Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Florida August 2015

To Florida we went . . . 

The last time we saw this little guy, he was a newborn. He is now 4 months old.

No less than 30 minutes after we arrived, Connor was asking Grandpa to show him "cars" on his computer.

Let's show a little brotherly love!

During the week we walked a block to the Little free Library.

Connor enjoyed picking out his book. He was really good about the exchange on the second trip too.

His mother wrote this note for his second trip.

This was just adorable. Not only were there books, but book markers, dog treats, and more!

These were our house sitters while we were gone. Yes, their parents stayed there too. It worked out perfectly, as they were having hardwood floors installed at their house. The grands kept my hummingbird feeders filled and my plants watered.

Connor was so excited for a ride on  SunRail. We rode it from one end to the other. We got off at Winter Park, such a cute area. The street is lined with shops, sidewalk cafes, ice cream shops, and several cigar shops too.


Connor was so thirsty, so he got a drink at the water fountain. Not sure he has the whole concept down, but one lady said you have to get a shot from this angle.

Adorable he is!

We had to check out the banana trees in their backyard.

Yes we have bananas!

Logan got all dressed up for dinner out at Black Bean deli, a Cuban deli.

Mr. Smiles. He is one happy baby.

While walking one evening, we stopped to take a picture of this Carambola tree, also known as Star fruit.

We always do a last day picture . . .so sad we had to leave these boys. They grow so fast. Thank goodness for facetime, we get to visit almost every day.

Until next time!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The red and white swap quilt is finished and more!

Four years ago I participated in a red and white fabric exchange. The story behind all the fabric can be read in my two previous posts. It's really interesting to see where all the fabric came from, not only 37 states, but some was international!

First post 

Second post 

I've had this top completed now for several years. I set it up earlier this summer and quickly realized how much I had missed hand quilting.

This was the last roll.

Here is what I had left after binding. That was almost too close for comfort! Notice the selvege blocks? I also won those in a give away from Sew many ways.

Ta Da!  Finished.

I also completed this baby quilt for a baby girl, who's to arrive early fall. I machine quilted it. Kadie had bought the fabric and gave me an idea of what she wanted. It turned out even cuter than I imagined.

This was week before last, last week we were in Florida spoiling the two grandsons. Maybe that will be the next blog post. Just don't hold your breath.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I've been interviewed

Al and Connye Griffin came to Osage Bluff a couple of weeks ago to interview the quilter and the blacksmith.   They are a sweet couple from Lake of the Ozarks (about 25 miles away) who are writing the lives and stories of local people. We met them through a cousin who gives tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.

Connye and Al, like to stay in the area of Highway 54 that goes across the state of Missouri and beyond. By reading their blog you can find some very interesting people and places, including some fine dining establishments. Al is a professional photographer and Connye was in the language department in Moore Oklahoma's schools.

So I hope will not only go and read the post they did about me: Osage Bluff Quilter, but read their other stories too. You will find lots of interesting things!

I love this picture Al took. I didn't tell Connye and Al, but this isn't all of my quilts, because they won't all fit in there!

Better yet, the Osage Bluff Blacksmith's story will be coming soon!

Friday, July 10, 2015

John C Campbell Folk School 2015

We did it again, a return trip to Brasstown, North Carolina to attend John C. Campbell Folk School. The blacksmith was taking at class on 18th century lighting. I was just going to relax and enjoy my week there. 

We've been 6 or 7 times, we can't remember. It never gets old, the area, the music, the wonderful people, the way of life, the list goes on and on.

Here is a recap of the week. 

The dining hall looks amazing with all the oak tables and white table settings. This particular evening we had eggplant Parmesan and warm olive bread with a hard crust, my favorite. Dessert was Tiramisu.  

 The mushrooms I found while walking the campus.

I walked this path nightly. The scene is one of my favorites. 

Smoke in the mountains. Actually it's coal smoke from the forges of the blacksmith shop in the distance.

 My blacksmith is on the left.  On the right is another Missouri blacksmith, Bob Alexander.

The meeting of the minds, teacher Jerry Darnell of Mill Creek Forge in Seagrove, NC shows Bob and Bernie a technique.

 Thought I'd do a little house hunting on campus. 

Since I didn't take a class this time, I would spend my mornings in the Casita sewing away. I was surprised at how much work I could accomplish without the internet and TV. 

One night, upstairs in the blacksmith shop, there was a little jam session.  Music is a big part of the Appalachian area. In the eight days we spent in the area, we went to 3 jam sessions and 2 big performances. 

 Here I am watching my smith from the second story of the beautiful timber frame shop.

Friday at Folk School is always show and tell. Here are some of the quilts completed in just 4 1/2 days. 

 My friend Bryanna Alexander made this box. Can you tell she is Bob's wife?

All the materials in this basket were harvested Monday and finished by Friday in a natural basket. 

Bernie made a lot of projects this week. His are on the bottom left side. 

 This timber frame stage is new since we were here last year.

I stumbled upon this in the museum. Doug Hendrickson was a founding member of the Blacksmith Association of Missouri (BAM). He passed away in 2007 from Lou Gehrig's disease. 

On the last Friday night at John C. Campbell Folk School, the Chuck Nation Band performed. 

My friend Pattie (love that name), who is the resident basket making instructor at John C. Campbell, made a beautiful little pin cushion for me.

On both Friday evenings we attended  jam sessions at Clay's Corner. It is well known for it's possum drop on New Years Eve. We also enjoyed hand dipped ice cream cones every time we were there.

Last but not least, I got to pick up another order of mugs and steins from Rob the potter. Smoke in the Mountain Pottery Shop is always a stop I make, some times twice! 

If you want to read some of my post about previous trips there just click here. Be sure and click on the link at the top to check out the John C. Campbell Folk school. It's a wonderful place.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

We went to Florida . . . a while ago

We had tickets purchased to fly to Orlando for the day our grandson was due.  However, he made his appearance 10 days before that.  So we still flew on on the day he was to arrive. He, Mom, Dad, and older brother Connor were already in a routine.  Well as much of a routine as you can be with two boys still getting to know each other. 

Logan William settled into Grandpa's arms very easily.

Connor enjoyed his grandpa time too. He loves the outdoors and water. But then what 2 year old doesn't. By the second day, Connor would go get his shoes, take them to grandpa and say "outside"
Ever once in a while, I got to hold Logan. 

Connor knows all his alphabet. So Grandpa was testing him on the computer. Play the video, it's adorable.

We finally remembered to take a picture of the boys with all their grandparents. Something I hope they appreciate in years to come.

We went to the science center one day. Connor was impressed with plastic oranges and a chute.

The science center has a mock weather station just like Connor's daddy uses at work.

Again, back outside.  This time with a new water sprinkler we bought for him.

In the mean time Logan snoozes away. If you live in Florida, especially Orlando, you have to have Mickey clothes!

Can you say precious?!!

Logan loved his first bath!

As customary, we had to have a photo out front, on our last day. Actually we cheated, this was the day before we left. I didn't think the boys would be too cooperative for photos the morning we left at 6 AM.

Note, tickets are already bought for return trip.