Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quilt Blocks

About 5 weeks ago, I saw a facebook ad for a Block of the Week quilting challenge ~ that would last 9 weeks.  Since this is a craft I want to get better at, I signed up for it, not realizing it started the next day.  Yikes!  Now to find some fabric to use...I went shopping in my craft room and found some pretty coordinating pinks, grays, and whites (this was from a JoAnns sale years ago where the calico fabrics were .99, I bought several sets of coordinating fabrics).  I printed out the 1 pattern and got to work cutting and piecing, and seam ripping, and resewing and teeth gnashing, etc.  This challenge has a facebook page that you can join and with 10,000 members you get lots of helpful advice and a load of inspiration and fabric choices that others are using.  Since they published a picture of the finished quilt, some have even gone ahead and done the whole thing....without a pattern or specific instructions~ this had actually caused quite a bit of ugliness with the do one a week crowd and the lets get it done crowd.  Personally, I am quite impressed with the fact that some can do this and figure it out on their own ~ I am not one of those folks.  Anyway, here are the 5 blocks so far.

After I finished this one and put the pic on fb, Amy came in and told me one of the blocks was wrong.  She had spotted the top right block turned the wrong way...out came the seam ripper and it got fixed.

I had to pull in another fabric from the gray/pink/white collection for the outside corners, since I was running out of one. 5 blocks down 4 to go.
One of the awesome tips I heard from many people was to iron the seams open instead of the traditional ironing the seam to the darker fabric.  This has made it much easier for me to match up all those corners and feel somewhat successful in this endeavor.  Its fun to post the picture each week when the block is finished and to see what others have done. 

It is amazing to me each week how different the block looks done in different fabrics.  I love to see everyones creativity.  I made a comment under last weeks block about being thankful that not every square contained a 1/2 sq triangle and ended up in a great conversation with the gal leading the challenge and contributing the blocks for the challenge. 

These blocks end up being 16 inches square ~ now I have to figure out what I am going to do with them when finished....they would make a cute baby girl quilt ~ if only I had a granddaughter! 

There is talk of another challenge and several have posted challenges from different sites.  So I am checking them out too~  time to use all that fabric and practice some new techniques!

Thankful for ~

helpful hints
sweet comments
a fabric stash
fun interaction

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wedding Stuffs

Months ago, Amy came up with the brilliant idea of having a food truck cater the wedding.....as a joke we told Greg.  He thought it was a good idea!  She picked the one she wanted ~ The Varsity in Atlanta ~ an icon in Atlanta.  We looked it up, we checked out the available menus, we found out we could book it 6 months out.  So we have been twiddling our reception thumbs waiting for 6 months.  I contacted them last week (a week over 6 months, but I was ready to have this task checked off).  I filled out the info and they typed up and emailed a contract............gasp, over $600 more than we thought it would be.  They added mileage, a service charge, an extra fee for over an hour of service, and then tax on all of that.  OK, we are not paying upwards of $20 a plate per guest for hot dogs (albeit awesome chili dogs), fries and onion rings.

Now onto plan B......well there wasn't one.

But there is now!

Plan B is us catering our daughters wedding.....this will be the 4th child we have catered for.  We are doing a Taco Bar, Nacho table, and Ice Cream Sundae Bar....plus cake and cupcakes.  Of course, there are tons of ideas on pinterest that we have found.  The downfall is my awesome Miss. friends are in Miss. and the wedding is in GA.  So we will most likely find some Ga friends to hire for reception help.

Here are some of our ideas ~

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Taco bar for the dinner! Me and Josh have been talking about doing this so we can invite more people. :):

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Thankful for ~

a Plan B
a husband that likes to cook
a non Bridezilla daughter
6 more months to plan, figure, and create

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

RV Adventure

Greg and I haven't used our RV in a long time ~ mainly because it was where one of our sons lived for a year and a half after we moved to GA.  But he moved and it was time.

Greg made us reservations at the state park where Amy is getting married in the fall.  Its a beautiful park and we wanted to explore it some. 

He got off work early on Friday and we set out (just the 2 of us) on our grand adventure.  We had food, bottled water, drinks, snacks, movies for the dvd player, etc.  We stopped on the way to fill up the propane tank for heat since it was supposed to get cold on Saturday night.....and it did.

We got to the park and set up camp.....this is where the adventure part begins.....

We didn't have the plug for the hot water heater ~ so no hot water

The water line for the running water was split ~ so it spewed water whenever turned on ~ so no running water

The lights dimmed when we turned on the tv ~ we ran a cord from the power source outside to the tv for our 2 movies we watched

We couldn't lite the oven ~ don't know why. Stovetop worked fine.

Got up Saturday morning to 2 flat tires ~ argh

Mom came and rescued us and we went home to get the air compressor for the tires. The park is an hour from our house.

Greg pumped up the tires and it seemed to work good.

We ended up with hot dogs and chili for supper cause it was fast, warm, and easy. And no oven required.

Finished watching Sound of Music and then watched Gregs new Jason Bourne movie.

Went to bed....and got so cold!  That full tank of propane and our heater blew out cold air all night long.  We had an electric blanket but there wasn't enough power to heat it ~ and no, I did not jump out of the cold bed into the colder air and run the electric cord through a crack in the window into the rv for the blanket....for the record, Greg did "ask'!

Greg repumped the tires, we explored the park and then drove home ~ thankfully, a safe and uneventful drive.

The weekend wasn't a complete disaster (just seems like it), we went on our first RV trip with no kids, we did enjoy most of our time together ~ nothing like freezing with your best friend, we found a couple of great picture spots and rehersal dinner spots for the wedding.

We are not giving up on RV trips ~ I did tell Greg I was willing for us to drive it to Hilton Head (after its fixed of course) and camp on the island! 

We are very thankful for ~

distractions (the movies)
a long, extension cord
finding a nearby shop to take it too this weekend
time away

What we learned ~

to check everything, no matter what
that laughing is better than complaining
that we are not cut out for "off grid", not w/out a lot of preparation~!!
that Ma & Pa Ingalls and Mama & Daddy Walton were tough!  Not sissies like us!
Have some easy food to prepare for "just in case".

lovely little waterfall in the park

ceremony venue

the ceremony will be in here!

beautiful craftsmanship

can't wait to see "long and white" draped over these stone steps!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Keeper at Home

I am still plowing through my Pinterest boards and eliminating things I don't need, printing off ideas and patterns I want to keep, and generally tidying up.  I found some goodies today on my Keeper at Home board that I wanted to share.....

Free Printable - The Rules (More or Less):

I am called to the Ministry of Homemaking {Proverbs 31:27} | A Virtuous Woman:

beautiful family mission statement:

There's no better place to be than by my husband's side.:

A quiet life:

Thankful for~

being a homemaker
helping my husband
caring for my family
having a comfortable home
living a quiet life
spending time together
being grounded in the Lord

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Life on the Farm

Our bedroom remodel is continuing ~ Greg is painting the inside of the old closets (after he removed the diving wall, and all the shelf built ins, and patched the walls).   The dark blue trim work on the closet, bedroom door frame, windows, etc. is being painted a beautiful neutral beige.  The paint and trim in the room is the same as our bedroom at our old house in MS.  Our love seat will fit into that space along with an end table and lamp.  On each end of the space, Greg is going to build bookshelves from the old shelf builtins/inserts.  They will be painted the same as the walls.  We have loads of books packed in boxes under the pool table.

Amy and I found some cute plastic containers at Walmart that we are going to use on the Candy Favor table for the wedding favors.  We managed to find 10 that were just printed with hearts or heart shaped that did not also have Feb. or Valentines day printed on them.  Her future Mama in law, Tammy, found some really cute flower girl dresses for our 2 little flower girls.  Amy picked out her favorite and they were available in the right sizes, so those got ordered. 

Our dear Chicken gals are nearing 2 years old and have greatly slowed egg production ~ as in we used to get 5-7 per day from 10 chickens and now we are getting 5-7 per week.  They may become free range chickens in the back field and we get the coop ready for a new flock.  Our local Tractor Supply will start getting chicks in a couple of weeks.  When we get the chicks, I will have to get all the grandboys over here for pictures!

I got a beautiful plant nursery catalog yesterday.  I have dreams of more blueberry bushes and fruit trees.  Also of a nice long row of Leyland cyress trees/bushes to block the view through the chain link fence into our back pasture.  We received a box from one of Gregs aunts a couple of weeks ago with 15 or so little raspberry plants she dug up from her patch.  That was a huge "free" blessing!  In the fall Greg ordered us 10 grapevines to start our little vineyard.  Both the raspberries and grapes are planted.  I've got 3 vases with plant starts in them from Moms old yard ~ with healthy roots.  I am hoping they survive when they are potted.  Some for her house and some for ours.

My days are spent canning, sewing, cross stitching, laundry, cooking, cleaning, in Bible study, reading, wedding planning, running errands with mom & Amy.  My daughter in law brought me lots of  grapefruits from her aunts tree.  Amy juiced these for me yesterday and the juice will be made into grapefruit jelly.  I've also got frozen apple juice and apple pulp to make into jelly and apple butter.  I canned 21 quarts of small red beans to use in our casseroles and in chili.  Buying dried beans in bulk and then canning is much cheaper than buying all the little cans at the grocery store.

Thankful for ~

lots of Mason Jars
cooler weather to can
Free fruit (grapefruit) & plants
anticipation of spring
getting baby chicks soon
a great football season watching our Falcons play
planning our garden and vineyards
cheery, bright yellow daffodils
knowing that God is in control of everything

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cross Stitch from Pinterest

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I need to stitch this NOW!  Great thoughts for calming my over active mind.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Honduras 2017

Our mission trip was amazing, beautiful, tiring, emotional, taxing, fun, and busy.  We love the country and all our dear friends down there.  This was my 7th or 8th time to go in the last 10 years.  Its always a blessing to me and a humbling experience.

Here are some pictures of our journey ~

our kitchen for the week ~ we prepared food for 25 people + extras for church folks

Our sweet Mirna with the quilt I made for her little baby son

Gregs cook station for the week

delicious fresh fruit in January

Austin and Amy got up and worked in the kitchen for Breakfast and then went our with the medical team for the day....every day!

My awesome chef at work

Amy & Mirna

Me and Glinda ~ the church housekeeper

young man who cooked our chickens one night!

This dear lady was lightning fast with the tortilla making

the pharmacy staff at work at one of the churchs ~ Amy's first time with a medical team

Austin worked in optometry

I started to crochet one day and ended up making many single crochet bracelets and hair ties

my favorite drink ~ Pepsi needs to sell it here

Floor to ceiling fabric at the local store ~ spent $23 and came home with 9 unique yards of fabric

Made up a new dish ~ Mexican Lasagna ~ layers of grilled chicken, tortillas, ground beef and lots of cheese and salsa

presunburn picture at Telamar on our resting day before travel home

I could sit at the beach and listen to the waves crash for hours!
Thankful for ~ 

*another opportunity to serve the Lord in this wonderful country
*sweet visits with most of our friends down there
*feeding our medical team
*a walking buddy (Greg) thru town (about 7 miles logged on our fitbits daily)
*delicious cantaloupe and watermelon in January
*watching Amy and Austin work together
*the premarriage counseling they received while on the trip
*a relaxing time at the beach on the last morning
*Wonderful hugs & a few tears
*God's protection as we walked to and from the church each day (5 blocks each way)
*for the internet (spotty at best) to hear about the inauguration and the Falcon's win and going to the Superbowl!
*for serving the Lord with our mission team friends again

*and really thankful that I have a home with no staircases to climb multiple times daily ~ climbing to the 4th floor to our room was not fun everyday.
*thankful for clean water and warm showers
*for being able to shop locally without heavily armed guards in the stores
*for the quietness of my home
*for the opportunity to see that Lord at work in other parts of the world