Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hey Ya'll !!

Been a bit busy around here since I last posted!! Lots of year end appointments and of course Christmas preparations!

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We had a family and friends gathering here at our home to kick off the season. Was so wonderful enjoying the time together! Loads of good food and fun times!  Not a lot of pics to share. Thought I had loaded them up on my PC so deleted them off the camera!!!!!! Santa please bring Lola a new memory function for Christmas!

 We have been busy baking and making candy for our gift boxes. For a few days our home smelled better than any Yankee Candle you could want!

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 These are the large containers!

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Delicious pound cakes DH makes that are asked for every year. They are wonderful!
 Need to pack up the tins and boxes! We will be delivering most ourselves this year instead of mailing!

Why??? because DH retired on Dec 5th!! 

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His office group gave him big send off with a yummy pot luck luncheon party! So many folks wishing him well on his new adventure!!
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Was so wonderful to see how they all held DH in such high regard! He will be missed by many.
DH and I also celebrated 40 years hanging out together!!! OH MY GOODNESS! Time is moving on for sure!

Needless to say my days are now no longer my own! Having to learn a 'new normal'! ;-)
 DH was always on vacation for 2weeks during this time of year. So after the Christmas and New Year holidays are past... the big change will sink in for sure!!!

Hope to get more pics posted but not sure when that will happen! Crazyville here these days!

So I want to take this time to wish all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Big Christmas Hugs to all who take the time to read my posts!
I appreciate you all very much!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Blue for Boy Pink for Girl

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 Yes it seems an old fashioned idea these days but hey with these cute fabrics not terribly old fashioned!
Used some coupons at Joann's Fabrics on these flannel bundles from Land of Whimzie. I  used my first flannel bundle for Olivia a flannel quilt. Washes up wonderfully so soft. No shrinkage.As matter of fact there is a giveaway going on here for these two bundles! No connection to me just happen to see it. Ends Nov 27th.
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 I have managed to get my squares all cut out.  I also bought cute polka dot flannel fabric for the backings.
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Beginning with the cute boy one. So all laid out as I want. Now to try to sew up with out mixing them up!!

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These are for our first set of twins on my side of family! My great great nephew and niece! My older brother is their Great Gramps! They were born by Cesarian last Wednesday. Ryder at 6.15 pounds and Rylee at 6.9 pounds! Cute as they can be! They are a long ways from us here but we get to share all the joy on Facebook and through emails.
So warm flannel quilts and some burp cloths will soon be on the way from GG Auntie!

Been way laid by yet another head cold and infection!! So sick of this mess already!!
Went to dr for one thing and ended up with another horrid cold! Just had one last month too!
Beginning to think the masks and gloves are not a bad idea! ;-)

Have a country ham on cooking for Thanksgiving at son's home. Hope I am better by then! Do not want to make baby Olivia sick again too!   Woe is me....;-(

We have gone from freezing temps back up to 70's today! Roller coaster weather. Least the sun is trying to shine. May sit on porch a bit to soak up some Vit D!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cool November Day

We are cold and gray today. Wind out of NE. BURRR. Pretty Fall colors still all around though.
Sadly we had to have our plumber come work on well pump today. Darn$$
Oh well I am sure he considered the job a $ blessing and happy we could cover it!
 
Love Fall and love November! It is my birthday month. ;-)
I have had a wonderful birthday. Spent the day with sweet gal pals in Smithfield,Va.
We went to some shops and out for lunch. We had a ball!

Really the celebrating covered a week or so! I have no problems with that! ;-)

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This sweet lil gal blowing bubbles took me out for breakfast Sunday morning!
We had a grand time enjoying her sweet company. Olivia is such a good baby.
Growing so fast. Want her to slow up!

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 DH cooked my fav birthday meal of local oysters fried with coleslaw and hush-puppies.


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 We by passed the french fries this time! Was very yummy indeed!

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Yes the dear man once again baked my fav cake..Boston Cream Pie! Lordy is it some kinda good.

Received some wonderful gifts I will enjoy. My fav and best gift of all was time spent with those I hold dear, my family and friends. Sweet memories I will keep in my heart forever!

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Time to put the Halloween away and pull out Tom Turkey! We are so near our USA Thanksgiving Day!
We enjoy spending time with our family on Thanksgiving.  Being so very grateful for those dear faces around us and our many blessings.

Speaking of blessings my big (much older;-)brother will soon be Great Gramps to twins! Sweet baby boy and darling baby girl! So GGAuntie L best get in gear!
Will share that project soon!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!

From our cutie Olivia and me!
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Her Grandpop bought her this outfit. Her Mama added the photo trim! Olivia supplied the cutest face ever!
Wishing all the kiddos a happy and safe Trick or Treat!

Friday, October 24, 2014

..so now Grammy has a cold

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Last Sunday Olivia was baptized. Here we all are, DH, me, Olivia, our DIL and son. our little one was wonderful through it all with no crying. All smiles and coos. After ceremony was over and picture time came she went right to sleep!
Was a wonderful day! We had prepared food to enjoy with extended family for brunch.
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So after our little Miss had changed out of the family gown she was all comfy again. Only bad thing was she had a runny nose and bit of a cold! So loving on my sweetie I seem to have caught the cold!
Olivia by the way was doing better by Tuesday.  Grammy not so much.
This cold is kicking my behind good! Head stopped up, runny nose with sneezing and now sore throat.
So not a lot has been accomplished round here. Did get some home chores done Monday and Tuesday.
Hope to shake this horrid cold this weekend!
Things to do...places to go ...people to see....;-)

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Had hoped to be done with this Urban Zoologie banner for Olivia's room this week. Have coordinating fabric for backs and ribbon. Using the panel to make up a square block bunting banner. There is a mobile we made using this fabric too. It is a cute and fun line to use for children. Seems to have quite the 'Mom' following. Did read somewhere though that the line is being discontinued. Hope not as it is so fun!
Anyway crossing fingers I can get this banner finished along with some Halloween items for my sweet Trick or Treaters this year!

Wednesday was a not so nice weather day. Cold and damp. So on went the gas logs!
Sure hope the price on our propane goes down this Winter.
Our gas prices are now at $2.72 a gal!!
Hard to believe we were at almost $4.00 a gal not that long ago!
Would be nice for folks traveling by car during the holidays to pay less for their petrol this year!
Course seems like food costs are just headed for the sky!
So we may all drive over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house and have pinto beans for Thanksgiving....;-)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Siggh...

Last week and this weekend have been busy with fun family events and others things.
So behind on the home front. Well back to reality today. Must do some cleaning and home chores.
All this must be done so I can begin some gift sewing projects!
I always make this huge to do list, in my mind, but never do reach the end of the list!
Hahahaha! I think we all tend to think we can get more done leading up to Christmas than is humanly possible!

So maybe three lists:
1.Want To Do
2.Can Do
3.Will Do

Do so love to make lists and draw line though the done items!
Seems to give me incentive to push on!
One rule I have is to not verbally promise things on my list to anyone or even tell folks my plans to do this or that.
So no one will know if I did not get something done!
Course must say sometimes I do surprise myself at what I can accomplish when trying hard.
Always chide myself and say ..see if you tried this hard all year goodness knows what you could get done! hahaha!

We are in full Fall mode here.  Down right cold this early AM at 34F.
Love the cooler days though. Makes our home feel all cozy and warm. 
Trees are beginning to turn pretty colors. Soybean fields all golden.
Cotton fields becoming white as snow.
Soon we will be prepping for our Thanksgiving!
Love Fall and enjoy using my Fall decorating items.
No new Fall runners or quilts made this year.
Have several projects in progress on my list for Winter sewing(fav time to sew) for next Fall.
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This Jack runner was made many moons ago. They are easy and fun for Halloween.
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Simple fabric banner made simply with pinking sheers and bias tape.
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Love this pumpkin mini quilt I made using strips call it Pumpkin Blossoms.
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 One of my favorite quilt as you go strip runners done up in Fall colors with flowers. Fall Blooms.
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The wool penny rug on wall was a Pat Sloan design from a long time back.  I have Fall things tucked here and there all around the front part of the house. Will stay up till time to do the Christmas trees!

So best get up and to it I reckon. Get this day moving along!!!
Thanks for stopping by to visit!
Take care and enjoy your Monday!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Customer Service Shout Out

Sometimes you really have to give a shout out to a company that thinks highly of those that use their product! I am a long time user of Fairfield's Fusi Boo Batting. Love the stuff!
I always buy it at Hancock's Fabrics, on sale or with a coupon.
Never had an issue till a couple months ago. 
Last one I bought  used it on a baby quilt and it did not want to adhere well.
No idea why, as I said never have I had a problem before even double layering it.
So I sent an email to the company explaining my problem an asking if it has a shelf life limit.
I received  a very quick response!
No, there should be no age related problem with the glue in the batting and they apologized for my having an issue.  Asked for my address to replace the batting.
I was amazed when this big box arrived with four battings!
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I highly recommend this product and the Fairfield Company!
Thank you Fairfield for your great customer service!
Not all companies stand behind their products as well.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Amherst Virginia Antique Shops

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Do not allow this small looking facade  fool ya! This place went on forever! Seemed like a whole block! Truth be told was too over whelming! After a bit it all looked the same! This place is filled to the brim. Two floors full.
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 Just about anything you maybe on the look out for was here. Love me some dishes too!
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 Looking down one of many walk ways!
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There were quilts and pretty bed spreads.  Loved that lamp there as well.
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This was one of the front windows. Was a small sewing machine in here but they wanted to much for it in it's poor condition. Even with 20% off when I ask if could do better. Besides DH would have been asking WHAT???!!@@##$ I have two to take to machine fella as it is!
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More quilts. This was a cute applique small quilt.
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A true scrappy crumb sew it all up to use quilt!
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My niece the cross stitcher saw this one. Was pretty done up in greens on muslin with solid green border. Was used and loved! So we walked and looked and looked some more till we had to get out ! hahaha! This place may be one of those two day kinda places! Amazing!
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One other place in town is called Warehouse Antiques. Was also full but not as large a space. Had more prim chippy rusty country kind of items. I loved it.
The owner, Tim, was very nice and we enjoyed our visit and conversation with him.
Be sure to check them out if you are in the area!
No quilt shops on this trip. Will have to save that for the next road trip. ;-)

October is the month of a lot of Fall Festivals and Craft Shows in our area. Hope to get to a couple but will see. Loads busy. Lots to do this time of year.
Have to get ready for some out of town family company. Which means a lot of work in our small home!
Sort of miss the days when I could put some pallets on the floor for all the kids!!! Bam! instant guestrooms!

Been waiting on the cotton to be picked before doing some outside cleaning. So far it is still a ways from ready! So no window washing!
Speaking of windows, have them open today! Wonderful!
Love Fall!!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Cumberland House

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 This is a very pretty shop in Cumberland, VA right off RT 60. Was on our way up to Amherst, VA.
Gal inside was very nice and turns out her Mom lives in Smithfield, VA! Small world as they say.
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I took some pics but not a lot as I got carried away with looking..as usual!  A lot of the older quilts I see are what some refer to as 'utility quilts'. Well used. I adore this kind of quilt. Not every farm wife was able to afford to even use feed sacks as those went into making clothes for family. So most are indeed scrap quilts. Not all are pretty and just for show but for use.
The design of the one under pillow is interesting. Was quilted in the shape of the tear drop all over. One next to it was all a muslin fabric and faded from washings. Was quilted in simple straight lines. More a cot size.
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Oh my..a modern design in 20's or 30's blocks...say it ain't so...;-) Someone made them up into quilt a tad later. Was heavy too. I have found sometimes 3 quilt tops layered in one quilt. No wasting the batting for those frugal gals of old. When one top was fraying they simply put on another top! Some tie that last top on even though ones under were quilted. Too thick! I feel shamed and wasteful sometimes when I see such thrift.
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This was a sweet Jenny Lind type bed. The quilt here is in wonderful shape. Not as old or as well used as others. Same cotton fabric. Every diamond was outline quilted.

Was lots more to this shop. Would love to return just to see what she has added! There were a couple other shops in same area. Some thrifts and one other antique shop but very very high $$$$.

May have to get DH to road trip back one day. We will have a few of those trips coming up. My sweet fella put in for retirement!! Dec 5th will be his last day. Now we will see how long he can hang with me before deciding to go back as consultant or having me committed ! hahaha!