Monday, December 26, 2011


My Scarlet Quilt is finished. I love all the quilting by Susan at Suzy Q's quilting; and how the scalloped border turned out.

You can find it here.

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Special Winter edition.

Monday, December 19, 2011


I believe Jesus Christ is the son of God and was born in Bethlehem all those years ago. I believe He lives and that our lives will be more worthwhile if we make room for Him. I believe He wants us to be His hands in helping and lifting our fellow man. My wish is for you and your families to have a very Merry Christmas.


Remember when I posted about the Secret Santa Swap? My package from Lucy in Missouri came this past weekend. It was wrapped in red and white polka-dot wrapping.....LOVE THE RED!

Everything was connected to the word, HO, HO,HO. Including homemade fudge!!!

This is a very bad yellowish picture, but the doll is made from little tiny sweet. And homemade soap that you can just barley see in the right corner.

The doll is an ornament! Thanks Lucy!

Thursday, December 15, 2011


You must check out Michele's blog. These snowflakes are made from junk mail. The projects on her blog are SO clever!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


This is my favorite rendition of this song. I love their a cappella harmony. Do you know what kind of an "ear" that takes! LOVE IT!

Monday, December 12, 2011


It is an interesting time of Christmas when you are all alone without children or grandchildren for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, although our children and grandchildren are coming the day after. In trying to make for a Christmas feeling, I decided to make us new Christmas stockings....bigger than the last ones!

This year we are filling stockings for each other....the rule is, everything must (should) fit in the stocking. We are going to watch Christmas movies, eat junk and perhaps invite friends over Christmas Eve....Christmas day, we will go to church and celebrate the Saviour's birth. I hope your Christmas is memorable.

EDIT: Sorry, this is a combination of two patterns and some ideas of my own.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Can you believe one person can make this many owls? They were SO FUN to make!

Friday, December 2, 2011


Several people have asked about the owl ornament I am sending on my Santa Swap. It is found in this darling book called, Christmas Crafting In No Time by Claire Youngs. I saw an ad for it in a magazine while I was at Barnes and Noble. They didn't have it in my store, but ordered it and it came direct to my house and was cheaper because I didn't have it go the the store.

This is the back, aren't those owls the cutest?

I looked on the Barnes and Nobles site and this is the cover on their site, so it must have a couple different covers but same book! I love mine and plan to make a lot of the crafts inside! Hope you can find one too!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things..... My package is ready to send for the Santa Swap. I hope she likes it!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011





Of course my very loving husband and three wonderful children. My good friend Donna whose sweet husband died unexpectedly last year found a great quote.... "Gratitude turns what we have into enough." I loved it. Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


These are my new big eyed dolls.

They are pretty crazy!
It is difficult to get a good picture so their eyes don't glare.

Monday, November 14, 2011


If you don't have anything else to worry about for the next 3 weeks, here is a swap you can sign up for.....hurry ...sign up by Novermber 17th.
Here are my answers to the swap questions.
What are your hobbies? Sewing, art journaling
What are your favorite colors? red and pink
Do you collect anything? red fabric and sharpie markers
Are you allergic to any fibers or animals? no
Do you have any pets? no
Coffee, Tea, or Chocolate? none flavored chocolate
What do you like to read? Summerset Life magazines, home decorating magazines
Do you prefer Cookies or Candies as a sweet? dark chocolate candy
What is your favorite holiday treat? Russle Stover dark chocolate marshmellow santa
Describe your favorite holiday tradition. Leaving the tree lights on all night, getting up in the morning when it's dark and seeing the Christmas lights
Did you believe in Santa as a child? yes, until I was about 8
When do you open presents? p.j's Christmas eve, presents Christmas day
Do you put up a tree and when? If not, how do you celebrate? I put the tree about the first Sunday or Monday of December
Does your tree have a theme? Yes, sort of...I have a lot of old glass glittery ornaments
What has been your favorite gift to give? Homemade peach jam, most people don't make peach jam to
receive? homemade candy because I don't make candy

Thursday, November 10, 2011


This is the new issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects. I had heard of this magazine, but was not able to find one. I found this one at Barnes and Nobles. My editor said they had been spotted at JoAnn's. It is full of fun, warm projects just right for winter. Check here for their web site.

Monday, October 31, 2011


Bonnie and Camille's new fabric RUBY is out in stores now. This is one of Bonnie's new's my favorite. Check out her blog....
You have got to get some of this fabric....and the flannel is "to die for soft!" Ruby is my favorite line they have done so far!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Thanks to my good friend LeAnn for her yummy apples!!!
Apple Pie Filling
Peel, core, and slice apples, fill bottles after sauce has boiled.
In large pot mix:
10 cups cold water
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cornstarch
1 TB cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
Cook over medium high heat until comes to a boil.
Boil one minute. Stir constantly. Remove from heat.
1/2 tsp. salt
3 TB lemon juice

Fill jars with apples, pour sauce over apples. Fill to 1/2 inch from top.
Seal with lids and water bath for 30 minutes for quarts, 20 minutes for pints.
Can be frozen.
For pie: Make crust, pour 1 quart into pie shell, add dots of better and add top crust.
Cut vent holes in top crust. Brush lightly with milk. Sprinkle white sugar over the top crust to absorb the milk.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Place pie on cookie sheet and put in oven. Check crust around the pie at 30 minutes. Cover the edge with foil to avoid getting too brown. Continue cooking for 15 minutes. Bake until center crust is golden brown. 10 minutes more may be needed in cooking time.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


It's always very flattering to see your work in print. Here is a really fast and fun play on a reproduction two-toned quilt! Thanks to Susan Hansen of Suzy Q's Quilts for her beautiful quilting. Thanks to Marcus Fabrics for their beautiful fabrics: Gallery in Red II by Faye Burgos.

Check out the Dec/Jan 2012 issue of Quilt for the pattern on page 90! In stores NOW!

EDIT: I have to tell a funny story: My sister called yesterday from California and told me she had just bought this quilt magazine because she liked the scrappy quilt on the front. She was looking through the magazine and came upon my quilt. She thought that picture looked like me, but didn't know I had a quilt in this magazine. She hurried and looked at the designer and it was me and called me on the phone! I had just received my copy in the mail today too, so I didn't even know it was on the shelves. Too funny!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I've been in denial about Fall.

We had such a short summer, that I keep hoping it will stay "warmish" until Thanksgiving. However, today as I drove to town, the leaves were falling from the trees.

I finally put up my Fall decorations....I am still praying it stays nice until Thanksgiving! It doesn't have to be in the 70's, but the high 50's could be nice!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011



Well, I am fussing with my blog...all on my own...I know, don't faint....hopefully I will not mess it up too bad. However, because of my limited knowledge I will have to in list the help of my computer specialist...hold on until then!

Friday, October 14, 2011


You find them in the normal places.

Every where you look, even when you look "up.

You can find the golden colors of Fall in the most interesting places!

Even rusted- golden colors are beautiful.


To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart, to hear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never - in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony. - William Ellery Channing (1780-1842)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Now that it is October and getting cooler, I am feeling the "stay in and sew bug." This is my current project. I will show you the finished top soon.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


There is just something about these Corn flowers that are so intriguing.....the blue is SO blue.

This looks like a Zinnia-kind-of Black- eyed Susan. So pretty.

You know I LOVE these pink daisies! Flowers are such a happy thing; so intricate and wonderful.....I love that they are all different and have their own scent! Oh sweet are so fleeting!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Does anyone remember this song? I love it.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I don't normally show a lot of pictures of the same subject.....except this one today was a riot!!!

We were playing Barbies and when my husband came in from outside, she said, "Grandpa we are playing Barbies, do you want to be Ken?"

She made grandpa a sandwich for lunch, and while he was eating it she played in the kitchen sink....she loves to play in the water.....and off the top of her head she said, "How is your sandwich mister?" Like she was his waiter or something!

We had a big zucchini on the cupboard. She asked, "Is that a bikini?" I had to explain it wasn't a bikini....we later made zucchini bread....she kept laughing and calling it bikini bread. She makes me laugh SO HARD!!!