Monday, May 01, 2017

Musical Monday: Dean Martin "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You"

This song has such a nice sound~ great arrangement!   I first learned of this Dean Martin gem in the movie "How to Fall in Love"...but I forgot to look it up till I re-watched it on Saturday night.  I stopped the movie, and looked it up right away- taking the time to listen to it twice!  =)

"You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" was written and published in 1944....It is best known in versions by Dean Martin, who recorded it in 1964.
Dean Martin's version spent 9 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 25

 Click HERE to see the list of artists that also recorded it~ it's a long list including Peggy Lee.
(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring shirts


New shirts, so friends can match! 
A friend once told me that sewing for children was not worth it.  I beg to differ- you should have heard the shriek of delight when this gift registered, and seen the crazy run into the house, and heard the excited bubbling and babbling of this little girl to her Mama.  I felt, and do feel quite happy and loved.

The Labels came from:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

First trip to the Dallas Zoo

 Mom and I took Lilly & Rayann (from last Fall's Sewing class at the co-op) to the Dallas Zoo!
We met some more friends who, I'm sorry to say did not make it into many of the photos on this blog post. (find more photos on Facebook)

Bicycle built for two!

Katie is expecting! =)

Life is good.
 Pretty girls!

Lots of photos were taken!

Water play

Wet hugs!

Fun times!

 Zoo buddies!

It was a long and exciting day!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

First Annual St. Patrick's Day FUNdraiser Bingo night

Our First Annual St. Patrick's Day FUNdraiser Bingo night was a success~ 
- People Came  =)
- We all had fun  =)
- We raised around $400!!!  =)

 Please come to the First Annual
St. Patrick's Day
FUNdraiser Bingo night

Come out in support of Our Favorite Red Head!
(Elizabeth Hunter wants
to teach English in China this Summer!)

Who can come?
Any folks 100-10 years of age

(We played 2 rounds of 10 in a row!)

~A little about the St. Patrick's Day Bingo FUNdraiser~
This event has been a dream of the McKee Family for a few years now, and we are excited that it is really happening for the first time in 2017! We are hoping that it will become a long standing fundraising tradition in our community. 
The plan is every year we'll play bingo (for fun, winning donated prizes), and raise money for a different cause every year.

Scottish Macaroons! Recipe HERE.
(I'd add Vanilla next time...maybe 1 teaspoon per batch)

Get the 1960's Lemon Pie recipe HERE

We hope that you'll plan to come next year!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fall 2016 Dress 2 of 2

Wow- this dress has been done awhile now, and I'm just now posting about it!  I REALLY love this dress- it seems to fit better than the others I've made.  The first few times I wore this dress, I wore a shiny black belt, and black leggings, and black shoes- forgot to take a photo, though... =/  ...this time I went with brown belt & shoes- I love both looks.

 ~After making my dress, I went to ModCloth for dress ideas, and saw that they have a dress almost exactly like mine!  I could not believe my eyes!!!
~The fabric is a fine, light weight Red Plaid woven cotton ~ purchased from the Wal*mart dollar bin YEARS ago.  Mom bought like 2 bolts, and has had 2 dresses so far. Wasn't it nice of her to let me have some? (and we still have more!)
~Yes, I used my go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071  =)  
~And I lengthened the bodice 2 1/2 inches, so I could wear a belt with it. (but I don't guess I have to)
~I added an extra inch of fabric to each shoulder front, and gathered it to make it match the back bodice.  (Then pinched it out in 2 pleats at the waist.)
~And I pinched out 2 more pleats, so...4 pleats total. =)
~The zipper is a regular (vintage metal) zipper, set in the side, following the packet instructions for a
~OH! This was the first time I added belt loops to this dress pattern!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

My Second Baby Cake

To day is mini cake baking day~~~  I baked 's "Mini Ombre Cake" - -
 - recipe found HERE.   The cake is LOVELY!  
(the frosting- not so much...too sweet, too greasy...)
I loved how the edges of the cake were nicely crunchy, even after frosting.

~I used Costco's Organic Butter (instead of Kerry Gold)
~and I could not find our Strawberry jam, so I used my own homemade Cranberry Sauce.
~Don't make the frosting "early"- it ends up an odd consistency...maybe melted...
~I loosely covered the cake about halfway through baking- I'm glad that I did.
~Next time, I think that I'd use a Cream Cheese (or part cream cheese) frosting on the sides, and have plain Jam/Jelly on the top- you know, more flavor that way!  OR frost it with a Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting! 😋

Sunday, April 02, 2017


The following is from my devotional:

 "...March 22
There's no reason to worry; God has promised to help you- to strengthen you, to deliver you, to guard your heart.

It's easy to give in to worry. Life can be overwhelming when your faith is tested. But God has commanded us not to worry. And there's a reason: He's in control. We need to find our strength in Him and fully realize, through our faith and through His Word, that He is in control of our lives, so there's no need to worry. No matter what happens, God is in control of it. His sovereignty is never interrupted. So when you are consumed with despair, struggling to make it through the next moment, seek God, and keep seeking Him until you have His peace. He's promised to give you peace that will not only surpass all understanding but surpass all stress that tries to overcome you.

Psalm 46:1-3
Isaiah 41:104
Matthew 11:28-30
Mark 4:38-40
John 8:36
John 14:27
Philippians 4:6-8
2 Timothy 1:7 & 9
Psalm 118:24
(you can look them up here:  )
Heavenly Father, I need Your peace. I am overwhelmed, uncertain of what to do, but I will keep my eyes upon You...."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Whatever Wednesday: Sewing for children 2

Today's post is an update on THIS post.  (Truth is, I forgot I'd already posted about this dress, and stumbled upon it just before hitting publish!)   I sewed these dresses November of 2014.

 Her Mom says: "...She has worn it as a dress, then tunic and now a top. This will probably be the last year. 😢 The fabric is excellent. Hardly any fading and it washes/drys really well with no wrinkles."

 I also made this Teddy Bear one at the same time for one of Pebbles'  little girls:

I love that they have been so long wearing- I hoped that they would be fun and versatile, and they are!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Food on Friday: Pretty Party Cupcakes

I made 30 regular-sized cupcakes and 24 mini-cupcakes for Esther's Birthday party! 
They were Mom's Famous Yellow Cake, and my favorite Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting...Mom helped decorate them with Sixlets. (You can get them at a good price in the bulk section at WinCo)

 We dropped 2 off for Anna & Rachel, who were unable to attend the party:

I just love how they make me think of a crocheted Granny Square blanket~ so happy!

Corrie really liked the tiny cake.  Although we hurried to get a shot Mom missed the first super sweet face she made, but Corrie & Aunt Deborah are still cute:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Musical Monday: Mantovani "Tulips from Amsterdam"

 Annunzio Paolo Mantovani    (known as Mantovani)

 The book British Hit Singles & Albums states that he was "Britain's most successful album act before the Beatles...the first act to sell over one million stereo albums and [have] six albums simultaneously in the US Top 30 in 1959"
(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

Born November 15th, 1905 in Venice, Italy.  Died March 29th, 1980 in Kent, England

((Oh, if you likes it, and want to here the lyrics, listen to THIS one sung by Johnny Weaver too.))

Friday, March 10, 2017

a Tunic for Spring/Summer

Fergie & I on a warm late Winter's day.
1) Fabric was purchased at:
2) The Labels came from:
(I think that maybe I dress like a teacher...could I have a teacher trapped inside me?)

Dad gave me the tags for my Birthday--I'm not planning to sew them in all my clothes (saving  them for gifts & things I sell), but I just had to try them out!  =)

Mom gave me the fabric for Valentine's Day. =)  Heart balloons sprinkled over something written in ?French? ~ !!!

 Yes, I love this top!


Don't I have some cute nephews & niece?  =)

Sunday, March 05, 2017

The Earth Is Yours Gungor- Lyrics Music Video

You know I'm not a real fan of CCM, but I do like this song~
(embedded video today)

Psalm 8:
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Sewing Bee for Raffa Clinic

Deborah, Hannah & Jonathan came over and helped Mom & I sew baby blankets for Raffa Clinic.

The baby blankets: most of them are cute flannels that reverse to some kind small grey print.

Meatballs, Dutch Baby Pancake, Deviled Eggs, and Peach Shortcake!

Thanks for coming, we had a lot of fun! =)

Jonathan ironed most of baby fabric.
(Thank you, so much!)

The following is the invitation- feel free to copy it for your event! =)
Guys and girls, Men & Women are invited to:
a Sewing Bee for Raffa Clinic!

(age 10 and up, ONLY interested people… don't have to sew - you can help iron, cut & pin)

Space is limited, you must RSVP.

Date: February 27, 2017
Time: 6:30-9 pm
Location: McKee Home
Pot-luck refreshments (neat, not messy!)

We were thinking:
~make basic blankets (we have some fabric -enough for 5- you can bring more)
~maybe some of those little cuddly, tag blankies (we don't have any supplies for those)

What to bring:
Sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors.
Can someone bring an Ironing Board & Iron?

Fabric for blankets: pre-washed COTTON such as calico, flannel, etc. (1y each of 2 kinds)
Ribbon: (1” or wider) for “tags”
Fabric for little tag blankies: 1/3y-1/2y each of 2 kinds (front & back)
If interested, look at:

Space is limited, you must RSVP.