Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


First things first....I changed my blog around some so I could use backgrounds to give my blog a little bit more pazaz and change it with the season. With some help from some wonderful ladies with the Old Farmhouse Gathering I figured out how to do it. What do you think? Do you like it?

Been a busy week so far as I am starting to work on getting things made for the summer season around here. So I have started my list as I love lists and will mark off as I go because that makes me feel like I am accomplishing something.

I also want to get some quilting done as it seems I never have enough time to quilt. Speaking of quilting I ran across these statistics the other day on quilting that I thought were interesting.

According to Quilting in America, the estimated total dollar value of the quilting industry stands at $3.58 billion dollars.
The majority of quilters (85%) have a room dedicated to quilting; in that room are approximately $8,542 worth of quilting tools and supplies, and $3,677 worth of fabric.
Surging on, they own 2.7 sewing machines and 19% spent approximately $2, 679 on a new machine in 2009.
In one year’s time the average quilter buys 93.6 yards of fabric. The average quilter owns 152.8 spools of thread.
I agree totally with the last one as I think I have just about that much fabric on hand. Here is some of my stash.
Quilting Statistics
Also wanted to let you know that the EZCraft Online Show is coming up in February. It starts February 7th thru the 28th. I will be sending you a link to the site when it opens. This show will have  lots of handmade items from some wonderful people so I hope you can join us. I will have an online booth there also. :) 
Well I better get busy and get the snow plowed out from our driveway before the next storm comes thru tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me.
Don't for get to check out the new recipe I have for you.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


About fifteen years ago I was reading an article in the Guidepost magazine about a program that was being started to knit and crochet sweaters for kids in need around the world. At the time I was still knee deep in working and raising kids so I thought…hmmm….I would like to do this “someday” when I have time. Well “someday” came about ten years ago when the kids all married and left home. I was still working at the time, but I love to sit in the evenings in “my chair” and sew and crochet so I thought hey I can start doing this now. Sometimes I do a lot of sweaters and sometimes I take a break. I am now up to about 60 sweater’s.

At the beginning I sent them to Guidepost, but it became such a big program that they couldn’t handle it anymore so now I send them to World Vision and they send them all over the world. What is really nice is that they let you know a few places your sweaters may be going. It is amazing to think that my little sweater I made is being worn by some little kid in Rwanda or Russia or etc…..

Knits for Kids

They give you the pattern, but you can make your own design. I use the one they give you. I guess I have been doing it so long that I don't even need instructions so why change. The sweater is done in two sides. I crochet them(could never figure out the two needles in knitting so I have always crocheted). This is one of the sides I am working on.
Knits for Kids
This is one of the finished sides that I did.
Knits for Kids
Then you just connect the two sides together and you have the sweater. This is one of the finished one's I have done. :)

This program is amazing as there have been over hundreds of thousands of sweaters made to date. It is just wonderful.
I just thought I would share this with you. :)


If you are interested in learning more about this program their website is here



Monday, January 21, 2013


The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team is on parade today. We are having a march of treasuries to show everyone the wonderful and talented people we have on the team. Here is a treasury that I did. I called it  "In Stitches" because everything in it has been hand sewn. I think it turned out pretty good.

You can see all the items the OFG team has by typing OFG Team in the search bar on Etsy. :)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful day! The sun is shining today and no snow so life is good! :)

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