Monday, December 6, 2010

Surprise Monday!!!

Well, what a good Monday I had! Doctor's appointment went well. I worked at the office until Emma arrived at 4pm. She and I went home and played 'til around 6pm when Ashlee came back by to take her for a "play date".

After she left, I went to get the mail and had two boxes addressed to me. I had to wait to open them until I had fixed supper and cleaned up the kitchen. Afterwards,  I retreated to my sewing room where the packages were waiting for me.

The first one was a wonderful box full of goodies from Bobbie who had my name for our Christmas swap on AAPG group on eBay. She did some beautiful crossstitch on linen...a journal cover and Santa and his reindeer. Two great pieces of blue wool. The sheep designed by Deirdre was needlepunched and put on a small plaque, which I already have hanging on my sewing room door.  Also two beeswax sheep ornaments covered with cinnamon and some small ornaments she had used to tie on the packages. These will hang on the small tree I put on the kitchen counter.  She also sent some DMC floss and hand-dyed linen. I have never stitched on 28 count linen, but am going to try it out.

Wrapped goodies from Bobbie
All the wonderful gifts unwrapped.
 You can see that I received some beautiful gifts from one very talented lady. Thank you so much, Bobbie. You brought a big smile to my face.

Well, the second box was from Kelley, also on AAPG group. I could not think why she was sending me a box.  I opened it and it was stuffed to the brim with wool, patterns, cotton velvet, a strawberry pinkeep, a scissor/needlecase, a notebook, and an ABC pin.  The card she sent said it was for a swap we did in June.  Life this summer had been so hectic I forgot that I had participated. But it was sure a nice surprise. Kelley, I am thrilled with all of my goodies. You sure know how to spoil a person. Thanks so much!

All my goodies from Kelley
Well, that is all. Just thought I would share with you my goodies from two wonderful and talented ladies. I am blessed to have such good friends online. I hope someday to meet them in person.

Have a good Tuesday!!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Funday!!

 An article in our newspaper last week sounded like a good place to visit on a Sunday, so Jeff and I headed to Lindsay, OK to the "Christmas Extravaganza" at the Murray-Lindsay Mansion. The mansion was built in 1879 by one of Lindsay's early pioneers, Irish immigrant, Frank Murray. It has been restored over the years and tours are offered in December to help defray the costs. 
We arrived and I decided this would be a great house to live in. It is three stories with a porch on the first floor and second floor. Each room on the first floor has a mantel that was decorated in different themes.
Reading Room

The Bishop's Room

The Parlor

The Dining Room
The kitchen seemed small compared to the rest of the house. Not too much storage space.

We headed to the second floor where the bedrooms and the only bathroom in the house is located. The bathroom was added in the 1900's.
Stairway to second floor
Hallway between the bedrooms
Each bedroom had a decorated Christmas tree. Two of the bedrooms had closets that were added the same time as the bathroom. However, no closet was added to the master bedroom. A clothes wardrobe was used instead.
Child's room

Walk-in closet
Teddy bear Christmas tree

What an unusual sewing chair. The tray pulls out from underneath.
Child's room      
Local musicians played during the tour
Headed to the third floor to view more decorated Christmas trees. 

This large room was at the front of the house on the third floor and I envisioned a wonderful sewing/rughooking studio.  There were three smaller rooms on this floor also.

The back of the house had a small porch off the kitchen.  There was also a basement that was not included in the tour.
I could see myself living in this house. 

Across the road was the Pike's Peak Schoolhouse. We walked over there to check out the craft show. I bought a couple of handmade Christmas ornaments.
The school was moved to this location according to one of the ladies at the school
What a great time we had at the Murray-Lindsay Mansion. We headed back to Oklahoma City, taking the scenic route, of course. Beautiful day for driving.

We went thru Chickasha, OK where the only Dairy Queen is located that is close to Oklahoma City.
Home of the dipped cone

So, guess what????? I told Jeff we just had to stop and have a dipped cone. YumYum...Ginger...I only got a small one, but I did enjoy it. Ginger, we will have to make a field trip soon so you can enjoy a dipped cone too for your birthday.

Well time to close. Have my yearly doctor's appointment tomorrow so guess I better get some rest. 

Enjoy your week!!!


Friday, December 3, 2010

~*Star Rug Company Giveaway Antique Santa Rug*~

Maria, of Star Rug Company, is giving away a beautiful hooked rug of Santa and his reindeer, pictured below.  Go to her blog and follow her instructions to be entered to win this AWESOME rug, hooked by her. She has some other awesome rughooking patterns on her website too. If you are a rughooker, check it out.  I met her in May at the Star of Texas Rug Camp in Tyler, Texas, where I took a class from her. She is a very talented person, full of ideas and new techniques. Drawing will be on December 7,  so don't miss out on this chance for a great hooked rug.
Ok, so I haven't posted since Nov 10. As usual, life gets busy and some things you just have to put aside. It is almost 1am and since I don't have to work tomorrow I decided to stay up late and check my emails, blogs and facebook.

I had a great Thanksgiving. Nick came home from Washington DC and spent Thanksgiving with us. My brother, Mike and family, from Cary, North Carolina were also here. Had Thanksgiving dinner at my Mom's house with lots of family and friends. It was a great day and, of course, we all ate way too much.

I got a stomach flu on Sunday so I have spent a few days on the mend. I did start feeling better on Wednesday.

Thursday,  I met Ginger at the antique mall  in Purcell and we reorganized our booth. Someone bought one of the tables we had stuff on, so we had to get another table and redecorate. Put some Christmas things in and it is looking good.

Jeff, me and Emma went to the Christmas parade in Purcell, Thursday evening. The weather was great...not too cold.  Emma fell asleep on the way to Purcell and actually stayed asleep until after the parade was over. She woke up in time to entertain us at a local Mexican food restaurant where we ate with Ginger, Danny and Jenn. To see pictures go to Ginger's blog, Primitives by the Light of the Moon.   I took pictures, but haven't downloaded them. So you can enjoy the parade thru Ginger.

Even though, I don't have any other pictures to post right now, I always have pictures of Emma. She is 4 1/2 months old now and getting so big. I take care of her during the week, so that is why I don't always get other things done. But I am not complaining. She is such a joy to have around and we have a great time together.

Emma 4 1/2 months old  

Today, I think I might do a little Christmas shopping in the afternoon. I have done some ordering online, but there are a couple of stores I want to visit. Our weather is going to be in the 60's, but Saturday the weatherman is calling for temperatures to drop down in the 20's.  Oh well, this is Oklahoma..the weather changes in the blink of an eye.

So guess I better think about heading to bed soon. No other pictures downloaded, so hopefully next time I will have some.

Have a great weekend!! Spend some time doing what you like to do!!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rughooking Day!

Today was our monthly rughooking get-together at Country Collections, but Ginger, Sandra and I didn't show up until 3pm.  We went on an adventure to Pink, OK to Victorian Roses Trading Post.

The day started out at Auntie Mae's antique store where Ginger and I have a

I picked up Sandra and headed to Purcell. We stocked our booth with more stuff

and then headed to lunch at Bravo's Mexican Grille in Purcell.  Ginger and I had planned on going to Pink, OK on Saturday, but since Sandra was with us, the decision was made to check it out before going to rughooking.

After driving about 20 minutes east we arrived at our destination.

We all jumped out of the car and just stood in awe of the outside.

So much to look at and when we went inside we were like kids in a candy store. So many neat things to look at.  I bought two shelves for our antique booth, an old brown bottle and an old wooden box. Of course, we went in my car(Honda Accord)so going back in a bigger vehicle on Saturday to get the shelves.  Who knows, may come home with even more.

We got to rughooking and told the ladies about our road trip. I did get some loops pulled on a rug I have been working on way too long. I hope to finish it in the next few weeks.
Ginger binding the rug she oxford punched the night before and Becky (our newest rughooker) working on her snowman rug
Kay and Laura working on their rugs
Jean binding her rug and Sandra watching. Sandra usually doesn't get any loops pulled on her rug during the hook-in for all her walking around and visiting.

Kay always brings finished rugs to the hook-in
And of course, the post wouldn't be complete without some pics of Emma. I took this last week.  She is enjoying the book Jo Leland gave her.  She is 4 months old now and getting more active. She keeps me busy when she comes to visit.
Well that was my day. I had a great time with good friends and we did a lot of laughing, which is good for our souls. Looking forward to another day of road trips and fun.

Have a great rest of the week and keep smiling.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November already, where has the year gone!!!

Well it is the 3rd of November and before you know it Thanksgiving will be here. I just love this time of the year. The fall weather here in Oklahoma has been perfect. The leaves are starting to turn and the evenings are getting cooler.

I still haven't done any rughooking. I did finish two wool applique mats for the new venture I am doing with my friend,  Ginger. We are renting space in Auntie Mae's Antiques, one of the antique malls in Purcell, OK. We spent Tuesday setting up our display, arranging and rearranging our "stuff". I forgot my camera but Ginger took some pictures. We still have some more things to do to it, but it is looking great so far.
I didn't get any Halloween pics posted this past weekend of Emma so here are some taken on Saturday. Ashlee had a frufru pumpkin costume made for Emma and had a friend's Mom meet her at the park on Saturday to take pics. Emma did OK for a little while but I think the costume was too much for her.  So enjoy! Next year she will be walking and enjoying trick or treat time, I'm sure.
I took this today(Wednesday)Think she still didn't care for the costume
These were taken on Saturday at the park

Emma was fascinated with the pumpkins
Trying a recipe I found online to cook chicken and dumplings in the slow cooker. Guess it's about time to check and see if they came out OK. Well let you know the verdict.
Have a great rest of the week and hope your weather has been as good as it has been here in Oklahoma.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Productive Weekend!!!

Well, this weekend was me time. Jeff was busy working at the shop, rearranging things, and Emma was spending time with her other Grandma and Grandpa. I did my errands early Saturday morning and got home just before the wind and rain hit. I spent the afternoon watching football and sewing, hooking and finishing up some things. So sit back and take a look at all I got done.  I was so happy!!!!!
Yuletide Treasures from Need'l Love Holly Threads
Tidings of Peace from Need'l Love Holly Threads
 I am doing a Saturday Sampler BOM with the quilt shop in Hennessey, OK, Prairie Quilt. I had picked the Aunt Gracie fabrics but then liked the Civil War fabrics also, so am doing both. What was I thinking??? I haven't been since July so I am behind. I hope to go to the shop this week and get my packets and get caught up.

This is my House Blessing 2010 Rug Project from LJ Fibers. I am also behind on it but hope to get caught up in the next couple of weeks.

Some stitcheries for upcoming show. Just need to sew backing and stuff.
Winter Gatherings from Need'l Love Holly Threads

Guess you can tell that I really like this book. There are lots of great patterns in it and still have more to do.

This posting would not be complete without some pictures of Emma. I do get to spend a lot of time with her.  Every day during the week and usually one day of the weekend. She turned 3 months old on October 13 and Ashlee had some pictures made. This was one of my favorites.
This is her farm girl look. My friend, Ginger, Primitives by the Light of the Moon, gave her the denim jumper. I think the Mary Jane socks finish the outfit.
Today, Jeff and I went for a Sunday drive. Very nice and relaxing. Some color changing of the leaves. We still have not had our first frost. It was a nice way to spend some of the day.

Hope everyone has a great upcoming week. Enjoy your time with family and friends and always give someone a smile. You never know how that one little gesture can make someone's day.