Friday, October 20, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

autumn colors

It's the best time of year for taking country drives...
The leaves will be disappearing fast with the wind
we've been having the last few days.
These guys have me thinking about a new wool knitting project.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

World War II

Flying out the door of Dakota Man's workshop recently...
 these fighter planes.
World War 2 P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter and
WW2 P-51 Mustang Fighter
Yes, I love the things he creates
in his extremely messy workshop.

He has more than a few hours work in these...
all the tiny parts hand cut.

Find a path that is your own. 
Don't be scared to fly alone.

Monday, October 16, 2017


There's a new project coming out of Dakota Man's
workshop that I'm excited about.
It pairs up so well with my doll quilts.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

candle mat

I do love a cute stitch project.
I won't get to have this one out very long this year...
and next year I'll probably forget it's in the drawer.
I found the pattern in a quilt store in Minnesota :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


First of all I have to say how much I appreciate Mr. b
 for always going along with the next project rolling around in my head.
This one all began last fall when I saw them on pinterest.
It was late in the season
so the hunt for birdhouse gourds was a little more difficult.
We finally found them at a roadside stand
 but they had just been picked and were a year out from drying.
We hung them by the chimney with care...just kidding...
we hung them in the garage for the winter.
This spring we discovered they were mostly all soft and moldy.
 Farmer Brown more than likely picked them too soon.
 Birdhouse gourds dry best on the vine.
So this year we were back looking for gourds that were already dried.
I cleaned them...Mr. b sanded them and carved them for me.
I stained them a nice orange color...

and walla!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Good Monday all

When I thought I had sufficiently fulfilled
 my housecleaning goals for the day
I quickly returned to my little sewing sweatshop.
Granddaughter No. 3 needs an artist apron.
She loves to do arts and crafts.
I made these in the same print for our first two granddaughters.
I am hoping to do a show in December with our Dakota Kids things.
I have been working on baby shoes
but keep getting distracted with artist aprons
 and journals covers for kids.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday post card

We watched these three old gentlemen head out
early one morning to fish on a Minnesota lake.
I thought they made quite the picture as they baited their lines.
They were out there all day too.
This is why they call them the golden years.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


A new flour sack towel I embroidered for the season...

Better watch out Mr. Farmer...
these crows are looking for your cornfield!
I love the carpenter box that Dakota Man made me.
It's perfect for every season.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


I am dealing with pumpkin cravings.
This is no time to be thinking about my waistline!
 Pumpkin Bread
 Makes: 2 loaves
2 Cups Libby’ Pure Pumpkin
3 cups Sugar
1 cup Vegetable Oil
⅔ cup Water
4 eggs
3⅓ cups Flour
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1.5 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
Nuts are optional
  1. Mix Pumpkin, Sugar, Oil, Water, and Eggs in large mixing bowl until well combined.
  2. In medium mixing bowl, combine Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg. Stir well, then gradually pour into large bowl of pumpkin mixture. Stir well to combine completely.
  3. Grease and flour two bread pans.
  4. Pour mixture evenly into loaf pans.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 55 minutes, or until done and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. ENJOY!!
I have learned that cooking anything pumpkin
involves using the best pumpkin and the perfect blend of spices
in order to be really good.

Monday, October 2, 2017

October...'s all about Mr. Jack O'Lantern
isn't it?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It's fall

The start of fall always calls for a homemade apple pie...
and a hand embroidered flour sack towel.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

wild rice

After being out of the kitchen for two weeks
my Betty Crocker hormones returned full force.
I left Minnesota craving a bowl of wild rice soup.
Besides 10,000 lakes, Minnesota is known for it's wild rice.
My homemade soup called for homemade bread.
I chose beer good and easy to make.
Homemade bread called for thing leads to another doesn't it?
I had a small bowl of plums on the counter
 that I turned into plum preserves.
I love that it is soup season once again.
~b is for bowl of soup

Monday, September 25, 2017


We got back last week from
 two weeks of camping in Minnesota.

Turns out there is a lot to see one state over.
We had a  great time on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
There is plenty of water to enjoy in this state.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday post card

~b is for butterfly

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


My angel food cake with fluffy frosting
was a big hit with these two!


Monday, September 18, 2017


I finished these Halloween table runners
and shipped them off immediately to the shop that sells our things.

I am happy to report them as sold!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

on the move

The monarch butterflies are migrating...

I have never seen anything like this years migration.
Thousands of butterflies everywhere.


Monday, September 11, 2017


I turned 64 this week.
I'm calling it the best time of my life.
Retired...and carefree.

With the help of her mother,
I have a granddaughter that knows me pretty well
when it comes to a birthday gift.
By the way...
she is crazy about Sophia.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Who knew?

Daughter Knit and Pearl told her daughters
 that unicorns poop sprinkles...
And by gosh "They do!"
Who knew?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

special delivery

This little Adirondack chair that grandpa made for
our fourth granddaughter is being delivered to her today.
Grandpa builds and paints the chairs...
Grandma adds the artwork.
We finished it last night.
The varnish is drying as it goes down the road.
There will no more fighting over chairs with her sister...
They each have their own now.
~b is for build

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


I've never been to Texas...but Mr. b has.
He brought back this cookbook many years ago.
I think Texas is on all our minds lately.
At least with a drought you don't have a major cleanup to follow.
I may have to rename my "Wash Day Stew"
to "Texas Hash" for tonight's supper.
Yes, we still call our evening meal supper.
I wonder what they call it in Texas?
Probably rations for awhile.