Been away too long

Finally home and I think rested, tree decorated, and hopefully Christmas finished. We spent a wonderful week on the Coast of Texas between Galveston and Corpus Christi. We were able to see so many family members and friends.

The two ladies on the bottom right are my Daddy’s sisters. This was wonderful.

We left Saturday about noon and drove home. Only 19 hours but then we stopped in San Marcos, Texas at the outlet malls for 2-3 hours and then south of Waco for an hour at Buckees. This is a mix of Walmart and gas station on Steroids will all things Texas and Buckees. Buckee is a Beaver. If you are curious here is their website.

Got home about 7am on Sunday, unpacked did laundry, and visited with the kids. Monday got Christmas tree out and went out to do some Grocery shopping (the cupboards were bare.) Son, Daughter in law, Daughter and granddaughter came for dinner and then yesterday Destiny and I decorated the tree and got some other things out. Hubby and finished our Christmas Shopping and I am all tuckered out. Today will bring wrapping packages, and spending time in the sewing room, (I haven’t for about 2 weeks 😦 Tomorrow brings baking, candy making, and roast cooking for tamales.

Whew! So much to do and it will be fun. I will post a little of all I get done.

One the One Creative Family issue, not much creating getting done. Mary works for the Post Office and is working 6 10-12 hour days, raise a family, and is ready to drop. Alicia is car hunting. A drunk driver hit her daughter head on (Emily was not seriously hurt, Thank God. but still has headaches and some other issues) Alicia’s van is a loss. Ashley is all in for the Christmas Season and is busy decorating and loving this time of the year. So 2019 is ending crazy, but that means 2020 is going to be wonderful.

How is your December going? Any fun activities? Family traditions? I am seriously interested.

Stay safe out in the world.

Thanksgiving adventures

This year Thanksgiving has brought me home to the area in Texas where I was born and raised. Seeing siblings is the best and spending time laughing and carrying on like we did as youngsters is great. We have been checking out the old haunts. It has been great. Today we spent part of the day at the DeLeon Ranch. This is a ranch on part of the original DeLeon Land Grant of about 1824. It is in the town of Victoria, Texas. The Ranch house was built by a granddaughter of Don Martin DeLeon and has raised 5 generations. It belongs to my cousins and they are in the process of remodeling it. The walls are the original wood walls and nails in the walls from 1901 when it was built. I love this house and remember so many family gatherings.

The walls with a white wash over them.

Another room with just high gloss sealant.

Everything they are doing is being done as it was in 1901. They have had to have all the windows rebuilt with the weights in side the windows to open them and keep them open.

This was an amazing day. Thank you for letting me share.

Hodge Podge Day

I was looking thru a scrap book my Mother In Law had kept and found a magazine article about Christmas Gifts to make and give. This was from the 1945ish era. What a fun find.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Hubby and I are going to celebrate with my siblings and their families. I love these family get together times. I am 1 of 8 kids and we all have families. A lot of the time there are over 40-55 people running all over. One sister has a ranch and so we gather at her place. Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Siblings, and friends all gather at some point.

love that sky

Sunset I am looking forward to seeing.


Thanksgiving day 2009
sunset off Pier at Powderhorn

We will be right on the Bay Front that leads to Inter-coastal Waterway.

Repairing an old quilt

I have an old comforter that was given to me by my Great Aunt. Her mother made it for her when she was in her early 20’s as a wedding gift. Going back into my genealogy this was about 1920’s. That era. She kept it on her bed until her husband died and then stored it in a closet. It had some holes worn into it when I got it, but I didn’t care. To hold something in my hands that had been made by my Great Grandmother was wonderful. I have kept it unused wrapped in an old sheet(the way I brought it home) for 47 years. It is filled with down feathers and is satin. There are places on the comforter that the fabric has worn from years of use, but I don’t want to “USE” it but I do want to appreciate it. I want to be able to see all the detail. I am thinking that the best way for me to do this is to make a case for it out of an organza as close to the color as I can match to the original. Insert the old one into the case stitch it closed and then hand stitch the design thru all the layers and use it as a wall hanging.

Since hubby doesn’t smoke anymore I figure now is the time to try and do something to appreciate it. We are coming up on it being close to 100 years old.

Does anyone else have any ideas of how I can appreciate the comforter without having feathers all over the place?

Where the feathers are coming out of are on the back side around the corners and edges. It measures 71×71 inches and I love it.

Any and all suggestions will be GREATLY Appreciated.

More gift ideas.

WOW! Some days seem to drag by and other seem to fly don’t they? This week I need more hours in the day. No matter today I will give you a list of things that you can make for gifts. So hold on to your hats, here we go.

Coasters, These are great to use with a wine glass, or any glass with a stem to keep them from clanking on the table. But also as regular coasters. As you can see this week is themed Household items. Next week will be a different theme. That will be ideas for kids……We all have kids in mind even if it is an adult in your life that would enjoy something special or even ourselves.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy it as much as you can.

Leaves falling.

As I sit in my sewing room looking out the window I am seeing a sea of golds, browns, and reds. The Oak Tree in my front yard is over 30 feet tall and full of gold leaves. The wind is blowing from the south and I see the leaves falling and blowing. I am thinking by next week we will have to rake the leaves. In no time at all we will be looking at beds of white fluff. The Farmer’s Almanac is saying this is going to be a hard winter. I have my bird seeds ready for the winter.

For the first time in a few months all my “Must Do’s” from the sewing room are done. Now for some time to clean and organize some hand sewing on while on our travels.

This year I am going to try and make my own Christmas Cards. A first for me, but hopefully not the last. Now after lots of frustration I may be purchasing them this year. We will have to see. Do you make your Holiday Cards or do you mail out Christmas Cards?

Here is a little trip thru a Cemetery just about 1/2 mile from our home.

Today a big day.

We have several things happening today. (1)Our Give A Way drawing, a (2)idea for Christmas, and (3)a photo of a vintage quilt I just finished quilting for a friend. I have only 18 days till we leave for our wonderful Thanksgiving with Family in Texas. So let’s get busy.

So starting our count down is #3.

#2 Is for the person who is always walking around with towels wrapped around the head and the towel slides off.

KATHY REEVES you are our winner of the Amazon Gift card.

I would like to thank everyone for following our Blog. Here is to 4 more years at least.

Hope everyone has a Beautiful day, if it isn’t turning out good find 1 thing good about it and think on this one thing,