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My Retired Life on the Prairie
Overland Park, Kansas
Learning to navagate this new territory called retirement. So far so good!
Interests: I live by the three C's - cooking, crafting & creating. I love dishes and linen and setting a pretty table. Creating a pretty home is important to me and my best days are spent fluffing and puffing in my happy place - my home.
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You certainly could use those paper ones but I just used the plastic ones like you find at the dollar stores.
I think that's what I love most about this community - that we inspire and encourage one another. Your creations are always so on point and they always inspire me.
Everything was really very simple to do. I hope you try Mod Podging the pumpkins - it's so fun!
Christmas? well give me at least until the middle of October! ha You're kitchen is going to be spectacular and you so deserve a beautiful kitchen. Can't wait to see what you've done. In the mean time, I'll be working on that Christmas craft for the girls.
Ooo Pam, you take care! There is too much fall fun to be done to be sick in bed. So glad you liked my treat boxes - they were fun!
Thank you Debbie, they were so fun to do. I think I could make them forever but I guess I'd need to have a huge party so I'd have a reason to. You are such an inspiration to me. I hope Rob is feeling better and that you're back in your craft room soon. Thanks so much for stopping by!
If you've been following me on Instagram (suzanne_zingg) you've probably noticed that I've been a bit obsessed with decoupage as of late. It started with apples moved on to pumpkins then graduated to ice cream cups. My inspiration for these projects was from my favorite Halloween decorations by Nicol Sayre.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
A ceramic skull? Sounds fun!
Decorating has been especially fun since I've retired and have more time. I'm not sure I'd do as much of it if it weren't for sharing on social media - you are all so encouraging and I love you for that. When I was working, the thought of getting it all out and then putting it all away overwhelmed me, now it's fun and exhilarating!
My grandson spent the past four days with us and he helped me with my photography, so thank you!
I love hearing from you Barbara. Thank you!
Well, Diane we'd be having a glass of vino. ha
You are always so kind to leave a comment and I soo appreciate it! Yes, I did have fun thinking about and doing the decorating. I can't begin to imagine what my life would be without it. That garland was a fluke with its white wash but I love how it turned out. I'll be doing more of that in the future. Can't wait to see your decorating - I always love what you do.
I've been busy decorating our basement for fall and thought it would be fun to take you on a bit of a tour to see what I've been up to. As much as I love decorating for fall, I love decorating for Halloween too. I have such great memories of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
It's good to hear from you Pam. I used to enjoy our pool in Bakersfield after a day at work in the summer. There is just something so relaxing and refreshing about a swim after a busy day. I have not been in a pool here in KC but find the treadmill does the trick for me. I look forward to sharing what I'm up to in the next few weeks and months. Thanks so much for your comment.
Planning is half the fun and certainly exciting. Thank you for your encouraging words Patty. I miss your quick wit and seeing your beautiful sewing.
Oh...yes...that glitter. I think I should put a design wall in front of the treadmill so I can ponder my projects as I walk. So glad you like it. It was such fun to do!
Thank you Becky! It will be nice to have all my stuff in one spot and to be able to shut the door on the mess at the end of the day.
Thank you Beverly for your sweet comment. You always encourage me when you take the time to comment. Yes, the drawers are stuffed! I really need to do something about that but somethings are just so hard to part with. I have a little sewing project I'm starting tomorrow that should help reduce the fabric some. That's a perfect way of putting this phase of our lives - "imperfect", but perfectly wonderful none the less.
I know I will enjoy it Linda - I already have. I have to force myself to leave, it is just happy!
When we moved to Kansas two years ago I doubted I'd ever want to sew again. My entire life had been surrounded by creativity but I thought that was all behind me. I was ready for a change. The small room at the bottom of the stairs in our new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
I'm sorry we didn't see more of you at Strawberry Patches too, but you're here now so that's fantastic! Yes, of course I remember Joanne. What a great lady. As you, I'm sure learned from her, twin needles have so many fun applications. This one is a bit unconventional but fun none the less. I hope you'll try these techniques using your machine and feet. Thanks so much for the lovely comment Janice!
Don't let all of these tiny, postage stamp sized squares fool you These projects are deceivingly fast and easy to do with no piecing or quilting experience required. All you need is cute "cheater" fabric with uniformly printed "patches", twin needles and the ability to sew a straight line. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
When we started shopping for a new home in Kansas we noticed something about the homes here that we weren't used to seeing in California. Basements. Some homes had completely unfinished basements that were just big open areas, as big as the house above, with concrete walls and floors and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
If you have the patience to download this two minute video, you're awesome. Please disregard the annoying music and the sound of my voice at the end. I just wanted to gather some of the fun I've had over the past three months showcasing some of the adorable ADORNit fabrics... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at My Retired Life on the Prairie