Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I Will Remember

I want to share with you today a very important person in my life.  Our story began 18 years ago when I was 30.  I was an on-again off-again Christian, knowing there is a God but pretty much not doing anything about it and not attending church.  I went through a traumatic life experience and in the process told the Lord that if He would restore my family then I would do my best to find Him.  The Lord did restore my family and we had to move to another state.  The first week after moving, my husband brought home an invitation from a local church for a women's luncheon.  I knew that I had to act on my promise to God and I went, not knowing anyone.

When I entered the luncheon I saw Cheryl sitting at a table, smiling and laughing and I thought to myself, I think I could like her and I wonder if we could be friends.  Well, the Lord was thinking similar thoughts because we became very good friends.  My husband and I began going to this church.  In everything I did there, Cheryl was a part of.  Each class, Bible study, event had us sitting next to each other.  She taught me God's Word, how to pray, how to be a good wife, mother and friend and how to love the Lord.  She would sing and play the piano and I would stand amazed at her talent and love for God.  One Sunday when the Pastor asked if anyone wanted to accept Christ, I went forward with my cheerleader by my side.  My life has never been the same.

This past weekend, Cheryl went to be with the Lord after a 2 year battle with brain cancer.  When I would speak with her, she often reminded me about what was important in life; family, friends and most of all Jesus Christ and her unwavering faith and trust in Him.  She was positive and determined and brought joy to many people during a time when others might sink into despair.  She leaves a legacy of her love for Jesus and the many people she touched with that love.  I can only hope that my life will have as much impact on others to the glory of God as her 46 years of life had.  I will miss her everyday and I will never forget the first time I saw her and that smile and her laugh.

Please pray for her husband and 3 children.  Frank, Leah (college junior), Amy (college freshmen) and Frank (11th grade).  Though we trust in a sovereign Lord, the grief is palpable.

Be blessed,

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Vintage Sheets & An Award

Yesterday I sat down at the computer to write this post and when I clicked on my blog, nothing happened.  Tried again - nothing.  I thought, well maybe blogger is working on the site.  I couldn't get on all day.  So, I wasn't ignoring all of you.  I tried very hard to get to you.  It did make me realize how I am growing dependent on my blogging friends and I'm glad.  You give me a daily dose of inspiration, blessing and laughter.  We also work through some hard things together and that's what gives our lives it's fullness.  For me, it's about relationships, with the Lord and with people.  Thank you for you!

I hesitate to say that I think I may have a new addiction, Vintage Sheets.  It all started when I was blog hopping and landed on All Things Vintage Sheets.  The patterns, the colors, the shabbiness.  I was hooked.  I purchased the sheets, above, at an estate sale last week.  Three full size sheets and four pillowcases for a total of $4.00.  Yes, you read that right.  One of the sets was still in it's original packaging.  Sheets can be found on Etsy, Ebay and at Goodwill or Salvation Army.  I washed mine in hot water with my Meyers Lemon Verbena laundry soap and softener that I save for the "special stuff" and they came out great.  I am participating in the Vintage Sheet Charm Square Swap and look forward to seeing what I'll receive in exchange.

Karen, from Sew Many Ways, has awarded me the Trendy Blog Award.  Karen has a wonderful blog and I encourage you to visit her.  I am to pass this on to 10 blogs.  I know that some of you don't participate in awards, so don't feel like you have to join in.  This is a good way for readers to see some great blogs so I'm passing this on to:

Sherri from A Quilting Life
Simone from Beach Vintage
Natalie from Cinderberry Stitches
Carrie from Cottage Cozy
Cora from Heartfelt and Homemade
Lisa from Hospitable Pursuits
Saskia from Join My Joy
Kathy from Kathy's Cottage
Monique from Monique's Stitches
Jenny from Sew Pretty Dresses

If the winners would like to receive the award the guidelines are:
Share this with 10 other blogs that you think are trendy too.
Post about your award in your blog
List your top 10 Trendy blogs
Copy the Trendy blog button (so they can grab it too)
and pass the guidelines along to them

There are so many blogs I love and have given awards to in the past.  It's really hard to pick just 10.  I list the ones I go back to often on my sidebar.

With joy,

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation."

Psalm 5:3

For He is mighty and worthy to be praised,

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Let's Play Ball

I'm off today to watch some baseball.
Looks like rain though, we'll see...

Last home game of the year for this college freshmen. 
Where does the time go?
I've been watching him play for 14 years and I love it every time.

Have a great Saturday,

Friday, April 30, 2010

How Much Is Enough?

Thank you for your kind words on the t-shirt quilts.  Tricia, from Notes of Sincerity (one of my favorite blogs) asked me what pattern I use and I wanted to share the one above.  I have a couple, including this one, and it's an excellent source for just $10.53 on Amazon.

Today I am asking you, how much is enough?  One of my favorite sources for fabric (besides Shabby Fabrics) is the Fat Quarter Shop.  I couldn't stand it any longer and purchased the bundle above.  It's called "Hankie Club" and yes, the fabric looks like vintage handkerchiefs.   Can you believe it?  I'm hoping you can suggest a pattern for me as I want to showcase the fabric and make it vintagey too.

This one is just about as close to fabric euphoria as it gets for me.  It's not out until June.  I haven't even cut into Flower Sugar I yet.

Verna has been on my wish list for a while now, but I do have to purchase food to feed the family so I'll have to wait.  It's not like I don't have any fabric, honestly.  What happens to us when we see fabric?  It's a feeling, for a crafter, that is unexplainable.

Bird Talk is off limits to me too, but wouldn't it make a great summer quilt?  Stop by the Fat Quarter Shop and check out all the goodies.  Again I ask you, how much is enough?

Be blessed,

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Intense Stitching

It's a bit brisk this morning.  I popped outside to see if the lilacs survived the frost - they did!  I can inhale their scent all day long.  I was able to get two t-shirt quilts completed yesterday to make my end of month dead-line for the quilter.  Why do I always wait until the last minute and make myself crazy?

One of the quilts I made was for a girl and I really liked the way it came out.  One thing I like about custom orders is that it allows me to use fabric I might not normally choose for myself.

This quilt used a combination of Charisma and Boutique from Chez Moi.  Very fun, bright, happy colors.

Now I have a little pile of binding awaiting the return of the quilts from my quilter friend, Mary.  I'm really looking forward to it.  I am one of those quilters who likes doing binding.  Nothing like a little hand stitching to calm the nerves and allow contemplation of one's life, not a bad thing at all.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In the Pink

  Midwest Living Magazine

The other day I was feeling like I needed bright colors to inspire me, but today I feel it's all about pink.  We are in for some cold weather and a couple of days of hard frost.  Pink just seems to take my mind off my lilac bushes and how they will look tomorrow.

Midwest Living Magazine

I just love all the things you can do with pink and really, as this picture shows, it can be the "neutral" backdrop for a very colorful area.

Rachel Ashwell

Silk flowers, lace and tulle really make me want to go out looking for vintage finds today but I'm locking myself in the house and finishing t-shirt quilt orders, at least that's what I'm going to keep telling myself.


Martha Stewart Weddings

Martha Stewart Weddings

(Sigh) Oh, how I love pink!

With joy,

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Purse Reveal

I did it!  I can say that I made the Amy Butler messenger bag and survived.  Here is my daughter modeling her bag, the one that she will use every day for the rest of her life.  She picked the fabric and she loves it.  I'm here to tell you that it was quite the pattern to master.  I use "master" lightly because I do not know if I could make one again.

My tip for this bag is to definitely use the mid-weight decorator fabric.  I used a heavier decorator fabric and that proved quite difficult to stitch through the many layers.  Instead of using interfacing it is lined with canvas between the exterior and interior.  Three zippered pockets, a divided tool pocket and more.  Whew!  I would like to remember how it was made, but I think I've blocked it out.

I'm off to class today to try my hand at a different bag.  I've been up since 6:00 am cutting out pieces (a bit last minute in the homework department).  Can't wait to show you!

Thank you for all your kind words yesterday.  It was very comforting for my daughter and I to read through your encouraging comments.  She is feeling better today and I'm certain will sleep better tonight.  God is good, of this I'm certain.


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,