Sunday, February 26, 2017

Quilting, Gardening & Baby Shower

I had a quilting day with two friends at my house.  This is Darla pressing her quilt blocks.  I love to have quilting days at my house!

Ann was using the cutting board.  I don't have one big craft room so we cut and iron in the kitchen and sew in the craft room.  It works!

This is Ann's quilt laid out on the bed.  The picture does not do it justice as the colors and material make it look so rich and beautiful!

This is a new self-watering box on wheels so that I can move it around to get more sun.  I didn't know I was getting self-watering and have never used one before.  Do you think I will like it????

The inside looks like this except the spout has to be stuck in the hole yet.

Another quilting picture.   The bed makes a nice table to lay things on.  Coco made a nuisance of herself!

This is Amanda and myself.  She is expecting our first great grandchild!!  Her name will be Leanora.  Her baby shower was this past Saturday.

Our daughter's friend made the cupcakes.  They were delicious and beautiful!

I tried to get a close up of the cupcakes.  The baby room's theme is elephants and is done in lavender and grey.  Sue's friend made the darling tops for the cupcakes out of fondant  --  Babies and Elephants.  What a lot of work but they were darling!

This is the Grandma and Grandpa to be for the first time!  Our daughter Sue did all the decorations and they were so pretty.

I tried to get a picture of the table centerpiece but didn't get the cute top.  That is Great-great Aunt Joan there with the white hair and black glasses.  The top was balloons with raindrops coming down.

The new mommy and daddy to be.  Travis and Amanda.  I am glad that you could visit and hope you will leave your comments and suggestions!  Have a wonderful week!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Am I Crazy??

Am I crazy!  I am sure my neighbors will think so!  This is my new cold frame!  8 foot long and 2 foot wide!

This is the cover for it.  I didn't realize it would be so big!  This is what you call "organic therapy" for me!  It is sitting in the garage until we get it put on.

We attended Cali's first grade grandparent's day.  The years are flying by and our youngest grandchild is growing up.  Shhhhhh!  There will soon be a great-granddaughter!!  Can't wait!

Sue is doing the decorations for the baby shower.  Here she is working hard creating.  They will be awesome!

I transplanted my Christmas cactus into a larger pot.  Looking forward to next Christmas when it blooms again! (hopefully)

Coco has settled into her new home quite well.  I thought it was time for some Coco pictures!

Coco  is always hoping for something to eat!  I am just about out of the green beans from the freezer for her breakfast!  Thanks for visiting and take time to soak up this sunshine while it lasts!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!  I made two of these table runners and almost didn't even get one of them out in time for Valentine's Day!!!

And a beautiful light pink rose from my special Valentine!  I bet you wish you had a special Valentine!  Or maybe you do!

Here we are years ago before we had even met!  We met after we both graduated from high school.

I received this envelope in the mail.  Isn't this the cutest!  I love receiving something in the mailbox but this was so nice I had to share it.

The envelope contained these items.  A beautiful pink heart! (Bet you didn't know I love pink and I really like hearts)  And some tags she had made to put with home made gifts that I will make.  Love both items!

This talented lady is Connie over at Crafty Home Cottage on my side bar.  Visit her blog and see all the many wonderful things she makes!

Hubby finished his den.  We downsized so it was hard fitting in all his mementoes that we like.

Some things from when we were full-timing for a couple years.

Another wall with his memories and our many photo albums.  Does anyone but me miss having real pictures instead of everything digital?!

The historical buildings he made of Pt. Huron, Michigan found a place above the windows.

 Even the old black phone found a spot!  I think this is a long enough tour for one visit!  I hope you are having a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Courtyard Ideas

We have a little alcove in our courtyard.  We think we will put an arbor with a seat in the middle of it.  After that I don't know what to do!  Help!  Does anyone have any ideas?  It does not get direct sunlight.   Coco blends in with the mulch!

What a mess.  It was cold, we were overwhelmed and tired and things just got put anywhere!  The courtyard is only about 6 ft. wide after the Alcove and does not get a lot of sun.  It does get some in different spots at different times of the day.  We have a large cement patio and the covered porch at the end.  I am thinking put the raised beds on legs on the cement or near the edge of patio on the mulch and the other side put plants or pots, etc.  I think some kind of pavers to make a path down the middle towards the potting bench.  Hanging baskets from the porch.  Can you picture all that?!  LOL  What suggestions do you have?????

The covered porch with the potting table.  The potting table will probably stay there. I will put a couple pots of veggies on the potting table so Coco does not eat them.

Another part of the patio with the sliding glass doors.  Too much cement and not enough dirt but I had no choice in the matter!  The Alcove is across from the sliding glass doors.

Hmmmm!  What do you think this is?  It is part of my new cold frame and will be 2 ft. wide and 8 ft. long and on legs so that I don't have to bend over.  What luxury!

Here is the rest of that cold frame!

My carpenter went back home to MD!  I would keep him here busy for a long time if I had my way!  LOL  So we ordered this metal spice rack to go on the end of the bar area.  I know my spice bottles do not match but I am okay with that for now!

These raspberries were potted up from our previous yard and stored in Mike's garden while we were living in that tiny apartment.  They are still living and he brought them over yesterday.  I think I will try planting them in the ground and pray they do well.

This is the flannel lap quilt that I started some time ago.  Pinned the back and batting to it the other day so it can be quilted.  Maybe soon I will get back to normal, whatever that is!!  Okay!  I am waiting for lots of ideas from everyone that reads this on how to make my courtyard functional and beautiful!  Thanks for your help!

Progress in the Courtyard!

  It was so nice to look out my bedroom window this morning and see the Clematis blooming instead of a pile of snow.  It is a rainy day agai...