Windsor Castle and St. Georges Chapel

While we were in England in May, we had beautiful weather the entire time.  Most of the time was mild temperatures, with partly cloudy skies.  When I did the poll, the second highest vote on what readers wanted to see from our trip was a tie, so we'll start with Windsor Castle and St. George's …

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Square Dance – The Reveal!!

Finally, the day you have been waiting for!! It is the big reveal of the Square Dance Mystery Quilt.  I can't wait to see everyone's final quilt!  But without further ado, lets get to it.  As a reminder, please do not pin this or any mystery clue to Pinterest. As a refresher, remember that the …

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Slow cookers are wonderful for making meals while I sew, stamp, or play with my glue gun.  I've been using it more in summer than I used to, as it doesn't heat up the kitchen the way the oven does.  Recently, reader Deb contacted me to ask what size slow cooker I was using in …

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Mid Year Check in on Goals

It is coming up on the  halfway point for the year, so it is time to check in with the goals for the year and see how it is going.  Actually, pretty well!!  The goals post is HERE.  Since I am still working on the secret quilting projects, I can't show those just yet.  But, …

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Thrifting Fun and Some DIY

It was a fruitful few weeks in April and May, with lots of inexpensive goodies found.  I got a full set of silver chargers for tablescaping, and originally I thought I would paint them, but when I found the silver snowflake dishes, I changed my mind.  I'll keep them silver for now. The card making …

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Summer Garden Tablescape

It feels like summer here with the warming weather.  While I was cleaning out the kitchen cabinets, I noticed that I had a lot of things with a vegetable theme, so I thought I'd do a table with them. I started the table with my Farmer's Market Picnic Quilt. No chargers this time as I …

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Patriotic Quilting Roundup

I have been working on secret projects lately that I cannot share yet.  Of course, one is the Scrap Dance Square Dance Mystery, and another is my new pattern (currently in pattern testing) for my new Chocolate Covered Cherries quilt.  I have some new readers, and maybe some long time readers, who have not seen …

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Kensington Gardens

Next to the palace, Kensington Gardens encompasses a large parcel of land.  There is a small formal garden next to the palace, but the bulk of the 270 acres of land is given to a large grassy meadow lined with trees on either side of a wide concrete walkway.  This is devoted to public use, …

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Kensington Palace

The votes are in, and the number one pick to share from our England trip was Kensington Palace and Gardens.  So, today we return to London for a tour.  Today we'll see the palace and some spectacular jewels, and I'll show you the garden tomorrow.  Kinsington Palace is quite unassuming compared to other historic buildings …

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Upcycling an Iron Birdcage

Last fall I scored this two piece birdcage and stand at an auction for very little cost.  Both needed some work, with the birdcage in really sad shape.  It was that 80s Wedgewood Blue, (a color I cannot tolerate anymore) and had a lot of rust.  So, it needed a makeover. The rust was more …

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