In the summer of 1987 I was busily preparing for my August wedding. I stopped by an Osco Drug Store and ran in to grab a couple of items. Walking by the magazine rack, this issue caught my eye. I picked it up and began looking through the pages. What happened next was a moment that forever seared my mind, it was as if I had an awakening. I realize this sounds a bit dramatic, but honestly, at that moment it was if I had stepped into a foreign land but had arrived home all at the same time. Looking back on it now, I consider it a gift from God that He took that moment to show me what it would be that I would come to love; beauty, family, elegance, vintage...the list could go on and on.
So my love affair with Victoria magazine began and I happily found myself devouring every issue. As a new bride it helped me to see home and family in a whole new way. I started to develop a love for cameos which were oftened featured in their pictures. When the arrival of my son came three years later, my husband surprised me with this beautiful ring.
Not long after my daughter was born, four years later, my Grandmother passed away. This cameo, belonging to her was given to me. These two pieces of jewelry mean a great deal to me and I hope to pass them on to future grandchildren. Who would have thought that a trip into a local drugstore and a magazine, would develop a love that would lead to a family heirloom?
Many quilters know the designer, Lori Holt, of A Bee in My Bonnet. For those of you who are new to her company, she is known for her incredible applique and the most amazing patterns. I have also read on other blogs that she is a wonderful instructor and if given the opportunity to take one of her classes one should run not walk to it. I entered a giveaway on her blog for her new pattern and I won!
Is this not the most incredible applique quilt you have ever seen? I must tell you, I emailed Lori and told her I was a bit intimated (actually down-right scared) to attempt this, but she reassured me that her instructions are very detailed and that I could do it. I really am in awe of her talent.
In addition, as if to calm my fears, she sent me this pattern as well. This will be much easier to start with and I'm looking forward to the big pieces to get familiar with doing applique. I recently gave two quilt kits to my Mom that were applique that I had purchased and became overwhelmed by and I believe if I had this one to start with I would have been much better off. Lori has a cute blog with tons of inspiration. Be sure to take a peek!
I was starting to feel a little guilty that my home doesn't have one lick of a fall decoration in it, so I thought I would hang a quilt I made a few years back on the far wall of the kitchen, away from the pink and aqua retro theme I've got going.
Oh, how I love a nine-patch block. There is just so many possibilities. I do love the black in this quilt. Just noticing how my pumpkins look a bit too round...
Loving my autumn cookbook by Susan Branch as well. Maybe I'll rustle around in the storage room for a few more decorations. Fall is here for such a short time, I'll have pink and aqua all winter! Blessings...
This morning finds me listening to the sound of the furnace. I broke down last night and turned it on. The thermostat read 59 degrees inside the house and we couldn't take it anymore. Upon awakening, the temperature outside registered at 37 degrees and so with the sound of the furnace, fall officially starts at our house.
Firing up the furnace signals the fall planting season. Time to visit the nursery down the road and pick out all the pretties to brighten my day next spring. The possibilites are many but I know I will remain true to pink tulips, purple, white and pink hyacinth, and a variety of daffodils.
While I'm at the nursery I will also pick up paperwhite bulbs for forcing. They will be planted mid to late November in various containers ready to bloom during the holiday season. They are so easy to force and smell heavenly.
My thoughts keep coming back to Max lately. I remember how much he loved fall. There was always new smells in the leaves. I'd ask him if he was getting the "news of the day". I love this picture of him taken last year, such a handsome fellow. Summer is soon but a memory, as well as our dearly departed pets, but thank you Lord for the blessing they both were.
The weather here in Michigan has been predictably unpredictable. Some days find us barely reaching the 60's and other days we're peeling the layers off because it's gotten up in to the 80's. Such is fall here in the northern states.
The last few nights have been two quilt nights. I can't bear to turn the heat on yet. Nights fall to the low 40's and high 30's and if you have to get up during the night, you do it quickly!
So I've been pulling the quilts out, deciding which ones to use, enjoying all the memories each one brings. Some quilts I made and some, like this baby quilt, was found out treasure hunting. Oh, the joy a quilt can bring. Have a blessed day!