Hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Please take some time to remember the men & women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our wonderful country & honor those who have served or are currently serving.
We had some rain last night, so it is much cooler today. I actually have the windows open & the air conditioning off today. I have to go back to work tomorrow after having 3 peaceful days off this week, so I need to take advantage of the day to get some more projects completed.
I did manage to finish up a few projects yesterday. This horse rug was one of the things I finished (kind of ~still trying to decide if it will become a penny rug or if I will frame it.)What do you think?
These stockings were another thing finished. I finally used up most of my $1 flea market quilt with these guys. I still have some little pieces that will become mini pillows & small stitched pictures.
My Country Stitches punch needle rabbit that I showed recently was mounted to this wonderful old basket. I'm not sure what goodies will go in the basket yet, but I will be keeping this. Any ideas what should go in it?
Little pumpkin dollies from a Country Stitches pattern called Jack & Jill. I think I will be making more of these guys. I love how they turned out.
Well, I'm off to do some more creating. I want almost every one of the new Country Stitches patterns. I have decided that before I spend any more $ on patterns, I need to make something with the ones I already own. I have tons of patterns that I have never made & it makes me so mad at myself because I know I will buy more.
I've been trying to make the most of being indoors because of the heat wave here. I finished up this dolly last night. She is my take on a Threadbare Primitives Pattern. This gal is going to my mom's for a very late Mother's Day gift. I bought a wonderful little black doll for her, but couldn't part with her when she came in the mail.
Am I terrible or what?
Today I'm trying to think cool, so I've been working on these little snowman pictures. These guys are my own design. The strap in the picture is from my camera (the glass must have reflected it when I took the picture). I bought a bunch of picture frames a couple of years ago & they work perfectly for these guys. I also use this pattern to make coin purses for my shows. They are a huge hit. I put up a sign that reads ~Coin purses, make up cases, gift card holders, etc. & they fly out of my booth.
I don't have to work for the next two days, so I'll be working on some more goodies. I went through my patterns today & came to the conclusion that besides being a fabric hoarder, I'm also a pattern hoarder. Oh well, we all have our weaknesses. LOL
I finally decided to get it in gear and do something. We're in the middle of a heat (and humid...Yuck) wave here & I'm staying in. I am not a fan of heat at all (although I have to say it's better than the never ending rain some of you are having). I was busy yesterday making some dollies and painting lots of goodies. This little santa is made from a Chestnut Junction pattern. I know I will be making more of him.
I also did a lot of painting & staining. I'm not sure yet if I will sell some of these goodies or if I'll keep them all.
I'm working tonight so I need to get moving on some of the things I started this weekend, but did not finish. I will have more to share later this week.
We're having a heat wave here in Wisconsin. Our thermometer reads 90 degrees in the shade~a little too warm for me. I will be staying indoors today cleaning out a closet & painting up some wooden wares. Before I go, I would like to share some garden pictures. First up is the last of my lilacs. The others are long past blooming, but this little guy is shaded by an apple tree, so it was late in blooming.
Next up is my snowball bush in full bloom. Boy did this guy ever get big. I guess I better start reading the sizing on the plants when I purchase them. This guy started out a couple of years ago as a little bush. I didn't realize how big it would get. I do love it though.
Fresh bouquet made from the two bushes. Smells wonderful!!
I finally found some ambition and finished this punch needle project I started last year. I love how it turned out. I just have to figure out what I want to put it on. This sweet bunny is a Country Stitches pattern. It's much prettier than it appears in the picture.
Here is my new cabinet in it's new home. I really love this cabinet (and to think I almost passed on it because I wasn't sure where it would go in my home). I topped it with a piece from an antique quilt. I also added my basket that I just redid. In the basket, I added another quilt piece & some sweet annie. I also added a small wooden bowl with some cross stitched (my new passion) bowl fillers & my little 10 cent rummage sale pottery piece.
Cabinet & stack of boxes in the dining room. They are sitting on top of an old record player cabinet.
Close up of boxes with my little orphie doll. The dolly was a gift from my mom. He is made from a pattern, but I do not remember who the designer is.
Tim & I have been hiking at our local state park the last couple of days. The weather has been wonderful & we both have decided that it is time to lose some weight. Pike Lake is a gorgeous place to get some much needed exercise. There are about 26 miles of hiking trails. There is also an observation tower, beach for swimming, & a campground. Here is one of the trail heads. Let's hike shall we...
The paths are nice & wide.
There are many small ponds along the trails.
Plenty of wild flowers along the path.
We've been hiking for about 30 minutes. Time to rest. Would you like to swing with me?
While we swing, we can enjoy this small pond. Do you hear the frogs talking to each other?
If you are quiet as you hike, you just might catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. Tonight it was a deer feeding. Last night, we came across 2 wild turkeys.
I am selling some antique quilt pieces from my collection. Each piece is approximately 16" square. They are the same pattern. All are red, white, and blue. These pieces are all cut from an antique quilt. They are not in perfect condition~they all have some wear. The fabric is worn through in spots. They are perfect for your prim displays. Edges are not finished. The colors are darker than in the picture. Very pretty. They would be nice as table runners, tucked in baskets, or hanging from a prim peg shelf.
I have them in their original condition or they can be tea stained.
I am selling them for $12 each plus shipping. Email me to purchase or if you have questions.
I'm finally getting around to showing my goodies from my travels this weekend. I went rummaging with my friend Linda for a little while on Saturday. Sunday was spent at the antique & flea market in Elkhorn. I got this new cubbie on Sunday & I just love it. Sorry the pic is a little cruddy. I should have taken pics at night when the sun wasn't pouring in the window. I will share more pics later when I have it all decorated & in it's home.
I have always liked the look of old mashers & decided it was time to start a collection on them. I bought 3 to start. I could have gone crazy because they were everywhere, but decided 3 was a good start. I also bought a small oil can ($2~for a punch needle project) and an old tin cup for $1. The cup will probably become a mini planter. I also bought a wood bowl for $2, but forgot to take a picture of it.
These 3 smalls came from my rummaging. The candle holder was $1, little vase 10 cents, & the lantern was $1.
More rummage items. The lady was packing up & told us to take what we wanted. She was taking it all to the thrift store & said take it all if we wanted. I got this wonderful little lamp & 2 picture frames that will probably house a cross stitch project or little wool project. Free!! I love free stuff!!
This basket come from the local thrift shop. I loved the size and shape of it, but wasn't so happy with the finish. So after a base coat of antique gold & a top coat of brown paint & of course some stain slapped on top of it all~
I ended up with the finished basket. I just love how it turned out!!
Well, I'm off to visit some blogs I love & then I need to do something. I have the day off & want to get something accomplished. I've been spending a little too much time on the computer lately. LOL
I hope you are all having a wonderful day so far. It's a beautiful day here in Wisconsin It's so nice that I don't want to go to work tonight.
I thought I would share with you all the pictures of my new doll that I purchased from Maureen at Sweet Meadows Farm. I bought the doll as a late Mothers's Day gift for my mom, but decided that I couldn't part with her. Maureen was including the pattern with this doll, so I'll have to make one for my mom.
I had a wonderful weekend this past weekend. Saturday I took Stephen to a boy scout merit badge workshop and went rummaging with a girlfriend later in the day. I will post some pics of my treasures later this week.
Sunday was my anniversary. I went to the first flea market of the season with a friend & my mom. I found lots of goodies at the flea market, but will save that for another post. Hubby was going to go along, but decided to stay home & putter with his 4 wheeler. When I got home I did some planting. It was a great weekend.
Time to get ready for work. Have a wonderful week!!
I've been in a funk since Cody's Eagle ceremony. I loved how the ceremony turned out, but haven't had the ambition to do anything since that day. I think I just needed a couple of days to do nothing. Well ~I've done nothing for the last 3 days & now I'm mad at myself for not doing anything. I know I probably just needed to "chill", but it's hard to get over the fact that I wasted 3 days. Oh well~enough whining!! I decided to get out of the house & shop today. And boy did I ever shop!! I visited one of my favorite quilt shops~Primitive Gatherings in Menasha. To check out Lisa's website click here. So my mom and I went off to see who could do the most damage to the pocketbook.
I just had to buy the newest book~ Summer Gatherings. What a wonderful book. There is a project in this book for everyone.
Kits to go with the book~3 pin cushions & a house sampler.
Another pattern & kit~stitchery with wool applique.
More patterns & a couple of balls of Valdani thread. Two of these were older patterns & were 50% off.
There was a kit there for a beautiful basket quilt, but I had to leave it behind because I have way too many unfinished quilt kits already. I may have to go back for it though. I can't stop thinking about how nice it would look on my bed.
With all these goodies, guess who won in the most spent contest. Not me!! Mom beat me out for that honor. She will be joining in with all those "crazy ladies" making a wool crazy quilt. It will be beautiful when she is finished.
I'm feeling much better now. I'm not sure if it was the road trip or finally getting to see the sun after 3 days of rain.
Have a great rest of the week & enjoy the weekend.
Good Morning. It is a dreary, rainy day here in Wisconsin and looks like it will be this way for a couple of days. I have a few pictures I took before Cody's Eagle ceremony last Saturday. We had a friend take pics of his actual ceremony so we have to wait for those pics. These are some I managed to snap before being hauled off to practice for the big day. First up is the quilt I made for him along with some of the things he's made in his scouting career.
Pictures of him on his many journeys and his project book.
Bringing in the flags.
Cody with his honor guard~3 Eagle Scouts.
This was taken after the ceremony. My grandma, Cody, and me. Can you tell the sun was in our eyes? It was a beautiful day & a beautiful ceremony. We are so proud of Cody.
I'm off the snuggle with my poochie and do some stitching. It's a great day to snuggle up and stitch.
What a wonderful day we had today in Southern Wisconsin. The sun was shining & it was in the high 70's.
I finished my eagles for Cody's Eagle ceremony on Saturday. What a relief that is. This pic is eagles before wings.
Piles of wings waiting to be attached to bodies.
Close up view of finished table decorations. I think these will make wonderful keepsakes for the guests.
Last weekend was prom and Cody decided last minute that he wanted to go. I'm sure it was more Brit's idea than his. Too late to order a tux, so to add to my stress I had to run him all over to try to find a suit I think we did okay. This is the two of them before leaving for dinner. They had a good time.
So now the countdown begins for Cody's eagle ceremony on Saturday. I'm glad I have the next few days off because I'm already a basket case. I'm going shopping tomorrow for most of the food and precooking what I can. Friday is set up, cooking, picking up the cake, & last minute running around. Hoping I don't forget anything. We're expecting about 80 people (mini wedding). Wish me luck!!