Monthly Archives: December 2013

Personalized Cooperstown ornaments

John and Linda at the Cooperstown Bed & Breakfast sent our boys home with snacks for the 9 hour drive & some fun little gifts. I was excited about these two cross-stitched ornaments. I thought it would be fun to stitch dates on the backs as a keepsake of their trip. πŸ™‚

Downloaded a free alphabet pattern & mapped it first on graph paper. My knots had to show since the pillow was already completed, but I think it kinda adds to their charm… πŸ™‚

Now, each boy will have their own to take with them someday. LOVE gifts like that! πŸ™‚

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Cooperstown 2013

Mike’s dad has been wanting to take the boys to Cooperstown, NY, to see the Baseball Hall of Fame for several years. Earlier this month, that trip came to fruition. Since it’s not a secret I’m pretty good at breaking things at the worst possible time, Mike made arrangements with a farmer friend to take care of feeding hay & thawing water troughs so he could be gone for 3 days. And thankfully, everything went smoothly! πŸ™‚

The day they left was a bit hairy because of a snowstorm, but once they got to I-80 to go through Pennsylvania & into New York, the roads were kept pretty clear. It didn’t take them too much longer than the anticipated 9 hours. πŸ™‚

They said Cooperstown was “postcard perfect”, and they were about the only ones at the Hall of Fame. They had one-on-one special attention so they got to see everything they wanted…almost. Top on their list was to see the Hall of Fame’s card display. But sadly, due to some of the cards showing deterioration, it had been taken down. Once the employees learned my boys were a little disappointed, they made it a special point to take them to see all the cards they still had out throughout the museum. πŸ™‚

They enjoyed touring the tiny shops in the town and searching card shops for treasures… And of course, some fun meals, too… πŸ™‚

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Here are the two pics Paul picked for the post: Mike Schmidt’s jersey & a picture of Troy Tulowitzski. πŸ™‚

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Michael picked these two pics for the post: life-sized, painted wood carvings of Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.

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They enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Cooperstown Bed & Breakfast. I’d say they were a bit spoiled… Their ONLY guests, so they were definitely doted on! πŸ™‚ I LOVE that they got to experience the warmth of a home on their get-away. I truly enjoyed getting to know John & Linda via email communications, and all the Roberts boys had the pleasure of receiving their hospitality in-person. πŸ™‚ Thank You, Lord, for keeping my boys safe on their journey to Cooperstown, and for all the memories they have from this trip. May all those who make the same trek see Your hand behind it all – from gifted athletes, to helpful workers, to friendly caregivers… Amen

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So what did I do with my alone time?? Oh, about 10 loads of laundry (actually FOLDED & PUT AWAY, lol…), made 12 loaves of sourdough bread & several batches of crackers, enjoyed hours of catching up on my Bible study notes, and completed a Christmas gift craft for the boys. While I truly enjoyed my “retreat”, it was music to my ears to hear the sounds of an active home again! πŸ™‚

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Pillowcases from old jerseys

While Mike & the boys were in Cooperstown, I worked on this Christmas gift for the boys: making pillowcases out of their old baseball jerseys.Β  As I look back, sometimes I wish I would have saved ALL their old baseball shirts from coach-pitch, up. I’ve seen some pretty neat patchwork quilts that have been made from items like that. But truth-be-told, I never even thought about it. Most likely, they got turned into rags...

But as the boys got older, they became more sentimental about their seasons & asked me to save their shirts.Β  It’s hard for me to store away boxes of “stuff” these-days, so I’ve been brainstorming about a “function” for these jerseys that would preserve them and yet still be useful. Guess that’s how this idea came about. πŸ™‚

I know I’ve said before in my craft posts that I’m not fond of “machine sewing”. (I know, I know, what was I thinking about making a QUILT, lol…) That being said, this was a perfect project for me – mainly because it was pretty forgiving – whatever size the pillowcase turned out, it would inevitably fit at least one of our old throw pillows! (Which was actually a pretty cool revelation.Β  As I was contemplating how to make these, I had originally thought I’d need to buy pillow forms to put these pillowcases on, which would limit how many I could actually make. And as I began to get grumpy about what I figured a pillow form would cost to buy, suddenly the Lord inspired me with the thought of just covering all the old “throw pillows” we’ve collected over the years that don’t match with anything anyway! :))

When I first started making them, I thought I’d have to make measurements so a shirt would fit the pillow.Β  Super cool that wasn’t the case, because I’m challenged at calculating those kind of sewing details, lol…Β  Turned out the size of their shirts made for a pretty universal throw pillow size. πŸ™‚

I had these done in two days & wrapped and under the tree when the boys came home.Β  I wondered if they’d notice all our throw pillow were missing, but they didn’t, lol… Further proof that I take too much stock in the small details of life sometimes! πŸ™‚

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