Saturday, February 21, 2009

Butter Rum Coffee...

1 shot butterscotch schnapps
1 shot vanilla rum
1/2 shot Irish Cream Coffee
Whipped topping
To a coffee mug add butterscotch schnapps, rum, Irish cream and coffee. Top with whipped topping. Serve.
Very Good...I must say! On these snowy days and evenings with a fire in the fireplace...I could sit and sip these and feel very comfy and cozy...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

After I found these photos of beautiful quilts, I have decided to try and make them as close as possible to the colors use...I wish I could make all the quilts that I see... it is so hard to choose one over the other and there is never enough time to try and make all of them...but I like a challenge and will try...
So after I complete one I will post a photo to show ...Happy Quilting...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

In 1723, the Delaware Indians settled Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania as a campsite halfway between the Allegheny and the Susquehanna Rivers. The town is 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, at the intersection of Route 36 and Route 119. The Delawares considered groundhogs honorable ancestors. According to the original creation beliefs of the Delaware Indians, their forebears began life as animals in "Mother Earth" and emerged centuries later to hunt and live as men.
The name Punxsutawney comes from the Indian name for the location"ponksad-uteney" which means "the town of the sandflies."The name woodchuck comes from the Indian legend of "Wojak,the groundhog" considered by them to be their ancestral grandfather.
When German settlers arrived in the 1700s, they brought a tradition known as Candlemas Day, which has an early origin in the pagan celebration of Imbolc. It came at the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Superstition held that if the weather was fair, the second half of Winter would be stormy and cold. For the early Christians in Europe, it was the custom on Candlemas Day for clergy to bless candles and distribute them to the people in the dark of Winter. A lighted candle was placed in each window of the home. The day's weather continued to be important. If the sun came out February 2, halfway between Winter and Spring, it meant six more weeks of wintry weather.
The earliest American reference to Groundhog Day can be found at the Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center at Franklin and Marshall College:
February 4, 1841 - from Morgantown, Berks County (Pennsylvania) storekeeper James Morris' diary..."Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate."

I have come across this web site and seen these lovely postcards and had to share them with you...
I hope to make these quilts someday...after all the other ones that I have pick out to do...otherwise known as UFO...LOL
Click on this and see for yourself that they are beautiful and inspiring...
Happy Quilting...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kisses and Hearts Apron Swap...

I found this blogging around today & thought I would share this with you all...

Kisses and Hearts Apron Swap
I posted a questionnaire regarding an Apron swap on my blog a while back. I asked if anyone was interested in doing a Valentine's day apron swap. I had several people advise they would love to join in if I held an Apron swap. So.... I have decided to Hold the Valentine's day theme Apron Swap. Your Apron can be a fun Cotton one or a Sassy Apron with lots of frills... so Glam it up.... You can even make it sexy with lots of lace :) It can either be a half Apron or Full Apron.
But Please Please before you sign up go down a few posts on my blog and read the Swap Etiquette article prior to signing up, to decide if you are going to join in on the fun:)
If you want to join and can't sew.. there are a lot of wonderful aprons for Sale on Etsy. We would love to have you join in too... but just keep in mind it has to be handmade apron... not a store purchased apron from Penny's or Department stores. All the swap requirements are the same if you want to join in too :)

I have provided a Button for your Blog.. so please place my button your blog :)Everyone is invited to join in on this swap. International swappers are included. Please advise if you would like an international partner ;)

Please send the following Info to your Swap Momma :) at the following email address:
All information given to me is private .. expect to your participating swap partner.
Home Address
E-mail Address
Angel List: Yes or No

Sign ups start Immediately:
Ending on Jan 17th,2009
Partners will be assigned shortly after that date. (2-3 days)
The Last date to mail your swap out will be *February 7th* .. This is so your partner can have the apron and wear it on Valentines Day :) If you are unable to meet this dead line.. please do not sign up. No one likes to get a late package. The whole idea behind doing the swaps early is so we can wear the Lovely Aprons on the Holidays.
Please get them sent out on time... Then you will have a happy instead of sad Partner :)
Extras are always welcome .... I know I love it when I get the wonderful thoughtful extras that I receive with my aprons. Since its Valentine's day.. Chocolate is always a nice extra :)
I keep my fingers crossed ... but sometimes things fall through.. If you are interested in being on a stand by list as an Angel, Please let me know when you sign up. Thank you in advance if you sign up to be an Angel for this swap :)

Thank you all for your feed back and interest in participating in my Apron Swap :)
**** ONE LAST ITEM****
If your swap is not completed within 2 weeks of swap end. I will mark you down on my blog as a flaker. If you complete your swap I will remove your name from the list:) No one likes to be flaked on. If you think you are going to be late... please make arrangements with your partner and advise the swap mommy of your delay.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Your Native American Name Is: Kimi Lenmana
Your name means: Secret Flute Girl

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Faithkeepers School is a non-profit, grassroots effort that provides an education following traditional language, customs and ceremonies of the Iroquoian Longhouse and the culture of the Allegany Seneca People.
The Faithkeepers School came into existence in 1998 through the efforts of Lehman "Dar" Dowdy and his wife Sandy. "Dar" is head Faith keeper, and Speaker in the Longhouse on the Allegany Territory. Sandy taught Seneca language, and culture for 12 years in the Salamanca Central School. She now devotes all her time to the Faith keeper's School.
Dar states; "Our mission is to preserve and maintain the traditional Seneca language, culture and customs. Our Seneca language gives meaning to our ancient Seneca customs, ceremonies, history and laws. It is the elders who possess the knowledge and wisdom of our Seneca heritage. It has always been that way.
Those who can think and speak in Seneca number fewer than 5% of the Seneca population and now there is an increasing sense of urgency whenever a fluent Seneca speaking elder passes on.
Our identity depends on how we fulfill our responsibilities to our children. The knowledgeable ones teaching young minds is the key that ensures our Seneca language, customs and traditions will remain alive and constant".

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tear Stained Pillow
I promised myself when I started this journey of blogging that I would have no sadness written here. Life is good, it is a gift and I thoroughly enjoy every minute. Well, not every minute perhaps. Because in our good lives, as we enjoy the morsel of minutes, there is an aftertaste of sorrow. This week has had several of those minutes. I have been drowning in tears.Tuesday night, so late that it was near to ringing in Halloween, a friend of mine lost her youngest child. He was shot by her boyfriend during a domestic dispute. I have told close friends and family that while I was shocked when I received the phone call, I am not surprised. This man whom she called her boyfriend was no friend at all.My friend had been in this relationship for a few years. I remember when she met this man. I met him within a few days of her meeting him and I knew. Been there, done that. I knew right away that he was trouble. Always go with the gut. But she was ga-ga with his over the top personality and charm. Most of all she was lonely. Abuse predators take advantage of this. For some reason there are women who like the bad boys out there, those who will control your very soul. So I began my journey with her from light hearted friend to a tear stained pillow.She had worked hard that day ~ standing on one's feet, cutting, coloring, styling, combing hair can be quite tiring. When she came home from work, hungry, exhausted, just wanting to crash, he was there. He was always there. He wouldn't, couldn't keep a job. She was his mule. His meal pass. His puppet.She wanted to rest, he wanted to talk. About what she doesn't do right. Her youngest son, beautiful ~ full of life's promise, hope and love and only 18 years old ~ was there. He sought to break up the argument and got shot. The bullet was intended for his mother. In that split second he became a martyr. What mother would imagine that. What mother wants that. What mother can live with that.For any woman who has been or is, a victim of domestic abuse, please ~ please ~ please get help. There are agencies, shelters, pastors, counselors, FRIENDS - real friends that don't smile and say words that tickle your ears - who help with this issue. Listen to them. They care. There are always warning signs. The first berating dialogue, the first raised fist. Leave. They don't need you; they will find another victim. You cannot change them. Just leave. Please, just leave.