Saturday, January 23, 2016

Another Video and A New Addiction

Hey Everyone!

Are you having a superfantubulous Saturday like I am?

It has been exciting and fun from start to finish.

FIRST, my husband and I went to Allied Stone Company in Durant, OK where we found HUNDREDS -- maybe thousands -- of slabs of marble and granite.  I had no idea this company was just 20 miles away from us.  I figured we would have to drive to Dallas.

I decided a few days ago that I want to redo my countertops and my bathroom.  I have been thinking about it for years, but after the last remodel project, I decided everything looked good enough to avoid the hassle of another remodel.

I woke up feeling extra brave a few days ago, so I just dove into "starting".  I looked on Home Advisor for a contractor, and a guy came out on Thursday to measure everything.  He was IN THE SHOWER measuring, and Jerry asked him a question about something.  The man hollered through the opening whatever the answer to the question was, and I hollered "PRAISE THE LORD"!

I do that a lot, and most people try to overlook it and just act like I'm half-way normal.  This guy got out of the shower and said, "I like that!"  He then explained that on Sundays, he is a preacher at some church.  He does the contractor job during the week.  I was happy about that, of course.

So that is how we decided to drive to the stone company this morning.  A very young, pretty girl came out of an office to wait on us.  (Have you noticed that when you are 65, EVERYBODY is soooooo young!)  She told us she could give us a price if we had the measurements.  I told her not to worry about that.  She said two more times that she couldn't give us a price.  I finally convinced her that we weren't up to that point yet, and I asked if we could please see some samples of Granite and Marble and whatever other kinds of rocks they had.

Jerry and I looked in the section that had the colors we want, and we found a nice piece we thought would match our kitchen.  We brought a nice size sample home, and sure enough, it matches PERFECTLY!  I am SUPER EXCITED!

I'll keep you posted on that project.

Right now, you need to watch this video for a VERY HOT TIP and more information for those who asked about the applique prefused cut-outs.
And for all my new CROCHET BUDDIES out there:  Thank you so much for the tips!  I have decided to really dive into this new adventure.  I've watched videos for two weeks after getting into my jammies, and I am feeling really brave.

While Jerry and I were getting ready to go to the stone place this morning, Terry called and asked me to go to Joann's with her.  Well, OF COURSE, I wanted to go there because I go through withdrawal all the time and so does she because there isn't even the hint of a fabric store in this town.  She decided to pick me up in Durant where the stone company is, and I got out of my car and into hers and we headed south to Sherman, TX.  We started out at Mooyah Burgers, and then we went to Joann's and Hobby Lobby.

Loooooooooooooooooooook at what I brought home:

I am super excited to make those two garments you see on the covers of the magazines.  Most of that yarn was purchased today.  (No yarn in this town either!)

I just ordered all the Clover Soft Touch hooks from Amazon yesterday along with cases to keep them in.  I googled "best crochet hooks" and those are the ones that came up.  We shall see.

I've got to run.  Need to fix my shake and read my new magazines.  YAY!  I am so excited and I LOVE all the tips you may have for me.  Terry told me about Tunesian crochet today, so I'm going to look up videos on that in a little while.

Gotta get.

Hugs, Joy


  1. Thanks for the applique tips. I am so glad Edyta Sitar came through for you - I love her patterns, and she's got such a lovely personality! I think my husband has a secret Mexican gene....he always complains the chili is not hot enough!! Will try the cayenne pepper next ☺ Take care of yourself!

  2. Good morning Joy, I've found you via youtube, looking for quilting videos. I recognise from your list that you are primarily clothing construction, rather than quilting, but you are such a hoot... instead of only publishing when you have a specific subject to share, on a day you are in there sewing whatever, why not turn on the camera and just sew along with all of us, sewing can be such a solitary occupation, it would be lovely just to sit and sew together for an hour or so :) Even better if we could be notified somehow and catch it live.

    No pressure or anything :) Keep up the Joyful Attitude, Sharyn

  3. Thank you for explaining the process of Edyta Sitar's quilt. I had not heard of her and spent the best of 2 days drooling and reading anything I could find about her and her beautiful quilts. I particularly love her blue quilts. I have always done applique the old fashion way, and I am tempted to try the machine method. I do not think I have the dexterity on the machine and shall need to practice first...Thanks! :-)


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