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Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Yesterday I was "talkin' turkey" and this is what it looks like so far as of last night. This is a pattern by Need'l Love called "Primitive Gobbler", that I bought a few years back and I found that turkey just a jabberin' and screaching for me to rescue him from my I did! Now, if I am lucky enough I will have all the punching done this evening. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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Also, I have been working on "Fancey Blackett" by Pineberry Lane. Oh, how..I..LOVE..her! This is where I left off on it a week ago.

Fancey Blackett
by PineBerry Lane
Vintage Light Exemplar, 35 ct 
DMC thread

And last I have been making hundreds, and really I mean 100's of yo-yo's for a quilt. I took a snap of what a few of them are looking like.

I am enjoying the beauty of the fall flowers, here is a pretty photo of some black-eyed Susan's I took just as some of them were starting to die off.

Today I let my son drive his car to school for his very first time.  I haven't received any phone calls yet for any mishaps, but I am keeping my fingers crossed.......soooo scary!

"I know the year is dying,

Soon the summer will be dead.

I can trace it in the flying

Of the black crows overhead;

I can hear it in the rustle

Of the dead leaves as I pass,

And the south wind's plaintive sighing

Through the dry and withered grass.

Ah, 'tis then I love to wander,

Wander idly and alone,

Listening to the solemn music

Of sweet nature's undertone;

Wrapped in thoughts I cannot utter,

Dreams my tongue cannot express,

Dreams that match the autumn's sadness

In their longing tenderness."

- Mortimer Crane Brown, Autumn Dreams

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fall Giveaway at ORP

Check out this adorable fall decoration that is being offered as a giveaway on Old Road Primitives blog. If you want to join in on the fun click on the link only have until September 15th.  Hurry along now, don't be late!

Sunday, May 8, 2011


A Friend is one that that helps you bridge the gaps
Between Loneliness and Fellowship,
Frustration and Confidence,
Despair and Hope,
Setbacks and Success.

Love yourself, but love others more.

Side by side or miles apart,
Friendship doesn't count miles,
It's measured by the heart.

A friend is one who knows you as you are,
Understands where you've been,
Accepts who you've become.
And still gently invites you to grow.

Good friends are like stars,
You can't always see them,
But you know they're always there.


This was truly a fun stitch and finish.  The colors were so fun to work with, I had a hard time giving this one away.  But......I made this as a gift to give my sweet friend Loraine for part of her 40th Birthday.  She is such an inspiring, cheerful, bursting with energy kind of girl.  She is an amazing stitcher, quilter, decorator, gardener, Mom and friend.  I am so glad I can call her "my friend".

P.S.  Happy "late night" Mother's Day to all you awesome mothers!  I hope you were all treated like Queens and received lots of pampering!  You are all worth it.

May you always find a reason to smile.....


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Strawberries, Blossoms......& Chocolate!

I'm getting closer.......yippee!!!!

Since I have been stitching strawberries and seeing pink. I decided tonight I would make a frozen treat for the guys for dessert.  This recipe is a big hit at our home.  It is light, fluffy and refreshing. 

I hope you will try it, it takes about 5 minutes, yes, that's only 5 minutes to make!!!  Can't go wrong with that now can ya?  The recipe calls for chocolate syrup drizzled over the top, but sometimes I like to add a little bit of sliced strawberries on top, also.  Makes for a perfect finishing touch, not to mention taste. 
Raspberry Lemonade Pie Recipe
    Strawberry Lemonade Pie

  • 1/3 cup sweetened strawberry lemonade drink mix (like CountryTime)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 chocolate crumb crust (9 inches)
  • Chocolate syrup, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine drink mix and water. Add ice cream; beat on low speed for 2 minutes or until blended. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into crust.
  • Freeze for 4 hours or until firm. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving. Serve with chocolate syrup if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


"wrinkled heart"

Before you speak,
Think and be smart.
It’s hard to fix
A wrinkled heart.

Here I sit, pondering about "the wrinkled heart".  It makes one think....but in a good and positive way.  Hmmm......

Anyway, here is a snapshot of my "wrinkled heart", aka, Truly Thine by Blackbird Designs.  I have changed a few of the colors here and there, but when she is all stitched up she will become a beautiful "cushion of love" to store some crimson pins. Also, a quaint little strawberry emery will adorn the heart to keep those needles sharp!

Stay tuned.....I will post again when she is stuffed and unwrinkled!  LOL

Wishing you a sunny, funny kind of day.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Wishes


How can the day be dreary,
How can the heart be sad;
How can the soul be weary
When all the winds are glad ~
When every bud is leaping
Triumphant from its bed;
When March is spent and sleeping
And Summer is just ahead?

There's joy among the flowers,
There's glee upon the hills;
There's laughter in the showers
 That swell the leaping rills.
 There's gladness in the hedges
Where happy songsters wed,
Exchanging lovely pledges
With Summer just ahead.

There's joy in every cluster
Of reeds upon the slope;
Each morning puts new luster
Upon the shield of hope.
Why should a heart beat sadly,
An eye look out with dread,
When all the woods ring gladly
And Summer's just ahead.

Blessed Easter greetings to you and yours.
May your heart be light
And full of Joy.

~ Jolene

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Adam and Eve Freebie

((((EDITED)))) This is a photo of the pattern I didn't stitch it.

Hi all you Adam and Eve lovers.  I found this fun little reproduction freebie at In the Company of Friends.  Click on the link if you would like to print this pattern.  Also, they have some other fun stuff to peruse.  Go check it out, you won't be sorry!


Thursday, April 14, 2011


Hello!  Do you remember a while back I was looking for this sweet pattern, "Betsy", by Sheepish Designs?  Well, a dear blogging friend, Joan, let me borrow her pattern.

This is such a fun design, love the patriotic colors and sweet birds. This photo was taken in the sunshine, but the linen looks more like the color in the first photo.

I have been trying my hardest to work on a few WIP's so I can get them off to be framed. 

Sorry about the photos, I have tried several times to get them to look presentable but nothing seems to be cooperating at the moment.  This peacock is my favorite motif on this design.  I am drawn to any design that has a peacock on it, such a magnificent bird and I enjoy stitching them, too.  I will close for now, just wanted to post a quick update but I want to get back to my stitching before American Idol comes on.  Is anyone following this show this season?  There is a lot of talent this year and I love Jennifer as a judge and that Steven Tyler, well, he's just B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!  Catch my drift?
Until next time, thanks for visiting my blog and I will be back with more!

Monday, April 11, 2011


Progress update on BOAF, Friendship Sampler, April 11, 2011:

How can you put a Price Tag on a good friend
when they are made of pure gold? Is it even possible?

What is the value of a new suit?...$500.00
What is the value of a Rolex Watch..$2,000.00
What is the value of a College Education?...$50,000.00
Value of a New Home...$200,000.00

What is the value of a Friend?

Friends who listen,
Friends who care,
Friends who love you for who you are,
Friends will last a lifetime!

I would have to say......Priceless.......

In a nutshell, I am proud to say I have many, many friends, several of whom I have never met in person before but I value each and every one of YOU!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


A finish....finally.....

This design is titled "Harvest Time" by The Prairie Schooler.

My heart always longs for autumn, but I am looking forward to spring.  Is it spring yet?

Today it feels and looks like winter, the sky is bleak and gray, the ground is white and I am excited that Friday is finally here!


I can't decide which section I love the best, but I really love the hay wagon with pumpkins.


Love the church and graveyard, too!

Psssst!  I think spring is really here she just dosen't realize it...teehee heee heee heeee!  Don't you just love my new spring hat, uh, umbrella

Miles of Smiles.......


Friday, April 1, 2011

A Gift for Larry


Larry D. Bateman 1962 ~ 2011 We are all very saddened by the passing of Larry D. Bateman on Saturday, March 26, 2011. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He was born February 24, 1962 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Peggy Arlene Hodges and Jerry Glen Bacel. Larry graduated from Granite High School in 1980 and then proudly served his country as a US Marine. He was an excellent carpenter and enjoyed passing his knowledge onto others. He was blessed with many friends, some of whom he considered his family. Larry was a loving husband to Ellen Cleveland and a proud father to daughters Charity and Arianne and sons, Chaz and Trevor; grandfather to Kaleb, Sharese, Arabella and David ; brother to Doug and wife, Janet; uncle to Tawnya, Joshua and Natawsha; great nieces and nephews; and a wonderful son-in-law to Glena Cleveland. Larry is preceded in death by daughter, Cheala; mother and father, Robert and Peggy Jorgensen; daughter, Cheala; granddaughter, Kyla; grandmother, Viola Stiles. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011, 12:00 noon at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road where a viewing will be, 11 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Graveside services will be held Monday, April 4, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 South Redwood Road, Bluffdale, Utah.

Published in Deseret News on April 1, 2011

I know this is a stitching blog, but I wanted to share with you some photos of what his friends are doing for his final resting place.

What you see here is brotherly love, the love of a friend who will truly be missed.  A dear friend of his, Sam, wanted to build him a casket, a casket made by loving hands of those that loved him as a brother, not only as a friend.

With this in mind, there were a handful of people who had the honor to create something beautiful from beginning to end to cradle Larry in.

Because Larry  was a master carpenter, Superintendent, it only seemed fitting that the working hands of those that loved him make him this beautiful "bed".

I don't have any final pictures of it yet.  The handles and brackets still need to be attached along with the pretty lining. But all in all how fabulous is this!

Larry was also known as the "Devil Dogg" aka "Tazmanian Devil" at least that was how he addressed himself as. I will miss working with him, talking with him and seeing his bubbly and fun sense of humor he possessed. May you rest in peace........

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Not much to say today.  I lost a friend to suicide this weekend.  My heart is bleeding.....