Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Work in Progress.....

Since moving to this house, I've wanted to make this area at the front a flower bed.  So finally, after 10+ years, last summer I finally got started on it. 
My son hauled in some more dirt.....
An old concrete bench was set into place....This bench came from my Grandma and Grandpa Summer's place in Salisbury.  I don't know if there is a story to it or not....I just remember it always being there. Their place sold many years ago after their passing but knowing the family that lives there now, they let me have it. I will forever be grateful!
 I also set in an old wringer washer and old wash tub that were used by my mother and grandmother.  The section of picket fence is from my high school home economics teacher and then I added the old water pump that I brought with me from our old place.
The plant to the left of the bench is a hydrangea that I bought last year but didn't get planted.  It sat out back in the container that I purchased it in.......all winter! I was SO pleased (and surprised) to see that it survived!
And you can see it is doing well....full of flowers!
I've added a few more plants....pussy willow, russian sage,  coneflower, spirea and jewel of desert ice plants and a butterfly bush.  I also painted the water pump....hoping that it shows up better as red than black.
 I have a ways to go....lots more to go in the ground and in the old washer and wash tub.  Lay out more landscape canvas, mulch and edging also need to be added.  I'll share more as I get things set  and as things fill out.  As I've been writing this post, I've come to realize that this is becoming more of a memory garden then just a flower garden.  I hope it comes out as nice and pretty as I see it pictured in my mind! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What better way to..... say I'm back to the blogging world than with pics of this sweet girl! 
We recently celebrated her 5th....yes, that's right.....her 5th birthday!  Where has the time gone?! 
For months, when asked what she wanted for her birthday, she would say with excitement "I hope I get a sewing machine!!" So....what is a sewing momo to do than to get her a sewing machine. 

Yes, it's a toy machine but it tickled her to pieces.....

And seeing her "sew" excited about it tickled me to pieces! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Finishes to share.....

In no particular order....just a bit of what's been keeping me busy over the past few weeks.  
This is a revamp of the sunflowers punched piece.  I took it from a woven basket and stitched it to  
a handmade burlap wall pocket.
I like it!  Just add your favorite filler! 
Sunflower design was actually a hooked design by Tonya Robey and was a feature in a previous issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  i just didn't enlarge the pattern!
Celebrate! Another featured project from Primitive Quilts and Projects by Maggie Bonanomi.
Homestead Collection a TwigsNsprigs design.
The Great Pumpkin ...a design by Becky Delsman, another feature project from Primitive Quilts and Projects....This is also another revamp. I stitched the great pumpkin piece last year and had finished it with a wool felt backing and lined a wooden tray with it. Honestly? I didn't care for it so I took it apart and stitched it to this handmade burlap runner and added two more crows.  I LOVE how this turned out!
 This is a set of aprons I made for a cousin who was hosting a gathering for 
breast-feeding Mom's and needed items for door prizes.
Another Twigs design here....Oh My Pumpkin.  This design was featured in a past issue of Mercantile Gatherings magazine.
There are few more aprons but I don't have pics ready yet.
Sew much to do and sew little time!
School starts next week so that means baby girl will be back full time beginning Monday!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blackberry Pickin'...

A friend has a "you pick" blackberry patch so this past Saturday morning we went to pick berries.  I thought that Rylee would think it would only be fun for a hot second but she hung with us to pick a whole two gallons!

Got them all washed, frozen, bagged  and back in the freezer.  I'll be going back tomorrow evening for another picking.  Can't have too many blackberries in the freezer!  

Love me some blackberry cobbler!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday... this beautiful little girl!
Rylee Brooke
She loves color and she loves butterflies.....
I can't believe she is already three!
Time sure flies.....

Happy Birthday baby girl.....Momo loves you more than words can say!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fabrics, Patterns and (almost) Finishes...

"Just take a quick look at the clearance rack" I said to Liz as we were passing by the fabric on our way to the check out.
Four cuts of fabric later and I had to make myself stop....
A few days later, I found out that Joann's has McCall's patterns 5/$7.00 which makes them $1.40 each. 
There was a limit of ten but I stopped at five.  I had a total savings of $73.75.
So here is a little dress for my granddaughter using one of the fabrics and one of the new patterns.   I LOVE how this print worked up into such a cute little dress.  McCall's M5613.
 It's not quite finished.  Of all the buttons I have in my stash, I didn't have any that suited me. 
 You will see the I have the straps pinned differently.  The pattern suggest the straps being on the outside but I think I like them just the opposite.
This one I'm sharing just because.  I bought these fabrics a couple weeks ago and finally got this little pillowcase style dress done yesterday afternoon.  They are "sew" cute and go together so quickly.  And who doesn't like chevron and dots?!
  I may add a little somethin', somethin' to the bottom.

I think I got all my little daily chores done this morning so I think I'll spend some more time at the sewing machine......however you are spending your day.....ENJOY!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Yesterday's Morning Coffee.....

Some mornings I like to spend my coffee time's usually the most quiet and cool part of the day.
Just to sit and enjoy the view......

......or walk around the yard and enjoy the little of what I have left in my flower boxes, as I'm gradually getting them cleared out for total redo. I love these plants but as they are right now, it's just a little too much on the upkeep so it's time for a new plan!
Lamb's ear.
A volunteer sunflower....from a seed dropped from bird feed.
And this is the extent of our gardening this year.....a couple of cherry tomato  plants...
...and seven regular tomato plants.
If this many plants produce like they should, I don't know who's going to eat them all!
Time to get busy.....
Enjoy your day!