Wednesday, May 3, 2017


I'm sure everyone has heard and seen how the Midwest has been hammered with flooding rain, high winds and tornados.  Our county in Missouri was hit especially hard and many have lost everything they owned.  Fortunately for our area, few lives have been lost but lives have certainly been shaken up and forever changed.  At our home we got 11 inches of rain in 24 hours and narrowly escaped having water flood our home by about 14 inches. 

Short-term projects appeal to me right now, so I got out my embroidery machine and made a few little zippered bags (above).  They are fun and a little dangerous to make......whatever do I mean by dangerous?  I had an unfortunate accident and sewed over my finger while making one of these little cuties.  It happened so fast that it's impossible for me to say exactly how this happened.  It's behind me now and I'm on the mend.  In all my years of sewing I've never had anything like this happen.  I would caution you not to try this....very painful.

Our Sweet Olive is doing well at the moment.  She has some new medication that helps with her appetite, which means she eats well and is able to take her medications.  She is done taking her chemo treatments and now we will continue to love and baby her.  When her condition changes and she has pain we will say our goodbyes to her.  Every day with her is a Gift. 

Thank you, Jan, for your comment.  I think what I wrote about and you deal with also is what was behind sewing over my finger.  Sometimes things happen that show us what frail beings we are.

Wishing everyone a blessed day....thank you for stopping by.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has definitely arrived in the Ozarks along with everything that comes with it ~~~ the fun of seeing new growth and flowering trees and bushes, beautiful flowers to plant and grass to cut.  We will be having a rainy weekend, but we need the rain right now more than we need blue skies.  The hummingbirds appeared at our feeder Wednesday. 

Our Little Olive has taken five treatments to attempt to slow down the progression of her cancer and to help keep her comfortable.  For the most part she has done well with some tummy upsets and appetite loss for a few days.  Today was a good day for her.  Our vet is very compassionate. 

Since Olive has been sick I've found it hard to concentrate on sewing.  I took a baby quilt top and a smallish quilt I made from some charm packs in my stash to be quilted.  My longtime quilter, Reggie, retired the first of this year and I'm trying her helper (who bought Reggie's machine).  I hope she does well with her new business.  I haven't been totally idle, just flitting from one thing to the next and finishing very little.

I hope everything is going well in your world and that you are enjoying a beautiful Spring.

Thank you for stopping in  ~~ Barb ~~

Thursday, January 19, 2017


As many of you have already read, our Scottish terrier, Little Olive, has been diagnosed with two life-ending cancers.  This has broken our hearts.  For now we are keeping her comfortable until the time we must say goodbye to her.

Since blogging is something I love to do from a happy heart, I find I'm not able to post right now and I have decided to take a break.  I am not sewing or creating right now but I'm sure I will resume in the near future.

God Bless You All and remember to hug your furbabies every chance you get.    ~~Barb~~

Sunday, January 1, 2017


From our family to yours we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

Our new year has begun with the knowledge that we will be losing our younger scottie, Little Olive, in a few short weeks. 
We would be thankful for your prayers during this time.

Sunday, December 25, 2016


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From our family to yours, we wish you Christmas blessings.

We will be spending the day at home with the Girls, as this will likely be the last Christmas with our Little Olive.  We sure could use a Christmas miracle for her and your prayers are greatly appreciated.

I have a pumpkin pie in the oven and afterwards I will bake our Christmas cake.  Today food will be simple....beef with horseradish sauce, Duchesse potatoes and roasted asparagus.

The black Christmas quilt I made for our daughter was well received and now I can post a picture of it..... 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas.

Thursday, December 8, 2016


Yesterday I finished hemming the Gift quilt I made us for Christmas.  All the years I've been quilting I hadn't made a Christmas quilt for us until last year.  So we now have two.

 The gifts and borders were made from a Flourish layer cake.  The background, backing, ribbons and bow fabrics are from my stash.  I decided on traditional colors but it would look great in any colorway.
I hope your holiday projects are coming along well. 
Warm holiday wishes to you and yours.

Thursday, November 24, 2016



Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 

Two pumpkin pies just came out of the oven and our house smells wonderful.  We will be spending the afternoon with friends and eating with them and their large family ~~ so many that our meal will be held in a community room.  That's what happens when there are 11 children in a family and they grow up and have families of their own!

We broke with tradition this year and partially put up our Christmas tree last night.  Tonight we will add the ornaments and officially kick off the Christmas season.  My husband LOVES our Christmas tree and the whole season of friendship, sharing, good food and gifts.  We don't buy gifts for each other but for children and families that are having a difficult time making ends meet.   

 Wishing Thanksgiving Blessings from our family to yours.