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“What happens at Grandma’s ….”


Bragging, Photos, Stories galore….

Our lives changed on March 10, 2006 when we were blessed with our one and only grand daughter, Isabela June.

Where does the time go?  Miss Bella turned 16 years old and is now a licensed driver? Oh My Gosh!!  She starts her junior year of high school this fall.  She is looking forward to a new academic learning schedule,  She will take advanced courses at the high school in the morning and then she will attend a Vocational Technical School in the afternoon.  If she can maintain her excellent grade point, she will graduate with a 2 year degree.  She is smart AND beautiful – but then again I am a little biased as I am her Grandma!!  Football season will soon start – So I better invest in a “stadium clip on seat” as MY “seat” is not a bleacher seat.  LoL!  Our daughter has a t-shirt that says “we are here for the half time show”.   Gotta love Kickline!!  It has been a joy to watch her grow into a beautiful, smart, fun talented young lady.  OK …. That’s my Grandma brag update. 

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Each day can bring challenges to each and everyone of us.  My hope is that you can find one simple thing that brings you Joy!

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Welcome to J. Designs! 

We have survived our first year of retirement – it was an adjustment – but a GOOD adjustment!  We updated our bathroom on our lower level – that was actually fun – well – Tom might think otherwise. As usually I come up with the plan and he executes it – and it turned out EXACTLY how I had envisioned!  We purchased a new truck and a travel trailer.  We have only taken one trip this summer, but we thoroughly enjoyed it.  Its a little too fancy for deer hunting – but lets just say he will be as comfortable as you can be – off grid!

Retiring from designing and teaching was a little tougher on me than I thought.  I found it hard to not have a deadline for really anything more than getting a shower in for the day.  I found myself packing all my merchandise, publications and kits away, organizing and sorting so my office didn’t look like a warehouse.  It kind of made me sad – but I found I could stitch what I wanted – when I wanted without any deadly deadlines.  Then – My friend Jane and I embarked on a real adventure – We jumped on the YouTube – FlossTube wagon and are enjoying the ride.  Of course it was a great way for me to micro-manage my time, make  lists – oh the lists of things to buy, stitch, finish – it has been a LOT of fun!!   We have learned quite a bit about video recording – like no matter what the camera angle is – I still have a double chin. Thank goodness – Katherine and Bella (our technical support) only live a block from Janes house.  I’ve been knee deep into website updates – lots of technical stuff that I think I am just to old to learn – but I have done pretty well.   Our YouTube channel is “Running with Scissors:  Stitching with Jane and Julie”  We are just two gals, sharing what we love to do – and having a few laughs along the way. Check us out if you find yourself with a little down time.  If you “like” and “Subscribe” and hit the notification bell – you will be notified when our episodes post AND we just posted our first tutorial on “ruched and beaded edge”  That video process will be improving as it too is a whole new learning curve.  But I feel I have knowledge to share – and a little humor goes along way –

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What’s Cookin’. . .

Do you know what I love more then stitching? ….Cooking!

This is where I will share recipes tried and true…