Thursday, September 29, 2016

everyday is a holiday

Happy National Coffee Day.
Did you go to work? I didn't...
cuz I'm retired silly!
Which sorta means everyday is some kind of holiday.
I love these small cuts of nautical fabric
 I purchased in Belfast, Maine.
If you are thinking that Irish immigrants named this town...
you would be right.
Unless you are Native American...
we would be well to remember
 that all of our ancestors were immigrants.
~b is for Belfast

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dakota Kids

bibs...burps...and booties
labeled and ready for sale.
Our shop motto:
Dakota Kids...keeping babies cute!
It feels good to be back
 and in my little sewing sweatshop.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mother's Flower Garden

My mother's love of flowers started at an early age...
her parents ran a flower shop and greenhouse.
As she spends the last years of her life in an assisted living center
my sisters and I try to provide her with embroidery projects to do
and fresh flowers on her nightstand.
Fresh flowers are challenging when winter is upon us.
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Monday, September 26, 2016


We were only mildly disappointed that the leaves
 weren't in full color while we were in Vermont...
It would be a beautiful state to visit any time of the year.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


The first thing I did after our trip to the Atlantic Ocean
was dig out my recipe for clam chowder...
Mr. b isn't as big a fan of fish
(or as I call it the finer things in life)
 but he will have to bear with me
 for a few weeks at least.
~b is for boat

Friday, September 23, 2016

We are back...

 We enjoyed the last Eight days
 in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire!
If you are thinking it was all about the local fare...
you could be right!
Blueberries and lobster in Maine...
pancakes with local maple syrup in Vermont...
crab cakes, shrimp rolls, lobster bisque, lobster rolls, lobster pizza, blueberry ice cream,
clam chowder...on and on.
And of course there was cake by the ocean.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

For Lynne...
...a Saturday critter.
Silly deers...
always running away from us
when all we want to do is admire them greatly.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

autumn sights

Came across the kit for this star
 in my sewing room the other day...
so I just sat down and put it together.
Don't you just love surprises?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dakota Man hard at it again...

...two new designs on flour sack towels.
~b is for bakery

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Sally was looking for her toys.
She could not find the cars or the boats or the dolls.
She looked everywhere in the room.
She looked under things, and she looked behind things.
"Come, Bella," said Delainee.
"I want to go for a walk.
We will walk and walk."
Away went Delainee, and away went her black puppy.
They walked, and they walked, and they walked.
~b is for book

Monday, September 5, 2016

back to school

By now all the kiddies should be back in their desks...
or will be tomorrow.
I just had to make pencil pouches
out of these fun Japanese prints for the occasion.
I may have to find more of the typewriter it!
Birdie of course could care less
that one of the prints is of cats.
~b is for Birdie and boring

Friday, September 2, 2016


The first part of September means
tomatoes at every meal.
It's hard to grow tomatoes in our neighborhood...
we have a  herbicidal neighbor.
I depend on our Hutterite friends to keep me
in fresh produce this time of year.
And they do a great job!
They were canning tomatoes when we stopped by.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

By the way...
my favorite month of the year.