Friday, April 9, 2010

Join me at A Ruffled Nest



I am excited to share that today I am a guest blogger at "A Ruffled Nest".  Sherrie is the sister of my dear friend, Joyce (I love pretty little things).  Sherrie is currently on vacation with her wonderful family and is soaking up the sun and sand as I speak.  I would love for you to join me as a guest over at her blog and tour with me the wonderful shop, "Passiflora".  I look forward to seeing you there, dear friends! (this song was running through my head as I prepared for today!)

Joyfully,

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Miss Potter


I just watched, again, one of my favorite movies, "Miss Potter" the story of Beatrix Potter played by Renee Zellweger.  I love everything about it, from the clothes to the animation and of course the love story.


I have always enjoyed her precious children's books.  Every little creature she draws speaks volumes to me.  I have  had a fascination with mice since I was very small.  This fascination has carried over into a small collection of mice.  I even have tiny mice that roam in my dollhouse in my dining room.


It's about this time of year when I daydream about putting a little play house in my back yard and planting a story book garden, one that Peter Rabbit would be happy to visit.


I love this picture because of the sewing implements.  This little mouse looks perplexed as he studies the patterns, I can relate to that more often than not.


The colors of Beatrix Potter's illustrations are just dreamy.  I have a feeling that it won't be long before the movie is back in my DVD player.  Have a joyful day!

Smiles,

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Beautiful Breezeway


I was visiting my friend, Diane, yesterday and asked her if I could take some pictures of her gorgeous breezeway to show you.  Diane is a very talented lady with an eye for display and the uncanny ability to always find the best treasures when we are out junking together.  She makes beautiful quilts as well and I am always inspired to create after being in her home and spending time with her.


She has a lovely dress form, as I do, that she likes to fancy up with vintage petticoats and velvet.  Diane can find the most unusual hats and has a great collection.  I always love it when she wears one unexpectedly.


I think the black wicker sofa looks fabulous against the pink walls.  Our friend, Jan, is responsible for making the cushions on the furniture and Diane made the cute pillows.


The fabric and trim on this cushion makes me swoon!  I made the pillow for her awhile back.  So fun to see your friends use the gifts you make them.


This darling pink wheelbarrow is one of her latest acquisitions.  I have never seen one like this before.  See what I mean about her ability to find cute things?


I remember being with her when she found this shutter.  She painted it this delicious green and hung it as art - genius!


This picture did not capture the built in magazine rack on the side of this vintage wicker chair.  Quite a unique find.  I remember being on vacation with Diane when she found "Jack".  He will be moved out to the garden when the weather gets nicer.


She has many adorable vintage pictures of children.  The colors go so nicely with all the other decorative items in the room.


I think this puppy print is so sweet.  Diane has 3 doggies of her own and often has her brother's new puppy as well.  They are a loving bunch and I get a kick out of their enthusiasm to see me when I visit.


Diane paints furniture beautifully and this pale lavender side table turned out great!  Aren't the ducks cute?


This decorative shelf is one of my favorite pieces in the room.  I love all the chipped paint!  The colors are amazing reminding me of a vintage porcelain doll.


Diane's husband is a very talented carpenter and has made many beautiful pieces of furniture for my home.  He made this shelf with the door knob hangers.  It is a great focal point in the room.  Thank you Diane for the tour and for allowing me to show your beautiful breezeway!

Be blessed today,

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

Bathroom

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!


Joyfully,

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!

Joyfully,