Thursday, August 17, 2017

House cleaner....

It's been over 20 years since I have had a house cleaner. I'm old... tired of cleaning... DEEP cleaning. I went for it! 
She is here now doing the DEEP cleaning and then back every 2 weeks. I am now looking forward to my weekends that I usually am cleaning one of those days. So I took the day off to be here, being her 1st time ... so I washed blankets, rugs, curtains.. I have NEVER done so much laundry that didn't involve clothes. Can't wait till it's all done. Then I'll have to figure out what to bring home for dinner because, I just can't dirty that kitchen on the same day! Hahhaha 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Clock re-do...

One of our teachers has been asking for a clock for her classroom that works for a couple years. So when she came back this week, there was a clock sitting on her table.
This picture actually makes the clock look good. It is probably like 20 years old. As old as the school. It is yellowed, scratched cover, good layer of dirt and fly poop all over it. 
REALLY!!?? We thought it was a joke. But no. They say it kept time. Hahaha.
I took it and made this.

I went and hung it up, let's see how long it takes her to notice it. I forgot to take a picture before I hung it up, that's why there's a glare on it.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sew along...

This was a mystery sew along from "my Carolina Home" blog. I used scraps I had laying around. She will have it up on her blog for just a little while longer, then she's said she taking it down. 

It was called scrap dance mystery two step. You can kinda see the darker squares , but then not so much.

It's a full size, turned out smaller than I thought it would. Oh well. Now I gotta go search for some backing. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

2nd one...

Here is the other quilt I got back from the long arm quilter.

I almost didn't send it to her because I really didn't care for this quilt after I finished it. Not sure what is was about it, it just didn't get me excited.
But now, I love it, and I'm glad I did get it quilted.

It's ginormous. I believe it could fit on my queen size bed for a blanket.
Here's the label. I have never renamed a quilt to my own name. I have always named them the pattern name. I don't remember the name and the pattern is in the house and I'm outside. But it's something stupid. This quilt reminds me of peppermint candy cane, so I may go with something like that. I have always been bad at picking out & naming animals too... Anyone have any suggestions??

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


36 of them!
He adds 1 every year. Has done it for 36 years. 
Love that guy! Happy Anniversary to us. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Just received this quilt back from the long arm quilter.
Found on Facebook, a long arm quilter named Betsy Pease, "sew imagine that"... from Louisiana.  Wonderful! 
I had sent one other quilt to her before and she was wonderful to work with. So I sent her 2 more. And this is one of the 2. 

Binding on and labeled. It's in the washer now. It's flannel on flannel and it is SUPER soft.. I do the sew on binding with the accent flange because my fingers don't last long sewing it in by hand. That's gonna change here soon..

Look Betsy up on Facebook. She did a fantastic job, turn around was spectacular and quilting was gorgeous. Prices were awesome also.  Give her a try. Tell her Donna sent you. 
Now off to bind quilt #2

Friday, July 28, 2017

3 years old...

My little man is going to be 3 years old next week. That was the reason we went to Texas. My DIL was so gracious to move his party forward a couple weeks so that we could go. See, I had to start back to work this past Monday.. which is way to ridiculous. 

There is no reason what so ever that we need to be there 3 weeks before the kids start. First 2 days I kept busy, but the rest of the week, I just twiddle my thumbs. I am a team player all the way, but now the girls in the front office EXPECT me to do their jobs. So I am not even going up there. They need to learn to do their own jobs in time allotted and if they can't, they need to tell someone. 
There, I vented. Now back to JohnJohn.
Whenever he sees the camera, he automatically says "cheese".
Beautiful, relaxing day at the lake.
This guy LOVES to "schcoop" dirt. Gamma got him all set up!

We had a blast! Can't wait till we retire!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


I have been there many times before, but this is the first since they turned the silos into an amazing shoppers wonderland. 
I didn't take any pictures of the inside just because I had seen so many that others have taken.

The grounds, the shops, amazing! The bakery, I didn't even go there because the line was so long. Everyone was inside or in bakery line... kinda weird there's hardly anyone in they pictures. 

We drove by a couple more of the fixer upper houses... (I've seen quite a few) even the one someone drove THRU! Google it, its quite a story.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Checkers anyone...

Kelly is here and we were playing around in the sewing room. 

She did this one with wooden buttons.. super, super cute!
These are the 3 we made up.

Then we found these super cute tins and boxes to keep them in so all the pieces stay together.

Then we were done, we decided on doing one more... but ran out of material and can't finish it till Monday when Primitive Gatherings opens.. they are really cute, finished at about ten inches..