Monday, November 30, 2015

Did You See My SFD Videos?

Yes.  It is so much fun for me to see them.  I have told Glenda that my readers are always asking me to show them HOW I do my Sure-fit Designs blouses.  I always tell you to just go to and look at the dozens of videos there.

it seems some people have been asking Glenda to show them how to make my blouses also.  She was very nice to take the time to make TWO videos.  You probably got them in an email already if you are a follower, but if you didn't, I will post the links here.

I believe this one is the VERY FAST version Glenda did.  I love it.

This one is the detailed, slower version if anyone is interested in how I designed my red blouse.  

There is ONE difference from what Glenda shows you.  

I make a SEPARATE FACING that I sew onto the front.  I like the turned back edge with the facing understitched.  It is more substantial, I think.  Sometimes, I take out the shoulder seam in the facing and put a seam down the CB of the facing.

I have worked all day today on a special surprise for someone very dear to me, but I cannot blog about it.  It is for Christmas, so I have to keep it a secret until after Christmas.  I sure will show it to you then though.  It is WAY FUN!

Speaking of that, I need to get back to work on it.

Have a MARVELOUS week, my friends, and remember to count your many blessings.  Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my Thanksgiving video.  I do realize that I am not alone in the "broken family" boat.   

Hugs, Joy

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A WONDERFUL Day with a Normal, Loving Family


What a difference the MOM in the family makes.  I can't go into all the details about my family, because I must honor my Mother, no matter what.  We spent the day with some people we had never met before, but we felt closer to them than we do to our own siblings.  It is what a family SHOULD BE LIKE.  Loving, friendly, kind, helpful and very sweet to their Mother.  And the Mother was patient and kind and helpful and willing to join in to whatever the others were doing.  

Terry's Mom is Catherine, but I call her Momma.  When we arrived at noon today, Momma was sick. She was nauseous and had been throwing up.  She was sitting on the couch with a large bowl in front of her.  She came to eat when dinner was ready several hours later.  Terry said that she had just prayed for her.  I put my arm around her, and I said a short prayer.  She was immediately better and she ate a full meal.  Praise God!

I was hugged over and over and over by people there.  People who knew me and people who didn't.

As my daughter says, "My cup was filled up."

Terry's 3 little grand kids were there.  The girls had been to my house one day before, and we made necklaces.  McKinley drew me a picture today, and I had Terry snap a photo so I could show it to you.

SEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!  Even Terry's grand daughter told me "I love you."

Jerry cut up the spiral ham and arranged it on the platter.

OF COURSE, he made Jackie and Josie each a little plate full.

It is Thanksgiving after all.

Josie inhaled her plate of ham, and then she tried to finish Jackie's.  I had to stop her.  The girl does not have ANY MANNERS!  Jackie loves Josie so much that she actually would back away from her plate and let Josie have it.

I gave the girls hugs and instructions to be good.

Then, we headed to Terry's house at noon with the ham, the cranberry salad and the pecan pie.

Terry's husband, Doug went out on the back patio to take the ham out of the deep fat fryer.  I was SO SURPRISED that the turkey took ONLY 45 MINUTES to cook.  It was very browned, and it was VERY, VERY moist.  Doug did not put any injections of anything inside it.  As soon as I got back home, I looked up the fryer at Amazon.  ANOTHER SURPRISE -- It was HALF OFF!  I ordered one.

As always, there was SO MUCH FOOD, and it was all super-delicious.  Pumpkin, custard, coconut cream and pecan pies.  A yummy looking cake which I didn't go near.  Terry made the rolls from scratch.  I am finding out she is a VERY good cook!  Turkey and ham and lots of salads.  Mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, dressing and gravy.

There was not ONE SINGLE moment of sadness or unhappiness.  No ugly remarks.  No complaining.  I washed the dishes and Doug's Mom dried them as Terry kept bringing them and bringing them and bringing them!!!  It flowed beautifully.

I wasn't the only one that enjoyed a perfect day.  Jerry also did with all of the very nice men folk there.  He actually stayed after I left and watched the Dallas football game in the movie room.  I was so very happy to see Jerry relaxing and enjoying himself with other guys.

All I can say is THANK YOU, LORD for blessing us with such loving friends who would include us with their own families as though we were part of them.

I'm going with Terry on Sunday to take Momma back to her home in Muskogee.  I will get to meet her grandmother and maybe Terry's two daughters who were not there today.

Won't keep you.  I know you want to eat more leftovers!

Hugs, Joy

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

I made a real quick video for you today.

Here it is:

Jerry will be home soon, so I have to head downstairs and start doing wife stuff.

I just got a message from my secretary that one of our employees who is 46 years old and has never been able to get pregnant has just discovered that she IS PREGNANT, and not only that, she may be having TWINS!!!

Can you imagine?

We are all so excited for her.

Enjoy all the yummy food and the long weekend.

I'll be back soon.

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Howdy Friends on a Sunday Night

It is after 9 PM Sunday evening.  I am waiting for Jerry to leave our OKC store.  He has been working there all weekend updating all the computers.  He always wants to do everything himself, and it takes FOREVER!  I can't relax until I know he has left that store and is safe back at home.

He said he was leaving in 10 minutes, and he would call me when he left.  That was AN HOUR AGO!

I have already called him three times.  He is going to be aggravated with me if I call again, but I may have to.

It comes from his pharmacy days when we owned two pharmacies.  He was held up several times with a gun pointed in his back or his face.

A robber came in one day and pointed a shotgun in my daughter's face!!!  She was still in High School and worked at our pharmacy part time. The robber ordered her to hand him all the money from the cash register which she was standing in front of.

She turned to her Dad and said, "Should I give it to him?"

GOOD HEAVENS!  Talk about loyalty to the company!

He never could understand WHY I worried all the time after that whenever he was late and didn't call.

YAY!  He just called me.  He is on his way home.  NOW, I can relax and talk to you!

I went to church alone this morning since Jerry is gone, but it was still really good.  I don't know if any of you watch Cornerstone from San Antonio like we do, but am wondering if anyone knows Sandy -- the daughter.  She sings a lot, and she sang today.  She has SUDDENLY lost a TON of weight.  She is very pretty -- even overweight -- but she is really gorgeous now.  I am so happy for her, but I sure would like to know what she did to lose so much -- so fast.  It was almost overnight!

I wanted to show you some of the things I've been doing.  May have already showed you my table scarf, but not sure I showed it to you finished.  It turned out so nice.  It looks like it is too narrow, but it is sitting on a raised area on the top of the table.

I bought more of the fabric so I could make matching napkins and place mats for the bar.  It is a fabulous project because I was able to finally make place mats just the size I wanted them.

Here, you can see the kitchen table and the bar with all the toppings I made.
Yesterday morning, it dawned on my lightning fast mind that I could do a NEW THING with some of my 10 million beads.  

I made napkin rings!

And, that picture reminds me, I am also working on a funny little quilt for Jerry.   He has already seen the panel.  He noticed it right away when it arrived here.  He laughed and said it was TOTALLY TRUE!

The top left and middle right certainly do ring a bell, lol.  Jerry would NEVER, EVER put on a dress for me.  He has, however, gotten on the floor with a yardstick and a pincushion and put hems in my garments.

He has measured me a hundred times while hollering at me constantly, "STAND STILL, JOY!"

Wish they had a cartoon for that.

And, I almost forgot.  I made a very pretty pair of earring with dangling Swarovski crystals for a very dear friend.  Hope she doesn't see them here.  As always, they are so much prettier than a photo can show.

And I've been working for days and days over several weeks on this little number.  It is called "Satellites".  You make a bunch of different components, and then you put them all together.

It still isn't done.

Bed time here.

Have a marvelous week my friends, and join me in praying for peace and safety in America.

Hugs, Joy

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sure-fit Designs Show and Tell

Glenda, owner of Sure-fit Designs (SFD), asked me to send her a picture I took some time ago showing all the SFD blouses in my closet.

I could NOT find that picture, and it was so long ago that I have many more garments in my closet now.

As usual, I got carried away, and I decided to empty out my closet of most everything made using SFD.  I did not take out any of the pants, and I have made lots of them.  I also have many more garments at my other house, and some are in the laundry.

Fortunately, I still had a whole bunch left.

If you are interested, here is my Show and Tell video.  I made every garment you will see using the SFD Dress Kit.  I have made some shirts with the Shirt Kit, but they must be hanging at the other house.

I can't stay long today because I am cleaning my house.

I figure a real good cleaning now will get me through the holidays.

The dogs go in Thursday for a bath and a Sani-cut.  Then I can hug all over them and their soft, clean fuzziness!

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sure-fit Designs for BEGINNERS from Glenda

It is early morning here in Southern OK.  I fell asleep early last night, so I am up early this morning.  I asked Glenda, owner of Sure-fit Designs (SFD), to send me her thoughts on SFD FOR BEGINNERS, and this seems to be a good time to share them with you as I drink my first cup of Nantucket Blend.

For those of you who wonder if SFD would work for a BEGINNER, please read Glenda's comments below, and REMEMBER that you don't JUST receive a packet of paper.  You also get excellent customer service directly from the owner, Glenda.

OH!  If you go to her website,, there is a gallery, and you can see LOTS of garments people have made.  If you make one, she will probably put it in the gallery too.  

Hi Joy,

Thanks for accepting my comments on beginners who might want to experience fitting (and sewing) with Sure-Fit Designs.  When anyone new decides to try SFD, I always have to assume some level of sewing experience (even though the person may be a beginner), because as you well know SFD is a fitting solution and not a course on learning how to use a sewing machine to sew clothes.  With that being said, the direction and purpose of my comments will be on pattern work and pattern education and the benefit to the SFD user.

1.    Of all the comments I hear from beginner seamstresses the dominant one is that if they sew a (commercial) pattern to the best of their ability and it doesn’t fit in the end, they get so frustrated that their reaction is to say ‘I hate sewing.’ When in fact, the actual sewing likely isn’t the problem, it’s the resulting poor fit.  Beginners often equate the resulting fit with their sewing skills.  So if the person can begin with a pattern that fits them or at minimum fits them better than any commercial pattern ever would, then that person is generally very happy with their accomplishment and will continue with sewing in general.

2.    Being introduced to a sloper pattern as a beginner is an excellent starting place for any new seamstress for a number of reasons.
a.      Commercial or related patterns can be daunting particularly if inappropriate styles are chosen and therefore are complicated in relation to the person’s ability.
b.    A sloper, SFD in particular, is one shape on one sheet reflecting the shape required for the body.  In its simplest form, it is a basic pants pattern (or bodice/skirt and shirt-style pattern).
c.     Taking measurements and applying them to the master patterns is a straight forward process of connecting their personal measurement dots and not overly challenging.  It’s an excellent starting place for new seamstresses to learn measuring, the importance of accuracy and how that relates from the pattern to the body and ultimately to the success of any sewing project.
d.    Understanding the uniqueness of their individual body shape and the challenges that their body presents can be a rewarding learning experience and when expressed on a sloper vs. manipulating a commercial pattern to fit, this is usually a very rewarding experience.
e.     As mentioned above, many SFD users achieve a fit ‘straight out of the box’ that is so far superior to any commercial pattern.  And if the pattern needs refining then I have always been here to assist if the person needs assistance.  All the person needs to do is ASK.
f.      SFD is committed to education in a number of ways and as you know, offers unprecedented customer care & support.
1.     A library of over 160 free videos to show actual pattern work from measuring, to drafting, to customizing for body challenges like sloping shoulders, sway backs, etc, to designing and even sewing.
2.    Extensive written materials are available for pattern fitting, drafting, designing & sewing instructions (depending on the particular reference).
3.    Extensive DVD/Tutorial assistance is now available for the 3 major SFD Kits.
4.    Effective and knowledgeable phone, Skype, and email assistance for any seamstress, beginner to advanced usually within a 24 hr turn-around (which you have experienced) is available.
Beginner’s can often get off to a much better start when their patterns fit and not everyone needs to do refinements…it simply depends on the person’s shape and their special needs.  As Connie stated, she has never regretted her investment (in SFD), is self-taught and now has become close to a professional.  This goes back some 30 years when I’m sure she was a beginner too.

From my hands–on experiences with my Fit & Sew Retreats, some find the Pants easier than the Bodice pattern.  If I begin my lessons with the Bodice, when we get to the Pants they are a breeze.  And the reverse is true…when I begin with the Pants…the Bodice goes so much quicker and the students are grasping the concepts quicker.  For the beginner, I don’t think one pattern over the other is more challenging – in my 40 years of working in this industry, I have found that it all depends on the body issues any given person might have.
Then Sure-Fit Designs™ fitting system truly can be of tremendous benefit to any level of sewing experience whether a beginner, intermediate or advanced seamstress.

And Glenda asked me for a still of my red blouse for the gallery, so I will post it here:

I hear rumblings below.

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sure-fit Designs Discussion and Other Stuff

I'm listening to the debate, so I may be a bit distracted writing this post.

I have to brag a  bit to start.  When I woke up this morning, I noticed that my waist looked a little smaller than usual.  Even though my waist has mood swings and sways between actual measurements from hour to hour, the measurement I took this morning was the best since I started my diet.

I took a picture so you can see:

if my friend, Margaret, would QUIT bringing me french bread with the chicken soup from Panera Bread, I MIGHT have measured even less than that this morning.  I arrived here yesterday about noon, and the house was really cold because we keep the thermostat on 60 when we are away in the winter.  It takes forever for the house to warm up, and for some reason, I could NOT get warm.  I had the fireplace on and was sitting in my recliner with a hoodie on and my quilt on top of me.  I was still cold.

I texted Margaret and told her I didn't feel like going to Outback for a steak dinner.  She asked if I would like some chicken soup, and OF COURSE, I said "YES!"  I did sort of ASK her to bring some bread too, but.....  SOMEONE has to be strong.  It was seriously very healing.  I felt better just as soon as we ate the hot soup.

I had time this morning to make a video, so I decided to talk some more about Sure-fit Designs.  I seem to have given some people the idea that I didn't think Sure-fit would work for beginners.  Glenda, who owns Sure-fit Designs, feels like it is actually very good for beginners because it can save them the horrible frustration of putting all the time into making a garment and then having it not fit.

I blab on and on, and I'm not sure I fixed the issue, but here it is:

And I actually INSPIRED MYSELF as I was playing with all my envelopes, and I decided to make a new knit top this afternoon.

I started about 1:00, and by 5:00 I was wearing it.  The front and the back SFD patterns were already made and were in one of those envelopes.  I did change the bust dart to a french dart.   I didn't have a sleeve though with my smaller measurements.  SFD has TWO sleeve patterns:  one for wovens and one for knits.

I'm showing you the one I used to make myself a sleeve pattern in about 10 minutes.  Notice it says "STRETCHY".   The other side has the WOVEN version.

Here, I am drawing my sleeve with the 38 dots.

And here, I pinned the paper sleeve together and tried it on:

Here I am with the finished top on, and I LOVE it!  PERFECT fit!

I wanted to share Glenda's comments with you here, but I cannot figure out how to copy them.  I have tried everything I know.  

I encourage anyone who is interested in making their own patterns that will be made to their exact measurements to go to Glenda's website: 

You could spend days looking around at all she has to offer in articles and videos.  I sat in my bed many nights and watched all of her videos when I was first learning how to use Sure-fit Designs.

Some of you have asked me to show you how I draw my patterns using SFD, but that is totally not necessary.  You can watch Glenda do it in a very easy to understand format with close-up photography.  You can email her if you have any questions.

First debate is over.  It was pretty much the same stuff as the last one.

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, November 8, 2015

New SFD Blouse with Necklace to Match and THANKS to Diana

Good Sunday evening my friends.  This day has been very full and very busy.  I love to be busy all the time, so that is a good thing.

We started with Cornerstone Church this morning and listened to Matthew preach a fabulous sermon on the Power of God.  He just gets better and better.  What a blessing he is.

Then I finished my new Sure-fit Designs red blouse that goes with the necklace I made last week.

Here is a video for you because I could not get a decent picture:

I get lots of comments from "my people" saying they love my videos, so I keep making them.  You know how I have a major lack of conversation around here, so I have to talk to you via the video cam on the tripod.

Jerry has his birthday boat back from Bass Pro, and he wanted to take it out for a few hours to break it in some more.  I went with him, and we had a really nice time.  He let me drive for awhile, and I was able to figure out the new throttle.  The motor on this boat is SO QUIET, Jerry and I can't figure out if it is ON or OFF.  We are both really loving that!

I want to thank you, Diana, for all your great advice.  I am a person who can take advice, so keep it coming.  Your eyebrow tips are WONDERFUL, and I tried what you said.  The WET brush makes a huge difference.  But, no, I did NOT wet it with my tongue.  I'm feeling so much better about my brows.

And to Connie Ruth.  Yes, I was afraid Glenda might not appreciate my comments to the beginner seamstress.  I do, however, feel that SFD would be difficult for a beginner.  There is a whole lot more to it than just following the dots.  You STILL have to know how to tweak it for all the various issues. I have been VERY, VERY complimentary about SFD because I LOVE it!  Lots of people have bought SFD because of my blog.  I wasn't in any way saying that SFD isn't amazing and wonderful and awesome.  I just don't think it is for a beginner.  I will do a video clarifying.  I'm wearing my latest SFD blouse in the video above.  I learned P&P BEFORE I bought SFD.  Both are great products.

And to Debbie who guessed that I was watching videos on how to do the Two-Step:  Your surprise will be in the mail tomorrow.  I'm wondering if you dance, Debbie.  Actually, she guessed the videos were about dancing.  I called that "close enough".

Time to go.

God bless you all, and have a wonderful week!

Hugs Joy

Saturday, November 7, 2015

WHERE Have I Been!? New Video and Guessing Game.

I just noticed it is a whole week since I have posted.

Time just flies by.  I was with my friend, Nancy, yesterday enjoying the gorgeous Fall weather and going for the first time to the MOST DARLING little kitchen goody-type shop.  It is called Kopper Kettle.  It is one of those stores that carries all the unusual gadgets for your kitchen.  I'll show you what I got when I remember to take a photo.

I have been busy all week long, and I made you a new video yesterday morning.

Here it is:

You will notice that I keep PULLING DOWN my blouse.  I decided I didn't leave enough ease in the bottom half of it.  I also noticed (amazing what you notice in a video of yourself) that the bust darts were too long.  I don't see HOW that is possible when I put them where they are supposed to be.

SURELY, my apexes aren't moving from side to side!

Last night I took off the blouse.  I took out the front waist darts and left them out.  Then I moved the bust darts back 1/2".  It is SO MUCH BETTER.

I love to wear that blouse because I love the bracelet I made to go with it.  UNFORTUNATELY, the bracelet decided to keep falling off.  I went to the restroom at the restaurant yesterday, and when I was getting ready to exit the facility, my bracelet fell off ONE INCH from the toilet!!!

I had a MAJOR panic attack.

It was gross enough picking my pretty Swarovski crystals up off the bathroom floor next to the toilet!

I don't know WHAT I would have done if it had fallen INTO the toilet.

I picked it up, patted it off with a paper towel, and I put it in my purse.

When I got home last night, I added a BEAD BRIDGE (my name for it) so the little toggle thingy could NOT turn around and fall out.  Then I wore it until bedtime last night, and it did not fall off again.


I have found a NEW -- VERY EXCITING TO ME -- kind of hobby.  Still sewing.  Still quilting.  But a different thing.

Terry actually started it.

She is having half the nation to her house for Thanksgiving.  They have a gorgeous table that can be made to be very long.  Terry was concerned that she could not find placemats that were big enough for all the plates, silverware, napkin and glass.  She said people always moved their drink OFF the placemat, and that defeated the whole idea of the placemat.

I already showed you what Terry made in my last post, but here is another picture in case you didn't see it.

While Terry was doing this, I recalled a Craftsy class I had recently purchased about Home Deco.  I thought I might learn something new, and I did.

I learned that not only is there a TABLE RUNNER, a TABLE CLOTH and PLACEMATS; there is a new thing called a TABLE SCARF.

I decided I wanted to quilt a TABLE SCARF for my table.  I decided that it was easier to make ONE BIG PLACEMAT, than to make 8 or 10 small ones.  I really love what I made, BUT I will definitely be making some changes to the next ones I make.

I will PRESHRINK the fabrics and use NON-SHRINKING batting.

My table scarf shrunk SO MUCH in the wash, that I lost almost six inches in length.  It is too puffy and looks like a bed quilt.

Heres a pic of my finished table scarf:

you can see the leaf panto I used.  I wanted it to have a Fall theme.  You really cannot tell on the top, however, what the pattern is.  WAY TOO PUFFY due to all the shrinkage.

I ordered a bunch more of the fabric so I can make napkins to match.

THEN, I am going to do another one with a Christmas panto of some kind.  Terry and I just bought about 8 more pantos.  We are having SEW MUCH FUN!

In my video, I mention a FREE GIFT.  I have no idea what it will be, and I have never done that before.  A lot of bloggers do though, so I thought I would jump on that train.  You have to guess WHAT new thing I was learning how to do via Youtube videos.  I am ending it on 11/11/15 because I will be out of town dealing with other issues.


I am cleaning house today, so I better get back to it.

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Joyful Salutations on "Rip-It" Sunday

It has been raining lightly all day long, and it is so quiet and peaceful here.  Jerry is relaxed and happy.  I gave him a haircut this morning as I have been doing every 2 to 3 weeks for over 35 years.

He thanked me several times and told me it was perfect.  He commented that I must have saved us a fortune over all these years by cutting his hair and mine too.

He did complain, however, that I poked him with the scissors, AND he asked me if I realized that the vacuum nozzle I was sweeping the hair clippings off his body with was metal!

And, of course, we went to church via and joined the live service at Cornerstone in San Antonio.  Matthew is so adorable.  He preached an awesome sermon -- as usual -- with a very strange title:  "Rip It".

I have never heard that expression, but it was very appropriate for his message.

He talked about how he used to always get in trouble when they were on a trip in their station wagon when they were kids.  There were five kids.  Matt was the youngest.  They would aggravate their parents until they got the famous threat, "Don't MAKE ME come back there!"  One time, Matt decided that there was NO WAY his Dad could actually come into the back seat when he was driving the car.  He decided to be extremely stupid, and he said to his Dad, "Why don't you do it?"

He said his Dad SLAMMED on the brake so fast and so hard, the station wagon practically stood on its nose!  He got out of the car, and he jerked Matt out of the back seat onto the side of the highway where he commenced beating his bottom.  He said the truck drivers were driving by and offereing to help.

That was to explain what "Rip It" means.  Evidently, it is the last straw, or when you have had so much of something you explode.

Then he talked about Jesus and our relationship with Him, and HOW we are able to actually go right before the Throne of Almighty God and approach Him.

Does ANYONE have the slightest idea of the magnitude of that????

It happened when Jesus breathed his last breath on that cruel cross.  There was darkness and in the temple the VEIL -- that up to that time had prevented man from going directly before God -- was torn from top to bottom.

Matthew said, "God said, "RIP IT" and the veil was torn."

It was really good.

And for those of you following the Owl Quilt construction, here is a little video of how I did the leaves:

And here is a picture of the finished quilt top.  I will be putting a lot more detail in each owl when I quilt this.

It is ready to put on the longarm, but I am not in a rush to do that.  We are working on table runners, placemats and a new thing called a table scarf.  Here are some Terry just finished.  Can you tell she and Doug are from Texas?  Their mailbox is the shape of Texas.

Terry made enough placemats to cover the table with the extensions in it.  That table is HUGE!  Her goal was a placemat big enough that the water glasses would fit on it.  So wonderful to be able to make exactly what you need.

Terry and I spent the whole day together yesterday.  She picked me up at 8:30 and we headed to Ardmore to a birthday party for a 5-year old.  It made me feel QUITE ANCIENT being around all the young parents and children.  After the party we went to The Brown Paper Bag where everything in the store was 80% off as it was the very last day before they closed for good.  I bought 8 plates and matching mugs for 80% off.  I was DElighted!  Then we went for yummy coffee and a muffin at a Starbucks-like place.  We, of course, went to Hobby Lobby since it was the only place in town that sold fabric, and we both bought some.  Then to the grocery store and back home.  After putting groceries away, we met in the sewing room and happily played the rest of the day.  

PURE enjoyment!

Gotta get.

God bless and have a WONDERFUL week of falling leaves and cooler days.

Hugs, Joy