Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Working on a few projects

Hey I'm still alive!!!  Just been busy working on a few large projects such as an addition to our house! Done nothing but work hard all summer!! Phew! Only went to the beach twice and that was only because my grandchildren and children wanted to go. Why do I sound so old when I say this?? Well I'm not!!! Haha
Anyhow, I'm working on another sewing project, secret project and you will only hear about it IF it works out. You see I had a dream, I can't tell you about it yet, don't want to get ahead of it. But the dream was awesome!! Heavenly!!! In detail!!!I have the most amazing dreams!!!  I love my dreams and God who gives them to me!!! And no I didn't eat too much pizza!!! Lol
This dream is like the dream I had when I started sewing when I was around 18 years old. Where I could see the sewing machine sewing by itself while I watched step by step on how to sew a princess seamed white satin dress.And YouTube wasn't invented then!!!
No one taught me to sew except for this dream where I then made my wedding dress for a porcelain doll and then my wedding dress,bridesmaids dresses, flower girl dress and mother of the bride and mother in laws dresses. When I started, I started with a bang and all because of this dream.
 So this dream that I had recently is kind of of that nature where I was shown by a lady whom I did not see but I could sort of hear her voice or an impression of her voice as she showed me what she was working on. It wasn't like talking to someone in "real life" it was more of a knowing what she was saying without talking, I think. Not sure how to explain it, but it was different. It was an exciting dream for me and I figure I was given this dream (idea) because God wants me to use it somehow....i just have to figure out how to use it as there are a few possible ideas. I am working on it now. The funny thing is to do this project I have all the tools I need at home and all the skills but I never really thought of it before....
And If it doesn't work out,well at least I can say I'm having fun doing it!!! 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Fell bang smack dab, right into crochet!!!


yellow crochet top 


I found this pattern on Pinterest and I made it I did not use the same yarn as

recommended as I did not have it on hand but I used the Red Heart comfort

size medium 4 in yellow. This was a bit more bulky and so it made it slightly larger and

so I had to tweak the pattern a bit. I found that the neckline was way to low and

it looked a bit strange and so with a double crochet I filled in the front. I first single

crocheted the neckline and then I started just below the shoulder with a slip stitch

and then a single crochet, a half double crochet and then the full double crochet in

order to get it to make a gradual curve. I then double crocheted to the opposite side

with the double crochet, half double crochet, single crochet and slip stitch. Chain one

to turn and continue with the slip st., single crochet, half double crochet and double

crochet. Do this until you are satisfied with the amount you have built up. I also added

a single crochet around the edges of the sleeve. I then chained 4 and skipped one

single crochet and slipped stitched in the next to make a lacey edge.  I found it a bit too bulky

at the shoulders as I have big shoulders it didn’t look right on me and so I made a chain

rope by chaining a length to go around the chest/ shoulder part and single crocheted into

this chain. I then with the hook still in the loop, took this chain and wrapped it around the

shoulder/ chest area and slipped stitched it in place, chain one and cut yarn and pull through.

Same for both sides. I also single crocheted all around the bottom.



Pinterest pattern



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My pattern


I may or may not have made it exactly like the Pinterest pattern, I have no clue!!

This is my first crocheted top ever!! Actually, I have made very little in crochet. I

learned to crochet as a little girl of probably 7 or 8 as I watched my mother teach

my older sister how to crochet and next thing you know I was crocheting but I

can’t remember actually making something with it, it was more just playing around….

anyways, I didn’t do it much and then when I was 14 I made a baby blanket and that

was pretty much it. I think it’s  like riding a bike, once you know it you don’t forget it.

I have a great long term memory and I remembered how to make some of the stitches….

but short term…forget it!! I can’t remember what I had yesterday for breakfast and uhm…sometimes today!! lol

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yellow crochet top 2


I have no idea why I started crocheting….I am sitting here trying to

think what caused me to start and I am coming up with nothing except

I saw yarn at Walmart and a crochet hook and it was cheap and so I bought it.

Hey always good to have yarn and a crochet hook in the house, cause you

never know what you’ll need it for when you are bored. I was staying at my daughter’s

house when this happened, making a quilt at the time… Like making a quilt should be

enough right? NOPE not for me

I have A.D.D of the creative mind is all I can say…. It amazes me how

quick my mind and desires can change!!! Like really!!! I was supposed

to be painting on fabric, I have been dreaming and thinking of painting

on fabric and making clothes with my “paintings” and here I am

crocheting and fabric painting is on hold!!? What’s up??? I didn’t plan this, but I am having fun!!!



Here I am wearing it with a skirt I made and doodled on with markers

and paint. Music theme




I am pretty thankful for my creative talents, I don’t know why I have so many

but I really enjoy them!!!! :)




Next thing you know, I have started an afghan!!! What have I embarked on??,

I don’t know! Will I ever finish it??? Maybe hehehe




Some of my favorite colors. Teals, white, black, pink and a touch of yellow. Simple to do,

just a series of double crochets and chains.

It will go on my bed. I have lots more plans…curtains, stool, pillows etc. but

we will have to see if I get this one completed first! ha!


I gave the fever to my daughter who is home visiting for a few weeks with her 7 week old son Brody,

my cutie pie grandson. Love this guy!!!


I showed her the basic steps and she went “right to town” and made two very pretty dish clothes.

One for me and one for Brody’s other beautiful grandma for mother’s day! Yay us!!

(Hopefully my daughter will have given it to her before she sees this!!) :)
Now she is thinking hard about making an afghan! Big project!!


This one is mine and I enjoyed it very much taking pictures of it. Perfect gift for me :)


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Now how do you suppose i’m going to use and ruin a dishcloth this pretty???


Happy first mother’s day to my daughter and to all of you out there,

I hope your mother’s day is wonderful. I know mine will be as I get to spend one more

week with my daughter and grandson before they go back home.


Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

2 "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise),

3 "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land."


P.S.  Nice to see Russia coming in third to see my blog, with Canada and U.S.A coming in first and second!

Also nice to see United kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, China, Ukraine and Poland! Thanks for the support!!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

A mother’s new dress and my gorgeous model!!!

Hello everyone, it’s been a while since my last post, I have been busy being a mother and grandmother!!! My daughter had a healthy beautiful baby boy on March 14th 2015. He weighed 8lbs 6 oz. I  stayed with her from February 25 to April 7.
Brody Andrew was born 1 week later than his due date at the Canmore hospital in Alberta Canada and ended up being born via C-section. His mom had a bit of a hard time with being in labour and not dilating. She ended up trying to have an epidural for over an hour where they stuck a needle in her back at least 20 times while she begged them to stop, where she was told not to move, and this was the best way for her…???  Should of took a picture of the needle marks and bruising on her back. I am sure there was no need of trying THAT many times…  After and hour of figuring out it wasn’t working they put her to sleep and took the baby out. I think that borders on torture and they should have never tried that long. I am sure after a few tries they could have figured out that it wasn’t working for her. She was told that because of her short stature and the curve of her spine with her big belly she could not get her back rounded the way she was supposed to be….
But after all that everything was great, he is so adorable you just want to stare at him all day. His dad and I, not dry eyed, got to see him first. It was a special moment to see a new part of your bloodline brought to life and he looked so perfect. Such a blessing and miracle of life!!!

So after all that, I was supposed to go home earlier but we decided that it was best that I stay a while longer to help mama as she wasn’t allowed any heavy lifting or driving for 4 to 6 weeks and daddy was still in school as he is just finishing a course as an electrician which he passed with flying colors!!! Thankfully I was able to change my plane ticket back to NS for a small fee and the difference of the plane ticket when I bought it, to the new date that I would be leaving. It was really sad to leave this but yet it was nice having my own life back. This is the longest I have ever been away from home! I have always been a person who likes to be home but I think I am getting better at it… I missed my husband, my cats, my bed and my friends!!

So during my visit I was going to make myself a dress……but my daughter liked the colors too much and it got turned into her dress lol

Cara in her new maxi dress
Here are the pictures I took two weeks after the baby was born. She is an absolute gorgeous mother and model!!!

Cara in her new maxi dress 2

Cara and Brody 2


 Cara and Brody 3

“How’d I get so lucky, lucky lucky me” I kept singing this song as I was editing my pics…now I don’t believe in luck because I know where all things come from and I know I am truly blessed with a nice home, husband that thinks I am great, two beautiful children and two beautiful grandchildren.

James 1:17

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.


You need-

4 large t-shirts

a sewing machine

thread to match


Cut the first fabric of choice under bust leaving enough for seam. Leave sleeve or cut them out. Fit at shoulders and underarm and sew. Cut next  three fabrics just under armholes. sew each piece together going from lightest to darkest color or visa versa.  Enjoy your dress!!!

Looks like I am going to have to buy myself 4 more t-shirts! lol                                                                                                                      

Have a beautiful evening, morning, day, night where ever you are in this world!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

hey!!!! I'm still here

Hello!!! I'm still here but just been busy having a grandson!!! Well not me but my daughter did and so I have been in Alberta helping them out! He is soooo cute!!! His name is Brody and he weighed 8lbs 6 oz.
I'm back home now and was there for six weeks, that is the longest I have ever in my life been away from home!!! I have all kinds of different things I want to do this spring/summer! One being to enjoy the sun!!! It has been a rough and long winter for a lot of people this year but the sun and warmth is right around the corner so hold on!!!

 I can only work on my (new) iPad right now as I broke the power cord to my laptop( where all my programs are) and I am waiting for a new one. Very inconvenient when something happens to electronics....it's like half your life is on hold or something...lol
Hopefully be posting soon about all the different things I have done and will be doing with a new look and style for my blog!!! Yay!!!
Lee Anne

Friday, February 6, 2015

(True Story)Do not let anyone play with your mind


It was a beautiful summers day at work at the mansion, the sun had been shining warm and bright all day and was now on it’s way down and the shadows from the trees were making the kitchen dark before it’s time. I had been working all summer in the large, kind of old fashioned, kind of industrial kitchen off of the main house doing prep work and cleaning or whatever was needed. Not having anything left to do as the cleaning was all done and everything put away and we had finished our work before time was up so we all sat around the big sturdy wooden table chatting and having some delicious  gooey caramel squares one of the head cooks had made and we had it with vanilla ice cream. A few of the girls were waiting for their parents to pick them up.


Often one or more of the large group of people who came to stay at the mansion for the summer would come to visit with us in the kitchen.We met all kinds of wonderful and not so wonderful people from all over the USA. I remember this one little girl, I think she was around four years old, she was the cutest little thing and she spoke with a British accent that was so adorable I could have listened to her talk all day. And there was this other wonderful lady I got to know as we both had a love of gardening and so I ended up doing some gardening with her around the mansion.


This particular day, we had a gentlemen staying at the mansion. He had been there a few weeks and was due to leave in a few days. He would often come into the kitchen and chat with us all. He was a polite enough sort of man but there was something different about him, something you couldn’t quite put your finger on and maybe a bit strange but nice enough.


He was, I would say in his middle sixties, stocky build and around five feet 7 inches with white hair and beard and moustache and his profession had been a hypnotist. On this, end of our shift day, he had decided to sit with us and snack and chat with us. We were having pleasant little chats of all kinds  and enjoying our time together and eating our snacks. Some of the girls rides had arrived and they left which left only four of us at the table, this man,myself and the two other girls. The conversation turned to his profession as we had heard that he was a hypnotist and so curious,and never having met someone like him we proceeded asking him questions about it. I asked him, just as the other girls rides came to pick them up, if it was possible to hypnotise someone without their consent. As the others quickly left to catch their rides it left him and I alone in the kitchen that is closed off from the rest of the people in the main house. He proceeded to answer my question, but not directly. He started telling me a story about a hypnotism he had done at one of his shows. By this time, I am thinking I don’t want to be here alone with this strange man but I am not naturally a rude person, I believe in being polite and not leaving mid way of someone’s story and I am not a natural liar and could not think of an excuse to leave at that moment as my mind was “feeling funny” as I was listening to him speak. I had brought my own car and so could stay or leave whenever I wanted.

He was telling me exactly what and how he had hypnotised this person he was telling me about and I am trying to figure out why he is telling me this story because it doesn’t seem to make sense with the question I asked about? I started getting a slight tingling in the back of my neck. I had never felt quite this tingling before except when I had read scary books when I was younger. I had been in some tight places before where I felt threatened but this was way beyond.
He is saying “I said to him SLEEP!! and he would snap his figures at the same time he was saying sleep in a very commanding tone of voice. I am feeling something in my body that is happening and I don’t understand it. I have been put to sleep before as I have had my tonsils out and have had two c sections and I start to feel like just before I have been put to sleep by the anaesthesiologist. That feeling that happens when you get put to sleep is happening to my body and I felt myself want to lay my head on the table. By this time my mind feels like it has been taken a hold of, I am in his grasp of mind control. I am telling myself, “don’t you dare lay your head on that table, because if you do, he’s got you!!!” but I am still afraid to be rude for some reason, at first I think that maybe I am imagining it or something. He keeps persisting and speaking very fast and firmly, “SLEEP!!! SLEEP!!!SLEEP!!!” I hear as he snaps his fingers loudly. He is saying other words but it is like I am drugged and I can only hear when he says SLEEP and I feel my head nodding, wanting really bad to lay my head on the table but I fight against it.


Now having excepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour a few years earlier, I have been listening to teachings and taking a course on learning how to hear God’s voice and I am off and on beginning to hear God’s voice. As I am struggling to keep myself from laying on the table I hear this clear voice telling me “ Push your chair back.” This voice is not audible but in the inside of my head but it is as loud as the man who is still rambling on telling me this story about hypnotising this man. This voice is male and not like my usual thoughts that go through my head it is much louder and different, very clear. It is firm and persistent. It says “Lee Anne you do not have to put up with this, You do NOT have to be nice to this man!” “PUSH YOUR CHAIR BACK TO BREAK THE SPELL” I hear his voice again even louder and more insistent this time. I know by instinct who this voice is and I know I have to obey it or who knows what this man will do to me when he has me under.. As I hear this voice continuing to tell me to push my chair back, with all my strength, I concentrate on my feet and with all the strength I can find,  I push back. I feel the chair slide on the floor and I break the spell he has on me and I quickly stand to my feet. My eyes can focus again as I accusingly face him without saying a word. By this time the hair on my head is standing on end like I have seen in the cartoons but thought it was a joke and am realizing it is real. I see the look of surprise on his face as if he didn’t expect this to happen and he says to me with a nervous type of smile knowing that I know what he has tried to do to me but keeping an eerie calmness about him he says as I am walking by him to get to the door “ I guess some people can’t be hypnotized….. don’t let anyone play with your mind”  I walk out the door knowing it could have been much worse had he succeeded  and feeling like I have just been with the devil himself.


The moral of the story is this:

Be very careful who you let play with your mind because you never know what they will insert in there that is not your will or God’s will.

Listen to that inner voice or sometimes known as “gut instinct” that will guide you right. That “gut instinct” has a voice if you listen closely, of course you must know your bible as this voice will never tell you anything contrary to his word. You must be able to discern what is your own voice(desires,emotions, wants) God’s voice(the truth, brings peace,grace, love, a sound mind, reassurance etc.) and what the devil wants you to believe.(lies, anything that will kill or destroy your relationships, yourself, your finances or whatever.)

Think twice before allowing yourself to be hypnotized. Even this professional hypnotist agreed with this.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My frozen jacket

Hello everyone, it has been a little while since my last post. I have been busy with the holidays and trying to get my house back in order.

Being as craft oriented as I am I can accumulate a LOT of stuff!!! And then I have nowhere to put it as my house is not very big! So I (and my husband) lol have been trying to come up with solutions to find more space to stash my paint, fabric,canvas’s, markers, fabric, pencils, rulers, fabric, thread, notions, fabric, sewing machines, books, fabric, brushes, ironing board and iron…etc etc, etc…..you get the picture….oh did I mention I need room for fabric??? hehehe. And that is not including my custom made drapery business things such as a large cutting table and office supplies etc.!!!

We are still working on some house renovations and would love to have a bathroom off of the master bedroom and so my “junk” has to move and a bit of rearranging has to happen! We also would like to add on a porch to the house, we will see. Time and  money will have to come together!! :)

I just put the finishing touches on my jacket today! I was so excited to finish it so I could wear it!! There is just something exciting about putting on something new!

Leon took the pictures and voila, here it is!!! What a perfect day to take pictures!! The sun was out but still getting snow flurries off and on



This jacket is made of 100% cotton with a good quilt batting inbetween (not the fluffy kind but the solid more expensive kind, not sure what it is called) The white is  a textured vinyl. Looks like leather.
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Each piece is quilted separately with metallic silver thread. Not easy to do as the thread will break many times! Quite annoying.
This piece shows the shaping of the jacket. I have never bought a jacket that was shaped to my body and so this is very nice for me to wear. I have always found that jackets would never fit well at the bust or back. Having a sway back and large hips, store bought jackets never have quite enough room in the butt area and bags out at the small of the back and the princess seam fitting at the bust is always shapeless it seems. Being able to design my own I can eliminate that problem and I can have a curvy fitted jacket which I love!
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I wanted white fur to put on it because you can’t have a “Frozen” jacket without white fur right??

Well at 35 dollars a meter and it is fake fur besides!! I won’t be using it too many times!!! haha Good thing I only bought 1/2 meter!!! Yikes!!!  I lined the inside of my hood and cuffs with it, it feel deliciously luxurious. Feels like baby bunny fur! Don’t worry, it is fake!! :)


I had some white fur lined boots that I have had a few years to go perfectly with this jacket.

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I don’t know if you can see this but there are criss-cross metallic thread on the back side seams sewn by hand!! Can you say work and sore fingers!!!???  It took forever and I had big blisters on the end of my fingers trying to pull that metallic thread through!! Ouch! lol The metallic thread takes a larger needle and is much harder to go through three layers. Besides that if I had of been a bit smarter and less lazy I would have looked for my thimble!! (Sheepish grin)

I know, you don’t feel a bit sorry for me do you?? lol


And warm!!! Wow, it is warm!!! I went shopping with it on and I couldn’t wait to leave the store!!

I got a compliment on it from the first person who saw it! She said, Wow, you have a nice jacket! I said thanks, she said, knowing you sew and make jackets you probably made it did you? I said, probably and we laughed.


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I found the perfect match for a scarf at Le Chateau, I really like it with my jacket.
I have to say, this is probably my favorite jacket so far… I’m sure there will be more though…

Thank you for your interest in the things I make, I really appreciate all the compliments and encouragement you guys give!! like wow, makes a person feel great!!! :)

God has blessed me so much with these talents, it is breath taking at times, I feel overwhelmed sometimes with wonder at it all, and I often ask God why I have sooo many things I like to do, it is almost too much at times and it confuses me.
I get a lot of compliments and a lot of people ask me why I have so many talents and really I don’t know exactly why, it sure isn’t anything I have done. I know I have a lack of fear of trying things which I guess that is good, you can’t do something if you are too afraid to try. I can’t give myself gifts and talents.
I do know one thing, when you are complimenting me you are actually complimenting God because HE is the one who gives talents and gifts and every good thing.

1 Timothy 6:17 New International Version (NIV)

 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 English Standard Version (ESV)

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

James 1:17 English Standard Version (ESV)

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.