Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Scripture



"Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, O Lord my God,
with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever."

Psalm 86:11-12

Blessings,

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Alice In Wonderland


Last night I saw "Alice in Wonderland" and I can't stop thinking about it today.  Was it bizzare? Yes.  Did I follow most of it?  No.  The special effects were amazing and the costumes were incredible.  Honestly, it was really strange.  My daughter commented on the way out that she heard that Lewis Caroll was on drugs when he wrote the book.  I don't know if that's true, but I can understand how one could make a case for it.


Today, I plan on watching the Disney version.  Not only will it enchant me, but will also remind me of when my children were little, and things were much simpler (for so many reasons).


If I get super motivated I might reread the book, which is really the best way to try to understand the story in the first place.  No movie can quite capture the pictures your imagination dreams up while reading a good story.


The real Alice of "Alice in Wonderland"


Have a wonderful Saturday!

With joy,

Friday, March 12, 2010

What was I thinking?



The rain started yesterday.  I love the sound of rain.  I'm so glad that my yard is getting a good washing.  Snow is very pretty when it's white and fluffy but after snow plows and decomposing leaves it's more like dirty slush.  Today, I thought I would take a good hard look at the longest unfinished quilt project on my list.  I want so badly to make this quilt for my bed, but honestly, the process is SO boring (there, I said it).  Strip after strip after strip of fabric sewn together.  I have to make 17 of these beauties (I made 16, last summer) and then cut them into 201 strip sets, just to be sewn back together again into 9 large blocks and borders.  What was I thinking?


I can almost hear you say to me, "You did this to yourself.  You picked this project because you saw this pattern in the June 2009 American Patchwork & Quilting and started dreaming of sleeping underneath such a creation."  Yes, I did.  Isn't it pretty?  But then, my fickle heart starts looking at "the others".


Oh yes, the free block of the month, the free patterns from blogs and websites, and the cutest bag pattern ever that Beverly sent me.  You know I'm not showing you the large container of quilt kits that give me that look whenever I walk into my sewing room.  So what's a girl to do?  I have a feeling you will tell me to tackle "Checkerboard Charm" because I will love it in the end.  I know I will too, because I always love, the most, the quilts that drive me absolutely nuts in the process. (sigh)

Joyfully,

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thrifty Finds


I've been meaning to show you my fun finds on my thrifting adventure last week with my friends Sally and Diane.  We always manage to get into retail trouble together.  I'm always finding little things so I fool myself into thinking that I'm really not spending that much money and usually I'm not.  Teacups are a weakness of mine as well as whimsical birds.  I just love the vintage wrapping paper.


I'm going to be making some tiered serving pieces and I thought this pretty plate would make a great base.  I'll post pictures of these pieces when I get them finished.


My fondness for children's items continues to grow stronger daily.  I debated over a basket of junk I had to buy in order to get this doll-sized napkin holder.  In the end, it came home with me (as well as the junk).  I get tickled every time I look at the tiny pitcher and glasses.  I'm always picking up embroidered tea towels, they make me smile!


I was thrilled to find a piece of blue crinoline china to add to my collection.  Pretty hankies and robin's egg blue covered buttons were a fun find.


Always on the lookout for inexpensive vintage tablecloths, this one whispered spring to me.  Have a great Thursday doing something you love!

With joy,

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,