Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lolly's Fabrics

I have shared with you before that my friend, Nancy, owns a cafe' in Shipshewana, IN.  When I go down to see her I often stop at this fabric store, named Lolly's.

Lolly's is one of the largest fabric stores I have ever been in.  Nestled in the heart of Amish country, it really is a fun day trip.  I am always drawn to the Moda section and all the pre-made items the company has to offer.

There is something for every quilter and it's very (very) seldom I go home empty handed.  The displays are wonderful.

Lot's of inspiration all around and if you haven't come in with a quilt in mind, they certainly will have one for you.

The pattern selection is large and sometimes I just come in to look at patterns and be inspired by all the fabric around me.

Lolly's also sells quilts that have been made by local Amish women.  These are for sale in a separate shop located in the same building.  These are a few of my favorites.  I love anything with a pinwheel!

The softness of the colors and the appliqued bow really caught my attention.  I wish you could see the quilting, it's unbelievable.

The nine patch is one of my favorite blocks so I always spot quilts with it, right away.   You can visit Lolly's on their website.  If any of you plan a trip there, let me know, I'd be happy to meet you there!

Be blessed,

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tickled Pink!

I've been looking forward to sharing with you the latest addition to my kitchen, my new kitchen island!  My friend John made this for me out of an old buffet that he found.   All it needed was some loving care, a fresh coat of pink paint, a new top and it was good to go!

I love the beadboard that he placed on the front of it.  He has stamped his name on the inside of one of the drawers and I love that every time I open it, I think of him.  I have limited storage space in my pantry and am so pleased that this is big enough to hold all of my baking supplies.

My friend, Diane, painted this old Singer sewing machine stand white and asked me if I wanted it - did I ever!  It makes a great end table in the pretty room and a great space to store the cute stuffed lamb that my friend Joyce gave me.  My first machine was a Singer, as was my Mom's and my Grandma's so I especially like having this piece.  I am truly tickled pink!

With joy,

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire
besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever."

Psalm 72:25&26


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Silver Beach

When I was a child I lived in St. Joseph, Michigan.  At that time Silver Beach Amusement Park was a big attraction to the area.  Built in 1891, it remained open until 1971.  I was nine years old when the doors closed and I still have some vivid memories of the park.  It held an amazing ferris wheel, the mystical (to me) Shadowland Ballroom and various attractions.  I was not allowed to go on most of the rides because they were very old at the time and there was some concern about safety.

Recently the famous carousel has been returned to Silver Beach.  It is an exact replica of the one that once graced the park.  I have seen it once in the building process.  Quite an achievement for the city and one that means a lot to many people.

When I think about Silver Beach I remember cotton candy, ice-cream, and how I always wanted a balloon.  I recall those creepy attractions like the fortune teller, the fun house with the weird mirrors as well as the sound of the wooden rides creaking.  I still recall the smells; tobacco, popcorn, hot dogs and ruffle cut french fries.

I remember thinking that it was a scary place at night with all the crazy lights and the sound of the water hitting the shoreline.

But, oh, how I wish I could be there one more time.  To really look at it again and to ride all those rides.  It is something, I'm sure, I will never quite experience again.

Have a fun Saturday!


Friday, June 4, 2010

Time for a GIVEAWAY!!

I have taken a break from quilting this week and have really enjoyed sewing some smaller projects.  I made one of these watermelon pincushions from the Summer 2010 Quick Quilts and liked it so much that I made another one.  Well, I don't need two and thought I'd have a watermelon themed giveaway!

The winner will receive the pincushion, a yard of watermelon fabric, two watermelon buttons, a pad of watermelon paper, the latest edition of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting with (you guessed it) a watermelon quilt on the cover and the latest edition of Woman's Day which has the most amazing picture of a watermelon cake on it's cover.

Here's the details:
Giveaway starts today Friday, June 4 and will end Wednesday, June 9
Tell me what your favorite summer fruit is and be a follower of my blog
Winner to be announced Thursday, June 10

With joy,

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Transformation

I have had this bread box for a couple of years.  Although I love the Morning Glories, it has some pretty rough rust spots in places and is a little too shabby for my kitchen.  So I brought out the big guns and went to work.

Drumroll please...

A few coats later, the addition of some strategically placed wear-and-tear spots, some vintage decals and I have exactly the bread box that I had been envisioning.  If you google vintage decals you'll find some really neat sites.

I've got a lot of paint left over.  I'm wondering what else I can paint pink today?  Have a great Thursday!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Green Wedding Shoes

Sometimes when I need a jolt of inspiration or I just want to look at pretty things, I go to wedding sites and blogs.  Green Wedding Shoes is one of my favorite sites to go to.  Here are some pictures I love and want to share with you...

Be blessed,

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


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.


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