Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's Moved!

As Mom and I were heading to Newton, Iowa to vend at a Hook-In the crane guy (AKA my youngest brother Grant) showed up.
By 8:00 a.m. the shed was moved and put in place.................we had just finished setting our booth up.

My husband Dave took these photos with his phone and I am so proud of myself that I actually got them off my phone and onto this blog without an ounce of trouble!!

I do believe that this building is going to house Dad's dust collection system near the garage.

Empty space now where the new garage will go.  First the old cement will come up and then the dirt will be brought in so it can sit and settle all winter long.  I am very excited for Mom and Dad to have their new garage.  They have sacrificed greatly since we moved into the old garage.
Thanks Dad and Mom!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Construction Begins

The process has begun to move this little shed.  Dad is doing all the work himself.
I believe that he is getting the building so it is sturdy for the move.

I think the plan is to move this building over by the garage.  It's going to house his dust collection system for the woodworking shop.........I think?

The windows are out and the tree has been cut down.  

When the crane guy comes (my brother Grant) I hope to be around to take some pictures.
Well, I wasn't around when the crane guy came but my husband was.  The pictures are on his phone so as soon as I can figure how to get them off I will post those too.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fun Pillow

I fell in love with this pillow at the county fair this year.  I know the girl who made it and she always does wonderful work.
She made this pillow after one that she saw at her grandmother's house.  There is smocking involved with the gray wool fabric and I am not sure how she did the purple flower in the middle.  I do know that it was cut by hand.  
The purple wool came from our shop and is an as-is fabric.  The buttons are antique and you have two options for displaying the pillow.

I believe that her mother said that part of the pattern came from either McCalls or Simplicity patterns.  It came from Hobby Lobby.

Doesn't it just look vintage?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fair Time

4-H is always about having fun.  This year our club participated in "Share The Fun".  They performed a routine to California Girls by the Beach Boys and YES that's my son (daughter) in the middle.
He and his buddies were the "Western" girls.

Yes, a couple rubber balls and my bra can work wonders!!  You should have seen his legs.............not bad for a guy.  What a fun time they had!

Poultry Superintendents.........sounds prestigious.  Note how far I am holding that chicken from myself!!  The broilers tend to shoot out the back end...............learned the hard way. :)

Sam's pen of three pullets.  He got blue ribbons.

Drew and his pen of 3.  He got blues too.  
This is Drew's last fair as next year he will be at basic training for the Air Guard.

Always a fun time but am glad when it's over. :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Wools

Three new wools arrived last week.  They are amazing and look like they have been hand dyed.  
The brown is delicious and old looking.  I can't wait to use it.
The reds do look hand dyed but are not.  One is a little bit paler.  Both would be great for you stash.

New Books

The latest issue of A Primitive Place magazine is here.  It retails for $9.95

The latest book from Need'l Love.  
Felting, quilt, wool applique, rug's all there.
Book retails for $25.00

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Help

Natalie was responsible for the 3 pounds of bacon frying that went on and for helping with registration!
Thanks Nat. :)

Drew was responsible for registration, food and photos! 
Great job Drew.  How will we do it without you next year?

Sam is the parking, garbage and food guy!  You did great Sam.
Hope you don't have plans next year! :)

Then there is DAD!  What can I say.....................he is in charge of everything!  Flower beds, lawn mowing, clothes lines, tables, chairs and basically keeping mom in line. :)
Seriously, neither mom or I could do this without Dad.  
Thanks again Dad and we love you!

Cross Stitch Kits are ready..............FINALLY

We finally received everything we need to put these kits together.  Hooray!
Above:  Behind My Fence finished size 5x8 
Kit retails for $26.95

Alphabet Floral Sampler finished size 9 x 11.
Kit retails for $25.95

Salt Box Crow Sampler finished size 8.5 x 11
Kit retails for $24.95

The kits are "Grab and Go"  Everything is provided including the needle!

The Challenge Rugs 2011

Hooked by Karen Carey

These are the completed BYOP Challenge Rugs for 2011.  Aren't they wonderful?  I am not sure that I have everyone's name under the correct rug.  Next year I will do it differently so I remember!!  I love how they all looked different yet are the same.  Great Job ladies! 

Have you started the 2012 yet?  :)

Hooked by Virginia Morrow

Hooked by Caryn Linn

Hooked by Charlie Reeves

Hooked by Melanie Orr

Hooked by Avis Shirer

Hooked by Marge Huftalin, Ewe and Eye

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Recipes from BYOP 2012

You asked for it and I actually have it!  Here are the recipes from the BYOP 2012


1 6oz can lemonade
1 10oz frozen strawberries, thawed
3 large bananas sliced
1 16oz can crushed pineapple with juice
2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
2 T lemon juice

Boil water and sugar, cool.  
Add lemon juice.  Mix with fruit.
Put fruit in plastic cups 3/4 full. Freeze

One hour before serving take out of the freezer.

Double Batch made 25 c (9oz.)


1 medium head of cauliflower
1 medium head of cabbage ( I use the coleslaw that comes in a bag)
1 medium purple onion
1 pound of bacon


2 cups of mayo
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces, chop onion, fry bacon crisp, drain and crumble.  
Blend dressing ingredients.  
In large bowl layer cauliflower, 1/3 of dressing, the cabbage, 1/3 of dressing, then onion and rest of the dressing.  Sprinkle bacon pieces on top.
Do not stir until right before serving.  Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.  After several hours in refrigerator, remove liquid from the bottom of bowl (mine never sits that long for there to be juice)


2 (14oz) pkg. cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
1/2 c butter, melted
1 (120z) can evaporated milk
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, cubed
2 (1oz) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1 gallon mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
1 (16oz) carton frozen whipped topping (thawed)

In large bowl, combine cookie crumbs and melted butter.  Press into 2 13x9 pans.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  In small saucepan, combine milk, sugar, cubed butter and chocolate.  Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, about 12 minutes.  Remove from heat, cool completely.  Spread ice cream over each crust.  Spoon cooled chocolate sauce over top, evenly spreading to cover.  Freeze until firm.  Spread with whipped topping.  Desserts may be frozen for up to 2 months.  Remove from freezer 10 minutes before cutting.  Garnish with shaved chocolate.  Yield: 15-18 servings per pan.


Corn Bread

1 T. vegetable oil
3 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
2 c yellow cornmeal
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1 t salt


1 lb. bacon
1 pkg ranch style dressing
8 oz. sour cream
1 c. mayo
3 tomatoes chopped
1/2 c green pepper chopped
1/2 c green onions chopped
2-16oz cans pinto beans drained and rinsed
3 c shredded cheddar cheese
1-15oz can whole kernel corn

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Coat the bottom and sides of a 10-inch cast iron skillet with vegetable oil and place in the oven to heat.  In a medium bowl combine buttermilk and eggs, stir.  Add the cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Pour the batter into the hot skillet.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Let cool.

Fry bacon to crisp, drain and crumble.

In a medium bowl, combine the ranch dressing mix, sour cream, and mayo and mix well.  In another bowl, combine the tomatoes, bell pepper, and green onions to form a chunky salsa.  Crumble the cooled cornbread and place half in the bottom of a large serving bowl.  Top with half the pinto beans.  Layer half of the salsa mixture over the beans.  Follow with half of the cheese, bacon, and corn, and top with half of the dressing.  Make a second layer, ending with the dressing.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

There you have it.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me!

Happy baking.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


I wanted to show you some pictures of our BYOP before the ladies got there on Saturday morning!

We always hang the new patterns and specialty hand dyed wools on the clothesline.  They look beautiful just waving in the breeze.

More hand-dyed woolens.

Outdoor seating just outside the shop.

Strings of gourds.  Dad made these himself.  He drilled the holes and strung the gourds.
Sumac is from Dad's bush.

Gourds hung on the garage(shop) door.  Boxes below are filled with individual gourds.

Two large tents and tables so we can eat our lunch or sit outside and work.

Clothesline in the backyard.

Rummage Sale table.  All things related to rughooking, wool or hand made.

More sales and a little bit of a discussion.  :)

Parking lot on Dad's lawn..............Perhaps this is why we had THREE carloads of people ask us what was going on.  Garage Sale............oh please!!

More pictures to come.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Rugs

Single Flower.  Hooked by Marge Huftalin. Taught by Sharon Townsend.  Pattern by Ewe and Eye

Simple Sampler by Ewe and Eye/Threads That Bind.  Hooked by Elsie Ulland, Newton, Iowa

Geometric by Ewe and Eye/Threads That Bind.  Hooked by Elsie Ulland, Newton, Iowa

Hmmm.  Interesting Angle.  Picture by Drew.

Challenge Rugs

I am so sad.  I usually take a picture of every rug and this year the time got away from me and before I knew it half the rugs were gone.

I do have pictures of the Challenge Rugs for 2011 and will be posting those tomorrow.