Thursday, May 14, 2015

Playing in the Dirt

The twins and I are desperately trying to plant and maintain a few garden plants. 

Our current gardening spot did not produce well last year and we are going to try to build it up and get it in better shape. 

So, here's what we've done:

We repurposed a Chic-fil-a nugget tray, filled it with a potting soil mix and planted some lettuces. 

We weeded and placed a stone border on the front corner of the porch. I relocated some of my lemon balm here and planted some beans (to vine up the porch rails) and I'll need to wait and see what else (if anything) grows because I don't remember what I planted. 

These are packing containers that my daughter brought home from work. Each container has six holes with five peas in each hole. They are tied to the old, ragged steps off the kitchen. (In the background is my homemade black composter that was given to us by my uncle.)

Where is the strangest place you've planted garden plants?


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Maryland Sheep & Wool 2015

I had a great time this weekend at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival! 

Because I was helping out some friends, I didn't get to wander around very much.  But, I did manage to slip off and get a few pictures...

Lots & lots of great stuff! 

Let me know if you get out to a fiber festival this year!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

10 Weeks and Counting!

My newest nephew is scheduled to arrive in early July.

We are all so excited because this little boy will be the one to carry on my family name. I only have one brother and most of us were fairly certain that he wouldn't have any children of his own.  (I think my sisters and I scared him by me having five noisy kids, Sister 1 had three and Sister 2 now has three...)  It gets a little crazy when we all get together.

Well, now we're waiting on his little one and I decided that I would make a quilt (more for Momma) of blue and gold for our West Virginia University Mountaineers.  She's a huge WVU fan.  I can only show you a couple of sneak peeks.  The baby shower was this past Saturday and I didn't have the quilting finished, so I wrapped it up to show the quilting design on the back of the quilt and told her to leave it in the box so that I could finish it before she sees the final results.

If you want to check out the earlier posts for this quilt, you can hop over  here or here and see some of the progress.

I won't have much time to work on it this week, (Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival!) but hopefully Monday I can get back to it and get it finished!

Can't wait to show you the finished quilt!
I'm off to Kentucky tomorrow, home and then over to Maryland for the weekend...As long as the weather is good, I'll have a post up the first of the week with lots of pictures from Sheep & Wool!  If you get to go, stop by the Purrington Looms Booth and say "Hello!"

Monday, April 27, 2015

Visiting Eleanor's

Last week, Susan and I made a quick trip to Reedsville, WV.  Susan had been wanting to take me to this great little quilt shop & I had been pretty busy so we kept putting it off.  She has now been told that she needs to be a little more insistent when she knows I am missing out on a great experience!

Eleanor's Quilt Shop is a sweet little shop with lots of goodies.  It is located near Arthurdale, which is affectionately known as "Eleanor's Little Village".  Arthurdale was the nation's first New Deal Homestead Community which was created to help alleviate some of the devastating economic effects of the Great Depression in North Central West Virginia.

Here's what you can expect to see at Eleanor's...
Lots and lots of fabric!

Aisles and aisles of fabric bolts
And they aren't short aisles!
Homespun (My personal favorite)
All kinds of doo-dads!

There was tatting, needlepoint, paint by numbers...
And so many buttons
And some gorgeous quilts for sale...

A cozy place to sit
Hope you enjoyed visiting Eleanor's Quilt Shop!
I know I can't wait to get back again!

Monday, April 20, 2015

So Much Going On!

It has been a very busy week!

So much has happened and so many pictures were taken.

I'm working out details for several new updates that include:
*A trip to Eleanor's Quilt Shop
*The twin's 12th birthday
*The Princess's first prom
*A trip to visit with Gram after her heart surgery

Lots of fun.
Lots of planning.
Lots of chaos.

Stay tuned for more details and pictures!

I also have some random spring flower pictures...just for the "pretty".

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Great Day at the Lake

Today was absolutely gorgeous!

I took the twins & the Princess to Rock Lake to visit with Mom and Dad. They did some fishing and I did some spinning. 

I'm finally getting to the end of the Buckhannon Fiber and getting anxious to clean the Jacob fleece from last year. But, that's wool for another day. 

So, here are some pictures from our day at the Lake...

Well, I guess I only thought about taking pictures of the kids. Anyway, it was a great day 70*, sunny with a light breeze and we had a surprise visit from Uncle Tony & Aunt Mar! 

Maybe an update on the Mountaineer Baby Quilt tomorrow. 

Until then, just keep spinning!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cleveland Clinic

We've been here since Wednesday and everything is going great!
Mom C is done with her surgery and doing well. They are removing the chest tube now. They took the breathing tube out sooner than expected and after visiting this morning we will be headed back home. 
It's been a great trip with Darren's brother and SIL visiting from California, but today we go our separate ways. 
Here are a few pictures of our adventures. 
Uncle Rick introduces us to sushi...
Freddy doing his japaneseing. 
Mere checking out the art at the clinic. 

I even found some wool!
Locked out in the rain on the rooftop pavilion. 
Waiting room past time. Can't beat Starbucks & yarn!