Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Party

Whew!
What a Party!!
32 People....and heck of a great time!!
We had people come from all over and share our Anniversary.....
Before we had guests arrived I shot a few shots....as we set up..
These are the 3 dozen roses I bought and baby's breath...Such beautiful roses....

This was the "bar" we set up before....It was a 3'x6' table....it was filled with glassware and everything...
 This is a little cart I have, I lined it with the fabric and rolled up some pashminas for guests, as our evenings get chilly on the patio....They were used by our guests....
This is our cake...shortly after it was delivered. I was so beautiful...
The numbers on top started melting! It was quite warm and humid...the red starting dripping down the side....and yet, it was a delicious cake!
This is the Main table...it seated 10 quite comfortably and could've even gotten two more in...it is 120"
The toile fabric was quite the find at a rummage sale....6 yards for $5! I used almost all of it for the party!
Then caterer arrived and it got very busy....
Yes, we used caterers....the only way to have a large party....
They did bar set up
They heated the food that was delivered and set up the table....
They cleared the dishes and glass ware and washed everything
All we have to do today, Father's day, is clear the tables outside....
Pretty wonderful.
Hope you all have a great Father's Day!!
Nancy

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Preparing For The Party

It is our 40th anniversary....tomorrow.
We are celebrating tonight!
We are having a big party...with 34 people and having it catered!
It's a big deal.
Lucky for me, my Hubby likes to party too!
We have gathered all our linens, our china, our glassware and silverware and planned and collected more...
More lanterns....
More lights.....
More wine....
MORE everything....
to celebrate....
Yesterday we set the tables and most of the chairs (our dining room chairs are going out too....but not until this afternoon....
I set up a seating area under the tree....
wired small lights on the arbor...
flameless candles in most of the lanterns....
here is what we have ...





At the end of the day....we were pretty pooped...I think we will be tonight also...
Belle said she was tired too....and needed reassurance and cuddling....funny dog...
She is nine years old....and having some major health issues and just needed to cuddle...isn't it sweet?
Anyway, I'll post pictures of the party after....assuming I get pictures....
Nancy

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Treasure Hunting

Yesterday, my friend and I went treasure hunting. We go almost every week, but some days are definitely better than others....
Yesterday, I did find treasure...like this awesome soup tureen made in Italy....
I found it at Goodwill, and it was up on a top shelf, only its handle showing....
It was the second time going down the aisle, and out of the corner of my eye I saw the tip of asparagus...my head did that little swivel one does when one thinks they see something....
and sure enough...It was worth the unpacking of stuff on top and reaching....
Not bad for $7.99...


Isn't it sweet?? No, I probably won't use if for soup...I hardly ever serve soup that way anymore....and no I didn't need it...but I couldn't resist the asparagus spears....
Nancy....

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Another Finished Quilt and a Happy Customer

I know you all are tired of my quilts....I am sorry....but it is what I do....
I had another customer who is a dear friend...she became a Great Grandma (how did that happen??) and wanted a quilt from my "shop" for the baby. But, what I had wasn't what she envisioned and she wanted it embroidered.
So, I showed her the fabric stash...still nothing tickled her fancy....
So....I took her to the fabric store....
Before hand we went over patterns in my pattern book so we could be focused...because if you aren't you end up buying lots of fabric but still don't have the right choices for the quilt....(because I've been there....)
Anyway, the trick was, she needed the quilt pretty quickly to mail...so.....
I went into over drive...
In about 14 hours, I had these lovely little 6" squares...which meant I had been working with 1 1/2" squares or triangles.....
I laid it out on the table...and she wanted to see...so she could be a part of the quilt process....
She played with the squares and remade a couple (did I tell you she is an artist???)
Then, I got to work putting it together.....
From this solid piece I added another solid border and then it was time for quilting.
Now, if you haven't read my blog before, let me tell you.
I do not have a long arm quilting machine...(would love one, but no no no space)
All the quilting is done on my home sewing machine...it's a fancy machine, but it isn't a long arm.
Doing quilting on a home machine requires basting the three parts; the back, the batting and the top (as seen here) all together to be sewn. (On a Long Arm, the pieces go on rollers and are rolled to together...as sewn...
So, my dining table is my basting area as well...
After basting....
It gets quilted....
And it ends up looking like this....

It turned out quite nice, even though I know all its foibles....I aim to make them perfect, but I do declare, if you know quilting, that some quilts take on a life of their own...
In any case she was happy...
The baby's name was embroidered on the front (before quilting) and I embroidered a label for the back letting anyone who reads it, know who it is from....
I had permission to put my "tag" WildOakDesigns on the label as well....
I am quite happy with how the quilt turned out and with the speed I was able to get it out.
I took me start to finish a week and a half....and that was because life still has to happen...
All in all....roughly 8 yards of fabric....
600 yards of thread (before quilting)
and I lost count how many hours of work....
Well, on to the next one....which is being quilted as we speak...
A patriotic quilt gift for friends who are also celebrating a 40th as we are....
Oh, you wanted to see the quilt I finished for our 40th?? ...Well, next week...that can't be displayed anywhere until the party ....
Have a great day!
Nancy
I am off to finish the quilt in the craft room......

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Around the Garden

Summer is garden time....and though we are mostly overcast in our "May Gray" and "June Gloom" time of year, our garden is making time and growing....
This year I have planted what we really use...and what is hard to get really fresh....
I make and sell Pepper Jelly, so I need lots of peppers...and we have those....
These are some purple peppers that I am trying this year....I am not so sure if these will go into the jelly, but they are pretty....
I also fed the garden from the worm composter before all our rains...so it isn't at all surprising that I have a few "volunteers" in the garden.....
One has me baffled.

Isn't it beautiful?? It is a squash for sure, a vining plant that grows almost 3-6" a day. It is in the middle of my peppers and it's too late to move it. I have it pitifully trained on the short little obelisk which it has totally outgrown already....
In a few days I gave it permission to grow up the mammoth sunflower....
Problem is, I have no idea what it is. It's probably not even edible! Anyone familiar?? The flower is about 2 1/2" across...almost 3".....
I hope something gets pollinated...so I can find out what it is......
So, I keep weeding and primping the garden....seems like everything is growing at an amazing pace....
So, when I am not in the garden.....
I am quilting....duh.....
This is a baby quilt I've been commissioned to do....and there are 30 squares, each with 18 pieces....
Now, I have to put it all together......
That is what's going on around here....
If anyone knows what the squash plant is, let me know....
Nancy

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

It is still hard to believe that it is the start of summer with Memorial Weekend here already!
We kicked the weekend off with going to the Scottish Festival at the Fairgrounds this Saturday.
It was delightful...crowded but fun and Royce was totally enamored with the music, the drums (especially the drums) and bagpipes.
We started with the mass bagpipe bands and Marine corps in the main arena...delightful....
It always gives me goosebumps and a few tears as I watch and listen....
Then we walked a bunch..ate some fair type food....and listened to lots of music and went home...
I fell in love with a hammered dulcimer music and Hubby bought me a flash drive so I will be using that in the background when sewing....
I have been doing lots of sewing....I finally finished our Anniversary quilt which will be unveiled for guests at our party June 17....so I am sharing it with you....
It went from this....
...to this...in 2 months...
82"x88"...
 Fully quilted on my machine all free hand and free motion....
Hubby was pretty proud of it....
and on the back...
Then, today, we watched Royce while Mom worked ( she a realtor) and they came early to have breakfast and then he stayed ....we played a lot and played some more....Then being a growing boy he ate a homemade hamburger and an entire orange....then we took him for a stroller ride (the only way to get him to take a nap) and he slept...so did we....for an hour....
then he woke up and was hungry again....
Luckily, Mom came back so we didn't have to feed him dinner too....but we will be the first weekend in June...for three days! Wow...If I am tired now.....
Anyway....
Here he is with he squirt bottle and "a crown" of bind weed woven together....He had so much fun with he squirt bottle....but after an hour and a half, he came in and said..."Grammy, I'm wet!"...yes, yes he was...so we changed his clothes and thats when we made lunch...cheese burgers....

So plans for tomorrow are simple....we are going to relax. I am going to sew as I have another quilt order for a friend who has become a Great-Grandmother...to a little girl....so I am once again behind the machine tomorrow....
After that quilt, I will be quilting the 4th of July quilt for our friends whose anniversary is the 4th. They just lost her Mom this last week so that quilt is that much more important....
As you can see...I've been busy...
Hugs! Happy Memorial Day to you all! Thank a serviceman for their service and for helping keep America free!
Nancy

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Glimpses of Mother's Day

Ok, so I am so spoiled!
I got to have my whole family together for a BBQ on Mother's Day!
And...the girls said they don't have any pictures of me with them...so we did a photo shoot....how sweet is that??




I don't normally show anyone what I look like...but, here it is, the real me...and those are my precious girls...who are grown women.
And the sweetest of all is Hubby, who was behind the camera the whole time...
He also gave me a new sweet seat for my sewing room...now my back isn't so sore .....
It says "Bernina" but I have a Babylock....these chairs are so so very comfy.....




And these guys are putting it together for me.....
 Royce and I rolled down the hall to the sewing room....
 This is my chair...it's pretty spiffy.....
 Yeah, I guess I could say I have a Bernina...a chair....ha!
And this is the old chair....which never went up high enough so I always hurt my neck....and no support at all....
So, there you have it...
Pictures of me and my family, except for Hubby who stayed behind the camera....
Have a great day!
Nancy

Friday, May 12, 2017

In The Week Before Mother's Day

What a week, (actually three weeks, but who is counting??)we have had!
Seems like it was non-stop with workmen or installers.....
Our oven combo we ordered to replace the old oven finally got delivered and installed....
It was backordered as not many people want white on appliances these days. But, I'm old fashioned. My kitchen was all white....once.
They managed to put chrome and stainless on it after all....but, I am happy it fit in the same "hole" and didn't need any adjustments there. And....I have a microwave! We haven't had one for 12 years!
Truth be told...the design is a bit different..and yours truly has to stand on tip toe to reach said items in the microwave....but it's all good.
But, it was delivered on Monday, at exactly the same time that our new maid started work!
So, she had to work first in the bathrooms etc while they tinkered with the kitchen area....
It is a funny oven because it is so computerized that I might have to take classes! (LOL) not really....
After our new maid left, our house was so clean! All at once!
I am getting old and broken and haven't been able to clean the whole house at one time...so she is wonderful.....
While she was cleaning, I finished up the quilt top for our anniversary....now I have to quilt it.

I did a totally different border than I have ever done..."piano keys"....
I will definitely show it to you when I've quilted it....
We also found out that we are going to be Grandparents again to another boy!!
She had the blood test done to find out, she was so hoping for a girl. But, God has decided she is a great mom and deserves another boy....so around Nov.14 we get to meet this little man!
Meanwhile, Royce found the doll his Mom was saving (in case she had girls) and was practicing holding a baby!
Then, he put the baby down for a nap....

Who can resist that face?? Another darling boy?? Sure!! Now Royce will have a playmate.....
Anyway, I hope your week has been good and that you have super plans for Mother's Day!!
Don't forget to shower Moms with hugs and good cheer!
Nancy