Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Baskets wallhanging ~WINNER~

Can you believe it is the end of November already!? But that means it is time to choose the winner of the Christmas Baskets wallhanging! Yeah!

The winner is comment #5, Kwiltmakr! So email me (janda082803 at mailing address, Kwiltmakr, and I will get the wallhanging out to you right away! (I know, I know, I have your address around here somewhere, from earlier this year, but I cannot seem to find it anywhere!)

Thanks everyone for commenting, and for visiting my blog! I wish I could send you all something! :o)
I will be back tomorrow with pics of our Christmas tree! It is HUGE! Jim never lets me down when it comes to getting us a tree! :o)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Flag folding

Today, we attended a flag folding ceremony by our local VFW. The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts were invited. Did you know that when the flag is folded, each fold means something? Here is what was read, explaining the symbolism for each fold:

1st fold - A symbol of life

2nd fold - Our belief in the eternal life

3rd fold - Made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world

4th fold - Represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

5th fold - Tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, *Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.*

6th fold - For where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

7th fold - a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is thru the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

8th fold - a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on mothers day.

9th fold - a tribute to womanhood; for it has been thru their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

10th fold - a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

11th fold - in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

12th fold - in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.

I found this all fascinating. It gave me a whole new respect for the flag. In the picture below, David is the Scout facing the veterans folding the flag, with the darkest pants. (He is wearing his Merit Badge sash.)

And here is a pic of Jimmy, he was filling his dump truck with rocks during the ceremony... :o)

Not much sewing going on this week. Jim has pneumonia. He still has been going to work, while on antibiotics. Cannot afford to miss work, with 4 kids, and Christmas QUICKLY approaching!
Thanks so much for visiting!
P.S. If you have not signed up for my Christmas Baskets wallhanging give-away yet, please do! You can see my post and sign up HERE.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Scarf and desk...

I finished knitting this scarf this week. The yarn ball was from the Etsy shop of Misfit Yarn. It is so fun to work with this yarn! Ssshhh! I have another one made like this in pinks, for Anna, and one in oranges, for Elizabeth, for Christmas... :o) But this one is mine! The girls ooh-ed and aah-ed over it the whole time I made it! Boy, will they be surprised! :o)
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And I thought I would show (again, for those that have known me for awhile) my desk. I put the little hexagon baby quilt, as a table topper, under the lamp! :o) The desk was my dads. The lamp was his too. (In the same spot!) And the little thermostat, to the right of the lamp, belonged to my Grandfather. He passed away when I was less than one year old. (Just like Jimmy and his Grandpa.)

As always, thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I just finished my first hexagon project! (Hey, Carol!!!!) This was so fun! I had seen others doing hexagon projects, and had wanted to try one, but... When I saw this Just One Pack Doll Quilt tutorial over at Moda Bake Shop, I figured that would be a great way to start! It is all hand-stitched. I used the Nostalgia charm pack, by Moda. I am addicted... Planning my next hexagons project, as we speak... :o)

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Christmas Baskets wallhanging ~GIVE AWAY~

How about a give away to help you decorate for Christmas? :o) I decided with Christmas quickly approaching (too quickly!), I would do a little give away of this Christmas Baskets wallhanging!

This wall hanging measures about 18 inches x 35 inches. The 8 basket blocks are machine embroidered. There is no quilting, but cute little Christmas colored buttons in the corners of each block.

All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post! It is that easy! I will draw the winner on November 30th, so you will get the wallhanging in plenty of time for your Christmas decorating! So are you in?! :o)

P.S. If you would like to pass the word along about this give-away, you can right click and save the block photo. I am not gonna keep track of who blogs about it or who becomes a follower. Everyone will just get one chance, by leaving a comment on this post. Hope that is ok with everyone! :o)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sister wallhanging

I finished up this wallhanging for my sister, Laura. I had her come over and look thru my fabric stash and choose all the fabrics she liked, then used a few from what she chose. I only had to buy one additional yard to complete this wallhanging! :o) The saying blocks are from a Sisters panel that I bought earlier in the year from Shabby Fabrics. (I also have 2 daughter panels, and the Psalms 23 panel.) I hand quilted around the stars and the outside border. I am going to give it to my sister at Christmas. :o)

Here is Jimmy's new trick - he can curl up his tongue! He gets that talent from his Daddy and his sister, Lizzie! The other day he just walked up to me and says *look mommy* and this is what I got! :o)

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy 12th Birthday!

Happy 12th birthday to my trio - David, Anna and Elizabeth! I cannot believe my babies are 12 today! Seems like just yesterday they were little babies, although I have to admit, I can barely remember those days! It is all such a blur of bottles, diapers and lack of sleep!
Worth every minute, tho! I have the best kids! All three are on the High Honor Roll in their first quarter of Jr High! They are growing up so quickly, into wonderful young people! Oh my, next year they will be teenagers, tho! ACK! :o)

This pic is more like the craziness that usually goes on around here:

Thanks for visiting! I will be back tomorrow with a wallhanging that I am finishing up tonite for my sister for Christmas... :o)