Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Home Again.....

We are back, arrived home yesterday.  Out trip revolved around visiting friends and family.  It was the first time I and my 5 siblings were together in well over 10 years, so it was definitely time for us all to reconnect.  We started by visiting friends in Colorado and from there we traveled to Nebraska where Bruce has cousins which we visited.

I have just searched for the pictures which I down loaded and am not able to find them.  I am challenged at theis computer stuff and have a love hate relationship going, but I just hate when they update stuff and goof up my program.  So I will have my dear son in law, Chad over and we will try to figure this out.  For today, I will share that I have been cutting kits for this little wall hanging which I have named....."Woodland Gathering."  I have several kits completed and they are available on my web site if you want to get a jump on a project for winter.  I believe the finished size is approximately 18 inches X 19 inches.

I missed the second Wednesday drawing for July. so I will announce the 3 names that were drawn for this month.  Contact me with your pattern choice, and do not forget to include your address.
July Urban.....Diane Marton....Dee Hill....are the winners.

"Be honest, be nice, be a flower not a weed."  - Aaron Neville 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

More from Cottage House Primitives.......

We enjoyed this shop so much......there were many lovelies we wanted to take home with us.

Roxanne really fell in love with this hand painted long box.  After measuring it, she decided it would not fit.  We were already so loaded down, and she had already mailed things home, that it was left looking oh so tempting on the shelf.  If we had driven, there might not have been room for us in the vehicle!

I spent the greater part of the day preparing stitching to take with me on our road trip.  Can't be left without projects.  Have I considered clothing yet?  No, of course not.  We who quilt and stitch know that is secondary! :-)

I will share one last bit from the book I mentioned on yesterdays post.  "None of us travel alone in life.  We all have the power to help those around us, or to harm them.  It is the choices we make that define our walk, defines our own personal journeys, and make us the people we are."

Summer seems to be flying by in a hurry......I hope you are taking time to enjoy it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Inspired......

......this time!  I guess I was so tired yesterday. nothing seemed exciting to me yesterday when going through these old photos.  I've just returned from a marvelous massage, and my lookout has improved!

Cottage House Primitives.....an amazing shop we discovered in Lodi, Wisconsin.  It was not far from The Country Sampler or from J.J Stitches.  So if you are ever in the area this is a must stop!  And if I remember correctly there was a sweet little quilt shop across the street, and a fabulous ice cream shop!

The shop was over flowing with unique and fabulous furnishing for the home.

I love this sentiment in the picture.

There was a fabulous selection of beautiful wool, and inspiring projects and patterns.

I loved wandering through this coziness goodness!

I realize I've taken the same photo from many different directions......wanting to not leave any of those wonderful stacks of gorgeous wool out of the picture.

This bear was Mr. Personality!  Worn and loved.

I will share much more tomorrow.

I have just finished reading The Lightless Sky, by Gulvali Passarlay.  It is the account of a 12 year old boy and his brother being sent from Afghanistan by their mother at the time of the U.S. and coalition partners invasion of that country. It provided me with  information from a different perspective about that time in history.  Understanding is what we all need of each other.  I want to share a comment about the author, who is the 12 year old boy in the story.  He writes the account after he has asylum in England and attending college. "The enemy of love is not hate, it is indifference.  The enemy of love is turning away from those in need.  The enemy of love is doing nothing when you can help your fellow man."  I have much to consider since reading this account.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


.....antique shopping today. 

This is a sweet vintage pillow, but I decided that there is a whole lot of nonsense in these shops too.  I guess someone's junk is often someone else's treasure.

This T for Temperance quilt was a heavy utility quilt that most like provided good warmth for Wisconsin winters.

This quilt actually looked quite modern to me.  I did love the old stoneware crock.

By this time I was becoming unimpressed!  I mean no disrespect to someone's labor of love.

A beautiful shading of color.

Using up scraps of fabric, and making do!

These of course caught my eye.

This photo was taken at a gift shop that we couldn't pass by with out stopping.  That's what is fun about traveling with women....we brake for all sorts of things.  Men just lack in curiosity.....they just don't get it!

This is still one of our stops.....it was some sort of junk, thrift type store, and the best thing in it was this sweet, friendly cat!  He and Julie became fast friends.

He rolled over and asked for a belly rub!

One more prize winning hat......this one was quite stunning!

"Reading is a pleasure to be carefully guarded at all times."
-Jenny Colgan

Monday, July 10, 2017

A New Week.....

......and always new possibilities!  I have a big to do list for this week, because Bruce and I will be heading out on a road trip to visit family.  All of my siblings, there are five of us, have plans on being together in Minnesota.  I love road trips for many reasons, but most of all I have Bruce's company over the miles. :-)

Roxanne, Julie and I had a day in Madison, before our plane was to leave for home.  So we went antiquing.

Of course my eye is always drawn to the quilts, and what's not to love about this two colored house quilt.

I loved this rug, thinking it would make a nifty quilt design.

Awww.....I love log cabin quilts.

A beautiful applique quilt and bunches of accessories to consider.

A Seven Sisters.....has long been on a list of quilts to make.  I'm not a purple kind of girl, but if that had been red in stead......Oh My!

An Irish Chain......I love the poka dot alternate fabric.

Usually hexagon quilts are seen in thirties reproduction fabrics or the original feed sack fabrics.  I really liked the use of civil war fabrics used in this one.

And then, an all time favorite, the simple nine patch.

I've know this to be called, Hands All Around......I like this pattern.

You can imagine Julie's surprise when she came around a corner and there I was in this fashion statement.  I do enjoy wearing hats, but this is a bit much......but so fun to try on.  I imagine one of these days I'll pick up head lice or some other creepy creature by trying on old hats, but I just can't seem to resist!

"Just as a man can not live without dreams, he cannot live without hope."  -Elie Wiesel

Enjoy the first day of your new work week!