Friday, January 8, 2016


It's been almost 2 months since I blogged. It wasn't like there was nothing going on around here. To be honest, I just didn't take the time to blog. 

So let me briefly fill you in on what we've been doing.

November 11th, we hosted 14 members of the Missouri Community Scholars Network. The quilter and the blacksmith each gave a presentation on our craft. The group was broken into two parts, and half way we switched groups. We talked about the love for our crafts, not only blacksmith and quilting, but canning, food preservation, gardening and life.

 It wasn't required but I made a little dessert for them. 

Almost all 17 sewing machines were on display for them. I gave a small presentation of paper piecing. 
 The blacksmith opened his shop and gave a walking tour. He also did some forging for them. 

 Deer season  was good. We filled the freezer with 2. 

We flew to Florida the first week of December. We needed to get our baby fix. Aren't these the most adorable thighs??

Our grand son C turned 3, of which he was not happy about at all. Grandpa told him, there would be days like that.

 Things got better after the crowd left. These two brothers love each other so much. 

One evening our church hosted this group of singers. Their outfits were amazing. I might of paid more attention to the clothing then the singing. Oh the seamstress in me!

Christmas came . . . . our only grand daughter got her first gun!  I love this picture, dress and pink gun!

 Shorts on Christmas day in Missouri?  Yep, that would be "A" man. 

 . . . . where as in Florida, it was flannel pajamas.

After Christmas the flood of 2015 hit. In our area over 10 inches of rain was received in a 3-4 day period. This is the Osage river behind out house (we are high on a bluff). In the top picture you can see just part of the conservation sign showing.  A few hours later it was completely under water. This river is monitored by USGS and the normal level is usually 2-4 feet. On this day the level rose to 29.49 FEET.

Our neighborhood lake couldn't handle all the water. Eventually the lake rose, the river rose and it became one unit. 

While running up and down the road watching the river levels, the grand kids spotted ice flowers. 

 My Mother turned 92, I mean 29 the day before New Year's eve. 

This  quilt I completed for a new great niece or nephew due in February. I machine quilted it. 

 I had a small piece leftover, so why not decorate the back?!

This one is for a special almost-son and wife. They are expecting their first baby in February also. The horse and the horseshoes are paper pieced. Needless to say they are horse lovers and have several. It was a hit too!

 It's always fun to see the back.

We had a lot of company during school break. This was snack day, the last day of school vacation. 

 My kitchen helper will be missed. We were making brown sugar shortbread cookies.

The blacksmith was busy too. There were lots of Christmas orders, including one from Alaska! This is a cross candle holder for a BAM (Blacksmith Association of Missouri) meeting tomorrow. 

There it is in a nutshell. Of course a lot more went on . . . just not blog worthy.

Happy New Year 2016. I hope I get back to a little more regular blogging.



Down On The Farm said...

Thanks for the update. You HAVE been busy!!!! I too am glad the holidays are over and things can settle down a little bit! Blessings my friend!!! Sure hope we don't get the 3-5" of snow they are forecasting for tomorrow! Oh well . . . . at least its a Saturday !!!

Barb said...

Oh, just gotta have a baby fix...

Lindah said...

What a fun and interesting life you lead. Well, maybe not the weather/flood. Glad you are safe on your bluff!

Deanna said...

Definitely an action packed January. Enjoyed the day with you guys yesterday!

Doreen Auger said...

Great "wrap up"! You were busy and I know that the flooding was especially bad coming right after Christmas and in so many very cold areas!!!! We were heading to south TX during that time and had to dodge/detour a few roads to avoid the water. Love the flannel kidlet photo!!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Loved reading all this - and that cross candle holder, oh my! blessings, marlene

GerryART said...

Busy lives make the months fly by, don't they Patti?!
Love your quilts, as usual.
I hope to be a more faithful blog reader this 2016.

Lisa Higgins said...

Thanks once again for hosting the Missouri Folk Arts Program and Community Scholars. Everyone is still buzzing about the visit.