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.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Just a thought

I was out one morning with the "Man of the Place" having breakfast and the waitress brought us our coffee. Mine came in this cup. Now I have done this many times and that is to see something and think to myself

I find it amusing. 
How about you, do you do the same?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Helping Others in Oklahoma

It has been a tragic time for some of us in Oklahoma. I have not been affected by the tornado in Moore but there are many fellow Oklahomans who are. All I can say is that our prayers are with those who have lost their homes and especially for those who are hurt or have lost someone. We need to also remember in our prayers the rescuer and aid workers who are helping.
I can not be one to help physically but I can in other ways and if you have thought about it too, here are some ways that will get help  to those who are in need there in Moore Oklahoma.   

Salvation Army
Supporters are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”
American Red Cross
People who wish to make a donation can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas as well as disasters big and small throughout the United States by visiting redcross.org, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity. Financial donations will allow disaster relief agencies to purchase whatever items are deemed necessary without resulting in the additional burden of securing warehouse space and volunteers to work donated product.
To make a tax deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, go to www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 604-7111 or text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts.
Feeding America
Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies. The organization’s food banks will also set up additional drop off sites.

I believe in the power of prayer (whatever form) and how it helps.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Little Dudes 1st Birthday Party

The main reason for coming to California was to celebrate the "little dudes" 1st birthday.
It was a wonderful party and their mother's did a fantastic job in creating a fun party.

The theme they pick was Construction Zone.
From the cake to activities for the kids was so very creative.
I wanted to share some of the clever ideas they had.

My daughter took a sheet cake she purchased at Costco and added some of her own additions. She put a couple of toy Cat trucks on top and added crumbled up Oreo cookies minus the centers.

Refreshments were served in toy trucks.

Fruit kabobs were named Rebar.

Chex mix was called Gravel

Dip was Concrete  Mix and chocolate covered donuts were Truck Tires.

Activities for the kids were bubbles, trucks and these.

Small sandbox with construction truck.

They took boxes and covered with plain paper and drew what looks like bricks. The kids would stack them up and then with a soccer ball inside a garbage bag strung up from a tree, which would be the wrecking ball.

They had so much fun.

The little dudes had safety vest and hard hats but they would not keep hats on.

I made the boys their vests and put their name on the back, the boys looked so cute.

They had made a frame for guests to have their picture taken.
All the kids received a hard hat with their name and then had prop hats for the picture taking.
So cute.

Then the Happy Birthday banner was strung up from highchair to highchair.

Ben just loved the colorful felt letters.
Happy Birthday my little grandsons.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hand Quilt Blog Hop

I am excited about this blog hop, anytime when there is hand quilting involved, I just get tickled pink.

So my quilt I want to share is my blue and white Rocky Road. This one is what I call a true scrap quilt because the blue fabric is from  clothing that I made for my girls when they were little.  
And my oldest daughter will be 40 next month so a good portion of it is not all 100% cotton, mostly blends.  

I have so much fun looking at the fabric and remembering what I made. 

I am using blue Coats and Clark quilting thread.

It is a twin size quilt with Mountain Mist Country Rose Cotton batting.

I'm about 3/4 done.

I do a majority of my quilting in a hoop and as you can see I am on this one. 

 I had a few blocks leftover so I decided to use them on the back. 

It almost looks like a whole another quilt.

I want to thank you for stopping by and letting me share my quilt.
I hope you are able to check out the others at

Hand Quilting Blog Hop

I know I have been absent the past few days and this is why
Grandma has been keeping very busy watching them for my daughter.

I have been wanting to post some things I had planned before I came here but just haven't had the time or energy.

But I do want to take a minute to share about something I'm very passionate about and that is hand quilting.

There is a Blog Hop just dedicated to hand quilting
It is already day 4 but you can still go back and view the previous days.

I'll be posting something on Saturday for the hop.
Hope you come back and see what I have been quilting on.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It's for the Birds

It's my day for 'It's for the birds" blog hop. 
Before I start I need to give thanks to our cheerleaders 


If it wasn't for all their hard work this hop would not of happen. 
Thank you ladies

Now for what you stopped by for.
I have a lot of bird related patterns, especially ones that are chickens

This quilt I made last year from a pattern in Quiltmania.
Then here are a few more patterns I had and thought about doing.

But time wasn't on my side for a big project. 
You see I'm going to see "the little dudes" next week, it's their first birthday.
Blake and Ben, my "little dudes"

Can't believe it's been a year already.

OK back to topic here. 
A couple of years ago while at the Dallas Quilt show I purchased this pincushion.


I thought it was interesting but what I really wanted was the pattern. It came from a shop in Texas, which name I don't remember, who made it up but did not make a pattern to sell.  So I bought one for the pattern. I also checked the internet to see if I could find the pattern but no luck.
Since I'm going to see my daughter I thought I would make her a pincushion.

I changed it a little but it's still the same pattern using hexagons.

Hexi's have been quite the rage for awhile now and what a cute way to use them.  
It wasn't hard but I did have to get out the seam ripper a few times to get it right.

It took 6 hexagons and then some triangle pieces

I stuffed it with walnut shells and poly stuffing

I did add a little beak made of fabric to mine instead of a button.

Not bad for my first try. I would of given more instructions but I am busy right now with getting the garden in and getting ready for my trip to California so I'll try to get to it when I get back next month. 

I would like to share all the others "whoo"
are participating today.

Thank you for stopping by
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