Monday, September 13, 2010

Orange Is Not On My Color Wheel...


The past weekend was a quiet one and I spent much of my time working around the house.  Temperatures remained in the high 60's and rain.  I decided to get to work on a fall table topper I've had on my to-do list for awhile.  I can honestly say, I don't like how it's coming out.  I'm not fishing for compliments but just sharing that every once in a while, something doesn't turn out the way you had hoped.  I did not choose a green that is dark enough to make it stand out from the background fabric so now I'm trying to come up with a way to make those areas shine.  Probably some kind of decorative stitching.  I'm not much of an orange kind of gal, so I'm not feeling it.  Lesson learned.  Now if only I could find a way to make fall pink.



I did manage to get my sewing room rearranged, cleaned and organized.  You only get this shot because I'm too embarrassed to show you my fabric stash.  I am now on official lock down.  My goal is to not purchase any fabric until 80% of my stash is gone (I kid you not).  Batting and thread are the only things on my approved list for quilting.  I'm pretty excited for this self-imposed challenge and I'll let you know how I'm doing.


My girl got her vintage dress swapped out for more autumn looking attire.  I never thought I could have so much fun outfitting a dress form!

I'm ready for a slower pace to my days and for cooler weather.  I even put the fall wreath on the front door.  I can handle the orange on the outside of the house.  Hoping your Monday is off to a beautiful start!

Joyfully,

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Scripture

morning light...


"Let the morning bring me word
of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul."

Psalm 143:8

In Christ Alone,

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sewing Pretty


The house has been so quiet with the kids back at school that I've had time to organize my sewing room and do a little stitching.   I've had this pattern from Jackie Clark for awhile now and thought it would be a great bag for hauling all my files and paperwork to the Farm and back.


It was not a difficult pattern and I really enjoyed doing all the embellishment.  I love vintage hankies and it was fun deciding which one to use.  I finally cut into my Cath Kidston stash using the pink floral for the corner.  I tried an old, but new to me, technique of attaching the ric-rac.


I used a cheerful gingham for the inside (thought of you Tricia!) and a piece of feedsack material for the back.  I can see myself making more of these! Have a joyful Saturday!


Hugs,

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...















For more pretties visit Joyce at I love pretty little things.


Joyfully,

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...

Love,

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bittersweet


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!

Joyfully,



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

Joyfully,

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.


Hugs,