Wednesday, January 28, 2009
So what's goin' on in your world this week?
Monday, January 26, 2009
Remember Boots? He was so small when he was brought here....well, here he is now! This was taken umm...yesterday morning. Well this morning, Briar was on his way out for school when he glanced down at the pond below the house & there was Boots...sprawled out on the ice! He was fine! Just couldn't get off the ice! Briar took care of him though and got him off safely! Thank goodness the ice was so thick where he was at & he wasn't out there too far...poor lil' guy! He's doing just fine now! He's sure become my buddy & I've never been a horse person....I enjoy watchin' them but I've not been on one in over 20 years!
Well, I'm off to do a little bit of readin' then I think it's hot tea time...I bought some wonderful vanilla bean tea a few weeks ago...Mmm...just the thing for an evening such as this!
Have a wonderful evening...stay warm!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Oh but what to do with them. I've had these for years...just kept in a folder tucked away. I would like to put them together in a way to be able to take them out and look at them without the risk of further damage. Can you tell what patterns are there? Let's see...
Kansas Trouble..."originated in Civil War days..from the troubled days of early Kansas history, when a pioneer woman pieced this block & sent it to her New England home."
Old-Fashioned String Quilt..."may be made on the sewing machine if desired or by hand. It utilizes long scraps & may be made of silk, wool, or cotton. Contributed by quilt fan Irene Neff, Pomona, MO"
Jacob's Ladder pattern..."gift from Miss Evelyn Baster, a quilt fan"
Lover's Lane..."sent to the Star by Mrs. Ida M. Kuhlman, Concordia, MO"
This is the kind of stuff that used to help fill the pages of our newpapers. Now there are tons of magazines to choose from to buy basically the same patterns much of the time....giving an old pattern a new twist &/or a new name.
Speaking of Friendship Quilts....as stated on one of the clippings,"This type of name quilt is made wherever quilters gather. This quilt has a center space for names. Every pieced quilt should have a date embroidered on it" .
My mil gave me the above pictured quilt. It was made by the West Point Sewing Club, which included her mother & other family members. One quilter included the year '1942' with her signature.
It's been a great...productive week for me! I'm on my second day of staying home!! Wednesday, I had a "gurl day" with my sil, Sheila and 4 yr old niece we call "Miz B". We stopped for lunch at a nearby restraunt. There wasn't but a couple other people in there & a couple fella's walk in. One asks if they accept charge cards. yes, says the waitress so he says he's buyin' lunch! So, jokingly, Sheila & I were like "yea!!...he's buyin' lunch for everybody!"...so that brought on a little exchange of words...all in fun! We're sitting there eating our lunch when the waitress brings over a piece of chocolate cream pie for B. It's from the credit card guy at the next table! LOL...So we finish our lunch and go to pay but the waitress tells us our lunch was paid for by CC guy! WHAT?!! Get out!!! Sure enough...of course they were long gone so we couldn't thank him. What a guy!
I spent later that afternoon working away in my sewing room. I'd found a crow pattern I'd long been looking for! So I sewed up a couple of them & some cats! I spent the evening stuffing!
Yesterday, I finished ALL of them up!! YEA! That's what can happen when motivation and time strike at the same time!!
I need to go rummaging and find a few more things to tuck in their pockets! This was a pattern by TN Ridge Primitives.
I don't recall the designer of this crow, but her was a featured free pattern in an older Country Marketplace. While her recommened base was an old bobbin, I put these on a vine broom & tagged him with "hearthside gatherings".
They will all find their way to the mercantile but probably not til next week so until then I hope to stay in this creative mode & get lots more done! I get to stay in again today....since I let the fireplace go out night before last since it was to be SO warm yesterday, I'll be getting that started back up so I can stitch by the fire! I love that fireplace...pain that it is...all the work involved...I don't have to do the cuttin' and choppin' of wood but I do pack it in and keep the fire going. It's a much warmer heat than gas...not to mention cheaper!
I'm going to work on some stitchery today & baby sister is coming for dinner & a movie tonight!
Have a GREAT day!!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Continued prayers....they will be moving to St.Louis as the time for a transplant gets closer.
This hospital has a hotel, Applebees, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, McD's & DQ either in the hospital or on it's campus. We walked all the way to the Starbucks only to find they're not open on a Saturday. WHAT?! Like we don't drink coffee on Saturday? So we walked to the Applebees for a late lunch! Can you tell I had not been to this hospital before? It's nice to know that there is a hotel right there so that when the time comes, we can book a room right there rather than possibly be across town.
I had to take John to his truck so I took a different route home than what I normally do when he leaves the truck at that particular shop. I knew I had to hit a Wal Mart sometime today so I opted for the smaller town than to make my way to one of the three in the larger town. But anyways....
I stopped at WM and got the must-haves then went by a quilt shop. This shop is wonderful...in way of what they sell and how they put it together! I cannot even guess how many bolts of fabric this place has...it's almost overwhelming! If you don't want to over spend, you really need to go in there with a particular project in mind. I was going mostly because I hadn't been there for quite some time and I was really wanting to check out their punchneedle patterns...which, you will see in the photo that I found one plus a little quilt wall hanging pattern. I'm hoping that buying a new punch needle pattern will motivate me to try that new cameo needle!! I also grabbed a remnant bag of fabrics...didn't count how many are in there but there's alot! The little blobs there in the middle are balls of wool roving. Nope, I don't do needle felting, I thought this might inspire me to make a couple of dolls...this wool makes for some really neat doll hair!
While I enjoy looking at all the fabrics and patterns.....I'm always disappointed, so to speak, when I leave. You see, when you own &/or work in a place such as this, I think the way you communicate with the people who come in the door really matters. This particular store has an upstairs where the wool and punchin' patterns are, the gal working that dept was wonderful...making sure I was doing okay and we made idle chit chat....once back downstairs, not once was I ever asked if I was finding everything okay or if they could assist in anyway, not even a greeting...not when I came in...not while meandering...before deciding it was time to check out, the only thing one of the two said to me was, as I was checking out some fabrics in a basket on the counter..."those belong to other people"...or somesuch...like AH! DON'T TOUCH THAT!! Well excuse the *&^%% out of me! And you know, that might be the last I ever buy from that shop. This is not the first time I'd ever been there...I always buy something...I get the same treatment each time I go in there and I think I've had my fill...I'd rather give my business to a shop with a more friendly atmosphere.
Okay....enough on that! I was going to stop in to another little shop that sells a mix of everything...I usually find some little antique ditty's there...but they were closed! I passed up the scrapbooking store....I knew I'd only find more supplies there so I was a good girl and headed for home!
Hope you're havin' a great Monday!!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I spent today cleaning out a couple closets. Not that I could throw out much of it, mostly rearranging/organizing from it all just getting tossed in there or taken out haphazzardly. The photos below are of UnFinished Objects! And some of them I didn't even start ...but grateful to have them!
These are handpieced quilt pieces...given to me by my Mom...someone had passed them on to her so she passed them to me! Hmm...don't even remember how long I've had them! They will make into a nice quilt one of these days! Lots of color...and no machine used in these...handstitched! I'm not a quilter so I think I'll need some guidance on making them into blocks.
This one is a quilt that my mil started several years ago...."it came with the house" is what I say about items she passed along to me while going thru things for the move. Everything is there to finish it except the batting...it looks simple enough and not much more to go!
This one my Mom started....and actually, I think I was just supposed to see how it would fit on my bed then send it back for her to finish but for some reason I still have it? I love patchwork!
I won't even show you the cupboard I've not been thru yet that is sure to have a few nekked doll bodies in it! Or the unfinished dress I started for myself and the shirt cut out w/pattern pieces still pinned to it that I started for John. I don't know how many years it's been since I started either of them! Please tell me I'm not the only one who has this problem?!! And why do I/we let this happen?
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Maybe I'll bring out that new Cameo punch needle I got before Christmas that I've not had or taken the time to try out!! Or I could even work on a stitchery I started a year ago...why did I leave the most tedious part til last? And I have two new Christmas counted cross stitch patterns...maybe if I start them now I'll get them finished for Christmas 2009?
And there's always the baskets of y2k charm squishies that need put together....umm...that will wait for another day! Really...what's the rush anyways? I've only had them since 1999 & 2000! There are enough squares in each basket to make a 2000 piece quilt and then some! One basket is 2-1/2" & the other basket is 3" squares.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench.
She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands.
When I sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence and the
longer I sat I wondered if she was OK.
Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her
at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and
looked at me and smiled. 'Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking,' she
said in a clear, strong voice
'I didn't mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here
staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,' I
explained to her.
'Have you ever looked at your hands,' she asked. 'I mean really
looked at your hands?'
I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them
over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at
my hands as I tried to figure out the point she was making.
Grandma smiled and related this story:
'Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have
served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled
shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to
reach out and grab and embrace life.
'They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the
They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child, my
mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled
on my boots. They held my husband and wiped my tears when he went off
'They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent. They were
uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son. Decorated
with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone
They wrote my letters to him and trembled and shook when I
buried my parents and spouse.
'They have held my children and grandchildren, consoled neighbors, and
shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.
They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the
rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried
and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works
real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to
fold in prayer.
'These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of life.
But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out
and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me to
His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of
I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God
reached out and took my grandma's hands and led her home..
When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my
children and husband I think of grandma. I know she has been stroked and
caressed and held by the hands of God.
I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my
-- Author Unknown
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I'd posted this on my old blog but thought it was worth sharing again. I do not know the author...one of those little ditty's that get's posted or passed around on forums & emails.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, from pie dough, cake or biscuit flour, but along with that, it served well as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out children's dirty ears.
These are aprons made by g'ma's. The one on the left was made my John's g'ma Halterman and the one on the right was made by my g'ma Summers. I don't wear them...I either display them or keep them put away.
I remember my g'ma Prewitt always wearing an apron...it's was just part of her everyday dress. I wear them...especially if I have alot of cookin' / bakin' to do... I sometimes forget then end up with flour all down my front! I wonder whatever happened to all of g'mas aprons....I need to remember to ask my aunts.
So do you wear an apron? Do you make aprons? What's your favorite style of apron? There are so many styles...but I prefer the simpler aprons....much like a chef's...but it must have a pocket or two! Too handy...keeps kitchen shears close, cell phone, kleenex....you name it!
Hmm...maybe this post will inspire me to finish those aprons I have started!
Have a wonderful day!!