Monday, May 16, 2016

So much going on!!!

How does one start when there has been such a lull???
Well I guess I back up to last month - and this month is already half over.
I don't know about you all but time goes so fast and you really don't realize it until you look back...scary!  It's like you don't have a feeling of 'time' - a week or 2 weeks seems like it was just a day or two ago...okay, I won't go there anymore...but it just seemed to hit me this past few weeks how fast time does go by.

So what has been happening in my neck of the woods - well, not a lot of interesting things but we did go down to TN to visit my sister again and it was so nice seeing her and her family. I miss my big sis being close but I don't have any control over where she lives...so we travel to see her.  
While there we stopped in at a wonderful place called 'The Gallery' and I found a wonderful large basket that is going to get some Geraniums in it.

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Two weeks ago we went to Springfield, IL for a wholesale trade show and we had time when we arrived the day before so we went to the Abraham Lincoln Museum and it was the BEST!!!  I love this kind of history and the museum left me with wanting more.
If you get to Springfield, go to the museum and his home - you won't be disappointed.
I won't show more than these three pictures as there were several.


























Lincoln's Home














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I did find just a couple things at the show and one is this doll that is for sale on my other site 'KM Primitives'.
http://kmprimitives.blogspot.com/



















She has beautiful red hair and carries a key around her neck.
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Well, Spring does not want to come and stay with us here in the mid-west, but we did take advantage of it last month to get the mulch down and trees trimmed and one cut down.  Good job done and we have our sons and grandsons to thank for it.

We had an ornamental Pear tree in the back corner and it seems to grow up so straight and ugly so we had our son Brett take it down....plus it was in the back and we never got to enjoy the flowers anyway.

























All finished and deciding who did the most work - no, they all worked themselves bone tired.















Eventually the flowers on the Service Berry bush came out but it was so windy and rainy that they fell of almost as soon as they came on. (these are not this years Service Berry's)






























There are now flowers planted in this area















Our son Dan caught this shot of Aidan under a bush - he quietly peeked around the corner of the house to get the shot - I love it.











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And again it is Rhubarb season and yesterday I baked my first 
Rhubarb cake (recipe is above under 'Favorite Recipes')

















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Oh my gosh - I think my mind has kind of gone wonky as well from those pain meds...Know what this is?
















It's one of these!!!  The little plastic drip tray for under the George Forman grill that I use for making Panini sandwiches  :(





















I went to make Panini sandwiches Saturday and after I turned it on we smelled this plastic odor - hummmm - lifted the lid and sure enough - a perfectly formed tray totally melted but fortunately it pulled right off - and YES, I let the grill get hotter and hotter to burn off any odor.
But the sandwiches turned out delicious as usual
















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Aidan did take his First Communion and it brought tears to my eyes - we were so proud and blessed by it.
He was chosen to carry the wine.







Taking Communion





















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And lastly - I have Two more Punch Needle designs on my KM Primitives site and am almost finished with another.
http://kmprimitives.blogspot.com/

This one is Peahen & Posies

And this one is Watering Can & Purple Coneflowers

Thanks again for stopping by - I will hopefully get some time to do some Blog hopping later today and visit you all!
Karen

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Happy Tuesday to you all!

Not such good weather here lately - lots of wind and rain for days. But it makes for good sewing and being inside.

BEFORE I FORGET....being 'blogger' or 'google' deleted many people from posting comments and also made many people a 'no-reply' so we can't reply to their comment I would like it if you want a reply to your comment below your comment, to put a capital R at the end of your comment.  It would help me an awful lot to get back to you or leave your email for me - somehow let me know how I can get back to you.

I am still working on orders so I have been busy with that but in some down time I did get a new design made up from an adaption of one of my penny rugs.
My latest one is the Bee Skep and Purple Coneflower.
Getting my designs adapted into punch needle is a very time consuming feat so it is slow going for me.
I'm hoping to get the PDF made this week yet and get it listed on my selling sites.

Being Spring is 'supposed' to be here I have added my Strawberries again to my selling site.

Years ago when Doug and I went to Florida bought a jacket for our now 26 year old Jesse - and it has been handed on down to all the little guys since.

He and his grandma Jamie stopped over the other night and so we gave it to Zayne - it was his turn to have it....it's a tad too large for him but come early Fall he will fit it perfectly.


Our grandson Aidan will take his first communion the end of the month and they had a rehearsal of tasking the wine...

Aidan also has glasses now for reading!!

We haven't been anywhere to purchase anything new for the house, mainly because of being busy and also we just don't need anything else!
But we did get out on Friday for a rotten rainy day getaway and went to Gurnee Mills to see how that place has changed over the years since we had last been there - forgot how HUGE that place is and we walked the entire place. Needless to say when you reach the end YOU HAVE TO WALK BACK lol

After purchasing a pair of summer Keds we stopped at the Rainforest Cafe for a late lunch and to get more energy for the walk back.












I did a counted cross stitch way back in 1988 on one of the first 'girls trips' to Lancaster, PA.
It is Central Market in downtown Lancaster. It's one of my favorite pieces I have stitched but didn't like the frame after so many years so I re did it last week and like it much better. It might need a mat but not sure - what do you think?

That's all I have for this week.
Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week

Karen


Monday, March 14, 2016

Been rather busy the past few weeks!


Been a productive few weeks.

Got a couple orders mailed and also working on the last of a wholesale order, then on to more orders.
My diamond style penny rugs have been a big seller lately so there are lots of pennies floating around the homestead.  I have 3 orders for them, plus other styles, so I cut out and placed in stacks of 3, for the diamond ones that is –  I need an assembly line!

Last week we took a 3 day get-away to TN to visit my sister and her family.
My brother and sister in-law went with us and besides visiting with the family we got to enjoy some of that wonderful southern hospitality and warm 70+ degree weather.
Monday the 7th was our sister’s 76th birthday so we wanted to be there on her birthday. It was a bittersweet visit and all too short.
Our sister isn’t doing very well but she was able to visit a bit with us and I had taken along 2 doz. chocolate cupcakes for the family and we enjoyed having some for her birthday as well.


















Over a month ago I made some more sweet potato garlands.
I’m going to put them on my selling blog later today so if you are interested, go and check  them out.
I used hickory nuts still in the pod along with faux pecans.









I also made one of my favorite designs into a pattern – it is now on the pattern page of my selling blog


















I’m in the process of making some of my designs into punch needle and this cone-flower is one of them.
















Saturday was our granddaughter Emily’s 18th birthday. For those that could make it there was a birthday breakfast at her favorite 50’s diner.
It’s so hard to believe she is 18 and will graduate this June and then it’s off to college!




































I also made some round penny mats for my wholesale customer and when all orders are filled I’m hoping to make some to sell….they are fun and easy.  Here’s just a couple – I have more colors


















I think that’s it for me this post – hope to have more at a later date.
I noticed I have lost many, many followers but a huge thanks to those who are sticking with me…I appreciate it!

Karen

Friday, February 12, 2016

A few new things

Sorry I haven’t been around much these past couple months.
Seems I always have good intentions but then the next minute I say “nope – need to get other things done first”.  Do you do that?  When I do I get more and more behind coming here to visit with you all.  I will try my best to change that because I really miss what you are sharing with us.

So…last Saturday we headed out for Pennsylvania to the Market Square wholesale show.
This was my first outing since my surgery.  Wasn’t sure if I could do it but I wouldn’t know unless I did it.
I had a few ouchie moments but they went away as quickly as they came.  I did amaze myself at my stamina with all the standing and walking for 2 days.
We have been looking for almost 2 years for a cupboard of some kind for my wool and this time we found it.
It’s the 2nd piece we have from this couple who makes wooden cupboards.  Red Fox Primitives out of Kutztown, PA.
One thing we liked about it was the depth of it. Sometimes you find one and it’s just the 12 inch depth from the one board.
It’s showing up blue but it actually looks like a dark teal – so it’s painted a dark aqua with a black over coat.



These 2 sweet lil ole ladies will be up for sale on my selling blog a bit later today.

And I finally found some unfinished wood boards for punch needle.

I don’t use too much brown in my home but this throw looked so rich and would make a nice table throw for winter.

We did a bit of shopping in Lancaster before we headed home.

Found this wooden box that I will use for my punch needle supplies.

We will start making gourd garlands this summer and found these faux nuts to string with the gourds.
Last time we were in PA we found 4 lb. bags of bay leaves at Amish Trader – great for using between the gourds or whatever drieds we use.

So that was our quick jaunt to PA…..on with other things.

A friend of mine asked me if I could make a penny rug for her from a kit she had purchased so I said yes I would do it.
It has become a favorite of mine!!!  I love all the dark colors used plus the dark gold velvet binding.

Some of the colors stop and another color starts up and sometimes there’s just one different color in with a row of a single color. My husband thought it to be incorrect but it’s how the design went.


When I was in the hospital my husband had the guest bed brought down to our room and put the poster bed in the basement. There’s no way I could have managed getting in to the high poster bed.  As it was I needed help in the regular bed.  But saying all this I was working up to the fact that I love this bed….I don’t want the poster bed back but we need to get the bed back up in the guest room and time for me to use our bed again (with a stool of course)
I love the old look it has.

That’s it for me this time around – hope I can come up with more worthy posts in the future.

Blessings to all
Karen