Friday, April 30, 2010

How Are You Today?

DJ Trailers can I help you? Sloan knows just what to say...he is so funny as customers come in he will often ask them "How Are You Today?"...guess he's already a lil' salesman.

Sometimes this lil' fella comes to work and he does enjoy setting at PaPa's desk doing some paperwork and answering the phone. I wonder when he will figure out about paychecks....for now he's content with highlight markers!

Friday's are usually work days for me. I try to work two days a week and my sis "Sherry" handles the rest of the days. It works out good for both of us.
Today it looks like we will be in for some rain...finally the winds have started calming down. The lil' blue farmhouse is where our kids grew up and our son and family live there now. There is a little farm pond out back that some evenings you'll find Dan and Sloan fishing.

So what do I do at work....let's see...bookkeeping, stitching, taxes, rug hooking, trailer titles, applique, answering the phone, update blog, needle punch, okay it's not all that bad is it!

So what do I keep inside the black bag...well it's my grab and go bag...filled with projects that are already cut out and ready to be made into little quilts, pinkeeps, appliques...whatever!

I'm one of those gals that doesn't like to sit without working on something. Here's a peek at what I've been working on so far today...It's little pinkeeps by Whimsicals.

Danny and I will be heading out for Springfield, Missouri this evening to deliver a load of trailers. I'm hoping we will get there and drop them off in time to visit Simply Fibers in Springfield and then make a trip up to Saltbox Primitive Woolens tomorrow. Oh and Pro Bass Shop in Springfield sounds good too....I think I just might need a little something there for my fishing buddy!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hang On It's A Bit Windy Today!

You sure can take a beating from a load of laundry if your trying to hang it out on the line today here in Oklahoma but I conquered that basketful of towels and plan to try it again!

A little wind warning if your shopping and come out with a basketful of groceries hang onto the lightweight packages or you just might find yourself chasing a few packages across the parking lot. I speak from experience. Then again it's good exercise and surely you've gave someone a good laugh today!

Well I picked up the hook last night I just couldn't resist any longer...The rugs that still need bound are sitting right beside my chair and I am binding on one...I have promised myself to get them done and soon!

Can you guess what this is going to be? I'm just using up some of the extra wooley worms in the scrap they will each have there on individual look!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's Been A Long Time

It's been a long time since I did a craft show and with the help of PatiJane we plan on having a booth offering some of our handmade items. We have a few months to plan and prepare since it won't be until the last Saturday in August....and knowing Oklahoma days it's sure to be a hot one!

Purcell is a small town with a big heart....matter of fact it is called the Heart of Oklahoma. It was the very place I was born and raised in. It's just up the road a ways from where I live now and if I want to find a good place to have Mexican food, buy a few groceries or visit a large number of antique shops I just hop in the truck and I'm there in a matter of 15 minutes.

Purcell was founded back in 1887 as a railroad town and was named after E.B. Purcell of Manhatten, Kansas who was an ATSF Railroad Director.

Some of the buildings on Main Street are rich with history. The Hotel Love is a 3 story Victorian Brick Building that once had visitors spend the night is now a very beautiful antique store and bed and breakfast. You can actually feel like you step back in time as you enter the lil' rooms upstairs as you enjoy all the wonderful lil' treasures.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~(Love Hotel)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Old Canadian Theatre once a place to watch movies is also a great place to find antiques.

Main Street still is partially paved with bricks and there you'll find people ready to greet you with a hello and a smile. Although it's grown since I was a kid it's still good to drive through the old neighborhood where I would walk to school or the library with my sisters and remember the days of my childhood.

Well I blew the dust off the punch needle and started punching up a few items....

I finished a few appliqued pinkeeps....I'm wanting to keep everything small and simple. Then again I have lots and lots of those hooked rugs...guess I better get busy!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Monday, April 26, 2010

I Won A Wool Palette!

Look at this gorgeous wool that April of Red Jack Rugs sent me. It's a wool palette called Stormy Sea and it's just awesome.
The wool is created by April using 100% Dorr milled wool and W. Cushing's Perfection Acid Dyes. It will be fun trying them out....THANK YOU SO MUCH APRIL!!!!

April will be offering them for sale in a variety of color palettes so be sure and stop by and see all the different choices.

Hope everyone has started off their week with some sunny smiles. It's been quite cool here today but at least the sun was shining. With the winds whipping the clothes on the line it sure didn't take long for several loads to dry and oh they do smell sooo good!

I've been working on some small projects of needle punch and hand stitching. I like to keep a few projects going all the idle hands here!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Sunday, April 25, 2010

~When Two People Fell In Love~

Imagine a young lil' gal back in 1927 writing a note to her parents telling them...

August 19th, 1927

I went down to the
road and met Mr. Doyle
and we went to Breckenridge
to get married.
So bye bye.
Will see you some time.

(original note to her parents)

My Grandpa passed away when my Dad was just a kid so I never had the opportunity to meet him. He was quite a bit older than Granny. He loved to fish and he worked hard all of his life.

Granny Doyle and Dot(front row)
Bob(My Dad), Marvin, Don, Desmond, and Bill (left to right)

Some of the original cousins....hopefully next year we can all be reunited. We had 12 out of 18 this year!

Bill, Don, Dot, and Bob(my Dad)

We had a wonderful time this weekend seeing family we hadn't seen in lil' additions were added too. Granny and Grandpa would have been proud.

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Guess Where I'm Headed?

Have You ever heard of Possum Kingdom? Well it's located in Texas west of Fort Worth and that's where I'll be for a couple of days. They have a huge lake and a great place to have a family reunion.
My Dad was born and raised in Texas and most of his kinfolk still live there. It's been a long time since we have all got together to just visit and some of us cousins decided it was time to have everyone that could meet for a few days and reminisce of days gone by and catch up on what's new.
We are planning on cookouts and a big ol' fish fry with all the fixins...not to mention all those homemade desserts. Ooooh I can hardly wait guess I better get to packing!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Monday, April 19, 2010

Learning To Skate and Some Lil' Finishes!

I use to love to skate with my sisters when we were young. I had the kind that fit over your shoes and you had a skate key to adjust them. I even skated with my kids when they were little. For Christmas I got Sloan his first pair of skates and he's been practicing and once he gets the hang of it I may have to buy me a pair if I get brave!

Over the weekend the group "AAPG" I belong to on eBay had a little online retreat. We were challenged to make little quilts and here's a few I made. They are totally finished...pieced, quilted, bound and tagged. I've learned my lesson with the hooked rugs so thought I better totally finish what I started. The pumpkin patch is by Whimsicals.

Hope each of you are having a great start to a new week.

Happy Trails...Ginger

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My Other Job!

Danny has been building utility trailers since the kids were little. We started a business long ago and have been very fortunate that it has grown although we are still a small company with a total of 8 employees and most of them are family.

We set up at the Oklahoma City Farm show and really enjoyed meeting so many folks.

Thursday and Friday Danny and I stayed fairly busy and I actually managed to visit a few booths. They had an awesome Scentsy Candle booth and I left some money with them but brought home some wonderful scents that are already making our home smell good.

Our son "Dan" was able to come up today and help us with talking with folks. It sure was good to have him there.

It has been raining all day but it was a good day for folks to get out and visit the Farm show.

Now a sneak peak of what I've been working on this weekend while I had a few free minutes to spare.

Happy Trails....Ginger

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Beautiful Hand Stitching!

Look what came in the mail. It's such a beautifully stitched embroidered pillow by Jessica. She does the most perfect tiny and oh so even...I just love it! Thanks so much.

Looks like we will be having a busy end to our week working our booth at the Oklahoma City Farm Show. It's our first time to have a booth there so guess we will learn as we go. This afternoon we will be setting up and my sis "Sherry" has done so much to help us! Thank You Sherry we couldn't have been ready without you!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Monday, April 12, 2010

~Sunny Day~ Chasing The Clouds Away~

Come and play everything is A-Ok....
We have been playing outside most of the day and yes I do play! We've been playing chase, building sand castles, feeding the ducks, going down twisting slides, and just enjoying the sunshine. It's a great way to get your vitamin D.

Jenn went with us to church yesterday and helped us with some shopping. We will be having a booth this year at the Oklahoma City Farm show that starts this Thursday for our truckbed and trailer business. Lots of prep work still in progress :(

Still working on the mound of rugs...bind, bind, bind!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Super Simple Half Square Triangles

Oh it's a beautiful Saturday morning here on the farm. I've got the windows open letting the house air from a long winter. Last night I pulled out some fabric to start a little mini quilt for an online retreat our group "AAPG" from ebay will be doing next weekend and thought I would show you some simple little steps for making half square triangles. It's really the easiest and fastest way I have found.

First pick two different fabrics and cut out your squares....mine just happen to be 3 inches. Then draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric of one of the squares. This will be your guideline while sewing.

Next place the 2 squares together right sides of fabric facing each other and with a 1/4 inch foot sew together as pictured above.

I like to chain stitch all of mine together and cut them later. Once I finish one side of the square I then stitch on the other side using the same line as a guideline.

Next you will use the line as a guide to cut them apart.

Just press and there you go half square triangles. Your on your way to making lots of different quilts.

Happy Trails....Ginger

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thinking of Picnics

The pastures are really greening up and the geese are taking advantage of staying around for awhile. I actually think they may have a nest nearby. With the pastures turning so green it just makes you want to go lay down in the soft green bed of grass and look up into the blue skies of spring....might just have to do that soon, maybe even spread out a quilt and have a good olde fashion picnic!

Happy Trails...Ginger

Monday, April 5, 2010

Saturday, April 3, 2010

~Happy Easter~

Wishing each of you a wonderful day filled with family and friends. May we all remember the true meaning of Easter and the great sacrifice that was made for each of us.....He arose and he lives within my heart!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Repeat After Me....

Bind each and every rug soon as you finish them!

Yes, I'm still plugging away on the pile!

But I'm beginning to see a little light be it ever so small!

I think I may have 16 more to go that is if I don't find another one hid somewhere! No sore fingers yet so I'll keep on binding.

Happy Trails...Ginger