Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Valentine's Day Quilt

I almost forgot to put up my Valentine's day quilt this year.  Sometimes, when I make a quilt for a specific season I don't remember that I have it until the last minute.  So, up on the wall it went before the day comes and goes.
The pattern is out of Nancy J. Martin's book, "Make Room for Christmas Quilts".  It's a really good book filled with wonderful decorating ideas as well as quilt patterns.  I have made a couple of quilts from it and there are a few more I'd like to do.
This quilt is much brighter than I normally do and if I had to do it all over again, I would not have chosen red and green, it reminds me too much of Christmas even though the green went with the block motif very well.  Still, a fun project that certainly brightens my corner of the snow filled world.  Asking the Lord to help you accomplish all your tasks today!

Be Blessed,

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Just in Time for Valentine's Day

Do any of you miss Country Home Magazine as much as I do?  I was feeling very hopeful about a possible return when I found that their website is still up and running.  Country Home has this pattern available just in time for Valentine's Day.  This pretty pin is really simple to make and the pattern is available for you to print.
Another great Valentine's idea comes from Koralee at Bluebird Notes but you will have to start it now for next year.  She got each of her daughters a journal and wrote in it everyday for one year.  365 entries on what she loves about them.  How cool is that?  What a special gift they will cherish forever.  I think it would make a great gift for our husbands too, wouldn't they be surprised?
And for those of us who are craving a sweet treat for Valentine's Day, Bakerella has this recipe for Big Love Butterscotch Cookie.  I can't even imagine how many times I would have to go to the gym to work that off.  Have a blessed day thinking about all the ways you can make your dear ones smile this Valentine's Day!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sharing the Sunshine

I was just tickled to receive the sunshine award from Renee at Renew...Balance...Organization.  Check out her blog for some great tips on getting organized.  Her blog is so colorful, just like a bit of sunshine itself.  I now get to pass the award on to 12 bloggers that bring some sunshine into my day and that you might like to get to know (these are in no particular order):

1. Joyce - I love pretty little things
2. Tori - I'm not in Kalamazoo anymore
3. Tricia - Notes of Sincerity
4. Lea - Farmhouse Blessings
5. Judy - Daily Yarns 'N More
6. Jody - Gumbo Lily
7. Lallee - Lallee's Cottage
8.  Kelly - Ministry Wife & Family Life
9.  Beverly - My Sew Sweet Studio
10.  Emily Rose - Simply Vintage Girl
11.  Jen - The Cottage Nest
12.  Keren - Free Pretty Things For You

To accept this little slice of sunshine, here are the rules for accepting:

• Put the Logo on your sidebar, or within a post.

•Pass the award onto 12 Bloggers

•Link the nominees within your post.

•Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

•Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award

Be joyfilled today!

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Study of Light

The sun broke out of the grey this weekend.  Suddenly I was seeing opportunities to capture a moment of light with my camera.  You truly know it's been awhile without sunshine when you stop what you're doing and turn towards the window.  This quilt is the result of my first paper-piecing class a couple of years ago.  Very soft colors, not much contrast.  I'm still learning contrast.
Just love how the crabapple tree reflects on the curtains in my dining room, almost like it was painted on.
The sun illuminated the Faith sign on it's own.  I'm sure there is a metaphor we could find in this.
Just the play of light on lace.  Oh so pretty...

"The February sunshine steeps your boughs
and tints the buds and swells the leaves within."
William C. Bryant

Have a joyfilled Monday!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"But because of his great love for us, God, 
who is rich in mercy, made us alive with
Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-
it is by grace you have been saved."
Ephesians 2:4&5

With Praise!

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,