Friday, March 27, 2015

#16 but who's counting?

Yes it happened again, I was given this beauty.

It's a 1961 singer Rocketeer model 503.   Our friend Jim is downsizing and offered to me. It even came with all kind of accessories including this box of cams.

You can use two needles and sew with two threads for some beautiful decorative stitching.

This vintage Singer oil can was in one of the drawers.

The blacksmith gave it a well check.
It was ready to sew.

I went to see Jim the next day and took him a small thank you gift,

Deer sausage and homemade cookies!

Sew on ~ ~ ~

Sunday, February 15, 2015

This is how I FELT

Perhaps you remember when my friend Pattie gave me this 1904 Singer 15K machine. 

This is how it looked when I got it.

Today it shines like new. Look at that fly wheel, I never knew you could get it back to almost new. Thanks to my friend Phil, he is the man when it comes to restoring my machines. Sadly some of the decal had been abused. This happened when a previous owner wrapped a cloth around the machine and used it as her pin cushion. Yikes!

Now compare the before and after of the case. All I did  to restore it was some denatured alcohol and lots of elbow grease. 

So to show my appreciation to Pattie, I decided to make a penny table runner for her. 

I checked out pictures on her facebook page and tried to match the color of the newly remodeled kitchen at her cozy little cabin in the woods. 

This felt work was so much fun. I went to Pinterest . . . big mistake!

I got hooked. 

In the past two weeks I have made all these needle keepers. It's a small 3 inch square book. Most of them have 4 felt pages to hold your sewing needles. I've already shipped some to Alaska and Minnesota!!  

These are $12 each and the cheapest I've found to mail them is $5.05, regardless of how many.

These are also needle keepers. They open into a circle. They are $6.00 each.

On Friday, I asked the blacksmith to make a spool holder for me. I had spools of ribbon uncurling all over my sewing table. This is what he came up with. 

Here's a close up. . . 

Did you know Easter is just 47 days away???

So that is how I FELT!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Visiting good friends

We always have a good time when we go to Hamilton, Missouri to visit Margie and Phil. When we arrived in town a little before 2 o'clock on friday, the blacksmith dropped me off at Margie's work. After she wrapped things up for the day we took off for Missouri Star Quilt Co. We had stopped at two quilt shops on the way to find sock monkey fabric, but no luck. (Ben Franklin at Macon and Hueffmeier's Fine Pines Quilt Shop in Brookfield)

At Missouri Star Quilt Co. I was successful. We are expecting grandson #4 in April. I think he needs a sock monkey quilt. After we left Missouri Star Quilt, we might or might not have gone next door for Blue Bell ice cream . . . 

Saturday morning after a breakfast of sausage, fresh eggs, homemade cinnamon rolls, and coffee made with freshly ground beans we took off for Jamesport, an Amish community. The weather didn't cooperate but it was still fun visiting many of their businesses.

We stopped at Jamesport Harness and Supplies. I'm not a horse person, but I can still appreciate the beautiful saddles.

However the spurs fascinated me the most.  Lighting isn't the best in these businesses as there are no electric lights. All stores feature propane lights.

Margie and I posed for a picture in a beautiful Cinderella horse drawn carriage.

If we had waited until Sunday to go (although they would have been closed) we could have tried this sleigh.

One of my favorite stops was at Oak Ridge Furniture shop.  Their furniture was some of the best I've seen. Of course throwing a barn quilt in there now and then didn't hurt either. The other half of the store was fabric, books, rugs, clocks, and barn quilts in all sizes for sale.

What about this bar stool?  Unique isn't it. But it was very comfortable.

Then there was this barn quilt!!!

They had rag rugs galore and very reasonably priced. But do you think I could find 2 almost alike for my mudroom?  NO!

They had tons of beautiful fabric. My only suggestion is take a flash light, especially if it's a cloudy day. Those gas lights aren't very bright.

The blacksmith debated about buying this dictionary. In the end it came home with us. Surprisingly enough when we got home, he had received a letter from a cousin in Adorf,  Germany. There were some family history documents in German. So it will get used very quickly.

I found this 11 lb bag of dried mangoes for only $16.  My Mom will love it!

Late Saturday afternoon, the snow started coming down. This picture is taken through the kitchen window, I only wish you could get a better look at their beautiful mules!

Coco was worn out. You should have seen her walk on her hind legs,  jump through 2 hula hoops, and even give high fives for miniature marshmallows!
She was as sad to see us go, as we were to leave good friends!

THIS is what we drove away in . . . 7-8 inches of snow. We made the trip just fine, highway 36 was clear, however it did snow and/or rain on us the entire time home.

It's always great to get away for a few days, especially with good friends.

Life is good.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It's a weekly quilting bee!

I have been occasionally joining the ladies at my son and daughter in law's church to quilt on Tuesday mornings. 

It's always such a good time.  It makes me get out of bed earlier than normal.  Seeing the sun that bright, that early is an eye opening experience!

A couple of weeks ago I told the quilters about the conversation between my friend Nell and me. I told Nell I was busy on Tuesday mornings quilting at church. She said "You must be the youngest one there". 

I told her no, we were all about the same age, (or so it seems). Nell then told me she thought of church quilting ladies as old white haired ladies with Kleenexes stuck in their watch band or shirt sleeve. 

When I told the quilters that story they all got a good chuckle out of it. 

Fast forward to the next week. After our break for prayer and coffee (with treats) I went back to my spot and was sewing away. Suddenly it got very quiet, I looked up and saw everyone looking at me. I looked beside me and there stood Darlene and Janet waving a Kleenex at me. It was time for my initiation to their group.  Everyone had a tissue in their watch band and was waving it at me. Hilarious!! Now you know why it's fun to quilt with this great group of ladies.

This was the tissue group that day. Sometimes there are as many as 12-14 quilters. Most of the time there are 2 quilts in the frame. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a shot of the quilt they were working on. It's a solid color whole quilt as it is called. The striped fabric is the dust cover and it hadn't been removed yet.

 There is always show and tell. Here Janet shows off the quilt she made for her grand daughter. 

I quilted on this one last week. These quilts will be auctioned at the church picnic this summer.

Pictures didn't do justice today to the quilts. This one was small but striking, it had really unique piecing.
This one has some beautiful quilting patterns in it. I'm just glad I wasn't elected (or volunteered) to bind it.

The colors in this piece are much brighter than the picture shows.  Browns and blacks make a beautiful combination in this log cabin and star pattern.

As usual, I am looking forward to Tuesday mornings out!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A step back in time.

Gerhard Heinrich Tappel, (the blacksmith's great grandfather) came to America in 1867 from  Twist Germany. Gerhard settled in Osage County, Westphalia Missouri. He was 22 at the time. 

Katharina Lueckenhoff 9/27/1849-7/2/1913

Eleven years later he married a local girl from Osage County. On November 19, 1878, they were married. Sometime in the 1870's they bought 360 acres in that same county and set up household. 

This is that house as it stood in 1988. It had been in the Tappel family for over 100 years. 

Gerhard and Katharina had 6 children. The blacksmith's grand father John Bernard was born in this house in 1882. 
Ben & Cecilia wedding day June 14, 1921.

John Bernard, known as Ben, and his wife Cecilia raised 4 children in the house, including the blacksmith's father, Henry, born in 1922.

Sylvanus Monat, Henry and Delphine Tappel, Catherine Tappel Hagenhoff

September 29, 1948

Although Henry did not end up owning the house, he did start his married life there. Henry and his wife Delphine lived there the first 7 years of their marriage and operated the farm. The blacksmith was born while his parents lived there in 1950.

After they moved away Grandma Cecilia and later her son Jim, owned the place until they both passed away.  Jim had lived in the house up until the mid 1980s.

After Jim passed the farm was sold and an auction was held to dispose of the personal property.

The barn as it stood on auction day 1988.

Auction day. 

The 2 men holding auction items up (you'll see them later in the family picture) is brother in law Doug on the left, and brother Pat on the right.

Fast forward to present. . . December  28th, 2014. 

The Rackers family graciously invited the Tappel clan to come see the house. 

It has been restored on the outside and is used as a family gathering place. It's a hunting lodge, a farming house, and a summer and winter retreat.

Inside, they added running water, including a bathroom, and refreshed the wiring. Much of the interior still looked like it did in June of 1988. Memories!!!

This is the majestic queen as she stands today, completely refreshed with new siding, new railings & floors on the porches, new roof, and new windows. 

The back side. 

The barn has a fresh coat of paint.

All the bedrooms upstairs have these great porches!

Just as Grandma had, the kitchen still has a wood cook stove.

The house has a cut limestone foundation with a full basement. This is a view going up the stairs from the basement.

The house has all the original wood floors. Note next to the sink, they kept the old cistern pump.

This was found on one of the bedroom walls. Uncle Jim must have written this at a very early age, as he misspelled his last name. 

The spring still running.

Inside, the Rackers had even decorated a fresh cut cedar tree for the season. 

The current generation of the Tappels include eight children.  Of these eight, Pat, Darlene, Marla, Bernard (the blacksmith) and Janie made the visit.

The 5 with their spouses. Pat and Doug, (shown on auction day holding up dishes) are the first two on the left back row. 

One last photo, Janie said, "Mom always took my picture on this sidewalk holding a doll." Her youngest brother Pat, was the only doll she could find on this day.

We want to give a big Thank You to the Rackers family for the invite, the coffee and cookies,  and the house and barn tours. It was great hearing stories of the house and farm by both families.