Friday, December 19, 2014

April? really?

My last post was in April.
Oh my!
If I was younger I could have made a baby in all that time. 

But I didn't.
I made some baby afghans instead.
I made this custom baby blanket for the granddaughter of a friend. 
Used this pattern  
(love love love Lucy's wonderful blos!)
and some thick washable acrylic yarn, I love how it turned out.
Piper is all warm and cozy now.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Only 5 months since my last post

Last time I wrote anything  it was hot and Jill was heading off to college.

Now its cold and snowy and Jill hated school. So proud of her that she finished the semester. I know she was miserable there. So now she is home, living on the couch (lol)  and taking some classes at the local tech college. She can regroup, tour some schools this spring and go from there.

Here are a couple of the things I made lately.  A baby blanket with chenille yarn, for the most handsome baby boy!  His mom and dad didn't know what they were having, so I made it boy or girl friendly. And since he was born in January, I knew it had to be cozy.

I finally figured out the waffle stitch. Pretty easy once I actually found a pattern! I had a cone of sage green cotton yarn I got on clearance ages ago. Make a cushy bathmat.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

got it done with a whole week to spare!

Jill's quilt.
Big patchwork squares.
Mostly blue and green and novelty fabrics, things that remind me of her.
Ice cream, Charlie Brown, dragonflies, sheet music, golf balls/tees, bowling pinks and pop tarts, the Grinch and Max, little brunette girls and many more.
She picked the fabric for the pieced back" owls, lime green/white hibiscus, Toy Story, pink Bucky Badger, blue and coral/pink polka dots.
 Pink Sherbet Pips squares for the narrow binding.
 (My corners suck. I think all future projects will have rounded corners.)
I thought hand sewing the binding would take forever, but the internet was down at work, so I had some unexpected free time ;)
A bonus picture of our kittens. Ole, Cheddar and Cooper.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Derek, updated

Sunday, our small town was stunned by the accidental death of a 9 year old boy. All week there has just been this dark cloud over the whole town. 

I don't really know the family. I do know they are active in the community, always there to lend a helping hand to any project or donate to a good cause.

Someone started a facebook page,  random acts of kindness in memory of him. I know I will be doing somethings to honor this little boy, not sure what yet. Doubt I will post about it on facebook, just something anonymous. 

Maybe with a note to be thankful for your family, your friends, the beauty around you - or  baseball. Derek loved baseball. 

If you are on facebook, you can follow  #actsofkindessforderek  Over 9000 followers, which is remarkable since there are only 2000 people in the whole town.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


I finished the top and back of Jill's quilt.

Dropped it off yesterday at our brand new local quilt shop to be machine quilted. 


Monday, June 24, 2013


...of totally ignoring my blog. But, in my defense, I have been busy.

  • Am almost done with the top of Jill's quilt. She hasn't seen it yet, hard to keep it a secret when my sewing "room" is really just a wide spot in the hall. She walks through there several times a day.
  • 2 more prayer shawls donated to church.(this makes 11 so far)
  • Almost done with a lap afghan, also for church. (my 4th) I think its a nice idea that our UMW donates these. However, yarn is not cheap. Is there a polite way to ask that those in the group who don't knit or crochet to contribute to a yarn fund? 
  • I made 40 dish cloths. I can make a pair in an afternoon when work is quiet.Some will  be donated to our church bazaar this fall, others I keep on hand for gifts. 
  • Working on a white baby afghan for etsy.
  • Also have a ripple baby girl afghan in progress. Will be donated to our church bazaar this fall. 
  • Have a scarf in progress, red and yellow.
  • Bought some yarn to make a rug for Jill's dorm room. Lime green, white, and little flecks of blue and yellow. She is so not a pink girl like her sister! 
  • I also crocheted a cotton rug. Hope to list it on etsy soon. 

Speaking of etsy
da da ta da!

Here is our shop

(That was one of the many names Allison got called in college, very fitting for a farm girl I think)

Anyway.....Allison has some hats listed. Only one sale so far, but its not really hat season. Please stop buy. I have some pillows to finish that should be on there next week. And share with your friends or pin please :)

In other news:
We had 10 and a half inches of rain over the weekend. We are on high ground so we had a some run off and our driveway washed. But a little town near us is devastated. Hard to believe just last summer we were in a terrible drought.