Saturday, May 6, 2017

Graduation Day

Today my husband Graduated from BSU in the 100th Graduation held at BSU and the first one held in Albertson Stadium on the Blue Turf of the football field. It was a cold and windy somewhat rainy day, but all 1755 Graduates and family members stuck it out. He has worked for several years for this day and I'm very proud of him. I did manage to get some pictures even though we were on the top row of the second tier. In the first one he just rec'd his diploma holder the actual paper will come in the mail in about 3 weeks. The second picture is having his picture taken and the last one is after the ceremony on his way to the truck singing free at last, free at last.

Other things happening here are the Accuquilt workshop scheduled for the 13th of May if you would like to attend contact me at ohiostar46@gmail.com  for more information.
I'm also planning to start an online Accuquilt tutorial about once a month or possibly more often on how to make blocks posted by Accuquilt using the CUBE Dies and how you could make them if you don't own a CUBE. Would you find this helpful and be something you'd like to see? Let me know if you have any requests or ideas. Hope everyone has a great weekend and A Happy Mother's Day on the 14th.








Monday, March 20, 2017

March and Daylight Savings

Every year it seems like it gets harder when Daylight Savings rolls around. It seems to me that it would be much easier to have Summer hours and Winter hours and not cause so much chaos in peoples lives. Okay, now that my rant is over here's the news from our little corner of Idaho.

Marcus Fabric is having a mug rug contest and I finally discovered some Marcus fabric in my stash so used my Accuquilt Dies and cutter to make my St Patrick's Mug Rug. It was a fun and fast project made much easier with Accuquilt.

Then Accuquilt was having a sale on their Studio Dies so I invested in a few I had been looking at one of which are the Scottie Dog. They would look really cute in a border of a quilt. I have a friend and Accuquilt Customer who has a new Scottie puppy.





As you may have heard we have been having serious flooding here in Southern Idaho from snow melt. We have had a lot of snow this winter and when it started melting fast and the ground was frozen it had no where to go. It's hard to see but the fields and the road are underwater. So the Army Corps of Engineers came in and put these 12" pipes to pump the water into the canals to drain the fields. Our road has become the place people come to see how bad the water is and if it has gone down any.
Fortunately the weather has warmed up into the 50's so it feels like spring here the last few days and has been lovely and just like spring. Now if it just lasts for awhile before it gets to summer. That's pretty much how things are around here.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Already March


I've been really remiss and okay I'll say it lazy about posting anything the last several months. As you may have heard Idaho is having record snowfall this year. I've been told by those who have lived here a long time the last time they remember having a








large amount of snow was winter of 79/80. This is the start of our 8th year here. We had a few days this week above freezing and some rain and snow started to melt which is turning the hay field next to us into a lake. We had between 2 - 3 feet of snow. Hard to tell exactly with the drifting.





While we wait for spring I started knitting this sweater. It is a kit from either Mary Maxium or Annie's can't remember at the moment. So far an easy knit.


I also took advantage some sales and purchased a kit from Craftsy. It is a small quilt so far one block down and 8 more to go. The pieces are an odd size so I am having to cut them with a ruler and rotary cutter. If I do it again I'll use my Accuquilt dies and same time and wear and tear on my wrists. Wonderful and easy pattern to use up lots of scraps.


I've also made this quilt top using the Accuquilt GO Big die for Snail's Trail on my Accuquilt Studo Cutter. It was fast and easy and the top pieced really fast.

So I am going to try and do better at posting and staying in touch.

Talk to you soon.











Saturday, August 27, 2016

Music in the Backyard

Today we had a few friends over for a potluck and some music making along with some new music makers. It was a lovely day to spend in the backyard visiting with friends and listening to stories and music. Later in the afternoon after some had gone home those who were still playing were all on the stage and I managed to get a video of part of a song sung by Alison you can hear it here Music on High Noon Stage . She has such a rich voice it was wonderful to listen to her. I hope the new group comes back they were a lot of fun and added to the music.
Last week Mama cat brought out here new kittens from where ever she had been keeping them and I finally managed to capture a picture of one. She has 3, two Black and White ones and one grey tiger striped one. They are sure cute and run really fast when I try to get outside to get a better picture of them.

Yesterday I spent some time in the quilt room and managed to get 4 Kitchen Hand Towels done. I need to get a few more finished and a couple of other things made up and I'll start putting what I have so far up on ETSY. When I do that I will include a link so you can check it out and hopefully give me some feedback on what you think of my ETSY site. Well, it has been a long day here so I'm off to take a hot shower and read for awhile before sleep.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Where has the Summer Gone


Here it is the middle of August already and before we know it winter will be here. I spent the last several days cleaning out the small bedroom so we can put the new queen size adjustable bed in there. In case we should get overnight company they now have a place to sleep. The bed will be delivered Friday.


I dried apricots and with a second batch I made apricot jam. The jam is really good. If I'd known it would come out that good I would have made some sooner.

 I ended up with 12 8oz jars of jam and 4 baggies of dried fruit.
I'm hoping to get all my "have to finish chores" done so I can sew on Friday and the weekend. I am the program for the quilt guild this month. They asked me to demo the Accuquilt Go cutter so I will be putting a program together. I'm also doing the quilt block for August and providing the drinks (fruit juice) for after the meeting. DH has been traveling and should make it home Friday night which is his birthday. So there will be pinto beans and cornbread for dinner.


Have been learning my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. So far I've, made pinto beans, rice, popcorn and this morning I made steel cut oats for breakfast in it. Next I am going to try yogurt and cheese cake. I used the new Electric Water Bath canner to do the Jam and it worked like a charm. It has a spigot on the side so you set it up by the sink and when you are done canning it drains almost all the way right into the sink.

The other news around here is Mama Cat (stray who adopted us) has 3 new kittens. I was only able to get a good picture of one of them this afternoon the other two are black and white. Will show you pictures when I'm able to get some they move so fast it is  hard to get a clear one. Can't get outside to take one they scatter when the door opens.

Well that about covers the last two weeks around here what have you been doing in your neck of the woods?


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer Chores

Here it is almost the end of August and winter is not far away. The last few days I have been gifted some Apricots and Plums. Since canning can't be done on the new stove top I am dehydrating the Apricots.

Yesterday while visiting friends I learned that there is an Electric Water Bath Canner so I will be making jelly with the plums when the new canner gets here on Friday. If you want to check it out you can find it Product Detailson Amazon. I didn't even know they made this I sure am glad to find it.


So last week while DH was in Pittsburgh I cleaned out the back bedroom which had become the catch all. Discovered there were mice making themselves to home which wouldn't do at all. So I had to haul everything out clean, buy a couple of new stands to put food on, wash all the jars, cans and boxes of food that were still usable and put everything back. In the mean time between the sticky traps and the cats we have done away with about 8 or 9 mice.  This is the after picture. Still have some arranging to do and clean out the closet which houses my yarn storage. We will be putting a queen size adjustable bed in there so when we have company they will have somewhere to sleep.

Our county fair just finished on Saturday.  I entered a couple of quilts and they each took a Blue Ribbon. So it has been a good month so far. I had a birthday the 1st of August and DH will have his on the 19th. So that is pretty much what has been going on around here. What's happening in your neck of the woods?






Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Update on Echo

About three and half months ago Echo came to live with us. I can't thank Nichole enough for thinking of us when she needed to find him a new home. He has settled in and now thinks of our house as home. He has in the last couple of weeks become very playful with me and tries to get the cats to play with him. They just look at him with horror and run and hide. (After a few choice words)

 The picture on the left is Echo in the quilt room. He likes to spend time there while I sew and wants to check everything I am doing in case it is edible. Then he lays on the rug and naps until we are ready to leave.

The next picture is Echo in the backyard up on one of the tables. He likes to get up there and take his afternoon nap. From there he can see the back door, the drive, the canal, and the bottom field.

The bottom picture is Echo working on his rawhide bone. In the evenings he comes in and has a rawhide treat and when he is finished with that he curls up and sleeps until bedtime.  He has become my companion and is such a joy to have around. When DH travels it is really nice to have him for company. Unlike the cats he lets me know if someone is around before I am surprised.
We took him to the vet and he is healthy and has had his teeth cleaned. We walk everyday usually a half a mile and some days we do a mile. He really likes the walks and has met several of the neighbors. He really likes the kids down the street, but doesn't always see them when we walk by. So that is where we are at the moment. Now I can't imagine life without him around. If you want to know anything else let me know.