Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Come on in.....Don't Let the Door Stop You!

If you are looking for the "Grow Your Blog Hop" post and Giveaway you can find it HERE!

But, "Don't Let the Door Stop You" Blog hop is right here! Come on in!

Yall I really have to say a special Thank You to Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt and Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks , our fabulous cheerleader, for making me get off my duff and make a presentable door stop instead of the old dusty Goose I had been using! He's a fine fella but I needed something not quite so old!

So this is what I came up with. I have had this farm scene fabric for a while and it fits this Quaker Oats cannister just right. Yall know how I like to repurpose items whenever possible. It is filled with an old sock full of beans. (Hey its all I had and I've been sick :) And it works. )  Anyway I decided to take my door prop outside to take some photos. 
It really is very pretty fabric and just suits our farm!

But yall, I had the weirdest feeling like I was being watched the entire time I was outside!

I mean it really gave me goosebumps!

Even when I went out to the hay barn, I felt like I was being followed.

But I shook the feeling off and went about my merry way taking more pictures of my cannister!

I went inside to check my photos as I always do. Thats when I saw it! A varmit was photo bombing all my pictures!

Well that just wouldn't do. So I headed into town to get a trap!

When I got back home I set the trap up and put a big ripe Banana in it to see if I could catch the critter!!
I got him!
 Now what to do?
Yall the poor little critter was shaking in his socks! He was scared to death and started talkin so fast I couldn't make heads or tails (if he had one) of what he was talkin about!
Best I could understand was that he had run away from the Circus because all the other animals made fun of him because his legs are too long! He begged and begged me to give him a home on the farm. So being the softie that I am, I told him to let's see what chores you can do and I'll talk to Mr Farmer about keeping him around. So we went to work!

First thing he wanted to do was drive MY tractor! I should have known better! He gave it a flat!

Then he fell over into the Bantie pen!

Helped Mr Farmer roll up some loose hay!

Straightened (ahem) up the hay rope!

Then spilled the chicken feed! I'd had enough!
So I gave him a good talking to and he promised to do better!

Well, it wasn't long before he had Lucy and Lily eating out of his hand!

Lucy liked him so much that she let him ride on her back!
But yall,he scared the other chickens so much that they plum stopped laying! I knew I had to do something, so I took him to the house to see if he could help me out up there! We sat down and had lunch and I asked him "What's your name anyway?"
He said "It's Sir Samuel Stopsalot. Pleased to meet you ma'am"

Aha, I had the perfect job for him!

Yep, he could stop the draft from coming under the kitchen door! Those long legs were just perfect!

When I told him he could stay, well he was happy, happy, happy!

 So happy in fact he showed me how he could swing around the house, even from the doorknobs!
 My feet are warm n' toasty now without a draft coming from under the door!

Yall, I am so glad I was able to offer Sir Samuel Stopsalot a home here on the farm!
 He's a pretty good guy once I got him to stop monkeying around! 
I hope yall enjoyed getting to meet him too :)!

And now here are the other fabulous ladies that I am sharing today with:
February 5th

                                                               More Stars in Comanche

                                                                Buzzing and Bumbling

                                                                 Sew and Sow Farm (that's me)

                                                                 Purl Buttons Blog

                                                                   Carretel E Agulha

                                                                  The Quilting Queen

                                                                 Pig Tales and Quilts

And tomorrow is the last day of the She who Sews hop!

 February 6th


                                                                 threads on my socks




                                                                    Sew We Quilt

and then the last day of the Don't let the Door Stop you!

February 7th

                                                                      GrammieQs

                                                                     Pickles Quilting

                                                                 Made by Me in Red

                                                               A Passion for Applique

                                                                Living With Purpose


                                                                  Sew We Quilt

So when you get a chance please go by and see what wonderful creations these ladies have in store for you!  
 Yall, I hope you have enjoyed meeting Sir Samuel Stopsalot and visiting with me here on the farm today!
I have certainly enjoyed talking with yall!
Now If you would like to enter my SURPRISE giveaway you may do so here! It is open to EVERYONE and the winners will be announced Feb 15th!

And I would also like to mention, if you haven't checked out the Grow Your Blog Hop you definitely should. Yall there are so many wonderful and talented bloggers out there that need our support! Some have quite a few followers and some have been blogging a year or more and have less than 50 followers! We need to show them some love! Not to mention their generosity and all the giveaways they are offering! So if you get the chance, check them out!
NOW, NEW BLOGGERS  , if you really want to have fun, make lots and lots of new friends and find tons of inspiration, then yall need to check out "Sew We Quilt"!  Friends, Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt  works very very hard to give us a platform on which to share our creativity and meet other like minded people! That's why it is called the "Sew and Show  Blog"!
Thats what she does. And she has an entire list of bloggers that help as cheerleaders. Plus they always have sponsors where you can win some fabulous prizes! What you need to do is watch Sew We Quilt for an upcoming blog hop and sign up. Then prepare your project and blog post and be sure to have it posted on your day! There are guidelines posted to help you along! Easy peasy! Plus if you need help then the cheerleaders are always there for you!  Sew, check it out! Be brave! Sign up for some hops! And get ready to make new friends! We're waiting!
xo jan
Also yall I would love to give a very warm welcome to some of my newest friends and followers:
Welcome to the farm ladies! I am so glad you are here! Feel free to grab a tractor button from the sidebar for your blogs and plow along with us!

Yall If you get a chance go by and tell these ladies hi!
Tell them Sir Samuel sent you!
have fun yall! And good luck!
xo jan
 Oops! One last thing - My one year blog anniversary is coming up February 18th and I really would like to have a special giveaway then, so please be sure to stop back by!
xo jan!









66 comments :

  1. Samuel is just so cute and his story is ever so creative! Love it!

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  2. Love your re-purposing of the oatmeal container (knew I'd been saving mine for a reason)....and that Sir Sam...quite a guy!!!

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  3. Love Sam, he is a very clever guy! The covered oatmeal box is sew cute. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. What a fun post. I was giggling clear through the end. What a great repupose idea and love Sam. He'll be great at stopping the drafts.
    Thank you for hopping and showing your great creativity. You are all heart.
    I'm still smiling.

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  5. Oh Jan, it must have been a little frightening to have that feeling, but I am glad that you were able to help Mr Stopsalot! He seems like a nice enough fellow. Your door stop is so cute. Thank you so much for sharing your new buddy with the rest of us!

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  6. Oh dear you had me laughing out loud with your photo bombing and draft dodger. I also like your farm fabric upcycled oatmeal door stop. Very clever and thank you sew very much for Hopping...

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  7. What a fun, fun, fun post. I love the covered oat box. The sock monkey is too, too cute and his story is wonderful. And, I can hardly wait - I have ordered Linda Franz's lucy boston patchwork of the crosses book. I have not done EPP. I ordered Kathleen Ackley's stamp for the pieces. I am doing a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt using her stamps. I think I've told you mother hand pieced and hand quilted one for me that was stolen before I used it. I found about 25 blocks that she had made. I may not use all her blocks as some are pretty wonky. Many are very good. I went to Oklahoma City yesterday for my second appointment since dual eye surgery in late November and took my GFG with me since I was an hour early for my appointment. I only got three hexies sewed before he came in. I was back on the road ten minutes after my scheduled appointment time. I've had your neighbor lady in my prayers. I lost my second husband in July and it's still tough from time to time - we were only married seven years. I can't imagine losing a mate of that timeframe. I pray that she stays strong and find Peace that only God can grant. Thanks for participating and giving great inspiration. I hope you are feeling better. Weather has been weird all over.

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  8. Great projects, especially Sir Samuel, the photo bomber!

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  9. Oh I like your idea of the Quaker Oats container and the fabric...perfect! I must also say that I had fun reading your story and seeing your pictures.

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  10. Good old Sir Stopsalot! Perfect place for him as he doesn't seem to helpful on the farm - I think he will be best sitting down on the job or just hanging around all day - he is great. Love the farm scene on the canister too

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  11. Your canister door stop is awesome but the monkey is the best. Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  12. Sir Stopsalot is just the cutest thing ever. :) And I love the idea of using the oatmeal canister. I look at those every time I empty one and wonder what I could do with it and now I know! blessings, marlene

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  13. Sir Samuel Stopsalot - you have an important job to keep Jan and her family from having the old cold air com9ing in to freeze their toes...carry on. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  14. Great doorstop - looks like you have your hands full with Sir Samuel there!

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  15. Cute :) great projects and a great presentation!

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  16. Olá. Muito criativo. Adorei todos os trabalhos. E as fotos ficaram lindas.
    Bjs...
    Mari Bein

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  17. Sew creative. I loved your post! And I did love your Quaker oats can too. :)

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  18. I always love your creations - and the photos made me laugh!

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  19. lol what a riot. Your projects are so clever!

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  20. What a clever door stop. Glad he found a place where he could be useful. Great projects!

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  21. Hihihi, he would fit perfectly in our house with my 3 little monkey boys! Enjoyed your pics and story soooo much!

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  22. That was a great post!!! You did a fantastic job on your projects too... love them!

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  23. What a great way to start my day. I love sock monkey to begin with, and his adventures are hilarious!

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  24. I loved the story about Samuel :D It was good you found a job for him, and he fits so well with the door stopper. You write very well! I liked your idea with the canister, maybe I will do something like that.

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  25. I had such fun riding along on this monkey adventure! Glad Samuel has found his forever home. Love your doorstop...very clever use of the canister!

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  26. Good farm hands can be hard to find ! Jan, how funny and clever you are, I read the whole thing in suspense to find out what would happen to Sir Samuel Stopsalot, but I did have an idea what his specialty would be! wink Sew creative and cute !

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  27. WEllllll what a delightful TAIL…get it lol. OHH Lordy, this was a fun post and we needed a few laughs today….I adore both your door stopper and long legged friend….He really is a SOCK FULL….Sir Samuel Stopsalot..SMACK to you !

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  28. I don't know which I like the most... Your story or Mdm Samm's comment. lol

    Love your draft stopper! he is too cute! Loved the storyline...made me smile. :)

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  29. Great idea for a fast and fun door stop. I love your little varmit!!

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  30. Hilarious! Thank you for the chuckle this morning! Your little doorstop is a great idea!

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  31. Funny story, Jan. Who wouldn't love to have Sir Samuel Stopsalot around? He is adorable. Great job using the canister, too. I love that fabric. Thank you for sharing today and for the laughs.

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  32. This was a great start to my morning to look at your pics and read your funny story. It was so silly I couldn't help but laugh out loud. Very nice doorstops and draft stopper!

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  33. What a great post!!!! Thank you for making me smile:)
    Great door stops too!

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  34. I like the idea of using the scene fabric on the oatmeal container, very green :)
    ~Brandy

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  35. I like the repurposing. I also like the farm scene. I never know what to do with those panels but your idea is perfect.

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  36. Wow! I am awestruck by your creativity and your great blog post. Thanks for sharing!!

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  37. I really like your doorstops. Thanks for sharing all the good info too! vickise at gmail dot com

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  38. Thank you for sharing the story of Sir Samuel Stopsalot. It was fun to follow him around the farm until he found his true purpose in life. You really brought a smile to my day.

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  39. Love how you repurposed the oatmeal container and what a fun draft stopper Sir Samuel Stopsalot is!!! Thanks for sharing :(|)

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  40. I'm glad to see Sock Monkey got a good job as draft stopper and door keep! The farm stopper is perfect your home. Nice job. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  41. OMG...that is the most adorable post and door stop EVER! Perfection!

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  42. Nice projects! Your camera skills are pretty good too.

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  43. Oh my goodness---I LOVE your sock monkey! He's so cute! I love all the pictures of him creeping around--too cute! Thanks for the morning smile!

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  44. Ha ha. Are you monkeying around or what? Double duty for sure. So cute.

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  45. Such a creative door stop and draft guard! Beautiful work! I absolutely LOVED your sock monkey story, it made me laugh and smile. :)

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  46. Jan, that was seeeww darn cute. I did sit down with my afternoon cuppa coffee and read it all through. I was soo surprised that sir stopsalot was also a draft stopper....very nice twist! thanks for a great post and projects.

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  47. E-I-E-I-O.......lots of cute monkey business here! Thanks for all the pictures! Fun!

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  48. I love repurposing oatmeal boxes, too. That farm scene fabric is perfect. Enjoyed the antics of that sock monkey! Thanks for all the fun pics of him on your farm.

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  49. Your monkey is very cute and I think you need to train him to do some of your farm chores...lol
    Very good job.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  50. Great post! and great monkey draft stopper.

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  51. Quilt an adventuresome monkey. Wonderful story post .Cute sewing project.

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  52. There is a lot of monkeying around at your place. So glad you found him a job where he isn't creating havoc with his monkeyshines.

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  53. You gave me my giggle for the day with all of that monkey mischief on your farms .your doorstop is very lovely thanks for sharing.

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  54. Love your post and your doorstopper and sock monkey. Great way to put smiles on many peoples faces today.

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  55. Your post put a big smile on my face. Love how you presented this. Thanks for sharing

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  56. What a fun post! Sir Samuel and the scenic doorstop are both great ideas!

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  57. These pics are cracking me up! I love it. Great job Jan:)

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  58. You are tooooooo funny! Great projects, adorable and practical, too! :)

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  59. What great projects, thanks for sharing the day with me, and letting us visit your beautiful home to.

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  60. Your photo bombing monkey was too funny! I enjoyed every minute. Hope he doesn't get into too much trouble.

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  61. I'm wondering if you write for the local newspaper...if not, you've missed your calling. :) I loved the farm scene doorstop - really gorgeous. What a perfect job you found for Stopsalot; he just wanted to be useful with his long, long legs.

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  62. I loved your monkey story and his new occupation. Congratulations on your upcoming blog anniversary.

    senstrings (at) yahoo [dot] com

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  63. You have made my day, yes, it is only getting started, but I think I'll stop after reading your blog and head out to feed my daughter's chickens. You and sir stopsalot are too funny, too much trouble and thanks for taking the tme to blog and share some laughter in our lives. It is great therapy, but I think I met my match. Have fun and a great weekend. Love your tractor, We are a John Deere Family, but raised on Ford.

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  64. this post cracked me up. such fun and very cute door stops.

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  65. Cool ideas-like the Quaker box combo

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Hey yall!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Your words mean so much to me. Thank you for taking time to leave me a comment and if you have a blog, feel free to grab a tractor button from the sidebar and plow along with me! Ain't no tellin what we'll get in to.
xo jan