Friday, October 29, 2021

Strawberry Jam...

 I made some strawberry jam the other day.  It's a very simple recipe.  Two 10 ounce bags of frozen strawberries,  4 cups of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.  Mix this all together and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes,  stirring constantly, until you feel it gel.  Place in sterilized jars and place lids and rings on jars.  Place in water bath canner and process for 15 minutes after it starts to boil.  If not water bath processed,  keep in refrigerator.  As you can see,  it made 4 half pint jars and a one quarter pint jar. This jam is so delicious!  Easy Peasy!!!

I am getting ready for Halloween on Sunday.
Pictures to follow...  

A good time is insured!

Can't wait to see all the little goblins and ghosts!

'Til next time,

Love ya,  Jean

Monday, September 27, 2021

Fall Decorations...

I can't believe that Fall is upon us so soon!
The summer went by pretty fast for me.
We had much more than the normal heat waves.
We also had a frequent amount of rain.
Not complaining about the rain,
 but it made it very difficult to garden.

So I did some Fall decorating outside this morning.
Have a peek:

This is the wall beside my garage...

(This is all stuff that I have crafted.)

My watering can with flowers and leaves...

My little cutie...

On the right side of the front door...

Hanging on my mailbox...

Pumpkin lady...

I will be incorporating some Halloween 

when it gets a little closer...  

that's always so much fun!

'Til next time,

Love ya,  Jean

Monday, August 9, 2021

Outside Interest...

I went shopping to the Thrift store about two weeks ago
 and found some unexpected goodies.  
The "Hello Summertime"  door round 
was made by my nephew's girlfriend.
I love the colors!
It was too heavy for my front door 
because it is very thick wood.
So I put it on the outside of the house,
next to the garage.

I painted the hat and flip flops
 that I found at the thrift store, to match the door round.

Below is how they looked when half painted. 
I used acrylic paint on them.

Here is the hat before.
I spray painted it.

Here they are together.

They look so cute!
I will hate to take them down 
when it's time to change to Fall decorations.

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Spring around my garden...

I thought I'd show a few pictures from around my garden today.
The tulips and daffodils have been blooming for a while now,
and other plants are slowly coming to life.
It's been a really chilly Spring and things are a little behind.
But the Spring bloomers have also lasted a long time. 
 Here are some pansies that I put in about a month ago.

The pond is coming along nicely.  
It'll soon be time to put some plants in there.
The fish survived the winter.
I even found a few new ones in there.

I am now a member of the National Wildlife Federation.
My property is deemed a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
It says that I have provided food,  
water and shelter for the animals.
I am very proud of this honor.

The new project this year was to move the small gate from one corner of the fence to the other corner.  Quite a lot of work, but now I don't have to walk on the neighbor's property to get to my side garden.  It's not large enough to fit the wheelbarrow through,  but just to pass through to get the the main garden.  It is so much more convenient.

This is where the old gate was,  
so I had to fix that up,  too.
I really like the new arrangement.

Some of my "garden junk" that I've collected over the years.
This is in my backyard.

 I will be showing more as the season progresses.  

I have been growing seeds to plant in my gardens.

I hope to have an over abundance of flowers 

and vegetables this year.

I finished my quilt top and have put it away for now.  

I will hand quilt it in the Fall and Winter,

 when I am trapped in the house.  Lol

That's all for today.  

'Til next time,  

Love ya,  Jean

Friday, March 12, 2021

Another postage stamp quilt...

Still working on my postage stamp quilt.  This is the second one that is evolving from my 2" squares stash.  I see a trend here:  I had to cut more squares because I was running out...
Now I have more than I need for this one.  What to do?  Will I start a third one?  I am looking for a new pattern that will be some thing different from just random...

 I have time.  The second top is almost finished but I will still have to get the backing, the batting,  put those together and then hand quilt and bind the whole thing.  Maybe I will finish this one by the end of the summer.  In the meantime,  I'll keep on "keepin' on".

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Monday, March 1, 2021

Pediatrics surgical caps...

I am showing some more of the surgical caps that I made for my local hospital.  These will go to the Pediatrics wing,  for the nurses that work there.  They are all made from my stash of children's prints.  I think they will like them...

A baker's dozen...

I will be making more..

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Surgical caps, masks, and a smash cake

 Hi.  It's been a while since I posted anything.  I've had some health problems,  which I'm hoping are resolved.  I'm still healing, so it remains to be seen.  I have been a little productive,  during this time.  Below are a few pictures of my latest projects.

While I was in the hospital,  the nurses were so nice to me. I noticed that they were all wearing surgical caps (to keep Covid out of their hair).  I asked about the caps and my nurse said that one of the mothers of one of the nurses made a lot of them.  So I volunteered to make some for them. She gave me a sample of one to bring home.  I found the exact pattern for free on the internet.  I got to use some of my stash of fabric.  She asked that they be bright and cheerful!  I think they are and I'm hoping they will enjoy using them.  I made a few of the dark ones for the male nurses there,  too.  I still have to sew on the buttons to loop their masks onto.

I also made some new masks for my son-in-law for his comic book store.  All stores require a mask upon entry,  so I made some early on.  But I figured by now he would probably need some new ones.  The customers love to see them and always say they like them.

My youngest great granddaughter just turned one year old and I had the honor of making her smash cake, for their photoshoot.  The biggest one is a very large cupcake cake and the smaller one was a prop for her photoshoot also. And she did smash it alright.  haha

So,  I'm still taking it easy.  I figured sewing is not too strenuous, so I can do that.  Can't wait to start walking every day again.  I must be patient though.

 'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean