Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I Should Have Known......


So I thought using the blogger app would help me be able to post quicker and a bit more often after all it is on my iPad and very handy.  Decided to put it to the test this past Saturday.  Things were moving along pretty nicely and making progress on my first post when hubby calls and can I help him a minute.  Set my iPad aside and go help him with for a few minutes.  On my way back to my iPad when here comes my son needing some assistance.  Okay so now I'm back to my iPad and hubby decides we need to take our chair out to the furniture store to see what part needs to be ordered to fix it.  Unexpectedly furniture store has part on hand and will have it fixed in 30 minutes.   Head home.  Oh shoot, now it is time to get ready for date night.  I should have known the same reasons I don't get to the computer to post would apply to using the blogger app.  I'm not giving up though.  I'm thinking if I could get in the habit of a short post every couple of days I might actually get it done using the app.


To this point we had already had breakfast out, trips to garden center, gardening, cookout, home made ice cream and fireworks.

Actually on Independence Day we enjoyed a nice quiet grilled out supper on our deck.  We made grilled chicken sandwiches (our first time making) and they were delicious.  It was a very hot weekend that weekend so I paired it with a decked out green salad that was light and refreshing on such a hot day.

On the 5th we attended the GOODGUYS Car Show for All American Sunday.  It was another hot day but was so worth the heat as our car was the Sunday pick and won.  I made a picture collage to share a bit of the award presentation with you.


With this hot weather mixed with rain showers every few days our flowers are looking BEAUTIFUL! I'm have to say I am enjoying fresh garden tomatoes from my friend, Launa.  Sweet corn is out so must make a stop at my favorite stand soon.


My friend, Harriet and I finally got around to celebrating our birthdays (hers June, mine July).  In case you did not recognize my veiled pic from a previous post.

I stitched this design by Teresa Murgida of Primitive Acorns called Queen Bee.  She has the cutest designs and so much detail for the small stitch count.  As soon as I saw this design, I knew I wanted to stitch it right away.

I had in mind I wanted to finish it into a project bag for Harriet who loves to crochet dishcloths.  So I took the stitched design to my local quilt shop and found these delightful fabrics.

I whipped them up into this project bag in no time at all.  I even found a skein of yarn in complimentary colors to include in the bag.

I have picked up and started working on Lizzie Kate's Land of Liberty.  I am hoping to finish this one this weekend.  I may be overly optimistic as I am getting very little stitching time these days.  Just so busy with activities durning the summer.  Yes, I am craving a blizzard so I can have some relaxing time at home.  Would love enough time at home to actually get bored.  We are, however, several months away from that even being in the realm of possibility here in Iowa.


Fun at a car night in a town on the outskirts of Des Moines.  Keith is having a great time.

Coffee/tea with my delightful friend and fellow stitcher Cathi H.

Colorful vintage birthday gift from Rene' who knows my passion for stitching.  So very thoughtful.

Straight from the heart birthday gift from Harriet honoring with a memory ornament of my parents' anniversary.   So special.

Iowa State Fair is rapidly approaching so will share entries for this year soon.  I have many thoughts to share from the past 3 months of packing up and emptying out my childhood home readying it for sale as both parents have passed.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!


My family and I are enjoying a long 4 day weekend to celebrate Independence Day more commonly referred to as the 4th of July.  


Today's post will be a little picture walk of our weekend thus far.

Breakfast out.

A trip to Goode's Greenhouse - hey the plants were 50% off!  Bill and Keith took time to pose for a quick photo.

Keith looks pretty happy with his choice.

Homemade ice cream!  Keith just could not wait until the 4th so we had ours on the 2nd.

Warm sheets straight from the dryer on a cool day here.  Love that smile!

Enjoying the results of our gardening this Spring and Summer!

Playing with my camera.  These two pictures are exact same bloom.  Difference between taking a regular photo and using the close up feature on the camera.

Brother and nephew doing the cooking.

Great-niece trying to tie her shoe.

Niece and soon to be niece-in-law sharing a laugh.

Husband and son enjoying drinks waiting for food.

Great-niece stealing my SIL's chair.

Names in chalk.

My sister-in-laws enjoying the cookout.

Nephew-in-law holding his sleepy little girl.

Great-nephew showing uncertainty over our fireworks.

Brothers enjoying watching the kids.

Great-niece finally gave up and went to sleep in my arms.

Trying out the fireworks feature on my camera.  Works pretty well.


I even managed to add a few stitches to this little patriotic piece.  This is Land that I Love by Lizzie Kate.  I just love the new little needle minder my friend Cathi H. made.  Thanks again, Cathi!


Next on my list is to make another one of these bags.  My friend, Launa, saw it and thought one would be perfect to put her daughter's computer in at college.  I'm going to make this in a size that will hold a laptop rather than a stitch project.

I've found a new way to make project bags that I'm going to give a try.  The zipper has a tab on each end which looks much cleaner and I get to quilt as I go which will be fun and give me some flexibility for design on the outside of the bag.  I'll let you know how it turns out.  

I also signed up for an online class through Craftsy for making 3 of the Lazy Girl Design bags.  Looking forward to making those as well.


Oh, in case that is not enough.  Fireworks tonight and car show tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Picked Up My Stitching Again!

It is a stormy and wet day here in Iowa so seems like a good time to bring you up to date on my activities of late.  

It goes without saying that I continue to pack up and work on clearing out my parents' house along with my brothers and our spouses.  I am pleased to report that this Sunday we will be holding the estate sale and whatever is left - off to donation or trash or wherever just so long as it is gone.  It will then be time to put the house I and my brothers' grew up in on the market.

I did finally manage to pick up and stitch a small project for a friend's birthday.  Unfortunately we are not getting together until July 7th so you only get to see a smidgen of what it is and will have to wait to see how I finished it as well.  It really was wonderful to put needle and thread to fabric again.  I'm in the mood to do something patriotic so am looking through my stash for a small project to stitch.  Really feeling the need for the feeling of accomplishment.

A friend asked me to teach her how to make some project bags so decided to make one to brush up on my skills.  As I'm feeling in a patriotic mood, I pulled out several fabrics I had and proceeded to make a project bag.  This one is 14x15 finished.  Notice how I took a 5" square of star fabric and appliqu├ęd onto the striped fabric to look like a flag.  I know - I'm getting more daring these days.  The striped fabric is Stonehedge Stars & Stripes by Linda Ludovico.  The star square is Summer Festival by Color Principal.  The interior star fabric is Indigo Crossing by Polly Minick & Lauri Simpson and the back exterior fabric is MIA exclusively for JoAnn Fabrics.  I really had fun experimenting with this bag and a friend has asked me to make one for her daughter to use as a computer bag.  Can't wait!  Just so you know it only took 1 hour and 30 minutes start to finish to create this bag.  This includes cutting the fabric and ripping out the zipper when I put it in backwards - LOL!

Summer has arrived and with it the start of car nights and car shows.  Here we are posing for a family photo in front of our car at the annual Father's Day show at the local Peace Lutheran Church.  It really is a family oriented event and so enjoyable to attend.

This is my husband checking out his favorite car of the show!

This is my favorite car!  For good reason.

See the front seat - one bench seat across not bucket seats.  My husband owned a '71 Monte Carlo in a different color when we were dating and it reminds me of the days when you could actually sit next to your guy instead of on the other side of the car.  Oh, I think I wouldn't mind having one of these again.

Here are my guys sharing a laugh at the car show.  

This is a panoramic photo of car show and still could not get all the cars in it.  There were well over 200 cars.

I snapped this photo when my guys were at car night headed off to make the rounds looking at the cars.  This one just touches my heart.

In June I also did something I said "hell would freeze over" before I would do.  I attended my first professional golf event.  This was the Principal Golf Classic at The Wakonda Club here in town.

We were at hole 5 watching all the action.  Keith seems to be happy about whatever we are discussing.

This is looking at hole 17 from the tee off area.

This is Mark Calcavecchia (wearing his bacon pants for luck) who won the event.

Father's Day included our first batch of home made ice cream.  YUM!

I am adding an old photo of Bill and I on our wedding day.  We will be celebrating our 34th anniversary on Saturday.  Nice that it coincides with our twice a month date night.