Thursday, September 9, 2010

Simple Pleasures

I love vintage linens.  Especially the whimsical embroidery given to common household items such as a dish towel.  

I love that someone took the time to pretty up the things they used everyday.

It brings a smile to my face whenever I see it.  I love to hang one on the stove to be reminded of a simpler and gentler time.

I'm joining Dayle today for Simple Pleasures.  

With joy,

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Her majesty...

I always know when the seasons change by looking at my garden.  Fall is ushered in by the arrival of the Queen.

She is the fall clemantis (clemantis paniculata) commonly known as Sweet Autumn.  The sweet comes not only from the appearance, but from the unbelievable fragrance she exudes.  I can inhale her sweet perfume the moment I step outside.

Most of the garden is beginning to fade now.  It's as if the Queen's arrival will not be outdone by another.  Though she does have her attendants.  The rose is still there to escort her in.

And I must say, they escort her in fine style.  They give their all in these final days before the frost comes leaving them a memory to be savored all winter long.

The morning glory will admire the Queen from a distance, stretching to get a better glimpse of her.  Knowing that her arrival will beckon their departure.  I will certainly miss the garden, this year being one of the best performances to date.  It will be a mere 65 degrees here today.  The porch is calling me to come with a quilt, Bible and coffee to start my day.  Blessings to all...


Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Today is a bittersweet day for me.  I'll be moving my son back to college.  He's ready but I'm still dragging my feet.

I'm just not able to part with this smile yet!


Monday, September 6, 2010

Wrapped in Love

I finally got my daughter's "Hunky Dory" quilt bound the other night.  I snuck into her room while she was sleeping and laid it on top of her.  She loves how it came out, what a relief!

This quilt came together very quickly.  A couple of layer cakes, a jelly roll, and a few rail fence blocks coupled with letting the fabric speak for itself, makes a recipe for a fun, easy quilt.

Maddie asked me to have the quilter stitch flowers all over it and she did so beautifully.  I even washed it before I laid it over her so it had that wonderful quilted texture.

I decided to use some left over layer cakes on the back, and if you click on the picture you can see the stitching better.  The sun was going down and the light was fading.

I tried my hand at a hand embroidered label this time.  I need to work on my stitch size, but all in all, I'm pleased with how it turned out.  What are you working on today?

Be blessed,

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.