Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lot's of berries!

 
 

My Amish friend's berries were ready to be picked, and ....
 
 
....as you can see, I've been quite busy in the kitchen....no time for quilting this week! 
 
This is a short and "sweet" post! Hope you are having a great week!
 
Hug's, Carolyn 


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Birthday America!

 



Hip, hip, hurrah, a parade!
Special festivities this weekend ranging from parades, family gatherings and barbecues......
.....and fun displaying my patriotic quilts.

My friend "Marge" designed this adorable "Victory" quilt for Molly-- her American school girl doll.
Marge also designs other beautiful quilts and has won many awards and blue ribbons. She is a history buff on antique quilts and has a lovely collection. Visit her blog: American School Girls Quilt and enjoy her posts!
 Ready for brunch on the 4th of July!
I have been quilting with 10 ladies from church every Wednesday morning. We are hand quilting this quilt--- all 50 states have been embroidered with dates, flower and bird symbols of their state.  We have so much fun visiting as we quilt...one delightful lady is 93!!!!   
Enjoy this vintage picture and
 have a fun and safe 4th of July!
 
xoxox,
Carolyn  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It that time again!



Front porch, veranda and lower level sitting

Our front flower pot is full with a variety of flowers to enjoy. 

So is the hanging basket. 

Our fern is getting bigger..... I think it's a happy plant! 

 
Our veranda....one of my favorite places to relax... work on counted cross stitch, quilting projects and sometimes, read a good book. 

The lower level patio is good for sitting, too!

 
Herbs are planted and ready for cutting.
We have visitors--- "Finches" !
Besides planting herbs, flower pots and hanging baskets,  I have been working on...more
"Crazy Chicken" casserole placemats....they are on the go as you can see!
....Perhaps they are openings in the heavens where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.
Have a wonderful weekend remembering our loved ones past and present.
 
Hugs, Carolyn
 
 


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mothers Day!

 
 
 

 
 
 
1942
Mom and me
 
Dear friends,
Wishing you a very special day!
 
xoxox,
 
Carolyn


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Baby Eagles nest and Spring Chickens!


 
 
 
This cartoon was in Sunday's paper --thought I would share with you. The Decorah Eagles have 3 chicks that have hatched. View these beautiful birds as they take care of their young in this live Decorah camalerts    
 

Speaking of birds...this is my "Spring Chicken" designed by Meme's Quilts. This pattern is on page #8 on her web-site.  I've had the pattern for awhile and needed a quick fun project ....hoping the weather here in Iowa would warm up. LOL!!!


Even though it's very cool...the grass is greening up and the Service Berry trees are blooming. Hopefully, next week will warm up so we can shop for flowers and plant them :)

            Earth Day at the Des Moines Botanical Garden
 
I'm a member of The Des Moines Herb Study Group. Earth Day was last week. Zoe, one of our members, was in charge of setting up  our wonderful Fairy Garden display at the Des Moines Botanical Garden-----. others members assisted her.. 


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                                                                       Zzzzzzzz!



 
 The world is very old. Each spring it grows young again and " Fairies" sing. Each herb has its own "Fairy" to take care of it!
 
Hope "Spring" is popping up for all of you. For now---- we here in Iowa have to make our own sunshine!
 
Hugs,
Carolyn
 



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Here comes Peter Cottontail!

 It's that time of the year! Birds chirping, bunnies hopping, bushes and trees are starting to bud and the grass is staring to turn green!
 
 
It's spring inside, too!  

  
 
 
 Lori of Humble Quilts hosted a doll quilt swap a month ago. Our instructions were: 24" X 24" or smaller Civil War reproduction with label.
 Cathy made me this adorable quilt. She found the pattern from  Kathy Tracy's doll quilt book: 
 
My exchange partner was Randy of Barrister's Block .
This is the little doll quilt I made for her, using my handy "Quick & Easy Block Tool" from
C&T Publishing. Each block measures 4 square inches.
  

And of course--- Miss Abbie...wishes you
"Happy Easter!"
 
 ^ | ^  


Thursday, March 20, 2014

I'm way over due for a post!

 



After a long winter--let's celebrate
inside..for now!

   
  
My new table topper " Spring Pavers" was fun to make. Country Threads Quilt Shop located in Garner, Iowa designed this pattern.
 
 
Yesterday, I received a lovely packed from "Lesley".  
She knew I enjoy decorating for Christmas and sent me this cheerful table topper.
 
 The back of the quilt is beautiful too.....so special. "Thank You, Lesley!" 


 
I have been working on cream, tan and beige 12 inch blocks and will use them in a quilt, incorporated with blocks I'm receiving, in a monthly Australia block swap exchange.  
  
For now, we can plan "think green" and look forward to "SPRING"!
Hugs, Carolyn