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Jan 17, 2018

Words Nearly Fail Me

My temperature gauge reads 10 degrees!  My eyes are bulging out of there sockets. To top that little shocker off, the electricity cut out early this morning for two hours. Did I mention that my house is ALL electric!  The service men, I'm sure worked frantically to get it up & running but I was nearly frozen by then. Mr. Cowboy had already left to feed the cows so I suffered alone. 
I did think about getting in the Jeep, starting it to keep warm but I have never figured out how to open the garage doors.....sigh. Mr. Cowboy, I'm sure, will be giving me a lecture on the matter when he gets back.....sigh!!

Jan 16, 2018

60 to 25

No photo just a note!
Yesterday it was 60 degrees around my neighborhood. I was able to get in a good rehearsal for my play next month. After the rehearsal I served a great stew with cornbread. 
Last night I went to bed then awoke this morning to temps of 25 degrees but with the wind blowing so fiercely, the temp is down to 10 degrees.
I know I'm doing a lot of complaining but here in my neck of the woods, it rarely gets this cold. I'll need that coat.....sigh!
Anyone else feeling the cold?

Jan 10, 2018

What's Up?

 
 
Greetings everyone. Of course I've been MIA for quite some time.....at least it seems that way.
It seems I've not finished or started anything with thread in this new year....and why is that, you may ask???
Well, I've been busily writing a play for my local community center for our upcoming Black History program in February.
I know you are probably thinking..."What in the world!!!!!"
Well, when I caught school years ago, I wrote plays for my students all the time: a Christmas play; an Egyptian history play; how students see teachers play.....well you get the picture. So, I'm in the middle of writing, rewriting and rehearsals.
Hopefully I'll get back to sewing one of these days.  Keep your fingers crossed.
 


Dec 31, 2017

2017-The End

Wow, I can't believe that this year is just about over. I'm so glad that I have a way of looking back to see what I've been up to.  So I've decided to a monthly look-back on this year.
January 2017 - I participated in "A Fresh Blog Hop" so I decided to make a buffalo nickel mini; a Fire Department block; and a lemon sweet and sour experiment.
February 2017 - I was the speaker at a local guilt guild' next block Marine emblem; an Army emblem; an Air Force emblem and canned tomatoes.
March 2017 - I chopped a bushel of onions and froze them; made a strip quilt; and started making backing from my stash.
April 2017 - Went to Deer Camp with the wacky girlfriends.
May 2017 - Cousin Clark's first real experience with the wild hog epidemic; made another fractured diamond quilt.
June 2017 - Canned figs; straightened my stash; started to identify the feet of my sewing machines.
July 2017 - Mr. Cowboy finds a CLEVIS!!!; canned pickles.
August 2017 - Harvey devastation in Texas; had lost my Mojo but finally found it; ate at Bud Jones Bayou restaurant in Tyler, TX; and Mr. Cowboy caught and released an 8 pounder.
September 2017 - Making Veteran quilts to give away in November.
October 2017 - A get-away to Galveston with Mr. Cowboy; my fascination with elephants; and my celebration of 1600 posts.
November 2017 - Honoring Veterans with the quilts.
December 2017 - My water color venture; a commissioned quilt; and recipe using Chow Mein noodles.
 
And now some family stuff.
Daddy and the little people.  Can you identify the "wild child" in this photo......LOL!!
Mommy, Daddy and said wild child.
See this sweet little face. Who could possible resist her.  The other day when the family visited, this little one wore GoGo out. In fact I'm still recovering......WHEW!
Enjoy this last day of 2017, celebrate with discernment and then............................................  Happy New Year!!!


Dec 24, 2017

Yumminess

Sorry about the poor quality of the photo.
Many thanks to one of my favorite blogs Plain Chicken for this fantastic recipe. Of course I tweaked it somewhat to fit my family's taste, so if you want to original recipe, pop over to Plain Chicken to find it plus some other great recipes of all kinds!!!
Here's my version.
  • 4 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup candied pecans
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup of your other favorite nuts
  • 1 candy bar finely crumbled
  • 3/4 cup semisweet white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 to 1 cup peanut butter
 
  1. Combine chow mein noodles, nuts and crumbled candy bar together and set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and corn syrup in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. This takes about 5 minutes.  Add peanut butter to that and continue to stir another minute or so until peanut butter dissolves. Remove from heat. 
  3. Pour melted mixture onto dry mixture.  Gently stir together and pour onto a large greased pan spreading mixture evenly.
  4. Allow to cook at least 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Cut into bars and enjoy!!!
This was the second batch I've made in a week so they go fast!!
 
Now onto something awesome, if I do say so myself.
Two of my grandbabies are growing up so fast it blows my mind.
Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Dec 20, 2017

A New Direction

So, I'm in a down spot when it comes to sewing anything these days. I think it's the winter doldrums. So I've decided to to try my hand at painting using watercolors. I use to do this when I was teaching but it's been at least 12 years since I've picked up a brush.

I chose a scene and started to pencil it out.

I'm using a #2 pencil lightly.

Now, the fun starts. Watercolors!!!

I know that this first scene is going to be rough but I'm loving the process.

I've used Rubber Cement on the woodpecker so that the watercolors won't bleed into it. Tomorrow or whenever, I'll rub off the cement and complete everything.  I'll also need to do a bit more work on the tree bark.




Dec 11, 2017

And The Winner Is

Hi everyone. Well, I complained about the 28 degree weather here in central-ish Texas the other day and wouldn't you know it....all I had to do was wait a few days. We're back up to 70 degrees (Shout-ie  voice here)!!! OMG! Now I'm sweating profusely but I think I'll still purchase that coat just in case.
 
Okay, so Mr. Cowboy pulled a name from the old cowboy hat finally. The winner is desertskyquilts.
Congratulations to you. You know the drill. Leave a comment and I'll talk with you via email soon.
Next, I'll be a bit sporadic blogging for the rest of December as I'm sure we all will. The holidays can get a bit hectic at best. So, if you don't hear from me for awhile, Merry Christmas.....Happy New Year!!!!!

Dec 7, 2017

Ah, December!

Sorry, no photos in this post. I'm here to talk about the last month of the year in Texas. It's been about 15 or so years since I've purchased a winter coat. In fact, I can't find and don't remember the color of the last one. I'm saying this because it has gotten cold around the farm all of a sudden.
I'm sure you've all heard, just wait a few minutes for the weather to change here in Texas!!! Well, it did, from 75 degrees the other day to 38 degrees with sleet all day today. Plus the wind is about 5 mph. I know that 5mph doesn't sound very much except when you add the cold and dampness. 

Burrrrrrrrr!  I'm a summer kind of girl. I can cool off much faster than I warm up.
Oh dear, I'll need to purchase coat and quick.  Mr. Cowboy went out to feed the critters all bundled up in his overalls, a skull cap under his cowboy hat, gloves, boots......the works.
I'm already praying for spring.....LOL.
What's your favorite season and why?
I'm thinking I'll do a FQ give away from the comments.  Mr. Cowboy will love pulling a name from the old cowboy hat so leave a comment to participate.

Dec 4, 2017

Commission

A girlfriend saw some of the Veterans quilts I made last month & really wanted an eagle quilt for her daughter who teaches at one of our local schools. So I got to work. Sorry I don't have photos from this particular project. 
I'm quilting it on my Janome because it's not that big. I think she will like it.

Nov 29, 2017

Butterflies & Fans

It's been awhile since I've made any round quilt, so when I was looking thru my quilt photos it got me thinking about making another.
 
Here's the book I used by Cheryl Phillips. There are several great projects to choose from even a tree skirt with prairie points.
Then I ran across a few grandmother's fans quilts. I remember most of those fabrics and probably have some in the old stash!!
I had a couple of templates to make the fans but I can't seem to find them anymore. I must have thrown them out during one of my cleaning sprees.
I got really creative with this grandmother's fan design. That was a queen sized quilt, the first big quilt I'd managed.
Thanks for traveling down memory lane with me. Take care and have a great rest of the week!!



Nov 27, 2017

Elephant Fascination

Can you see the sections I've outlined that will make up my version of the elephant?

Here it is from the back. This is the side I'll be tracing from.

Here I have placed the head, trunk and ears on top of my paper pattern to see if I like what's going on.

Sorry, I got so excited that I forgot to take more photos of the process. He's all done but now is the really hard part.
Auditioning background fabrics!!!
Auditioning background fabrics!!!
Did mention, auditioning background fabrics!!!
I'll be doing this for quite some time.....sigh.
I'll also need to do a bit more work on the elephant...more highlighting or something.
Stay tuned.






Nov 24, 2017

The Day After

  Airy Muffins!!
See this muffin....it's the last one of two dozen!! My wacky girlfriend Kathy gave us the recipe the other day when we met for a lunch date.

Here we all are enjoying the laughter & craziness we seem to generate.
Sorry, I got side-tracked.
That muffin was the last of my Thanksgiving meal. I looked around and the turkey was gone along with the dressing, greens, yams, pecan pie and ice cream. I grabbed the last muffin to take a quick photo before someone claimed it.  Whew!
I hope all who celebrate Thanksgiving had a good one. I'm pleasantly tired but enjoyed every moment of it.
Here's the recipe for the muffins which are light and airy and oh so tasty!!
  • 1 box of butter pecan cake mix
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 Tbsp. poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil or Canola oil
  • Chopped pecans
  • Dried cranberries (optional)
Directions:
Mix cake mix, pudding, poppy seeds and water with mixer until well combined.
Add eggs and oil. Mix well.
Divide evenly among 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle chopped pecans and/or cranberries on top prior to baking.
Bake at 350 degrees for 23 to 30 minutes.

Nov 10, 2017

Sippy Cup

Here's a great tip if your machine is having trouble with certain threads. 
Some threads don't like the way your sew machine or embroidery machine loads the thread because of the way the thread is wound from the manufacturer. I use a child's sippy cup to remedy this fact. As you can see from the photo, you simply place the thread inside the cup, pull the end thru the lid & screw the lid on. Now you can thread your machine the way your usually do. 
I hope this tip helps those who are having trouble with threads.

Nov 2, 2017

Honoring Veterans

Just a quick review of some of the quilts I've made to honor and give to the Veterans in my community.

 
 

 
 
 
Yesterday I was able to honor and salute the Veterans in my community. They got to choose a quilt or wall-hanging. They were surprised and very happy that someone thought of them.
 



I am so thankful and happy so honor them & I want to salute all Veterans who fought for our country. I also want to salute all who are serving in the Armed Forces today.
 







Oct 30, 2017

My Fascination With Elephants

I found this particular photo on Google. It represents a collage of images I have in my head of the magnificent mammal, the elephant.
I remember the first time I saw one up close. It was at the Austin Zoo, oh several, well ages ago. Ok, 19......59ish. Anyway, the next time was years later at a circus.
I know you all remember that I don't like things that fly, flutter, crawl, creep, slither, buzz, bigger than or smaller than me....not to worry. The elephant will never get anywhere near me except on fabric!!!! Whew.
I've had an idea for a mini quilt using the fabrics below:
Notice the dark tapestry like fabric down one side of all the others? Well, that piece has been in my stash for a very long time, as in 10 years....sigh. I'm using it in this project, finally. Mr. Cowboy thinks I'm nuts because it's so different from all the other chosen fabrics. 
Just you wait and see how I use it. 
Stay tuned.

Oct 24, 2017

A Well Needed Get Away


Me & Mr. Cowboy were able to get away for a few days. Well he was involved in a soil & water conservation conference while I enjoyed the scenery in Galveston at Moody Gardens.
It's good to be home but we did have a good time!

;-}

Don't count the days, make the days count!

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