A Wednesday Round-up ~ It’s been a while!

Wow…it’s been quite a while since I last blogged. Pop some corn, grab a beer. :)

Quilting & Sewing:

Since I brought my new Brother sewing machine home, I’ve putzed around with it. I’m still learning what it can and can not do, but all in all am getting the hang of it.

1930's HST baby quilt.

1930′s HST baby quilt.

Patch quilt top in the making using Nordika.  I have 1/4 of it sewn together now.

Patch quilt top in the making using Nordika. I have 1/4 of it sewn together now.

I’ve made up a few of these cute totes, modifying a free pattern.

Totes with pencil/crayon slots.

Totes with pencil/crayon slots.

Had one crafting day with friends…another one coming up. We’re gearing up for a November craft fair.

Day of crafting with friends.

Day of crafting with friends.


Made up another batch of mustard! Loving the smell and taste of this one! I used Stone Smoke Porter, yellow & brown mustard seed, apple cider vinegar, ground mustard, salt, pepper, allspice, nutmeg. I adapted two recipes I found (Homemade Beer and English Mustard)…it made up 10 4-oz jars. I plan on making a Cranberry Mustard too.

Spicy Beer Mustard

Spicy Beer Mustard

I was given a bag full of clipped lavender from my MIL’s garden earlier and dried it. Part of it is now in a big old canning jar of local Nevada honey with my own dried rosemary. I’ll be putting this into 4-oz canning jars in about two weeks after it’s been strained.

Lavender Rosemary Honey.

Lavender Rosemary Honey.

Ghost Hunting:

My sister has quite a few ghost hunting equipment and she booked the Miner’s Shack up in Gold Hill (just south of Virginia City on the Comstock). My niece, Hannah, and her friend Maddie, my sister and I all spent an afternoon in VC and the night in Gold Hill. That was fun! Definitely want to go up with them when they do the Washoe Club in VC.

Miner's Shack, Gold Hill, NV

Miner’s Shack, Gold Hill, NV


Yellow Jacket Mill

Yellow Jacket Mill

Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, Nevada

Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, Nevada

Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, Nevada

Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, Nevada

Bottle Tree.

Bottle Tree.

I know my niece, Hannah, took a bunch of photographs, but I never see them…hint, hint…if you’re reading this, Ms. Hannah.



Mackay Mansion grounds.

Mackay Mansion grounds.

Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe:

Took a Monday off so we could spend Sunday night up at Tahoe. Spent Sunday at one of the free public beaches and Monday morning we tried kayaking (waterman’s landing). So…I’m saving my money up for a sit-in kayak now. :)

Carnelian Bay from the Gar Woods pier.

Carnelian Bay from the Gar Woods pier.

Kayaking on Lake Tahoe.

Kayaking on Lake Tahoe.



Truckee Trestle Tour:

We finally made it up to Truckee, CA for the Hobart Estates Trestle Tour! They’ll be having another one in October if you’re local! We toured the lumber railroads and mills.

Remains of a flat car near Hobart Mills.

Remains of a flat car near Hobart Mills.

Railroad maintenance shop, Hobart Mills.

Railroad maintenance shop, Hobart Mills.

Lumber railroad trestle remains.

Lumber railroad trestle remains.

More trestle remains.

More trestle remains.

Baseball Bingo:

How to have fun when your minor league team, the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks), is losing. Sorry guys for wishing one of you got beaned by the pitcher! :)

Baseball bingo!

Baseball bingo!


God-Awful Rim Fire smoke from Yosemite...Reno/Sparks, we can't breathe.

God-Awful Rim Fire smoke from Yosemite…Reno/Sparks, we can’t breathe.

Scheaffer's Balance Blue fountain pen my husband found for me.

Sheaffer’s Balance Blue fountain pen my husband found for me.

Sunrise with a little bit of Rim fire smoke in air.

Sunrise with a little bit of Rim fire smoke in air.

Pond Hockey ~ Washoe Valley, Nevada

Been really busy lately and have neglected my blog…hopefully things will start to settle down in a bit.

Wanted to post some pictures of a hockey game we came across while out and about one weekend. After spending some time up in Virginia City we drove down through Carson City and then on the east side of Washoe Valley. At the north end is Little Washoe Lake…we stopped to eat our lunch and enjoy a hockey game.

The dogs were pretty funny…one was definitely the coach, barking his orders. :)











Holiday Craft Fair ~ Sparks Christian Fellowship ~ November 3rd, 2012

Hey all local folks!

I’ll be sharing a booth with two of my friends this Saturday, November 3rd at Sparks Christian Fellowship’s Holiday Craft Fair.

FREE ADMISSION! Last Sunday we were told there will be over 75 vendors.

9 am to 4 pm.

510 Greenbrae Drive (for all us “oldies” it’s in the old $1 Movie Theatre)
Between Pyramid and 4th Street.

I’ll be having 4 different cold processed soaps; about 6 quilts; lots of leather wrapped bracelets; hammered copper bookmarks; earrings and pendants; made some of my photographs into notecards…my friends have made lots of jewelry (silver, copper, swarovski Christmas trees and snowmen).

We’ll take your hard earned cash and credit cards! :)

Ferrari Farm’s Pumpkin Patch ~ Reno, NV ~ October 2012

Ferrari Farm’s pumpkin patch, corn maze, big ole pumpkin bounce house, corn stalks, and hay rides are in full-swing now! I love how they set it up this year…lots more parking and a bit more compact. They’re open on Mon-Thurs from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm; Fri-Sat from 9:30 am to 10 pm; and Sunday from 9:30 to 6 pm. 4701 Mill Street, between Rock and McCarran.

Loyalton Firemen’s Street Festival ~ 25 August 2012

On the way home from Portola’s Train Days last weekend, I saw a sign that Loyalton was going to have a Street Festival with a Show & Shine the following weekend. :) I Love Sierra Valley and you have to like a festival that raises money for the Volunteer Fire Department. My husband was excited that they were having a horseshoe tourney and luck would have it another guy needed a partner, so he got to play. It was a fun day full of old cars, arts and crafts, music, monster truck rides, horseshoes, and good food.

Have lots of pictures from the day ~

Shelby Cobra Mustang

Care Flight made a grand dust storm entrance!

Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen Quilt ~ Love it!!!

John…we were under the Horseshoe Tourney tent.

The band…before a wind gust took the canopy…and the band played on. :)

Is this not a cool horseshoe pit or what?!

First and Second place teams.

Monster Truck rides…ok, that was one fun ride for $5.

Kid in middle doesn’t agree with me…but his grampa had a blast.

What’s Your Favorite Handmade Soap Scent?

A couple of friends and I are busy making up things for an undetermined craft fair (later in the year)…I’m quilting, sewing, printing photographs, and will be making cold-process soap.

Put an order into Brambleberry and received my oils, butters, and lye (figured I can buy olive and sunflower oil here in town).

What’s your favorite smellies for soap?

HINT HINT…I like to make Oatmeal Milk & Honey, Peppermint, and Lavender. But was wondering what other people liked.

One Less Gift

The last few years, in November, my church hands out a flyer regarding a concept called “One Less” (last year it was Advent Conspiracy).


This year, let’s try

[Less spending.]
[More relational giving.]
[More resources to help those who need it most.]

They have four suggestions, but also encourage everyone to be as creative as one can be!

** Angel Tree for a child of a prisoner here in Nevada.
** Pick up an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
** Help buy a clean water well with Living Water
** Give to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Other charities you may want to support:

Samaritan’s Purse
World Vision
Compassion International

A few of the ones I like:

Nevada Humane Society.
Veteran’s Guest House in Reno, NV.
Kids Kottage.

Gift Ideas for Relational Giving.

A fun certificate for the gift of your time:

* bring popcorn, gourmet root beer and a classic DVD for a movie night with a friend.
* host a Monday Night Football and make homemade pizzas.
* wrap two copies of a classic book to read together.
* bundle up and take a walk through the Christmas-lit streets.

Your gift of creatively serving:

* babysit for your worn-out sister-in-law.
* yard work for an elderly person.
* road trip for an out-of-town adventure with your child.
* change the oil in a neighbor’s car.
* help your friend build their shed, clean their garage or closets, etc.

A day together doing something someone else cares about:

* take a trip to the batting cages.
* go on a hike, with your camera and your photographer friend, you bring lunch.
* volunteer at their favorite charity.

A gift you made with your kids:

* simple scrapbook of time you’ve spent with the person you’re giving it to.
* photo album of your kids for a far-away family member.
* home-published story, written and illustrated by your kids. The time spent creating it is priceless to the recipient as well as the kids.

Ask “What do they like to do?” and make time to do it with them.


Biggest Little Cat House (and Dogs Too!) Adoption Event 10/15/2011

This Saturday! At the Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane, Reno!

15 OCTOBER 2011
11 a.m to 5 p.m.


* String of Pearls Cloggers (Noon and 1 p.m)

* Country Singing Due The Tributes (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

* Old West Magician Dean Hankey

* Free old time photos-costumes courtesy of The Menagerie Costumes

* Fun old west characters

* NHS Mascots Sheriff Lucky and Miss Hope

* Try your hand at blackjack

* Free refreshments

Artown 2011 ~ Reno, Nevada

We’ve been enjoying all the Artown concerts that have been going on downtown this month. Luckily for us, most of them are just a short walk along the river to get there.


Last night we went to First United Methodist Church to see Pat Esters. Sample of her music on napster ~ and a Sample from Amazon. She (and Roger on Sax/Flute, Peter Supersano on piano, Phil Jerome on bass) was WONDERFUL!

We listened to a Billie Holiday song (forgot to write it down…was just humming)
Chaka Kahn and Bruce Hornsby’s Love Me Still.
Gladys Knight ~ Neither One of Us
Manha de Carnaval ~ A Day in the Life of a Fool
Aretha Franklin ~ Until You Come Back to Me and Do Right Woman
Nancy Wilson ~ Guess Who I Saw Today
Benny’s From Heaven
Ella Fitzgerald ~ Miss Otis Regrets
Nat King Cole ~ L-O-V-E
Amazing Grace to the tune of House of the Rising Sun AWESOME!
Oh Happy Day

The next concert at FUMC is on July 19th ~ Bella Voce (outstanding women’s vocal group serenades us with songs of America). Then July 26th ~ Brassakwards Swing Band (Always entertaining, Larry Machado has plenty of surprises for you this year with this incredible swing band).

They also have a Quilt Show ongoing for the month of July. Monday-Friday 9am to 4pm in the church parlor and Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm. QUILTS THEN AND NOW by The First Quilters of the First United Methodist Church of Reno.

Also ~ Stained Glass Tour on Sunday July 24th from 11am-1pm.


Last week (July 5th) we went across the river to the Trinity Episcopal Church to the Pipes & Rails concert by the Carson City Symphony.

Nevada State March ~ J.P. Meder
Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra ~ Alexandre Guilmant
Great Crush Collision March ~ Scott Joplin
Ashford Celebration ~ Ralph Ford
Entrance of the Gladiators ~ Julius Fucik
Wabash Cannonball ~ arr. James McLeod
The Great Locomotive Chase ~ Robert W. Smith (AWESOME!!!!!)
Vocals for the next two was Olivia Hakel (great voice…fun songs!)
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe ~ Johnny Mercer & Harry Warren
Choo Choo Ch’Boogie ~ Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling and Milton Gabler
Semper Fidelis March ~ John Philip Sousa

The Trinity’s upcoming events are ~ July 19th, Toccata (The Orchestra & Community Choral Artists fo the Tahoe Area) with guest pianist Eric Koa. July 26th Lisa Vroman in concert. (These may cost about $10, but I don’t think they will turn you away.

Also EVERY FRIDAY AT NOON! FREE! Pipes on the River! July 15th, Angela Kraft Cross (organist from Congregational Church of San Mateo, Ca). July 22nd, John Renke (organist from Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Honolulu, HI). July 29th Gail Archer (organist, Director of Music Program Barnard College, NY).


Tonight at Wingfield Park is Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys! CAJUN music! I’m so ready for this one! :) This concert is part of the World Music Series.

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys set the standard for modern Cajun music with more than 20 years of playing together and a reputation for excellence. Complete with a button box warm crackling fiddle guitar and rhythm section that keeps the toes tapping the band revels with a hot two-step before turning on a dime to deliver an a cappella ballad. And it’s all combined with lyrics in 17th century French that’ll make you feel like you’re in the backwaters of Louisiana.

A Quilt for my work wall

My bestest, sweetest, most awesome friend, April, made me a quilt for my “new” office. I really can’t remember how it came about that she started making me the quilt…LOL!…but I love it. Very bright, very cheery, very April.

It’s from a pattern I saw on Connecting Threads…I made one out of Lila Tueller’s EDEN by just looking at the picture. April bought the pattern and did a much nicer job than I…”Oh look! Everything lines up!” She used Lila Tueller’s Santorini fabric line…Lila’s fabric is so flipping cheerful, eh?! The backing is from Lila’s Soirée line. She made a Flying Geese border by using a One Seam Method. It’s about 41″x52″…will cover a large chunk of my wall. :)

Now I just have to get that puppy up on the wall. I have two wooden quilt hangers that I brought in, but wanted to show them to my sister’s boss first (she’s woodworker and thought that she could probably make me a bunch more).