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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quote of the Day ~ Happiness ~ 02-22-2014

Real happiness is more than an absence of unhappiness. So what we need to recognise is that real and meaningful happiness (albeit realistic happiness) is a combination of positive emotions AND minimal (but not a complete absence of) negative emotions.  By: Dr. Happy. =D

Monday, February 17, 2014

My New Juki Sewing Machine!

"Sew" I received this new sewing machine made by Juki for a Christmas, birthday and Valentine's present.  I am in love and very blessed to have it.  Okay, I need to stop referring to by saying "It".  She had a name that was Japanese and I know it started with an A, but don't tell her, I forgot it.  So I think I have figured out another name for her and maybe this is semi lame but since "HZL-F600"  is the model and it looks like Hazel to me, that will be her new name.  My friend Stephanie suggested giving her a name and was on the phone with me when I first did, but she also forgot it...hahaha!  I have friends that name their cars and motorcycles so maybe it isn't so strange to name my sewing machine as well.  What about you, do you name your sewing machines / long arm machines or Sergers?  Leave me a note and share with me what you call yours.  =)

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

2014 February ~ Beach Bag / Pool Bag FREE Pattern

So, I made my first grocery / gym / pool bag from this great free pattern I found.  So now, I have made another one that is much larger for my Amish neighbor.  This one can actually fit my 9 1/2 year old into it...hahaha!  Her favorite color is purple but it couldn't have any bold fabrics, so I went with purple and just made some cute stitching in black thread of hearts and flowers on the handles and around the top.  I also made this bag a bit larger then the original pattern calls for and added a pocket on the inside and the outside.  Let me know what you think.    Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 2014 ~ Spruced Up a Normal Pair of Jeans with Variegated Purple Thread

So I bought a new pair of jeans yesterday, they fit great even in my short leg department (hahaha).  But they were just missing something.  So I used my favorite type of thread, the variegated type and it also just happened to be my favorite color of purple and chose a cute stitch off of my new Juki that looked liked flowers and stitched it down the outside of each leg. 

I even had someone in my church this morning approach me to say how cute it was.  It was really easy to do and made a boring pair of jeans a bit more exciting!

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

February 2014 ~ Grocery / Gym Bag with Free Pattern & Tutorial

So I just finished making this really fun bag and I can't decide what to use it for.  My original plan was for going to the pool, since the bag I have been using a few times a week is a bit snug for my towel and other necessities.  The free pattern and tutorial did not call for the pockets that I added.  I put a big pocket on the outside of it and one a bit smaller on the inside for my phone and keys.  It seems though that the bag has other plans to tote my almost 10 year old around...hahaha!  Let me know what you think when you have a quick minute.

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy  

Monday, February 3, 2014

Quote of the Day Regarding Happiness ~ 2-3-2014

"Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else's approval."  ~Unknown