What I’m Reading: Lion

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I just finished the audio book Lion  by Saroo Brierley.  I have read another book about children from India and have found them interesting so when I found this one, I grabbed it.

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I had to listen to this one quick.  It was going to expire from my online library.  That’s okay though.  It was so good and I wanted to listen quickly.  The book had me drawn in and wanting to know more.  This is a true story that has been turned into a movie….I’m going to try to search out the availability of it as soon as I’m done writing this.

Here is what Amazon has to say: [Read more...]

My Birthday Present!!

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At Thanksgiving Hubby and the kids surprised me with an early birthday present.  You might remember awhile ago I was at the thrift store and saw this treadle sewing machine.  It was back in August that I saw it.  Hubby was with me.  You can read about it here.

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I had loved the machine but it was $250 which was a lot for me to spend.

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I didn’t get the machine but thought about it for a LONG time after.  I mentioned something to Kelli about it a couple days later when I saw her.  Well unknown to me, Kelli called Hubby and then called all the other kids and they decided to go together and buy me the machine.  The kids chipped in a normal birthday amount and Hubby paid the rest.

Well on Thanksgiving they knew most of us would be together and they surprised me with it early!

Kayla was an awesome help with it!!  She knows more about treadles than I do as she worked at Living History Farm one summer and she has a treadle of her own.  The belt wasn’t tight enough so she explained to Hubby how to fix it and the two of them did.

Franklin-10Next it was time for me to figure out how to run it.

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Like most beginners, I spent lots of time going backwards.

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Here Kayla is helping by describing the foot motion.

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Oh, it stitches wonderfully!!

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Kayla was so helpful!!


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Kalissa took a video of me trying…. The video is kind of funny!!

Look…I did it!!!

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Next up all the kids wanted to try to it out!  Kelli was first.  Here she is showing off her mess of knots.

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Kelli just couldn’t get it to go!!  She was so frustrated.  We did our best to cheer her on!!

She never did get it!!  I’ll get her to try another day…and yes, this is how our family acts when we’re all together!!

The other kids tried….Buck did it with Carver on his lap on the first try!  Check them out in the picture below. [Read more...]

UFO Challenge: Pineapple Crazy

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I’m back to working on Pineapple Crazy this week.  I’m working on a couple UFOs all at the same time for a couple reasons:

1- Those pineapple blocks really are crazy and I get a little bored with them…and readers will too.
2-Both projects, Scrap Crystals and this one, are serving different purposes of my day right now.  If it’s nap time and I don’t have anything else to do, I’m ironing those half square triangles from Scrap Crystals!!  I’ll be at it for forever but that’s okay.  I love the PROCESS!!

So where am I at today with Pineapple Crazy?  Here!

The inside is finished….

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That picture doesn’t do it justice at all..see it close…LOVE!!

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So many of the scraps in here came from blog reader….especially Ila.  THANKS friends!!

I’m working on the outer border blocks now.  These…. [Read more...]

Black Board Fix…

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Slow and steady wins the race, right??  Well at least that’s what they say.  I am DEFINITELY slow when it comes to decorating.  I am terrible at it and actually think I have a phobia about it.  SERIOUS.  People can never believe that a person who can craft and create is paralized when it comes to decorating…it’s true.  I am terrible at it.  Proof?  How often do you see a home decor post here on the blog??

Well anyway I had a friend come and give me a boost.

Well here is the entry way into my house from the garage…this is an old picture….but see that chalk board.  I was so happy when we bought it and the “K”.  I knew I wanted it right there.  Well…It took awhile to get hubby to hang it.  Then it took longer to hang the “K” as I we couldn’t figure out how to hang it.  Well Command Strips rescued me with that.

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I was SO EXCITED!  It was finally done.  Then I went to write a message on it for my childcare parents…..UGH.  The chalk board wouldn’t “write”.  It was slippery and the chalk didn’t work.  I spent time on the computer looking for suggestions….nothing came.

When my friend came over she suggested this…. [Read more...]