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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Just checking in

I have a bunch of projects I'm working on and trying to get done for Christmas.  I hope to have them completed before Thanksgiving.  I just found an adorable snowman flannel panel that I'm going to make some quick lap quilts with to save some money this year.  No problem, I have tons of flannel to make borders and lots of backing.  Except that apparently my box of flannels is still in storage in CA so I will have to go and pick up some yards of flannel.  Oh well.  It won't be too much though and I'll get several gifts out of it.

I have plenty of fat quarter Christmas fabric that I plan on making into table runners and placemats also.  I have enough batting to be able to do all of this and enough to baste the next twin size quilt that I'm working on for one of the littles.

I also need to quilt my son's quilt for his room.  I finished the top for his birthday in July and still have to quilt it. 

I hope to have pictures up later this weekend or early next week.

Happy quilting!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lots to do!

This summer was full of things to do.  Lots to do around here on this little homestead.  I still have another bed to clean out of weeds and its almost winter!

I spend the summer taking kids to playdates and of course, swimming.  I worked on some projects inside and outside of the house.  The garden kept me busy, although it was small and didn't really produce a lot with all of the rain we received this spring.

My dad came for two weeks and he worked on a lot of projects.  He put up motion lights outside the barns (it gets really really dark out there without any outside lights), fixed the leaky shower, and power washed the deck. 

My mom was here a few weeks ago and we went to Walnut Grove MN to visit the Laura Ingalls Museum.

So all of this plus working in the garden has kept us really busy.  I was able to make 20 batches of spaghetti sauce and 6 batches of chili.  I was really disappointed with the cucumbers.  I only got 8 pints of pickles.  I have enough tomatoes to make some salsa so that's on the list this week.  My pumpkins are really small but I may be able to save the sugar pumpkins and get some pumpkin frozen from them.  I also got enough apples off the trees for us to eat quite a few, although I have no idea what kind they are.  I think one tree may be macintosh.  I didn't spray them and they  have never been pruned, so although we got a lot of apples, they are tiny.  I made one batch of apple butter and another is going in the crockpot tomorrow.

So, my sewing has been little.  I also got a job teaching online to high school history homeschool students.  I have to write the curriculum though and I've been so busy I haven't really started.  So, that is my project these next few weeks.  I hope that I can about sixty lessons done in about four weeks time.  I have other things to do!!