Saturday, December 24, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The first Christmas for this adorable little elf and he will soon be here with us. Lots of love awaits him as we enjoy the wonder of this sweet little boy. Aunt Hannah will see him for the very first time. So sweet. Of course, he will bring along his mommy and daddy and we are eagerly awaiting them, also. It'a been a long time since there were little ones in the family. A new generation has begun - and Henry is a perfect start in that department.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
And here in my kitchen
I was starting to bake and excited and itchin'
To make good stuff for my family
As I did in the past
Always at ease and reasonably fast.
No. 1: Ranger cookies started out strong
The first snag I hit didn't take long.
No Wheaties even though on
my list in plain sight
I certainly did not read the list right.
So, woe is me, off I go to the store
Got the Wheaties, brown sugar and a
few items more.
But I still had another snag pop right up
When I opened the oatmeal to measure a cup.
The date on the box, check it I did
But I really, really should have opened the lid!
Teensie brown buggies resided inside
They scurried around trying to hide.
Into the garbage the icky thing did go
So what now? Another trip to the sto'?
I looked in my pantry and what did I see?
Some "Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal"
staring at me
It was not "outdated" and all sealed up tight.
I opened a packet and it was alright.
By sifting the contents the maple sugar was gone
And there was the oatmeal all on its own.
So I finished the dough and it waits where it's cool
For baking tomorrow in time for the Yule.
No. 2: Yummy Peanut ButterFudge is done
and came out pretty well
Got hung up on amounts of pb and marshmall
Ow-- a tiny bit grainy but good just the same
You win some, you lose some
That's part of the game
No. 3: Nutty O's are all done and cooling
Made of low caloried Cheerios - who am I fooling?
The butter, brown sugar and syrup make them yummy
But they do have a tendency to fluff up your tummy.
Tomorrow I'll bake the cookies and I will be lovin'
The wonderful smell that comes from my oven.
I have at least one more thing I am planning on making
And after that, that's it for the baking.
(In the picture of me at the top of this post, I am wearing an apron that Sherry made for me many moons ago somewhere in the late 70's or early 80's. And she embroidered the initials. She did beautiful counted crossstitch, too, before it became so popular. I always feel so dopey taking a picture of myself! One more little bit of information, the pages with the recipes are from a cookbook I did with lots of my recipes from over the years. It was done in 1996 when we got the computer. I made it for the girls and Sherry and Ann each have one, also. One went to my dear sister and I think her granddaughter has it now and I have one. I loved doing that and they are used.)
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Now as to the darling little fishy purse........something I spotted on Pinterest. I spend a bit of time there (tsk, tsk) looking at all the wonderful eye candy and especially at things I would love making but probably won't make many of them. There is a tutorial for the purse at
in case you would like to take a look. A little girl would love this purse - so would a big girl!
I thought this was a darling little cluster of patchwork trees. Certainly would look right at home on a quilter's mantel or table. There's a tutorial for this one, also -
I see something like this and immediately would love to make a bunch of them. Wonder when I will get over wanting to do everything I see?
Another one that will use up a bit of your stash - fabric strips and clothesline.
Just a little sample of what is on Pinterest. Any interest you have in anything is represented there. Lots of fun - and also a lot of good recipes! If you haven't been there, here is a link to my boards http://pinterest.com/caroldb/. See what you think.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I have so very much to be thankful for.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Probably taken in 1980 or 81, the bed in my sewing room holds things I made that year. It was the year of the braided stuffed coil wreaths, my needlepoint angel (there were three of those) the stuffed Christmas tree and 2 spoondoll wreaths. I know not where most of that has gone but I do have the angel. There is also a glimpse of some of the many needlepoint pillows that were piled on that bed.
Here are Mr. and Mrs. Claus sitting on the mantel in our home in Overland Park. I think I showed these last year, too. A favorite of mine, I also made a pair for Sherry and for Ann. They sit in front of the sampler dated 1843 made by my husband's great grandmother, Mary Anne Wiley, when she was 10 years old. It's precious.
I made a lot of spoon dolls and used them on a swag between the living room and dining room. This one went into a wreath. Wonder where that went? Don't these all look vintage?
Here is our little Christmas room. Ray and I worked with miniatures a lot and had three dollhouses one of which was in an old tv or stereo cabinet. He made this little box room - probably about 12". Some of the little toys were purchased but he made the rocker and table. I crocheted the rug and made the curtains and lace tablecloth (a circle from a lace doilie). Sherry still puts this out for Christmas.
And here is vintage me. Those were the days of hanging plants and I had a lot of them all hanging in macrame hangers that I tied. Fun to look back on past Christmases.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Hope you get a giggle, too! Giggles are good for us.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Some of the blocks are repeated several time and others look like the same blocks but have different flowers or birds in them. Leslie said she has so many times heard people say they have come into something wonderful - like a Singer Featherweight for next to nothing - and now she has this gorgeous quilt that she got from a very savy brother-in-law who knew just where something like that should go and where it will be treasured. Taking it to Leslie ensures an existence of care and appreciation from her and from Elle, also. Hats off to that BIL!!
Monday, November 28, 2011
One of the small projects I'm working on for Christmas. They actually go pretty quickly once the fabrics have been picked out and fused down.
This one is quick and simple. Will do a few more of these patterns and also have a couple of others which I need to resize. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
They took a guided tour and saw animals. Some of them were pretty close. Hannah talks about it in her post.
Pretty picture - looks almost like a painting.
With their guide and a rhino in the background. Hannah is basically on her way home now - will be here in three weeks. She will be doing some sightseeing with friends before catching the plane for home. It is going to be so good to see her!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Paid a visit to Joann's yesterday afternoon with coupons, of course, and found things I could purchase with them. Lots of the time you cannot as what you are looking for is usually on sale. Found this book "The Flirty '30''s" and it's a cute one - right up my alley. Also bought some tea towels for applique or embroidery and a ball of Sugar and Cream.
A year or two ago, Leslie game me a knitted dish cloth and I really like it. Can't knit, but can crochet and that's what I am doing - isn't that neat yarn? It's a mindless pattern and goes quickly. Love the scrumptious colors.
And a note about my two granddaughters in Africa. My daughter talked to them yesterday and they are having a great time. They went back to Hannah's site a day or so ago, and Molly said everyone was waiting for them. Molly told her mom they all love Hannah and she doesn't have to worry about Hannah - she's "sassy" and knows how to negotiate to get what she wants! What an impact this time in the Peace Corps will have on the rest of her life. It is very, very hot and Molly is not used to that, but is having a wonderful time anyway. Actually, they will be spending Thanksgiving with a big group of PC volunteers and then Molly will be on her way home day after. Hannah will be doing some more traveling and will be basically on her way home for Christmas. School has been out there for a time now. Am so anxious to see her and hear all her stories! We also skyped with Norah in Denver and got to look at Henry. My, he is growing and changing and adorable. And to top it all off, Barclay cooked steaks, Sherry made the great spinach salad and baked potatoes, and pumpkin bread. My private 5-star restaurant!! (Click to enlarge)
Friday, November 18, 2011
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