Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday Pretties

For today's pretties I want to share with you a favorite etsy shop of mine, The Shabby Chic Cottage...

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


Thursday, September 16, 2010

You would too!

She sews such cute things and shops like I do!

I really thought I had talked myself out of "Red Rose Farm".  I believed I would be satisfied by just looking at Elizabeth's blog.  

Pincushions made from Red Rose Farm

We enjoy the same kinds of things.  Would probably need a semi-truck if we went junking together.

Really?  Have you seen cuter?

I thought, "just go to her blog for inspiration and then when you tackle the fabric mountain in your sewing room then you can place an order".

I didn't know it was possible to make a stash look this good!

But then, Elizabeth left a comment on my post yesterday, and I knew I was finished.  I just placed my order...

Photos are from The Late Bloomer
Stop in, you're in for a treat!

P.S. When Brenda's "Georgia Lou" makes it's debut, I'll be caving in all over again!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010


The other day when I put myself on fabric lockdown, I knew I would face temptation.  I didn't realize I would face it so soon.  Yesterday I got an email from the Fat Quarter Shop that Red Rose Farm was now available.  I wanted to cry.  I have been a fan of Elizabeth Scott for quite awhile.  She has some fun patterns and a cute blog The Late Bloomer.  Her home is as pretty as her fabric and patterns.  I am a tormented soul today. UGH!!!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In the Garden

These cooler days find me standing at the window and looking at the garden.  I know it won't be long now until these flowers are a memory of a spectacular spring to summer show.  Already the roses are losing their leaves, a few small blooms remain.  The sedum is turning to purple, a sign that fall is closer than we know.  The tops of the trees are a mixture of green to orange to yellow.  It all happens so fast.  If I don't take the time to walk among the flowers, I will miss their departure.  The sun is shining brightly today, too beautiful to stay inside.  I wish you all were here to meet me in the garden.  What a time we would have!

I welcome all of your suggestions to improve my fall table quilt. I was thinking of scrapping the whole thing until I read your comments.  I'm going to leave it out where I can see it for a few days to look at it through new eyes (your eyes!) and go from there.  Have a blessed day!


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!


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!


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.


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,