Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Osage Autumn Crochet Scarf and An Anniversary Update

Here is another finished winter scarf for wearing with boots and jeans. (Here and here are the two I made last year.)

The yarn, Patons Kroy in Blue Striped Ragg, is classified as "socks yarn". I attempted to crochet socks, but I gave up and made a scarf instead!

I used a U.S. D/3 crochet hook and primarily a single crochet stitch, with a few lacy rows thrown in to give it character.

In other news: Our kids surprised us this past weekend with an anniversary party! Our 50th anniversary was October 23 (read about that right here), and our daughter and two youngest grandchildren came for a weekend visit Friday night. She had told us before she came that she wanted to go out to eat to celebrate our anniversary and her birthday (October 24) and not to buy or fix a bunch of food like I usually do. She was very sneaky and never hinted at the fun to come.

Our son had told us various reasons he and his family couldn't come out for the weekend and made plans with us to take us out to eat in a couple of weeks. On Saturday around 11;00am, he and his family showed up at our house with a cake and food for a cookout! We were so shocked! They brought margarita fixings, queso, guacamole, and salsa, and my son grilled burgers. We had a blast!

Our kids helped us recreate cake cutting, 50 years later.

The cake had a photo of the cake cutting at our wedding reception.
It was just as delicious as the one 50 years ago!

Our littlest Sooner helped us feel better when OU lost their game.

Of course no visit is complete without a trip to Walmart for diapers.

We enjoyed a marshmallow roast on the firepit.

It was truly a great weekend filled with wonderful memories and happy times.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Today Is Our 50th Wedding Anniversary - We Made It!

Fifty years ago today, my husband and I were married in the little United Methodist church in our northeastern Oklahoma hometown. It was a chilly, cloudy, misty day. Our church was undergoing a renovation, and my Daddy was concerned about "the mess", so he spent part of his day sweeping debris off the sidewalk with a broom. I didn't hear about this until days later, and it made me cry! That night he walked me down the aisle. Even though we had rehearsed waiting at the entrance to the sanctuary, I kept walking forward and he gently tugged me back, and we laughed. It was a funny sweet moment I'll always remember, along with being surprised to see tears in my soon-to-be husband's eyes as I walked toward him.

My colors were dark pink and white, and I did not want little bride and groom figures on my cake!

Because of the renovation, our Fellowship Hall was not available for the reception, and we "borrowed" a Fellowship Hall in the Baptist church just down the street. All of us walked down the block in a light mist, but no one complained!

After the reception, we drove to Fountainhead State Lodge, about a two-hour drive south. We had a bite of cake at our wedding (and it was good!), but neither of us had eaten much during the day, so we were hungry. (In 1969, serving a meal at a wedding was not common!) It was too late for a restaurant, so the vending machines supplied our wedding supper - peanut butter crackers and Coke - and it was delicious!

Our honeymoon was spent driving through the hills of Arkansas and Missouri, and we still talk about the breath-taking beauty of autumn leaves on that drive. It was like neither of us had ever noticed autumn colors before! We went to two theme parks - Dogpatch USA in Arkansas and Silver Dollar City in Missouri. We were still just kids at age 21, so we had a great time! We ended up having so much fun and were so reluctant to get back to our college classes that we extended our trip an extra day. My Daddy's boss had given us a check for $100.00, which seemed a fortune to us at the time, so that completely paid for our honeymoon.

College dance, circa 1968
We started dating when we were freshmen in high school. Our first "date" was a band trip to a roller skating rink. We rode the school bus and held hands. On the ride back, he leaned in for a kiss and I leaned toward him. We hit a bump in the road and our lips kind of collided. My braces caused a little cut on the inside of my lip, but I didn't care. After we got back and left the band room, we had a real first kiss outside on the tennis court, and that one was magic. We attended the same church and the same college, and we graduated together in 1970.

Jeff and Jenni and us, Christmas 2017
During our 50 years of marriage, we were blessed with our amazing son and daughter, Jeff and Jenni, and they have given us a wonderful daughter-in-law, Susan, and great son-in-law, Chris, and five beautiful grandchildren - Brandon - 20, Sydney - 18, Samantha - 16, Delaney - 3, and Everett - 5 months.

July 4, 2019. L-R me, Jenni, Samantha in front of Randy, Delaney, Sydney, Jeff (behind Sydney), Brandon's girlfriend Prescilla in front of Brandon, and Susan. Buddy the dog is in front!
Not pictured is son-in-law Chris, who was on a trip, and Everett, who was taking a nap.
We hope to get everyone in the picture at Thanksgiving!

We haven't been good in recent years about taking decent photos of ourselves, so here is my favorite from our anniversary 5 years ago, when he had more hair and I had fewer wrinkles!

Here is a more recent photo from our birthday celebration in 2018:

It has been a fast 50 years, and I am so thankful that we are still in love, still in good health, and still laugh together!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

My Fabric Love/Addiction History

I love this cartoon from The Big Book of Bobbins by Julie Icenogle!

My love of fabric began in junior high school, when Mom let me choose patterns and cloth for my clothes at Ellard's, the local "dry goods" store in our tiny town. Mom was an excellent seamstress and made most of my dresses. I think I learned the rhythm of sewing by watching her, first at her pedal sewing machine, and then at her fancy new cabinet Singer.

When I was a freshman in high school, our home economics teacher introduced us to sewing. Our big project was to make a dress. After we assembled our dresses during class, we took them home to measure for the hem, then had to hem them by hand. I still remember neatly spacing the slip stitch we were required to use. My stitching was so good that my teacher did not believe I had hemmed the dress myself and thought my Mom had done it. Mom got very upset when I told her about this and made a trip to the school to set that teacher straight!

Before I learned to sew, Mom made two particularly memorable Palm Sunday and Easter dresses for me from the same pattern. One was a full skirt and jacket in lilac, and the other was a slim skirt and jacket in turquoise. Both had bolero jackets over a sleeveless dress. Mom and I felt very chic saying the word "bolero". She helped me choose the fabric for each dress. At age 13, I felt very grownup wearing these to church, with my first high heels. The pattern pictured above (which can be found here) is very similar to the pattern Mom used, except the dress was sleeveless.

After I got married, I began to buy fabric to sew for our home and family. I loved sewing clothing (I even made my husband a plaid suit!) and house decor, Halloween costumes, etc. A lot of my fabric was purchased at Hancock's, but there were a few nice local stores I loved to frequent. If a particular fabric caught my eye, I splurged and bought a few yards, even if I only had vague plans for it. Some of the fabric got put to good use, some of it just got admired.

During my husband's career, we followed his jobs in Oklahoma and Texas, and the moving process helped keep my yardage in check. When I packed, if I hadn't used it in 5 years, I gave it to Goodwill. Now I wish I still had some of those beautiful fabrics I gave away (I can still remember many of them!)

My first quilt stash and sewing room in 2012

My current fabric stash on hubby-built shelves

After I started quilting in 2010, my fabric purchases became quilting cottons instead of clothing and decor fabrics. I had no clue how to build up a good stash with neutrals, small prints, solids, and blenders. Instead I bought what appealed to me, purchasing many charm packs and bundles. Now that I have a few quilts under my belt, I buy yardage; but I'm still a sucker for a pretty bundle (see the two new Christmas bundles on the top shelf!)

So there you have a little history of my fabric love, but I did not include my love affair with yarn. That I will save for another post!