Feeling like I fell into the Willy Wonka Movie.

We are days away from leaving for our trip.  We will leave Tues night or Wed morning and I have my lists made out, (Yes, list of quilt store to stop and visit) lists of things not to forget and lists of lists.  Yesterday was spent cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, and making jerky for the road.  Suit cases out, cleaned, and aired out.

As I was starting to gather clothes (summer, fall, and possible heavier things all for a few weeks out.) Hubby came thru and said we need to take the car in for an oil change, work in the yard, and go to Sam’s Club for M&Ms.  WHY?  He is diabetic.  OHHHHHHHH in case the grand kids stop by they will have some sweets here while we are gone.  Really??????????????  He wants them.  That is the start of Willy Wonka.  As we talk I start thinking about all to do and the amount of time I can see Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka saying something about too much to do and so little time.  Yea that is me this morning.  The yard work he will do and after the oil change Sam’s and then a stop at the fabric store for some thread.

I am working on a Christmas table runner right now and will need the thread for the placement of some beads.  I will be doing the hand stitching in the car while driving and placing any beads when we are watching tv or just sitting around of an evening.IMG_20180928_080429656I want to hand quilt and then in places put beads to show snow on the mountains and so on. There will be a string of lights embroidered being carried by the bear on the left and a big gold ribbon on the tree in the middle.  So I need the thread for the beads.

What do you do when you are traveling to stave off the boredom of the some boring drives?  I love living in the midwest, but crossing Kansas can be kind of sparse on the views, as is most Interstates, so I will take something to work on.

You have a great day and have some dark chocolate….it is healthier.


This is a cute headband from Alicia.  Enjoy

Mobius headwrap pattern


Stitches to know-

Hdc-half double crochet 

FPDC-front post double crochet  

BPDC-back post double crochet

LHdc-Long half double crochet

I used Red Hart WW yarn with an I hook

Ch 60 and join

Row 1) Turn chain slightly so the “bump” of the chain is showing ontop, ch1, Hdc in each bump of the chain.  Do not join.  (see photo below)

When you get to the top of the hdc, you will turn it toward you 180 degrees so the first hdc is upside-down and work hdc in each chain on the reverse side.  (This will put the natural twist in the headwrap).

Row 2) Ch 2, FPDC (YO, insert hook in on right side of previous hdc around to the left side of hdc -your hook should be “behind” the hdc stitch- YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through last 2 loops).  FPDC around each hdc until you reach the ch2, then join.

Row 3) Turn work, ch2, Lhdc (YO, insert hook in top of previous hdc, YO and pull through all 3 loops).  Lhdc in each stitch around and join beg ch 2.

Row 4-7) repeat rows 2 & 3.

I do give permission make and sell what you make as long as you give me credit for the pattern.  Thank you, Alicia from



The finish and beginning of things.

We survived the last of the craft fairs of the year, we did have a good time.  Yesterday and today have been busy washing table cloths(bad when they are so big you can wash only 2 at a time.  We had 8 of them.  All washed, dried, ironed, and folded up for the spring.  All craft items sorted and boxed up and put downstairs.  Yesterday my daughter in law was using my sewing machine, after a while she asked what the high pitch was.  I had son and hubby listen and today she was in the sewing machine hospital.  It is the zig zag motor.  This will be the 4th motor.  My machine company is sweet about it and it doesn’t cost me anything to get it fixed.  Under warranty for 8 more years.  It is frustrating. It will be 2 yrs in Oct.  Oh well what can you do?  I do have a back up.

Here are some pictures of our fair.

Now to find something to do over the winter…..I think I may find a few things to do.  I want to start dying my own fabric again.  l started playing with it a year ago and then stopped, now is a good time to start something new.  After Vacation.

Have a great day.

Something pretty today

This is a very short post today, but here it is.  These are the stages of my moon flower.  With windows open at night I get the beautiful sweet fragrance of it.IMG_20180921_081219401First signs of the little bloom, day 1 for this flower.

IMG_20180921_081210581Later in the day same blooms.

IMG_20180919_213155557 9pm open nicely.  When I turned the porch light on she decided it was daylight and started to close….Sorry Ms. Moonflower.

I think these are my 2nd favorite flower with Gardinias being the first.

Have a beautiful day.

One more day

We have just one more day till the last fair and Friday is calling for rain.  I just hope it either stops by set up times, or is a little drizzle.  With this said I am all ready.  Alicia and Ashley will be coming from work so Mary and I will set up and get things started.  I like this part so much because it is a time to visit with other vendors and catching up on their lives.   You do make some great people there.

Today I will be working on 2 bags and then getting some applique cut out for a quilt top I have been working on.  My goal (they are ever changing) is to come home from vacation with a sewing room without project waiting.  We will see if I can get this done.

Are your goals ever changing?

I must say I do love reading everyone’s blogs.  Thank you.

Another hot dry day

Today will be a hot and humid day and so I think an afternoon of playing in the water and mud will be in store for this Grandma and Granddaughter.  We will then have some very exciting games of Chutes and Ladders, Go Fish, Old Maid, Candy Land, and not to leave out Hi ho Cherry-O.  This will follow up with some interesting Play Dough and cookie cutter designs.  IF I am lucky we will take a nap and if not we will add some painting to the mix.    I will have to give this to Destiny, she always plays in my buttons, and threads, and sometimes my fabric.    Looking forward to teaching her to sew.

This is short and sweet so enjoy your day.  Find a way to bring some sunshine into your life.

Finished at last

I finished the Dragonfly quilt today and it is ready for this weekend.  I just hope the rain arrives early or 2 days later than being called for.  But we will survive and continue on to the next year.  Here are a few things that are new to the sale this year.  We are excited to share.IMG_20180319_085019188IMG_20180602_130310456IMG_20180910_120349799IMG_20180917_125425054IMG_20180917_125432638

The quilt got finished today.  Now I am off to clean the kitchen.  Be safe and keep the Carolinas in your thoughts.  They are dealing with so much.