Sunday, May 20, 2018


Four evenings this week!
Still quilting away on my Trip Around the World, 
but also cutting into my scrap boxes 
for my next project- Ruby Pearl and Opal
a free pattern on Moda Bake Shop.
These are from the first box. 
Pieces F and G are the easiest size scraps to find
2 1/2 x 5 and 2 1/2 x 3 inches.

I'm also working on Bless Yous-
little tissue covers
I watched several youtube tutorials
and came up with these little cuties.
Perfect for donation to Ronald McDonald House
and hospitals places with happy and sad tears.

Nine more days of school!
We can do this!

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Five days last week
Three days this week
So close...
Finished this top up today!
Ordered backing online.
This may be my second favorite one ever.

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Put almost 100 miles on the car yesterday
participating in our local
Spring Open House- Mini Shop Hop.
First stop:
This was my third visit.
 I've had a conversation with the owner and purchased fabric each time.
She once again asked if it was my first visit and said,
 "Even though the sign says we don't have a bathroom, we really do."
Second stop:
Also my third visit. 
They act like you're bothering them.
Big sigh from the cashier as she got out of her chair to ring me up.

Did these odd comments/ grouchy Gus' hinder me?
Heavens, no! and I'm so thankful, because...
Third stop:
So friendly and cute! Great selection!
Sweet little ladies eating potato salad
and wanting to visit!
My kind of place!
Fourth stop:
So friendly, cozy and cute! 
Again, little ladies eating snacks and visiting.
A great ending to the day.

My new loot:
I bought a little at each stop.

Monday, April 2, 2018


Gonna try to get this Trip Around the World top together.
Not quilting or binding- just the top.
during Spring Break (this week)
I get more finished than planned.
We'll see!

Saturday, March 31, 2018


I finished!
     Shopping for my OCC Shoeboxes a little at a time. This month the suggestion was a "quality craft." Hopefully, this tote bag will be useful, maybe for school? or just storage. Puppy print for the boy's box/ red with polka dots for the girl's. It reminds me of Cruella Deville's coat- yikes.
     They folded up nicely to fit in the end.
Still color-coordinated!

Sunday, March 25, 2018


 four evenings this week.
If (when) I make another Irish Chain it will be all scrappy
and I'll do heavier quilting in the white squares.
Such a fun pattern!

Sunday, March 18, 2018


     Found Fifteen Minutes to Stitch three evenings this week. Still working on this, just a few lines and binding to go. Made a few more strip sets for my Trip Around the World:
and I had to put a few together...
just to see how it's gonna be.
My plan was sunrise/sunset colors.
They're brighter than I wanted but still quite nice.

Friday, March 16, 2018


     Twice this week two little girls said, "I wish we'd finished Roz."
     "We did," I answered, thinking it was such a What? That's it? ending (no spoiler alerts here) that they didn't realize The Wild Robot had ended.

     Our class enjoyed this story so much. It is a middle-grade novel but while pre-reading for Global Read Aloud I just knew my kiddos could handle it. They fell in love!
     They played Roz at playtime. They wrote about her in their journals. Even my previously homeschooled, uninterested in all-things-school little friend drew lodges with smoke billowing out the top, Roz and Brightbill for days on the back of his finished work. We learned amazing vocabulary, cool text features and so many interesting things about animals. There were gasps of No! (when Brightbill tried Roz's off button) and a few tears.

     Well, my pre-ordered sequel Wild Robot Escapes arrived yesterday! Four days early and 97 cents cheaper. Yay Amazon! I am so excited (besides it's Friday!) to get to school! I'm gonna grab the original from the library so we can read the last chapter again, and meanie that I am, will probably expect them to write predictions in their journal before we start. Hope they don't mind :)

Friday, March 9, 2018


     Besides spontaneously falling out of a chair from a seated position, first-graders are pretty famous for pulling teeth. I've watched kiddos wiggle a tooth all day. Then they need a baggie usually right in the middle of a reading lesson.
     Forty-three years ago, I knocked my own tooth down my throat while showing my first-grade teacher how loose it was. She was gracious enough to write my mom a note so the Tooth Fairy would come. My Colton was always creeped out by the idea that someone would be in his room while he slept, so he'd leave a note somewhere besides under his pillow.

     Story from today...
Little cutie-pie: While I was at Disneyworld the Tooth Fairy left me a five dollar bill. She'd never done that before.
Me: Wow! Was it a really big tooth?
LCP: No, just a regular one, but I had taken really good care of it.

     Do you have any Tooth Fairy memories?

Thursday, March 8, 2018


     Just paid my last car payment! Woohoo! It still feels brand new to me. It's going to be so nice to have a little extra spending money each month. I'm planning to save a little too- working toward paying cash for my next car or at least a bigger down payment.
     I kept my previous two cars each five years after paying them off. Here's hoping for that again!

Yesterday I read Punxatawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill. (My copy is signed by the author) With two days of snow after a week of almost 60 weather, it seems like the groundhog might have been a little off.
Today I read The Mitten by Jan Brett. The kiddos loved the sneeze that scattered the animals.