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.