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The Pioneer Spirit of Creativity

 Jodee Luna asked me to be a feature writer at her blog on creativity.  This is the post I wrote for her blog.  I decided to post it here as well.


Private Pilot April 17, 2010

There are days when I feel that I was born in the wrong time period.  A true pioneer spirit imagines the possibilities that are attainable by using what you have in new and different ways.  It doesn’t need the latest gadget or craft kit to get the desired effect. 

One of my favorite TV shows growing up was Little House on the Prairie.  I realize that the show glamorized what life was like back then but the adventurous nature of those settlers that ventured out into unknown territory and used what they had to create what they needed inspires me.

My husband and I are modern day pioneers.  We like to take what we have and imagine what it could be.  In 1992 we bought a lake property near our existing home and business.  This is what it looked like when we bought it. 

People thought we were crazy when we decided to dig a foundation and have a crane lift a portion of the existing home onto the new foundation and add on to it.  We spent hours drawing our own plans and figuring out the cost of the project. The old part of the house that we were saving had no historical value but to us it was the work of a friend who built it.  Somehow we wanted to save it in our project.  The crane enabled it to happen.  This is what it looks like now. 


We attended an auction at a local lumberyard and bought up many supplies for our home.  We decided on color schemes, window trim, exterior finishes and windows based on what we could find and use from the auction.  We designed and built the entrance to our home.  The carpenters that helped install it just shook their heads wondering why we didn’t just make our entrance like everyone else.  We wanted something unique.

Whenever I am faced with a challenge I get creative.  A couple of years ago I wanted a headboard for our bed.  My husband didn’t want to buy a new bed because he loves our 1970’s vintage waterbed with the old big wide pine board frame.  It originally came with a bookcase headboard that I hated and the bed was just too big for our room.  By cutting off the frame of the bed that the headboard sat on I gained nearly a foot at the end of our bed to walk around.  I loved more space but wanted a headboard.  I combined my creativity and love of quilting for my own one of a kind headboard.  I painted the quilt pattern directly on my wall.


My latest venture in creativity is writing my blog.  Writing is not my forte and it takes work on my part to do it better each time I write.   I love taking the photos to include with each blog.  For now I take my photos with an affordable digital Nikon that was purchased for $120.00.  It allows me to take some good pictures but I want to learn how to do more which will require me to purchase a camera that can do so much more.






Here are some of my favorites.








Sunday Night Blues

  My pioneer spirit kicked in today thinking about the new and better camera that I would like to purchase.  It was time to get creative and find a way to purchase my new camera without having to buy it on credit.  I boxed up my flight simulator and software that my husband bought for me a couple of years ago during my flight training and put it on EBay.  I took photos of the flight simulator, wrote up the description and listed it for sale.  Five days from now I will be that much closer to my new camera. 

So many people limit their creativity, thinking it can only be achieved if you have enough time and money.  The key to creativity is work.  Trying things in new and different ways until you achieve something you like.  It’s not about whether other people like what you do but how it makes you feel.



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Friday Night Sew-In

This is a drawing of a log cabin that Jacob's Dad built

Well I got a later start than I had planned on tonight. We had a to go and pick up cars at our transport lot this evening that just came in from out west. We left right after work but its an hour drive each way plus an hour to load and eat supper. By the time we got home it was nearly ten. I gave my grandson a bath, fed him, and put him to bed. I finally got to work on my project for a couple of hours.

As I was looking through my fabric to complete this project at lunchtime today I found yet another UFO. It was a quilt top that have all sewn together, basted and ready to quilt. Its only crib size but I thought that by working on this project I would have one less on my list to finish little did I know that it would be a break even proposition. Subtract this quilt off my list when I finish it soon and add the other to the list. It was my goal to not have to buy fabric to finish this project and that won’t be a problem as I found several fabrics in my stash to complete it even batting. No excuses now to not keep working on it.


Posted by on March 20, 2010 in Quilting


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Life, Basketball and Quilting

SCSU vs Augustana @ Mankato, MN

This past week has been busy with the usual life like work, laundry, cleaning and watching my grandson Jack. On Wednesday evening we packed up our grandson, daughter, boyfriend, and headed south to Mankato. The big event was St Cloud State Basketball team was playing Augustana. We got there late so we missed the first half due to getting a late start from work. Oh well, we got there in time to watch the second half and overtime. They were tied up at the end of the second half so into overtime. The overtime was 5 minutes long. At the end of overtime St. Cloud State finished ahead with a score of 84 to 75 over Augustana. It is the first time since the 1986-87 season that St. Cloud State University has advanced to the Elite 8 so off to Springfield, MA for the games beginning Wednesday. This is exciting to me because our daughter Christy has been dating one of the starters for SCSU, Andrew Bernstetter. He is a local talent to St. Cloud growing up just about 10 miles from St. Cloud. It is also exciting because both my husband and I are graduates of SCSU.

What’s quilting got to do with basketball? Absolutely nothing except it is yet another interest of mine. I happened upon a blog this week that talked about a Friday Night Sew-in. Its goal is for everyone to dig out their quilt projects or other unfinished projects to work on Friday Night, March 19, 2010. Its like everything else at my home if its not on the calendar its probably not going to happen.

So today I dug out a UFO(un-finished object) from my sewing closet. I started it when my oldest daughter was in 4th grade and I was her teacher. In the spring I cut out out quilt squares and made a border for each. Then I gave them to each of my students to decorate with permanent markers. Some took a great deal of time to decorate their square and some not so much. My goal is to get the quilt top put together this weekend after 11 years. So far I have cut the pieces of fabric for in between the squares but haven’t decided how to do the border for the quilt yet.

4th Grade Quilt /UFO

Christy's Block

I don’t know how much I’ll actually get done this weekend but someone once said a project started is half done so I guess that I am farther than I’ve been in 11 years on this one. Happy sewing to all and have a great weekend.

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Posted by on March 19, 2010 in Life Happens, Quilting


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