Thursday, June 30, 2011

bring it on . . .

So I did get busy on the patriotic table square yesterday . . .

I thought I was going with this design (thank you to all who lent their opinions for me, HERE); block for with the colored pinwheels, the white borders, and the yellow binding.

But I got it cut and pieced and looked at it . . .

And decided the dark (indigo) blue binding looked much better.

So I backed it with the yellow instead. Now, when red, white, and blue is no longer feeling "seasonal," I'll flip it over and put my sunflower arrangement on it! LOL!

In the meantime, bring on the 4th of July!

My table and I are READY for it!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

so fast . . .

Can you believe that this young buck, who graced us with his presence just this morning:

Pictured above with his latest dining companion (who is pictured solo, below) . . .

Was this little guy, less than a year ago? I took this picture August 18, 2010.

They grow up so fast! The group of does that he's traveled with over the past year has finally kicked him out. He had too much antler for them. Hence his new dining companion.

I've got my fabrics laid out and ironed . . .

All ready to sew! The question I still have is which pattern?!? Can you believe I'm still undecided? Ugh.

One thing I did decide was that I actually liked my red better when it was wrong side up.

I like the more muted flower pattern, especially for this project. I'm headed back to the bunk room. I'm not coming out until I'm finished! (Or I have to use the restroom, whichever comes first.)


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

bringing home the bacon . . .

My son-in-law, Jason, really did bring home the bacon yesterday, quite literally.

Bacon Roses.
Aren't these fun?!? It was their second anniversary yesterday, and my darling daughter made these bacon rosettes and had them delivered to Jason at work. She got the idea from here, and pinned it to her "Yum Yums" board on pinterest, to save for the appropriate occasion.

Needless to say, Jason -- who's fond of saying, "Everything's better with bacon," -- has now added anniversaries to the list of things that are, indeed, better with bacon (which is evidently a sentiment shared by many men). And he was the envy of his baconless co-workers.

Modern romance -- gotta love it!


Monday, June 27, 2011

patriotic design . . .

I played around in EQ7 over the weekend. I found a design I like. It's a simple pinwheel, but I like the look ... now it's just a matter of putting the colors where I want them. I've got five different samplings that I like. Now it's just a matter of deciding which one I like best. Hubby's already put in his vote. And I admit, I'm leaning towards a particular combination. But I'd love to hear what others have to say, too!

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Block 5

Which one would you want gracing your table on Independence Day?!?

Oh, and don't forget to go and check out what other fabulous work is going on in the quilting world by visiting Judy Laquidara's Patchwork Times.

Happy Monday!


Sunday, June 26, 2011


The trip Todd & I took to the post office box yesterday netted only one thing.

A box.

And it wasn't even the box we were expecting of Keurig coffee k-cups.

It was BETTER (in my estimation, anyway)!

In it was . . .


I'd entered this giveaway on Nancy's Silly Stitching blog on June 14th (my anniversary). On the 20th, I got a lovely e-mail from her saying I'D WON! She gave me pick of the fabric and said she'd get it in the mail to me. Which she must have done pronto, because I have it already!

But the surprise?!? It wasn't just the two lovely fabrics above, it was a whole BOX of goodies! See for yourself . . .

The two pieces of yardage, which are great (I'm thinking I'd like to use the floral as a whole cloth top for a runner, and quilt the flowers), plus four fun fat quarters and a Mary Englebreight journal and sticky notes, plus a lovely handcrafted note from Nancy herself! I was so tickled. You ought to check out Nancy's blog for yourself!

I celebrated by cutting some wildflowers and making a sweet little arrangement to tide me over.

My July 4th arrangement is ready to take the stage, but I have to get the table topper done first!

And, speaking of giveaways, Vicki B Quilts is giving away a Baby Go cutter! Head on over to her blog and enter before July 3, by clicking HERE!

Happy Sunday!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

what a great day!

It really was a great, wonderful day. It started when the chain saw crew got here this morning and took out all the downed trees that were blocking the road and trails! Yay! There were three different crews up here -- it was really impressive.

I left the camp around 10:30 and met my Jocelyn at Huntsville Sew & Vac. She wants to learn to sew and start crafting on the sewing machine! Do you know how much that pleases this mom?!? I'd taken my old Kenmore machine in to have it worked on, and it was ready to be picked up. We looked at embroidery machines while we were in there. There were two that I really paid attention to -- one was a Brother and one was a Janome. I'm really, really considering if I want to go there or not!

From there, we headed over to Patches & Stitches for a quick stop into the guild's library. I wanted to pick up a book on postcards. Guess what I found?

Yay! I've got a month to go through it and see if there's anything that appeals to me. Joc was so sweet -- she told me that she thought the two I'd already done were really cute -- why did I need a book? Love that girl! While we were there, we both picked up a fat quarter. She picked up a sweet little floral print by Moda.

From Patches we headed to lunch. I took her to Po' Boys. It's a Cajun style restaurant that's pretty good. She'd never been there before, but I knew she'd been in a seafood mood so I figured this would be a good place for us. I got a shrimp basket and she got a catfish basket, and we shared. :)

From the restaurant, we headed to ... HOBBY LOBBY! I do *love* that place. We were both interested in some stems. I wanted to do a floral arrangement for the 4th and I'd been wanting some sunflowers for an August/September arrangement. Joc helped me pick out my offerings, and these are what I came home and put together:

This will look very pretty sitting on a red, white and blue table runner!

I love this! We used the mason jar, brown bow and pebbles for the flower vases for James & Kim's rehearsal dinner centers. I handed out most, but I saved one because I'd liked the look. Yep, this one makes me smile.

From Hobby Lobby (have I mentioned how much I like that store?), Joc and I headed our separate ways. I hit the post office before getting home. Score!! It was a great mail day! I had two letters and a PACKAGE! Can you say snail mail love? One of the letters was from my darling niece, Ali, who's away at camp this month. The other was from Joc's sweet sister-in-law, who's on mission in Pigeon Forge for the summer. And the package I couldn't quite figure out. I was expecting two things, but this didn't fit my expectations of either. But the initials fit . . . my dear blogging and facebook friend, Paula. I'd seen a darling table runner she'd finished, and when I complimented it, she offered to send me the pattern. But that sure wouldn't have needed a box . . .

Look! She sent me fabric to make it with! And it's oranges! And such a sweet note. I'm so totally touched!
Look at these gorgeous colors . . . aren't they fun???

I can see my sunflower arrangement sitting on these colors. Yes!

And then to wrap it all up, I got an invitation for breakfast on Saturday from my darling hubby. He's so sweet and romantic! He sent me an event invitation via facebook. It was so wonderful!

Yup -- it was a GREAT day!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

rainy day happies . . .

Luckily, the rain held off this morning, for the most part. I went down early and opened the gate for a VBS crew we had coming into the camp today. It did rain just a little on my trip down -- just enough to make everything smell clean and earthy. I love summer showers!

The VBS group came in and did their thing. I finished up my Community Group lesson and then Todd & I headed over to chat with them before they left. It's a good thing we left when we did -- they'd packed up early because of the impending thunder storms and were loading the kids up! They'll be back up here for the next four Tuesdays, so I'm sure I'll get the opportunity to play!

Speaking of playing . . . raccoons barely get along with each other. So it's no shock that they don't get along with . . .

Cats! The raccoon walked up behind the [feral] cat (who was laying down there ready to pounce on the next unsuspecting bird). When the cat finally turned around and saw the coon, he JUMPED up and *very* warily backed away.

Yup -- the coon reigns in the clearing! The birds and squirrels don't mind the coons and were probably happy to see him chase the cat out!

Storms did finally move in, and the rainy afternoon lent itself to another of my favorite past times -- reading! I'd recently had a hankering to go back through the Little House series. I'm reading Farmer Boy right now. These are such charming stories.

And so well written. I find myself laughing out loud all through them! I wish, I wish, I *wish* that they were available for the Kindle. I wonder why they aren't?

It was also the perfect afternoon to brew a pot of Chocolate Orange tea and settle in with my latest issue of Tea Time!

Lot's of fun articles and tea parties and recipes in the July/August issue. I read it cover-to-cover! I did see on the tea calendar that there's a Sweet Tea Festival nearby in Thompson's Station, Tennessee, on August 27. There's a website and facebook page for it and everything. Sounds like something I may need to investigate!

i ♥ rainy afternoons!


Monday, June 20, 2011

a full, fun father's day weekend . . .

It started out Friday evening with a surprise call from Kim, wanting to know if I wanted to get in some "Sawyer time" that night. Are you kidding me?! Of course! I suggested they bring Sawyer over for a sleepover, so they did! I love Sawyer sleepovers!

We had pizza for dinner. As you can plainly see, Sawyer likes pizza . . .

I know it looks bad, but he cleaned up very nicely! He sure can cram some pizza into his little mouth.

After dinner, Sawyer and I went out for a ride on the golf cart. He *loves* to ride around the camp. We went down the low road and saw this . . .

At first I was very startled, but then I remembered that we had the Christian Southern Archers coming out on Saturday for an event, and they'd already set up their targets. Sawyer didn't know the difference, though, and for the rest of our sixty-minute ride, he growled at every animal we came upon.

Especially this big ol' guy, up in the upper meadow. Even when we got close enough to touch it, Sawyer just growled and growled. It's very funny to listen to and even funnier when you know that he's actually mimicking his Aunt Jocelyn's cat, Leia (who growls at most everyone).

Sawyer even growled at this fellow . . .

Can you see the little Frog Prince in the center of the photo? Every time he jumped, so did Sawyer.

And I couldn't get a smile out of him for the life of me -- he was too intent on all the animals. He was hard-pressed to look away from them long enough for him to look at me!

Back at the RV, I turned on our happy lights and he amused himself walking up and down the stairs about a million times.

And once we were cleaned up and in our "escape proof" pj's, he still wanted to go outside!

We had a good night's sleep and his mommy and daddy picked him up early, to go visit Kim's dad. After checking on the archery group that was already up at the camp, I headed to the grocery store. It was a relatively quiet day, with Todd working down on the dock, and me doing domestic things and working on the ministry's newsletter, when a violent storm popped up and passed through the camp.

It took with it a couple of trees, including this one which came down over the main road *and* the road into the main camping area.

And yes, if you look closely enough, those are power lines and we were (once again) without power. I've never been so thankful for my husband's foresight than when he purchased that generator!

Saturday night we went to sleep lulled by the sounds of the cranked generator. We got up Sunday morning for a happy Father's Day breakfast of french toast and bacon -- Todd's favorite!

A quick call to Huntsville Utilities confirmed they did still have our repair ticket and that they'd get to us when they could. *sigh*

Sunday was a hot, hot day. Our raccoon visitor stopped by and took a little dip.

He really is very cute!

Later that afternoon, everyone came up for a little Father's Day get-together. We celebrated with Todd's favorite; a Carvel ice cream cake. I think it may be Sawyer's too.

Just take a look at the blue from the ice cream frosting, around his mouth!

Then Todd got down to business and opened presents!

He was very pleased and surprised by the Kindle! Yay!

And I couldn't post it on my blog on Friday, but this was actually the first Kindle holder I made! One for my dear man's new toy. :)

Sawyer makes himself right at home. I found my old cell phone for him to play with. He loves to carry around cell phones and remotes!

And here are the hers and his Kindle cases! We'll always be able to tell our Kindles apart.

And this morning, I played around just a little bit with quilted postcards.

This is definitely something I'm going to need to play around with more and get in lots of practice. I did two different techniques for securing them (mainly because I wasn't real pleased with how the first one turned out), but the second one did better. This will be a fun past time when I feel the urgent need to create. I even got them in today's mail!

Whew. I need a week to rest from the weekend!


Friday, June 17, 2011

creative juices . . .

I've just had this need to create lately, you know what I mean? I've been on a roll (for me, anyway) since I started and finished that little doll quilt for my niece! I finished that, got my blocks done, created a table runner, made a little hostess gift bag, and today got up with a bug to do more.

I've really been needing one of these for a while now . . .

But I hadn't been able to find a pattern I liked (or could figure out). But this morning I was on a mission!

I got on the internet and scoured through pages and pages looking for just the right fit.

And I found it, right HERE. It was on Chica and Jo's crafty website!

LinkAnd now my Kindle has its very own home, made just for it, in colors that had to be for me.

The tutorial was *very* well laid out and super easy to follow. I opted to cover my elastic with fabric. To do so, I cut a strip of fabric 1-3/8" by 14", folded it in half with right sides together, and stitched up a 1/8" seam (using a very small stitch length). I turned it inside out using a safety pin, and then pulled my 7" piece of elastic through the opening using that same pin. I bunched the fabric up over the middle of the elastic and made sure about a 1/4" of my elastic was hanging out at both openings of the fabric tube. Easy-peasy.

In all honesty, it took me nearly as long to print, cut and iron on my initials on the front as it did to do the rest of the project. Really!

Last night's guild meeting was LOTS of fun! Our Stitcher's group met beforehand at Nothing But Noodles and had a nice dinner. There were thirteen of us for dinner -- a pretty good turnout! Then when I got to the meeting, I turned in my registration form for the quilt show. Whew, I'm glad that's done! Next, I had put out a query on our mailing list about fabric postcards, and several members offered to bring in their postcards and cards. I was so impressed! I've wanted to do one of these for a while now, but just didn't understand enough to do one on my own. I will now! Four ladies brought in cards and pictures of cards for me to fawn over ... it was great!

Our program was very interesting, too. The speaker was Jim Warf of Decherd Needleworks. He does long-arm quilting, and he talked about borders and the best tips for preparing a quilt for long-arm quilting. He was very funny and I enjoyed listening to him. At the end of his presentation, he gave away five 20% coupons. Guess who won one?! Yours truly! Yay!

I get to spend some time with my Sawyer this evening and I still have some ministry work to finish up, so I'd better hop to it!