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Thursday, August 25, 2011

WORK DAY at Sweet Nothings

It is cooler today...
96 degrees at noon
so I am working outside...
mowing...
watering...
patting and sweet-talking my little KNOCKOUT  rose bushes that have struggled so hard this summer..
and JUST LOOK..
after only ONE GLORIOUS RAIN,
I finally have a tiny bud...
 The day was so lovely that I decided this would be the perfect time to air quilts and such outside.
I have no clotheslines...
but I do have a couple of awesome vintage wooden dryers. ♥♥








THIS vintage wooden dryer was used
to dry herbs and flowers.

I got it years ago from an antiques store and I really love it because it folds flat when I'm not needing to use it.

I use it for airing things, mostly.

I keep telling Mr. Sweet that I don't really need a CLOTHESLINE
but.....?

 These two quilts were made by me several years ago..
I just love making quilts.. 
I love being able to make them in colors I really love.
It's making the quilt tops that I love doing..
not crazy about the quilting...but there's church groups here
that have quilting ladies...you just take your quilt there, get in line and take a number
I haven't done that yet but the last quilt I quilted on my mother's OLDEN Singer
ended with me saying, "NEXT time, I'm taking it to church.!"



I bought THIS olden dryer at a thrift store a couple months ago.
I have NO idea what it was used for..
♥  ♥  ♥
I just liked the looks of it and knew I could use it to
air my quilts and even pillows.

And, since it also folds flat, I can
stick them up in the attic..
or
better yet,
just slide them under a bed...

When I was a little girl, I was such a scardy-cat
and I was always afraid someone was hiding under my bed and was gonna "get me"...
"No one is under your bed, Jeanie, there's too
much stuff under there and there's not room for a person.", my mama would say....
♫♪..memories are made of this.....♪♪

I just kept turning the quilts all day so they could air and smell
sooo sweet when they go on our wintertime beds.
I just delight in having homemade quilts on my beds...
Just something that seems to calm the soul..
and warm the body AND spirit.





When I was growing up, my bed always had a soft and snuggly handmade quilt on it...
It's funny how things from your childhood that made you feel so safe and sound and loved, stays with you for the rest of your life.

To this day, when I crawl beneath a handmade quilt, flashes of my bedroom as a little girl, my mother sitting at her sewing machine...the canary bird that only sang when her sewing machine was busy, sewing....♥♥ I love you, Jeanie...now go to sleep...."

I love that I have such wonderful memories...
....pinks and blues and yellows and greens...
roses and plaids and florals and dots... 

   





This was a great day..
lawns, front and back mowed, edged, and water going with the sprinkler.


Quilts airing...




Time to go in for a nice cold drink..
98 degrees is still pretty hot for an olden woman to be doing physical labor..                                             



I KNOW it would be much better for me, after getting hot and working in the yard and getting hot
(yep...I did get hot)
if I would make myself a big ole glass of
                     LEMON WATER...

But...
I do so love MILK SHAKES...
and after working hard..I DESERVE a reward..
I NEED a reward...  
I just fill my glass full of 
chocolate...
strawberry...
vanilla ice cream...
add a capful of VANILLA...
fill with milk
and
SIT UNDER MY CEILING FAN
TURNED ON HIGH...!
and I am sooo happy.
TOMORROW...
I MUST do a little HOUSEWORK..
and you KNOW what they say about HOUSEWORK...
I love you guys...don't we have a LOT of fun together !
♫♪♪ YOU are my SUNSHINE... 
You make me happy when skies are gray....♪♪♫
LOVE AND KISSES,

28 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Your quilts are beautiful BJ! I will let you in on a little secret. I still think there might be someone under my bed, when I am the only one home! I still do that running, diving leap so the boogey man can't grab my ankles!

Vee said...

BJ, I'm so impressed by the quilts I'm nearly speechless. Glad that you had a good day for airing them out under the sun. 98F is terribly hot for me. Good thing we didn't have more than a few days of it. I couldn't live in Texas. Nope. Could not. Gotta scoot now before I think I should have a milkshake. ☺

Donnie said...

What beautiful quilts and I loved sharing a bit of time with you this evening. When we were having the drought here I washed my dishes, I have no dishwasher, in a pan and then threw the rinse water out on my roses and they loved it. I think it was some of the soap residue that they liked. Your milkshake sounded like a great way to chill out after all that heat. Take care.

Sarah said...

BJ, we had a bit of cloud cover today, so we didn't reach 100 for once. It was supposed to be 108, so very pleasant surprise. I worked in the garden much of the day too. Everything in the front garden is now pruned and hopefully will renew beautifully for fall.
Beautiful quilts!

Barbara F. said...

Oh BJ, this post was lovely, your quilts are amazing, selling any on Etsy? :o You do have the sweetest memories, I guess sweet people would have sweet memories! That milkshake looked yummy. xo

Holly said...

Each and every one of those quilts are so beautiful. I love to air dry mine too. I do have a retractable clothesline though so it's handy to pull out and use and then it just retracts and goes away. Everything dries so quickly here. I did a load of jeans today and it took about 8 minutes for them to dry. That's crazy! Enjoy that ice cream, you've been a busy lady and deserve it.

Sandy said...

Your quilts look wonderful hanging on the dryer... you did a lot of work on them I'm sure....
I did take something from your blog.. the sign that said "Take anything you want".. and I'm putting it up on my blog... I love it when anyone likes what I have..lol
Thanks so much
Sandy

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

No warts here! Love your quilts, 25 years ago Ma gave me a fold up drying rack and I still use and love it today:@)

Lori said...

Do you ever wash them? What do you use for detergent and how in a washer or the tub?

Linda Chapman said...

Ahhhhh....I heard the sound of R.A.I.N. I had forgotten what it sounds like! You have some beautiful quilts and I LOVE those racks! Glad you are getting a little relief from the heat. UNDER 100 makes a HUGE difference! I woke to the sound of thunder this morning but that was all we got.
: (

Debby said...

I sent you that rain you know. It was storming the other morning and I thought to myself.....please rain in Texas.....well not to myself. So glad it boosted your spirits. that is still too hot. The quilts are beautiful

NanaDiana said...

Your quilts are wonderful...beautifully done! I grew up with quilts too..in the summer we had very lightweight ones and in the winter we had a couple of REALLY HEAVY ones. Not sure now what Mother used for batting...but it was heavy.

I love hanging my clothes out on the line-especially the linens, sheets,etc.

Hope you have a wonderful Texas night- xo Diana

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love quilts! I would love to have one of those racks to air my quilts on!

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Man, you're something working out in this heat! We actually got a little rain today! Hallelujah!! :)
Now your racks are great and my mama used to call those diaper racks. I think it was because she must have hung my tiny :) diapers on them to dry!
Your quilts are so pretty! and you've got me to thinking about a coke float!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

TexWisGirl said...

i love the memories from your childhood of quilts and your mother sewing. :) wonderfulness! we had HEAVY homemade quilts in Wisconsin too - would weigh you down into bed at night. :) But we needed them.

and your milkshake? oh YUM! you earned it!

Pondside said...

Your quilts are so very pretty. I can just imagine how wonderful they smell after being aired. There's nothing like that smell!

Zondra Art said...

Amazing quilts and colors. I am impressed BJ!Thank you for sharing.

Have a nice weekedn dear, kisses:)

Kathleen Grace said...

I can't even imagine thinking 96 was a cooler day! It was in the
70's here yesterday! The quilts are so beautiful and there is just nothing quite like the sunshine and fresh air to scent linens. I have to laugh at you and Penny and the boogeyman under the bed. I always thought there was someone under the bed as a kid, couldn't let my leg hang off the bed because I was just sure I someone would grab it!

Zilly said...

Goodmorning again BJ, Here the weather is very very BAD-heavy rain!
It looks like the world has gone a bit crazy-to hot over there-to bad here. You been on the blog of my daughter-Sweet Zjaantje. My name is Sil. I am het mother. Didn´t know if you new that. But it´s no problem. Glad you came around. Wishing you a great day-xxx-Sil
By the way: I love you´re quilts. There is a lot of heart&soul in it!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Love your beautiful quilts, BJ! They always smell so fresh and clean they've been outside in the air. I can't imagine working outside in 96 degree weather. Our climate is so mild here in the Pacific NW and we complain like crazy if it gets up to 80 degrees too many days in a row.

Diann said...

I have been keeping an eye out for one of these drying racks. I love quilts too. I have made several quilts that I so cherish. And I love seeing quilts airing out in the yard. It is a sight that makes me smile! thank you for joining TTF and have a fun weekend!

alison said...

I've been following your blog since last summer and you have inspired me to start blogging! Thanks for all of the beautiful posts and great recipe ideas!

Really Rainey said...

Hi BJ! What a lovely post! I enjoyed the rain storm (sounds) too! Since we don't get those very often here in Phoenix...
Thanks for visiting today... and your right! Blogland has gotten huge! But i'm never too busy to visit a good friend like you... we have been in blogland together for a long time!
Take care there...
Love Rainey

Theresa said...

Oh I love quilts too, yours are gorgeous! I haven't made one but I helped my Mama when she made them MANY years ago!

Those dryers are perfect for airing things out, I will have to keep my eye out for one! I use the pool furniture:)

Enjoy your weekend dear BJ, HUGS!

Bunny Jean said...

I had one of those wooden drying racks way back when... 70's.

I have been looking and looking for another one... I guess I will have to go to an ANTIQUES store to find it :o)

xoxo Bunny Jean
@ Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my MAIN blog)

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

Love it! I'm craving that milk shake, girl! But mainly I am coveting your quilts, absolutely gorgeous, every single one. Wonderful to have good, safe, loving childhood memories.

Hugs,
Mary

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your quilts are beautiful, BJ, and look so lovely airing outside.

Stephanie Suzanne ♥ Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi BJ,

I lost a bunch of links in my dashboard when Blogger went down for a whole day several months ago. I've slowly been remembering who I need to find to link with again. Naturally, you are one of them! :0) So I'm gonna hit your follow list to be a follower again. I've started a new blog to focus on my crochet and sewing. I'd love for you to pop in for a visit and follow me. ♥

Pink Sparkles,
Stephanie Suzanne ♥