girls weekend away

In early April, I met up with my mom and sister, my aunt and cousin in Ellensburg and we had girls weekend away!  We have done this every spring for quite a few years and it is always fun! On the way to Ellensburg I made a stop at Palouse Falls State Park. I had heard it was pretty spectacular with all the spring rains and runoff.  I wasn’t disappointed, it was beautiful! The amount of water coming over the falls was amazing and the hills surrounding were starting to green up.  If you ever get a chance to stop and check it out this spring do, it is worth the 2 miles in on the gravel road.

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The next day us girls traveled up north to Birch Bay, WA.  It was raining and continued for the most part of the stay!  That didn’t stop us from exploring the area.  We pretty much stopped at every antique shop from Birch Bay to Bellingham and even found a few fabric and yarn shops!  I love to shop for antiques, it is so much fun and if you look long enough you can find some treasures.  I really like listening to mom and my aunt talk when they shop.  So many things bring back memories of their past and then they laugh and giggle telling us about it.  I love this time together, we talk, eat junk food and chocolate, laugh and have no place to go or schedule to keep.  We just pile in the suburban, I drive and my copilot sister, tells me where to turn.

The day is was supposed to not rain too much, we drove into Canada.  We explored White Rock and walked out on the pier.  It was a little windy and chilly but no rain!  the second stop in Canada was at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  It is such a fun place. we all walked across the bridge and then my sister, cousin and I explored the treetops and the hiking paths. It’s not really hiking but walking along the canyon on a boardwalk. You should check this place out if you are ever in Vancouver BC.

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On our way home, it just happened that is was the only sunny day day of the entire trip! It worked out great for us to stop at Roozengaarde Tulip Farm in Mt. Vernon. The tulips were just coming into bloom and the daffodils were in full bloom. In past years, we drove by and viewed the  fields from the car, but since not all the fields were in bloom, we stopped at the garden and boy was it worth it! Lots of pretty gardens with spring flowers and fields in bloom close by.  They also sell fresh cut tulips, of which I purchased and brought home for Easter.

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In this last picture, I have the tulips in 3 tumblers I picked up at an antique shop. Just one of the treasures I found on the trip!  Looking forward to the next girls weekend!

 

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Enjoy the many laughs and joyous times you spend with family.  God will bring these memories to your mind and it will bring joy and sweet smiles to your soul when you need it the most.

 

 

 

 

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knitting an afghan

I decided to make the step in my knitting and try to make an afghan! It was a success! I am a collector of pattern books of any type, knitting, crocheting, and quilting, so I looked and sure enough I had a book for quick and easy afghans.  I would never buy something that is difficult and that took forever, although it seems to take me forever to complete anything! I received some great advice from my sister in-law about what kind of yarn to buy and I used 5 one pound skeins and super big circular needles, size 17.   I wanted to make it bigger so I added stitches on the needle and made it longer.  It is a big afghan!

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The amazing thing is that it took only 3 months to knit and I knitted mostly in the evenings.  I love when it gets big enough to keep me warm when I work on it in the cold winter evenings! I used two strands of yarn and it did give me a frustrating issue. The two strands just kept getting twisted.  If anyone has a solution to this, let me know, because it would probably take a week off the project.

 

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I had a deadline and that is always a motivator for me.  The afghan was to be a surprise gift for my daughter on her birthday! I got it done and she loved it! Here are a few pictures of it in her home!

 

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Apparently, her cat likes it as well!

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Hannah on her birthday with her boyfriend and her afghan!

 

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Makes my heart happy!

 

 

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a quilt for carson

The quilt is done and at its home so I thought I had better get some pictures posted!

 

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This quilt had been sitting on my quilt table since last Spring waiting for me to finish it!  I have had a hard time this last year finding time to work in my sewing room.  So, this January I made a resolution to spend at least 1 day a week sewing!  So far I have done pretty good! Some weeks I get a couple days and others not, I’m hoping it will even out through the year.

 

 

I had lots of fun paper piecing the tractor and the letters on the backing.  I had never done paper piecing and it was challenging but fun. I will definitely try it again.  I think the back turned out so great, I just love it!

 

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made for my little farmer carson, with lots of love, grandma

 

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Here he is, my grandson Carson on his quilt.

 

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Happy Birthday Carson! Soon to be 2 at the end of this month!

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being a grandma…

I really never thought of what comes with the reality of being a grandma. As I reflect on the grandmas in my own life, they were both very different as were my mom and my mother in-law. Both my grandmas were stay at home moms, one with a smallish family, and the other one a rather large family, they both lived very nearby. They were part of my growing up. My children’s grandmas were also nearby. My mom was a farm wife, just like me and my mother in-law, a school teacher. Two very different women but equally devoted and God-loving grandmas. I am finding out that I am very much like my mom and her mom at being a grandma. That is a reality that I am quick to embrace, in fact it’s the most natural path for me to take.

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For me right now, it is being available to care for my grandson while his mom is working. It is pretty convenient for us all, his dad and grandpa get to see him throughout the day and as he gets older he will be able to venture out with his dad. I’m not going to say that it is the most effortless task because I just don’t seem to be able to get everything done like I used to when my kids were little. I have to adjust my schedule and priorities, and you know it’s really not a bad thing to do. Investing my time into the lives of our grandchild and our nieces children has given me so many wonderful experiences and memories and I am just getting started.  I have so many more adventures to make with them.  As I dream, I can picture trips to the cabin, boating and camping, oh so much fun!

As I look out my windows, through the fingerprints, and slobber marks, I laugh and think, I should really wash those windows before company comes. I still like a clean and clutter free home, but it has been one of those priorities that goes further down the list of things to do. Instead I have a toy basket, a high chair for our bar and those possessions I treasure are moved to higher places. My car has car-seats varying from toddler to a booster, my patio has a tricycle and a wagon and I need to have on hand lots of bubbles and sidewalk chalk. Cookies are made and helping me make them is always fun.  They just have to see the wheat being ground into flour, and then patiently wait for them to get out of the oven. Milk and cookies, always a good thing!

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Mothers Day is coming up and I want to express how much I appreciate how you have shown me what it is to be a grandma. Your selfless and loving actions are what I will strive for as I am journeying down this road.

a grandma…one who desires to care and love the little ones and enjoy life through the eyes of babes.

 

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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little pretty bags

I found a cool little Lollipop Bags pattern in a quilt shop last fall and so far have made probably a dozen of them and given most of them away as gifts.  I simplified it by not adding the handle or rosette. I love the contrasting triangle, it just gives it that little extra a little bag needs.

They make perfect little gifts and it takes only a couple fat quarters of material and a piece of fusible batting and a zipper.   I made one at first and then decided to make at least three at a time.  It goes so much faster when I use, as I like to call it, the assembly line method.

 

 

I wanted to make a bag for myself that I could put my essential oils in without the glass bottles hitting each other.  So I did some thinking and measuring and added elastic that would hold the bottles secure.  It works pretty well, although I will adjust the elastic higher for the next bag I make.

I was using one of the bags for my knitting. It is a perfect size for scissors, darning needles and anything small.  My needles however, needed a longer bag to keep them secure. So I used the same technique as the other bags without the contrasting fabric and made it long enough for my longest wood needle. I just love it, now my needles are safe and not lost on the bottom of my big knitting bag.

Now to get busy and make something with my needles other than dish cloths!

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some pics from the ocean get away…..

 

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its spring and the wheat is growing…

The days have been getting warmer and longer.  The fields are turning green and the wheat is taking in the sunshine and rain.  Mark has a great way of expressing it, God is irrigating the wheat for us again!  Praise God, because we need the rain and the sunshine.  The farm work gets kicked into high gear in the spring, as the weeds also start to shoot up.  Farming is so much like life. Just when I’m feeling good about how life is going, something will  come up and make me doubt and complain.  Just like all those weeds in my wheat field, I need to get rid of the doubt and stop the complaining.

Mark has been putting in long hours on the sprayer getting rid of those weeds and giving the wheat a boost with some fertilizer. We should see the results soon with the wheat shooting up and the weeds getting knocked out.  Just like the wheat, I need help getting back on track, for me that means spending more time with Jesus.

 

Here are some shots I took of Mark spraying and the growing wheat fields.

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I took this one this morning!  It was a beautiful day today.

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Quilting is still going on….

I managed to work on a wall quilt/table topper, right now it is on the wall.  It has been in the works for a while, but I wanted it done before Easter and it was.  I used fabric I had in my stash.  I just love it when I don’t have to run to town to finish a project. It pays to buy fabric even when I don’t know at the time what it is going to be for. Gotta have a good stash to be a quilter!

 

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Carson’s Quilt…

is almost ready to be quilted.  I just need to move my frame back in the house and get started.  It will have to wait for a little while though, I am going on a girls trip only with my mom, aunt, sister and cousin to the Oregon coast for a few days.  I’m sure I will have some pictures to share when I get back.  The wheat will be even taller and greener!

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progressing slowly….

I thought I had better share with you my slow progress with Carson’s quilt.  I have been working on some blocks that will be the main focus. It has been fun and challenging.

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Last fall I had visited family in Nebraska and my aunt showed me a quilt that had barns on it.  I asked her where she got the patterns for the barns and it was in an Eleanor Burns quilt book on American Barns.  It took me awhile to find a book, but finally found one on her website,  I should have looked there first!

I reworked a barn so it would look similar to our own barn and made the silo look more like a grain bin.

 

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The ruler on the book was a must for the next block. I wanted a tractor pattern and found one on Craftsy.  It was a paper pieced pattern that looked difficult, but it was the only one I liked so it just had to be done.  The only experience I have with paper piecing has been at a one hour class many years ago.  So the next best teacher is the internet and I found a YouTube video.  The Add-A-Quarter ruler was the main tool she suggested and I have to say it was worth the money.  I looked locally at a couple of fabric stores but to no avail, so Amazon is where I picked one up.

This is my work in progress.

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This week is Holy Week and Easter is coming. I have lots to do in preparing for Resurrection Sunday. We will have family here on the farm and Church to celebrate our Risen Lord, and of course a feast to prepare and eat together!

It is still pretty cold here, but I managed to take a few pictures of some spring flowers that are making their appearance in my flower beds.

 

He is Risen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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