Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas, Blogger Friends

Merry Christmas!  Blogging and being in contact with you is a bright spot in my life.   I have been blogging since 2008 and have been reading some of your blogs since then along with many more as time has progressed.   I love your comments and try to let you know that I, too, enjoy the stories and pictures you put up for all to enjoy.  I love the fact that we have a common thread between us - also common fabric - and we understand the excitement that comes from the process of quilting and creating beautiful and unique items.   I love being an old sew and sew with you all!  And I also know that there are those that read my blog that don't quilt - and I thank you for that. 

Have a lovely Christmas and a healthy, happy 2012.  God bless and take care.   See you next week.

Hugs, Funoldhag

Thursday, December 22, 2011

One of Santa's Little Elves

The first Christmas for this adorable little elf and he will soon be here with us.   Lots of love awaits him as we enjoy the wonder of this sweet little boy.  Aunt Hannah will see him for the very first time.  So sweet.    Of course, he will bring along his mommy and daddy and we are eagerly awaiting them, also.  It'a been a long time since there were little ones in the family.  A new generation has begun - and Henry is a perfect start in that department. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Really Bad Poem

Twas a while before Christmas
And here in my kitchen
I was starting to bake and excited and itchin'
To make good stuff for my family
As I did in the past
Always at ease and reasonably fast.

No. 1:  Ranger cookies started out strong
The first snag I hit didn't take long.
No Wheaties even though  on
   my list in plain sight
I certainly did not read the list right.

So, woe is me, off I go to the store
Got the Wheaties, brown sugar and a
few items more.
But I still had another snag pop  right up
When I opened the oatmeal to measure a cup.
The date on the box, check it I did
But I really, really should have opened the lid!
Teensie brown buggies resided inside
They scurried around trying to hide.
Into the garbage the icky thing did go
So what now?   Another trip to the sto'?
I looked in my pantry and what did I see?
Some "Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal"
   staring at me
It was not "outdated" and all sealed up tight.
I opened a packet and it was alright.
By sifting the contents the maple sugar was gone
And there was the oatmeal all on its own.
So I finished the dough and it waits where it's cool
For baking tomorrow in time for the Yule.

No. 2:  Yummy Peanut ButterFudge is done
and  came out pretty well
Got hung up on amounts of pb and marshmall
Ow-- a tiny bit grainy but good just the same
You win some, you lose some
That's part of the game

No. 3:  Nutty O's are all done and cooling
Made of low caloried Cheerios - who am I fooling?
The butter, brown sugar and syrup make them yummy
But they do have a tendency to fluff up your tummy.

Tomorrow I'll bake the cookies and I will be lovin'
The wonderful smell that comes from my oven.
I have at least one more thing I am planning on making
And after that, that's it for the baking.

I think.
(In the picture of me at the top of this post, I am wearing an apron that Sherry made for me many moons ago somewhere in the late 70's or early 80's.  And  she embroidered the initials.  She did beautiful counted crossstitch, too, before it became so popular.  I always feel so dopey taking a picture of myself!  One more little bit of information, the pages with the recipes are from a cookbook I did with lots of my recipes from over the years.  It was done in 1996 when we got the computer.  I made it for the girls and Sherry and Ann each have one, also.  One went to my dear sister and I think her granddaughter has it now and I have one.  I loved doing that and they are used.)  

Sunday, December 18, 2011


I'm not doing much in the way of working on projects as we count down the last few days until Christmas.  My cards are done and ready to go into the mail tomorrow.  Still to come are some things that I ordered - however it would not be catastrophic if they didn't arrive in time.   This afternoon I had a super nap and I have become very proficient in that department.   Seems like I just don't get done in a day anywhere near what I used to accomplish.   I think anymore I try to operate with the idea that if something doesn't get done it really doesn't matter, and I think I am really getting the hang of that. 

Now as to the darling little fishy purse........something I spotted on Pinterest.  I spend a bit of time there (tsk, tsk) looking at all the wonderful eye candy and especially at things I would love making but probably won't make many of them.  There is a tutorial for the purse at

in case you would like to take a look.  A little girl would love this purse - so would a  big girl!

I thought this was a darling little cluster of patchwork trees.  Certainly would look right at home on a quilter's mantel or table.  There's a tutorial for this one, also -
I see something like this and immediately would love to make a bunch of them.  Wonder when I will get over wanting to do everything I see? 

Another one that will use up a bit of your stash - fabric strips and clothesline. 

Just a little sample of what is on Pinterest.  Any interest you have in anything is represented there.  Lots of fun - and also a lot of good recipes!    If you haven't been there, here is a link to my boards  See what you think.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

She's Home Safe and Sound

Home from Mozambique!!  Tonight Sherry and Barclay drove to Detroit to pick Hannah up for her stay at home.  They stopped by my house and were here for a few minutes.  Oh, my, how good it is to see that sweet girl again and  she looks wonderful.  It's late, so they didn't stay long but I will see her tomorrow and look forward to hearing her stories of her experiences in the Peace Corps.   This picture is Hannah at six or so wearing a dress that I made Sherry lots of years ago.   Where has the time gone?

Another Christmas, another sweet granddaughter.  Here is Molly all dressed for dinner.  They had come from Michigan to Illinois for Christmas and everyone was dressed very casually as most families are.  Before dinner, Molly went in and dressed up in her pretty dress and red shoes.  One of my favorite memories.
Yet another Christmas, even longer ago and the first sweet granddaughter.  The kids went on a trip to Colorado while we were still living in Kansas and we had Norah and so thoroughly enjoyed Norah sitting.  The little table and chairs that were Sherry's was in the family room for her to play with.  There was a candy tin full of old jewelry that the girls all played with over the years.  Such sweet times.

I have so very much to be thankful for.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Long Ago Christmas

Probably taken in 1980 or 81, the bed in my sewing room holds things I made that year.  It was the year of the braided stuffed coil wreaths, my needlepoint angel (there were three of those) the stuffed Christmas tree and 2 spoondoll wreaths.  I know not where most of that has gone but I do have the angel.  There is also a glimpse of some of the many needlepoint pillows that were piled on that bed.
Here are Mr. and Mrs. Claus sitting on the mantel in our home in Overland Park.  I think I showed these last year, too.  A favorite of mine, I also made a pair for Sherry and for Ann.  They sit in front of the sampler dated 1843 made by my husband's great grandmother, Mary Anne Wiley, when she was 10 years old.  It's precious.
I made a lot of spoon dolls and used them on a swag between the living room and dining room.  This one went into a wreath.  Wonder where that went?  Don't these all look vintage? 
Here is our little Christmas room.  Ray and I worked with miniatures a lot and had three dollhouses one of which was in an old tv or stereo cabinet.  He made this little box room - probably about 12".  Some of the little toys were purchased but he made the rocker and table.  I crocheted the rug and made the curtains and lace tablecloth (a circle from a lace doilie).  Sherry still puts this out for Christmas.
And here is vintage me.  Those were the days of hanging plants and I had a lot of them all hanging in macrame hangers that I tied.  Fun to look back on past Christmases.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Decking the Halls

Here is one of the first Christmas things I made after I started quilting.  This is probably from the late 70's or early 80's.  Again, it shows the choice of fabric that you found back then.   This doesn't hang on my fireplace, but I just wanted to get a good picture of it.  I also had a big wreath I made by stuffing long tubes of fabric and twisting them together.  Can any of you remember those?  No idea of what I did with that one. 
This is a vintage wreath that was in my mother-in-law's things.  I'm pretty sure it isn't aluminum but could be wrong on that.  There used to be something we called "tinfoil" but it's been so long ago.  Anyway, no matter what it is, it's rather a pretty little thing.  As you can see, I have been putting out some Christmas in my house and have a pretty good little mess going which needs to be cleaned up.  Just needed to sit down and take a break so thought I would do a post.  This morning I did some shopping on line -  so some things are taken care of.   Time to get back to the job at hand.  Have a good weekend!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cute Lollipop Ornaments

Looking around on different blogs, I found these cute fabric covered lollipops and a video showing how to make them.  They are, of course, made in the same way as fabric covered bowls but much, much smaller and more doable.  I posted the video on our quilt guild blog - Pass the Tiara.  If you would like to take a look at it, simply nudge the little yellow chicken on my side bar and you will be there in a jiffy.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Little Bit of Christmas at My House

Slowly, slowly, a start on getting my house decorated for Christmas.  No longer the whirlwind I used to be in getting things done, it takes me so much longer to do things.  Sometimes I feel like I am doing something wrong but then I'm intelligent enough to know that actually I probably have done some things right and that I am so blessed to be able to do what I do at my age.   So, if I don't get all the decorating, shopping, etc., that goes along with this lovely season, it will still be lovely and a  very, very special Christmas this year.  The pretty poinsietta came home with me Sunday evening when I had dinner with Sherry and Barclay.  What says Christmas louder than a poinsietta?
This little white chamber pot full of Christmasy things sits on top of the piece that holds my tv.  My "arrangements" are always just kind of stuffed in a holder.  I think I have old newspapers crumpled up in the bottom of this one.  It looks okay, though.
And here is the wreath beside the front door.  I took the faded little old snowman off and replaced it with a perky new Santa Claus.  It looks pretty good.  May tackle my mantel and hang some of the wallhangings, etc.  Still don't know if I will bring up the tree that is already decorated or not.  Time will tell.  Again, Ho, Ho, Ho!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Sweet Picture of Henry

An e-mail with this darling picture of Henry came from Norah yesterday and she said she just had to send it to me.  Henry's great grandfather (who would just love and adore this little boy) took lots of naps in his recliner over the years and this was the position he always  assumed.   I am sure in the albums I have more than one picture of him "resting his eyes" as he used to say.  So maybe that gene has passed on to this little doll!  I'm so looking forward to Christmas to see him again.
Working on a stocking for him for Christmas.  Here's a peek, but I'm hoping it's not too busy.   It might have been better if I chose a different applique.  We'll see.   I do like the strip piecing, though. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Good Giggle

I found this on Pinterest and it made me laugh out loud, really!  Potty humor, I know, but so darned cute to see a Christmas elf fishing for "goldfish" in pretty blue water.  I have a couple of little vintage elves but they are dressed in green.  I don't plan to set up a little still life in my bathroom, however.  Such a clean, sparkly bathroom! 

Hope you get a giggle, too!  Giggles are good for us.