Tuesday, July 20, 2010

No Idle Hands


I've had a yearning as of late to pick up my knitting needles again.  I usually don't start a project until I have another one done but I'm finding that I like knitting a bit, sewing a bit and reading a bit lately.  This wrap caught my eye and I thought I would try my hand at the diamond pattern.  I'm finding that as I count the various stitches in each row that I'm enjoying the rhythm of the knitting and it helps keep my mind focused in the present and not off in the "what if's" a mind can conjure up when feeling anxious.


When I grow weary of the counting then I'm back at my sewing machine working on the cloth napkins for Chelsea's wedding rehearsal dinner.  This is pretty mindless sewing and I like it right now.  The colors are very soothing and the lavender water I press with is calming as well.




I'm also trying to work my way through this book.  It is not normally something I would pick up but since the movie is coming out next month I thought I would see what all the fuss was about.  I'm finding it entertaining as I have just finished her journey through Italy and the "eat" part of the book.  I'm not sure, overall, how I feel about it yet and was wondering if any of you have read it and how you feel about it?  Also, do you keep more than one project going at a time?


I want to let you know of a giveaway, Beverly at My Sew Sweet Studio has made a beautiful tote bag and is giving it away in celebration of her 100th post. Stop by for a visit!


Smiles,

Monday, July 19, 2010

Shirley's Quilt


During the last few weeks of my son's spring semester at college, we found out that he would be playing baseball in New York for the summer.  I started praying right away for the family that he would live with.  When word came that he would be living with Shirley, a recent widow and one other player, I felt at peace knowing God had a plan.  I started thinking about a quilt for her as soon as I met her knowing that I would want to give her a special gift.


How do you thank someone who opens their home to a stranger?  Who cares for and feeds your child?  Who makes sure he has what he needs and waits up to see if he made it home safely?  Who takes the time to pray for him and ask him about how he played that day?  


Shirley cried when she unrolled the quilt.  She cried again when she hugged Taylor goodbye.  We said we would keep in touch and let her know the results of his testing.  I don't know if we'll ever see Shirley again, but I so thank the Lord for her and all she gave this summer.  Making and giving gifts to others is my way of expressing my love and thankfulness for them.  The label on the quilt read "To Shirley, from deep within a Mother's heart I thank you".


With joy,

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Scripture

I would love to know what kind of butterfly this is...

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom
his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you
with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that
Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray
that you, being rooted and established in love, may have
power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and
how long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to
know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may 
be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

Ephesians 3:14-19


This past week has been a challenge and I'm glad to be home.  All of your comments were just what I needed upon returning.  My FIL remains in the hospital, not any better and not any worse.  My son has had some tests and we are awaiting the results.  It appears that we are in wait and trust mode.  While I wait and trust I am also working hard on listening to God.  It has been a very interesting few weeks for me and God has been teaching me a lot about being a wife, mom, daughter, daughter-in-law and friend at this stage of my life.  While I may not always get it right, I know that I love with my heart and try, with the grace of God, to be the best I can in each of the roles I find myself in.  I am so glad to have a Savior who loves me, no matter what, and takes the time to teach me His truths.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

Joyfully,





Monday, July 12, 2010

God is in Control


Friends, I want you to know that I will be away from blogging for a few days.  My husband's father is very ill and my son has sustained an injury to his hand which requires me to fly to New York and bring him and his car home.  Please pray for safe travel, and clear direction as to how to be of help and support to my sweet Mother-in-love during this difficult time.  I'll be back soon!

Blessings,

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Scripture


"The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving
toward all he has made.  The Lord upholds all those
who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their
food at the proper time.  You open your hand and
satisfy the desires of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous to all his ways and loving
toward all he has made.  The Lord is near to all
who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; 
he hears their cry and saves them.  
The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
My mouth will speak of in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.

Psalm 145: 13-21

Be blessed,

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Garden Whispers


The garden was calling me today and so I stepped outside
to see what it wanted.


I didn't think it was water, it rained yesterday and all the hanging
pots got a drink last night.


I waited patiently, enjoying the moment to clear my head and
not think about all the things I need to do today.


I heard the buzzing of the bees and saw the flitting
of the dragon flies.  A bird sang it's song up in the tree.


But then, somewhere in the coneflower it became apparent
that something was wrong.


There is a visitor in the garden and not a flower
is pleased at the arrival of this guest.


The Japanese Beetle has come to town and is 
planning a large family reunion.


The roses and the hollyhocks wished me farewell as they
will be the first to go.  A reminder that while we remain
on this side of heaven, there will always be the unwanted
mixed in with the breathtakingly beautiful.

May we pause among the flowers today and thank God for the blessings in our lives.

Hugs,





Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday Pretties

Today, for Friday Pretties, I am calling this "The Beauty of Ordinary Things".  I love being in my sewing room and tried to capture the beauty of the things I see and use.  When you look through your camera lens you often can see an object quite differently and I challenge you to do the same.  It's fun!

Aunt Gracie fabrics make me smile


This iron is pink, surprisingly enough!


Oh to meet the lovely lady that embroidered this apron...


Quilt binding in "Hunky Dory"


This caddy is never far from my hands


I want to unroll it, but I just can't, too pretty!


I wonder how many times my hands have held these items?


My current project

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

With joy,

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Sewing


It has been incredibly hot in Michigan for the past few days.  I am not complaining since the sting of this past winter is still fresh in my mind as well as the gray every-single-day of January.  So I'll take the heat, literally.  Since the weather has forced me inside, I've been able to cross some things off my project list.  I've been wanting to make this top for my daughter for quite some time.


The pattern is Amy Butler's "Sun Surf Halter Tunic Top".  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was, lining and all.  I was careful to take good measurements as my daughter needed the size three times larger than what she normally wears.


The pattern was written quite well, easy for even this novice clothing maker to figure out.  My daughter loves it and loves the fact that no one else will have it.  I hope that it encourages her to try her hand at sewing as well.  We'll see!

Joyfully,

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fun Quilting Blog


I am in love with a blog that is new to me and wanted to share it with you today.  Over 1200+ people follow Red Pepper Quilts located in Melbourne, Australia.  Rita is the creator behind these wonderful quilts and I just stand it awe of her creativity.  



Rita takes the most basic, simple blocks and with her use of color and pattern turns a quilt into a breathtaking work of art.  Her color palette is much different than mine but I am drawn to it like a magnet.


The colors in this quilt are stunning and I love her random use of aqua for a bit of interest and variation. Be sure to stop by her blog for a visit and check out her Flickr for photos of other outstanding quilts.


Blessings,

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

From Trash to Treasure


Yesterday I was looking for a simple project and after cleaning my sewing room I remembered I had a footstool I've been wanting to recover.  


I was excited when I found this at Goodwill for $9.50.  I already had the rose decorator fabric and so I got to work.


I decided to add some vintage yo-yo's and make some leaves just to add some whimsy.  I really like the way it turned out.  What are you up to today?

Joyfully,

Monday, July 5, 2010

Something Old to Something New


I hope that all of you experienced a safe and festive 4th of July.  I had a bit of time to sew this weekend and have been wanting to try a pattern I have seen on two blogs, Cottage Cozy and Sweet Cottage Dreams.  Carrie and Becky both made beautiful blouses and since I don't usually make clothing, I thought I would give it a try.  I didn't want to use any "good" fabric since it's expensive and I didn't know if I would be able to figure it out so I search around in my pile of goodies and found two vintage tablecloths that had bad stains in places and had been purchased to make into something else.  I used the floral cotton cloth for the front and back and used a linen, crochet trimmed cloth for the sleeves.  I really like the way it came out and as my post title states, something old became something new.


I did learn a couple of things that I want to share.  First of all, pattern sizing is not like purchased clothing items.  I normally wear a size 10-12 top and needed to use the size 16 pattern for the blouse.  It's important to take your measurements.  I know we all get hung up on numbers (I'm one of the worst) but we are what we are, beautiful any size, and it would be so frustrating to finish it only to find out that you couldn't get it over your head.  Also, the grain of the fabric is important.  There is not a whole lot of stretch with a cotton tablecloth, but the little there is should have been placed in the opposite direction for sure.  You want it to bend and stretch where you do.  For a test sample, I'm quite pleased and plan on wearing it.


I ventured outside to see how the garden stood up to the intense heat on the 4th and caught a shot of this dragonfly.  Honestly, it hung around so long that I thought it was posing!


I couldn't resist sharing this fantastic lily with you.  I love it's ruffled edges and intense center color.  It seems to me like it's sporting a fancy ball gown.  I hope this day finds you thankful and rested from the weekend.

Hugs,

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sunday Scripture


"The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
the will run and not grow weary
they will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 40:28-31

Wishing you a wonderful Fourth of July!

Be blessed,