Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hip Hop it's Spring!

Easter is on it's way.
Which means Spring can't be far behind!

Here's an easy no bake Easter treat.
Bird Nest Cookies.

The recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.
All depends on how large you make your nest.

Mine seem to get bigger as I go.
Bunny plate from Home Goods.
My Uncle Johnny and I in 1957 on our way to church.
He is only 4 years older than I am.

More like an older brother than Uncle really.

Check out my cute hairdo.

I'm sure the perm was especially for Easter.
To go with the short bangs.

Man, I needed a hat that year!

Here are two new pillowcases I made for the kids.
Charlie Brown, no trim.
Pink & green bunnies, with trim, of course, so girly-girl.

I love crocheting at night while watching TV.

It's all coming back to me now.

Here's the latest quilt I'm working on.
It's for a summer wedding.
The colors look washed out in the photo.
The fabric is Moda's "Gypsy Rose".

I purchased the layer cake for $13.33!
Even with the $5.00 shipping it was a deal.

It was a Quilters Daily Deal a few weeks back.

This is the pattern I used.
Quick as a wink.
I just noticed Camille has her blocks turned every which way
and I
have mine alternating.
I need to "play" on the design wall a little longer.
Check out Camille's blog Simplify.
I love her red & white polka dot chair!!!

What's for supper?
Pasta salad. A summer favorite.
Ohhhh...can't you just smell the chicken on the grill......

Happy Easter Honey Bunnies
stay safe!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

All Gone.....

Pillowcase fever
Chocolate cake and
all gone.

Here's my finished crochet edging.
I can't believe how nice it turned out.
Considering I haven't crocheted in
20 years!
I'm not happy with the green color.
To sagey. Wanted more of a lime green.
Oh, that's right, you thought I was going to use
the sugar & cream variegated yarn.
No way. It was way to clunky.
This JP Coats was the perfect weight.
Not a lot of color choices in town
but great selection on the web.

This is the quilt I'm working on (2 weeks now).
It was due last April.
My customers have been so understanding.
Waiting for me to get back on my feet.
Slow but sure.....

I saved the last piece of cake for you.
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
The best combination!
It must have been good.
My SIL got up in the middle of the night to "sneak" a piece.

Look at this cute chalkboard I found for my front porch.
My DDIL took me to Kirkland Home.
What a great store!
This beauty was only $8.99.
Now I'm not sure which I like better.
Home Goods or Kirkland Home???

We had such fun, catching up with all the family news.
On Thursday night we grilled out.
Beautiful weather, no wind, low 60's.

Friday, nice, a little cooler.
Saturday. Snow.
I'm not kidding. SNOW.

We had so much fun playing Uno.
That Anna is a fierce player.
We ganged up on Uncle Mikey.

Mikey and his baby sister.
We hope they come back real soon!

Is it spring yet in your neck of the woods?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pillow Case Progress

I hope you clicked on over to Cassie's last week
to check out her pillowcase tutorial.

These are the two I made for our bed.
Isn't that birdie fabric the cutest?
And matching stripes for the back.
All on sale to boot!
I actually made 3 cases.
One for practice
since my crocheting skills are pretty rusty.

This is the ONLY cotton yarn I could find.
Lily's Sugar & Cream.
It's 4 weight. Not 3.
But until I can get to the "big city"
it will have to do.
The colors are perfect.
This week was the blanket stitch
around the edges.

Click on the logo to see what all the fun is about!

Winter is over so I took the down comforter off the bed.

I hate to see it go.
It's like sleeping in a cloud.
But hubby doesn't agree.

This is the quilt I keep folded at the bottom of the bed.
I purchased the top on Ebay 7 years ago.
And quilted it with Baptist fans.

The lady I bought it from said her sister
was the quilter in the family.
She had no use for it.

When I saw this beauty I was so sad for the piecer.
To think that her family didn't value her hard work
fabulous eye for design.
The quilt is made from 1 1/2" squares hand pieced.
At first glance the quilt looks pastel.
But look at the "pop" of black she used.

The Ebay seller contacted me
to say she had found another top
and would I be interested
in purchasing it for the same price.

It was the same pattern as the first but different colors.

Isn't it beautiful?
All prints with that solid black fabric.

Made by an anonymous woman
whose name will be lost forever.

I'm so happy to be able to complete the tops
into finished, usable quilts,
to honor the efforts of her skill.

Now, back to my bedroom.
When we moved in I purchased curtains for the windows
but didn't like the valances. I planned to remake them.
Well, 4 years later, I haven't done it.

Then I was shopping at Wally World and noticed
what a nice
selection of curtains they carry.
Better Homes & Gardens.

And found the perfect colors to match
the panels I already had up.

Buffalo plaid.
$15.00 for an 54" x 84" panel.
So, I cut one up and made 3 new valances.
I love them!

And I couldn't leave you without the latest pictures of the babies.
Our sweet baby girl is growing up so fast.
Love those little pig tails.

And our sweet boy likes to show off this muscles.
He's always throwing a ball......
baseball, basketball, or football.

Well, I'm off to the grocery store.
Mike's sister and family are coming up
from St Louis for a visit.
Gotta get some baking done.
Trying out some new recipes that
I'll share with you next week.

Hope all is well in your world.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Not your Grandma's pillowcases

Check out the fun prints!

Aren't these just the cutest!
LOVE the crochet trim in bright colors.
What a cheery Spring addition to any bed.

Cassie over at You Go Girl is hosting an
Pillow case crochet along.

Each week she's sharing a different step on
how to make your own cute-cute cases.

This week she has a excellent tutorial on her method of making a "flap"
pillow case (it holds the pillow edge so it doesn't stick out on the end).
Just like those expensive ones at Pottery Barn.
They go together very quickly and easy peasy as pie.
(The above photos were taken from Cassie's site)

I made two in no time!

Notice that each side of the case is a different fabric?
See the patchwork "flap" hiding the end of the pillow?
They look great on the bed. Very finished.

I thought hmmmm why wouldn't it work on different sizes.
So I recovered my 2 sofa pillows (18" square) using the same technique.
One side floral, the other striped.

Now click right on over to Cassie's and see for yourself.
This is going to be fun!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Time Flys When Your Having Fun

And this week just flew by.

Apple Butter House held an Anniversary party
yesterday and you know I just couldn't miss it.

Spring was in the air!
Easter bunnies, gardening and
country favorites filled the barn.

Can't believe I didn't take pictures
of the treasures I bought.

What kind of blogger am I!
I bought a braided rug, with lots of red in it,
to put in front of my kitchen sink.
A red & white tea cup & saucer to make a bird feeder
later this Spring.
And a cute round tea pot for a friend
who just happen to tell me she was looking for one.

There are cute signs everywhere.
This is one my favorites.

Here is the hanging of the quilt for pictures.
Notice anything different?
I added 8" borders to enlarge it.
And scrappy binding is the finishing touch.

I Love every pattern in this book!
From Kim Brackett of
Magnolia Bay Quilts
Every quilt is made from 2 1/2" strips.
Now just to get the time to piece one.
But in the mean time I can dream
and look at all the pretty pictures.