H is for Hand Stitch, Hem, Hook and Eye, & Hoop


Hand stitch is simply when you sew by hand instead of using a sewing machine.  There are many styles of hand stitching.  Embroidery is one example.

Ahem is a finished edge to clothing.  Hemming can be done by hand or by machine.  With the new computerized sewing machine, the variety of hemming stitches is great.

Hook and Eyes are used to connect two edges of clothing.  It gives a seamless look and many times they are used instead of buttons or zippers.  They are hand sewn onto the fabric.

Lastly, hoops are used for hand and machine embroidery, hand and machine quilting, and many other styles of handwork.  Crewel, cross stitch, needlepoint, etc.




Daily Prompt:  Tend, Simplify

Today I get to celebrate two of my favorite people’s birthdays.  My grandson Andrew turns fourteen today.  I can’t believe the years have passed so quickly.  I tend to still think of him as a little boy.  He certainly is growing into a fine young man.  His mother, however, isn’t always convinced.  She’s in the teenage shock years.

I chuckle and tell her he is just like you.  To that, she asks how I ever put up with her.  I simplify my answer by just saying it was illegal to murder your kids and my reward for not doing so is my grandchildren.  🙂

The other birthday is that of my youngest granddaughter, Isabella.  She turns two today.  She has turned into a toddler who is smart, funny and simply one of the brightest lights of my life.  Unfortunately, she lives far away and my only visit with her will be via facetime.  I am not really complaining, just wishing I could be with her in person.

Tomorrow all the family with the exception of my son’s family will be going out to dinner to celebrate Andrew’s birthday.  I am blessed to have him living close.I hope we can also get Isabella on the phone so we can celebrate a little with her too.

This modern world with cell phones that allow visits across miles is wonderful.  What a great time we live in.  I remember the show the Jetsons.  It was an animated futuristic show that had picture phones they used.  Who would have thought that they would become a reality that everyone used?

Today I will be spending the day at my granddaughter Alannah’s dance competition.  The kick off of her season is today and thankfully it is being held at the local community college.

God has truly blessed me with a wonderful family.

Have a wonderful day!






My favorite wake up song is from 1980, Celebrations by Kool & the Gang.  I can’t sit still when I hear this song and it makes me smile.  I have always felt if you can wake up and be happy and smiling your day has no choice but to be good.


Uploaded on Oct 5, 2009

Music video by Kool & The Gang performing Celebration. (C) 1980 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Dancing Competition Weekend

Daily Prompt: Spike

I am sitting here in my room at the Breakers Hotel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after an exhausting day at my granddaughters dance competition.  She’s 8 going on 35, but sound asleep on the other side of our suite.  We left Wilmington, NC this morning and arrived at the Convention Center in time to watch one of her friends perform her very first solo.  Alannah has made it her mission to be at the competition even when she is not performing to support her friends.    Alannah explained to me while we were headed down here today that she completely understands Marlie’s need for support because when she (Alannah) competed in her first solo she was also the very first one to dance in that competition too.  See what I mean?

Alannah has to be onstage at 7:30 in the morning which she has to be at the Convention Center at 6:30 when the doors open.  Have I ever mentioned I am not a morning person?  I spent my entire career in nursing working night shift.  Needless to say I am not looking forward to this little spike in my circadian rhythm.

I do enjoy watching Alannah compete in dance.  She has two solos she is competing in tomorrow and then four group dances she is competing in.  She loves dancing and she is at the studio every day during the week but Thursdays.  She takes ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, clogging, hip hop and acro.  When I was a kid you had three choices, ballet, tap and jazz.  I will say that with the addition of more types of dance it has opened the door for more children to participate.

Alannah’s older brother who is 13 takes hip hop too.  He doesn’t compete, but he does participate in the recitals through out the year.  Andrew has Asperger’s and the dance has done wonders for his motor skills and his social skills.

During one of the breaks late this afternoon, I went outside with my camera to see if I could find some good shots.  Alannah was with me and I showed her the way that light can change how a picture looks without changing anything else.  I had her move around so that the sun would hit her target at different angles.  She was really interested in taking the pictures and told me she didn’t realize how much you can affect the picture by just moving light around.  I can see an SLR camera in her future.

That is my dream.  To someday have an Nikon SLR camera.  I really started getting into photography when in 2000.  I have slowly gotten better cameras and believe it or not I have some really beautiful shots from a Kodak point and shoot camera.  I love it because it was not too big and I could take it with me anywhere.  When it died I was so disappointed.  I so wanted to get a good SLR camera then, bu I just couldn’t afford it.  After doing a lot of research and finding out that most cameras today only have the digital screen on the back of the camera to see your object I decided to get a Fujifilm.  It is a bridge camera.  Point and shoot but with lots of options for your own settings.  Several good filters pre installed.  Wireless transfer of pics to phone, tablet, and a 50x zoom.  I have gotten some great shots.  I was at a Phillies/Marlins baseball game two seasons ago and I was getting shots of the players swinging and missing the ball at home plate.  Got the ball in mid air and the bat moving past it.  I couldn’t be more pleased with this camera.

Well it’s after 11PM here on the East Coast and 5:30 will be here before I know it. Goodnight one and all.