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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sneaking Into Steve's Woodpile :)

You all know that I love to make signs,
but before I show what I made,
look at this . . . 
I took this photo at 6:30
in the morning through the window and screen.
I'm not sure why it looks so blue,
but look "Our First Snow".  

I was on Pinterest looking at signs,
and got inspired.

So, I went to Steve's wood pile and found
a few pieces of wood to play with.  

 Okay, here's the thing . . .
I'm going to show you photos of my signs
before and after I distressed them.
Which do you like best?





Oh, this photo is before 
shadowing the snowflake, too. 


I'm thinking about one day 
trying to sell my signs.
So, I value your opinion,
it would be a great help. 

Well, that's it!

Please leave a comment and
let me know what you think.

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)


Monday, December 5, 2016

Time To Quilt :)

As most of you know
I love spending time out in my barn.

 Most of the day Friday & Sunday afternoon
I was out in the Art Barn
working on this quilt.

I'm making this quilt with the 
"Quilt As You Go" method.  
If you are curious about it, look here. 
This video is how I learned to do this. 

 I did get a lot done on this quilt.

Maybe if I get another long day for sewing, 
I might even get it done :)
 It was wonderful having so much time to sew.
As you can see, my stitching isn't 
all that perfect,
but that's okay.
I find that trying to be perfect
stresses me out & I'm here for the fun of it :) 

While I was stitching,
Steve was smoking summer sausage.

He and our neighbor Jim made a batch
on Saturday.
So Sunday afternoon Steve put it into the smoker.

It will be great to serve with 
cheese and crackers for holiday company.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Until my next post please . . .
Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Friday, December 2, 2016

What Are Children Reading These Days?

Doing a book review is not something 
I would normally do in my blog.
As some of you know, 
our daughter and granddaughters came to visit
 at Thanksgiving.  During their visit we 
went to our local library.  
I would say that it doesn't matter where 
they are, going to the library is second nature 
to them, like breathing:) 
This particular book is one that my oldest granddaughter
 age ten has read twice 
and she wanted to check it out again, 
while she was here.  
After she left, I decided that I wanted to read it 
and see just what kind of books this sweet girl likes
 to read and why she liked it so much 
that she would read it again and again. 

 Well, I was pleasantly surprised.  
The story is very uplifting, 
but about making the most out of 
not so uplifting circumstances.
  The vocabulary
 and content far exceeds anything 
that I would have read at age ten.  
I'm very proud of these girls, 
and their Mama . . . 
she is the cornerstone to them 
being such good (great) readers.  

She has read them bedtime stories every night
 since birth and now at bedtime they take turns 
picking a book and reading it out loud to each other. 

That was how Abbey read this book for the second time . . . 
she picked it as one of her read aloud books,
 because she had enjoyed it so much 
and wanted to share it with her Mama and sister.   

It's one of those books that you will pick up
 and not want to put down until you've finished it :)

Do you wonder what your grandchildren are reading?
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I found it to be very interesting 
it was something fun to discuss 
when I talked with her on the phone 
the other night :)
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I'm hoping to have some time out in
my Art Barn today.
I'm starting a new quilt project :)

Keep Smiling! 
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)