Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rylee's Room

 My niece Rylee is finally getting her own room! It's not a very big room so Brad and I tackled the painting, well the first coat anyway and ceiling. I didn't get a "before" picture but it's not great with just one coat so Kristin and Sara helped the next day. We added a purple stripe at the top of the wall because there were so many colors up there that the paint would not cover. I guess the last 3 to paint didn't know how to edge the ceiling to the wall. I found pink, lavender and brown. The brown would not cover and Kristin has banned wallpaper so up went purple paint.We also did the baseboard in purple and painted the floor. We trimmed the window and door frame the same as the walls because I was cheap and only bought a pint of purple.
 The dresser and bed were found in the house so we used them and Kristin gave her the sheets and pillows. Sara gave her the pink trash can, lots of pink hangers and a lavender basket. Oh and I added two fluffy white rugs also. Now all Rylee has to do is move her stuff in. I'm sure she'll have a ball decorating her very own room.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Finished quilts

 My Mom has been waiting for me to quilt some of her quilts............a long time!!! This is a fan quilt she did 12 years ago or so, finished it while living in Florida and sent it to me to quilt. Well she finally got it last month. (ok the only reason I quilted this one first is I had something to put on the back, I'm trying to use "what I have")
 And the foot ball coach's quilt is finished and delivered! He loved it!
My friend Janie made this little quilt for a friends new baby, alot of work went into those blocks!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


 I fixed a few more stretch bracelets last week. The top one and earrings are just fine the way they are and going in my jewelry box. The first one on the left side was a necklace that broke. The pink one was my favorite rose quartz with my initial on the heart that my mom gave me. The center is aquamarine and the stretch cord was so worn out it was splitting like hair and it was just a matter of time before it broke. The light blue one I picked up at the thrift store. I added the small glass beads and had just enough to make matching earrings.
I am on a green kick, guess it has to do with it being March and St. Patty's day and all. The brown set is another from the thrift store that had ugly plastic gold beads. I like the gold glass much better and even earrings out of it too. The silver charm bracelet is charms I bought from a trip to Santa Fe almost 17 years ago. I am thinking about making a light box to take pic's of small things, like jewelry. We'll see if I ever get it done.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Windows again

 Ok so it's not so easy to take pic's of the windows at the Shoppe from the outside. I added a few framed prints, hanging shamrocks and green candy and a few wire shamrock garlands along with my easy shamrock green throw quilt.
This window has two flannel quilts along with kits for them and a couple framed prints and a few hanging shamrocks again. O'Neill is the Irish Capital of Nebraska! 

Saturday, March 9, 2013


At the Shoppe we have two nice big windows. We added this quilt top the other day in hopes of selling kits. I really thought this one would be a big hit and the kits would sell out............uggggh! I really really want the kits to sell so I can bring it home. It would look fantastic in my living room all quilted up with snuggly flannel on the back. I can say the pattern was great and it went together just like it was supposed to, no mistakes. Oh and since our windows are such great display places always check out whats in them on the drive by, sometimes they change weekly.

Monday, March 4, 2013


I've been in the mood to create jewelry lately so I finally made a work station out in my studio. My first job was to "fix" my favorite bracelets. The peachy colored one at the top was a stretch bracelet that was tight. I added the peach glass beads and it made the pinkish stones look peachish. I sometimes make earrings to match  and since I had two stones left I added butterfly charms to make them look sweet for Spring. The bright pink earrings I made to match a necklace, not sure I'll ever wear them together but I do wear lots of pink. The blue/purple set was leftovers from another project, perfect for the colors I wear in the summer. The bottom bracelet was a string of glass beads I got on clearance sale somewhere in my travels. I spaced them with random colored glass beads. I like to wear my bracelets loose and more than one at a time so this will add some variety and color to my jewelry wardrobe. I have made more (lots more) but at this time no pic's.   I am on a mission to rid my life of stretch bracelets so I'm sure I'll be showing more later.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Newton is just a little sheep looking for mischief. I whipped up this panel in no time for kits at the Shoppe. I love stripped binding!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Puppy treats

Sammy and Josie are spoiled! I make them treats but I never make my kids any....oh I offer to let them taste these but they always decline. Hmmmmm I wonder why? I dump broken eggs (Kev leaves the cracked or damaged eggs for me from his hens) peanut butter, bacon or chicken grease and whole wheat flour in the mixer and work it till it's ready to roll out. Nope I don't measure. The only trick is not to much grease or they broil on the cookie sheet instead of bake. I bake the small treats on a sheet at 200 degree's for 20 or 25 minutes. They come out soft and I leave them set overnight to dry out a bit then pop into baggies. Only 20 or so to a bag because they need to be put in the fridge or freezer or they mold if you leave them out to long. My dogs like them and Anna's dogs LOVE them. Julie's dogs were impressed too. Now Spike not so much....but my Mom makes him shortbread cookies with real butter........talk about spoiled.