Thursday, October 31, 2013

Well, the month has come and gone and I say where did the time go?  I have been super busy around here with classes and working on models and preparing for November and December classes and spending lots and lots of time with the grandchildren.  I haven't taken many pictures in class but have some to share of the kiddos, of course!!! 
Reagan, Raleigh and I made a trip to Build-a-Bear for their grand re-opening of the Raleigh store.  The girls made adorable bears and left with two new outfits for their bears.  They had a great time and I had a great time watching them enjoy themselves! 
Attended Reagan's tournament volley ball game.......they had three rounds of games and lost in the very last game.  I think she has found a new sport to love.  With her height I think she could be good at this game. 
All three kids and I went to a local corn maze which stretched over six acres.  We made it through all the mazes and completed the card they gave us at the beginning which was quite a feat.  I didn't know if little Joshua would make it the whole time but he hung in there until the very end.  I had to carry him out!! 
After we left the corn maze there was a playground and some other things for the kids to do.  Didn't realize when I was taking this picture that Joshua had stuck his entire head through the hole.  Well, it got stuck and I had to run over and get him out.  Needless to say, he wouldn't pose again!  He's new at this sort of thing I suppose!  The girls are old hat. 
I do believe this giant wooden truck was Joshua's favorite thing.  He kept running back to it. 
A face only a mother could love!!! 
Well, look what Joshua found.  A wooden cow to milk.  Imagine! 
Right after the corn maze we all had to run home and shower because we were taking my oldest son out to dinner for his birthday.  Well, poor little Joshua just couldn't hang on any longer.  He konked out with his head on the table in the restaurant.  It was a quiet dinner! 
The birthday boy celebrating the big 35!   
A family portrait making silly faces!  The girls had put on their costumes to show us.  A peacock and a Madam Hatter.  Can't remember what Joshua is going to be. 
Spent several hours with little Joshua yesterday afternoon.  He was showing me the pumpkin he and his Mommy carved.  I cannot get that child to smile for the life of me.  It was his nap time and he was patiently waiting to go to the playground. 
Finally, a smile....... 
Look at me Mina......... 
Three ladies have completed their hexagon pieces.  We met this week to put them all together.  That turned out to be quite a feat but we got it done. 

Another birthday celebration.......Joan turned 35 this month!  Happy birthday Joan! 
My friend and neighbor Sally stopped by to show me her Halloween costume.  She was just in Vegas and decided to do a Wheel of Fortune slot machine.  Very creative!!
Well, tonight is Halloween and I can't wait to see what all the little goblins and ghouls come dressed as.  We always have so much fun talking to the kids and looking at some pretty creative costumes.  Later on we'll see the grandkids and their costumes. 
I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween and maybe find a little time to do some stitching. 
My new class schedule has been posted and lots of the classes are filling up but there's always room for more!!  So come and visit!
Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

 Well, what can I say?  Bad blogger.  I don't do Facebook or Twitter or Facetime or whatever else there is out there.  I do well to answer emails these days.  And it seems that it takes me forever to get things downloaded for the blog.  So just know that lots has been going on around here but I just don't have time (nor do you!) to load all the pictures or even remember what has happened in the past month.  Mostly sewing and more sewing and classes and then more sewing with a quick trip to Florida to celebrate Mom and Dad's 60th wedding anniversary and then more classes and a little wool dying and some babysitting and visiting with the grandkids and more get the drift!

Several of the ladies got together to do a rag quilt.  Everyone came loaded with all their flannel fabrics and just worked the day away........ 
Pat decided to do a smaller version to make a tablerunner......she knew she could get that one finished!
Making progress!!  Looks great!

Great-Grandpa has three very eager students wanting to learn how to play the organ.  The girls have always loved playing the organ when they visit but now it seems Joshua wants to learn too!!  Great-Grandpa gifted the girls with a keyboard of their very own to take home with them.  What a wonderful gift! 
We were at the tennis courts one morning and I noticed, as Poppy and Joshua walked away, that they were dressed the same.  By coincidence but so cute!! 
Mina and Joshua playing cars while everyone else played tennis. 
Stitching by the pool.  I had just moved into the shade.  A little too warm for me!! 
Happy 60th anniversary Pete & Irene aka Mom and Dad aka Grandma & Grandpa aka Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa!!!  We love you both and can't believe you've been married for 60 years!!  We were all so blessed to be able to travel to Florida to share this big day. 
We brought little Joshua home with us so the girls and Mommy and Daddy could visit Sea World.  It was such a long drive.  He started out holding the cars Great-Grandpa bought for him and watched his favorite "Cars" movie. 
But finally conked out for a little R&R!!  Sweet baby...... 
Working on re-doing an older piece for a possible Vermont Retreat next year.  Also working on a couple other wool pieces for that retreat.  Could be lots of fun!! 
Recipe card class......lots of ladies with lots of work to do but a very fun card! 
Well, lookie's Tricia's birthday and all the gals showered her with birthday presents and we had a Coca-Cola Cake and helped her celebrate her "special" day! 

Oh my, what a wonderful gift!!!!  Thank you so much and I can't believe it!!  Or something like that!!  
Oh what a surprise, a muffin tin pincushion.....just what I've always wanted!! 
The gifts were passed around the room.........  

A wee bit of Irish in the lassie! 
Finished up lots of stitching on my Vermont projects and decided to reward myself with a little time at the sewing machine.  I had picked up a couple of the mini charm packs of the new Midwinter Red fabrics and decided to whip them into a small table topper. 
Now for a little quilting and binding and it will look great in my freshly painted kitchen!
Now, I'm sort of caught up and need to go soak my feet and do a little stitching!!  Hope you're all doing well and finding some time to stitch along the way.
Happy the weather right now!