Friday, April 29, 2011

A New Addition!

It has been several weeks since I posted.    I mean too, and then the day gets away from me.   I have started back with my early morning gym visits and meal planning. It takes time to exercise and eat right,
but it is so worth it.     I feel better, and have more energy.     I am trying to make it a habit.    It is amazing how the bad things become a habit so easily and doing things that are good for you takes such effort.

But enough about that,    I have a new granddaughter.      Her name is Eliyah, and she was born on April 22nd and weighed 8lbs 10oz.    I haven't gotten to hold her, but I think I am going to have to go to Missouri soon.    In case you couldn't tell from my blog and my previous posts.     My grandchildren are my favorite thing.    

Want to share your favorite thing.    Join us at "Favorite Things Friday"    and post a link to your favorite things.     Thanks Shay for hosting this link party.    

I am working on some stitchery projects.  I will probably have some pictures this weekend.   Have a great weekend.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

We Finally Found It!

My husband and I love to look at old stuff.   We love old stuff and most of our furnishings are vintage or antique.   It doesn't necessarily have to be that old, just something we like.   We go to yard sales, junk shops, consignment stores, antique and vintage shops.   We look for just that thing we would like to buy.    We have gotten much more interested in replacing that dead microwave with one from the flea market that was $10.  Or cooking in that cast iron skillet that we found in the flea market in GA, than buying a new set of Emeril or Rachel Ray cookware.    I guess it is a sign we are getting older, that older things have more meaning to us.     We have been searching for a cabinet to go in our dining room to put linens, my mom's china and some other things in.    Today at an estate sale, we found it.   

I think it is maple.   The drawers have tongue and groove construction and it is a good solid piece.    I can't wait to load it up.    The great thing is that it only cost us $100.00 dollars.      We have been looking at pieces and were sure we were going to have to spend between $200.00 & $300.00 on something nice, but we waited and found a great piece for a great price.   

I love it when that happens.   Isn't it lovely.


Friday, April 15, 2011

And the Winner Is!

I loved all of the comments about camping, gardening.    I can relate to so many of the stories.     I found that many of you love to grow things and many love to camp, but don't get to do it often enough.    

Thank you so much for helping me to celebrate my one year anniversary.    

The winner of the fat quarter bundle is comment #46 - Karyli of Sew and So on.    

Karyli said...

We are tent campers and my kiddos love it. Any sunny day in the frozen winter they ask if we can go camping today because they just can't wait for it to warm up.

I hope it warms up so your kids  can get their camping fix on.    

You should be getting an email from me in the next day or so.    I will get your snail mail and those beautiful fat quarters will be on their way to your house.

Thanks again for all of your comments.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Few Give A Ways

My blog- aversary and my give away, got me thinking about all the wonderful things I had won and how I liked to get packages in the mail.

So I decided to do a post today about give aways I have run across lately and give my followers more chances to get those wonderful moments with the post, as well as fulfill my "blog about it"  obligations to the giveaways.    

Here are a few.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio     a fabric bundle of the the "Delilah" collection by Tanya Whalen and one winner will get,  a Suzi Purse Insert & More pattern.

p.s. i quilt    a Modern Workshop Fat Quarter Bundle.

Leona's Quilting Adventure  A quilty bundle of goodies

Want It Need It Quilt's - 12 Fat quarters of Gypsy fabric.

Bluebird's Wings has 8 prizes to give away.

KoolBeenz is giving away 12 FQs of Michael Miller's Gypsy Bandana.

Ardea's Nest a tutorial and fabric prizes

Handmade Crafts Done While RVing  a Joann's gift certificate.

Sandy's Sewing Circle  A bag pattern and other prizes.

McCall's Quilting Blog is giving away a FQ Bundle from Moda’s Authentic - You have to leave a comment on their fb page.

Fabric Seeds  A Charm Pack

We Love Quilting's  A surprise box - For their April giveaway.

Kontant Kaos   A book giveaway

Sew Fabulous Quilt Shop an April giveaway for a beautiful batik Fat Quarter bundle.

Rachelle's Writing Spot & the others are all giving away a Giant Cutting Mat.  and one of those winners will win this sewing table.

The Sewing Box

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My One Year Anniversary and a New Name!

I have been blogging for a year.     Actually Tuesday, April 5th was my anniversary, but it passed before I noticed it's significance.    I also have a new name, as we no longer have a pop-up,  we have upgraded to a pull behind. 
We love our new camper and have another camping trip planned in the next couple of weeks.

To celebrate I am hosting a give-away.     I am going to give away a fat quarter bundle.  I will  do a random number drawing for this beautiful stack of fat quarters on Friday evening (4/15), so I guess I will take comments until 6:00pm EST on 4/15.  

To to make reading your entries interesting, I would love to hear about your gardening or camping adventures.    Any out and out beginners out there??     What do you plant, what have been your successes? failures??  Keeping the deer away?? Do you camp in tent, a camper??   Do you hate gardening and buy everything at the corner market?  Is the Holiday Inn your kind of camping??   Tell me something about yourself.

For a second entry, become a follower and leave me a comment saying that you did, or that you already follow my blog.   For a third entry mention my give-away on your blog.

It has been a great year, and I can't wait to see what kind of changes to my blog and my life happen in the next 12 months.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring has Sprung!!

I put flowers on my blog background in the middle of winter.   Mainly because I was tired of it being plain, but partially because I was tired of winter.    As a southern girl from N Florida, many of you northerners, (read Yankees, just kidding), will not sympathize with my lack of forbearance with temperatures below 40 degrees.    It has been an unusually cold winter here, and I was so ready for a change.

The new look is to go along with my new name, but I may change it again in a few weeks, or months, because I just don't like things to be the same all the time.  

In my last post you can see the wonderful weather that we had for my son's wedding and this week I share a few pictures of some of our grandchildren helping me plant flower seeds and gear up for my first serious attempt at a garden.
Kayden in Her Walker
 This is Kayden and she is a serious joy in my life.   She is always happy, unless you don't shovel the food in her mouth fast enough.  

Kyla & Easton helped me to plant Marigold, daisy, pumpkin & Four OClock seeds.   We are starting them in small paper cups and will then transplant them to flower beds.
Easton, Kyla & Me planting seeds
Kyla shoveling dirt

Kyla loved filling the cups with dirt.   Easton wanted to play  with his new disc shooter, until it was time to put the seeds in.    It was a great morning and the sun was shining and to see the wonder of growing things in the eyes of  my grandchildren was awesome.  

Granddaddy shared a popsicle with the little ones and you can see they loved it.   Raspberry I think.  
While Kayden made all kinds of faces, she kept begging for more.    Love that face!
My New Raised Bed

The seeds were all finally planted and watered.    The few little tomato and pepper plants, given to me by my friend Judy, were finally in the ground.     Check out my new raised bed, put together by my Uncle Paul & my husband, James.     I was very excited when Paul,  told me he wanted to make me one for Christmas.  I am a little late getting started with my garden, but it will still grow.    I am investigating deer repellant, as we have deer in abundance in our yard and the woods surrounding it.

He framed it out and then transported it to my house.   He and James installed it, and put in the automatic sprinkler system.    It turns itself on for 15 minutes every morning at 6:00am.    Now if I could find an automatic weeder?
(Here is the picture with everything planted)

Wish me luck, say a prayer, I have been known to have a black thumb, but they say having a garden is a scientific process, anyone can learn to do it.   I am a smart woman, who can follow directions.  I can do this!

I will keep you posted on my progress.