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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Love is in the air and it is the Hodgepodge!


Love is in the Air! An old photo of me and a Mr. Snowman. 

Hello Friends,

It is time for the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

Click here to join the fun! 

 1. Something you've done recently that might be considered a labor of love? 

I am working on a T-Shirt quilt for our oldest son Sam, who is currently deployed. I am not an expert seamstress nor a quilter. I am enjoying the project, even if I am slow at it.

And as you can see I have a helper while I work.  

 2. What's one thing you love about being the age you are now?

 The knowledge and lessons I have learned. I look back and say, "Gee, I wish I would have known that back when I was 25."

 3. What do you value more: careful planning or the freedom to be spontaneous? Elaborate.

I am a born planner. I can juggle plans around, I am not a hard core planner. If plans have to change, alright, but I am a planner. 

 4. A home cooked meal or a fancy restaurant? Home cooked meal pink or red? Pink watch the sunrise or watch the sunset? Sunset wine and cheese or champagne and chocolate? Chocolate

 5. What's your definition of romance? Are you a 'romantic'? 

 My definition of romance is, taking time in the day or week to notice that someone you love in a thoughtful way that is not expected.

I think I am 60% romantic. Ha Ha!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

 My mom gifted me, she also gets credit for crocheting this little friend to help me with my above 'labor of love' T-shirt quilt project.




  1. Had to laugh at being about 60% romantic! Good answer! Visiting from WH#10

  2. Your mom is a genius! This little hedghog is so adorable!! And your cat is beautiful!!

  3. That T-shirt quilt sounds like something your son would definitely appreciate. I got a quilt for my bed from my grandma, whose main hobby was quilting, when I was about six, as did all her granddaughters (and one grandson, because he specifically requested it).

    Loved your answer to #5, it made me chuckle.

  4. Ohhhh, be still my heart!! A beautiful apprentice/helper. I'm in love. Name??!
    And I love your pin cushion. Cute beyond words.

  5. Sweet pin cushion!! That is going to be a great keepsake for your son. I'm not a quilter or one who finds it easy to sew. Looks like your helper is being patient. Hope you have a sweet Valentine's day.

  6. Love the little pincushion! Please share you quilt when finished. Janice

  7. Oh my gosh is that pin cushion ever cute. Your mom is the best. Love it. I love the tee shirt quilt I had one made for my SIL for Christmas. Have a good week. xoxo Kris

  8. I'm looking forward to seeing that T-Shirt quilt. I'm sure it will be wonderful for your son to use it on his bed. I love your cute hedgehog pin cushion.

    Cool snowman.

    Take care and be well.

  9. What a sweet pin cushion; great idea! Also, the T-shirt quilt. Fun times!

  10. The tee shirt quilt will be great. I wish I had done that for my boys when they had so many tee shirts from races they ran in. Love little Porcupine!

  11. I love your hedgehog! I have a bag of t-shirts here that belong to my daughter2. When you finish your sons quilt I can send them to you to put together : )

  12. That's a great pincushion and I'm looking forward to seeing progress on your sewing project. Great idea for using the t shirts.

  13. I love these fun posts! Your mom is a rockstar. What a thoughtful gift! I love how cute the little hedgehog is. I want to see the finished quilt. One of my friends made a t-shirt quilt for her son, and it truly was the coolest thing ever!

  14. How wonderful that you are making the quilt. True, we have learned a lot of lessons. I do like to plan things if I can. Chocolate is the best! Love the pin holder.

  15. Can't wait for the big quilt unveiling!! Your pin cushion is adorable, looks like you have lots of critters to help you get it done!!

  16. Carla, that snowman photo is so cute. You must frame that. What a wonderful project you are working on. Sam will love the t-shirt quilt. That is the most darling gift your mom gave you. I didn't realize she crochets. That is a talent for sure. I so wish my mom was here still to share little things with, but the love she left behind sustains me. Loved your post today, dear Carla.


  17. I do like the old photograph of you with Mr. Snowman.
    The pin cushion is cute.

    Happy Valentines Day wishes.

    All the best Jan

  18. Haha...I have a picture of my daughter with a snowman too. A tshirt quilt is an awesome idea. Your little hedgehog is so cute.

  19. That is the cutest picture. You are so adorable. Hope you have the picture in a frame.

  20. What an awesome project for Sam. The little helper is my favorite. I love reading all of your answers!


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