About my header

My shed is my header by my son Darrell, He painted the Robin for me and said that it reminded him of me. Because Robins use other birds nest and if there is an egg in it, they will take care of it just like its their own. He said thats what I do, I have always taken care of others in need of a home when I come across someone in need. Isnt that Sweet, I had told him I wanted a bird and this is the one he chose. Robins have solid blue eggs which are the symbols for him and his brothers and the speckled egg are the others I have taken into my home. It was very touching to me because he researched his piece, He is a true artist and has lots of great jobs. my neighbor had hers done to

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome to Around the World Blog Hop

Mara from secretlystitching invited 3  People to join the hop from last week to write this week August 25  ME.. Shirley here at SS,  Then Nesta of Ella and Nesta's Little Room.  And 3rd Around the World Blog Hopper is Deborah of Sunshine Through the Rain, she lives in Indonesia. 

 SimpleSew, (me) has invited Sharon from ColorGirlquilts. She is bright and very Good. She also sells patterns. Kathy from KATYQUILTS AND Amy from Aquiltingsheep, each one of these Artist are differnt in their genre and what they give to the quilting and craft community. I am also meeting them, but have followed them for some time. Next week they will answer some questions, Which will be September 1st and they will tag 3 people. I will answer my question and bomb you with some photos in case you want to skip my writing, Mara teases me I write the way I talk. She will proof this and I will fix what you cant understand. :)

What a great way to make friends. 1. What am I working on?A million things.. I have 2 new more grandkids on the way. I can work on anything anywhere in my house, I encourage creativity in my home and my neighbors frequently ask for my advice from parties, to decorating and they often hand down things to me to refurbish, Love it. I have a great Quilting Room my sons made for me..  

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre? I see this word frequently and I don't think it applies to anywhere in my life:  I like to make it my own and recycle, I sew seasonally and emotionally. If someone needs something,  I like to make it,  and that usually means making it their style. For example a baby nursery item, something that has to be used everyday, I don't like to make things like mini's I to like sew for a purpose.  

3. Why do I write/create what I do?I create out of purpose, emotional it expresses my soul, I feel like I am giving my family and friends a part of me. I have cross stitched all my life. I was taught by my family to work and make it work. My grandparents built their own original home. My mom was always doing repurposing items and changing her life, now she is a chef and makes gorgeous cards, After I accomplish quilting, I want to move to mix media. I write only because it creates some friendships and hopefully later on in life one of my grandkids will read this and know that I created what I did for their hearts .  One night I was really sick and on the internet looking for something to do. I came across MaureenCracknells blog, she had just started blogging. I was in alot of pain and just diagnosed with RA and AS, I commented on her blog and she answered me right back at like 1 am. we conversed for a bit and she told me this was therapeutic, and it is. I have actually made some great friends and this way I can function the way my body does. I love Instant Gram now.  I work in 2 groups. 

Now I will hit ya with some pics, some will have a caption some I think you will know.

I work in 2 swaps. 
Scrappy Trip Along, 

And Hexie group I love

Working on Toddler Pillows for Toddler Beds

Photo: Trenton 2 Grandma made me a a quilted big boy pillowcase

 teaching Dexter and LA to take pics of peoples Faces.
 Hat I made and still need to write my first pattern 

my newest ANGEL,  I did the photos..

 Made from lined table cloth for painting party
 This is why I need a quilt, this a Snuggy Now.
 This is what I am replacing it with
 My fabic horder with me, she loves fabrucs ( she says) I am working with the Dr. Seuss for preschool nap pads

She is 3...

 My son working on some graphics for the  book my husband and I are working on for xmas presents for the grandbabies.

My house is a craft room, my husband suggested we buy the neighbors house to expand. 
Nice chatting, I hope you chat back and visit all the other bloggers as well, I know I will. I want to make some more friends. 


  1. Very sweet! I enjoyed all the pictures and getting to know you better. Happy sewing as always!

  2. That would be so fun to buy the neighbors house just for a crafting house!

  3. what a fun post Shirley. I love that you make quilts for your grand-kids and obviously have so much fun with them :-)

  4. Thank you so much for inviting me to play along. =) I look foreword to getting to know you more in the future!!

  5. Very sweet post. I agree that blogging in this quilty/crafty community is a great way to "meet" a lot of wonderful people. So inspiring.

  6. Mara at Secretly Stitching said you were having some health and family problems and could use a (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((hug))))))))))))))))))))))))))))). As a follower of yours, I kinda wondered if you had fallen in a pile of fabric and disappeared! Praying the health problems will be solved and the family problems be peacefully and lovingly settled. I miss hearing from you!