Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Rivka - You are Grand!

Cherrio! Mrs. Standeford our Comp 1 teacher handed back our first real essays today...and due to my sister's excellent tutorial skills via e-mail... a good grade is in!

Muchos Gracias, Rivka

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm a 1940's Gal

  • If you know more about Big Band leaders and the hits of the swing era than today's hit songs.
  • If you stay awake at night only to read manners books from the 40's.
  • If you are over joyed by finding a vintage hat in some second hand store.
  • If you take a trip especially to the beauty supply store on a hunt to find hair supplies to try the '40's rolls...
Then you must be a 1940's girl too.

Millinery Ad Courtesy http://www.ebay.com

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Newly Found Tasha Tudor Site

There is a delightful web-site, Tasha Tudor and Family for any one who is interested in her life and enjoys her playful illustrations of a by gone era. Please enjoy!

Photograph by Richard Brown from http://www.tashatudorandfamily.com

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fly Fishing Fever

An interest in fly fishing began when, despite the fact that we lived on land with several small ponds, a lake, the Verdigris River a half a mile away and I fished and fished ---I have caught even one.

Upon visiting the Sherman family in 2004, I expressed an interest to Stevie who is an avid fisherman and he demonstrate the highly skillful art on the Willamette River. We didn't catch a thing...but my interest was peaked.

Recently, I happened upon a session of the Green Country Fly Fishers. They welcomed me to their group night. All older men sporting baseball caps were talking of the next fishing outing. They set up their fly tying equipment on the small tables in the community room, opened large green wooden boxes full of paraphernalia and began to tie!

They were making white flies that shimmer and dance or yellow bugs that float. One gentleman was making the tiniest fly that I have seen. One used for trout, hopefully trout. You might buy a fly in a store for $2.50 and see this one - it only cost $0.30 or so. You can really save money by creating your own. We get a great kick out of sharing stories and spending time on tie night.

You should find an inexpensive fly rod and join our group. There are ladies in the group. Our best fisher is a Lady Lawyer from Tulsa who can out fish us. Come join us any time, they urge me.

I am missing out on such a pleasant past time, maybe I should.

Art from http://www.allposters.com

Friday, September 19, 2008

Remembering: Young Entrepreneur Days

Here you see me as a soon to graduate high school student and quilting entrepreneur. I enjoyed coming up with many collections based on certain color schemes. Some items are traditional patchwork designs while others are ones I created. There are only a handful pictures around the house, though I created dozens and dozens of unique items. Someday I will post quilt pictures for you to see. Have a blessed day and don't forget to have fun and be creative. Sewing can be stress relieving...so go for it!

Seminole Dresser Mat

Seminole Potholder

Shoe-Fly Pillow, Trip-Around-the World Pillow (with a block out of place) and a Postage Stamp Table Mat

Pigs in a Pin - I designed to utilize scraps from my Sister's dressmaking business.

Quilted Baby Nine Patch Dresser Mats

Quilted Lawn Four Patch Pot Holder (My favorite)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


If you happen to have an abundance of apples, may I suggest freezing? After peeling, coring and slicing and placing them in a bowl, dust them with Fruit Fresh (which keeps them from turning brown). Then place them in 'freezer' zip lock bags. The apples can later be used for pies, grated and mixed in cakes, and they are yummy fried with a dash of cinnamon and sugar!

If you happen to have a wealth of tomatoes...? Wash them, blanch them in boiling water (until they are puffy or their skins begin to crack). Remove the tomatoes and place on a cookie sheet (the tomatoes will weep juice as they cool). When cooled remove the skins and hard section where the stem was and freeze in zip lock bags. They are great in steak soups, pureed and put in any number of dishes. Happy fall preserving!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Traditional Irish Blessing

Aunt Carole shared this with us and I'm passing this Irish Blessing on for your day!

Photograph by Richard Cummins at http:www.allposters.com

Monday, September 8, 2008

Good Morning, Betty Gram

This morning, Betty Gram and I will redecorate her buffet. Her daughter, Cherry arranged the nesting paraphernalia in June and we have enjoyed it, but we both agree a change is needed with the changing of seasons. We'll be arranging her Mother and Child, Madonna figurines on the shelves. What fun!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A New Discovery

Hot on the embroidery trail, I discovered Pattern Bee. What a great web-site! It's easy to navigate, well organized with vintage embroidery patterns for redwork, quilts, towels, potholders and more. Wonderful Christmas ideas!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Favorite Quilt Shop

Do you have a favorite quilting or fabric shop that just sends you into ecstasy the moment you step through the doorway? Lillie's Classic Quilts in Independence, Kansas does just that for me. The shop is in a well lit, refurbished downtown brick building (as you see in the photo the hardwood floors and sky blue tin work ceiling). Visiting Lillie's is like stepping into the ultimate quilters heaven! Lillibeth, when you come visit, we will certainly make a trip to Independence.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hooray for Inspiration!

Serendipity Tapestry Coat from North Style is quite nice. There are also nubby sweaters and tweedy items. If you happen to like long flowing skirts this is the site for you!