Saturday, November 28, 2009

Rock Chalk Jayhawk, KU !!!

We LOVE College Basketball and especially our University of Kansas Jayhawks! Last year, I made these fun little pieces for my son and two grandsons. KU has a chant that is connected to the local abundance of limestone rock that is native to our area. I used actual rock, piece of chalk, basketballs for the letter "J", Scrabble tile with a raised letter "K", pic of hawk and little toy ewe. Used some KU fabric over mat board, then mounted it over another piece, using three colors of wire to make the hanger.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk, Go KU!!!!! Number ONE and Undefeated!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Just Another Day~~~~~~~~~~~~

Yes, it is Thanksgiving Day, but every day should be a thankful day for all the many blessings we have. Today, I am thankful for coffee, a husband who helps to peel potatoes. popping back into my toasty bed with yummy down comforter and for all those who visit my little chunk of blogland.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Polly the Turkey Loves These Rolls

Polly is a sweet little felted wool Turkey that I made several years ago. It is so fun to pick the different bits of wool and do the hand stitching.

Polly thinks these Crescent Rolls are one of the best things about Thanksgiving. I have made them for many years as they are so easy to mix up the night before and do their raising bit in the fridge. No kneading and delish!

Easy Crescent Rolls Makes 32 Rolls

One 1/4 oz pkg dry Yeast
1/2 c. warm Water (110-120 degrees F)
3 Eggs
1/2 t. Salt
1/2 c. Sugar
1 stick real Butter, melted
1 c. warm Milk
5 c. Flour

Dissolve yeast in water. Beat eggs with salt and stir along with sugar, butter and milk into yeast mixture. Place flour in large bowl and make hole in center. Pour in liquids and mix thoroughly with wooden spoon. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours. Cut dough into 4 sections and roll each one into a large circle. Spread with melted butter and cut into 8 wedges. Roll each wedge, beginning at the wide end, into a crescent shape. Cover and place in warm draft free place until doubled in size. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Do not over bake.

My best baking advice is to handle the dough as little as possible and to not over bake to insure tenderness. These are so buttery, that you do not even need more butter on them to serve (unless you are my husband and he Always needs more butter!)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Poem in My Heart

So many things and ideas I want to do and so little energy in my day. I have to constantly remind myself of what is truly important in my life. My husband, kids and grandkidlets are top priority. This poem also reflects what I believe about our days on earth.

Blessings on all of you today~~~~~

Count That Day Lost

If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went --
Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,
You've cheered no heart, by yea or nay --
If, through it all
You've nothing done that you can trace
That brought the sunshine to one face--
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost --
Then count that day as worse than lost.

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Little Bits of Love

The love of "LITTLE" continues. Little tins, little dishes, little bottles. "Littles" have a LOT to LOVE~~~~~~~~~~

STARS have always been sorta my signature symbol in life, so when this sweet dish called out to me, my heart skipped a beat.

And, EVERY family needs a Family Nail Box!

And, the LITTLE bottles~~~~~~~~~~~well, I have a sweet little idea for those that I will be making today~~~~~~~~~~~~~show you later.

Look for the LITTLE bits around you to love :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Heartfelt Wish

A little framed spoon piece that speaks my wish for my heart and yours. I love little spoons and think this is a sweet way to show them off.

Wishing you a big spoonful of JOY today!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Heads and Hearts

My very favorite children's' illustrator from long ago is Jessie Willcox Smith. This image of hers is not exactly my favorite but conveys my feelings of the past week. Sometimes life feels like the head on our best dolly has broken and our heart along with it. Life disappoints us in various ways and you just wanna cry. Then, you gotta pick up the pieces and keep on keepin' on.

I want to be one that helps stitch broken hearts back together, but sometimes I need help with mine too. Knowing that friends are there for the heart mending part is a true comfort.

I feel better already.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

November 8, 1921~~~~~~88 Years Ago

Today is my mothers' 88th birthday. She has always had a sweet smile despite a lot of trials in life, including spending the past 6 1/2 years in a nursing home. 4 of her 5 daughters will be here today to eat cake and ice cream with her~~~~~~~~ Happy Birthday Mother!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Simplest Things

I love making little groupings out of this and that. I got this sweet little very worn drawer in Indiana recently. It is only about 4 inches wide and deep. Filled it up with the fringe ends of fluff from my recent burlap drying session. Finished it off with a sweet metal heart and my childhood fork. I have very few things from my early years, so this fork means a lot. It is all rather sweet to view and fun to make little vignettes from what you have around. Think it needs something underneath to anchor it. Wanna come over and help me look around for stuff? We can also have tea and a chat. :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Christmas Fun in Grammys' Workshop

Been making little Christmas post card collages this past week. I copy and print the post cards onto card stock and mount them over sheets of music. It is fun to add the little bits of this and that~~~~~ buttons and ribbons and stuff. The last one is done in a wood box. I used a bit of cotton batting to simulate snow and glued in some pearls here and there.

Working with these old images make me feel much better than I have been feeling lately. On a very personal note, I struggle with depression, big time. I have had several weeks of doing really well and the past few days I have really crashed. Today, for something TOTALLY different, my husband and I played Gin Rummy. Haven't done that in years and it has been so much fun! Hope today is good for you where you live.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Month, New Window Treatment

Inspired by Eileen at Star's Fault, who was making a gorgeous tablecloth out of (gulp) Burlap, which I usually hate, I decided to fashion a new window treatment. The burlap was half price at Joann's so I bought a bunch. Used 3 inch wide grosgrain ribbon to pull it up in swags and then tied those off with 1 inch wide ribbon. I even had enough fabric left to do my own small round table too. I am loving it!

Warning: burlap is a MESS to wash and dry. TONS of fluff and fibers come out in the dryer filter. Glad I did this before my new dryer arrived last week.


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