Friday, February 29, 2008

Quilt Show eye candy!

This was a very cool dimensional one. Lots of hidden surprises.

Very pretty pinks, beiges and browns.

Aaaaah. I fell in love with this one. And it was neat to see it was made by a local lady Debbie and I both knew. All in reds, golds and blues. It was made for a young girl who collects Raggedies.

Miniature wool and punchneedle. The only one of it's type that I saw. Tons of detail in the shading that do not show up in the pic.

A whole cloth miniature. WOW~!~

Another miniature. This Lone Star version was about 14-inches!

YUMMY! This mini was abut 12-inches! The tiniest of tiny pieces in that Feathered Star. I was so happy for them getting a ribbon! They deserved it.

Deb and I had a great time. Both of us with our junky legs are about done it. I came straight home and took a long nap! This year they had additional vendors in a building across the street also. Gasp...more walking. But we managed. And that is where I spent my money don't ya know. LOL So it was worth it. A booth had 30's fq for $1.60. Ones I had been looking for even. So that was a happy moment. And I bought a cute pattern. And a couple of tiny gifts. Overall a great afternoon spent with my sister :o)

Hey don't forget about the blog discount I am sharing.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Wanna see purrrrfection?

Our Gracie baby has the most gorgeous blue eyes. They are even brighter than this in real life! She was snuggled in my bed covers looking precious and I went to get the camera. Of course she got up when I came back. But this picture is even better than the one I was going to take to start with. (ps: Lizzie this one's for YOU!)

Speaking of Liz, if you havent dropped by her blog, you are missing out! This lady does it all. We have been online quilting buddies for years. She has came all the way from California for all my Indiana quilting retreats. Now she has taken over the helm of my Backporch Friends. Send her some blog love please, and tell her Angie sent you!

I spent last night working in my playhouse. The first time in a couple of months to really stay out there very long. It felt good. Right now I am painting. So be looking for some new pics very soon! I got lots of basecoating done so tonight will be actual fun painting. Wanna put new folkart in my Etsy shoppe.

Tomorrow Debbie and I are going to the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. It is our annual thing. Penny decided not to go this time, but we usually do it all together. Lots of amazing quilts and then there are the vendors! Gotta love vendors! And if I remember my camera I will give you some quilt eye candy this weekend.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I am offering a blogger discount again at The Country Cellar. Type blog-promo in the voucher spot at checkout to receive 10% off your order. This includes clearance items. The wallhanging above is my Red River Pickin's. I did it all in redwork but it would look great done in colors too.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Here is what has been occupying my time the past few days. As Shayla says, we play hard and "tiss" alot. LOL What gets better than playing and kissing? Nothing! Especially with a comical lil 4 year old. Here she is wearing the hat Michelle crocheted her. She loved it and wore it later after her bath in her footie pjs. Should have gotten a pic of that too. LOL I insisted it come off for the bath with the promise of a quick return.The layered look is still in I hope. Cause we pile the clothes on here. She came in a thin shirt and I pulled a fleece sweatshirt out to cozy her up. The outfit in the last pic was taken before the hoodie got added. She was too impatient to get her pic taken with her Uncle Markie before he left and I got twitterpated and didnt get it right on her.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I've been TAGGED! Thanks Vickie
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5.Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
Ok so 7 things about me..
1. I hated my middle name until I found out a favorite aunt had the same middle name. Faye.
2. I used to hate pink. Even through Heather's Barbie years, just not a fan. Now I am liking it. Alot. LOL People are even scared.
3. I can eat any veggie as long as it has cheese on top.
4. Mt Dew soda pop is nectar of the God's dont ya know.
5. I have to read a book through all in one setting if at all possible.
6. I have a stong dislike for squirrels. That caused me a lot of stress one year. Now I wont try to run over one of course. I jsut want them to live somewhere else. But that Geiko commercial with them making people run off the road made me mad. :o)
7. I keep a bottle of Tums extra strength on my computer desk. The BIG bottle. Buy a new one about every other week.
Now who can I torment with this? I know it has been going around for a bit. Okay. I pick YOU! Yes YOU! Quit trying to hide. You know who you are. You there reading this! Go post this on your blog with a link back telling me you did it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Family treasures...I love them!

Mark's dad gave him the lamp and cow creamer this weekend. He was tickled to pieces. The lamp was his great great Aunt Lizzie's and the creamer was his grandma's. Mark remembers her well. She lived in a tiny 3 room house down on the White River. My mom gave me the cow dish several years ago. We call it a butter dish, might have been a sugar bowl. It was my great grandma's twin sister's, Aunt Nell. The oil lamp had way old kerosene in it. And it stunk! We cleaned it up and refilled it. I was saying the plain oil, but Mark realllllly wanted this blue we had. After I took the picture, we agreed it was too big for our counter top. So replaced it with a smaller one with red oil in it that was given to us from our friend Tom. Aunt Lizzie's is on the dining room table now. We actually burn lamps quite a bit. I just love the lamplight. Candles burn here daily all year round. FYI, the quiltlet is not purple, but a faded out blue. :o)
I am awake at 5am because Mark called me on his way to work. He was so shocked at the gas station, he had to tell me. Gas is $3.19 here. Phooey.
Wanna see a funny? Even if you dont you gotta watch this! LOL Go HERE and watch this video. Check out the second child. It is hilarious! You just know there are people in the pews with their hands over their faces
Quick Drop Dumplings Sift together 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. I like to add a tablespoon or so of parsley flakes after I have sifted, but that is optional. In a measuring cup beat together 1 egg and 1/2 cup milk. Mix into flour. Add more flour if needed to make a nice thick batter. Drop by teaspoon into boiling liquid. Reduce heat to simmer and put the lid on. Do not stir! Cook for 8-10 minutes until dry on top. YUMMMM!
Have a sweet day everyone.

Monday, February 18, 2008

By hook or crook.

I was thinking tonight "What have I made since Christmas?" It seems like I am always working on something. But from my chair mostly. I have spent the whole month of January and this month also crocheting. Mark-scarf and hat, Jaidyn-layette set of sweater and bonnet, 2 pairs of booties, friend-bonnet and booties, cousin John-hat, 4 pairs of dolls socks, complete doll outfit of dress, hat and socks, 4 doilies, Shayla-mittens, Christmas 2009-scarf, grandbaby hope chest-2 booties, sweater and bonnet set, to sell-3 felted mini bags. And there is probably something I have forgotten. Oh the lil red dress hot pad for Liz. That is a whole lot of crocheting! No wonder tonight Mark asked me if I was needing any yarn? He said it was because he thought the gift I had "on the hoook" was about done and wondered what I was going to make next. LOL He knows I have to be doing something or I go bonkers. And right now I am spending most of my time in my recliner. We were talking about what would happen if I lost the sight in my good eye. Maybe I have posted this here before, but I have keratoconus in both eyes, but my left eye is dark now. It is agreed. I would probably be Hellen Keller in the early years. Not the later more gracious ones. But the screaming having a hissy fit ones.

A sweet lady came up to me at church tonight and really blessed me with her testimoney. She had lived with lupus for 10 years and had been healed. Just woke up one day and it was gone! What a miracle. And what a wonderful testimony to share with me on a day I was really feeling pretty bad (am using my cane right now). AND she didnt even KNOW I had lupus!! She just knew I was sick. God is no respector of persons and what He will do for one He will do for all!

"For there is no respect of persons with God," Paul declared (Rom. 2: 11).

Now doesnt that just put a smile in your heart? I hope this encouraged someone today as much as it encouraged me.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Here is a freebie stitchery pattern to share with you all.
I posted this late in the spring last year, about too late for Easter. So thought to repost it earlier this year. Go HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page to print the full size pattern. Happy stitching!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The snow missed us! The temps stayed too low and it was ice/sleet. Just a dusting of snow. Mark went into work on half day after waiting for the highway to clear. I am so glad we didnt get what they had projected! We have been very blessed this year.
Look who is growing up on me! Our Baby Shayla is becoming a Miss Shayla. Debbie commented she was loosing her baby look and become more a lil person. I cried out a big ole NO on that one. LOL Aunt Angie isnt ready to see her grow up. But I best be getting there cause she is! And so quickly!! Notice the crazy bangs? Well this winter she cut her hair! Needless to say she is not ready to start her own salon anytime soon! She cut them straight up in a V shape. Go big or stay home is her motto huh? It is taking quite awhile for them to grow and be straighten evenly. But they look so much better than 3 months ago. Little Stinker Girl.
We celebrated our Mom's birthday last Friday night at the local Chinese restaurant. Shayla did very well. I wasnt for sure what she would think of it all as she hadnt been there before. We love it there, but the food doesnt always settle well for me so dont go that often. It is a buffet style restaurant so she found lots to like and even ate some shrimp with Granny. Two funnies (And not meant to offend anyone please.)...I had taken her to the restroom and she was listening to the music. She thought they should change the radio station to country and could we ask please. LOL As we were eating she commented "it smells funny in here". Then asked if we had any air freshener in the car because she didnt want to take the smell with her. She was MUCH better than Heather was when she was young. Shayla said she would like to go back. Sis hated to eat Chinese and we had to order or carry in hamburgers for her. AND tell her to hush about fifty times each visit! LOL She likes it now of course.
Shayla loves helping with Baby Jaidyn. Here she is helping Heather give her the bottle. Look at all that pink. LOL

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Easy Peasy Cupcakes! 2 ingredients
1 cake mix and 1 regular size can of diet soda
The ones pictured were made from a yellow cake mix and a can of Sunkist Diet Orange. Mix together. Spoon into paper lined muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until they spring back when touched. They are the texture of angel food cake. To figure the calories most boxes say they have 12 servings. Multiple that times the number of calories per serving. Divide that number by the number of cupcakes. That is your calories per cupcake. These were 114 calories and 2 Weight Watchers points. (Mark is doing the point system.) I also made a batch using a chocolate cake mix and a Wild Pepsi Cherry diet soda. They were like a mild cherry chocolate flavor. Not too strong. Mark is one happy man with his cupcakes now. :o)
This is an afterfact comment. We found the chocolate cupcakes got wetter on top much faster than the yellow cake mix. Dont know why. But they did.
They also have no cholestrol in them. I do not remember the carbs, but they were really low.
We are getting ice and snow right now. I can hear someone spinning on the road right now! Projecting quite a bit of the fluffy stuff. And it is to be low single digits with the temp. BBBBBRRRRRRRRRRR i

Thursday, February 07, 2008

I love Scrabble! My whole family does really. And this is my new happy thought for the day...week! Online Scrabble! Scrabulous is great fun. I play the solitare version. Let me know if you wanna play with me. Just shoot me an email and we will figure out the email and group version. FUN!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Comfort foods make it alllll better!

Basic Granola
1 small box of old fashion oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds. You can add all you want. More is best!)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon (Or amount you like.)
Mix all this together in a very large bowl.
Warm on the stove in a small saucepan...1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup pancake syrup.
Heat through. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Pour this over your oat mixture. With your hands, work through thoroughly. Spread granola out evenly onto cookie sheet or a jelly roll pan. Use 2 pans if needed. You want a thin layer. Bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before packaging. Can be kept in the refrigerator up to 3 months or sealed in container 1 week. This recipe is for the loose granola, not the clumped kind. If you wish for the clusters, double the liquids. And if that is not enough to suit you, triple it! You can add basically any grains you wish to this basic mix. If you wish for fruity granola, add them AFTER baking and granola is cooled. You can add raisins and dried fruits, chocolate chips, peanutbutter or butterscotch chips. The ideas are endless! The basic granola can quickly be turned into a trail mix.

We had storms baby! And winds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And rain enough to flood the backyard and get into my playhouse :o( Even with the portable sump pump pulling it ran in just a bit. I was supposed to go to the doctor today and was afraid to leave. Good thing I stayed. Ran the pump twice! I have told Mark, this is the year we fix the problem. Too much stress worrying if the farm is going to float away! I put in a conference call to Daddy to get his ideas. Can you say a huge mess and ordeal? But must be done. My dollys and I cannot take the stress!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Flu be gone! Make that mister a misses and that has been me for over a week. BUT I am getting better now. Thank you for all the sweet emails. Now onto our previously scheduled programming...............LOL Oh speaking of which, Survivor starts this weeks. YAYAY!
I have had this song on my mind all weekend. Thought to share it with you.