If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Day 16

I did it again, missed a day on the 

I have done better than I thought I would, especially since my blog has been neglected last month. 

Well yesterday I tended to a few things around here and then I needed to finish next month BOM for the 30's club

After it was done drove over to Siloam Springs to drop these off at the quilt shop. We visited for a while and I was given a pattern for the next stash buster. Stash Busters meet ever other month at the shop and I had to miss the meeting because I'm at the Master Gardening class on that day so Pam gave me the pattern.
It is a free pattern by Windham Fabric called
"All Wrapped Up"

All Wrapped Up by Amy Gibson

Cute pattern and I have a good stash of Christmas fabric and really would like to make this. Just not sure if I can make the time.
There are a few items I want to make as gifts and they will need to come first.

There is a gift I finished last night and that is a crochet scarf using one of the Bernat Pop

Turned out nice and feels nice too. This will make a nice gift.

Today I have another finish but it is not a gift for this Christmas, not enough time to get it quilted and bound.

But a finish all together. My Retro Air-Ship Propeller, one that I've been wanting to complete for a while now.
This quilt has ended up being 67 x 67
And the youngest daughter already claimed it before her other sisters had a chance to see it.

Here is a funny update, remember the seeds I started  and thought the seeds were old because they were not sprouting as they should

Seeing how I thought they were mung beans....

I guess I do not know how to read the package because on the label is marked Green Peas.
Now that I look at the picture they sure do look like sprouted peas.
a DUH moment.
I threw them away thinking they were no good...they were...need to get some mung beans it seems. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Two in One

I had everything ready for yesterday post, I knew what I wanted to share and even took a couple of pictures but I was just too tired to hassle with it all.
You see Mom had a TEE yesterday, which meant I needed to leave the house before 8 because her test was at 11:00 and figure I would be back sometime before 3:00. She did fine and they were able to do the test but they had such a problem with getting an IV in that it was 3:00 by the time she was done.
That meant I had 5 hours of sitting around waiting. 

 I did put to good use and was able to finish the corner blocks for the Retro Air-Ship Propeller.

Was so hoping I could get the border finished today but was to busy cleaning after being gone everyday this week, the house was a mess.

Also crochet a couple more little hats and

 work a little on my hexes. I do have quite a few done and need to get a picture made to show. And also found the fabric to use between the diamonds. I'll get that all out tomorrow and get some pictures of that too.

Funny how much one can get done while waiting.

Then this afternoon/evening was class and this time it was on insects. Bugs don't bother me that much but I know very little about the bugs that effect my plants. Heaven knows we have a lot bugs around here.

Last week while mowing the yard I would come across all these twigs in the yard that had been chews on, and and completely cuts it off. So I looked up what kind of bug was doing it.

And here is the culprit. 

It's a beetle called a Twig Girdler.
If you have seen this happen on your tree, here's a link to more info
Pretty cool isn't it.

Day 14.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Making Progress

Been making progress on quilting. like I said thou slowly.

Have another quarter section done.

On to another  

For some reason I can not get the pictures turned in the right direction...so sorry.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 11

Here it is Day 11 and to think Christmas is 2 weeks away

I wanted share a little before I go to bed.

Since last night I was able to get another 5 hats completed. In fact you can see that one is a deeper red, well that is because I ran out of yarn and had to go get some soft red yarn. 

I purchased 3 skeins and I'm good to go now.

I off to bed now, till tomorrow

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tid bits and Poinsettia Care

What a perfect Sunday and feeling blessed.... which hope yours is too.

Was able to get a little sewing in this morning, this Tuesday is 30's Club and I want to have Jan. and Feb. BOM ready to give Pam so she can make up kits for participance.

Along with sewing I cooked up a double batch of no-salt spaghetti sauce to share with my parents. Tomorrow mom has her CHF check up and just give it to them.

This evening I plan on doing a few more hats to donate to

I am running out of this soft red yarn. 

Do have this 

but I find it scratchy which I can use on something else, so maybe when in Tulsa I'll go by Joann's or something to get some soft yarn.

And work on weaving up some more wash clothes.

I have 2 blooming poinsettia plants (Euphorbia pulcherrima) so far this year and it is one of my favorite houseplants that I eagerly wait each year to have. 
This one I picked up today when I went to get stuff for sauce, it was marked down.

All I could find were these couple spots for the reason of the mark down, nothing much to be concern about. Chances its due to condition of the humidity and or watering. I'll just remove the effected bracts by cutting each bract off.

 There are a few things to know in order to have poinsettia thrive in your home.
What kind of light does it need. Place it near a sunny window. South, east or west facing windows will make them very happy, more so than a north facing window. Poinsettias are tropicals and will appreciate as much direct sunlight as you can provide.

Your poinsettia likes it if you can maintain a temperature of 65 - 75 degrees F.
during the day. Night temperature can drop to about 60 degrees F. and will not hurt the plant. Cold drafts or allowing the leaves to touch a cold window can injure the leaves and cause premature leaf drop. If you've ever seen a leggy poinsettia in bloom, with only a couple of sad looking leaves hanging on, it was probably exposed to temperatures that were too cool or to extreme shifts in temperature.

Water the plant whenever the surface feels dry to the touch. Water until it drains out the bottom, but do not let the plant sit in water. So it is best to take the foil wrap off and drain the water. You can just leave it off if you wish. Wilting is another common cause of leaf drop. A wilted plant can be revived and salvaged, but it will take another season to improve its appearance.

Try to provide some humidity if you can because if the house tends to be dry and your poinsettia is in direct light, you will find yourself watering frequently, possibly every day.

There is no evidence that they are toxic or unsafe to have in the house.
And they are also safe to put into the compost if they do not make it through this season or another.

With that said you Should Still Use Caution when Handling Poinsettias
A more likely problem to watch out for is contact dermatitis. Euphorbias, the plant family that includes poinsettias, exude a milky sap when broken. Think of milkweed, another common Euphorbia. Many people are sensitive to this sap, which can cause an itchy rash. Be especially careful not to rub your eyes after touching the plants. To be safe, wash your hands after handling a poinsettia plant and try to avid pinching or pruning them with your hands.

They're beautiful, they're safe, and they say Christmas. The only remaining question is whether to save them from year to year. 

Continue burning the Christmas candle
DAY 10 before we know it Christmas will be here.

Linking up with Kathy

Saturday, December 9, 2017


It's been warming up a little, at least it was in the 50's and sunny.
I have to admit I had a slow day today.

Slept in and then after coffee and such I was off to my parents to take them the soup and salads.

While there I worked on slippers for myself.
Had one foot completed and needed to finish up the other.

This evening is what I did.

Yeah..... on my feet and keeping the warm.

I wish I had a housekeeper. I live far enough out that I hadn't found one yet..... so until then I do have something thats second best, an iRobot vacuum  and I love it. Have had it for a year now and realized I hadn't changed the air filter.

What do you think....I believe its past due.

Day 9 it is for the 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Darn It Day 8

I was so busy yesterday away from the house that by the time I made it back, I was so tired to write anything.
Spent the day at Mom and Dads then had a class that evening.
I've been taking our county's  Master Gardener program since last month. It is a 10 week course, which we are about half way through. Last night was on Annuals and Perennials, so love ever moment.

While at moms I had taken a couple of the corner blocks for the Retro Air-Ship Propeller to work on.

Have one more left to prep and I'll be one step closer to the finish.

This morning I was able to get an hour in quilting on Scandinavian Christmas and this is what was accomplished,

outlined the animals and a portion of this sections frame. This wall hanging has been a pleasure to work on for me.

Yesterday I realized I needed to do more for my parents and making more meals for them is where I can step up.

Found a couple of cookbooks to get me started. These here are based on the DASH diet. Gave a link here if your interested in knowing more about a low sodium/ heart health eating plan

This evening I made Chicken and Rice soup and a Pasta Chicken Salad. I'll take these to them tomorrow and talk to them about what they would like next.

Update on the mung beans, I believe they are on the old side. Here it is 3 day now and they are just now starting to sprout out. Will need to pick up some new ones the next time I go to Tulsa.


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