Monday, May 25, 2009

My New Ride

Pretty cool, eh? I found this at a yard sale a couple of days ago for $5, couldn't pass up that deal. I won't actually be riding it, but will find a basket for it, fill the basket with flowers, and put it in a garden maybe, or somewhere else where it can just sit there and look cute. I wish the chain guard was showing on this side though, I love the Space Racer logo.

I guess it's pretty bad when something like this is considered 'retro' or 'antique' when I could actually have been riding this bike when I was a kid. I see they're coming out with brand new bikes that look like something out of the 50s-60s. It's nice that people are appreciate the style of things from that time anyway.

I'm not doing much sewing, but did get 2 blocks done. This one is the Bunny Hill, A Tisket A Tasket free block of the month. I want to add a little more embroidery to it, but haven't figured out what to do yet. Anne used tiny buttons on her original, but they don't look right on this. I'll figure something out.

The second block is from Gail Pan's A Christmas Wish patterns. I love how both of these are turning out, it's really great of these ladies to go through all that work and offer these blocks for free. I wish I had time to do the Bunny Hill patterns in wool, too. Look over at Cottons 'n Wool & see how cute hers turned out. Maybe I'll get around to that next winter.

It's really beautiful out, and here I am hiding in the house. Something is in the air that is making my allergies crazy, and I felt so lousy yesterday that I hardly want to step outside today. I hope whatever is blooming dies down soon so I can enjoy the spring weather.

My husband, daughter & SIL have been working like crazy getting the garden in (I got to keep the grandbaby busy, how did I luck out getting that job?), and today everything is done being planted. My husband always goes a bit overboard on the garden, this year he wanted to order everything through the mail. I tried to talk him out of it, to no avail, and he ended up with a lot of half dead plants that arrived late so we had to run to the store for some replacements. Hopefully the company has a good refund policy. If everything grows as it should we'll have plenty of veggies for us and a ton of leftovers to give away. And next year DH will listen to me, right?

Monday, May 18, 2009


It's garage sale season! My daughter and I went last weekend & found some great stuff. Isn't that album the coolest thing? It cost me a whole quarter and will be a decoration in my sewing room. The prices have been really good at most sales this year so far, I hope that keeps up over the summer. Especially for my daughter as she's looking for things for her baby girl & her house. I furnished & decorated most of my house with yard sale or auction items and I'm really happy with it.

It always seemed like if I had something in mind I would find it at a sale before too long.

The day of the week towels are actually missing a couple of days, but they're so cute I don't even care! I actually use the vintage dishtowels because they seem to be softer and more absorbent than new ones. Must be Thursday was dishwashing day because she wore that one out. It's kind of funny that Wednesday, sewing day, is in perfect condition and pure white while the others are stained. I guess she must have been a quilter, no dishes were done that day at all! I actually have an older set of all the days of the week, I'll have to dig them out & show you. I won't use those, they're too precious.

I was so happy to find this book, I love old children's books, actually I love a lot of the new ones, too, but the old ones are special. Books like this could keep me busy for hours. My daughter was the same, she's still a big reader. I hope her daughter will be a reader, too.
I haven't been working on anything quilty or doing any sewing at all, it's just been too nice out most days and there's so much to do. Yesterday we went to Turkeyville, it's a place we used to take our kids. My Mom & Dad always went along, so we have a lot of good memories associated with it. They have craft shows & similar events there and a restaurant on the grounds where you can get all kinds of turkey meals. Unfortunately things aren't going as well as they used to.

We haven't been there for about 10 years, and there were probably 1/3 of the number of craft vendors and way less people than there used to be. We were also disappointed with the dinner, it used to be great, but it isn't too good anymore. I guess they thought cutting corners would help keep prices down, but I'd rather pay more and have the dinners be as good as they used to be.

They had a good variety of crafts there, but I wonder if it was worth it for the vendors to show up. The prices were good on a lot of items, but crafters usually don't make much of a profit as it is. I guess that's why there are so few vendors. We'll see if that's the case at other craft shows this year.
I bought this awesome wooden flag there. I added the raffia & metal stars, and am going to paint "God Bless America" on it. My husband likes to hang signs & decorations on his barn door, so I'm trying to get different things like this so we can change them out over the year. I also got a really cool toy for my grandbaby, I really love wooden toys and she got a big kick out of it.
There are little wooden balls in the bottom, so they clunk around as you push it and make a nice sound. I felt a little guilty though, the price was $8. I don't think you could even buy the wood for that and it has a lot of work into it.

You should check out my daughter's blog and see the great clock she got last week. We went to an estate sale and the house was like a blast from the past, complete with old mural on the kitchen wall, original appliances, even clothes that HAD to be from the 60s, they were wild. My daughter loved the 'retro' look of the kitchen, to me it was just a normal kitchen from when I was a little kid.

I found something there, I believe it's an actual Nazi era swastika armband. There are similar reproductions, but it was in with old hankies and just about every item in the house was from the 40s and 50s, so I would be surprised if they would have had a reproduction swastika armband, people of that era wouldn't be likely to have an item like that unless the man of the house brought it home from the war as a souvineer. I'm going to try to get the address of the house and do some research. If I can find the name of the man who lived there I can get on Ancestry and see if he was in the service. Or I could do it the easy way and take it to an antique show & locate someone who knows about military items. I don't in any way condone the actions of the Nazi party, but items like this are a piece of history and I find it interesting for that reason.

Not sure when I'll have quilt content again, we're trying to put in a garden. Well, actually I'm in charge of the babysitting while the younger generation helps with the garden, which is fine with me! Hopefully I'll get back in the sewing room soon though, as I have a really cute dress in mind for little Missy. Hope you all had a great weekend, I'm going to read some of your blogs now....

Monday, May 11, 2009

Doll for Craft Home

I haven't done as much sewing lately, the weather has been too nice & we've been working outside when we get the chance. I did get this little sweetie made though. After I read about Craft Hope I wanted to make a doll as soon as possible. They give links to some doll patterns, I used this one from 60 Piggies. I changed it just a little bit, nothing too major. If you get a chance, you should go to Vintage Chica's blog and read her entries about her trips to Nicaragua.

I really didn't intend to start any new projects, I blame Beth of Corner House Quilts. I made a Christmas quilt last year and want to make 2 more so that each of my kids will end up with one. I've been keeping my eye out for a pattern to jump out at me, and the one that Beth is making was IT! It's going to take me a long time to get this done, but I think it will be a gorgeous quilt. I have a pattern in mind for the 3rd one, but I'm not sure yet, so I guess I'll still be looking.

Want to see some of my Mother's Day loot? The hanging basket of strawflowers is really pretty, and I love sound the flowers make when the wind blows them. They're also great for drying, all you have to do is cut them & hang them up somewhere, and try not to bump them too much.

I think the cute little cabinet below is supposed to be a spice cupboard, but I'll probably be using it in my craft room to hold sewing notions. Don't you love the painting on the ceramic drawers? Some of it is quite quilty!

I'll have more pictures sometime soon, one of the presents is coming later and it's a project that I get to paint and personalize. I can't wait, it's something that I've been wanting for a long time.
The last pictures are of some blooms from around my yard. I really love spring, but it kicks my butt. My allergies are really bad this time of year, despite taking allergy meds, nose spray & using eye drops. My teeth are even hurting because my sinuses are irritated. Geez, I hate being allergic to my own planet, it just seems weird.

I love lilacs, we have some of the common variety of purple shown in this picture, and some white and one little plant of deep purple (my favorite). They smell so great, I hope having the vase full on my kitchen table isn't bugging my allergies, because I really love seeing and smelling them every time I pass through the room.

The crabapple tree is SO gorgeous right now, but it's really a big pain. It drops tons of petals and then later drops shriveled up yucky crabapples, so we really regret it if we happen to forget and park under it. We were going to cut it back this year, but it's so darn pretty that now I don't want to!

The last picture is of a blossoming apple tree in our back yard. It's an old tree, but it's hanging in there. I want to get a new tree to replace a miniature plum that fell apart & had to be removed last year. It was so amazing when it was in bloom & smelled really sweet, I miss it.

Time to go read some blogs, have a good week!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Where I was today...

Here's a clue, not too tough to figure this one out. We (my daughter, granddaughter & a couple of her friends) went to the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI. With three little girls along, so it was lots of fun. It's not a really large zoo, so it's easy to get though it in one day. That was a good thing because we did a lot over the weekend and I was already worn out before the day started!

I hadn't been there for a few years, so there were some animals there that I hadn't seen yet. I really liked the red panda, I wish I could have gotten his pretty ringed tail in the picture, but he didn't want to cooperate. At least he was out & about, the snow leopard didn't want to show his face, and the cheetahs were too far away to get any pictures of them.

The giraffes, on the other hand, got very close, the kids bought some crackers to feed them, so they were right in their faces. They have some huge, slimy tongues! It kind of freaked the kids out, they were probably wondering if they were going to be eaten, too. My daughter has some great pics of the giraffes (and other things), she's got a really good camera, so she's got some better pictures of the day.

I really like the giraffes, their coat is so interesting visually, but I really like their goofy faces. They look so odd up close. Zebras are pretty awesome, too, how can you beat those stripes everywhere, even on their mane? And no two exactly the same.

I'm kind of torn when it comes to zoos. It's great to be able to see & learn about the animals, especially for kids. Some animals seem perfectly content to be there. The zebras & giraffes were in a huge area with many acres to roam, but the snow leopard & cheetah were in much smaller enclosures. If they can't make a habitat that the animal can actually be content in, I would much rather never see them than to think of them living their lives caged up. Especially for an animal like the cheetah, they're the fastest running land animal, but they don't have room to run.

I'm guessing that the reason for the smaller enclosures is because you'd never see certain animals otherwise, so it wouldn't do the zoo any good to have them.

I don't really know much about the workings of zoos though, I don't know how they acquire their animals or what kind of situations they're removing them from so I guess I'll give them a break until I educate myself about it.

The weather was great again today, maybe tomorrow I'll get to hang some more quilts out on the line.....

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Laundry day

We've been having a wet and chilly spring so far, but this weekend was a nice improvement. I was looking at my blog from last year at this time & we were having much nicer weather back then, the trees aren't blooming as much this year. Hopefully the warmer weather will kick in now. Things are definitely GREEN though. We haven't been able to mow the lawn until today because of the rain & it was getting pretty deep. The bad thing is that we'll have more mosquitoes because of all the standing water & it makes things a bit squooshy when we take walks out back to the woods.

It was a good day to air out some of my quilts. A bit sunny, so I didn't keep them out too long, but after a long winter they really need an airing. The pink lily quilt was made by my husband's grandma, Marie Glenn. We've never used it, it's sooooo white that it scares me! She also made the 4-H quilt that's on the left in back. It's really faded out, but still quite pretty. Too old and worn to use, though.

I made the little nine patch. The star quilt top on the right was also made by Grandma Glenn, I need to take a close-up picture of that one, the colors are so great. I hope to get started on quilting it before this year ends. AND she made the green quilt, too. I don't know the name of that pattern, maybe something with Crossroads in the name? The quilt behind the green one is quite old, that's real indigo blue. That one is in bad shape, too, but I love it, the colors and fabrics are so great. It belonged to my Grandpa Pete, he was born in 1891 and it had to come from his Mom & Dad, but I have no idea what the story was or if his Mom quilted. He didn't talk about family and kept his family things hidden away so unfortunately we don't know his family stories. I've been doing the family history for many years, so that sort of drives me crazy (I want to know as much detail as possible about my ancestors) but I'm sure he had his reasons.
I've been playing around with my camera, trying to see if I can get better close-up pictures with it. I'm actually reading the manual and everything! I hate reading the instructions, I just want to get started and use whatever new thing I get, but sometimes it's just necessary. If it doesn't work out then I won't feel too guilty about getting a new camera, so it's all good.

I can't tell you how great it feels to finally have some warm weather, to be able to enjoy the sunshine. Winter just goes on so long that every year about March I feel like I'd really like to live somewhere else, but when spring gets here it's all worth it. I really wouldn't want to live somewhere where it was warm all the time.......unless I could afford to live in Hawaii, I'd have to give that a shot!
I still have more quilts to air out, so hopefully we'll have more nice days this week and I'll be able to share some more clothesline pictures. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as we did!