Sunday, July 6, 2014

The sewing venture for the fair

Several of the grandmunchkins wanted to enter the fair this year as they have seen their Mom and I do for the past several years.  The entries were online this year and two weeks earlier than normal...yikes!  With VBS the second week after school and the fair entry the very next week we had to jump on it.  Jump we did.  Three entered sewing projects and one, having tried sewing in the spring, wanted to do a bird house in wood.  We convinced him a bird feeder would get more use.  So away we went.....
                                          cutting.....
                                         serging....
                                         sewing.............
                                         measuring...........
                                         more sewing.........
                                         hammering........
                                         more sewing.........
 TA DA!  A finished bird feeder.  Despite Graypa being very sick, he sucked it up to help get the project done.
 And when the sewing machine wasn't humming, the garden was getting some tlc.  I must admit it one pretty garden.  And the first zucchini found it's way to my lunch plate today.
The kids weren't the only ones sewing.  I dedicated an entire weekend to the sewing room to get the traditional 4th of July shirts and dresses done.
Now off to try and finish my knitting project for the fair.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello Summer!

I cannot believe the school year ended today.  Now the crazy really sets in.  Keeping 6 or 7 children busy and having fun.  We're going to study the American Revolutionary War this summer which should be fun?  I'm working on some things, knitting, sewing, and crocheting, to enter in the fair but they are either complete and I haven't got modeled shots yet (due to the models being in school) or they aren't quite finished.  Next post.  Fingers crossed.  The scrapbooking is completely caught up, or rather was, until there was a t ball game, so there is more time for crafting.  We do start our birthday season next week so we'll see.  
 This is my Mom with 2 of her sisters.  One older, one younger.  One suffering from alzheimers.  Three of my Mom's five siblings suffer from the dreaded mind robbing disease.  As did her father.  Her youngest sister died a few weeks ago at the young age of 69.  She had alzheimer's.  I firmly believe in my own mind that it robs the body as well.  It was a hard memorial service but made me very thankful for my mom and that her mind is intact at almost 80.  Sure she forgets things but don't we all.  She has to have a list.  So do I!
 Do the crime and do the time at my house.  These little "criminals" wrote on my car.  I am grateful it was with the end of a jump rope that was wrapped in duct tape.  It was first mentioned it was sidewalk chalk!  It came right off but they had to do the washing.  I supervised.
Our garden looks mahvelous!  We've been ahead of the weeds so far and anxiously awaiting harvest.  Especially the tomatoes and cucumbers.  I have bacon in the freezer for the BCT sandwiches.  I'm drooling thinking about them.  As you can see below the beans are up.  What kid doesn't like to drink from a hose?  We didn't have a hose per se going but the soaker hoses were on so getting a drink from them was the closest he could come to drinking from a hose.  I'm not sure how much he got.

School is OUT!  Bring on summer!  We had 3 first graders going to second grade, a second grader going to third, a seventh going to eighth, and a freshman going to sophomore.

But the one that got the most attention for the end of the year is the sixth grader finishing elementary school and heading to junior high.  This one made me tear up.  I remember him in kindergarten just yesterday.



The fair entries are due in 2 weeks and I still have 3 projects to get ready.  I didn't realize it was so soon.  I may not enter for the Niftiest Needler after all.  People, not things or hobbies so if my time is taken from my hobbies to study the American Revolution and make rootbeer or take trips to the library for special programs or play with origami with the kids, or, as in today, play paper dolls....so be it.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Where have I been?

Whoa....It's been over a month?  Really?  Where has the time gone?  Hmmm, take a walk with me over the last few weeks.                                                     
Yep, every Tuesday night and Saturday morning we're at the ball field.  I LOVE baseball games.  Especially at this age.  Three of our grandmunchkins are playing t ball and the games are guaranteed entertainment.  Last week our granddaughter scooped up a ball from her position in left field with the mitt on the left hand.  Her right hand was clutched in a fist which presented her with a dilemma.  She shook the mitt off, scooped up the dropped ball with her left hand and threw it in.  Her right hand was still clutched.  Her Mama and Daddy told her to put the rocks down!  It wasn't rocks.  It was a ladybug!
                                                    


 Ball day competition yielded a winner in running the bases!  She had the fastest time for her age group.

 One morning, before school, actually, on our way to school, the little 2nd grader begged me to come have lunch with her.  There is no way I'd pass that invitation.  So I rushed home, and the 3 year old and 1 year old and I baked cookies for our lunch.  We headed up to the school for the supposed 11 am lunch date.  Turns out lunch for 2nd graders is at 11:10 so we had plenty of time!

 The garden is in!  It meant a few trips to the nursery for plants, but I made sure there are plenty of "duck" tomatoes this year and we were only a week late getting the garden in.  Our target date is Mother's Day weekend.
 I've been spending time on pininterest looking for new ways to fix salmon.  Because there has been salmon almost every weekend coming home from the river and the bay.

 I was also invited to be a parent volunteer for my grandmunchkin's field trip to Ag Fest.  They have been studying farming and agriculture in their first grade class and the local high school FFA was putting on an Ag Fest .  Mommy and Daddy went on the other field trip and couldn't go on this one.  Imagine my delight when they got in my car waving permission slips and begging me to go.  I could have cried and there was no way I was saying no.  Our son, bless him, took care of the little ones and our daughter so I could go.  I am so blessed.




 Good things end in the spring.  Discovery Bible Club ended last week with car races and then a fire out back for roasting marshmellows and making s'mores.  The kids had so much fun and we had so much fun watching them.  It's been a wonderful year of learning and Bible memorization for these kids but a break over the summer is nice too.







 I can't decide if spring or fall is my favorite season.  It's a toss up.  One thing for sure, they are both busy and full of good things.  Spring is full bird baths and bubbles and playing in the water and planting gardens and t ball games and end of the year field trips.


 I did finish a wonderful knitting project and a rainbow swap.  This is Rays of Gold, an Elena Nodel pattern and it's knit from her yarn as well, Colour Adventures Glacier in Girly Fun DK.  All the details on my ravelry page.

Now you know where I've been!  I hope to be here a little more often but it is spring after all!  I do need to do a post about the wonderful rainbow swap we just finished up in the Itty Bitty group.  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

It's a short one

Short post without 100 photos.  No need for a cup of coffee to wade through this one.  I finished a few things.  This little tunic is "Lollipops and Raindrops" by Elena Nodel.  It's been in the WIP basket for a long time.  Almost too long since it isn't a mite too big.  If I'd waited a bit longer it might have been in the gift pile.  Details on ravelry.  I loved the pattern and it was a great stash buster.  There isn't yarn leftover!



 I finished another rainbow jacket.  I have had the pattern for almost 40 years and I've made numerous jackets.  Each time they are different no matter how much I try to copy a previous one.  This one I actually followed the pattern's instructions and hand sewed the binding down.  I've always machine sewed it before and it is almost impossible to get the stitching on the under side "in the ditch" but since it was a time saver I went with the imperfection.  This time I hand sewed it.  I will be hand sewing it from now on.  Although time consuming, the results were worth it!  This one is for my 3 year old granddaughter.  The smallest the pattern comes in is size 5 so it's destined for a fair entry first.