>Update on braided rug


update on braided rug tutorial

The rug is about 4 rows from the next step in the tutorial. It is hard to tell in the photo, but it is almost five feet across now. The length of measuring tape that is extended beyond both sides of the rug shows five feet, my goal. So, I will be posting the last two tutorials in the round rug series very soon. This would have been done sooner, but as you noticed I had an absence with working, and commuting 20 hours a week and two holidays with crazy hours, 70-hour work weeks, a death in the family, and being sick on top of it all. It was all I could do to get up in the mornings lately. I think I am back on top of things. This should be done in the next 10 to 12 days.

>Memorial Day

>Back from our family picnic. Wow, a lot of people sure looked at that cobbler recipe; over 1100 thus far. My husband’s family liked it, too, because it is all gone! Hope you had a lovely day with friends and family.

>Easy Cobbler Recipe


finished cobbler

This is a super easy recipe to make; all you need is three ingredients, and a pan and an oven.

  • 2 cans of pie filling
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 cube butter (not the whole box)

First, heat up oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place two cans of filling in the bottom of a 9 x 11 baking pan. I am making two batches for our family picnic today, so I used four cans — two per pan. One is cherry and one is apple; any fruit filling will work.

layer 1

Next, lay an entire box of vanilla cake mix on top of fruit layer.

start of layer twosecond layer on

Next, slice the cube of butter super thin and spread it out evenly over the cake-mix layer.

third layer

Place in oven and let bake for 30 minutes.

in oven

Pull out to cool.

set out to cool

Can be severed as is or with whip cream, ice-cream or whatever you want.

finished cobbler
If you want a smaller batch, use a pie pan, 1 can of filling, 1/2 box cake mix, and 1/2 cube of butter. The rest of the instructions are the same, including cooking time.

>Are you a member of SABLE


“SABLE – Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy”

I have heard about this on several blogs, and I always get a good laugh at it. I think I must be a member because my stash never seems to get smaller, only larger. I think I fit this group as a fabric member, embroidery floss member, buttons, notions, yarn, crochet thread, book, and sewing thread plus way too many more to mention in one list. What items make you a member of this group?

st. patrick's day

>This is Great Grandma H.

> This photo was taken for her eighth-grade graduation. Her mother made the dress. Out of all the pictures I have seen of her, I think this is my favorite one. My husband and I received this as a gift at the memorial service. I am grateful to have it.

I really do not know much about her because she was a very quiet woman. What I do know amazes me. She raised two sons after her husband died, in an era when it wasn’t normal to be a single mom. She did lots of handwork and traveled a lot before getting married in her 30’s, also not normal for the time.

memories of great grandma H

She will be greatly missed. The other Grandma H (GH or MIL) in the family, my MIL, has given us a few of the items we have given great-grandma (GGH) over the years. I am now wearing a ring that I gave to GGH. I am wearing it next to the ring my husband gave me for our tenth anniversary.
My MIL has also given us a free-form temari ball I made for GGH and the wood stand with metal hook my husband made to hold the temari ball.

wood inlay for great grandma h

We also received back a wood plaque that my husband purchased for GGH when he lived in Brazil for a few years. I have never kept one of my own Temari balls, so this has extra meaning in that not only is it one I gave to GGH, it is also one of my favorite free-form ones. When my husband lived in Brazil he only purchased gifts for his family; I didn’t know him then, so we didn’t have any of the wood plaques from Brazil. Now not only does this symbolizes his grandmother, but his two years of missionary work in Brazil.


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funeral for a man, originally uploaded by sunshine’s creations.

This is a funeral arrangement I made today for a man. I had lots of fun making it, too. It is always fun when the person purchasing flowers has an imagination and lets you do some things that are non-traditional. The customer picked out a similar design from one of our books at the store, TELEFLORA, but wanted different colors and flowers; just wanted a similar look to the piece.


>So, if you are wondering about the sort of lack of posts lately, we have had proms the last few weeks at work; it is Mother’s Day week; and we have had a death in the family, Great Grandma H . My life is in a sort of holding pattern ’till all this passes. Take care and please send well wishing thoughts and prayers to my in-laws

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