Sunday, April 29, 2018

April's Run-down

April is so mid-year. Now it's May. Time flies. Things change. That's what so great about blogging, also. Time has flown since I've last blogged.

There are still sewing projects in my life. This summer dress. I just really love it. Her mom, not really thrilled over it. 


Trying out a new version of quilting, I call art quilts. This happens to be a peacock art quilt. Yes or no?



 And I've become a vendor in a local antique/market gallery. There's a ton of stuff stashed in my little corner of husbands workshop that is perfect for selling that I've had for years. No, I'm not a hoarder. Just stuff nicely stacked and boxed away from times gone by. Some stuff new never used, some old, and some not so old. My first set up is mostly framed prints, decorative shelves, etc. 


Then I added metal patio art, small furniture pieces, and other new, old, and not so old stuff. 


I need a bigger booth! 
 


 




 


 


 


Monday, March 5, 2018

Let the games begin

March starts spring training and games for all things sports. So soccer has started for two of the little ones. 
Three years old and five year olds games can be entertaining. Luckily they last only forty-five minutes. 
And the oldest is starting practice for dirt bike motor cross competition. So I have places to be and things to watch for a few weeks. 
 
Cohen is not new to dirtbikes or four wheelers for little tykes.  But this will be his first for competition racing with all the gear to keep safe. 



His dad giving him pointers to win and rules to stay safe. 



He can ride and can't wait to see his standing in his first competition.







And 



Brynlee did great for the first play in her soccer game.  She ran, kicked, and did everything her team coach-dad trained her to do in practice. 




But after that she had had enough. One play was enough for her. 



The five year old team was all about soccer. Brooklyn  must have learned a lot at practices. She was right on point with everything. 



She was right in the middle of things where ever the ball was. 



She did good. 






She was proud of herself to the end.




Two Months Later

Christmas was over two months ago. I did do Christmas with family and friends. 


It snowed for the second time in two months, each for one day. I know now I don't need snow in my life. 


January and February birthdays have come and gone. You always need a cake and a gift. A February birthday calls for a king cake or two or three even if it has to be before your actual day. 



There was sewing projects done in the last two months. Another carousel horse quilt that I'm obsessed with for some reason. It's the third one I've made. And one I call the bird quilt. And a new adventure started in February that I'll share soon. 

Now it's March and I'm back. Maybe because it's springtime almost. Or maybe I miss the ol' blog. Or maybe it's because my blogging friends keep on blogging and it encourages me also. 


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sighting of Santa's Reindeer

Out in the forest in the backyard we keep an eye on the famous reindeer:

The guys came to go hunting and thank goodness they only spotted them on the game camera. 


All 9 of them were there.


They just waiting around and relaxing till Santa calls them to say he's ready to go.


Tonite's the night!
 


 
 


 

 

Friday, December 22, 2017

I'm that person

The last few days before Christmas are my favorite to shop. I'll think of some reason to go to the mall. 

So today I went. I like the Christmas atmosphere of Carols and songs playing with Christmas decorations in every store and center of the mall. 


I like the Santa scene. I like the crowds. I like seeing that one thing that hits you in the brain and says, "this is the perfect gift for _____." I like finding the perfect holiday sale that I can't pass up. 

Though, my Christmas shopping list has been made for weeks, and everything has been checked off, and checked twice, I did find a perfect gift that I wasn't even looking for. 

I still may need another trip to the mall before Christmas Day just to get my "fix" before the season ends. 


It'll soon be over till next December. 


 



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Party with the M-I-L

Christmas parties have started. 

The mother-in-law recently moved into an assisted living center. The center had their Family Christmas Night this week. We attended. 

A Santa, a band, a meal, and a present made for a pretty festive evening for the old folks. 


The MIL actually knew the Santa in person. She was happy to take a picture with him. 


 I wanted a picture with Santa, too, but I gave up after watching all the little old ladies waiting their turn. So just a picture of me and MIL. 


There was probably a couple hundred people in attendance. And in case you are wondering, my MIL will be 87 this month. 


Merry Christmas!
 


 


Saturday, December 9, 2017

once every few years

"Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. Do you want to build a snowman? White Christmas." That's the Christmas songs we could sing this week on the day we got snow in the south. 

A blanket of the white stuff sure is pretty. 
We get excited as it falls. Then grumpy the next day with the messy after effects as it melts.


Seems so strange that my color pictures look black and white with one pop of color. 


I made my snowman. Husband says he looks mad. I admit my snowman has a long face and a tiny carrot nose. What snowman has blue eyes? There's no round body parts at all. 


I don't really know how to make a snowman. And I use what I can find in the moment. The knit hat and knit scarf I took off my head and neck to dress the snowman. 

It was good for a day. 




 


 

 


 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

and there was Thanksgiving

It's been a month full of Thanksgiving events for me. 

When one group game over for the day, the little guy stayed over for a few days and his mom and dad went home. We had a bon fire, built some lego things inside, and stayed up late into the night. 


Grandparents Thanksgiving lunch at school with the 3 year old. A room full of 3 year olds and Mawmaw and pawpaws and 2 teachers. We did a craft and then had lunch.

  



We attended a fall dance recital for these two. 


The arrow shows where our dancer is. 

A super fun entertaining night.

 
Thanksgiving Day was traditional food, family and friends. Some were missing and a few new faces at the table. Our emtertainment for the day was a turkey shoot with nerf guns and turkey paper plates. 



No real turkeys or real kids were harmed.



 


 
 


 


 
 




 


 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

fall fest at school

I was delagated to attend the fall fest with  the youngest of the grands. I was all crazy excited about it and volunteered a booth, too. I would have to manage being with the little one and manning my both. We'll see how that turned out at. 

We started with the games and treats. 



And checked our loot a time or two. 


And We did face painting and a pumpkin craft.


She had time to help give out our treat bags, too. 


Fun day with all the costumed dressed kids.


Our little treat stand was built the day before for under $10.
* used large moving box -$0
* dollar tree Halloween table cloth, crepe paper rolls, $3
* scrap wood pieces - free
* a lot of tape and spray on adhesive - in my stash 
* suckers, bubble gum eyes, pixie sticks, gummy spiders, and spider rings for 120 trick or treaters. 

It was this from start to finish: 


Fun!!



 
 


 
 


 
 




 
 
 


 
 

Monday, October 23, 2017

getting scary

Not much setting up for Halloween since we never get cute little trick or treaters. 
I would go all out Halloween-y if I had trick or treaters stopping by. 

So for just us I'm down to one lonely lighted jack o'lantern sitting on the back porch, blooming yellow mums in my frog planters, and a dish of candy that keeps getting re-filled. 


My all time favorite Halloween decor is my two people sitting around the campfire making smores and passing time. 


I first used this as a decoration on a camping trip a few years ago for a decoration contest. I use it every year now if we go camping during the few weeks of Halloween contest. 

I shopped the dollar store looking for what I could get to set up something and as I walked the Halloween isles it all came together. 
* glow in the dark full length paper skeletons 
* black poster paper to make the fire ring
* gold glitter poster paper to make the flames
* string of orange halloween lights
* large black garbage bag cut in strips to hang as backdrop 
And then set it up with camping chairs and long dowel rods with marshmallows on the ends. 

Happy Trick or Treating!!