Barb Sackel – Rose Cottage Quilting

Musings of a quilting enthusiast

Seasons change….

November2

Last week we had a few nice days of Indian Summer. This is what I was doing….

Our Summer Living Room

Our Summer Living Room

I know what you are thinking….”Where is Barb and what is she doing?” In the summer we clear the vehicles out of the garage and create our Summer Living Room. We have some extra comfy chairs and a swing. And these we arrange around a double mattress that servers as an ottoman/coffee table. With the double wide garage door open, it provides us a great view of the yard, lets in the summer breezes, and basically gives us a place to chill out. It doesn’t take much to make us happy.

So let’s fast forward to this week. There is frost on the ground this morning, we had graupel coming down on Sunday on the poor trick or treaters; Winter is rearing its ugly head. So this is what I look like now.

Custom Rag Quilt

Custom Rag Quilt

This is a rag quilt I stitched together for myself with a couple of twists. It has a built in hood to keep my head warm, the sides flip over my arms to hold in the heat from the side, and the bottom is actually a pouch to slip my chilly toes into. It has an optional lap heater named “Murphy”. This is how you will find me on cold evenings. My hands are free to work on the binding of my latest project and I stay plenty warm. Take that Snuggie!!! I hope you are staying warm where ever you are!

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One last summer memory

October26

The true intention of a vacation for me is to go to that mental place of peace and serenity. Grant and I have favorite places in the country that, when you are there, the reality of life ceases to exist for a while.

Top of the list is Disney World in Florida. Now that is a happy place. We also get the peaceful feeling when we travel to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania where the Amish live. But this summer we decided to go to the Adirondack Mountains in New York. There is just something about going to the mountains to rejuvenate one self.

So what did we see? Well the Adirondacks are noted for Moose….but this was a little weird!

It's a Moose!

It's a Moose!

The Adirondacks are also noted for black bears. They are everywhere, real and fake.

These bears are friendly!

These bears are friendly!

Here we ate at a little outdoor BBQ. They had a live band and served plenty of lobster of all things.

"Hey Honey, do they grow lobsters in the mountains?"

"Hey Honey, do they grow lobsters in the mountains?"

We rented a pontoon boat and cruised Raquette Lake. It was just so beautiful and peaceful.

But the weirdest thing we saw….yes it is a polar bear!

"...and bears, Oh My!!"

"...and bears, Oh My!!"

We stayed in a cute little B&B and lo and behold, this guy was on the wall over our bed.

We did plenty of swimming in the clear lakes and sat and read our books. Yes, summer vacation was quite nice! I hope you too had a great summer vacation these past couple of months. If you’d like, share with me your favorite destination for peace and serenity!

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Summer is here at Sackel Park

July22

So the Dog Days of Summer are upon us. I was thinking that this morning when I was watching my dog Murphy sleep. It’s just too hot to do anything else. I have turned in another submission to Blank Quilting for my next fabric line. My latest fabric line for Blank is almost ready, I’ll post pictures as soon as I get them. And I have started to send in patterns to magazines that showcase my fabrics line…..but  when all is said and done, I have just enjoyed sitting on my swing and reading. Did I mention that I have been watching my weeds grow???

So here are some pictures of my gardens….weeds and all. Who can deny the growth of weeds when in the end they bloom into flowers as well?

I had some photos from this Spring when I was working in the beds. And I just took some new photos so you can see what the beds look like now.  It’s amazing what water and sun can do!

Click on any of the images to see them bigger.

This garden bed is in my front yard.

Front yard this Spring, this is the "real" me!

Front yard this Spring, this is the "real" me!

Front Garden as it looks now!

Front Garden as it looks now!


Check out the front of the house, this is another “before and after.”

Front of the house in April

Front of the house in April

Front of the house now!

Front of the house now!

And here is the back yard.

Our backyard in all its summer glory.

Our backyard in all its summer glory.

Isn’t this rock in the picture below beautiful? That was my Mother’s Day present from Marie and Rich…..I love rocks….and I got another one for my birthday. Rich could hardly lift it!!! Keep them coming kids!!!

My Mother's Day present...a rock!

My Mother's Day present...a rock!

Bird Diner

My diner for the birds is coming along well. The deer keep coming up from the woods and cleaning me out of seed….but then again…what am I to do???

This is what my “diner” looked like in the Spring.

My "Bird Diner" in the early Spring

My "Bird Diner" in the early Spring

And here is the new and improved diner under construction. We decided to put pavers around it to keep the bird seed from sprouting in the lawn!

Removing the sod.

Removing the sod.

Adding the sand.

Adding the sand.

Laying the stones.

Laying the stones.

Hey birds, come and get it!

Barrett checking out the workmanship.

Barrett checking out the workmanship.

The Diner at Sackel Park is now open for business!

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“Mr. Coconut, can I come in please?”

May3

If you follow me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/barb.sackel –> shameless plug), you will have seen this post last week “Yesterday, hubby and moi went to a very posh grocery store just for fun. I saw Truffles…$399. a pound. They juiced Tangerines right in front of you…yum and I bought a coconut. Does anyone know how to get into a coconut?”

Yup, I bought a coconut. I got a boat load of suggestions on how to get into it, but finally settled on what my Facebook buddy Jen Eskridge had to say:

“My parents always used a drill, then a hammer.”

Got it…a drill and a hammer. There’s one slight problem…I not that handy with non-sewing type tools. So I called in my team. My husband Grant and my Dad were the surgeons. My Mom and I assisted.

The surgical team assembled in the operating room...Grant, Mom & Dad

The surgical team assembled in the operating room...Grant, Mom & Dad

We got the patient comfortable on the operating table.

The patient on the operating table.

The patient on the operating table.

Let the operation begin. You never knew DeWalt made surgical equipment, did you?

Drilling into the patient. No anesthesia required!

Drilling into the patient. No anesthesia required!

Now it was time to, um, drain the patient. Ewwwww….now that sounds just icky when you think of the coconut as a patient. It makes me sound like a vampire or something.

Draining the um, nectar from the patient.

Draining the um, nectar from the patient.

Time to taste! I was voted the “tasting technician.” It was a little shocking at first, a bit oily with a nutty aftertaste (I make it sound like a fine, wine, don’t I?). I’m wondering how Gilligan and mates survived so long on that island with coconut juice as a mainstay.

Interesting taste…..

Interesting taste…..

Enough tasting, it was time to finish the procedure. Dr. Dad secured the patient in a vise.

Applying persuasive pressure on the patient.

Applying persuasive pressure on the patient.

Not a bad job Dr. Dad! The patient was now ready for the final part of the procedure, the HAMMER!!!

“Dr. Dad took the hammer and gave the coconut 40 whammers.” (Apologies to Lizzy Borden)

“Dr. Dad took the hammer and gave the coconut 40 whammers.” (Apologies to Lizzy Borden)

The patient is, ah, cured! Yeah, that’s it! Cured!

Cured!

Cured!

So, that’s how this surgical team cracked the coconut and” saved” the patient! Now the next question is, what the heck do I do with it??? Macaroons anyone?

The final result!

The final result!

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