Saturday, July 30, 2016

sound off

Are you glad July is almost over?
Me too! It's been to hot and dry to enjoy summer...
although there has been a few things I loved about July.
All the fresh garden produce finally coming on.

Creamed onions and cucumbers from the Sall Farm garden...
so good.
 All the peaches we can eat because a flat of peaches
is really to many for two of us.
Hundreds of straw bales everywhere you look
 when you take a country drive.
Mr. b servicing my machines in the little sewing sweatshop. comes August.
It will be a very special month for our family again.
~b is for baby

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

flowers and birds

New bags...
as opposed to old bags.

I love this scrappy quilted bag with its burlap base.
The lining is pretty too.
An elderly lady requested a small bag
 to carry a cell phone in.
She told me she likes birds.

This bag is shabby chic with it's large roses
and leather base...

C’est une belle vie.
~b is for beautiful

Monday, July 25, 2016

skinny dipping...
adding it to my bucket list.
~b is for bare

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Mr. b bought a Traeger smoker.
We love grilling in the summer.
Our son introduced us to Traeger smoked meats last summer
and our son-in-law smoked a turkey a few weeks ago while we were there...
we were hooked.
It takes a lot of spice rubs
 for all this smoking so I decided to make my own.
Cue: Penzeys Spices
Is it cheaper?
I read that it is but the verdict is still out.
                 14-Spice Dry Rub Mix                
1/2 c dark brown sugar
1/4 c seasoned salt
1/4 c paprika
1/4 c smoked paprika
1 T garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 T celery salt
2 T chili powder
2 T black pepper
1 T rubbed dried sage
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp ground mace
1/8 tsp ground cloves
For use on chicken, beef, pork or fish.

~b is for barbecue

Thursday, July 21, 2016

some summertime

If you don't have air-conditioning today...
you might want to find a swimming hole.
Mr. b and I spent a lot of summer hours in this very same pond.
No was a great place to cool down.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Two days of screen printing =
18 flour sack towels
I still love this jar design.
It is time to get those canning jars out
for this season's garden vegetables.
Pick up a fun towel for the canner in your family...
he or she will love it!
My brother and brother-in-law have been canning for years.
Mr. b had a co-worker (male) that did all the canning in his family.
Way to go guys!
A new pheasant design for fall.
We only print on high quality extra large towels.
~b is for basil

Sunday, July 17, 2016

is better
-on the-
~b is for blessings

Friday, July 15, 2016


When the maps come out you know it's time for a vacation.
When the map fabric comes out...
...well it's really time!
~b is for beach

Thursday, July 14, 2016

finishing up things today

I am finally taking these pillowcases across the finish line!
Three shades of blue
and a lot of satin stitching...
which is my favorite embroidery stitch.
~b is for Blue

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CAPITAL business

It was a cool cloudy day
 so we loaded up the granddaughters
for a history lesson at our state capital in Pierre SD.
I was impressed that they were impressed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Having the granddaughters around...
is always my excuse to buy Skittles.
We ate our Skittles and sewed silly penguins.
~b is for bellyache  

Monday, July 11, 2016

in the quiet

It's way to quiet at our house this morning
after 4 days with these two.
~b is for bored

Friday, July 8, 2016

kiss me goodnight

A new grandbaby in August requires a quilt...

read me a story
tuck me in tight
say a sweet prayer
and kiss me goodnight.

Great-grandma did the embroidering...
Grandma did the piecing and quilting.

~ b is for baby

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

America The Beautiful

As parades was a fun one!
~b is for blast