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Thursday, July 21, 2016

July is flying by.....

Yup....you can believe it...I am finally making a post!
It has been so long since I've made a good post, and I apologize for that....life gets in the way sometimes, and Summer is especially busy.

We had our usual 4th of July party over at our son's home, with fireworks to end the evening in the school field right behind the house.  We've done this for 20 years now.  We always had a party when we lived there, and now, Drew and Maria are carrying on the tradition.  The kiddos were a bit scared of the fireworks being so close, but they soon got over their fear and really enjoyed them.  I think one of the best things about being a Grandparent is that we get to watch the grand-kids enjoy all those simple things in life that we sometimes take for granted.

Around the 4th of July, we invited our good friends over to introduce them to kayaking.  It was a beautiful day and I think they really enjoyed themselves.  We came back to the house for a nice lunch of chicken salad sandwiches, fruit and homemade ice cream.  I took these pictures when we were out on the water.  I even did a little fishing and caught a small bass and a little catfish...both went promptly back into the water.

Our friends Eileen and Paul

We were lucky to catch this goose family in the water nearby.
We have been trying to do more fishing this year. Some nights, our oldest son, Scott and his daughter, Allie, meet us down at the lake.   Allie looked so cute the first time, but had little patience for fishing.  I feel bad for Scott....he's had the WORST luck..and hasn't caught anything in so long...like....years.....I can't figure out why, but I feel for him...he gets so frustrated, but keeps on trying.  As if that isn't bad enough...his new rod fell into the water from his kayak last year...and he keeps getting snagged and losing lures.....
Here is a picture of the 14" pike I caught...he went back too.  I mostly like to fish for the fun of it.  I hate to kill anything.....

Allie all ready for fishin"

Best buddies Jack & Kizmet
 Random pictures from our Summer so far......

Grandpa with the boys

Goofy Petie hamming it up with my 'granny glasses'

Petie was helping me with dinner, making some watermelon balls, when Joey decided to climb up in the chair and sample the juice.
Picnic in the back yard

Elena's baptism

Sunset at the lake

Selfies of the hubby and I

Two sundresses I made Allie
The boys enjoy the new sandbox we made for them.

Teddy bear picnic (with Jack too)

Petie wanted to build something, so we made a birdhouse together and he painted it

...concentrating so hard.....

My newest chickies....
Well...it is getting late, and I don't wish to overload you with more pictures right now.  I'll make a post soon with our vacation pictures...and egad...I have a surprise in store when I show you them!

Stay tuned!

Have a lovely weekend my friends.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Very Late Thank You to Allison!

Time certainly flies around here lately.  Here it is July and I still have to thank my partner for my Pin Keep from my recent Pin Keep Swap.  
I had Allison of Sew Many Girls as my partner for the swap.  Here is the cutie she sent me, along with some other goodies as well.
A sweet little lady liberty pinkeep, a handmade fabric pinwheel, a tiny quilt, and a crow and flower pin cushion.
Thank you so much Allison!!!!  I've added these goodies to my collection in my sewing room!

Here is the pinkeep I sent her.
Thank you again to everyone who joined in the swap.

It's hard to find time to post, but I promise after vacation, I'll be more active.  Summer is always such a busy time with all the outside work to get done.
 Hope you are having a great summer. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Two new creations up for Auction today....

I have recently joined the Prim selling group, Back Door Primitives, on Facebook.  We hold auctions of handmade items every Tuesday-Thursday.   
This week we are celebrating FALL, and I have two creations up for auction.

You can find our page by clicking the link HERE!
This weeks auction ends at 9 PM on Thursday!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Victorian Motto Sampler giveaway

Victorian Motto Sampler is giving away some gorgeous threads, so if you are a stitcher, head on over to enter to win.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Our new Grand-daughter has arrived!

Now some may say that the number 13 is bad luck, but I actually feel quite the opposite.  For one thing...I was born on the 13th of December...for another, I married my wonderful husband, Chris, on the 13th of August....and to keep the blessings flowing.....

our newest grand-daughter made her debut on Friday, May 13th!

Say hello to

Elena Elizabeth Montreuil

6lb 2 oz.
The happy family
Have a blessed week everyone!

Friday, May 6, 2016

A Surprise in the Mail and Americana Pin Keep Swap Reminder!

Good morning everyone!

I hope this post finds you all doing well.
The weather here hasn't been the best, and I'm still struggling to get rid of a nasty cold.  Sure wish it would warm up for good!

My heart was warmed the other day, though, when I received an unexpected package in the mail.  It was from Danice of Homespun Hannah's!  She sent me this sweet pin keep as a hostess gift for putting on the latest Americana Pin Keep Swap.  Of course, she made it all Americana with the gorgeous fabrics she used.  I just love!

Danice is so generous and I am so thankful to call her a Prim Pal!

I also wanted to remind everyone who joined in the 
Americana Pin Keep Swap
 that your packages are due to be mailed BY May 14th.  I have mine ready and cannot wait to send it to my swap partner!  I'll show you a picture of it after my partner has received it!

Have a blessed weekend!


Friday, April 29, 2016

Hurray for the Red, White & Blue

I've listed a bunch of new patriotic creations in my Etsy shoppe!  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Recipe to Share & a Special Sale!

Good morning friends!
Wow...another gorgeous day in central New York State!  Can't wait to get outside!
But I did want to stop by to share a recipe with you, and let you know about my special Sale, which will take place on my FB business page on Saturday evening...more on that in a minute....here's a tasty recipe for you to try.
Triple Surprise Cookie Bars
You'll want to keep this recipe!  It's one of our family favorites!
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
(please don't use margarine-butter is best for flavor and texture)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 c flour
2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 c quick cooking oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecan or walnuts
Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  I have found this to be an important step in making delicious, puffy cookies, so do beat it for a couple of minutes at least.  Add eggs and beat just until combined.  Blend in the flour, and then add the remaining ingredients, beating just until combined. The batter will be very stiff.
Line a  rectangle cookie sheet (with sides)(jelly roll pan) with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Place the batter on the foil and spread evenly with a spatula...sometimes I have even used my hands to spread it, as the batter is very stiff. 
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Don't overcook.  Cool and then lift foil and bars from pan, place on cutting board and cut into squares.  Serve with plenty of ice cold milk!  Store in airtight container to keep them moist and chewy.
Hope you enjoy these wonderful cookie bars.
Here are the details on my sale!
I will be offering many new and one of a kind goodies for purchase during my special
this Saturday, the 23rd at 6 PM.
All items will have an Americana Theme!

You can find links to my FB business page on my sidebar, above or right HERE!
All items are on a first come, first serve basis, so get there on time for the best selection.
Hope to see you there! 

While you are at it, take a look at the redesign my son and I are doing on my WEBSITE.  We still have lots to add, but more will be coming in the next week.  I'm pretty excited about the graphics I have created for it.

Have a blessed day everyone!

"I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness."
 John 12:46

Friday, April 15, 2016



It's Friday!

Wow, this week flew by so fast!
Time flies when you are having fun...and I have been having fun catching up on things and sewing, sewing, sewing...more on that another day...but for now...

I just want to remind you that today is the FINAL day I will be accepting sign-ups for the 

Americana Pin Keep Swap!

If you've been on the fence about joining, just click on the link on the right hand side of my sidebar, and check out all the details.  We'd love to have you join in the fun!

For those of you who have joined already, I will be in contact on Saturday with your partner's name and information!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Busy quilting...........

Good morning Prim Friends.
I hope you had a glorious weekend.
I am writing this on Sunday evening...it is still very cold here...28. I'm so wishing that Spring would really come.
I took these lovely pictures of the sunrise on the way to church today.  

"The Earth is full of the goodness of the Lord"

I was very busy last week, working on a couple of quilts for some adorable grandchildren.  Little Joey is now 1 1/2, so I figured it was about time he had a quilt of his own.  I always meant to make it long before now, but seems that life gets so busy, as does business...and I finally had a free week to work on it.
It is all layered and ready to quilt, which I will be doing Tuesday.
Once I completely finish with it, you can be sure I will share some pictures!  The dinosaur scales on their back are prairie points, as is the outer border, so it has some dimensional elements to it.

I was also very busy making another baby quilt...this time for our soon to be second grand-daughter.  Her due date is May 16th...and she won't have to wait for 1 1/2 years to enjoy her quilt.

This quilt was from the same book as the dinosaur one, and I just fell in love with the dimensional butterflies...so girly!  The wings really popped when I quilted it.  Love how it turned out.  I included a couple of materials from big sister Allie's quilt that I made before she was born....I'll share a picture of that too.
Allie's quilt
 and.....I may as well show you a picture of Petie's quilt too.
Petie's quilt, which I designed myself.

As you can tell, I really enjoy making quilts...but rarely have time for it.  My next project is a big one....it's called Our Town, and I'm hoping to start that later this week.  It's fairly large with lots of different homes and barns, etc. so it will take me a while to complete.  I hope to share progress on that as I go along.  I do have to start creating more Spring and Summer goodies for my shop though....always busy!

I'm off to my parent's tomorrow to help them around the house, as well as watching Allie for the day, so it's looking like a no-sew day for me.

Have a blessed week.

Oh....one more thing!
Don't forget to sign up for the Americana Pin Keep Swap! 
Click on the picture at the top of my blog to learn all the details!

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