Saturday, July 30, 2011

Abbey's Quilt!

While my daughter Abbey was home for a week, she decieded that she wanted to learn how to make a jean quilt to keep in her car for ball games, picnics etc.  She wanted it big enough to wrap up in but small enough to be folded up in her car.  Soooooo we gathered up some old jeans that were not wearable anymore and got to cutting and sewing.  This is the result:

As you can see, we used jeans that were dark, faded and patched.  She tied each corner with yarn to hold the batting together.  Here is a picture showing a part of the backing she picked out:

She picked out a striped pastel flannel.  It is so soft and very pretty!  It really turned out cute and she plans on making another one on her own.

This is a picture of Abbey with her puppy, Paxton.

The county fair starts tonight with the parade.  It will be a busy week for all the exhibitors and 4-H/FFA kids showing thier animals.  Our kids were 4-H members while growing up and now they are all grown up and done with that.  I remember this coming week being so awful busy but some of the best memories. I will try to get some pictures of the fair and post them.  It is always a fun time!

Hope your weekend is going good.  I will have two more quilts to show in the weeks ahead to stay tuned :) 


Monday, July 25, 2011

Where Have I Been??????

Oh my Goodness!  I cannot believe I haven't posted since July 4th!!  Life has just gotten away from me and I have been soooo busy here on the farm and enjoying the summer (tho NOT the heat and humidity!)  I hope your summer is going well.  Isn't it going by so fast?  I cannot believe that it is the end of July and many schools will be starting before we know it. 

Here on the farm, the guys are busy irrigating and putting up hay.  They try to irrigate early morning and later on in the evening.  We have several center pivots but still have quite a bit of gated pipe that needs the gates opened and closed.

The last week of June and early part of July, I headed to Colorado to spend a week with my sweet "baby girl".  We had a good time visiting.  The first day I got there - we added a "berm" to her front yard. We edged it in landscaping bricks, planted flowers and added some cute yard art.  I am sad to say that I did not take one before or after picture of the project but it really makes her yard look nice.

The next day we headed to Hammond's.  Hammond's is a candy factory that has been there since 1920.  They make the BEST candy canes - the old fashioned way - in so many different flavors.  They have a tour that you can go on and see the workers making candy all day long.  Once again, I forgot to take my camera so I don't have a pictures to show but you can "click" on the link above and they have videos of the candy being made.  Their Candy Canes are sold at alot of stores including Hobby Lobby, Cabelas, Macy's, and Cracker Barrel.  They make other candies as well as the canes.  Of course, after the tour we had to visit the sweet shop and bring home bags of goodies!!

After we left Hammond's we headed to the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall. They have antique mall's at Pheonix, Omaha, Denver, Kansas City and Des Moines. Plan on spending a whole day when you go to visit! There is so many fun things to see and buy :)  After looking for about 2 hours, I spied with my little eyes this treasure:

This is a seed display cabinet from the Nebraska Seed Company, Omaha, Nebraska!

This is a close up of the decal on the top of the cabinet:

See the wire holders that held the seed packets?  I want to hang it on the wall and put knick knacks on the shelves.  You can also see the round rings stained into the wood where cans of something (seeds??) sat.  I think it is a treasure - especially since I found it in Denver and I am from Nebraska.

The case closes so possibly it was a traveling case and there are swing locks on each side of it.  There are also holes on the top of the case so maybe it was hung in a store.

On the back are these words:  This case is Property of Nebraska Seed Co, Omaha, Nebraska and must not be disposed of or sold!

This is it closed up.

We also took the light rail downtown and shopped one day, ate at Jason's Deli (yummy) and visited the old Union Station.  We went to the Park Meadows and Southlands Malls and did more shopping in the days to follow.  I found a fun mirror at Cali and Mo's, a fun boutique that has antiques and vintage clothing.

Well, as you can see we had a great week!  Went out to eat as much as possible, shopped alot and had a great time together. 

I will have more posts on what I have been up to including a couple of quilts to show you!!

Thanks for not giving up on me and until next time - enjoy your summer!!


Monday, July 4, 2011


Happy Birthday, America!!  Sorry I have been away for soooo long but I spent a week in Colorado visiting my daughter!  I had a great time and was on the go the whole time.  Here is a Birthday card I made before I left.  Just perfect for those July Birthdays.

I hope you all have a wonderful day today and's back to work for me.  Enjoy the day and Happy 4th!