Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Favorite Illustrator

I'm going to share a secret with you today.  Deep down, way inside, I dream of being a children's book illustrator.  Many years ago I was an art major, quit because I was lazy, got my degree in something else and have regretted it ever since.  I am most drawn to the illustrations of Jane Dyer.

I found Jane's books, "Talking Like Rain," (to name just one) when my children were small and I have collected her books ever since.  There is an honesty and whimsy about her paintings that just draw me in, as if it is perfectly normal for a little bird with a yellow shirt on to sit on your shoulder while two bunnies and a lamb help you make cookies!

Or to have tiny little elves help you prepare breakfast in the morning while Mom looks on like this happens every day.

This picture reminds me so much of Kristen Nicholas' blog, Getting Stitched on the Farm because she put hand-knit sweaters on her baby lambs, (I'm not kidding, go take a peek - adorable!)

No matter how old I get, as long as Jane Dyer keeps paintings these pictures, I will keep collecting her books.  Who is your favorite illustrator or children's book author?


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March, in like a lion...

I noticed that many of your blogs have pictures of beautiful spring flowers like these.  Blogging makes all of you seem so much closer in proximity than what you really are.  The reality of my world is that outside my window, it looks like this...

I was very jealous happy for Beverly to see how full and beautiful her magnolia tree is and realized that mine is a brown stick in the ground and will remain so for the next couple of months.  Isn't it amazing how we blog to each other, feeling like we're sitting in the same room and yet it would take us days by car or hours by plane just to be able to visit each other.  I love how blogging brings us together from all over the globe.

I would like to thank Mary of Neat and Tidy for giving me these awards.  So very kind!  I am still pondering her post "The Jesus Follower Sign".  Read it when you get a chance, it's very convicting.

Wishing you sunshine and flowers in your corner of the world today,

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Winner Is....

"Friendship is born at that moment when one
person says to another, "What!  You too?
I thought I was the only one."
C.S. Lewis

Drum roll please......

True Random Number Generator15

The winner of the giveaway is Bridget!!!
Bridget said, "Congratulations on your 100th post. I have lots to be thankful for, my family, my friends and my health."
Bridget, please email me your address so that I can get your goodies out to you!  Thank you again to everyone who left a comment during the giveaway.  I was truly humbled and blessed by all of your kind words.  I find myself rereading the comments and getting teary-eyed by the end.  I look forward to getting to know each of you.  What fun this has been!  May you be blessed today as you have blessed me...

With love,

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Scripture

There really is a moment with the Lord when your child gets on an airplane to go DC for a school trip where you must once again acknowledge that she is His, not yours.  He holds her in the palm of His hand and loves her more than I will ever be able to comprehend.  While I'm thinking about the underwear bomber and a host of other stomach-wrenching possibilities, God is asking me to trust Him.  So I will do my best and pray for a good trip, fun moments and His safe arms around her.

"I lift my eyes to the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, 
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip,
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore."
Psalm 121

With joy,

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hospitable Book Club

You may have noticed the new book club button on my sidebar.  Lisa, from Hospitable Pursuits is hosting a book club.  "Cherries in Winter", by Suzan Colon is the current book.  I started reading it yesterday and I couldn't put down, finishing this morning.  The best way to share what the book is about is to take a paragraph from within - "When Suzan Colon was laid off from her dream job at a magazine during the economic depression of 2008, she needed to cut her budget way, way back and that meant home cooking.  Her mother suggested, "Why don't you look in Nana's recipe folder?"...Reading it, Suzan realized she had found something more than a collection of recipes, she had found the key to her family's survival through hard times."

This book really spoke to me.  I have been doing a lot of thinking recently about how much we have in America and about how much I really need to be happy and healthy (spiritually and physically).  A yearning began in me a few months ago to simplify my life inside and out.  The book takes you back to a time when money was scarce but love was abounding and though they "may be broke, they weren't poor".  So many insights to be gleaned from Suzan's story.  I wholly recommend reading it.  While you are at it, be sure to visit Lisa's blog.  It will be a blessing to your day!

Don't forget to scroll down and leave a comment on the giveaway post, there's still time!


Friday, February 26, 2010

Scroll Down For Giveaway!

I cannot begin to tell you how I am enjoying reading all your comments from the Giveaway.  I've visited those of you who have blogs and stand truly amazed by all the talent and creativity God has blessed you with.  There is still time to enter the giveaway so keep your comments coming on the post below!  I'm continuing to work on unfinished projects as well as sewing binding on two more t-shirt quilts.  This little (I mean little) bag was yesterday's assignment to myself.  The fabric came with the book, all cut out and ready to sew.  I'm disappointed that it's so small, really I think my wallet will be the only thing in it.  I do love the fabric though and it's Cath Kidston, for goodness sake, so I will sport it with a big smile (while I keep the rest of my necessities in a bigger bag in the car...)  Be blessed, hope the weekend is looking good for you!

With joy,

Thursday, February 25, 2010

100th Post Giveaway!!!

Today marks my 100th post!  I have truly enjoyed my blogging experience.  I've learned so much from you and have met such amazing women.  You have become kindred spirits as we journey together through our days.  I am awe struck at all the possibilities that are available with the click of a button.  I still have a long way to go to master this art form, but I'm excited to learn and grow with all of you!  I would like to thank you for your support by doing a giveaway.   I will be giving the above items to one happy reader:  a reversible tote bag and covered hanger made by little ole' me.  The cutest ever icecream cone timer and the book, "One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity" by Debbie Macomber, with a handmade book mark.  The guidelines are simple, because I'm simple:

1.  You need to be a follower of Sewn With Grace.

2.  Leave one comment on this post telling me what you are thankful for.

That's it, nice and simple.  The giveaway will end Sunday, Feb. 28th.  I will announce the winner on Monday.  I'm looking forward to learning what you are thankful for.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
His love endures forever.
Psalm 136:1

I'm thankful for you today,

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I have a very special wedding to attend this summer and I'm in the process of shopping for a dress.  I found this pretty number on the Anthropologie website.  What do you think?
Of course, the next decision is shoes.  These are from Nordstrom's.  Do I jazz it up with this number? Or should I be looking for a summer dress sandal?

I have no idea what jewelry I would wear with a high necked dress, but I really love these fabric flowers from Emersonmade.  I'm not very good at fashion anymore and would welcome your opinions!

Be blessed today,

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dont' You Just Love...

Don't you just love pretty fabrics, quilts you've made, mixed with quilts made by those you cherish, and a doll that brings back memories of the Grandma who gave it to you?
Don't you just love the sweet reminder of friendship and the joy that each person brings to your life?
Don't you just love an unexpected gift (Joyce) and a brand new magazine that speaks your language?
Don't you just love the discovery of something that you adore and had tucked away?
Don't you just love your creative friends (Char) and the wonderful gifts they make you from their heart?
Don't you just love taking a class and learning something new, and the reminder that we're never too old to learn?
Don't you just love finding a treasure?  Especially when it matches the dessert set that you inherited from your Grandma?  And then...
discovering an invitation inside to an event that you can only dream about?  Then pondering what they were wearing and talking about when you were four years old?
Don't you just love the guilty look on your big, furry friends face when he's are caught doing something he knows is wrong?

Wishing we could all sit together with cup in hand and talk about those things we just love today...

With joy,

Monday, February 22, 2010

Thinking of Spring

The weather report indicates that we are to get 8-12 inches of snow.  Hard to believe since it got up to 40 degrees yesterday.  I thought I would take time from my other quilting and make a little Easter table runner.
I haven't done much applique and so I'm learning something new.  I adapted some patterns that I had and added the words from a familiar hymn.
We are all our own worst critics and I see some things that I would for sure change if I did another one.  But for the most part I am pleased with how it turned out.
Today, when it's howling and snowing outside I can be reminded that Spring is on it's way, even if it has taken a detour and left us some snow in it's wake.

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; 
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, 
prosperity would not be so welcome."
 ~Anne Bradstreet

We give you our day today, Lord~

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Scripture

""For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels or demons, 
neither the present or the future,
nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus."
Romans 8:38-39

Be with those you love today,

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Flea Market Finds

I decided to take myself outside, brave the bitter cold and go treasure hunting.  I'm drawn to children's things for sure.  This little cutie cost $5 and now I just need to find/make a little doll to sit in it.
I couldn't pass this darling lamb planter up.  I have a friend who loves lambs and even though she knows it will be coming her way at some point I wanted to share it with you first.  An $8 find.  I love the blue.
I had just done the post on my scripture plates and look what I found!  $4.50 spent on an addition to my collection.  Isn't it pretty?
I couldn't get past the smocking on this little number.  It looks like it has never been worn.  I remember my baby who's now 15 wearing precious dresses like this.  Oh the sweetness of the memory.  I hope you enjoy your Saturday and can get out and enjoy yourself no matter the weather!

With joy,

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Garden Gate Cafe

Today I want to take you on a tour of my friend Nancy's restaurant located in Shipshewana, Indiana in the heart of Amish country.
It is truly one of the most cheerful places I have ever been in.  There is so many treasures to be found and colors to absorb.  It's not just a treat for your palate, but a treat for your senses as well.
She makes the best cupcakes I have ever had and is responsible for ruining my diet.  They also have wonderful food and to-die-for soups which Nancy's husband Doug helps to make as well.
Nancy has done cupcakes for many a wedding and caters to the surrounding businesses providing box lunches as well as other take out items.  I love all the pretty dishes she has on display.
There is always some new item to look at and she finds the cutest cupcake related goods to sell to many a loyal customer.  Nancy has such a big heart and has helped many people by holding special fundraising dinners.
Cute wall hangings can be found all over the shoppe.  Many of them are made by artist friends of hers.
I love this whimsical Christmas tree that she keeps out year round.  The colors are just gorgeous.
Nancy sells a lot of vintage inspired oil cloth.  I use the pink with yellow and red roses in my kitchen.
How fun to sit at this cozy table and enjoy the vintage artwork above it.  Such a happy place!
These cute jammies found their way into my hands and out to my car...I couldn't resist!  Enjoy your day today, be blessed!