Monday, December 9, 2019

Pictures of the Art of Homemaking Exhibit

OMG...SOOOO MUCH WORK, PEOPLE!! The good news is that I finally got my computer FIXED...and I'm back on track! Hey -- there is no bad news.

The article in yesterday's Quad City Times was AMAZING...Alma Gaul did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the Exhibit, and it was a FRONT PAGE -- TWO-PAGE SPREAD.
The main showcase had a Featherweight, and a few of my favorite samplers...
Alma Gaul loved the 7 days a week wall. (great job, Rhonda!)
This picture was on the front page of the newspaper.  This Friendship Quilt is the heart of the exhibit
Tomorrow -- LOTS MORE PICTURES...and -- here's the latest announcement. I'm going to be on a local afternoon television show -- the Paula Sands Show. This week. Thursday. To talk about the Exhibit.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Saturday: Rhonda, me and the kids

At this Grandma's house -- Saturday morning breakfast means B.A.C.O.N....

The rest of the menu can vary quite a bit. But I almost can't remember a Saturday morning when I didn't cook a whole package of bacon...

The Saturday after Thanksgiving -- to make breakfast extra-special -- I made a Dutch Baby Pancake.
Which is SO MUCH FUN..!!
I always bake my bacon. It's so easy...and it gets beautiful, crispy and stays flat...
Lilly and Warren thanked Rhonda for her gifts...
And they had gifts for her, too!
Really...a girl just can't have too many Christmas Sweaters!!

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And the special announcement about the Art of Homemaking Exhibit is that IT WILL BE FEATURED IN THE SUNDAY EDITION OF THE QUAD CITIES TIMES..!!

Alma Gaul, the editor of the Home Section, came to see the Exhibit on the first day.  She brought a photographer -- and -- fingers crossed -- it will be in the Sunday, December 8 edition!!

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Which I hope to feature in Monday's blog post.  Along with ANOTHER SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT...

Friday, December 6, 2019

Black Friday, Part Two

I apologize for these blog posts being kinda wacky and OUT OF ORDER.....the biggest problem is that I'm working on a new (to me) strange laptop...and I am having trouble accessing my pictures.

The thing is, I've spent so much time HYPING the Art of Homemaking Exhibit...when I was actually able to download the card from my camera...I COULDN'T WAIT TO SHOW YOU...

But yesterday's post was just a tease.....and I promise --  there will be more. -- MUCH, MUCH more...tomorrow, I'll be making a special announcement...and next week it will be ALL ABOUT THE ART OF HOMEMAKING.

but right now -- I'm going back to the day BEFORE we set up the Exhibit...

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For me, Black Friday was a TRUE DAY OFF.

Rhonda and I started the day with a tour of my sister-Ronda's house.  Then, we went into Davenport to the fabulous Festival of Trees. (I left my camera in the car, so I am counting on Rhonda for those pictures.)
Friday night, Rhonda had two giant GIFT BAGS for the kids.
Warren was seriously trying to impress Rhonda with his new reading and spelling abilities...
Rhonda gave them light-up balloons -- which lasted for FOUR DAYS...
After supper (delicious Tacho's -- recipe to follow) -- we got busy building Gingerbread Houses.
Those kits are AMAZING...but they never have enough frosting.  I made a fresh batch...(3 egg whites, and enough confectioner's sugar to make it stiff)...
Warren knew EXACTLY how he wanted his house to look...(note the perfect symmetry of his gum drops).
Lilly's approach is a little more Avant-garde  
We also ran out of candy, so they used cereal, pretzels, etc...
Time for bed.  The kids blew up the air mattress....
Frankie keeps a careful watch on everybody in the house....

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Art of Homemaking Exhibit

Okay -- I know it's not fair to bitch about something that you have TOTALLY BROUGHT ON YOURSELF...but I just want to say that putting this exhibit together has been WAY MORE WORK THAN I EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED...

Also -- we were all working so hard on Sunday, installing the EXHIBIT -- I barely had time to take any pictures.

We only had four hours on a Sunday afternoon.  My team was small but MIGHTY: Rhonda Pierce, Linda K. and my sister-in-law, Jeanne....
Rhonda's SUV was packed TO THE ROOF...

We set up in an upstairs conference room. Jeanne started ironing. 
Rhonda and I had done some sorting on Saturday night...but THERE WAS WAY TOO MUCH STUFF...
LK went downstairs to set up the Sewing Showcase...Rhonda started on the 7-Days a Week Display.
We had to use pins to mount most of the linens...and LK brought her thimbles from home.
I was obviously busy taking this rare picture.....Rhonda and Linda were both curating and installing their own display areas...
Jeanne was still ironing...
We actually had TWO ironing stations set up
Remember that fabulous Friendship Quilt top? For me -- it's the heart of the exhibit.
It was hard to display bed linens...and really convey the beauty, the hand of the cotton, the quality of the embroidery...
In this area, I showed an unbleached sugar sack (very thin muslin, meant to be disposable)...and a few examples of printed chicken feed sacks.


This piece of embroidery says it all
I love the 7 Days a Week Display.  As you know, this philosophy pretty much orders my current life.
And THIS is what we packed up to TAKE HOME...

Black Friday 2019

On Black Friday, I have absolutely NO INCLINATION to go shopping. Thank goodness Rhonda feels the same way. So, my plan was to start the day off by spending the morning with MY TWO FAVORITE RHONDAS...My sister Ronda...and Rhonda with an H...

My sister Ronda collects Nativities....she has hundreds...and I mean -- HUNDREDS of them...
Part of the fun is that she can tell you where EACH ONE CAME FROM.
Really.  it's an impressive collection.  Every room in her house is crammed...with Nativity sets...big ones, tiny ones, a very expensive olive wood set from Israel, along with $2 thrift store finds, 
So -- what could be more impressive than Ronda's Nativity collection?
HER FABRIC STASH, OF COURSE..!!
Ronda had to show Rhonda that she ONLY USES SCHMETZ...
And, of course, she had to show off her beautiful, faster-than-you-would-believe-possible, Singer #301..!!
Ronda's Rhonda tour was exhausting….it must be time for lunch!!  ANYTHING BUT TURKEY...

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

I am limping along on my #2 laptop..so blogging is a struggle...Windows 10 and I are NOT A HAPPY COUPLE...but I have figured out how to get at the pictures in my trusty little camera...

AND I HAVE SO MUCH TO TELL YOU...Starting with Thanksgiving.

More than any other holiday on the American Annual Celebration Calendar -- Thanksgiving is ALL ABOUT THE FOOD. And It is a BEAR...!!

I was cooking for a dozen people. Ross was working a shift at the hospital -- so we had to eat RIGHT AT NOON. I had a fresh 19 pound turkey -- but I was very nervous about it getting done in time...I planned to put it in the oven by 6:00 -- but what if it wasn't done in time?

So, in a panic, I bought ANOTHER fresh turkey (12 pounds) to cook on Wednesday. I called this my "Just in Case" bird. (JICB)
Of course, the JICB was perfect...it was beautiful.  
Rhonda arrived at about 10:30 Thanksgiving morning -- and she offered to do the dishes...BIG MISTAKE!!
This is my best picture of Ross...(I'm posting this one for you, Kathy)
Ronan's Mom, Ashley, set the table with Aunt Rozella's silver...
I had two card tables set up in the living room. I borrowed a tablecloth from Linda P...and it worked out PerFECTLY
My best picture of Elliott (who was trying to watch a football game).
I let Rhonda leave the sink long enough to eat some turkey...
After clearing the table, we played a little game of Hedbanz....
AFTER our TRIPTOPHAN NAP -- Rhonda and I enjoyed the leftovers
Rhonda's favorite family recipe...Seafoam salad...
I'm giving my Thanksgiving a 9.5. The food was delicious, nobody mentioned politics or religion, everybody was gone by 3:00....and I got to TAKE A NAP...!!