Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away

What is it about girls and horses? I just completed my third horse quilt, with a fourth custom order for another. Don’t get me wrong. I very much appreciate the complimentary purchases. It’s just takes so darn long to complete. LOL.


The mustangs are sewn in a wild assortment of cotton scraps. The border and binding are sewn in pink as requested using Cotton and Steel’s “Penny Arcade X Dot” and “Honeymoon Porch.”  



Just in time for one little girl’s Christmas! Hope she enjoys snuggling up in this warm quilt.



Have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday! – – Joanne




Veterans Day for Students

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.  Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. —History.com

Living in a military town you can’t go very far before stumbling upon one of the bases. The majority of students who attend my school has one (if not both) parent in the military.  So, per tradition, today the school student-body walked over to the Veteran’s Day Parade on Atlantic Avenue. 


Replica of the USS Alabama


Then and Now Uniforms


WWII Dispatch Rider – Indian or Harley-Davidson?


Honoring ALL Service Members


Homeland Security – A Little Levity


Airmen, Virginia Air National Guard, 203rd Red Horse Squadron suffered one of the worst peacetime loss of life in the Virginia National Guard since WWII in 2001

By far, my parade favorites are the high school marching bands with their boisterous renditions.😀 I hope you enjoy this short collage of high school bands. There’s just something about hometown parades!


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Whether you commemorate Veterans Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday – thank you for your service.


With gratitude – – Joanne


History.com Staff. “Veterans Day Facts.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.

Non-Event in Virginia

On Friday, October 7, my school held it’s annual fall mile run event on the boardwalk.  A front was moving in from the west, coinciding with winds from Hurricane Matthew, which was curving east and heading out into the Atlantic.  At least, that was what the National Hurricane Center and our local weathermen were predicting.  The skies looked ominous, but not atypical of local frontal storms.  The students ran their mile with the wind slowing their times.


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blowing sand forming ridges

This “non-event” with a “maximum of two inches of rain” left part of our region with over 17 inches of rain, rivers cresting, hundreds of felled trees, hundreds of cars submerged, thousands without power for days, and business and school closures. Some are still dealing with cleanup. As I write this, there are 120 homeless people in Virginia Beach, alone,  as their homes were condemned due to flooding.


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Personally, my own neighborhood streets flooded, we cleared one felled part of a tree, pumped out our overflowing pool, were without power for two days, and tossed hundreds of dollars of perishable food.  I am thankful that we were the lucky ones.  Undoubtedly, North Carolina and Georgia, as well as other neighborhoods in Virginia Beach were hit much harder.

On a lighter note, little Tolly is now 6 months old, mischievous, learning a few commands, and turning out to be such a jolly little fellow.😀  This short video shows how much he loves to be playing outside, even in the windy, wet cleanup.

Thankful that November 1st marks the end of hurricane season – – Joanne






Garage Laundry Nook: Part 2

As a good portion of the U.S. has been sweltering in this unbearable heat; we’ve continued to work on the garage laundry nook area while taking many water and puppy breaks. Wait. What? May I introduce little Tollach, better known as Tolly, our 9-week old maltipoo puppy.


He’s a cutie, but when he naps we’re back in the garage.  A lot has happened in one week in our garage. The new wall has been taped and mudded, the cabinets and wet clothes hang drying area are installed, the ceiling and walls primed and painted. Isn’t it amazing how paint improves any area? 😉


We saved on costs by re-using the original shelving. The shelving was removed, reconfigured and reconstructed to produce several storage areas and a shelf behind the washer and dryer.  The framework for a utility sink to the right of the washer is in progress.


I spray painted old closet brackets for the wet clothes hang drying rods, which also upholds additional shelving. I am so happy to have the four laundry basket cubbies (it beats having wet beach towels thrown on the floor). The folding counter is framed in and waiting for the laminate countertop.


We considered and discarded adding a wall around the water heater and furnace. Space is too tight if ever a repair would be needed (Murphy’s Law, right?😀 ). The cement floor has also been subject to much debate. Laminate? Paint? After researching the necessary work involved, the decision was made to leave it as is.

We plan to work on the countertop and sink area this weekend. More to decide: shall I paint, stain or leave the exposed wood as is? 

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Garage Laundry Nook: Part 1

Memorial Quilts

I’ve never given much thought towards “memorial quilts” and what they might entail. I recently had the privilege to work on one for a colleague.  There wasn’t much to work with, very few outfits, as her sweet baby girl passed at four months of age many years ago.Baby_Memorial1

What a humbling opportunity. Although, I did not know this mother so long ago when this tragedy happened, working on this quilt was a little emotional for me. Each little smocked dress or printed sleeper has a story I am sure. 

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Garage Laundry Nook: Part 1

Most older homes, like our 1969 home, do not have laundry or mud rooms. The washing machine and clothes dryer are located in the garage. Not only is there something unpalatable about the cohabitation of delicate whites, lawn mowers and furnaces; but our garage had become a hoarder’s nest. We do not park our cars in the garage, so the decision was made to create a low-budget laundry nook area. 

We researched low cost ways to incorporate appliances, lots of storage, a utility sink, clothes hampers and a wet hang drying area. All in a small space. Reality check: We were not searching for “home-decor magazine-quality” laundry room plans . . . our space is in the garage!😉 Plus, it had to be budget friendly. We found loads of inspiration online:



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