Sunday, March 31, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Busy Day

Isn't that the cutest stitchery! The Easter Blessings was another item in the swap a few years ago from Tina of Tina's Primitive Attic after looking at my old swap picture, she also made the eggs too. The rabbit beside it, came from a garage sale.

Our church had a fun Easter Fest and this year I worked the Three in a Row booth. It was a fun time for everybody, it was heartwarming to see all the people who volunteered to work, besides the games we had two inflatables, two egg hunts (which were held inside this year,~a slight drizzle along with mud outside) and free food, the community children were out in full force!

Next on the agenda was egg dyeing~~ we made our own natural dyes this year and I'll be posting on my Pinned It, Made It! Monday blog.

I spent the rest of the day/evening working at Sporting KC's soccer game, fun but exhausting.

I forgot the funny part from this morning. I woke up freaking out----"How could I forget to put out the Easter Baskets?" I ran down to the basement grabbed the bag, started to unload it and then it hit me-----"This was only Saturday", ~~~took them back downstairs and breathed a sign of relief. :-)  

 Have you ever done anything crazy like that?


Thursday, March 28, 2013

It feels like Spring!!

The temperature  in Kansas City today is 63! The snow is almost melted, I can see the grass.
 I started working on a wreath and this is what I came up with, I had some egg picks, a bouquet of flowers and I tried out a few bunny's I had sitting around but didn't like them so I tried this sweet bunny and it works.
I bought at least 16 of the bunny cups at a garage sale years back and gave quite a few of them away and decided to save one for each of my girls and 2 for myself.  They are peat cups painted white, the ears were made out of an old quilt, they are so cute.
 This little bunny was made by Tina of Tina's Primitive Attic--we were swap partners years ago.

 This big guy was another garage sale piece, I'd put him on the floor but the cats would have a hay day with him. I was looking him over and I might have to make a smaller version.

I thought it was time to get all my Easter prims out before Easter was over, more pictures to come.
If you haven't signed up for my giveaway---don't miss out.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Everyday Ruralty

1.What kind of seafood have you tried and like? What is the most unique seafood you've eaten?
Shrimp is my favorite seafood! I don't like the taste of fish, my family loves it but I'm the one who doesn't. I think Calamari is the most unique seafood I've tried.

2. An unforgettable holiday moment is ___________________________. (vacation)
The last time we were in Colorado was about 11 years ago, just being in the mountains was pretty awesome. One of the fun memories was riding the ski lifts up and sliding down the alpine slide.

3.When was the last time you tried something new?
 I'm usually always trying something new, if I see something I want to make but might be missing a needed item, I'll see what I have that I can use instead. I love prim projects so it's amazing the things you can make with what you have on hand. Cooking wise-- I'll try new recipes but always seem to change an ingredient.

4. Who or what inspires you?
Creative people, my children, ?-----there are a  lot of other things and people that inspire me, I just can't think of them now.

5. How did you choose the name of your children? (Short story version)
 I have five girls and each time was a different way. The first was Elizabeth, I almost changed my mind and was going to go with Sunshine--because the sun was shining through the hospital room window and I was 16. Luckily i went with Elizabeth, my great grandmother also was a Elizabeth. I wanted to call her Betsy (rolling my eyes here) but she wasn't a Betsy. #2 was Kaitlyn, I saw that name in a story I read and fell in love with it. It was also very popular at the time but there was no budging. She did graduate with at least 3 other Kaitlyn's. # 3 is Melissa who was Kesley for a long time till I decided I was something else, we looked at every book, read movie credits, even looked at the headstones while we were at the cemetery. Kaitlyn came home and talked about a girl in her class and we decided that was the name for baby 3. I wanted Jo to be her middle name since that is mine, my husband said she'd sound like a hick and with all my hormones -- I said fine-- I was trying to find a name that would correlate with the season but pumpkin, and turkey weren't working so we went with Grace. Her 5 year sister at that time was voting for Pocahontas. #4 was Natalie until the final day for the birth certificate and instead we went with the female name of James--Jaime. #5 I had a list of girl names I liked a lot most were from names of friends in the 70's. I was reading off the names at the birth center while I was holding her and she made a noise at Amy, so we went with that and she is my Amy Jo. Obviously we never said our last two names together, so we have Jaime and Amy--they rhyme and that's what you get for letting your baby pick out her own name.

I'm linking up with Patrice at Everyday Ruralty.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Pinned It, Made It! Monday

Prim Rag Easter Eggs

I tore my material in small strips and used Modge Podge ( I couldn't find the glue) to keep the ends from coming loose. On these eggs I painted on a slight grunge mix, they are for a swap and my partner doesn't like real grungy. When I've made them before I've soaked the strips in a coffee grunge mix to make them darker.

Here are a few egg tutorials: Oodlekadoodle Primitives has the one closest to what I did -- I tore my material instead of cutting like she did in this tutorial.
This one is from V and Co. and she uses a different technique.
  Lola Nova has a tutorial for a cloth egg. 
White Sheep Farm  has a primitive brown Easter egg tutorial. 
Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses --Primitive Easter Egg Tutorial

So many tutorials never enough time!

I'm linking up with Tammy at Country Girl at Home!

Don't forget to check out my giveaway on my March 24th post.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Happy Birthday and a Giveaway

This is what spring is suppose to look like, beautiful flowers and green grass----:

Not this:

Gotta love Kansas!!!

It's my party and I'm having a giveaway so follow me and comment on this post. I will draw a name on Friday, March 29. The giveaway will be a spring item and a patriotic item. I'm still working on them, so no picture.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt

 Springbreak was this week and we planned an Easter Egg hunt with our friends. Our original plans included a picnic at the park after the egg hunt, but it was cold and started snowing, so we took the girls to see the movie Oz. They enjoyed it and had a fun time.


The birds were making  a lot of noise at the park and flew into the trees. I think the birds look neat, my friend Jill thinks they are a little spooky.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring!!

It doesn't feel like spring, it's been cold here and we've had some snow with more expected this weekend. I'm sure somewhere, somebody is enjoying spring weather.   

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Everyday Ruralty

1. Did you grow up in a small town, or a big town? Did you like it?
    I grew up in a city and at that time it felt like a big town. We lived on an acre and a half, we rode our bikes all over the neighborhood, played tag, ghosts in the graveyard spent more time outside then inside.
2. If you could hear one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
 Tough question-- I don't know if I'd ever want to hear just one song for the rest of my life.
 This is one song I really like and always makes me smile.

3. What are your pet peeves?
   I can't think of any right now but this--- I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Things I love about Facebook being able to be in contact with my cousins, aunts and friends who moved. The hate part--- Realizing I liked people more before we became friends on FB, that may sound mean but people drive me crazy with some of the stuff they post. :-)  I'm glad it wasn't around when I was a teenager, but then again who knows it might have been easier to find out the truth by messaging someone on FB.

4. Do you remember your dreams? Are they in color or black and white? What is the craziest dream you ever had?
I do remember my dreams and they are in color. I've had so many crazy dreams in my life. Last night I had one about heads growing at the house I grew up in. I will admit to watching Dr. Who before I went to sleep.

5. What is the perfect pair of shoes for you?
   I wear clogs all the time except in summer then I switch to sandals.

Check out Patrice at Everyday Ruralty.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pinned It, Made It! Monday

I'm dragging out an old post---I made this tutorial back in 2010 and when I joined Pinterest, I found that it was already pinned. I need to add pin buttons to projects I want to pin, just need to find out how and the time.

Here's the link to the original post.

Photo Courtesy of Fun Food on a Budget

I also made this recipe for cookie dough to eat with a spoon or finger. The only change I made was--instead of the flour I used Pamela's Gluten-Free Pancake and Baking Mix.  It worked for a sweet craving.

I'm linking up with Tammy over at Country Girl at Home.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Everyday Ruralty

1.What's your favorite movie of all times? The one you've seen multiple times.
You've Got Mail is one that I've watched so many times. One of my daughters and I can repeat it almost word for word. I also love to watch over and over Family Stone, Pride and Prejudice, Serendipity, Persuasion and North Hanger Abbey along with a few Christmas movies.   

2.Name three things that are permanent residents in your purse or handbag?
Zippered bag with expired coupons and other important things :-), pens, and everything my children stuff in there.

3. What's the best way to your heart?
Dark Chocolate with nuts, Mexican food or my husband finishing something I want done.

4. Do you like going to garage sales?
I love garage sales, but have cut back on them when I found myself buying stuff I didn't need. In April we'll be going to my all time favorite garage sale at Fort Leavenworth.

5. If you could slide down a rainbow, what do you think you would find on the other side?
A bouncy mat of flowers

I'm joining Patrice at Everyday Ruralty with her Frontporch Chats. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stir-Fried Meal Worms

Jaime had to make a dish for Girl Scouts and enjoys grossing people out, so she chose to cook with meal worms. She had tried these a couple years ago at the Bug Museum at K-State. She melted the butter and added garlic and throw in the meal worms. Almost everybody tried them, she says they taste like shrimp tails. If she had to survive in the woods she'd be able to eat, she'd probably have a harder time adapting to no DS to play with.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pinned It, Made It! Monday

I'm pulling an old,old pin out that I made before I was on Pinterest. I love the colors she used on her penny rug.
Calico Rabbit has a great page of prim tutorials, where you will find this tutorial.

Picture from Calico Rabbit

This is one I made for a swap a couple years ago, not as colorful but they were the only fall colors I had at the time.

Char from the Pickled Pepper Patch had the tutorial on her blog and I received an identical one in a swap package. Check out all her tutorials on her blog.

I'm linking up with Tammy at Country Girl at Home.

When I was digging through old pictures, I ran across these kitty pictures and wanted my friend Laura from Synergistic Acres to see Mama Cat and Patience when they were younger. They've been farm living cats for the last year. If you live in the area and want to know where your food came from, check them out.
Have a great Monday! :-)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Everyday Ruralty

1. Who has the most outgoing personality in your family?
  I'm going to say me.

2. How did you name your blog?
  I was trying to decide what kind of blog I wanted--sewing, quilting, prim and decided if would just be a big mix of what I like and family things. Since I have 5 daughters and liked to sew --Sew Many Girls --just fit.

3. What's your favorite topping for ice cream?
 Pecans, walnuts, almonds and if the ice cream isn't chocolate or rocky road it's not worth eating to me.

4. Tell me about someone you know who would make a wonderful character in a book.
 I had a fourth grade teacher that was wonderful and always had stories to share.

5. Please tell me up to three questions I should ask on future farmhouse chats?
Since I just joined in I'm not sure what questions have already been covered.

Head over to Everday Ruralty and check out Patrice.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Pinned It, Made It! Monday

I bought this Holly Hobbie material years ago either off Ebay or Sewing Mama's. I had planned to make something for one of my daughters. I found it languishing away on a shelf, and thought I loved Holly Hobbie, what could I make for myself with it. My first thought was this tutorial. I grabbed a pair of pj  pants and didn't add any extra inches because they were pretty loose. I couldn't lay them out like in the tutorial. So I just folded the material in half since I knew I didn't have enough to make the full length. I didn't measure how much I needed, I just cut what I thought I would need of the green flannel. Ha ha after I sewed the pants together I decided I didn't like the length and took it off and measured it the second time. :-) I also looked at this one  but mostly used the first one. So all you people who say you can't sew you can!!! Mistakes happen to almost everybody. Besides the above mentioned mistake my other mistake was --I laid the pj pants I was copying the wrong way on the material when I cut it out. I was looking at it like this doesn't look anything like what she's showing me and after looking at mine again I figure it out. So I sewed up the one side that should have been on the fold and cut the side that shouldn't  have been on the fold, so my pieces matched the picture. I've had years of sewing but I'm still a goofball! Hopefully all that made sense!

I'm linking up with Tammy at Country Girl at Home.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Shamrock Shootout at K-State

Saturday was a busy day---- Amy had a birthday party to go to and it was great to see some of our friends that we haven't seen since Amy started school. After the party we headed to K-State (minus Melissa) to see Kaitlyn. It's hard to believe she is in her Junior year there.  Her sorority~~ Kappa Delta was hosting a fundraiser for  Prevent Child Abuse America. We had a meal of Chipotle burritos, pizza and sub sandwiches, a few of  my children's favorites. The lines were long but this year we were at the front. It was a fun time and great to see Kaitlyn. If you notice Jaime, she is wearing her KU sweatshirt--Kaitlyn was a big KU fan but has changed her love to KSU. She gave her sisters all her KU stuff last summer so she's a Wildcat all the way now.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Snowing again

This is what our street looks like after the last snow. There is a tree limb hanging in the street, so in that spot it's one way through.

We woke up to more snow coming down this morning, but it is very light and I don't think it's sticking around.
My 12 year wears shorts year round, she says she's like a polar bear. Usually she wears a KU Sweatshirt but today she carried her coat. I had to take a picture of the bus stop this morning, one boy has his arms in his shirt, and there is Jaime in her shorts.