My Birthday Feeding Frinzy

buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 021Let the feeding frenzy start! My birthday was last Wednesday. I was 64. Yea, me!! Well, Leslie called and wanted to take me to lunch. We met at Wendy’s and I had my usual. Then Debbie called and we always eat out on Wednesdays, but she’d been gone for several weeks. So, she wanted to take me out for supper. I wanted vegetables at the Wagon Wheel in Greenbrier. Love that place. The Pete and Liz decided to have me up for a birthday supper on Thursday night with the clan and the Cheeks. It was the best meal ever. Fried chicken, green beans,fam 1 mashed taters, gravy, and rolls. Dessert was homemade ice cream and white cake! Oh, so good!!!!! Well, on Thursday night after we ate, I drove to Forrest City to spend the night with a family member. I got up and drove to Jackson, Mississippi. Ate with quilt friends at Logan’s Roadhouse Friday night. I had chicken fried chicken and sweet potato. Then the next day I had to lecture after lunch and we went to Newk’s. Wonderful turkey sandwich!! Drove back to my family member and we had pizza for supper. Got up on Sunday and went to Burger King and has a sausage biscuit and tater tots. Sunday night I met Deanna at Colton’s and I had Hawaiian chicken and a sweet potato. Today at lunch Barbi and Annise and I went to yesterday’s. I had a bacon sandwich and chips. I am tired of eating out. Probably gained those 6 pounds I last the last 2 weeks. I weigh in tomorrow. Pray!Fam 2buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 026


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Summer Eating – Egg Salad and Tomato Sandwiches.

buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 005I have lost 6 pounds in the last two weeks because it is so hot I haven’t wanted anything heavy or greasy. I decided to make egg and olive. Well, that’s what we call it. Some people call it egg salad. We always had it the day after Easter. LOL! I make it with 3 things: boiled eggs, olives with pimento, and Hellman’s mayonnaise.  Boil eggs. Put egg in water with ice to cool down and it helps to get the shell off. Chop up olives. As many as you like. Mayonnaise to blend Egg 1the two together. Don’t overdo the mayonnaise. Fold or blend easy. On toast, bread, crackers. Oh so good and light. Now the other summer sandwich I like is a tomato sandwich. It’s basically 2 pieces of toast and big slice of a cold ripe tomato and mayonnaise. I have to have salt and pepper, and sometimes a touch of garlic.  I put on a piece of lettuce when I want something different. Easy Simple and oh so good!Jingle bells egg salad tomato sandwich 016buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 005


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Miniature Quilts and a Tessalation

I am just posting some pictures of some miniature quilts for the gang. I took them in Jackson, MS this weekend. We are doing a miniature challenge this year. Just something to get an idea from. Oh, and then there was this green and white tree quilt that would change when you turned it upside down. It was a type of tessellations. Neat!buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 080 buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 081 buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 082 buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 083tessalations


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Gulf States Quilting Association Lecture

buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 086I went to Jackson, Mississippi this weekend to do a quilt lecture for the general membership of the Gulf States Quilting Association. They include 4 states and around 25 guilds in their area. I did a program of my scrap quilts and showed how each quilter could use up their leftovers and unused blocks. The morning session was on business and quilt teachers. After lunch it was awards and then the program. After my program there was show and tell. I left as soon as I could, because I had to get back to Forrest City to have supper with a family member and spend the night. Of course, I had a thunderstorm on the way back, sorta like the one I had on the way down. It was a relative easy drive. I-40 east, I-55 south.  Glad I went. Nice people! Great time. Oh, I met two people who were hit by Katrina. Their stories were fascinating.buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 074buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 075buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 077buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 078buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 091buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 089buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 085buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 086



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Mississippi Craft Center – A Fantastic Place

buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 044Saturday, I did a quilt lecture at the Mississippi Craft Center in Jackson, Mississippi. The center was an impressive large modernistic building. It had a huge craft gallery where the artists’ crafts had to be judged to get in. Big meeting hall, studios, pottery room, and blacksmithing building. It was extremely nice and had tons of crafts to see and purchase. MCC 1MCC 2MCC 3 MCC 4

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Buttons from Switzerland and Germany

Friends went to Germany to see their daughter this summer, and they brought me back some buttons, trinkets, and a hand-painted brooch. They were wrapped in two small sacks. There were two different reindeer buttons, an edelweiss button, a Saint Slaying a dragon button, and 3 skull buttons. Through my button collecting any figure on a button has meaning and background.buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 001 buttons  Mississippi Craft lecture 002


Reindeer Buttons: Are used in the part of the world for decorating sweaters and coats.

Totenkopf (lit. “skull”) is the German word for the skull and crossbones and death head’s symbols. The Totenkopf symbol is an old international symbol for death, danger, or the dead, as well as piracy. It consists usually of the human skull with or without the mandible and often includes two crossed long-bones most often depicted with the crossbones being behind some part of the skull. It is commonly associated with 19th- and 20th-century German military use. But the new ones today are more for a novelty. These did not have the cross-bones.

Saint George (circa 275/281 – 23 April 303 AD) was a soldier in the Roman army who later became venerated as a Christian martyr. Accounts agree that he was raised at least partly in Lydia.  Saint George became an officer in the Roman army in the Guard of Diocletian, who ordered his death for failing to recant his Christian faith. Legend has it he slayed a dragon.
Edelweiss: The edelweiss is a well-known  mountain flower. In the 19th century it became a symbol of the rugged purity of the High Alps. The edelweiss became current as such a symbol in German literature and poetry of the first half of the 19th century, and soon also in the Romantic nationalism of the time, in Austria and Switzerland and Austria.

One of the neatnes things they brought was a hand=painted china brooch with a blue delph-like painting of windmills. It is in a silver frame and is signed on the back in pencil. Little did they know I have a shadow box full of china brooches. it is quite lovely. The charm they got was new heart-shaped with rhinestones and a picture of Mary. I was thrilled not only with the very nice gifts, I was just thrilled that they remembered me. Thanks, Gang!!!


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Jingle Bells All the Way!

IJingle bells egg salad tomato sandwich 017 called Joan and went over to watch a movie this afternoon. The 30 Christmas stockings I made for the service project needed jingle bells. All stockings need jingle bells. I had a bunch collected through the years, so we sewed all kinds and shapes so they would look different. We watched a movie named, I think, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” A deep movie about high school kids. Kinda weird and had an unusual plot and cast. We watched it a second time to see the things we missed while talking and laughing all afternoon.Jingle bells egg salad tomato sandwich 017  Go to the poost blog post about the 30 Chhristmas stockings I made. Put in Christmas Stockings on the search box. Jingle bells egg salad tomato sandwich 018Jingle bells egg salad tomato sandwich 020 Jingle bells egg salad tomato sandwich 022

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