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Merry Christmas

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Thanksgiving Past...Christmas Future

Thanksgiving is over and the holiday was wonderful. We had a family dinner and spent the day being thankful for all of our blessings. This past year has been filled with difficulties and joys but always the assurance that God has everything in His hands. I am so thankful for God's love and my salvation through Jesus Christ, for my precious Sweetheart who is loving, faithful and a man of character, for my dear daughters and their husbands who are a source of joy and pride, for the coming grandbaby who already has her special place in my heart, for health restored, and for extended family, good friends and my church family who bless my life.

I haven't been blogging but I have been sewing. I'm so pleased with the little quilt I made for our expected granddaughter. I wanted something small to match her newborn size and something in colors to match the pink and lavendar chosen by her mother for her nursery. I also wanted the quilt to look like the old quilts I treasure and loved as a child...all wrinkled and snuggly.; I did machine quilt for durability expecting this quilt is the right size to be dragged around by a toddler and washed often :)

It's been laundered and is folded hanging on the end of a little white crib waiting for a baby girl to use it :) The stack of sewing is getting smaller but there are burp cloths, receiving blankets and bibs to finish before I try my hand at some "dressy" diapers. Also there's a little Winnie the Pooh quilt top calling out to be finished. No Christmas sewing this year...but, of course, I don't mind.

I'm already making plans for the New Year and a quilting schedule. It's time to work on some projects accumulated on quilt shop hops. I think I will start with a little chicken wall hanging that just called out to me the first time I saw it. More on that later.

There's frost on the ground today and this week should be chilly...highs in the 40s and 50s and beautiful sunshine. We are having a cycle of rain each week and it is so desperately needed and much appreciated. Some of the ponds are beginning to refill and the ranchers are happy to see the water.  The drought has been extreme in Oklahoma...rivaling the 1930's and the Dust Bowl. Oklahoma is a state of weather extremes...one day a couple of weeks ago we had tornadoes and a record breaking earthquake all at the same time...but life here is never dull.

I'll close with a little treasure we picked up at a local flea market/antique mall. It is all wood and the best part is a little sound box on the underside which plays the sound of a horse's hoofs as it rides it from a distance...softer first, then louder...and the horse slows, stops, neighs several times and then begins to clip clop away!!! We turned it on at the flea market and drew quite an audience of admirers!! We're hoping a little girl will love comiing to PaPa's farm to "ride her pony."

For now, I'll be in the sewing room :)

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations." Psalms 100:4-5 (KJV)


Feels Like Fall!

Our cold front came through with gusty north winds and it's sunny and gorgeous today...the air is crisp and golden. There may be frost on the pumpkins tomorrow night! Now if we could have a few rainy gray days, life would be perfect.

I had a great time at Stamp Camp last night. We didn't make Halloween cards so I'll just make some on my own. But the cards were very pretty and I'll enjoy sending them. Here are mine.

We also tried a paper coloring technique using foamy shaving cream and two colors of blue ink. The result is paper that resembles a storm sky or a stormy sea. Every piece is different. It's messy but amazing...and lots of fun.

More sewing today while a pot of chili simmers for supper. Looking forward to a good supper and settling down with my sweetheart to watch another episode of FRINGE. Our daughter recommended the series and gifted the dvds and we watched the first episode...we're hooked!!!

Wishing you a beautiful day and many blessings.

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."
John 14:27


Monday, Monday

The sun is shining, a cold front is on its way and life is good! This will be a busy week. Tonight is Stamp Camp. Once a month ladies from my church get together to make cards. One lady is a Stampin' Up representative and she hosts the camp. Tonight's cards should be Halloween themed and those are always fun. I'm just learning but I can follow the samples and I'm so proud of my finished cards! They are simple but cute. I've cherished all the cards I've received through this last difficult year and I know how much it means to receive a card that says "I'm thinking of you"...and I appreciate the time and care represented by handmade cards.

My sewing room is stacked with projects to work on and many of them are for our expected grandbaby. This will be our first grandchild and we're so excited that it's a baby girl!!! This week I'm working on a pink minkie blanket, receiving blankets and maybe some burp cloths.

I'm off to the sewing room for a day of happy stitching!

"...whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

Glorious Autumn

Much has happened in the past year or so, but I'm back to sharing life on my red dirt road in the heart of America.

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a happy new year and many blessings in the year to come.
The past several weeks have been busy but not very productive. Maybe the unpredictable weather was part of my problem. We had beautiful, warm days with sunshine and gentle breezes and cold days with high winds. One weekend saw the north and western parts of the state with record snowfall. We had severe thunderstorms, rain, sleet and snow...all in 24 hours. It's a sunny but cold day here on my red dirt road. We got some of our tomato plants, herbs and flowers over the weekend but they won't be planted for a few days since we are having freezing at night. Our rule of thumb is not to plant until after Easter. I just can't wait to get my hands in the dirt!

Our local quilt guild's email newsletter is featuring a 3-part mystery quilt pattern. I've never done a mystery quilt but this sounded fun. I have the first part finished. I decided to use fabrics from my stash and here's what I ended up with.
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I love the little chicks on the green fabric! I need to get another piece of red fabric for the next part of the mystery.

Years ago I bought some BOMs at JoAnn's that I had put away and only rediscovered recently. I remember that I loved the colors in this one and liked the idea of pre-cut pieces. I thought this would be fun to pull out and work on, especially since cutting is not one of my favorite parts of quilting.

I got all the pieces out for the January block (notice it's 1998!) and started to sew. It didn't take long to realize that something wasn't working. Some of the pieces were cut smaller than the dimensions shown on the templates. So parts of the bear paws didn't fit! I got frustrated but recovered and took it all apart. It took two more times sewing and taking apart plus some fabric from my stash, but the block is finished and I really like it. I'll just have to incorporate some of those stash fabrics in other blocks to make it work. I don't know what happened but I didn't get the finishing kit....just some of the fabric in yardages so I'll end up making my own sashings and borders.

The next two blocks have gone together well so I think that was just a one-time problem. I hope so since I have several years worth of these BOMs. I think they will be fun to work on whenever I want to sew but don't want to cut and think a lot. The instructions are all in pictures (as well as words) and that makes them very easy to follow. Some days I feel like sewing but not thinking very hard.

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I love the Grandmother's Flower Garden block in any form. It was one of my own grandmother's favorite patterns and, since she had a big flower garden in the middle of her backyard, I grew up thinking that block was named for her (and I still think of her garden whenever I see that quilt block.) I have an ongoing hand-work project of paper piecing Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks.

I'm hoping to finish some a couple of UFO's this week. This is also a time to thank about the events of Jesus' last week on earth and the wonderful blessing of Easter Sunday. Wishing you and yours a happy and holy week.

Tornado Alley

The skies turn dark, the clouds start to boil and we know it's tornado season in Oklahoma! It just usually doesn't happen in February but last week it did! Our meteorologist daughter emailed early in the day and warned us to be aware...conditions were right for a major storm outbreak. She was certainly correct. My sweetheart works in west OKC and, at his company, they took shelter three different times as the sirens sounded and tornadoes roared very close to them. One touchdown was just north of his location. The real damage in the afternoon was in Edmond, north of OKC. At our house, there was wind, rain and hail. In the early evening, a tornado did tremendous damage at Lone Grove, south of us near Ardmore, and lives were lost. We pray for that community.

We've lived in Oklahoma all our lives and every spring and fall we know to watch the western skies. I can tell by the feel of the weather and the smell when storms can develop. And we love severe storms season...it's just part of life here!

The past week has been a busy one but I'm so pleased with the results of our work. The larger room - formerly known as the second guest room with a sleeper sofa and my sweetheart's desk and bookcases - is now sunshiney yellow with MOST of my sewing stuff in place. (The guest room and office is now in the smaller room and fits very well.) I still have a little more to do but it looks so nice with shelves around the walls and my sewing machine out in the middle of the room with a big table beside it to use for cutting and holding quilts as I sew. I'll take a picture when everything is in place. There's a small tv with vcr right at viewing level from the sewing machine and my collections of Christy, Anne of Green Gables and Sarah Plain and Tall are right there for peaceful watching and sewing. I can't wait to get started!

But sewing may be delayed a little. We've decided to go ahead and do some more painting...after two years of all white walls, we crave a little soft color in some rooms just to make them more warm and homey. Since painting requires moving furniture, etc., I'm getting my spring cleaning done as well! I love moving into the spring and summer with the house deep-cleaned and organized. Then I can spend time outside with a clear conscience.

I have gotten a little sewing done. My girls loved the Valentine purses I made for them. My older daughter is a Native American scholar and writer so I chose these fabrics for her.

My younger daughter loves the combination of pink and brown so I knew she would like these fabrics.

It's time to get back to putting fabrics and patterns away!
Hope to finish the sewing room today!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Hope your day is happy, productive and blessed!

Monday Hoops

Stitchery hoops are not the focus today at our house! Instead I'm very excited about basketball hoops :)

My sweetheart and I love to follow college football and basketball! We look forward all summer to the first football game of the season and we are totally lost when March Madness is over :) We are not big baseball fans and that's probably good since we need those months to garden and get things in order before football starts again. We are very devoted fans of the University of Oklahoma Sooners (BOOMER SOONER!!) but we also cheer for Belmont University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee since one daughter and son-in-law are alums of those schools.

I especially love women's basketball and the OU Sooners are number 2 in the nation! My favorite women's basketball coach is Pat Summitt of Tennessee...she's an amazing coach and a classy lady. So the ideal game for me would be Sherri Coale and the #2 OU Sooners against Pat Summitt and the #12 Lady Vols!!! And it's happening tonight and my sweetheart surprised me with tickets!!! He even has to take off work early so we can get there in time for all the pregame fun.

I want the Sooners to win but a Tennessee win would be #1000 for Pat Summit. I'll be a happy lady either way. It's nationally televised so if you see a crazy lady dressed in OU crimson and cream singing "Rocky Top" ... that's me :)

I'll be back to stitching tomorrow! Have a wonderful day!


Dreams of spring and garden goodies were buried under several inches of ice and sleet the past few days here in the heart of Oklahoma. Sweetheart had big plans to finish his work this past weekend preparing the garden soil for spring planting but it was too cold for him to be outside...even bundled up. The wind was blowing and the temperature was just above freezing.

Then our winter storm hit mid-day Monday. Here's the view from my back door yesterday.

That's about 1/2 inch of ice topped by close to 6 inches of sleet...no snow...the sleet is that thick! The freezing rain started on Monday and then about 3 am Tuesday morning, we were awakened by thunder and what sounded like hail on our roof and windows. But, it wasn't hail...it was sleet!! It sleeted all day yesterday. Sweetheart went on to work but Monday night the drive home took 2 1/2 hours instead of the usual 45 minutes. Yesterday the drive was 2 hours each way and he called from one end of our country road to tell me he was almost home but was having a hard time making it up the hill. About 20 minutes later he drove in the driveway but couldn't open the garage because of the sleet piled high against the door. It took a little while to move the sleet pile and get the car inside.

We are fortunate this time since the December 2007 ice storm ruined trees and left us without power for a week. Our rural electric coop did a wonderful job cutting trees away from power lines during 2008 and this time our power didn't even flicker.

Today the sun is out but it's 19 degrees. Not much thawing will take place today but the sun is so cheerful. Here's what I saw this morning.

I've been working on my BOM blocks and the Valentine charm pack surprise. Pictures of my progress will be coming soon. For now, I'm enjoying the sunshine!

Wishing you a beautiful sunshine day!! Karen


"And God, who studies each separate soul, Out of commonplace lives makes His beautiful whole."
Susan Coolidge

"Stay, stay at home, my heart and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are the happiest."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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