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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Just a Few Things

Now that the dust has settled (literally)...I found time to do a few other things....
Yesterday we had our youngest daughter, our grandson and son-in-law (who was working nights an awful lot) to dinner. Tues for the last couple of years has been "movie" night. At first, it started being just regular TV that she wanted to get caught up on....and the little guy would fall asleep. Then he got older and falling asleep wasn't in the schedule, so we developed movie night with movies for him to watch.
We always start with a dinner and last night because our Son-in-Law was coming Hubby smoked fantastic ribs! And I made a peach pie with the last of our peaches!
It isn't terribly pretty, mostly because I thawed two frozen pie crusts and used a bottom crust flipped over the top to make the top crust....it tasted awesome....
But aside from our dinner, I have been playing with a few things....
Like this centerpiece thing I got from Goodwill.....
It's kinda cool, which is why I got it....It has 5 different sized bottles strapped with a cast iron piece and screwed to a wood base. It is very heavy. The bottles had corks, which I removed and I had a lot of red roses that I cut to different heights to play with this centerpiece....
It isn't "perfect"....I had ideas what it should look like...but we will see....
Has anyone had something like this???
Ideas???
Anyway.....
I have been sewing like a little busy person to make us a quilt for our bed...a gift to us for our anniversary. That is like 6 weeks away....
I want to unveil it at our party....
It will be made up of a center area with "road to oklahoma" blocks and then a little frame of navy and then surrounded by a big border of another pattern....yet to be determined.
The design has changed several times since I started....so I hope it turns out ok...
Even though I have been quilting for 40 years...I am still learning and improving my techniques...I am currently taking another Craftsy class by Edyta Sitar and learning little things along the way. I hope one day to make the quilt she making in the class, but I mostly took the class to get ideas on how to use the scraps that pile up when I make a quilt......
Here is the quilt stack of squares I have so far....5 more to go and I have to get some fabric to finish....
The corners become stars when stitched together....These are 12" so 5 across and 6 down make a good size center....The entire quilt is blue and white and I even have the backing already!!
I think I even have batting...most amazing.
Well, I am off to the gym this morning...I have started going again...even if Hubby won't go...
Nancy