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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hello Again! It's me, Seth...
For the next few weeks, I would like to talk about Pet Care.

Once I lived on a farm and had I don't know how many dogs. 
I have had a few cats as well. 

Is your pet aggressive?

Here are some ideas to try:


  1. You are the boss, not him. Don't be afraid of the word NO.
  2. Don't let him get away with something.
  3. Remember, your pet is like having a two year old around. They will act up when they know you aren't looking. Don't let them.
  4. Put them in solitary confinement. (That's what my mom calls it. She used to have a Mare that really acted up, and everytime she put the mare in her time-out pen, she got better--for awhile anyway.)
  5. Find something noisy and shake it when they get aggressive. An empty metal can with coins inside works great.

  1. Let him meet new people often, and have them give him treats.
  2. Does he hate your mailman? Mail your dog a bone every few days until he learns that the mail man isn't such a bad guy.
  3. There's always obedience school!
  1. If he's playing too rough, flick his nose, then simply walk away and don't give him any attention for several minutes.
  2. Play water wars with your other words, squirt him with a water gun when he tries to attack.
  3. If he likes to attack while you are reading, throw him a toy before you start reading. You can plan ahead for other favorite attack moments as well.
  4. Play with him. Bored cats are more aggressive than non-bored ones, so take some time to play ball, or with a catnip toy. 
If it gets out of control, don't be afraid to take your pet to the vet!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Learn to Quilt--Project 2--On-the-Go Placemat- Supplies

I am learning that by popular demand that
You want to learn how to make these:

Well, gather your supplies...I'll begin teaching you how on Friday!
(I'll even throw in a binding tutorial this time!)

For ONE placemat you will need:

A 13 x 17 piece of batting (for placemats I like something thin. Fleece or two layers of WASHED flannel work nicely as well.)

A roll of 1" masking or painters tape

A 36" piece of ribbon. 

Plasticware to match

Fabric. I use a variety of  fabrics for mine. I use one for the front, one for the back,  another for the pockets and binding, and maybe even another for the napkins.  I am not giving you yardages because these are all small pieces. BUT...if you are buying yardages, about 1 yard of fabric will do 1 placemat. So buy four yards, and divide it all up making a nice matching set of four!

Cut your fabric this way:

2--13 X 17 (one for the front, one for the back)
2--10 x 10 (for the napkin; I like to make mine reversible)
1--10 X 17 (for the plasticware pocket)
1--6 1/2 X 6 1/2 ( for the napkin pocket)
1--6 x 6 (for the napkin pocket)

Also, have a 1/4 yard of fabric (not a fat quarter)per placemat on hand for the binding.  (And no--it won't be bias binding...NO quilting police allowed!) 

I am making a cute little gingerbread placemat set for the tutorial. There are so many possibilities. Please help me in spreading the word about the tutorial. Will you be following along?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

From Hate to Fascinate

I HATED history when I was in school. I found it so utterly boring!! Since homeschooling I have completely changed my mind on that subject. 

I follow the blog by the quilt historian, Barbara Brackman. Today she posted something that I found fascinating.
Look at this photo(borrowed from her blog, hoping she doesn't mind.):

What do those look like to you?
This day in time people call them "birthday cakes."
That is not what they are at all.
They are Memorial Blocks.

She gives more history behind these and similar blocks.
I encourage you to 
to find out more. 

I have been attempting to research Underground Railroad Quilts for awhile. I find the concept fascinating, and would love to teach a few blocks as a quilt along...but I am still trying to research for sure if they are fact or fiction. 
What do you think?
Did quilts really aid Underground Railroad Travelers?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Learn to Quilt--Project 1--an Afterthought

I have been happily quilting along, taking time finishing my runner from the tutorial. As I was quilting, I was trying to think how else I might want to quilt it, when a design jumped out at me that I didn't plan. It just happened along, and is so neat, I thought I would share it with you. First of all let me share someone else's runner and candle mat that they made from the tutorial:

Isn't it beautiful?! 
Visit Sherry, over at Blessings from our Nest
to see more pics of the runner and the candle mat.  
You can also visit 
to get in on a give-away that Sherry is having right now.

Now, on to my finished runner.
For my second one, I went ahead and did binding and finished as normal.

When I was quilting along, I noticed a pattern that I was making that I really didn't 'plan on'. 
Here is an up close view of the quilting:

If you look very close, you can see that I quilted big X's across the large squares, 
and quilted little X's across all four patches in the pieced squares. 
Now, if you observe even better, you'll notice that the middle of the X in the big squares forms the bottom of 4 different hearts. See it? 

I drew out a couple of squares on graph paper:
 I drew the hearts in green. Can you see them now? They look kind of like chunky "L's" unless you turn them as it did in the single green heart that I drew. 

Anyway...I hope you understand my scribbles.
 I just wanted to show you that this is a very nice way to quilt this pattern, 
and now I think it will be fun to make this runner in some pinks and reds or some florals.
 It would look pretty with the quilted hearts pattern. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Who, what, when, where, how?

If I were to answer all those questions, it would take entirely too much time that I don't have.

What I can tell you....

I'm still around, but I won't be around much for a few days.

My husband is a diabetic, and he's in the hospital right now.

My son-in-law arrives home from Afghanistan tomorrow.

I still have a 12 yr old to school and a 9 month old that isn't weaned. But, my daughter, who usually is a great help, is busy with her husbands arrival tomorrow.

I have a wonderful church family that is handling child care when I need it.

My husband will be fine, and then I'll be back.

I have probably 200 plus blogs to read, and more when I do come back, so my comments will be down.

and that I need to run and do laundry and dishes real quick.

Good night!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I feel like Don Music


Poor Don tried to write music on Sesame Street for years! While I may not be a writer, and can very much relate to his frustrations when it comes to free motion quilting!! I want to quilt pretty designs like these:

Or these:

I have been quilting for 8 years, and am trying so hard to doodle so prettily using my needle like many other quilters do...but my noodle and my needle don't communicate through my fingers very well. 

I am embarrassed to show you just how BADLY I did on my Metamorphasis quilt. I knew it was just a practice quilt, so I have been playing around with it for two weeks now trying to learn to draw/quilt pretty.

I have come to a conclusion after 8 years of trying and trying.... Here it is, my great insight...


At least I have the hang of this:

So, I am going to do something I love much better, design and piece a new quilt.
(Don't worry, just like Don Music. I will keep trying. Maybe once a week. Til it frustrates me into wanting to bang my head. Then it goes away for awhile.
Like now. It's going away--for at least a week!

Is there any part of your craft/hobby that you just NEVER GET no matter how hard you work at it?

Monday, September 13, 2010

What is that in the sky??

I simply can't stand 

No...not the little flying saucer things.

In the art/craft world a UFO stands for

I cannot stand having them. Right now I have two. Just two small table runners, both of them you have seen from blogs. I am working my hardest to get them quilted as I get time. I am taking the time though to improve my quilting. The practice is very good for me! When they are finished, I will do another very fun tutorial for you. But, since I pride myself in always completing a project before starting another, my UFO's come first.

How about you? How many UFO's do you have? Are you a 'finisher' you HAVE to finish a project before you feel you can make a new one? Or do you have a box of UFO's because you tire of them and want to move on? (That would be my DD). 

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

My Other Hobby

This post was first published right at a year ago but since we had so many of you that have never heard of geocaching I am republishing today. 


I love it. 

Most people anymore have heard of it. 
But, if you don't know what it is, here is a quick run down:

I use one of these:

To hunt for one of these:

Or one of these:

Inside I find things like this:

But, all I really care about is signing this:

So that I can get add my numbers to this:

HBmamaG...that's me.
It stands for HillbillymamaGoose

Where are these caches?

You name it!
 There is one on the International Space Station, 
and one at the lowest point in the ocean. 
And everywhere in between. 
When you are walking along the path in your local park...

chances are...there is one there.

I have taken many a friend caching. 
(These brought tears to my eyes as I don't have any babies anymore. Babies of the dog variety that is):

Here is Seth and our beloved Dawg at Dawg's first cache. 
The cache is hidden under the rock.

This is Little Happy Guy. 
He was a trooper, and never minded getting messy.

Seth has his own Geocaching 'name'--SSCooL.
Here he is with his pal Rex. 
(Several years ago!!)

Rex was found wondering the streets on the famous Kansas City Plaza.
 We are at Three Dog Bakery, and they begged us to take him home. So we did.
 He was hard to cache with as he was strong and would pull hard to go running off through the woods!

Last, meet Joy. 
Her's is the best story yet.

One day I was geocaching in a state park. I was hidden from view-- high up on a hill. 
I saw a jeep back up to the park trail
and pop open the back end.
It scared me at first as the man was acting strange.
Turns out he was 'dumping' a dog.
But that's ok, as I was there to save her.
She ran right up the trail into my arms. 
The best cache treasure ever found!!

Life changes came a few years ago. 
Big ones.
Geocaching got put on the back burner.
I still loved it, I just couldn't do it anymore.
 I finally got to go on another with my new cache buddy.
Boy, he was little then.
Stephen loves the outdoors just like his Momma.

Want to find out more?
Check it out yourself.

You can even do a search for caches in your area.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Before Seth's time

Since Seth isn't home today to tell give you a blog about herbs, I thought I would give you a bit of herbal history. I received and email today from my FIL with some fantastic photos of old medicines. After looking at them, I can understand why traveling Medicine Men were so popular! 

Here is a bottle of Heroin. 
Notice who the maker is... We know them as "Bayer".

Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine. 
It was also used to treat children suffering with a strong cough. 

 Metcalf's Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market.  Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.
 Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of it's time.  Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time.  He awarded Angelo Maria ni (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.

Maltine was produced by the Maltine Manufacturing Company of NewYork.   It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal.  Children should only take half a glass.

Check out this paper weight promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim , Germany ).  They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.

Opium for Asthma: 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium per tablet.
I bet I would feel better if I took this for my asthma!
Check out the price too. 50 cents. 

Cocaine Tablets (1900). All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance.  Great to 'smooth' the voice.

Cocaine drops for toothache. Very popular for children in 1885.  Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy! 
I love the line "Instantaneous Cure". I bet!

Opium for new-borns. I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but also 46% alcohol)! Look at the dosage. Poor babies probably slept all the time! Helen, my dear friend, was it you telling me that you used to be able to get Paregoric?? Well, now you see why it's no longer available. LOL.

I hope you enjoyed our little trip back in time today. 
Back to the "Good Ol' Days" when everyone was happy.
And stoned. Completely stoned. 

I would love to get my hands on some of these old bottles, paperweights, etc for Seth and his little herb shop. Keep your eyes open!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Blog Helps

I am learning new things about Blogger and blogging all the time. What a learning process internet world is!!

Some newest things that Blogger has done is add a "pages" function. I absolutely love this. I have added a page for Tutorials, Stephen, Seth, The ornament Exchange, etc. I plan to add pages that will generate even more traffic to my website.

Many of you pre-post your blogs. If you didn't know that you could do this, it is under 'post options'. Sometimes I pre-post if I can get a big block of spare time, or I'm having yet another run with insomnia. It is good for tutorials too.

Did you know that you can turn your blog into a printed book? There are many services out there for this. We plan to turn Stephens Adventures into a book just after his first bday. Once I have several tutorials blogged, a tutorial book would be wonderful for craft shows!!

Just today, Gail over at My Re-purposed Life gave several wonderful, helpful hints on writing, publishing, etc. Did you know that when you read your blogs through Google Reader (if you don't, you should try it!), that you can set it so that you are reading the ACTUAL blog, and if you want to comment no extra clicking, etc. Read her post RIGHT HERE.

I don't use buttons on my blog...yet. I am a bit un-decisive about them. If I do use them, it will probably be for challenges, etc. The first I want to make is for the ornament exchange. HoneyBear Lane did a nice tutorial on how to make buttons. In fact she has a whole series of how to "Bling your blog". Visit her RIGHT HERE

My blog is continually changing. But, that is nothing new to the internet is it?
Hope this was helpful today!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Metamorphosis Tutorial--Beginning Quilt series

I recently promised that I would help you turn this:
Into this:

When I design a quilt using pre-cuts (look HERE to find out what pre-cuts are), I try to use up every little piece of fabric as I am not a scrap type quilty person.
This pattern will make two runners...and will have two charm squares left over. (perfect for a label border on the back!)

  • 1 charm pack
  • 3/4 yd solid (or reads as solid). I used a variety of turquoise-type hand dyes on mine
  • 1/3 yd solid. This is the dark wine middle square on my runner.
  • 1 1/2 yd border/binding fabric (I use the same for both. My sample isn't actually finished with binding-yet!)
  • 2 pieces of batting 35 X 65 
  • 2 pieces of backing 35 X 65 
This type of quilt block is called a "Disappearing 9-Patch". I like to call my version "Metamorphosis" because of the drastic change a little bit of cutting and sewing can make.

Start by cutting your fabric.
  1. Your 3/4 yd of solid needs to be cut into 40- 5x5 squares.
  2. Cut your 1/3 yd of solid into 10- 5x5 squares.
  3. Cut your border/binding fabric into 2 1/2" strips, lengthwise.
After cutting, sew simple 9 patches together as shown below. One charm square in each corner, one solid in between each, and a dark solid in the middle. You should make 10 of these:

Make sure they are all squared up, then cut them right down the middle. Use your ruler and cutting mat to make sure it is accurate!

Now, cut all the squares in half the other direction:

You now have 4 smaller squares. Leaving them in this setting, take each smaller square and separately turn them one-quarter turn to the right. (Clock-wise) Sew them back together.

Pick out your 6 favorite blocks. These will be the middles of each runner. (3 each)
Now, cut the other 4 squares in half on the diagonal to make very large half square triangles.

Lay out your runners to look like this. It will help you understand what order to sew in:
(awww and there are my infamous fuzzy slippers. They are forever upon my feet except when I am not home or if they are in the wash.)

Sew the top square and triangle together. Match seams well.
Repeat with the middle, and then the bottom.
A couple of helpful hints here:
When pinning, pin the corners first and get them all lined up good:

When sewing, if you get a messed up corner from your machine "eating it", as below...

Then use a leader scrap. See, nice and pretty now. I never use leader scraps unless I'm sewing points.

This is what the edge will look like. Do NOT trim it!

But you can trim these when you get to them:

Only after sewing all the blocks together, then the rows together can you square up things like this:

Guess what? Time for the borders. We are going to cheat this time, and not measure. Just sew one 2 1/2 inch strip to the right side of the end, trim, and then the left side. Repeat for other end. 

Now, add borders on each side and trim even.
You will need to line up this border on an angle line to trim it correctly.
Layer, quilt, trim, and bind as desired!

(If you don't know how to bind, I will teach that very soon. 
Also be watching my blog for free-motion practice.)

If you decide to make this pattern, and blog about, please send a courtesy link back to me.
If you don't blog, send me a photo and I'll display it for you!