Monday, November 17, 2014

Snowy Start to November

This is the view out of our back door on November 1. Snow definitely came to South Carolina - the earliest recorded snowfall ever and that goes back to the 1800's. You can see some of the branches and trees that came down. We have a little over 9 acres of  heavily wooded property so it's a mess. My husband works out there nearly ever day clearing up more of the fallen limbs, branches, etc. We have to feel fortunate that our vehicles and our house were not damaged.

We lost electricity for most of the day, but it was back on a little after dark so I have no complaints about that. However, our phone and internet service were gone until November 11. I still can't believe it took them so long. We have our lines underground and there was no damage anywhere along the road that should have impacted us. The final report was that a pin was out at the junction box. That means nothing to me and doesn't sound like the kind of repair that should take 10 days, but what do I know?

I finished my Scrappy Trips Around the World quilt which I made as the result of Bonnie Hunter's class for our guild last fall. I like how it turned out. I added the additional borders based on my personal preference and like them on there.

There has been a lot going on, but most of it is just normal day-to-day events. My Arabian horse returned in October. He had been living in North Carolina for about 3 years so my daughter could enjoy him. It took a little while to get the two horses used to each other, but they are pretty settled in now. They actually did really well the second day. Here they are eating hay together, but then the dominance games began. Neither is fully willing to concede that he or she is not the one in charge.

I'm sure to be working on Christmas gifts over the next few weeks so I'll be back to post some of my projects soon.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Pink and Brown Irish Chain

My list of UFOs is long... I finally decided to dust off my sewing machine and get to work!
This table runner is made from blocks that I received in 2009 from the GardenWeb Quilt Group Birthday Block Exchange. I love the pink and brown and Irish Chain block.

I hope everyone had a good 4th of July. The weather was so nice here. An unexpected treat because the summer is usually so hot and humid.

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Quilt Top Completed: Scrappy Trips Around the World

I took the Scrappy Trips Around the World class with Bonnie Hunter in the fall. Voila! Quilt top completed!

After I get it back quilted, I will post another picture so you can see the completed project. I'm sorry you have to look at it here over the coverlet on the bed. I know the toile fabric doesn't go well with "Scrappy."  The two cream borders with the alternating scrappy blocks inbetween were of my own creation and I really like the contrast. The binding will be black with a non-metallic gold in the print, matching the center panel of the back of the quilt  This should turn out to be reversible with 2 entirely different looks.

I hope everyone is tolerating the heat. I admit, summer is my least favorite time. I don't like heat and humidity so the only plus for me is the additional hours of daylight although I must admit I am quite a night owl, so after dark suits me fine as well.

Everyone have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Garden in June

Happy International Picnic Day!
I was outdoors early enough this morning that I walked around the gardens and took pictures of some of the flowers that are in bloom. Fortunately day lilies love the heat and the sun so they are blooming away!


I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Master Gardener Jamboree

This is a picture of my picture as posted at the Master Gardener Jamboree last week on Friday. I didn't win the hat contest, but I did have lots of fun. I restrained myself and only came home with 3 new plants. Part of that might be the problem in finding a place for them and having to deal with the hot weather and lack of rain that decided to show up recently (or maybe I should say the rain that decided NOT to show up recently; that seems more accurate). I am not ready for hot weather. My garden bloomed just beautifully in March and April, but now the struggle to keep everything watered begins.

Grandmothers, as you know, must mention their grandchildren. My new granddaughter continues to do very well. Can't wait to see her again. She is now 2 months old. My triplet grandsons in California are doing well also. They look so grown up in their recent pictures.

Enjoy a wonderful Spring!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Blessing of the Easter Food

This Easter season has me posting a lot more frequently!

Here is my basket.

My church did something we had not done before. We had the Blessing of the Easter Food this morning.
I had heard about this. It's a tradition dating back over 1,000 years and practiced quite a bit in Eastern Europe. In Poland, it's called Swieconka. On the day before Easter you assemble some of your Easter food and take it to church for the priest to bless. The basket is traditionally lined with a white cloth and is decorated with boxwood. It was a rainy morning here, so my basket was rather small - I didn't really want to carry a ham with me anyway! Attending the blessing was fun and definitely a new experience for me. Apparently in parts of the US, people make butter lambs to include in the baskets. Maybe a thought for me for next year...

Here's the scene of the blessing of the baskets at church. We managed to wish each other a Happy Easter in many, many languages.

Other than that it has been a sleepy day here with all the rain. Maybe I'll work on a quilt for awhile before it gets too dark. Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Week

Easter Week has been a busy one for me. Just so I don't forget, I'm wishing you a Happy Easter right here at the start!

On Tuesday, my quilt guild met and we were wonderfully entertained by Cathy Miller, the Singing Quilter. If you have seen the YouTube with "You Can Quilt That Out", that's Cathy Miller's song. Also, I couldn't resist taking a comfort quilt packet home with me. Once it's stitched, I'll return it to the guild and it will be given to someone. Our guild makes quilts for so many deserving groups.

Are you a Snoopy or Peanuts fan? I think this is going to turn out really cute.
On Thursday, I attended the Lexington County Master Gardeners meeting. We had a speaker who provided information on that wonderful plant - the Hydrangea. I won a door prize and here it is! Look at the size of those hydrangea blossoms!

Arrangement with dried hydrangeas

So what did I do today? First time ever, I made pierogi (a traditional Polish dumpling type of food.) My husband helped. Some batches of the dough worked better than others. The fillings were one of two types: sauerkraut with mushrooms and onions - or ricotta cheese with onions. The recipe says to use farmer's cheese, but I've never seen that sold around here. I added some seasoning to each.

The bad part was when I got to the cooking instructions and it said to boil each one individually for 5-8 minutes. We made over 2 dozen! Anyway, we ended up putting them in boiling water 2-3 at a time and it worked fine. I thought we did pretty well considering I had not attempted this before. Here's a picture. As you might guess, it's supposed to look like a half-circle. This was photographed after the "taste tester" checked it out!

We have rain arriving today and apparently it's going to continue to be wet through to midday on Easter.
However, the Easter eggs have been boiled and dyed. I think I'll be ready for Easter Sunday!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Little Girl Things

I've found that after that beautiful granddaughter arrives, you develop a special interest in "little girl things."
I'll start out with a newer picture of my darling granddaughter, Miranda.

With Easter coming up, I had to get this cute little bunny hat for her. It's not listed on Etsy right now, but comes from the shop

As you may recall, I am captain of two teams on Etsy. The baby girl items have caught my attention. I think Miranda needs all of them!  Here are some cute items from 2HeartsDesire First of all, look at this pretty card to welcome a new baby girl.


 Then there are these adorable teething ring rattles. These work for a boy or a girl.  :-)

 And how about this beautiful pink wooden Easter to celebrate Baby's First Easter?

Check out all of these items at

Miranda might need to be a bit older to appreciate something like this, but one day she will simply have to have an American Girl Doll. Look at this cute outfit:

This dress and many other outfits for American Girl Dolls can be found at DonnaDesigned.

And we can't forget Dr. Seuss. In fact, Miranda was born on what was Dr. Seuss's birthday!

 This print and others as well as photographs can be found at SoupDimples:

Well, I think Grandma needs to stop shopping now. Enjoy the Springtime weather if it has reached your area by now. We've had a few really beautiful days and my plants are responding.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Introducing Miranda

My sweet little granddaughter, Miranda Cadence, arrived on Sunday, March 2. She is doing really well and is at home now. The weather has not been too kind to her (who expects all this snow and cold weather in the South when it's almost Spring), but her mommy and daddy are taking really good care of her. I think she is very lucky to have them as parents. Hopefully we will see you soon, Miranda!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Valentine's Day Snow Delay: IOU

When our newspaper arrived after a couple of days of snow, sleet, and rain I had to laugh a bit about this Valentine's Day IOU. It was a full page ad.

I made the photo large so hopefully you can read it. Yes, a Valentine's Day Snow Delay...
and here is the coupon your can present to your special sweetheart.

This one might be a bit harder to read so I typed out the wording on the coupon:

Dear _________
I'm so sorry your Valentine's Day gift is running late. If you will give me a little more time, I promise to make it a little more special. There is no amount of snow that can stand between us, so let's celebrate on February ____.
Thank you for your understanding!
Love always, ______________

I've never seen anything like it before. Fortunately I shopped early.  Unfortunately, even though we sent the packages priority, one didn't reach a daughter and son-in-law in time. (A priority package that was mailed in South Carolina took 6 days to reach North Carolina. The South Carolina to California package made it in time.)

My husband and I exchanged small gifts and cards and last night was our special meal - cheese fondue with two types of bread, Granny Smith apples, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots followed by Valentine cookies. It was so good!

Lately I've been working on my Scrappy Trips Around the World quilt... at my usual slow pace.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Snow, Freezing Rain, and an Earthquake

What a week last week was. We had our second bad winter storm of the month: this time with rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain, and more snow. The ice build up on the trees was just short of what it would have taken for lots of us to lose our electricity. In the next county over 90% of the people lost power.

Here you can see lots of layers of the storm on our porch railing.  

Here is ice coating all the trees.
Then to add to all that on Valentine's Day evening, we had an earthquake. What? Exactly what I was thinking. It was just a rumble and I wasn't even sure what it was until the local weather interrupted the Winter Olympics to say there had been an earthquake.

Certainly this week can be better than last!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snow! A Winter Wonderland

It has been a few years since we got snow in this part of South Carolina, but we woke up to snow yesterday. Of course that meant I needed to take my camera outside and snap some pictures. I hope you enjoy these. What a magical winter wonderland!

View out the front door

Big Fluffy Flakes That Stick to the Trees

No Gazing in the Gazing Ball Today

Would you like a seat in my garden anyway?

View on the way to the barn.

Piper says "Neigh" to the snow and Sydney doesn't care for it either!

Thanks for visiting and stay warm!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Andrea's Baby Shower

The baby shower for my younger daughter is the most I have been involved in creating quilts and other things for quite some time so I'm sharing. This is the quilt that I made for her baby shower. I finished it at 1:30 a.m. on Friday and the shower was on Saturday. Oh, well, it was completed and wrapped by the time the shower started. What more can I say?

We had a wonderful time at the shower and for those who might want ideas for baby showers or just a peak at the fun we had, I'm posting some pictures. Sorry about the lighting and lack of clarity on some. It was a hectic time and my camera, for some reason, doesn't do well in the light that we have in the family room and that's where we were most of the time.

Here's the diaper cake that I made with my husband's assistance:

It was the first time I ever made one and wasn't too bad to assemble. I highly recommend an assistant to help by holding the rolled diaper as you tie it. We used various sized pots and pans to hold the diapers in place until we could tie them and that seemed to work really well. The bottom layer has Hershey bars included. An idea I saw on Pinterest was to shade in the "she" with pink highlighter. We did it, but it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. It took several coats. We also highlighted the "her" on some of the candy bars.

We asked the guests to write baby advise on the little paper baby clothes and put them up on a ribbon that said "It's a Girl." They are attached with little pink clothespins. This was lots of fun and something my daughter can have as a keepsake of the shower. It also worked well for guests who could not attend. We just added their words of advice.

We had goodie bags for the guests to take home. I included pretzels, pecans, M&Ms, and pink peppermint popcorn that we made. It was an experience to have all the cookie sheets of popped popcorn waiting for their peppermint drizzle! The pencil tied on the bag is special for 2014 as the "Year of the Horse."

Here's the cake that I made for the shower. The theme was Carousel Horses. I had a very hard time finding anything with that theme that could be used at a baby shower. These carousel horses are Valentine cards that I ordered online. They are held up by pink drinking straws. There are also some fresh strawberries on the cake. Hollowing out the center of a large strawberry helped to hold up the straw that supported the center.

You might guess that my daughter and I like horses. She is holding up a gift that I bought for her. I marked the tag so it came from her horse. The quote is from Shakespeare: "Though she be but little, she is fierce."

My daughter with one of the gifts from her older sister - a super awesome baby carrier.

One of many presents from Andrea's mother-in-law. This outfit says "Who's Sleepy?" So cute!

And who can resist horse booties?

The horse related presents were a hit with both of us... and how about those people who gave baby advice that every little girl needs a pony? All of the presents were wonderful and my daughter, son-in-law, and I appreciate the people who showered her with such wonderful gifts. I also appreciate all of my husband's help in getting ready for the shower. He was "Super Husband."

Thanks for sharing the baby shower with us. I have 2 more UFOs completed off my list and February should bring my first granddaughter. It's so exciting! We can't wait to meet you.