Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autumn Vows

I'm out at Friendship Farm for the last wedding of the season,
have a good Saturday, friends!

With joy,

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Pretties

 I found myself back on Etsy today, loving the creations of many talented quilters.  Here are a few to tickle your fancy...

Wooden Needle Nook

Sweet Jane

Mary Mculty Design

Blue Jean Mama

Pieces of Pine

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

With joy,

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Simple Pleasures

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?  

For more Simple Pleasures visit Dayle


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Bee In My Bonnet

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!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Little Fall

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...


Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday's Thoughts

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.

With joy,

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease."

Genesis 8:22


Saturday, October 2, 2010

On The Outside

As you may remember from previous posts, fall colors are not my colors.  If I could paint fall pink, I would.  However, I do love the fall colors outside.

Such a depth of color and texture in fall.  Mixing the plants with the pumpkins, gourds and ugly fruit really speak of the season.

Fall has come-a-calling and I'm ready, atleast on the outside!  Have a great day!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday Pretties

Todays Friday Pretties come from Love and Lavender.  Enjoy!

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Quilt Weather

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!

With joy,

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday finds me...

Playing with Red Rose Farm,

looking at fall through Morning Glory vines,

loving the way my neighbors tree is changing
from the middle,

appreciating the few flowers that remain,

heading back to Red Rose Farm!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?
I will show you what he is like who comes to me and
hears my words and puts them into practice.  He is 
like a man building a house, who dug down deep and
 laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the 
torrent struck that house but could not shake it, 
because it was well built.  But the one who hears 
my words and does not put them into practice is 
like a man who built a house on the ground without 
a foundation.  The moment the torrent struck that 
house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

Luke 6:46-49