Monday, April 26, 2010

A Scarey Moment

Dear Friends,
My daughter and I experienced a frightening moment yesterday and I have been debating whether or not to share it with you.  I decided that I would in the hopes that it might prevent you from experiencing the same thing.  

My husband and I and our two teenage children went out to lunch after church yesterday.  The restaurant is located in one of our local hotels.  As the four of us were leaving the restaurant and entering the lobby of the hotel, a waiter from the restaurant called my name as I had left my credit card on the table.  My daughter stayed back with me while I retrieved it and my son and husband kept walking.  By the time I had gotten my card, they were quite a distance in front of us.

As my daughter and I were walking to the escalator which would take us to the parking ramp, I noticed a man getting on the escalator.  I wondered for a split second why he hung back and didn't just get on.  He then got on, then my daughter and then me.  There were two steps between he and my daughter and I was behind her.  What I didn't know was that another man got on the escalator right behind me.  When we reached the top of the escalator the man in front of us dropped a handful of change and blocked our exit off as he stooped to pick it up.  My daughter and I were trying to figure out how we weren't going to knock him over when I felt someone pushing me from behind.  At that moment my daughter shouted that the man behind me had his hand in my purse.  I snatched my purse away as he denied it while we tripped over the man in front of us.

The rest is a bit of a blur, but I did start shouting for my husband who came back and took off to get help.  I saw the two men talk to each other and then they split up and left.  I do not know if they were caught or not.  I'm not missing anything from my purse.  I have been thanking the Lord all day that we are safe and that we were not hurt.  My daughter has had a difficult day.  I've been a bit numb.  Your mind goes, unfortunately, to what could have happened and I'm choosing to stay focused on the facts.

What I do know is that God gives us intuition in many situations.  We must train ourselves to act on those moments when we know something is not quite right.  I should have acted on the uncomfortable feeling I had before getting on the escalator.  My daughter told me that she saw the second man get on behind me and that she had uncomfortable eye contact with him and wished she would have said something to me.  I don't know why I didn't scream when I felt the man on me but am thinking that perhaps it was best I didn't, for our safety, but only God knows the answer to that.

I pray that you will be aware of your surroundings in a new way and that you will learn something valuable from us.  

Be blessed,
"When I am afraid, I will trust in You." - Psalm 56:3

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God."
Psalm 42:1

With joy,

Saturday, April 24, 2010

In Search of Color

It is a grey, dreary day in southwest Michigan.  Camera in hand, I'm off to find some color.  Let's start with some fun sock yarn...

super fabulous Japanese fabric and buttons

100+ year old quilt squares

DMC embroidery floss

luscious jelly roll of fabric

swirls of color felted pincushion

yellow rose doily

What are you in search of today?


Friday, April 23, 2010

Stitch Magazine

I was out running errands yesterday and came across this cushion at World Market for just $12.99.  It looks so vintagey to me and thought it would look great on the porch.  I also bought the current issue of "Stitch" magazine.  What a feast for the eyes this issue is and there is some wonderful projects like...

simply gorgeous blouse

y-u-m-m-y pillow!

fantastic clutch (I need a handle!)

oh so fun zippered pouches (cute hedgehog!)

The weekend is almost here.  I'm getting ready for my Bible study group.  What are you up to today?


Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Secret Garden

Today I would like to share another of my favorites movies, "The Secret Garden".  As we are all waiting for our gardens to grow this spring, I encourage you to pop this movie in for inspiration.  There is something about the discovery of a garden and the joy of uncovering flowers and bringing the garden back to life that is so fulfilling.  There is a lot of suspense and drama going on with the characters and you will certainly be entertained as well.

The original book is by author, Frances Hodgson Burnett and the illustrations are by the wonderful Tasha Tudor.  This is a great book to add to your collection.  Take a stroll through the garden with me as I share some of the flowers that I'm waiting to see sprout up this spring...




Climbing Red Rose



Morning Glory

I hope your day is filled with sunshine and flowers,

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Remembering My Grandmothers

I want to thank you for praying for me yesterday.  The purse class went much better than I expected.  There is still more work to be done so I will show you the finished bag after the next class.  I won't say I was without error.  I had cut some pieces wrong and had to redo a few things but at least I got two zippers in and hopefully will remember how to put the third one in next week.  If not, I have my buddy, Joyce, to help me and our instructor is wonderful.   While at class I became aware of two Featherweight machines that are available for purchase.  I got a mini education in Featherweights.  They were made between 1930 - 1960.  Singer is still making replacement parts for these machines.  The ladies were talking about how wonderful they are to sew on and how portable they are.  I'm going to sew with one the next time I go in.  Do any of you have one of these machines?  What do you think of it?  It is pulling at my heartstrings and they have lay-away...

I was walking with my daughter after the class and was pondering whether my Grandmothers might have used this machine.  The night was so pretty and though cold (mid 50's) I was enjoying the flowers. We were finding them in the most unusual places along the trail we walk and I was reminded of my Mom and how a few years back she had decided to go in search of her Grandmother's house.  She had a great many memories of spending summers on the farm and hadn't been there in many years.  When she got there, the house had been taken down and nothing remained but the daffodils that used to line the driveway.  There they were, all lined up in the field.  I thought this would make her sad, but she was actually comforted by the memories of those flowers and finding them was like finding a piece of her Grandma.

When we got home I started looking for photos of my great Grandmother, but couldn't locate any.  What I was able to find is this picture of my Grandmother, my Dad's Mom.  She is the little one on the left with the bows in her hair.  It was confirmed again that I should be a farm girl as my family were farmers.  I'm so amused by this picture.  They are covered in mud and barefoot.  Did this rascal of an animal get loose?  I would love to know the story.  I'd also like to know if there is a Featherweight sewing machine behind that door.

Be blessed today,

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Purse Class Anxiety

Today I am off to purse class with Joyce.  We decided to pick the hardest bag design that Amy Butler offers (in my opinion).   It took me over three hours to get all the pattern pieces ready and then get all the pieces cut out.  Each piece required the exterior fabric, lining and interior fabric.  It's a LARGE bag.  It has multiple pockets and three zippered sections.  We came to the conclusion that if we can master this bag then we can make anything.

In reality I am freaking out.  If I didn't have Joyce to talk me off the proverbial sewing ledge I might have thrown in the towel.  I have been given strict orders that I am to leave all anxiety at the door, so I'm sharing my fears with you.  I get impatient when I sew.  I find quilting so much easier.  There's something about all the pattern pieces, markings and the three pages of microscopic directions let alone three zippers that's a bit overwhelming.  I thought about taking a Benadryl before I leave home, to calm my nerves, but am concerned I might fall asleep while sewing my sleeve to the outer flap.

If the Lord prompts you to think of me today, please send up a prayer for me to get a grip.  Aren't classes suppose to be fun?  Why are we so hard on ourselves?  I'm giving this bag to my daughter if I can actually make it.  What she doesn't know is that she will be using it, everyday, for the rest of her life.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Fabric and Cupcakes

Over the weekend my daughter and I went to look for fabric for a purse I'm making her.  When we walked in the store she saw a bolt of fabric (floral yardage on top) and immediately fell in love.  She had picked a fabric from the "Hunky Dory" line which I have been wanting to use for awhile now.  The next thing I knew, we had picked out enough fabric for a quilt.  How is a mother to say "no" when a daughter asks if you'd make her a quilt?  We forgot all about the purse fabric.

I'm in the planning stages for a bridal shower I'm giving in June and have cupcakes on my mind.  I just came across this recipe for rose frosting where you actually use rose water.  Have any of you tried this?  I might be forced to make a practice batch of cupcakes, as horrible as that sounds.

I've been picking up platters for the shower when I see them.  I was out with Joyce and found these at Goodwill for under ten dollars a piece.  Aren't they pretty?

I will have to wait to share about all my shower plans since the beautiful bride, Chelsea, reads my blog.  I'll just give her a little to keep her intrigued.  Showers are so much fun!

Be joyfilled,

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Scripture

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?

What if we gave it to kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our 
Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

Thank you Kelly, for this email...

Be blessed,

Friday, April 16, 2010

Twice Surprised

I went out to get the mail and was greeted with a fun surprise package.  I wish every outing to the mailbox resulted in beautiful packages like this one.

Inside was the gardening apron that Joyce (Iloveprettylittlethings) made for me as part of her giveaway.  You can read that story here.  I just love it!  It has lots of pockets for my gardening tools and my kleenex (my allergies always kick in when gardening).  Joyce did such a wonderful job sewing and I love the print she chose.  She knows deep down that I want to be a farm girl so the chickens are quite appropriate.

On my way back to the house I glanced over and saw these intruders grinning at me.  Time to tie on that apron and get to work!

My second surprise came in the form of an award from Cynthia at Precious Cupcakes.  Cynthia has a fun blog and etsy shop.  She is also the brains behind "Operation Sweet Dreams" which provides new pajamas to needy children.  Check out her blog for ways to support this cause.

I've been asked as a recipient of the Honest Scrap award to tell you ten things about myself and pass this on.  I've decided that anyone who visits me and wants to participate in the Honest Scrap award is a recipient today.  We'll use this as a fun way to learn more things about each other.  Here goes:

1.  I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan.  My parents still live in the house that they built when I was 6 months old.

2.  Okay, now I have to tell you that I'm 48 years old so you'll know how long my parents have lived in their house.

3.  I met my husband in the 7th grade.  We didn't start dating until after graduation from high school.  He was way too smart for me (or so I thought).

4.  I have always enjoyed creating things.  I spent most of my time drawing until I caught the knitting/quilting/sewing bug when my son was 2.

5.  I have one son who is a freshmen in college and a daughter who is a freshmen in high school.  I'm not quite sure how this happened, I feel like I walked through the front door of the elementary school this morning and exited out the front door of the high school this afternoon.  It has all gone by that quickly.

6.  I became a Christian when I was 30 years old after a traumatic life experience in which I learned that I am not in control of my life, but the one who made me, loves me and saves me, is.

7.  I live in a subdivision but secretly live the life of a farm girl every second I can.

8.  I cannot imagine life without girlfriends, especially the ones who aren't afraid to tell you the truth.

9.  Though I try to fight it, deep down I'm a hopeless romantic.

10.  Everyday I am inspired by all the beauty around me and I have the need to create, everyday.

Let me know if you accept the award so that I can visit your blog and learn more about you.  Be blessed today!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Graduation Quilt

This quilt caught my eye in the Better Homes and Gardens Spring 2010 issue of Quilts and More.  It looked to me like it would work up quickly and make a good graduation gift for the son of a friend of mine.

You never know how quilts will turn out when you have to change the color scheme completely from the way it was presented in the magazine.  I had found a pack of these fun plaids and stripes when I was visiting my dear friend, Amy.   Amy's son, Ben, picked out the wonderful blue for the sashing.  I was so thankful to have a boy along who could veto all my "girlie" choices.

I had decided it needed a little pop of color so I added the yellow instead of something more muted.  I think it really gave the quilt a little pizazz, don't you?

I took the finished top to my quilting friend, Mary, yesterday.  I'm excited to see what she will do with it.  There's a lot of open spaces on the sashing to do some fun designs.  I'm making some progress on my graduation gift and custom order list.  I'm starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel, yeah!!!  I hope you have a productive and fun day today!

With joy,