Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014

It has been awhile again since I have posted here at my blog. I spend a lot of my time making plastic canvas gifts and writing for my blog.

I now have 61 stories about Family History, and my crafts and reviews of movies and books as well as family recipes.

My crafts stories will have include a lot of FREE Plastic Canvas patterns. Links will be there for the patterns I made and other patterns at Pinterest.

Photos of some of the Halloween Plastic Canvas I made with the patterns at that link:
Halloween Coffin that holds candy and the Vampire

Halloween Kitty and his trick or treat bag 
The kitty sits inside of this bowl
Pumpkin Napkin holder 
Halloween Ghost

The Halloween link also includes the link to my previous Halloween craft story.   Many free patterns I can send to you via email. Leave a comment here and I will be glad to email you the pattern. 

My Cats

Benny will be 6 years old this month!  Batman and Robin turned 2 years old in May.

Photos of the cats

Left to right Benny, Robin and Batman 
Batman is in the center he is the lighter cat. The twins are hard to tell apart. 
Benny comes in and sits on me in my bed for attention and loves
Robin and his cone sleeping on my bed

Poor Robin, above with the cone, got ahold of a bathing suit top with string ties and chewed off a piece and swallowed it.  It got tangled up inside of him and he had to have an operation to remove it.  He was sick for a long time, but he is well now.  So we have to be careful what we leave out for him to get into. We found out he has a heart murmur. They did not detect this when he was fixed last year. 

Batman and Robin are indoor kitties so they get into mischief.  We have given them a plethora of toys and change them often. I think in time they will settle down.

Benny was having stress when we moved in December to our new apartment.  He licked off his fur again on his hid quarters like our last move 2 years ago.  It now has grown back in.  He used to be an outdoor kitty.  He cannot go out here as they do not allow it and we are on the third floor.

We plan on getting a single level house for rent and then he can be an indoor/outdoor kitty again.

My Mother 
 Mom had her 84th birthday in April!  She had been doing pretty good for 84 until she fell again July 2.
She has been in the hospital with a bone fracture in her spine and bowel infection. She is in a lot of pain.  We are not sure how long she will be in the Hospital and then to a rehabilitation facility after that to recover.  Here is a photo of Mom on her 84th Birthday this year.
Mom Virginia on her 84th Birthday with flowers

The Twins
My niece's twin girls turned three in June! They are just adorable as ever!
              Isabella and Olivia July 4, 2014

New Projects

Besides trying some new crochet projects for Christmas gifts this year, I am going back to some beading for bracelets and key chain holders.

I have ordered beads from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads and purchased some from WalMart. 

Photos in the next blog post.

Key chains so far with plastic canvas:
This was made on Plastic canvas size 10 which was too small for my needle and it was pretty hard to do. 

Some other Plastic Canvas I did this last four months
Fourth of July patriotic decorations
Minecraft Creeper Kleenex box cover

Minecraft Gold sword is more than two feet long

You can see more at my stories from the link above at Squidoo.

Have a great month!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

January 2014

January 2014

It has been four months since I blogged!

The winter is tough on me as I seem to get every virus and cold and flu going around and then some!
However I was busy with my crafts!
I made 10  pages on my blog since December.  I
I also made a page "All about me." I will be adding those pages here soon.

I have new projects for this year.
1. I am getting back into crocheting! I made 2 scarves for Christmas gifts and one hat for a child.

2. I am going to do some sewing. My oldest daughter wants some cloth grocery bags. Her laundry room is downstairs in her apartment building. Her current bags are just the paper - cloth bags you get from the store.

3. I am pretty much out of large pieces of plastic canvas. So I will try to use up the smaller pieces and make some smaller items for Christmas and Birthday gifts.

4. I have been saving bottle caps, metal and plastic as well as corks. I have seen some really cute an simple items on Pinterest!  I LOVE PINTEREST!
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   My Pinterest account
Don't forget to come back here!

5.  Weaving, just simple cardboard and yarn weaving. I am making "Mug Rugs" or coasters!

Our New Apartment

We are doing great now for nearly 5 months at our new apartment. May 1 it will be 5 months.  We were 2 years in our last place.  It is so nice to have my own bedroom and bathroom. I have the master bedroom suite with it's own bathroom.  The third bedroom is office four me and my daughter to have our computers and storage.  We still have unpacking to do.
Last July I got 90% of what I left in Washington state when I moved down to California in 2011.  I still have some Christmas things at my friends.

Our new apartment complex has a pool! I cannot wait to swim this summer!


The cats are adjusting well to the new apartment. They love to look out the window. We are on the third floor.  I have to watch the amount of opening of my window because Batman likes to climb the screen and pushed it out twice!!! Yikes!

                    Brothers Batman and Robin playing.

   Our three cats looking out the window. I called their names to take the photo!
 I lightened this up so you could see the face of Sleeping Robin.

I have been busy writing stories for my Early American tab.  I have several pages on my ancestors with photos and detailed information about them.

My family story of the Francis line that became the Mifflin line is a great read. I have my Welsh ancestors also. 
My tree at has over 20,000 names now. I have been busy helping others that are very distant cousins as well as close family. 

Some photos from those blogs:

Celia Morgan Mifflin
   Above: Photo of Celia's 90th Birthday - My Mom is the baby in this family photo. 

                               above: Agnes Smart

                               above: Eleanor Corns

                        Above: Lucretia Williams Mifflin

                        Above Howell Hopkins Mifflin

                             Above Tench Francis

More Blog pages:

I wrote some reviews about movies and books that I love and are my favorites. I will be adding those here also. 
I made some more plastic canvas such as Easter Baskets, Valentines hearts and Clovers and other items.