Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy Fall! 

*another beautiful picture from my friend, Nikki.  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Catching up....

Oh, how I wish this was my Hollyhock!  Sadly, it isn't.  It belongs to my best friend Nikki.  We both love Hollyhocks, in particular the old fashioned single ones.

I had great plans to create a perennial garden here when we moved but so far I haven't done so.  The ground here is terrible!!!!!  The yard is a HUGE 1/3 acre and I can't imagine planting all of that.  I do have a small little area near the patio that I think I will attempt to plant next spring.  There is a tree next to it and I put bark around it and raked the little planter area.  So what happened?  Maggie and the bunnies think it's their personal play yard. Bark everywhere.  Dig holes in the dirt.  What a mess. I'll probably have to put a little fence around it until it's established.

You may have read about the floods here in Colorado.  Being a newbie here it's difficult to wrap my brain around the devastation.  The sun is shining today but there are still roads closed, houses destroyed, people unaccounted for.  They want to get the roads back by December 1st.  At least that is the plan.  It is all going to depend on how soon winter hits us.

We didn't have floods where we live.  However, there were lots of leaks in basements including ours.  What a mess.  I had to go purchase a wet vacuum and I vacuumed up at least 4 gallons of water.  It was  in one part of the basement and luckily didn't spread to the entire area.  We had to move so much stuff that my straightened out basement now looks exactly (or worse) than when we first moved in.  We have an insurance adjuster coming Monday and then will have to call a contractor if it's not covered.  We have no idea where the water was coming in from.  Please pray we will find the problem and it will be a quick fix before we get more rain.

More importantly, please pray for the people of our beautiful state that have lost so much.  I'm proud of our state.  I've never seen an area where people come together so selflessly.  Our state motto?


Monday, September 9, 2013

Holly Hobbie

You know what they say.  Everything that is old is new again.  I was perusing Facebook one day and came across a fabric store that had Holly Hobbie fabric.  It brought back memories of when my daughter was little and she loved Holly Hobbie.  She's 43 now but I still have her Holly Hobbie pillowcase safely tucked away.

I had saved lots of her things thinking one day she would not only be a great mom, but a mom to girls.  Well, two boys later and you know how that goes.

I'm trying to get rid of some of the clutter before the Hoarder people from television knock on my door. I came across this sweet needlework that my mother-in-law made for Dory.  It's in pristine condition and is 11" x 14".  Her needlework skills are exquisite and the picture in no way does it justice.

I'm offering it for sale for $30.  It would make a great picture for a little girls's room.  It could also be used as a center medallion for a quilt.

If you are interested just leave me a comment and I will contact you.  It's a shame that it is just sitting here when some little girl might love it.

In the meantime, have a great week!!!

*Holly has sold and is going to a new home right here in Colorado!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Beads of Courage

I know I've mentioned before about my weekly sew and tell meeting that I attend at Above and Beyond Sewing and Vacuum.  We like to get there a little early to catch up on what everyone has been doing for the week.  Then we are filled in about upcoming classes and new products.  After that there is always some sort of craft/sewing/quilting demonstration.  A good time is always had by all.

This past Wednesday we did something different.  There is a nation-wide program called Beads of Courage.  You can read about it here on their web site.  Children who are afflicted with serious and/or life threatening diseases can participate through hospitals in their area.  For instance, if it is a cancer patient they get a bead for visits, a bead for shots, a bead when their hair falls out, etc.. They get a bead for every milestone along their journey.   Please take the time to go through the web site and learn about this wonderful program.

We spent the day making bags to distribute to children at the hospital in our area that is sponsoring the program.  This is just a small example of the bags we made.  It was a great day and I think we all felt so good to be doing our part to help the children have something special.

If you are wondering if there is a facility in your area that participates in this program go to the home page, at the top click on "information" and click on "hospitals".    If you would like to make bags go the top where it says "artists"and then click on "quilters".  You will find the directions for making these simple bags as well as an order form to send for the labels .

Thank you in advance for any help you can give this organization.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Laundry Room Alert!

I didn't have anything better to do so I thought I would take pictures of my laundry room to show you.  I actually have tons to do, but I got distracted, truth be told.  Excuse the poor quality of pictures.  Son gave me a new (hand me down) camera which takes awesome pictures, I'm sure.  Trouble is he didn't give me the charger for it.  I'm waiting for him to come home from the other side of the world so he can find it in all his stuff.  They are not cheap and I know the minute I buy one, he'll find it.  So I wait....

Back to the laundry room.  In all of my 45 years of marriage I have never had a laundry room.  Although, that's not entirely true.  We had one house that had a "laundry area" behind bi-fold doors in the - get this - family room!  You could not watch television, talk, or even think straight when the washer and dryer were going because of the noise.  What were they thinking?  First thing we did was have them moved to the garage.  Then we took off the doors and paneled the area (it was the 80's after all) and put up shelves.  We used the area to store games and books.  It worked out great.

Having an laundry room here is a real blessing.  It's almost a necessity also as it gets so very cold in the winter.  I wouldn't want to be out in the garage doing laundry when the temperatures are below zero.  I've had fun decorating it.  It was a blank slate, off white walls and a gray washer and dryer.  I had some pink containers I had purchased at Home Goods that I used in my sewing room at the other house.  I store cleaning supplies, tools, light bulbs, etc. in them.  It made choosing my color scheme easy - pink!!

I have a nice collection of Scottie linens.  This is a child's apron.

 This sign is a gift from a friend.  It doesn't look like it here but it's pink.

 Scotty door stops.

I have a white wicker hamper for the dirty laundry.  I would set something cute on top of it, but just in case the hubs does some laundry I don't want to make it any more difficult for him.  (LOL!  I crack myself up!!!)

A Busy Bee Washboard (blurry photo alert!)

Pink Quilt

Have you seen the reproduction blue Ball jars that are available?  I bought mine to use.  I guess I better go get some more 'cause these look cute right where they are!

More Scottie linens.  You can't tell but the towels are hanging from vintage glass towel bars.

 If it is a Scottie something, I probably have it.  That is a tablecloth hanging from my ironing board.  I forgot to take a picture of it but it has a pink cover.  Of course it does!

As I was puttsing around the house this morning I came across this little oval Scottie dresser scarf and I thought it was time to give it a home.  In a moment of sheer brilliance (LOL!) I decided to hang it over the washer and dryer hoses.  You can decorate a laundry room but it doesn't look finished and nice if they are showing.   If you look close you can see delicate tatting around the edge that has little holes in it (openwork) which made it easy to hang.  Worked out great.

I just heard the dryer go off so I better go hang up clothes.  Have a Happy and Restful Labor Day!!!