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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Musical Intermission

Sing along (with me) to one of my most favorite songs....ever!



Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Prairie Home Companion

Well... I was enjoying a vacation all last week... :-) Managed to take care of a few things around the house, did some sewing and a few other fun stuffs....

I don't know how many of you are familiar with (or listen to) NPR (National Public Radio) but, one of their regular radio shows is "Prairie Home Companion". Listening to it on the radio is always nice... but, to see it performed LIVE is a whole new level of experience! So, I've got to say the highlight of the entire vacation was having the opportunity to see Garrison Kiellor and his team perform the radio show "Prairie Home Companion"... live... in Ocean Grove, NJ this past Saturday, August 1st...

Where do I start? Ocean Grove is a religious and tight knit community. Their Auditorium was pretty plain from the outside... but, once you entered through the arches on the sides and looked UP tpwards the ceiling... it was magnificent!!!! All wood with tiny white lights.... carefully constructed curves... the floor was wood... creaked when you walked on it and bowed down a bit towards the center... First thought that came to mind was "I feel like I'm standing in The Arc"... lol!... looking around you could not help but notice the profound pipes of the completely functioning pipe organ (they hold mass in this auditorium) and the large wood American Flag accented with lights. I'll have to direct you to this link HERE so you can see pictures since the ones I took with my camera were too blurry and dark... there is also a 10 minute video from a portion of this show.

Garrison Kiellor was in among the audience at times, and also on stage at times... he gave such a passionate and heart felt performance... I was so entranced throughout the entire 3 hours... stories, song, jokes and hymns... it really was heavenly and I'm still so excited that I was able to enjoy the show live! After 41 years, he is retiring... so this is his farewell tour... if he is traveling through your area... try your best to get tickets!!! You will NOT be disappointed! :-)

We managed to get our own little video of the auditorium and tiny bits of the show... did not want to take too much (and get in trouble)... but, wanted our own little video as a memory that we were there...



The audio on our video is not very accurate... Sarah Jarosz has an absolutely amazing and rich voice... she plays mandolin, guitar and more and is truly a blessed musical talent! Visit their websites to see more!

And yes... the June list... slowly became the July list... and I managed to squeeze two projects done (but not finished) right on into August! :-) First up is the punchneedle design from Country Stitches...


Finishes at 10" x 5"... so, it's a pretty big size. I plan on attaching this to a cigar box... so pics of the "finished finish" should be posted soon... and next is a tiny quilt top pieced together...


it's  a Temecula Quilt Co. "Postcard Quilt"... they are sold as small kits and the instructions for the quilt are printed on a postcard. This design was referred to as a "modified Log Cabin design"... but, I modified it even more since my attention span was that of a goldfish on Sunday... lol! True to form... I even have a "make do" patch... my bad (I was just so excited to actually be sitting and sewing!!!) ;-) All this in a 12-1/2" square quilt! *grin*... I hope to "quilt as desired" this coming weekend...

Yes... it's been a quick couple of months... lots going on and it's mostly all good! From reading everyone else's blogs I know I'm not the only one wondering where time goes... :-)

Best get started on some Christmas projects....

I guess...

;-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!!!

~Sharon

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Kutztown Folk Festival

Happy Independence Day!!! It's been a beautiful Summer thus far... and continues this weekend, so that we can all celebrate our independence with outdoor gatherings... and good old fashioned events like county fairs and folk festivals! Since my home is only about 1-1/2 hours away from Kutztown, PA... and the weather was perfect yesterday (80's, sunny and low humidity)... I decided to hop in the car, pick up a friend and venture out to see the many talents of Kutztown's PA Dutch community!

The grounds were busy with people walking around and enjoying good eats, birch beer and sarsaparilla on tap, many fine hand crafts... story times and petting zoos for the kids... and quilts! This fair is famous for it's Quilt Barn... :-)

A quick walk around... see the booth that says "sausage" on the right? Yep... that was my lunch.. bratwurst with kraut and mustard!!! Yum!


Need more money to shop? Here's a "mobile atm"... lol!


And into the Quilt Barn we go...


So many quilts... each marked with size and price... three rows of folded quilts along the perimeter of the building... each section had a helper, should you wish to see more of a particular one... all for sale... some marked with a price and some marked with opening bids for the big auction at the end of the festival...


This one is my favorite...


And here are some close ups... (click each picture to enlarge)












 These ladies were in the center of the barn... enjoying some hand quilting!














I had hoped to get some pics of the other artisans goods there... but my camera's memory card had filled up quicker than I had expected. This festival has everything from hex signs, to Pysancki decorated eggs, hand painted dowry chests, jewelry, silk embroidery, wood working, metal casting, iron works, hand blown glass, redware, and wooden shaker boxes... and food... LOTS of PA Dutch yummy food... :-)

Did you miss the event this year? Well... for a link to the website, click HERE... sign up for the newsletter and get notified when next year's event will take place... you won't be disappointed! :-)

Happy Summer!

~Sharon
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