Posted by: tgonzales | April 16, 2012

April 14-15, 2012 Weekend, Finished Project, Cutting Down a White Pine, I’m OK in Wichita, and Crocheting Shoes

Friday started off with the weather authorities warning Wichita that our weather for the weekend was going to be favorable for tornadoes. They said that the tornadoes that would be forming would have the capabilities of mass destruction.

Sooooo my Saturday consisted of listening to the weather reports by radio while I finished up a purse embellishing project that I started several years ago. At first as I was sewing on the leaves I thought that finishing it would be doable. As I started sewing down each one of the petals on the blue and green daisies I remembered why I had put it down several years ago and almost put it back into the container that I took it from, but I forged on and I’m so glad that I finally finished it and I’m very happy with how it turned out. This purse will be one of the one-of-a-kind things that I’ll be selling at the Outdoor Market on May 5th.

I also had time to launder some of the sweaters that I upcylced with a little crochet.

Then I made 2 pairs of pink Mary Jane shoes, a headband,

and a pair of Boot-Scoot-n-Boots before John came home from running errands. When John arrived home he told me that our nephew Jarred and his friend James would be over to cut down our dead white pine tree in the backyard. I was a little surprised to find this out since I knew the weather was going to be turning bad soon, plus the wind was blowing pretty hard.

Before I knew it I heard a chainsaw start up and I grabbed my camera to get photos of the occasion. Jarred started taking limbs off and as he cut them off James and John picked them up and carried them to Jarred’s big flatbed truck.

He cut all the limbs down that he could reach from an 8’ stepladder and then he laid a 40’ extension ladder up against the tree and started removing limbs until he couldn’t reach any higher.

Then he cut halfway through the tree and tied a rope above the cut. He then climbed down the ladder and removed the ladder from the tree. James, Jarred, and John rocked and pulled on the rope until that part of the tree came crashing down.

Then Jarred again placed the ladder up to the trunk of the tree and made another cut halfway through the tree and again tied the rope above the cut. He again climbed down and removed the ladder. James pulled on the rope all by himself and that section of the tree came crashing down. Then Jarred made the last cut and shoved the tree over by himself.

With John’s instructions, Jarred left just enough of the stump for John to create a little stool for hisself. All in all it took them about an hour and a half. Thank you so-o-o-o much Jarred and James for coming to my house and cutting our tree down. Since they wouldn’t take any money for their work I will be making tacos for them next month.

All the while a storm south of our city was brewing and moving straight towards the city of Wichita. I went into the house to listen to the weather and to carry a few things down into the basement. I carried down the things that I had made for the Outdoor Market, my computer, external hard drive with tons of photos on it, box of pictures of Jennifer and Megan, my crochet bag, and patterns to keep me busy. Once I got into the basement I was so scared that I couldn’t get comfortable enough to crochet, and I sent John back upstairs for other items; medications, shoes, 2 photo albums of Joshua as a baby, and my school yearbooks. I was freaking out knowing that a tornado was heading directly in the path of our house and no matter what I had in the basement with me it would probably get sucked up along with everything in the upstairs of my house. To say the least we were spared this time and the tornado took a different route, I was very relieved and happy. But at the same time I feel so bad for the people who live in the southeast sections of Wichita that weren’t as lucky. I want to say Thank you to the people who have called or sent me messages worried about how me and my family have fared through the storm. I do appreciate all the concern and want to assure you that we are fine.

Sunday morning the storms had passed and I was able to make 2 more pairs of Mary Jane shoes and decided to give covered button making a try. After I tried to remember how to make them and kind of remembering that the round plastic discs that I found in the covered button kit are used to make them with, but not sure how since I no longer had the instructions. I googled “How to make covered buttons” and watched a video on it and after John told me that I had tried to install the back of the covered button upside down,

I managed to make 3 little red polka dotted buttons.

I’m not sure how many more I’ll make but I think I know what these cute little squares of fabric will be used for; if and when I make more covered buttons. Ha! Ha!

I also had to get ready for our monthly KS My Stitch crochet guild meeting by finishing up a handmade name tag that I had started many years ago. We will be voting on which one we like the best. So how was your weekend?


  1. NOOOOO no market for that bag — please may i buy it?! Now. Serious. Please let me know how much it is, and we’ll sort out payment.
    Jill xxxxx

    • Hi Jill!

      That’s so sweet of you to love my crocheted embellished bag. I have sent you a message via email.


  2. Wow, what a crazy weekend! Glad you’re all safe and sound. I love your little crochet mary-janes – what pattern do you use?

    • Hi Laura!

      The pattern that I use for the Mary Jane’s is designed by Elizabeth Alan and she goes by The Lovely Crow on Ravelry and Etsy. I love all of her patterns. Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Sounds like you had another fun filled weekend. It’s wonderful having a nephew that will come cut down your tree in the back yard and not charge you anything for doing it. A taco meal will be a good payment for his work. He is really good for your Mom too. We we were there a couple of weeks ago and he came in to check on her and was telling us what all he did and still had to do. He is a very nice young man. I love the colors you chose for the flowers on your purse-they are perfect. An of course I love the Mary Janes. We were thinking about you all when the tornadoes were in Wichita. They were real close to where John Mark’s house is on the SE side. Thankfully they were in a neighbors storm cellar and had no damage. Going to visit an alpaca farm today with my HCE group and then come home and do my laundry. Hope you have a good week. sw

    • Hi Sue!

      I’m so glad that Amber and John’s house was spared too. And I agree with you about how nice of a young man Jarred is and his friend is just as nice. I know you will have a great time at the Alpaca farm. Thanks for stopping by.

      Love you,

  4. Oh Tamara, I did worry for you as I’d heard the news myself, and I’m so glad to hear you’re o.k.!!! Thank God!… Love the little boots and Mary Janes!.. And the trim on the sweater is sweet. I’ve been wanting to do some stuff like that myself, maybe on t-shirts, but nope, nothin’ yet!…. I’m just glad to catch up with a few friends after my whole Spring Vacation from homeschooling was spent being sick on the couch. With all I had hoped to do, during this precious free time, I was knocked right off my feet with the flu, and I didn’t even START feeling better till Saturday. Of all the luck, huh?…. So now here’s the start of a new school week, TONS of housework to catch up on… (sigh) Oh well, I hear the weather is supposed to be nice today anyway, so I’m happy for that! Hope those storm clouds have cleared, and that you’re getting lots of sunshine too! ((Hugs and have a great day!))

    • Hi Tina!

      I’m so glad you are feeling better and I hope you continue to do so. Thanks for all the well wishes with the weather, but that’s just the type of thing that happens in Ozland. 🙂 And thank you for liking the things that I do and stopping to tell me that you do.

      Love and Hugs,

  5. I’m so happy to hear that all is well in your part of the world Tamara!! There were just soo many tornadoes this past weekend and I want you to know that I was praying for you and many others. I’m so thankful that you and others were spared.

    • Thanks Barbara for the prayers and concerns. I do appreciate you stopping by to comment and I love that you are still reading my blog.

      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  6. Hi Tamara! ~ It was sooo good to hear your sweet voice yesterday, and to know you (& John! LOL) are A-OK! To think that you were too scared to crochet .. that says a LOT about the storm. I’m still praising the Lord for keeping it away from you & your family (& LYS’s!).

    Yes! THANK YOU, Jarred, for getting that tree down safely!! I’d forgotten to ask you about it when we talked yesterday, Tam. It was on my mind. So glad to hear Jarred took it down .. rather than those high winds. And now John has a sitting stool. tee-hee.

    This is so kewl that Jill will be buying your purse. Funny – when I saw the purse, I was picturing gals at the market FIGHTING over it .. and insisting you make more. Jill has saved the day on that score. [giggle]

    Hurray!! You covered a button! Now, you simply must use some of that cute fabric to cover more.

    Hey ~ Tell John thanks for taking care of you down in his basement cubby-hole. LOL!

    Love ya, sweet Tamara ~
    HUG! from Kat

    • Hi Kat!

      It was very nice to talk to you also. Thank you so much for calling to check up on us, it made me feel very special indeed and thank you so much for always being here to leave me comments and always liking what I do.

      Love you my Friend,

  7. Tamara, I am so glad that you are safe and sound:)

    Your crocheted bag is just BEAUTIFUL! Now how about a pattern? What an inspiration you are for all of us. You put your heart and soul into each and every project and it totally shows.

    • Hi Merri!

      Thank you for stopping by to comment and thank you for liking my purse. You really don’t need a pattern Merri, you make me smile because you create beautiful things all the time too. By the way, I didn’t make the purse; it was a recycled one that is crocheted with nylon string and then I just added leaves cut from fabric backed with some fusible webbing. Then I embellished over the top of the leaves with some flowers and added unique buttons in the middle of each one. You are an inspiration to me too; I love everything that you create. Thanks for always being here, no matter whether you comment or not I know always know that you’re there. 🙂


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