February 28, 2014

The wedding

I posted a while back about our grand daughters wedding.I thought I'd share a few pictures. It was a beautiful day.

 Flowers hand made. Key on the grooms bout. and lock on the brides.It was a great day. Love looking back at the pictures.



It is still really cold here. Looks like another week of bitter cold then maybe a warm up. I never complain about the cold because I really do not like the heat and humidity.
I planted geranium seeds today. Mr.T has gone to his manure class. Leave it to the government to try to teach an old farmer how to apply manure. Bet the suit that came up with that idea never smelled the stink of it.
That means spring will come. Stay warm j

February 17, 2014


It is another snowy day.To bring a bit of spring inside I spent $2 on a couple of carnations last week.They have held up well but the other flowers were done for. I clipped the ends and added a bit of ivy and spring rey(from my greenhouse) to the smaller vase. Makes me smile.

 I have been working on a quilt top. It has been a challenge. Had it sewn together but had a couple of wrinkles.Ended up taking it all apart and re sewing. I'm more satisfied now. It is still not perfect but none of my quilts ever are. Now for the borders.

 Our beautiful Zeva will be a year old on Feb.20th. I am so thankful for her. She brings us joy everyday. Have a great week. j


February 13, 2014

In the greenhouse.

My little greenhouse brings me such joy in the winter. The fish and flowers let me have a bit of spring when there is snow and cols outside. I thought I would share a few pictures I took today.The thanks giving cactus is blooming again.It is a piece I transplanted. The big cactus is a Christmas cactus. It is in the house. I put it outside each spring.

 The begonias and impatience,I held over again.

This is the bloom on a seed geranium I planted last spring.

 Besides my plants the pond gold and koi fish live in the greenhouse in the winter. The Koi are a few years old.They are getting big. Some of the gold fish are 15-16 years old. So much for warmer weather.The wind is really picking up.
I made Mongolian beef with rice for lunch.A recipe I got off the internet.I thought it was very good.Mr.T. did not like it. He is a meat and potato kind of guy. Has his mind made up NOT to like . I need to remind him we are lucky to have any kind of food when there are starving people. We are blessed in so many ways.
 So it goes at our house.Have a good rest of the week and weekend. Stay warm.j
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February 9, 2014

I love fabric scraps

Yesterday it was time to clean up after projects. There were a lot of scraps. 1 1/2 inches wide with 3 to 5 sewn together.They were the trims off the 300 4 1/2 inch sqs I made. As you can see they were odd pieces but went together well.
 I sat down and started stitching them together. I ended up with this cute scrappy quilt. It still needs finished. That will happen this week some time.

 There is still a small pile of scraps.

I had seen this pot holder on pinterest.I wanted to do a block like it but had no idea how to get a triangle with the pieces running the right way. Good old google.Tells you how to do just about anything. I found out there are 2 45 degree angles and a 90 degree angle. I did not have that kind of ruler, so I called on Mr T. he looked at my rulers then at my cutting mat and said well there it is right there.Thanks Mr.T. I had 1 1/2 inch strips left over from the project. I sewed them together and made a 4 inch block thinking it would be wide enough to make the potholder block.Nope

 I found out that the fabric has to be twice as wide as it is tall.(tall being the point)
Math was never something I understood.General math ok but algebra and geometry nope.Here is the triangle on the cutting mat that worked out perfect.

 Of course there were 4 more triangle scrapes.What is a girl to do but make another block! It will make a cute mug rug. I really love messing with scraps. Mr.T. thinks I should stop messing with scraps and use BIG blocks so I get my stash used up. He tells me to throw away the scraps.Silly him!
I am looking forward to Tuesday.An 11 year old girls wants to learn to make a doll.FUN FUN FUN. Stay warm.Have a great week.j

February 6, 2014

Hexie Quilt

I have been sewing blocks together. I have over 300 4 1/2 inch rail blocks done. I have also been making the blocks for a quilt from the table topper pattern.After i got them all laid out I see I needed 6 half blocks. I went to see what I had in left over pieces. I had enough to do all 6 so I can start putting it together starting next week. Family is coming this weekend so will have to put sewing the quilt on hold. I do have a plan for them to help me lay out the 300 blocks.

I picked up a small bunch of flowers while at the grocery store.They have lasted a long time.Thought I'd share.The mum is just so beautiful. I've been doing some seed searching. Found big beef tomatoes and seedless cukes seeds so will order next week. Spring is on it's way. Stay warm till then j