Friday, April 19, 2013


Time to share what I have been up to as of late.  I did not get my weekly Farmer's Wife quilt block put together last week.  I did finish it yesterday, but I did not get this weeks cut out yet.  This is block #7 called Birds in the Air.  I really like the way this block turned out.
I flipped through the book to try and find an exert to share with you again this week.  I have three grown daughters so when I read this mothers letter to the Farmer' Wife magazine that started out "I hope to see my daughters, three in number, marry farmers, and I'm not particular about any special sort of farming." I decided to finish reading this particular letter. This mother talks in her letter about a cultured woman.  "I want my daughter to be a cultured woman; a cultured person must be a thinker and I am sure there is no other place or work which affords the chance for one to think than the farm does."  and "Women of today have greater opportunities and greater knowledge but our problems are more difficult.  We must be thinkers in order to build for the health, happiness and success of tomorrow."  Although these letters were written the the 1920's I believe there are a lot of correctness to them today.

The reason I am behind on my Farmer's Wife blocks is this very large Amy Butler Cosmo bag that I put together last week.  My best friend and I are getting ready for a trip the end of May and we decided to each make one of these bags. She has the pattern so we spent many hours together cutting them out.   I was going to go with brighter colors but I already had some of this Anna Griffin Fiona fabric in my stash for a couple of years.  I did have to buy some of the coordinating fabric from eBay.   We are going to Hawaii for close to two weeks.  I'll tell you more about how that came about later.  But since we are going for so long we will be checking a larger piece of luggage and we are going to use these bags as our carry on.

The bottom has some extra padding a sits really well and the inside has some great large pockets.  There are also pocket on the outside down the each side but I do not think the picture shows that.  The directions do say this is an easy bag to make but as we have found others on their blogs have said it was not so easy and we agree.  It took many hours to cut it out and many more to sew it together.  But I am really happy with it and would probably make another, but with some brighter fun colors.
And the last thing I have to share is the April block of the month.  I finished putting it together last weekend just in time for the May block to show up in the mail.
The weather is keeping me inside and there has been absolutely no gardening or yard work done yet this spring.  The rain turned to snow flurries today and our ponds are the highest they have been in years.  Hopefully soon I can share something besides my sewing projects. 

It has been a sad week for our country as all of you know.  The bombs in Boston, the fire in Texas and this crazy weather has certainly been hard to watch.  I wish you all the blessings possible from our home in the woods!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Little Show and Tell and a Treasure

I need to get back into the swing of things.  I have been keeping busy but I have not shared a whole lot lately.  Each Friday evening I have been sewing a block for my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.  Last Friday night I started and finished #99 which is titled W.C.T.U.  I did a little research through the book and found this stands for the Women's Christian Temperance Union which was founded in 1874.
My treasure to share with The House on the Side of the Hill's Tuesdays Treasures is this little guy.

This is our number two of five grandsons and he turned 8 last week.  He is as sweet as can be, just look at those big blue eyes.  And on his shoulder is a little toy called a shoulder buddy.  Very cute little thing.  There is a magnet that you put under the shoulder of the shirt and the buddy just sits there.  Funny how the simplest of gifts are the favorites they receive. Hubs and I bought a video game and a new outfit for this young man and he was a very thankful and happy little guy. All seven of our grands were at this party but I could not get a picture of them all together. If they would have stopped playing together long enough  you could have saw all of our treasures in one glance.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  Blessings from our home in the woods!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Giveaway Winner!

I am late again this week!  Seems to be the story of my life lately.  I told all the participants that I would draw   the give-away winner on the first of April.  Our four oldest grandsons came to spend the night and I totally forgot.  I also forgot to take any pictures of them while they were here this time also.  We had a great time.  Pizza for dinner, a lot of video games being played, the oldest got his game of cribbage in with Grandpa and I took them all to the movies today before taking them home.  I always take the grands that are old enough  to the movies every year on spring break.  We went to see the Croods, it was great fun.  I am going a second time this week when I take our two granddaughters.  I am not brave enough to take all of them at one time.  Maybe when they are teenagers and they can drive me and buy my popcorn and candy I will take all seven, the youngest is not old enough yet.  There may be more by then.....

So back to the winner.
Wrote all your names out in the order you commented and numbered them just in case we pulled one of the duplicate first names.
Hubs stuck his big hand in and pulled out a winner!

lauraluvsloons, I am sending you a note by email, get back to me and I will send your pattern along with some extra goodies.  thanks to everyone for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comments over the last four years.  I have loved making new friends and getting to know all of you.

Blessing from our home in the the woods!