Monday, July 24, 2017

Blessed, Honored Pioneers . . .


Pioneer Day is an official holiday celebrated on July 24 in the U.S. state of Utah with some celebrations in regions of surrounding states originally by Mormon pioneers. It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, where the Latter-day Saints settled after being forced from Nauvoo, Illinois, and other locations in the eastern United States. 

Parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities help commemorate the event.  Similar to July 4, most governmental offices and many businesses are closed on Pioneer Day.  

In addition to being an official holiday in Utah, Pioneer Day is considered a special occasion by many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).  On Pioneer Day, some Latter-day Saints walk portions of the Mormon Trail or reenact entering the Salt Lake Valley by handcart.  Latter-day Saints throughout the United States and around the world may celebrate July 24 in remembrance of the LDS Church's pioneer era, with songs, dances, potlucks, and pioneer related activities. 

While the holiday has strong links to the LDS Church, it is officially a celebration of everyone, regardless of faith and nationality, who emigrated to the Salt Lake Valley during the pioneer era, which is generally considered to have ended with the 1869 arrival of the transcontinental railroad. 

Notable non-LDS American pioneers from this period include Episcopal Bishop Daniel S. Tuttle, who was responsible for Utah's first non-Mormon schools (Rowland Hall-St. Mark's) and first public hospital (St. Mark's) in the late 1800s. The Intertribal Powwow at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City honors the rich cultural heritage and contributions of the area's Native Americans, helping Utahns to gain a deeper understanding of the region's history.

As a great, great, great grand daughter of Brigham Young, this is a very special day to me.  I am hoping that here on the Oregon coast I can honor the day as a modern-day pioneer boiling water to wash the dishes and my hair, going up to the state park to take showers and re-building my darling little house here a mile and half from the beach!!

To all my Mormon (LDS) friends and family - 
HAPPY PIONEER DAY!! 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What a Delightful Day . . .

Yesterday I went down to the little town of Langlois, Oregon to the Wild Rivers Wool Factory to take spinning lessons from Sandie, the owner.

It was all day long and I had a ball and learned soooooo much.  First, Sandie had me start out using a drop spindle and I used one that looked like this ~

Image from the Internet
  The big circle is at the bottom so that when I need to stop the spinning, I can just place the bottom on the floor.  This is as opposed to ~


This kind where the round thing is at the top.

I went into the lesson with a prejudice against spinning with a drop spindle because it just looked too hard.  Sandy said I needed to learn the drop spindle first so I could get the proper movement with my hands alone before moving onto the spinning wheel where both hands and feet were involved.

I must say, it was much more pleasant than I thought it would be and the nice thing about the drop spindle is that you can take it anywhere and spin fiber!!

BUT, then I got to work on the spinning wheel.  This is the actual wheel I learned on ~


And here is the skein of yarn I produced ~


Soooooo much fun!!  Sandy says I am now officially a spinner of fine threads!!  There is about 80 yards in this skein, just about enough for a hat!!  Just about!!

This is Sandie ~


And here she is with her "should I be cute" pose!!  She had me laughing all day!!


Thank you Sandie for a fun, fun day!!  Friday I am going down to learn to felt hand-crafted soap!!  I wonder if Janet O. over at Rogue Quilter would make me some lavender bars of soap to felt?  I am thinking for the up-coming quilt shows I will need about 50 bars - but not until August 3rd.  Hmmmmm, nah, I know she is busier than all get out these days!!

Come back on Friday and see my felted soaps!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Come See What I am Up to at the Bandon Reno . . .


This is the door to the "Scary Bathroom!!"  Come see what is in store for me today HERE!!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday's Smile!!

Thank you to Donna for posting this on Facebook - Snort!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Anyone want a Used Rowena Iron?

When I first started quilting about 10 years ago, everyone said I just had to have a good, heavy expensive iron.  So, I got a Rowenta.  It was wonderful until it died a few years ago.  I got a second one and it leaks!!  Yikes!!

 

So when Sharon over at Vroomans Quilts got a new Black & Decker "The Classic" traditional steam iron with her piggy bank savings, I thought hmmmmm, maybe it is time.  So I checked into getting one and I was amazed!! It is less than one-third the price of a new Rowenta!!

And here it is ~


It is really nice and heavy - perfect for a good press and it has an auto turn off which I love because I am always walking away from my iron.

And the point is wonderful!!  It is very pointed, perfect for getting into wherever you need to get into!!



I am really excited about using it, which is exactly what I am going to do as soon I finish this post!!

Thanks Sharon for the heads up and I am serious, if anyone is interested in a used Rowenta that leaks if filled more than 1/4 full, let me know in a comment and I will put names in a basket and pick a new beneficiary of the Rowenta!!



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fun Gifts & a Little Sewing . . .

Before I left Logan, my cute friend Janet O. over at Rogue Quilter dropped by the house on moving day and brought me a present ~


I was thrilled!!  Janet made this darling pincushion using a mysterious template for the Dresden Plate (Janet's post is HERE) and some of her wonderful hand-crafted soap.

Then, when I got here to Bandon, my Realtor, Anne brought me a housewarming gift ~


Now I have a little angel to watch over my new home and keep us safe.

Then, this past week I was able to get some hand sewing done.  Three months of flowers for the Inchy Hexagon Swap I belong to.




And finally, the house is coming along ~

Click HERE to see what is going on



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saturday's Smile!!

From Harlow and Sage on Facebook

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Week Two Progress on the Reno . . .

I have not gotten too much sewing done, except a couple of hex flowers so I set up a temporary area in my kitchen so I can sew when I can find time!!

CLICK HERE TO COME SEE WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS PAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE

Happy 4th of July!!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday's Smile!!

Thank you to Donna over at Brynwood Needleworks for sharing this

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes . . .

Click HERE to see what I am working on today.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My New Home . . .

Well, we made it safely to Bandon and here is our new home ~


The 2-foot tall grass is beautiful blowing in the cool ocean breezes but little by little it will be whacked down.  The house is on a quarter of an acre so that might take me awhile!!  :-))

I have decided that I am going to keep this blog as my quilting and Saturday's Smile blog and I have created a new blog called Bandon-by-the-Sea Renovation.  If you are interested in seeing my progress on the house reno, I am going to post the above picture and by clicking on the picture it will take you to the new blog.  I hope you will join me in my fun new Oregon coast adventure!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

We're Getting Close . . .

It's been going on for weeks but tomorrow is U-Haul day and so the past couple of days we have been in high gear!!

Now I just have to get some of this stuff out of the house and into the truck so I can 1. think and 2. see what is left to pack!!

These are my fabric bricks ~

A full living room!!

Yikes!!

It's everywhere, it's everywhere!!



Done for the day and with a good night's sleep we will be up again tomorrow morning to pack the truck and say goodbyes!!  Janet, if you are in town, drop by for a hug, will ya?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

East Window Works Too!

I have always been told that you need to put African Violets in a northern window so that they will bloom.  Well, I have no northern window where I can put any plants, so I put this gorgeous violet that a friend gave me a slip of several months ago in my office window that faces east.


Plus, there is no drainage in this pot!!  Love it!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Another Flower Surrounded by Love . . .


Another darling Flower for my garden is finished.  The inside flower is from Cathy Thorgrimson from Kenora, Canada and I received it in August, 2014.  The outer row is from Simone Smith from Australia and they were received October, 2015.  I got two outer row sets from Simone, so I look forward to making another flower with the other set she sent to me.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitchin' . . .

In about the 2011 - 2012 time frame, I was taking care of my sweet Father in St. George, UT.  Across the street from us lived this really cool lady.  She was an archeolgist or something to do with old cultures.  When she would go away on an expedition, I would watch her house and bring in the mail and newspapers.

One day she was showing me some of her quilting projects.  All of a sudden she asked me if I would like this one top because she had made it years and years ago and she said she would probably never finish it.   Well, I said YES!!  I would love it!!

I finally got around to having it quilted about a month ago and I just got the binding completed this afternoon and WOW!!


It turned out gorgeous!! I used Kaffe Fassett's Roman Glass in Byzantine on the back and for the binding!!


And my sweet friend Tammy quilted it for me and used a pattern at has Aztec suns on it.  Hopefully, if you click on the picture below to make it larger you can see the fabulous quilting.


I will be linking up with Kathy over at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Come see all the great handwork everyone is doing!!  My favorite handwork is binding!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MOVING SALE, MOVING SALE, MOVING SALE!!

Hi everyone!!

Now that it is official and I am moving in a few weeks, I have decided to have a big moving sale in my Etsy shop for the next couple of weeks!!  I am going to be putting new lower prices on differnet items several times a day.

If you would like some REALLY good prices come on over!!  And if you see something you like that is not on sale, convo me and I can set up a Special Order with reduced shipping with the sale prices!! Click on the flower below to go to my Etsy shop!!


Thank you all so much and if you would be kind enough to share this post with your friends on social media  and/or through your blog, I would be eternally grateful!!  I really don't want to move all this fabric!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Well, It Finally Happened!!

We signed the closing papers on our new little house in Bandon, Oregon that we bought sight unseen except for pictures on Trulia.com!!  It's a little fixer-upper!!  Joanna Gaines here I come!!

Here is a little sneekie peek!!

It is really a plain Jane, but that is what is going to make it such a fun project!! I have started packing boxes and the plan is to load the moving truck on May 27th.

Bandon by the Sea here we come!!



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching . . .

Yesterday I received my March 2017 second row hexies from Mary Gearheart in Grove City, OH and so here I am withh the completed flower and her gorgeous hexies sewn together ~


 The Taupey brown polka-dotted flower was from Bev Kirk, September, 2014.  I really love these two together!!  What do you think?

Linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's Quilts.  Lots of fun things going on over there!!