Thursday, June 30, 2016

red white and blue

We will be celebrating the 4th of July in North Dakota...
where the big mosquitos live.

This morning I poured citronella candles to take with us.
Nice to reuse some of those tin cans
 that otherwise end up in the landfill.
I wrapped them in burlap ends and pieces and a bit of twine.
Mr. b provided the cement them!

More Great Race pics.

I want this road runner for Mondays parade!

I spent a couple days piecing
 this table runner for a hostess gift.
It was a labor of love.

Have a safe 4th!

~b is for BLUE

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Lemonade

~b is for brisk

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

home sweet home

I wanted a butterfly house...
then I wanted two...
and then I got three!
Mr. b provided the woodworking
and I did the painting.
Just when the caterpillar
thought the world was over,
it became a butterfly.
~b is for butterfly


Monday, June 27, 2016

The Great Race

We drove over to the next town to watch as
The Great Race participants drove down main street.
112 vehicles...all rare and vintage...
driving from California to Illinois.
What a sight!
No air conditioning with the heat index in the upper nineties...
 these drivers and riders were still having a good time.

I seriously want this pickup...
but maybe in a celery green.
These gangster type cars parked in front of the bank made me laugh.
The presidents were there also.
When we got back to town we parked on a remote interstate overpass
and watched as they drove by.
I loved this 1918 American LaFrance Speedster...
chain driven!
The chain had to be oiled frequently
 and replaced every three days of the race.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

fussy cuts

This morning I was thinking it might be fun to hit a rodeo this summer.
Which led me to digging out these fabrics.
It took a little fussy cutting but I got the best of it
 for this notebook cover and zipper pouches.
~b is for bronco

Monday, June 20, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage

I finished the last quilt square
 for my Farm Girl Vintage quilt this weekend.
I splurged and bought the pattern for the milk cow
by the same designer...Lori Holt.
No farm is complete without a milk cow.
Now I will begin adding the sashing and corner squares.
It has been a fun process.
~b is for bovine

Friday, June 17, 2016


Finding Dory...
in my little sewing sweatshop and theaters today.
And if Disney's Pixar would like to throw me a little money for this endorsement...
ya right.
monsters under the bed?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

let's play gnome

A place to call gnome...
Mr b. made the sweetest little gnome house for play.
It looks right at home in our fairy garden doesn't it?
Children will be allowed to use their imagination
 when playing with it.
Isn't that the way it should be?
~b is for basics

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Early morning rain... thankful.
b is for blessed

Friday, June 10, 2016


The bumblebee that has been buzzing around our patio
reminded me that I didn't show your these little cuties.
I love the screen print!
I made them pencil pouch size but of course they
will look good with anything you want to put in them.
~b is for bzzzzz


Thursday, June 9, 2016


You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny.
 The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.
 - Irene C. Kassorla  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Beanie Babies

Groovy, Fuzz and Curly were going camping...
which called for sleeping bags.
There was also a request for Beanie Baby clothes.
Granddaughters = lots of doll clothes sewing.
~b is for bears

Monday, June 6, 2016


I had kids on my mind when I put these notebook covers together...
I just love a fun scrap project!

Friday, June 3, 2016


Mother loves flowers...
and I was feeling a floral table runner.
After a quick trip to TE Fabrics @ Quilters Inn
(Please check this place out online...great prices!)
for some Kaffee Fassett prints
I was ready to sew flowers.
This was a great project to practice my
free motion quilting skills.

You know we're getting lots of nice rains
when my Weigela bush is flowering.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Jenny Wren

How To Build A Nest:
1. Find yourself an uninhabited house in a safe neighborhood.
2. Check to see if it is warm and dry.
3. Pay your rent up front.
4. Be sure you can squeeze in through the doorway and start building your next.
5. If your building material is flexible it makes it easier to move in.
6. When you are done moving in...
 relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
"Love builds The Warmest Nest"
~b is for building