A Quiet Trumpet.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Trumpet flowers

Orange trumpet flowers

Trumpet flower collage

The trumpet flower is pretty enough to toot it's own horn, but it won't, so I will. :-)
This particular trumpet flower grows in a concrete slab in the neighboring backyard. This is not the recommended conditions for growing this vine. A rich well drained soil is recommended, at least partial sun and either a trellis or a tree to climb. This flower is getting partial sun and climbing a catalpa tree. With even better soil it would probably have flowers even more spectacular and plentiful than it does now. A trumpet vine can grow as tall as 40 feet so a tree is perfect for it to climb as long as it can get some sun. They need fertilized frequently during the growing season and like to be watered regularly. Sow the seed after all threat of a strong frost is over about 1/4 inch deep with fertilizer and water it thoroughly. I hope you get to enjoy yours shortly. They are stunning. 

Linking up to Macro Monday and Mosaic Monday!

Thank you for your visit. Take care, God bless and stay healthy!

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The first great grandson

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Little Landa took some pictures for me with my cell phone. She says, "Grandma , how can I take pictures of him with your hand in the way?" (Look how tiny he is compared to my hand!)

My answer "Landa, his little brow was all creased. I just wanted to soothe him. Please take another."

And another...

Her little son, her first; my oldest son's first grandson, my first great grandson, (after 5 great grand daughters!) born in room 411, weighing 4 pounds 11 ounces.  His father's birth date is April, 11.  Is that why the little guy's brow is all furrowed?

O little one with worry lines deep
What are your worries?
I'm sure they will keep,
Now rest your mind
Into a peaceful sleep
Your mother is here
There's no need to weep.

Blessing from God
poem from 
grandma :-)

The doctor says he should be able to go home in about a week. Thank you for your prayers. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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Thankful Thursday - Sewing

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Making a baby coat

I love  thrift stores!! 

When I lived in NY I would find deals in Woolworth on fabric and make my children clothing in a heartbeat. In the area I lived there were no yard sales but there were resale shops. Sometimes I could find a yard of fabric for less than a dollar! Because I could not always afford a pattern I would use their old clothes, by cutting just a little larger or draw out a pattern on waxed paper. 

A few weeks ago I bought the pictured pattern and  some pink corduroy for a dollar. (Click on the picture to enlarge.) Mariolina did not want to make a jacket, so we are making a coat instead. Just skirt out the sides of the front and back rather than cutting it straight. We have only dedicated a couple hours to this coat so far. We still need to add the hood, facing, hem and snaps. I got a whole roll of bias tape with the snaps already on them for $.50 so we can sew them along the front. We may add pockets. We plan on making our next coat slightly larger so we can insert a lining. 

Here are some of the tips I have given her:

  1. Don't limit yourself to the picture. Changes are not that hard. For example we used a jacket pattern and will make a coat from it. Ruby doesn't like short skirts on her daughters so will cut hers inches longer. (Ruby has always been one to turn her pattern into something totally different.) :-)
  2. Pay close attention to layout; cutting out around the diamonds (those are used to match pieces), laying on the fold when needed, cutting out the amount of pieces needed, laying on the straight grain of fabric when required.
  3. Never cut smaller, but bigger.  Do not cut down the fold line if the pattern asks for a fold!!!
  4. Keep your stitch at medium size for now so they can be removed if need be.
  5. Pull your thread out about 6 inches each time you finish back stitching your seam before cutting the thread. This helps to stop your thread from coming out of the needle. 
  6. Always start a seam with the needle firmly in the seam before stepping on the treadle. 
  7. Step on your treadle gently till you get the hang of stitching straight. 
That's enough for now. I don't want to bore you. :-) Not everyone loves sewing!!

But if you have any questions we will be more than happy to try and answer you. 

This post linked to two questions Thursday.

1.) I would like to know what your favorite way to save money is?

2.) If you could have something hand sewn, what would it be?

Thank you for your visit. Take care, God bless, and stay healthy!!

BTW - I just had another great grand! This time it was a boy! This is the first boy for over 5 years!!! Congrats little Landa! 

Little Landa is the second girl from the end on the right. This was last week end at Te`Love's baby shower (turquoise tank top). He, her baby, weighs just 4 lbs. 11 oz. Prayers please for our little guy and his mom.

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Keepsakes and Kisses

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kill them with kindness
Keepsakes and kisses
Keynote speeches
From Mr and Mrs.


Frugal Find

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Bench for storage


Thankful Thursday - Prayer

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jesus on Mount Olives


Busy is not the word!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Flowers Te`Love received after giving birth.


This won't hurt a bit!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The teacher tried to get them to see that you reap what you sow or harvest, so he simulated “thinking caps” before he read to them. ~131~

This post linked to Succinctly yours. You can find more entries and of course, add yours at Grandma's Goulash. Hope to see you there!
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Reflect His Glory

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunset on the lake


Sunrise, Sunset...

Thursday, September 6, 2012



Stand Together

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Multi-layered lily

Blue chicory

Deep burgundy colored lily

While trying to look for shadow quotes today I ran into some interesting suggestions from Yahoo - shadow boxes, Dark shadow movies and related memorobalia, Dodge Shadow, bed comforters with patterns containing shadows, sneakers and running shows; to name a few. Finally I found this quote:

“Stand together, yet not too near together; For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” Khalil Gibran wrote in an essay entitled Stand Together July 13, 2009. 

This post linked to shadow shot Sunday. If you walk in the light you will surely find a shadow, but you can find them easier and in more abundance at shadow shot Sunday! See you there! Thanks for your visit, take care and God bless! 

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