Friday, December 15, 2017

post card Friday

"All hearts come home for Christmas."
I have many fond memories of growing up in this big old house on the corner.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Christmas shopping in the city always begins with a...
a grande margarita.
Ask for it in a to-go cup!

Monday, December 11, 2017


Candle day...
Figured I better get a few Christmas candles poured.
I love giving them as gifts!
"...for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride."
-Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
One of my favorite Christmas movies is Little Women.
It was the first book I checked out from the public library as a girl.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday post card

The year was 1966 - my sisters and I.
There was no keeping us inside
 when there was snow on the ground.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


My girl cousins...

and 'Fanny'
They look pretty cute in their bloomers too.
Making these Raggedy's is time consuming but very enjoyable.
They involve a lot of hand stitching.
I'm ready to start on another one.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


there is homemade bean and bacon in my soup pot
and oatmeal bread in my bread bowl.
I love getting up early to make homemade soup and bread.
I'm going to turn this bowl of dried orange slices
into a wreath before Christmas. (I hope)
We saw a tufted titmouse (bird) at our feeders this morning.
Don't recall ever seeing one here?
Dakota Man has been playing with robots in his work shed.
So cute!
There is dolly making going on in my little sewing sweatshop.
One of them is for a young (87) birthday girl next week.

Monday, December 4, 2017

flying high

Dakota Man put this wood burner in his work shop.
He'll be able to spend more time out there this winter making toys.
We are tucked in today waiting for a winter storm to arrive.
These airplanes he made may be grounded.

And talking about flying...
this small hawk flew into our front window yesterday.
We are assuming he was going after our cat Birdie who likes to nap there.
Mr. Hawk was dazed long enough for us to get his picture
before he flew off.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday post card

Happy December!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Grandma always has to have a craft planned
 when the granddaughters come...
these snow globes worked for the three-year-old
as well as the nine-year-olds.
I picked up the snow and little figures at Wal-Mart.
I had the wide mouth pint jars and hot glue.
Of course Grandma had to have one too.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

sweet dreams

I have a confession to make...
I did my Christmas decorating before Thanksgiving.
I am so glad I did as we will get to enjoy it a week or two longer.
It also frees my time up to do more sewing.
Todays project was this Christmas pillowcase
 for my mother in the nursing home.
She will need some extra cheering up this season.
If you have time drop in at your local nursing home
and visit a resident or two.

Monday, November 27, 2017


 Yesterday (Sunday) before our three-year-old granddaughter
 went back home she needed a robot from grandpa's workshop.
It was a hurried project and she loved it.
Our Thanksgiving was a fun and crazy day
with our kids and four granddaughters here.
Today is turkey soup making day.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


It's been a full day in the kitchen today...
Isn't Thanksgiving the best?
I hope your day is full of good food!

Monday, November 20, 2017


I took time out from my Thanksgiving planning
 to decorate our front porch for Christmas.
I needed to do this while our temps are still bearable.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday post card

Where are you GOING for Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

forest friends

Four days = four forest friends.

With projects this small you better not be a perfectionist.
You will drive yourself crazy.
"I have gone to the forest."

Maybe I'm just a glutton for small projects?
I finished these yesterday
and today I was looking for another tiny animal to make.
They are three inch squirrels and rabbits for our Thanksgiving table.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


New from Dakota Man...
Noah's Ark
A lot of work and as cute as can be.
The top lifts off and a side door drops down
for play and to store the animals.
It will be hard to let this one go.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veteran's Day

I am proud of our family members that served in the military...
My dad (pictured), Mr. b, his brother and sister, my brother,
as well as many uncles and cousins.
They served in World War II, the Korean Conflict,
 Desert Storm and the Vietnam War.
I will never take our freedom for granted that they fought for.
Thank you.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

this and that part two

When I say I pour my candles in small batches
I mean really small.
Two pounds of soy wax chips.
Labeled and ready to go today.
A proper cup of tea always begins with fresh water
 brought to a boil in a whistling tea kettle.
I let it boil longer than I need to
just because I like the whistle.
And talk about cute!
A princess and her chicken.
I made the earflap chicken hat and
daughter knit and pearl put the costumes together.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


I'm pouring a few fall candles today...
which means I'm wearing this old flannel shirt
 to prevent wax spills on my even older shirt underneath it.
Silly me!
The house smells fantastic on candle days.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Christmas has begun in the little sewing sweatshop.
 Scrappy table runners...
oh how I love piecing scraps.

Monday, November 6, 2017

this that and the other

Welcome back little nuthatch.
We love spotting different bird species at Mr. b's feeders.
Artisan good and so easy to make.
This one had bits of apple in it.
"Fire in the sky"...North Dakota has beautiful sunsets.
I think baking powder biscuits were probably the first thing
we ever made in Home Economics.
I am learning once again to make
 my own biscuits for biscuits and gravy.
Don't know why everything has to come out of a can?

Friday, November 3, 2017

wool scarf

It started in Maine last year...
How can such a simple project take so long to finish?
Because I have to have seven knitting projects
going at the same time I suppose.
I love the way the colors of the yarn
 matched the rocky Maine coastline.
It was a mindless pattern that I could
look up from to enjoy the views.