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New Beginnings

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

It's 2020! Writing 2020 makes me feel positive. It's a new beginning. I am traveling into a new decade of my life and even though I am not young I can envision so many changes I want to make. Call me an optimist, Pollyanna, a dreamer, or an idealist, I think there is always room to improve.


I started the new year by spending four days with my sewing chums Jan Brown and Linda Dynan.

Jan & Linda

Last year we started a tradition of coming together at my house for a sew-in while Dennis, my husband, cooks the meals and takes care of us. You have no idea how lovely it is to be sewing along and here he comes with all of our food and drinks. What a way to start the new year!

I was writing the pattern I have featured this week and Linda had the perfect solution to and the issue I was experiencing. Thank You, Linda!


I am an avid podcast listener while working and these past two weeks of the year I have been listening to the Happiness Lab by Dr. Laurie Santos. She is a Yale professor who teaches the most popular class ever taught at Yale University. Not only does she produce the podcast she offers The Science of Well-Being class free online which I am enjoying immensely. Seeing as January seems the perfect time for new beginnings, I invite you to join me in taking this free class. You can find it at: Let me know what you think. We could all use a bit more positivity in our lives. You can find Dr. Santos' podcast at The Happiness Lab.

Free Pattern - Wrist Sling

As a late Christmas present to my followers and to begin one of my goals for the year am offering you a free pattern. I designed it because I hate carrying a purse and I now find myself using a cane. A purse and a cane don't go well together. Usually, the only thing I need with me is my credit card, license, and phone. This small project, the Wrist Sling has everything I need. I was surprised that my collage age granddaughters liked them as well.

New Beginnings


I leave you my Irish goodbye.



We will be at the Rusty Barn Show in Phoenix from January 29th through Feb 1st. If you are in the area stop by our booth number 323.



Bread Pudding

This warm gooey dessert is perfect for those cold evenings. We always have bread that I can't find a purpose for. This simple recipe reminds us to reuse and recycle. I had some brioche and Hawaiian buns left over that I had saved in the fridge. They made this dessert even better.

Old fashioned but oh so good!

9 eggs 2 tsp vanilla

3 c. milk 10 c bread, cubed

1 1/2 c sugar 1 tsp cinnamon

2 c. cream

Mix all ingredients well and place in a 9x13 pan. Bake for one hour at 325°.

Butter Sauce

1 c. brown sugar 2/3 c. corn syrup

1/2 c butter 1/2 c. cream

Boil brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and cream in a saucepan over high heat until all the sugar is dissolved, approximately two minutes.

This makes a large amount of sauce. Pour the warm syrup over each piece at serving time. Pop the pudding in the microwave for 45 seconds and add a dollop of whipping cream.


“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu


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