Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Life Around The Farm

It's been quite a while since I posted on this blog....
Life takes it's twists and turns.
Opening up a retreat center and a little store oh who am I kidding I am drifting  right on out of the store door into the big workshop area with wool and patterns!  LOVE having so many wonderful ladies come join us for one day events or 3 to 4 day retreats! 
They think they are blessed in turn I AM THE ONE BLESSED!

So many wonderful ladies attend  from different states or right here in Oklahoma.....there is something about women gathering to do handwork!
WE offer free days of stitching, hooking, quilting, applique, needle punch, rug punch, knitting, crochet.....whatever you want to work on!
Some days we serve lunch and some days they each bring their own lunch!
We have Farm Chick Days, Ruffled Feather Days, and Wool Quilting Group Days....
(I post the dates on FB if your interested just follow my page Prairie Moon Primitives)
My mom and daughter help a lot along with at times my sisters and of course,  Danny is always helping to add more shelves, hang up items, and clean up!
Our daughter Jenn is mom to our two lil' granddaughters....she stays busy helping here and working for Danny, too!  She is speedy and is all about getting things organized!  I am the fly by the seat of your pants gal she is trying to rein me in....good luck Jenn!
Miss Betty is our youngest can you believe she is almost 4!
Unbelieveable we better watch out this kiddo is growing up way too quick....she is our spunky one for sure!  (takes after her mom)
All three grandkiddos are my pride and joy!  They come over a couple of times a week and are more like brother and sisters than cousins.

Sloan is ten.....he will be eleven later this year....I started this blog when he was just a baby!
He plays baseball and is an excellent catcher for his age.  He loves anything ball.  He even has me out playing catch but I will NOT pitch to him anymore....
Eva Mae is almost six and loves to do crafts.  She repurposes things into new crafts as in she will take apart her sisters artwork to make new! OOps!  She does love to draw, paint, and work with beads...she has a little craft area in her room.  She may just turn out to be running this place one day!

Life around here has changed....my dad left this world for his home in heaven last August.  He is celebrating with our Lord and has a body free of pain.  I can't wait to see him again!!  We sure miss him.  Danny lost his Dad in November and what a blessing it will be see him again, too. 
We were able to celebrate one last birthday in July with my dad.  He celebrated 76 years of life on this earth and lots of family and friends blessed us with coming that day.
Christmas 2017 brought a few tears as we reminisced about our dads and what wonderful memories we had growing up!
My mom and sisters are very special to me.   Love abounds and we hold each other up so many times. 

So as we have enjoyed the beginnings of 2018 we hope that you have a Happy, Healthy, and wonderful 2018!
Happy Trails.....Ginger

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cross Stitched Stockings

My cousin Janis has made all of these wonderful cross stitched stockings for her family!

Very detailed!

What a treasure for each one of her children and grandchildren!

A labor of love!

So many things to look at on each one!
I wish I had the patience to cross stitch but I do not!  So I will just admire all of you that do that tiny beautiful stitching!
Happy Trails....Ginger

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Basket Weaving

Do you remember making a basket in High School?  Way back when I was in school we had art and we had a fantastic art teach....we were able to do pottery, basket weaving, pen and ink, and lots of different things. 
Here at Prairie Moon Primitives and Retreats we love offering all kinds of classes.
My sister Sherry is making this wonderful muffin basket.  I'm glad she came out this last Saturday!  She usually crochets so this was something new to try.

My sister Jane and her daughter Mandy came, too.  Jane made a basket in the last class so she decided to make a different basket this time.
Pauline and LaJuana teaching the gals the different kinds of baskets.

Pati and Carrie

Mom and her cousins

Marlene and Ryan (mom and son)

Nita, Skye, and Megan

Charlotte was making a colorful basket.

Megan and Skye



Another basket class is scheduled for April 29th! 

 Irish Knitting Basket

Fruit Basket

Susie Q
I am also carrying some finished baskets in the shop! 
Happy Trails......Ginger

Monday, January 30, 2017

Afternoon Nature Walk

The two oldest grands asked to go on a nature walk after school.  The littlest grand was with her Moma so she will have to go another day.
Sloan and Eva are cousins and they do act more like brother and sister!
Eva likes to do just about anything that Sloan is doing and so off we went around the farm.

Eva is learning to cross cattle guards and yes we have to be careful.  Sloan found a turtle shell inside the cattle guard....it had got stuck sometime back and didn't make it out.

They love to play down around the trees looking for sticks.

Eva climbed the pond dam and wanted to throw rocks into the water and watch the water ripple into large rings.

Piles of old dried wood perfect places for wild little animals to hide.

Watch this one make a big splash!

Those are robins in the top of the big pecan tree.

Eva seeing how high she can reach!

Look out for those sharp sticker weeds.

Is that a raccoon I see?

Birdhouses are all around.....we do love those birds!  Hmmm maybe not so much those pesky woodpeckers!

Proud to be an AMERICAN!

Someone was ready to head back and get a snack!
Happy Trails.....Ginger


Friday, January 27, 2017

A Place to Dye

I have been working on this awesome pattern
"Pastel Tulips"  by Cath's Penny Rugs.  I have always loved her designs.  I chose a little different color selection but that is the fun of having wools to choose from.  I love having her patterns in my shop. 
It's been a busy week of dyeing wool and washing load after load of as-is wools.  The bins are overflowing in the shop and next will be tying up lots of wool rug yarns and mixing up dyes and watching them change from natural creamy yarns to all kinds of colors.  It's like a surprise when they come out of the dye pots!
Look at the wonderful dye room Danny built for me!   Am I one lucky gal or what!
It sure makes the dyeing much quicker and I don't have to worry about messing up the kitchen.

Wishing each of you a wonderful weekend and hope you find time to do something you love!
Happy Trails.....Ginger

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A New Spring Time Pattern

I'm teaching at a local quilt guild in February so I wanted to design a simple yet fun and instructional piece for those who want to try wool applique.  Blanket stitches, colonial and French knots, stems stitch and straight stitches will be what they will be learning.  Pinks and purples are not usually my choice but I stepped out of my comfort zone and it turned out to be a fun piece to bring a little spring time into anyone's home!
Happy Trails....Ginger


Friday, January 20, 2017

Prairie Moon Primitives Classes

I am going to be offering several classes this year and hosting some teachers as well. 
I'll be updating all the different things we will be offering on my facebook page
We will have Wool Applique
Beginner Rug Hooking
Locker Hooked Rugs
Pleachet Rugs
Basket Weaving
Needle Punch
Oxford Rug Punch
Piecing Quilts
Machine Quilting
Jewelry Making
plus lots of retreats for all sorts of fun fibers
It looks to be a year filled with friends old and new
and so very much to be thankful for and treasure!
Life is but a whisper so enjoy each day!
Happy Trails.....Ginger