Monday, November 30, 2009

Giveaway Win.

This is the giveaway I won from Sandi. I love the colors and the note pad is great too. Thanks Sandi for having the giveaway.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

First Christmas

This is my granddaughter Katie and her family in their first Christmas photo with little Addison. Addison is about 4 1/2 months old in these photos.

Surprise package and I will take it.

Friday, November 27, 2009


This is what was falling at 6:30 AM this morning.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Computer Re-do

My son came over today and re-built my computer and installed Windows 7. He also changed a few other things to make it better. I now have to learn the system all over again. Right now I am going to walk away for a short while so my brain can get a short break.

I hope everyone had a great day.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish all my blogging friends here in the USA a Happy Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. Those friends who are not here I want to wish a great day too.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Please remember all our service men who are protecting our freedom to have this Thanksgiving Day.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

3 New Ornaments

I just made these 3 felt ornaments to have on hand for my swap group. I like the purple one the best because it has buttons on it and I love buttons.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Tradition

This is a tradition we have done for well over 30 years in this spot. The Nativity belonged to the churchs in our town when it started but these are new people and they belong to our church now. Hubby has been helping put it up since 1972 when it went down town by our Library. It was then moved to this location. Because it got to crowded for it to be seen well. Hubby is the one bent over. Jim and Robert have helped us for the past several years.

Hubby and Robert adjusting the straw around Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. There is a light above Hubby's head that lights it all night long.

Finished set up of our Nativity. I do help carry some of the pieces and I take the pictures. I also advise on where things go and if it looks okay.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Invasion of the BIRDS!

Today again we are being invaded by very LARGE flocks of black colored birds. There has to be many thousands of them in a flock. This has happened off and on over the last couple of years. We were never in any flight line before that. They do a number on the vans each time they fly over. I hope they leave the area soon so we can wash the vans before it snows. Click to see a close up of the pictures.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Giveaway Has Arrived

This is the giveaway I won from Barbara. I love everything in it. Thanks again for having your giveaway.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Cactus

I have a Christmas Cactus that has to have 2 plants in the pot. I bought it for the yellow bloom in the first picture. But I also get a coral color bloom from the same pot. I love both colors.

This is my white Christmas Cactus and it usually blooms from about now till Easter. This is the close up. The next picture shows more of the plant.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ornament and Card Swap

This is what I recieved from Betsy for my Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap 2009. Clare put it together and I really enjoyed doing it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Won A Giveaway

I won this giveaway this morning from Barbara and can not wait to recieve it. I love everything in it. Thank you so much for having this giveaway.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Another Purple Tote

When I took the purple sewing tote to my Stretch class to deliver it to my friend who had ordered it from me another member ask if I had anymore of the purple fabric. I told her I did and she ask for a tote for a friend for Christmas too. She told me what writing she wanted on it and I ask about the design. She said it did not matter. I had this design already stitched for a tote someday so I used it. I think she will be delighted with it. I know I love it and I think the oval with the rick-rack looks great too. I love the rick-rack as a trim.

A close up view of the stitching. Sometimes it pays to have some stitching done ahead.

Friday, November 13, 2009

2 More Ornaments For Swaps

Here are 2 more ornaments I have finished for 2 different swaps. I love to do stitched ornaments because I can pick patterns from coloring book pages or other clipart for my designs. One swap has to do with where you live, thus the Ohio ornament.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap 2009

This is what I sent for the Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap 2009 that Clare posted about on Oct. 31st. My partner Betsy e-mailed me today that she recieved it. This picture was taken by her. I am glad she liked it. Now I will wait for her's to arrive at my door.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Great Granddaughter Addison

This is Addison, she is 4 1/2 months old now. Where has the time gone? They grow up so fast.

Addison with her mommy Katie.

Big girl in Great Grandma's chair. I love her smile.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veteran's Day

Wed. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Please remember all those who have served to keep us safe and free.

Monday, November 9, 2009


I just wanted to announce the engagement of my son Eric to Terri. She is from Australia and will be moving up here as soon as all the legal paper work is finished. He had gone down there to see her on his vacation and that is where this picture was taken.

Oct. & Nov. BOM

These are my Oct. and Nov. free BOM's from Ellie. I got Oct. stitched in Oct. but never got it put into a Mini Wall Hanging. I just love her simple designs. Only one more to go. I will miss doing these every month. I can not wait to see what free BOM's will be out there for next year. I followed and stitched 3 this year.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Tote

This is a tote I just finished for a friend to give to her friend for Christmas. She had ask me to make it right after I made mine back in the late winter. I sure hope she likes it. I used an interfacing in this one to give it a little more body. Mine is fairly limp but does a good job for me. The design in the stitching is mine, but my daughter Terry helped me arrange the items. I had fun picking out the buttons because I love buttons very much and use them on everything I can. You can click on the picture for a closer look.

This is a closer view of the stitching.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Re-Blooming Iris and Knit Scarf

This is the re-blooming Iris I showed the other day. The first bloom died and these were tight buds. I did not know if they would open in the house but just look at them. There is still 1 more to open but these 3 are beautiful. It has been cold and windy here today and just looking at them made me feel better.

This is a scarf I have been knitting on for awhile. I am not sure what I will do with it yet but it never hurts to have an extra gift handy. You never know when you might need one on short notice. I love the color blue of this yarn and it is very soft too.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Crocheting and SNOW

These are a couple of doll blankets I made for a friend. I used baby yarn I had left over from other projects.

This is what greeted us this morning about 9:00 AM. This is just the start of a winter I am not looking forward too. If you click on the picture you can see it better. This is looking at the neighbors house. Yes it is SNOW not rain.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Quilt Blog Hop

These are the blogs for the Cross Country Christmas Quilt Designer's Blog Hop.

Nov 9 - Gudrun of GE Designs ....I will be starting us off, I am a MN transplant from Iceland
Nov 10 -
Sandy from Pieces of My Heart is from Iowa (born and raised in MN though!!)
Nov 11 -
Terry of Atkinson Designs is a Minnesota girl
Nov 12 -
Pat Sloan is a Virginia native
Nov 13 -
Heather of Anka's Treasures is another Minnesota chick
Nov 14 -
Pam from Pam Kitty Morning is a California girl
Nov 15 -
Kari of New Leaf Stitches is from Minnesota
Nov 16 -
Terri from Whimsicals is well centered in Indiana
Nov 17 -
Sherri of This and That is one of the first MN designer I got to know
Nov 18 -
Carrie from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company is in Arizona
Nov 19 -
Roseann from Rosebud's Cottage is from Minnesota
Nov 20 -
Linda is from New Jersey and she is our anchor

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Re-Blooming Iris and Sunrise

This is a re-blooming Iris. Last year it tried to re-bloom but never opened. I just cut it and brought it in because tonight it is suppose to freeze. I want it to last as long as possible. See the brown oak leaves in the back ground?

This is the same Iris.
Another view.

This was the sunrise on Oct. 30th. I do not have a clear view to the east but it was really beautiful. So I had to take some pictures.