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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Traditions and Memories

Quote of the Day:

A child needs a grandparent, anybodies grandparent,
to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar

 Author: Charles and Ann Morse

Traditional things are so much fun for a grandmother. The child on the left is my son who is now about to be 43 years old. That little ride is called "Ollie". I thought it was great. He was able to ride it without falling off too much. So when my grandson, Luke, came along, I wanted to get him one. Well, the only one that I found was on Ebay and was $40. I would also have to pay for the cost of sending it to Germany because that is where his dad is stationed. 

Well, I was having a yard sale one weekend and these two ladies came and purchased a few things. As they opened the trunk of their car and took out some things to make room, I noticed the "Ollie". Asked her how much she'd paid for it. She said $0.50. I was so surprised. I offered her $10 and she took it and got Luke great riding toy that his sister now uses. I had a great yard sale but my own purchase made my day.

This is Luke's little sister, Lily. She is wearing a coat and hat that is 62 years old. I am trying desperately to find the picture I have of her Mama wearing the same coat. My mom and my sister are looking for a picture of me wearing that coat. As I said, tradition and memories are so wonderful to me. I hope I can live to see the day that Lily's daughter wears it. 

Thank you for letting me share.

I am a Breast Cancer Survivor. I maintain a 2nd blog that pertains to me journey as a survivor. I share articles that I've read and keep a prayer list for anyone that has any type of cancer.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Our Grandson's Birthday

Quote of the Day:

"Uncles and aunts, and cousins, are all very well, and fathers and mothers are not to be despised; but a grandmother, at holiday time, is worth them all!"

Author: Fanny Fern

We got to celebrate our grandson's 8th birthday this week. What a wonderful thing. He got so many presents and he was so excited. I realized that day that quantity was the key, not quantity. Don't get me wrong. He loved the Mine craft Legos we bought him. But his other grandparents, parents and his Uncle Austin were a hit. They filled gift bags with things like books, cheap DVDs, candy, paper, pencils, pens, , batman ball cap and chalk. He got a little bear that smelled like chocolate. All of these were inexpensive gifts and he loved them. His little friend that came to the party said, "I didn't get this much on my birthday." It really wasn't all that much but they didn't realize that. There was one gift that I thought was a particularly great idea. This bag had a tin bank and some of the things I already mentioned. At the bottom of the bag was something wrapped in saran wrap. To me it felt like it weighed about 3 to 5 lbs. 

The day will come when we won't be able to get away with the type of gifts he received. He'll get older and have greater expectations. It is so wonderful when they are so young and filled with wonder.

As you can see, it turned out to be coins to put in the tin bank. They got the idea at a baby shower that was used as some kind of prize. Jacob loved it. He got all excited and said. "Look Mama!! I'm rich!
I loved it. 

Thank you for letting me share.

I am a Breast Cancer Survivor. I maintain a 2nd blog that pertains to me journey as a survivor. I share articles that I've read and keep a prayer list for anyone that has any type of cancer.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Dress for the 4th of July

Quote of the Day:

"My name is NO NO but Grandma calls me precious!:

 Author: unknown

Two of the cutest babies I know. The one on the left is my granddaughter and the one on the right is my brother's granddaughter. This was their first time to meet. It was so cute. Arianna on the right is almost one month to the day older than Lily, my granddaughter.

My daughter picked out the material and asked me to make something for Lily to wear on the 4th of July. I picked the pattern. I got the idea to reverse the material sort of from my mom. When we were little in the early 1950s, our mother made all of our clothes. So often, my sister and I would wear the same outfit only with a difference in the material. We look nothing alike but Mom was often asked if we were twins. I think these dresses came cute and they look so cute in them.

For the ruffled bloomers, I used the following pattern. It was and is well worth the $6.50.

I used a part of a couple of patterns. I liked the dress but it came without a collar. So I took the pattern of a collar from another dress and added it. It came out so cute. My daughter and niece added the socks and the hair bow. They were a hit that day.

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I am a Breast Cancer Survivor. I maintain a 2nd blog that pertains to me journey as a survivor. I share articles that I've read and keep a prayer list for anyone that has any type of cancer.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Christmas Decoratons

Quote of the Day:

"If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should never grow old."

 Author: James A. Garfield

These were very fun to make. I did this with my grandchildren and they took them home with them. It was just a matter of painting them and decorating them as the characters you see. You can buy the eyes at any craft store. I have plenty left over for future ideas to strike. 

This was also fun. I just took one of those planters with the natural hay-like stuff in it and added pine and Christmas bulbs and there are also lights in this. It is a battery operated set of lights and look nice at night.

I again did some more decorations with my grandsons this time. We used crayons melted inside the bulb to create the color and then I let them have at it with various stickers that I had bought. It was a hit with them.

 This is a white table runner that I purchased on line or at one of the department stores. All of my 5 grandchildren have hand prints on it and I used a sharpie to identify the hand print to the child and the year it was done.  

These are 4 of the 5 grandchildren. Their footprints make cute "mistletoes". I'll have to do it again to add the baby. The problem with that is that the canvas will have to be bigger. It may be easier to make one with the 3 from my son's family and another with the 2 from my daughter's family.

Some table decorations can be so easy. We visited Germany in December to celebrate the youngest grandchild's first birthday. While there, the base had a "Breakfast with Santa". These were the table decorations. I thought they were very pretty and so simple for such a large scale event. There were probably 20 tables set like this for the families to sit down and eat. 

Last but not least, I made this for my sister. She collects snowmen and has over 100 different kinds, but known like this. She found a sample on Pinterest and asked me to make it for her. Again, this was very easy and took a little bit of shopping and a couple of hours to put together. I bought the 3 different sized bowls at Michaels. When you buy these, make sure they are smooth on the bottom. The bottom shown had a kind of roll in it and I had to add something to make it sit normally and not roll. The rest is just arranging the scenes as you see fit. She just got it this past weekend when I drove to Ohio (where she lives) to visit. She loved it. I look forward to seeing it in her pictures next year when she decorates for Christmas.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Fall Back Friday

Quote of the Day:

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. - Proverbs 31:30

 Author: Bible

Valentine for Grandparents

I will not be doing this project, but I thought it was such a great idea. I thought I'd share. It looks very simple to do and if you're artistic at all, you could write it in calligraphy instead of the printed words. If it were being made for me, I'd want the name of the child on there somewhere, too. I'd love to hear if you get or do one of these for someone special. Thank you for letting me share.

I also maintain a second blog. It is my journal for the first year of my breast cancer recovery and survival:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Uses for Vinegar

Quote of the Day:

"Grammy says I put the twinkle in her eyes"

 Author: Unknown

We live out in the country several miles from the nearest town.  We have a well that provides our water. If you've ever lived with well water, it can leave a kind of stain of film on your cookware and glasses, etc.  Most of it will come out in the dishwasher, but some doesn't. 

You can find uses for vinegar anywhere you look. I have seen several on Pinterest.  My husband found one that says pour a little vinegar into your pan when you are boiling eggs. This particular use has nothing to do with well water. Anyone could use it. It's supposed to keep the eggs from cracking as you boil them. In our case that didn't work, but it may not be the fault of the vinegar. That carton was dropped as we brought it in from the grocery store. We'll have to try that idea again. 

But what we did discover is that the film on the bottom of the pan was gone. So we put a little vinegar in the bottom of a drinking glass to see if it would help and let it sit for a while and then washed it and it worked again. 

I'm gearing this toward people that have well water as this is what causes the film or the staining on ours. But you may want to try it on anything that has a film on it no matter what the cause. It might work. 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Storybook Pinafore

Quote of the Day:

"Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment
you're just a mother. The next you are all-wise and

 Author: Pam Brown

Storybook Pinafore

This is my granddaughter wearing her Storybook Pinafore. The link for the pattern is below. It is well worth the $7.95. 

I have grown accustomed to these types of patterns that you print out on your printer. I think it's a hassle to cut patterns to the correct size from patterns from, for example, Simplicity. It may be a waste of paper, but when I want to do this again for Lily, when she gets a little older, I can just print it out again and cut to the size I want. 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

S'mores Dip

Quote of the day:
Grandmother you're the best. And we all agree your love and kindness has blessed us indeed.

My husband and I saw this on a TV commercial. I can't tell you what the commercial was about. But we wanted to try this. So I looked on the internet to find a recipe. I found it and asked my daughter-in-law to make it for my birthday. She made me dinner and dessert. It was wonderful! All 3 of my grandkids told her that's what they want for their birthdays. I posted on Facebook and had a friend say she would definitely be trying it out at her house. The recipe is:
1 package of chocolate chips
1can of condensed milk
Marshmallows ( my daughter-in-law used the small ones)
Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 5 to 7 minutes.
Dip graham crackers