Friday, October 31, 2014


I love this picture of Molly and the two pumpkins taken way back in the mid to late 1980's.   In fact, I may have used it on an earlier Halloween post but I think it warrants a repeat.  She and grandpa carved the pumpkins on a beautiful day in Chillicothe, Illinois.  It's not such a pretty day here in Michigan!!  Rainy, windy, dank--even saw a few snow flurries earlier and they are forecast to be mixed with rain this afternoon!   A shame for all the little ones who love going door to door in their cute little costumes to trick or treat!  I sent a couple of little boxes to my little greatgrandbabies in Denver and Oregon and they got there when they were supposed to.  
Here is Lauren in her little witch's hat that I sent--very cute!  Her mommy said the picture reminded her of some of the old fashioned ladies looking very stoic in their photos or paintings.   I'm sure there will be some other pictures  of the little spooks to post later on.

Happy Halloween from Funoldhag!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Old, Old Things from the Past

If you have read my blog over the years, you know that my hubby and I spent lots of time on the square dance floor in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas.  We had some wonderful friends and lots and lots of fun that was also great exercise.  In the Kansas City area there you could have danced almost every night in the week if you so wished and at any level from beginner to challenge.  We never went the challenge route but were in a nice level that made you think but still have a good time. And we dressed for it!  I made lots of outfits over the years and even made Ray some shirts.  We wore ruffled pantaloons and big, big crinoline petticoats.  We were in about three clubs and would visit others once in a while, going at least once a week and maybe sometimes twice.  After Bill left, I was fiddling down the basement and started going through some of the boxes of stuff that I have.  I found this skirt that is really, really full and it's loaded with gold, red and white rickrack and some pretty trim.  There is a belt which you can see and a blouse which I didn't photograph.  Also, an orange shirt that Ray wore.  Good grief, I had to iron that thing!!  Used to iron the wrong side so the trim would stand up.  That was the only thing I kept of the clothes.  Molly and her friend used to play dressup in it and some other things I have.  Maybe Annie and Lauren will like to do that some day!  And I marvel at how small my waist was - what happened to that?????

A needlepoint vest I did back in the late 70's or early 80's.  I did so much needlepoint and loved doing patchwork bargello and other stitches.  The back is denim and the vest is still in very nice shape.
Another one I did.  They were right in style back in the day.  This, too, has a denim back.  I rigged up some trim to make two bows in front to hold it shut.   I have one more that I never finished that I will show another time.  Also have some of my husband's baby clothes that are fun to see.  Will save those for another post.

Day started out rainy but did a turnaround and it was nice and sunny - but very windy!  My assignment for the day was to get some little Halloween boxes off to Denver and Portland for the little kiddies.  I took them to the post office this afternoon and they should be there the day before or at least Halloween itself!

Have a great rest of the week!!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Big, Big Thank You to Bill!!

My son, Bill, flew here last Tuesday and was with me until midday today.  How fun it was to be with him again.  He is a great guy and we don't have any trouble at all finding things to talk about.  One of the main reasons for his trip was to do some things for me that I don't do so easily any more - and how that dear man worked!  The picture above is the little shed that is attached to my house and opens to the patio.  A great place for the outside things you do need in a condo, it means you don't have to haul patio furniture, etc., to the basement.  A very handy feature.  My shed was gross!   Now what I need is in there very neatly and all the junk is out in the carport awaiting trash pickup.

And on the inside he moved furniture (had not been moved for years!) and swept under everything, cleaned the baseboards, used the crevice tool at the bottom of the baseboards and even got all the dustbunnies off the walls.  One of the things I was so wanting was to have the fridge moved out.   So  Bill did that and cleaned the floor and walls.    I have a valance I had put up in my bedroom eons ago - it is deep red and was very, very dusty.  The curtain rod was leaning at both ends and I couldn't get up there to fix it.  It's now fixed, the dust gone, the valance looks brand new.  That is just a bit of what he did and I love and thank him so much!  Sherry, my daughter, and her hubby came over two nights for dinner--it was so nice to have both my kids around even for just a little while.

The spacebar on my keyboard has been sticking so bad and driving me crazy.  We went to Best Buy and I now am wireless!  Keyboard and mouse only $26.00.  And, oh, yes, all the dust is gone  behind my computer desk and the wires are all untwisted and neat.  I am stoked!

While things were moved around, I thought I would have Bill hang this wallhanging for me.  This was made in 2007.   I found the pattern in an old book I had and the original one was done in pinks and blues and blacks.   Every time I would look through that particular book I would be drawn to this piece.  Think I will probably leave it up.

Oh, and we watched the Royals and Giants in the world series.  When we lived in the KC area, we went to some of the games.  I am not a sports fan, but I like baseball and liked the Royals when we lived there.  Hope they win!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Been Almost Two Weeks

I swear - the older you get the faster time flees by!!!!   My intentions aren't to let long spells go between posts but sometimes that just happens.  Even if I haven't been quilting, I can usually pull a post about something together but that is getting more difficult, also, since I think I have shown you about everything of interest (and some not of interest) in my home.   I will start this post with a picture texted to me by Elle, the very cute and cool daughter of my friend, Leslie!
Way back in the depths of this blog, I showed my old candy tin of embroidery floss which is, I admit, tangled and matted and not a pretty sight!  Leslie had much to say about my tin when I took it to Sit and Sew and she made fun of it!!  I figure that thread is cheap and I can always cut off what is too tangled and throw it away!  Doesn't that make sense?   Well, Elle texted me this picture of what she found in her mom's things!   Do you suppose I am influencing Leslie and could she be adopting my slovenly ways with floss??   Of course, Leslie, you know I am teasing you - that goes without saying.  Thank you, Elle, for the ammunition!!!!!
 I found this old block pattern on Pinterest and it intrigued me.  So the other day I played for just a while and fused three small blocks - they would be 3 1/2 inches finished.

There would be so many ways to lay them out but I only did three.  Sometime I am going to make some more and maybe make a little wallhanging.
This is up on the basement wall.  The bottom right is maybe a little too pastell, but I think I will go with it and maybe make to or three more lighter ones.  Also think I might go bed size with this one.  Probably will put my cheating appliqued print diamonds or squares on end on the newspaper print between the blocks.
Park Bench had a sale this weekend and bought a few more pieces of Kaffe fabric for my stash.
Also these pretty pastel batiks - they would make wonderful block backgrounds.  Bought several other batiks but no rhyme nor reason - just because I liked them.

So looking forward to my son coming next week.  Been quite a while since we've seen each other - it was Christmas, in fact.  We talk on the phone a lot, though.  Bill will be doing some things I can no longer do - like cleaning out my shed, etc.  We will go get me a new keyboard, too, as this darned thing sticks all the time!!!!  I am making a list - but we will do some fun things, too.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's Been a While Since I Posted

and this is the reason.  I just could not leave it alone and have spent a lot of time working on it some of which I spent correcting my goofs!  Good thing I am an accomplished ripper!   You know that she who sews rips--'tis true.   But I am so very happy with the way this has turned out.   It is shimmering very nicely!   Rather like a puzzle and easy to get the pieces turned the wrong way.  Part of my problem (have to blame something) is that I do the cutting in the basement and bring it upstairs to sew.  I have a sewing machine down there, but there is a method to my madness.  I feel that it gives me some exercise climbing the steps - and I climbed them a lot the last two weeks.

Here's a closer look at some of the piece.  The fabric with the vegetables in it has been around here for along, long time.  Have to decide how to quilt it.  I think I will use invisible thread - will do some thinking about this.   Wouldn't one in batiks be smashing?   Hmmmmm.