Scraps and More….


One day last week during nap time there was a quiet knock on the door.  I almost didn’t hear it.  I just looked to convince myself it wasn’t my imagination that heard the knock.  There at the door was my mail lady.  AH…she finally learned that ringing the door bell at nap time is a bad idea…Yahoo!!  It was a day that the kiddos really needed to stay napping so I was so happy.

In her arms were two boxes and my mail.  The oldest gal here at childcare is five and she’s a smarty.  She said, “More material Jo?”  Ha!!  She knows what happens around here.  She followed me out to the kitchen and of course wanted me to open the big box first.  I opened to find a treasure trove of goodies.

The top of the box had stuffed animals and toys.   She said, “Are these for me??”  I said, “Sure but share!”..and she was off with the goodies.  That was okay, I wanted to see the fabric that Jeri in Corpus Christi, TX had sent.

Look…awesome scraps right??


There is a BIG chunk of 8 yards of fabric.  I recently got in a charity quilt that needs a backing.  I’m using this with it! THANKS!!

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A Visit to the Amish…


Doing childcare I am home a lot…really a lot.  I love staying home.  It’s my favorite place to be but once in awhile it’s time to get out.  Last Saturday was my day out.  I called our daughter Kalissa to see if she wanted to go to the Amish community that lives south of us.

She said yes..  She was in need of an outing too.  It was a great trip.  We didn’t need to hurry.  We didn’t need to buy a thing.  It was a great trip.

I wish I could take picture of all we’ve seen.  It was so beautiful.  The gardens, flowers and lawns were absolutely lovely.  The Amish don’t like photography so we of course honored that by not taking any picture of them but we did snap a few of the amazing gardens.

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Artsy Fartsy Craft Night


A post from Kelli–

In May, we told you about the painting class that we went to.  We ended up having so much fun that we decided to have our own monthly crafting night!  My Aunt Julie (on Jason’s side) decided to host the first night.  When we went to a graduation party this spring, she saw pictures that had been decoupaged onto wood.  After searching pinterest for instructions, she found a tutorial which served as instructions for our first Artsy Fartsy night!

art 1 (400x225)

We med in Julie’s shed and were ready for the festivities to begin.  I often feel like I’m kind of in this odd place in life that I don’t have kids, so I don’t always fit in with people that have kids.  I have a job, but I only started in January and don’t have a very regular work schedule, so I don’t really feel like I have lots of work friends.  Jason works all the time and we rarely go out, so I don’t really have many couple friends.  And I’m in school, so lots of my free time is tied up studying, so it was nice to get out and do something fun!

Julie also made us some yummy food!  My favorite was the pineapple wrapped in bacon with brown sugar….WONDERFUL!  She also made dip and little cucumber sandwiches.

Art 2 (225x400)


To start, we all brought pictures that we wanted to use.  Julie had boards, stain, and paint.  We started by trimming our pictures if we needed to and staining or painting them.

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Then we put a layer of mod-podge on, added our picture, and then added another layer of the mod-podge.

Art 5 (225x400)

We let it dry for a little bid, and this is our finished project!

Art 3 (400x363)

Mine still needed to dry a bit as you can see the mod-podge on the top of the picture, but I’m really glad with how they turned out.  As soon as I got home, I let them finish drying and then added them to my other family photos on my entertainment center.

At the end of the night, we had a little show and share so that everyone could see what we had done.

Here are Renee’s photos–

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And Vicki’s–

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Art 6 (400x347)

And mine–

Art 7 (400x225)

While I had a blast making the pictures, even more than that, I enjoyed the wonderful company.  We’ve decided that we are going to skip July because everyone has some crazy schedules, but I agreed to host for August.  I found a really cool tutorial for making a wreath out of old sheet music and I think it’ll be perfect for our little group.  Thanks ladies for a wonderful time–and many more wonderful times to come!


Quilt Finish: Fair and Square


The quilt sharing continues…
While I was on quarantine I got so many quilts through the machine and gradually I’ve been able to show them off.  Today it’s the day to show off Kelli’s Fair and Square quilt.

Kelli pieced the top. I machine quilted it and bound it for her.

Writing this blog post about it is about killing me.  Just like it about killed me to do all the work on it.  I WANT TO MAKE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  But I can’t until I’ve finished up a few other Bonnie Hunter quilts.  (Remember we’re doing UFO Wednesdays)  I keep telling myself you can’t start another quilt.  BUT OH I WANT TO!!

Isn’t is gorgeous??


Kelli left this one as a UFO and it languished for a long time.  Finally I pushed her to finish it.  Do you want to know what she had to do??  Sew on two of the already completed borders…oh my.  I know I have LOTS of UFO’s but I never leave them when I’m that close.

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