Thursday, July 11, 2019

Annual PiggyBank Challenge

Whew I made it this year.  The last few years I have fallen by the wayside, or missed the posting for the piggy bank challenge.  Due to travel.

My jar is a 1/2 gallon canning jar.

I know the little men have snagged some for the book fair as payment for helping around the house, but this is what was in my jar and car where I keep my change for the year. 

I counted, sorted, and then rolled and stashed it away for the future. 

I finished with $108.74 for the year.  Not too bad considering I do not go out and about often.  I think I will use it toward some quilting rulers for my quilting machine 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

I Like Thursday #71

Welcome to my 71st I like Thursday post.  Thank you LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find things to share that we like during the week.

I have been using this thread conditioner while hand sewing binding onto a quilt I am working on.  The last time I used Coats & Clark thread I found it tangling, knotting,  constantly.  It was the only color I had that matched the binding I was working on and I haven't not had any problems this time. 

Just take off the lid, run the thread over it.  I usually run it through after I have already knotted my thread.  I hear they no longer make this brand. 

I don't know about you, but during the summer I am in sandals or barefoot a lot.  I consider myself low maintenance.  My finger nails are long, naturally, but always seem to have dirt under them, and I am not one to go in for getting a manicure/pedicure, I will do a simple one at home when I have the time.  But my heels, and the balls of my feet are still calloused.  I found this foot cream and love it!

After you exfoliate you rub it on, and it feels awesome. 

To make the foot cream really work well, I will slip on a pair of gel socks and wear them for a few hours.

Yes they are toe socks, but they are cooling to your feet and really do help soften them especially if you have put cream on them before putting them on.  They make me feel pampered without spending the time and money to go to the salon.

Finally I am currently reading A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly.  I read one of the books in the series many years ago, and was intrigued by New Orleans society in the 1830's.

I am also currently reading Board Stiff by Annelise Ryan.  This is the 5th installment of the Mattie Winston mystery series.  Mattie is a divorced, former Operating Room nurse that has been blackballed because her cheating ex husband is the head surgeon at the local hospital.  Mattie has been offered a job working for the local coroner's office and rents a home from the local Medical Examiner and as usual in the small town of Sorenson, Wisconsin death isn't quite as cut and dried and usually take a turn to investigation.

Now head over to LeeAnna's to check out the other I Like Thursday posts.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July.  Remember when we celebrated the Bicentennial in 1976?  I do, even though I was a young pup a mere 12 years old.  We are celebrating our countries 243 birthday this year. 

I am going to also share my I Like Thursday post #70 at the same time.  Thank you LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to look around us to find, and share things we love. 

I love my garden, between all the rain it is starting to bloom among the weeds, which really need to be pulled.  Again.

The Licorice Anise is starting to bloom.  I accidentally pulled most of it this year while trying to get rid of the catnip that grows like crazy in my gardens. 

My new cone flowers are blooming already!  I also have some that came up from last year. 

My hollyhocks which I just love.  I need to find some other colors to add to my garden.

Lupine which I just planted.  I was pleasantly surprised to see a bloom, usually it takes a year or two for them to get going.  I like my old decorative fencing that I have picked up here and there and use to keep the chickens out of my flowerbeds. 

The Lantana is blooming I think this one was called raspberry lemonade.  Along with petunias which are planted in 1/2 a whiskey barrel on the porch.

I also have this beautiful petunia which is a coral color.

I like my new little garden art I found at the feed store.

I think it is made for bird seed but the colors made my heart happy.

I like this hanging basket I found at the farmer's market, but the shepherd's hook didn't want to stay in the ground so it got sat on the stump. 

If you look to the left on that stump you will see a hole.  I have a family of bluebirds which have taken up residence.  They are fearless of me. 

Speaking of being fearless we have a small bunny that seems to think the garden by the steps is an awesome place to hang. 

If no one is outside I have spied him with the chickens in the driveway. 

These guys have been right up to the house lately.  Enjoying the Maple helicopters that John cleaned out of the gutters.  They are having a regular smorgasbord.  Many times I look out and there are 3-4 squirrels out there. 

I like with Gabe's help on a hot sunny day we got the raised bed built, filled, and raspberries planted.

We knocked berry vines back, weeds, and got er done!

Finally I love these muffin/cupcake cups made of silicone. 

I got them from Amazon 2 dozen for like $8 and boy do they work nice!

I tried them out on these Lemon/Raspberry Streusel muffins. 

Now head over to LeeAnna's and check out the other I Like posts, and have a safe and fun July 4th!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

I Like Thursday #69

I bet you wondered what happened last week?  I am the proud temporary owner of an almost 12 year old grand daughter.  Wow it is amazing after just a few short years thinking of caring for another person practically turns me into a quivering mass.  We were working on the 1st few days adjustment last week.  Now we are in a routine and things are going awesome.

Thank you LeeAnna for encouraging us to find things to like during the week.  You can find the other I like Thursday posts at Not Afraid of Color

I like this girl.  She is so sweet, and kind and fun to be around.  This is my grand daughter Aubri.

As you can see Bobbin likes Aubri too.  I have been replaced as a favorite.  Bobbin loves having all the kids around. 

Bobbin is so pooped at night she barely hits the bed and she is dead out.

I like these flowers that are in my field.  I thought they were wild roses, but they aren't pink like I am used to, but they do have some crazy thorns.  They almost look like cherry blossoms, and they have this heavenly scent.

I like how as I cleaned and moved things around for company, Lucy decided that the kennel on the couch was a great place to relax.  Hard to see gray cat, gray kennel pad, dark blue couch.

I had to run to the LQS last week, I had received the wrong BOM and I have to turn them in once a month to get the next.  On my way back I stopped at this little junk shop I had been eyeballing for a while.  According to the proprietress it was a hardware store at one time in this tiny town called Britton.

I loved the old tin ceilings, probably with eons worth of lead paint.  LOL

I found a fun little table for my bathroom.

I had a curio cabinet that was the great aunt and uncle's just a sauder furniture, press board, but Samantha needed it so it gave me an excellent reason to find something to hold my doodads, and orchid.  I have some chalk paint to paint it soon.

Oh the things you see as you drive around.  Someone in the village nearby was flocked!

It made me giggle.

As you can see my feathered helpers have decided to excavate.  These girls can move a lot of dirt quickly.

I have visits all day long when I am outside by the orioles, and bluebirds.  There are babies, and they are pretty fearless of me, they will fly within just a couple of feet from me.  They know I won't harm them.

We all went to a pow wow at the nearby college.  The boys decided to join and dance too.

I know I have mentioned that I love my lounger by the pool. So does Bobbin.

Now head over and check out the other I Like Thursday posts!


Thursday, June 13, 2019

I Wonder Why

 Do you have times that you wonder why you even have a blog?  I don't post often, and I am kind of embarrassed to say when I stay off of the computer I get a lot more accomplished.

In one day I managed to get my final bag lady block finished.

Did the BOM that we are doing at my Tuesday sewing group.

These are all supposed to be HST but I am kind of enjoying figuring the quilt math and doing the square in a square instead.

This was the block from the previous month.

The block of the month from the LQS.

Amish with a twist.


I auditioned borders for my bicycle quilt.

I opted for the fabric on the right.  I even have the borders on now and it all sandwiched to quilt.

I finished all of the blocks for the Saw Tooth Square that I was doing for RSC.
And discovered I was one block short so whipped up one.

I figured out how to set the blocks on point and have even started to sew the rows together.  In no time I will have another top finished.

I have done some retail therapy of course.  I am getting so when I buy something if I have a pattern or quilt I want to make, I kit it up so I can just grab it and work on it when I am ready.

I love these Corey Yoder fabrics called Strawberry Jam, and the quilt shop calls these lampshades. 

I bought some great fabrics on sale from Bear Creek Quilting company, including their monthly gem pack of Aurifil thread.  Some of these are for my challenge quilt that I need to get to work on.

I am a gingham girl and I saw these and had to have them. 

I have one more that is almost a finish that I will share soon. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

I Like Thursday #68

Welcome to my 69th post on I Like Thursday.  Thank you LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find positive and sharing things we like weekly. 

I know some of you have been having extremely dry weather.  Here on the other hand we have had a lot of rain, to the point where many farmers have not been able to get into their fields to plant.  I am thankful though that we have not had as much rain as some parts of the country that have been experiencing lots of flooding. 

I have quite the weed patch going thanks to the couple of days of rain, couple of days of sun to dry the ground, but then more rain.  The boys stomped over my berm, breaking down the thistle, so in order to get it out of the ground I had to use a garden fork, and basically turn the whole lot over which is about 15 feet long, and 4 feet wide and about 3 feet tall. 

I had assistance while digging.   Unfortunately the helper slowed me down greatly, since I had to be careful that I would not accidentally impale her.

I managed to get the berms weed free, and some flowers planted.  I keep trying different

combinations, but mainly cone flowers.  I also got my flower beds cleaned out.
The little girls like to help too.  They like the ants I keep digging up.  Bobbin enjoyed helping too!

I like that my poppies have spread and bloom.  I love the bright pop of color.
I like the Bonnie Hunter Scrappy Trips pattern.  I used up a small portion of the 2 1/2 inch strips in the copy paper box, but I did manage to finish one gurney quilt.

A friend that I used to work with has retired recently and she comes over and helps me once a week sort through fabric.  She sorted all of the 2 1/2 inch strips and anything over 16 inches was put in one pile anything shorter or not 2 1/2 inches was thrown into a bucket for string quilts.  With her help I have managed to empty 2 boxes.  Fabric cut, and sorted ready to make kits.

I like squishy mail, and No Blog Jacky sent me this fun magazine.

I have spent so much time outside working in the garden I don't have a whole lot to share.  Head over to LeeAnna's and see the other I Like Thursday posts.