Monday, March 17, 2014

Are You Going on Vacation This Summer??

This blog is titled with the name of our resort, but I also write about my family, my hobbies and my interests.  Sometimes I realize I haven't written about Cedar Rapids Lodge for a long time...so here goes!

We are ready for this...
Fishing....
and Fishing...
and More Fishing!

The Heated Pool...
and Fun in the Heated Pool!

Training your Minnow for the Minnow Races!

Fun on the Paddleboards...

and...Falling off the Paddleboard!

4th of July Parade through the Woods...

Making Bubble Blowers for Kids' Activities...

The Playground...a Place for Imagination and Adventure!

Getting new Vacation Gear!

Taking a Ride in the Golf Cart with the Resortmom aka Nana...

Bonfires on the Beach with S'mores
(new bonfire area in 2014!)

Ordering a Pizza in the Lodge so Mom doesn't have to Cook on Vacation!

Lining up Cousins on the Beach for the Cutest Photo Ever!!

Enjoying Sunsets on the Lake....

If you have never been to Cedar Rapids Lodge, this might be your year!  We still have some great cabins open for the 2014 season...we also recently updated our website, so check it out HERE.  There are new pictures, new stories, lots of photos of cabin interiors...and you can click on cabin availability to see what cabins are open when you need them!  

We hope to see you this year at Cedar Rapids Lodge!  

















Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hot Mat Tutorial

This is a tutorial for a hot pad for your table...it is several layers thick, so it's not pliable to use as a hot pad for the oven...it's to set hot plates or bowls on at the table or counter after you take them out of the microwave or oven.  I'm making them for every cabin this year.  I'll sew a ribbon on one corner and hang them in the kitchen area.  We have nice wood tables in some of our cabins and they continue to get "white" spots from a hot dish being set directly on the wood.  I'm hoping the addition of these cute pads will encourage the guests to use them!

I cut my fabrics 9" square for each mat...you need six 9" squares of fabric...2 different coordinating fabrics to create the pattern on top.  The batting is insulbright...it is a layer of filling that has a foil-like middle to repel the heat so the table doesn't overheat.  The bottom fabric is muslin, since that will end up on the inside of the mat and won't ever be seen....

I used 2 blue 9" squares and 2 red paisley 9" squares...fold each one in half and press a nice crease.  Pick one of those colors to use as the "bottom" of the mat...and layering from the bottom...muslin, insulbright, "bottom" color, 2 blue pressed and laid together with folds touching in the center and 2 red paisley squares, pressed and laid together on top of the blue with folds touching in the center...you pick up one edge of the red and pull the blue over top of it...if you look closely at the picture above, the top red color is laying horizontal, with blue laying over the left side of the red fabric...the bottom red will be laid back so it shows on the lower left side...
Stitch about 1/2" seam all around the mat...do not leave an opening...the top center where the folded fabrics come together will serve as the spot to reach your fingers in and flip the fabric right side out!  Clip the points off all 4 corners to eliminate bulk when you turn the fabric right side out.

This photo shows the mat after it has been turned right side out...if you peeked inside the center you would see the muslin fabric that was laid on the bottom of the pile before we stitched everything.  I use a point turner...a dowel rod that my hubby sharpened to a point for me.  I poke the corners gently so the dowel doesn't push clear through and make a hole...just gently to make a nice looking point on each corner...

At this point, I sew a decorative stitch down the center on both sides to seal the folded fabric...less chance for food to get into the folds...

I finish up the mat with a top stitching on the edge of the mat...on all sides.  It just looks nice and makes the mat lay flat.

Here's the finished hot pad/mat with a piece of ribbon on the back for hanging...I made the mats 9" square because I can get 4 strips out of a yard and at least 4 squares out of each strip...with a yard of 2 coordinating fabrics, you can make plenty of these mats...if you don't own a resort they would make nice gifts...
I think my guests will like them!  And my tables will be protected!  

I have made this pattern for years with 4" or 5" squares for coasters...a set of 4 tied together with a pretty ribbon or jute make a great gift.  If I've totally confused you with my directions...check out this http://craftinomicon.blogspot.com/2011/10/tutorial-fabric-coasters.html and it should help with the directions! 
Have fun sewing!







Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hibernating....

This is my "bear's den" for the winter!  I have been able to spend a lot of time in here this winter...blizzards and sub zero temps leave me with some wonderful sewing time!  
I'm catching up on projects and sending quilts off to be quilted...and even finishing some...
 
2 of the lap quilts my favorite cousin quilted for me...one already given away!

The winter also provides us the time to get some "in house" projects done...
Here's my large, spacious, ugly laundry room...pale yellow cupboards and blue floral wallpaper...just a little dated!  But...we're remodeling it this month...
The cupboards have a fresh coat of white paint, new hardware...and yes, that ugly ceiling is next!  Wainscoting on the ceiling, stained pine for walls...then the floor...and we haven't decided what that will be!  I spend a lot of time in this room and it will be nice to get it done!

We also painted the kitchen...we worked together for 2 days and had a great time...really!  It was a good feeling to get it done...here's a preview
We had a pale yellow on the walls and went with a warm aqua...such a bright spot in the winter!

We don't always hibernate at home...we went to the cities over the weekend and celebrated Greyson's special week at school with lunch in the cafeteria...
The mac n cheese was actually pretty good, but the time with him was priceless!

I also got to be the mystery reader at daughter-in-law's daycare...and gosh, Monica was so excited that it was me...just made my day(photo to come)...trust me...it was the best fun!

We celebrated a couple of birthdays while we were visiting...and
Baby Calli got to sneak a bite of a birthday cupcake from Uncle Max!  She looked at him like it was illegal!  Too cute!
We bunked at Calli's house one night and had a great time watching all her new tricks...crawling, walking around furniture...she's a fun little girlie!

Then we spent a night with this little girl and her 3 siblings...
Miss O is full of conversation and we almost understand it all!!

On a sad note...we lost a wonderful guest who had become like family to us!  Ruth Kruger passed away this winter in Omaha.  We were privileged to have her as a guest for all of our years at the resort...she probably made 50 trips up to see us with her family...and we will miss her terribly.  Her family sent us this photo of our resort that they used on her funeral folder...we are so honored to have called her family!
We look forward to open water and all our returning guests...and we remember many we have lost and miss each year!

Try and enjoy the rest of the winter...I'll finish up my sewing projects and be ready for spring cleaning in just a couple of months!  Yikes...time does fly the older we get!

 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014...and a little 2013 too!

     My last post promised Christmas photos...and I was lax on that!  Life just gets busy sometimes and it's not even summer!  I love when my guests come each summer and ask "So...what did you do all winter?"  And I feel like I have to present a schedule of our activities...when we really don't have a schedule!  I think that summer is just the best time of the year...it's busy, but all our guests/friends come and life is just good!  But...we really need our winters to regenerate ourselves...relax...get active in church...do our mailings...rent cabins...plan projects...follow through on said projects...relax...read...and most important, spend time with our family!  We're not able to travel at all in the summer months and we make up for it all winter long!  Here's the draw to get us to travel...
Yep...all 11 of them!  We are so blessed with these little ones...and their parents!  It takes a lot of wrapping paper to celebrate Christmas with these guys!! We had a blast!  And I think they did too!  The cousins have a great time together...and those 3 in the back row are just princesses!  That other little girlie sitting in front of them doesn't know that she's not their age...she runs to keep up!  Then there's the baby...Calli...she is loved by all of them and is growing and learning and crawling...way too fast!

     What have we been up to lately?  One of my passions at home is sewing...and I have had a great time hibernating in my sewing room...making blankies for some of these little ones...and creating and sorting and organizing and teaching some of these grandkids to sew!  They have all had a chance and it's something special we can do together when they come to visit.  I've had fun making my own original "mug rugs"...little placemats for little people...or just a spot for your coffee & cookie...here's one I made...
      I've also been crafting with a resort owner friend!  We will hold a class later this month for other ladies in our resort association and teach them how to make these...
We had so much fun...once we figured out what we were doing!  
We're really excited to show all our friends how to make these for their cabins!

There are reasons we love living here...
The winter scenes are beautiful!
The sunsets are magnificent...hard to capture on a camera!
Snowshoe expeditions through the woods and skiing out on the lake!

I don't like this...
the temperature outside...this evening!

I really think this picture is cool...I have already showed it to you, but I am showing you it again...upside down!  I can't get enough of it!  You might find it framed in your cabin this summer!

Of course, we all can't wait to do this again....
It's dreaming of this that gets us through the looong winters!!

Happy 2014!  
I will try to write more often in this new year!  Try!
 

 
 
 
 
 



 



Saturday, December 21, 2013

December News & Views...

     Wow, where did the month go?  We thought the fall flew by and now it's almost the end of 2013!  I think this is what happens when you get older??  Time just flies!  I thought it flew through my kids growing up years, but as we age, the days seem to fly by at a much faster speed than ever before!  I like pictures...and I think my blog friends do too...so here you go!
Oldest grandson is learning to hunt!  He shot this partridge at his "other" papa & nana's farm.  He was very excited!
 

Every time this little girl plays on my Ipad, she takes these pictures!  I caught her...then she caught me!
I think we have "Disney Princess" pictures of every location in my house!!  She's possessed!

It's winter in northern Minnesota...we got 19" of snow in 2 days of non-stop snowing...
That's the snow plow making his first of many trips to open up the road!

I took my camera when I walked out to the mailbox during the snow...capturing these pictures...
 Beautiful snow-covered pine...and
I think this picture is "notecard" worthy!

When we were in Illinois earlier this fall/winter, I took a picture of my childhood home...
Such memories I have of living in this house that seemed "giant" when I was a kid!  I got a chance to tour the house a few years ago...it has been loved by the families that have lived in it since we did!  That was comforting!

I took these pictures at Steve's parents' church...beautiful banners that I hope to create for our church someday!


I went to a quilting retreat in mid-November and captured this picture one morning of the sunrise...note the cross in the water...but not in the sky...pretty awesome!

In December, our church held the 6th annual Christmas Cookie Walk...if you missed it, here's some of the goodies...and mark your calendar for the first Saturday in December next year!



 
Two weeks ago I took this picture on my way to the hospital to volunteer...Sundogs appear around the sun usually in extreme cold weather...something we've had alot of lately!  I guess these pictures are the reward for bearing the cold!

I'll give you a couple of hours to read this post, then I'll share our family Christmas photos!
Rejoice in this most Holy Season!
And stay warm!