Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Love-In-A-Mist


It stormed here yesterday and we got quite a bit of rain.  I went out to look at the garden late afternoon and stood amazed by the intensity of the flowers.  It seemed like the rain carried a heavy dose of steroids because everything just popped.  One of my favorite flowers (I have many) is this little beauty called Love-in-a-mist.  Really, could the name be any prettier?


This climbing rose is trying to grow over the house.  I find myself standing in front of it and just staring, dumbfounded at it's beauty.  I've learned that the less I fuss over the flowers, the better they do.


The foxglove are at their peak.  The tallest one stands nearly five feet tall, almost as tall as I am.  The colors this year are so intense that they almost don't look real.


This pink rose will bloom all summer.  It came in one of those little pink pots from Home Depot two years ago and now it's threatening to take over the garden.


Sweet viola, such cheerful faces greet me every time I go out to water.  I do believe that God had a lot of fun making the flowers.  I can't even imagine what the Garden of Eden must have looked like.


Baptisma, with it's contrasting green to blue to purple is such a pretty flower to have in the spring.  It grows like a shrub and can get quite large.  I may never leave the garden today.  I might need to do some handstitching outside.

Joyfully,

Monday, May 31, 2010

For Memorial Day



The Folding of the American Flag

The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decaur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."

The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie.  It is with our hearts that, "We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."

The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is throughout the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood and Mothers.  For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the Fathers, for they too have given their sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews' eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians' eyes, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

This information came from Love to Learn Place.com
It was sent in by Russell Maynard of Michigan.
Government schools stopped teaching this in 1955.
The flag is folded 13 times to symbolize the original 13 colonies.

With a thankful heart,

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Scripture



"You did not choose me, but I chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit -
fruit that will last.  Then the Father will
give you whatever you ask in my name.
This is my command:  Love each other."

John 15: 16&17


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bunny Hill and Moda


One of my favorite websites and blog are from Anne Sutton at Bunny Hill designs.  Anne recently joined the Moda Fabrics family and has shared all about it on her blog.  She has also designed a new line of fabric and she has wonderful patterns as well.  Currently she has a video on her blog about Moda.  It shows how fabric is made.  You should see their warehouse, it's a quilter's dream!


The Moda website called United Notions is a great website.  It has links to Moda Bake Shop which gives designers an opportunity to showcase free patterns.  Moda also offers free patterns like this quilt above.  Isn't it sweet?

This Verna bag is also a free pattern on the website.  They have all kinds of information from the new quilt books that are coming out to all the goodies you can purchase ready-made for your home.




If you get a chance, check out Bunny Hill Designs and Moda.  I'm all for free patterns and inspiration and both sites won't disappoint.  Have a fun Saturday!

With joy,

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.


Peony


Foxglove


Clemantis and Iris


Iris


Poppie


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?

Hugs,

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.

Blessings,

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,