Wednesday, November 30, 2016


I can't believe it's the last day of November already...
We are going to drop off our handmade wares tomorrow
then I may get a start on my Christmas decorating this weekend.
Wood boxes by Dakota Man...
 filled by Dakota Maid
We both have lots of hours invested in these.
~b is for box

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


flannel frenzy...
I ventured out on a busy shopping day
 with a lot of other crazy shoppers
to take advantage of a flannel sale.

I met the nicest lady in the flannel aisle.
We compared projects and flannel pieces
and shared a few sewing tips.
When they called our numbers we parted ways the happier
to have met another crazy obsessed flannel seamstress.

 When I got home I regretted that we hadn't
 exchanged names or numbers.
These blankets are ready to be tied up and marked
and headed to the shop.
~b is for bonus

Monday, November 28, 2016


Christmas screen print from Dakota Man 

KRINGLE'S Reindeer Feed
Farmhouse style decorating
~b is for Blitzen

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Black Friday

Everyday has a beginning...
and an end.

~b is for balance

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What's your favorite part about Thanksgiving?
~b is for blessings

Monday, November 21, 2016


At our house...

when there's snow on the ground...
there's soup in the pot!
~b is for broth

Sunday, November 20, 2016


"Today be thankful
and think how rich you are.
Your family is priceless,
your time is gold
and your health is wealth."
Beautiful Saint Ann's Church by the ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine.
They told us, "Go on a Sunday in summer and you might see the Bush family."

Friday, November 18, 2016


I dug out my Christmas scraps...
piecing is addictive you know.
I may or may not be doing Christmas decorating next week.
I used a charm pack for this one.
 Love the colors in it!
~b is for blocks

Thursday, November 17, 2016


I did some barnyard sewing this week.
One of these will be under the Christmas tree for a granddaughter.
A set of them will be sold at Prairie Whims in Huron.
They do a fantastic job of selling our wares!
So cute on a little girl in the kitchen helping mommy.
~b is for barnyard

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

South Dakota

One of the best parts of living in South Dakota...
(and there are many)
is our changing landscape.
The crops are almost completely out of the fields
and the smell of dry foliage is prevalent.
Tomorrow there is snow in our forecast.
Everything brown will soon be white.
~b is for brown

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


I don't usually sew knits...
but all the baby leggings I am seeing online piqued my interest.
Did you know...
The elephant is considered good luck
 and the animal is a symbol of good fortune.
I had enough fabric to make a hat to match.
~b is for britches

Friday, November 11, 2016

fasten up

Well it's certainly been quite a week hasn't it?
You know I was looking forward to a woman running things...
despite the fact that I've always said I would rather work for a man than a woman.
There was a job (or two) I won even though I had no qualifications
and I worked myself up the ladder and did quite well.
I'm predicting a bumpy road...
you might want to wear your seatbelt.
Have you ever wondered where retired presidents go?
Kennebunkport, Maine
Summer home of President H.W. Bush, Sr.
We drove by and did a quick turn around for pictures.
How about something cute to end your workweek?
Our two-year-old granddaughter loves princesses and singing...
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said
Because I'm happy
~b is for because

Thursday, November 10, 2016


What do you do when you're craving a piece of carrot cake
with cream cheese and pecan frosting?
You get up and make it!
~b is for bake

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

fall walks

I miss long chilly walks down the railroad tracks
 with our dogs Sadie and Mawd and Celtic music in my ears.
"Each day is a new life. Seize it. Live it."
~ David Guy Powers
~b is for brave


Tuesday, November 8, 2016


We got up early this morning to vote
for who we hope is the first female president of the USA.
I'm sorry
but we agreed the other candidate is just an...
~b is for burro

Monday, November 7, 2016

a pine box

How was your weekend?
Dakota Man and I worked together on a new project.
Wood Boxes
Won't they be fun decorating for the upcoming holidays?
I can't wait to do a Christmas box.
I threw this one together quickly for a photo here.
I will go back later and work a little more into it...
a few more natural elements.

Thursday, November 3, 2016


I've been doing a little research this week on birdhouse gourds.
These green goards were given to me yesterday.
FREE! I was in gourd heaven.
They will have to dry for a year before I can work with them.
The three that I have had in the basement
for several years were finally brought up.
They make fun natural birdhouses.
I gave these two several coats of stain
 for another fun project I have in mind.
~b is for birdhouse

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

ding dong

Halloween is over...
the witch is dead again.
It's time to think about turkey and pumpkin pie
and sneak in a little Christmas music when Dakota Man is out.
~b is for brine...
do you brine your turkey?