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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What Have I Been Doing Lately?

Well, our county fair started on Sunday with the Oakridge Boys kicking off. Don't know who they are? Well, back in the 70s and 80s they were IT in country music. Todd is always amazed that I have no clue about 80s songs. We only listened to country music, so now I can tell him. It's not that we listened to no music, it was Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Don Williams and Oakridge Boys. Anyway, the concert was fun.

Today, Nathan and Todd rode an old Johnny Pop tractor in our fair parade, along with Todd's brother Bert on one and brother-in-law Lynn on an old International. That was pretty cool. They both had a ball. Plus the girls came up with a truck load of candy from the parade. My store had a bake sale at the same time with the proceeds going to our local food pantry.

Then Nathan and cousin Trey were in Muttin Bustin. That's sheep riding for you city folk. Trey stayed on forever, but Nathan was immediately off. He had fun and was so excited about it.

Tonight we went to the rodeo. Got the kids home too late and they'll be tired tomorrow. I'm tired too. Plus one of the kids dropped my camera in the dirt and now I can't get it to turn on. The next post could be awhile.
Take care and don't forget to say your prayers.
Love, Melissa
PS I made two aprons. Couldn't take pictures due to my broken camera.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Summer Bag Winner

This is what the Lord says -- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea." Isaiah 48:17-18

Thank you to everyone who entered my contest. I am truly touched by your beautiful words and suggestions. It was hard to choose, but the winners are:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...
What a cute skirt! I looked at your quilt and the name that popped into my head was "Road to Redemption". So that's my suggestion :-)

Krousegirl said...
Oh what fun! What about "All a flutter" for the reminds me of butterfly wings.

But the winner is: Carmen Rigby who suggested names and posted to her site about the contest. (link)

My more scientific way of choosing a winner this time was through I assigned each person a number (or more than one if you did extra things or won for naming the skirt and quilt) and then popped up number 23. That was Carmen! Congrats and you'll have to e-mail me your address and what kind of fabric you like!

Here is my latest apron. It's reversible so I get two completely different looks. Best of all? I'm keeping it! Yes, I've always wanted to make myself an apron and this one is THE ONE. I just decided this afternoon that it felt like a good day to make something for myself. Thanks again to Marie for lending me another pattern. This one is called Lilly by Busy Bee Quilt Designs (link).
Linda Stubbs made one too. You can see hers at Prairie Flower Farm (link). I'm glad I figured out how to make it reversible because now I have two completely different options. Fabric credits: Heather Bailey (turquoise flowers), Me and My Sister (pink), Jennifer Paganelli (yellow and pink), and Susan Osburn (multi colored flowers.) Speaking of Linda, she is currently having a giveaway for this:
Take care!

Love, Melissa

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Funky Offset Point

The contest (link) closes in 24 hours! Enter now.

My cousin Marie gave me this pattern by Vanilla House (link). This particular apron is called the Delicious Four Corners Apron in the funky offset point. Isn't that funny? It's really cute though, and I thought since I was making one, I might as well make two. It uses jelly rolls if you have them. I had a couple of Moda Scrap Bags (link). Sorry about the bad pictures, but I had to self take them this time. Nathan was already in bed and Todd was busy. SORRY! But thank you Marie.

Do you remember that fun fabric swap I was in? Gill from England had me and here's what she sent me: How fun! The kids loved the Skittles (I guess they're international) and I loved everything else. Anna Marie Horner and Kaffe Fawcett (drool)! And chocolate. Maybe I'm in heaven. Thank you, Gill. You are so sweet.

My Mom and I went to Norton today, to this cute little shop. I haven't taken a picture of what I bought yet. Next door to this is a kitchen store called Destination Kitchen which I had been in contact with about selling aprons. I kind of dropped in unannounced with a pile of aprons thinking I would just show them to them and they could keep me in mind for the future. Instead they bought several! Which means I'll have to make even more aprons. But it's a good problem. I've made 24 so far. I need lots more kids ones.
Love, Melissa

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

a Camp Out and More Aprons

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Yesterday I should have given God the credit for our safety. When you are a parent, you pray so hard for your children, especially when their safety is in question. I was absolutely drained last night, but that is no excuse. Forgive me. So many things happened because of God's hand on our journey. We decided not to take an additional road in the Breaks . . . our favorite St. Francis restaurant was closed so we went on to Goodland . . . the kids had to use the bathroom so we went into McDonalds. Thank you Lord for keeping us safe.

The kids are camping out tonight. Our plan is to take turns sleeping with them. The tent is large and comfy. Thanks to Todd's brother for loaning it to us. I'm trying to help them have such a fun summer and camping out in the yard is one of my favorite childhood memories.

I made two new aprons today. One is child sized and one is adult, but they are just big squares. They are totally reversible. Pretty cute, I think.

Also, the adult one came out plus sized, which is fine, but I can't do it justice by modeling it.

Use your imagination! The flower side of the fabic is my favorite Jennifer Paganelli, Girlfriends.

Hope this finds you all well!
Love, Melissa

Monday, July 20, 2009

One Wild Day

My husband had a meeting in Saint Francis today so the kids and I tagged along. It's about and hour and a half northwest of here and we had to leave during nap time. However, we had heard about some cool scenery in the area, and we are crazy about wild goose chases. I'll show pictures of that later.

Now, all of you who are not from Kansas think that tornadoes zip through here every day and wonder how we can live in such a place. In reality, we think how can San Franciscans lives with earthquakes or Floridians with hurricanes, etc. Tornadoes are rare; they are large even more rarely. They also don't usually make it to the ground. In the history of Colby, a tornado has only hit once, and that was on the southwest tip just a few years back. It took out a large sign but nothing else. But today a large tornado hit just north of Goodland while we were on our way home and eating at the Goodland McDonalds. So we got a McDonalds "tour" and got to spend the better part of an hour in the McDonalds freezer with ten employees and the other stupid family who got caught on the road. I don't have a picture of the tornado, just the mushroom cloud before it started and a rainbow from afterwards. And thank you to all the McDonalds employees. You were all very sweet. They even gave my kids cookies and offered apple slices and apple juice while we were freezing in their freezer!

For everyone who thinks Kansas is flat, take a look at the Arikaree Breaks. Todd is in the blue shirt. We enjoy going out of our way in northwest Kansas and seeing the real scenery.

Breathtaking beauty. We just had a wonderful time with this. The tornado did shake me up a bit though.

We recently went south of Colby and saw Little Jerusalem by Scott Lake. This is south of Colby about an hour. Everything out here is by hours. How far away is blah blah blah? Oh, about fifteen minutes. That drove my mother crazy when she moved here from California. Wild, isn't it? I don't think a lot of people who live here know what surrounds us.

Oh and I did finish one additional apron. I know, I'm at least two behind. I'm pretty sure I've finished 20 though!

Love, Melissa

Friday, July 17, 2009

Aprons Galore

Children are a gift from God. They are His reward. Psalm 127:3

Our weather has been something else this year. When Todd and I moved here eight years ago, we were in a terrible drought. It never rained. There was lots of thunder and lightning and then a storm would slip north or south but never into Thomas County. As our main resourse here is farming, we were in dire straights. We had whole town prayer meetings but to no avail. God was always faithful though; I can't remember a single year with no crop.

In December 2006 (it was the 29th, Nathan's birthday), it snowed nineteen inches! In one day! We only live a half mile from town, but we were stuck home for weeks because more and more snow kept falling. And we were so drought stricken, it felt almost like a party.

It's been raining and snowing ever since. And this year it feels like God picked us up and dropped us in Florida or somewhere. It rains every night. We are inches ahead or a "normal" rainfall. Harvest is not over because the ground is too wet for combines and harvest machinery to go into the fields for fear or being horribly stuck. This afternoon, it poured and poured. I got some pictures of the sky and our corn bending in the hard rain and light hail.

It does make for beautiful flowers in the yard, though. And we are getting zucchini and cucumbers by the bucket, raspberries by the handfuls, and there are gallons of tomatoes on their way. Not to mention corn, pumpkins, carrots, and three year old fruit trees with their first loads: cherries, peaches, apples and plums.

Well, on to the important stuff: aprons right? I have six new ones to show. No names yet, just enjoy the slide show. The two half ones are the Twirling Aprons. Top two are in Amy Butler's Lotus fabric. The one on the left also has some Denyse Schmidt.

Dinosaurs for a boy and a cute Michael Miller fabric for a girl. I finally have something Nathan can model for me! And these two are just a little bit of everything. One has quite a bit of Sandi Henderson's Farmers Market in it.

Don't forget the contest (link)!

Love, Melissa

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

the Old Switcheroo

So I have been in this fabric trade thing with Jenny of Blempgorf (link). She has too much and is trading 3 for 1. That means 1 fat quarter from me 3/4 yard from her. Wow! She sent me the coolest vintage fabric. I love the turtles. My sister collects turtles so I have a feeling this will show up in a gift. All the flowers are really cool too. And who can't use a blue print? I know I can.
I sent her some vintage things too: the telephone/TV/lightbulb stuff is too cool, isn't it? She also likes Denyse Schmidt (who doesn't?) and so I sent her a quarter yard of that. I hope she likes it. This trading thing is so much fun.

I made four aprons today. Pictures are coming later. I had to take a few days off of aprons to make a baby quilt for a friend.

Here are pictures of it. Our story is kind of neat. Her husband was a childhood friend of mine. When they had a baby, I sent them a quilt and then another for baby two. Now, and I am so flattered, she wanted me to make a quilt for her friend. She gave me lots of latitude, which I really appreciate. I love being creative! Thanks Stacey! You have no idea how much I appreciate this.

If you're into giveaways, there's a cool one at a website called the Crafty Crow (link).
Don't forget my contest (link)! I need lots more entries!
Love, Melissa

Sunday, July 12, 2009

a Garden Party and More

Are you looking for the contest? Don't forget to enter! Plus, you can get extra points by becoming my follower! That sounds so cool. Or by writing about my contest on your blog. Enter soon!

So, I have lots of new aprons to show today and am still on track for my one per day for thirty days. Yes! I'll be ready for the show in no time. (well, about 15 more days of aprons anyway)

Here's Anna and I in the Garden Party Apron. It is made from Lila Tueller's Soire'e. Yes, it's adult sized, but Anna loved it, so I wrapped her up in it too!

Here we are again in two more aprons. You probably recognize the one Anna is wearing. It is just like Maggie's that I made for her the other day. So pretty in that Riley Blake fabric. Mine is called the Elegance Apron in a Timeless Treasures fabric (no name) and trimmed in Heather Bailey's Paisley Yellow. It's one of my favorites. Those yellow spots you see are little birds in the white leaves.

Finally, here I am in the Twirling Apron which is circle cut on the bias and really twirls. It is made from Amy Butler's Daisy Chain. I love it. Retro yet modern.

If you're wondering, yes, I make all of these patterns up and they should be one size fits most!

Take care,

Love, Melissa

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lots of Swappin'

Here is the picture of Maggie in her skirt which she won from last month's contest. Don't forget this month's contest, a free bag in the color of your choice! In order to drum up more entries for my contest, if you post about it on your blog and send me an e-mail so I can confirm it, I will give you five extra entries! If you join my site as a follower, I will give you two extra entries. Contest details are on July 1 post.

I have a confession . . . the Maggie who won the contest last month is my niece. Well, I only had eight entries in the contest and most were family. So the Christy and Maggie I made aprons for are my sister and niece. Here they are in them!

My sweet sister Christy made me an apron too! I guess we swapped. Isn't it so cute? She made it from an embroidered pillowcase. Ideas . . .

Speaking of swaps, I am in the most fun swap right now. Go here to find out more. The object was to send a yard of fabric to the person you were paired up with. It could be divided up however. You told what fabric you like and didn't like. The person I was paired with only said she doesn't like toile. I hope she likes this! Anyway, I also sent her some Kansas relics like popcorn off the cob and a granola mix from Kansas flour. She is from Cleveland, OH. There were people registered from all over the world, even Israel and New Zealand.

I'm leaving you with an adorable picture of my girls from this morning.
Love, Melissa
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