My friend, Sally, of Salakazoo's makes the most incredible things out of recycled wool sweaters. She was doing it a long time before it became immensely popular. She made me this beautiful pillow for my birthday last month.
This little flower she put on the back hides her tag. Is that cute or what? Every year I put my request in for a handmade birthday present from her. So far, she hasn't turned me down yet!
This scrumptious bag was last years birthday surprise. I always get a lot of compliments whenever I use it. She has such a great way of blending colors and textures. I''m amazed at her creativity.
She has done more than one pair of mittens for me. Currently she is working (right Sally?) on mittens in my sons college colors for me (I'm so bad). My daughter and I share these, her high school colors are orange and brown, ugly cheerful colors that they are! I had so many people coming up to me that Sally could have sold a pair to about 100 people during football season. I am truly blessed to be around so many creative women and so many creative bloggers. It certainly is a blast to sit down at the computer and see what you all have dreamed up for me to enjoy. Thank you!
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!
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!
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):
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.
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,
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?
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.
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?
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!