Wedding Inspired Blanket

I finally finished my favorite crochet project to date!  A little baby blanket (because it would take too long to make it normal size) in my favorite bright colors!  Back in November I found an online sale on yarn.  I have been wanting to buy Caron Simply Soft yarn in our wedding colors for awhile, but didn't want to spend the money on it.  When the sale was on, I bought all the colors needed for this blanket.

Here it is!
I used Red Heart's Rickrack Rainbow Baby Blanket pattern for a guide and used my own colors.  I am very happy with how it turned out!  The only downside was the time spent on the project.  It took me five months off and on working on it to complete.  Now I am ready to work with a quicker stitch. :)

Up close on the pretty colors! :)

I added a purple trim to bring it all together.
Now I am working on another blanket with the remaining yarn.   It will be made with the larksfoot stitch.  I will share when I get more of it completed!


First Lutheran Church Cross Block

The cross block has been blessed and now hangs on the front of our church.  It seems like it was meant to be there!  Sorry for the phone picture.  If I had known it was hanging, I would have brought my camera to Bible study.  This block is officially on the North Central Kansas Barn Quilt Trail.  

I am so happy with how it turned out!  Come by First Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg to see it in person! 


Plant Some Roots and Some Apple Trees

We got our new anniversary apple trees planted!  One is Yellow Delicious and the other is Red Delicious.  Our orchard consists of two pear trees and two apple trees now! Thank you mom and dad for our trees!

Redbeard did all of the planting for me.  Thanks to him for doing the heavy lifting!  I am so excited to see our orchard grow!  Our orchard will double in the next month again.  We have two Honeycrisp apple trees and two peach trees on their way!  I can't wait to start harvesting fruit in a few years!

Planting apple tree one

Apple tree # 2 is in the ground!
Our pear trees are getting ready to grow a lot this spring and summer, or least I hope so!  We are so excited to have a little orchard!

One of our pear trees from last year.
What other fruit trees should we add to our orchard?


Rag Rug Coaster GIVEAWAY

A month ago, I had some fabric scraps that I didn't know what to do with.  Of course I spent some time on Pinterest and found a good idea.  I could crochet small scraps of fabric and edge with yarn to make a coaster.  I made one and was hooked instantly.  They make such cute gifts!  I thought I would share a few of the coasters I have made and wanted to give readers the opportunity to have a set for yourself!  Let me know what you think!

Green rag coaster

Red and white

Purple and white

Red, white, and black

Black and white

Red and white 
Maroon and black

Pink rag coaster set

More rag rug coasters

The coaster trimmed in green is one of my favorites!
If there is a good turnout I will select more than one winner!  Share with your friends!  The winner will have their choice of four coasters pictured.  (You can even mix and match!)  I will notify and announce the winner(s) next Monday after the giveaway closes.  Good luck!

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We Made it One Whole Year!

Last weekend we made it to one year of marriage!  It is hard to believe how fast time flies when you are having fun!  We spent the weekend celebrating another marriage, my parent's 25th wedding anniversary.  Somehow we managed to plan a surprise party and keep them out of the loop until they walked in on Saturday night!  We had a blast spending time with my family and their friends.   Over sixty people showed up to celebrate.  Thank you to everyone who came!

Thanks to my aunt for making a barn quilt block on the cake!

We made them toast like 25 years ago!

The next day (our actual anniversary) we celebrated at Dairy Queen with my parents.  Doesn't get much better than a chicken strip basket!

My parents got us two apple trees for our anniversary.  They will look great next to our pear trees.  The orchard is growing!  There is some significance to getting apple trees.  Our first dance song was "Hey Pretty Girl" by Kip Moore.  In the song he sings, "plant some roots and some apple trees."  My mom wanted to be clever and give us some apple trees to plant in our orchard.  The trees are planted and a post is soon to come!

We are so happy to be a seasoned married couple of one whole year!  We look forward to many years to come with each other!


The Busy Season Begins

We are starting to come out of the winter season filled with feeding cattle and planning for the next year of crops.  Now is when the long days of fertilizing, planting, harvesting, spraying weeds, and making sure everything else gets done in between.  Redbeard has started fertilizing our irrigated fields that will have corn or soybean planted in the next couple months.

The long days have been easier for Redbeard this year.  He takes our (not so) little Custer with him.  The boys have so much fun in the field!

Tired puppy!
So I will sit back and enjoy the last moments of the Winter schedule and look forward to great opportunities for farm photography!


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