Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dogwood Blossoms

The other night I went to a private estate sale.  This appliqued dogwood quilt was folded and hiding under a pile of blankets.  It was filthy, dirty.  I could not even tell that the top was white.  I kept debating with myself and then thought maybe it just needed some love.

I took it home and soaked it overnight in Vintage Textile Soak.  I could not believe my eyes the next morning.  It looked fabulous!  I wish I had taken a picture of the scalloped edge for you.  I am so glad I spent the $20 and brought it home.

I also purchased this tablecloth for $5 which was badly stained with yellow spots.  It soaked all night with the quilt and at least 85% of the stains came out.  Vintage Textile Soak is amazing.

I'm going to be using my favorite lavender ironing water to iron the tablecloth.  I purchase this often at a local barn sale.  I love the way they package it.  The ball jar holds the refill, so pretty.

I have been reading about these two books on a lot of blogs and thought I would check them out myself. Wonderful patterns, I could see myself making most of the quilts in the Schnibbles book and I can't say that for many quilt books.   

Have a fun Saturday!

With joy,

Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday Pretties

Today I am participating in Joyce's (I Love Pretty Little Things) Friday Pretties.  I've been going through my china for the upcoming bridal shower I am hosting in June.  I love mismatched china, it all works like the different flowers in the garden.

I love the way the tea cups look on the crocheted table cloth against the red toile walls.  I could sit in this room and drink tea all day.

My weakness for china is only surpassed by my weakness for fabric.  Such a gentler, kinder time these beautiful pieces were created in.

A time when you might have made one of these adorable aprons...

And used one of these precious pink depression glass measuring cups...


To make a plate of these lovelies!  Be sure to stop over at Joyce's today for more pretties!

With joy,

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fun Finds & A Garden Stroll

My heart is full with all of your wonderful and supportive comments yesterday.  Your kindness and generosity of spirit is such a blessing!  Take a stroll with me through some fun finds and my garden...

Vintage Sheets from the Salvation Army store

New silk flowers for the dining room (don't they look real?)

Let's see what's coming up in the garden...

Heavenly Snow Ball bush 

Tulip tree

These came from my parents house, my Mom always
called them Buttercups

Enormous Bleeding Heart


I, for the life of me, can't remember...

I can't wait till this Clemantis blooms, it's unbelievable

Favorite stepping stone

Wild Violets hiding under Hosta 

My supervisor who has been sick all day.
I wonder what he ate this time...

Blessings to you,

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,