Wednesday, October 29, 2014


My first-graders and I have noticed (after I mentioned it) that most children's Halloween stories are based on one of two premises-
1. Something seems scary at first but turns out to be harmless
2. A little pumpkin realizes it's okay to be different

We were excited to participate in The Halloweensie Contest this week!
On Monday, their two journal sentences had to include the requisite three words- pumpkin, broomstick and creak. While they wrote, I started our story about a little witch named Sweetsie.

the roughest draft
On Tuesday, I started my rewrite and read what we had so far. They loved it! I mentioned the 100-word limit and panic set in. "Do we have to write 100 words??"
a little less rough draft
Today, I added/took away/edited our little story to 99 word perfection!
Without further adieu...
Sweetsie's Jack-o'Lantern
     Sweetsie's party was almost perfect- a cauldron of punch, bat-wing cupcakes- but no jack-o'lantern. She hopped on her broomstick for a trip to the garden. What? The patch of ground was bare!
     As Sweetsie turned around she heard a tiny sniffle. She peeked under a leaf and saw a sad, lonely pumpkin.
     "I'm having a Halloween party. Would you like to come?" Sweetsie asked.
     "Yes, thank you! I was afraid to spend Halloween by myself." the pumpkin answered.
     They opened the creaky gate and flew home. Sweetsie sat the pumpkin in the window for all her visitors to enjoy.
Characters, setting, problem, solution- it's all there. With lots of hyphens.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


This little quilt started a while back as a personal challenge to see how many different fabrics I could use before needing to repeat. The answer? Seventy-two! I learned my stash is quite heavy in the pink department. I added black and white borders, then put it aside to work on other projects.
I found the perfect rainbow ric-rac in my stash to add inside the black polka dot binding and pieced a colorful back.  Diagonal hand-quilted lines follow the layout of the colorful 2 1/2" squares. The back makes me just as happy as the front!
The free pattern is from a fun quilt-along Mimi Kicks Stash . There are several cute layout ideas.
Happy voting!  

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Our long Gatlinburg weekend hit the spot. Just what we needed.
Friends asked Colton what we did...just ate and walked around :)
He's pretty much right.
We didn't do most of our regular stuff, but found a few new places to enjoy.
The Island- not many shops open yet, but it's gonna be wonderful.
Flapjacks for breakfast, Bennett's for dinner.
Came home rested and relaxed,
ready for our first good week at school!
Yes, the whole week was nice.
Very thankful.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


I've been needing a hand-sewing project to work on in the evenings,
so I pieced this backing using some larger cuts from my stash.
Excited to work on a favorite UFO. 
Speaking of my stash, I've never been more thankful for it.
I've been doing a little fabric shopping here and there.
Love remnant bins!
But, when in the world did fabric start costing $12 a yard?
Some recent additions.
And I'd love to say I'm having a pleasant school year.
But, I'm not :(

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Enjoying our beautiful weather.
Swinging at the lake in the evening.
Fall Festival at Gritt's Farm, Buffalo, WV
and sooo many mums.

Monday, September 1, 2014


September Currently

Listening- to Shirley Temple movies. So cute- love all the dancing. Actors/Actresses used to have to be multi-talented.
Loving- a school-free Monday. Only three weeks in but today is much appreciated.
Thinking- about how to introduce the new brain/learning stuff I've been reading about to my kiddos. A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley is one I'm gonna have to renew from the library. Really interesting.
Wanting- to pay credit cards off, as always
Needing- a haircut. Colton and I both.
Three trips- to drive the length of the Liberty Highway (haven't done yet) Gatlinburg and New Smyrna Beach, FL- ready to go back at anytime

Saturday, August 30, 2014


One sweet boy in high school
twenty-four first-graders
one worn-out mommy.
Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Had to let this little top sit awhile. Couldn't figure out what to do about a border. So many cute quilt ideas go by each day on my Facebook feed. Last week, I found it! You can't go wrong with scrappy bricks. Most are 6 inches, but some are 7 or smaller to make sure they didn't line up with the corners of the blocks perfectly. These bright colors make me so happy- still 100% stash! Leaving it on the porch today. The neighbors notice, you know :)

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Rainy Saturday morning! Just made egg and bacon sandwiches, but...

Before that, it was Friday. Our second day of school. Didn't plan enough activities for the morning, but we'll get back in the groove. Colton's daddy picked him up at school and I took a two-hour evening nap.

Before that, Thursday! The first day went well. Sweet, little shy kiddos. Again, not enough activities in the morning and spotty internet service.

Before that, meetings on Wednesday. Colton and I celebrated the final Waffle Wednesday at Waffle House with a surprise! Waffles- 99 cents!

Before that, work day and Open House on Tuesday. So nice to have taught long enough to have younger brothers and sisters of sweet families. Makes the year so easy.

Before that, Monday. Professional Development classes. Nice to see friends again!

Before that, a wonderful summer full of relaxing, travel and family fun. Ready to take on the new school year.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


No Waffle Wednesday.
No Financial Fasting.
Just healing up. If you can stand for me to whine
about antibiotics one more time.
Spent Sunday evening in the ER. But I'm almost back 100%.