Creating, crafts, gardening, quilting and life on a little ranch.

Mi Ranchito’s Garden.

Truthfully my garden is being overrun with weeds.  They are having quite a party in my special place.

But my flowers are doing a good job of showing  off their colors.

My Pincushion flower is lovely.  I like the way it posed for me.

pin cushion flower

The Gerbera Daisy is bright red-orange and quite big.

gerbera daisy

I planted Alyssum and Candy Tuft in my water fountain.

boy fountain

Hubby decided he wanted a garden again. He planted  (too) many tomato plants with a few cucumbers.  He loves home grown tomatoes and will have (too) many to eat and will end up  having to share.

tomato garden

And then I have a  crazy  Blue Jay  that is always stalking me and doesn’t even bother to get spooked  when I’m walking in my garden.

darn blue jay

Spring is really here! ❤️💜❤️💜

 

 

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Yearly Giants Game Trip

Every year our family goes to San Francisco to watch a Giants game. This year everyone was able to make it which made this trip extra special.

Willie McCovey is always there to greet us.

willie mccovey

The company my husband retired from has a special game day where they provide a tailgate lunch which we get to enjoy so we don’t go into the ballpark hungry.

This picture is from last year, but this is the beautiful view that you can see from the ballpark.

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This year the game was extra exciting taking 14 innings to get a winner, which was the Giants. But unfortunately I missed the home run that won the game. I did get to hear the roar of the crowd

Our youngest grandchild loves to watch all the ships that cross our view, like this tugboat Annie pulling this ship out to sea.

tugboat annie

And of course we always take a family group picture for memories sake.san fran family pic 💜❤️💜❤️

Wordless Wednesday.

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The eye that watches everyone. This painted rock is near the AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco.💜❤️💜❤️

More projects.

Why does time vanish so quickly?

Of course, doctor appointments, dentist appointments, grandkids sports games, and daily chores help time disappear quite fast.

My next craft show will be in May, so I need to start sewing more items.

It’s been lots of fun sewing my Mexican themed pillows.

#2 mexican pillow

Right now I’m working on my Sombrero Sue pillow.  This pillow will also have the red  pom pom trim.

sombrero sue

I’m also working on my little dress dish towels. I love making these because it’s like making  little girls dresses.

Th  pattern piece for the top of the dish towel dress is  lost somewhere in my sewing room, so I had to make my own simple pattern for the bodice.

yellow dishtowel dress

So tomorrow after my doctor’s appointment, I’m hoping there will be time to sew.

❤️💜❤️💜

Cascarones.

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I like to share this before Easter.

I thought I would share this blog post one more time. I hope that you have tried making these eggs, they’re really lots of fun to have on Easter. 

No, I’m not calling anyone a bad name.

This is another Mexican tradition that we follow every year during the Lenten season.

Many, many, years ago two of my sisters-in-law would make the most beautiful cascarones (confetti eggs). That was when I first learned to make them.

They can be fun to make for any  fiesta that you are planning, not just Easter and is a great family project.

The first step is to save empty  egg shells. I usually do this when making scrambled eggs or adding eggs to a batter.

Tap the egg shell at the top to make a little opening and then shake the egg out.  Make sure that you rinse the shell out.

Then the egg shells are dyed or decorated with stickers or marking pens, but the traditional way is to use Easter egg dyes.

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You will need confetti to fill the empty egg shells. Confetti can be found at the craft store or you can make your own.

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After the egg shells are filled with confetti you can cover the hole by putting some glue around the edge of the opening and placing a piece of tissue over the hole.

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Kids love cascarones, they especially like to crack them over someones’s head, gently, sometimes not so gently. That’s the whole idea of the confetti eggs.

I do have a rule though, no cracking eggs inside the house. But somehow I still get confetti throughout the entire house.

I hope you give it a try.♥♥♥

 

Photo Challenge #6-Stormy

stormy sky

We have been having much needed rain in our area. The sky looks ominous at times with the dark clouds traveling towards Mi Ranchito.

 

My Mexican Pillow.

This pillow started as a donation for my daughter’s fund raiser. Well, the fund raiser was cancelled, but that’s ok because I can use it at my craft shows.

I made  it with  some Mexican textile fabric that I had in my stash.

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As decoration for the front of the pillow I made some felt flowers on my Go Baby accuquilt machine.

go baby flowers

Loving bright colors,  I chose pinks and reds with lime green leaves, and I machine embroidered them onto the fabric.

I added some vintage yellow buttons to the center of the flowers.

Wanting to add some more pizazz to it I added pom pom trim all around the pillow.

It was easy and fun to make except that the textile fabric  did tend to unravel  along the edges as I worked with it.

Mexican pillow

 


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