Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Photos from my walk

Finally, after 3... ok, 4 months of procrastinating, I went for a 5 km walk today. I was looking for something in a drawer and found my old (and broken, I thought) MP3 Player. So I checked it out, formated it, filled it up and left the house.
1 hour later, very tired but happy, I found home again. Thought you might enjoy the view from my village road. If you click on the picture, you can see it bigger.
If you miss me tomorrow, it's because I'll be in bed with sore muscles!

Friday, March 26, 2010

What I did this week...

This week was fairly normal...

I visited with a neighbour and her sweet-pea of a daughter...

I baked some rolls, or as we call them here buns or zwieback...

I found a silver spoon in my pile of dirty laundry...

(read the story of the spoon here: http://thechacogirl.blogspot.com/2009/10/adventures-of-silver-spoon-part-1.html My sister had an accomplice; my daughter Cindy)

I went to a craft show....

I also finished the curtains for our church and got the musty smell out of my sewing room. My sewing table is fairly empty right now. Who needs a seamstress?:)

It was a good week, and I'm looking forward to this weekend. We are invited to two different places for a barbeque, so that should be fun. Cindy will be celebrating her party here tomorrow afternoon.

Sorry for the quality of some of the pictures, I took them all with my nokia6300. Some turned out grainy. I would really like to sell one of my quilts so that I can buy a camera.

The lilac/purple quilt in the background of this craft booth is the one I'm trying to sell.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happiness Project part 1


I'm joining Leigh over at her blog for my first post in the happiness project.

My girls make me happy:

1. The oldest is not in the picture, because she lives in the dorm in town during the week.

2. First day of school; Cindy 6th grade, Brianna 3d grade.

3. It's Cindy's birthday today! YAY! (12 years ago, after short and painful labor, she was born!)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Only a few words today...

God spoke: "Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven's sky! Separate Day from Night. Mark seasons and days and years, Lights in Heaven's sky to give light to Earth." And there it was. Genesis 1:14

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A good Tuesday...

Today was a good day.

This morning my friend Shilo, (http://myplaceofpeace.blogspot.com/) came for coffee and a very nice visit. We had a lot of fun, and I got to know her better. Her sons are just the sweetest little redheads you've ever seen.:)

I got some sewing done this afternoon. I'm sewing some curtains for our church in town. They wanted dark curtains to put over the front windows, so that when they use the beamer, it shows up better on the screen. (You all understand, right?:) They must have had the fabric for the curtains in storage or something, because they smell so musty, I'm always sneezing and rubbing my nose! Achooo!

While I was watering the lawn just now, I stepped onto a wasp and it stung me. Man, that hurts!

My mouse (the computer's) died yesterday, so I'm getting the hang of using just the mousepad on my laptop.

I'm writing this post while looking for a new background for my blog. After my scare with having a mammogramm last year, I had a bloglayout with the breast cancer pink bow. Now I'm looking for something that shows my favorite colors or designs. The problem with "The cutest blog on the block" is, they have way too many options to choose from. I'm a little like Goldilocks (though not as cute OR blonde). Some are too wide, some are too dark, I'm looking for the one that is just right.Please feel free to let me know if you like it or not, if it's easy to read, or if there is anything in particular you would like me to post about.

Monday, March 15, 2010

My newest craft project

A few months ago I found a very pretty necklace pattern on the internet. I asked a friend of mine, who makes jewelry, how hard it would be to make... and if she could make it for me. She encouraged me to try it by myself, because it wasn't hard, just time-intensive. (You can find the free instructions to make this necklace here: http://www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/projects/bead-chain-necklace/59
It took me a while to find all the different beads, head pins, jump rings, etc.

Last week, I plunged into the project, and it was a lot of fun! You can see how I started the necklace here:

(Excuse the looks of the table. This is my sewing table and I have a measuring tape taped to it, which comes in handy while sewing...and also while making jewelry, I noticed.)

This is the finished product. I wore this to a family gathering yesterday, and I love it. I made matching earrings as well, just without any beads. I like long, but not heavy earrings!

(thank you, Silvia W., for encouraging me to try this, and you make beautiful artwork)

A last laugh: Brianna took this funny pic of her friends new pet! Isn't she cute?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

what we saw on the road the other day...

A friend and I went to the neighbor colony on Thursday. This is what we saw on our way home.

A semi-truck loaded with gas (bottles?) tipped because they were trying not to drive over a cow on the road, and apparently the road was wet.

The next day I heard on the radio that of the three people inside the cab, only one was hurt, the others walked away.

When we passed the cab (front part of the truck) it was squished together so much, that firemen were using the "Jaws of Life" to open it, to get the people out.

We were so glad that we hadn't come by sooner and maybe even see this happen. Scary!

The reason why we went to Neuland was that my friend wanted to check out a yard sale that some people were having. They had been living here for only 2 years and had some really good stuff from Germany. I bought a tool-box like carring case, to put my sewing stuff in. I love it!

I'm hoping to sell a quilt I made last year for the craft show; if I do sell it, I'll buy a new camera for myself. Then I won't have to post pictures taken with my phone anymore.

Thats all for today, I'm leaving you with a little fun picture I found. I call it "PAYBACK" :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Checkout this giveaway

Prize package #1 includes:
-A hand crafted card
-The stamp used on the card: Summer Harvest courtesy of Lynette at Sweet Pea Stamps
-2 Easter stamps by Magnolia (new in package)
-Ciao Copic marker in E29
-Copic atyou Spica pen in Chocolate
-oodles of assorted flowers (most are Primas)
-oodles of assorted designer papers - some are flocked, some are glittered, some are embossed, and some are double sided
-oodles of ribbon
-a small assortment of silver charms/spacers

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-A hand crafted card
-"Shining On" - Haiti Relief Stamp courtesy of Lynette at Sweet Pea Stamps
-1 rooster stamp by Magnolia
Copic atyou
-Spica pen in Clear
-oodles of assorted flowers
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New Book Review: The Lightkeeper's Daughter

Book review of the book: The Lightkeeper’s daughter, by Colleen Coble

(This book was given to me through the book review programm: Booksneeze, you can find it here: http://booksneeze.com/blogger)

Addie Sullivan grew up in a lighthouse in California around the beginning of the 1900s. She never felt loved by her mother, and her father, the lightkeeper died a few years ago. One stormy night, an injured man appears at their doorstep. She tends to his wounds and later hears her mother and the stranger arguing with each other. Addie wants to know what is wrong, and the stranger tells her that she is not really the daughter of the lightkeeper and his wife. The stranger tells her, that she is most likely the daughter of a rich business man in the city, and her name is Julia Eaton. The stranger, by the way, is Addie's uncle, the brother of her late mother.

He uncle persuades her to live at new-found father’s house as a governess for her nephew. This is where the story becomes intricate and complicated. Someone tries to kidnap or hurt her while she is in the woods, and she tries to find out more about her past, her mother and why someone is trying to hurt her. She gets to know and fall in love with the father of her nephew. (Explanation: her half-sister had died in a car accident and left her handsome husband with their 5 year old son, named Edward)

Addie has to renew her trust in the Lord to get through the complications in her life. But in the end she is rewarded for her trust.

The story has many surprising turns, and it was a great book to read. I’m looking forward to reading more in the series of Mercy Falls.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Poo Chi

Exercise anybody? Or just a good laugh? :) Enjoy!