Thursday, April 17, 2014

April's Sparkling Stars

Once again it's been a little while since my last post. Spring has finally arrived in our neck of the woods and we are sooo... enjoying it. 
No time to blog, compute or sew!
I've been spring cleaning, cutting grass, contemplating my garden space and walking. It feels so good to get outdoors again.
Last night I finally finished my April Stars for the 2014 Quilt Doodle Designs BOM
Here are the first four months all pictured together.
I was hoping to finish April's block so that I could begin on another project. Several years ago Ginger from Primitives by the Light of the Moon was kind enough to send me a little kit of rug hooking materials to try out. Well I tried and didn't do so well but I'm gonna give it another try. A big problem that I had was that my fabric sagged and I constantly had to keep pulling it tight over and over again. So this time around I ordered some Gripper Strip and my Dad is going to make me a frame to stretch my fabric over. I can't wait to get my hands working on this project once again. Here in our area rug hooking is not something that I've seen anyone do. ( I've not seen any products or supplies at the local craft fairs or craft stores) So I will be in search of old woolen garments to recycle or I will have to purchase wool from the internet.
Anyways, that's a small update on what's going on in my little world. The kiddos are off on their Spring Break this week so it's kind of like a free for all. However, the sun is shining and it's warming up so I may head outdoors and see if I can recruit the help of the big kiddos to get my garden tilled up.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

An Evening at the PBR

If you read my birthday post a few weeks ago you will remember that my brother and his wife gifted me with a set of tickets to go see the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) at the Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling, WV.
Well this past Saturday was the night and let me tell you that I have never seen that place as packed as it was that night. It took us forever to drive through Wheeling just to get into the parking garage. As for the drive home, let's just say it was a LONG wait just to be able to get out of the parking garage. 
However, it was all worth it. 
Cowboys....Horses...Bulls...did I already say COWBOYS! :o)
There were only maybe four or five cowboys that stayed on for the 8 seconds but each and every one of them was interesting to watch. 
Then there were those bulls that had a mind of their own and wanted to wander around the arena after they bucked their rider off.
Thanks Thad and Crystal for a great evening of entertainment!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Big Tree

I finally finished The Big Tree block  for the Quilt Doodle Designs BOM. It's trunk is a little off center but that's OK by me.
Here are the three blocks that I have made so far. (Jan.-Feb.)
I always look forward to the new pattern release on the first of each month.
If you haven't gotten the March pattern you still have another week to get it free. Just click on the above link and download it. On April 1st, the new block will be released. At that point the March block will still be available but you will have to pay a small fee for it.
Happy Quilting!

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Fire Season

This is what the hillside at the top of my street looked like last weekend. 
What began as a small garbage burn turned into a much larger brush/forest fire. 
Here in West Virginia, fire season begins March 1st and continues through May 31st. 
No burning allowed until after 5 p.m. and it must be put out by 7 a.m. the next morning.
You'd think we'd be safe from forest fires with all the snow that we've had this year. However, there are plenty of dead leaves, trees and grasses that can ignite rather quickly. Add a little wind to that mix and you could have big trouble.
The fire department was called back a second time for a rekindle the same day. I saw at least 5 other departments from surrounding towns coming up our street to help put it out. Thankfully it didn't make it to any houses.
Five days later and after a rainy night the fire department was called back a third time to extinguish some brush that began smoldering again.
I think it's safe to say it's not worth burning right now. It's just too windy and there is too much dead foliage laying on the ground.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

41st Birthday

Oh, I am so behind in posting. This past week has been a busy one and I haven't had  much time for the computer or my sewing.
Another birthday has come and gone for me. Last Thursday I celebrated my 41st. I thought I'd share a few pictures of the goodies that I received.
My blogging buddy Carmen sent me these wonderful smelling tarts. My son came home that afternoon and thought they were actually food when he saw them. They are almost too pretty to even consider burning. She also sent some lemon soap and a Friends sign. What a great surprise to arrive in my mail. (Thanks again Carmen!)
Hubby and the kids got me 100 ft. of garden fence which I had asked for. My old fence was getting pretty ratty and with the dogs it is a definite must. Without it they would tramp all through my garden along with the rabbits. They also got me a new flag to hang outside and a tractor solar light.
My best friend made me the 41 Sucks lollipop arrangement at the top of the post. She also gave me the angel and this family birthday sign. I hadn't seen one of these before. You write everyone's names and birth dates on the little circles and then hang them under the correct month. 
I also received my all time favorite perfume..Pink Sugar... and two tickets to the PBR Bull Riding Tour that will be at the Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling this weekend. 
Can't wait to see that!

My whole family gathered this past weekend to celebrate not only my birthday but also my brother's which is on the 22nd. It was a bit chilly with temperatures in the 30's but we cooked out. So ready for spring to get here!

Hope you all had a great weekend!