Friday, February 24, 2017

Another fun Mystery Reader day--

Good Friend, Deb H and I got to collaborate on surprising the Weaton, Mo 2 grade classes with an interactive 'mystery' story.  Using the same 'book' from last months visit to My grand daughter, (Breely's )1st grade class, I was able to re-write the first names of 40 students  from Deb's grand daughter (Kylie's) class into the story.  Very proud to say that I have learned a few new-to-me names.  I did fairly well with pronouncing the kiddos but not so well on the host teacher's.

Special Thanks to everyone who helped me get ready for the adventure.  We have sewn up over 100 puppets since January.  Our Ladies Bible class chipped in to cut out most of them--lol.  Donated yarns made for some pretty interesting "hair".

I am seriously considering re-writing the story w/puppet pattern & instructions so other parents or grandparents can enjoy surprising their child's peers with their own Mystery Reader Surprise.

Work table--scrap yarn rolled up to use as puppet hair.

Puppet reading buddy, embellished by 2nd grade student.

Bodie told me he is from Scotland.  He wrote :Best day ever" on his puppets shirt.

students lined up for a puppet parade and I enjoyed getting to High Five their new puppet buddies.

Kylie was so surprised to see us.  I enjoyed getting to visit her class.

Both 2nd grade classrooms participated in the project.  My skills at taking photos is a little off.  I thought I was getting two shots of the left and right sides of the group.  My left turned out pretty fuzzy.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Scrappy wedding quilt

Charlene brought her "scrappy re-gifted blocks" thrown together keepsake to be quilted today.   Blocks and other yellow and blue scrapes were donated to me from a friend of a friend.
I am such a fan of throwing orphan blocks together and seeing what a few hours and couple of bobbins of thread can produce.

Charlene's quilt is a reminder of how GOD can use the works of our hands to celebrate and bless others.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mrs Willis and Mystery Reader Surprise!

When our kids were in grade school  (Late 1980's- early 1990's) , I use to enjoy getting to be the "Mystery Reader" for the week.  The idea was that 'someone' was coming to read to the class but the students didn't know who or what the story was.  Sometimes it would be a parent, principal, the mayor, another teacher, it was always fun when it was my turn to surprise the class.

Years ago, our kids attended a small neighborhood school in Kansas.  The building had one grade of each 1st-4th.  Our family seemed to usually have several kids in the school at a time--ha ha  (That's what happens when you have them so close together!)

I made up a variety of hand puppets that I could use with the classes over the years.  The Reading Buddy puppets were always a big hit with students and teachers.

A few months ago I came across a booklet I had written in 1998.  The trip down memory lane inspired me to dust off the book, fire up the machine and sew a new generation of Reading Buddy Puppets.

These photos are from our grand-daughter, Breely's 1st grade class.  My good friend Debbie H. lent a helping hand assisting the kids with decorating their new Reading Buddy puppets.  As much fun as it is to stir the kids up, an extra sets of hands and eyes when 26 students are using permanent markers is a Must-Have!

Part of my 17 projects for 2017 was to use up fabric stash in fun ways.  The double knit is seeing a lot of activity this year.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Thanksgiving 2016

Thankful that GOD is good.  Thankful that the  Family takes time to hang out every now and then .  And blessed that all our girls are such good cooks!  Thanks to Mikes family for hosting this years get-together.  May our LORD continue to smile down on us.

Items from the quilting group for the ladies sewing class in La Palma.

 I came home from the lake and "found" a crate with my name on it!   Yea-  now to select sewing related items to send to the church sewing group in La Palma, El Salvador.

 I had help sorting through boxes and boxes of donations and picking out fabrics, books and sewing supplies we though the ladies would like.  Many, Many, Many yards of good fabrics.  Hundreds of books and quilting mags.  Misc. sewing projects in UFO states.

After loading and weighing, I am told there is about 300lbs of love packed up ready to ship.

 Maybe, Hubby and I can plan a trip down sometime to let me hang with the ladies and teach a class or two.  I am sure I could learn alot about using materials on hand and making beautiful gifts to share.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Little Cabin in the Woods (@ the Lake) has curtains! almost

This photo was taken from Carl's truck as he was following the Cabin done the road.  I think Lane actually took the picture and Carl was driving- or the other way round.

Cabin was dropped and leveled in the side yard of the Lake property.  Carl is in the process of removing trees from the site it will eventually sit.  We marked where the pillars will need to go to get this home out over the hill.

So, Sew, while Carl is busy doing busy work, I am figuring out what I want for curtains.  I set up this lovely area to sew in, then remembered we don't have elec. hooked up.  I bought this old typewriter desk at a yard sale.  The sides fold down so I am thinking this is the end table to go by the couch..  The brown step stool chair will stay in the kitchen.

This was my first choice for kitchen curtains but I wan't sure if I wanted  to line them or go with something longer.
I left these up for a couple of days to see if they grow on me.  They did not so they came down and will be used for another project someday.  Possibly turned into pillows or a table runner.  I love the print- it just didn't scream "Kitchen"

Wooo Wooo-  can't get much more kitchen then these throwbacks--and they have fruits and berries.  Again I have to decided whether to line, hem, etc....  Most likely I will just pull them back and call it good.

Two for one shot:  The orange print to the left is a couch quilt.  I backed it with a grey stripe fabric I had on hand.  I love the texture and weight of my new snuggle under.   OK- about these curtains-- I only have enough of the print to do the narrow outer panels.  They are both lined with the olive green that I made the middle panels out of.  Question is do I leave As-Is or do I use a white sheet with the olive as the back for a lighter look?  Also where do I need to hem?  The left side is pinned at the window ledge, the right side is pinned to hang below the ledge.  This window has mini blinds that most likely will be down and opened most of the time, so the curtains will be pulled to the sides.

Not pictureed I also make the curtains for the front door/window and for our bedroom.  All curtains need hemmed.

In the spirit of making this place my home away from home--I just had to hang something on the first nails I found sticking out.  Another yard sale find-  I plan to wash the boys up a bit and add a couple of coats of clear poly.

Here they are just a hanging around!  As soon as the cabin gets moved into place I am sure I can find another place for them.

Shopping find when Debbie H and I took the girls down to camp.  I know I am not suppose to be bringing stuff to clutter up the cabin, but this is just so cute!!!  Just noticed I didn't cut the price tag string off yet--my bad.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Another flower quilt top to show off

Pictures are from the Tuesday class at the Marionville, MO library-  we meet at 1 pm

Connie took this top I had given her and embellished it to make a beautiful raffle quilt for a charity she supports.  I don't remember when or how I came to own this top.  I know I have had it in my UFO pile for many years.  I did not make it.  Sorry I don't know the story behind this now future keepsake.

Connie made 12 small tops for a children's charity project.  I love how she uses up everything she has.

Another kid friendly top--very Eye-Spy-ish

More fun fabrics

This is 3 tops laid together.  I recognize some of this fabric!!

OK here is the flower top you were wanting to see!  Made using our patterns from the 1932 newspaper

This is only one who chose to do the alt. block as the pattern instruction suggested to make the top larger

She enlarged her patterns about 1/2 inch. 

What a tradition but modern setting

The library will have the completed tops on display for the Apple Fest going on next weekend.

out of order but 4 more of Connie's small tops

What a great leader and enders  project.  You go girl-  go sew girl!!