Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WIPs With Friends

I have been so busy with the new camper that I have little to show.  
I did finish my stars and have sewn 33 sets of the setting squares but 
I forgot to take any photos of those.  
Last 4 stars of what I had to make.
Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts


I thought I would show you my fisheries biologist daughter at work in the field.  
That right there is a 57 pound catfish!!!



I also have some pretty photos of some flowers in my garden to share.  
My coneflowers were gorgeous this year.


I planted a new foxglove and it is doing so well.  
My grandmother used to tell me the spots on the flowers were where 
the bees walked in with muddy feet!


I also had this little guy show up on my house too. 
Apparently you should not touch them as their "fur" can cause a rash.
Who knew?


I will be attending the AQS show in Grand Rapids tomorrow 
so hopefully I will have more to show next week.  T
hen we are off on another camping trip this weekend.  Trying to eek out the last bit of summer fun!

Please link up what YOU have been working on and if we can get 10 people to link up I will do another little giveaway!

~XOP~




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Camping with the Kittens

Some of you may know that we parked our camper for the whole week at the 
Covered Wagon Camp Resort.  
We had our son's dog for most of the week while he and our daughter and her boyfriend were using our truck and camping up north in their tents.  
They came back on Friday and we all went to the camper for dinner.  
We brought the kittens with us to spend a few nights.

First let me say that while it was great to take the camper out, 
the campground was not really "resort" like, LOL.  
There was, however a super creepy slide!  
I took a few pictures to share.  There is a pond with a raft for the kids to play on too.


I thank that, back in the day, this place had to be pretty cool.  
This slide would have been amazing to go on as a kid!


Interestingly it ends in some brackish water and at the end of the water trough is a cement slab.  Better make sure your raft stopped before you were launched onto the cement!!  
They have a nice playground, a train that runs on the weekends with lights and putt putt at the front of the campground.  all, slightly, run down, but they had a AWESOME pool!  
We never made it to the pool but if the weather had been better I would have loved to have gone.


Finn was exhausted by all the activity.  
My daughter bought them both collars, tags, a harness and leash.  
We put the boys in the pet tent for awhile then put on their harnesses and leashes. 
 Finn was up for exploring but Cole thought we were killing him, LOL.  
He laid down and would not move!  haha


They BOTH loved looking out the screen door.  
I think I am going to have to find some kind of screen protector from little kitten claws though, sigh.  Cole has the brightest eyes!


As you can see camper life seems to agree with all my boys!


We did spend some time in Dundee.  
We were looking for something to do and ran into a small tractor show. 
 I thought this view was so pretty.


I think this is one of my favorite photos of Finn.  He is much easier to photograph then Cole.  


When I found this rug I had to buy it.  I think this is so true for us!


I did manage a little sewing but no photos, maybe tomorrow.  
I think we are going to be going camping again this weekend in IN near Shipshewana.  

Stay tuned for more of our camping adventures as we figure this all out!

~XOP~


Friday, August 11, 2017

Sea Horse Quilt

I have had a few finishes but want to share them one by one. 
 So today, since this quilt has *finally* been gifted I thought I would share it. 
 Do you remember the sea horse quilt that I did with my two friends?
We finished it and sent it off to California to it's new owner.  
Little Camilla now has her quilt


Looks like her big sister liked it too!  
I used the Mermaid Minky on the back and it is so soft!
I absolutely fell in love with this fabric. 
 If you can find some reason to use this you should!!!
Please, run right out and buy some, you will not regret it.





Here are some photos of this all finished.  
If you need to make one too, the pattern is by Summercrafter and you can buy it from her right here.


I made the pink one.


My friend, Judith, made the green one.


My friend, Robin, made the blue one.


I made the waves too and put the quilt together and did the binding.


Quilting was done by Kathy Koch of Threadbear Quilting. (she is amazing).  
I found this adorable Mermaid quilting pattern.


You can see how cool the Mermaids look on the back too.



I was happy to sneak in some bunnies and that adorable little cat face!


 This little queen of the Mermaids was one of my favorites!


Welcome to the world little Camilla!  
We were so blessed to be able to make a little something to brighten up your room!!  
Many hugs and kisses to your sweet mom too!
I miss you Karen <3 p="">

Enjoy your weekend everyone!  
My kids come home today and we are all going to hang out at the camper.
  I can't wait!

~XOP~


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Happy Birthday To My Darling Daughter

Today, 29 years ago, my middle child came into this world.  
She was born at 7:47 am after a fairly long and unproductive labor.  
They finally gave me Pitocin and THEN 4 hours later she was born.  
She was 2 weeks early, in a rush to be part of my world. 
She was a force to be reckoned with then and still is!
 I was in labor on 8/8/88 but she decided to hold off until the 9th!  
She is every bit a Leo in her personality.  

She is smart, funny, silly, sweet, kind, happy, loving and generally amazing and 
 I could not imagine my life without her. 
 I thank God for her every single day.  
Happy Birthday Goomba!!  


















Happy Birthday!!!  I love you MORE!

Love, 
Mom  xoxo

WIPs With Friends

OMGosh with all the camper stuff going on in my world right now 
I almost forgot to post WIP's With Friends!!  
We picked up our new fifth wheel camper last week on Thursday.  
We drove it to a nearby campground on Friday and it has been parked there all week 
(our daughter has our truck for the week).  
As you can imagine there has not been a lot of sewing going on over here. 
 I did bring some binding to work on and managed to bind an entire quilt though!  

First up are camper pictures!!  This is us picking it up


Kitchen island on the right.  Fridge on the left looking into our living room.


Bathroom



Bedroom still needs a quilt!


Us in the back of the camper parked outside our house to prep it.


Kitchen with stove and microwave


TV and fireplace, directly across from 2 theater recliners that heat and massage!!


 First family get together.  Dinner with our whole family (this is our son and his dog)


Even got 2 new Spartan tables to use outside.


You can take a video tour here too if you want to see the inside more clearly.

video

So more to follow as we have more adventures.  
I have a quilt in mind for our bed. 
 The one you see in the video was the one I made for my dad a few months before he passed away. 
 It has snowmobiles and golf balls all over it, LOL.  
 I have a camper quilt on board to make and I can see that I need to make a Spartan quilt for the weekends we are at the football games too!

I did manage to finish binding our picnic quilt. 
 I will try to take a pic of the finished quilt in the near future too.


I am still working my way through the stars and squares I need to make for another quilt.  
I hope to have those finished soon so I can assemble and get that off to the quilter.  
It is a gift for a friend.
Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts

Now it's your turn.  Link up and show us what you are working on too!

~XOP~