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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Anniversary...


Today is our 32nd wedding anniversary.  We got married at home, by the Justice of the Peace.  I wore khaki Bermuda shorts, a red and gold striped knit top, and leather Mexican huaraches. Actually I had planned to get married barefoot but looked down just as Judge Ruff started to speak and saw I was wearing my favorite shoes!
 
I am wearing my same wedding clothes today that I wore on that sweet day, and I even went outside this morning and dug a hole in our flowerbed for my new rose bush, wearing my wedding clothes.  Not many women would consider gardening in their wedding dress.
 
The marriage license cost was $7.50 and the tip to the Judge was $20.00.  The Judge also took our wedding picture and served the champagne just before we cut the small two tier wedding cake from the grocery store bakery.  Our simple wedding at home means just as much to us as if we had spent the price of a new house on a wedding ceremony, all for show. We left the next day on our honeymoon, pulling a small pop up travel trailer, headed for the Colorado mountains and new adventures.

If our neighbor comes over today to put a new fuel pump on Poppa's car, we may have him preside over the renewing of our vows but that really is not necessary.  The original vows took very well.  We both agree we would do it again in a heartbeat.  After all these years, it doesn't get any better than that.

Friday, July 1, 2016

And here it is July already...

Poppa hurt his knee several weeks ago and has very limited mobility for a while.  I hate it for him that he has been in pain and is unable to be as productive as he has always been.  He has always been the gentleman, the provider and spoiled me way beyond rotten.  Thanks to his tutelage, I have become quite proficient at working on lawn mowers, machinery maintenance, doing yard work and taking care of things that have always been his responsibility.  I have grown during this time.  We recently purchased a new zero turn riding lawnmower.  I love this piece of machinery!  It's more fun than operating a sewing machine.  We have also purchased a 20 volt battery operated weedeater, blower and pole saw.  I had no idea these things had so much power.  These tools are light weight and this soon to be seventy five years young woman does not have any problem using them.  I'm loving my power tools and learning that I can do much more than I thought I could.

This has been quite an adjustment for us.  Life has a way of throwing us some curves sometimes.  Poppa is on the mend and I will gladly relinquish some things back to him but some things I need to continue to do for my own well being.  Learning new things is good for the soul.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

May is almost gone...time marches on...

(Photo Source: Pinterest)

You have no idea what things you take for granted that your spouse does until they are no longer able to do...and then all that responsibility becomes yours.

May has been another busy month here at the farm.  We have called in reinforcements and got a lot of things done that Poppa and I can not do alone.  The *junk man* came and hauled off YEARS of old stuff along with what was left of the 10' x 10' metal building that use to house my porcelain doll and ceramic molds.  The molds that did not get broken when the limbs fell on my mold building are on their way to a new home.  Perhaps I will plant a shade garden where the building use to be. I understand the fairytale cottage garden Foxgloves do well in the shade.

The lawnmower that had given us trouble for years is GONE and replaced with a new zero turn riding mower.  This beauty is more fun than riding a four wheeler, plus I'm cutting the grass as I go!  Tree removal professionals are coming as soon as the rains let up.  They have a backlog of work due to the weather but we are number five on the list.

There is always work to be done outside during the growing season so I will be playing outside until the hot Texas sun drives me inside where it's cool. Creating is on hold for now.  Take time to live each day to the fullest and be sure to smell the roses along the way, especially the wild ones.

Enjoy the peace of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Remember and honor those that gave their lives so that we can enjoy freedom.

Until next time...
~Edna~

Monday, May 2, 2016

Rearranging...AGAIN!...

My studio/nest was originally the sunporch when we moved here to the farm.  It has ten windows and a sliding glass patio door.  This room is ever-changing!  We had an antique bed in our bedroom that I loved.  It is very tall and had become very difficult for Poppa to get in and out of over the years. So, for Christmas last year, we purchased a bed frame that does not require a box springs, making the bed much lower.  Had we known at the time, we could have just removed the box springs from our antique bed, added a sturdy system of bed slats and we would have had the same thing without purchasing a new bed frame.  We live and learn if we are lucky.  I'm loving our new white metal bed, but I did not want to part with my antique bed.

Something had to go.  My studio/nest was wall to wall furniture. I also loved the daybed that I had in my studio/nest.  After giving it much thought, we decided to get rid of the sleeper sofa in our living room.  It was uncomfortable sleeping plus we kept it covered all of the time because our big ninety pound black Lab, Sassy Alice, loved to rub against the plush fabric upholstery.  We gave away the sofa, moved the daybed to the living room to use as a sofa and set up the antique bed in my studio/nest, solving several problems.

I get to keep my antique bed.  Now we have extra comfortable sleeping space when company comes.  I have a cozy place to pile up in the middle of the bed for beauty snoozies, watching it rain, sketching new designs, watching television, folding laundry and a nice large flat surface for cutting out my dolls and things out of fabric.  I am happy with this arrangement...for now.

 And I'm not the only one that enjoys this bed.  Dinky Sugar does too!


Free Motion Machine Embroidery Doodling...
A few weeks ago when I decided I wanted to try my hand at some free motion machine embroidery, I knew I was going to need a lot of black sewing thread.  I sat down to make out my supply list when I remembered I had several large cones of black and other colors of thread that I used for my serger.  I did not have one of those large cone holders that you can purchase for use with regular sewing machines, so I turned my serger around and sat it right up next to the back of my sewing machine.  Raising the thread guide, I then threaded my sewing machine as usual.  This worked out perfect!  I saved money; I'm using up supplies and I plan on putting all of this thread to good use.


Do something creative this week.  It's healing and good for your soul.

Until next time...
~Edna~

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Sweet Week...

We had some nice warm days and some nice cool, rainy days this past week.  I am tickled that by just working in small increments of time I was able to get all of the flowerbeds in front of our house cleaned out and some of my Elephant Ears transplanted into another bed.  The goal for this coming week is to start working on all of the flowerbeds out by our driveway.  Some new rose bushes may be in the plan.

The cool windy rainy days allowed for curling up in my comfy chair and finishing a second twisted crochet afghan to go with a His & Hers set and also to start on a new knitted project.  It has been a while since I knitted but once I got started it was like I had never left.  I also found some time to do another free motion machine embroidery doodle.  It will probably be a pillow front for the daybed sofa that now resides in the living room.  I'll leave that story for another post.

Enjoy your coming week.  You can get a lot done in just baby steps!


Saturday, April 2, 2016

It's about time...

I have been sewing for 65+ years, either by hand or sewing machine.  In the back of my mind I have always wanted to do free motion machine embroidery but it seemed like a daunting task and I never took the time to explore that form of sewing.  Modern computerized sewing machines makes it very easy to drop the feed dogs with just the touch of a button instead of having to put on a darning plate.

We have this very functional ( not so pretty ) electrical panel box on the wall in our utility room.  I finally decided to cover it up with a wall hanging and I'm tickled at my very first attempt at machine free motion embroidery.  As usual I did not follow the rules of using a stabilizer or a hoop and just did my own thing.  I love the way it turned out...and did I mention, I love rabbits?






Painter's canvas, black sewing thread, natural sewing thread, left over pieces of a quilt that I remade into something else, cheese cloth, buttons, thread fibers, twine, lace insertion, crochet, rusty safety pin, muslin; attached to the panel box with a magnetic strip at the top.  I love the frayed edges, loose threads and free flowing machine doodling.

Take some time to do things you have always dreamed of.  Discover the possibilities!  An accomplished desire is sweet for the soul.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Letting go...


Letting go is a process and it takes time.  Even letting go of that old comfortable sweatshirt with the holes in it takes time. Once I got rid of the sweatshirt, I still catch myself going to the closet to find it, only to realize it's gone. Old habits are hard to break.

My sweet Auntie passed away on Christmas day last year.  She was more like a sister than an aunt. I find comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering, but I still miss her.  Family members have finally decided to follow their heart with their love of traveling and adventure. I find comfort in knowing they are happy.  A wacky and funny friend of ten plus years decided to walk away with no explanation. I find comfort in knowing they are doing what is best for them.

I still catch myself wanting to share things with these people only to realize I don't have that responsibility any more.  Yes, letting go does take time; not just a day or a week but some day in the future you realize you have healed and only the sweet memories remain.

Time is a healer, a friend, a maker of dreams.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Quite work stitching...

Needlework Tip: When working with a larger piece, put it in a pillow case. It is easier to handle and keeps your project clean.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

February Happenings...

February has been a whirlwind of activities here at the farm.  A visit from Sis and Nieces is always delightful; lots of love, laughing and conversation.  Family and friends coming and going and news of a wedding in mid summer add to the mix along with new adventures on the horizon for me.  I have found renewed energy due to some negative things that have removed themselves from my life. It's amazing how time takes care of some problems if you just leave them alone.

Since I decided to part with my kilns and supplies the end of last year, I am finally ready to tackle my mold storage building that was destroyed by a couple of large tree limbs falling on the roof a few years ago. I have not had the heart to deal with the damaged and broken ceramic and porcelain doll molds, but now it's time.  So, I put on my boots and my hard hat, cut away the tarps and went inside to survey the damage.  About two thirds can be salvaged and my friend that got my kilns will have lots of molds to play with. Getting them moved to a new location is next on the agenda. This is an old picture when the first limb fell.  The second one destroyed the roof and blew all the sides out.


We basically have not had any winter this year with only a few nights that reached below freezing. Trees and flowering bulbs are already coming to life.  We had sleet and snow last March so we will see what March has to offer this year. Hopefully sun shinny days so I can get this project finished.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

January's End...

I don't know about you, but January flew by for me!  Decluttering and organizing have become my new hobby and I don't seem to be making a dent.  I have read if you want to change your life, you need to change your daily habits. Old habits are hard to break but I am trying to spend less time on Face Book and more time in the kitchen and taking care of house duty chores.  Our home has been neglected after years of crafting.

My hoard of fabric is slowly getting organized into three drawer clear plastic carts so maybe I will be able to find that special piece of fabric when an idea pops into my head.  I'm still working to organize my workshop.

I did manage to finish a crocheted Twisted Cable Afghan throw to keep us warm.  Thank you to Pinterest for the inspiration.  There is nothing more soothing than sitting in my comfy chair and doing quiet needlework.


We have a bird theme going on in our home.  Years ago I painted a picture of Canada Geese that sits on our fireplace mantle.  Recently I found a pattern by Raven's Haven for a sweet Canada Goose so I stitched, stuffed, painted and made my version of her pattern. It makes a sweet companion piece.

The necklace is a free style hand cut heart made from paper clay and attached to a crochet twine chain.

You can revisit two of my Instant Download EPatterns ©2010 in my ETSY SHOP.




Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Be extra special sweet to the one you love!

Until next time...


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Chewy Granola Protein Bars

It's rainy and chilly today; a perfect time to be in the kitchen baking something quick and good!




Chewy Granola Protein Bars
Preheat oven to 325*
2 Cups Oats
1/2 Cup Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/2 Cup all purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Cup dried fruit ( I used dried cranberries this time)
1/4 to 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seeds
(You can add up to a total of 2 Cups of dried fruit, chopped fruit, coconut, chopped nuts, seeds, chocolate chips)
1/2 Cup (1 stick) melted Butter
1/2 Cup Honey
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

Mix well.  Add a tiny bit of water if you still have some dry ingredients that have not mixed; just enough to make the mixture moist.  You don't want it runny.  Press into a greased 8" x 8" pan.  Bake at 325* for 20 minutes.  Cool.  Cut into bars.  Store in fridge or freezer.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Treats Sisters EPattern

I had hoped to release this epattern much earlier but alas, it didn't happen.  Here's hoping you still have time to make and enjoy these cuties for this Halloween.  Instant Download Epattern is available HERE IN MY ETSY SHOP.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Grandma's Wash Pot

My Mother fell in this wash pot when she was a child and was scalded badly; not expected to live. Thankfully she survived. She would have been 99 years old this past August, so this wash pot is old, old, old! I put it to good use.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I'm not Superstitious...

I'm not Superstitious...just a Little Stitious!

Meet Stitious, the Cat; 19-1/2 inches of sewing and painting fun just in time for your Autumn decorating.  Now available as an Instant Download EPattern in my ETSY Shop. CLICK HERE

Happy First Day of Autumn!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New Vintage Rabbit EPattern

I have a new Instant Dowload EPattern listed in my ETSY Shop.  Did I mention I love Rabbits?




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Winding down...

Summer is winding down and not soon enough for me I might add.  It was 112 degrees yesterday and we have not had any rain in weeks.  Getting rid of all of my kilns and supplies in my Workshop has allowed me to move my work table out of my Studio/Nest to my Workshop.  Since the weather is so hot, I decided to devote this time to re-arranging my studio/nest where I spend most of my time.  Getting rid of a few things and moving the furniture around has given me the feeling of much more space.  It has taken me since January of this year but I have cleaned and semi-decluttered every nook and cranny in this 12 x 20 room, plus my craft closet.

This room was originally a carport.  The lady that had this house built added a double carport and enclosed this room with ten windows and a sliding glass patio door.  The one brick wall was red antique brick and all of the wood siding was country blue.  The floor was a brown printed indoor outdoor carpet.  There were shelves over all of the windows and sliding door for books.

Over the past twenty one years since moving here to the farm, we have made many changes to our house and this room.  It now has central heat and air vents, insulated windows and insulated curtains.  The floor has been replace with wonderful easy to clean vinyl tiles.  The country blue shades have been replaced with 2" white shades.  We added a sliding vinyl door cover and every thing has been painted country white. Poppa built a book shelf and we changed out the old ceiling fan with a white one with more lighting.

This is my cozy comfy nest and my haven from the outside world.









As the weather cools I will be cleaning out my workshop if the Good Lord is willing...

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Where does the time go?...

Where oh where does the time go? On July 1st I decided to reclaim my outside workshop. Below is the mess I saw when I opened the door. Phase 1 was to get rid of my two kilns, firing accessories, several gallons of ceramic and porcelain slip and glaze, slip pump and a few molds that were stored in this room. With limited mobility, it took me three weeks to gather up these items. I am amazed at what can get done in small increments of time. I am happy to report that those items are now gone. It took three young people to load all that stuff in just 20 minutes.  Now Phase 2 begins along with dealing with 104 degree temperatures.  It's going to take a while...









Don't we have fun?
Until next time...Stay cool and enjoy your summer!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summertime...

After an unplanned sabbatical from most chores, I am trying to get back to semi normal duties.  Yard duty is one on the things on my list to tackle in wee steps, especially since it is so hot outside already. These elephant ears are in front of my studio/nest window.  I brought bulbs from our lake house 20 years ago and planted them here.  I thought I had lost them all one year when we had a really harsh winter...but enough survived to replenish the area.  Miracles of survival.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer is on it's way...

Summer is on it's way and I can taste that sweet, juicy, ice cold watermelon already!  And to add a little whimsy to the season, I have listed my Watermelon Uncle Sam in my ETSY Shop.  Also listed is one of my Cage Dolls.  This one is Paris inspired.  You will find them listed here




Enjoy your summer.  I am still healing my shoulder and hip along with decluttering our home.  There is not much telling what unforgotten treasures I will unearth!  Stay tuned.

Until next time...
~Edna~

Thursday, April 23, 2015

April already...and almost gone!

I don't know about you, but this year seems to be flying by...and I don't seem to be getting much accomplished!  We have had rain almost daily for months and we seem to have settled in to a "cozy in and wait until the weather is better mode".

I am working on some handmade Christmas gifts and I did finally manage to get our old buffet repainted, but every thing else has been put on the back burner for one reason or another.  Spring fever is as good an excuse as any.

Here is our buffet before...

...and here is the after including new bird knobs.

I have no idea how old this sweet piece is.  My Mother inherited it from her mother in law in the mid 1950's.  They don't make sturdy furniture any more like the old antiques.

Between decluttering, organizing, redoing and rearranging, believe it or not, new design ideas are spinning in my head.  Finding time to get them out of my head and into reality is another matter but coming in the near future hopefully.

Until next time...blessings to you.
~E~

Monday, March 9, 2015

New Listing in my ETSY Shop

I found some time to create and had fun with this guy!  Now listed in my ETSY SHOP.  Click on the link for more pictures and details.  Thanks for peeking!!