in the hoop embroidery you should.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wow it's been quite awhile!

I have neglected my blog for such a long time but decided to write a little something today. As I said in the last post, my life has changed somewhat since I have Finn in my life. He is growing so much and such a blessing to have around. I will post a few pics of this sweet thing so you can see the progress he has made. I have also been busy sewing some of my projects for my booth spaces and I am getting an Etsy shop ready. I am going to try the online business with my children's gifts. Haley and I took a two week trip to Italy and it was such a fun vacation for us. I have tons of good pictures and I loved every minute of it. It is so hot in Texas that I am trying to stay busy but cool! I hope your summer is going well and I will try to do better on my blogging! Take care and God Bless You.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I have a new LOVE!!

I am sorry that I have not posted lately but I have been one busy lady! Matt's dog Fisher fathered 7 beautiful puppies and he gave Linsi the pick of the litter and I decided to get one too! Linsi named hers "Dallas" and I named mine "Finn". Her puppy is black and mine is a yellow lab. They are precious! I didn't realize how much fun having two puppies could be....but very time consuming. We are enjoying them so much though. My burp pads and bibs are selling really well in the shops. I am also making doggy t-shirts that are selling well too. I am posting a picture of my "new" baby and I will be posting more later. Have a great weekend and I will post more pics later.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Another Trip to RoundTop

I had another fun and eventful trip to Round Top. This time my Mom and two daughters came along for the fun! We stayed at my favorite B&B, Wellspring. I didn't cover as much ground as I usually do but I still found a few treasures. We enjoyed eating the delicious "Mae's Burger" at Scotty and Friends Restaurant in Round Top. The weather was great and the Blue Bonnets were gorgeous. On Saturday night we attended the "Leftovers" party and we enjoyed the beautiful displays at this store. It is such a treat to shop at Leftovers, if you have never visited their store you should make plans to do so. I also purchased the new book about Round Top and all the activities and places that are so interesting in Round Top. I'm still reading and looking at it but it was well worth the money. Have a wonderful week. I know this is short but I am really tired from the trip and I have to rise early and work and then I have a softball game out of town tomorrow night which means a late bus ride there and back:(

Monday, March 15, 2010

In the Hoop Applique

I am on Spring Break this week and I have been learning a new technique on my sewing machine. I heard several people that I know talking about "in the hoop" applique embroidery. So I decided to try my hand at it. I have made several bibs and onsies using 'in the hoop". I am posting some pictures of some of the onsies and bibs.

Have a great week!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

More sewing

I am in the middle of softball season so I am not getting the sewing time that I would like to but I finished a few items this past weekend. I love this fabric! The colors are so springy and fresh. This is a diaper/wipes mini bag with burp pads to match. When things slow down a bit I plan to make alot of these sets. I used fat quarters that I already had on hand. Linsi and I also made these adorable little shoes. You can get the free pattern for these at this website http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/ They are easy to make and so cute. All is going well here at home and we only have 49 days until school is out. It's hard to believe another school year will soon end. Haley and I are planning a trip to Italy and I am so excited. I have never been to Europe and this is going to be a nice experience I'm sure. We have several tours planned and of course we have included time for a little shopping! Have a fantastic Friday!