Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cath Kidston's Killing Me

I was so busy spending extra time with my son before he headed back to school, that I never got a chance to post yesterday.  It was a very odd feeling, I'm so accustomed to spending time with all of you. Before I get into Cath Kidston, I want to share with you these beautiful tulips I had displayed for Easter.  Something pretty to share before I show you my "attack of the birds"...

From the picture, these cupcakes really don't look so bad.  Cute little birds atop vanilla buttercream with edible grass and jelly beans.  In reality, barely a one got eaten.  I didn't even want to eat them.  Way too much going on with the cupcake and too sweet (yes, there is such a thing).  There is something about green frosting that is really unappealing as well.  I had a flash back to being a room mom in elementary school when my kids were little.  I would make all these elaborate snacks on "my day" and the children wouldn't eat them.  Simple things were best, pretzels, unadorned frosted cupcakes, gold fish crackers.  I'm a slow learner...but it sure makes for a good picture. 

On to Cath Kidston.  She's done it again.  I simply can't stand it.  Would I be a terrible Mother if I raided the college fund for Cath Kidston (don't act like you don't think about such things!)  Honestly, look at that bedding!

I'm almost speechless on this one - vinyl flooring!!!  How beautiful would this be in a bathroom?  I think I would put it in my kitchen.  Who am I fooling, I'd put it in the garage!   

Then we move on to oil cloth and cotton fabric.  Really?  I think I might have to take a moment.

There are no words coming...have I shown you my wallpaper crush?

   Dining Room

Sewing Room


I'm starting to think that it's best that these items are not accessible to me short of robbing a bank going back to work.  I wonder how many t-shirt quilts I would have to sell to afford all this?  A girl can dream though, can't she?

Joyfully dreaming,

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Sharing with you the joy of knowing that our Savior lives!

With praise,

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Adorable Eggs

Photo by Jimmy Beans Wool

I found a new knitting website and wanted to share it with you.  It's called Jimmy Beans Wool.  They have the free pattern for these darling eggs (here) and between the huge amounts of work you have to do today to get ready for Easter tomorrow, I thought you might want to whip a few of these up.  I actually entertained the idea for about 30 seconds.  Nevertheless, I certainly plan on making some for next year and thought you might too.

I am off to do Easter dinner shopping, color eggs, frost cupcakes, clean house and travel to college son's baseball game, all the while barely being able to see through swollen spring allergy eyes.  If I wasn't so busy I might actually find some humor in this.  AND it just dawned on me that I have no idea what I'm wearing to Easter services tomorrow...I need coffee!

I want to let you know that my wonderful friend, Joyce from Iloveprettylittlethings is having a giveaway for a fabulous market tote bag that she made.  Be sure to stop by and enter to win.

Asking God to bless the work of your hands today,

Friday, April 2, 2010

Pretty Little Memories

I have been feeling very sentimental about my children lately.  I've been missing my son who's away at college.  My daughter is a teen now and no longer do we have American Girl dolls laying around or miniature tea sets half filled with water on the floor.  I have a love of children's items and the other day when I was in the storage room I saw her little kitchen set she used to play with.  I decided to move a couple of pieces of it out to the porch.

The preschool that she went to had this set and decided to get rid of it.  I just had to cover the florescent yellow paint and of course, shabby it up a bit.  I think I will fill the sink with flowers, add some embroidered tea towels and make a little rug to anchor the area around it.

I'm still looking for the play food, but was able to find this little beauty.  It appears it's my turn to play with the kitchen, at least until grandchildren arrive someday.  Until then, want to play kitchen with me?

Blessings & Hugs,

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Book of Inspiration

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

Gumdrops & Pillow Shams

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!

Feeling thankful,

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Colors of Spring

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

Fun News!

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!

With joy,

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Scripture

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!

Matthew 21:1-9

Joyful, joyful we adore thee,

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday Smiles

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

A Little Inspiration

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...

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

Vintage Aprons

My faith in Christ

Off to sew!  Be Blessed!