Saturday, February 9, 2013


Can anyone help me to put a countdown clock on my blog?  I used to just add a gadget or something like that.  there is not a gadget in the master list etc.  i found a countdown clock I want to add but i can't figure out how to do it.

this would probably be the same as putting a button, or very similar, which I cannot accomplish either.  Sadly.

thank you for your help

Sunday, February 3, 2013

yet another giveaway through Monday, February 4th!

Hurry!  Quick!  Maureen is having another giveaway here.

and the Fat Quarter Shop is this week's sponsor and the prize is to droooooool for-a jelly roll of Aneela Holey's new line Posy.
enjoy and good luck to all of us!

Have a Happy Week all!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Maureen  is having a give away!  a lovely stack of 12 Organic Fat Quarters MicroMod by Rob Bancroft for Cloud9 Fabrics winner to be selected Monday the 28th! So hurry over there and dilute my chances with your chances!  This will make my 4th entry but when you add all of your entries to it that will of course, dilute my original 3 entries via this 4th entry.

if you followed that you are GOOD!

anyway, if nothing else, go check out the giveaway and check out Stash Fabrics the sponsor of the giveaway.  I finally succumbed to my desire for the Pearl Bracelet FQ bundle last night and her confirmation email for my order had a mention of the giveaway at Maureen's blog.  I figure its in the stars for me to win this giveaway due to how I came to know about it!

Have a grand day all,

denise/deBrat who is oh so happy to be able to post on my own blog again!

pictures hmmmm the stack of ORGANIC fabrics you could win... well me but you if you go and dilute me.  teehee
MicroMod from Cloud 9 -- for Friday's Fabric Giveaway with Stash Fabrics!!

It takes persistance to access your blogger . com blog these days

I want to be brief
I want to rant
I want to say gosh golly gee did anyone else suffer like me?

What I will say is apparently when I clicked "something" when I got my android tablet (run by gmail account type stuffs I guess) I messed up my ability to access the internal workings of my blog!  This blog!  And while I had not been posting very often due to events in our lives during 2012, I still wanted to post the occasional fish caught or lost.

Several times I tried to rectify the fact that I had a blogger . com blog with a non-gmail address but my real, live gmail account used for my phone and email and everything else said I had not blogs but would not allow me to bring this blog over.  Apparently, I waited long enough for enough of the masses to complain and blogger . com did publish a very brief rectifying manner so I could sign in with the real life address.  Good thing I read all of the fine print or all of my pictures would have been un-linked!  And Lord knows it is all about pictures in blog land.

So IF this post posts
And IF this post is see-able by others
And IF this post is "editable" by me after it "IF posts"
THEN I will be a happy deBrat and feel that the morning of January 27th was not spent in vain.
AND I will follow it up with a link to a fabric giveaway that the winner will be drawn on Monday the 28th - tomorrow!

hugs all
denise/deBrat hoping to be back in blogger-dom after I hit Publish!

OH a picture!  must have a picture let me find one.  Okay Two, when have I ever done something in moderation?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A study in contrasts- Courtesy of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac

Friday, August 24, 2012 7:54AM ET
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 8:55 AM ET

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:14 PM

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 7:43 PM

So Isaac came to my beloved Mexico Beach today and made a mess of it.  Or, rather, left it looking really really clean!  I saw one piece of coral, three seashells and a few people.  Three of those people were id-jutzs!  But those pics are for another day.
pictures taken since friday the 24th thru tonight the 28th: 393  yikers!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

FREEBIES FOR CRAFTERS: Triangle Coin Purse With Zipper

A sweet little coin purse with a zipper closure and it stands up due to its triangle shape!  I'm thinking this may be my project of the day.  If I can ever get caught up on my emails and blog readings.

FREEBIES FOR CRAFTERS: Triangle Coin Purse With Zipper

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A trip to the mega sewing store

Today I went to JoAnn's.  I really dislike going there, it has more crafts than fabric and such a poor choice of fabrics that I really am not inspired to sew - and certainly not to quilt being the quilting fabric snob that I am -and it also always has a horrible manmade scent in it that reminds me of wet straw.  With my scent sensitivities i really try to stay away from candle/potpourri/diffuser places.

But, this past week I got an email update from Nancy Zieman for her new McCall's pattern 6607 and fell in love with it.  It will be perfect for either our fundraising event this October.  Or if my presence is needed, at a smaller gathering at a Board Member's home in early September.  So after getting my two cuts of foam-50% off this week and the main purpose for my journey - I was off to the pattern table and found the pattern and headed to the knits area.  tons of solids in a cheap-ey THIN fabric but nothing like I saw this pattern being made in.  Then on a round table near the front of the store was a group of animal type prints and one of them was in black and white like I thought I wanted with a bit of sporadic clear sequins on it.  2 1/2 yards later I went looking for thread. 

I always feel like I treat a trip to the town only 11 miles north of us as if I lived in the hills 50 miles from anywhere.  See I really have no reason to go to "town" anymore.  I have a Publix and a Sweet Bay 1 1/2 miles from my home.  Sam's club is only another tenth of a mile.  There is a Panera, a Starbucks, too many pizza places to count-but only one counts-East Coast Pizza.  We have a bowling alley, a McDonald's, Burger King, Applebees, Beef O'Brady's, two Chinese restaurants and even a Japanese Restaurant now.

WalMart is an 8 mile drive north or an 11 mile drive south of us and we have at least 6 WalMart stores within 20-25 minutes of my house.  All the "real" stores/mall/movie theater etc are all up in that 11 miles away place that also has JoAnn's.  So when I go to "town/JoAnns" I make sure to take care of purchasing as many things that are on sale or I have a coupon for as  I can to justify the travel time and the gas.

I got two pieces of foam.  One piece for the sitting area of the bench in the front bedroom at the condo and the other piece is for the coat rack/bench I have in my office at work.  I bought black, white, red and navy 100% cotton thread,  a black and white rayon thread to sew the fancy material I bought for the McCall's 6607 pattern.  I also purchased the last 4 packages of plastic carbiners(sp?) to use in a couple of future purse/tote type projects,  5 packages of machine needles, a skein of pink and white dishcloth cotton yarn from the Breast Cancer Awareness display for Bernat, and something else that I cannot recall.  I did not even splurge on a magazine or a book!  I was gone 2 hours from home to home and I guess the splurge was well needed as I felt great when I got back...except for the nasty wet straw smell on my clothing which I promptly switched out.

I didn't think to take pictures of my haul but I'm sure I can come up with something for you to view.  In the mean time, have a marvelous day!

in September of 2011 we went to the local boating and fishing show.  In the 1st shot I am learning to fly fish.  I'll just say that all fish are safe from me if I ever use the fly fishing techniques.  While at the show I attended three different lure/bait rigging demos.  The last one I did was to rig a nasty ballyhoo for fishing for big fish!  At one point I had to break its back and squeeze all the poo out of it.  Not only did I reek of fish, but of fish guts and waste too! And yet, I'm still smiling.  Gosh I love to fish!