If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Back in The Thimble again

It seems like a lifetime since I have done any hand quilting. With working on the stockings the past few months, that took away the evenings for quilting. I like to quilt while sitting with "The Man of the Place" in the evening. And in the summer I just don't have much sitting around in the evening like in the winter. That's another reason why I love the winter.

 This is the quilt we made in our 30's Club at Sager Creek a couple years ago. And I had started quilting on last year.
 I'm using a wool batting and really do love quilting it. It is like they said, "just like quilting through butter".
I'm doing an 1/4 inch outline quilting around the majority of the blocks.
 I believe I might have about 5th of it completed.
I'm using Roxanne needles #11
They are a strong needle, which I need because I have a tendency  to bend my needles. I believe it is because I like to load 4-5 stitches on my needle at a time. 

Do you remember when I planted my Amaryllis back in November. I figure they would not bloom in time for Christmas. I was wrong, a couple day before Christmas this bulb decided to show it's beauty




Sunday, December 23, 2012

Easy Peasy


 Bonnie was right about this step would be easy. In less than 2 hours I was able to have what I needed cut and 1/4 of them completed. I would of tried to finish but I didn't start working on them until 6 pm. My brother and his family came for a few days from California and we had dinner at our parents. A couple of hours is good enough for now, I'll work on them tomorrow. You see my Christmas is over for now. My daughter and the grand boys will not be here this Christmas or any of my other daughters. I didn't realize this is how it would be, when my kids were little we always had Christmas with the family and grand parents and you think that is how things will always be. That's not always true, is it.
  Usually when I make a unit like this I will sew another stitch line at least a quarter inch from the first, so that way when I cut off the tip, I end up with a set of half square triangles


 They are 1 1/2 unfinished.
I should get 128 of these.






Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Spirit


 This  usually can put me in the Christmas spirit



Did you know that there is a web page  dedicated to this movie and the house is a museum.


Merry Christmas


Friday, December 21, 2012

I'm bursting with Glee



I feel very lucky in many ways. Three beautiful, sweet daughters, a wonderful man I'm proud to call my husband, and now two little adorable grandsons. We are all healthy and doing good. I'm living the life I imagined when I was young. So you see I feel very lucky but I have not been lucky at lotteries or drawings or giveaways until now. I had entered many giveaways in hope of this would be nice, so when I enter one at One Good Thing by Jillee it was like so many I have done. And because I usually get passed by I forget about checking back. Then last week I received that email we all love to get , 
YOU WON
 Oh boy but the best part was the prize



iphone-canon giveaway


There were 2600 entries and I was not expecting to win.
I chose the camera, I have been wanting just this one too.
Now that I am feeling better,  I think I can concentrate on the manual and figure out all the bells and whistles.  It has been years since I have used a camera of this sort, to date me I have still my 35mm (using real film) Fujica. I had taken a lot of good photos with that camera.
So expect to see better photos from me, that will be one of my New Year Resolutions.
I hope you will have some good luck if you haven't yet.

I would like also to get a big Thanks to Jillee and her generous prize. If you haven't been her blog you should check it out. She has post on a variety of topics and subjects, from cooking to cleaning  to everything else. 


















Tuesday, December 18, 2012

For the pass couple of days I have been down with some sort of stomach bug but today in my email box was this video from a friend. She could of not picked a better one to lift my spirits.

I so want to someday have goats again.
They are so much fun and sweet animals




Sunday, December 16, 2012

Egg Recipe # 35






Here in Oklahoma we have a dairy/restaurant called Braum's and let me tell you they have some of the best ice cream. Well this morning on one of channels morning news show here in Tulsa this was the featured recipe. Doesn't it sound yummy. 
It's on my list now to make, plus a few more.

 

Braum's Baked Eggnog French Toast 
with
Streusel Topping


Ingredients:
1 loaf Rustic Country Bread
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups eggnog
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Maple syrup

Instructions:
Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Cut bread into large cubes and place into the baking pan.

For the custard:
Mix together eggs, eggnog, sugar, vanilla extract and nutmeg in a large bowl. Pour over bread cubes. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

For the topping:
Mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Add cold butter pieces using a fork or your
hands. Mix together until small beads are formed. Add pecans. Cover and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover casserole and sprinkle with pecan streusel topping. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden and does not wiggle. Serve with warm maple syrup.
 
Made in Oklahoma Coalition



Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Day on the Farm

While "the man of the place" was out tending to the cattle this morning I figure I would clean a little and then get busy working on Clue 4 to the mystery Easy Street that Bonnie Hunter is doing. I was making good  time and just about done


When "the man of the place" came in and ask if I would come outside and help him moved the cows to the pasture across the creek. You see we rotate our cows around to the various pastures we have so there is good grass for them to graze on and this time of year the pastures are at the end of their growing season and we will soon be feeding them hay but we have one more pasture that the big girls can graze. So we moved them into the corral so we could separate my cow, Snicker. And yes I do have a cow, she is the prettiest one in the group
 Isn't she pretty.

 She has such a lovely lock of curly hair on her head. She is 10 years old and that is getting up there for a cow. She has been such a good breeder and has given us some very nice calves. Right now we 4 of her offspring's, 2 bulls and 2 cows.
OK back to the story,  so "the man of the place"  walked down the water lane to go open the gates and to see where the bull was. The water lane is fenced off on both sides that leads from the north pasture down to the creek so the cows can get water.

Well "the man of the place" comes back up to tell me that we have a change of plans (very typical) and that we have a LOVE SICK BULL down by the barn where we have the little girls, too young to breed but they do come into heat. It's not easy trying to get 2000 pounds of bull with only one thing on his mind to do what you want him to do, but an hour later we have him in the corral where we have the other cows.


Food is always a good replacement for sex.
Well then we moved the cows into the other pasture, Snicker is in now next to the house so I can take extra care of her during the winter. And LOVE SICK is in the corral for now. He just can't be trusted until the little cow comes out of heat.
So by then it's now dinner time and we decide to go to town to get something to eat.
I when get back, I finished up on clue 4.
This time you made 64 more flying geese (using red & blue) and then had to sew them to 64 of the flying geese that was from clue 2. (red and shirting's)
(This is me playing with the units.)
Feels good to have that done.
And all the cows where they need to be for now.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

No-Sew Fleece Scarf


I had meant to post this a couple of days ago but as things happened I forgot my power cord to my laptop at 30's Club Tuesday so I had to go back to Sager Creek Quilt Shop yesterday and pick up my cord. And I just can't go that far without making it worth my gas to not go ahead and go to the store and pick up whatever I might need for next week. With that said I did not get back until late in the afternoon and I hate to say it but I was tired and just could not get myself to write. 
Here is the No-Sew Fleece Scarf I promised. I had made some quick pictures and they are not the best (that should change here in the near future but that's for later) and I gave the scarfs to my daughter when I was there.
It is very easy and there is no reason that this can not be a gift that a child could make.
You will need around a 1 1/3 yds of fleece.
And the pattern you can download the pattern here 

 You can make them a solid or out of one fabric.

 Or you can use more than one color.

 Copy and print the pattern. 

 Place the top (smaller end) on the fold of your fabric. And cut out.

 You will need to cut the slit that I marked on the pattern. I just folded the fabric so I could cut both sides at once, that also guarantees that the slits lines up. 

 Now it is time to assemble your scarf. You need to open up the piece you are going to insert into the opening in the a joining piece.

Like so, then pull it through the slit of the folded piece until you reach the middle of the piece you are pulling through. Fold it back on it's self and smooth out

It will look like this. You will continue to add "links" to your scarf until you reach desired length or run out of pieces.


Like this



I did experiment and added a blanket stitch around the links, but it is not necessary. Only if you want to. Now a heads up, do not do what I did the first time and that was cut slits in all the links. You need to leave the last one without one. I corrected my error with a decal to the school my daughter when to.
That's it
Makes very nice gifts.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pretty Gift Packages from Egg Cartons

I just love Pinterest, you can find some really neat ideas. Like this one from Better Homes and Garden



It is gift wrapping your cookies in an egg carton with cellophane or decorative plastic cookie bags.
(that's my 2 cents worth)

So what you need is paper egg cartons, not those styrofoam ones, also I used mini baking cups, cookie bags that I found at the dollar store, for what else, a dollar and some Christmas trim to the tie the ends. But you can use ribbon.



What I did is cut my egg carton into 3 parts, have 4 spaces for cookies but you can cut one in half for 6 cookies. Your choice. I lined mine with baking cups.


    
Pop the cookies in  and now they are ready to wrap. If you have small  delicate cookies like these, the cartons are a great way to protect the cookies from becoming broken.




Soooo    Pretty


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