Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Home for the Holidays Blog Hop is underway....
It's always  fun to be involved in the Blog Hops that 
Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin plans and organizes!!

A BIG THANK YOU to STACY!! 

If you are new to blog hops WELCOME!!! 

Today is day 6 of the blog hop
 and I do hope that you are enjoying each day reading the FUN Christmas facts and vintage pictures
 that Stacy is sharing on her blog ......then hopping over to  that days featured designer to read what they have to share, checking out their special recipe,and downloading each project for some fun Christmas stitching!!! 

Here's a cookie recipe that you can get your
"hands" right into!!!
Growing up my family moved almost every summer and my mom tried to keep things to a minimum    so there was not an abundance of stuff to move all the time. She was not a collector of knickknacks and clutter. But one thing I remember seeing each year come out of the boxes
 at Christmas time was a silly little elf.


I am not sure what ever happened to the old thing after the passing of my parents but the tradition seems to be carrying on....

I don't know if you have heard the story of the Elf on the Shelf but it is quite the story....
Each December 1st the Elves comes back from the North Pole to live with a family and watch over them for Santa....The children give the elves names and each morning the elves have moved to a different locations during the night. The kids have so much fun finding their elf and seeing what mischief they might have gotten into......
Our kids have named their elves "Mistletoe" and "Percy".
Here is a picture of Percy hanging out with my old spools!! 
Hope he doesn't tangle my threads!! 


 Last year when I was invited to go to Australia to teach with Gail Pan at her workshops I designed a little elf for the ladies to stitch. I have been saving it to share sometime here in the US and have decided this is the perfect opportunity. The ladies in Australia where so lovely and I have such fun memories with them!! We had approx 140 ladies in two different workshops making elves!! 
That's a lot of elves.....and elf parts.....


This little guy has the option of putting wire in his arms
 so he can wrap his arms around anything he wants!!
 Give him a name and let him watch over your family this Christmas Season!!

You better be good.....He might tell Santa on you.....


I loved reading about Stacy and her Grandmas Gumdrop Tree....here are a couple of patterns that might be just what you're looking for is you love GUMDROPS!! 



Happy Stitching!!! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Happy October

October....my favorite month!! 


I love the fall, and October is the month 
that it seems to be 
in full swing...
the trees changing colors, leaves falling, 
the days shorter, 
it's back to school, family dinners, pumpkins, 
and it's my birthday month!! 

As a kid it seemed to me that going trick or treating was
an extension to my birthday.
 I was born on October 27th and loved that we all had costumes 
picked and were just waiting for the 
anticipation to go door to door and get candy!! 

The worst thing was the PLASTIC masks we wore with the 
elastic string around the back of you head
 pulling at your hair
 and the sweat building up between
 your face and the mask!! 

Such memories.... 


One of my favorite memories is of my mom making those 
yummy, warm, colorful,sticky popcorn balls
 wrapped in wax paper!! 


Today starts the first of several days of the Hall-o-ween Blog Hop
Stacy loves Halloween and has some fun treats for you!!! 


FYI...I love Candy Corn!!!
 I know you either love it or hate it!! 
One time my grandmother bought me a whole brown
 grocery bag full of candy corn and left it on
 my front porch for me!!
 Don't you just love grandma's!!
 I know I love being one!!  

This year the kids have their costumes all picked out!!
Addison is going to be a COWGIRL
Hailey is going to be a TOY SOLDIER
Emma is going to be ELSA
Olivia is going to be a DOCTOR
Lincoln is going to be a PIRATE
and Hazel is going to be a PUMPKIN

Here is a sneak peak at Hailey....I ended up making a Toy Soldier jacket for her....
It's going to be fun!!! 


When we got married in 1976
 one of our favorite movies was Young Frankenstein! 
I can't even say how many times we watched
 it but if you have time watch it this October....


So if you made it through all that....
like they say....good things come to those who wait....
My October Blog Hop Project I have to share with you
 is this cute little Frankenstein neck pocket.
These are fun and fast to stitch up so you can still make 
them before Halloween gets here!! 

Click here for pattern

Oh...and don't forget to tuck a treat inside!!!

Happy Halloween to all of you!!
BOO!! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Welcome to my day to share in the
Farmhouse Threads & Friends
 Harvest Mystery Quilt Blog Hop!!

Thanks to Rhonda
 for
 organizing such a fun project!!
The projects have been amazing!!

Last week Shawn York from The Rusty Crow,
shared her adorable
 Apple Basket Block!!

I think I look forward to the apple harvest the most!!
We have a tradition of taking a drive out the gorge to
Hood River,Oregon and spending time in all the  fruit orchards,
stopping at so many wonderful fruit stands and buying the fresh harvest!!!! 

 Apples, corn, pumpkins, wheat, and pears,
what garden would be complete
without a friendly scarecrow or two!!

 Kathy from Heart to Hand and I are working hard at keeping
those crows away from the harvest!!
She shared an adorable scarecrow a couple of weeks ago!!
So many fields, so many rows,
now you have two cute scarecrows!!

Kits have SOLD OUT!!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

It's Day 7 of the 
Buttermilk Basin Summer Blog Hop! 

I am so excited to get to share with you today!! 


 As a kid, summers meant moving for our family. 
I know it sounds crazy...but we moved every summer
 and to me as a kid it always seemed like an adventure!! 

We didn't often get to go to summer camps, 
 but we did spend a lot of time with our immediate family
 getting our new home set up and when we were finished
 we went on camping, fishing, and beach trips. 

Now.... as a NANA I love spending time in the summer with the grandkids!!

A fun summer activity with the kids is having a lemonade stand!! 
I think I probably buy most of it and end up with a belly full of lemonade!! 


My good friend Joy has a lemon tree and when we visit 
we always get to pick fresh lemons and bring them home!! 


There is nothing like Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!!!





Now..... if you are going to a Summer Potluck
 you might want to try these 
BBQ Meatballs!!



My friend shared this recipe with me and it's a new favorite here for sure!! 


It's so fun getting ready for these blog hops!! 
Choosing a recipe...... cooking it up....taking the photos!! 
Then getting to sample the goods!!! 
YUMMY!! 

You know the old saying...
When Life Give you Lemons,,,,Make Lemonade??? 

Well my project is a spin off of that....

When Life Gives you Lemons....SEW!!! 

What's better than that!!
A little stitching can brighten those cloudy summer days!!!

Here is a little Lemon Pincushion
 and 
Needle Keeper 
for you to sit on the porch, 
 sip your lemonade, and stitch away!! 





and if you still want to stitch more....make a lemon coaster!!! 


Happy Summer!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Buttermilk Basin Summer Blog Hop 
has begun!!


Stacy's put together a great group that is going to share a free 
summer pattern for you to stitch during lazy summer days!!
to find out some fun stuff about the designers, 
what their favorite summer potluck recipes are, 
and download their free designs they are sharing with us!!  

It's not too late to follow along!!
  
Here's whats been shared so far....







Here is the full line up!!
Hope you are enjoying your summer!!

Day 1
July 8th
 Quilts by Cheri

Day 2
July 9th
 Calico Moon

Day 3
July 10th
 Gail Pan Designs

Day 4
July 11th
Heartspun Quilts


Day 5
July 12th
Crabapple Hill

Day 6
July 13th
Notforgotten Farm

Day 7
July 14th
Wooden Spool Designs

Day 8
July 15th
Plum Cute Designs

Day 9
July 16th
Lynette Anderson Designs

Day 10
July 17th
Kathy Schmitz

Day 11
July 18th
The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

Day 12
July 19th
 Leonie Bateman Designs

Day 13
July 20th
Ali Strebel Designs

Day 14
July 21st
Buttermilk Basin


Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Well it's been about 6 months since I have posted on here!! 
I hope that you are able to follow me on my Wooden Spool Designs Facebook Page also!!
I have been doing most of my weekly news and updates there!! 
Here is the link!! 
Visit me there and LIKE my page to keep up with whats new!! 


It's just about summer time here and we have had some
 nice hot days already along with some good down pours.
Today we had a huge owl visit us all day...just sitting
in the evergreen tree watching over everything...
and it was pretty cool for us to get to watch him too!!

I have a few new designs out to show you...

Bringing Home the Tree



Canning Jar Bouquets


Sewing Storage


The Great Pumpkin


Cats in the Patch


and
coming up beginning this Friday
join in the fun and follow the
Farmhouse Friends Harvest Mystery Quilt Blog Hop

For 12 weeks beginning June 17th
 a group of designers will be sharing
their free block design to complete a
Harvest Mystery Quilt from Farmhouse Threads.

Each designer will have an assigned week
 to share with you their free downloadable pattern.

Here is the line up and the links so you
can visit each designers blog
 and
download the free pattern.

Kits will be for sale individually by the designers
 and
Finishing kits will be available from
Farmhouse Threads.

Week 1
 June 17th
 Rhonda McCray -  Farmhouse Thread

Week 2
 June 24th
Jeni Gaston -  Woolen Willow Designs

Week 3
July 1
Lisa Bongean -  Primitive Gatherings

Week 4
July 8th
Joan Grenke -  Bits and Pieces by Joan

Week 5
July 15th
Joyce Weeks -  Geoff's Mom Pattern Co.

Week 6
July 22
Kathy and Taylor -  The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

Week 7
July 29
Kathy Campbell -  Heart to Hand

Week 8
August 5th
Shawn York - Rusty Crow Quilt Shop

Week 9
August 12
Debbie Busby -  Wooden Spool Designs

Week 10
August 19
Gloria Parsons -  Olde Green Cupboard Designs

Week 11
August 26
Linda and Donna -  My Red Door Designs

Week 12
September 2
Finishing Instructions from Farmhouse Threads

Hope you will follow along and enjoy the fun!!

Happy Stitching!!



Friday, January 22, 2016


Sharing the Love.....

February is coming,
 LOVE is in the air,
 and
 HEARTS are everywhere!! 

Valentines Day is just around the corner
 and its a great time to stitch up some woolly hearts!! 

To say I love you to all of you who
 follow, encourage, and support me
 I am sharing my
Scalloped Valentine Heart Pattern with you!! 
                                   
Please use for personal use only. 
This download will be available only through February 14th.


Enjoy and THANK-YOU!!!