Monday, October 15, 2012

Ironic Situation

Funny story from this weekend...

I have two Shark irons, one that is probably three years old and one that is maybe 1 1/2 years old.  The first iron started leaking so I bought the second.  Well that one started leaking too.  I thought I would clean them both on the outside and then run a mixture of vinegar and water through them to clear any hard water deposits.  

I bought the iron cleaner on Saturday and proceeded to clean the plates of both.  Then I filled them both with vinegar and water and started pushing the steam button.  

Well by now the basement smells terrible because of all the cleaning I am doing.  

All of a sudden the old iron starts making a funny noise.  Now I have never heard an iron make any type of noise other than steam sounds so this was very different.  Next black smoke starts pouring out of the iron and I see it is on fire!!

I quickly unplugged it and Matthew took it outside.  So here sits this iron in the middle of the front yard smoking like crazy.  I thought to myself all I need to do now is move the washing machine to the porch and I will officially be a hillbilly!

And to top it off the other iron still leaks!  Off to Walmart to buy a new iron.  

But that's not even the funniest part.  Before we left for the store, Matthew moved the iron out be the side of the road.  We live in the middle of farm country on a county road.  When we got up Sunday morning the iron was gone!  Someone picked it up!  We laughed so hard we cried.  They sure will be in for a surprise!  I hope they don't plug it in.  Talk about "irony."  LOL

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fulton County Fair Results

So we went to the Fulton County Ohio Fair this morning to drop off my entries in the baking categories (Apple Pie, Zucchini Bread and Carrot Cake) and noticed they had judged the quilts and pictures.  Had to go over and see how things went....

Well my three wall hangings all received a blue ribbon, my snowman place mat and my coffee apron both got a second place and my raffle quilt got a blue ribbon....AND BEST OF SHOW!!!  Oh my goodness!!  I am so excited!  

Our pictures did okay.  I got a second place and Matthew got an honorable mention.  

We go back tonight to see how the baked goods did. And of course to eat all that yummy fair food!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Website Update!

I have been doing a lot of updating on the website the last few weeks.  Wow!  It sure is time consuming, but it is looking much better. I have added new products, changed images, changed pricing and so much more.  Thank you to my awesome hubbie who continues to help me do a lot of data entry.

As I was answering an email from one of our customers I realized she had a blog and records podcasts!  I listened to her very first one and I am hooked!! Only 48 more to go and I can't wait.   What a sweet young lady and so fun to listen to! Check out her great blog spot Katie's Quilting Corner and she is on Facebook.  I have been having so much fun reading about Katie and her darling Corgi's.  

Funny, Matthew and I are going to get a Corgi soon and we may have found a breeder...THANKS Katie!!

How do you make quilting connections?  There are so many blogs, websites, podcasts and Facebook pages it can be overwhelming!  I try to find something that catches my eye and then dive in.  

So the Fulton County Fair is right around the corner and I have to decide which quilts and projects to enter.  I am thinking this wall hanging will go and probably my coffee apron.

I haven't picked any photographs yet, but will work on it this week.

This weekend is the Checker Open House and I get to attend a special workshop from FabShopNetwork and sew with Karen Montgomery!!  I also get to hear Alex Anderson speak.  Yeah I am a little excited!!!  This is always a great weekend!!  I'll keep you posted when I get back!! Until then ~Bear Hugs~


Monday, July 23, 2012

Good morning!  I hope your week is starting out to be a good one!  Remember to take a few minutes to just be thankful for everything around you.  We have so many blessings and some days we just need to take note of all that we have.  

As some of you who follow me on Facebook may know, I started the Couch to 5K program 7 weeks ago.  I am by no means a runner, and this has been a challenge for me.  For those of you unfamiliar with this program it is designed so that you go from Couch (no running) to running a 5K in 8 weeks.  I bought the app for my iPhone for .99 and a voice tells me when to walk and when to run.  You start slow, run 1 minute, walk 1 minute, etc. and build up to running 5K (3.1 miles).  I started off huffing and puffing my way along and I will admit that in the first two weeks, I wanted to reach into my phone and slap that voice silly, but I stuck it out.  

I started week 7 today and actually jogged for 20 minutes straight today or 3K (1.8 miles).  I can't believe I did it!!  I can listen to my music which I have tuned into K-Love and the voice interrupts to tell me what to do.   I have been very fortunate with the weather and only had to run on the tread mill once last week because it was raining.  

I also started the South Beach diet about 2 weeks ago.  Between the two programs, I have lost 9 pounds and can fit back into my summer clothes from last year.

What programs are you doing to take care of your health and body?  I encourage you to find something that challenges you , but also is fun to do!

You CAN do this!!

God bless!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Summer!

So now I have been away for a while again!  I can not believe how fast time goes by!  I have been keeping up with our monthly newsletter, but I really need to get back to my blogging!  So let's start over today!!

We have so much going on around here!  The garden is going crazy and we have been able to enjoy fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans and more!!  We have a few sugar baby watermelons that should be ready soon!

I just love summer time!  

Matthew is just about finished umpiring for the summer and we are going on a much needed vacation to California to see Matthew's brother David!  We are taking Papa along and it should be a great time! 

Coming up in August our beloved first granddaughter, Amelia will arrive!  I made this quilt for her and gave it to mom at her shower at the end of June!

Our Quilt Bear Cafe Club is going well and this month's project is the Charmed Living Table Topper.  I made this one for a gift for my new sister-in-law and will give it to her when we go to California.  We will be piecing the top this month and quilting it next month.  If you want to make one too, you can purchase a kit HERE.  

I used a charm pack I had in my stash, but if you like the red, white and blue I would suggest the Old Glory Gatherings charm pack.

We just started a new incentive at The Quilt Bear!  Make any purchase over $40 and be automatically entered in our monthly drawing for a $10 Quilt bear Gift Certificate!  AND our top spender for the year will receive a gift basket valued at $100!!  How's that for a reward for buying awesome quilt stuff you already love!!  Start shopping and good luck!!

I hope you all are doing great and enjoying your summer!