Saturday, February 6, 2010

From Sur La Table

It is a frigid 23 degrees here today.  The kind of cold that makes you catch your breath because your body is in a state of shock.  But the sun is shining and that is a huge blessing after days and days of gray skies.  So, I'm firing up this little beauty I purchased at Sur La Table last weekend while on my ladies retreat.  I've never owned a tea kettle and like the cheery whistle that it makes.  Could not pass up the pink for sure.  Here are some other items I did not buy but loved:
This is an ice mold that makes diamond shaped ice,
how cool is that?

Love this color!

This mix is delicious!  Good to have in a pinch!

My one regret!

Very fun colors!

Need a new carafe, but didn't want the $40 tag...

Have a fun Saturday doing something you love!

With joy,

Friday, February 5, 2010

My Laundry Room

I had a successful day yesterday, I finished both t-shirt quilts and got them off to the quilter.  All the journal covers are made, whoo whee, I'm a bit tired today.  I'm itching for a new project and I thought if I showed you my tiny laundry room you might talk me out of redoing it and if I saw the pictures, I might think twice too.  I found the picket fence on one of my flea market trips, loved how it gave that space above the window some texture.
When we moved in almost seven years ago, I took down the dark cabinets from the walls and put the white shelving up.  Then I went about filling it with laundry and garden goodies as well as a little kittie that followed me home.
The dryer sits right below this shelf.  I can't decide if I need to go lighter in paint color, maybe a pretty blue?  My family has vetoed yellow since we have a lot of it.  Yellow says happy to me, that's why I immediately go there.
My friend, Diane, found this needlework picture for $2.00.  So glad she asked me if I wanted it.  Someone worked on it for a long time.  I just love it.

My garden angel has followed me through the last few moves.  She's starting to look a little worn out, bless her heart.  I just don't know.  Do I redo or leave as is?  I certainly have enough quilting UFO's to last me a few years months.  Tell me what you would like to redo in your home?

Be blessed today,

Thursday, February 4, 2010

About Me - Part One

I grew up in a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan.

One of my favorite things to do with my Mom was to search the beach for fossils and beach glass in the evening.

I made fairy houses in the woods near my home when I was little.

My sixth grade teacher kept a paper that I wrote about the fairy houses for nearly 20 years that he shared with his students.

I can almost feel the fabric of my Grandmother's dress, hear her shy laugh and taste her birthday cakes though she has been gone many years.

I liked to read and draw and my report cards always said that I talked too much.

I took ballet for four years until I thought it wasn't "cool" anymore.

My high school art teacher secretly applied for me to get an art scholarship and surprised me with it.

I am thankful the Lord gave me something to do with my hands.

I always notice people's hands first, I think they tell a lot about a person.

I am the middle child sandwiched between two brothers.

May your memories bring you joy,

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Journal Covers

Tomorrow is my deadline to take two quilts to the quilter.  I got a little side-tracked and started making journal covers for my daughter and her friends who are having a retreat with their Bible Study group.  I just love these girls and the positive influence they are on my daughter.  Best of all, God has blessed them with two wonderful leaders Joyce (I love pretty little things) and Kelly who are two of my dear friends.  They have been doing a study called "And Bride Wore White".
I used fabric from my stash as well as vintage crochet trim, buttons and some crocheted crosses that my Mom had made for me years ago.  I really did enjoy this project and I'm having fun putting together little goodie bags for them.
So, I'm off to do some mad, crazy, sewing at record speed, quilting.  I don't know why I do this to myself but somehow I think I'm a bit more creative when I'm on a deadline.  Asking God to give you showers of blessings today.

With joy,

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Fun Pattern Find

I enjoy putting the unexpected into my everyday things, adding a little beauty to the routine.  So I sew pretty fabric on plain kitchen towels, use pretty old tea cups as scoops in my flour and sugar, keep my onions and potatoes in a vintage bread box, store jewelry in porcelain bowls and mouth wash in crystal decanters, to name a few.  When I saw this ironing board cover in the Moda Bake Shop, I knew this would soon be my new sewing project.  The patterns on this site are free and downloadable.  It seems to happen every couple of years that my cover becomes stained with starch and grime of some sort.  I even noticed that my ironing board seems to be a bit warped all of a sudden.  So before I can make this cute cover I have to get a new ironing board.  I was hoping you could tell me a good brand or style of ironing board for a quilter?

My friend, Sally, wants to know if anyone knows where she can purchase clean bulk buckwheat for sachet making?


Monday, February 1, 2010

They loved them!

My ladies retreat was so much fun and they loved the scarves!  What a joy it was to make all these beautiful women smile.  Joyce (I love pretty little things) and Debbie from my post "Apron Love" look fabulous in them! I apologize for the blurry pic, I'm still learning the ropes here.   I hope all of you hug your friends today and make them smile!

With joy,

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Scripture

My son's college team praying before the start of the game..

"My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to
understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry
aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for
silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you
will understand the fear of the LORD and find the 
knowledge of God.  For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield
to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the
 course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones."
Proverbs 2:1-8

Be blessed today!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Apron Love

My friend Debbie made me this cute apron for my birthday.  I have known her for six years and didn't have a clue that she could sew.  I don't think her machine will be quiet for long, all her friends are asking for one now.  I think it would look cute as a dress if I could get her to put a back on it.  Tee hee...

With joy,

Friday, January 29, 2010

Fun & Easy Scarves

Today I leave town for the weekend for a girlfriends retreat with nine ladies.  I spent a couple days this week making each one of them a scarf.  It was a fun way to use up lots of fabric scraps in my stash.

It all started with the scripture fabric which determined the width of the scarf and then I used varying sizes of coordinating materials.  I decided to make them long enough to do the "through the loop" method.  I hope they like them.  Have a blessed Friday!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Little Chicks

We got blasted with snow yesterday and overnight.  My daughter was hoping for a snow day so she wouldn't have to take her last final.  No such luck.  Almost needed to be picked up by snowmobile but somehow I got her there this morning.  I have got to finish t-shirt quilts for customers, but keep getting distracted by these little chicks.  Lea, over at Farmhouse Blessings, got me hooked when I saw her little chickies.  She really shouldn't have told me the name of the pattern because now I can't stop and by the looks of the picture, I've got plenty to make.  I'm thinking that I want to use some of my Celebration fabric from Little Acorns.  But Brenda, I can't seem to make myself cut into it, it's too beautiful.  I honestly pick it up, take my scissors, and put it back down.  Am I fabric obsessed or what?  Is there any fabric that you just can't bring yourself to cut into?

Stay warm today and be joyfilled,

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Max and Cath Kidston

Thank you for all your support and prayers for Max and praise the Lord! for answered prayer.  Max passed the sock this morning and the x-rays were clear!  I could've wept in the vet's office.  You've never seen a happier person than I, digging through the snow and poop to recover that sock.  He's acting a little sheepish today, I think he's wondering what all the fuss was about.  What a relief!!

I opened my mailbox to find this magazine.  I nearly dropped over.  I'm certain I looked like a complete fool jumping for joy in the road.  I LOVE CATH KIDSTON.  I have no idea why I received this except that I placed an order with her online and must be on her mailing list now.  Be warned that you should make sure you understand the pound conversion rate before ordering.  I thought I had it figured out and didn't factor in the expensive shipping costs.  I paid double the price of the item, but honestly, it was almost worth it.  Her packaging is so stinkin' cute that you don't even have to open it to appreciate what's inside.

I don't know why American stores stopped carrying her things.  I've been able to find a few items on Amazon.  Her designs just speak a language clear as a bell to me.

It's probably best that I can't get my hands on this fabric without selling a kidney, otherwise my entire house would be covered in chintz.  Tell me what designers knock your socks off?

With joy,

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Here we go again...

Today was an interesting day, to say the least.  I don't know how many of you have Goldens, but for those of you who don't, they like to eat things.  We are pretty good at keeping him out of things but when winter sets in and stays for awhile, Max gets bored and starts looking for trouble.  He is happy in this photo I snapped in the fall, but today he was pretty miserable.  For two days he hasn't been able to keep anything down and at one point threw up a sock.  After 24 hrs. of not eating or going out.  I took him to the vet.  The long and the short of it is if he doesn't throw up what's still in his stomach by tomorrow morning, he is going into surgery.

About six years ago we had a similar situation with our other Golden, Casey.  She managed to eat a nerf football.  It cost us $1200 to have it removed.  Now, you know where I'm going with this.  I love my dogs.  $1200 is a lot of money.  I know I don't have a choice, but $1200 is a lot of money.  I'm praying that between now and the x-ray at 8:30 am, God will let whatever is in there come out.  I'm feeling very selfish.  Max has barely moved since he's been home.  I'm going away for the weekend and $1200 is a lot of money.  Is it wrong to ask you to pray for a dog?

Thank you Lord for the animals you've given us to care for, forgive my selfish heart...

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tea Anyone?

This little cutie comes from Anthropologie.  Isn't it darling?  I cannot crochet, I have tried, but I just can't get it.  Of all the things I like to do, crochet just doesn't come easy.  My dear friend, Joyce, and I took a class together and we did pretty well, but we just like to sew and knit better.  I look at Alicia Paulson's blog and all her pretty crochet and ooh and ahh, but that's as far as it goes.  One of my goal's this year is to stick to what I do best, and learn something new in that area.  What about you, is there any craft you've given up for something else?

I want to let you know of a new blog authored by my friend, Joyce.  It's called "I love pretty little things."  You can find it here.  It is such a treat and I'm hoping you will join me in welcoming her to the blogosphere.

Be a blessing today,

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and
increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD 
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
Isaiah 40: 28-31

Wishing you a Sunday of renewal,

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Julie & Julia


Last night I watched Julie & Julia again.  I can't help myself, I love it.  It always leaves me wanting to cook Beef Bourguignon and anything made with butter.   I love the clothes from that time period, how they are feminine and not revealing.  How they let you see the person, not the parts that should be covered.  I think this role is the best of Meryl Streep's acting career.  I enjoy Amy Adams as well, finding her a very believable and authentic actress.

I really enjoy cooking.  I've had to adjust my quantities since my son left for college.  His senior year, I had a bunch of his friends over every Thursday for lunch.  I had a lot of fun cooking for them.  They were often my food testers as I would try new recipes.  I have a picture of all the boys and myself that my friend Missy took on one of our last lunch days before graduation.  I haven't cooked as much recently as I should and so I've been trying to get back into it again.  I find that when I meal plan for the week days things run a lot smoother at home.  On the weekends I will try out new things.  Last Saturday I spent all day in the kitchen baking a cake, cookies, banana bread, challah and chicken chili.  I think my husband and daughter thought I had lost my mind.   I'm thinking about tackling the Beef Bourguignon today.  How about you, what's cooking?


Friday, January 22, 2010

My Kitchen

I'm inviting you today on a tour of my kitchen.  I've really enjoyed its transformation and thought I would share it with you.  After my son left for college this past fall I decided I needed a project.  My kitchen at the time was painted red and as much as I liked it, it was too dark for a house that doesn't get much sunlight.  So I had it painted a pretty yellow.  Then the fun part began.  First I made new valance from Aunt Gracie fabric and a big yellow buffalo check fabric I had in my stash.

My friend Nancy sells the cutest oilcloth in her cafe and so I bought some to liven up the counter tops.  The magnetic knife holder project came from The Farm Chicks website.  It's so much fun working with those knives!  I just love my pink mixer, I'm convinced every girl should own one.

My little baking area is one of my favorite spots.  I saw the idea to use the teacups as scoops a couple of years ago in a magazine.  They certainly draw attention from visitors.  I was thrilled to find the pink capped spice set on one of my excursions.  Two of the caps were black so I bought some paint and mixed the colors to match the other ones and you would never know the difference.  The pink measuring bowl is from Longaberger.  Every year they have some new pink pieces for breast cancer awareness and I can hardly wait each year to see what's next.

This little beauty sits by my stove.  My friend Diane and I picked these up when we were "junking" together.  She got a pink one and I got the yellow.  She has graciously agreed to swap with me so I'll be making a change soon.  My next project for this kitchen is to find a better island.  I'd like one made from a dresser, painted pink, with butcher block on top.  I just need to find the right pieces.  So much fun and my husband doesn't mind the pink!  I'd also like to find a vintage cookie jar that goes with my theme.  So far, all the ones I like are way out of my price range.  I can wait, the thrill of the hunt is as fun as decorating, don't you think?

My God bless the work of your hands today!