"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sewing Class

I started a sewing class st my house.  I am teaching three little girls how to sew.  Our first project was a simple pin cushion and they were super excited to have sewn something!
 I make them thread their own machine at the beginning of class.  I want it to become second nature to them.  It's going slow right now, but that is okay.  Next week we are making pillow cases next week.
I made the best homemade macaroni in cheese yesterday.  I hate food cooked in the microwave, but this was delicious!  My deep covered baker makes a huge difference!
You can see the video with the recipe here:   https://www.facebook.com/MissyShayMO
Question.  These girls are ten and eleven years old.  Are they too young to use a rotary cutter?  Should I cut the pillow cases before class with my rotary cutter or let them cut ti out with scissors, or teach them to use the rotary cutter?  What do you think?


Monday, June 19, 2017

Sew Sweet Bee, Embroidery, and Retreats!

 In case you forgot what I look like since it has been so long since I blogged!
I finally finished May's Sew Sweet Bee Block, I feel so bad being sooo late on it.
This block is for Donna, it is her pattern that you can find here.
She wanted 30's print.

 This was my "oops" moment!
Of course Pippi had to help!

My sewing room is a mess right now since I have not had time to clean it or sew.  I am teaching a sewing class for three little girls, I keep forgetting to take pictures, and I have them set up in the basement.  I just borrowed Alayna's sewing machine real quick to make my block.
My husband bought me the solar flamingo for my car!

 Pat, a lady from my church, was kind enough to help me do embroidery on my new Pampered Chef apron.  I thought it needed something extra.
It is hard to see in the picture, but we put my name in pink at the top, and a flower in the corner.  I also added some ric-rac.
 I went to a ladies retreat a couple of weeks ago and forgot my jacket.  My quilt was a good substitute!
This was our bunks where we slept.  I had to bring a quilt of course!  This is one my grandmother made.

 Cupcake packed herself.
 Then Oreo packed himself.  But I had to leave them both behind.
I have been busy setting up my new Pampered Chef business.  I love selling Pampered Chef and my favorite parts are the cooking shows at people's houses.  If you live within an hour of Ava, MO I can do a show for you.  I also do Facebook parties and will do at least one live demo during the show.  I can do fundraisers, bridal showers, freezer workshop meals, and more!
My website is pamperedchef.com/pws/mshaymo
Business email is mopcmissy@gmail.com

You can always help me out by liking and following my business page on FB too!

Thank you everyone, do you have a favorite quilt you take when you travel?


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wilcox and Gibbs Chainstitch Machine

I went to a yard sale today and saw this treadle.  I had to have it!  Can you blame me?  It is filthy and the top is in terrible condition.  But it was a great price.
I was on my way to the sew in day at the local art gallery.  Judy had asked me to help her convert a 99 she bought, into a hand crank.  The wiring was shot on it.  She had already cleaned it up some and I showed her how I cleaned a machine and the materials I use.  When we started, it did not want to turn, but after cleaning and oiling her, she works like a charm!
While she worked on her machine, I worked on cleaning my new machine.

After three hours of cleaning, this is how she looked.  She still needs some more cleaning, but already looks a lot better!
I can't wait to finish cleaning her up and find out more information about her.
I'm not sure where to find the serial number at.  If anyone can tell me, I would appreciate it!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What I've been up to

 Wednesday is the last day of homeschooling for me.  My student's grandmother is able to start homeschooling her full time again.  This is good, but I will miss teaching her and I know the cats will miss having a girl to play with.
I had been praying about what I wanted to do for a job.  I would need Mondays off in June and July to teach my sewing class for young ladies, the second Thursdays of the month off for my homemaker's club and quilt meetings.  I have ladies Bible Study on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.  Church on Sundays and Wednesday nights, not to mention a few Saturdays a month to spend with my husband.  I also need to clean my house and have time to quilt, however we still need money coming in.  We want to pay the house off before my husband retires and we just bought it a year ago.

I  went to my first Pampered Chef party after my husband and I had only been married about a year, 21 years ago.  We were in Rhode Island for a job interview for my husband, at a church. The ladies at the church invited me to a Pampered Chef party.  I had never heard of Pampered Chef, did not know how to cook, and had never been to a cooking party before.  I was in awe and still remember that party.  Over the years I have had a few Pampered Chef parties and thought, "I could do that and have a lot of fun!".  I just hosted a Pampered Chef party on Facebook, I live in Missouri and the consultant lived in Virginia.  I decided to become a consultant.  The hours fit perfectly into my schedule and how much money I make and how much I work depends on me.

I am really excited about this new business venture of mine!  I have my own website and a new email address and am open for business!  I am currently seeking women and men who want to host parties.  I can do catalog parties, Facebook parties, and house parties as far as Springfield MO.  I live in Ava, MO.  I can also do wedding showers and gift registries.  What a great way to start off a new marriage!

Here is my website:

Here is my email address for my business:

Please pray for my new business!

Proverbs 31:14-24
"  She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
  She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
  She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
  She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
  She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
  She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
  She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
  She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant."

Saturday, May 20, 2017


This week on Instagram someone asked, "what inspires you when making a quilt?".
There are several things that inspire me.
The first "thing" is my family.  This is my niece, Johnna, and the quilt I made for her a few years ago.  When a make a quilt for someone, I want it to be one I know they will love and that will reflect their personality.
I am also inspired by magazines and books.  I love to just read them and look at all of the pictures.  I have more quilt related books in my sewing room also.
I am also inspired by other quilters at my local quilt guild.  We learned how to do trapunto on Thursday night.  Marla Yeager, one of our members, gave the lesson.  This is the sample Marla made.

 There were also a few quilts that were shared.  The nirds were from terry cloth and it was all hand stitched.  It was almost a casualty of the flooding we recently had, but she was able to save it.
 Don't you love these crayons?
I am also inspired by my fellow bloggers.  I appreciate all of the hard work my "bloggy" friends put into their posts and their willingness to answer my endless questions.
Thank you friends for all of your inspirations that you share to others.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Feline Friday

I found one of my old Strawberry Shortcake figurines this week!  This is Apricot.  I have probably had her for 35 years.  I had everything Strawberry Shortcake when I was little, I think I may still have a couple more.
I caught this picture of Cupcake trying to knock it off the desk with her nose.
Here is Pippi sitting on the bench enjoying the cool breeze.
Cupcake and Muffin were curled up together on the Papasan chair.  See that leg?

 Here is Cupcake asleep on the guest bed.
Have you ever made salads in a jar?  Here are some super easy ways to make them using Pampered Chef products.
You can order any of these products from my party until Saturday, May 13 at noon.

Pampered Chef has a new Make and Take mason jar set that is perfect for salads in a jar.  The lid is a container for nuts, etc. There is also a bag to carry the jars in.
You can see it here.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sew Sweet Bee

I finished my block for the Sew Sweet Bee.  I am behind on my April block because of my broken finger last month.  Denny asked us for this cute pineapple block.  She asked us to make the greenery taller by adding another row of green.
Here is a copy of the pattern.


There are a lot of cute quilts on Instagram that were made with this block.

If you want to see the blocks everyone is making for the Sew Sweet Bee, check out the hashtag #sewsweetbee2017 on Instagram.  You can find me on Instagram as redheaded_cat_lady .

I hope to have some time to quilt this weekend!


You can still join my Pampered Chef party here:

Saturday at noon is the last time you can order from my party.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Hideaway, book review

The first thing my husband mentioned when I got this book was that it was very similar to my painting in the Living Room.  He was right!  This is my favorite painting.  I love the cover and the name of the book.

The Hideaway is Lauren K. Denton's first book.  She wove a great story of how the life of Sarah's grandmother, Mags, inadvertently affected Sarah's life.  The Hideaway switches back and forth between Mag's life and Sarah's life.  The story is a great story line and very well written.

Sara has to return to Sweet Bay when her grandmother, who raised her after her parents' death, passes away.  She plans to return to her thriving business in New Orleans within a few days.

Sara stays in Sweet Bay to renovate the house she grew up in, she thought it would be simple to fix up the old house and return to New Orleans to her business, it wasn't.
Sarah discovers things about Mags, she never knew.  It opens her eyes to realize she did not know her grandmother as well as she thought.
She is forced to make a choice between the house and her life in New Orleans when a land developer tries to steal her house.
The only thing about this book that I did not like, is that I was expecting a faith-based book since the publishing company is Thomas Nelson Christian Publishing Company.  The book talks about how an adulterous affair was okay since her husband was an adulterer, there is a lot of drinking and getting drunk.  Nothing about the Christian faith or repentance.  I am very disappointed with Thomas Nelson for printing books that are not Christian books.  When I get a book from a Christian publishing company, I expect a Christian book.  Thomas Nelson seems to be getting away from publishing exclusively Christian books and it makes me sad.
I received this book for review from BookLook Bloggers.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Pansy Cake

I've been super busy the past couple of days making a birthday cake for an eightieth birthday.  I made pansies out of buttercream for the first time.

 I make the cake and buttercream from scratch, I can't stand store bought frosting.
Miss Norma is one of the sweetest and Godliest ladies I know.  I felt honored to be able to make her cake for her.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Feline Friday

Don't forget about my Pampered Chef party.  You can join the party here:

Or if you just want to order from my party, you can find the catalog and link here:

You can always host your own party too and I will get credit also, if you host through my party consultant.  My party closes May 13.
"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8

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