No Skating/ WPC/ Sunday Sampler

More Stitching, Less Bi#$hing. My mantra for the week. I would have loved to head out on a nice neighborhood walk to participate with a lovely, picturesque view as your ‘Tour Guide” in the Weekly Photo Challenge, but the weather didn’t cooperate all weekend. We ended up with this view out my back door.

Ice covered

No skating for me.

So you’re going to get a tour through a quiet weekend at home alongside my sewing machine. Hopefully it’s not too boring for you.

Choosing the pattern first, I thought this one would be user friendly for my out-of-practice dressmaking skills. I can’t even remember the last time I made a garment — out of fabric that is. There have been plenty of hats, shawls and the like via crochet just to clarify.

I like the new look of the flared sleeves. But for myself, they are not practical. I’m the roll-up-your-sleeves kind of gal during the week. I have to wash hands, dishes, toys and wipe too many noses during the day in my line of work to bother with that style. So I decided on View D.

Drum roll………….

Butterick 6455

Butterick 6455

Thanks for dropping in on this cold, Missouri Sunday Sampler!

Tour Guide



Some days call for an undemanding entry in the realm of blogging. This is one. I present a panoramic view of a back lot parking area of downtown Mexico, Missouri. Doors to feast the eyes on in an array of types and conditions.


Back Doors, Tail Gate Door, Dumpster Doors Blocked Doors.

For other Thursday Doors entries, visit our host Norm 2.0. Thanks so much for your visit!

Framed/Sunday Sampler

I recently read something that said, “Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.” What a great way to describe my latest Sunday Sampler finished project.

In a prior post, I showed a gift from Aunt Maybelle and my plan for it. This was my Christmas break undertaking. It was time to do some quilting that had been on the backburner for a bit due to life in general. Here’s a picture to refresh your memory. ChristmasEveBlog2

I’m please to say the block is completed and ready to put on display. Before going further, I wanted to share a picture tutorial of one way to display a single quilt block should you ever find yourself in possession of one of these gems.

A slide show seems to be the best format for today’s share. So hope you enjoy seeing the process I chose to complete my latest piece of hand quilting.

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And for the finale’, I present The Dresden Plate. The start of my own “Beloved” unique wall ‘plate’ collection.

Thank you so much Aunt Maybelle! I am extremely lucky to have such a great encourager of my hobby! Love you bunches!


Corner View/Thursday Doors

Sometimes it’s the position that a door is placed that draws your attention.

Glasgow 2

In my opinion, whoever designed this building was wanting to have a good view of 3 corners of that street. And they got it.

Glasgow 4

Formerly a “Bank” building as the sign indicates. If I’m correct in my footwork, currently a city offices location. Located in downtown Glasgow, Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historical Buildings.

To see more great Thursday Door posts, visit Norm 2.0 and look for the blue frog at the bottom of his page.

Columbia, Missouri/ Thursday Doors

A simple phone call can change your plans quickly. Such was the case when we discovered Mother needed a catheterization on her heart before moving forward on a separate procedure. The red flags seemed to be waving at both my sister and myself. Doctors wanted it done as soon as possible……like yesterday. So without further questioning, we took the day off to hopefully be totally wrong.

Mother is pretty much the picture of health and so we were really figuring she’d be scolding us after her procedure. Mom hates for us to miss a day of work, especially for her sake. She forgets how many she missed for us. Time for paybacks.

This blog is for her as well as you Thursday Doorists. Not sure how much she got to see of this hospital? And it is fairly newly renovated in the last couple years. Job well done!

This creation depicts early settlers following the Boone’s Lick Trail down Broadway which is beside this hospital, Boone Hospital. It takes you through the old part of downtown Columbia, Missouri. Just outside of Columbia you’ll cross the Missouri River to take us home.

Which is brings me to the end of Mother’s outcome. It seemed she had two blockages in her right heart artery with a 95% and a 98% blockage. Two stents later, she is home recovering nicely and we are extremely glad!

To see more great Thursday Door posts, visit Norm 2.0 and look for the blue frog at the bottom of his page. And hug your mother today!

Help With the Dishes/Sunday Sampler

It’s snowing here in central Missouri this morning. Not our first, but another one of those little 1 inch varieties. Just enough to keep me home. The plus to that is I find things to do that need doing. Dishes are always on that list.

This Sunday Sampler, I decided to share a little something from the shop that you might be interested in using to dress up the kitchen counter while doing the dreaded dishes.

Stir Things UpPicMonkey Image

Should you decide to make one yourself, all you’ll need is some fabric sewn together in a pleasing pattern, cotton batting for the center, another fabric for you backing and some bias binding for your edge finish. I would recommend the cotton batting for good absorption. You might also upcycle an old towel or cotton blanket for the middle layer. Be creative!

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Here’s a little peek at the backing and binding.

In case the dish mat is not your thing, there are a few other ideas for its use.

  1. Dresser Scarf
  2. Candle Mat
  3. Place mat
  4. Doll blanket
  5. Wall hanger
  6. Pet Dish Placemat
  7. Snack Mat
  8. Mug Rug


Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

No Stone Wasted /Thursday Doors



With this home in rural Pettis County, Missouri, you get the arch entrance on the front porch, a side door, and an open garage door. The front door was blocked by stacked boxes. And there is a lovely front door. I’ve seen it in days long gone on the way to school. Sorry I couldn’t get a good view for you.

What I’d really like to do is stand under that arch on the porch and see the view they have from that perspective.

Maybe someday.

For other Thursday Doors entries, please visit our host, Norm 2.0. You’ll find even more fellow participants by finding the blue frog button at the bottom of his post.  Have a wonderful rest of your day.

Icing/Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

While the world is trying to ice up outside this morning here in Mid-Missouri, I’m going to show you a little recipe from yesterday. It was the hubby’s birthday and I wanted to change up the typical cake result. What better way than with the frosting??

The recipe below is from a 1st edition of America Cooks, my Etsy find and a wonderful reference in case you care to look one up. Be prepared to pay. They are highly sought after and I am grateful to have found mine.

Feelin Frosty

Before the toppings begin though, you naturally have to have the cake. So, whipped it up, poured it into 3 pans, and baked it.

Love- The Main Ingredient

Do you know how much a difference an extra cake layer can make? Trust me, it elevates flavor to a new level. No pun intended.


Very sloppy appearance here but I had only a teeny window of opportunity for the picture taking. Had to work fast to keep the cake layers from sliding and breaking.


And there you go, a little glazed on the sides but it didn’t disappoint the samplers. Mission accomplished, a keeper recipe and another birthday for the books. Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!


2017 Favorites/WPC/Sunday Sampler

2017 Favorites


This is the last post for 2017 Favorites”>2017 and as the title states, it’ll have my favorites for the year. So without further ado, I hope you’ll enjoy my little rendition from various photo/blog entries of the past year.

To begin on the Sunday Sampler portion of the blog, I introduced my lovely bride-to-be-niece shopping with me for a quilt project. This was a true delight to me to have another member of the next generation interested in creativity of this kind. I was very honored to make the couple a quilt for signatures and sentiments at their wedding reception. And of course, love went into every stitch 🙂


The post that went with this pic also had the most likes for the2017 Favorites“> WordPress Photo Challenge this year. Seems roads to fabric stores are favorable to many.

Which leads to the next pic which won the 3rd most Hearts on my Instagram page for 2017…

Nov 8 White

But it was my personal favorite for the Little Moments app project. (yes, I have been neglecting you a tad bit WordPress) 

And at this point, I would be amiss to not mention the A to Z Challenge from April 2017.


The vote for here on Word Press was a tie between black and blue. On my Facebook page, the blue was the winner. Sadly, I still need to make those sashings. It is coming soon. Gotta be ready for the A to Z of 2018 so wouldn’t want to leave this behind. It will be hand quilted by myself and will be no small feat with my schedule.


For my Thursday Doors entries this past year, the post with the most likes was my post on Route 66. I’m pretty sure it must be the idea of Ice Cream that did the trick. Ted Drewes being world reknown might have a teeny bit of influence as well. 😉 And my lovely models truly enjoyed that refreshment–as did the hubster and I.

Here’s to a Wonderful, Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New 2018 to all of you!!                 As always, thanks for reading!

Missing You/ Sunday Sampler

I’m back with the Sunday Sampler this Christmas Eve 2017. And Quilting is the topic. I’ve been taking advantage of some time off for Christmas by readying some projects for time consumption. Winter keeps many of us indoors more and I am no exception. What better time to be reunited with one of my favorite creative outlets, quilting?!


The pattern above is shown with scraps but a grey background. I chose the tan instead. It definitely needs a neutral solid to make the colorful scraps stand out. The only downside is that I wish I would have made the blocks a little larger than the pattern dictated. It could have been much bigger had I done so. Noting it on the pattern for next time.


Larger view of the quilt. It’ll most likely be a table topper. Maybe for the outdoor patio table this summer?? (I say this as we’ve just received our first measurable snow for the winter.)


This is what we quilters call a OBW (One Block Wonder). I have more than one of these from my aunt but this one is the most complete so I have a plan for it once it has been quilted. Hand quilting is a longer process, but it is well worth it. Not to mention, this block deserves that tender care as it is old and a little fragile. Well worth saving.

Hope you’ll check out the other Sunday Sampler posts from past Sundays by clicking the tab at the top of this page. And…..

Wishing you all the very best in holiday wishes today as you celebrate!

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15