Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween.

Best Halloween Hair.
Most frightening Halloween face.

Most realistic transgendered Halloween costume.

Happy Halloween, friends! Now go, distribute Halloween happiness to the world!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

autumn scene.

Oh my. This view just makes my heart ache. Isn't that an absolutely beautiful photo? My brother Tom snapped it...how I wish I were there!

And this one. It takes my breath away. Tom lives in Brockport, NY. I love his neck of the woods. I love barns. I love cornfields. I love Brockport. I love Tom & Family.
Someday...I'll be back.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

crash.

Yes, it happened. I went to juice-up the computer and BAM! Nothing. Nada. Zilch. All day, no computer. No posting. No email. No web designing. Cleaning? C'mon! Why would you even suggest that?! Fortunately, I'm married to MacGyver, who can also fix computers! I didn't mention that in my post about him, 'cause that would just be bragging. And I'm no braggart! My mom raised us better than that. MacGyver came home from a very long day at work and bless his heart, took my computer apart. He and our son drove to two office supply stores and eventually came back with a new hard drive. MacGyver worked on it until 11:30. We're not sure if the rebooting worked, as we went to bed. And Lord knows I'm not going to turn that computer on myself. Spell D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R with me.

So for now, I'm working off MacGyver's old, slow laptop. I'm certain that he'll get my computer fixed soon. It's a matter of principle.

Monday, October 27, 2008

jolly Santa purse.

I finally finished my Santa face purse today. I'll be putting it in my store, check it out at therubia.com. It's too bad that you can't see Santa's sweet embroidered face. I have very limited camera/software capabilities. Poor Santa.


Wait! Here's Santa. How nice of you to show your face...yes, that's the face on the purse. And Santa, I've been very good this year.

*wink, wink.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

find at the Farmer's Market.

Hot weather and I are not friends. I live in Florida. Ironic, isn't it? I don't like to be outside when it's a gajillion degrees, unless I'm in the pool. But when November approaches, the weather changes and spending time in the great outdoors is invigorating. We open all the windows and doors and let the refreshing breezes waft through the house, ridding the air of summer's oppression.

Off to the Farmer's Market! And what a lovely time. Those are greens. Just greens. A Southerner would know which variety, but I'm a Yankee and have no clue about various types of greens.

I do know what these are. Lemons. Pineapple. Yankees know fruit.


What a brilliant color palette. Lovely, vibrant colors. You won't see this at a grocery store.



Another beautiful find at the market. Lovely, salt of the earth. Beautiful bright eyes. A shy smile. She told me she didn't want to break my camera. I told her she was too beautiful to break my camera. I was right! A sweet treasure found at the local Farmer's Market.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

day to be a winner!



You all play so well together! You're all so nice and thoughtful, saying nice things to me and about my little wristlet. Let me say some nice words about you: funny, creative, sweet, resourceful, amusing, happy, kind...the list goes on! That being said, I am pleased to announce that the winner of my early Thanksgiving Giveaway is...

Mindy! Congratulations, Princess! By the way, you can visit Mindy's kingdom right here. Mindy was lucky #5, chosen by Random.org. OK Mindy, I'll need your address...I'll be stuffing those Pilgrims, Indians and turkeys in the envelope...hope they all fit!

For those of you who did not win, I'm so sorry. I truly wanted you to win! Hang in there for the next giveaway. I know what I want to give at Christmas, but I need to think about now, today. Hmmmm.....
OK people, my blog looks boring, bland, bare-naked. I really need to pimp it out (up?). Trouble is, I'm not sure how to do it. Any suggestions from you way-more-creative-than-I people would greatly be appreciated. I am currently working on my web site, getting it Christmas-y. I need to publish it soon...

Thanks for playing along. Can't wait for divine inspiration to hit me with the next surprise. You'll be the first to know.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

super-hero husband.

I stated in a post not too long ago, that I'm married to MacGyver. A nickname my friend Wanda gave my husband. And she's so right! He can fix anything, rig anything, build just about anything. Now don't be hatin', people. I know that some of you wish you had a MacGyver of your own. If you are married to a super-hero, you know what I'm talking about. My MacGyver doesn't have a mullet...I just want to be clear on that. Not that a mullet is a bad thing, but c'mon, it's the 2000's! The only setback to being married to a superhero is, I don't get new stuff when the old stuff breaks. Because the old stuff keeps getting fixed. And fixed. And fixed again. Which is often kinda handy, because I don't have to wait forever for a repair man to show up to fix and rob me. But once in awhile, it would be amazing to replace the old broken item with a shiny, brand-new (fill in the blank) ___________________.

So if something, anything, should go kaputt at your place, ask yourself this...


Hmmmmm...maybe get rid of that mullet?

blatant, shameless advertising.


I think this fabric is so stinkin' cute! I've had it for years and just couldn't bring myself to cut it. That reindeer is just so happy and energetic! I'll be posting it in my store this week. Take a look at that boy on the table. He's so stinkin' cute, too! Also a limited edition. But he's not for sale!

I'll be announcing the winner of the Thanksgiving Wristlet on Thursday. I will email the winner for their address...keep your feathers crossed!

Monday, October 20, 2008

next American Idols.

video

You really must watch this. Get ready, because it packs a really big punch. I don't care if you're a Whitney Houston, P. Diddy, Britney Spears, KISS, Harry Connick Jr., HIM, Kate Smith (for my Grandma), Faith Hill or any other singing legend/phenom fan, none can come close to these little ladies singing the National Anthem. They should be lauded, applauded, recorded, noted, voted, put upon a national purple/pink pedestal for the whole country to hear. If you're not moved by these little angels, you're just plain numb. OK. Listen. I'll wait..........

What did you think? Are you in awe? Did you love them? I wanted to jump through the monitor and hug each one of them. Share this with your friends, it'll put the love-of-country right back into their psyche. Oh, and one more thing...God Bless America!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

question.



Do any of you know if there's a giveaway on anyone's blog for this baby? 'Cause I want one. If you don't know of anyZune giveaways, I think that one of you bloggers should put this up on your blog as a giveaway. I honestly think it would be a good thing for you to do. What? Why don't I give one away, you're asking? C'mon, I'm giving away a wristlet!!! And a key fob!!! Gee, isn't that enough for you? Who's leading this rebellion....Mindy?!

Have you entered a chance at my giveaway? Just click HERE. (SUZY, JUST CLICK THE RED WORD OVER THERE...GOT IT? NO? EMAIL ME...)

Have a great Sunday, people. Relax, drink lots of coffee, sit outside and enjoy the delicious weather. Bask in God's great creation. Meet me back here on Monday.

Friday, October 17, 2008

horror!


How d'ya like my cleaning machine? The poor doggie keeps her distance from the evil before her. My husband bought it for me (himself) when I was pregant, seventeen years ago. The salesman came by our house one evening to demonstrate this monster, I mean, vaccuum and he ended up moving in. Not really. But he was there a long, long time. So long, that I ended up going to bed. Because I was tired and pregnant. I wasn't interested in evil that would help me with my housework. And quite frankly, I didn't understand why McGyver (that's my husband) would be interested in this monstrosity. But the next morning, this apparition was living with me. Invading my home. It's huge. It's clunky. It cost a lot of money. You know why McGyver bought it? Because it has a motor like a Mac truck. Like a NASCAR. Like a John Deere riding mower. Because it can suck up a pile of screws like...never mind. And you know what? This evil is always going to be with me, because I just can't break it! It's horrible to pull around the house, it falls over, it bumps into things. Ya know what? It can imbibe, absorb, & inhale like nobody's business!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

blogging friends.


I know! I've double posted today. Can't help it, I have to share with you. I headed over to I Have to Say... this morning and again, Randi has supplied an interesting list of wonderful links. She has a great recipe for canned jalapenos, which I'll be making for my jalapeno-loving husband. Check out her "hot links"...one of which is a chance to win this beautiful quilt. I've put a link on my sidebar, but you can just click here. It's a stunning quilt and so fallish. I can't believe she's giving this baby away. OK, I know what you're all thinking! Wow! A quilt! And all we're getting at It's A Wonderful... is a little wristlet! I hear you! I look bad, cheap, stingy. I'll take care of you on the next giveaway here on this blog. Sheesh! Now go over there and enter to win!

"Courtney."




Meet the "Courtney," my newest wristlet. I've named it after a very special friend, who happens to be the biggest Dawg fan south of Georgia. That is, she was at the age of 4. Then 5. She's now in Middle School and I just am not sure if she's still a Dawg. *Sigh. That's OK. If she's not, we'll keep the name the same to remember a little girl who would rather play football with her big brother and his friends. A little girl who didn't want to wear anything but jeans. A little girl who was as tough as her police-officer, SWAT-trained Daddy. A little girl who is growing up and now cares about clothes and hair and, oh gosh, dances. Whose birthday is a few days away, hint-hint, wink-wink.

Happy Birthday Courtney and Christy!

Please head on over
here to enter the Thanksgiving Wristlet giveaway. I hope you win!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

getting ready for Christmas!

Yes! I'm getting ready for Christmas! For Hanukkah. For the holidays! If you take a look at the picture, you'll see two and-a-half Santa faces. They're all saying, in unison, "ho, ho, ho." This will be the front of a Christmas purse. A very good seller, I might add. I'd love to have this little guy added to my web site by the end of the week. I have some other holiday purses to add...so much to do! AND. I. AM. WAITING. FOR. OUR. SON. TO. GET. HOME. WITH. THE. CAR. The purses being made will be very holy, for all the prayers being said in my sewing room today. No, I'm not going to add to the cost of the bags for being so holy. I'm going to throw that in for free.

Now I'm off to start dinner. The fun here never ends!

Don't forget to enter the Thanksgiving Wristlet Giveaway. Just click here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

obsession.



If I have to have an obsession, what better than to love sisters? It's a topic I never tire of. Why does my heart skip a beat when I look at them? Maybe it's the way they walk in a line, with purpose and resolve. Maybe it's the serenity in their countenance. Perhaps it's the joy in their faces, their radiant smiles. How they embrace life and know how to laugh and have fun. Whatever the reason, I shall never, ever grow tired of these remarkable women of God. Amen.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Thanksgiving giveaway!


This giveaway is for this Thanksgiving wristelt and key fob. The fabric pattern consists of Pilgrims and Indians and Turkeys, oh my! It really is adorable fabric. There's not much of it left, unless I sttttttrrrrreeeeeeeeeettttccccchhhhh it and have enough to make one more wristlet out of it. But you will be the hit of the grocery store carrying this. They really are convenient little doo-dads. Oh, and you also win the orange bandanna key fob. Because I want you to coordinate, that's why!
Just leave a comment at the end of this post, telling me if you're going to wait till the last minute to defrost your turkey, or if you always have it under control. I need to know. And remember, one entry per person, please.
Baby Mama, you pretty much guessed on the last post what that was a picture of. It was the pilgrim/indian people. Congratulations, you've earned some extra chances. Mindy and Jenny also win an extra chance for posting in the comments.
Good luck and I'll announce the winner next week.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

giveaway sneak peek.

Can you guess what this is a picture of? Because (never start a sentence with "because") I so want to get my giveaway up, I'm providing you with a little peek. I've been angsting over what to put up for days, driving myself insane. Mindy doesn't care what it is, she just wants it up here! I've finally decided and it's currently in production. The first 4 people who respond to this post will get an additional chance to win the giveaway. And for the first person who correctly identifies what the above picture is, will win two additional chances. So if you're one of the first 4 and you correctly guess what that is up there, you could get four chances to win the giveaway. Hello.....mathematicians, did I figure correctly? If not, let me know and I'll give you an additional chance. Ha, ha...OK, kiddos. Have at it!


Monday, October 6, 2008

updated web site.





Oh my gosh, I have been soooo busy! It's been a long time since I've refreshed my web site, so for the last couple of days, I've been working on new products. Now I have to concentrate on the business-end...so much to do!

How are you doing? Have you decorated for Fall? Is your witch mask dusted off and ready to go? Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?

Lastly, I haven't forgotten about the giveaway. It's coming up, I promise.

OK, Heroes is on and I always watch it with my son. I'll be back in a day or so...ya'll take care.

Friday, October 3, 2008

vintage "appliance."

Meet my washing machine. My husband and I bought it about 10 years ago, when it was cutting-edge technology. I was the only one to have this baby...I know, all my friends coveted my washer. Don't try to deny it, Terri, Suzy, Kathy, Wanda, Christy, Fanny, Gertrude, Hilda...the rest of you know who you are! My machine has had a few setbacks over the years, but because I'm married to McGyver, it keeps getting fixed. Nothing's really wrong with it at present, but it's just not as pretty as it once was. The new models are so sleek and come in lovely colors. Uh-oh, I think the same could be said of me. Hmmm. Sorry, washer. I didn't mean it.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

fabrichicas!!!



I went to one of my favorite shops today, The Olde Green Cupboard. As luck would have it (OK, it wasn't really luck, because I knew about it before I walked in), there was a 25% off fabric sale. As I walked through those hallowed doors, I saw the ladies folding brand spanking new Amy Butler fat quarters! My knees got weak and I started drooling, barely able to contain my joy! Oh, I want them all!!! If you're wondering who Amy Butler is, I'm doing that "sister" thing with my hand and neck and saying, "Oh no you don't!" Because she's the goddess of a slew of young, fresh fabric designers. And if you don't know who she is, that's even better for me. 'Cause that means, you aint a sewer, sister! I have a new friend, Melissa, who is the proud owner of a new pretty little shop on Cape Cod. And she's a hip fabric designer, with a line of fabrics called "Sugar Snap." How cool, that I know a future fabric icon?! And finally, my friend Randi has an online fabric shop. She has some beautiful fabrics and she is one of the sweetest women I've met this century.

There! My work is done. I've introduced you to some talented fabrichicas! That's my made-up word for the day. I like to do that.

So friends, I'll be marooned again tomorrow, but that's OK! I now have some delicious fabrics and patterns to play with. Oh, and please visit my friends up there. I told them you'd stop by.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

light at the end of the tunnel.

Today, for the first time, our happy son drove my vehicle to school. Which means that I'm marooned here at home, with no excuse not to be working on what I should be working on. And what I shouuld be working on is my business. And in trying to get the site looking professional and not, well, crappy, I've discovered some techniques in my editing program I never knew existed. That's because I'm playing Gilligan today and can focus on what needs to be done. But it's all kind of fun and satisfying and I'm hoping to publish the updated site by the end of this week. I'll keep adding to the site, especially with Christmas right around the corner.

Now if I could only edit those weeds out of my gardens, I'd be one happy mamma!
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