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Monday, December 27, 2010

Old El Paso Giveaway

Want to win a
Old El Paso “Family Taco Night” prize pack which includes a packet of original Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, a Cactus Chip & Dip Serving dish, a set of 3 Fiesta Chili Pepper serving dishes and a $10 gift card to purchase your taco fixings.
 go to Nanbon's Corner and enter to win.
Drawing will be held on January 10, 2011

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

In Loving Memory of our Shy Guy

In loving Memory of our Shy Guy,
 who passed away
Monday, December 20, 2010
Shy Guy was born in this house to Shania 10 years ago.. He was the first puppy to be sold from the litter of 4 by a man I worked with, he would be his wife's birthday present. But when she came to see the puppy she decided she liked the other little boy. Shy was then chosen and purchased by a friend and she took him home, but brought him back three days later due to problems with her grandmother.. My husband had already decided to keep Miss Sis from that litter, but I told my husband that Shy was sold twice and both times he came back to me.. I took it as a sign that I was supposed to keep this precious little boy with me, so Shy became part of our family. He was a very shy little boy, When he was a puppy I always had a time finding him for he would hide.. He hid behind the drapes, he hid in the shelving unit by the desk, he hid under the curio cabinet and one day after looking in all his normal hiding places I started to panic as the tiny puppy was missing and I had no clue where to find him.  I called and called and called and found all the other puppies, but no shy... That is the day he got his name Shy Guy... I did finally find him, he had crawled in the back of my husbands recliner and fallen asleep, if the Velcro hadn't look strange I might not have found him then. He was snuggled in the sling of the back and was sound asleep.
Shy has given us so many wonderful moments to remember and I will cherish them all.
 I had been getting myself ready to lose his Sister as she has cancer and I keep putting off having her put to sleep, but now as long as she is pain free she will be here, she will make the decision when to join Shy. Mariah the other Maltese in the photo has a really bad heart and we had expected her to pass a long time ago, you see she has a PDA heart that the Vet says is really bad. They told us she wouldn't live to be 6mos old.  So I have been waiting for the day she won't be with us.  OH did I mention she is now 9 years old, We never told her she was sick, so she acts like a healthy dog and the vets are amazed by her.
Shy's passing was unexpected, and something I wasn't ready for, he was the healthiest of the Maltese dogs and he went so fast.
Shy is the little boy in the middle, and yes he is smiling... something my hubby taught him to do.. If there was something missing or I found something like flowers from my craft room in the middle of the living room floor, all I would have to do is ask who took it and Shy would just smile, YEP he would be the guilty party. If you got out the camera and said smile, he would show his pearly whites..
Shy Guy 
 Thank you for all the wonderful times you have shared with us. Thank you for staying by my side when I was sick, Thank you for providing warmth on those cold winter nights. Thank you for making us laugh. Thank you for being my friend.. My dear sweet boy you will be dearly missed in this house,

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Quilts are finally done

Mel picked up the bookmarks, books, tote bags, eyeglass cases and cards this past weekend to take to the nursing home. Plus I just finished the 7 quilts that will also make the journey to Century Care Center for Christmas Delivery. It took some time, but they are finished and I am tired and ready to hibernate. The reason I want to hibernate... Let me tell you.... I moved to Florida to enjoy the sunshine and warm temps of the area... and for most part we have mild temps here.  There has even been times that the kids came over for Christmas in shorts... BUT not this year...It is cold, really cold... My ponds are freezing over and that is a first. So I think I will turn the electric blanket on and crawl into my comfy warm bed and leave a note on the door that I don't want to be disturbed until the spring thaw... think it will work.....

OK now back to the reason for this lovely post... without further ado the quilts.

 Roses and Ribbons Cancer Quilt.. This quilt had CCS Roses and embroidered lilac ribbons *(symbol of all cancers)  This quilt will go to a cancer patient

                                                                     Floral Beauty Quilt

                                                                           Flower Quilt

                                                          Hat Quilt, this is one of my Favorites

                                                                 Playing Card Quilt

                             Roses and Fans Cancer Quilt  This is the second quilt for a cancer patient

And just so the back of the quilts are not forgotten, here they are

All these quilts are a group effort, the ladies from The World of Charity Stitchers lovingly stitched the designs and then sent them to me, I in turn made them into these lovely quilts.  And yes I do stitch as well, I have one square in the Angel Quilt, two squares in the Rose and Fan Quilt and Two Squares in the Playing Card Quilt.
My Charity quilt total for this year is 14 quilts, plus numerous tote bags, and eyeglass cases.
Most of the quilts I make are delivered to a nursing home or cancer patients, but I have sent one to a three year old heart patient in TX. Plus the totes went to a abused women and children's shelter.
I provide my own fabrics and my supplies of fabrics are what I can find at yard and church sales.
If any of my quilting friends have fabric they would like to donate to my cause you can send me your unwanted fabrics, I could sure use it. Also if you have any Accuquilt Dies that your don't want I would love to give them a good home, as Santa is bringing me a Accuquilt GO for my Christmas Present this year. I can not wait to start using my GO, it should make my charity quilting go much faster.
Merry Christmas to one and all

Saturday, December 11, 2010

One World One Heart Event will be here soon

Once again Southern Style will be participating in the One World One Heart Blog Event.  The event is for bloggers only, for more information stop by The Whimsical Bohemian web site for the rules on the event. Last year there were over a thousand sites that participated in the event. There will be bloggers to meet, web sites to explore and prizes to be won.... I don't know what Southern Style will offer but you can bet it will be something crafty... I am a little sad as Lisa said this will be the last year for the event.. She does deserve a big hand for putting on this event..She works so hard to make it work and make sure everyone stays within the guidelines and has a good time. Plus she is a wonderful artist who offers her work at the event.. To find out more information and the rules of the event go to The Whimsical Bohemian

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Catching up: GO. PIF. PUPPY. Charity Quilts, ETC

I have been trying my best to get caught up on all the things I have in the works... Tonight I quilted two of the quilts for Century Care Center and it looks like that is what I will be doing all week. I have 7 that I am trying to get finished so they can be delivered to the center.  There is also a box of goodie bags, eyeglass cases, book marks, books, and cards that will be delivered as well.  I think Peggy will be delivering 30 tote bags to a abused women and childrens shelter from our group. WOCS has been really busy and we have had a wonderful year with all the donations we managed to produce.

I also want to let you all know that my GO has made it safe and sound.  The lady from JoAnn's  mailed it on a Monday and I had it the next day.. BUT I have been good and I only opened it long enough to look at it and show it to my husband.  He told me it needed to be wrapped, I think not... But with all that is going on, I won't get the chance to try it out until later... But it is here and I am Ohhhh and Ahhhh over the dies... So if you have a source for the dies at a really good price, Please let me know.

The main purpose for this post was to show you the wonderful bag I recieved in the mail.  I haven't had time to post about it till now..  This past summer I participated in a Pay it Forward giveaway... I think it was the beginning of November when my gift showed up and I needed to wait until the other two ladies recieved their bags, after all I didn't want to spoil the surprise..  The Pay It Forward worked like this,,, my name was selected, and I would recieve a gift made be Marj... in turn I would select three people to send a gift I made to them and they would select three and so on and so on... The gifts I sent varied as I made them from what I learned from each lady.  Here is the gift I recieved from Marj..
Marj made me a lovely purse, and inside I found a appointment book, a tape measure, a quilt pattern and a box of Chocolates... 
Have you been to Marj's site, it is the Eclectic Quilter, I visit her site quite often as she always has something in the works... Her quilts are just beautiful, she is always working on different patterns.. She also makes these purses and I noticed in a past post she made them and gave to her family and friends.. You should see the quality of Marj's work, it is stunning..  My Pay it Forward was fun.... but now I am into the mug rug swaps on my Yahoo group, CafeMoms...

 I also made Mug Rugs for my Mother In Law, I bought a group of Christmas Mugs, filled them with Hot Chocolate mix and Teas, added some candies, put the Mug Rug around the Mug and wrapped in Tulle and tied with a bow.  She will be giving these to her friends, and family this holiday season..
So these boxes are ready to ship along with the Christmas Cards.. a quick trip to the post office and off they go.

Puppy Update:
All the puppies have been sold so there is no more pitter patter of little feet around the house.. They were fun but I was ready for them to go, after all the longer they are here the more attached I get.. 

Foot Update:
I did have another appointment with the foot doctor last week and I broke down and asked for the second injection in the foot. Not that I really wanted to go through that again, but the foot just isn't healing this time. I am doing a combination of Meds, injections, stretching exercises and Ice and it is just not getting better... But I think the last time I had this problem it took three injections before they worked....  

Saturday, November 27, 2010

News Flash!! The GO will be on the move Monday

WOOOO HOOOOO    I am doing the happy dance here, It took me awhile and quite a few phone calls, but a GO has been found, purchased and will be shipped Monday.... I am dancing, dancing, dancing...
I might be a little early on this celebration, after all the GO is not yet here, and with the way my luck was running it might get lost en route and end up in Alaska somewhere... NO< NO> I will not think of such a thing, my go will leave Panama City Monday and I should have it in my hands before the end of the week.  I am so excited... Thank You Rascal, Roxy, Sissy and of course my wonderful husband Sean...
Why am I thanking my dogs, you ask.... Well, lets say Rascal gets a little sporty now and then.. and needless to say the population increased at the house... Well, the puppies are ready to go, a ad was placed and they are selling really quickly this weekend... which meant I had the extra money to purchase the GO. Hubby said order it and I did...
After all my hassles with the JoAnn's web site and not getting any response from any Representative of JoAnn's, I blogged about my site problems, posted on the JoAnn's site and the Accuquilt site. I received advice in emails from my quilting friends who had read the posts.  I followed their advice and I called my local JoAnn's store, told the girl my story, she said they didn't have any more GO's left, but the girl took the time to check to see what other store had the GO's still in stock... Panama City store listed three, I got the phone number and I called that store, talked to the girl, she said there might be one left as they sold some today.... Sue Harrison came on the line and the answer was one, they had one in the store.... that's all I want is one.  Sue asked if I would be picking it up.... NO  I live three hours away, please ship it to me.... She was a little worried about the shipping but I talked her into it... SO She would call back when she had the paperwork ready and was at the front of the store... SHE DIDN'T CALL, and DIDN'T CALL and I started to get worried that there was a problem, so after awhile, I called the Panama Store again, and it was Sue who answered the phone.  She didn't forget about me, she was getting all the paperwork together... WHEW, big load off my mind..  OPPS another glitch, her register wasn't taking the shipping charge *yes I had to pay shipping charges even though the web site offered free shipping*  She said she would again call back and she did.  Only took a few minutes to make the transition, but it is now paid for and will be on its way... I am keeping my fingers, legs, arms, eyes and anything else I can cross crossed just to keep the jinx monster away...and hoping that my GO will make it here safe and sound... 
I am a little disappointed with the JoAnn's site and all the problems they have an that it is the customer who has to do a follow up. I am disappointed that I had to pay shipping charges which I wouldn't have paid if the site was working.... But I am pleased with the employees who are answering the phones in the Pensacola and Panama City Stores... I know they put up with a lot, but they have helped me so much when I had problems with the web site and trying to order and yes this is not the first time the site and I were at odds.  But to the ladies at JoAnn's and especially to Sue Harrison... Thank you for all you do.. You ladies are the reason I still shop the store...  OH, and if you are wondering if Corporate offices will know about this ordeal, OF COURSE... I always let corporate know what is going on in their stores and web sites... If you don't tell them how will they ever know what needs fixing... I email Corporate offices all the time..and I do get responses from them for the most part, you do if the company cares about their customers...
Have a great day, I will now that my bad luck streak seems to have come to an end...
Now on to look for dies...
Nana Bonnie

Accuquilt Go! Cutter is gone

I must be doing something terribly wrong or I have no luck at all. You all know how much I want the Accuquilt Go Fabric Cutter but the price has just been way to high for our budget $349. to be exact, plus there is the cost of the Dies and they can be $29. to a hundred or so .. I have in the past year entered every GO contest I could find with no luck... You can imagine my total delight when I spotted the ad for JoAnn's Fabric that they will have the Go cutter for $199.  that is a savings of $149....WOW, I can do that, and the time was right, The puppies were to the age they could be sold and the money would go to pay for my GO, which would be so helpful to me as I am making my charity quilts.... I was ready, all set, yesterday I went into the JoAnn's Fabric site and YES there it was my machine.  I put one in my cart and oh no, problem #1 Hubby was at work and he had the credit card, which meant I would have to wait till he got home... NO problem..  I waited and when he came home, I again went to the JoAnn's Site, Now let be back track a little here, Thanksgiving Day I went to the site and saw the problem screen, JoAnn's have in the past had major problems during their online sales.  OK that being said, jump back to the story... So Hubby is home, I go to the site and there it is the dreaded problem screen... I keep trying and finally I get in, I headed straight to the GO page, click the buy button, and there it is, in my cart, but wait there is a $17.00 shipping charge..OK now I know I saw the free shipping for totals over $75.00. The GO is in my cart and safe and I head out looking for the code for free shipping, after all that will save me $17.00.  Then it happened, the site started to freeze, then it shut down,,,, NO< NO<  I hurry and type in the JoAnn's address and NO, I just can't believe this is happening, there it is the web site down page... so I close the page and try and try again.  I am determine to order my GO....  Finally, success  I am back on the site, but wait, my cart is now empty, where did my GO, go..... OK, no big problem, go to the GO page and once again put it into my cart.  BUT WAIT,  NO, NO, NO,  I can not believe this is happening,.... my GO, the page says the GO is no longer available....WHAT, I was just there, I had it in my cart, OK is this a conspiracy against my buying a GO, was this sale just to good to be true. So thanks to a glitch in the JoAnn's site, I don't get my GO....  I wonder about the JoAnn's site, this happens everytime they have a sale, the last time it was with the Simplicity Bias tape maker... Oh and just for those who wonder why I didn't just go to the store...Well the GO cutter was a online only sale....and I am not the only person who has problems with the site, just go to their facebook page and there are lots of complaints about them. One day JoAnn's might just get wise and either get a web master who can keep their site up and running or when the have a sale hold it in the store only and forget about the web site sales. Either way JoAnn's needs to really look into their web site, they are making so many of their customers unhappy, and when your customers are unhappy they will bash your site and that causes you to lose customers.... I shop at JoAnn's all the time, but if this continues, I will go down the block and shop Hobby Lobby or make the short trip to Michael's or AC Moore, after all who needs the stress the JoAnn's site is causing, not me..... So unless Santa got into the site and managed to order a GO before the Glitch, then I am not getting the GO under my tree this year.....

Friday, November 26, 2010

Its Over,

Thanksgiving is now over, Once more dinner was a total success..... there was mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls with sweet butter, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, a butter pecancake and of course the main attraction, Mr. Tom Turkey....
As I was making the dinner, I thought of past Thanksgivings, the successes and the not so successful ( year I burned my hand with the gravy comes to mind, spent hours in the ER).. I thought of all the family recipes that have been handed down generation to generation.... Case in point is the stuffing recipe... This recipe came from my Nanny, who got it from her Mother... When I was little I would watch as my Nanny made the stuffing for the bird.  The night before she would do all her prep work for the big day. The smell I remember the most was when she would Sauté the onions and celery in butter, she would add salt and pepper and the aroma would fill the house. She would take white bread and tear it into cube sizes, pour the onions, celery, and butter over the bread cubes, then add eggs and mix. It might be a simple recipe but it was so good.   Back then it was OK by their standards to stuff the bird the night before, and sit it in the refrigerator.  Early the next morning Nanny could be heard putting the bird in the oven... She would rub the bird with butter and slow roast it till golden brown.  My Nanny never used a written recipe, She only had one cookbook in the kitchen and I never saw her use it. She would cook and bake from memory... My Mother was the same way, she could make just about anything without a recipe book, I think the only thing my mother made from a recipe book was cookies.  I learned from these wonderful ladies, I learned that some of the best recipes are past on from watching and helping... When my son and step children were little I would take the extra time to have them help me with dinner. Today all the kids know how to cook and bake, thanks to the time they spent by my side... Yesterday my son called me and he was making the turkey for dinner, It was funny as he said he was making my stuffing. No there isn't a written recipe for the stuffing , just a memory of a wonderful family tradition past on from generation to generation... I just hope one day my grand daughter will be making the stuffing and her child will be watching and keeping the tradition going. Take that extra few minutes and let your children help you in the kitchen, remember Memories last forever....

Black Friday,  NO I did not get up before the sun to go and shop, I don't know of anyone who did.  But I know there were crowds at the mall and stores just waiting for the special deal.  I hope all the shoppers got the deals they went for and that this years Black Friday was a safe one for the shopper's and the employees.... After all even the biggest discount isn't worth someone getting hurt for..  As for me, if I want the deals, I might just shop on line, no lines to wait in, no pushing and shoving, just my machine and me....

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey Day

Turkey Day
Cranberry Glazed Turkey Recipe
Courtesy of
If this bird looks good you can go to the Butterball web site for the recipe. Don't forget if you have a question or a problem that needs solved regarding your Holiday Turkey, go to for all your Turkey answers... 

Turkey Day is right around the corner, and I just can not believe that it is upon us already.  Didn't we just watch the fireworks on the 4th...  I am ready for the Turkey and all its fixing's, Stuffing, Mashed Potato's, Sweet Potato's, Corn, Cranberry Sauce, Biscuits, and of course Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream, there is also a Butter Pecan Cake hanging out in the fridge.  Yes, I think I will be ready.... I baked the cake yesterday, baking pumpkin pie today, Cleaned the turkey *had to make sure this guy was defrosted because we just picked him up Sunday* I made the stuffing and it is now sitting in a bowl waiting to stuff the bird tomorrow... YES I think I am ready, and while the Turkey is roasting tomorrow DH and I will be watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade....

What will you be doing on Thanksgiving Day... Our original plan was to go out to dinner, Hubby said I didn't need to cook, that I could take it easy this year and he would take me out.  I almost went for it, but then I remembered all the years we made the trip to our parents house for Thanksgiving and when we returned home the fridge was bare...I like the left overs, nothing better then raiding the fridge and finding all those containers with the little treasure locked inside. So I declined my day out and I AM COOKING... We will have our dinner watch the parades, and find a good holiday movie.  We always try to find A Christmas Carol to watch and if it isn't on we will pull one of our many versions to watch... I also love the Miracle on 34th street and It's a wonderful life... Classic Holiday Movies
I am still working on the Lap quilts for the nursing home, I have six just about ready and they will be delivered before Christmas, I know those will be appreciated...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tiny bit of Christmas

As you all know by now the Christmas Quilt Show is in full swing, beautiful quilts and other things for you to see.  There is a list on SewCalGal's blog for all the entries in the show. Just click on the link and you are taken to their blog and their wonderful entries.
And so with out further is my Teenie, Tiny Little Entry.......

My Little Christmas Table Runner
Beautiful Christmas fabrics with a touch of gold
quilted areas are done with embroidery machine designs
and accented with fancy machine stitches

This little Table Runner along with a Cranberry scented candle
 will be heading to my Mother in Laws house for her Holiday Table Decor

The Back of the Table Runner

I wanted to enter a quilt or a wall hanging, but time just slipped away this year and before I knew it the show time was here and I didn't have anything to enter. So last night I whipped up this little Table Runner. I am so glad I have the embroidery machine as this runner is quilted with embroidery quilt designs and fancy machine stitching, super fast and easy.
 Darlene puts so much effort into her shows and I wanted to support her effort by having something entered.

I had gotten this wall hanging kit this past year at This and That Fabrics and I had hoped to enter it, but as you can see it never got done.

I have this wall hanging panel all ready to be quilted, but alas it too is not finished, but it might get done in time for Christmas.

Then there is the sad part, ALL these beautiful Christmas Fabrics that will once again will go into storage because I didn't get around to using them this year. Poor little kids.....

But I do have a genuine excuse on not getting my Christmas Projects done. I quilt for a charity group and I currently have just finished 4 tops which are now waiting for quilting, and I have another two that I am hoping gets finished in time for this years December Delivery.  I hope you enjoy my little entry in the Christmas Quilt Show. 
Enjoy the Show
and to visit all the other entries you can use the icon on my side bar or follow this link

UPDATE:  I have been to each and every site on the list, if you haven't take the time to visit these sites, well then you really need to just go and visit them.  There are some fabulous quilts, some pieced, some applique, some scrap, some whimsical,  some new quilters, some expert quilters, all sharing their work. These quilter's have all done a fantastic job. If you have a Christmas Quilt, take a picture and enter it in the show there is still time, join the fun and get a chance to win some great prizes.  Heck I am lusting over the FQ's SewCalGal and some others have donated to the prize list, oh and there are EQ software, tools, patterns, books the  list just goes on and on..
Hope to see ya there.
Nana Bonnie

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Whew!!!!!! Puppies can wear you out

Remember those sweet little puppies I posted about.... WELL, They are surely making me old before my time.  The boys have a playpen in the living room were they spend the day and they are just fine.  However they sleep in our bathroom at night and at times they wake us up with their playing. Open the door and it is just like a horse race.. The two boys are off and running.
The sweet little girls no longer sleep in the back room with their Mom as they have learned how to escape from that pen, so they now sleep in the main bathroom and like the boys are off and running when the door opens.  The girls have a little makeshift pen in the living room and I might as well not even bother putting them in it.  The minute I turn my back they are up and over the little fence.  So I tried switching the pens, putting the girls in the playpen and the boys in the other one.  Well the boys stay put but the girls, Let's say I think they are part monkey and being that the playpen is about three foot tall I am afraid they might get hurt if they climb out.
Today was bath day for all the puppies and they did rather well.  The boys had been to the vet the other week and got their health certificate so they are ready to go.  The girls will be going next week for their appointment and then they will be ready for their new homes.  I will be so glad to see them go, all I do is change puppy pads, get them food and water, chase them all over the house, get them more food and water, fresh puppy pads, more chasing, and then they sleep for a little while, but then more food, more water, more pads, more chasing... I tell you it is worse then having a two year old running around the house... So keep your fingers crossed that they will soon find new homes and I will get some needed rest.  Puppies are advertised and we have had many responses on the girls, but the poor boys haven't had anyone ask about them yet.

Just for your information  SEWCALGAL's Christmas quilt show is in full swing and there are some really pretty quilts to see, I just started on the list and haven't seen them all yet.  So stop by her site, you can used the Christmas Quilt button on my side bar and support these ladies and their beautiful quilts, after all you might just get a few ideas of your own....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Relief and my Saturday

I am so lucky, I went to the foot doctor expecting to get another of those injections in my heel and I was so relieved to get the news that he wasn't going to stick me... YEA...  Since the heel is doing much better, the doc decided to just do the strapping of the foot, add a wedge to my inserts and see how that helped, plus still doing the exercises and ice. 

Saturday we also got to head out and visit some yard sales, DH somehow managed to have the day off (he has been working overtime on weekends). We spent the entire day just around our little town, there were so many yard sales really close to home and we hit some really good ones. One place I bought a large box of fabrics for a dollar, plus lots of sewing notions that were in big baggies and priced at .25. Another place I bought some sewing items and the woman gave me a box of fabrics, she was ready to close up and wanted things gone. These fabrics will end up in my charity quilts, they are now being washed, dried, ironed and stored for future projects. I love shopping at yard sales and sometimes you find the best deals.

We also stopped at a estate sale and sometimes these sales just make me so sad. I get strange feelings when I go into a Estate sale home and start looking around, I think of the past owners and wonder where they are and why are their things being sold. I think of how they must have spent many hours purchasing these items and how upset they would be to have strangers going thru the things they loved. I think of the lady who picked out the fabrics and had planned on making something special but never got to start the project. She might have started a quilt and never finished, like my Mom did. To get through the feelings I think that I am helping that lady by buying her items and finishing them. The items won't go to where she planned they would go, but they will either be loved by my family or they will be donated to a senior somewhere and I am sure they will bring a smile.

We also stopped at some craft shows where I got some great ideas for new crafts. I bought a new towel for my stove, you know the kind where they knit the tops and it buttons over the stove handle. I did check out some of the quilts that were bring offered for sale, some were beautiful, some were just thrown together and there were some I would have ripped out and started again.  So lots of candles, soaps, jewelry, paintings, sewn items, knitted items, wood items and Christmas items were offered for sale, some good, some not, but it was fun and I love getting new ideas and visiting these crafty ladies.

We did stop by the grocery store on the way home and I was so tired and lazy and really didn't feel up to cooking when we got home. So I bought Hormel's Apple glazed pork chops and Bob Evans mashed potato's that I found in the meat section. Normally we don't like this pre cooked type meals as they just have a strange flavor or texture, but I was willing to give it a try.  I followed the directions, which were really easy. Remove cardboard sleeve, micro wave 4 minutes, let sit for 2 and then serve.  So how was dinner you asked.   REALLY GOOD, I was so surprised.  The pork chops were tender, juicy and had the wonderful apple glaze on them, the mashed potatoes were almost as good as real mashed potatoes, much better then the box kind.  I prefer real mashed potatoes, will make the box type if I am in a hurry, but now I have another choice and that is the deli style ones.  I will be buying these items again, Dinner cost $ 8.00 for the two of us last night so I would say that is a pretty good value as well, plus we had leftover mashed potatoes and corn, DH finished off the pork chops. 

Only problem  with my day was I think I over did it with all the walking, as last night it was hard to walk on that foot again. I broke down and late last night took my pain meds and went to bed. I really hate the pain meds as the next day I feel like I am walking in a fog all day, but it was necessary.

I am still in my blue phase, but I am more like a light blue now rather then the dark blue I was feeling the other day.  I need to get back to being in the pink again, oh and a special thanks to my friends who sent emails trying to cheer me up, loved the jokes... Thanks... 

Special notice, check the Nanbon's corner site next week as I will have a giveaway listed, I don't know what just yet, but I will get it posted after I decide and get some pictures taken..

Nana Bonnie

Wednesday, November 10, 2010



I am blue, not the color but the feeling and I just don't know why.

I might be blue because two weeks have past and I now have to go back to the foot doctor tomorrow and possible  get another shot in the heel, and as you may recall I HATE NEEDLES and they hurt.

I might be blue because Winter is on its way and that means cold and I don't like cold weather. Cold outside and you have to have the heat on which just dries everything out including my skin.

I might be blue because the holidays are fast approaching and I have nothing done and to be truthful at this point I think I will cancel Christmas until a later time, I just can not get in the mood.

I might be blue because hubby has been working every Saturday, which is our normal out and about day. Maybe I am not blue, maybe I just have a case of cabin fever????

I might be blue because the bathrooms and my bedroom still needs to be finished, I am so tired of looking at the unfinished mess

I might be blue because I have entered every Accuquilt Go! fabric cutter giveaway I can find and I still haven't won one and I sure could use one with all the charity quilts I need to finish.

I might be blue because I haven't won anything lately....OH right you have to enter to win and I just don't have a interest in entering the contests.  I also haven't hosted a giveaway in awhile either. SEE something is really wrong when I don't do the contests because they really make me happy when I win.

I might be blue because Mel and the kids decorated the house for Halloween and we only had three groups of kids show up trick or treating.

I might be blue because the two boy puppies are ready to leave us, and in two weeks the 4 girls will be ready to go.  NO that is not why I am blue, might be because I am so tired of cleaning up after these little ones and they are just so spoiled, MY FAULT well almost my fault, hubby helped in the spoiling.

I don't know why I am Blue, but I am, I want to cry and I don't know why. I want to just go back to bed and cover my head until these feelings go away. Well that ain't gonna happen, the dogs get me up early and there are just to many things that need done during the day. Besides I hate wasting my time just sleeping my life away.

But enough of my being Blue, just so you don't feel blue too, here are some pictures to make you smile, enjoy....
The Girls
   6 week old Maltese/Pomeranian puppies

The Boys
  8 week old pomeranian puppies

Thursday, October 28, 2010

More Needle Trama

I thought I was done with needles for the week, but I forgot that we had planned on getting our flu shots, Sean's B-12 and having my blood work done for the heart doc. So we got up early and drove to the doctors office. I went to check in while DH parked the car, and surprise, there wasn't anyone in the room, I was checked in right away, so off to the lab, and again no one in line so that was fast and easy *but I still don't like needles*. we then headed to the Doctor's office for our flu shots and found out they didn't have any left. Kind of upset me as I had called this week to make sure they would have the vaccine.  So we sat and waited for the nurse to come and give DH his B-12 shot. After waiting and waiting  and waiting some more we decided to leave and do that injection on another day.  I really wanted to get the flu shots out of the way and told DH to stop by Walgreen's and we would get them there *second needle for the day,  and it didn't hurt at all, But I still don't like needles*  So we are done and hopefully I am done with needles for a couple of months or so, as I really *Don't Like NEEDLES*  Sitting at home this afternoon, watching my first stick site turn black and blue and feeling the second stick site starting to get sore, I get a phone call from my heart doctor's office. Seems the lab called them and my potassium level is really low. Which means I need to stop the OTC potassium and pick up a RX for a strong Potassium and start is right away.  Then comes the traumatic moment, Doc wants blood drawn next week to see if the level is rising... That means more needles,  I HATE NEEDLES and I just can not get away from them. I just know I am going to start having nightmares of giant syringes chasing me.  need

Just a little help needed

Jen at In One Ear is having a giveaway for a $10.00 Starbucks Gift Card. Now I know Jen really well, she is family and for her to give up a gift card to her favorite place is so unusual. There is a catch to enter her giveaway, you see there is a contest going on for best costume and Jen's two youngest children are entered. So you need to go and vote for #7 Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. Jen put a lot on work into these costumes and the kids looked so cute in them. Although I think there was a little white lie involved as they wanted to be a Pirate and Princess and Jen told them that is what the costumes were.. She won't get away with those type lies to much longer.. Here is Jen's site

Our own Raggedy Ann and Andy.

To vote you can go here , but leave a comment on In One Ear Blog to be entered in the Starbucks Giveaway, or just go to In One Ear site and follow the link.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tramatized Today

I have been tramatized today and this is why.

A bandaide
on a heel

on MY FOOT....

OK, I agree, this doesn't look so bad and maybe I am being a big baby, but it hurt..... really bad, poor hubby, I bet he is now sporting some black and blue marks on his arm as I held him really tight when I was getting the injection.
You see years ago I had a problem with my foot and it felt like I was walking on pebbles, I went to the foot doctor and he said I had heel spurs. I ended up having to get a series of three shots in the heel, which worked and I didn't have problems for years and years and years.
A month ago I again started having problems with my foot, but this time it felt like I was walking on a huge rocks instead of pebbles. I got out the shoe inserts from years ago and they helped, I wore my Crocs in the house instead of going barefoot and it helped a little. But it got worse and worse until I could no longer stand it *no pun intended* So I called Dr. Keifer and I would have to wait till the middle of December for a appointment. NO WAY, I told the receptionist, I just could not continue walking in such pain for two more months. So I checked the internet and found Dr. Mark Lambert. I called and got a appointment right away. Today was my appointment with him and I knew more xrays would be taken and I also knew there would be a needle (I hate the needles). The nurse was a lovely lady who was just so nice. She took the X Rays and I waited for the doctor to arrive. He came in the room and asked if my broken ankle bone was causing problems, WHAT, he must have the wrong person, I don't have a broken ankle.... NO, that was my Xray and there was a broken bone in the ankle area that I didn't know I had. He asked if I remember doing this and the only thing I could think of was when I fell over the puppy gate not to long ago and ended up on the dining room floor, but all the pain was in my knee. I did land on my front side and my toes did hit the floor hard, but I thought the knee took the force of the landing. Guess I was wrong. I do need to remember that the  older we get the less we bounce.
Dr. said that is very possible that is when I broke the bone, my first broken bone and I didn't even know I broke it.. It is healing and now I wonder if the other ankle has the same injury.

But on to the heel spur and making it all better.. Doc used a air injection for a numbing medication and it hurt a little but not bad at all, I never felt the big needle go into the heel, but I did feel the medication being injected. I knew there was a reason I waited and waited. But the treatment was over in no time and I was on my way home again. Hoping that this time only one injection is all that is needed, but I have a appointment in two weeks and I might have to once again go though the stress of another needle, and I HATE NEEDLES, I feel so traumatized by them.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Winner at the Needlework Show

 Prairie Grove Peddler Designs......

Yesterday I posted the link to the Fall Online Needlework Show and I spent my evening visiting each and every booth. I started my wish list and entered the door prize some offered.  Some of the Vender's are holding daily giveaways and guess what.......   I WON ONE,  I received a email this morning from the Prairie Grove Peddler and I was the winner of one of the daily drawing for three ornament patterns.  I don't know which patterns they are but I will show you the newest ones in their line, hope my patterns are from these groups, I really love the Cardinals and the snowmen... 

HEY there is still plenty of time for you to go to the show. Just follow the link on the post below

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Needlework Show is now open

General Public  October 21 - 24  
Shops October 21-26

To all my stitching friends, the time has once again come, The Online Fall Needlework Show is in full swing. There are lots of vendors to visit, beautiful new designs and of course the rest of their line on their sites.
I spent the evening just window shopping and comprising my Christmas Wish List. 
I was a little disappointed that there were only a few sites hosting a giveaway this year, after all that is part of the fun. I always wonder why the other shops don't have at least a small giveaway.  Hey, it excites people to win something, if you win a pattern, even a small pattern, you will spread the word about the design you won, where you won it at, plus if you like the designer you will go back and buy more from their line.  If I were a designer I would host a giveaway, as it seems there is more talk about a site that is hosting then one that isn't.  YES we stitchers do talk, brag, share, you know all that good stuff.
So to all you designers, HOST a giveaway on your site, it brings in more customers, they spend more time looking at your site, they buy more and word gets around... one small pattern is all it takes.
Some of my favorite sites at the show this year:
Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks has wonderful scroll work designs, Arachne's Silken Web's Samplers are great, Brenda E Kocher Designs are beautiful, Brooke's Books are fun and whimsical, love the girls and the sunshine lines, Crabapple hill's angels, Cross Stitching Guild, DebBee's Designs, Enchanting Lairs for the dragons, Hand Blessings for the season's, Ink Circle with their intricate designs, Linda Jeanne Jenkins with her cards, Milady's Needle are enchanting, and of course our Local Shop Needle Delights with her beautiful designs, I get to visit her shop a lot and it is wonderful. Needle notions, Samplers Revisited, Prairie Grove Peddler, Praiseworthy stitches, Sue Hillis Designs has the cutest Christmas Calories pattern, Sweetheart Company's frames with designs, Whispered in the Wind and X and O's  and that is just a few of my favorites.... this year.
So stop by the Needlework Show this weekend and have fun.
Here's the link:

Remember folks, this is a show for the Trades, but as retail shoppers we can make a list of patterns, books, or items we want and either send it to our Local Needlework Shop or the Online shop we order from.

 Hubby was once again the kind father, Mel's computer is still down so he did some entries for her at the show, before he left for work, I am sure he will enter more in the next few days.  He did the entries in the Fall into Fall Quilter's giveaway for her, but alas he didn't win anything. Mel's reaction was that she never wins anything, so I sure hope he can win something for her.  I don't know if Jen is planning on entering, I think she does, but she hasn't done any cross stitching for some time.  I even stopped making her the stitching box at Christmas, wonder if is has something to do with the 6 kids running around the house???


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Some finishes

I thought you might like to see what I have been up to this past week.

This is a Quilt for a little girl who has been fighting for her life, I hope it cheers her up a bit. I am also sending a Princess Crown for the little girl and for her best friend. I found out about this little girl from a lady in my CCS group, her grand daughter is the best friend...

I found this Disney Princess Panel in my stash. What little girl wouldn't love to have the Disney Princess's cover her as she sleeps and dreams of being a princess.

I recently participated in a Mug Rug Swap on CafeMoms swap site, these are the ones I sent. I raided the scrap bin, put my embroidery machine to work and this is what I ended up with.  

 This one was my Thank You to the Mug Rug Swap hostess

Here is the one that I made Friday night for our Fall Mug Rug Swap, It will be in the mail Monday. I think my next one will be a Christmas one, just in case there is a Christmas Mug Rug swap... If you want to join in the fun the swap group is located in Yahoo groups, CafeMom and under the group Sewing and hobbies, the swap section. If you can't find it let me know and I will get a link for you.

Today we have been busy, we didn't get to work in hubby's workshop as planned because we had a visit from grand children. They decorated the outside of the house, and then we were off to a nice shopping spree and dinner. Who cares if the work doesn't get done, there is always tomorrow and we love spending time with the kids.

Hope you all had a good weekend to.


This has been a great weekend for our readers..... WE have winners for Southern Style and Nanbon's Corner readers. Both of my blogs now have over 100 followers, which means  another giveaway, so check back next week and see what we have posted.        Congratulations to all our winners and thank you for following Southern Style and Nanbon's Corner.

Southern Style Winners:

Fall into Fall winners
Judy won the "What I learned from God while quilting" book
Emillie won the Green Hexagon Quilt Kit

Sherry won the Pillsbury Frozen Grands bisquits package

Nanbon's Corner Winner:
GA447 won the $35.00 Gift Certificate from CSN stores.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall into Fall Quilt Bloggers Giveaway October 1-15

151 entries, and we have our winners, I have emailed the winners and will post the names as soon as they reply..  Thank you to all who entered.

The Winners are
Hexagon Quilt Kit is    Emillie
"What I learned from God while quilting" book is    Judy
congratulations to both our winners

Welcome Fall into Fall Quilt blog hoppers, so glad you could stop by and visit.
Fall is my favorite time of the year, In the Fall my family would take a long drives in the country and look at the wondrous changing colors of the trees, have bon fires, roast hot dogs and marshmallows, and we even made brick ovens and put potatoes in them before we lit the fires, just nothing better.  There were fall decorations everywhere, corn stalks, hay bales, pumpkins and mums, plus the ghosts, skeletons and witches for Halloween fun. Hay rides, festivals, haunted houses and trick or treaters on the run. The slight chill in the air signals that winter will soon be here.  Now I live in Florida and no more changing colors of the trees will I see,  grand kids will soon be here to spookify my house, I don't mind as they love having fun.  Treats will be bought to protect from the tricksters and soon the giggles of children will fill the night air.  Yes I love this time of year and I love that I have the chance to participate in the Fall into Fall Quilter's Giveaway that Debi at is hosting.

 So all you wonderful quilters out there, stop by and visit Debi and follow the list of all the bloggers who are participating in the fun. The Fall into Fall giveaway runs from October 1st to October 15th.  Winners of my giveaway will be posted here and  will be notified by email, so please make sure I have a way to contact you.

Prize #1 
Granny's Quilting Shapes Hexagon Quilt Kit in green and white.
Kit is 294 pre cut pieces which will make 42 12" blocks on your background fabric. 

Prize #2

What I learned from God while quilting book
 Ruth McHaney Danner
Cristine Bolley

To Enter
1. Become a follower of Southern Style Blog or
if you are a follower leave me the name you follow as.

2. Leave a comment here on your favorite fall activity and where you live,
 I love seeing where my blog is being read.

OK, that's it 2 ways to enter, 2 ways to win
on your entries please let me know if you were to win which prize you would like
# 1  or # 2 or both

Thank You for stopping by and visiting, hope you win and have fun visiting all the wonderful sites.

Click here for more Fall into Fall Quilt Bloggers Giveaway participating sites
last time I counted there were 142 sites to visit.

I also have two other giveaways going on, hope you enter those as well.
Pillsbury Biscuit giveaway::
$35.00 CSN Stores Gift Card:

Thanks for Stopping by and have fun on your Fall into Fall journey

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pillsbury Mini Grand Biscuits and more giveaway

Giveaway is now closed, Winner is Country Wings in Phoenix
Congratulations Sherry

Fall is in the air, and soon the Holiday's will be with us. To me that means lots of  family and friends for dinner. So when I was contacted by blogspark to host a giveaway for Pillsbury Mini Grand frozen biscuits I jumped at the chance. Now don't get me wrong, I love to cook, but I no longer want to spend the entire day in the kitchen and miss out on the fun of visiting with family and friends.  Now I look for those wonderful short cuts, and Pillsbury is one of my helpers in that department.   Biscuits are a big part of the Holiday meals and they take to long to make from scratch. I am so glad that Pillsbury came to the rescue with their products. I do use the biscuits in the dairy section, but now you can find them in the freezer section as well.  To me this is a great idea as most times I am cooking for my husband and myself and we only need two or four biscuits.  I go to the freezer and pull out what I need and the others are waiting for the next time I need just a few.  Chicken Pot Pie is one of my favorite dishes, make a chicken stew, put into a casserole dish and top with biscuits.  Hubby likes Sausage and gravy on biscuits, so I just pull out what I need. I do use the biscuits in a lot of my recipes but one of our favorites is just hot from the oven with a little butter and jam, I like honey on mine instead of jam.

OK, is your mouth watering yet? Do you want to win some Pillsbury Grands frozen mini biscuits, and this cute little biscuit basket with a lovely butter dish and butter knife.  Just think how handy this will be at you next family meal. Plus you will receive a coupon for Pillsbury Grands frozen biscuits and a visa card for $15.00 for your jams.

Here's how to enter

Mandatory Entry

  • Become a follower of Southern Style Blog (leave comment with name you follow under, you must be a follower for extra entries to count.)

Extra Entries

Contest Rules

  • Contest ends 10/16 winner announced on this post and notified by email
  • For each entry leave a separate comment  
  • Make sure there is a way of contacting you if you are the winner, (email address or link), If I cannot contact the winner I will draw another name.  
  • Winner has 48 hours to contact me after notice is sent by email, if winner does not respond in that allotted time a new winner will be drawn.  
  • Winner is drawn using the Random generator  
  • I have not received anything from Pillsbury or Blogspark sponsor, other then the same box that is offered as the prize in the giveaway to review . The opinions of items posted in this blog are my own.
 Please make sure to leave contact information as in the past I have had to contact a second winner because there was no contact information for the winner. 

Good luck

Nana Bonnie