Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Pretties

Americana Rose Quilt

I'm posting for Friday a little early since I will be tied up with the barn sale today.  I'm feeling the summery colors of red, white and blue.  The quilt above is one of my favorites made with the Cottage Romance line.

Vintage Hobnail Milk Glass and berries

There is nothing like the crisp colors of red and white.  I've been wanting to do a red and white quilt for a long time.  As the saying goes, "So many quilts, so little time..."

My Porch

Not much time to sit on the porch these days.  I haven't been out here since Max passed last week.  He liked to lay on the cool concrete.  I thought I heard his tags jingling up the stairs yesterday and I almost went out in the hallway to look, crazy as it is.  Check out more pretties at Joyce's blog!

Friday Blessings,

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pretty Handmades

A thunderstorm just rolled through my neighborhood, followed by a heavy dose of rain, a good day to catch up on things inside my house.  I wanted to share with you the last bit of the shower pictures, the invitation.  I saw this idea on a wedding site and wanted to try it out for myself.  My friend, Sally, printed out the invitation on to transfer paper (she had the required ink jet printer) and then I ironed them on to handkerchiefs.  They were fun to put into pretty envelopes and mail to all the ladies.  I think this would make a fun baby announcement as well.  Diane found the hankies for me in Shipshewana and they were very inexpensive.

I have been eyeing this purse, made by Kathy of Kathy's Cottage, for quite some time.  I decided to treat myself last week and ordered it.  I'm so glad I did!  First of all the sewing is impeccable.  I love the vintage tablecloth mixed with cheerful red gingham.  The flower brooch on the pocket is so pretty!  One of the best features, which you can't see from the picture, is the pockets inside that were made from feedback material from Kathy's Grandmother's stash.  It arrived with a cute box of buttons and adorable tags.  I have gotten so many compliments on it already and I feel like I'm carrying "summer time" on my arm wherever I go.  Thank you, Kathy!

Another treat came in the mail a few days ago as well.  I won a giveaway at Notes of Sincerity.  Trish made this beautiful bracelet.  I love the bunny charms and the way it sparkles when I wear it.  It fits my wrist perfectly.  I love that the purse and the bracelet came from two of my blogging friends, it makes them that much more special.  Both of these talented women have beautiful blogs, be sure to stop over and visit!

Joyfully yours,

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More Showers of Fun!

Today I would like to share with you the items I made for the shower.  The first is the signature quilt.  I used Brenda Riddles (Little Acorns) pattern named "Remember Whoo Loves You" as my inspiration.  Chelsea collects all things owls and I knew she would love this.  I received a list of special women from her Mom and Diane and sent out blocks for their signatures.  It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed doing the applique.  It is the first quilt that I have quilted by myself and I did enjoy the process.

While visiting dear girlfriends (The Stars) in Ohio.  I saw lovely towers made from various pieces of china.  As soon as I got home I began looking for pieces to make my own.  I used Gorilla Glue and I can tell you for certain that these pieces are stuck together for life.  Note to self: read instructions and do not get glue on bare skin.  Hard to remove!  The cute bride and groom cupcake toppers came from Sur La Table.

I used the top of the towers for flowers but you could just as easily use them for candles or candy.  The cookie cutter is a wedding dress and was made from Lavender Shortbread.

I plan on using these china creations for years to come.  So much fun and very little expense and work.

Chelsea, knowing how much I love EmersonMade, purchased this lovely pin as a thank you gift for me. Isn't it pretty?  I can't wait to wear it!

Showers of blessings!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Chelsea's Bridal Shower

I am very excited today to show you pictures of the bridal shower I had on Saturday.  The weather cooperated, being overcast but not too hot.  Let's take a stroll, through the garden to the festivities...

I had so much fun using my vintage china, some I have purchased and some that belonged to my Grandmother.  I used all my own cloth napkins, they were all different but went together beautifully.

My friend, Diane (the soon-to-be Mom-in-love) helped me scour Goodwill and Salvation Army for mismatched teacups which I filled with Lady Gray tea and homemade lavender shortbread.  They were the take-home favors for the guests.

I cut flowers from the garden that morning, including red rose, hydrangea in pink, blue, white, and lime, blue Love-in-a-Mist, and various daylilies.  I had purchased some pink roses the day before because the rain had taken most of my pink ones away.  All the flowers were placed in vintage china of various size.

I purchased a bundle of vintage wedding cards on Etsy and used Diane's collection of antique floral frogs to display them.  It was fun to add some vintage cake toppers as well as other bridal themed items.

I have been collecting pretty doilies for such a long time and it was fun to use them on the table for added interest.  So many different items coming together to make pretty vintage-inspired tables.

The painted chairs were borrowed from Diane and I purchased the benches at an estate sale and painted one blue and one pink.

The flowers really added that special touch and pop of color.  The scent of the roses were heavenly.  It really was fun to use what I had.  It's really not hard to make something special and remain on a budget when you utilize what you already have.

It was fun to see all the wonderful, thoughtful gifts.  It brought back memories of my own bridal showers, all those years ago.

Without a doubt, the most beautiful part of the shower was our stunning Chelsea who made it all possible.  She is beautiful, smart, funny, caring and kind (to name just a few) and I'm so glad that I was able to be a part of this special time in her life.  Come back tomorrow for pictures of the items I made.

A very heartfelt thank you for all the thoughtful
comments about Max.  It brought many a tear to
my eyes and I am again so thankful for the 
wonderful women I have met through blogging.

Joyfully yours,

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Scripture

3-13-01 to 6-18-10

"And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures
according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move
along the ground, and wild animals, each according to 
it's kind.  And it was so...And God saw that it was good."
Genesis 1:24&26

For those of you who read my blog, routinely, (and I'm amazed and blessed that you do) you know that Max is our sock-eating, hole digging, storm-freaking, doggie.  He came to us two years ago, from our local Golden Retriever rescue, to be a companion to our other golden, Casey.  Shortly after getting him Casey unexpectedly passed away from cancer.  This past week Max stopped eating and I thought he had gotten into the laundry again.  As it turns out he had a very large cancerous tumor in his intestines.  It was removed, but the surgery was very hard on him and he passed away in his sleep sometime early Friday morning in the vet's intensive care.  Pets bring us much joy, especially to our children and those of you who have them know the love you can feel for these happy companions.  We were blessed to have had the chance to care for two of God's furry creations and he will be greatly missed.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Pretties

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!

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Making Pretty

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!


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.


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