Missing You/ Sunday Sampler

I’m back with the Sunday Sampler this Christmas Eve 2017. And Quilting is the topic. I’ve been taking advantage of some time off for Christmas by readying some projects for time consumption. Winter keeps many of us indoors more and I am no exception. What better time to be reunited with one of my favorite creative outlets, quilting?!

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The pattern above is shown with scraps but a grey background. I chose the tan instead. It definitely needs a neutral solid to make the colorful scraps stand out. The only downside is that I wish I would have made the blocks a little larger than the pattern dictated. It could have been much bigger had I done so. Noting it on the pattern for next time.

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Larger view of the quilt. It’ll most likely be a table topper. Maybe for the outdoor patio table this summer?? (I say this as we’ve just received our first measurable snow for the winter.)

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This is what we quilters call a OBW (One Block Wonder). I have more than one of these from my aunt but this one is the most complete so I have a plan for it once it has been quilted. Hand quilting is a longer process, but it is well worth it. Not to mention, this block deserves that tender care as it is old and a little fragile. Well worth saving.

Hope you’ll check out the other Sunday Sampler posts from past Sundays by clicking the tab at the top of this page. And…..

Wishing you all the very best in holiday wishes today as you celebrate!

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

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Outing with Grandma/ Thursday Doors

Having reached middle age, the priviledge to take my mother places that she probably wouldn’t go on her own is ranking pretty high on my list. Not to mention being able to include other family members on these excursions. Such was the case for this Thursday Doors post.

I’ve mentioned a few times the Lawrence, Kansas destination we take and the main reason being to visit the eldest daughter, soon to be Dr. Daughter. (Pardon this  outburst moment of pride.) 

The KU Campus was one of the places we took Mother, aka Grandma, to see. You can hover your mouse over each pic for a descriptive caption. It’s a lovely place to visit, with Fraser Hall’s flags flying in the above photo professing (no pun intended) its claim of being the highest point in Lawrence.

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I present the only actual door for this Thursday Doors collection. I know there are many more eye-catching ones but, sorry, they’ll have to wait until next year.

Waving the wheat is a long-standing KU tradition and this bronze is a tribute to that ritual as well as to the state of Kansas and its great farming legacy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Thursday Doors posts this past year and have taken a moment to check out other Door posts starting with Norm 2.0. Click the Blue Frog button at the bottom of his post for doors from around the world.

Happy Holidays from Central Missouri, USA!

Linen Service/ Thursday Doors

Having worked in food service for a number of years, I recognized the business name we drove past in Mexico, Missouri. But what caught my attention before that was the building it occupied.

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Arent’ these doors (and windows) attractive in how they accent this old building?

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In a hometown business, front door appeal is the best first impression.

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This Century Business Award tells it plainly that they have endured 100 years of service.

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I stepped into the breezeway and was pleased to find a more informative plaque of their prestigious award.

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Crown Linen Services operates in a pretty significant swath of area in Missouri and Illinois. And in case you hadn’t realized by now, they now have bragging rights to over 125 years of service.

For other Thursday Door entries, please visit Norm 2.0 where you’ll be met with wonderful door posts from around the globe.Just find the blue frog button and click.

The Stable/Thursday Doors

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One of the finer stables located on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia, Missouri.

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May the holiday truly bring Peace On Earth, Good Will Towards Men.

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post. 

Decisions/Sunday Sampler

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 Everything was decided. We only had to add a flower to this one and the other one in blue.

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My sister would have her two matching hats for her surprise gift. And in time for Christmas.

But then I had to dive into the yarn stash……and decided to experiment a little.

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Now there are 2 versions. This one uses thicker yarn (Medium weight) and the first lighter weight and, to me, is more Springy. So the dilemma is now hers. Which one would be the better gift for Christmas?? As for me, I’m now working on those flowers.

The Dutch Boy/Thursday Doors

This week I was inspired by this sign while in Downtown Lawrence, Kansas.

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You see, Daddy was a painter and I can remember him wearing Dutch Boy Paints hats many, many times. And today would be his 77th birthday.

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And since I couldn’t get across this street for a ‘Door Close-up’, I’m taking this Thursday Doors a new direction.

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I have a small collection of Yellow houses in honor of my dad.

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You see, yellow was his favorite color.

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I only wish he could walk up to This yellow house and visit.

Happy Birthday Dad!

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post. 

Time, The Longest Distance

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Stumped by that old arch enemy “time?” How to get everything made in time for Christmas? Even though you went to all those craft shows and told the vendors you could make it yourself? And some of them (me) actually encouraged you to make it yourself and keep traditions going. There are never enough crocheters, quilters, creators.

But then the closer these holidays get, the less time we seem to have. It’s a riddle how it gets away. “Time flies when you’re having fun.” “Time is what we want most, but we use worst.” And the list goes on and on.

Well by creating those handmade items at all those craft shows, I’m selling you back that time. Hand crafted items can be found by just perusing local markets even up to Christmas Eve. Or you can go online and find an Etsy store that has just about everything hand made you could imagine.

After all, “Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.”     

More Cole Camp Door Sightings/Thursday Doors

Headed back to Cole Camp, Missouri for Thursday Doors this week. I still had some photos in my stash and hope you enjoy my experiments with filters in my choices.

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Beginning with a slate filter. I personally like how it accents the missing panes of glass.

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Why this filter is called Zeke I don’t know but it sure gives a feeling of yesteryear. I’d love a front door that wide along with those double screen doors! Can you imagine how many times the momma yelled to stop slamming those over the years??

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Don’t step out this door without your ladder! The filter is called Napa and it brings out the peeling paint on that door’s window.

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And yes, the propane line runs smack dab through that door. I had to get a close up just for myself.

Guilty.

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The glow of those lights is the appeal for me to choose this version called Icarus. Remember Icarus flew too close to the sun and melted his wings? There was no threat of melting on this particular day I assure you with geese heading south along with the cold north winds.

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post. 

For the Children

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Screenshot_2015-12-20-11-05-33 (1)Last week I tried an online auction for the very first time. And……I won!!!

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Here are my winnings. A Gathering of 12 Vintage Christmas Stories for children.

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Older versions have such superb artistry.

Do you have any idea how spellbound my kiddos will be? You can’t find this stuff on tv or computer screens.

(unless you search eBay)

These deserve to be Cherished and Read to our young.

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Florence Sarah Winship is a renown illustrator of books and coloring books. I’m thrilled to have her name on 2 of my new acquisitions.

I’ll be Gathering memories this week!

 

One Morning in December

Oops!

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Fuzzy on the bottom.

Was it my finger, the camera strap, or the hair of the lady below me in the stands?

My oops photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a snapshot of my eldest daughter graduating with honors, Honors College graduate of the UCM Fall/Winter graduation. The Honors College is the second oldest program of its kind west of the Mississippi. Only 12 students were included this Fall.

I’m one proud mama!

More photos, because you know how mamas are with their photos……

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My husband, who also graduated the night before with his Master’s Degree. How can one contain so much pride????!!!!                     I’m busting at the seams.

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Both of my daughters. I. Am. Blessed.

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Family photo moment. Short people always have to be on the front row. Dang it!