Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years is like a day.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, 
as some undertand slowness.  
He is patient with you, not wanting anyone
to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:8&9

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Be My Guest...

Awhile back I deleted my follower button.  I was becoming too overly concerned with numbers and decided to remove it and focus on just being me.  Over the last few weeks I have been approached by different blogs for various reasons and it appears that not having the button is holding me back in the ways I want to share with you and the direction I would like the blog to go.  With that being said, I am putting my follower button back up and hope that you would be my guest and follow me and continue to leave your wonderful comments as we journey through blogland together!

If you followed me before, you should still be there.  Click the follower button and if you already followed it will tell you so.  Have a blessed day dear friends!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Pretties

A few of my favorite things...

especially the reproduction china
used on the Titanic...

mosiac children's chair by a local artist...

scripture china and crochet pretties...

a favorite doll...

a spot in my dollhouse...

little creamers and a heart for you!

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With joy,

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Still Here

Red Rose Farm Blocks

Thank you for all your concern and prayers.  The tornado sirens went off and my husband and I waited out our time in the basement, but nothing touched down, thank you Lord!  It is rare that we get a tornado in our part of southwest Michigan.  

Current Knitting Project

My yard looks exactly like it did on Monday, before the leaf guy came.  Honestly, I think I got all of the neighbors leaves in my yard too.  I'm thinking the leaf guy knew what the weather forecast was, hmm...

What I'm Reading

I did manage to get some errands done after the "all clear" alert.  Most of the day I spent inside enjoying all of the above.  I made a mean pot of shrimp risotto and watched the food network.  A good, safe day all around.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Troubles

Today the weather report states 100% winds, tornado watch, and severe thunderstorms.  We are encouraged to stock up on supplies for three days.   Schools are closing all around us.  I can't believe the leaf guy showed up yesterday...


Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday's Thoughts

It was my turn to host my daughter's Bible study group last night.  I finished my fall table topper over the weekend and it made for a pretty table.  I was not completely happy with the way it turned out so I'm just showing you a little pumpkin corner.

What would a fall gathering be without some take-home candy bags?  Every girl needs a little chocolate now and then!

I found these napkins at Hobby Lobby.  What a great reminder as we start this week out together dear blogger friends!

Be blessed,

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"The Lord your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

With joy,

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Change is in the Air

The winds of fall have stepped up their urgency to shake all the leaves to the ground.  Every morning I awake to a thicker carpet. Change is in the air.  It's time to bring in the remaining garden ornaments, put the last bulbs into the earth, ready ourselves for colder weather.  It's now dark at 7:30pm and soon it will be time to turn the clocks back so that we can grasp a bit of daylight alittle longer.  Today it's raining and the possibilities for spending the day are endless.  Should I bake?  Should I sew?  Should I read? Should I... What will we do with the gift of a another day?

Richest blessings,

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Pretties

Sometimes practical meets pretty and all is well in my world...
an unexpected gift

a whimsical new light fixture

vintage enamelware finds a new purpose

new storage all "prettified"

my pink mixer making cookie dough

It's all good!
Be Blessed,

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Autumn Blessings Quilt

The other day I gave you a sneak peek of the quilt I was working on.  Today I want to show you the quilt before I take it to the quilter.  When my "Fresh Vintage" came from Fig Tree Quilts, I knew I wanted to make the "All Hallows Eve Portrait".  I needed to make some modifications since the featured quilt was only 18"x 18".  I decided to use the "Sugar Rush" pattern in Camille Roskelley's new book, "Simplify".  I also decided to replace the "H" in the original quilt with "Autumn Blessings" using the book "The ABC's of Words on Quilts" by Elizabeth Scott.  The fabric is "Dandelion Girl" from Fig Tree Quilts which is perfect for my house.  The soft, muted colors of fall go much better with my pastel decor than the traditional fall/halloween colors.

One of the things I like most about this quilt is the scalloped border.  It goes well with the other scalloped trims in the room, like my table and chairs...

as well as the wood trim around the window.  It was a quick and fun project and I'll be sure to share it after it's quilted.  It's now time to go back to my Red Rose Farm quilt.  Hope you are having a great day!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Fall Garden

I took a stroll out into the garden yesterday.  I wanted to see if there is still any activity after all the cold days we've had.  There is still much to enjoy.  My hydrangea bush is fading to the warm colors of the trees behind it.

The rose is still as breathtaking as it was this summer, only in a more mellow way.  Some of the flowers have started to dry but it is still blooming.  I just love it!

The fall toad lily is in full swing.  They have multiplied all over the flower beds.  If you click on the picture, you can see their exquisite design.

The shrub rose is still producing new blooms and seems to grow taller every day.  The once twelve inch container is now almost five feet tall.

As long as we don't get a frost, the blooms will continue to open.  The hostas have faded back to the earth, some a bright yellow like the trees.  I can sense the anticipation in this little bud, will I come out?  Or will it be to cold to unfold?

Always hardy are the mums.  My neighbor surprises me every year with a potted mum.  It is such a nice surprise to find one sitting so prettily by my fence.  Such a simple and beautiful gesture.

This is the one remaining lavender blossom for the season.  I can't decide if I should cut it and dry it or leave it attached to it's life source.  For now, I'll leave it and let it take it's own sweet time to enjoy the last few days of warmth and sunshine this season.


Monday, October 18, 2010

A Quiet Monday

What is that darling little face peeking out? hmmm...

Today it's so quiet around my home.  Yesterday at church we were challenged to turn off our electronic devices and allow some quietness into our lives.  We do this to not only hear what the Lord might be speaking to us, but to also allow time for the mind to be creative.  It all sounds great to me, sign me up!  I decided to take a mini break from my Red Rose Farm quilt because something came in the mail that caught my eye...

If you happen to be a fan of Fig Tree Quilts, than you don't want to miss their pattern publication which comes out quarterly.  For just $8.50 (plus shipping), you receive patterns and much more in this little charming and oh-so-cute publication.

I am just about done with this project, but I'm only giving you this little snippet of a picture to keep you guessing.  It was fun, pretty quick and involved a combination of two patterns with the help of this...

Elizabeth Scott is also the designer behind Red Rose Farm that I'm using in the first quilt.  I can't wait to show you.  Do you want to see it before I have it quilted?

Happy Hugs,

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday Scripture

Looking out my front door...