Wednesday, May 1

Happy May Day!

Do you remember making May Baskets and taking them door-to-door to friends and neighbors?  I sure do and still love to do it!


Have been having some May Basket fun with paper cups, circles of fabric, chenille stems, ribbon and glue. I love crafting!  I made these after I went to Comfort First, a nearby assisted living facility and we made May Baskets. Residents and some volunteers enjoyed making the baskets and sharing some memories as we created over 30 baskets that were hung on doorknobs this morning. Here are the supplies I gathered and our work in progress. These were easy to make but I learned some things as we worked. I want to do a tutorial on this.....along with a gazillion other crafty projects. I will get to it one of these days!
I went with square pieces of fabric when we were making our May Baskets. When I got home, though, I was playing with left-over supplies and decided I should have done round circles. I like the look better although both are kinda cute.
 I started with styrofoam cups and then ran some glue around the outside upper edge. Then I turned the cup over and draped the square of fabric, then secured with a rubber band. This works best to set aside and then come back when the glue is set. We were working in a two hour time frame so didn't have time to wait for glue to set. Next step was to add the chenille stem handle (two chenille stems twisted together or braid three of them). Add a ribbon around the rubber band area. No need to remove the rubber band. You can add bows, flowers, buttons, anything decorative.
 Here are some of our finished May Baskets......
I'm already thinking of the May Baskets we'll make next year!  Have a lovely day!
Sandi

Sunday, April 21

Easter Greetings!



It was a lovely Easter Sunday here in Minnesota. My husband cooked a big ham and I made good things to go with it. It was delicious........... our kids and grandson agreed. We had good conversation and enjoyed looking at some family photos. All in all a very good day!
With Easter and Spring comes the season of Hope. We hope for dry weather so the flooding abates and roads can open and crops can be planted. And I hope I can finally get back to blogging regularly. Before the dry weather comes, it looks like rain tonight and tomorrow. I love the sound of rain on the roof so I don't really mind.
I'll be back again soon with some projects I've been working on ..........
Sandi

Wednesday, November 21

Happy Thanksgiving!



I am so thankful for my family, my friends, a home, a car, food in the fridge. I could go on. I am thankful for so many blessings and thankful to be able to share and give back. I hope this day you are also blessed. Tonight, I set aside a small bundle of $1 bills to drop in the Salvation Army kettles. I decided I won't keep any $1 bills, they'll all go in the kettles. Even when one gives a little, it can mean a lot. Have a wonderful day!
Sandi

Friday, June 15

Remembering my dad......




Today, June 14th, was Flag Day but it was also always a special day because it was my dad's birthday. I'm reflecting a bit tonight and realizing that it's been ten years since he passed. Sure do miss him. He had the nicest smile and he just enjoyed visiting with folks, loved his kids (me, my sister, Judy and my brother, Doug) and loved his grandkids. And, of course, he loved his wife, my mother, Mary. When he passed, I was really sad and it was just a few weeks later that I started blogging. My son, Devlin, encouraged me that I could blog. He was right. I loved blogging and sharing my projects and doing giveaways. I didn't realize it, but it was therapy. My dad would have loved to know all the people I "met" through my blog! He would have enjoyed seeing the various projects I received in swaps and all the places where they came from. He enjoyed making things and always wanted to know the latest project that we were all working on. That little wooden teddy bear in the wagon is something he made many years ago. He liked to work with wood, my mother loved to sew and craft. And they taught us well!
For several years I was a very active blogger but then two things happened........my mother's health declined and my own health took a hit. And then joined Facebook and I began to chat there and pretty soon I couldn't keep up with both. My blog has been seriously neglected. I have tried to get back to regular blogging but it just hasn't "clicked" again. My mother passed in February of 2016. I was more comfortable with the grief process for my mother. She suffered a great deal in her last years. Dementia robbed her of the joy of many a day. I found peace when I knew she was at peace.
In the midst of all the things that went on in my life, I was always stitching or planning some stitching project. My mother taught to sew as a young girl and I have just loved it all my life. When it comes my time to go to a Care Center, I'll be taking needle and thread with me, maybe a small sewing machine. I remember a local lady that did that. Not planning a move anytime soon but we never know when our health will take a turn. And that brings me to another thing that I never blogged about. My health took a turn in November of 2017. I had been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocyctic Leukemia in August of 2014. I was at Stage O and went for regular blood checks every three months. Things stayed pretty stable and then.....I went for a regular three month check-up in November of 2017 and all my blood numbers were totally skewed. I was anemic and didn't even know it. Seriously anemic. I knew I was tired but told myself I was "just getting old". Long story short, just four days later my doctor wanted me to start chemo-immunotherapy treatment but before I could even finish the first session, I had to have a blood transfusion. The next two months were kinda sketchy as I needed three more blood transfusions and another round of chemo. And just when things seemed to be looking up......I developed a hernia condition and treatment had to stop so I could have surgery. All I could tell family and friends was....."you can't make this stuff up!" After recovery from surgery, treatment began again and just two more sessions brought me into remission! Hallelujah! I was so thankful. Lots of prayers from family and friends, all so appreciated. During this time, our son-in-law was also undergoing cancer treatment. His battle continues and he is doing okay. My prayer is that he will soon get the same good news that I did.
So here I am tonight, just reflecting. I spent this day making a patriotic table runner. I'll share it when it's finished. We'll see if you can spot my piecing mistake. I decided not to fix it. Sometimes even mistakes are meant to be. It felt so good to make something quilty. I've done more handwork than machine stitching and it felt good to put my sewing machine to work! 
Guess that's about it for now. I'll be back again......soon.
Sandi still stitching ..... still making plans ...... :-)

Wednesday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!!

How many of you remember buying a big book of Valentines then punching them out and addressing them to special family and friends?  I found this book at a vendor  at a flea market and had to have it! Share a memory with me!
Happy Valentine's Day!!
Sandi

Sunday, October 22

Revisiting the past....

I have not been good a blogging for quite some time. As I've said before.....there are seasons to everything and for a time, it just wasn't my season to blog. I have lots to share though and I think the season for blogging must begin again!  Yes, I've said that many times in the past couple years but now the time is right because.........
Last week I took a trip home to Iowa then went on to Missouri. I enjoyed an awesome week of visiting with my cousins and visiting the town where my mother was born and going to places I went with my parents when I was a kid. It was one of the best weeks of my life, .......... emotional, inspirational, joyful, just wonderful!  
I met several quilters while I was there as I was near Hamilton, MO and Missouri Star Quilt Company. Events from last week have inspired me with oodles of quilty, crafty ideas. To get the ball rolling, I got to thinking that I'd like to share a challenge. I haven't done a giveaway in ages but I'm thinking I need to do just that. The challenge will involve a project I shared here on my blog quite some time ago. This project is the one that will be part of the challenge.......

http://alegacyofstitches.blogspot.com/2010/08/blog-post.html

I'm putting together my idea and will post details later this week. I'm still unpacking quilts and stuff I took along on my trip. That should all be done by mid-week and I'll post about my little challenge. Till then.......
Have a beautiful Sunday!

Sandi

EDIT!  Shortly after I did this post, my health took a nose-dive. This project is "on the back burner" but I'll be back soon.

Sunday, June 18

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all dads near and far, those who are step-dads or who stepped up when needed, even mom's who had to be dads. It's all family and that's all good! This is a photo I've shared many times..........my dad, Melvin, covered with a quilt that he bought at an auction in Dayton, Iowa in about 1999. He and my mom gave it to me for Christmas then. The quilt is almost identical to one that his mother, my Grandma Goldie made sometime in the 1950's. It's a cool bit of coincidence! I remain ever thankful for my dad. He was a sweet guy with a great smile and always a cheery hello for everyone. He and my mom are together now. Gone but never, ever forgotten.
Today is also my husband Steve's birthday. We had a good day and we were going to enjoy eating out on the deck. He had grilled up a steak and I had set out potato salad and other fixings. And just as he put the steaks on our plates..........raindrops began to fall as sun broke out! Too funny. So we put everything on the tray and headed inside to the kitchen table. There'll be another day for outdoor dining!
Tomorrow is Monday. Looking forward to a good week! Hope it is a good one for all of you!
Sandi
"Peace can be found in the piecing of a quilt."
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