Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Woman's Day and Flowers

Memory Lane via Woman's Day

While trying to organize my ever increasing supply of quilting magazines, I came across a couple of Woman's Day magazines from 1970 and 1972 that Barbie sent home with me.  Wow!  These magazines are 40 years old and only cost 20/25 cents!

I couldn't resist sitting down and browsing through them, just like I did 40 years ago.  Honestly, when I opened the pages it was like they had never left my hands.  They transported me back in time to when I was a young housewife with four kids underfoot.  
Remember the Collector's Cook Book?  I used to save these all the time even if I didn't make the recipes.  I always had good intentions.

They were advertising the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  No Internet.

. . . And cigarettes for women.  It was not that long ago that smoking was very acceptable.  Look at that picture; no wonder we wanted to smoke. 

  Charlie Brown!  I forgot that you could find him and Snoopy in Woman's Day.  Charles Shulz wrote a whole story, six magazine pages long, for this edition.  

How many remember making ponchos for their kids?  I do!

How about those hats?  The patterns are right in magazine if anyone is interested.  

If we didn't have rain, we wouldn't have flowers . . . 

These hydrangeas belong to the neighbour, but I get to enjoy them when I walk out my side door.

The rain beat down my poor little rose.  
Common Name - Gooseneck Flowers 
Scientific Name - "Spreadallovertheplace"
Rose of Sharon is starting to bloom.  
My little yard is not always the best kept yard; lots of weeds are taking over by the fence.  I am afraid to work out there this time of year since I have caught poison ivy or poison oak twice while pulling weeds.  Miserable experience!  Both times I had to get cortisone from the doc to clear it up, so must have an allergy.  However, I can still isolate the beauty of the flowers with my camera.  Enjoy!
As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs. ~ Sam Abell 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Surprise Mail and Wolff's Blueberry Farm

Surprise Mail

My mail is usually full of ads, bills, or offers for Medicare plans.  Not much fun . . . until yesterday when a mysterious envelope appeared in the pile of junk mail.
Hummm . . . the address is from New Hampshire and the name is Victoria.  Ah-Ha!  That is Vic from Park Hill Farm Blog.  Suddenly, I'm excited to have real "snail mail."   What could this be?

I tore into it and found the best thing yet . . . material and a pattern!  Love it!!
Sweet Summer Blooms!

I really like this material; Vic knows I am fond of florals.  The pattern looks challenging.  It has applique', which I don't usually attempt; however, it is flowers and I am retired now.  It's time to expand my comfort zone and try this pattern.  Thank you so much for thinking of me, Vic.  You made my day happy!

Blueberry Picking

It has been 90 degrees for a couple of days now, but in spite of the heat, I decided to go blueberry picking - early.  I don't think Ohio is well known for blueberries, but we do have a nice little blueberry farm about 10 miles from my house where you can pick your own berries.  They give you a bucket with a bag inside and away you go.  You can walk and walk and pick and pick.  The nice thing about picking blueberries, besides eating them, is that you don't have to bend over.  The bushes are just the right height.  Then the berries are weighed and you are charged $1.80 per pound.  So you get a great price along with exercise, sunshine, and a belly full of blueberries.  
We are a family-owned business that started planting in 1972. There are over 5000 plants representing 4 blueberry varieties on our 8-acres farm.
Our blueberries are: Bluecrop, Colbalt, Jersey and Blueray. "
Don't you just adore the blueberry house?

There are many more berries to ripen 

"As long as there's a few farmers out there, we'll keep fighting for them." ~ Willie Nelson

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

More Quilts from the Columbus Quilt Show

I posted pictures of some of the red, white and blue quilts that we saw in Columbus, but there were also many other quilts worth sharing.
Barbie was eager to get inside to the show!

This was one of my favourites.  It is full of joy and lovely colors!

Whenever I see a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt . . . 

I want to get right in the middle of the garden.

Since Barbie ordered 100 chicks, this one tickled our fancy.

. . . especially Roger!

I had to step back to see the shadows, but really like this technique.

Barbie was drawn to the Hawaiian quilt for a future project.  

Love old barns and barn quilts!

Who does not like a log cabin pattern with the red chimney?  This one is lovely!
I hope you enjoyed viewing a few more quilts from the Columbus Quilt Show.  Maybe it will give you some ideas or inspiration for future projects.  Thanks for stopping by my blog!
"This world is but a canvas to our imagination."
 ~ Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July! Celebrate America!

Celebrate America - 44th Annual National Quilt Show 

Columbus Ohio, 2013

Happy 4th of July!  Last week I had the pleasure of attending the National Quilt Show in Columbus at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  Barbie and I travelled to Columbus by bus with Material Girl Quilt Shop out of Dover.  It was a treat seeing all the lovely quilts and visiting the vendors.  

The theme of the show was "Celebrate America" so today is the perfect day to share some of the red, white and blue quilts.  I hope you enjoy viewing the creative quilts that were lovingly made in honour of America and our troops.