Sunday, October 17, 2021

YOP Week #16

I haven't blogged all week mostly because I haven't done anything.  I'm not sure if it's the change in the season or temps or what but I was pretty much exhausted all week.  I did have a lot going on but not to make me so tired.  I had annual taxes to pay, annual termite inspection and pest control, and a flu shot.  I was supposed to get a pneumonia shot too but the BCBS website was down so I will go in this week for that.  I got a few more Fall/Halloween decorations up but didn't take any photos.....I will this week.

I did finish my quilt top!  Here it is...........I learned so much from Celeste and chain piecing which I had heard of but never's the bee's knees!  That tip alone saves hours!  Next will be cutting and sewing the backing and then sandwiching the batting and backing fabric and quilt top....then pin basting and then quilting and binding.  Still a ways to go but all enjoyable especially when I think of the finished project I will be able to enjoy for years to come each Christmas.   


I did not get the ornaments final finished but I did work on my ornament.  I made several mistakes in this one but at least the ones I am gifting are's not finished yet but getting there

I had Rottweilers most of my adult life and now I am dog-less and really miss them and the fact that there will be no more dogs in my life but I saw this picture and it brought a smile to my face........look at those big feet!!! LOL!  Too cute!

I hope you had a better week than me and more energy for sure!

Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

YOP Week #15

Not too much going on here craft-wise as there is too much beauty outside to stay in!  This is my favorite time of year!

I did finish the grands ornaments except for the final finish.............the yellow is from the lighting and not on the cross stitch...........

I started one for me also...........the moon

I tried a brighter yellow but I think I will take it out as I don't care for it...........

I did work on my Christmas quilt but only to press the seams and now I am ready to sew the rows together but it doesn't look any different............

That's all for this treasures, no crochet, no knitting.....but I am enjoying the fall here and getting some painting done and cleaning and clearing....prepping for winter!

I hope you had a great week and I hope you have great plans for the week ahead!

Happy Trails!!!

Friday, October 8, 2021

Sewing Friday.........

 I try to reserve Friday for sewing otherwise I never do it.  Ignoring everything else that needs to be done is hard though....but I persevered!

I got all the rows sewn together for my Christmas quilt. and hopefully I will have a quilt top to show on Sunday.  A quilt top that has been sewn but not quilted is called a "flimsy".  This is a lap size quilt.  I made it out of reproduction vintage Christmas material.

That's all for's beautiful skies, sunshine and 83 with no humidity.....perfection!

Happy Trails!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Happy Fall Y'all

 Fall has arrived with a bang...cooler temps, rain and my little hummer boy, Buddy left yesterday....I can't believe how sad it makes me.  I get so attached and he was so distinguishable.  I pray he has a safe trip.  They travel alone for hundreds of miles.  I will leave the feeder up as hummers from the north or east pass through and need a rest stop.  I have no idea how they know but they do.  They must fly low and look for spots of red.  They are amazing creatures.

Monday, I ordered groceries to pickup.  I didn't need a lot just some staples.  I think I ordered like 13 items and after I placed the order it stated they only had 3 of the items!  What?  I think they are trying to wean people off the pickup part...what else could it be?  I decided to go to the store and go inside and shop which I haven't done in over a year!  They had most of the things I needed so why did they say they didn't?  Very fishy if you ask me!  I do spend more when I go in the store but it was nice because I was able to get 2 mums: one for inside and one for outside, 2 pumpkins and some gourds.  I also got some Halloween candy...oh!  No trick or treaters?  That's! It did feel good to get out and all the employees wear masks but very few customers but it wasn't crowded.  By the time I got home though and unloaded and disinfected and put away the groceries, I was toast!  I took a 2 hour nap!

Today is raining and's my indoor really is a houseplant!  It practically glows it is so beautiful!

I'm burning my cozy cabin candle and starting to drag out the Fall and Halloween decorations.....

 here's  some gourds I picked up too.............

I've got a cherry dump cake in the oven for dessert tonight with ice cream.  I don't use cherry pie filling though.  I use canned tart cherries.  I find the pie filling too sweet for my taste.

Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, October 3, 2021

YOP Week #14


I have a finish!  Not a final finish but a finish.  I will wait until all the ornaments are done and then final finish them all at the same time.  Here's the first ornament..........

I started the second one...a  pumpkin...............

and I worked a bit on my Fall alphabet sampler............

and When Witches Go Riding.............

I am very excited because I got all my QAL blocks sewn!!!  Yippee!  It's just a pile but later today I'll be laying them  out to see how I want the final quilt to look and then hopefully next week I will  have a quilt top to show you!  This is a Christmas quilt.


That's all for this week!  The Hawkeyes won their game against Maryland on Friday night but I didn't listen to it as it was past my bedtime! LOL!  So far they are 5 wins and 0 losses....go Hawks!  Today I 'll listen to the Bear's.  I wish they would do as well as the Hawks! LOL!  

We had lots of rain this past week and I woke up Friday morning and lo and behold...the trees changed color overnight!  They're just starting but that also means that Buddy, the little hummer boy, will be heading South before too long.  As much as I love Fall, I will miss that little guy!

I hope you are enjoying whatever season you are in. 

Happy Trails!!!


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Spoke too soon!

 Remember that promise I made?  Well, I may have to revise it and do it on a weekly basis.  Too many other things to do!  I always have to ensure I have a meal and clean clothes and that the plants and animals are taken care of.

I didn't sleep hardly at all the other night so that really put me behind.  I have no idea why that happens but thank goodness it doesn't happen often!  We were supposed to get storms so yesterday I went out to the highway to get the car filled up and then I had to go to the bank as I am putting my daughter on my bank account in case I would get sick she could make out my bills for me.  I also got out and harvested herbs and plants for dyeing............rosemary which is drying out on the porch and then will get put in jars...

sage which gets frozen on cookie sheets and then put in freezer bags

Thyme which just gets put in a bag and frozen.....

a few acorns but I read you need to "cook" them to kill the weevils inside of them so I will hold off until I  have enough to make it worthwhile...........these are burr oak acorns

Goldenrod for dyeing gets frozen.....and there are marigolds too but they are big and beautiful right now so I don't want to pick them just yet

It did storm today and there is more coming tonight and tomorrow too....Fall in the Ozarks!  So cozy!

I made lemon pasta this Ina Garten recipe.....I'll let you know how I like it.....mostly butter and lemon so it should be wonderful!

I'm making some dough for English Breakfast Biscuits but they won't get baked until tomorrow.

I've been working on my Fall Alphabet Sampler...........

I hope you had a great day!

Happy Trails!!!


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Keeping my promises!

 To myself that is.............I promised myself  I would paint and clear and clean every day...that includes outside work as well plus clearing out.  So far so good!  I painted yesterday and today.  I can't do it for long periods of time because it seems everything requires bending over which is the hardest on my back.  But as long as I keep at it, it will get done!  I did clean and clear a bit too...usually 15 minutes of each or more if I can keep going!  I set a timer.

Today I cleaned the bottom of the pantry and painted part of it...........which you can't see as I painted after I took this picture......

But I was able to put a finished shelf in and covered with a non-slip shelf paper (it's rubberized; not really paper).  It's Pioneer Woman design!  Walmart, of course.  The paint is Kilz interior and exterior primer and paint in this stuff!  I get an off white as I don't care for white......more cream color is what I go for.

Eventually the whole pantry will look like this....lighter and brighter and cuter!  I'm all about the cuteness factor! 

My sourdough bread turned out great the other cannot go wrong with King Arthur's recipes!  The only problem was I didn't taste a lot of sour like I do in the pancakes.  I may ask them about that.  Plus, the recipe calls for yeast and I thought the whole purpose of sourdough was that you didn't need yeast.   But it's good regardless and slices like a dream!

I got a treasure in the mail today.............

I don't subscribe to it but they had a cute pumpkin quilt and some wool applique...all Fall wonderfulness!  I'll be curling up with this tonight!

I hope you're having a great Fall or Spring or whatever season you're in!  The trees are just slightly changing here but my burr oaks in front are dropping brown leaves like crazy yet the tree looks green...go figure?  

Happy Trails!!!