Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
And now her Grandpa has the flu.
This is what the little Casita looks like outside now with all the snow.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Pirtle Chambourcin . . .
and their husbands.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
T. G. & Y. where I worked while in high school. When I purchased this set it had a crib with a music box in the back of it. I still have that crib but it resides in the attic. My brother-in-law Pat made this oak crib for us several years ago.
On the piano are a few fat Santa's just waiting for the big day. Above it hangs a tapestry I had framed about 17 years ago. The frame was made by my co-worker Travis, using left over oak trim from our house.
Reindeer? Well that is what the blacksmith calls them. To me they are deer. Anyway they stick around all year on the bookcase, minus the greenery and Christmas lights.
I got my first deer shortly after we were married in a gift box from the Blacksmith's grandmother. Most these are Morton pottery that were sold in 5 and 10 Stores, aka dime stores. A lot of them have the price written on the bottom in black grease pencil. The original deer is marked 59 cents. I can always tell which deer came from Grandma, as it has a green and white cracker jack whistle left on it's neck.
And these are a few more of my favorite things.
Now on to baking sugar cookies. The new mixer worked like a dream!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
So I will be brief and show you a few of my favorite things.
This nativity set was purchased by me. I was only 6 years old at the time. Mom said I had saved my money for this. She took me to Milo Walz hardware store. This was a family owned business on the south side of town, mostly a German community. It cost me $6.00 in 1958.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Our geothermal unit keeps our house toasty warm. To top the heating unit off, we have panels walls wrapped around our timber frame, that are 4 inches of styrofoam encased on both side in OSB. It stays a constant 72 degrees inside. Yet I feel the need to add another blanket on the bed.
My layering goes like this; sheet, white flannel blanket, and a quilt. The first is a quilt made by the blacksmith's grandmother. It was given to him before we were married in 1970. I think it's a version of a postage stamp quilt.
I next layered my Aunt Faye quilt. You can read all about it here. It is a beautiful Dresden plate that she hand appliqued and hand quilted for her BFF. RIP Aunt Faye, I miss you.
Last I put my red, white, and blue quilt on. I made this quilt shortly after 9/11/2002. It is almost all paper pieced. It contains over 2500 pieces of fabric. It has 49 stars (I know there are 50 states, but I just didn't work it out that way), 3 eagles, many hearts and some checkerboarding. It too was hand quilted.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I got the mud room door decorated.
You see we live in the woods.
Almost a 1/2 mile off the main road.
So why put up much?
Anyway I've been busy working on my Casita quilt.
I hope to put it in the frame after the first of the year.
By frame I mean, hand quilting frame too.
Tonight I got Elizabeth's stocking finished.
I can't believe it sat in the drawer by my recliner all summer and never hollered at me.
I still have cards to finish. Some homemade cookies and candy would be nice too.
I'm am going to make every effort to keep both feet going forward.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Host sisters Janie and Grace prepared a wonderful brunch.
If I remember correctly there was:
Bacon and egg casserole
Ham and egg casserole
Cheesy Potato soup
Blueberry french toast (stuffed with cream cheese and topped with blueberry sauce)
Potato breakfast casserole
as well as plenty of wine, mimosas, eggnog, coffee, hot tea and soda.
The table settings were so pretty with green tablecloths, lace doilies, crystal stem ware, too many forks, and lots of candles.
Reindeer Callie and Santa Ellen smile for the camera.
Marla and daughter give a quick smile.
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare... You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog..
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand and wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
Saturday, December 11, 2010
It was an indoor auction for the most part so I decided to wear a light jacket. It was between 2 coats. I asked the Blacksmith which one and he chose this one.
Now I've had this coat since Feb of '09. I talked about it here.
I had only been at the sale about 10 minutes when someone tapped me on the shoulder. He said "excuse me", and pointed to my back, "were you the one showing the blacksmith items on a blog"?
I'm sure my face lit up because someone had recognized our business! I said "I sure am". We talked a bit and then he started talking about his sister in law from Arkansas. I said, "wait a minute are you talking about Marlene"?
"Yes" he said "do you know her"? "I sure do, we are blogger buddies". I forgot to tell to him, that I even have an apron I won from her blog giveaway. I wear it weekly.
I explained that when she was up from Arkansas week before last we were to get together for coffee, but missed each other.
He was going home to call her.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Anyway he wanted me to take an after picture of his meat tenderizer. You see back in April of 2010 we were at an auction and he bought this piece of equipment. The machine worked good, but it needed some deep cleaning.
So he brought it over for the after picture. It looks brand new. He
It was then his daughter, who was with him, asked me to hem a pair of dress pants for her. He said "No, don't you know asking a quilter to mend, is like asking a chef to do dishes". It was then that I really did believe him, because I have that quote on my side bar.