Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Brainy Bunch

Ben and Katy and the children sent Marvin a birthday gift that arrived on Saturday. ( Your birthday is not over until you receive the last gift or card!)

We tease Marvin that he is our own Sheldon, from The Big Bang Theory.  Who ever thought there would be a tv show about physicists? Or FIZZIST as my late Mama G referred to Marvin's profession.

And then...

We had a good laugh! Great gift kids!!

And since it is Halloween....

Todd and Amelia always decorate for holidays. Once the Tricks and Treats are over...these two begin planning the annual Thanksgiving dinner held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Todd and Amelia have done this for the last two years so now it is a tradition. I will make the DRESSING...for you non Southerners, this is what y'all call STUFFING. I am also on board to make a big bowl of Mama G's Mac and Cheese.

I don't know about the rest of you but this year has flown by. Could it be because I am getting older???

Monday, October 30, 2017

Nana's Darlings

The Birthday Boy is off to basketball practice.  Pictured with his proud mommy.

Margaret showing off her new glasses.. Isn't she stylish???

Making sure their costumes fit...

These two are ready for Trick or Treat.... looks like they might have some tricks up their sleeves!!

I purchased my candy and believe it or not I went for full size bars this year. We have so few visitors in our neighborhood that I stocked up on the BOGO at Publix last week.

Hopefully I will have more Halloween pictures to share on Wednesday!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday Stitching

I am still stitching away on many of the things I showed last week. However I did have four fully finished objects leaving the craft room this week.

Miss Mayfield the Milk Cow is ready for the tree at Grimmwood. Thanks to Priscilla Blain for the inspiration for this finish.  Her daughter, Chelsea, did this same pattern and Priscilla finished hers in a tart pan.  I was browsing the Christmas ornament section at the back of Hobby Lobby and came upon a set of hard tagboard circle ornaments that featured sticky board on one side. I simply snipped off the ornament hanger at the top and proceeded to use it for my finish. I used batting on the sticky side then stretched my stitching around it. Added some torn homespun fabric and voila.

I finished up my Thanksgiving Letters by Heart in Hand.  I like the pumpkin much better than the black bird.

Another Thanksgiving finish that should be a reminder to me all year long and not just at Thanksgiving.

I loved this piece...I will say that the orange ribbon looks more red in the photo than it does in real life.  I used Vonna Pfiefer's cushion and ruched ribbon tutorials as a reference for this piece. Vonna has great tips for getting a pillow stuffed good and tight. It really makes a difference in the finished product. You can find her on You Tube.  Both Priscilla and Vonna are on my blog roll so you can read their directions if you are not a You Tube fan.

Heading forward, my stitching will be mainly Christmas themed. Being a stitching fanatic, I am already looking at what I will stitch when I finish my Christmas pieces!  You can never have too much Cross Stitch!!

If I did not visit your blog yesterday, it was because our internet was out ALL DAY. Apparently a road crew dug into a cable and affected Decatur and Hartselle. No TV or internet at Nanaland. I did get a  lot accomplished here at home. Marvin and I were both commenting on the fact that the World Wide Web has really changed out lives and our daily routine. I will try to catch up with everyone today!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Dollar Tree Haul

I believe I have mentioned that a new favorite You Tube Channel is Eclectic Kristen. She keeps me up to date on products available at The Dollar Tree.  After seeing her Christmas ornament post I knew I needed to check out my local Dollar Trees. We have three in my area and every store has something a little different. I even checked out the Chatsworth store when I was there last week.

Yesterday I stopped in at the Hartselle store and hit the jackpot. Let me share some of the things I brought home with me.

Margaret loves Shopkins while Hudson and Landon love Star Wars....these are really cute calendars for only one dollar each. I will be saving these for Christmas.

For all you crafters...this was a great buy. When I get the larger bottles of Tacky Glue, there is a lot of waste. This is the perfect size and price for me. I may go back and get a few more bottles.

On to Christmas...

The plaid bows were 3 for a dollar. I used them in my crafts but I trimmed them a bit to make them look cuter.

These were in packs of two for a dollar.

I have been stitching some ornaments for the grands . This year I chose to stitch on perforated paper and plastic canvas. Of the two, I prefer the perforated paper and will be using it in future projects. I was not sure how I would "finish" the ornaments but my trip to Dollar Tree gave me some inspiration.

First Hampton's ornament.

This is from Prairie Schooler's Evergreen.  I took the embellishment off the sled as I originally purchased it.( see above) and glued the ornament to the sled. I used the embellishment to add a bit of color. These sleds came in khaki and red.  I may get another one or two of these as well.

Landon's ornament was my favorite...

This ornament is a Frosted Pumpkin design that was in the Christmas ornament edition of Just Cross Stitch.  And speaking of Landon Man...he is nine years old today!! He is having some friends over to celebrate. Next week we will celebrate Landon and Hudson as they both turn 9 this year.

Kendall is next...

She chose the Owl from Prairie Schooler's Evergreen. We changed up the colors using overdyed floss from Colour and Cotton.

Audrey is next...

A Lizzie Kate design...I used the plaid ribbons to add some color to the top.

I am working on a Snow Man for Hudson and his will be finished like Audrey's/

The Hoover Grimmlins...

Another Prairie Schooler design from the pattern, Christmas Tree Farm.

I had so much fun crafting these ornaments. Thinking outside the box often brings the best results. These will be passed out at our Thanksgiving Dinner. Just in time to hang on the Christmas Tree!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

It's Fall Ya'll

You know it is fall when Audrey comes in from her walk and covers up in a blanket.:) Charles sent me this one telling me that Audrey is a delicate Southern Belle.  She is growing like a weed. When we saw her two weeks ago, she was talking a lot and telling us letters, numbers and shapes.  She is our 'BABY" grand and it is becoming apparent that she is no longer a baby but a very active toddler.

I saw this on my Jane Austen page on Facebook and had to share it with all you readers....

This would be my favorite kind of book....I love a happy ending.  It is hard for me to believe that Jane was a spinster. She had real insight into the relationships between men and women.

So to tie these two pictures together, find a good book, a cozy chair, a blanket and spend some quality time to yourself today.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Stream

The water is a little chilly today so we will just wade around for a bit.

1. Please check out the blog, Va Farm Wife on my blog roll. My young friend, Ashley, does not post often but she does a great job at relaying life on a cattle/ soybean farm.  As I commented on this post, cows do not care if you are sick or if you have a special event. My BIL, Bruce, had to get out in the night to help one of his ladies find her new calf. She had "lost" him. She was bawling up a storm. Life on the farm is hard but rewarding. The minute Bruce gets on his tractor and heads to the field all the girls come running. They love their Farmer.

2. We are home for a while and I am looking forward to getting some projects done. When we spend half the week in GA, things slide here at home.

3. Have you started your Christmas shopping? That is one of the projects I am working on this week. I have found a few things for the older grands. They are always the hardest to buy for!! I do not want to give in to gift cards or money yet. Everyone likes to get a present to open.  I cannot go wrong with Star Wars gear as they all love Star Wars and are waiting anxiously for the new movie at Christmas. Frankly I am anxious to see it as well. Luke Skywalker is BACK. You know he was quite the heart throb in his day. :)

4. Many of you have prayed for Marvin and his back issue. His pain has not really improved so he will have minor back surgery on November 2nd. It will just be a "clean out" job to get rid of the arthritis that seems to be pinching the Sciatic Nerve.  We would appreciate prayer for this endeavor. The spine doc says 95% success rate so I am hopeful.

5. The temps here have finally become fall like. I am making chicken and rice soup today! My friend, Sharon, gave me the recipe. She has perfected it by some tweaking and it is so good. She graciously shared some with me and Marvin. It tastes a lot like our favorite soup at Cantabury in Ellijay, GA.

6. My friend, Susan, will arrive home on Thursday. She and her husband have been in Israel on a tour with some other church folks. I really look forward to hearing about her trip. I have been helping to care for her cats while she is gone. I call them the two most spoiled cats in Decatur. They live the life of Riley.  I will say they tolerate the help who come to feed them . One of Susan's other friends tends to the littler box. My friendship just goes so far!!

7. My weekly breakfast/lunch with Deborah and Susan has been on hiatus as both were traveling but today I will meet Deborah for breakfast.  My weeks just go better when I can sit and laugh and share with the besties.

Have a blessed day friends...enjoy this pretty fall weather.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Together We Swarm

Saturday was Homecoming at Georgia Tech and we were very glad to be able to enjoy the festivities. For a school that is located in downtown Atlanta, it has a  lovely campus. At Homecoming Tech pulls out the stops to make sure the alumni have a great visit to their old stomping grounds.

We are not far from the Coca Cola headquarters. You know Coke was invented in Atlanta. If you are from Georgia, you are brand loyal!

The Trolley gets students around the campus in style.

You never know what you will see near the food lines...yellow jackets love good eats.

Our famous mascot, Buzz was welcoming all the fans.

We stopped near the stadium to enjoy a Chick Fil A sandwich for dinner before the game.  Chick Fil A is another Atlanta product.

We got our picture made with the Wreck. This one is the Alumni car that is rented out for weddings etc.

Beneath the lights...its a great place to  be on a Saturday evening. We played Wake Forrest and we were getting the business until the second half. Fortunately we pulled out a win!

No matter how old you are, you feel young again when you return to the places you remember from your youth.  Speaking of which....

. This  is an old picture of the Georgia Baptist Nursing School which was located on Boulevard in Atlanta back in the day. The school has been absorbed by Mercer University and is now located in Gwinnett County, a suburb of ATlanta. My old dorm is now apartments for students who attend Georgia State University which is in downtown Atlanta.  It makes me a bit sad that I cannot go back to my old campus and remember the good old days! Tech guys and GBH nurses have made many good marriages over the years and I am happy to be one of them.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Shopping Days

Last Wednesday I met my good friend, Cynthia for breakfast and shopping. We started off the morning at Whisk'd.  It is a new breakfast restaurant located in the Albany Heritage historic district. I had a sausage biscuit and eggs while Cynthia tried the Banana Bread French Toast. She let me have a bite and it was very good. This restaurant is a bit trendy for Decatur but I hope it will catch on!

After breakfast we went downtown to browse the shops on Bank Street. I found these cute socks at The Cupboard.

Worlds Softest Socks and they feel like they live up to the hype. I think this might be a good gift for some ladies on my Christmas Gift List.

Next was Tammy Eddy Antiques and Gifts.  I love this store and I had been watching their Facebook page as I saw these cute chickens.

When Tammy offered them to me for 25% off I said, Yes Please. They came to live in Georgia at Grimmwood. They seemed very happy to settle into their new home.

Speaking of Grimmwood...

We sure did enjoy our days there.

It was quite chilly on Friday morning so we were able to enjoy our gas logs.

Also while we were there we picked up a new piece of furniture from Yesteryears of Tennga.

We needed a place to put some of the clothes and linens we keep at the little house.  We moved the old piece we were using to the guest room.

It is perfect for a luggage stand for the guests and it holds extra towels and linens.  Sorry that it is a bit blurry. I guess I was excited after moving everything around and getting organized.

Tennga, Georgia is a little town that is on the Tennessee Georgia Line. Yesteryears was the community store for many years and now it is an antique and junk shop.  They do have a Facebook page that I keep my eye on! I am looking for a dough bowl and these ladies tell me they can find one for me.

So that was the end of my week...tomorrow I will take you along to the Georgia Tech Homecoming!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Stitching Saturday

I had two finishes this week...

Pumpkin Spice Farm by Hands on Design is such a cutie. I went by Hobby Lobby to pick up some fabric for finishing.

I also finished another Christmas ornament for Grimmwood. Just one to go to get my total of 12.

I will have to have a finishing day next week.

I have two Thanksgiving pieces in the works.

I think I will change the black bird to a pumpkin! Not a fan of him in particular.

This  one may not be finished until next year!

Now on to Christmas stitching...

Up on the Rooftop...I am glad Hoffman is releasing some of the old patterns but I miss the cardboard patterns of the good old days. These patterns are so flimsy.

Silent Night...

My last ornament for Grimmwood in progress.

My Christmas  Cottage for December. I am loving this linen I found at my LNS.

One stitch at a time...hopefully all will be done by the holidays.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to his young man running on the beach at Tybee Island. Yesterday was Marvin's 66th birthday.  He still has that great just has a few more aches and pains.  Carrot Cake was the flavor of the birthday cake, as it is every year.  Dinner out was at All Steak in Cullman, Alabama. If you are ever in NoAla, that is a great restaurant to try out!  He is much loved and much admired here in Nanaland.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pretty in Pink

My friend, Melinda, finished her pink baby quilt and sent me a photo of it quilted and the edges done. She tried using a sheet for the batting in this one as she had always wanted to try that method. Melinda reported that it was harder to quilt and she felt the quilting did not show up as well as on regular batting. Live and Learn. I think it is just beautiful.

I come from a line of quilters. My grandmother and her sister, Nannie, were quilters. I had several of Aunt Nannie's quilts that my children used until they were loved to death. I tried quilting back when my kids were little. It was in the day that Georgia Bonesteel reigned on tv with her lap quilting. I did make a sofa cushion using the Bow Tie Pattern. I hand pieced it and quilted it. It looked great but I was so OCD about everything lining up perfectly that I just did not enjoy the handwork. I know that Counted Cross Stitch is my medium for relaxation and enjoyment.

My grandmother, Lena, was very good at all handwork. My mother was just remarking the other day that Grandmother could do just about anything she set her mind to do! She tatted beautiful edging for pillowcases and dresses. I tried Needle tatting and I could do it but it is not as pretty as shuttle tatting. So many of these types of handworks are becoming a lost art. My old friend, Euny, lives in the Dublin Ohio area and each year she teaches tatting at the Irish Festival there. I hope she is passing on the art!

We are off to Georgia...looking forward to some porch sitting in this pretty weather.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall at Church

Our church is blessed to have so many talented ladies who keep our church looking so nice. First is Darlene, who cleans and does all the dirty work. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help out any time you need her. She has a real servants heart. If the church is dirty, no amount of decorating can help that!!

Other ladies keep the church decorated for the seasons...I was noticing how pretty the mantle in the Fireplace Room looked on Sunday evening.

We have a cozy area to sit and have a cup of coffee as we visit with friends before services.

Here is a close up!

This pretty bouquet is by the coffee bar.

I did not get a picture of the arrangement in the sanctuary. Ella outdid herself with her fall display and I hope to get a photo of it to add one day soon. Being in Alabama, we love to use cotton in our autumnal decorating. So keep an eye out and  I will share it one day soon.