Sunday, February 9, 2020

Making Something Old New Again

Is there anyone out there that is as obsessed with HGTV's Home Town series? It takes place in Laurel Mississippi; Ben and Erin Napier renovate old homes after someone buys them. Some are fairly cheap. They do an awesome job on the houses. 

Thirty-five years ago, my husband and I moved to South Carolina. We didn't have family here, but we did have another couple we were close to here. Neither of us have looked back at all. Even though we miss our family in Ohio and Pennsylvania, we do not miss the weather. And we would have never blossomed as we did here. 

Why am I telling this story? March 2019, my little sister, Barbara, moved to South Carolina! She has been living with us while working on a house she bought in the Hyatt Park area in Columbia. The house was empty for 18 years. She won a bid on the house. 

It has been a family affair working on the house. Bob helped her get the outside done He has helped with the inside, but not as much as he would like. She is getting down to the wire and should be moving into the house in 2-3 months. My son, Evan, poured a cement sidewalk. Every time any of us are there working on it, someone stops and asks us if she is going to rent it, or sell it. She's even gotten post cards and phone calls about it.

The outside is AMAZING! The first picture is what it looked like when she bought it, the 2nd picture (blue paint) is what is looks like now.

As soon as the interior is completed, I'll post pictures. This is what it looked like when she bought it. She has taken down walls, moved walls, taken down all the drywall. Yes - I said SHE! The only thing someone has done for her is the electrical. She is having a plumber redoing the plumbing and the roof is being redone. I know when I post the finished interior, you will be blown away! She is so good at renovating homes! 

Obviously this is the bathroom. YUCK!

This one we call (you'll be surprised) the green room! LOL! The wall is down and it now opens into the kitchen.


The kitchen. The old cabinets are going away, the wallpaper too.

This will be the master bedroom. The wall has been moved a few feet. I love all the windows. Which have all been replaced!

This is the guest room. 

Luckily, Barbara works for Lowes so the can find items (like tile) on sale before it's all picked over. I am so excited she is here and she's going to have such a cute little house for herself!

Stay tuned for the finished home!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Trying a New Recipe

My husband and I try to make something new every week. Last week, it was rutabagas grilled, which were delish! I had never had a rutabaga before. Bob makes almost everything on his Traeger Grill. We swear he loves it more than he loves us. For Father's Day, he wanted a canopy for over the grill (which he got). AND he rubs it down with olive oil after it cools down. 

Tonight, we decided to try a Mexican Lasagna. We couldn't find the recipe we looked at on Pinterest, so we did our own thing. It was very good and not a drop was left!

Mexican Lasagna

1 pound of hamburger or ground turkey
1 can of El Paso Refried Beans
1 envelop of El Paso Taco Seasoning
4 large soft flour tortilla shells
8 oz. of Mexican shredded cheese
White queso dip
Black Olives
Pace Picante Sauce
Sour cream (individual adds)
Guacamole (individual adds)

Brown hamburger/turkey in skillet. Add the taco seasoning, then the refried beans. In a round dish (that can go in the oven) put a tortilla shell on the bottom. Layer the meat/bean mixture, then shredded cheese and picante sauce. Make 4 layers. On the top layer, we used some white queso dip and more shredded cheese. Oh! And black olives.

Bake at APT (all purpose temperature 😀) 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces. Top with sour cream and guacamole (if you would like). Enjoy!!!

We had tortilla chips to 'clean up' our plates. We had enough for 5 of us with this recipe. One was a 21 year old man, too! 

The recipe is not an expensive one to make. It was quick and easy to make and to clean up after!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Busy Week - Working Mom, At Home and At my other Job

Happy Wednesday night! I hope everyone is having a great week!

Tuesday I decided to go to the Social Security Office - - at lunch! WHAT WAS I THINKING? I couldn't find a close parking space. Then when I went through the metal detector, my artificial knee set it off. I had to go to the side and get 'wanded' - my body and my shoes. Get into the office and it was PACKED! I was surprised to get out in an hour. Now I'll get my South Carolina Real ID as soon as my card comes in.

The rest of the story - when i get back to work, my son, Evan, calls me. He wanted to know if I was still downtown. That's a big negative. He said his attorney called and his worker's comp check was ready. (Side note - he was hit by an old man who didn't stop. The old man didn't get a ticket or fined even though he left the scene. Crazy, but true!). So back downtown I go to the attorney's office. I get there and the office is right around the corner from the Social Security Office. Figures, right? And guess what - the check was not ready. But I did get to leave work early. Always a silver lining!

This week I've been quilting and embroidering like crazy! My daughter and her coworker wanted the logo for the company she works for (Northeast Trophy and Engraving) put on a jacket. I did 2 of them. Now the entire office wants a jacket. I'm continuing the work on the rag quilt. This is going so slow! I guess because I have so many other projects, too. And finally, a friend at church wanted me to put monograms on 10 jackets for her daughter's dance group.  Pictures of all are below:

 Hopefully I'll get the quilt done this weekend and can post it.

Have a great rest of your week! Be kind to others!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Scrapbook and Stamp Stores

I wish Columbia, SC could keep a descent scrapbook and/or rubber stamp store open. We've had several great ones but they have all closed. I recently stumbled upon Buffalo Stamps and Stuff - thanks to Pinterest. There have some beautiful work on their blog ( They have some great classes too. HOWEVER, they are in Buffalo New York. 

I'm willing to travel to the upstate for Scrapbook Creations ( or Myrtle Beach to Scrapbooks by the Sea ( Both are around 2 hours from me. I've heard the store in Florence, Crazy For Scrapbooks ( is pretty good. Has anyone been there? How about Magnolia's Scrapbook Shop in North Charleston ( 

I really want to take a Copic Markers class, but not sure I want to drive to the beach or upstate. I'm watching to see if Crazy For Scrapbooks offers one. 

If you know of a place or person in the Columbia area that offers a class, please let me know!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Wednesday's Dinner

My husband, Bob, is an awesome cook! He is also and awesome husband, because he does the grocery shopping too! BUT-----on Wednesday nights, he has men's ensemble practice as well as vocal choir practice. So I have to make dinner. 

I came home last night to a pound of hamburger. No hint on what he was thinking. So.....pinterest is was. I put in 'one pound of hamburger' and this popped up:

Let me just say, it was quick and delicious!  Not one crumb was left. I even made the mashed potatoes to go with it and the only quick veggie we had was corn. So, double starch for dinner. 

What is on everyone's "plate" tonight? Yes, to eat. And to do? I need to make a few cards to send to some friends. And dinner? Bob is cooking a chicken noodle casserole. Another new recipe. 

Have a great evening!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Rag Quilt and National Sewing Circle

I slowly cut out 189 squares for a baby rag quilt. It will be very unusual - and I will post a picture once I'm done. Has anyone ever made a rag quilt? I've made a 'chenille' blanket and it is a lot like that. At least these are 6-in by 6-in squares.

The last time I made something with squares, it was 3-in by 3-in and I cut 299 of them out while on pain meds after my knee replacement. I prayed and held my breath that it would all go together well. And it did. WHEW! The pattern for the cross banner is from It is either no longer available or out of stock.

Below are some the squares I'm currently putting together and a picture of the church banner I made. Ignore the items in the background. We're a big geeky family - there are 5 laptops in the living room. And the big pillow is for one of our dogs. It's awesome fleece that has 'Super dog' and 'pow' on it. It's awesome because I just throw it in the washer and dryer. Comes out looking like I (almost) just made it.

Is anyone a member of the National Sewing Circle? They have many patterns and videos for all level of seamstresses. I'm mentioning this because right now, you can join for a year at 96% off, or $2 for the year! I'm not sure how long this will go on, so sign up now!

I hope to keep posting more often that I have in the past. Please share my blog with your friends. The posts will be about sewing, stamping, scrapbooking, cooking, etc. I will give credit to the websites I found my information on. 

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 Craft Challenge - 2 projects a month

I'm not sure where 2014 went, but here we are, the 2nd week of 2015. Wow! I am taking a challenge of trying to complete 2 sewing/embroidery projects a month for Christmas decorations or gifts. If you would like to see if I complete the challenge and see what I have done, follow along on this blog. You never know what I will come up with.

I need to start sewing again. These past couple of years, I've thought 'I should be doing something and not watching TV'. This year is the year. I'm hoping if I get moving and doing things, I'll also lose weight.

So, here I go on this journey to make 24 or more items before Christmas 2015! I hope you join me!