Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Playing With A New App




I was reading someone's blog the other day and they mentioned an app called Waterlogue..I bought it and have been having some fun making some of my photos to look like watercolor paintings. I think I am going to get some of them printed, frame them and make a photo college.


Aren't these pictures great? Tell me what you think about this app and tell me what you could do with something like this.....Sew until next time,,,have a Stitches kind of day..

Monday, June 16, 2014

Flowers From My Garden

This never photographs very good, It's called  Dragon Arum. Or Dragon Lily. It has a very unique blossom, that smells like something dead for a couple of days!! 
pretty pink peony
I love the purple and lime green of this blossom. Only 1 plant and it is filling up the whole pot.
Red Lilies
I have extended an invitation to you.

White daisies that come up year after year anywhere they want to..just try getting rid of them!
More red lilies
Wish they could last until the 4th of July




We were threatened with hail again this morning, so I drug the pots that I could lift into the garage for the 3rd time in the past week or 10 days. And it did hail, pea size to large marble but it doesn't look like it did much damage to the rest of the flowers..It has quit raining and the sun is shining, it is going to be a nice day, a little humid and the temps are going to be around 90..time to shut up the house and turn on the AC.  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day!!!

I like it!!

I just got this new little lamp from Ikea and I think I am really going to like it. It's great for handwork, hand quilting and etc. It wasn't that expensive either. A friend was in Chicago and picked up several lamps  so I didn't even have to pay shipping. Its good for 20,000 hours and then you have to recycle it and buy a new one!  Older eyes need good light!!!!   Most of my small quilting group ordered them...Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day...

Friday, May 16, 2014

Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side-My Art Quilt

I am entering my quilted portrait of my Dad, the Sailor at .Amy's Creative Side Quilt Festival  I have not entered anything in the Quilt Festival previously so thought it would be a fun thing to do. There are many categories and many beautiful quilts for our eye candy. Sure hope you will hop over and check them out. Here is Dad's portrait quilt...He was about 28 in this picture and  in World War II. He lived to be 98 1/2 and lived on his own until the last few months. We lost him in January 2012 and I still miss him a lot.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spring !

 I am hoping that Spring has finally arrived and I want to enjoy it for a few weeks but today they have forcast the temp's to be in the 90"s..now how crazy can we get?  I still have a few areas in the flower beds to get cleaned up but on Monday my oldest DD came down and "we" cleaned out all along the fence..Wow, what a big help that was and I am so grateful to have that done. I am in love with Spring so I wanted to show you a few pictures of my back yard.  The bottle tree is new, I received it for Christmas from oldest DD & husband. I really like it!!
In the above picture you can see part of "what I call" of my herb garden but now it's mostly flowers except 1/4 of the area has some hardy herbs still growing...Isn't that grass green?
My Redbud tree fully in bloom, I love this time of year.



My tulip bed,,  ha ha. My tulips have petered out so I must plant a few new ones this Fall. I have just a couple of more to bloom in the herb garden but that's about it. I haven't planted any new one for several years so what can I expect?
The Virginia Bluebells, I really like them too but I just wish they would last a little longer than they do. They are so delicate looking and they come up every year. We moved to this house in the early 70"s and they came with the house. Soon they will die down and then the Japanese Iris will follow.  .
See that house in the background, we lived there until we moved to this house....it was not a long distance move!!  That house has a wonderful front porch and a wrap around porch in the back.  It was a very comfortable house and sometimes I wish that I still lived there..I am going to one of my Mini groups this afternoon to stitch and visit.....Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day.............


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A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.
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Chinese Proverb

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Another Year, Another Set of Tea Towels



I have another Grandson, #3,  getting married this summer, so I made another set of tea towels for the bride-to-be. This time I embroidered Puppies and I think they came out pretty cute. I think I will just have to keep a set going all the time as other family members seem to think they need a set too! My daughter-in-law has "ordered" a set for their 20th wedding anniversary that's coming up in June!! I best get busy if I want to have them done by then..Here's the set that I made for Amber...



Thanks for looking and I will try to come back sooner than I did this time. This is such a busy time of year and I just have too much yard to get cleaned up now..I hope the rain has stopped for a few days now and it will warm up to normal temperatures for a while. Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day....

            A family stitched together with love seldom unravels

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wishing You A Happy Easter

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE



All I need to know
I learned from the Easter Bunny!
·         Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
·         Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
·         There's no such thing as too much candy.
·         All work and no play can make you a basket case.
·         A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.
·         Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
·         Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
·         Some body parts should be floppy.
·         Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.
·         Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
·         The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.
May the joy of the season fill your heart.

Happy Easter!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

I Won A Giveaway From Pam Buda

Yippee!!! I won these really good scissors from a Pam Buda giveaway a couple of weeks ago. They came in the mail yesterday and I was thrilled to see that they are the Medium size of Karen Kay Buckley's "Perfect Scissors"..I really like KKB scissors, they have a micro serrated edge on the blades, that really hug the fabric and best of all, are the nice big handles...you should try a pair!!!  .Heartspun Quilts is Pam Buda's company..she designs quilts and also designs fabric's for Marcus Fabrics..I really like her style of quilts and fabrics, sort of "folksy" and that's my favorite style also. Check out her website and see if you don't like her too!!!  Thanks again, Pam...Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day...........

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day......................

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sochi Olympic Mug Rug Exchange

I participated in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Mug Rug exchange with Lizzie, from Key Largo, Florida..While I was shivering in below normal temperatures here in Iowa, she was basking in lovely warm temps in Florida so our mug rugs are now experiencing new environments in their new homes. These are the lovely mug rugs that came to live at my house yesterday, sent to me by Lizzie..and she included a package of Key Lime Coconut Bars!! The mug rugs are very nice and I like them a lot and the bars are very tasty too!!


Here are the Mug Rugs that I made for Lizzie.(above)  I included a beaded string bookmark, some micro brushes and a few little quilt labels  I hope she gets them okay, I haven't heard from her yet...keeping my fingers crossed though. Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day............

Monday, February 17, 2014

Joe Carson's Ginger Cookies


JOE CARSON'S GINGER COOKIES
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. shortening ( I used butter)
1 cup sugar
2 T. molasses
1 egg
water & sugar
1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt and cloves.
2. In a large bowl, beat shortening with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 cup of sugar and beat until fluffy.
3. Add egg and molasses. Beat until combines.  Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until well combines
4. Shape into 1 1/2" balls. Dip into s small bowl of water and a bowl of additional sugar. (For a lighter coating, just dip in sugar)
5. Arrange balls 3" apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in 350 degree F. oven for 15 minutes or until light brown on bottoms.  Cool the cookies on wire racks. Makes 20 cookies
Footnote: I used a small cookie scoop, it measures 1 1/4" across. I just dipped half the cookie in water and then sugar. I baked about 11-12 minutes and removed from the sheet in just a few minutes. This made about 40 soft and chewy cookies.  This recipe came from the Midwest Living Magazine many years ago and has remained one of my all time favorites. I hope you will try them and like them as much as I do.  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.....................................

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tea and Cookies For One

It has been snowing most of the day, not real hard but it's supposed to continue on through the night until we get about 3" of snow... I have been hankering for Ginger Cookies and today was a good day to make them. So I did and now is a good time to have a cuppa tea and a cookie or four!! I am having Irish Breakfast Tea, love it, and I like it hot, strong and a little sweet. My kitchen smells so good and I always leave the oven door open when I'm done baking, to let the heat get out.....so the kitchen is nice and warm too!!  I love my Bumble Bee Teapot and cup & saucer. I bought them at a "used" store and what I wouldn't give for another cup and saucer!!  Then I could have Tea and Cookies for Two and it would be much more interesting...so if you ever see this pattern, be sure and let me know..

If anyone would like the recipe, just let me know and I can post it in a day or two.  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day......time for another cuppa!!!!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Pretty Valentine Free Patterns

I think this little wall hanging is really pretty and it's a free pattern from Janome. They also give directions for a flanged pillow. If you get busy, you could have this done for yourself and a friend. Here is the link to the Janome page to find all the particulars.  I found another freebie that looks fairly easy and quick to make. (I need to get off this computer) This one was at Cottage Quilt Designs, a fun blog to look around at her posts and patterns. Sorry, 'it' won't let me drag the tablerunner picture down here, %&%(*#)   Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day!!!!