Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in his ways.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your sons will be like olive shoots
around your table.
Thus is the man blessed
who fears the Lord."

Psalm 128


Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Pretties

For Friday Pretties I'm celebrating the joy of a rainy day, courtesy of Google.  Last night it rained for quite awhile and a cold front came through.  The sound of the much needed rain was wonderful.  The temperature is only going to reach 65 degrees today and I'll be loving every minute of it.  Have a blessed day...

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


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Summer's End Quilt

I've been a bit late in getting my blog posts out.  My whole family has gotten some kind of virus and now I've got it too.  Hoping to clear all the germs out before school starts next week.  I sewed all day Monday and finished Erica's quilt which I've named the "Summer's End" quilt.

I have really enjoyed making this quilt.  The colors are not something I would normally pick and I rarely use purple.  The combination of color and pattern came together beautifully and I can hardley wait to get it quilted.

I like the colors so much and have such a large amount of fabric left over that I'm thinking of making a nine patch with a white background out of these fabrics.

Summer is truly beginning to wind down.  I know that when my morning glories are in full bloom and longing to take over the house that it won't be long before there's that nip in the air and that feeling of anticipation.  I got a chuckle out of this picture, it looks like the morning glory has decided it really wanted to grow on the trellis.

I have just started reading this book and I love it!  It's a thick one, but so far well worth it.  There is a bit of traveling between era's which intriques me and I highly recommend it!


Monday, August 30, 2010

My New Adventure

Saturday found me working as the new Event Coordinator at Friendship Farms.  My dear friend, Nancy, has asked me to join her in her adventures at her home in Schoolcraft, Michigan.  Nancy owns the Garden Gate Cafe in Shipshewana, IN and also had a store there called the White Picket Fence which no longer is open.  Nancy is one of the first people I met when I moved to Michigan seven years ago.  I frequented her store often and ended up working there part-time as well as assisting her in barn sales from the farm.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this new road leads me.

Friendship Farm was built in 1840.  It is 170 years old.  As a reference point, Abraham Lincoln was president when the home was built.  Schoolcraft, MI has been designated as part of the Underground Railroad helping people enroute to Canada.  

The home has 12 rooms and hosts three barns on four acres.  Nancy and her husband, Doug, take their stewardship of the farm very seriously, conserving and restoring different parts of it yearly.

Often when I am out here I try to imagine what it must have been like in it's infancy.  Off the living room is a "marrying door" that leads outside as well as a "burying door" off of the dining room which reflect the 19th century customs.  Truly if these walls could talk, what a story they would tell.

The weddings that have been held here in the past were family and friends of Nancy and Doug's and recently they decided to open their home to the public for weddings and other events.  How fortunate for the rest of us that they did, because the grounds are perfect for hosting events.

Couples marry near the gazebo and then have appetizers in the barn.  One of the weddings I attended here as a guest, had a photo booth on one side of the barn and a farmer's market decor on the other side where the guests had appetizers.

Tomorrow I attend my first meeting for wedding vendors where I get to meet the local companies and I'm very excited.  For today, I get to sew!  My machine is back from repairland and running at top notch speed.  Have a blessed day!


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations."
Psalm 100

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Have You Seen This?!

I want to share with you a fabulous giveaway that is happening at The Vintage Sheet Blog.  Jen has contacted Moda and they have generously donated "Dream On" for three wonderful winners.  The first winner gets...

A layer cake and jelly roll!

The second winner gets...

The entire line in fat quarters!

The third winner gets...

This adorable charm pack!  ( I can't believe it!)

Make sure to bop over there to enter.  This line looks alot like the vintage sheets I've been collecting.   While my machine was gone to repairland, I did manage to get two quilts cut out.  One is from vintage sheets.  While I'm excited to make something with them, alot of them are thinning and stretch easy.  With "Dream On" you have the look but not the hassle.  There are advantages to both.

I wanted to share alittle about my trip to Chicago.  My husband had a meeting and the kids and I tagged along.  We hit the Field Museum, Water Tower Place (loved that my almost 16 yr. old still dragged me into the American Girl Store) saw a musical and ate some good food.  But, three days were enough.  My checkbook is in pain, and honestly, my heart hurts a bit.  I have a very difficult time going into a store to buy things I don't need when there a people begging on the street right infront of the entrance to the store.  Now, I know that some of them may be begging for ill purposes but others clearly are in need.  I couldn't stop thinking about this passage of scripture... 

"Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?  The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:37-40.

The one thing I've learned, is the more you walk with Jesus and study his word, the more you will notice what is going on around you.  You will hear him talk to you, maybe in scripture, maybe through the eyes of someone else, maybe through his creation or any number of ways.  It is what we do with the knowledge he gives us that matters.  So for now, I'm pondering this experience.   It was good to get away and have family time together before one child is back to college and the other is back to highschool.  Chicago has an energy that my husband loves.  For me, I started to exhale when our train crossed into Michigan and I could see Lake Michigan through the fields.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Pretties

Back from Chicago (you ladies know your buildings) and ready for Friday Pretties.  I will tell you more about Chicago when I get a moment to breathe.  I certainly missed blogging and talking to you, so more on the trip tomorrow.  For now let's see pretties...

I found these darling birthday candles when I was out searching for treasure.  I can't decide which I like more, the candles or the box they came in!

The same antique store had these pretty candy/nut cups.  Oh, how I wish there was more than two!

A wonderful find to add to my collection.  I have never seen the pyrex with the metal lid before.  It is a bit bigger than a loaf pan.  Can't wait to use them!

I found this rose bush at our local farmers market a couple of weeks ago.  I can't believe how many blooms it has.  The fragrance of this rose is amazing.  After it's been open for a few days, the center turns more peach and the outside a deeper pink (I kid you not!)I love it!

My morning glories are in full bloom.  I planted a mixed variety this year and have never seen so many different colors together on the vine.  I can't get over the beauty of this one, it takes my breath away.

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things.  I'm off to get caught up on your blogs!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Where's Waldo?

My post title should actually read, "Where's Renee?"  I am going on a little journey for a few days and thought I would give you a clue.  Can you guess from the picture where I am going?  I'll see you soon!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"Lay hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or swerve from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you."

Proverbs 4:4-6

Be Blessed,

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Pretties

I've got teacups and flowers, cloth napkins and roses on my mind today.  Wouldn't an end of summer tea-in-the-garden be wonderful?

The days here in Michigan are getting shorter.  Darkness is falling much sooner so we need to grab this last bit of warmth while we can.

The zinnia's are in full bloom and my white fall clemantis is just about ready for it's spectacular coming out party!

Time to bake something yummy, fill our cups with ginger peach tea and watch the dragonflies light upon the morning glory.

All Photos Country Living Magazine

"There are few hours in life more
agreeable than the hour dedicated to
the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

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


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Quilt Story

One of my favorite blogs is Quiltstory.  This blog is the creation of sisters Heather and Megan of Fresh Poppy Designs.  Every day they feature a quilt and the story that goes with it.  They tell you how you can submit your own quilts.  I want to show you a few of my favorites but I'm not sharing the stories - I'll let you have the joy of discovery at Quiltstory!

I should warn you though, you will need a box of kleenex to get through some of the stories but it is so worth it!

Be blessed,