Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ready To Quilt

I spent the day at the sewing machine.  My favorite way to spend a Saturday.
Here's what I made . . . 
All ready to quilt. Did you spend your day doin' something fun?

Fall has arrived in our part of Texas.  Enjoying the cooler temps.  
I'm buried in the sewing room.  

                   Have a wonderful weekend

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wordless Wednesday--Day Night

                                                     Have a Good Day 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fabulous Fall Party

Let's Party . . . 
The Fall Party continues.  Link your Fall Posts and your Linky Parties!  

Fun Blue

Sharing some fun with Sally for Blue Monday . . .

80-Year-Old Man Builds A Dog Train To Take Rescued Stray Dogs On Adventures:
This photo caught my eye because it was so sweet.  As an animal lover I couldn't help but check it out.
The gentleman driving this fun Blue train is the creator and developer all for wagging tails of rescued dogs.


There is some good left.  Sometimes we just have to look for it.

Have a Great Week!

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

When The Rooster Crowed/Book Review

The children laugh and giggle each time Farmer Albert 
is called to "Wake Up!"
When The Rooster Crowed by Patricia Lillie is a wonderful childrens book.  Perfect for preschoolers!

The book is beautifully illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker are fun yet each animal looks real.

As each of the farmers animals wake up and restlessly ask for their breakfast the rooster crows.

And Farmer Albert who must have had a hard, long and tiring week asks " 10 more minutes."
Then each time counting down till he finally has to give up and feed the animals.
The story beautifully tells about all the animals on the farm.

This book is perfect to read with a Preschooler.  The children loves when the reader makes the
individual sounds of each animal.

And when the Farmers Wife calls him loudly down for breakfast!

How about a peak inside . . .

                                            Found on Youtube
Although this fabulous book is out of print the illustrators website has a link to inquire for purchase.
Click here.
The book is available through amazon.  Click here.

There's plenty of time to find a copy for your special little one for Christmas!

              The review of this book is my opinion.  I was not asked to review it by anyone.   
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No Rules Weekend with Sincerely, Paula
Camera Critters
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Make My Saturday Sweet
Share It One More Time Sunday
Snickerdoodle Sunday
Blue Monday
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Good Fences/Guest Ranch

I've missed visiting and joining Tex at Good Fences.  So I thought today I would borrow a few and introduce you to a great place to vacation.
If your thinking about a trip to Wyoming plan on visiting the Bill Cody Ranch in Wapiti Valley, Wyoming . . .
I found some great fences . . .
I always love to find an excuse to include a horse in my post!

Jim Mountain, Wapiti, Wyoming:

A little scenery around the area the Shoshone National Park . . .

The view behind the Wapiti Lodge.  You can barely see the fence.

Our favorite family vacation was the year trip to Wyoming and South Dakota.
Although we didn't stay at a guest ranch we loved every minute!

What a fabulous room!  Next week I'll share this gem with you.  Stay tuned!

Linking with Tex at Good Fences

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Happy Fall Ya'll . . .


                                               Have a Good Day

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fabulous Fall Party

Welcome to the Fabulous Fall Party . . .
. . . join us and link your Fabulous posts.  Any Fall Theme post
is Welcome.   
                         And, your linky parties too!                                                       
Let's Party . . . 

Sand, Sea And . . .

It was a beautiful day spent on the beach.  The last day of a wonderful end of summer vacation.
We walked along feeling the warm sand on our feet and ocassionally felt the water cover our toes as the tide rolled gently in.  
Of course we had to collect sand and seashells . . . 
We walked along.  Holding hands and every once in awhile he would pull me over for a . . . 
We looked across the beach at the little cottage that was our retreat . . . 
And then we saw her.  We'd caught glimpses everyday.  She was always there and then she wasn't. 
But today on our last day she stood there.  We just stared at her as she watched us.  And then . . . 
. . .she turned her face  back to the sea and she was gone.

But . . . we took lots of pics!   And we brought her home . . . T:
Added her to our mantle display . . . 
And thats when we noticed that her Grandma Mermaid must have followed us home!

Linking with Linda Kay at Wit and Wisdom

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Sketch

I've missed a couple of weeks sharing with you my sketches for my daughters Christmas present.
And I've missed the fun sketch party over at the Sunday Sketch linky at Alexandra's.
This one is another rough draft.  But I am planning on including her for sure.
                    Can't decide if I should give her a face or not.  Not to good with faces or hands.  
The little candle light at the bottom is cut from a greeting card.  I will be adding some more water colors for
the background after I finish the work on her arms and hands.

Along with finishing up some quilt projects, company this week and work.  I haven't gotten as much done on the sketching as I would have liked.
I am still practising my lettering.  And it's getting a little better.  And, I've decided how I will put it all together for her present this year    Last year I just did the group of sketches and put them on a clip board.

This year I want to do kind of a journal/book idea with more texture.  This is all new to me and ohhhh
soooo much fun.                                      

                            I hope you've enjoyed sharing my little light today.  Have a great week.

                      Come by tomorrow to link Fall themed posts!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Finished It

Finished it  I couldn't be happier!
What difference would it make in your life if you had an absolutely unshakable confidence in your ability to achieve anything you really put your mind to?:
Yes!  I did it!  Check it out . . .
So sorry this is blurry.  Do you mind?   The pillows are our colors and 'look' Goes with our bed.
                             The lavender isn't our thing.  So I decided to fix that.
This is a down filled comforter.  I've been thinking for months about what to do with it.  This week
I was in my sewing closet.   And I noticed a bolt of fabric.  And, it was like someone turned on a light because I finally figured out what to do!
Yes. . .
I had been thinking for awhile I wanted to make a duvet cover for the throw.  This fabric lept out at me
said 'use me. use me.'  I've had this bolt.  Yes it is yardage that looks a lot like a ticker tape quilt for ages.  Like from the '90s  I cannot lie I didn't piece these millions of rectangles.  You can't tell from this shot
but this yardage was sewn really, really rough.  The stitching is crooked.  But I think that ads to the charm.
So I think I can call it vintage.
                 I was in a hurry to get this project completed so I crossed my fingers and just went with it.
I started by laying out the duvet and then laying the bolt on top.  I realized I would have to piece it.  You can see the seam in this photo where I pieced it together.

I decided on simple muslin on the back.  My iron was acting up when I was piecing the back.
I wanted a kind of old/aged look so I used different shades of muslin scraps of different sizes from other projects.  It kind gives an old look I think.

I'm a bit of a 'Maverick' I didn't do any math.  I just pieced the top and bottom then laid it back on the
throw and cut it leaving a little extra of course on the edges for a seam.
This was the tricky part.  I really had to think about this.  I wanted the throw to stay inside the cover so I planned to sew all three pieces together.
I laid the top rights sides together with the muslin and then laid them on the throw on top of my bed.
You can see the gray sheet on the bed and the side rail of the bed below.  (My bed is made out of a tree)
I took it to my machine and . . .
Slowly stitched along the last stitching line on the comforters edge.  Notice the muslin hanging off the edge.
I cut it off after sewing all three pieces together.
Some of you might not believe this part and I took a photo to prove it.  This entire project was sewn on a
$100.00 Brother sewing machine from Walmart.
I almost didn't show this photo because my machine is dirty.  And The magnet strip with masking tape looks kind of tacky.
            But I was in a hurry to get this project going!  And I wanted to show you! to brag about my cheap machine!
Once I had the three pieces together.  And I said another Yes because the machine sewed through all those layers.  I pulled the throw out to one side and put the top and muslin together and got ready stitched down the sides.

No pins this time.  I knew I needed the top and bottom to be big enough for the throw to go inside so I used the throw as a mark and then place my trusty magnet strip on the machine for a guide and sewed down the first edge.
Insert another Yes. . . We're on a roll.
One side finished.

Stitched up the other side and stuffed the throw inside.

And I had a finished product.  Yes. Yes. and Yes!
                                 And I cannot be happier!  
So I'm sharing with the Crazy Mom!
And some other linkies because I want to 'Show Off' my Fabulous new vintagie looking quilted throw!  

Linking with Friday Finish It at Crazy Mom Quilts
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Linking with Off The Wall Friday
Linking With Creative Goodness Linky Party
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Which Way . . .

Which way . . . 
How often in life do we wonder which way to turn.  Do you ever feel like your in a corn maze wandering aimlessly?

Wandering this corn maze that meant to be fun was actually a little spooky for me.  I tried not to let my fellow traveler know I was spooked.

How silly I was.  I knew it was broad day light and many hours till dark. And there were a bajillon people there that day.  But it was still spooky.

 I could hear the road traffic and in I though well then if the road is this way; then we need to go this way.  Each time I made the wrong decision. We'd end up back where we started.

It didn't take me long to figure our I am not good at navigating in a corn maze!  I couldn't help but think of the stories that I have read of the people that were found dead in a corn maze.

Did I think that Kevin Costner might walk out any moment.  Nope.  Not me all I could think about was dead people!

I actually felt a little hopeless and frightened.  I've never had that feeling before.  I suspect its basically because from a very young age I knew where I was going.  I made a choice to trust God.  He's guided me and given me direction.  I've never really had a hopeless feeling.  And I'm thankful for that!

The end of the story.  You've guessed.  We made it out.  Will I pay the $2.00 for the corn maze this year. I think  I'll suggest a trip to Sonic instead.

Today I'm linking my little spooky story with Linda Kay at Wit and Wisdom.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Prayers For New Brides/Review

          Most reviews don't begin this way.  Let's face it I'm not most reviewers or bloggers
                                                                  Read on it's worth it 
             Let me begin by saying this book is 'just pretty'.  From the cover to the font and graphics.
                                When this book was offered I jumped at the chance to review.
                                            Something (or someone)  just stirred my heart.
Not since Power of a Praying Women by Stormie O'Martin have I been so convicted and so excited about
being a the wife that God wants me to be.

Please do not think that this book is only for young brides.  Oh no sister.  It is so relevant for all us women that strive to honor God and our husbands.   All brides whatever the age will be challenged and blessed and more than likely convicted as I was.

The author is honest, practical and Biblical.  By sharing her own experiences the author makes the reader feel like she is receiving advice and guidance from a friend.

It is a simple read.  It can be a fast read.  But it also can be used as a wonderful tool as a daily devotions.
It's 40 chapters cover  topics like:

  • Your Marriage Has An Enemy
  • God Is Fighting For You    and  Planning Your Victory
  • See Your Spouse Through God's Eyes 
Each chapter ends with A Prayer Prompt  and A Wife's Call To Action each providing with reader with practical relevant application.  

A few words from the back cover . . . 
Marriage is God's design.  He has a battle plan, the power and the resources to win.  When a wife knows who  God  is and what he can do, she can trust Him to sustain her and her marriage.  Her joy will be complete as she allows Him to enable her to do more for her union than she can imagine.  

                     I was encouraged.  I was convicted.  I was reminded.  And I was excited.  

I recommend this book to all brides young and 'mature'.  You'll be blessed.  

5 stars is typical but I want to add Plus 5. It's that good.  
This book is available at Amazon and other retailers.   If your interested there are currently 51 reviews at Amazon.  78% gave it  5 stars.

For information about the Author.  Click Here.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free for this review.  The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Fabulous Fall/Link The LInky

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Welcome to the Fabulous Fall/Link the Linky party . . . 
                                                This week I'll be adding the Party links to my sidebar.
                                                            I'll be featuring one party each week.
                                            Today we're going over to visit with the sweet Mrs. Olson

                                                         I'd love to have you join in my link party
Many of us only visit our sweet hostesses for the linky parties so I thought it would be fun to sneak over to the featured blogs and see what is goin on behind the scenes so to speak . . .
bit of blooms 2 column preview
First up I just love the background she chose over at Cutest Blog on the block.  And I think hers is definately one of the cutest and sweetest for sure . . .
She's really been busy making things all pretty for Fall with a Few little Snippets
When she wasn't looking I sneeked into her archives . . .

Her spring table was so fun.  Click here to read the post.   I'm wanting to add blue to my Fall pumpkins.
I sure would love this gorgeous 'chandie' and look at those cute boots.  She redid them.  Check out the post.  I think they'd look Fabulous with a few pumpkins.  Oh and of course I love the quilt!

Last year she shared her Thanksgiving mantle . . .

Don't we all love vintage!   What a fun grouping!   I'm seeing so many cool Blue shades for Fall.
Click here to visit an archived Linky Party.
And one more fun post.  The reveal of her Basement 'Glam' Kitchen . . .
Now I know why I am so attracted to visiting over at Jann's.  I love her style.  She decorates with things she loves.  Me too!
So now after you've linked your Fall posts here.  Or your Linky Party here.  Go over and visit Jan she'll have a cup of waiting for you! And don't forget to go over on Thursday and Link at Share Your Cup!

                                And now let's Party.  
         Please link Fall Themed posts or Linky Partys.
(No Halloween here.  Check the sidebar if your interested in Halloween.)