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Blessed by everyday blessings

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~























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Friday, June 9, 2017

Life is a whirlwind.






SWEET SUMMERTIME!

It is here! 


Much of the last few weeks has been filled with activity. 

We have had dance recitals and piano recitals.


Each day complimented with fresh flowers.  


First tulips then
Peonies front and center.  Just can't get enough.
I am a happy girl when the flowers start to bloom. 





We have had ball games and more ball games.
It is small town America in all of it's glory.
Ice Cream if you win.... sad if you don't.

The garden is mostly planted.  
 We just have to put in a few pumpkin seeds.
We have Potatoes, Tomatoes,  a variety of Peppers , Zucchini, Cucumbers,
Green Beens,  Sugar peas,  Red cabbage, onions,  sweet potatoes, kale.

More than enough to keep me busy.

I love the food that summertime brings.


I tried planting my own cilantro several years ago. 
It has been a bit of a learning experience. 
The first year it basically went to seed.

It doesn't seem to be as hardy and bushy as the bunches
 you buy in the store but tastes just as amazing.
I cut as much as I can until it gets hot and then I let it go to seed.
It is in my flower bed so when it starts to look kind of dried out and sad 
I cut everything off.  Harvest the seeds. 
 Then in the fall chop the soil 
with a rake a little bit, sprinkle the seeds on the soil, 
 you  don't have to worry about covering 
the seeds, I just tap it down with the rake,
  then wait and dream until next spring....  
 when you will have YUM YUM Cilantro all over again. 

It will reseed itself if you just let it go as well, I just don't like looking at the dried stalks and
want to make sure the seeds get to the ground before the snow flies.  

After I cut the fresh cilantro , I rinse it  shake off as much water as you can,
and put it in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel.
It will stay fresh for a couple of weeks. 

If you want a yummy recipe for Black Bean Salsa just let me know.
It is Deliciousness in a bowl !!

It could be my lunch everyday in summertime. 
It is my favorite way to use Cilantro. 


I am trying a few new herbs this year,
lemon basil and marjoram.  




With all the garden activity ... planting and keeping the weeds and bugs under control
and Grand children activities, I have not had much time for sewing.

I did make up this little 16'' quilt from scrappy blue and white squares 
and hope to have fresh flowers on my table as much as possible this summer.
The wooden bowl was a gift for Mother's day.  

The sewing for my Splendid Sampler blocks is on hold.


On a sad note one of our little dogs was given a sad diagnosis of cancer.

We thought he was going to die last week but he has amazingly bounced back 
to his perky self...
We will see what happens in the next few weeks.

The vet thought he could live any where from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 months.


He is a sweet little dog and there has been a few tears shed mostly by me.
I feel so bad for him.   The kids do love him. 

We took some memory pictures just in case he goes to doggy heaven.


Harley is my daughter's dog who has taken up residence with us because she lives in an apartment. 
I never thought I would be attached to a dog... but he is part of our family. 

Happy JUNE, JULY and AUG...



Summertime always flies by !!!

Janita

















Saturday, May 13, 2017

SPLENDID SAMPLER... Falling in love with 6 inch quilt blocks




To me these little blocks have become the sweetest sewing adventure.   Six inches sometimes made of  four  little 3 inch blocks have definitely taken a hold of my heart.  You don't get any where fast making 3 inch blocks for a whole quilt but seriously after I made the Flights of Friendship block I want a whole quilt made with 3 inch blocks!  LOVE  IT !

I am not making all 100 blocks for the sampler.   Eighteen is the goal for now.   Just a sweet taste to make me happy and feel connected to world wide quilters.  It is a goal that will make a snuggle quilt with the  help of some alternate blocks and then I can move on to the next best thing!  Life is fleeting away faster than I desire.

The journey began here HERE  and now I have a little stack of pretties.



10 Snowman String blocks
11 Splendid Sampler blocks 
A little WHOO- HOO moment for me! 


(click on photos to enlarge)


Bonus Block by Pat Sloan 
CHURN DASH    
with tiny tiny star fabric.
Two loves in one block.

I will forever love the churn dash block. 




Block # 12
CHECKERBOARD



Block # 37
DASHING BY CHOCOLATE




Block # 40
FIGHTS OF FRIENDSHIP


This is my, will take ME a lifetime  3'' BIG QUILT desire. 

Those little friendship stars have my heart.




Block # 13
SCRAP STAR       
The  stripes are a thrifted shirts. 
My latest desire is to put something old in every quilt I make. 

Another One that I could make a whole quilt of.




And my latest little Six inch lovey dovey....
The red plaid is a thrifted shirt.


Block #  99
FOUR CORNER SPINWHEEL

YES YES YES
This one too for a Big quilt dream! 

My life is one big sewing dream!
I have lists of quilts I want to make.
Unfortunately life sometimes has other plans that I need to tend to. 

Little by little I sew whenever I can. 


Happy May Blessings to you.

Janita







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