Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Pretties

Today for Friday Pretties I want to share with you the latest wedding at the Farm.  A beautiful day and a beautiful ceremony for the bride and groom, Allie and Ben...

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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...

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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!