Monday, November 30, 2009


I had to have some hand work to keep me busy during the Thanksgiving holiday. I am so happy with how the vines turned out. I just laid the wool strips on the backing and whipped stitched around them with floss.
Of course it has to be cream!
It has lamb tongues on the ends. I will show you when it is finished.
So, now onto the back, which I am piecing a star, then I must hand embroider the lamb tongues. It will be nice on my table.

Friday, November 27, 2009


This is how our Thanksgiving table looked. We had a great time with two of my children, three grandchildren, my sister, her husband and son....we had a very nice day. Hope yours was good too.
How did yours look?
I made these party favors for place settings. They turned out so cute.

You can get these darling cone favor boxes here. Check out all their great paper things...they are a good price, and they ship really fast! Hope your day was a good one.....

~~You ask, "Why am I on the computer today and not shopping?" Because I am not a Black Friday kind of person...nothing is worth that much savings! I may go out later today, but NEVER early in the mornings and NEVER stand in is FREEZING here. Perhaps if I lived in Southern CA!

Monday, November 23, 2009


On Saturday my granddaughter called and asked, "Grandma can I come and play with you at your house?" So we did....later during the day, we were in the sewing room and she said, "Let's make me a skirt!" SO WE DID! Every picture she had to pose....I don't know where they learn that stuff....she is a "girly girl" but none of her family is....she must have come that way! I LOVE IT! So fun to sew for a "girly girl."

Saturday, November 21, 2009


I couldn't stand the thought of not having any thing to sew on for Christmas. I had a couple of gift certificates to the Quilted Heart fabric shop, so I RAN (drove fast) to get some fabric!
Or course I spent WAY more than the gift certificates...but who is counting right? IT'S CHRISTMAS! Now of course I can't show you exactly what I bought because some of you who read my blog may be getting something, but these are the colors! I came home and immediately started sewing! Christmas sewing sure can heal the soul! I think because you think of that person the entire time you are sewing for them! I hope you have some Christmas sewing of your own!

Friday, November 20, 2009


When the cold wind blows here in South eastern Idaho all I want to do is stay inside, turn up the fire, bake and sew. Here are the fruits of my labor....minus a few pieces!

My friend was sewing on Christmas pajamas for her grand kids the other day....nothing gets me in the mood for Christmas more than the first snow and sewing Christmas pajamas. When my kids were little, I ALWAYS made Christmas pajamas. I miss that.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


My very talented son is a welder.
He made the railing for my deck.
I LOVE IT! Thanks so much Adam!

Monday, November 16, 2009


These are the dishes my family has eaten Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner on for my entire life.
They were my grandmother's and great-grandmothers. What is your family doing for Thanksgiving and what kinds of traditions do you have?~~One year my married daughter went to her new in-laws for Thanksgiving. They have A LOT of people, maybe 30-40 for Thanksgiving dinner, so they ate on paper plates. My daughter said it didn't seem like Thanksgiving to her. That made me feel happy that we had the glass dishes as a tradition.

~~My other married daughter called this past month and asked where she could get dishes that all matched like "grandma's?" I told her she would have to find some open stock somewhere. She had to host the family Thanksgiving dinner early at her house as her husband's grandparents were going South for the winter. She found some pretty dishes at Bed Bath and Beyond. Now, she can start her own traditions!

~~We usually only have turkey for Thanksgiving, but this year I think we will have ham and a turkey. Our family likes stuffing cooked out side the turkey and it is not cornbread stuffing like many people eat. We do however have sweet potatoes but we don't have green bean casserole. I do make fresh cranberry sauce for my dad and I, and we buy the cranberry jelly in a can for the rest! Some years I try different recipes.....for instance; last year I tried a cranberry sage dressing that was very good. One year I tried a new sweet potato mash thing...(we didn't have it again!)
~~My mother-in-law makes a wonderful macaroni salad that has become tradition. I had to learn to make it and pass the recipe on to my daughters because we would be so lost without it at any family gathering.....especially Thanksgiving!
~~Hope all your holiday preparations are happy.

Monday, November 9, 2009


You know I sometimes check out the Crafty Crow to see what exciting things they have... Well, I found these wonderful paintings and checked the blog here and found an exciting blog of an elementary art teacher named Laura.
If you like color you may be inspired by her work and blog. Her job sounds like just about the most fun job in the world! Also, if you are looking for a fun craft for your Thanksgiving little people, Crafty Crow has a corn husk doll that looks very fun!

Friday, November 6, 2009


Congratulations, I hope you enjoy my book!
email me your address
Thank you to everyone who participated and wrote such "lovely" comments.... so many nice things about my mom...I only wish she knew how to blog! So, I will make a hard copy and show her all your nice know it will make her cry. Thanks again everyone!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Well, it's true I have been blogging for ONE year. Who knew the time would go so fast? As a "thank you" to all who have supported me in my blogging and book adventure, I am giving away a signed copy of my Ruby Red Dots book, and a bag of scraps from the fabrics I used in the book.
This is my mom and I at the Blackfoot, Idaho quilt guild meeting. I went and did a trunk show for them and talked about my book, and took my mom for whom my book is dedicated! Here is a copy of the dedication from my Ruby Red Dots book.
To my mother, Jackie Winger, who showed me how to sew at a very young age and instilled in me a lifelong passion for sewing. As a youngster, I would watch her sew and listen to her whistle in a soft whisper as she worked. I cannot recall an Easter when my sister Tracy and I did not have a new dress or a first day of school when we didn’t have a new outfit. In fact, I did not have a store-bought dress until after I was married. So thank you, mom, for teaching me to sew. It has brought me more joy and satisfaction over the years than I can ever put into words.
Give away open until 10:00 pm Thursday,
November 5, 2009
Leave a lovely comment to enter and post the give away on your blog for your name to be entered twice. Good luck!
(Will ship internationally!)

Monday, November 2, 2009