Square Dance Promenade

This month we Promenade!!  Just this step to do, and next month will be the final assembly and big reveal.  I hope you are having fun! This month, you'll be joining your Allemande Left units to your scrappy Come Down the Middle units.  Lay your stacks like this so you get them all oriented correctly.  …

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Spring Cleaning, and a Blog Break

Spring Cleaning came late this year, it just seemed like winter would never end.  But one of the effects of losing a bit of weight is that the closet needs to be purged, a good problem to have, isn't it?  I went into how I do this in more detail in a previous post - …

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Thank You Cards to Re-use and Recycle

When you get a handmade card, wouldn't it be nice to be able to pass it along for someone else to enjoy?  I mean, how many of us get a card (and so few of those come in snail mail these days!) and enjoy the sentiment, only to throw it into the paper recycle bin, …

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Irises and Azaleas in the Garden

The azaleas and irises are in full bloom now, actually starting about a week ago.  This is such a great time of year in the mountains, not too warm, not too cool, sweaters in the evening and sunny days.  The sweet fragrance in the air makes you want to pause and breathe, taking a moment …

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Taco Salad with a Crispy Baked Shell

With Cinco De Mayo tomorrow, it is a great excuse to eat Mexican food, like I need an excuse, LOL!!  One thing about it, though, the fat content can be pretty high.  My grandmother and mother used to make tacos by frying the tortillas in oil, and although they were tasty, that method is just …

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Safelight Update and Winners

The response to the Safelight Project has been beyond my wildest dreams this year. I am just in awe of the outpouring of support!! Donations of cards, sewn case sets and money continued to come in all the way to the end of April. So much so that we have way beyond my initial goal …

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Freehand Loop Quilting

A friend called recently to ask me if I would do a charity quilt she volunteered to do.  Someone else had made the top, but wasn't able to quilt it due to health reasons.  So, my friend volunteers after no one else in the club she attends would do it.  She wasn't feeling well either …

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The Casements Gardens and Waterfront in Ormond Beach

After seeing the Casements House, the gardens and grounds were next.  This is the view from Rockefeller's office on the second floor.  The grounds went all the way to the water.  He had the retaining wall built so his friends could moor their boats while visiting.  The restoration of the property in the 1970s put …

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A Visit to The Casements House in Ormond Beach

Visiting older houses is a favorite thing to do, as I like to see the workmanship and architecture that is not common today.  While we were in Ormond Beach last month, we took the tour of the Casements House, John Rockefeller's winter residence.  The house was originally built in 1913, and named the Casements due …

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