Friday, July 20, 2018

Hot Day - Cool Pool or Froggy would a wading go!

I took the cap off the water jug this almost-noon time, filled watering cans etc, and splashed in the cap.  I came back 20ish minutes later, and this little Gal was visiting the little wading pool!  Made me smile!  =)

Big picture, for perspective- my pool vs. her pool:

       Keep cool, you guys~ it's 106 (index of 109) out there today!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Summer Of No Pants* 2018: Post 3

Dress number 3: 
With birthday money from Papa & Grandma last year, I bought fabric from Mary Engelbreit's web site (here)!  I knew that Grandma would appreciate me trying a new pattern, so I tried out Simplicity 2209...and yes, this dress was supposed to a SONP dress last Summer...just now finished it!


Mixed feelings: I LOVE the skirt, and over all the construction was good, I also liked the front darts: you don't sew them all the way up- sew only part way to allow free fall! 
I DON'T like the narrow shoulders, the gaping arm holes, and the top back of the bodice bags...these are things that I don't know how to fix, or how to tweak the paper pattern another time.   I LOVE THE FABRIC!!!

Input errors: I did not realize that I actually needed a smaller size on top, I accidentally sewed the bias tape to the wrong side of the arm holes (did not notice till I'd trimmed the opening already). 

<- front dart detail

*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants did have a Google+ group, but it has been sad!)

To learn more about SONP, please visit  
and put  Summer Of No Pants in the search'll be fun!  =)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Food on Friday: Mr. B's Ice Cream Parlor

 Mr. B's Ice Cream Parlor has been in downtown Branson, MO for a long time...I just don't remember how long. =) While the ice cream was not even storemade, it was good- especially on a hot afternoon!

Sophie had 'Rocky Road' - it was SO good!

We stopped at this treat shop for Papa...I CAN'T believe that he is going on 80!

 I like to photograph hands...
I'm so sorry that I missed taking pictures of all my friends & relatives before it was too late.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Branson: Jim Staford


 The very best thing was going to see Jim Staford: I grinned like a Cheshire Cat the whole evening! During the intermission, I got his autograph, & my photo with him. As he was signing my ticket, I told him that I'd come when I was 9 here I was 24 years later. Jim glanced up and said “I thought that I recognized you!”Then he did a most hilarious double-take, and was like “Wait, how long ago???”=) I like shocking people! 
Worst part of the evening: I had set the alarm on my phone so we wouldn't miss a movie on TV the night before, the alarm did not go off...until the night of the show. While we were sitting on the front row. During a quiet time while he was talking. Get this: while I was trying to get it out, I accidentally hit it went off AGAIN. AFTER the the next song, during the next quiet spell. Sigh. This kind of thing never happens to me...well okay, it did happen ONCE in church, but I got it turned off. I was mortified, but thankfully Jim did not call me on it.   

 We had Groupons for the show, so had money for ice cream after! =) Not all Groupons are nice, but some are!

 Thanks P & G- I had fun!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Fun Summer project: new Pillowcase

Makes me smile~ this fabric is "Pixie Noel" by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs.  The beautiful rick-rack is some of the last of my Wrights American Made stash.  I wish they realized that more colors to chose from does NOT make up for poor quality.

 Some of my Summer reading:

Friday, July 06, 2018

Food on Friday: Dino's

=) Welll...We must inform you: Dino's Wife's cake shop (in Branson, MO) was a disappointment...and I don't suggest going unless you are a BIG fan.
Grandma is a big fan, that is why we went.  =)

Happy, before reality set in:

Our feelings?  The famous carrot cake was fine, not anything to write home about. (I'd like to find someone to pay me these prices for cake!) But the Cinnamon Knots & Coffee were SO bad I have to tell you: don't order any!!! We went in the morning, and the Cinnamon Knots could not have been baked that morning- they were so OLD, cold, dry and over priced: dunking them in the not-good-over-priced coffee did not help them.
HOWEVER, if you are a true fan, or want to buy a CD or DVD, this is the place to go!


Thursday, July 05, 2018

Allegro Fabrics: shop closing

With mixed feelings (mostly sad)  I must tell you that Linda over at Allegro Fabrics retiring and closing the shop soon. 
But here is the happy part: Everything in the store is 40% off!!! Don't miss out!

I shall miss Linda and Allegro- but I have many lovely projects and clothing to show for all the years I've "known" her. =)

I think that Quilting fabrics make the best pillowcases, aprons & shorts...and dresses... =) It's because the quality is MUCH better than regular cottons. And you can't beat 40% off!

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The Summer Of No Pants* 2018: Post 2

Dress 2 is a remodeling/refashion job.  This was one of 2 dresses (this a red and white seersucker, the other was a watermelon print) I sewed back in 2008 so I would have dresses to wear during our Summer activities (Ron Paul & GOP).  I just did not realize how many t-shirt/billboards I'd end up wanting to wear instead, so these dresses mostly went to church & therefore, there aren't many photos of me...well, I could only find the one below. (Taken in 2013 on the way to get ready for my little brother's wedding.)

Before (with sleeves):

After (without sleeves): 

(It fits better without sleeves- the sleeves in this dress pattern are small and restricting!)

*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants did have a Google+ group, but it has been sad!)
To learn more about SONP, please visit  
and put  Summer Of No Pants in the search'll be fun!  =)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

DIY: Blueberry invitations and party

My family gave Sherri a birthday party---when asked about a theme or color she'd like, the reply was BLUE and Blueberries! 

For the birthday cake banner: I never made one before now because I thought that it would be hard to do...I found this one at the "YellowBlissRoad" blog- Kristin has 10 colors to choose from!  I used blue, and scotch-taped the banner to bamboo skewers. Much easier than I'd ever thought it would be! (in fact I'd like to make another)  It stuck nicely into the back of the brownie pan!

 Invitations: I found these blueberry images online (sorry, I don't remember where), and I "cut" out the text bubbles, and thought that I'd post them here, so you can use them for your party, if you'd like!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Musical Monday: Melissa Otto's "Moses & Zipporah"

I really enjoy the Soundtrack from the movie "Old Fashioned".... I never thought a lot about the song "Moses & Zipporah" before, but it is a nice song! =)
(embedded below or listen  HERE)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fun Summer project: Mixed CD's

Sometimes (especially while on a road trip) one likes to listen to a mix of tunes...I'm sure you know...I tried to include songs that Mom likes and that I like. Hmmm... So I got these REALLY fun discs on Amazon- they look like RECORDS(!!!), you can get any number of them you like- I got 10 (for $6 -HERE), just to be sure that I really liked them...I DO!  =)  I think that we'll be burning more discs soon!

And then Mom helped make labels for the CD's we burnt a few years ago, and so now: NO MORE GUESSING what is on each disc!!!!  =)


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Whatever Wednesday: Chocolate & God

I'd been feeling down & old, etc, over the last few weeks, (and then while road tripping with grandparents last week) this is the wrapper my chocolate had. Not just one time, but 4 times, 4 days in a row: same wrapper. "You are never too old and it's never too late"....God knew I needed that reminder, and I thanked Him for it!  Do you need the reminder???  ๐Ÿ˜Š

(FYI: I'm not a Dove chocolate fan, but almost any dark chocolate will do if you really need it, lol!)๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’Ÿ

Monday, June 18, 2018

Musical Monday: Brandi Carlile - "The Story"

I believe that this song is best played LOUD...and more than once at a time.  What do you think?
Embedded down below or listen HERE.

Some of the lyrics:
"....You see the smile that's on my mouth
It's hiding the words that don't come out
And all of my friends who think that I'm blessed
They don't know my head is a mess
No, they don't know who I really am
And they don't know what I've been through like you do
And I was made for you...

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them to
It's true... I was made for you
Oh yeah, well it's true... that
I was made for you..."

Saturday, June 16, 2018

My nice niece: ร‰ponine Leigh

I thought that I'd share a few photos with you...some of my favorites:

I've been an Aunt for years, so that is not new- but holding a little person and you can say:  
"She has my brother's upper lip, and she has my hands!!!" ...that is a new experience for me!
And seeing my folks as real grandparents- that is fun too!

I look like I was pacing the hospital floors...but I did not- I was just road weary!