Saturday, July 25, 2015

I've been interviewed

Al and Connye Griffin came to Osage Bluff a couple of weeks ago to interview the quilter and the blacksmith.   They are a sweet couple from Lake of the Ozarks (about 25 miles away) who are writing the lives and stories of local people. We met them through a cousin who gives tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.

Connye and Al, like to stay in the area of Highway 54 that goes across the state of Missouri and beyond. By reading their blog you can find some very interesting people and places, including some fine dining establishments. Al is a professional photographer and Connye was in the language department in Moore Oklahoma's schools.

So I hope will not only go and read the post they did about me: Osage Bluff Quilter, but read their other stories too. You will find lots of interesting things!

I love this picture Al took. I didn't tell Connye and Al, but this isn't all of my quilts, because they won't all fit in there!

Better yet, the Osage Bluff Blacksmith's story will be coming soon!

Friday, July 10, 2015

John C Campbell Folk School 2015

We did it again, a return trip to Brasstown, North Carolina to attend John C. Campbell Folk School. The blacksmith was taking at class on 18th century lighting. I was just going to relax and enjoy my week there. 

We've been 6 or 7 times, we can't remember. It never gets old, the area, the music, the wonderful people, the way of life, the list goes on and on.

Here is a recap of the week. 

The dining hall looks amazing with all the oak tables and white table settings. This particular evening we had eggplant Parmesan and warm olive bread with a hard crust, my favorite. Dessert was Tiramisu.  

 The mushrooms I found while walking the campus.

I walked this path nightly. The scene is one of my favorites. 

Smoke in the mountains. Actually it's coal smoke from the forges of the blacksmith shop in the distance.

 My blacksmith is on the left.  On the right is another Missouri blacksmith, Bob Alexander.

The meeting of the minds, teacher Jerry Darnell of Mill Creek Forge in Seagrove, NC shows Bob and Bernie a technique.

 Thought I'd do a little house hunting on campus. 

Since I didn't take a class this time, I would spend my mornings in the Casita sewing away. I was surprised at how much work I could accomplish without the internet and TV. 

One night, upstairs in the blacksmith shop, there was a little jam session.  Music is a big part of the Appalachian area. In the eight days we spent in the area, we went to 3 jam sessions and 2 big performances. 

 Here I am watching my smith from the second story of the beautiful timber frame shop.

Friday at Folk School is always show and tell. Here are some of the quilts completed in just 4 1/2 days. 

 My friend Bryanna Alexander made this box. Can you tell she is Bob's wife?

All the materials in this basket were harvested Monday and finished by Friday in a natural basket. 

Bernie made a lot of projects this week. His are on the bottom left side. 

 This timber frame stage is new since we were here last year.

I stumbled upon this in the museum. Doug Hendrickson was a founding member of the Blacksmith Association of Missouri (BAM). He passed away in 2007 from Lou Gehrig's disease. 

On the last Friday night at John C. Campbell Folk School, the Chuck Nation Band performed. 

My friend Pattie (love that name), who is the resident basket making instructor at John C. Campbell, made a beautiful little pin cushion for me.

On both Friday evenings we attended  jam sessions at Clay's Corner. It is well known for it's possum drop on New Years Eve. We also enjoyed hand dipped ice cream cones every time we were there.

Last but not least, I got to pick up another order of mugs and steins from Rob the potter. Smoke in the Mountain Pottery Shop is always a stop I make, some times twice! 

If you want to read some of my post about previous trips there just click here. Be sure and click on the link at the top to check out the John C. Campbell Folk school. It's a wonderful place.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

We went to Florida . . . a while ago

We had tickets purchased to fly to Orlando for the day our grandson was due.  However, he made his appearance 10 days before that.  So we still flew on on the day he was to arrive. He, Mom, Dad, and older brother Connor were already in a routine.  Well as much of a routine as you can be with two boys still getting to know each other. 

Logan William settled into Grandpa's arms very easily.

Connor enjoyed his grandpa time too. He loves the outdoors and water. But then what 2 year old doesn't. By the second day, Connor would go get his shoes, take them to grandpa and say "outside"
Ever once in a while, I got to hold Logan. 

Connor knows all his alphabet. So Grandpa was testing him on the computer. Play the video, it's adorable.

We finally remembered to take a picture of the boys with all their grandparents. Something I hope they appreciate in years to come.

We went to the science center one day. Connor was impressed with plastic oranges and a chute.

The science center has a mock weather station just like Connor's daddy uses at work.

Again, back outside.  This time with a new water sprinkler we bought for him.

In the mean time Logan snoozes away. If you live in Florida, especially Orlando, you have to have Mickey clothes!

Can you say precious?!!

Logan loved his first bath!

As customary, we had to have a photo out front, on our last day. Actually we cheated, this was the day before we left. I didn't think the boys would be too cooperative for photos the morning we left at 6 AM.

Note, tickets are already bought for return trip.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I've been busy as a bee

Slacker, that's what I am when it comes to blogging. But on the other hand, I've really been busy.

I made myself a back pack.  When we fly one particular airline, we only take a back pack. Yep, we are cheap and the back pack is free. So I wanted one with out all those compartments. 

I found the two fabrics at Hobby Lobby. I used Bosal In-R-Foam plus double sided fusible stabilizer. You iron the fabric to both side and then I quilted it. This was probably the funnest part of making the bag.

I used an imitation suede on the back of the straps (hobby lobby too). This keeps the straps from sliding off your shoulders.

It features a zip pocket all the way across the front. Two pull cord pockets on the sides. There is also a zip pocket inside.

I'd love to share the pattern with you, but it's only in my head. I just winged it. It turned out great.

I did make one major mistake.  Can you figure out what it is?

I flipped it the wrong way. So my back pack is wider than longer. But hey, whatever, it works, I just have to widen my shoulders!

This is a project I was asked to make for my great nephew. He will soon turn 5.  These are his super heroes t shirts. It is for a body pillow. It took longer to cut them up and position them, than it did to sew it. I used one of his daddy's t shirt for the cuff.

The blacksmith has been busy too, teaching the young. Ethan was so excited to get a personal lesson from the master.

Here is a quilt that we finished at St Margaret's church a couple of weeks ago. It was another fun one to quilt! Good job Judy and Elaine holding it up!

Ethan gifted me with this hand made split oak basket for the blacksmith giving him a lesson. I love it!
I finished (grandbaby #5), Logan's sock monkey quilt. I mailed it to arrive at his house, the day we arrived.

This is my donation for our blacksmith conference 2015. My friend Deanna took our program and digitized it into her computer embroidery machine. Enlarge the picture to see what a great job she did.

The colors from the bottom up, represents the color of the metal. It goes from black, red, orange, yellow and white as it heats up.

It is best seen on the back where flames are quilted.

I stitched our logo by machine.

I leave you with our newest grandson's Easter picture! Hopefully my next post will be our trip to Florida!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Grand baby #5 is here

Logan William (William is after my late father) made his arrival almost 2 weeks early. He arrived  Easter morning at sunrise. 

7 lbs. 10 ounces. 20 inches long. Everyone is doing fine. They were home 36 hours after his birth.

Easter bunny had come a day early at their house. Big brother Connor is now driving in style.

Easter at our house, included frying some delicious fried chicken. The blacksmith was a little under the weather so Jeremy took over for his Dad.

The kids did some egg hunting. 

Easter included the lamb cake. As much trouble as it is for me to make this, holy week is probably not the appropriate week to make it, if you get my drift. 

Danish twist is an Easter tradition too, here it is before the icing was on.

Easter gifts too were part of the day. We then did some facetiming with Sarah and Rusty and the boys in Florida. Boys, I am going to have to get use to BOYS.

To finish out our day, Lizzie pulled her first tooth.  She summed the day up pretty good as she exclaimed "today was a good day, Easter, a new cousin and the tooth fairy!"

Life is good.

Here's a few pictures from the big family get together on Good Friday. There were many gallons of fish fried, a gallon of frogs, hush puppies, and french fries. Always good 
carry-in food too. 

The evening was topped off with a bonfire.

Life doesn't get much better.