Saturday, August 27, 2011

She is here!!

We welcomed Cora Elizabeth Engelman last Friday morning very early!!  She is so tiny, compared to mine who were all over 9 lbs.  What an honor to be present at her birth!!  

Gazing into Mommy's eyes

A great head of hair, she weighed in at 6 lbs. and 11 oz.  what a little peanut!

I am still trying to find the words to express what it feels like to see your children having children.  Sometimes I just marvel that it has been so many years since I was in their situation.  What a miracle birth is, what a miracle watching your children bearing children.  Awe and wonder and pride seeing my daughters rise to the awesome task of birth, and watching them mother their own children.  I am so thankful to God for giving me such wonderful children.   

I am loving being a Grandmother!!  Loving watching my daughters be Moms!!  Loving watching my Grandchildren growing up.

Sophia is growing up and she and Cora are the best granddaughters ever!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Baby's Coming Soon!!

It has been a busy week here, trying to get my daughter Rachel's baby bedding done, cause this baby is coming soon!!!

Today I finished the curtains, I did not take a picture of them because they are just a rectangle of fabric with some ribbon trim.  When they are hung and the room is complete I will post some pictures along with some of "Baby E".  

The Quilt top is done.

I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I sort of made it up as I went along,  Log Cabin style, with a center that was not a square.  It was fun to be random, I am usually so afraid to stray from a pattern.

The pieces for the bumper pad are all cut, that is the next project.

Baby E may arrive before this gets done though...

While I was outside taking pictures of the quilt I got some of the flowers on my deck.  

Enjoy today!!


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Monday, August 8, 2011


 This weekend we went peach picking at Butternut Farm, not far from our house here in New Hampshire and right across the street from my father-in-laws home (which used to be one of the largest chicken farms in New Hampshire, back in the day when my husband's grandfather was a chicken farmer). Every time we head across Poor Farm Road towards  Meaderboro Road it seems as if we pass from our modern lives into a world much older, much slower and much more in touch with the land. It makes me want to be a farmer. But I am thankful that the Burnaps of Butternut Farm are doing all the work and we get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

We met Grandma and Grandpa there and thoroughly enjoyed walking through the orchard and searching for the ripest peaches. And now, we have fuzzy, fresh peaches sitting on our kitchen table, juicy and delicious waiting to be devoured!

Puppy in hand, ready to pick!
 The view is best from Daddy's shoulders.

Peaches for breakfast!
They won't be there for long!

If you live in the area, be sure to get up to Butternut for some amazing pick your own fruit. 


Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Legacy in Fabric

I was recently cleaning out a cupboard in my bedroom and I came across a bin of fabric I forgot I had.  Not just any fabric, but, fabric from my Grandmother's stash.  

My Grandma was a seamstress, crafter, and quiltmaker.  When she passed away my mom and aunt boxed up all of her stash and a few unfinished items and sent them to me.  I went through it all and boxed it up and put it in storage.  Finding this bin reminds me of her, and I hope to make some things for my grandchildren from these fabrics.

Most of the fabrics are small pieces that have "fussy cut" bits cut out.   She would take those fussy cut pieces and applique them to the baby clothes or aprons or other items she made.  They are mostly poly/cotton, but there are some that seem like percale and twill.  

Don't you love these frogs.

 Wild clowns and airplanes

I have clothes she made for me when I was a baby, a quilt she made for my wedding present, and a bin that has several quilt tops in various stages and made from various types of fabric.  I will post about those sometime soon.

I think about what will I leave behind for my daughters, I hope a legacy of sewing and quilting, and maybe a bin or two of fabric...


Somewhat Simple

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