Nana and Papa’s Camp 2017

Nana and Papa’s Camp 2017


Lunch Time

Mr. B and I spent the last eight months planning this event that was part family reunion and part summer camp for our grandchildren. It’s a special kind of family reunion that focused on our grandchildren.  “Nana and Papa’s Camp” ran August 11th through the 16th. We were blessed to have all four of our children, their spouses or significant other and all nine of grandchildren in attendance. My parents and Mr. B’s mother also joined us.  Our grandchildrens’ ages range 18 months to 14 years, so we planned a variety of activities for morning and afternoon, but of course no plan “A” survives first contact, as Mr. B says.  He learned the phrase “Siemper Gumby”, which means “Always Flexible”, while in Army National Guard.   We approached each day with that in mind.  Some activities had to be rescheduled, others dropped all together. 

We tried an 8:00 am breakfast time, but it was decided that was too early, so 9 am it was. This was followed by morning activities.  Lunch was scheduled for 12:00 noon, but it seldom was eaten then because planned activities usually went over time.  We just adjusted times and activities as necessary.

Making Paper Doll Puppets

Each afternoon we had Arts and Crafts.  These classes were taught by my daughters, daughters in law and oldest granddaughter.  We planned Pony Bead Zipper Pulls, Paper Doll Puppets, Duct Tape Wallets, Cupcake Decorating, and Basic Painting and color mixing. 






Afternoon temperatures were in   the high 80’s, so swimming was a very popular activity.










I had a sign-up sheet for help with the meals.  Everyone helped so meal preparation, serving and clean up didn’t fall on any one person. 





To help the kids be on their best behavior we had an awards system that included handmade pins. 

The Pins

One parent from each family and myself met for a few minutes either right before or right after dinner to decide what awards were to be given for that day.  A simple, short awards ceremony was held after dinner.   Awards included:  Positive Attitude, Service, Fishing, Random Acts of Kindness, Ecological- an evergreen tree (for picking up trash), Busy Bee, Wise Owl, Early Bird, Snail,  this one had a double meaning 1- for going above and beyond and 2-for being slow, a gentle teasing.  Others included Marksmanship, Silver and gold stars for a variety of positive behaviors, such as sharing, helping, being a friend, etc.


Nana & Papa



We ordered tee-shirts (sky blue) and baseball hats that coordinated with the graphic on the tee-shirt (dark blue).  Awarded pins were pinned to the front of each hat so the kids could display the pins each had earned.  The kids really enjoyed the pins and worked hard to earn each one. 



Papa’s Hat with the Pins He Earned

Each day was filled with activities meant to create memories and build stronger relationships with one another.  We enjoyed all the benefits Camp Hahobas has to offer.  Each day, we played, swam, canoed, fished, prepared meals, cleaned up, visited, took loads of pictures and created precious memories.

Canoeing on Lake Robbins



A few highlights include:

  Filming a Noodle Family, Campfire Cooking episode: Omelet in a Bag. Staring Noodle Nana (me), on the third day (August 13).  Click here to see the “Omelet in a Bag” episode. 


Painting at the Beach




A visit to the beach cabin, on the fourth day (August 14) where we had lunch and spent the afternoon.  We had our Arts and Crafts Session, a painting lesson, which was taught by daughter Elizabeth.  Those who didn’t paint, fished, collected shells, played on the gravelly beach or waded in the cool waters of Hood Canal.  It was a relaxed afternoon.


A Happy Grandson

                                                                                                                                                                      The five days of Nana and Papa’s Camp flew by and all to soon the last day came and we had to say our good byes.

Special thanks go to daughter Jennifer and her family, they stayed and helped clean and close down the areas we had used in the Camp.  They also helped clean our house including both bathrooms.

Kick Ball Game

While our children and grandchildren were here, we enjoy their energy, activity and their sound (talking and singing). It is quiet now, too quiet.  Even though Nana and Papa’s Camp was a lot of planning and work it was well worth all the effort.   


Photos of our Kick Ball Game












Until next time,









My Hexagon Crazy Quilt Blocks

My Hexagon Blocks

from Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class

This past spring and early summer I took Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilting Classes (ICQC), 103, 104 and 105.   Here is a quick description of the classes, straight from Kathy Shaw’s blog:

ICQC-103: Embroidery Motifs and Seams: This course expands basic embroidery to create various motifs for crazy quilt blocks. Patterns for a variety of hexagon blocks are provided, or students can use fabric “doodle cloths” to create their work. The embroidery is extensive in this class but not technically too difficult.”

“ICQC – 104 Motifs with Fabric and Threads: This course continues the embroidery work of the prior course and is technically more difficult. This class pushes the embroidery to include fabric by creating various slips, dimensional applique, and embellished applique pieces.”

“ICQC -105: Silk Ribbon Embroidery: is a new offering. It is totally about silk ribbon embroidery and a variety of different motifs to work up. The designs are printable directly to fabric; so, no tracing needed.” (you can find her at

In ICQC 103, I choose to do the hexagon blocks instead of fabric pages or doodle cloth, however I wasn’t able to finish all 24 Hexagon blocks while I was I taking the courses.  So, I am working to finish them.  I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to do the “quilt as you go” or join the block together after I finish embellishing the blocks.”

For my theme, I have chosen a “Magical Garden”, I’ve included flowers, animals and a few Cicely Mary Baker’s Flower Fairies.

Here are the first few blocks I’ve finished embellishing:

Block # 4 –  this block was done as an assignment for ICQC-104 After studying the materials given for this task, reviewing the information on design from the BCQC, as suggested, and looking at many examples of framed silkies on Pinterest and the internet, it just seemed natural to stay with the oval framing that was a part of the image.

After adding the lace to the left side of the block, I was afraid it appeared a bit heavy. But after adding the motifs and lace to the right side, I think the block came out a little more balanced.  I wanted to embellish the laces with small Fargo Roses.  I thought the pale blue ribbon, wouldn’t imbalance the block and the pink would help balance it.

Block # 10 -The Wisteria Vine was from ICQC – 103.

I’ve never done Raised Applique before and I really enjoyed making this little rabbit.  (From  ICQC-104)

 I left the right ear unstitched, the photo doesn’t show it very well.  For the tail, I used a yarn like thread called Sheeps Silk, by The Thread Gatherer and a stitch called Turkey Work.  After stitching the loops, I clipped and trimmed them, so it created a little pom-pom. I gave this bunny a garden to play in and a dressed him up with a blue silk ribbon around his neck.

Block # 11– Beaded Slip from ICQC- 104.  Here is my beaded fox face slip.  This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this task.  I truly enjoy learning new things.  Although this task was tedious, I did enjoy doing it.  I couldn’t find the right colors in the smaller beads.  After a consult with a bead shop employee (Shipwreck Beads, Olympia WA), I decided to use size 11/0 Delica beads. I learned The Delica Beads are a “true-cut” bead, meaning they are of a uniform size and was told “very suited for this kind of task”. For the eyes and mouth, I used 3 mm black beads.

I enlarged the pattern by 10% to accommodate the larger bead.  I was trying to avoid the “clunky” look.

This block also features a Ribbon Lady, from ICQC -105.  I pretty much followed Kathy’s directions for making the Ribbon Lady, with just a few subtle additions or alternations.  They are as follows:
Umbrella – I used two colors floss, medium pink and light pink. The medium pink accentuates the ribs of the umbrella.

Hat – I added three silk ribbon French Knots for flowers and two Detached Chain stitched for leaves.

 – I added Wrapped Back Stitches, worked in a silk thread, size 10, light pink, to the sleeve cuff and the bottom of the bodice.

I will keep you posted on my progress as I continue working on the remaining

crazy hexagon blocks.

Until next time,



Doing Something Different

Doing Something Different

Sometimes I need to take a little break from quilting and do something different.  This is what I did.  Recently, Craftsy had a “half off sale” on their classes and one of those was Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics with Myra Wood.  I learned several new techniques which I can add to my Crazy Quilt Blocks.


This is my version of the class project. It is a wrist cuff or bracelet. The majority of the beads came from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads . 

I have used a combination of glass, shell and semi precious stone beads.



Class Hand OutI plan give it as a gift, when it is finished.


On this second project, I have used Ammonite Fossil cabochons as the focal pieces.








This is my doodle design or plan for beading.




I chose the Ammonite pieces because I love fossils and find Paleontology fascinating. At one point in my college education I considered going into that field, but education and becoming an elementary teacher won out.                                                                                                                                    This is my work in progress. 

I am using a combination of glass, shell and semi precious stone beads on this project as well. I will frame this piece when finished as a kind of sampler.  There are a few deviations from the “doodle design”.  But that’s the way it goes sometimes.  

What do you do to take a break?

Have fun learning something new.

Until next time,