Thursday, April 28, 2011

Box Tops for Education

I have a huge favor to ask of all of you in blog land.  Could you please save your box tops for education and mail them to me for my granddaughter's school?  That is if you're not saving them for another little one.  Her school is trying to raise $2000 through this program and they have a ways to go yet.  I would gladly reimburse you for your postage.  Unfortunately, most people don't even notice these little pink logos on so many grocery products and just throw them away. 

My mailing information is:

Sharon Stewart
5928 Hampton Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

Thank you so much for your help and support.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A good friend sent me an Easter email that I thought was very sweet.  So I'm sharing that with all of you and wish you all the happiest Easter.

All I need to know I learned from the Easter Bunny!

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There's no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.
Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

May the joy of the season fill your heart.
Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Look how beautiful these strawberries are, freshly picked from the garden.  I am in heaven!!  My two most favorite things to eat are strawberries and tomatoes.  So I will be a happy camper for a few months. 
Happy strawberry days............

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

IT'S A BOY!!!!!!!

A week at a time......

Looks life my blogging life is going to be a week at a time...........and all in photos!  Reagan borrowed a book from her classroom and wanted to make a three bears puppet show.  So last week we bought the supplies and worked on the puppets.
Making one of the three bears.............. 
Reagan decided to type the entire book onto the computer so she could print out pages for each person's part in the play (five characters).   
And now she's highlighting each person's lines on the typed sheet so they will know their parts!  I'm thinking at this point that she's a pretty smart and creative cookie!! 
Next she wanted to make blankets for the three bears' beds.  She decided to make a nine-patch quilt for one of the beds and used quilt pieces I already had for another bed and a soft fleecy fabric for baby bear's bed. 

Ta-da......look what I did. 
Here she is with her three bears, Goldilocks and the narrator.  A very creative little girl. 
I just love Raleigh in her T-ball uniform.  She's just too cute!! 
Look at me, I'm the catcher.  You should have seen her trying to walk in all the garb. 
These little eggs survived the heavy winds from the storms on Saturday.  We went out after everything had passed and there they were.  And in a couple bushes down from this one there is a nest with three baby birds that did fine during the storm also.  Amazing to me. 
After the worst of the storms had passed through, I looked out back and there was a bird bonanza going on.  There were three gold finches and a bluebird just as if it were a sign from God that everything is OK now.  They were so beautiful.  And the first time I've seen the gold finches at my feeders (which are put away in this picture due to the high winds). 
My husband and I drove to Raleigh yesterday to see some of the damage.  I kept seeing it on the news and I felt like I wanted to see it in person, to make it more personal.  It was so devastating to see what has happend in the city.  These are just a couple quickly snapped pictures as we were sitting in traffic.  It is mind boggling what that storm did to our area.  Trees are toppled everywhere you look, on houses, on buildings, across roads, roofs are gone from businesses, buildings are leveled to the ground, cemetaries destroyed, no rhyme or reason as to where these things hit and destroy.  We are thankful to have been spared but there are so many that are without homes now or have lost their businesses.  Keep all those folks in your prayers. 

And on a happier note, I just finished up another stitchery pattern.  Fresh eggs.............thanks for the pretty brown eggs Lisa!!

My son and daughter-in-law are on their way to the baby doctor as I type this.  They are hoping to find out the sex of the baby today.  We've all picked what we think it is going to be...................go BOY!!  But we love those little girls too.

Here's to hoping you all have a wonderful and safe weekend and a very joyous Easter. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Busy Spring Days.............

Hope everyone is enjoying the spring least here in the south it's been beautiful, warm spring days with some thunderstorms thrown in for good measure!  I had my girls three days last week so I'm going to share a few photos of what we did during the week.  I did teach a couple classes here and there but forgot to take pictures.  So just girls..................
My husband caught me totally off guard working at my desk.  Look at all the stuff around me, drawings on the lightbox, papers everywhere!!!  Somebody needs to get busy in this room. 
We called Poppy at work and asked if he would like to join us for a picnic at the park and some play time.  The girls had a great time and were thrilled to see their Poppy. 
Girls of a different breed.............Lisa at The Little Herb House got 25 new baby chicks.  Aren't they adorable!!!!  Eat your heart out Evette!!!! 
After the park, we decided to have a tea party.  I broke out some china teacups and served the girls hot tea and crumpets (M&M cookies).  They loved it.  Looks like I have them hooked on hot tea. 

Raleigh decided the banana made a better smile.  Daddy thinks so too! 
On Friday we took a trip to the zoo in Asheboro.  It was a beautiful sunny day and the girls had a great time.  However, by the early afternoon the temps had climbed to 84 degrees and we got a little too warm.  At that point, the whiney "my feet hurt" chants started.  Time to go! 

A little ice cream always helps cool things off. 
OK, this is the great swamp creature at the zoo.  Lots of signs and advertising for this creature.  My girls think he was fake.  I'm not sure.  I thought I saw something move.  Pretty weird looking though. 
Reagan posing as the swamp creature.  Oooohhhh, scary! 
Fell asleep eating lunch they were so tired.  I think they're trying to trick me, however!   Funny girls. 
Opening day for baseball on Saturday.  Both of the girls are playing on the same team this year, my son and his wife are the coaches.  So a fun family affair.  Paul was asked to give a speech at the opening ceremonies......he did a great job and made us so proud. 
And he threw out the first exciting for the girls to see their Daddy out there. 
Raleigh looked so tiny in her uniform on the field.  She pretty much didn't really know what to do and had to be reminded to pay attention a few times.  I'm sure she'll catch on. 
Reagan, however, is a seasoned veteran.  This is her third year and she is quite the little player. 
Look at that stance! 
Game over, popcorn, life is good. 
She cute even with the hat turned around and a dirty uniform! 
Carry me Daddy, I've had a rough game! 
And every game needs an husband.  He didn't umpire the girls' game!!  Afraid he might not be unbiased.........

So there you have it in a nutshell.  A fun, busy week.  Let's see what this week brings. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

May/June Classes

I am so proud of myself.  I have all the models finsihed and the classes posted on the web site for the upcoming May/June classes.  Pat, pat, pat on my back.  I hope you will see something you just have to make and will join me for some fun classes.  Please check the web site for all the dates and times of classes.
Mini Wool Flags......just in time for Memorial Day and 4th of July decorating!  The vintage flower frog is a great way to display the flags.  So start looking for your "frog" now! 

BIRD pillow or giant pincushion 
Red Wool Strawberries..........make a basket full! 
Patriotic girl to practice your embroidery and learn coloring technique.

Hope to hear from you soon.