freedom, baby

Phone picture. Obviously.

A blue raspberry pina colada Sno cone, a barbecue, a carnival, fireworks, and a whole lot of Popsicles. I ask you. What could be better than the 4th of July?

Freedom to do all these things, and the safety and security I have always known living in this amazing country, that’s what.

Happy Independence Day, United States. I sure do love ya.

living the farm life: farmer’s wife quilt-a-long

It’s a little (a lot) embarrassing to admit, but sometimes I jump on bandwagons more because it’s the popular place to be and less because I like where the wagon is going. I’m really hoping I’m not the only one.

The Farmer’s Wife Quilt-A-Long. Yep, I got sucked in, and only 5 weeks behind. Luckily, this particular bandwagon is going EXACTLY where I want to go. Plus, I’m in great company. Camille, Sheri, and many more are all doing it too! Makes being a crowd follower a little easier to stomach, if you know what I mean.

I’ve always loved the idea of a sampler quilt, and when I saw this one, well, let’s just say I’m willing to cut into my stash of Hope Valley. That’s saying a lot. For the record, I think if I could only use one fabric line for the rest of my life, Hope Valley would be it. Plus, If I had my way, I’d be living in a farm house in the middle of nowhere. This book is an awesome resource for making my case to the powers that be.

Okay, ignore the wonky basket handle. I was trying a new stitch. Not my best idea ever.

So, here are the first 4 blocks I’ve finished. I have 4 more cut out and burning a hole in my…ironing board? Whatever. I just want to make them, and quick. I’m hoping to do 4 a week instead of 2 until I catch up.

They may or may not be just a little bit (a lot) addicting, and a little bit (a lot) more fun than other things on my to do list(s).

Are you on the bandwagon?


a little help, if you please: raspberry recipes

Here’s the deal.

I fully expect to be swimming in raspberries by the end of next week. And while I love a handful of fresh raspberries as much (or more!) than the next gal, let’s just say I’m needing some ideas.

Do you have some good raspberry recipes?

Would you please, please, share?

You’ll be my favorite.



Monkeying around (or How to Make a Sock Monkey)

Get a pair of knee socks with contrasting toes and heels.

Follow this tutorial. (But use a zig sag stitch when machine sewing. Trust me on this.)

Make a couple more.

Bask in the praise of rejoicing children. Then, brace yourself for the meltdown when you tell them you’re giving them away. (Ask me how I know.)

No, seriously, I made a few of these…BIG hit. And of course, why wouldn’t they be? They’re adorable, if I do say so myself, and a GREAT idea for birthday party gifts. I threw these together in under 2 hours a piece, and that was with major three-year-old distractions. Just grab up some knee socks when you see them and have them on hand.

What is your go-to birthday gift? I need ideas, because as cute as these are, I’m not sure I can give them for every birthday from here on out. Enlighten me!

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