Monday, June 27, 2011

Vintage Pie Safe Redo

The Pie Safe was my
Great Grandmother's.
In the 1970's my
mother gained  possession of it.
As was the rage, in those
days,  she painted it
"Avocado Green" 


There must have been some
visitors at one time. 

When my eldest daughter graduated from
college and found a place of her own.
I transformed her old room at
home into a sewing room.
Needing space for fabric storage,
I thought of Granny's Pie Safe.
I brought it home and began the
process of taking it back
to it's old look.
New drawer pulls, hinges and
a fresh distressed coat of paint
brings it back to it's vintage look. 
I even left the mouse hole in the
back, although I hope I have
no visitors! 
I have begun the process of filling
it up.  The drawer holds my
embroidery threads.  I will begin the
process of folding all the fabric in
neat uniform pieces to stack on
the shelves. 
I wonder how long it will stay
that way?  I'd give it a week
at the most!


Love to all,
Deb

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Target's Lack of Customer Service- Update

After a recent purchase at Target, I was sadly disappointed in the
"Customer Service".  I realize times are hard for retailers, but in this
instance I can only say shame on them. 
 No wait, I have a blog
 and I can say much more than shame on them. 
I can let you read the actual letter
of complaint I sent to them. 


This was an online order due to the fact it is not sold in stores. Since this is a carpet cleaning machine it is not something that is used on a daily basis. I used the cleaner for the second (2) time about a week ago. At that time the bracket that held the water tank in place broke. I tried contacting your customer service phone number numerous times and was kept on hold for more than an hour with no one answering. I contacted Hoover (the floor cleaner manufacturer)they instructed me to take the cleaner to a local repair center. I took the cleaner and was informed I would have to pay 35$ to send the cleaner for repair. I then decided to try to contact you (Target. com) to return the product. Again no answer at your "Customer Service" phone number. After several days of no answer and listening to Target theme song music on hold I decided to return the item to the store. I made a 20 mile trip to a Target store to see if I could get some help. I explained my situation and we tried to pull my receipt on the store kiosk. The store clerk then called to get a return "approval code". The clerk called your phone line and got an immediate answer. Jackie (the clerk) explained this was a different phone line than the customers called and she could get someone to answer. Yes they answered but then after telling them the order # and receipt #, we were put on hold. I said now you will see how I had to wait. As customers gathered behind me I offered to hold the phone and Jackie could take care of those that waited. I was on hold, standing in your store at the "Customer Service" desk for 90 minutes. That's right one hour and 30 minutes. Jackie said she was sorry for my wait and surely someone would answer soon. Jackie then took a break as I stood holding the phone waiting for an answer. After holding on the phone for that amount of time. I was told by someone "That there was nothing that could be done this was past the 90 days. I explained how I could not get through to the customer care center by phone and had to make a trip to the store. I was not wanting to return the item, just because I did not like it I was attempting to return it due to the fact it was broken after the 2nd time I had used it. Again I was told sorry nothing we can do. Customer service....I think not. If this product had been abused or I had attempted to return it after the 1 year warranty was expired I could accept the answer I was given. But for a product to break on the 2nd use and for the 90 days to have expired by a few days and given that answer was not customer service. To be kept waiting a customer service desk for a hour and a half (90 minutes) on hold on the telephone is absolutely ridiculous. I am certain I will hear nothing from this complaint and if I do it will be the customary "Sorry there is nothing we can do." answer. It is good to know how stores handle complaints and it is great when they actually try to help you have a good shopping experience. It is also good to know when the opposite happens.
I feel much better now!

Love to all,
(except Target)
Deb

Update to post.  Shortly after this post was published.  I was contacted by Target.  Over the course of several emails, Target had UPS come to my home and pick up the floor cleaner.  After receiving the floor cleaner they sent me a gift card refund.  Thank you, Target!
Who says Mommy bloggers have no power?!?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Margreet's Block

Margreet's lovely block arrived!
Since I am new to the
I was looking forward
to this moment.
The first thing I did
was grab a note book
and my magnifying
stitching glasses.
I studied the block and
took 4 pages of notes.
Yes, I want to learn
and this is an excellent
example.
 I will share some of
the things on which
I took notes.
Margreet used all silk or satin
fabric.  She hand pieced the
block.  A variety of stitches
as well as threads were used.
Several of the combination
stitches were worked using
variegated heavier thread and secondary
stitches were worked with
a fine metalic thread.

Thank you, Margreet!

My block went to DeeDee ,
I do hope she likes it!

Love to all,
Deb

Friday, June 10, 2011

Everything Old is New Again

It is wonderful to have a
Mother and Grandmothers
 that share your interests.
I grew up surrounded
by women that loved to sew.
My mother's mother,
Gramma,
never met a
sewing machine she
didn't like.
Before she moved in with
my mother, she passed on
some things to me.
One of those treasures
was this Hamilton Beach
"Trustworthy"
Sewing Machine.




The machine still had a cord,
but I was afraid to plug it in.
It also had that great wood base.
I took it home, to be greeted
with, "What are you gonna do
with that?"
I really was not sure, but I didn't
let on.  Always act as though
there is a great purpose for
everything you drag in.
Or hide it, before it can be seen!
I removed the piece that controls
the pressure foot
and added a simple
lamp fixture.
I was lucky it was a perfect fit.
I added a linen shade I covered with
white and pearl buttons. 
 It makes a great chair side light
for my sewing room!
Thanks Gramma,
for being a hoarder,
 before we knew
what that was.
 Hey, at least I got it, honest.

Love to all,
Deb


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rachel's Block

I am in a Crazy Quilting group
There are 6 of us involved in
a Round Robin.
The theme of the Round Robin
is Spring Garden.
This is Rachel's Block:
Here is a closer look at what I have added.
I will be sending this on to Susan
and awaiting the next block.

Love to all,
Deb

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Crazy Quilted Swap Block

Here is the block I have completed
for the
 "Do Your Own Block 2"
swap. 
is based in AU, with the focus of the
group being Crazy Quilting.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Love to all,
Deb



Friday, June 3, 2011

Comment Trouble Solved!

It is so great to know younger bloggers!

With my recent comment troubles,
Kelly came to the rescue.
"When you sign in to your
google account, uncheck the
stay signed in button"

THANK YOU KELLY!
It worked, I have been commenting
on everything this morning. 

I had to stop and share,
in case  any of you were
suffering from the
"I can't comment" Blues.

Visit Kelly  she has a great
blog and lots of
giveaways!
We all love those giveaways!


Love to all,
Deb






Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Harris Chapel Cemetery

During our recent trip to Alabama
we witnessed some of the storm
damage to the Jackson Co. area.
The storm was an EF 4 Tornado on
April 27, 2011.

The following photos were taken in
the Harris Chapel Cemetery.
Most of the gravestones were undamaged.


The inscription reads:
Remember me as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so you must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.

 Trees were snapped off and uprooted.
It was reported one of the grave sites
had been disturbed.
The  damage was repaired and
the land smoothed.
The flagpole stands as well as
one large tree.
    Very little of the flag left. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  
 When we heard that a grave site had been
disturbed, out first thought was of this
particular grave.
Many a ghost story has been told involving
this man.  I am happy to report his
"resting place" was undisturbed.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The following is an excerpt from:

LOCATED ON CO. RD. 91 OFF OF 117. THE CEMETERY IS LOCATED ON THE LEFT,
ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE HARRIS CHAPEL CHURCH BLDG.

THERE IS A MEMORIAL IN THE CEMETERY THAT SAYS EST. CIR. 1847.

HERE LIE THE REMAINS OF 16 UNKNOWN CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS, WHO WERE KILLED IN
BATTLE WITH UNKNOWN TROOPS FEBRUARY 3-4, 1865 AT THE BALIS LADD FARM 2.50
MILES SOUTH, UNION TROOPS WERE DISPATCHED FROM BRIDGEPORT TO SEIZE CONTROL
OF MOORES SPRING, AFTER ENSUEING BATTLE. 16 CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS DIED OF
WOUNDS INFLICTED BY THE NORTHERN TROOPS.  THEIR BODIES WERE LAID TO REST BY
CITIZENS OF HOG JAW VALLEY.
Harris Chapel

was once located directly across from
the cemetery. 
I am sorry to report was
destroyed by the tornado.

Love to all,
Deb


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