Thursday, April 1, 2010
Last night was one of those wonderful spring evenings, sunny, birds singing, gentle breeze blowing. I love it because it's not hot yet and you can wear a light sweater and not be cold. I grabbed my new book and headed out to the porch. The "Where Women Create" team has done it again. They've produced a wonderful, inspiring collection of studios that you won't want to miss.
They can take the most ordinary of things, like these knitting needles and turn the picture into a work of art. I was feeling very inspired and I went inside and grabbed the camera. I heard a groan from next to me and my daughter said the now famous words, "what are you doing with that?" to which I answered, "bloggertunity". I believe that elicited another groan.
Ignoring all protests I snapped a picture of a favorite tile that always make me think of my mother's beautiful gardens...
and another one of this bird house. Then I thought I'd take a chance and quickly snap one of her while she wasn't looking...
I was able to capture her diligently working on a bracelet for a friend. Do you remember making these bracelets and plant hangers back in the 70's? What is old is certainly new again. Then I heard that groan and saw this...
the "look". Ok, fine I can take a hint. Let's get back to enjoying our porch sitting together. You can stop sighing now.
Oh, for goodness sake, even Max is giving me the "look". Back to my book. Hope you are having a fun and productive day today!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Heavy into t-shirt quilt orders, I've stopped to collect my sanity and to knock out a couple more projects on my over-due to-do list. I've been wanting to make this "Gumdrop Pillow" by Amy Butler for quite some time. It took 13 bags of stuffing, but is finally finished. My daughter is thrilled to have this in her room.
I completed two more pillow cases. The red floral print is the flip side of the ivory. I thought the black crochet really "popped" against the fabric. I gave these to my dear friend Amy, who I had a wonderful visit with earlier this week. It's so fun to surprise loved ones with hand-made gifts. What does this Wednesday have you working on? I hope it brings you joy!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I love how fashion has taken a turn toward the feminine. I'm enjoying all of the delicate details that are appearing on clothing this spring. Over the weekend I decided to try my hand at embellishing a sweater. I'm playing around with the arrangement and haven't attached them yet. I'm trying to decided how to attach as well. So far I like the arrangement.
My Mother-in-love, Martha gave my daughter this quilt she had made many years ago. I love the colors and the design. I have never seen this design before. Each grape is individually stuffed. It was quite laborious to make and is not one of her favorites, but quickly became one of mine. It looks pretty with all the Easter decorations. A treasure!
Thank you kindly for all your sweet comments yesterday about my porch article. I enjoyed reading them. I love the support we share with each other! You're the best!
Monday, March 29, 2010
I would like to share with you some exciting news. Today my little porch has been featured on the website, "Front Porch Ideas and More". When Dave and Mary contacted me and told me of their plans to add my porch, I was excited that my humble space was to be added with all the beautiful porches they feature. You can find my story under "Renee's Easy Decorating Ideas for Spring". I hope that your Monday is filled with sunshine and laughter!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Triumphal Entry
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away." This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "Say to the Daughter of Zion, 'See, your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.' " The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!
Joyful, joyful we adore thee,
Saturday, March 27, 2010
It was time to change out my quilt in the kitchen for spring. I pulled out this one I made a couple of years ago. It has such bright, cheerful colors.
The pattern for this quilt came from the book, "Quilting in the Country" by Jane Quinn. I highly recommend this book. There are a lot of fun projects.
I picked up this book yesterday. I cannot believe how many cute projects there are in this book. I love her use of color and the combination of fabrics.
How fun is this vintage carriage with a parcel full of ducks. I can't decide what a want more, the ducks or the carriage!
This darling elephant is one of many animals found inside. What a fun use of vintage crochet potholders and trims. The possibilities are endless.
She offers many simple projects that can be made quickly for either a baby shower, or just for your own child when you can no longer get those pesky stains out of your current bibs.
I think my favorite items are all the different animals, from ducks, to lambs to bunnies and more. The pictures are dreamy and you'll want a hot cup of tea and a comfy chair to savor this book.
Have a lovely day,
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I'm having a hard time getting motivated to sew today. When I get this way I start looking around my house for inspiration. Here's what caught my eye today...
Off to sew! Be Blessed!
A pretty ballerina and wedding topper
Redwork from my Mom
Thread, buttons and trim
My favorite illustrator, Jane Dyer
A favorite plate
Cupcakes, mice, and yo-yo's
Crosstitch from my Mom
My faith in Christ
Off to sew! Be Blessed!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Last night I finished my first set of pillowcases in the crochet-a-long being hosted by Cassie at You Go Girl. These are for my daughter's room. They were so much fun to make and easier than I thought it would be.
It's a really fun project and you get to mix two different fabrics if you want. Cassie really takes the time to go step-by-step very throughly. I encourage you to try it. I had barely any crochet skills at all when I started them.
I would like to tell you about another site. Kris from KrisKnits has a fantastic knitting blog. She has the cutest patterns for wash cloths I have ever seen. She hosts a mystery cloth of the month where she gives you just a tiny bit of the pattern every couple of weeks. I'm really enjoying it because it's a small project and there is a great sense of completion in a small amount of time. When I learned to knit years ago, it was through knitting wash cloths. I think you might enjoy both these sites. I hope you are having a good week. Be blessed!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I wish you were here and we could share some coffee or tea and eat something yummy and just chat about random things like friends do when they're together. I'm going to picture that as I write to you today. This weekend I was cleaning out a closet and discovered the vintage dress I had purchased for my daughter awhile back. It's the perfect Easter dress for my mannequin. Now all she needs is a hat!
I picked up some adorable baby chicks at JoAnn's Fabrics the other day. The perfect companions for my swan. I decorate this vintage mirror with the swan for the seasons. What you can't see from the picture is that the swan is covered in glitter, oh so pretty.
Over the weekend I put the binding on this quilt that I made for my dining room table this past Christmas. My table is 96 inches long and I started smiling thinking about the person that will find this in a flea market someday and think how oddly the bed must have been shaped. I have been quilting for many years but continually amaze myself at how I don't remember important quilting facts. I don't prewash my fabrics. I like the sizing in the material. I can't stand washing, drying, and ironing the dickens out of fabric to get it like new again. But, in this case, when you are making a table quilt to the exact specifications of the table, it's important. Obviously cotton fabric shrinks and thus the quilt is smaller than I would have liked but in the end, no one will notice but me (and you when you come to visit...)
The Amish put mistakes in their quilts on purpose. They do this because only God is perfect. Of course I agree with the reasoning but I never have to purposely put a mistake in my quilts, they get there on their own. I used up a lot of material in my stash and was tickled to tears about it. I will put it away for next Christmas and look forward to the joy it will bring me when I pull it out again.
Before you go today, come take a walk with me to the garden. Look what I found! A crocus survived the snow on Saturday. Hope does spring eternal!
Monday, March 22, 2010
I want to share with you something new I tried this weekend. I have always loved these engraved spoons. Normally they are made into markers for herbs, but I thought it would be fun to do phrases. So when I was visiting Anne Sutton (of Bunny Hill Designs) blog, Bunny Tales, she had the directions on how to make these and I dove right in.
I have got a long way to go to perfect this skill. Swinging a sledge hammer isn't as easy as it appears, and obviously that causes the letters not to be straight on these first few tries. I love the simple, rustic look about them, though.
My mind is running with ideas, but I need to practice a bit more. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and that Monday proves delightful.