Unfinished Projects

I was going through some fabric and totes this morning to see just what I had and how to use it and I WAS SHOCKED!

Not only do I have some small projects that I started before Christmas, but I have some MAJOR projects that immediately went on my “bucket list” for 2022 that have been waiting for 5-20 years! I’m almost ashamed of myself but I do intend to finish them this year before I start any new ones except for the one I started last night.

These are gnome ornaments I made for family and friends for Christmas this year. I worked on them at night while watching TV. The ones at the bottom are not finished because I had enough for gifts, so I stuck them away. It will literally take me 10 minutes to finish the little buggers.
I love the full front aprons and was planning to make these for gifts but ran out of time. I have the fabric and they will be finished by December 31, 2022.
I have three body pillows in this house and three pillowcases for them. I need to make at least three more and I do have the fabric for them.
My redwork quilt is pieced and all it needs is the backing. I forget about the backing when I’m looking for fabric and that hasn’t happened for over two years now because I don’t shop! One excuse is as good as another, don’t you think! ūüôā
In 2011, I retired from the insurance company I had worked for for 17 years and the wonderful ladies I worked with in the county and district gave me a going away party and this was one of the gifts I was presented but I still haven’t got to it yet. I love all of those ladies and we are all friends.
My husband bought me a embroidery machine several years ago for Christmas and I love using it and one of the first projects I started (and haven’t finished) is a snowman quilt. I only have a few more blocks to embroider and then piece and quilt!! I’m thinking a blue fabric with white snowflakes.
I think I’ve blogged about this one a couple years ago and it still isn’t finished. It’s burgundy and green blocks of lots of different patterns. It takes time and my head has to be on right to figure out the correct measurements for the blocks.
I loved these colors when I started it before we moved to this farm. In the move it was packed away and just found recently and I do have all of the fabric packed with it.
I love this pattern and I hope my daughter is patient waiting for it!! The pattern was used on another quilt I made and thought this would make a beauty!
My granddaughter started this quilt when she was a teenager but didn’t finish and I’m going to finish it for her and one for our grandson too!
My granddaughter’s friend Allison started this one but alas it did not get finished either but maybe someday I’ll finish it for her because she does love bear hunting.
These are yards of quilted fabric I purchased to make me some handbags and totes.
The pattern for the handbags is quite simple, I just need to sit down and do it.

And with all of these projects, what did I do last night? I started an English Paper Piecing quilt pattern called “Grandmother’s Garden”. I can get this one done while sitting in front of the TV with hubby every night.

English Paper Piecing When the quilt is finished, I’ll tell more about it.

There’s a few more I found this morning, but it makes me sad thinking about how there is to finish BEFORE I start anything new!!!!

Granddaughter’s Quilt Progress

IT’S DONE!!!¬† My grandaughter, Victoria, asked me last year to make her a quilt for Christmas.

Our 21 year old granddaughter!

I finished the quilt today!!¬† I’ll get it to her sometime this week.¬† It usually doesn’t take me a year to do a quilt because I have a friend that quilts and binds it after I do the piecing.¬† My friend isn’t doing it anymore so I completed it all by hand.¬† Thank the good Lord it was a simple quilt.¬† The following is a place in time for my quilting adventure with my granddaughter:

Victoria was so excited that it was completed that she stopped by and had supper with us so she could take it home.  It thrills my heart that she wanted something that her grandmother made with her own hands just for her!!! 

Maybe now I’ll complete the other two quilts I started a couple years ago!!¬† Stranger things have happened!!¬† ūüôā

Lost After 47 Years

Not too long after we got Sadie, our Norwegian Elkhound puppy, we decided we should take her for walks around the farm to get used to everything.¬† One afternoon we walked down what we call “Barker Hollow” (our neighbors, George and Betsy live down that way) with our pup and started walking back toward home and I realized it was gone!!¬† The diamond my husband got me when we got married had come out of the setting after 47 years.¬† I WAS DEVASTATED!!

I received it on February 4, 1972.

We knew there wasn’t much since in looking for it because it could have fell out of the setting anywhere¬† down through the dirt road we had walked.¬† When we got home I took off the engagement ring and the wrap that he bought for me a couple years back and was determined to replace it as soon as I could.

My hand looked rather naked without the whole set bu t the band meant as much to me as the entire set!! 47 years is a long time!!

Eddie replaced it for me for Mother’s Day and my hand feels back to normal!

I don’t wear much jewelry but these pieces mean a lot!!

The hands show the age now, used and worn.

The sparkle of the rings take away from the wrinkles!!

I sure hope this one lasts as long as the old one!!!

News Update. . .Lost in Time

Please forgive my silence. Between the garden, animals and the¬†issues unforeseen,¬†I’ve just been inundated with work and only open the computer a couple times a week.

The garden is full!!! With so much rain this summer, our pantry is running over.
The garden is full!!! With so much rain this summer, our pantry is running over.

Our granddaughter graduated from high school in June and starts college in a couple weeks.  Where has the time gone!!!

Victoria and proud Uncle Shawn
Victoria and proud Uncle Shawn

Parents, Victoria, and maternal grandparents.
Parents, Victoria, and maternal grandparents.

On top of that we have a brand new grandson born three months early and he’s in New Jersey (450+ miles from Virginia). He’s in a neonatal unit at Children’s Hospital in New Jersey. His mother had some major health issues which caused toxemia and the baby had to be delivered early on July 8th. He weighed 2 pounds and 2 ounces and 14 inches long. He’s a little fighter and gained some weight and now weighs 3 pounds and 15 inches long. Declan Bryant is his name. He’s having some serious issues this week and the little guy is exhausted. Shawn, our son, is in New Jersey this weekend to see him for the second time and he’s keeping us updated.

Shawn's first visit with his son.
Shawn’s first visit with his son.

I’ve been canning and freezing green beans, broccoli, cabbage, pickles, squash, apples, rhubarb and Eddie told me last night that I’ll have more beans in the coming week and corn after that. We’ve pulled the onions and waiting on the brussel sprouts. We have a crock of kraut fermenting now and hope it’ll be ready before anything else comes in.

Pickles, pickles and more pickles!
Pickles, pickles and more pickles!

Squash pickles
Squash pickles

Canned fresh squash
Canned fresh squash

Green beans and we're not done yet!!! I think we'll sell the ones coming in now.
Green beans and we’re not done yet!!! I think we’ll sell the ones coming in now.

I’ve taken on two part-time jobs working on websites for two sisters and working away from the house on one of them 2-3 days a week. The other one I do from home. It’s a little extra spending money. Our big yardsale/estate sale was for one day and we cleaned out one house on the farm and made around $2500.00. I’m in the process of filling it up again from the other buildings and we may have one more sale next spring just to get rid of it all.

This is enough news for now but will catch up again later. I haven’t touched my blog in some time but haven’t given up on it.

One more bit of news, neighborhood dogs that aren’t watched after cleaned out our duck population in one night back in June, I think, and another one got in my chickens this week. I’m down to 21 hens and two roosters at this point.


This is just a quick catch up and I’ll hopefully be back soon! Love you my friends and want to ask you all to keep our grandson and son in your prayers.

Cross Stitch

Several years ago I started a new project and didn’t finish it. Old Salem Mill cross stitch project (3)I recently picked it back up and wanted to share where I am now and will share the finished project in a couple of months if all goes well.

Old Salem Mill cross stitch project (2)

Old Salem Mill cross stitch project (1)

It’ll take some time but I love the look of the linen fabric and the colors just pop with that background. ¬†When finished I’m hoping to put it in a barnwood frame made by hubby.

Beautiful Gift from Friend

I have a friend that lives down the road from me about a mile and she is the sweetest lady you would ever want to meet. ¬†I’ve known Linda for years and her boys and their families live close by to. ¬†Linda is also retired from Virginia Tech and we both have so many interests and hobbies alike. ¬†She is so talented and is willing to help anyone at the drop of a hat! ¬†We need more people like her in our lives everyday!!

Linda has, I think, two looms in her home and she weaves rugs, beautiful rugs. ¬†I have a loom that I bought at a yard sale for $25 but have never sit it up. ¬†Linda has told me that when I’m ready she and her husband Gene will help me and figure out if all the parts are with it. ¬†This is one of my resolutions for 2016 but first I have to clean out a room in the mansion to set it up. ¬†Looms take up a lot of room. ¬†She said she would teach me how to sit it up and give me all the basics to learn how to complete this old craft.

Last year when I was doing some “cleaning out” I found several totes full of upholstery fabric that was taking up too much space in my storage room. I gave Linda the¬†fabric and she said she would make me a rug which was not necessary since she was helping me out by adopting all the fabric that I needed to do something with.

For Christmas, Linda made me this beautiful rug from some of the fabric I shared with her.

This is a "Linda Smith" original.
This is a “Linda Smith” original.

Handmade on her loom for my Christmas present!  It's inspiration to get mine set up!!
Handmade on her loom for my Christmas present! It’s inspiration to get mine set up!!

Linda Smith Creation
Linda Smith Creation

Linda made this for me with upholstery fabric I gave to her last year.  The pictures don't do the rug justice.
¬†The pictures don’t do the rug justice. ¬†This woman is so talented and I’m very proud to call her my friend!! ¬†The rug has taken up residence in my family room entryway so that everyone can see and enjoy as much as I am.

I’m hoping that 2016 will make me a weaver too!!


Definition:  the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset; the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.







In the Epistle of James, the Bible urges Christians to be patient, and ” see how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,…until it receives the early and the late rains.” (James 5:7-11, NAB).

I’m patiently waiting for spring and the first sign of spring on our farm is this little bird.

One problem, I don’t have the patience I used to have!!

Where did the last 17 years go???

She was born!

I think she can still do this!!
I think she can still do this!!

Papa's angel!
Papa’s angel!

Nana's girl!
Nana’s girl!

And all of a sudden she’s 17 and a beautiful young lady!!

Our beautiful granddaughter, Victoria!
Our beautiful granddaughter, Victoria!

The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy Nora Roberts

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I’ve just recently finished this series of Nora Roberts books and as always loved them all. ¬†Love, mystery and lots of humor in all three make them a treasure!

I’ve also in the last few months read and love Karen Whites, “The Girl on Legare Street”, “House on Tradd Street”, and “The Strangers on Montague Street”. ¬†Just recently a fourth book in the series has come out called “Return to Tradd Street” but I haven’t started it yet because I’m two-thirds into “The Atlantis Gene” and three-quarters into another Nora Roberts goody called “The Dark Witch”.



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Our bookclub is reading “The Mermaid Chair” and I’ve got to get started on it as well. ¬†The Atlantis Gene and Dark Witch are the last two the bookclub read. ¬†As usual, I’m so behind that eventually I’ll catch up to myself ūüėČ ! ¬†All of these books are good reads but my problem is finding time to read and if I read at night I get through a few pages and fall asleep!

It seems the only time I really get to read a lot is when I go to my deer stand and take the books with me.  I can read a whole book in a couple days in that quiet, serene setting and not fall asleep and get to watch wildlife at the same time.

Denim quilted swing and lawn chair cushions

I love to recycle and this spring decided I needed some new cushions for the porch swing and the backyard swing.  I wanted something durable yet easy to clean.  I had huge tote full of old jeans that I had recycled and would use for sewing projects.

First I measured the seat and back of the swings and one is much larger than the other. ¬†I started cutting out 4 1/2″ squares from t he denim. ¬†I then layed out a pattern of sorts on my quilting wall.

cutting out 6 inch blocks

6 inch denim blocks

Then I started pinning, piecing and pressing.

pinning is tedious but necessary

seams much match up

pressing apart qtr inch seams

pressing apart qtr inch seams

pinning together two rows

top finished_now for the bottom

I stitched two of these together on three sides, inserted batting, and sewed up by the hand the fourth long side.  The final project has six layers of batting in it and makes for a very comfortable pad in the swing on the front porch.



IMG_0023Of course, this is only one seat made.  I still have to do a matching cushion for the back of the swing and a complete set for the back yard swing.  There is always something to do!!!

Talking with Jane and posting

I’ve just replied to a comment from one of my favorite bloggers, Jane Fritz. ¬†I’m having a time finding time to post on my blog so I usually post two or three things in one day to make up for lost time. ¬†I’m hoping ¬†you are enjoying the posts and I’m trying to figure out when I can best put more posts on the blog.

My weekdays start up at six everyday, get ready for work and wake myself up good before getting behind the wheel of my car. I work from 8-4  each day about 35 miles from home and home by five.

We eat supper which my wonderful hubby has ready when I walk in the door and then we head outdoors for chores and work or enjoy the farm until dark which is around nine and then I’m in the shower and off to sleepyland!!

Weekends are my best posting time and I don’t get much of that. I am trying though. I hope you all have a marvelous weekend. The rain has stopped here for the moment and sun is bearing down. Too wet to do much outdoors so I’m starting my spring cleaning.

I’ll leave you with a view from my front porch and a some of the wildlife we see from there!!



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Good friends

I have several very good friends that mean so much to me. Some are my age, some younger and some older but we all have common interests.

Tonight I want to talk about my friend Holly. She has such a giving heart, she’s a little bit “hippy”, she’s very intelligent, she gives of her time without question and she’s my friend!! We can go for two or three months without talking on the telephone or seeing each other but we always know we’re there for each other all the time. When things bother us to the point of making us nutty, sleepless, unwired, and all those other adjectives that only friends understand, we’re there for each other. Holly, I love you and so enjoyed our visit on Sunday! Forget about the cat!! ūüėČ

Cats are wonderful people!!
Cats are wonderful people!!

Sampler quilt beginnings

I’ve set a goal for the year of completing a king-sized sampler quilt in burgundy as the primary color. ¬†I started it yesterday and completed six 10 inch blocks. ¬†Now, I just have to keep it up and hopefully have all of the 200+ blocks completed in three months, I hope!! ¬†I thought I would share the blocks as I go along so this will be a continuing post. ¬†Here’s the first six:

Block  #1
Block #1

Block #2
Block #2

Blcok  #3
Blcok #3

Block #4
Block #4

Block #5
Block #5

Block #6
Block #6

I think this is a pretty good start and if I 12 weeks to complete 200 blocks, that means I have to complete about 17 blocks a week, which works out to three a day for the next three months. ¬†WOW! ¬†Maybe I’d better rethink this time limit and make it six months instead of three. ¬†Oh well, I will get it done and I will post as I go. ¬†Wish me luck!! ¬†Did I tell you I also have three baby quilts to start and finish by JUNE 2013!!!!!!!

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