Thursday, June 30, 2011

Many uses of Crushed Walnut Shells

Bet you didn't know that crushed walnut shells can quickly turn into quicksand in the mind of a 3 year old boy. Well it's keeping him busy as I TRY and clean up some of my messy crafting room. I believe I can mess up a room faster than anyone.

Wonder how many superhero's are seeing doom as they are being buried? Wonder if one will see it's way into a pinkeep? Well back to the mess...hope you are having a productive day!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Quick Project

Here is a quick little project I made and it will help to fill in a few spaces in our booth.

An inkpad...this is the one I used. It works great and I love the color.

I had some linen that I had dyed in rit tan dye....gathered up some stamps I had on hand. Stamped the linen with the various designs. Found some scrap material for backing and then sewed around each one to make into a little pillow. I filled them with some some good smelling spices and a little filler.

Sewed up the little opening and it's all done. Simple and best of all quick.

Happy Trails....Ginger

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

~ Just a little stitching ~

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket. ~Charles Simic

Another hot day and trying to finish up another one of my MANY UFO'S. The poor tomato plants are being devoured by those nasty horn worms. We search for them and then squish them I know YUCK. Not sure if we will have any to pick this year :(

Well back to stitching...hope your enjoying your day!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Sunday, June 26, 2011

When Mom Gives You Zucchini.....

Well get busy and make some zucchini bread. Here is the recipe I used and it turned out excellent....I will be making more. Even going to try some with splenda for the diabetics in the family!

Saturday morning Sandra and Pati came for the day to do some crafting, eating and visiting. We got out the hula hoops and did a little excercise.

Sandra brought a rug to work on.

Pati worked on some garden art.

Later on in the day I took some old cookie sheets that I found at the thrift store and gave them a prep of primer.

Got all of those finished last night and a few other projects.

This evening I've been pulling a few loops on the farm rug. Looking forward to having this one done and ready to start a few halloween rugs. I'm so ready for fall temperatures but no relief in sight. I'm sure water rationing is right around the corner as the water pressure is so low. We are definetely praying for rain.

I need to have a giveaway soon.....It's been way too long! Maybe I'll come up with something by next week.

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Friday, June 24, 2011

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

Seems like everytime we need to do a little farming we have a Dad was good to come over with his equipment and start cutting the hay for us. Hay is going to be scarce this year in our area as we haven't seen enough rain and with the temps staying so high the fields are beginning to burn up.

Sloan and his great~grandpa looking over the large garden. My mom and dad have a huge garden that has a variety of veggies.

This is where we try to stay most of the time is in the shade it's just too hot out in the sunshine.

He tells me often he wants to stay little because it's so much fun. Ahhhh to be carefree again :)

An empty nest we found.

Gathering up feathers.

Time to get the feet wet!

Keeping the feeders full is becoming a daily task. We have about 15 hummers that have come for a stay.

Silly kids and worms!

The 3 M's....Maggie, Megan, and Mandy....enjoying a swim!

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Days..... Pass Me a Glass of Iced Tea!

Staying busy pulling weeds and watering everything as the rains are so scarce. So dry and parched here in central Oklahoma. It's been miserably hot and about the only thing you want to do is find a cool place to stay and sip on a glass of iced tea.
It's been so hot I really haven't played with much wool and so I pulled out the paints and got busy painting. It's something Sloan and I can do together.

This rooster seems to be saying "Rise and Shine"....

Found a few softballs and baseballs at a thrift store so gave them a coat of paint, too!

We had a few storm clouds come up tonight but not one lil' drop of rain. We sure could use a good steady rain.

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

With Two Different Hooks

I've been keeping busy with 2 different hooks. Been working on a farm scene it's going to be a pretty good size rug. Here is what I've done so far.

While at work in between answering phone calls and this and that I've been keeping the crochet hook busy making little face cloths or they could be used for dishcloths.

Well it's late here so off to bed and you might give this some thought....If you think that something small cannot make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room! Those pesky lil' things are out in force around here.

Happy Trails....Ginger

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Kind~Hearted Woman

My Great~Grandma was a "kind~hearted" woman. Mom remembers fondly of the days when hobo's would come knocking at my grandma's back door. She would make them something to eat and give them a glass of tea. Mom was just a little girl at the time but she remembers watching from inside the house. Grandma would not let her come outside while they were there. She said Grandma would talk with them while they ate then they would hand back the dishes and they would be on there way.

My great~grandpa worked for the railroad and they lived near the tracks. There home still stands today in Purcell, Oklahoma though the barn is gone. Mom along with her brothers and cousins would play along the clear running creek that ran through the property. There was lots of woods behind the house.

Did you know that hobo's had signs that they would place in various areas to tell about the type of person that lived in the house or nearby area. If a woman in the are was known to serve you something to eat they would leave a sign on a tree or hidden area with a cat it stood for a kindhearted woman lives here and you can get something to eat. I'm almost certain there must have been a sign nearby that indicated that my great~grandma was one of the kind~hearted women. She was always known by her family to be in the kitchen cooking up something homemade. Her cobblers made from scratch were mouth~watering good.

Today there are still a lot of kind~hearted women who take the time to offer a simple gesture of kindness. I want to give credit to Frank Bielec for drawing this pattern for me. I have an idea or two sparked from this fun little rug.

Maybe you know someone that may have been a kind~hearted woman!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Oh What Could It Be?

Started a new rug this evening....Bet your wondering what it is! There is a story behind it and it relates to my Great~Grandma. I'll share the story in a few days.

I sat out on the porch late this evening and enjoyed the hummers! They have such personality. Sometimes they get a bit hyper if I put too much sugar in the feeders.

I got this feeder in Texas over the weekend. It is handpainted and the proceeds went to help the homeless. I bought two of them they were so unique.

Mr. Cardinal would really like it if I would go on in he would like a evening snack before going back to his nest for the night.

I see the moon and the moon sees me, God Bless the Moon, God Bless Me! Got a good shot of the moon this evening.

I made pico again this evening to go with a sandwich. I LOVE pico and it's healthy for you so here is the recipe!

Diced roma tomato's
Diced onion
Diced jalepeno pepper (remove the seeds if you don't want it too hot)
Diced cilantro leaves and stems
Stir it all up
Add the juice from a fresh lime or two


Well Sloan and I played in the pool twice today. He is getting quite brave with trying to swim although I have a life vest swimsuit on him. He has always loved the water so I'm double locking doors to be on the safe side. Never can be too cautious with curious kids! Hope your staying cool and hey get out there and have some fun!

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Monday, June 6, 2011

Staying In the Shade

We are having hot temps already....Summertime heat is not for me. The cows and calves look for shade in between grazing and stopping to cool off with a drink from the ponds. This has been a very unusual year of weather.
During the day the garden needs weeding, flowers need a big gulp of water and the hummingbirds are busily darting to the various feeders.

Late in the evenings after working outside I have been enjoying the feel of my hook pulling wool as I work on a few more projects. This is a chairpad designed by Mad Hen.

Over the weekend Danny and I took a trip overnight and on the way home stopped by Turner Falls near Davis, Oklahoma. I use to swim in the falls as a kid...sure miss those days!

Here is a lil' dog I oxford punched for Sloan. The design is by Frank Bielec and yes he was on Trading Spaces. Such a fun guy to be around and he is so talented.
Sloan loved his treasure box!

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails....that is what Sloan is made of!

Our mimosa tree is blooming....It's my favorite tree of all. Loved climbing up them as a kid.

Two lil' birds have been pushed out of the nest and have been making a home on our porch. The mom flies in to feed them and hopefully they will take flight before a varmit finds them.

I found this whimsical guy while we were on our trip and he looks perfect overseeing the new flowerbed! He has a lot of attitude.

Sure hope all of you are staying cool and enjoying the early summer days....well I'm off to fire up the grill and water the tomatoes and the rest of the garden!

Happy Trails.....Ginger