I am getting ready to host a bridal shower this month. During the preparation stage I often go to my old files for inspiration. I will also frequent wedding sites such as Green Wedding Shoes. I have found that Etsy offers tons of inspiration and their items can be purchased. Following is some of the inspirational places on Etsy that I found...
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!
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!
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.
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
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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.
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!
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...
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.