Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tote Bag Two

My second tote bag is finished and I am headed to FEDEX.

This features fabrics from Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics.

True Colors

I have always been a fan of primary colors so I really like it!!

Inside view.

This is a FREE downloadable pattern at


This sample is headed to Free Spirit for a photo shoot.

Make one!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Snow Day Sew Day

We have a light dusting of snow this morning.

I think it will be a good day to spend in my sewing room!!

I received a box of fabric this morning from Free Spirit to make a tote.

True Colors by Tula Pink.

I tried the tote I am going to make 
in some fabric from my stash over the weekend.

I think it will be great for my knitting projects.

It is so great when the fabric does the work.

Yes, this is one fabric from Kaffe Fasset.

Stay tuned for the next tote!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Outdoor Spaces

So, you have already seen the great swing on my front porch.

This is fast becoming my favorite morning coffee spot!!

Sewing room is the 3 windows upstairs.

Front bedroom on the far left - study in the middle.

Here is our back patio!

Covered patio is connected to the 3 car detached garage.

Plans to add an outdoor kitchen and bar.

Little nook around the corner - just past the porte-chache as you drive in!!

Windows to eating area - right side window to family room.

3 fun outdoor spots to enjoy the beautiful 70 degree temps today!!

Friday, February 13, 2015

1533 Town Square Parkway!!!!!

At last - I have some pictures of our new home to share with you!!!
We started our move-in on January 30th!!

It is great to have all of our possessions to of storage.
let the true downsizing begin!!

Sweet swing on the front porch - facing east!

Please come in!!  I even have my RED shoes on!!!

Looking in the front door - custom rug from FLOR squares to accommodate both the front door and the doors to the right 
- access to the porte-cochere.

Big D's study is to the left - no pictures yet!!

Then you see the mud bench on the left.

Dining table straight ahead!!

Onto the KITCHEN!!!

Three different shots - and a nifty island runner from FLOR!!

A peek into the laundry room -

Right off the kitchen - and it is not a walk-through!!  YAY!!

Must keep you waiting for more pictures!!

My sewing room is still a work in progress 
but will have outside shots posted soon!! 

Love it!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

On Becoming an OKC Foodie

One of my goals for 2015 
is to try a lot of the variety of restaurants in OKC.

A friend tipped me off to make a Food Passport.

 I bought a sweet little moleskin book.

And it even has an "M" on it.

I wrote 
Food Passport
 inside the front cover. 

And personalized it with our name.

I can just carry it in my purse
and check off restaurants as we go.

So each page has the name of two restaurants.
And a small box for a check mark.

Sometimes I list the address 
and type of restaurant.

And then I rate it 1 - 5 stars.

We tried an OKC landmark in the downtown area - 

La Luna Mexican Cafe.

Interesting art, very cold beers and hot salsa!!

So glad we went, as this longtime OKC restaurant in closing at the end of April.

But the good news is, they have a food truck!!

Last Sunday 

we went to brunch at

Cafe Kacao

a Guatemalan Restaurant.

I can never decide whether to order -

sweet or savory.

Dennis always gets savory and most of the options on the menu
were savory.  But could not resist one of the sweet options. 

Loved the food presentation.

Loved the french toast even more!!

Definitely a "go to"  place when the girls visit in February!!

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!