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A new site

I added a new site to continue on instead of deleting it all. Oh sew tempting made mention of doing a new site instead of a clean swipe, so glad she suggested it. Here’s the link to the new site..

Sorry folks, can’t get the link to work! But a copy and paste in the search engine does…


March 4 … a fresh start

In a few days I will wipe out all old blogs ,as my media is full and I don’t wish to pay 4.00 a month for upgrade. I will keep the same site …. but hopefully they don’t swipe out all my friends that I’m following… guess I’ll find out!

Feb. 25… another this and that post…

The challenge quilt is done ,and given back to the church sewing ladies. I enjoyed doing it but I don’t think I will do another one even though I have the pattern.

The colors aren’t true in the above photo…

A little more true here.

Now for spring flowers that are popping up very quickly ,the days have been warm and sunny.

Some unique photos… a trees that is washed out… gnarly roots.. limestone…. hurricane damage….

Birds nests,and one that also uses cotton for bedding!๐Ÿ˜„

And a lovely sunset at the end of a beautiful day!

Have a great week !

Feb.19… hand quilt a long

Sorry…. that I’m a day late. We were not home over the weekend. Leona has had the flu ,and has been rather sick for close to two weeks. I did notice that while her illness seem to be getting better her spirits were low. Leona is a happy child often humming in her off tune way, so this had me concerned. Steve (hubby) and I were sitting in the family room Friday noon as he can in from the office for lunch. I mentioned to him my concerns. He looked at me in a knowing way,then at Leona saying casually that the weather would be perfect for camping. Leona’s face lite up with a hardy grunt of excitement. So that is just what we did. We were on the road in less than two hours heading to our favorite state park! We had a very lovely weekend. The fresh air and enjoyable wheelchair strolls did much for her ,Leona is back to her humming self.๐Ÿ˜€

So now for the update on my projects…..

The double wedding ring quilt was worked on the most . Here I was last update…

Here is where I am now with one more ring to go until half way….

It is rumpled for being in a basket.

Then the cathedral window quilt…. last update…

Here now…

I didn’t work on the Fire Island Hosta quilt. I just couldn’t get it worked in . So I’m still working in the corner…

Now I’m off to catch up on what the other bloggers are doing….

here’s the list of other hand quilt along bloggers















Sharon ,


Feb.8… a challenge quilt,and more practice drawings

A community lady was stricken with Alzheimer’s,she then gave all her sewing supplies ,fabrics and unfinished projects to the church sewing. I was handed this unfinished project to finish. It is an older pattern maybe 80’s at least the fabrics are. Here is what was handed to me….

I had the challenge of figuring out what was done and what wasn’t ….I soon discovered that she had the colors backward from the pattern,with two of the blues switched.

I switched the blues around .. if I had been a little wiser … I should have just redone those first strips. I’m a very visual person and the color coded instructions messed me up at time or two.

I finally covered the color code and worked by letter and numbers… things are going much better ,I will soon have it finished for the church ladies then to do with as they please.

Cleaning my sewing room yielded some cute fabric that instead of cutting up I just added a fleece backing ,knotted them…and they were done!

A nice start on this Years charity quilts.

I have been practicing my drawing….. if you see a fault,and would like to give a pointer or tip to improve I would be most happy to know.

I need to work more on sketching structures….

That bottom wall is a little sorry..๐Ÿ˜€

Keep warm and healthy friends… flu is going around here๐Ÿ˜–


Jan. 14…. from winter to

SUMMER… well not really just to a warm place…

We are having a winter this year with cold temperatures and snow ( a little snow) which makes for some lovely pictures but wait until you see the like summer ones that my daughter has sent to me as she is in Puerto Rico involved in hurricane clean up relief. First some cold photos….

Now for some warm ,sunny photos to warm our eyes….

And then after a very rainy miserable day … the sun shone through the clouds to give us this beautiful rainbow…

May this week be as beautiful as the rainbow.

Jan.3 ….my busy full life…

The last few weeks of last year were busy , full of lively chatter, lots of hugs ,kisses and then ……

There was wood cutting…

Good feeling to see the shed filling back up

Happy children…

Sleepy babies..

Castle building

Then the cold hit…. we went from flip flops to socks ,boots,and coats in 24 hrs time.

So the tender plants got covered with straw…

But forgot barn pipes ๐Ÿ˜ฑ…..

Then today after the House became silent… very silent! Leona and I watch the snow fall softly down.

The stove was a real blessing to sit beside…

The new pencils I received as a gift I had to try out…

Keep warm one and all!

Dec.19… Kiffles

I had mentioned about a year ago that I would explain more on how to do Kiffles, I think I procrastinated.

Not any more will I procrastinate, here goes on how to make kiffles , a real favorite in this household. It is an old recipe handed down from my Grammy.

In a large bowl put a pound of butter (2cups) if it is not room temperature than warm butter in microwave. Add 1 cup of sour cream ,3 egg yolks and one whole egg. ( Set egg whites aside for tomorrow) 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 heaping tablespoon of yeast or one pack, and 4 cups of white flour. I mix all the ingredients except for the flour and yeast, which I add to the flour, then work the flour in by hand. The dough will be sticky rather like cookie dough.

Refrigerate overnight to let it rise.

Next morning add 1 cup of sugar to egg whites, and chop up 1 pound of nut.. pecan is what I use. Don’t add the nuts to the egg whites for you want to be able to sprinkle the nuts over your dough.

For the flour to roll your dough in mix 2 cups of white flour with 1cup of 10x sugar.

Heat oven at 375*

The dough will be stiff in the morning, but just divide the dough in half ,gently knead on a floured counter top until it becomes soft enough to roll out.

Roll out the dough using lots of the flour until thin about 1/8 th of an inch. Put half of the eggs white mixture on dough ,spread on well….

Then sprinkle on the nut meat….

Cut into about 2 inch strips then those strips into 2 inch blocks. (Smaller if you want your cookies smaller.) Roll the block ,then roll the block into a little flour ,and roll it with just a little pressure like it was a piece of play dough,then place on greased cookie sheet with seam down.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes,don’t over bake . You want these to melt in your mouth.

Put some 10x on the counter where you will put the cookies to cool, after the cookies are removed from the oven sprinkle with 10x sugar.

When cool place on a plate and serve…Enjoy!

These also freeze well if you wish to make them ahead of time to be served.


Dec.3…This and That.. #2

I haven’t said much of hubby’s work, but they ( hubby and son) made and set a gate up for a customer that is simply beautiful!

This is a picture of the gate right after the welding together was finished.

This is the gate being set in …..

The finished gate and side fencing. I’m proud of them , it is beautiful!

All of the boys enjoy welding but Mike the third son has a very steady hand and does the fine welding beautifully.

Then while cleaning the sewing closet because of a stinking mouse…. I found it in my roll of batting ,needless to say it was gross. I cut a nice size of it off,washed it on hand wash in the washer and hung on the wash line. It smells good again ,but I will need to use it in a rag quilt for some of it is a little messed up.

One nice evening we took a little family boat ride. It was a gorgeous evening.

Then to chase away a stomach bug blues away ,I worked on learning how to color flowers with pencil. I like to find a good book on pencil color painting.

And a few miscellaneous photos…

Have a good week, friends, Deb

Nov.2… The lovely Davenport home

Savannah has some beautiful old homes, hubby and I stopped to visit one. Bless his heart he was rather bored through the tour,while I was totally delighted.

Mr. Davenport was a builder from the north,but he moved to Ga for he believed that he had more of a chance to build a business in a growing city. He put a lot of hard work and money into his house so that when the wealthy came to his place they would be impressed. Mr. Davenport did well with his business,until his untimely death at 44,due to yellow fever. His wife a resourceful lady,took on a boarder to bring in an income for her and the seven children,(6 boys and one girl). That was the town gossip ,of course for she was a widow,and the boarder a man.

Now the tour…

Floor vinyl in entry way..

The entry, then to the left was the office,and to the right,ballroom and parlor.

The fireplace in the office was impressive , also the floor boards were the full length of the room except one place where he joined the boards.

The parlor

Chairs were pushed back to the sides of the room when it was to be the ballroom. The wallpaper was hand painted. It was so cheerful,and elegant.

The ceiling motif

At the end of the parlor was Mrs. Davenportโ€™s sitting room that would open up to the ballroom if more room was needed.

A cute cradle was in her room..

This was her sewing table,the glass piece with the doll was used as a model,when she went north she would put a model dress on the doll then come home to make herself one like it. The belt like piece is what she would put her needles, thread, and scissors in to roll up to put in her packet when she went visiting to sew with other ladies.

Then up the beautiful stairs…

When coming up the stairs to right the boarders room still under reconstruction,to the left was the little girls room,and she had a feather bed with netting. There was also a very cute tea set.

From the little girls room right into the parents room where a lot of family time was spent on winter evenings. As you walked through the door to your left was the potty. Must say it was a creative one.๐Ÿ˜€

It would hold a bowl in the bottom for removal for dumping.

Their feather bed,and baby cradle, and the the sitting chair

In her wardrobe,she had only four dresses… imagine that….

then into the boys room . You walked crossed a little hall to enter their room. All the boys slept in this room when Mrs. Davenport had to take on a boarder. There were no feather beds as they were to be boys growing into men. They slept on a canvas with a straw or Spanish moss mattress

And the pot under the bed.๐Ÿ™Š their tub that was used every Saturday night

No stuff chairs here..

Then down the stairs and out the back door to the garden only where the fountain is today was garden and pens for pigs,horse and chickens. There was also an outhouse included but no longer there. The kitchen area and slave rooms were still under construction. She had four slaves that helped her with the household chores,I believe they were all ladies.

we walked along the river front early in the morning other wise you have a hard time seeing because of all the people.

Like here,but there are cute things to notice with people too.

One day doesnโ€™t give you much time to enjoy a beautiful place,but we made the most of it. Hubby did too as he enjoyed the food.