sew grateful, update

Two grands came to visit and brought their parents along for the trip.  We had a marvelous time.  Hiking, laughing, Legos, soccer, bike riding, Ladder Ball, BBQ, reading books, collecting bugs, meeting the chickens and collecting eggs, rocking babies on the porch.

I sincerely hope you have grands to rock and ride bikes with.  How lucky are we??

I did not stitch a lick while they were visiting and the week after they went home, I moped.  Prior to them arriving, I spent time stitching and have 3 finished items to share

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Teresa from kitten stitcher/Shakespeare Peddler gently encouraged us to take our pictures with some of our finished samplers or pieces.  Maybe add the pictures to the back for future generations.  It doesn’t have to be formal, or fancy.  Add a swipe of lipstick if that makes you smile brighter.  Apron on or off, just take the picture!   https://www.kittenstitcher.com/

This piece is the Jane Pattison sampler by Kitten Stitcher.  I changed it into the Georgina Thomson family sampler.  It turned out lovely.  I am very pleased.

20190608_140748This is the “Coffee Saves Lives” sampler by Heartstring Samplery.  28 count linen and it hangs in between my kitchen and dining room.  Makes me happy to have her fully finished.

20190606_210115This next one is by Heart in Hand Design.  Tall Tree Sampler.  I finished it into a hanging piece.  I backed it with tie fabric from a no-longer-needed tie of Mr. Right.  I love how it turned out and the added tie fabric is a very nice way to use old tie fabric.

Today is a very warm day here in Washington state.  An ice cream kind of day.  Homemade, creamy, dreamy, vegan Chocolate ice cream kind of day!  That’s right.  No dairy, no eggs, no gluten…would you like to know the secret ingredient?  A baked Sweet Potato!

The recipe is from Brandi at The Vegan 8.  https://thevegan8.com/4-ingredient-vegan-chocolate-ice-cream/

I am not a fan of sweet potatoes.  Honestly, in this recipe, I will volunteer to be a banner waving fool to support the local sweet potato farmers!  This is AMAZING!

Here’s to a lovely beginning of a healthy summer!

Sitting on the front porch, licking ice cream off my fingers……

In this together, friends,

Chat soon.

 

 

dessert, yes, please!

Several years ago, Mr. Right built our coffee table.  She is a beauty.  It is square with two generous drawers.  One for display and one drawer to hide goodies in.  It is topped with a thick, substantial, beautiful beveled piece of glass.

You can tell when the Grands come to visit.  Mr. Right removes the piece of glass and in its place 20160413_144534-1inserts a piece of wood painted as a chalkboard.  It is BRILLIANT.  We put out the chalk and the kids get to create and draw whatever pleases them.  On occasion, the parents join in and draw as well.

While creativity is wonderful, the main reason we switch from glass to chalkboard is so that the Grandparents don’t ever have to say, NO.

Please don’t beat your toys on the glass.  Please don’t scrap your cars across the glass.  Please don’t put stickers on the glass.  You get the idea.   Also, their parents aren’t jumpy and nervous.  Everyone can get behind the idea of a chalkboard.

Wait for it,  this year, another BRILLIANT idea to share………. a successful idea these Grandparents came up with.

The parents of our grandsons try to avoid giving the kids sugar.  So that means after they finish their dinner,  this Granny doesn’t have glorious desserts baked and ready to shower her grands with.  I did not bake chocolate chip cookies or make Rice Krispie squares, no lollipops, and so forth.

After dinner when they are clean plate club members…… I had nothing to give them! 

GASP! 

So, I invented the Dessert Basket!  After each dinner, if you have used good manners, eaten most of your meal (or not, I’m the granny, I make the rules about the dessert basket)……. You get to choose one item from the basket.

I bought an inexpensive plastic, colorful basket.  I filled it with Hot Wheels cars, and finger puppets, mini dinosaurs, plastic sharks, squeezie bathtub toys, stickers, eyeballs, paddle and ball toy, and more.  Nothing was wrapped, everything in plain sight.  The little person who was done with dinner got to choose a dessert.  Once chosen, the basket went out of sight until the next day.  20190526_220348

One day, while bike riding, the four-year-old asked me, “what do you think I should choose from the dessert basket tonight?”

Um, I think I love this idea.

  1. Parents are happy. no sugar.  check.

2. Grandparents are thrilled to give goodies to their grands.  check.

3. The grands seem to like the idea.  check

The only downside?  When the basket is empty, the glass is back in the coffee table ………….that means the little people have gone home.20190603_112059

Guess I need to get busy and start refilling the dessert basket for next time.

In this together, friends,

Chat soon.

 

 

 

 

Happy Fall Y’all

Good gravy, it seems as thou I took a two-month writing sabbatical.

Let me catch you up, Cliff Notes style.

Grandgirlies (and parents) came to visit and it was glorious.  I tried to memorize every single laugh & giggle.  20180930_120451_resized

While holding hands and jumping off a curb at Pike Place Market, I didn’t land as gracefully as the spry 6-year-old.  Nothing broken, however, I did have to stay on the sofa for 14 days.  You read that correctly, the doctor actually told me (my words, not hers) that I would have to stitch, read and crochet for 14 days!

Needless to say, I crocheted 5 hats, read all my library books and stitched a beautiful pillow in time for Christmas.  Also, the stars aligned and I put in the final stitch of my “And a Forest Grew” piece.

 

We received one of the all-time best photos of two grandsons who fell asleep.Boys

 

On the 31st we carved pumpkins, gave the chickens pumpkin guts and welcomed 70 trick or treaters.

 

We pulled, plucked and dug the last of our carrots, tomatoes and 46 pounds of beautiful potatoes.

 

Yesterday, we enjoyed a fun and happy bike ride through the swirling November leaves.

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As we turned our clocks back yesterday, we always remember our family’s best time-change story of all time.  

It was the “Spring ahead” time change, our boys were teenagers.  As we did every single Sunday, we were headed to church.  I gotta tell ya, getting two teenage boys out of bed and upbeat about attending church didn’t always happen smoothly.  (Just being honest here.)  We were cutting it close to the opening hymn.  The parking lot was already filled with cars.  So we parked, quickly walked inside and slipped into an open pew.   The song that was being sung was the CLOSING benediction song!

We respectfully left after the song was played, silently walked to our minivan, got in and Dad said, “we are going out to breakfast”.  We all BURST into LAUGHTER.   Best conversation breakfast of all time.  hahaha

In this together.  Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

Happy Fall Y’all.

Chat soon.

 

thursday has promise

20180830_074815Awwwwww, can you feel it?  The morning temperature has turned slightly.  Fall is knocking on the door.  Another day or so and it will be time to change the pillow covers & add a plaid throw over the chairs.

I went out onto the porch this morning, bare feet, coffee in tow.  Deep cleansing breath.  I can hear the quiet possibilities of the day ahead.  A million ideas floating around me.

I read the poem that is stenciled on the inside of the railing. It’s always my wish for our grands.

“May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon.”

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Oh, did I mention grands?  Just in case I start to lose my mind, I have their names painted to remind me.  I have to say, sitting in that chair with grand names wrapped around me, with a cup of coffee in hand…………….pretty nice way to start the day.20180830_074754

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, the possibilities.

In this together,

Chat soon.

 

bathed in Grace & Goodness

I have goodness to share.

20180611_172316_resizedYesterday, I completed sewing the finishing touches on the christening gown.    It has been a joy to work on both gowns.  It was my way of marking our grandchildren’s births and figuratively announcing to the world they have arrived.  20180611_160241_resized (1)

Hunter’s name has been written with ink in both our family Bible and history book.  As of yesterday, his name now stitched with white thread on the gown.

When grand #1 was born I made a Christening gown.  On the front, among other unique qualities, it has gold work done depicting a Scottish thistle. When grand #2 was born, I added two more lace and more embroidery and beads.  One of her pieces of lace is from Ireland.  20180611_160443_resized

When grand #3 was born, I made a Christening gown.  Since I knew this baby was a boy, I did a bit more tailored look with pintucks.  Also, I copied the monogram that his parents designed for their wedding.

20180611_160146_resizedWhen grand #4 was born, I added two more rows of lace and pearl embellishments to compliment the maternal pin.  I was extremely lucky and found a beautiful piece of lace (added to the bottom) made in Mexico.  It will be a piece to honor and remember his grandma’s roots.

Each has a sash made from one of the family tartans (ordered from Scotland).

Also, each has a pin from the Wilson family.

Each gown has a secret inside pocket that contains a penny from the year the parents were married and the years of each birth. 20180611_160118-2_resized

I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures.  (please remember I feel more comfortable sewing and stitching than I do of taking pictures.)

May our four grands be forever Bathed in Grace and Goodness. 

Love, Grandma Daleen

ahoy, happiness ahead

happiness

Yikes, what if that statement is true?? 

Boy howdy, have you shared any of your happy lately?  If not, time is of the essence friends.

Oh, my stars, what if our HAPPY is ONLY real if we figure out ways to share it?

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By sending a card with a printed snapshot to friends and family far away, we shared our happiness about becoming grandparents for the FOURTH time!!!!  (Yes, yes, the parents send out announcement cards with all the proper details.)

Grandparents don’t have any etiquette rules, we can just simply send cards of happiness.

We sent out cards to share the HAPPY!

For friends, family and co-workers that live nearby, we gave out cookies!  96 bags of HAPPINESS!

*(I know, you can’t have wheat, you can’t have sugar, you can’t have chemicals, you can’t have food colorings…..duh, neither can I.)  It’s about sharing the happy, folks.  You don’t have to actually eat them.  geesh.  It’s just for fun.  It’s just for the HAPPY!

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We gave out cookies to share the HAPPY!

I’m guessing you are a smarty pants and have figured out creative ways to share your Happy?

Do you look for happy and come up with clever ways to share it?

Do you send silly postcards from your vacation to share the happy? IMG_2395_resized_1

Please, please leave a comment and tell us all how you share your happy?  We are all in search of creative ways to make the happy real.  Please tell me that there are still folks that share the happy?

1+1+1+1 grands = Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy grandparents!

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In this together, friends,

Just sharing the Happy!

Chat soon.

 

and then there were 4

Hello friends,

Boy Howdy, do I have news!

I’ve told just about everyone I have come across.  I told the lady at the fabric store, the clerk at the supermarket, the hostess at the restaurant, a man in the elevator.  I told the morning and night managers at our hotel.  I told a lady at an information center.  I explained our new happy to the lady at the needlework shop.  I told the gal at the gift shop.  Pretty much anyone standing still, I shared our HAPPY with! I’ve sent text messages, made phone calls and sent emails.

Of course, I wanted to share with you, too.

We got to meet our FOURTH grandchild! 

This Granny and Grandpa just returned from a 2, 500-mile adventure.   We were on a mission as someone was waiting for us.20180523_125646-2_resized_1

His name is Hunter and he is the calmest, content, most relaxed, healthy 10.2-pound 20180524_121059_resizedbaby I know. 20180522_120827_resized

It was thrilling to meet him.

I said, “Hi, I’m Grandma Daleen.  You have no idea just how good I am at loving and spoiling grands.”   We were off to a great start.  I think he likes me!!!!

 

 

 

The week flew by.  Our 3-year-old grandson kept us on our toes and toes in the air, too.

 

 

 

While there, we played Candyland, Shoots, and Ladders, Hungry Hungry Hippo, cards, did a puzzle, played with matchbox cars and Legos. We read books, books, and more books and played at the park.  We played Mini Golf.  Much to their parents’ dismay, we gave daily gifts. Happily gave too many gifts.  Went to the beach and of course, ate Frozen Yogurt. Lots of frozen yogurt!

 

 

 

We are very grateful for this HAPPY life.

I wanted to share our HAPPY with you.

 

Dew Drop Inn

Our daughter-in-law sadly had to go out-of-town for her very ill grandparents.  Our son was left in charge of the grandgirlies.

Thought I would share some goodness & a couple of photos.  Here is what our oldest (Dustin J. A. Wilson) had to say…

Pour a coke, sit back and enjoy.

 

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mad about hats

 

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I have been sewing, quilting, cross stitching since I was 12 years old.  I also took knitting lessons, twice.  (It was not the teacher, it was most likely the student.  I am not a knitter.)

I started learning to crochet on February 1, 2017.  Technically I am a beginner, however, my daughter in law thinks I can easily call myself an “Advanced Beginner”.

I like that.

Advanced Beginner.  You know that feeling when you have accomplished quite a bit and you are just about to move ahead to the next grade?  Excited, anxious to learn something new, yet feeling all puffed up about yourself with what you have already learned.

I think I will start a new hat today!  20170927_110716-1_resized

Then all of a sudden, some unkind, dreary, non-sparkly person says, “Enough with the hats, I think you got that, time to move on to something else.”

Actually, I like making hats.  OODLES and OODLES of hats!  I like to donate hats.  I like to make them for gifts.  I love to make them for my grands.  Yes, I am well aware that not everyone likes or uses handmade hats.  Secretly, I think everyone would feel special if someone made them a hat.  Just my opinion.

Our grands all live in very warm places.  So the amount of time they actually “need” a warm hat is not very long. I am okay with spending my time, money and effort on a hat for my grandchildren EVEN IF they only wear it one day!  How’s that for a granny who loves them?? They also like to play dress up and pretend that it is winter indoors sometimes.  That’s where having a hand crocheted hat from their granny comes in handy!

Hats work up fairly quickly and with each one or two, I am trying to learn a new stitch or a new method.  While making these, I learned how to make bigger, fluffier, pom poms. 20171022_122030-1_resized

I even had my own tags made.  The tags say, Splurge with my initials underneath.  I like the thought of splurging on fancy yarn to make something special for the grand little people in my life.20171024_201802-1-1_resized

On these hats, I learned the cluster stitch. 20171031_135009-1_resized

These booties were made for a new little girl & the hat for her big brother.  With these, I learned to crochet plaid.20171104_102636-1_resized_1

I like to celebrate with my friends when they tell me they are going to be a grandma.  I like to share in their happiness.  Making something makes me feel connected. Sewing or crocheting something with my hands does my soul good.  20171106_204031-1_resized

These are a gift for twin boys about to be born and a special one for their big brother.

It is a true honor to participate in historic traditions.  Makes even the silliest of hats seem worthy.

Love to hear what you are making with your hands to feed your soul and spirit.

Guess what I am going to start today?  🙂

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

 

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ribbit ribbit

In so much as we say we will indulge our grands with anything they want, secretly we have limits.  A pony?  Sure!  New shoes that their parents said are too pricey?  Sure!  Any book they want?  Why, yes indeed!

Sugar, not so much.

Luckily for us, their parents are well-educated and informed.  They know that sugar on little bodies is not a good thing.  Sugar on little people makes parenting so much tougher.

Sugar causes inflammation.  Sugar suppresses the immune system, a weak immune system is trouble.  Sugar generates alertness, making bedtime difficult.  On and on the list goes as to why we should all be serious about leaving out sugar.

My job?  My job as Grandma Daleen is to love them and I show that by listening to them, sewing for them & baking treats and goodies for them.

One trick to being a good grandma is to indulge my little darlings without upsetting the parental apple cart.  We think our grands are being raised extremely well.  So proud of our adult children.  We would like to respect their desire to raise healthy, well-adjusted young people.

However, I still want to bake fun, happy, silly treats for our grands.  I think, just maybe, I figured out a wonderful solution.

I found a new cookie cutter, several actually.  I only bought one to try.  I loved the idea of controlling the ingredients, yet making the impression so deep on the cookie that no frosting is needed.  Thus cutting down on sugar, yet still having a fun treat.

20170322_113751_resizedI searched for a recipe that wouldn’t spread too much. I didn’t want the shape of the 20170322_112953_resizedcookie to get distorted.  I played with the amount of sugar, so I used less.  I must say this recipe turned out perfect, perfect, perfect for these types of cookies.  Oh wait, maybe that is why they are called, “Simply Perfect Chocolate Sugar Cookies”?

https://bakingamoment.com/simply-perfect-chocolate-sugar-cookies/

The flavor is mild.  The dough turned out smooth and held its shape perfect.

20170322_120048-1_resizedThis practice batch of frogs is for Mr. Right’s 80-year-old chess teacher.  Chess teachers love chocolate frogs, right?

PS.  Oh, you KNOW I am going back to buy all the animal cookie shapes!!!!  Grands NEED homemade animal cookies!!!!

Chat soon.