Monday, January 31, 2011

Backing going on Maggie Quilt

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Uh Oh everyone, remember that dining room table I just cleared off?Well it’s kind of got something on it again. It’s ok though because I am working on getting my backing on my quilt. Awesome Joan got the back pieced for me so now I’ve got to sew it on and I am doing it all by hand.

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I don’t know but I’m thinkin I have a long ways to go yet….. as you can see in the picture above….

Here is the backing that I chose.

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It will look really nice when I at last get it all sewed on. Just not quite sure when or how old I will be by that time!

I have a little thought to share I hope that you will read, it’s just a small request that I’m thinking I will need.

In the evening when you’re home wondering what to do, just say a little prayer for me that eventually I’ll get through!



Sunday, January 30, 2011

Just thinking….

Was thinking about Valentine’s Day which made me think of red and white…

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and old fashioned Valentines….

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and the button flowers I once made…

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and more red…

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Then today Joan gave me this neat wool heart! Isn’t the stitching on it cute?! It will go with the rest of my heart collection! Thanks Joan!

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Give Away Getting Closer

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So when I reach 100 followers as I have said before, I am going to have a give away just for fun! To have a chance to win all you have to do is be a signed up follower on my blog. Once I reach 100, I will post a picture of the give away. It will be that easy!


Thursday, January 27, 2011


Organization. Why can’t I achieve it?  I start out really good and then slowly, ever so slowly “it” comes creeping in. I start a project, or I get an idea and before you know it, I have everything turned upside down.

Ok, so I decided I wanted to hang some curtains in my dining room and I found some that I already had so I went and ironed them, got them all ready to hang (I just had some material hanging over the rods that were there)  I took down the material and the rods were like 3 inches wide so my curtains wouldn’t fit! I’m bummed out now and looking at all my clutter below on the table so I proceed to get that all taken care of. At least that will be an accomplishment of some sort.

WARNING:  the following pictures you are about to see may be disturbing to some. They may leave you feeling troubled and helpless, but if you can hang in there long enough, I promise you things will improve! If you don’t think it will be too overwhelming, you can click on the pictures to make them larger.

Need a bigger basket, don’t ya think?

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Ok, let me explain the cookie sheet under there. If you know about primming things up, you sometimes got to bake them in the oven and I don’t want to use the same cookie sheet for baking food!

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A monkey, Santa and 3 little dolls……..seriously?!?

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Ok, now we are looking a little better. Can you feel yourself breathing again?

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I thought I would make a grouping of some of the things I have made to keep me inspired, or should I say to keep me making messes!

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Who knows how long it will stay like this, probably until I get another idea or start another project.

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It’s looking better for now anyway!

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Hope you weren’t too frightened by my before pictures!


Monday, January 24, 2011

The Six Truths in Life

1.You cannot stick your tongue out and look up at the ceiling at the same time, a physical impossibility. 2.All idiots, after reading #1 will try it. 3. And discover #1 is a lie. 4.You are smiling now because you are an idiot. 5. You soon will forward this to another idiot. 6.There is still a stupid smile on your face. I sincerely apologize about this but I'm an idiot and I needed company!

Have a nice evening!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Oops, forgot ingredient!

I forgot to list the oatmeal on my cookie recipe in the last post. I even double checked it before I posted it. Go figure. I have now corrected it so the recipe in the previous post is now correct. Thank you Linda for calling my attention to that.


Winter Roses & Cookies

Woke up this morning to snow, and lots of it! They even cancelled church. As I was looking out my back patio I saw these roses I had put on my table in the summer and I had to smile thinking how pretty the roses were blooming in the snow!

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Among some other things I did today, I decided I would bake some cookies. The last few times I tried baking cookies, they just weren’t turning out, well this time I made sure I used the stick butter made for baking and that must have been the culprit because they actually turned out this time.

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After I made them, Doug informed me that they were his favorite cookie, who knew? I’ve had the recipe for a long time but I just don’t bake that much. When I decided to make cookies, I remembered this recipe being one of my favorites! Here’s the recipe if you’re interested.


Pride of Iowa Cookies

1 c white sugar 1 c. brown sugar

1 c oleo 1 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs, beaten 1 tsp. baking powder

1 c coconut 1/2 tsp. salt

2 c oatmeal

2 c flour 1 tsp vanilla

1 c nuts (optional)

Mix together and drop by teaspoon on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9 minutes at 375.

Doug says they are really good with a glass of cold milk. I had a cup of coffee with mine!



Saturday, January 22, 2011

Playing Again

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I’ve been playing around with my photos again! It’s so much fun to see the different things you can do. You can click on them to make bigger.


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Please just smile and think I’m cute and know that this wasn’t my idea! “I’ll bark for you? How lame!”

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Flicker Candles

My mom found these neat battery operated flicker candles at Walmart. They had two different sizes.

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They are a vanilla color candle and they look like a real candle when they are on because they flicker. I had to laugh because mom said my dad was trying to blow them out!That’s how real they look!

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I have seen these lights before, just not at Walmart.

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They even have a vanilla smell to them. Yummy! Best of all you don’t have to worry about blowing them out!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tarts and Hearts

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You can click images to make bigger. Found my little skillet tart warmer I have been looking for. You know how I love candles and such!

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I also found some of my hearts to display.

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Can you believe January is half gone already?


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Little Sayings

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Don’t you always have neat sayings you come across and really like and  think, oh, I should make a stitchery of that, but yet you can only have so many of those as there is only so much room to put them. Well I have a wooden bowl full of little pillows, some I’ve made and some I’ve bought, that have little sayings on them that I like. Once in awhile I will pick them up and read them and am reminded of why I like them. Here are just a few of them. You can click images to make larger.

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Each day comes just once in a lifetime. Just stop and think about it. You will never be able to repeat this day again, you can not go back and redo it, so we should make the best of it we can. On the other hand, there are some days that we can truly be glad that they only come once in a lifetime.

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B-I-B-L-E  Basic Instructions before leaving Earth. A favorite of mine for obvious reasons.

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AS I love the things of old and they truly speak to me, I honestly believe I have a primitive heart and spirit.

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Loving my children as I do, I wanted to stitch a little something to stress that fact, so I made a little pillow with each of their names.

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I haven’t made any for awhile but I’m always writing down sayings that I come across and like, so whether I stitch them up or just keep them in a book, I have them to refer to.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Here’s How

Ok here’s the deal, I don’t actually know what I’m doing! I kept hearing about a photo editing program called Picasa so I thought I would check it out. It is a free download. I just started playing around with some of my pictures and I thought some of them looked pretty cool soooooo I thought I’ll just put them on my blog and then it will appear that I’m really talented and quite the photographer! It’s rather kind of fun to play around with so since some of you were wondering how I did it, I decided to come clean. All I ask is that you continue to think I’m really talented and quite the photographer! :-)

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After I did the gingerbread man picture I see that a cord is in the photo, I could try and take it out but since I already posted it I decided just to leave it.

Have a great day!