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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quick Update

So, here's the Readers Digest Version of what's been happening around here.  My SIL has deployed, I am staying with Darlin' Danielle, Delightful Delilah, and the twins, Gwennieboo, and Jonah, the baby formerly known as #grumpmasterJ.

I had to go home last weekend to see if I had to report to Jury Duty on Monday.  I had to call after 6 pm on Sunday night...anyway...I had to report, had to endure the entire selection process.  I was #35, the girl next to me was #36.  We chatted a bit throughout the day.  #27 had a lot to say during the selection process, which became a reason for giggles in the last half of the day.  That, and #36's hiccups.

Anyway, I didn't' get chosen, thank goodness.  I stayed home that night, packed up the car with assorted things I thought I might need around here and my dogs.  Got here Tuesday before noon, and we've been busy busy ever since.   

We have a list of things we want to accomplish, and are able to cross at least one off each day.  Remember they just moved into this house in August.  They aren't even completely unpacked yet.  We started some veggie seeds yesterday, and some flowers.  We have a space for an herb garden, and a place for veggies...just need the weather to heat up just a little bit, it's been windy and cool here the last few days. 

I'm so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be around at this phase of their lives.  Of course I'm sorry he has to be gone, but the truth is that he doesn't mind me being here at all.  He and I have a good relationship.  All is well in this little sliver of my Heaven on Earth.

I'll tell you about the pyrography experience next time.

Play Nice!  xxoo

P.S.  My hair is pink, a dark pink.
Clowns to the left of me, Joker's to the right...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

New Beginnings!

Happy Easter, He Is Risen!  I am blessed to have a wonderful, spiritual relationship with Him.  I pray that you all do, as well.

Some of you know me, some of you are just passing by, some will come again, some will not…but here goes.

If you are new here, I’m Cindy/Cosmo. I have a small Etsy shop, which I call “Handmade by Cosmo.  At the moment I’m making animals out of felt.  They are all stand alone, all hand stitched and hand stuffed by me.   Here are just a few.  You can see the rest if you click on that link.

I’ve been making things with my hands, out of fabric and thread, mainly, since a long, long time ago.  I’ve been blogging since back in the Xanga days, and I actually had a MySpace back in the day, too.  It’s probably still floating around out there in cyber-space.

I’m recommitting myself to my creative side.   I’ve been the mom, lover, companion, etc… I’ve buried many of my closest family, and took care of 4 + 1 parental units until the end.  My kids are grown adults.  I have 3 super cool grandchildren, and, of course, I love each and every one of my family members with every inch of my ever-lovin’ heart.  I love being a grandmother, and am very active in their little lives.  

The time has come for Me, Myself and I to figure out who I want to be right now.  I mean, I'll still be all those other things, but I just might be putting myself "first" in a few regards now.  

You can find me on Instagram, as handmadebycosmo.  I will be posting along with #pad. 

Play Nice!  xxoo

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ready for the New Year Already

I love when it is time for a new year, I love the new beginning.  I've been thinking ahead of how I can do things differently, more positively for myself/family/business/allofit.

So...How was y'all's holiday?  Did you get along with your family members this year?  Did you give thoughtful gifts?

You know, I've been saying this for years but now I am actually going to do it, my budget is a little wider than it used to be, with the kids grown and all.  If I see something and it would be perfect for someone, I'ma gonna get it and save it for Christmas.  And...I'm going to remember where I put the stuff for safekeeping, too.  Gonna write myself a note.

I am working on a delightful project right now, should be finished in a couple days.  It is 3 of my elephants, in graduated sizes, each half a size larger.  I have the small one and the medium finished, they are turning out nicely.   I'll post a couple pics, for sure...and then I am making a larger version of the Lazy Pony, out of muslin.

We have a Print Shop, Shelton Printing, here in town, he has a copier there that can enlarge a pattern on regular sized 8.5 x 11 paper, in my case 330%.  So cool, and not expensive at all.  (They don't take debit cards).

So, as the deepest, darkest unit of Winter is forging upon us, I will say that I will not be all weathery alla time...but if we have a decent amount of snow and/or cold, I will be mentioning it now and then.

Tomorrow night we are going to a little After Christmas get together at one of our newer neighbors house.  I really hope they supply some "Hi, My Name Is..." stickers and not because I want to put a fake name on there just in case ...because I am terrible at names.  I can't remember a first name if I don't have the last name.  I have to know them both, and I will most usually refer to them with first and last names...unless they have a distinct middle name, I can do first name middle name actually better than first name last name.

My little family in Germany?  They are doing well.  Delilah just celebrated her 3rd birthday, and I got up early so I could Skype and be at the party, too.  They play and learn every day, she can almost write her name all by herself.  I miss them, and I'm thankful for the technology that we can actually see each other.

Oh, you want to know about Maria?  Glad you asked.  She is absolutely the best.  Her separation anxiety is pretty much non existent, no more barking when I leave, no more barking when I get home.  She's without a doubt mine, and I am so happy to have her.

I had a very successful Selling Season this year.  Kept my hands happy most of the month, and then the projects above...I'm enjoying the time from work.  I miss it, but I did need a break from it.  The boys are taking care of it just fine.  I miss my tips and paycheck, too.

Today my Young Son accompanied me to visit my friend I've had the longest, he was 2 when she and I were neighbors.  Her kids remember him, he didn't remember a soul.  Nice of him to go with me, though.  They enjoyed seeing him "all grown up."

This is my Aunt Betty.  She is 90 years old.
She is a hoot!  

So, time to hit the feathers.

Play Nice!  xxoo

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Where Have I Been?

Life has continued in my little slice of Heaven on Earth.

We have my daughter's pets until this coming Saturday.  Sweetheart and I are waking up super early to take them to the airport, which is about a 2 hr drive from our house...luckily it is on a Saturday morning, we won't have to deal with any rush-hour traffic.

I haven't had to drive in it for awhile, It has been quite a few years.  When I was young and foolish, I'd drive anywhere, any time, shoot, I took off to St. Louis from Independence in the middle of a huge snowstorm once, and I made it, too.

Nowadays, nope.  Driving through the city is too much for me to do, I even had a friend drive my car downtown to pick Delilah up from a wedding so her parents could stay.  His girlfriend came, they sat in the front, D and I sat in the back.  I would never have found that place, I promise.

I know a lot of you are thinking I should consult my GPS...and I agree, just haven't been able to get it to work yet.  I'll try on the way to the airport this weekend.

Off they will be flying, to Germany.  What a fiasco getting all their paperwork processed.  I have to say that I am pleased with my dealings with the USDA in Topeka, KS.  Catherine, if by chance you come across this, I really respect what you do.  Those forms were a conundrum for me...for you to be able to keep that straight x a bazillion of the same thing at the same time...and was pleasant the whole time, too.  I appreciate that.

I've been cranking out the Critters with all this new time on my hands.  I am enjoying feeling creative again, and Maria, while a bit anxious at times, is still my number one girl.  I think once her "partner in peskiness," Rilo, has gone home to her mother, Maria will calm down a bit.  Not sure, but seems like Rilo is the first bark I hear, usually.

Back to business/Critters...I received a very cool light box from my Darling Daughter for my birthday, and I have been using it.  I realized that I had many more Critters than I thought, and didn't have pics of  quite a few of them.

Here's the set up in my sewing room.  It's a little makeshift, but it works. 

As you can see up at the top of this post, the pics of my Critters, I've added quite a few.  You might want to clickety over and take a look at them, especially my Christmas Critters for this year.  A couple of retro from last year's Christmas Critters.  If you do, let me know in the comments which of my Critters you think would be a good Christmas Critter.  

Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back soon.  

Play Nice!  xxoo

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Moving right along...

September has come and gone in the blink of an eye.  The trees at the golf course are just beginning to turn...we had such a mild Summer, which was nice, but leads to a bitter cold, snowy winter.

Plans at this time are that "they," (Board of Directors) are going to close the Pro-Shop down at the end of October, turn the utilities way down, and save a "buncha moola" from lower utility rates.  They are going to lay off the greens keeper, too.  Supposedly...

I'm not worried.  I have another place I can go to work, and I have some other arrangements that will help make ends meet until March.  And besides, everything works out the way it is supposed to.

On the Handmade by Cosmo front, I've been stitching and stuffing like crazy, I have so many Critters waiting for the finishing's crazy...I really am looking forward to some free time, I am ready to wake up, take a shower, put on clean jammies, and be creative.  Christmas is coming, I have a lot to do.

As for me and Maria...she's another reason why I am ready to have some time off this Winter.  She's such a lovely, well tempered girl.  I've been walking her and Rilo, (Danielle's girl) after work.  Karma would like to go, too, but it's a long way for an elder with such short legs.

I love this dog.  showere

October 1st
We've had some rainstorms here today.  I had to put 3 carts away in between showers and  left 15 mins. early, I had been home 10 mins. (We live 1.5 miles from the golf course) and my car safe in the garage before the hail started falling.  About quarter size.  

Maybe one more round of storms, probably about the time I am going to bed.  

I have a tight schedule tomorrow, morning errands that should be completed by 9:00 am.

Gonna hit the feathers.  Play Nice.  xxoo

Monday, September 15, 2014

My new friend, Maria, and other stuff

I don't know what I was so worried about, bringing this new dog into my life, because I love her!  She is beautiful and loving and gentle and is so smart!  The 2 older dogs here don't know what to think of her, but they'll adjust, after a rocky morning, we're having a peaceful evening.

Be looking for some new Critters in my shop, probably by the end of the week.  I have quite a few that are in the "finishing up" stage.

Quite at home.  

Here are a couple of sneak peeks, unedited photos for my etsy shop.  

This lazy pony is made out of muslin instead of felt.
All natural colors, I love the look. 

This squirrel was done in an embossed felt, 
with coordinating belly and forehead.  

This squirrel, done in muslin.  I really love this pattern.  
Wanna see another one?  

You sure?  


The very elusive, rarely seen...Zebra Squirrel.
Known for it's red nose, and glittery forehead and belly.
Quite a catch.

So, now that you've been updated on what's been going on around here, I have to go find a good harness pattern on Pinterest for my new canine.  

Play Nice!  xxoo

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Did I mention that I was recently rescued by a most adorable, sensitive, gentle canine?

This little girl has more love in her that seems possible.

We're going to be Therapy Girls together, and visit the elder hones here in town.  This girl, my Maria, will be a great comfort to them.

There's just something about this one.

Play Nice.  xxoo