Monday, January 19, 2015

Ten More Days

Exciting times!

We close on our new house next Friday!! 
 A lot is going on out there!

A couple of teasers.......

This is the built in desk area in my new sewing room.  Yehaw!!
Now it is painted white.  I will bring the color.

Take a look at this POP of color.....

This is the mud bench - waiting for the hardware.
I will bring the pillows.

Main bathroom is coming together....

Searching for some fun baskets for the open bottom.

A peek at the kitchen.....

a calming gray - ready for some wine bottles.

Tile work in progress - can't wait!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dorothy J. Strawn - Her Way

My mother passed away January 6, 2015.
Many of you know she was in declining health in a nursing home.

Her parting gift to my sister and me was a total plan of her funeral.
(and it was paid for!!!)
She had even written her own obituary.

What a beautiful service it was.

My mom wanted this quilt on her casket.
She made it and won Best of BLUE at the Iowa State Fair in 2005.
I was really pleased with the flowers put together to stand with it.

A big shout out to my cousin Debbie and her husband Ken for an amazing arrangement singing The Lords' Prayer.

Another shout out to Pastor John, the Chaplain at St. Luke Lutheran Home.
The message included a parable about a mother.

"Your Mother is always with you.  She is the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.  She's the smell of bleach on your freshly laundered clothes.  She is the cool hand on your brow when you are not well.

Your Mother lives inside your laughter.  She's crystallized in every teardrop.  She's the place you came from, your first home and she is the map you follow with every single step you take.  She's your first love, and your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can separate you.  
Not time, not space - and not even death." 
(Edited from an article 1933 Good Housekeeping Magazine)

We take many of my mother's qualities with us. 
She was very creative - always sewing, quilting, knitting and more.
She was very giving - volunteer hours piled up everywhere in her community.
She was very strong - from Danish decent and a widow for 30 years.
She was a hard worker - serving Clay County as the Recorder for 20 years.
She had good taste - in furnishings, jewelry, clothing & friends!
She liked to shop for a good bargain - time and time again!!
Do any of these things sound familiar???

Yes, Mother, we will carry on in your absence.
We will miss you.
Rest in Peace.

Thanks to our friends and family.  Love you!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sneak Peek

In five weeks, our new house should be done!!
Hip Hip Hooray!!
Here are a few photos of the custom wood floors and cabinets.

The kitchen with island.

The mud bench in the front hall - by the side doors.
Kind of blurry.......

The fireplace - will be ceramic tile.

The main bath - love the bottom open.

The top three windows will be my sewing studio!!!

The study - for Big D.

Pantry doors on left.  Laundry room door on right.

Can't wait to see all of this painted and the counter tops!!!

Stay tuned!!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Making Gifts for Christmas

I have been busy making a few gifts for Christmas.
Always fun to do for those who appreciate it!!

I had fun knitting a variety of boot cuffs. 
 I will let family at Christmas pick a pair.
Quick projects and fun to make!

I found this afghan started by my mother tucked away in a box 
with the yarn to finish it.
Merry Christmas, Natalie!

Natalie also asked me to make some new pillows for her sofa.
This is a nice mix of some I made 
and some I found at the Crate and Barrel Outlet.
Hope she likes them!

Feeling the need to sew with some Christmas fabrics,
I made these cute quilted pot holders.
My yoga instructor and a couple of my dance instructors loved them!!

(I always like my feet in the pictures!!)

I think it will be fun to make more of these pin cushions next year.
So many funky, creative ways to go!!

That's all folks!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


 I was recently at the Crate and Barrel Outlet in Chicago and was inspired by a couple of things I saw there.  The top picture is an Advent Calendar made from many bright, fun fabric scraps.  Easy enough to do!

I don't have my Mac computer - it is in storage and I am having some trouble editing my photos - so bear with me.
I liked this pillow top too.  Great use of bright solids and I have a lot of them!

And this cute pillow with winter houses.
So fun with the different textures.

I also visited a quilt shop in OKC and found it really fun and modern.
 These were a couple of pillows on a bench. 
 I really like the background fabric on the yo yo pillow.

 And the other pillow has such a great affect with how the fabric is cut.
I bet I have some fabric that will do just this.

And then I thought this pieced pillow was fun.
Easy to do.  Great use of random scraps.

Wow!  I thought this idea was great!
Solid fabric stretched on a wood frame
and yo yos - some up some down - color coordinated.
Lots of Kaffe fabrics too!!

Are you motivated???

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Dancemakers Christmas

The Christmas display at our new dance studio is amazing!!!

An artist did the drawings of the dance couples and Michael, one of the owners, copied each one in a variety of sizes, glued them to foam core board and cut each one out with an exacto knife.


CDs as 

Mirror ball
Hobby Lobby!


Tomorrow night is the Holiday Sweater Party!!

Can't wait!

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st !!!

I am so excited December 1st has arrived.

Why?  You ask?

I can start my 24 days of tea from David's Tea.

Yes, a different tea each day until Christmas.

The tea for December 1st is Forever Nuts.
It's in the little tin sitting there in front.

If you have never had David's Tea - you do not know what you are missing.

This is the second year for the tea Advent Calendar 
and they sold out online the very first day.

A great Christmas gift is the Perfect Tea Mug, the Perfect Spoon and some holiday teas.  Oh My!!  
There is a shop in Chicago in Bucktown on Damon Ave.
but it is also super easy to order online.  
Free shipping over $50 or $5.00 flat fee shipping from Canada.

I was at David's Tea on Saturday and had a hot drink to go - 
a Chocolate Macaroon Latte.

Yes - you can make any of their teas into great lattes and use your soda stream to make bubble teas.  All of these are great hot or iced.

I also purchased the Advent Calendar from Starbucks this year.

The tins are stuck on a magnetic chalk board.
Sweet treats inside!!

A little bit of cheer for me this season in my little apartment in Oklahoma.