Saturday, March 19, 2011

I Finally Did It!!!

Yes…I finally got my patterns going…and they are being sold on THE PATTERN CUPBOARD.

I’m so happy that Terri accepted me and so yesterday I spent quite a bit of time getting them drawn up and scanned and then turned into PDF files…lots of work but so worth it.

So please go on over to The Pattern Cupboard: 
OR….you can go to the top of my post here in the ‘tabs’ and click on E-Patterns and order from there.

I have just 7 going right now…but many others are waiting for me to have time to sit at the printer and computer.

So that is what has been taking my time the last few days

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Two weeks ago we went to one of our cousin’s birthday party – it was a 50’s theme as well….so there were a few of us who dressed – others chickened out. Here’s the few that did dress.
50s group

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Then on Wednesday night there were 9 of us at a Corned Beef &  Cabbage dinner at our cousin Gail’s house (the girl next to me in the photo above – she has her arm around me…it was her house).
My goodness she had so much food it was incredible.
A roaster full of potatoes, carrots and cabbage. I think she said she had 15 lbs. of red potatoes, 5 bags of carrots, 4 heads of cabbage and 3 large Corned Beef. Yummmm.
roaster of potatoes

Corned Beef

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And  a lonely little Red Cardinal sitting in our Service Berry bush Thursday morning…how pretty!


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My water classes at the Fitness Center are doing good for me…I think I’m strengthening my lower back some…seems to feel some better so I’m glad I’m sticking with it….and who wouldn’t want to be in 85 degree water on a cold morning just floating and moving free. I love it.

I had to buy a new swim suit today because the chlorine has ruined my suit(s). So we drove down to Zion, IL to Kiefer’s Swim Wear and I must say if you can’t find a suit or any kind of water wear then they just don’t make it.

This is the one I ended up with but it’s showing it blue and it’s actually 3 different shades of Aqua.

So that’s my week!

Hope you all are having a great weekend.



  1. Hi Karen...I am so happy to hear about your new "pattern making" adventure. I know you will do well. I took a peak already! They are great designs, look like alot of fun to make and are reasonable. Good for you.

    I am contemplating whether or not to head to the pool myself for water exercise. I think it would help my back,too. My sister goes and she wants me to join her. She said the warm water does feel wonderful. I pray you continue to improve.

    Have a great Sunday!

  2. Oh, I cant wait for weather warm enough for a bath suit. I always get mine at Lands End...they just last for such a long have been busy! Hope your back will finally give you some relief. Blessings, Dianntha

  3. Karen, congratulations on your new e-patterns. Glad to hear that the Water Fitness class is helping you.

  4. Wow young Lady you have been very busy... Good to hear you got busy on the Paterns...

    You all look great dressed up for the 50's Party.. I love doing things like that...

    Love the new Suit...Keep up swimmin it is great for the body...

    Have a great weekend!!


  5. The 50's party looks fun! I'll be running over to look at your patterns. Congrats on getting them ready. I have a pesky cardinal trying to get in the windows on the one side of my house. Trying to figure out a way to get that to stop. Swimsuits. I buy cheap ones at discount stores, we have a spa and while I don't use chlorine in it, I still seem to ruin suits in it. It is wonderful for my back though...I love it!


  6. Congrats on your patterns Karen! Nice to see you post! Your Corned beef dinner looks wonderful! Nice family picture! It's always fun to get together. Love your cardinal. We don't have them here. They are very pretty!

  7. Karen ~
    Congrats to you. May you enjoy much success for all your talents and hard work.
    Hugs :)

  8. Hi Karen - congrats on being accepted at The Pattern Cupboard! Hope you get tons of sales!
    You look great dressed up in your 50's style - love it!

  9. Congrats Karen! I hope you do very well with your patterns!


  10. Wow! how exciting for you about your patterns Karen! Can't wait to take a peek!

    The 50's pic looks adorable and like you all had a blast!

    Love the color and style of your new swimsuit ~ how pretty ~ glad the swim class is giving you some relief.


  11. Hi Karen.. Congrats on your new venture. I will tell Shonda as she LOVES your stuff...
    I love your cardinal, too... We don't have those this far North.
    I am glad you are feeling better.
    Take care, dear friend...

  12. You will do so well with your patterns Karen!!! Great party picture!!!

  13. OH Karen..I'm SO HAPPY for you!!! Congratulations!!! They will be a huge hit to be sure!

    Big hugs ♥Doreen

  14. Congrats on the patterns!! That is so exciting! And your gifts in the last post are wonderful. Looks like you had fun at the 50's party and that food sounds great! Love your bathing suit and I am so glad that your back is feeling better. I have tmj and it is acting up. I hate pain so I am not a happy camper right now.

  15. Congratulations on your new venture and I am glad to hear that your water therapy is working out for you so far..The 50's party looked like a BLAST..Have a great week..I am off to check out your patterns..

  16. Glad you have a few patterns now up for sale!!! I know what you mean by time consuming when making a pattern! Sometimes one can take me a whole day to work on. I am getting a lot faster now.


  17. Wonderful about the patterns! I had been thinking about emailing you to see if they ever would be patterns. Your patterns, my wool ..... maybe we could chat about that later .....

  18. Great news on the pattens Karen! That's awesome!

    Love that 50's party! Fun!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  19. CONGRATS 2 U Karen...Very happy for you and know you will do well.:D

    What a fun time it appears you all stuff.

    So the water classes are working for you. Nice to hear...maybe I need to take this up. I was offered it 3 times...turned it down each time. I know I didn't like the idea of being in water in the winter...just didn't know it was this warm. If only I'd known; will ask about this the next time for sure. TFS


  20. Hi Karen, Have just come across your blog and am having a little peak at your patterns. Beautiful! Think I'm going to have to sit down with a cuppa and have a good browse tonight when I get home. Maa.

  21. Congratulations Karen on your new pattern venture, wishing you all the luck in the world!

    Don't you all look dapper in your 50's clothes, very swish. I am glad that your lower back seems to be getting better.

    Have a lovely weekend,

  22. Karen, I am so happy for you on your new venture, you are a great person and a great business person.
    I LOVED the picture of you and the whole gang dressed up in the 50's, I have to say you were the best one dressed, I LOVE what you were wearing and you are SO tiny and cute!!!!

    I also LOVE the bathing suit you ordered, you could wear a 2 piece my friend, you have a great body, I am 43 yrs old and I don't have the body you do!!!!

    You rock and I love ya!

    Spring Blessings at least Think Spring,

  23. Congratulations in your patter adventure. Happy Spring!

  24. Oh what fun, you look so cute in your poodle skirt!! Those roasters full of food are making my mouth water, yum!

    Pretty cardinal picture! They are my favorite bird, I just love to sit and watch their beauty. My little guy always gets excited to show me the "red birds" that he finds for me.

    Yay for you on getting some back relief! That's wonderful news Karen! I agree... that water would feel so good, I wouldn't want to get out. Have fun with it.


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