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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cute Dish Towel

I just saw this cute little dish towel and thought I'd share the link.  I really want to make some of these, the Dresden Plate was my Grandpa's favorite block, yes, he was a quilter, so these would be in honor of him.

Here's the link:  Sun Bonnet Sue Dish Towel

Wouldn't these make darling Christmas gifts?  Even if you don't have an Accu-Quilt I'm sure you can find, or already have, the templates.

Have a Great and Awesome Day!!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather.....  Right now as I'm writing this (4:15 pm CDT) it is close to 100* with a nice brisk "breeze." I am learning to LIKE the wind as it fools you into thinking you're not as warm as you really are!

Right now I am.... sitting in the shade afforded by the area next to the fifth wheel pin.  I feel somewhat redneck hillbilly, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do! It's also a modocum of protection from the wind becoming too overpowering.
Thinking....That even with some of the inconveniences, I do enjoy the warmer weather.
On my reading pile...Other than my ever-present devotional books I started reading a book on my Kindle "A Simple Amish Christmas" by Vannetta Chapman. It is an interesting read with a glimpse into the Amish way of life. The focus is on Annie Weaver who went to the city and became a Registered Nurse while on her rumschpringe, or running around time.

On my TV.....Nothing, as I am sitting outdoors. Just the sound of the wind and an occasional vehicle.

Favorite blog post last week (mine or other).... Molly Flanders  

This link is to her page with the simplest quilt block using scrap strips.  When you put four of the small blocks together you end up with a 10" block with a center star.  How cool is that?
Something fun to share.... Today was a Balloon Day at DGD's school and hers said Backwards Day. So now she has a name tag with her name spelled backwards! And she had to walk backwards also!
Blog hopping (newly discovered blog)....Molly Flanders

On the menu for this week....Anything cold!!

On my to do list....Vacuum. I didn't get it done before it got warm in the house.  Also, I need to  plant my zucchini seeds. Plus I just spied a large bag of rakeings from the yard that need to go to the dumpster.

In the craft basket....I finally finished #2 of the Promises and Borders embroidery Bom of 2012! And I actually have the pattern for #3 on the fabric.  So, it's ready to start stitching!  Plus my good friend over at Kat's Retirement Journey sells Stampin' Up products and I'd like to learn to make gorgeous cards like she and her Stampin' friends do. I think I have most of the supplies now so I can make a card!

Looking forward to this week.... Getting a small fenced area made for Daisy so I don't need to be with her every moment she's outdoors.

Looking around the house....Just the usual lived-in clutter

From the camera.... Guess I could take a photo of dirt, and more dirt! Maybe my window ledges after it is REALLY windy LOL I have a few flowers, but nothing like my mental picture of what my space would look like before I came down here. What the sun doesn't bake, the wind shreds.

On my prayer list.....The people of Moore, OK especially are at the top of my long list.

Bible verse, Devotional.... This verse came to mind as I watched the devastation in OK the other day, particularly the last phrase, which I will share here.

       Ezekiel 34:28   They shall dwell safely and none shall make them afraid (in the day of the Messiah's reign).

Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday!

The Weather,,,  It's another perfect day here...about 78* outside.

Right now I am...Watching live coverage of the Moore, OK tornado that just occurred. So sad. Total footage I've seen of bombings. It's indescribable!

Thinking: Wondering just WHY I want to live in the mid-west!

On My Reading Pile: We have discovered that my younger grandson is gluten sensitive so I've been trying to find a GOOD bread recipe that doesn't dry out so quickly.

On My TV: The Weather Channel. Oh my!  As if a tornado destroying their home wasn't enough, now a broken gas line has set it on fire.  My heart breaks for these people!

What I found while surfing the net: A luscious sounding Rice Krispie Treat recipe at Sweet As A Cookie

On this week's menu: It's warm weather so... Smoothies and more smoothies.

On My To-Do List: Making Scrappy Quilts for it will diminish my overflowing stash.  It doesn't help anyone just taking up space here.

In my Craft Basket: Last year's embroidery project from Jenny at Elefantz

Looking forward to this week: Maybe some cooler weather!

Looking around the house: I rearranged a few things and there is still a few things to find a new home.

From my Camera:
No time for playing with the camera this week but please enjoy this one of a sunrise last winter.

On my Prayer List: The people affected by the tornadoes this week are at the very top of my prayer list.

Answered prayers: Last week my Mini Doxie swallowed an acorn. I didn't know what was wrong so took her to the vet. Long story short, she had surgery to remove the nut and is recovering nicely.  God does care about his other creatures!

Bible Verse for the week:Isaiah 26:3
                  "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee:  because he trusteth  in Thee."

Monday, May 6, 2013

Happy Homemaker's Monday

I actually  created a post last Monday...then the unthinkable happened...I did something and it disappeared into Cyber Neverland.  So I'll try again this week!

THE WEATHER: Right now it's a pleasant 62* with just a gentle breeze.  We are forecasted to see 75* later today! What can I say?  Other than perfect weather! 

Ok, well, I caught a ride to town so I didn't need to drive The Beast. Our perfect day has clouded over, just those high thin clouds and it's still 75*, so no complaints.

RIGHT NOW I AM: Relaxing, typing this and trying to decide what to have for a late lunch.

THINKING: Am I EVER going to get even close to my sewing machine today?

ON MY READING PILE: "Desire of Ages", a wonderful book about the life of Christ.

ON MY TV:  "What Not To Wear", among my favorite daytime shows.

WHAT I FOUND WHILE SURFING THE NET:  Embellished Ribbon Bookmarks at another of my favorite sites, Sew4Home.  These are SO gorgeous!

ON THE MENU FOR THIS WEEK: To tell you the absolute truth, I don't have a menu made for this week.  But I do know that I'm having Haystacks, Plate Tacos or whatever you call them.

         And wash the container I bought
         And tidy things up a bit

IN THE CRAFT BASKET: Another dish towel apron--this one is pink/turquoize
                                              Making scrap paper pieced quilt blocks to use up my humongous
                                               scrap stash


LOOKING AROUND THE HOUSE: Things that need to be taken care of

FROM THE CAMERA:  Camera?  I own a camera? Obviously nothing this week, sorry.

ON MY PRAYER LIST: My friend Ruby, other friends who are facing some health issues, for my grandson.

BIBLE VERSE: I have a small page-a-day book with Bible verses and other wise sayings.  I opened it this morning to this verse:
        "Give, and it will be given to you.
   A good measure, pressed down, shaken
together and running over, will be poured
into your lap. For with the measure you use,
          it will be measured to you."

                                                 --Luke 6:38 NIV

Also  this little quotation by Sir John Lubbock:

                                      Rest is not idleness,
 and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day,
            listening to the murmur of the water,
              or watching the clouds float across the sky, 
                         is by no means a waste of time.

Wishing each of you a blessed, happy day!


                                         Grandma Shell

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday (on Tuesday!)

ON MY READING PILE: My Bible and other devotional books, also The Wander Year by Mike McIntyre

ON MY TV: HLN, one of my favorite channels

SOMETHING FUN TO SHARE: Watching the grandchildren hunting Easter eggs yesterday was hilarious! Unfortunately, I hadn't shut my camera off before I put it away so no pictures. Can you say sad, sad Grammie?

ON THE MENU FOR THIS WEEK: Monday - Butternut Curry
                                                                 Tuesday - Black Bean Burrito
                                                                  Wednesday - Lentil Stew
                                                                  Thursday -  Frozen Fruit Smoothie
                                                                   Friday - Fridge's Choice!

ON MY TO-DO LIST: Well, I WAS going to fill more pots with flowers but since it's only 35*F...I think I will wait! I'm thinking a nice warm loaf of fresh bread is in order for this chilly weather. And I MUST get the taxes finished TODAY!

WHAT I AM SEWING,CROCHETING, CRAFTING: A new apron and a finish on the sewing machine cover I started before the big move.

HOMEMAKING TIPS: Vinegar is a great cleaner. And it won't discolor or "eat" your clothing either!  I mix it half-half with Blue Dawn to clean almost everything from stains to the dishes. I've heard it's also great in the last rinse in the washer but I haven't tried it there yet. Alone, not mixed with Dawn LOL

LOOKING AROUND THE HOUSE: I see more de-cluttering to do. I really don't need to have EVERYTHING on display at the same time!


This is Daisy hiding from the vacuum. She thinks if she's under her blanket she's safe! Silly dog!

ON MY PRAYER LIST: My friend Ruby, my children and grandchildren, various friends who are dealing with difficulties in their lives.

BIBLE VERSE, DEVOTIONAL: Psalms 91. There are so many promises in this chapter that it's difficult to choose just one verse, but verses 15,16 are an excellent summation.  In the Amplified Version they read, "He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation."
You all have a great week in the Lord!
                                                       Grammie Shell






Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday

It's another beautiful Monday morning!  This is what I'm doing today...

THE WEATHER: It's a little bit cool but not too bad, 50*...and the sun is shinning! So  there's nothing to complain about at all!

RIGHT NOW I AM: Taking a break while my lunch settles.

ON MY READING PILE: Of course my devotional books and Bible are at the top, then there's my Kindle with way too many books to list...some serious reading and others "just-for-fun."

ON MY TV: HLN and the Jody Arias trial.  I view it as semi-interesting comedy.

SOMETHING TO SHARE: Yesterday was my son-in-law's birthday. He's a real St. Paddy!  But that's NOT his name LOL The German Chocolate Cake was very good too!

ON MY MENU: I'm really getting into smoothies. I've always thought of a smoothie as being fruit and have just recently discovered making them from veggies.  They are really good! I try to have a veggie one for one meal and a fruit one for another.

ON MY 'TO-DO' LIST: Do you REALLY want to know? It's nearly a steno page long today!

WHAT I AM SEWING, CROCHETING, CRAFTING: I am stitching out fabric pages with all of the stitches my sewing machine will do.  I must say it's rather interesting.

LOOKING AROUND THE HOUSE: I see way too much clutter. Most of it is things I use on a regular basis, so what to do with it is the question...and predicament.

FROM MY CAMERA: I've been busy doing other things so haven't touched the camera this week.

ON MY PRAYER LIST: My good friend and her health issues, my children and their children plus all my friends and their families.

BIBLE VERSE, DEVOTIONAL: Psalms 91 popped in my mind as I was making my bed this morning, especially verse five about no being afraid either in the night or day. This has been one of my favorite chapters since I was a child.

Now let me know what you've been doing this day that God has graciously given us.
                                            Grandma Shell

PS--Don't forget... I do NOT respond or even read  Anonymous comments.

OOPS!   I didn't publish this yesterday, sorry.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday

THE WEATHER: It has the promise of being a nice day...forecast is for the mid 60s. Sorry for all those  in the snowy parts of the country! I so enjoy the sunshine, even on cooler days, and am so thankful for it.
RIGHT NOW I AM: Waiting for my tea to cool so I can sip it.
THINKING: Thinking of the sewing I need to do today.  I'm behind on one challenge, as I needed to get some Pellon.
ON MY READING PILE: At the top is my Bible and other devotional books. I am currently doing a two year Bible reading plan along with reading an excellent book on the life of Christ, "Desire of Ages," by Ellen White. Other than that are my quilting magazines a health magazine, and various books on my Kindle.
ON MY TV: Nothing at the moment. I am enjoying the early morning stillness before our little village awakens for the day.
SOMETHING FUN TO SHARE: Yesterday we went to Amarillo to Chucke Cheese.  I had a great time watching all the children and their parents play the various games. Sometimes 'people-watching' is very entertaining!
ON THE MENU FOR THIS WEEK:     Monday: Veggies with ravoli, veggie patty
                                                              Tuesday: Couscous with veggies
                                                              Wednesday: black bean burrito
                                                              Thursday: undecided
                                                               Friday: undecided
ON MY 'TO-DO' LIST:  Put away the items that go down in the "basement."          
                                        Finish the Purple Challenge, photograph it, and post the photo to the      group
                                        Bring boxes down from storage
WHAT I AM SEWING, CROCHETING, CRAFTING: The aforementioned Mug Rug, stitching out all the Deco stitches on my sewing machine for another Challenge, and the ever-present mending.
LOOKING AROUND THE HOUSE: I see a few things to be taken care of, my much-loved little dog asleep here beside me in the rocker, and the first hints of dawn are appearing outside my windows. "God's in His heaven, all's right with the world."--Browning
FROM MY CAMERA: This is the mug rug I made for the Purple Challenge. The challenge was to use five different purple fabric and make something. I have no idea just why it looks poofed in the photo, it isn't! You only count four different fabrics? well, here's the back!

ON MY PRAYER LIST: My friend Ruby, too many others to list.
BIBLE VERSE, DEVOTIONAL: "In Your, O Lord, do I put my trust and confidently take refuge; let me never be put to shame or confusion!" Psalms 71:1 Amplified

Have an absolutely awesome beautiful day in the Lord!

I was out having a fun day with the grandchildren who are on Spring Break this week so this didn't get posted when it should have, but seriously, what's more important, children or blogs?

See you next time!