Sunday, January 17, 2016

Block 1 - Quilt Doodles 2016 BOM

I finally finished the first blocks of Cindy's 2016 Quilt BOM. It takes me a little while because I do it by hand rather than machine stitch. 
I love how they turned out. I used scraps from my scrap basket and bought the white sparkly antler fabric at JoAnn's. (You can't see the sparkles in this photo but trust me they are there.) It makes them look snowy.
I also finished another BOM project but I'm gonna sew a border around it before I show it.
Last weeks 5 inch snowfall melted quickly as the temperatures warmed up these past few days however the cold air is returning today and the snow flakes are back again. No major amount predicted just bitterly cold.

Well I'm off to spend some "ME" time doing absolutely NOTHING other than maybe some TV time. Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ThunderSnow = SnowDay

Early morning snow flurries caused schools in the area to start on a two hour delay only to be completely cancelled another hour later. This is actually our first snow day for this season which is strange compared to last few years where we had quite a few by this time. 
The kids were obviously thrilled to be off!
By noon, most of the snow had slowed to just a few flurries so Kate and I thought we'd take off to Walmart. 
Bad idea!!
We were only in there for about 15 minutes and when we came out it was like a blizzard. Everything was snow covered all over again and the roads were HORRIBLE.
We took the long way home because I was afraid the hill would be snow covered and hard to climb. Lucky thing I did because as we drove past that hill I could see the lights of a fire truck parked there.
It snowed most of the afternoon. The winds picked up and we even heard thunder a few times. In all we measured 5 inches in our back yard and have had to go out twice to shovel. Now the temperatures are dropping into the teens and everything is refreezing.
Just glad everyone is home from work safe and sound. 
I think I've had enough of winter already!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Crocheted Snowman Cocoon

I saw the instructions for this on Pinterest a few months ago and thought it was so cute. Luckily I saved it because I have a baby shower to attend later this month and thought it would make a nice gift. I used Lion Brand Chenille yarn, which I had never used before, and a little larger crochet hook when I worked it up. I crochet very tight so it worked out even though I used the bigger hook. 
It took me a few days to make but was pretty simple. I'd say the worst part was having to sew on the buttons. I'm in love with the yarn that I chose. It is so soft. I think it will be my new baby favorite to use. Just wish they had it in a few more colors.
If you'd like the pattern you can hop on over to Repeat Crafter Me. Sarah has lots of fun patterns to try.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Hiking through Coopers Rock

I can't believe it has been six months since I last blogged. I need to spend a massive amount of time on my computer just to catch up with everything. Now that fall is here and the temperatures are much cooler plus the fact that it's going to be pretty much dark by dinnertime maybe I will have a little more time to sit down and browse through all my favorites.
A few weekends ago we all planned to spend a day at Coopers Rock State Park. It's only about an hour and a half away and since it's leaf season we thought it would be a beautiful time to go. I, of course, had an even better reason for waiting until October before we went....the snakes are all hibernating.
We packed the cooler with some lunches and grabbed our winter coats. It was a really cool weekend. As we climbed up I-68 we could see the temperature dropping into the low thirties on the thermometer. 
We went out onto the overlook and snapped a few pictures. (Those are the first two pictures at the top of this post.)
Then we headed for some hiking trails. 
                                 (Gage was our fearless trail leader.)
The first trail we started on was pretty easy but then we ventured onto another and it was a little more tricky but we had a blast climbing over and around all the rocks. 
We arrived at our first camp site, took a breather and then decided to take a different trail back to the truck. It took us deeper into the woods and I was kind of getting the idea that we were going nowhere. 
The maps that we were using didn't quite have all that trails listed on it. But we found our way back eventually. 
We grabbed our lunches and headed to a picnic table. It was so cold. People had campfires burning to huddle around for warmth and while we were eating it began to snow. Just a few flurries but those were my first flakes of the season. 
Once we got our bellies full we piled back into the truck and headed home. The kiddos slept pretty much the whole way home. Everyone was tired but we all enjoyed the day. We'll be making that trip again and trying out a few more trails.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

My Lil' Potato Patch

                           Garden from several years ago
When the kids were much smaller and before we bought our pool I had a nice big garden in my back yard. Big enough to put some potatoes and corn plus all the usual veggies. 

I lost that space when we put the pool in and I had to downsize my garden which meant potatoes and corn were scratched from my growing list. 
                                        2015 Potato Patch
This year I was able to talk my dad into letting my put a little potato patch in at his house, which is just across the road from my house. So here it is, all tilled up. The potatoes are planted, now we just wait and watch them grow. It's the first time that anything has been planted there so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will do well. 
                                       2015 backyard garden
In my own back yard the garden is also tilled up and ready to go. A big thanks goes out to my 2 best friends Misty & Sam who so kindly brought their tractor in one day and helped to get both gardens plowed. So far the only things planted in my back yard garden are onions and as of today they are starting to peek through the dirt. There isn't enough room for corn but I'll be planting plenty of tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and maybe some Kale.

Has the weather been nice enough in your neck of the woods to begin the gardening season?