Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fall is in the air

I love Fall! I enjoy the cool nights and the cool mornings. It makes me feel full of energy................well, after a couple cups of coffee that is. I took this photo at the shop. We had a bad wind storm and it blew the apples off of Dad's apple tree. These were sitting in a bucket waiting.................not sure what they were waiting for? I think Mom thought the apples would magically turn into applesauce or something?! Anyway, the raindrops looked awesome on the apples so I took a quick picture.

The cool weather always makes me get ready for winter. I have several projects going now and I am not working on any of them. I am hoping one of these days I will feel like getting back in the swing of things!! How about you? Are you working on lots of projects? No projects? Or just drinking coffee and LOOKING at the projects like me?

First Day of School

Summer is gone and school has officially started. We always take a picture the first day of school. On the left is Natalie, a SENIOR and on the right is Sam, an 8th grader. Now one might wonder where is Drew? Well, he is still in bed.............even though he was called numerous times to get up!! He struggles to get up and go to bed!! Lots of adjusting for him this year. :) Hats off to a great school year!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sad News

It is with great sadness that I am telling you this news. Charla Sackman, from Orange City, suddenly passed away a few days ago. Charla was a 1st time attendee at our BYOP. For those of you that may not remember her she was stitching in the living room. I posted a picture of this bright orange poppy as it reminded me of Charla's personality.......BRIGHT and CHEERFUL!! Charla was a young 54 years old! Please remember her family as they deal with the sudden loss of a mother and wife. God Bless you and your families and enjoy every moment of every day :)
Marge and Beth

Friday, August 13, 2010

Recipes from BYOP

Elsie Ulland hooked this rug and it is by Vermont Folk Rugs. Sorry but I don't know the name.
Have a really great weekend.

As per request I am posting the 2 recipes that I used at the BYOP. I will have to get the others from Mom. Hope you enjoy.

Cabbage Salad

1 medium head cauliflower

1 bag cabbage (coleslaw, already comes shredded in bag)

1 medium purple onion

1 lb. bacon


2 c. mayonnaise

1/3 c. sugar

1/3 c. parmesan cheese

salt and pepper

Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces, , chop onion finely, fry bacon crisp, drain and crumble. Blend dressing ingredients. In large bowl layer cauliflower, 1/3 dressing, cabbage, 1/3 dressing then onion and rest of dressing. Sprinkle bacon on top. Do not stir until right before serving. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Taco Salad

1 head of lettuce (I usually throw in Spinach and other dark greens as well)

1 can red kidney beans (I rinse mine)

1 lb. hamburger browned and taco seasoning added

1 bottle of french dressing

1 bag of Doritos crunched

Tear lettuce, add cooled meat, beans and toss lightly. Add enough dressing to suit your taste. Finally, toss with chips. You can also add black olives, sour cream to top, and cheese.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

For The Love of Pincushions

I took this photo awhile back when I was searching for something to write about on the blog. This is a very small sampling of the pincushions that Mom has collected over the years. I walk in the living room occasionally and just look at the different color reds. Some are old and some are new.................colors that is. How about you do you have a collection of pincushions? I was lucky enough to find one for $8 at an antique shop. It was just sitting by itself. The patina is wonderful and Mom only wishes that she saw it first!! I will get a photo for you so you can drool as well!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New book by Maggie

If you are familiar with Maggie B. then you know how wonderfully primitive her projects are. Her latest book Comfort Zone takes you back to when life was simplified. The book includes bed covers, hooked rugs, pillows, table runners and whimsical sewing items.
The book retails for $26.95

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New School.....New State.....Family Vacation

Going to college is always a little scary but it's even harder when it is so far away. Jenny changed universities and it is all a good thing! She will be a sophomore at UWF in Pensacola, Florida. We just returned from taking her and took in some fun along the way. We traveled through Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi before reaching Florida. I think we stopped at every Produce stand there was between Missouri and got to be a joke. We have eaten more fruit in the last 7 days! I think it would be accurate to say things are moving rather well at our house! :) We even tried the local boiled peanuts, aka Goober peas. We were told we would get addicted to the peanuts.....................we're still waiting! :)

We did get one full day at the beach. Sun, a hand at driving a jet ski (saved our coins when we found out Jenny was going to Florida), collecting sea shells, floating in the ocean, more sun, and getting stung by a jelly fish........that was Natalie's near death experience. Hee Hee. We all had a great time, got Jenny settled, cried a few tears and began our trek home. Praise the Lord for safe travels.

I saw this big watermelon in the distance and thought it was advertising produce so we stopped. It was called Watermelon Patch but had nothing to do with produce but more shoes than you could shake a stick at!! The guys thought I planned it.............nice surprise!

BYOP rug show

Well, I may be getting older but not always wiser! After several new posts I FINALLY figured out how to get several photos on one post and it was by accident!! Live and Learn I guess! Here are a few of the rugs ladies brought to the BYOP. I don't know all the designers or names of the rugs so please forgive me.
Designed and hooked by Charlie Reeves

Primitive Sunflower by Star Rug Company, Hooked by Avis Shirer

Hooked by Beth Haley

Hooked by Ginny Morrow

"Funky Chickens" by Vermont Folk Rugs, hooked by Elsie Ulland

"My Best Day" by VFR, hooked by Elsie Ulland

"Sunday Social" by Ewe and Eye/Threads That Bind, hooked by Elsie Ulland

2009 Challenge Rug (Flower Beds)

I love the Challenge Rug. It is so fun to see how one pattern can be hooked in soooooo many different ways. You ladies are very creative. Keep those juices flowing!!! I can't wait to see what you are doing with next years challenge!!

Hooked by Elsie Ulland

Hooked by Karen Carey

Love the tourquoise in this rug. It adds a great spark!

Hooked by Avis Shirer (Joined At The Hip)
Who doesn't love hit and miss?

Hooked by Charlie Reeves


DOOR PRIZE............stuffed tomato made from red velvet. When I saw it sitting in Karen's hooking box I couldn't resist a photo. Of course, none of this would be possible without the expertise from Grandpa. Dad worked many hours in the garden and on the lawn for our event. He also hauled tables, helped serve lunch and then cleaned up! What more could we ask for............move out of your shop so we can have a bigger space...............just kidding!!!! Love you lots Dad and many thanks for all your hard work!
Yes, these guys are important too. They took money, hauled hooking equipment, parked cars and waited on ladies. Thanks guys!

BYOP pics

Parking with curb side assistance!! Homemade Cinnamon rolls and coffee to start the day.
Lunchtime..............Yummy salads and a great chocolate dessert!

Sharon T. eating her lunch in the quiet of the garden. Everyone needs a little solitude. I am glad to know that Sharon's feet don't touch the ground either! :)

TAG SALE...........I think almost everyone took home someone else's goodies. :)


BYOP pics

Pictures of the BYOP like I promised......Outside of the shop stitching, hooking and punching. Outside on Mom's deck hooking and taking in the glorious gardens.
Inside the house hooking at the kitchen table.

Ladies, ladies the living room.

Spot dyes, hand dyes.............oh my.