Monday, April 21, 2014

Wonderful Easter weekend.....

We were so blessed to have a wonderful holiday weekend.  We started Thursday with a birthday dinner at Galloway Grill for my 2 grandgirls who turned 10 then off to Maundy Thursday services at church.  Saturday was the egg drop where they send a helicopter and drop 16,000 eggs in the field next to church.

G'daughter Phoebe and daughter Allison.....
 My kids.....
A good time was had by all.  The pictures were all taken by my phone because after packing up my new camera & all the gear, I realized I had left my card at home in the computer......bummer.

We always like to go to sunrise service on Easter and it was beautiful.....so meaningful!  Then everyone came to my house for lunch and a cake for the girls birthday.....do we drag birthdays out or what!!!!  The weather could not have been more perfect and it was a wonderful day.

Stella and Phoebe opening more presents.  Then we had cheesecake and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Sisters.....


Brother and sister-in-law....


The other gramma (SIL John's mom, Pam) and all the grandchildren.....
 

I loved this picture of Phoebe.....she just is a great subject for my camera.  As a matter of fact, they all are!

Phoebe and her grandmother, Pam....

 
Sister, Judy, and some of her family came over in time for cake.  These cousins don't get to see each other very often anymore but when they do, they have such a good time.
 

 
It was a wonderful day and I feel so blessed to have this wonderful family.  I also am so grateful that spring is finally here and we can enjoy all this outside.....yea!!!!
 
Also, I told you that I would share my placemats and napkins with you when I was finished.  They turned out really well, I thought, and the napkins really coordinate well.  The ticking seems to go with almost all the fabric I have.  These are the ones that are now at Leola's....

 


 
Basically, there can be six placemats (front & back) made from 2 yds. of fabric and the least expensive fabric I found to use is $7.99 per yd., it takes most of one day to make them so I marked them $9.00 ea.  The ticking was $12.99 per yd. & I brought it home and laundered it so the napkins would be softer.  It was possible to get 6 napkins out of  one yard of fabric but the rolled hem took more time then was expected.  I've never liked the rolled hem that my serger makes which would be a lot faster.  I marked the napkins $4.00 each.  We'll see how they do.
 
Hope everyone has a good week and are able to enjoy the beautiful weather that we are in Missouri.




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Beautiful, busy days.....

It's such a beautiful time of the year and it seems a constant effort to appreciate every minute of it instead of worrying about all that needs to be accomplished.  Seems there's this small window of opportunity to get things done -- yard, garden, taxes, winter clothes put away, summer clothes brought out, all those fix-it jobs around the house that have been neglected plus a million other things that keep popping into my head (I've tried to keep a note pad with me so I don't have to leave it to my memory).  Besides all of that, I've been going to physical therapy 3 times a week for a case of tendonitis.  Oh, and did I mention keeping Leola's stocked!!!!



 
The next project I'll be attempting will be placemats.  This weekend several of us took a trip to Kansas City and I had already decided to check out a couple of my favorite stores to look for table linens.

 
Geez......I couldn't believe the prices so decided to try making them.  One set that I loved would have been around $250 for 8 placemats & napkins.  Yesterday, I made a quick trip to F.M. store (my favorite fabric store) and spent $7.99 per yard for the greatest fabric.  When I finish one, I'm going to post exactly how much fabric it took for each one and how much time it took.  We are constantly amused at people insinuating our prices are high.  They need to get out and compare (& please not with Walmart).  I've just learned to make things that I like so then if it doesn't sell, I can use them or give them as a gift.  We also have no desire to compete with China or Bangladesh.
 
We had a wonderful trip to K.C.  We went to see our friend, JoAnn, off to West Virginia where she and her husband are moving.  We'll miss her but she promises to come back frequently.  This is JoAnn with her daughter, Alex......

 
With JoAnn as our tour guide we visited all of her favorites.  We all loved the City Market.




 We were able to tour a loft in this building that was amazing.  I wanted so badly to take pictures but he's an artist and asked that we not.  It was such a treat to just be able to see it but so wanted to share it.
These were the doors in the back entrance.  We had to get on a freight elevator with no sides to ride to the third floor.
 
It was such a treat to get away for a weekend.....especially with this fun group......


 
Guess it's back to reality (taxes)!  I've vowed to have them done by Thursday so guess I'd better get busy.
 
Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday (it's beautiful in Mo.)!
 
 
 


Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring open house at Leola's......

It's been a crazy week and I'm exhausted!!!!  Getting ready for an open house is always hard work but when you do it with a bad cold and tendinitis in your right arm, it really raises the bar.  Anyway, it's done and I need a nap.  I was lucky to have lots of people helping me.

Thought you might like to see some pics of the occasion.  Check these out....

Kelli made these adorable little animals from pipe cleaners & think they're all gone.....


The shop looked wonderful......










Hopefully, today will be a good day.  It's nice and warm and lots of people traveling since Branson is beginning to open for the season.  It will be cooling again tomorrow but by the middle of next week, we're suppose to get some nice, warm spring weather.  Can't wait to get in the garden!

I have a few more weeks of physical therapy before I can get back to my normal activities.  It's so hard seeing all of the work that needs to be done in the yard and not able to get out there.  May have to hire someone!

Hope everyone has a good weekend.....

Say a little prayer for Barb Conner http://simplyiowa.blogspot.com/.  Her Mom died last night and her husband has just had surgery.  She's a good friend of ours from Iowa and she seems to have more then her share of pain right now.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Some definite signs of Spring.....

Yesterday it hit 80 degrees in Missouri and overnight the wind blew with a vengeance and it got cold again.  At least the sun is out today and tomorrow we're back on the road to Spring.  This is Spring break for my grand kids and except for today has just been perfect weather.  Here are a few signs I've seen.....

My first wasp.....
The moss is so green down around the creek.  Made me want to take my shoes off and walk on it.
Stella and I went for a long walk on Sunday and managed to get some really good pictures with my new camera.  Stella is such a fun subject.....
 
 
 A nice gentleman offered to take a picture of us.....
 I know it's hard to tell but this is a heart-shaped rock that Stella found for me....
 It was such a beautiful day and so appreciated after so much cold...
 
We're so glad we put off our Spring Open House at Leola's until next weekend.  It's so hard to get any motivation when it still feels like winter but these last few warm, sunny days have inspired me to get some things done.
 
Hope it's Spring everywhere very soon.  


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rainy Saturday......

I've really been a slacker this winter with my blog but too many things kept getting in my way like sitting, reading, eating, and stareing out the window at the snow!  I just don't have much get-up-and-go in the winter anymore.  It isn't even depression.....it's just flat-out laziness!  Next year I'm thinking seriously about going away to where it's warmer for awhile.

Anyway, for now I'm thinking Spring!  Yesterday was gorgeous!  We had a good week at Leola's and I actually sold some furniture.  The desire has been strong to sew with ticking so this was my initial project....

 
I've always loved ticking and by all I've seen, it looks to be big this spring and summer.  Not that it matters to me a whole lot since I've always used it!
 
 
 
I think I'll do some more pillows then maybe a duvet.  A duvet takes so much fabric and it's so expensive and then there's all the time involved.  Usually, when I make something like this, it's something that I wouldn't mind keeping for myself.....just in case!

Love this old tool box!  It was so dirty and just raw wood so it's now clean and has a new coating of polyurethane on it.  That's another thing I love.....old handmade tool boxes.  I'd love to have about 5 pots of ivy growing in it or maybe pots of oregano and thyme.

 


 
Loved this arrangement that Brenda did....


 
 
And would this table not be wonderful for a coffee table and have some kids chairs to set around it when kids come over and want to eat in front of the TV.  Mine love to do that because I have Disney and they don't have cable at home.
 


 
And, yes, these are buds on the trees.....


 
And this is one of my many squirrels that love my backyard and all of my birdfeeders....

 
Hope this finds everyone (all 3 of you) well and wishing you a wonderful weekend.  Wanted to post our open house invitation and with it comes a personal invitation for a wonderful evening and weekend to welcome Spring (I'm making cookies).


 
PEACE.....

picture from Country Living