Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Wee Visitor


I just got in, this morning, from surveying the gardens.  We had quite the rain last night and I wanted to see what remained of my flowers, hoping that the garden would look good for the bridal shower this weekend. I was looking at the rocks around some daisies, wondering if I should remove some of them when this "rock" caught my eye.  Small enough to sit in the palm of my hand, this darling bunny was doing it's best to stay very still and pretend that it wasn't there.  On Monday, I happened to glance out my porch window to find "Mama" bunny sitting there gazing in the porch door.  I was tempted to open the door and invite her in.  She sat there pondering me as I was pondering her.  She took a few bites of my strawberry plants and vanished into the daisies.  I am thanking the Lord today for the reminder of the beauty of His creation.

Joyfully,

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday's Unwrapped

Flower Sugar II

There is a connection to God that I feel strongly when I am creating with my hands.  For me, seeing the perfect rose floral fabric can almost bring on a physical reaction.  While this may sound odd to many of you who do not sew or craft, for those of us who do it is very much our reality.

Grandmother's Flower Garden , Old New Fabric Collection 30's
and Flower Sugar I

If you were to examine your heart, you would find the thing that you most enjoy.  There is something that makes your soul sing, your God-given talent.  Once you tap into it, you will feel most content and at peace when you are doing it.  It may not be just one thing, but I have no doubt you will know it when you do it.


This morning I found my daughter in my bed.  After a rough night's sleep she decided that being under my quilt was the place she would find comfort, safety and peace.  This reconfirmed to me that as I allow God to establish the work of my hands, daily, that quilting is one of my strong connections to God and people.

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Be blessed,

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fun Girls Barn Sale


It's that time of year again for the Fun Girls Barn Sale that I participate in.  I thought you might like a preview of what is going to be for sale this year.


We have five vendors participating.  This year we also have a portion of an estate sale and so many items that a tent was brought in to handle the overflow from the barn.


We have vintage, shabby chic, furniture, garden decor, Longaberger baskets, Christmas items, lodge look, pillows quilts, china and much more!


A very talented group of people create items as well as restore items and there are many unique pieces to take home with you.


Last year's sale was very successful and we have twice the inventory this year.  I know that we will have another great time!


For those of you who live in the area, I would love to meet you and to see many of you again.  I hope you will take the time to come and visit with us.


Fun Girls Barn Sale
10529 S. 8th Street
Schoolcraft, MI 49087

Friday, June 25th 9-4
Saturday, June 26th 8-3


Joyfully,

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Scripture


"It is good to praise the Lord and make music
to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your
love in the morning and your faithfulness at 
night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and
the melody of the harp.  For you make me glad
by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works
of your hands.  How great are your works, O Lord,
how profound your thoughts!  Psalm 92:1-5

Sunday blessings,

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Zakka Sewing


I have set aside my quilting as of late, just briefly, to try my hand at other kinds of sewing.  I was curious about "Zakka" sewing and purchased the book above.  In the book, Zakka is defined as:  "...most Japanese/English dictionaries have translated the word to mean "miscellaneous goods".  That vague definition expanded and evolved over the years and Zakka is now understood as an aesthetic and design style, mainly focused on household items that enhance one's environment.  A lot of handmade Zakka is created with linen and has an organic look."


One of the patterns was to create this little lamb softie.  I have never worked with fleece before and I can say that it was a bit of a challenge for me as it pulls apart and one has to be careful of the grain of the fabric so it does not stretch in a direction that you don't want it to go.


I am not used to sewing such tiny pieces but as she came together I really started to like the personality that began to shine through.  I made her a little book bag as well.


It was a fun project and I hope to make more in the future.  Before I make another stuffed animal, I think I will look for a good book on doll-making.  I'm sure there's many techniques that would make the process easier.  Do you know of any good doll-making books?

Be blessed,

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Pretties

Today I'm participating with Joyce from I Love Pretty Little Things in her Friday Pretties.  I love all things vintage and wanted to share with you one of my favorite sites, Posh Girl Vintage.  It is such a fun site for vintage clothing and following are a few of the ones that I find stunning...


















I can't decide which one is my favorite, either the first blue beauty or the last floral purple dress.  Do you have a favorite?

Hugs & Laughter,

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Giveaway Winner!



The winner of the Watermelon giveaway is
Debbie Schulze
"I absolutely love watermelon and it is definitely my favorite.
Your blog was the first one I stumbled upon and have been 
hooked ever since.  Thank you for making each day brighter."

Debbie, email me your address at sewnwithgrace@yahoo.com
I will get your box out in the mail to you!

Thank you to everyone who left comments.
I enjoyed reading them all!
(random.org was used to pick winner)

Have a joyfilled day,

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Showers of Inspiration

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...


Nathaniel23

Pink Cherry Mama

Tipple and Snack

Miss Pickles Press

Oxford Haven

Craft Zine

May you be inspired to go create!

Joyfully,

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,