Ask Jo: This and That

Every so often I get questions from readers that I think other readers might want the answers to as well so I answer them here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

Dotti askes, “When is the wedding?”

The wedding is fast approaching.  Kalissa is now in the stage of just wanting the final things to just be over with the actual ceremony to actually be taking place.  Me…I am ready to for the day to come so we can be back to normal life.  I’m happy and excited for them but just looking for some “normal” days…whatever that is!  Kalissa just finished designing the program for the wedding.

There is a back to the program too with the order of ceremony and such.  She is doing a little tweaking yet.  She is moving the parents up to the top of that column.  I just can’t believe she has done all the designing herself.  I love it.

Oh..I almost forgot to answer the question.  The wedding is September 5th..the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

The next question comes from Anita, “Hi Jo! I admire the way you buy antique furniture and refinish it for your use. I’m wanting to stain a small bookcase that my grandfather made in 1947. The stain we used has not lasted. Would you mind to let me know that favorite stain that you like?  I would appreciate it so very much.”


Well in our town there is a wonderful business that makes cabinets.  They have been really good and super helpful to us.  We asked them to mix stain for us and they do.  Most everything that we’ve been staining has been stained the same colors as our floors are.  They mix all of the stain themselves so I have no idea.

We have also taken our pieces to the same cabinet maker and they have been so kind and have varnished our pieces for us.   So I can’t even tell you what varnish to use.  They do an AMAZING job.  Hubby just took the cabinet that he has been redoing for my sewing room to them.  Sadly they told us that this might be the last piece they can stain for us as they are taking on a new project and will be very busy.

If you’re in the NE Iowa area and are looking for a good cabinet maker, here’s a link to their website.

Ana Sweet and a couple others commented on the recipe for Blueberry Zucchini Cake, “:-) Shredded and drained flour? Recipe looks great. Your frosting does sound better. We used goat cheese for the cream cheese and it worked great too.”


UGH.  I meant shredded and drained Zucchini.  The recipe is corrected now and you can find it here.  That’s what happens when I am writing late night blog posts.  Juggling the blog and the childcare kids can be challenging at times.  Thanks for being my eyes…and sorry.

Chris writes, “Hi Jo-I know you like WWII fiction, request the Paris Architect from your library, it was a great audio book.

Ya-hoo!!  I love a book recommendation and this looks good.  I have it on my phone and it’s the next book on my list after I finish the one I’m on right now.   I am hoping to start it this weekend.

Nina asks, “I don’t have adobe reader, how can I get the pattern ? I really like the snowman runner.”


All of our patterns are available in a PDF version.  It is the reader’s responsibility to have the program.  It’s free.  Adobe readers are available as free apps with whatever format you are reading this blog post in.  We cannot possible send a copy individually to everyone who wants it.  Go to this link and download it.  Once you do you now have access to all of the free patterns we offer.  You can find them on the right hand column of the blog.  If you’d also like the snowman pattern, you can find it here.

That wraps up this edition of Ask Jo.  If I didn’t get to your question feel free to ask me in the blog comment section or email me at


6 thoughts on “Ask Jo: This and That”

  1. I do so enjoy weddings! I especially like what you have shared about Kalissa & her cousin’s Sept weddings today! The pictures were beautiful & some very fun. My best wishes to both of them. I also am eager to see the special quilt!
    I too like to read books about WWll. Even tho this is a fiction book the story happening during WWII is so well written & developed by the author that I can imagine that is truly how it was. I am recommending that you read “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton.

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing wedding photos! I noticed the date of the wedding is not on the beautiful program your daughter created. Maybe it is on the other side but that is something that you probably won’t want to forget to note it as I’m sure several will be kept by relatives.

  3. One other little program tweak – it should say “choose a seat”, not “chose a seat”. Hope all goes well!

  4. Debbie Leschisin

    My son is getting married that same day in Madison Wisconsin. We live 4 hours north of Madison, so haven’t been in on the planning. The moms are each doing a reading at the wedding. Our little grand girls, age 5 and 2, are the flower girls. I picked fabric and cut rectangles for guests to sign and then I will be making a quilt after the wedding. I’m heading to Madison this weekend for a shower and outing for dinner with one those group painting sessions where the participants paint a picture to take home. I’m pretty sure I’m a better quilter than artist!

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