Monday, October 8, 2012

A Little Sewing Lesson for Vanessa

As I have mention before, my sweet granddaughter Vanessa is learning to sew. She continues to work on her 9 patch quilt and also started her first clothing project yesterday!

This is the pattern that Vanessa chose to be her first sewing project. It is a poncho made using fleece fabric. It will have a front zipper, pockets, and a hood.

First I showed her how to open up the actual pattern and find which pieces she needed for her particular poncho. I had her cut each paper pattern piece out that was needed. In this case is was three pieces.

She then learned how to lay the pattern pieces out on the fabric. She learned what the grain, fold, and selvage of the fabric was. She laid each piece out on her fabric.

After carefully laying out the pattern pieces, she then pinned them to her fabric and was ready to start cutting.

Next we decided she was ready to start sewing. Vanessa learned to wind the bobbin with thread and then threaded the machine with a color matching thread.

She made her shoulder seams and then hemmed the poncho according to the directions. On her next visit she will put the zipper in!

This grandma is very proud of her nine year old granddaughter!! She is so easy to work with and teach. So willing and eager to learn.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fresh Raspberry Pie...recipe included

I tried a brand new recipe yesterday using my fresh raspberries from our own raspberry patch! Oh my, the pie was delishous! I love making fresh pies for my son and his family. So, I made two. One for him and one for me. I thought I would share the recipe I used in case you have some raspberries you want to use!

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups raspberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup butter, chilled
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2.In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and lemon colored. Whisk in sour cream and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix sugar, flour and salt together. Stir into egg mixture. Gently fold in raspberries. Pour into crust.
3.Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the center begins to set. Sprinkle with topping and return to oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until topping is golden brown. Allow to cool before serving.
4.To make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour and chopped nuts. Cut in butter until crumbly.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Spring Picnic

I enjoyed having my three youngest grandchildren over for a picnic lunch. The older ones were in school so they weren't able to join us. It is amazing how much more fun it is to eat your meal in the midst of fresh air and plenty of sunshine.
After a lunch of chicken nuggets, mac "n cheese, and fresh strawberries the children romped around in the fresh air. Running and jumping and offering plenty of giggles and laughter.
I am so very thankful for children and grandchildren!! God is so good!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I Was Tagged!

Yesterday my blog friend Chandeen from "Designed by Chance" tagged me in a cute little play along game! I enjoyed reading all about looks like it is my turn!

First I gotta share share something about Chandeen...she was always mentioning "Pinterest" in her blog posts. I finally had to google the word Pinterest and find out what she was talking about. It was love at first sight! Chandeen is also very crafty and shares lots of her created items in her blog posts. Be sure and visit her blog if you haven't done that yet!

Here were the rules....

1.Post a photo and eleven things about yourself in a blog post.
2.Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked.
3.Create eleven new questions for the people you tag.
4.Contact them and let them know they have been tagged.

So, here goes!

This is a picture of my family in 2010. We have since added a beautiful grandson that just celebrated his first birthday this past week. In this picture I am the "Grandma" along with Grandpa,our three children, their spouses, and four grandchildren.

Eleven Random Things About Myself......

1. I am 54 years old....I used to think that was old, really old, but not any more!!
2. I will celebrate my 37th wedding anniversary this summer.
3. I love to cook and sew.
4. I love softer, lavender, baby blue, mint green.
5. My husband and I are both pretty quiet people.
6. I was born in Medina County, Ohio.
7. I am a born again Christian.
8. I have been a Sunday School teacher for 25 years.
9. I have a small sewing business in my home.
10. I LOVE fabric.
11. The greatest joys in my live are my husband, children, and grandchildren. They mean the world to me.

Questions From My Tagger...Chandeen

1. What is your favorite city to visit and why?

I am not a traveller so I can't really think of any city to list! I love being at home.

2. Do you blog about craft fails?

No, not usually. I have told of a few cooking blunders I have made though.

3. What do you use to clean you bathtub?

I sometimes fill the tub half full and then add a couple cups of bleach. Let it set over night. I also like Scrubbing Bubbles and also Mr Clean eraser does a great job.

4. Tell me something about your childhood.

My childhood playhouse was a funeral hearse!!! I am serious! My dad owned a junkyard so my sister and I had a velvet lined funeral hearse to use as a playhouse.

5. What is your favorite thing you have made?

That one is just too hard!! I am a seamstress that loves to create. A good portion of the things I create are done so without a pattern. I love to cook and bake. I just love to create!

6. Tell me about the best day of your life.

My wedding day was a great day, as were the births of my children and grandchildren. I enjoyed my children's graduation days, and their wedding days. I quess I don't have one certin day, just a lot of days that make me smile to think back on them.

7. What is your favorite color right now?

Soft pink

8. How often do you clean your house? (be truthful)

I generally clean everyday. My house is not spotless by any means. I hate clutter. I love doing laundry! LOL

9. Are you an organized person? Give an example.

I think I would have to say yes. I like to be clutter free and organized. All clothes have to be hung in the same direction. Picures have to hang correctly. Closet doors need to be closed.

10. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, (go with me on this one) what would you do today?

Let my family and friends and other people I have met along the way know that they have touched my life.

11. Do you think a facebook page for your blog is a good idea or just more work?

It's so easy to spend way too much time, so no, I probably don't think a FaceBook page for my blog would be a good idea! LOL

Whew, I am done! Now I get to pick some blog friends to be "IT"!

1. Ruby Jean
2. Little Emma English Home
3. The Better Baker
4. All In My Cottage
5. Rose Chintz Cottage
6. The Gazebo House

Here are my questions for the six ladies above!

1. Where were you born?
2. Do you prefer bold or soft colors?
3. What are your very favorite things to create?
4. What was your favorite subject in school?
5. What is your all time favorite meal?
6. Do you have children/ grandchildren?
7. Do you use
8. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
9. How did you meet your spouse (or special someone)?
10.Do you have a favorite "comfort" food?
11. What are a few of your special joys in life?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Favorite Designer

I simply adore beautiful fabric, don't you? I can't really remember my first Tanya Whelan fabric, but let me tell you her lovely prints just take my breath away. Have you visited Tanya's blog?

There is an interesting interview with Tanya here.

Tanya will be having a brand new book released in December. It is available from Amazon and also Barnes and Noble has it for pre-order!!

Who is your favorite fabric designer?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Homemade Noodles

It has turned quite cold already in Ohio. We heat with wood so we already have the furnace running. We heat intirely with wood so my husband cuts a lot of firewood on our property. Thankfully we have 20 acres of woods. My granddaughter came over this morning for another sewing session. Doesn't it make teaching someone so much easier when they are so eager to learn?

In getting the morning started, Vanessa sewed two more nine patch blocks for the quilt she is making. I was thrilled to see that she remember each step that she learned last week. After sewing for an hour or so she had completed the two blocks. She now has four blocks finished. Next we worked on making a delightful fabric covered bulletin board for my sewing room.

Now I think she would like one for her room!!

Next we enjoyed a little lunch of mac 'n cheese...can't go wrong with that!! We decided to make some homemade noodles so she could take them home and prepare dinner for her family. Now this little eight year old girl can sew and she can cook and even clean her mess up!! Gotta love that kind of a girl!

Vanessa is mixing  3 eggs up first. She then added 1 1/2 cups of flour.

Vanessa hand cutting her noodles!

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

~Mary Ann~

Friday, September 23, 2011

Vanessa Is Learning To Sew

My lovely little granddaughter, Vanessa started her first sewing lesson with me last evening. She had her eighth birthday last month and I gave her a sewing box with all kinds of sewing goodies in it. I also gave her some 4 inch quilting squares in her box too.

She came up to our farm after dinner last night with her sewing box in tow. I decided to let her begin with the quilting squares, sewing them into a nine patch blocks. She completed two blocks last evening. She seems to have a good mind for remembering the correct steps of operating a sewing machine. She also got to iron each piece as she was putting the blocks together.

In this last picture she is holding her sewing box and showing the two blocks she completed. I'm pretty sure she was thrilled with her two blocks and I was sure proud of her efforts!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sewing on Saturday!

It's been such a lovely day today. I have been busy in the sewing room. I am always cleaning and rearranging to keep everything looking nice. It seems to me it is so much fun sewing in a tidy room. What to do think? I am working on a sweet little ruffled prairie skirt. I am also working on a small quilt. I thought I would share some pictures of the skirt I have been working on.

~Mary Ann~