Monday, December 28, 2009

Good mornin' all....

Just a couple more Christmas pictures to share with you...Harley and Clyde (he's up on the fireplace) checkin' out the packages under the tree on Christmas Eve!  They just know there is something under there for them!!  And they were right....but I think once again, they were more impressed with the pretty packages, empty boxes and wrapping paper, than with their little pressies!
We had a wonderful Christmas!  We went to Christmas Eve candlelight service at church, then to my moms then back home to celebrate with Briar, Ely and Liz.
This was too cute....this bundle of switches was left at Grandma's from "Santa" (my brother) for my nephews.  I really think this was their favorite gift because I think they thought it was for them to use on others who misbehaved!  It was all in fun!  They couldn't wait for the bundle to be opened to divide them up!! LOL
Christmas Day we spent at home....the snow had started after a couple days of rain so that made for a nice mess on the roads!  I cooked supper for some family and friends then we all played a trivia game. 
Now here it is Monday....John is back to work with a slight chance of being home for NewYears.
Back to work for me today, too so I'd better get off this machine and get busy!!!

I hope you had an awesome Christmas spent with family and friends.
 I wish you many blessings for the coming new year!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays!  Yes, I'm still here....I can't believe it's been over a week since my last post....just been busy or too tired to sit at this computer for very long!  Between the working, shopping, making goodies.....keeps a girl pretty busy and not much time for the fun stuff like forums, face book and blogs!! 
I got to be seamstress and waitress today!  HA! Never in my life did I ever think I'd be a waitress but I've been helpin' out from time to time up at a little restraunt in town!  So now back home, thought I'd take a little break before starting in on some goodie making!  One of my sisters shared a recipe for Cookie Dough Truffles so that's top of the list!  So far, I've made deer summer sausage, deer jerky, cashew brittle & peanut clusters...things that will be fine sitting for a few days...and sugar cookie dough is mixed and in the frig! 
Well, time to get busy...I hope to post tomorrow....I don't have to get out quite as early so maybe I'll get back to my morning routine of coffee/computer time!
Hope you are having a great week!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

From the kitchen...

Hello All!  I hope you had a GREAT weekend!!  I thought I'd share a few things from the kitchen today! 
This is my little Santa small german twig tree in one of my old crocks and its branches loaded  with lots of handmade Santa ornaments....

Homespun candlelight....wrapped red homespun and stained cheesecloth around a couple of old tin cups...

There are a few other things scattered here and there and I'll try to post more over these next few days!
If you are like me, when the holidays roll around, you do more making of sweets and treats than what you normally do.  I'm always looking for new recipes...especially cookies, candies or desserts!
Over the weekend, I spent some time with a stack of cookbooks, making notes of what recipes in which books I want to try and making a list of ingredients for the grocery store.
Something I've not ever tried making before but I do enjoy having just a couple of pieces each year, if/when I can find them on anyones holiday treat tray, is divinity.  There is a lady at church that used to bring it to the womens Christmas gathering and I remember my Grandpa Summers making it, however, I never got to see him make it, nor do I have his recipe, so now I'm on a quest to find it! Yes, I found a recipe in one of my books, and I may have to use it if I'm going to make it this year, but I still want his recipe!

A recipe I want to share with you today is for Caramel Corn....if I'm going to make it, it's usually at holiday time. I've made lots of it over the years but it wasn't until this recipe that I feel like I finally got it right!  It's a recipe from one of our church cookbooks so who knows where it originally came from.

Caramel Corn
5-6 quarts popped corn
1 cup butter or oleo
2 cups brown sugar firmly packed
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Combine sugar, butter, syrup and salt in heavy 2 quart pan, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Continue to boil to firm ball stage (248 degrees).  Remove from heat and add baking soda, syrup will form.  Stir to mix well.  Pour hot mixture over popped corn and mix well.  (Helps to have corn in large, long cake pan rather than deep pan.)  Put in 250 degree over, 45-50 minuets, up to 1 hour.  Stir now and then.  As it cools, continue to stir frequently.  Store in air tight container.

Cindy note:  I use 6 or 7 quarts popped corn and I use butter. I will also go ahead a salt it a little bit.
 I also add a can of mixed nuts. 
If you don't want mixed nuts, you can use peanuts or almonds...whatever you like.  I just mix them in with the popcorn right before adding the syrup mixture.

I like to put a generous amount in a cellophane bag and tie with holiday ribbon!   Or fill a bag then place in a tin, box or carton!  Makes for a nice little extra giftie!  Who doesn't like homemade caramel corn? And with nuts?!  YUM!

So what goodies are on your list for the holidays?  Even though my boys are 19 and 22 now, they still like the treats....decorated sugar cookies, special K treats and fudge...chocolate, peanut butter..... I'm going to try peanut butter fudge yet again....letting it boil just a little bit longer....seems it's always too soft!  I tried it once using the peanut butter chips as with the chocolate fudge recipe I use but it just didn't work for the peanut butter as it did the chocolate!  Anyone out there with a tip or two?  And speaking of fudge....I remember my Grandma Prewitt making a Boston Cream Fudge... searching the recipe files of aunts and cousins until I find her recipe for that!!  I tried a Maple fudge one year...same as peanut butter...needed to boil longer or something....Oh my!  I think I've gained 10 pounds just by writing about all this fudge and candy!
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Living Room Tree...

Okay...I spent my yesterday afternoon, taking down the bigger tree in the living room. 
Thanks to the younger cats, there were flattened branches, broken ornaments and stray hooks, bead garland drooping in all the wrong places and gold ting scattering the floor!
So as I watched the movie, "Julie & Julia"...which, was great!, by the way....I took everything off the tree and started all over!  And here it is.....

This tree is filled with all kinds of ornaments...from handmade to store bought.  There are a few of my own handmade ones, but many others I received in swaps over the years.  There are regular Christmas bulbs and other store bought ones.  There are ornaments  made and/or bought and given to the boys when they were younger and there are also the priceless ones...those made by the boys, when they were much, MUCH younger, either at school or at our kitchen table when they wanted to work alongside me!
There are even a few pressies wrapped and under the tree!  I've taken Harley's nappin' spot....

This is where he'd usually spend his afternoon since putting the tree up.....but he's found another the old rocker next to the fireplace, which is where he is at right now!
I've found only a couple ornaments out of place this morning... I'm sure they will continue to slap at ornaments, as Salem still does from time to time....but let's hope they stay OUT of the tree so the branches will stay poofy!  Someone told me they spritzed their cat with water to stay out of their tree and it worked but then they found poo on the floor!  Hmm.... so did it really did work?!

 I'm contemplating a little trip over to our Amish community....can't's so nice and warm here in the house and the thought of going out in the cold for something that really can wait til a regular errand day...hmm...I don't know!  Maybe I'll stay in where it is nice and warm...get the chores done that need doing then settle down with some stitching and a cup of tea!  Yeah, I know, I'm such a coffee drinker...but every once in awhile, I like a nice cup of hot tea!

Hope you are having a great weekend!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Two Weeks 'til Christmas!!!

YIKES!  I'm SO not ready!  I've done a little bit of shopping but far from having it all done!  Not to mention the goodies that need to be made! I don't think I'm going to make as much as I did last year.  I think I will keep it simple this year!

Well, they are far from magazine worthy but I thought I'd still share with you a few photos of some of the things I put up around the house to bring in the holiday spirit!

And the stockings were hung.....I found these stockings last year at Arnett's Country Store in West Frankfort, IL....awesome little primitive shop!  If you like primitives and handmades and you are ever over that way, you MUST go visit!

The snowmen on the left are two that I wouldn't trade for anything.....

They were made by my boys...gosh, way back in kindergarten!  That's been a few years ago!

This is one of the trees in the living is filled with handmade ornaments that I've either, made, bought or received in swaps over the years!  I had to totally redo this tree last week...the day that I had our womens group from church over, I found it laid on it's side, compliments of the two younger cats, and looking pitiful, lights when I set it back up, I set it up on an old crate filled with lighted greenery....and for some strange reason, this has kinda kept the younger cats out of it.

They're not showing up very well, but along with the snowman bowl, on each side of it are little pinecone trees made by the boys back in their kindergarten days...they've gotten a little rough around the edges over the years but little decorations that will stay in my collection forever!

And check this potpourri that I found last year at The Old Homestead...a neat primitive shop over in Mt. Vernon, IL.

And it sets on this little wool penny rug. I made this using a pattern from the book Pennyrugs & Pillow Thangs by Sew Unique Creations!

Well, I think that's all that I'll post for today.  I'll share more in a couple days! I haven't decided if I'm going to share photo's of my main living room tree.  For some reason, the younger cats won't stay out of it! It looks so pitiful right now that I should really just take it apart and start all over with it!  Since I get to stay home today, maybe I'll do just that while I watch the movie 'Julie & Julia'!

Have a great day!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

CNN's Bob Greene Article.....Back Pack Program

I received this in an email from my sister last week and thought I'd share it with you.  An awesome sounding program and I can't believe that I hadn't heard about it as it's right here in our own community!  I know it's rather lengthy, but it is SO worth reading!

106 backpacks for the children of Moberly

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor

November 22, 2009 8:12 a.m. EST
Bob Greene tells a story of need -- and of sharing -- in Central Missouri.

Central Missouri town of Moberly has program to help children fight hunger

Backpacks of food are placed in school hallways for kids to take home

Last year, 34 backpacks were needed; this year, need tripled, school staffer says

He says in some places, parents are too proud to admit their kids are hungry

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose new book is "Late Edition: A Love Story."

(CNN) -- Every Friday afternoon, the backpacks are placed carefully on the floors of the hallways in the elementary schools of Moberly, Missouri.

There are 106 of them: 106 backpacks, each of them with no child's name and with no individual owner.

The backpacks tell a story that can both break your heart and make your heart swell with admiration.

And if you ever had any doubt about what the financial mess in the United States is doing to families across the country ...

Well, those 106 backpacks in Moberly will erase those doubts pretty quickly.

"We're a rural community," said Mark Penny, the superintendent of the Moberly Public Schools. "We're pretty much in the middle of the state."

The backpacks are there because Penny and his staff know that without them, the children for whom they are intended might go hungry between the last bell of the day Friday and the first bell Monday morning.

The backpacks -- property of the school -- are filled with food.

The idea is that, when those 106 children leave class on Friday afternoons, they will pick up the backpacks, sling them over their shoulders and casually walk out of the school with their classmates.

The idea is that the children who need the food -- they range in age from kindergartners to fifth-graders -- will blend in with the hundreds of other boys and girls who get enough to eat at home and that the 106 children will feel no stigma.

"We serve breakfast at school, and we serve lunch," said Francine Nichols, the school staff member in charge of the backpack project. "But we began to realize that some of these children go home to houses where they literally may not eat over the weekend. And we couldn't just sit back and not do anything to help them."

So, three years ago, the backpack program started. When the school senses that a child is chronically hungry -- "A lot of times, they just tell their teacher," superintendent Penny said -- the parents are contacted. If the parents are willing to accept the help, the children are told privately that a backpack will be waiting in the hallway Friday afternoon.

"We'll fill each backpack with soup, with ravioli in a can, with canned fruit, with cereal bars, with juice," Francine Nichols said. "We make sure that the food is the kind that a young child can prepare himself or herself, if need be. Because some of these children live in single-parent homes, and when that parent works, not only does it mean that there may not be enough food in the house, but there may not be anyone to fix the meal for the boy or girl."

Moberly is far from the only school district in the country to have a program like this. Quietly, they exist all over the nation. The first one that is often cited was organized in the 1990s by a hunger-relief group known as the Arkansas Rice Depot.

The weekend-food programs are not run by the federal government but by local communities that simply can't stand the idea of children going without enough food.

And in Moberly, the need has increased in the past year, with the national recession and high unemployment.

"The economy has not exactly been a blessing to families lately," Nichols said. "Last November, we had 34 children for whom we prepared the backpacks every Friday. This November it is 106. So that tells you something."

There are some weeks, she said, when she goes to the school storeroom to fill the backpacks, "and I don't know how there will be enough food."

Much of it is provided by the Central Missouri Food Bank in Columbia, 30 miles away. That agency's executive director, Peggy Kirkpatrick, said that one year in one town -- not Moberly -- a 9-year-old boy took a backpack of food home each Friday but admitted to his teacher that he wasn't eating it all. When the teacher asked him why, the boy said:

"Because Christmas vacation is coming."

He was saving the food. He was hoarding it, because he wanted to make it last over the two weeks away from school.

Kirkpatrick said that in some cities, there have been cases where "the pride factor among some parents is so great that they would rather let the child go hungry than accept the backpack." She said, with a mixture of sadness and anger in her voice, that she is also aware, in some cities, of parents taking the food from their children and eating it themselves -- or selling it for drugs.

But in Moberly, Francine Nichols said, some parents whose children have been helped by the backpack program contact the school when they have found work again and say that because they are back on their feet, they no longer need the assistance. "And then they begin to provide food for the program; they bring food to school to help other children," Nichols said.

It's not difficult for a teacher to know when a child comes to school hungry, she said: "Sometimes a girl in kindergarten will take another child's lunchbox. Sometimes a child will go through the trash looking for food."

Superintendent Penny: "A third-grader can be bluntly honest and tell the teacher what is in the cupboard or icebox at home. And, more to the point, what's not there."

Central Missouri is in the breadbasket of the nation, part of a region that produces corn, wheat and soybeans -- seemingly a place of plenty. But there's a lesson in that, Penny said; he said that for anyone around the U.S. who is reading these words and is tempted to assume that this kind of hunger only happens somewhere else:

"Don't assume."

Nichols said: "If people think that children aren't hungry in their community, they're fooling themselves. You just want so badly for these children to go home for the weekend not worrying about whether there will be enough to eat, and to come to school on Monday morning ready to learn."

Meanwhile, with Thanksgiving coming up, next weekend will be a long one.

And so those 106 backpacks will be a little heavier this week.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

Monitor your heart daily to avoid wandering from God's wisdom!

The Moberly School District Back Pack Program is looking for back packs that can be used when providing kid friendly food to its students who may need food over weekends or holidays. If you have any back packs, duffle bags, etc... that you are not using and would like to donate, please let me know. They do not have to be new, they will be washed.

See this link for more info on the program.

Here is some more information about this program from the Central Mo Food Bank which supplies the food used in this program.
I just about lost it when I came to the Christmas vacation part of the article!  To think of all the food that goes in the trash or down the garbage disposal just here in my own home!  I won't even tell you what I had to throw out when I cleaned out my refrigerator just yesterday!  I think we all want to believe that this happens elsewhere....never in our own cities, communities, schools.

Even though our church collects for the local food bank, I don't always get things taken in.  After reading this article, I will make a better effort in remembering to do that and I know that I will be putting a few extras in my grocery cart over these coming weeks and plan to continue to do so even after the holidays and thru the coming year for this  back pack program.

Blessings to you and yours this holiday season!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Winner of the Snowman Head is.....

.....DEBRA!...of Pilgrims & Pioneers! me your shipping info and I will get this guy right out to you!!
Thanks to everyone who posted comments and left little holiday tidbits!!  I will probably use some of them in my blogging over the couple weeks!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I didn't realize it had been so many days since my last post!  We spent the day with John's family as his Mom and Dad leave the day after to winter in Texas so Thanksgiving has become our holiday gathering time.  Oh...the best part?  John got to be home afterall...won't go into all the boring details...just the life of an over-the-road driver!

We finally lit the fireplace...the Christmas trees are up...and I rented the movie 'My Sister's Keeper' the other night and have yet to watch it so I think I'm gonna go curl up in my chair next to the fire, get some needlework and watch the movie!

Hope you are having a nice relaxing evening!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Snowman Give-Away

Good Evening All....I just wanted to share a pic of the little somethin' for the give-away!  I have a few other little goodies to tuck in along with it!  All you need to do to be eligible is to post a comment with a holiday tidbit...on any post between "A Quiet Saturday Morning" and November 30th.  I will draw on Tuesday, December 1st!!

Sorry it's not showing up very well....This is a snowman head door greeter....made by me using a pattern by Kentucky Primitives.  You can't see him but there is a little mouse on the brim of his hat...along with a little crow!
I look forward to hearing from you!!!
Hope you are having a great week so far! 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Quiet Saturday Morning...

Good Morning World....I hope you've had a great week!  John was home for two weeks with the truck being in the shop and finally got to head back out to the road yesterday morning.  After being down for that long, who knows how long he will be out! I've already settled on the fact that he will most likely not be home on Thanksgiving...not the first time and certainly won't be the last as long as he's an OTR driver.  As long as he is home for Christmas!  So, we gathered our little family this past Thursday evening for dinner....not turkey and dressing but  pork chops, potatoes and homemade pies!
One day this last week, I took my sister to her doctors appointment and afterwards, we made a quick stop at the mall and Hobby Lobby.  I can't go to the mall without a trip thru Barnes & Noble and Starbucks....I found an endcap of cookbooks....there were several titles to choose...I believe there was a Campbells Soup, Original Crockpot, oh I forget what all they had there.....(like I need anymore cookbooks) I finally decided on this one....

All of the cookbooks on this display were priced under $15. This one was like $10! I wish I picked up another one or a couple of the others just to have on hand for gift giving!
So....I'm trying to decide what to do today.  I know what I should do, but  we all know how that goes!  I still have three snowman heads and four snow angels to finish!  There shouldn't be any question as to how I spend my day, should there?  Not to mention, I need to be getting out the Christmas decorations to get started at decorating the house as I'll be hosting the December meeting of our womens group from church....that being on December 2nd!!

Well, whatever my day brings...I'm sure it will be productive in one way or another!  I hope you have an awesome day...and weekend!  Let me hear from you!

What's going on in your world? 

What kinds of goodies are you cooking up in your kitchen?!

Hmm...maybe I smell a drawing being cooked up?!

Post a comment to this post .... jot a little quickie recipe of one of your favorite holiday fixin's, decorating ideas or handmade gift to give!

I'll keep this open until the end of the month so you can post a comment on any of my entries between now and then for your name to be tossed in the crock!  I'll draw on Tuesday, December 1st for a lil' somethin' somethin'!!

Have a GREAT day!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Joy of Giving...

One group of snow people are done.  Only two of them got to stay behind in Missouri while the others were sent to stay with a good friend out in Kentucky until they find new homes. 
There are still a few unfinished things on my work table and hope to have them all done this weekend!
Can you believe it is so close to Christmastime already?  I think I have one gift bought so far! And I've not even made a list!  Not that I have a great many to give but besides John and the kids, there are a few that I like to give a little somethin' somethin' to!  You know, the mailman, a few neighbors, a few people at work, hair stylist......
If you know me or follow my blogging, you know that besides creating things with fabric, I also like to bake and also scrapbook...
I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet  for this year....but I thought I'd share with you some of the things I've done in the past as well as give you a couple of links that were posted on a delphi forum that I frequent....


*cookie mix in a jar or homespun bag...tie off with a piece of homespun and attach a mini-wooden spoon or other mini-utensil along with the directions for making!

*fudge in cookie cutter ...rather than cutting a chunk of fudge, pour into a holiday cookie cutter, then once it's set, place in a  cellophane bag, tie off with a piece of homespun (or holiday ribbon) and  handmade tag. (I've posted the recipe below)

*small handmade ornaments

*small loaves of sweet breads....I've picked up some really cute ceramic mini-loaf pans at Michaels in years past for like $1.00....package the bread IN the pan in a cello bag and tie off with holiday ribbon!

*homemade cookies....give these in cello bags, holiday tins or boxes.  Adding a small ornament, handmade (or store-bought) is a nice touch! I've also caught really good sales (like at JC Penneys) on holiday serving dishes!

*start (or complete) a scrapbook.  If you are like me, you have have all sorts of photos and the supplies at hand, it's just a matter of picking up a scrapbook and you can usually catch them on sale at places like Hobby Lobby or Michaels pretty regular.

*favorite recipes cookbook....I've not done this for Christmas, but I've done this for bridal showers...put together a small cookbook of  your favorite recipes it you type/print them yourself and put them into a simple 3-ring binder or handwrite them on recipe cards and place them in a cookbook binder.  You could also do this in scrapbook form!

Well, that's just a few of the things that I can think of at the moment.....oh! don't forget, there is always the gift of .....


And here are those links I mentioned......

And the fudge....I think I actually got the basic idea from one of the Taste of Home magazines.....I've adapted it to suit my taste and need.....
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla
3/4 cup chopped pecans (more or less depending on personal preference)
While you can do this in a heavy saucepan over low heat, I do this slowly in the microwave oven.....Melt chocolate chips and milk.  Remove from heat (or microwave); stir in vanilla then pecans.  Pour into lightly buttered pan then chill til firm OR....Place lightly buttered cookie cutter on wax paper lined baking sheet....fill with fudge mixture...smooth...refrigerate until set.  Put in cellophane bag, tie with piece of homespun or holiday ribbon...add a tag and there ya go!
Use holiday cookie cutters OR....use a cookie cutter that matches up with the person you are giving to!
I hope you are having an awesome week and you are not letting yourself get overwhelmed with all the things on your to-do list!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Weekend Ramblin' & Opening Day....

...and no, I don't mean for a new store!  Yesterday was opening day of firearms deer season. John finally got to hunt with the 280 he got last year AFTER deer season.  It's been a few years since he's even been home for opening day.  What a highlight to his week!  He has been home for over a week now, while his truck is in the shop. he is....John and his 10 pt.

Okay, I've shown off the on to other things!  It was an early mornin' for me and I don't even deer hunt!  But rather than fight it and try going back to sleep again, I just got up right before the guys went out.  I just got my coffee/computer time in earlier before cooking breakfast.
I put on a pot of chili and a pot of beef stew....there are enough left overs that I am not cooking today!
Since I skipped church last week, I need to go today.
Besides cooking, I spent the day working on snowmen. And I don't know why I did it......but I pulled out my stash of patterns and started going thru them and pulling out this one and that one...then OH! I really need to do this one!  I'm not done with the mountain of things on my work table now and already planning what's next?  What's wrong with me?!And should I even tell you about the small skein of peaches & cream yarn I bought the other day?  LOL  I just couldn't resist.  Between walking thru the aisles and seeing all the yarns available and my sister, Marsha, crocheting up a storm, I felt inspired to crochet...and rather than overwhelming myself with several large skeins and an afghan pattern, I thought I'd do something small.

I used the directions for a dish cloth that was on the inside label.  Having yarn leftover, I thought I'd work up a potholder.  My Grandma Summers told me how to do this one years ago, so thought I'd see if I could's simple enough!  I'll get this finished up this weekend.  This will help me decide if I want to try to work up an afghan thru the winter months. I will have to invest or make a bag or basket to hide my yarns..Harley and Salem really like the yarn.  Clyde don't give a rip about it!  I used to crochet alot! Like doilies and afghans....then I set the yarns and needles aside and moved on to other things.  Every once in awhile I get the itch...especially while browsing the yarn aisles at the store!  All the books and patterns I had at one time, I've passed along to others. The only thing I've kept is the set of needles that John bought me  our first Christmas together.  And I was trying to remember who taught me to crochet...and I think it was several women in my Grandma Summers, I think my first piano teacher, Jean Malloy may have shown me some things, Linda, a friend of my folks, my Mom-in-law.
I am determined to finish these standing snowmen today....I've been stitching hats together.  The clothes are ready to be stitched up...the fabric already stained so it's just a matter of sitting down at the machine today and stitching them up.
I also want to let you know about my new web site.
A place where I can post all of my handmades and a few other things.  It's still in the works... Right now, things are listed in seasonal albums but will be adding more albums as things come up.

I hope you are having an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday Morning.....

What a weekend! What an open house event! Everything was selling....there is such a mix to this store...there is something here for anyone! No matter what your decorating preference is! As usual, Sherrie had the store full and looking fabulous!

Santa was there Friday evening for a few hours....he had his list and he was checkin' it twice...

TOO cute, a little girl, I don't think she's even in kindergarten yet, came to see Santa and she brought in her "wish book"...the little toy catalog from like Toys-R-Us or someplace like that! TOO cute... She pointed out all the things on her wish list to Santa...

Saturday we had some live entertainment....sisters, one plays the dulcimer, the other guitar, playing Christmas music...awesome! There were a few kiddo's that came in and they'd play bells with them.

It was over 70 degrees over the weekend, we thought it funny playing/listening to Christmas music and selling all sorts of holiday decor ....guess wegot a feel for how it is in those southern states!!
I didn't work on Sunday and I played hookie from church and went to the woods with John and some friends to get them some wood cut. A couple of loads for them, now to get back down there and get some wood cut for us! Hopefully the weather will stay nice and we can work on that this week while John is home. He's home until we get his truck fixed....again....transmission this time. Not good!
I got to stay home and work yesterday...done some sewing, painting, staining...and got a few things finished up but I'll show them to you later.  It's time for me to get busy...I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Saturday morning...

Good Morning All....
I've been awake since 2:30! UGH! I don't know what the deal is...I don't think I can blame it on the time change...I did go to bed earlier than usual last night but not THAT much earlier! After reading and trying to go back to sleep, I knew I'd feel better if I just got up! So here I am...
It's been a busy week...with one thing or another. The Randolph Mercantile holiday open house is well underway! Busy day yesterday...I'll post pics and highlights the first of the week!
Just thought I'd share a little bit of what I've been working on....

A simple star...with old cutter quilt pocket on the front filled with "favorite things"....a little green and a candy cane for the holiday...after taking this photo, I tucked in a small American flag...remove or add to, to suite the holiday or season....I only made two of these but looks like I'll be making more as both sold already!  I had two small trees leftover from last year that I decorated up but I forgot to take pics of them!  They've both already sold!

I had an off day one day this last week....finally getting up at 4:00...after some computer time, I hit the kitchen to grubby up some candles and tealights.  It's amazing at what one can accomplish at such early hours!

I've got so many other things in the works...even getting up so early, intended or not, there just aren't enough hours in the day sometimes....I've still got body parts (dolls) and nekked dolls on my work table
waiting to be stitched together or waiting for clothes, as well as a couple little punch needle pieces to make into pillows. I still have a basket of doll parts to cut/turn/stuff!  Will be a busy time in the sewing room this coming week!

Well, here it is 6:00 already.  Think I'll see what I can get stitched up while I have that last cup of coffee!
I hope you have a GREAT weekend!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Weekend Ramblin'...

So how was your Halloween?!! I had a total of 3 trick-or-treaters...nieces and nephew. We live so far out in the country that we just don't get them out here unless it's family!
We finally had a nice weekend after a week of rain! It was windy on Saturday and had a slight chill in the air but I wasn't complainin' cause the sun was shining! I made a quick little trip to Columbia....I had so much sewing I wanted to do that I gave myself a time limit to be home by noon...I only went over by an hour. But, we made a couple stops that I hadn't planned on. On the way to Hobby Lobby, we saw a little sign for the farmers market so we followed it! There were at least two vendors that had eggs for get this... $3.00 - $3.50 dz! Makes me miss my chickens. Denni thought she saw a sign at one booth saying they were organic...I guess that makes a little bit of difference in the pricing.... Anyways...I got me a couple small jars of blackberry and peach jams. Now to make some homemade rolls or biscuits to try it out! Mmm!!! I think I just gained 10 pounds!
There were vendors with home-baked goods, honey, veggies, there was someone there with jewelry, another with pottery. Someone had blackberry plants. Had I known that, I would of prepared my spot out back to put them and bought some. But I have learned that unless I have the ground ready for plants to go into, don't buy plants! I usually end up losing them before I get them set! I wish I had found this sooner....I doubt I make it back there before they close for the year.
I spent the rest of the weekend tracing, sewing, cutting, turning, stuffing.....There are body parts everywhere! This evening, I'm staining!

I've still got some to cut, turn and stuff! But they are for an order for later in the month so they'll keep until the first of next week!

I've also been working on a little punch needle project and that's about finished so I'd better get off here and get back to it....

Hope you have a wonderful week!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Holiday Open House at Randolph Mercantile

I know I posted about this previously but at the time, I didn't have the specifics in front of here ya go! Notice a slight change in the hours...we will close at 7:00 on Friday, rather than 8:00 as we have during previous open house events.
Bring the kiddos out on Friday evening to visit with our special guest! Hope to see you then!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday Ramblin'...

Well it's been quite a week since my last post. I no sooner hit the "publish post" button when I'd heard from John that I'd have to go pick him up over in Beardstown. The truck was going to the shop for, most likely, a new clutch. I was working away at home on Thursday when I got a call from my mil...she was at a follow-up doctors appt from her trip to the ER on Tuesday and her doctor admitted her to the hospital to run test. Saturday was a little road trip to get John a new pair of boots. He wears a good pair of boots til they are practically fallin' off his feet. Sunday was the annual toy run. 253 bikes! Now that is not only alot of bikes for a toy run, that's ALOT of toys and canned food items plus cash donations for our local charities!

Mom is home from the hospital (dismissed yesterday). Truck fixed and John back to work. I took him back yesterday and took a little detour thru Hannibal on the way home for a little fabric shop fix! I didn't really need or want anything...just wanted to look and be overwhelmed at all the fabrics and the possibilites. I did get a couple of cuts of wool felt...and it was on sale, like near 50% off! I like that! But that was it. It's been so gloomy here of late. Saturday was really nice and Sunday was beautiful until about an hour after the toy run then the sky opened up and it's been ugly out since. It doesn't look like it's goin' to be none too pretty a day today either!

I've got lots on my list of things to do today. I finished up another little x-stitch from Primitive Bettys plus the "thankful" one I finished the other day that I'd like to get completely finished. I found a couple of little snowman stitcheries by Twigs I'd started who knows how long ago that I'd like to finish the stitching on and work into pillows. I think I have a snowman punchneedle that needs to be finished into a pillow, too! And I have a snowman order to fill so I drew out the pattern for that this morning in hopes of at least getting them traced, sewn and cut today!

I thought I'd share with you a few photos from my sewing room...yes, still calling it that, out of habit, I guess. This is an idea from the Aug/Sept/Oct issue of Where Women Create. I was inspired to create my own...a good place for buttons, snaps, rusty tin pieces, etc...

A cupboard full of goodies....fabrics, favorite magazines, old spools awaiting to be made into make-do's. See the little tin in the middle there on top? It's an old fruitcake tin...full of buttons that belonged to my Grandma Prewitt.... some people would of kept the buttons and pitched the old tin....nope...can't do it. I'll keep it forever! And yes, I do use buttons from it. It is so full of buttons, I'll never use them all!

And this is a little cubby box that I use for little bits of fabric that aren't so big they need to go in the cupboard. Much easier to keep track of in this!

Have a GREAT day...I hope the sun is shining in your world!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My work space...again...

Well, it took just over a month since closing date to get it done, but Ely and Liz are now moved into their house. And that means.....

I get that bedroom..........again! I've had supplies strung from one end of the house to the other

since making room for their temporary stay. As I was gathering and moving things into the room yesterday, I felt as if I were the one moving! I didn't realize I had moved that much stuff out of that room! Not to mention the new things I'd accummulated in the time they were here!

I got this cupboard moved into the room last night and Harley and Clyde jumped right on it....or should I say...IN it! As I emptied baskets or totes, they were in them as if I were clearing them out just for them to play in!

As I work to put this work space together for myself yet again, I struggle on what to call this space exactly. Over the years when I've had a work room, I've always referred to it as "my sewing room"...for that was basically all I used it for. But now I incorporate so much more into my work than just sewing, not to mention the computer space being in this room as well. Sewing or work room sounds rather boring yet "studio" doesn't seem to fit either. I guess because I've always associated a studio as a space set apart or detached from the rest of the house where this space is a room in the house. Spare or guest room doesn't suit as it's not set up as such a room. What do you call the area in which you create?

Speaking of which.....I just received a copy of this magazine I'd been reading about for some time. I don't know why I put off checking it out or why I stopped at just ordering the current issue! Awesome magazine!

Where Women Create.....Inspiring work spaces of extraordinary women

I'm trying to put a little more thought into arranging my room than I did before. Looking at the different studios featured in this magazine helps me to realize that I don't have to have everything "put away". It's okay to have it out and within reach!
I've been working on this since yesterday....taking a little coffee break...It's going rather quickly.
I don't have as much weeding out as I did before as I don't buy as many of those "I'll use it one of these days" items like I used to. I usually have a specific project in mind when I buy something now.
I think the one thing I over-buy on now is floss.....this is my stash..... you think I might have a floss addiction? All this plus what I have carded in my floss organizer and yet when I'm working on something I seem to run out of at least one of the colors I'm using! Anyways...I'd better get back at it...just a bit more to do. I want to get back to creating tomorrow!

Hope you are having a great week! Let me hear from you.....

What do you call your creative space?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Weekend Ramblin'.....

What a weekend! My brother in law, Sam, went on a guy's weekend fishing trip, so Marsha decided to take her own weekend and come spend it with us! By the time she got here and we had both worked that day, we just spent the evening at the house, relaxed and visited.

Saturday morning, we decided to go to Columbia to meet up with our sisters, Denni and Denise and our nephew, Peyton. We didn't really have any plans....stopped at Joanns then met up with them at Hobby Lobby. After that we went to Rio Grande Mexican restraunt....Pey really likes tacos! With sour cream!! LOL

John had gotten a call that morning that it was Columbias Toy Run for the Salvation Army so after helping Ely move appliances, he hopped on the bike to participate in that! Since we were in Columbia, we went out to meet them so Pey could see all the bikes....and SANTA! He was surprised to see that Santa was also going to ride a motorcycle!

And of course he wanted to sit on Uncle Johns motorcycle....

And it seems he forgot all about his Mom and his aunts while he was with Uncle John!
We waited til they all took off before we went on our way....
There is a huge antique store just a few miles from my house that I can rarely catch open when I have the time to stop....well we actually caught them open when on our way back home. I found a few treasures....I'll "remake" the basket and I've got a couple projects in mind for the mini-creamers and the keys.
The little cross-stitch is my little weekend project....I'll be finishing it into something this week! It's another little design by Primitive Betty!

So that was my weekend! I'd better get myself off this machine and get myself ready for work....I get to be a seamstress today!
Last week it seems all we had were clouds and rain! ugh! Made for a depressing week but we are on like day 3 now of sunshine AND we get some warmer's been really cool here and with the rain we've had it's seemed even colder! I got quite a list of things to do while it's nice out!
I hope you had a nice weekend and have a GREAT day!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Holiday Open House...

Another chilly rainy day here in our parts~! I think it is supposed to be a clear day tomorrow. I don't mind if it's chilly, as long as it's rain, no drizzle...

I stayed home on Monday after having several days of running here and between loads of laundry and other household chores, I picked up a punchneedle project that was already in the hoop with only a few punches in it....I almost said forget it since we're so far into October already, but I knew that if I done that, the chances of me picking it up next year were slim to none. So here it is.....a last minute Halloween ditty...a design by Primitive Betty's...done on weavers cloth, punched with 6 strand dmc floss. That 6-strand is the way to punch!

Since it's so late, I took this to the mercantile rather than listing in my Etsy shoppe. As I mentioned in a previous post, the mercantile open house is right around the corner....

Randolph Mercantile Holiday Open House.....

Friday, November 6th, 9:30 am - 8 pm

Saturday, November 7th, 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday, November 8th, 10 am - 4 pm

Free gift with $30 purchase and free gift PLUS Randolph Mercantile sweatshirt with $100 purchase!
I'll take some pics in the next couple weeks.....

Have a GREAT evening!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Snowmen in Etsy shoppe...

Good Morning All...I just wanted to share a couple of items that I listed in my Etsy shoppe last week. For more info on them, just click on the link to the right...

It's just a few short weeks until Randolph Mercantile's winter open house!! I will post details on that very soon!

Have a GREAT day!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Decorate-A-Bra Contest...

Awhile ago, I posted about decorating a bra for a contest for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Auxiliary in Columbia, MO. This past Tuesday evening was the big event so Marsha and I met up with Denni to attend the reception/silent auction. There were several categories that were judged by a select group then those attending got to cast their vote for the People's Choice. Sorry to say, our motorcycle themed bra didn't place in any category but it did receive a couple of bids so someone did get to take it home! There were 133 bras decorated! I thought I'd share a few of them with you here....

Many thought this looked like a Victoria's Secret bra.....

This one was signed by Carl Edwards.....

I do remember this one being called..."Abracadabra"

I love this one.... it's called "Simply Riveting" donated by Sheet Metal Workers (yes, it's metal).....

"She has nice.....eyes" Dr. Whitsons office.....

An assortment of "wonder woman" bras..... & gold bras.....

Too cute...a Halloween bra....

And some more....bottom row, 2nd from left is done with duct tape .....

This was fun....and for such a good cause! This was their first "Decorate-A-Bra" Contest and if they do it again....I'm there!
And which bra won the People Choice? The Sock-Monkey bra.....
Another bra that I thought was really cool was the one in the bottom right corner of the photo below...."Stampin' out breast cancer".... covered with postage stamps.....


I hope you all are having a great week! It's much cooler today, and rainy. Not my idea of a nice day when I can't stay in where it's nice and cozy!

Have a GREAT day everyone!!