Sunday, December 18, 2016

6 days, who's counting....

With Christmas less than a week away, can you believe it already, my cookies are baked.

The tree is up....

Cleos tree skirt is underneath now for the 15th year...

and Daisy has hung her favorite ornament.

Extra stockings were hung for our Oklahoma Grandsons who will arrive the day after!

Daisy has her Christmas spirit going on!

This year hubby and I saw Manheim Steamroller at the beautiful old Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City. A perfect way to start the season and it was a wonderful concert.

May your Christmas be filled with happiness and many memories to treasure,
XX00 Barbie Jo and Daisy

Friday, November 4, 2016


Last weekend was a celebration to remember with the much anticipated wedding of our son and his beautiful fiancé! The weekend started off on Friday with the rehearsal dinner and much fun seeing so many friends and family join together for this happy time.
Saturday morning my daughters and I joined our bride and her wedding party to have hair and makeup done. Then before you know it everyone was whisked off to the church!
The ceremony was beautiful, a fairytale wedding, such a beautiful bride, and that dress, she was perfection! 

Our Grandsons from Oklahoma and Texas each had a part in the ceremony, this was a 1st wedding for all of them and they were so very excited!

The reception was beautiful, lots of fabulous food, lots of dancing going on! So fun watching everyone celebrate the happiest of times.

And now we have a new Mrs Paquin! Their faces tell it all :)

After the wedding I had a dinner at my home for our friends and family who were able to stay an extra day. Both of my sisters and their spouses stayed until Wednesday so we could catch up. We showed them around Kansas City visiting some of favorite sights and places to grab a bite to eat.
Much laughter happened, great memories made this week! 

Several months ago Kindred Stitches Magazine asked if I would like to be a guest designer for their Vintage Country Issue! Of course I was very pleased to contribute a design for this beautiful on line magazine.

I designed an adorable wool penny rug, just in time for you to make for Christmas! 
You can view a promotional video here showcasing the beautiful projects to make from this issue:

You can download and purchase the magazine through the apple store here:

Or download a pdf version of the magazine at this link:

Now with all the wedding excitement over, I am struggling to get back to normal. 
Because the holidays are already nipping at my heels! 
Enjoy your week!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Wedding bells will soon be ringing!

It's almost time! EEEEK, I can't believe the day we have all been waiting for is happening this week! Though out the week family and friends will be traveling to Kansas City to help us celebrate 
our sons wedding to his beautiful fiancé. There will soon be a new Mrs Paquin! 
We are all busy and beyond excited! 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The excitement mounts!

Where does time go? It seems like yesterday when our son was just the most adorable little boy. 

Somehow the years flew by and he turned in to this handsome young man.

In a few weeks he will watch his beautiful bride walk down the aisle toward him and a new life journey begins. 
Hubby and I finalized the rehearsal dinner plans this week, and celebrated with a happy hour cocktail.
We are so excited!

My sewing machine will sit mostly idle this month. I finished a special project with a deadline last month. For now.... I am preparing my home for guests, cooking, baking, freezing dinners and goodies! And perhaps find a little time to enjoy the changing leaves and Indian summer weather. 
Happy Fall! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome September!

What a fun time I had at the Greater Kansas City Quilt Guild show this past weekend! I met so many lovely quilters and had the best booth mates on each side of me. The following three pictures are of my booth set up.

The best part of being a vendor at a quilt show are the people you meet. Lovely quilter and guild member Joeann Collins stopped by my booth and brought her adorable reindeer quilt she made from my pattern "Fa La La La La". She was so much fun to talk to and seeing her completed quilt was such a treat! 

We had a stormy week last week. Parts of Kansas City flooded, fortunately not where I live, but we had a 90 mph wind gust blow through our neighborhood leaving a lot of tree damage to clean up.

And now the sun is shining for what looks like a pretty Labor Day weekend! Can you believe it's September already? Annie sure can't, she's back to school! You can find this September BOM embroidery pattern and or little quilt kit on my Etsy site.

September is also a fun month because it is my birthday month and I plan on celebrating all month long :) 
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, safe travels if you are on the road! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Time is on my side....or is it?

As Dr Suess said... how did it get so late so soon! Never enough hours in a day lately. Summer has rushed by and come to a close with most children back to school here in the Midwest. We had our Oklahoma grandsons here for a week of fun. Between Hubby and I we kept them pretty busy. A visit to the Kansas City Zoo where the penguins habitat was their favorite attraction. We saw "The Secret Life Of Pets", they went to a Kansas City Royals game, and we won! The boys went on a street car ride in Kansas City, spent some time at Union Station checking out the real trains and train display, then met their Uncle and their soon to be Aunt for lunch. Wednesday was my turn to have Bunco at my house. The boys helped with setting up, then subbed to fill in for missing players lol. 
We went to the KU Natural History Museum and enjoyed a delicious ice cream come at a fun local university shop before heading home. 

The wedding draws closer and closer, only 9 weeks away! Emily's family is making all the wedding food, a huge task! We had the pleasure witnessing and helping with the process of making cappelletti.
Many hands make light work and there were about 14 of us on the assembly line this day, even down to the little ones crimping the edges! We sampled some of our work for dinner after and boy were they delicious!

We finished about 750 of 2500 needed!

Next up, preparing to vendor at the Quilt Guild Of Greater Kansas City show "From Stash To Treasure" next weekend. If you are in the area:
Friday August 26 and Saturday August 27 from 10 to 6.
Abdullah Shrine Temple, 5300 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS

Always excited and looking forward to meeting quilters at the show, hope I see you!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sum Sum Summertime!

Wow, it has been a busy summer! We spent the 4th of July week with my sis in law and brother in law in Pittsburgh PA. They are such a fun couple to be with and we always have a great visit with them. It is our tradition to go out and have a big breakfast to start off our 4th of July morning.

We always go to a little spot in the country on a par 3 course called Chubs Place. 
How yummy does this look? That Pittsburgh Italian bread... OMG I can't get enough of it when I'm there!
We also spent time with our niece and her darling little family.
 It was a good week flooded with many fond memories of growing up in Pittsburgh. 
But all good things must come to an end and before you know it we were on the road heading home to our Daisy. Our cooler was packed with some of our favorite Pittsburgh foods. We stopped for lunch at a rest area along the road and had chipped ham sandwiches, Wise potato chips and cupcakes to celebrate our 45th anniversary!

Lots of wedding events happening as the big day draws closer and closer for our cute couple.
Here is our sons beautiful bride to be at the lovely Bridal shower her sister gave her. They are going to need a bigger kitchen lol. 

Once home it was time to pack my totes full of quilts models and goodies to take to Hutchinson Kansas. I spy a protester on my tote here! 

It was such a pleasure to present trunk shows to both the Heart of Kansas guild and Evening Star guilds in Hutchinson. Two wonderful guilds that share their love of sewing and also support their community with various projects. 

Before leaving Hutchinson Hubby and I took a unusual tour we had read about. The Hutchinson Salt Mine has a museum "Stataca" which allows you to go 650 feet below ground on an excellent guided tour. I was a little nervous at 1st, but my fears were quickly laid to rest and this was a unique and really cool experience for all age groups. 

Hubby collecting a salt rock sample.

Upon returning home again to a happy Daisy, I released my latest pattern"Harvest Moon"
This runner is just so pretty for Fall, made from wool it measures 12" x 34". You can find it now on my website at and my Etsy store: Cleo and Me Patterns.

And now it's time to get running. Next week we'll have our Oklahoma Grandsons for a visit!
It looks like August will be another busy and full month.
Happy summer!