Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Autumn is in the Air


Just when I think I am about to cross everything off my list and catch up, I realize there are things I never even added to the list to start with. ~~sigh~~

We got a new puppy last month and she has consumed the majority of my time.  It's actually my son's puppy but I find myself helping every chance I get.  She is a tiny 2 pound Chihuahua named Zoey.  My Yorkie is not quite sure she likes her yet but they are starting to play together when no one is watching.  Zoey has those very sharp puppy teeth and Toto has learned the hard way that Zoey plays rough.  We are still working on the potty training as my son gets busy and forgets to take her out often enough.  Hence, the Pine-Sol smell in the kitchen.  Zoey is such a little joy to have around.  Every time we go shopping, we take her along in a doggie carrier since she is so small and too little to leave home alone yet. No one at the store even knows she is in there. She rides along in the cart and never peeps at all.

My garden  is almost done.  It was a great year.  Our late crop of tomatoes is a hit to everyone who visits.  We usually send some home with them.  I started the last flat of seed around July 4 and we are still getting an abundance of tomatoes.

I still have butter and romaine lettuce growing along the deck rails in planter boxes.  It's my third planting of lettuce.  We planted two crops of sweet corn also.  This is working out rather well.  I did some cutting of my basil plant and rooted them in the kitchen window.  Now I'm ready to pot them up for the living room window this winter. I just love a garden in the living room all winter. I have a few other plants to bring in also.

I did my last craft fair last week with my daughter and it worked out really well. I literally sold everything.  At the end I found another vendor to buy the EZ Up Shelter and even the cash register. While I enjoyed the craft fairs for 30 years I felt it was time to stop.  I am ready for a new chapter in my life and plan to take more time off.  I have a lot of books calling my name and I'm tired of being so busy.  Anybody else feel that way?

I added new pdf patterns to Craftsy-
www.craftsy.com/user/2634293/pattern-store

I am selling off the last of the Harvest Song fabric here-
https://www.etsy.com/shop/prairiegrovepeddler?ref=hdr_shop_menu

I also added some of my last remaining quilt models.  Check them out.

I am listing things on Ebay as I have time also. Right now there is some one yard cuts.






Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer is Going Too Fast

I have been so busy after dark.  I added some instant download patterns and charts to Etsy and Craftsy.  I updated the website again and added more $3 patterns.  I have been cleaning my "warehouse" and tossing a lot of older patterns.  I guess you can say I am still in a spring cleaning mood with the pattern business and my home.  

We are wanting to downsize one of these days and I don't want to wait too late to start clearing out the old stuff.  I have 40 years of collecting in my house alone.  As they say:


You spend the first 40 years collecting stuff
and the last 40 years getting rid of it all!

I'm well into those last 40 years.  I have been a cleaning fool.  I listed some fabric on Ebay and I have a lot more to start listing this weekend.

My daughter and family have been here visiting.  Her girls are growing up so fast, they are 7 and 2 years old already.   Two year old Lily sings Old McDonald's Farm almost perfectly.  It's a joy to hear her sing.  My grandsons are 4 and 6 years old already and expecting a new baby brother or sister around Christmas.  I am hoping for a girl personally.  Every mom needs a daughter, right?

I lost some weight lately so I cleaned out the closet.  I took piles of stuff to Good Will.  I didn't wear most of it anyway even when it did fit.  I did it mostly by walking and adding two protein drinks to my diet each day. I am forever adding new protein recipes to my menu.  I'll share some of my favorite protein drink recipes below.

This week my list includes a new dishwasher, probably a Kenmore, and ordering a new vanity top for the master bathroom.  We have the original dishwasher in the home and I am wanting a new energy efficient quiet one.  One of these days we plan to sell the house and want to get it ready sooner rather than later.  I don't know where we'll go but possibly move into town.  We've been living in different houses in the country for about 25 years.  I'd love to have a neighbor again some day.

Every time I photograph my garden, I forget to post the pictures.  I'm getting really bad about blogging even.  It must be the summer.  There's just so much to do!

Here's some of my favorite protein drinks-

My low fat Orange Julius: 
8 oz low fat milk
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 indv. packet of sunrise orange  Crystal Light (you can use the Energy kind also)
Put it in a Magic Bullet and fluff it up

My version of the Steak N Shake Lime Freeze:
8 oz low fat milk
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1-2 tsp of the Margarita Lime Crystal Light mix (it only comes in larger pkgs for 2 qts.)
Put it in a Magic Bullet and fluff it up

My version of Starbucks Iced Coffee:
1 cup of cold coffee
add a scoop or chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp dark chocolate cocoa 
1 tsp Truvia  
Mix it up and serve on crushed ice.  

Anybody have any other recipes to try?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer is Here!





I didn't realize I hadn't posted in such a long time!  Where does the time go honestly?  I have been busy watering the flowers and garden.  This year instead of so many annuals in front, I opted to plant more perennials in my flower bed mixed with a few flowers.  It is looking good so far.  I have definitely noticed the lack of bees this year.  My neighbors bee farm is about empty.  He lost most of them as everyone else has. I've read  it is due to a chemical made by Monsanto.  So sad.  Where would we be without honey?

We have been eating salads so much this year so far.  I am trying to lose some weight.  I have planter boxes all along the railing of my back deck full of Romaine, Buttercrunch, Spinach, Arugula, Chives, Kale, Cilantro, Parsley and Dill.  I has worked out great.  When I'm ready for salad, I go pick it.   I am just about ready to seed a new late crop for late summer/ fall salads.

The beets are growing and the deer haven't touched them yet.  The tomatoes look great. The squash has lots of blooms.  The corn is about 8" tall already.   I got a couple of Rhubarb plants this year and I'm anxious to make a pie with it when it's ready.  I have a new pepper bed inside our backyard fence so hopefully the deer will keep out.  Last year they mowed down the beets and peppers in the big garden.  I am hoping the extra fence will protect them this year.


I planted pink Impatiens and Bacopa in my flower boxes that hang off the back side of the deck railing. It's under a huge hard Maple tree and perfect shade.  This year I started the Bacopa by seed.  The plants cost about $5 each at Home depot last year and I ended up using two per planter so it got costly.  This year I used about $8 worth of seed and ended with about 30 plants, well enough for each planter.  Here is a stock photo.  


Bacopa has tiny little white flowers that trail and look perfect in planter boxes mixed with Impatiens.  We started so much seed this year that we had enough for my son's garden also. It was a labor of love.

I recently updated the website.  I added a page for Sales Specials. We have a quite a few older patterns that will not be reprinted anymore and discontinued once they are gone.  I reduced the price to $3 and added them to the Sales Specials page.  Check it out.


My upcoming fall fabric line is being printed as we speak and I'm working on a new one for next spring.  Other than that, I am living in the yard.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter


I hope you are enjoying a blessed Easter Day.

He is not here, but is risen:  Luke 2:6

I just got back late from Memphis last night, after visiting my mom, and slept too late this morning for the sunrise service.  I hate when that happens! 
It's been a great week though and most productive.

The vegetable garden is half planted already, just praying we don't have a hard freeze anymore this year.
My flowers are waiting on the deck for the perfect timing to plant.
We still have a few tender plants waiting for warmer days but things are looking great around here.  My husband put in a new brick and stone patio last week off the deck and we are going to add some planting beds around it.  I am ready for some bar-b-ques this spring.
Next is a sand box for the grand kids. We hope to find a way to cover it due to the neighbor's cat.  I grew catnip last year near the deck and kitty has been a frequent visitor ever since.

I am working on another new fabric line this week and hope to send it off by next weekend.  
I am motivated! Harvest Song just came out and I have another new line coming out this fall.

 
We have a winner today for the Harvest Song fabric panel.  The winner is

Marilyn F. from WI.  

Congratulations Marilyn.  I will be sending you the panel this week.

I just brewed some tea and I'm headed for the freezer to pluck a few frozen peaches out to add to it. 
Peach tea and a good book.  What a wonderful day! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Harvest Song Week #3 Winners

My flats of tomatoes are all on the deck hardening off before planting in the garden.  We are expecting another freeze this week so they will be coming inside another night or two before that happens.  The garden is getting closer and I can just taste fresh tomatoes.  I've been transplanting everything into larger pots and all my seedlings are growing. 


Wow, we had so many entries this week that I decided to draw two names.  The winners are:
 
Linda D. from UT
and
Wanda L. from NC
 
Congratulations ladies, I will be sending you fabric bundles this week.


Next week is the last drawing for the Harvest Song fabric panel.
So, here's what you do for the Week 4 :

1. Email me at PGPeddler@aol.com before next Saturday night, April 19, at midnight central time. If you are not sure of this time zone, make sure you email before Saturday.

2. In the Subject LINE of the email put HARVEST SONG.
This is very important.  ALL emails without this exact wording are not considered for the drawing.

3. In the BODY of the email- put your name and mailing address.

WE do not share this info with anyone, in fact, we delete them after the drawing.  This just makes it faster to ship the fabric TO YOU. If you win, we only post your first name, last initial and state for privacy reasons.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Harvest Song Week 2 Winner

 Sorry to be late this week but I had a stomach bug and couldn't get out of bed for a few days.  Thank goodness for my Netbook or I would be even more behind.  Unfortunately, I got the bug my grand babies had when I was watching them last week.  ~~sigh~~

We have a winner for Week #2 in the drawing for a little bundle of Harvest Song fabrics.  

The winner for Week #2 is Donna B. from IL.
Congratulations!

Next week is a new drawing for the last bundle.  Week 4 is for the panel.
So, here's what you do for the Week 3 (another bundle of fat quarters):

1. Email me at PGPeddler@aol.com before next Saturday night, April 12, at midnight central time. If you are not sure of this time zone, make sure you email before Saturday.

2. In the Subject LINE of the email put LEAVES.
This is very important.  ALL emails without this exact wording are not considered for the drawing.

3. In the BODY of the email- put your name and mailing address.

WE do not share this info with anyone, in fact, we delete them after the drawing.  This just makes it faster to ship the fabric TO YOU. If you win, we only post your first name, last initial and state for privacy reasons.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Harvest Song Week 1 Winner

 Beautiful weather today.  I think it's 75 degrees out there.  Yesterday I got another two flats of seeds started and I am so ready for my garden.  It won't be long now.

I had my kids and grand kids all over for dinner today after church and it was so nice to see them all at the same time.  The weather has been so nasty each weekend that we have skipped family dinners for quite a while.  It's nice to be back in the routine.  

We have a winner for Week #1 in the drawing for a little bundle of Harvest Song fabrics.  

The winner for Week #1 is Christine M. from  WY.
Congratulations!

Next week is a new drawing for another bundle.
So, here's what you do for the Week 2 (another bundle of 7 fat quarters):

1. Email me at PGPeddler@aol.com before next Saturday night, April 5, at midnight central time. If you are not sure of this time zone, make sure you email before Saturday.

2. In the Subject LINE of the email put PUMPKINS.
This is very important.  ALL emails without this exact wording are not considered for the drawing.

3. In the BODY of the email- put your name and mailing address.

WE do not share this info with anyone, in fact, we delete them after the drawing.  This just makes it faster to ship the fabric TO YOU. If you win, we only post your first name, last initial and state for privacy reasons.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It's Finally Here!

Spring, that is. My tomatoes are about 8" tall and we just transplanted them into single pots- just counting down the weeks to be planted outside. Yesterday we got a bunch of onions in the ground.  I think today we will get some beets and broccoli started.  I am already to be outside even though we are expecting some snow again this next week.

My new fabric line, Harvest Song, is available in the stores now so I am going to do a drawing over the next few weeks for a little sample/ bundle of the line.  Click here to see the whole line..... Benartex

Here is the panel that goes with the line...

For the drawings each week, all you have to do is email me your name and address by Saturday night, midnight. Details below.   I will post the winners names each Sunday.


So, here's what you do for the Week 1 (a bundle of 7 fat quarters):

1. Email me at PGPeddler@aol.com before next Saturday night, March 29, at midnight central time. If you are not sure of this time zone, make sure you email before Saturday.

2. In the Subject LINE of the email put SUNFLOWERS.
This is very important.  ALL emails without this exact wording are not considered for the drawing.

3. In the BODY of the email- put your name and mailing address.

WE do not share this info with anyone, in fact, we delete them after the drawing.  This just makes it faster to ship the fabric TO YOU. If you win, we only post your first name, last initial and state for privacy reasons.

If you don't put your full name and address BOTH in there, we will make a big ~~sigh~~ and draw another name. This happens more often than you know.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's March FINALLY!

  Seems more like April Fool's Day(you know, a big joke) than March 1 but it's finally here after the longest February in history.  It must have been documented by now.  Unfortunately, we are celebrating today with  6"-8" of snow again starting this afternoon. Winter's starting to really drag on.  Maybe it's more like the Groundhog Day movie and we are just stuck in the snow and ice pattern with it coming over and over again.  

 I have not felt like working lately, maybe it's winter depression,  or some family illness but probably and most likely just laziness.  I see a change on the horizon though with the turn on the calendar page.  It has to end sooner or later, right?  Has this been the longest winter in history to you?  I'm still waiting for that global warming to kick in. 

I did start my seeds last week and I now have 9' of window space full of little sprouts.  I am going to start a few more flats this weekend so we have a bunch big enough to plant outside when the weather allows.  I am so ready for spring. 

I started a lot of lettuce varieties in window boxes this year so I can set them out on the deck railing and cut lettuce all summer.  So far I have Romaine and spinach up.  I have Red Sails, Arugula and Butter crunch to start this weekend.  I've never done lettuce in planters before so we will see if it works. We eat a lot of salad.  My parsley is still growing in my living room from last year.

I have two flats of tomatoes, Jet star (our favorite) and this year we are trying Rutgers for some variety.  I will start a new flat of Jet Star every 10 days so we have tomatoes coming on through October.  I started a bunch of pepper varieties so far.  I have broccoli and some flowers up already also.

I have a new line of fabric out called Harvest Song.  Here's a sneak peek-


I am hoping to post it soon but waiting for the official pictures. My camera shots don't do it justice.   Hopefully, it will come soon.  I have my fabric, I already cut it into bundles and I'm ready to do another drawing on the Blog this month in March. 

 Stay tuned.