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Wife, Mother, Mimi, lover of all things creative... sewing, embroidery, painting, collage... God and family are the most important things in my life.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reminiscing Christmas

I have had so much going on during Christmas I haven't even paused to post anything Christmas related. No matter how I try to slow down and simplify during this blessed season I always find myself in a flurry. Most of it is wonderfully, special happenings, but it can still get overwhelming.
In all of the celebration I don't ever want to forget what it is that I'm celebrating. Each year I when I think of the Christmas story my mother's heart goes to Mary. I can't imagine the tidal wave of emotions she must have went through. Her expectations surely must have been different than the way her life turned out. I also think of Joseph and the battle that must have risen in him whenever doubt plagued his mind. I think of those things each year.

This year, though, I couldn't get the shepherds out of my mind. How do you suppose their lives were changed after an angel encounter and hearing the perplexing truth that the Messiah was born in a stable. They actually witnessed the scene, and after it was all over, what then? Did they go away different? Did it change the course of their lives? Were they still alive when Jesus started His ministry thirty years later? I really wish I knew.

What of us? We read the story and sing the carols, but have we truly been changed by that long ago birth, life, death, and resurrection? Some people see it only as a sweet Christmas story, part of a tradition of Christmas. Oh, I hope it is more than that to you! It is the truth that rocked the world then, and it still does today. God's only Son sent to live a perfect life and willingly lay it down in order to pay the price for the sin of mankind. We owe Him everything!

The wonder of Christmas is that we can all be changed, made new, born again. So we can celebrate that all year long! Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Satsuma Marmalade

Satsumas are one of my favorite fruits. If you haven't experienced this fabulous citrus fruit, I can't possibly explain the essence of all you are missing out on. They are easy to p
eel, with the perfect balance of tart and sweet. They are in abundance around here this time of year, and usually we simply eat them as they are until they are all gone.

Last year we juiced some and
froze the juice. This year my daughter decided to make marmalade out of them. I had been planning on making kumquat marmalade, but had honestly never thought of using satsumas for it. She called to say how great it turned out, and since a local farmer had just invited my husband and son to come and pick the rest of his crop before they froze I just happened to have plenty on hand, so I decided to try my hand at it.

My daughter came over and we decided to work together. It was a lot of fun. The whole process took quite a while. We worked on it practically half of the day, and we only got 8 half-pints, that's only 4 half-pints a piece. We really didn't mind that much. It was a new experience and we enjoyed doing it together.

I've never eaten a lot of marmalade, I mainly use it to baste grilled chicken, but after smelling it I had to have a sample on some toast. I don't know if it was all of the time put into it that made me biased or not, but I think it turned out really tasty!

While working with my daughter, we used her electric juicer. Angel Eyes, came in and asked why we didn't use the juicer on my Hoosier cabinet. It was a vintage model I picked up at a flea market, thinking it would go nicely on the antique cabinet. I had never planned to use it. She asked if she could try it out. I washed it up and let her have at it, and to tell the truth I liked using it better than the electric one.

Angel Eyes, fixed herself a couple of cups of juice, and offered to squeeze some for anyone else who wanted it.

The next day I decided to do another batch and used the old juicer for the entire recipe. It worked great. If you would like to try making a batch yourself, I'm including a link to the recipe here, at Pots and Pins, a food and quilting blog that I plan to peruse more closely after the holidays.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Parade

I thought I would share a few pictures of the kids in the local Christmas parade. That's Scooter between Mary and Joseph. Thumper is playing the part of baby Jesus, being held by her aunt, playing Mary. Angel Eyes rode a little farther back on the float, and threw a big wad of candy to her Mimi who later shared some of it with her.

Sweet Cheeks and Dino had a float of their own, shared by their Momma,

and pulled by their daddy. Why yes, that is a lawn mower, he's using to pull it. Did I ever tell you we live in a thriving metropolis? I didn't think so...good thing, huh?
And yes, there were other floats, bands, a dance team, horses, and other interesting things, but I knew what you were really interested in seeing were my grandkids, right?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I'm Not Going to Burst Her Bubble

This little six month old thinks she can read!

She looks at the picture, and then at the words, then she echos the sounds made as her great-grandmother reads to her.
Watching this was one of the funniest things I've seen. (She's checking to see if I'm watching her.)
I should have gotten out a video camera, but sometimes you just have to enjoy the moment and imprint the memory as best you can on your heart.
I am glad that I did at least get a few still shots to document a little bit.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Stocking in a Hurry

My daughter was decorating for Christmas and a birthday party for her husband while we chatted on the phone. She said, "Oh, no, I just realized I have 5 children and only 4 stockings. Oh, it's okay, I'll make one later." and we moved right along in our conversation. I was trying to bring some sort of order to my sewing room after pulling my Christmas decorations out of a dormer closet while we talked.

Not twenty minutes after our conversation I found a stocking I cut out several years ago. I think my plan was to make matching ones as the babies came along, but I only finished the first one, and apparently cut out the second one, and that was as far as it got. So I sewed it up added a ruffle from a scrap of lace, added a few buttons and some crocheted pieces a friend gave me in a bag of left over fabric from her mother, and here it is. (Try not to notice that the leg of the stocking is narrow and the foot must have been traced from Sasquatch. Hmm, maybe that's why I never finished it.) Okay, I see you laughing, but then I'm giggling a bit too. Maybe I should just start over.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Two Ingredient Magic

The longer I go without posting the harder it is for me to post. However, I found something post worthy last night. It is not my original idea, I've actually seen it more than once on other blogs, but just in case you've missed it I'm going to share a super simple recipe that entertains and taste good too. Actually, I'm not stealing anyone's thunder. I'm just going to give you a link and let you hop on over to Skip to My Lou and learn, like I did, how to make your own magic ice cream topping. Your kids will be impressed and you may even impress yourself. It just takes two ingredients and a microwave. How much easier does it get than that?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gratitude Continued

Moments of calm

Moments of chaos (the fun kind!)



Generations of love

...and a loving Heavenly Father from whom all blessings flow.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

One Word

This little guy made my heart turn summersaults last Saturday when he said, "Mimi" for the first time! He's quite the little charmer! Sometimes it only takes one word to make your heart sing.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Vintage Finds- Weekend Bargains

I hit a really good yard sale a couple of weeks ago, and scored some great buys. I knew when I looked at these plates that they were something nice, but I almost passed them by anyway. However, I just couldn't and besides they were $2 for all 10! I came home and looked them up online. I could only find one site that had a cup and saucer of the same pattern. It was listed at $80, so I'm thinking I got the deal of the day.

Another find at the same sale was this pretty little biscuit barrel for $1. I bought four pieces of fabric for 10 cents a piece, and two wall pockets at $8 for the two along with a few other small things. There were several other really good buys, so I really did practice self-control and not buy things just because they were bargains. I'm trying to decide if I should start an Etsy shop. I love the hunt of vintage bargains, but I don't want to end up on the Hoarders tv show. Anyone know how much record keeping for taxes and such is involved in an Etsy shop. I wonder if it would be worth the time it would take.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Harvest Time

Every year

when I see this
it always reminds me of
"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35"

and it remind me that it is time.......we must get busy! So many need us to share God's amazing love with them. So try to remember this week, it's harvest time.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Baby and Baby Quilt

I have had this quilt made for a while, waiting for this special little boy. He is so cute! Just look at all of that hair! I finally got to meet him and wrap him in his gift and rock him for a little while.

He has two brothers who were very happy to introduce him to me, as were his parents of course. Such a sweet family.

I made the quilt on the serger with a pattern I found here. I omitted the ruffles of course. It was a really neat way to make a quilt and quilt it as you go.

Monday, October 24, 2011

I'm a Lucky Dog!!!

Okay, I don't really believe in luck at all, but I was extremely fortunate enough to win Ruby Jean's giveaway for a $50.00 gift certificate to Precious Pastimes.

I choose two pieces with my gift certificate, and they both came in today! The packaging was so charming I almost didn't want to open them. Thankfully, my camera was in my purse so you can see what I mean.

Inside the package was darling too, but best of all the craftsmanship (Is there such a thing as craftswomanship? Oh, never mind.) of the pieces themselves is wonderful.

I am drawn to vintage things, and the incorporation of old typewriter keys is what I love most about these two pieces. If you like them as much as I do you should visit Precious Pastimes. Who knows you might find someone on your Christmas list something really special. There are so many different pieces. Go look around and see which one you like best.

If you like winning things as much as I do you should check out Ruby Jean's blog. It seems she's always giving something beautiful away.

She has an Etsy shop as well with the most amazing aprons, skirts, bags, and various other items that you just might want to add to your Christmas wish list. It is getting to be that time you know. Here is a sampling of just one of her darling aprons:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

More Fall Sewing

I finally got around to finishing these little outfits for the girls. I made Belle's earlier and wanted to get the rest of the girl's finished before autumn passed us by. The fabric is some I bought at least two years ago. The pattern for the dresses and for Belle's top came from the patterns in the book Little Girls Big Style The book has several different dresses, tops, and ruffled pants patterns.

I didn't make the pants by the pattern in the book because I had another pattern already cut out, so I used it. The book however was very easy to understand, and the instructions were very clear and easy to follow, with pictures of almost every step. I plan to make several more pieces from these patterns. I love that with a few pattern pieces you can make such a variety of outfits.