Saturday, October 16, 2010


This past week, I spent some time at my dear Mom-in-love's home.  After the passing of her husband this summer, there are many things to take care of.  While we were working on a project, she came across her wedding dress.

She wore the dress over 50 years ago, getting married when she was eighteen.  She was unsure of what to do with the dress and I told her I would take it home and have it preserved, but for a little while I will leave it on my dress form to look at it.

I love the simplicity of this lace dress.  My what a tiny waist it has!  It's so good to have our memories, and in this case a tangible one to cherish.  Have a wonderful Saturday!

With joy,

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Pretties

Today I would like to introduce you to the photography of Alice B. Gardens, available on Etsy.  Enjoy!

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Simple Pleasures

I have always been a person who enjoyed the end result more than the process.  I don't enjoy planting bulbs in the fall, but love the flowers next spring.  I quickly tire of the sweater I'm knitting but love the baby sweater wrapped and ready to give.  This way of thinking has often been true of my quilting as well.

As we have all been told, life is found in the process.  So I have tried to slow the creative process down and enjoy each step.  I've discovered that no matter how uncertain life may be, how difficult a situation I may find myself in, there is a certain comfort I find in quilting during those times.  I can look at a pattern, choose some beautiful fabric, measure, cut and sew.  While I'm working on my quilt, I have ample time for personal reflection.

While I sew, I can also be thinking through life issues, asking God for direction, making lists of the positives and negatives, figuring out what to do next.  In the end, if I have followed the pattern correctly, I will have a quilt that I enjoy and just maybe I will have some peace in my soul that overflows into my life as well.

For more Simple Pleasures visit Dayle at


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Where Does Time Go?

It seems like yesterday that my girl was just my girl.  Now there is a cute boy taking her to the homecoming dance.  Where did the time go? (her Dad and I really like the cute boy!)

With joy,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Polka Dot Fun

My friend Nancy owns Friendship Farm, has a restaurant in Shipshewana, and has just opened a bakery, "The Bake Shop".  She asked me if I'd make some aprons for the new bakery.

The theme of the bakery is polka dots and I had alot of fun shopping for fabric with her and finding some on my own.  There is endless options out there for polka dot fabrics.

I don't know what it is about polka dots, but they make me smile and I feel happy when I'm sewing with them.

I can only hope that her employees feel just as happy wearing them as I did making them!

Have a polka-dotty day!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Is it Monday already?

The wedding went off without a hitch.  The sun was shining, the air was warm and all the leaves rustled in harmony to the sound of wedding bells...

As life would have it, Saturday was also my daughter's homecoming dance.   Sunday, my son brought ten of his friends home for church and dinner (which I loved) and I had an apron order to finish for my favorite boss.  So today, I am bone tired.  Tired to the core of my bones.  But, it was all worth it!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider
how we may spur one another on toward love and
good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as
some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage
one another - and all the more as you see the Day
approaching."  Hebrews 10: 22-25

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...