Rusty Crow Primitives

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas from Sew Southern Quilts

Merry Christmas!!

 I love Christmas and decorating with those cherished items that bring back wonderful memories of Christmas' past. I never have been a themed type of decorator, nothing flashy and bright, nothing in bold and crazy colors, just homey and simple. These sentimental ornaments, books and cards from years past still bring me joy. But.... I have found a new kind of old fashioned, I have fallen in love with Primitive but not too prim. What does that mean? I don't want to say its so "ugly" its cute kind of primitive, but just country cute primitive. A touch of farmhouse, a sprinkle of gingerbread and a dash cinnamon, pip berries and evergreens.

Here are some of my creations as well as some adorable items I have purchased from my talented friends.

 Angel Ornies and Santa Ornies bowl fillers, made by me.

Vintage bobbin Christmas Tree made by me.

Mitten made by my friend Joanna filled with tiny cinnamon gingerbread men.

Top Hat with Snowman and rusty bell made by Linda W. The tea light flickers.

Another one of Joanna's creations, I just love it.

Gingerbread man in a old crock, made again by Joanna W.
I found this old market basket in a garage and the yellow is so unusual, I just fill it with whatever, add a candle and a wreath and call it Christmas.

To all my customers, I thank you for all of your support and wonderful feedback this past year. You make what I do so rewarding. This coming year is going to be a little different for me. I am going to close my shop ( Sew Southern Quilts on ETSY) from mid February thru September and reopen in October with a full shop of seasonal items. This will give me time with family and enjoying these beautiful mountains we live in.

I will continue to blog and I plan to have tutorials as well as free patterns on my blog for your sewing enjoyment.

Have a Blessed Christmas.
Melissa and Steve

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Plateau Sassy Stitchers Show and Tell - Lots of eye Candy at our Christmas Party

People are much like fabrics in a quilt, some are bright, some are medium and some are dark; some sit quietly and others are bright and loud, even the quiet neutrals are much needed to make a quilt, without them the other fabrics in the quilt would go unnoticed. Value each for their individuality and appreciate the role each plays to make all the pieces a whole.
Are you ready? Lots of Show and Tell from the Plateau Sassy Stitcher's to follow. I love these ladies, there is so much to learn from each of them and as you will see each has a style of quilting as unique as each personality.
Lots of eye Candy to follow, Thank you Barb G for the sweet lollipops.

Dawn hand stitched a redwork pillow as a gift for someone, what a wonderful gift.

Barb G made numerous window pane quilts this year for her family. This one is her spring version. So beautiful.

Jackie made a quilt with a panel. Again, the detail is not showing up well in the picture. A lovey gift for her husband.

Ginny has such an eye for color and detail, this picture does not do her quilt justice. Her piecing is so precise and the fabrics used for the trees are jut beautiful.

One of 3 beautiful Civil War quilts Doris has completed this year. I LOVE IT. If you could only see the detail in each block. Amazing!

Another award winning quilt by Katherine, she is so eclectic.
Katherine has a eye for beautiful colors and can make a work of ART from fabric!

Ruth, your hand work is amazing. This is one of many quilt blocks Ruth is working on, we cant wait to see the quilt.

A commissioned T-Shirt quilt for a customers daughter. Beautiful work Barb L.

Katherine's award winning quilt titled "You cant see the forest for the leaves". If you were able to zoom in you would see the tiny, tiny little maple leaves within each big maple leaf.

Lorrie your work is just beautiful!  I want all of her quilts and she is also a longarm quilter!

Another  beautiful quilt by Lorrie. If you could only see the quilting on this one!

Quilt Blocks contributed by Plateau  Sassy Stitchers, Rose put them together and quilted them for the Welcome Center where we meet.

Quilt Blocks contributed by Plateau  Sassy Stitchers, Rose put them together and quilted them for the Welcome Center where we meet.

Happy Feet
Back left to Right: Linda, Barb L, Verda, Rose, Doris, Dawn, Ruth, Barb G.
Floor left to right: Ginny, Lorrie, Katherine, Jackie, Melissa
The picture I should show is of us rolling around on the floor to get up!! LOL,,, But that would show me also rolling around so I'll pass the embarrassment of it all.
Merry Christmas girls!!  

Bittersweet - LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE, RIDE

Going, going, gone...

Bittersweet day, we sold our motorhome of over10 years. We had lots of great times and wonderful friendships developed from our time on the road and the nice thing is the friendships still remain today. Time for a new phase in our lives. We spend more time in the TN mountains and loving our new home (okay 5 years now but still loving it!)  than we do on the road anymore. We are excited about our new adventures to come.
My granddaughter would ask if we were going to take the "Holiday Inn" when we traveled instead of the Holiday Rambler.

New Rides, New Adventures are around every corner..





Our first scheduled 2015 Rally event for Tuesday, May 26th will be a $10,000, 100% payout Poker Run for pre-registered guests! The route will be 100% rural and 0% urban, and we will be taking you to some of our favorite destinations. Everybody is a winner riding the Upper Cumberland, and some lucky rider will pad their pockets with a lot of dough! You know what they say- you can't win if you don't must Pre-Register to participate

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Kitty - Twas the Week Before Christmas

This little kitty was on the roof of a car at one of the busiest intersections in Crossville. The light changed and off he slid. He has 6 toes on each of his front paws and a target on each side. It must be true cats have 9 lives. This little guy is down to eight now and may run out fast if he continues to get on top of my car. You would think he would have learned his lesson, don't get on top of cars!!
Twas the Week Before Christmas

Twas the week before Christmas and all thru the town
Traffic was flying and not a car was slowing down.

Not a creature was stirring not even the cat,
He held tight to what he could but sure enough he fell flat.

 Traffic moved swift and he darted slow
 from tire to tire he would go.

I covered my eyes to avoid what I would see.
 For the tires were closer than he should be.

  But alas to my wondering eye did appear
but an orange cat with a 6 toes and a saved rear.

 He ran to the store so swift and so fast,
he avoided my first attempt at a grasp.

I called him Buddy and he came without a hiss or a fight
only curling up in my arms with  purring delight.

My husband was with me and stirred up a fuss
No more cats he said not even this puss

 I emerged from the stores and returned to the truck
 To find my husband charmed by my luck.

This little kitty would love him and purred with delight
 to know he saved him from a horrific plight.

Merry Christmas from Buddy, the Christmas Kitty

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blue Sky Riders, Kenny Loggins in Cumberland Caverns

I love this time of the year, the decorating, the cooking and eating all those wonderful foods of the holiday season, AND getting out of those tight jeans and into those stretchy pants when I get home!!

 Someone told me you are only as busy as you want to be so obviously I truly WANT to be busy.

So much has happened in the last month and more to come in January so I'll bring you up to date with just a few pictures.

Mr. took me to see Blue Sky Riders featuring Kenny Loggins (yes I am dating myself) in the Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN. I have to warn you, if you are claustrophobic this is not a venue for you. Not that it is tight quarters by no means, you are just 333 feet "underground" and walk past waterfalls and pools of water to a natural amphitheater called the Volcano Room for the concert. It is a wonderful experience and we plan to go again; if you are in TN you must visit the Cumberland Caverns.

See the entrance to the cave? I don't either! I thought we were early!! NOT

This is the entrance to the Cavern.

Beautiful pools of water underground, see the people on the left above the pool? We are making our way to the volcano room.

What a view.. after walking through the cavern like little ants in a line, you make a turn and this is what you see! The beautiful chandelier and the Volcano Room. So worth it!!

The famous Grand Lady of the Volcano Room. Suspended sixty feet above the Volcano Room floor, she casts a beautiful glow throughout the room.The Chandelier originally came from the Lowes Metropolitan Theater in Brooklyn New York. She hung there from 1928 until she was purchased by Roy Daves for Cumberland Caverns in the early eighties.

The acoustics are amazing.

Blue Sky Riders featuring Kenny Loggins

Gary Burr ,(hmm Santa?) Kenny Loggins and Georgia Burr

Mr and I. I love you and thank you for a nice day and wonderful early Christmas present.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day - Thanks to ALL Vets for all YOU do for us.

I am so proud of the men and women in my life who have served in the military. I wish I had a picture of my nephew, who served 10 years in the Army and his wife who served 20 years in the Army. Thank you to my husband, my father and my father-in-law.

If you are not from a military family the lifestyle can be hard to understand to a civilian. There are numerous moves to distant locations, discipline with-in the family, obedience and respect for all cultures and nationalities.  I think a tolerance for people different than we are comes from such a diverse upbringing. It is all good! Have you ever said, or heard someone say. They must have been in military, that's why they "act" like that?  I take that comment as a complement. See below to explain "why they act like that".

Steve Wesley 20 years Navy (my husband)

John R Hammett 20 Years Air Force (my father)

Francis L Wesley - US Army (my father-in-law)

To all my Brother and Sisters who are Veterans,
The world (as we know it) will never understand the relationship that we have. They will never understand that we have each other's six. They will never understand why we do and act the way we do. They will never understand where we have been or where we are going.

The world has its ways and we have our ways. We get there 15 mins early because late is not a option. We wear our clothes the way they are meant to be worn. We talk our own language because it's the way we were taught.
We respect those appointed over us because they earned it. We run to the sound of the battle not from it. We go even when we are sick something the world doesn't understand.

Yes we are a special bred of people. Who don't have to be told twice. We complete the mission or die trying. We never complain to those under us. We stand together shoulder to shoulder.

You maybe Army, Navy, Marine or Air Force but most of all you gave it all no matter what. We lost some along the way who paid the ultimate price so the World can do the things it does.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Never say Never...

I know you have heard the expression, "never say never". Well,,,, I took a cooking class. I never thought I'd be a Fu Fu chef so "Culinary Classes" were not my thing. I enjoy cooking (sometimes) and eating (all the time) Veggies are my favorite. I know very little about squash and anything other than yellow squash (a/k/a Summer Squash) is pretty much it. I can pick a good pumpkin for the porch, it wont roll off and it will stand up straight.   I don't even carve my pumpkins (jack-O- lanterns)  they sit on the porch until the frost gets them and then they get tossed in the woods for the critters to eat.

Well, I took a cooking class and LOVED it. Remember, never say never. I was one of 45 sitting in on a squash class. Good fall squash! (OMG, I didn't know  how much there was to know all about pumpkins ) . Much like paper piecing a quilt block. (YUCK) I don't like paper piecing either but I think in time I'll find a paper piecing "chef "and they will change my mind like Dean Towers did about squash.

 The only variety I am familiar with cooking is the yellow squash (I call summer squash) and Pumpkin pie (Mrs Smiths) and oh yes....spaghetti squash (YUCK) which I said I didn't like. Well, Dean Towers taught a class and prepared so many dishes from squash. I LOVE squash!   I used his recipes from class for dinner tonight,  but I have to confess, cooking for me is no different than my quilting. I cant just do what I'm told, I have to tweak it to my taste. So here goes...

I'll share this recipe with you since it was from my YUCK list and is now on my LOVE it.

Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash

1 spaghetti squash, whole
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups of chopped tomatoes (I used a drained can of Del Monte diced tomatoes with garlic/basil)
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons sliced black olives (I used pitted Kalamata Olives 1/4 cup  sliced)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (Dean brought some from his garden and shared with us)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Pierce skin of spaghetti squash several times and place on baking sheet. Bake 45-60 minutes in the preheated oven until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove the squash from the oven and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled. ( I cooked mine early in the day and left it on the cookie sheet until time to cut and prepare our meal)

Cut the squash lengthwise and use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash and place in a medium bowl. (Yes, toss the seeds and other center part, oh yes, you can tell what not to eat) When ready to assemble the dish, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in oil until tender, add garlic; (this is where I added the drained tomatoes to the garlic and onion) cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add squash, stir to mix onion and garlic and heat squash through, Put squash on serving platter and top with chopped tomatoes (remember I used canned tomatoes), olives, feta cheese and fresh chopped basil. Serve warm.
heat squash and sprinkle cheese, olives and basil on top

The Fiesta green plate may not have been the best choice for this picture, I served it with Parmesan Crusted Chicken. Yummy.... Enjoy
Here is the link to the chicken recipeParmesan Crusted Chicken

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November ?? Really

I can not believe how long it has been since I have posted. I'm not sure myself where the time has gone. The last couple of months we have been busy with life I guess. My husband and I volunteer with different organizations as well as our church, maybe we have been working harder than we thought. We have had so many projects going on at the same time and I haven't had time to do a lot of sewing. I'm back in my sewing room for now but had to put the Olde Rusty Crow Primitives on hold until next year. Sorry for the delay but you know how it is... there are only so many hours in a day.

We had our first snow November 1st! Yep, it's going to be a crazy winter I think. The trees haven't dropped all their leaves and we had our first little snow!! The dusting of snow was pretty on the greens, reds, and gold leaves but what is so much better is it is GONE!! Love those types of snow days. To many years of it in Kansas and dealing with drifts on the farm. This old gal is happy to be back in the south.
Steve Wesley's photo.

We have been riding the motorcycle with a new Harley group we joined out of Cookeville, TN. They had a toy drive in Nashville, TN (similar to shop with a cop) I understand there were 800 ++ riders involved. Have you ever heard 800 LOUD Harleys in one place? Thunder is an understatement.
Steve Wesley's photo.
Mr, and "one" of his bikes. I know you didn't say I have to many sewing machines.

  It was 36 degrees when we left Crossville at 6:30 am for Nashville, TN.  Oh my God! Why did we say we would do this? Mail a check already!! I looked like the "Michelin Man" with jeans, chaps, sweatshirt, leather coat...&. gloves...

Mr. tells me he's ready to ride and for me to get on the bike... Really? I cant even squat much less throw a leg over the bike!! Ugh... I did it. Okay,,, now I have to go the bathroom, it took so long to get all this on and I have a two hour ride ahead of me. I'll be right back.

I am so glad we participated in the ride. Boswells of Nashville has sponsored this for a number of years. The event was very well organized and 100's of riders of all ages, makes of bikes and from all over TN. The local police blocked off the side roads and all the bikes road through downtown Nashville; people lined the streets to see all the riders. We were escorted through the side road of the Titans Stadium to one of Boswells Harley shops for a wonderful lunch provided by Boswells.
Photo: Come out this Saturday, Oct. 25th to Boswell's 20th Annual Toy Parade! This is the 20th consecutive year of this parade benefitting the Metro Police Christmas Basket Program! Cash donation and Educational Toy requested! Ride for a great cause! All Riders Welcome!! 
Ride departs Centennial Park @1pm and ends at Boswell's H-D on Fesslers Lane for an after party! Don't miss out!

On the way home it was so much warmer, just a light weight jean jacket. Climbing the mountain on the way back home would be cold. Awesome day. So glad I didn't just mail a check.
Mr and myself
Two by Two for MILES
Downtown Nashville
Enjoy the day, I have a few projects (sewing) I'm working on and will share them soon.