Sewing

mug rugs

IMG_0100

IMG_0098

IMG_0096

I've been making things for my booth and these mug rugs turned out so cute and my little swim fish pincushion find, I'm just loving him.  Gasp!!!! There's a loose thread in my bottom photo LOL!  

I'm still posting from my iPad and this post is from my phone. Let me know what you think, especially if you are viewing my blog from your computers or laptops. Are my photos ok?  I'm thinking if I can post from my phone or iPad I just might post more.

Thoughts?


eagles and sewing

We took a drive the other day out to Prairie du Chien and on the way out we went by the eagles nest.  This is actually a new nest that the eagles built, which is nice because I can get better shots of the new nest without having to walk along the field to get closer.

Eagles nest

Someone was home sitting on the nest, you can barely see it's head.

Eagle in nest

I ran up to the Dells to shop today, I fought the high winds that we had, and on the way back home I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things.  It always brings a smile to my face when I see a buggy at the hitching post and seeing a hitching post outside of stores around here is something I had never experienced until moving here.

Buggy

I found a wallet and an overnight bag pattern I've been wanting to make, so when I got home I made a pot of chicken vegetable soup and then headed to my sewing room to make the "Handy Wallet".  I found both the patterns in a magazine.  It's still pretty drab around here so I thought I would go outside of my box and pick brighter colors for the wallet and overnight bag which is called "The Weekender".

Wallet

Now that winter seems to be almost over and spring is just around the corner it feels so good to be getting out and about.


seasons over

The sap run is over and a total of 980 gallons of sap was gathered and 16.9 gallons of syrup was made.  It seemed a bit early to be tapping trees and we actually thought for a brief second about waiting.  Boy am I glad we didn't wait.  The temperature now is way too warm for the sap to be running and what is coming out of the trees is not good.  So, it's closed up for the season or unless we get a sugar snow then we might boil again.

First syrup

I have not been in my sewing room other than making an Easter dress for one of the granddaughters and it fit perfectly.  I haven't done any smocking in so long, I'm glad I didn't forget how to do it.

Smocked dress

I started this knitting project back in August on our trip west for our daughters wedding, I'm finally picking it up again.

Knitting

I feel like I've missed so much on blogland.  I didn't mean to be gone for so long from the blog, but it was busy around here gathering and making syrup and company came to help so that kept me away.


in my spare time

Ha, what spare time :)  I have been going back and forth helping to get my mother settled into a long term care facility.  We did and all her things from her apartment have been either packed up to be stored or taken to St Vincent De Paul for donation, or lovingly went home with a family member.

I managed to get a couple of things finished up in all the running I've been doing.  I started this lap quilt at the last quilt retreat that I had been on.

Spring quilt

This one didn't get finished in time for the last holiday season, but it's done for the one coming up.  It's a mystery table runner that I had made.  I'm not sure if I'm going to use it as a table runner or a wall hanging. 

Christmas table runner

The little time I spent in my sewing room sure felt good.

It's September 1st today and I'm wondering where August went.

 


making yo-yo's

Yo-yo's

I can't believe that I have never made a yo-yo before.  I guess I have never made anything that required yo-yo's in the project, that is until now.  I'm making the Lollipop Lane wall hanging.  We'll see how it goes and if I get sick of making them.  So far I have 11 made and have 53 more to go.  But they are all cut and I can just sit and sew them up while watching a movie or one of my favorite shows.

Woke up this morning to a very foggy, damp and humid day, tho it's not that hot.  We also had some excitement with Sadie trying to fight the raccoon that got trapped inside the live trap.  She got bit by one awhile back and absolutely hates them now.  We've had some raccoon problems with them coming up on the deck making a mess in the bird feeders and actually ripping one of my bird feeders apart, and leaving calling cards with their mess that we have to clean up. 

So they are not very welcome here I have to say.

Forgive me with the color changes on the blog.  I'm trying to figure out which background color I like, so I've been playing around some.

I wish you all an awesome day today.

 


double diamond

Eyeglass case

It feels good to be sewing again.  I borrowed a friends Double Diamond Ruler at the quilt retreat I had just got back from, so I made an eye glass case.  It was a very nice few days there sewing, but it does feel good to be home again.  I know, I just got home and I took off again.  What can I say, I just love those quilt retreats.

Sugaring will be starting up soon so it will be busy around here dealing with that.  Mr does needs to do some repair work on the evaporator arch so the fire burns evenly.

Life just continues to move along, and I'm moving right along with it :)

Y'all have an awesome day today!

 


a busy week

What an awesome week we had with the grandsons.  Mr kept them busy doing "manly" things.

Grand boys

I, on the other hand, did "womanly" things.  I thought I'd share with you the quilt I posted a few days ago, it's the quilt that I had finished at the last re-treat I had gone on, it's called a tossed nine patch or disappearing nine patch, I had made the top a year ago.

Tossed nine patch

I did make another bag/purse for myself, it's the Newport Bag.  I didn't like the length of the handle so I cut it and tied it in a knot.

Bag

We brought the boys halfway home, we met our daughter in Rochester Minnesota which is about halfway between us and then took off down the road to Beloit Wisconsin to drop off our other grandson.  We met our daughter there as our granddaughter was in Rockford Il at a softball tournament.  As we crossed the Mississippi in LaCrosse Wi we stopped at the rest area and took a walk down by the river to stretch our legs.

River

It was a long day and we took different way home, instead of driving on the highway we took the back roads.  We found this cute barn quilt and a nice place to have dinner.

Barn quilt

I do have to say that I don't have the energy that I used to, but I do have more patience.

It was fun spoiling them and then sending them back to their parents :))))

Isn't that what grandparents are supposed to do?

 


shop till you drop tote

Black and white bag

I've been doing a bit of sewing and I've got a thing for bags and totes right now.  I found this pattern on Craftsy.  The inside is lined with the fabric that I made the handles with.

We've had some rainy stormy weather the past couple of days and the Madison area got hit by the storm.  The grandsons have been having fun and Mr has been keeping them so busy that they are sleeping in late.

Well, it's back to the sewing room to finish up another bag/purse that is half done.

 


i'm confused

Someone verify for me please, are we in the month of July or is it really October?  I don't think the temps today even got out of the 50's, if they did it was just barely.  I haven't been out taking photos lately so I thought I would show you some more bags that I have been working on.  I didn't have a pattern so I made my own.  I incorporated all the things I want in a hipster bag.  I even dug in the button tins that I got from my mom, who most likely got from my grandma and found a couple of neat buttons to add to the bags.

Hipster bag brown

I couldn't stop at just one :)

Hipster blue-brown

Inside blue-brown

I saw this recipe on the Craftsy blog and thought it sounded delicious.

 

Tangy Carolina Barbecue Sauce 

1 cup apple cider vinegar  

1 cup ketchup 

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup yellow mustard

1 tablespoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

dash of Worcestershire sauce

Dump everything into a medium saucepan set to low heat. Whisk together to combine. Increase

Simmer, stirring often, for 15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by 1/3.

Remove from the heat and store in a one pint mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe found on Craftsy blog.

 

Hope Y'All have a wonderful night.

 

Tangy carolina barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce

Step 1:

Dump everything into a medium saucepan set to low heat. Whisk together to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.

Step 2:

Simmer, stirring often, for 15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by 1/3.

Step 3:

Remove from the heat and store in a one pint mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

- See more at: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/07/homemade-barbecue-sauce/#sthash.sk7gfok0.dpuf

Tangy carolina barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce

Step 1:

Dump everything into a medium saucepan set to low heat. Whisk together to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.

Step 2:

Simmer, stirring often, for 15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by 1/3.

Step 3:

Remove from the heat and store in a one pint mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

- See more at: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/07/homemade-barbecue-sauce/#sthash.sk7gfok0.dpuf

bring on the heat

I don't care if the temps get in the 90's this summer, because now we have air, central air that is.  Truth be told, Mr would have lived without it, I on the other hand cannot, but with the parents moving in we really had to get it (insert a big smile here).  Just a couple of things to do before they come.

I've been enjoying my new sewing room and was inspired at the retreat to make some bags for myself.  I've only made a few and I have to say have never been happy with them.  I made the small bag out of Moda's Glamping Charm Pack and found the pattern here.  I changed it up some, so it doesn't resemble the pattern a whole lot.  The other bag is made out of charm packs and I can't remember the name or the pattern at the moment.  I loved the front pocket on the big bag and so I put it on the smaller bag.

2 bags

I have started another blog that is called down a country road where I post photos of what I see down a country road.  Since I pretty much travel down country roads everywhere I go around here I thought that blog name would be fitting.

The barn is going great.  When I arrived home from the retreat the guys were putting up the third 22 ft. barn pole.  Before I left I helped Mr put one of the smaller poles up, those babies are heavy :)  Again our neighbor came to help, I think he wanted to see how his homemade boom would work, I'd say it worked just fine. 

But the BEST thing that didn't happen, was NO ONE got hurt putting these tall barn poles up.

Putting up a pole

Setting the pole

Leveling

At the top

I'm off to get that last thing on the to-do list of things to get done before the parents come.  I hope Y'All have a wonderful weekend.