As I run around today, putting the final touches on tomorrow's bridal shower, I thought I would share with you the calming shades of blue from my favorite (but now sadly departed) Country Home magazine. Enjoy!
I started thinking about all the things we do everyday, the ordinary, routine things like making dinner. Don't you wonder, at times, how many meals your hands have made in your lifetime? I decided that I would try and make some of my ordinary things pretty. As frivolous as it sounds, if I have to use it everyday why not make it pretty?
I purchased some Cath Kidston labels from Amazon and some spice jars from World Market and got to work. It also provided me the opportunity to get rid of a lot of spices that I have had hanging around for a couple of years (that can't be good!).
I even thought the top of the jars needed prettying up a bit. I'll have to purchase a few more jars but I really like how they came out.
The roses survived all the rain and I thought you might enjoy seeing them. It's hard to believe that two years ago this little plant was handed to me by my father-in-law in a little McDonald's coffee cup. I didn't think it would survive, and I am so blessed by it now.
The hollyhocks are starting to open and will be the first to greet the guests at the shower on Saturday. I can't wait to show you pictures of everything I've been working on for the shower. Have a lovely day!
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.
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.
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?
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?
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...