Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hello Winter!

Oh how I've missed this little space on the internet! Happy first day of winter everyone! It feels so good to be sitting down and reflecting on the weeks that have passed as the new year approaches! So where have I been, you ask? For starters, we took a wonderful family trip back out to Colorado to see some snow before it reached Ohio. Then between my growing girls, work, and family life, the days just seemed to fly!


We are still enjoying fresh eggs as the chicken coop got re-vamped for the winter months. They are not producing as much as they did in the summer, but I have yet to buy some eggs from the store. (I still smile when I pass that section in the super market.) Yes, we put a heat lamp in the coop, which I'm aware is frowned upon. But these Ohio winters could be brutal and the nights get very, very cold. So how does it all work? Well.... it's kind of a chicken coop, inside another chicken coop. A giant cold weather tent keeps them safe from the harsh winds and inside.... you can find where they sleep at night: another coop made of wood:) All smiles with this chicken mama. They seem to be happy with the set up. Best part... they can still dig in the dirt!



My hubby gave me an early Christmas gift. A custom made quilt ladder with wooden dowels. It's so amazing how different they seem to look stacked, on display vs. in a cabinet. I just love it! 


On another note, sewing life had a moment of stillness when my walking foot was on the fritz. But now that it's fixed, projects are on the go and the room is filled with this, that, and more flying geese.




 The mini wall piece below finally got "quilted". I love it so much and the best part.....the binding was hand stitched by moi :)



One more thing I'd love to share. This fabulous cream I made a couple of weeks ago! It's perfect for dry winter skin! All I did was mix shea butter, calendula flowers (dried), lotus oil, rose oil, and coconut oil in a double boiler till everything melted. I let the flowers steep in the oil for about 30 minutes. Then I drained out the flowers and placed my oily mixture in a jar. I stuck it outside, sealed, to cool off and harden in the cold weather.  Literally, I'm using this around my eyes, cheeks, and forehead to help with the dryness and redness every night!! So far, no complaints. (I'll keep you all posted.)






Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!
Happy Trails to the roads that wander and make us lose track of time!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hello Autumn!






"Autumn is the second Spring, where every leaf is a flower"
~ Albert Camus


My favorite time of year has arrived! Here's to a season that promises tons of color, caramel apples, pumpkins galore, soft sweaters, bonfires, and boots! I'm not sure if it was the horrible humidity in Ohio this summer, but I've never looked forward to cooler weather more than this year. The nights have been amazing and for the first time, we've been able to keep our windows open all day long! Fresh air is truly wonderful! 





I spent the last day of summer taking pictures of a Sawtooth Star quilt top that has been a slow and steady project. The best feeling, is seeing your idea come to life with every stitch. I didn't have an actual pattern to follow. Instead, I did my usual of picking out some fabric, and saying - "this would make a cute block." It was pure bliss hanging it on my sis in-laws giant white barn for some pictures!




I also snapped away at a "little one" that I've posted awhile back. This triangle quilt finally has a border, but there's still some things up in the air. For example, should I add more borders to enlarge the size? When do you decide a project is finished? I guess it'll just have to sit and wait until a decision gets made.





There's still so much to do around the garden. Even though it's Fall, seed starting took place with some perennials. I'll have to find a home for flowering ground covers and Sweet William:)


Happy Trails to this colorful season of change!


Friday, August 12, 2016

August

And just like that.... the middle of August is here.The 'back to school' checklist is finishing up and I can't help but feel...."where did the time go?" One of my resolutions this year was to stop planning so far ahead, stop making myself all these little reminder notes of things that needed to get done. The result... an enjoyed summer that flew by. A little bitter sweet if you ask me. But that's all about to change. My seize the day attitude has put me behind in appointments and workload throughout the house. We are officially playing catch up just days before the girls go to school.


On another note, I finally got to cross off homemade Strawberry Rhubarb pie off my summer list! Hip, hip, hooray!





You can find this delicious pie recipe here..... Oh, and the best pie crust ever! Right here :)


This quilt top got finished too.... 




 A blend of Dear Stella Foxtrail Fabrics that had me at the threads. Those little foxes... owls... and raccoons. They are just too cute!




I didn't exactly use a pattern. Instead, played around with seam allowance and half square rectangles. I still like the way it came out and have to say, it's one of my favorites. I always wanted to create a modern quilt with unruly lines. They don't meet perfectly which means it's quite perfect to me.


So what's on the agenda for August. Tie up loose ends... Possibly add some aprons to the etsy shop that just seemed to disappear. I was so busy seizing the day, I never renewed my items.  Can you say, rain on a parade?  And... start working on Christmas gifts. Yikes!


Till next time friends! Make the most of your days!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

July and then some...

Hello friends! It appears as though I had no choice but to skip a blog post for June. Summer has delightfully occupied family life  and I know that everyone can understand when I say..... it's been a good 'busy' kind of summer.


The hens are producing beautiful eggs everyday and I can't help but think how happy I am that we made the decision to pursue chicken raising.


And.... a little unexpected turn ended up occurring in my life...personally. For those of you that don't know, my real job, the paying one, is that of a nurse. And I love it! So when my boss offered me a teaching job through our facility, I knew I couldn't pass it up! What could be better than sharing your passion with others? Instead of sewing and finishing aprons, quilts and patterns, I was getting my lesson plans ready! So far, it has been an amazing experience and I'm still feeling astonished with the way things fell into place:)


I knew that between the girls, vacations, gardening, work, and now teaching.... I wouldn't have that much time to post on this blog, so I took pictures, and a ton of them, to share with you all of what the summer months have looked like.





 I did manage to finish 2 quilt tops! Hip, hip, hooray! One with half square triangles and the other, a mini picnic blanket below. And nope that's not me, with the quilt wrapped around. My mini-me has had a huge growth spurt and suddenly I've become a small mom :) It's okay, I don't mind.


More mountain experiences occurred when my hubby and I decided to take a little getaway and head back south to Asheville, North Carolina. Should I mention for the FIRST TIME traveling without the girls!! I felt horrible in the beginning but then common sense began to settle in.  It's not like we left little babies behind... The girls are older, more independent, and were able to enjoy their getaway with grandma and grandpa too :) 




We went back to the Biltmore estate, walked the multiple acres and got to see all the things we didn't last time!























We also made homemade pasta from our fresh eggs!



More elderberry flowers got picked.
More mulberries were harvested.
Which of course, meant more jam.





 A really fun thing.... I found this beautiful caterpillar attaching itself to a lamb's ear plant in the yard. What could be cooler than your butterfly loving kids being able to watch the transition take place?






When we saw it was getting ready to hatch, we moved the glass vase outside onto the porch.
By morning, the butterfly had left.





Things I can't wait to do as summer begins to slow down:

1. learn how to use more stitches on that gorgeous sewing machine I got months ago

2. start finishing the multiple quilt tops by getting them actually quilted

3. I need to make strawberry rhubarb pie from scratch..... before the summer is over. (This should be number 1.) The rhubarb in our garden is huge and is screaming to get picked!

4. make one of my garden beds "a rose garden" ~ from cuttings only, otherwise, it wouldn't be as fun.

5. and last.... enjoy more bonfires, more s'mores, and more family time



Happy Trails to what's left of the summer days! Enjoy eachother, immerse yourself in the positive, and love, laugh, and be merry! Till next time friends:)