Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday, August 19th Post - Quilting Mostly

Hello Everyone,

Not too much going on in my neck of the woods this past week.

Speaking of Woods, I want to thank everyone who gave me some really great ideas on how to decorate our cabin at Christmas in the Woods.  I'll be sure to take pictures there once it is all set-up.  We are actually allowed to set up the entire week before the weekend show.  So this will give us plenty of time to do so.  Will probably make one trip over to the show grounds before the weekend, thus making it so much easier for me the day of the show.

I emailed the show sponsor with some questions, and my booth number will NOT be 130 the day of our show.  She got the 130 because there is actually a show going on right now and that is the number of the booth in this show.  Guess she just told us in case we wanted to go to the present show and then we'd find our booth easier.  So, the number will be changed for the Christmas in the Woods show which is the one I'm doing.  Those numbers will be given to us in September.    I'll share that once I know it.

There was no quilting this past week as they were having a county-wide picnic, which I didn't attend.

So I did some quilting on my own this week.  I showed you the finished deer and duck last week and this week decided that since this is a Christmas show, that I need to be doing some Christmas runners.

Here are four that I just completed this week.

 I saw these panels at Goodwill in Andover a while back and I thought, I can do something with them at some point and here it is.  I don't necessarily plan on putting these under the lamps, but what I do plan on doing is to put a temporary strip across the back and put a spring-tension curtain rod through them to hand in the back, hopefully, of our cabin, for some color and old world charm.  These panels were only 25 cents each!!

 The ice skaters are my favorite since that is one thing I used to do and truly loved.
I simply just put a fabric border of holly and berries around each of the four panels.  These first two I bound in the same fabric as the border and the backing is red/green stripes, which are really hard on the eyes, that is why I decided to use it up on the backs.  Just a little quilting on the piece to give it some puff, and done.

These next two have a different binding and the back is striped again in reds only.

I think I like these ones better with the white binding, gives it a little more pop!!

Now that these are done, I came across some squares that were already pre-cut that I won in a giveaway a few years back from another quilting blogger friend.   These are MY colors, what I mean by that is, these colors would fit well in our home so chances are whatever I make will be coming back home with me.  So any time that I post, MY colors, you know that it is something that I'm keeping.  I was going to make two runners, but I don't think I'll have enough, so I'm just going to put it all into one covering and see how big it will become.  I can use it under lamps for display.

Now you see what I mean by MY colors.  It has different greens in the holly squares.  The deep greens are my favorite.  Pretty much anything with green is for me.  The red, although pretty bright, matches the holly berries perfectly.  Below I have a few just sitting side-by-side, but what I think I may end up doing is to put the same white that I have around the skaters, carolers above, in the middle between these 4-squares.  I'm kicking it around at this point.

OK, so that is all that I'm up to this week.

So many birthdays this month for our family, sister-in-law, Tess was the 8th,  brother-in-law, Tom, 11th, my sister Peg, the 14th, Macy Kate, our little girl, the 17th, my cousin, Merle, the 18th, Bernie's is tomorrow the 20th, Niece, Angela, 23rd, my brother Bill's is the 30th, and my second cousin and childhood friend, Donna, is the 31st.  Gosh, did I miss anyone????  All I can figure is that there have been a lot of cold November's over the years!!!  Ha Ha!!!

Prayers to all our family and friends in need!!  Til Next Week.....................................

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and don't forget your NASA approved safety glasses on Monday for the eclipse, I will watch it on TV, there is no way I'm looking at it!!!!

Take care and HUGS!!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Quilts, Show and Sayings!!

Hello Everyone!

 Hope you had a great week and the weekend is here!  I struggled this week trying to figure out what to blog about.  I even went so far as to think that there was no quilting done to write about, so I took pictures in our home of some sayings  Seems I didn't do much at all this week except for watching westerns on TV with Bernie and working on lamps a bit!  After much contemplating, I finally came to realize that I did do enough this week beginning last weekend to blog about, but I'll share my sayings at the end anyway, so here goes.

Last Saturday and Sunday was the Pymatuning Lake Festival at Andover Beach.  It is a long two days usually, but this year they went fairly quickly.  Ann and I set up the booth on Saturday morning and for just the two of us beginning at around 7:15, we had the canopy up, tables up, dressed and ready to sell by 9:22!    Usually we have Bernie's help setting up, but this year he wasn't able to do so, so we were on our own.  Saturday was a great selling day.  Probably the best day we have ever had there.  Lots and lots of people and we had a new location across from our old space, which was under a huge oak tree.  Shade and cooler temps made it a nice weekend to be outside.  How did we do, you ask?  I sold four lamps, which is really good for a show this size and Ann sold most of her items at a discounted price to liquidate and between the two of us, we did $600!  Not too shabby at all.  We were happy and signed up for next year at the discounted rate you receive if you sign up at the show.

The weekdays were pretty much a blur!  I brought in all my wares from the show on Monday and got my sewing/craft area put back together.  Watched lots of TV with Bernie, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, Bonanza, Laramie and even a Matlock, Bryan would be proud!!  Bernie is still recuperating from his hand surgery.

Wednesday I went to quilting.  I worked on squaring probably 80 blocks that someone else made, this was a huge job!  Wasn't many of them that were even close to being square.  These will all be made into Christmas quilts that the center will sell.  Guess this coming week, I'll be putting them together.  I'll try to take some pictures.

On Thursday, I got notified that our booth number for the Christmas in the Woods is #130.  It is near the entrance of the show, which is great because we should get business from people coming and going back to their cars, and with the lamps, they are heavier so people can pick them up on their way out of the show.  We received pictures of the outside of the booth, but none of the inside which is what I need to see. So here these pictures are:

I love it!  We have the two doors so people can get in and out after viewing and hopefully purchasing our lamps!  You can see the fence behind the cabin and that is one of the entrances to the show!!

After getting these pictures, I was in the mood to do more lamping and quilting of some more runners.  I now have four runners made. Next I will be doing some Christmas themed ones.  Our booth has to be a Christmas theme.  So, I need to incorporate some greens and reds.  Any ideas out there how to decorate our booth?  Must be of the colonial nature, with no junking up too bad.

I actually finished two runners yesterday.  They aren't as big as the other two, but more square and I actually like them a lot.  They are wildlife themed.  Here is a deer and some ducks................

I love how the quilting on the back of these came out!  I primarily do "Stitch in the Ditch," having not tried free motion as of yet.  I'm not a huge fan of blue, but I really do like this deer one!  Which one do you like best?

So, now on with the sayings!!  I don't know if many people like to have sayings hung or placed in their homes, but it is one of my favorite things. Words spoken are so different than actually seeing them each day.  Some are motivational, inspirational, some are of life in general, or love, or simply, SIMPLE!!  Anyway, here are a few that I have around our home.

 This one is a favorite of mine!
I'd like to think that I'm still young at heart!
 Live as though heaven is on earth!  Live each day as if it were your last!  I love this saying!
 Sing as though no one can hear you!!  I really don't care if anyone likes my singing or not, I'm going to belt it out whenever I want.  It's funny, because I have always loved music.  I tend to crank it up in the car when I'm alone driving.  Funny thing is that I forget to turn it back down and when Bernie gets in to drive and starts the engine, he is blasted out and usually just shakes his head at me.  Doesn't stop me though, Music makes me Happy!!!
 Another nice saying!!
 This was from a little exercise we did at work, each person got a name of a person and they were their secret pal for a month.  They were to do three nice things for the person during the month, anything they wanted, regardless if they liked the person's name they got.  It was to make the workplace a nicer place to be.  Well, this was given to me by one of my carriers who had my name.  I absolutely love it.  It looks to be hand-sewn on fabric and in a primitive frame. Something I cherish!
 This was from Christmas in the Woods one year I attended.  I tend to love all sayings of this nature.  I have it hung in our hallway for all to read,
 My recent addition when we remodeled our bedroom.  I had it saved for a few years waiting on just the right place to put it!
 This was one of the first items we got when we were married.  The Art of Marriage poem.  We've had it for 40 years now.
And where would we be without the Prayer of Serenity!    Words to live by!

Well, enough sayings and I hope that at least one of these made you stop, think, make you happy and enjoy your day!

Please continue your prayers for our friends and family in need of them, and Hey!  Everyone can use a prayer now and then!!

Take care, have a great weekend and I'll be back again next week, if God is willing..(My Dad always said this saying).


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday Again! and now it is August!

Hello everyone,

Another week went by, Wow!!  time sure flies after you retire.

I wanted to show you from last week what I worked on at the center.  I explained how the one lady made the tops for the cushion and pillows and I had to put it together, stuff it, and hand stitch to finish.  Anyway, here is what they look like.

As you can see they are really scrappy.  These are not something that I would have made.  I'm not into the really bright colors and this lady, loves red and hates green.  Notice all the red and lack of green.  I would be the complete opposite.  Ha Ha!

The weekend was full of getting things done around here, we worked on lamps getting more ready for the Oct show.  Bernie did a lot of chores as he knew he wouldn't be able to do much after the surgery on his hand on Tuesday.  He is fine and recuperating and I'm playing Nurse Nancy!!

Yesterday, Wed, I decided to not go to the center for all-day quilting, I did run over and pick up the Christmas quilt I was working on.  It had been quilted by the long-arm lady, Joanie, and I had to bind it.  Here is what it looks like:

These are the colors that I like.  The hunter green and deep red.  Wish I could keep this one, but they will sell it to make money for the center.  I don't want to have to buy my own quilt.  Now I just have to find all these fabrics to make another one for me!!!

I've been getting ready for the two-day Pymatuning Lake Festival which is going on this coming Saturday and Sunday over at Andover Beach.  This is a show that I've been doing for probably 5 years or so with my friend, Ann.  I take some lamps and some other crafty things that I've had a while and Ann does some interesting crafts like quilling, and using unusual items to make primitive or country items.  It's a fun two days and this year I requested a different spot under a large tree and we got it!!  Yay!!  No more afternoon sun hitting us in the face.  Morning sun I can deal with, but afternoon is brutal inside a booth.  Ann and I will be setting up bright and early Saturday morning.  Here is a picture of our booth from last year.  I'll have to take some pictures of this year.  We never know what our setup may look like.  That's Ann to the left of me and Macy came to visit with us!

That's about all there is going on here.  Please continue to pray for my girlfriend, Eileen, as she has just finished her fifth chemo with only one more to go!!  Yay, Ei!!!!  "Let's Kick This."  That's her motto!!  Prayers for Danny as well.

Until next week,
Everyone take care.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Friday, July 28th, Happy Birthday, Jess!!!!!

Hello everyone,

It's Friday already and it's our daughter-in-law, Jess' birthday today.  So Happy Birthday, Jess!!!

We went out to breakfast with them last Sunday and visited with them at their home in the morning.

 This is Bryan and Jess' home.  It is so lovely.  Jess really outdid herself with her plants and front porch looking so lovely.

And this is Sock.  He is just chilling out.  Macy just loves to visit the kitties!!  He was the only one we got a picture of this day.  We had a little birthday celebration with Jess since we knew we wouldn't see her today.

 I'm just glad she has a sense of humor and liked her bag of gifts.
I couldn't ask for a nicer, prettier, daughter-in-law!!  Love ya, Jess.

Next was Monday and I did a little shopping at the grocery store and I took some pictures of my crops!  Ha Ha!!  I actually got to eat some of my grape tomatoes and Bernie and I and of course, Macy, had a little dish of green beans.  They were very good!!

Tuesday was a work on the lamps and I did some quilting on this day.  Finishing up one of the runners for the Oct show. This moose will look great underneath one of the lamps with a moose shade, don't you think?

Next was Wednesday, quilting day at the center.  Today I worked on a bench cushion and two pillows for the center entry.  One of the gals volunteered to make them and then volunteered me to help her!  Thanks, Vern from Wilmerding originally.  I told her I'm going to call her Wilmerding from now on!!
Sorry, no pictures, maybe I'll take them next week, I completely forgot.  Anyway, she made the quilted cover using scraps and I ended up sewing it together, stuffing it, and sewing around it and taking it to the bench to tie it down.  The pillows the same, I finished them off and hand-stitched the closure.  That took up the entire time there.

We did have a really great meal for $2 this day.  We had meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, wheat roll and butter, and mandarin oranges.  Yummy!  They had leftover mashed potatoes, and of course, I couldn't pass them up.  So, we enjoyed them with our dinner that day.

On Thursday, I walked in the morning for an hour, seems that the two days before that I walked weren't recording on my Fitbit!  I hate that when it happens!  At least it is working again.   After I finished walking, I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Then I worked on stoning lamps and began another runner for the October show.

Today, Friday, I have just about finished that runner.  I just have to hand sew the binding and another finish for the week.  Here it is:

This time it is a duck.  Colors didn't come out real good here because of the light, but that is actually rust colored fabric with green.  Trust me, it does match very well.

I forgot to show you something that I found last week at the Perry Monument in Erie.

It is a painted rock and says "Angels Are Your Protector."  On the back, it said #ErieRocks.
So after inquiring what it was, I was told that if you find it you are to take a pictures, glad I did that, and then move it to somewhere else.  So, that is what I did and as we waited for the boat, I saw a little girl pick it up and move on.  I went to Erie Rocks online and saw about this.  Next thing, I knew, my niece, Caro, and her kids were making them and doing the same thing in Pittsburgh.  So, I guess it is going on everywhere.  I liked the idea.  So, if you are out and about and find one of these, you will know what to do with it!!

Last Saturday we were invited to Billy and Stella's camp for a picnic.  We had a great time there.  We visited with not only them, but my nephews' George, Jeremy and Jason, as well as Stella's daughter Stormy and her son, Ethan.  What fun, playing games, talking and watching Ethan fly that awesome helicopter and of course, eating.  Billy did a great job grilling those dogs and hamburgers.  Stella made a fantastic pasta salad, and I never come empty handed, I brought rigatoni since I had just made homemade sauce a few days before, and since Bernie came home with a chip of green beans, we had those with ham, and I baked, cheated and used Betty Crocker, chocolate cake!  I think everyone had a great time!!

Please continue your prayers for Eileen and Danny and all those who need us to pray for them.

Til next week, have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Happy Thursday, July 20th, Hot and Humid!!!

Hello Everyone,

There has a been a lot going on this past week.  No quilting though.  I'd like to start with our weather.  We've been hot and humid for the past few days now.  Last weekend was very nice with low humidity so I'll begin there.

On Saturday, we picked up a ton of pellets.  We use wood pellets in our pellet stove in the basement in the winter months.  It keeps not only the downstairs, which is where I quilt and do lamps, warm but the heat rises and makes the floor upstairs not so cold and it keeps the heat off quite a bit during those cold months.  We used to buy a ton a year, but now that I'm home all day, we used two ton last year.  Each ton consists of 50 bags, so we have a rather ingenious method to get them to the basement with minimal lifting or carrying.  Bernie made a slide from the ground down the bilco stairs to the basement.  We then pick them up and carry them to their space in the basement.  We end up with two fairly high piles of them.

Truck with a ton of pellets!

One ton done!

Bryan and Jess will come up another day before August 1st and help us with the second ton.  One ton is enough for me!!

Sunday was a relaxing day at home.  Worked on lamping again.

Monday was my first council meeting at the center.  There is a group of 9 of us plus the director in this group and we go over the financials of the center as well as vote on pending issues for maintenance of the building, coming up with things new for the center, activities for seniors, etc.  We had an officers meeting and I was voted as secretary.  So, I had to take my first minutes of the meeting.  Used to doing those, so it isn't a biggie!

Tuesday was my dentist appt and all went well there, look Mom, no cavities!!  Thank goodness for that.  Seems though that every time I go there they want to take X-rays!  Well, I don't know about you, but I think it is a little much to get them so often.  Believe it is another way for them to bill the insurance company unnecessarily and expose me to more radiation, although the hygienist told me it is very minimal now days.  She tried to convince me and then she said, "Well it's only been a year since you had the last and the American Dental Assn recommends you have it done between 12 and 18 months!!  Well, there you have it!  You don't need them taken every 12 months, 18 months is good!  So, now that I know that, I won't be getting them taken except for every 18 months!!  See ya in Dec!

Wednesday, yesterday, was a nice day.  It was a senior trip to Lake Erie.  The bus ride was much to be desired, she told us it was a big bus, yay!!  A/C and the like for sure.  When it pulled up it was a yellow school bus!!  Ugh!!  No air!!  The day was 90 degrees.  Not good.  Cost us $10 for lunch and the bus ride!  Luckily the lunch was good, sandwich with chips, three bean cold salad, cookie, apple juice and icy cold water.  This was perfect for a hot day.

When we arrived, a group of us went to the Perry Monument!  You can read about it here.

Here are some of us waiting at the monument for our next adventure!! We were the ones that could walk that far to the monument!  :)

The reason we went to Lake Erie was to go on a sightseeing boat tour and have our lunch on the boat.  Well, we were to go out on two pontoon boats, until last week or so we found out one of them sunk!!  Yep, sunk!!  Someone said that it was hit by a jet ski, not while occupied though, so there was only one pontoon boat to go on for free or we could pay $15 and go out on a narrated tour, so I did that!  A much bigger boat.  When she told us about it, she said we'd be going out on a ferry boat, OK, this is good I thought, I'm thinking of the ferry boats in Seattle or North Carolina that I've been on.  Big Boat, Big Lake.  Much to my surprise it wasn't a ferry boat at all, it was like a little boat with benches in the back and front and the captains house in the middle.  Luckily we didn't go out far in the lake!  I really didn't feel like swimming this day!  I did manage to take some pictures though as we proceeded down to the Presque Isle Lighthouse.

Here is what we saw................

 The Perry Monument from the boat.

 A Coast Guard Cutter!

 A Sailboat that was way out in the lake, I used the zoom feature on Bernie's camera!

The Presque Isle Lighthouse.  Tours Available for $$.

 This was something that people had built on one of the beaches.  There will be a bonfire and music on the beach coming up next week.

 Another sailboat.  This one was much closer, no zoom needed.

 The North Pier Lighthouse

 The Coast Guard Building - George Washington began the Coast Guard way back in his day.

 They patrol for rescues as well as border patrol on Lake Erie!

 Our Captain, John, from Irwin PA originally!

We actually learned a lot about the Lake, the three indian tribes, The Hurons to the west, the Seneca's to the East and the Eries right where we were.  The Eries were crushed by the other two tribes.

Also, learned about there being so many shipwrecks on Erie, it was due to the fact that the lake is not very deep; therefore, the waves get extremely high at times.  The deeper lakes don't get the waves like Erie does.  It was a nice windy day, so it was cool on the boat, even got wet on the boat from the splashing waves when we turned.  (Preparing to swim at this point)  :)  :) 

 Our boat, the Lady Kate, almost like Macy Kate which would be the name I'd use on my boat if I had one.  The name alone, made me feel better about boarding her.  I still didn't want to swim and luckily didn't have to.  They use this boat for sunset tours as well as a larger paddle wheel boat which I think would be much better.

The narrator of the tour was Sean from Erie, a retired guy!  He told us a story of a UFO sighting/landing which involved Bigfoot as well.  You can google July 31 1966 Lake Erie and read all about it.  I have to tell you though, it was in the 60's, so remember that while reading about it.

After, we finished the 90-minute boat ride we went to the nature center down by Beach 7 and watched the Purple Martins.  Although our bus missed the demonstration and narration about them, seems my director is always lost!!  These birds fly to Brazil each year and then return in the Spring.  They have babies in there right now just about ready to fly out.

And last but not least, we stopped by..... Sara's at the beginning of the peninsula for some ice cream for the trip home.  It was a fun day!

So, that was my week in review!  Today Macy is at the groomer right now.  She needed a cooler haircut for the "Dog" Days of Summer ahead!

Prayers to Eileen and Danny, and to all my friends and family in need.  Bless you all!

Til next week,