Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring Decorations


It has stayed in the mid 50's today.  I keep going outside and taking deep breaths of air.  I've got little green shoots coming up all over and while there is still patches of snow, I have that wonderful sense that spring is on it's way. Out from storage came the Easter tree, now spring has to come!


The bunnies are coming out of hibernation.  Most of them have these wonderful ruffled collars.  They want to dress their best for the season too!


My collection of scripture plates looks so good with the bunnies.  A constant reminder of the true reason for our Easter celebrations.


This dapperly dressed bunny is all set for a special get-together.  A fun find on one of my thrifting excursions.


This pretty hat birdhouse hangs above a shelf in my entry way.  I love dressing this shelf for all the different holidays and seasons.  I enjoy it every time I pass by.


A lone little bird taking a break from singing his song.  I hope all of you are having a good Wednesday and enjoying the start of spring!

Be Blessed,

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dreaming of Spring


Today the sun is shining and it's 50 degrees.  Here in Michigan that calls for an all out happy dance!  I'm pulling out the Easter decorations later today but thought I would get inspired first by these images from Pottery Barn.


I love the colors of spring.  They make me want to quilt, especially with Brenda Riddle's fabric.  I have been loving on the Celebration line for awhile now.  She has a new line coming out that I'm so excited to see.  Stop by her blog for some inspiration.


Spring makes me think of new beginnings, our Savior's resurrection, and all things pretty.


Of course I have to throw in a few cupcakes for good measure!  Have a joyful day!

Smiling all the way,

Monday, March 8, 2010

Crochet-a-long...

Photo by Rosehip

I would like to share with you a fun project that I'm working on.  Cassie at You Go Girl is hosting a crochet-a-long.  We are learning how to make these gorgeous pillow cases.  The ones above are from Rosehip.

Photo by You Go Girl

Now before you decide that since you don't crochet or picked it up once and can barely make the slipknot, Cassie is taking us through this process step-by-step.  She said that it can be done and she lists some very good sources for help if needed.  Last week we had to gather our supplies and this week we will be making the pillowcase.  Want to join me in the fun?  How hard can it be if we work on it together?  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

Sunshine and laughter,

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Scripture

Photo by Victoria Magazine


"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink; or about your body,
what you will wear.  Is not life more important
than food, and the body more important than
clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not
sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet
your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not
much more valuable than they?  Who of you by
worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

Matthew 6:25-27

Blessed be the Name of the Lord,

Saturday, March 6, 2010

life:beautiful


I was talking to a friend about one of my favorite magazines and she had not heard of it.  I thought I would mention it to all of you incase you hadn't heard of it either.  Life:beautiful is relatively new on the market and is published quarterly.


It holds everything I love in a magazine.  It has home decorating, fashion, cooking, crafts, book reviews, great photography, etc.  Much like other magazines except for one difference...


Everything is infused with scripture.  It brings God's Word into all those things we love to look at in a magazine and for me it's the best part.  The spring 2010 issue just arrived in my mailbox.  It has an adorable bunny topiary on the cover in a lush shade of spring green.  Make a visit to Barnes and Noble today, you won't be disappointed.  Have a fun Saturday!

Joyfully,

Friday, March 5, 2010

Amy & Emersonmade


I had the most fun yesterday.  I met my best buddie, college roomie, in Ann Arbor for a much overdue visit.  Seeing Amy was the filling up that my spirit needed.  After much glee, hugs and laughter, she handed me this box, "I have something for you..."  I saw the label and was speechless.  She had seen my blog about Emersonmade.  I opened it to find this...

Oh my goodness!  Besides planning a an outfit around this, I will now be planning an outfit around this absolutely scrumptious clutch!


If you have yet to visit Emersonmade, you are missing out.  The flowers that she creates are stunning.  The uses for the flowers are endless.  The pictures are a story in themselves.


A visit to her website makes you want to cover every outfit with a flower.  The sizes and colors come in a large variety.


These are the newest flowers on the site.  What a great way to dress up a shoe!  A party for your feet!


This wedding bouquet would never wilt and could be passed down to your daughter for her wedding.


This is one of my favorites.  It requires being worn with attitude!  Wishing you a great start to your weekend...

Be blessed,

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tag Your It!

The very talented, Jodi, from Pleasant Home, has tagged everyone who wants to play with a game called the ABC's of Me.  For fun, I thought I would play along...

A - Age: 48

B - Bed Size: Queen

C - Chore you hate: The folding and putting away of laundry.  I would honestly rather clean up after Max in the yard than put away laundry.

D - Dog's Name:  Max.  A large, cuddly, think's he's a lap dog, sock eating golden retriever.

E - Essential Food Item: Two things I keep coming back to, tea with milk and popcorn.

F - Favorite Color: Yellow because it keeps me happy during Michigan winters.


G - Gold or Silver:  Mostly silver but slowly coming back to gold.


H - Height: 5'2" totally not believing the doctor that I'm really 5'1" and have been mismeasured my whole life.  How ridiculous!


I - I am: Sometimes overwhelmed by the need to create.


J - Job: Christian, Mom, Wife, Friend, Sister, Daughter...


K - Kids: A son who is in college and a daughter in high school.


L - Living Arrangements: I live in a yellow house with white trim and pale blue doors on a tree filled corner in a subdivision in southwestern Michigan.  I dream of living in the country daily.


M - Mom's Name: Helen


N - Nickname: Reen


O - Overnight Hospital Stay: Tonsils at 16 and giving birth to both children.


P - Pet Peeve: People who cut you off driving because they think you are slow only to be stopped at the light in front of you.  All that for nothing.


Q - Quote from a movie: I forget what I'm going downstairs for before I hit the last step, I certainly can't remember movie quotes!


R - Right or Left handed: Right


S - Siblings: Two brothers, one older and one younger.


T - Time You Wake Up: 5:30, like clockwork.


U - Unique Thing About Your Car: The dent in the left front bumper I got by hitting the side of the garage while trying to back out around my son's car.


V - Vegetable You Hate: Beets


W - Ways You Run Late: "Checking" something on the computer.


X - X-rays You Had: Too few to remember.


Y - Yummy Food You Make: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken Chili, Cupcakes.


Z - Zoo Favorite: Monkeys

Okay, now it's your turn!  Let me know if you play so I can read yours!

With joy,

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?

Joyfully,




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!


Joyfully,

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,