Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Pretties

It's Friday Pretties time again, where did the week go?  Stop on over at I Love Pretty Little Things where Joyce has listed the other participants this week.  Always a fun time visiting the other blogs.  Today, I'm taking you through the garden.  It is so pretty right now that I'd like to just stay here in spring time for a few more months.



Clemantis and Iris



Okay Maxie, you're pretty too!

Sunshine and laughter,

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cupcake Aprons

My friend, Nancy, owns the Garden Gate Cafe.  It's a charming little eatery in Shipshewana, IN in the heart of Amish country.  Everything is cupcake themed and it's about as charming and whimsical as a place can get.  She was in dire need of new wait-staff aprons and I've been busy sewing for her this week.

After passing the ten hour mark on sewing (a had many aprons to make) one starts dreaming about cupcakes.  So now I've got butter softening on the counter so I can make some this afternoon.  I often tease Nancy that her cupcakes are responsible for my extra pounds and I think I'll blame this baking session on her too!

Have a cupcake kind of day!!

With joy,

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Poem

The kiss of the sun

for pardon,

the sound of the birds

for mirth.

One is nearer God's heart

in a garden,

than anywhere else on earth...

With joy,

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dottie Angel

Recently I came across a website that I just love.  I'm sure it is not new to many of you and I'm always a few steps behind in the blogosphere, but I'm thrilled to have finally found it.  Tif of Dottie Angel is a very talented crafter and writer.  She made this dress above, without a pattern, she just saw it in her mind and made it. 

She is currently hosting a giveaway for this beautiful crocheted pillow that she stitched.  There are many free patterns and loads of inspiration on her blog.  She also has a website with links to her store.

The aprons she creates from vintage pillowcases are amazing.  She has a fun style and many of her pictures are taken up on chairs like the one above.

I got a kick out of her "about me" page.  I thought you might enjoy reading it too.  I hope today brings sunshine, flowers, creating and joy!

Be blessed,

Monday, May 24, 2010

Good Morning!

I spent hours in the garden this weekend moving plants and pulling weeds.  After almost seven years of living here the garden is really filling in.  This is the longest that we have lived in one place and so I can now enjoy a garden that was planned, planted and become established.  It is wonderful to witness.

My Mother became a passionate gardener when I was in high school.  I have a long way to go to create the enchanted spaces she has, but I'm still learning and she is so helpful.

I have gotten so much color inspiration from the garden for quilting.  I learn what colors look good next to each other that I would not normally associate.  Here my favorite Iris sits among the ready-to-burst Foxglove which will range from pale yellow to cream to pink.

I enjoy the mix of textures and pattern as well.  Today I will be putting out the various garden pretties, from the fairy structures to the doll furniture and will show you those this week.

This lilac bush sits right outside my Pretty Room window and when I am doing some hand stitching I can enjoy it's perfume.  I love spring, don't you?


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Scripture

Then Jesus cried out, "When a man believes in me,
he does not believe in me only, but in the one who 
sent me.  When he looks at me, he sees the one who
sent me.  I have come into the world as a light,
so that no one who believes in me should stay in
darkness."  John 12: 44-46

Have a joyfilled Sunday!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Special Teacher

Today I'm off to the second session of the Beth Moore conference I am attending.  Last night I joined approximately 7,300 women to hear Beth teach us from God's word.  It was amazing!  The first half hour we sang praise and worship and I cried through the whole thing.  Today I'm armed with kleenex and my Bible as I make the hour drive back for the conclusion.

I have been participating in Beth Moore Bible study for years.  It was really moving for me to see the person who has helped deepen my faith in God.  I hope that if you get an opportunity to take a study of hers that you'll dive right in.  You won't be disappointed.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Pretties

A few of my favorite things for Friday Pretties
sponsored by Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things

Owl Pitchers

Vintage Crinoline

Scripture China

Nicol Sayre Collectibles

Vintage lace and linens

Joyfully yours,

Thursday, May 20, 2010

For Baby

Earlier this week I gave you a sneak peak of a project I was working on.  Today I am so glad to be able to show you the finished products.

This special bear is for a baby shower I am attending tonight.  The bear is Simplicity pattern 5461 and made from the wedding dress of the Mommy-to-be.  It is a surprise for her, something she wanted to have done but is not expecting it now.  I've been working under cover with her Mom.  The Mommy-to-be does not read my blog so I do believe we are safe!

I have to tell you, I did have a moment when I made the first cut into the beautiful wedding dress.  I thought I might be sick, actually.  There is enough fabric left over for a few more bears for future wee little ones.

I finished my gift for her also.  She does not know if she is having a boy or a girl so I had to keep it pretty neutral.  

Of course now that the sweater and hat are done, the weather here is expected to be in the low 80's as we head into summer.  There's always air conditioning, right?

I love the shape of this little hat.  Can't wait to see the darling baby that will wear it.  So much fun!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sit A Spell

There are many places in my home that I enjoy, but none compare to what we call the "Pretty Room".  It's here where the vintage, shabby, handmade and new all come together to create a peaceful place that I enjoy.

From old doors, like my pink door coffee table, to iron gates, to old wooden screen doors like the one in the first picture, everything seems to come together to create a style that I adore.

I decorate with scripture china, old tea cups, doilies, mirrors, hankies, candles, silk plants, cake toppers, vintage bibles, hymnals, and picture books (to name a few).

Many friends and family have added to my collections over the years.  From Char's hand painted picture above, to the footstool showcasing my Mom's cross-stitch and the Debbie's tea cups.   No matter what comes in, most of it has been used and loved by someone before me.  I find this a comforting thought as it seems to stitch us all together in time and place.

Be blessed,