Thursday, May 21, 2015

Road trip...

We had good weather for traveling.   I got a couple of pics of the sunrise.

Got a few of mist rising in the mountains, and a pic of some elk.

I took some crochet along to try to catch up on some things.  Here's a baby car seat afghan I made.

So far, my week off has been good and relaxing though tiring, but it's a good tired.  :)

Well, I'm going to try to get some sleep.


Monday, May 18, 2015

A little old, a little new

As of 4:00 p.m. on May 15, I've been on vacation.  Some of you know how much that means to me, but for those who don't... it means, no stress, no tension, no dread, just relaxation, contentment, spending time with my husband and daughter, quilting, crafting, reading, napping, flea marketing, etc.

So, as of 4:00 p.m. Friday it began.  I stopped by a little antique shop in the town I work in.  It had a realtor's sale sign on the property.   It is for sale and they were having a sale and will continue to until all the items are gone.  From what I gather it is something like "the owner bit off more than they can chew" kind of thing.  I found a couple of things to bring home.  Then on Saturday, we went flea marketing as a family.  Where I also found more things to bring home.  :)

Here are some of the treasures I found.

A vintage pie cutter/crimper.  I will use it as decoration in my kitchen.

A cute little flower basket pin.  I will use it on a handbag or tote bag.

I also found a set of crochet pattern books and a book of inspiration.

There were  a couple of things I thought were cool, but did not bring them home with me.

The first thing is a vintage garlic/fruit press. then there was this cool iron, from when they started adding steam capability.

Some of the things I've been wanting to do got done. There were some items of mine that I wanted to re-purpose.

The first thing is the pretty bottle I have had or some time.   It had some flowers in it that my children have made over the years.  I moved to flowers to a vase with dried flowers, cleaned the bottle, bought some cork stoppers, then filled the bottle with oil.  So now it is still beautiful but also useful.

Then, I had a vase, full of glass stones and lights.  It's an idea I had a few months ago, but after using it a time or two for a light. I decided I needed to change it.  It got too hot when lit.  I finally came up with this arrangement.  I'm very happy with it.

I also re-purposed this big canning jar.  It is a 2 quart jar.  It was a decorative item with pickled veggies.  It was old and time to redo.  So all the contents were emptied out, the jar cleaned, the lid covered with decorative duck tape and then it was fill with ribbon.

This morning I was looking out my front window and saw this little beauty on the street and snuck out and took this pic.

Then I had a surprise.  A package arrived.

 I won a drawing I had entered a few weeks ago with Paper Pumpkin.  There were ink pads, stamps and all the paper goods to make envelopes, cards, tags, and bows.  I'm sure it will be put to good use soon.  :)

We'll be making a road trip tomorrow and I plan to do a little crocheting on the way, so hopefully I will have something to show when we get back.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

26 Years

                           SParham 05/13/2015

Today David and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary.  I still say he is my best friend and I love him more each day I'm with him.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Death wish?...

Hi, let me begin with... I do not profess to be a good driver, but after what I experienced this morning, I'm not going to be so hard on myself anymore.

Have you ever been on the road with someone who you are convinced has a death wish?

I'm pretty sure I shared the road with someone like that this morning on HWY 23, traveling north to Ozark, AR.

As normal, I was passed by a few vehicles, no big deal, it happens most mornings.  As I traveled on down the road, I looked in my rear view mirror and some distance away I saw this small car passing every vehicle behind me.  I'm thinking the car was traveling close to 80 mph as it quickly caught up with me.  

The driver of said car got close and rode my bumper for a little ways, and then proceeded to pass me in a no passing zone in a curve.  Now if you've traveled western Arkansas very much you know that you can't see around most curves due to the hills and trees.  This car was so close, when it passed and then moved back in the lane in front of me, it would have clipped the front right of my car had I been going a mile or two faster.  I can tell you for sure it was black in color... but it moved so fast that's about all I noticed.

The vehicles that had passed me earlier in my drive were a little distance ahead of me, I'd say about quarter to half mile ahead.  I watched the black car catch up with them and then try to pass all three vehicles in a no passing zone on a hill.  I started slowing down because I knew that car was going meet another car on that hill and if they did it was going to be bad.  One of the three vehicles it was trying to pass had to apply its brakes to let the car in as there was oncoming traffic at that hill.

That little black car was flying down the road. I hope whoever was in that car made it safely to their destination.  Not only were they putting themselves in danger, they were putting their passengers and everyone else on the road in danger.

I know that there are times you don't want to see a police officer, like when those pretty blue lights are flashing behind you, but I sure wish there was one the road this morning.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

A good day...

Today was a rainy day.

It was a good day to chill out... so I fixed myself a hot mocha

and sat down to hand sew the last of the appliques for the quilt I gave you a sneak peek at in the last blog.

Overall it was a good day to catch up on some sewing... I pinned a pair of pants and a matching jacket to alternate. I'm going to baste them and try them on again before I stitch them up on my sewing machine. I also got a pack of foam to redo my lap desk for my laptop.

As the day proceeded my head became more and more messed up with allergies/sinus pressure... whatever you want to call it.  So I took a sinus pill, and if it goes like normal I will be out for the count pretty soon and will be in a mental fog for a  few hours when I wake up in the morning.  It's weird how over the counter stuff effects me worse than anything I've ever had prescribed for sinus junk.  So I thought I'd better type up my blog before it sets in, there's no telling what I might type under the influence of sinus meds.  

To all the mom's who may be reading...

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Shoo Fly

Stitching here and seeing that... shoo fly and don't come back.

Here's a sneak peak at what I'm working on at the moment.  This block is called "shoo fly".

I have the main portion of this quilt pieced and am now working on applique pieces to add to it.  The new blooms in my flower garden have been an inspiration for this quilt.

I've updated the My Walk tab.  Check it out, I share a hallelujah moment.  :)

Check out this cool pic I got of a shadow on the wall.  The shadow if from the angel wing begonia's hanging on the front porch.

Have a great week!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Howling and Singing

I missed my morning time in the Scriptures because I wasn't focused and was running late. So I took my Bible to work with me to read on my lunch break.

As I sat in my car, eating my lunch, rain gently fell giving a rhythmic beat on top of my car and I enjoyed watching a few pretty little birds play in the rain.

The rain eventually stopped and I lowered the car windows to let the cool breeze blow in.  As I read my Bible, I heard all kinds of birds singing and chattering among themselves.  I even heard what sounded like an owl hooting.  It was very peaceful.

Then the blare of an ambulance's siren began to wail as it raced down the street that runs along the parking lot where I was parked.  The dogs in the surrounding neighborhood began to howl and they sounded so sorrowful as if they knew something bad had happened.

I said a quick prayer for the emergency response crew and the people they were going to help.

As the wail of the sirens faded the dogs stopped howling, I started writing all this down on paper and the birds continued to sing.

Microsoft clip art

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Music to my ears...

I love the sound of rolling thunder and rainfall.  It is music to my ears.

We had a heavy shower move through this afternoon and I had to go outside.  I can't help but step outside when it's raining to listen to the symphony.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tar trails and dandelions

I woke up hungry.  So after my morning time in the Bible, I decided to make pancakes. I had bananas, raisins, and pecans... so I came up with a recipe for banana pancakes.

These are hearty pancakes and I made them big, using 1/2 cup of batter for each pancake.  Two pancakes will fill you up.

Hearty Banana Pancakes
by Sonia Parham
  • 3 bananas mashed, they should be ripe but not over ripe
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose white flour
  • 2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, or the amount needed for the batter consistency you like.
In a bowl combine mashed bananas, egg and brown sugar.  In another bowl combine flours, baking powder and salt.  Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture, add the milk and blend well. Stir in the pecans and the raisins.  Cook the pancakes on medium heat until done.

Try out different toppings to use.  My daughter ate hers with nothing on them, my husband tried a little strawberry jam on the bottom pancake and a little syrup on the top one.  I ate my pancakes with a little peanut butter and strawberry jam.  They are yummy.  :)


I got a few pics this week that I thought were good.  You never know what I might take a picture of,  new blooms, what most people call weeds, tar trails in the road...
First Iris bloom


tar trails
Went to a flea market today and had a good find.  A pattern book for quilting with the folded star, for $0.50 and a book on gifts from a jar.  It is like new, with the raffia, fabric and all the printed recipe cards. I got it for $3.50.


PS, I updated the Quilts tab.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Echos of Friendship

This wall hanging is in honor of the friendships I have.  I was inspired by a card of encouragement I recently received from one of my friends.

Monday, April 6, 2015

An update and a peek of what's to come...

finally finished... that is what I can say about the small quilt I've been working on.

That same day, in the evening, the moon was beautiful in the sky with a halo around it.

The next day I rearranged my sewing room a little more.  I took the two tables that were turned, sitting the northeast corner of the room, to the center of the north wall so that both tables can be used for sewing.


I like this new setup better.  I can have both of my machines set up for sewing and now have room to set up my Serger when I need to use it.

I have started a small wall hanging.   A friend gave me an inspirational card and I thought the picture would make a pretty wall hanging.

Here's a peek at the start of it.  I have the fabrics I want to use picked out. I was working on the butterfly wings this evening to see how I would do them.  I will most likely cut out wings that look more like the Monarch's than use the wing shapes I already have.

Until next time, have a great week!


Friday, April 3, 2015

Just in time...

The other day I saw dandelions and thought "so the war begins, between weeds and man."  But that thought was quickly overtaken by the other signs of Spring.

Like this cute little squirrel scampering about.

Then these little beauties bloomed just in time for Easter.                                  

New blooms, new life.

Like when you believe in Jesus Christ.  Your life is renewed, you are made new in Christ.

Take time to remember the reason we celebrate Easter.  It's not about the bunny, the colored eggs, or those cute little peeps.

It's about the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  Who loves us so much He sacrificed His life on a rugged crossed. Who died for our sins.  Who laid in a tomb for three days, then conquered death, rising again completely justified.

It's all about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the great thing is, He's coming again.   Are you ready?


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

This and that

I took this picture Sunday night after church.  I thought it looked pretty cool with the clouds highlighted by the moon.   As a matter of fact it put me in mind of how God is always watching.

Over the weekend, I went on a shop hop with two of my quilting friends.  I forgot my camera so I don't have pics of the shops we visited but I did come back with some goodies.

Each shop gave away door prizes for visiting and then I had to buy some stuff too.  :)
The top row, in the picture below, has the giveaway items and the bottom row has what was bought.

Each shop sold a block/patterns and if you buy one from each shop, you then have all the blocks for a quilt.  I took some pictures of quilts using the blocks in some of the shops with my phone.  They aren't the best pictures but you get an idea of the fabrics used and the block patterns.

I was in Ft. Smith this evening and stopped by a second hand store before I came home.  I found this cute little music box and thought it would go nicely in my sewing room.

It is very humid this evening.  A sure sign rain is on the way.

Until next time,