Thursday, February 18, 2010

T-Shirt Quilts

Do you remember about a week ago I had mentioned that I was frantically trying to get some quilts off to the quilter?  I thought I would share one with you that just came back and I finished binding.  This t-shirt quilt was a special order.  About this time of year the orders start coming in for graduation gifts.  Last year I made 8 of these in about a three month span.
This one is for a boy and I was quite pleased with the way it turned out.  I have to set my shabby chic self aside when I use the batik fabric.
You really feel like you get to know a person when you make one of these quilts.  I feel like I've taken a walk through their life.  I made one for my son for his high school graduation last year that he took to college with him.  I used almost 35 shirts for his, the usual being twenty.  A lot of creative piecing, but it was worth it.  We hung it up at his graduation party and all the guests took their own walk through his life.  I really love quilting.  I'm so glad that God gave me something to do with my hands.  Have a blessed day using your hands for creating in whatever way He directs.

Joyfully,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lemon Tree Studio

I have so enjoyed my entrance into the blogosphere and I am thrilled at discovering artists/bloggers from all over the world.  I just can't resist sharing the talents of Shelly from Lemon Tree Studio.  I came across her work through her blog, My Lily Eden.  The blog, like her work is bright, happy and cheerful. She is a talented writer as well and you will enjoy her blog tremendously.  I sent away for a little gift to myself...
This is what I found when I opened the mailing envelope  How happy is that?  It felt like Christmas morning all over again!
Inside was this adorable box, which is a treat in itself.  I hadn't even gotten to my purchase yet, and the box had me at "hello".
But, THIS is what I received.  This beautiful, scrumptious, handmade necklace.  The colors are true eye candy indeed.  How about that turquoise rose?  Ooh la la...
I will be hosting a wedding shower this June for my friend, Diane's, soon-to-be daughter-in-love, Chelsea and I will be planning my dress around this necklace.  Not shoes, not purse, but around this gorgeous necklace.  After you finish looking at all the handmade goodies from Lemon Tree Studios, you'll have to check out Shelly's other shops Material Gal for fabric and Lemon Blooms for vintage goods.  Have a joyful day!

With love,

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Scripture and Roses

I was looking around the Pretty Room and noticed how many pieces of pottery I have with scripture verses and poems on them.  They always seem to find me at flea markets and jump into my hands.  Really, I don't have a choice, they must come home with me.
Many of them are adorned with beautiful roses and painted with gold trim.  They are such a lovely reminder of a gentler time in our society.
I particularly like this planter with the soft shades of pink dogwood.  Most of these pieces aren't marked so I don't know who made them, but I'm really glad they did.
The roses on this plate are so pretty.  This plate reads, "Give us this day our daily bread".  Let that be our prayer today, with thanksgiving.

Be blessed,

Monday, February 15, 2010

About Me - Part Two

I am afraid of flying.

I'm not a candy person.

I love the sound of bible pages turning in church.

I've learned that not having clutter makes a house look clean.

Peonies are my favorite flower.

I learned how to knit, sew and quilt as an adult.

The Color of Water is one of the best books I have ever read.

I find great pleasure in giving gifts.

I secretly dream of living on a farm.

I believe the cupcake is the perfect dessert.

Often times I'm perfectly happy in silence, no music or television.

I love being a Mother...

The diary of a teenager -
sleep and cell phone
With joy,

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Scripture

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating.
Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked
him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?
"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear O 
Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your
God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your 
mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: "Love 
your neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater
than these."  Mark 12:28-31

With love,

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Living in Denial

In a hurry.
Open camera bag.
Slow response time.
Stupid.
Stupid.
Stupid.

Learn from me,

Friday, February 12, 2010

Salakazoo's

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!

Joyfully,

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!

Joyfully,

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,