Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Christmas Tour Continues

We find ourselves back in the dining room today finishing up a look at the Christmas decorations.   I thought you might like another look at the dollhouse all set for the holidays.

The oil lamp that belonged to my Grandmother finds it's way to the sideboard.  I remember what it once looked like at her house this time of year and remember the smell of the oil burning.

The table wears it's Christmas quilt that I made last year at this time.  It was a great stash buster, using many different red prints.  The wonderful thing about this quilt is that whenever I look at the individual fabrics, I remember other things that I made with it.

By the window stands a small tree that I made a few years back.  The garland is made from sheet music and the tree skirt is lace from the Civil War era.

A small church pew that found it's way into my heart and home several years ago makes me wonder about the people who would have been sitting there for a Christmas service.

A cross-stitch picture my Mom made hangs on the wall and reminds me of a simpler time.

A favorite item in my dining room are these Rudolph dishes.  Whimiscal and charming and must have once held cookies for Santa.  Off to the "Pretty Room" tomorrow!  Blessings!

With joy,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Red Rose Farm Quilt

I want to take a break in my Christmas tour to show you my quilt I just got back from the quilter and quickly bound.  Most of you know of my love affair with the Red Rose Farm fabric by Elizabeth Scott of  The Late Bloomer.

The quilt is made with about 80% Red Rose Farm, a bit of Lecien's Flower Sugar and some yellow buffalo check that I had in my stash.  It is backed with a large hot pink on white polka-dot.

Thank you to all of you who sent me messages when I inquired about the proper way to do embroidery.  I have been in love with these vintage dish towel transfers for quite some time and knew they would look great on a quilt.

The quilter did a wonderful job, though it is hard to see in these pictures.  She even quilted tea pots into the cake stand blocks.

My kitchen walls are yellow and the kitchen is decorated in aqua, yellow and pink with a retro feel to it.  This hangs on the wall in the kitchen and really ties the room's theme to the vintage items I have placed there.  I used almost every bit of the fatquarter bundle of Red Rose Farm.  With the scraps I would like to make some placemats.

A big thank you to Elizabeth for designing such a wonderful line of fabrics that will certainly keep my kitchen bright and happy in the cold, dark, dead of winter here in Michigan.   See you tomorrow for more Christmas decorating pictures!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

It's hard to believe that just five short days ago we were experiencing our first snow of the season.  If you looked out my window today you would think otherwise.  The weekend was filled with the sounds of ambulances as people tried to remember how to drive on slick, icy roads.

I thought you might enjoy some Christmas decorating photos.  I took a bunch this weekend so I could show you what I've been up to.  These pictures are of my dining room.  The color scheme centers around the red and cream dog toile wallpaper (yes, I said dog).  My tree is mostly black, red and cream and is made up of hats and fancy gloves, little tiny purses and various shiny, beaded trinkets.  There is a full shot of the tree at the end of this post.

Even the doll house gets a wee tree at Christmas.  Mother is busy baking for the holidays.  I think she might need an apron so she doesn't get that fancy dress dirty.

There is much to do about glitter on the sideboard.  Sparklie snow people shimmer against the backdrop of Christmas sheet music, all reflected off the vintage mirror they stand on.

The snow owl watches over the proceedings, a bit suspiciously if you ask me.  Not to worry, there's no flying allowed in the house.

Oh, how I love Christmastime.  I'll be back tomorrow with more photos of this room and then we'll walk through the "Pretty Room", if I haven't bored you to tears.  Monday morning blessings from winter wonderland!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"For He will command his
angels concerning you to 
guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their
hands, so that you will not 
strike your foot against a stone."

Psalm 91:11-12

With joy,

Saturday, December 4, 2010

From Generous Hands

One of the things I have learned on my journey through blogging is that bloggers love to give gifts, either through generous giveaways, swaps or because they like to surprise us with things they know we'll love.  I have been the recipient of some wonderful gifts.  A few days ago I won a pattern giveaway from Brenda at Little Acorns.  Brenda is a fabulous designer of the most amazing patterns and fabrics.  I am currently working on a Christmas applique quilt with her "Celebration" fabric, imagine my delight when I found out I had won SIX of her patterns!

I signed up for an apron swap last month through Sue at Country Pleasures.  I was delighted to be matched up with Judy from Daily Yarns 'N More.  This week I recieved this wonderful apron, which fits me perfectly!  I love the fabric she chose.

Judy also included this pretty fabric mix of flannels and cottons as well as some pretty soap. Judy recently moved to Gentle Hearth Farm and I have so enjoyed all the beautiful pictures she has been sharing of her new life on the farm.  Judy is a quilter, knitter and a weaver and when she's busy creating, beautiful things come from her hands.

One of the first ladies I met when I started blogging is sweet Beverly from My Sew Sweet Studio.  Beverly sent me these darling crochet pieces and some pretty linens just because she knew how much I would like them.  They fit perfectly in my "Pretty Room" where I enjoy them everyday.  Beverly is an expert (yes, Beverly, EXPERT) seamstress, pattern author and makes the most amazing children's clothes and bags.

A visit to all of these ladies blogs would brighten anyone's day, grab some coffee and head over!  Today it's dark and snowy here in southwest Michigan.  I good day for sewing I'd say!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Pretties

For today's Friday Pretties I want to take you into the magical world of Liberty Biberty.  The author of this amazing blog is Mercedes and she lives in New Zealand.  She is a minaturist.  Yep, that's right, all these pictures you are looking at come from the inside of a doll house.

A visit to Mercedes blog will leave you with your mouth hanging open.  Her detailed, lovely rooms are just down-right amazing and look better than my life-size rooms!

As I have learned from reading her blog, there are alot of minature enthusiasts out there and I can see why.  This is a whole other realm of creativity and I'm awed by it.  I can't quite wrap my brain around how it's done, but I'm so glad she can!

Be sure to stop on over at her blog and take the virtual home tour.  You will come away with a whole new appreciation for this craft.  I am trying to figure out how I can shrink myself so I can move into this wonderful, enchanting place.

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


Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Full Heart

First snowfalls are always iffy.  We tend to forget how to drive in the snow when we haven't done it in a few months.  The drive to deliver the cake went well, it was the drive home that about did me in.  Somewhere along the way there must have been an accident because I crawled along the highway at 5 mph for a good hour, in a snow storm, in the dark.  I have to tell you though, I would do it again just to see his face light up.  This picture was taken when his friends were singing to him.  I am so proud of the man he is becoming.  My heart is just not big enough to hold the love I have for him, so I'll place this love in God's hands and be forever grateful that he chose me to be Taylor's Mom.

With joy,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Snowing

Loving the colors of Christmas

Today we are experiencing the first snowfall of the season.  A very gentle, slow falling snow, just like the kind you see in the movies.  It appears winter has finally arrived.

My favorite new candy

Today is also my son's 20th birthday.  I can hardly believe it.  Can he really be that old?  Can I really be that old?  I am making a cake and plan to deliver it to him at college later this afternoon.  He is about an hour from us.  Hopefully, the snow won't keep me from going.

Still finding decorations to put up

I'm having some difficulty grasping the Christmas season this year.  I don't know what's that matter with me.  Are any of you having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit?


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Angels We Have Heard On High

Vintage pieces of
and trim
one little angel ornament
and the beginning of a choir...


Monday, November 29, 2010

The Monday After

The monday-after-Thanksgiving-blues have hit me hard this year.  A wonderful time spent with family, food, sports, church, Christmas decorating, more food, meaningful conversations, shopping, movie watching and more food.  And then, everyone leaves.  Whenever my son has been home for a few days and goes back to college I experience the same feelings I did when he first left.  I know it's silly, but it happens every time.

The house is 99% ready for Christmas.  The mice have found their way on to my sewing room tree and I just love them!  I don't know what it is about mice, but they stir a long lost memory from my childhood and speak to my heart (especially ones in pretty dresses!)  The 1% of Christmas left to decorate is my front door.  There will be no handmade wreath from my FIL this year and I have to go find a replacement, and honestly, it's hard.

I broke my self-imposed rule of no fabric purchasing.  My daughter and I went to check on the competition for the Gingerbread House contest and stopped in at my favorite store (note to self: do not stop in to said favorite store).  This fabric is not my "style" at all and I just fell in love.  So, some for me and some for a special gift.  As for the contest, a professional cake decorator and GBH contest goer has entered a spectacular (and I mean spectacular) house so we are toast.  The judging is this week, but really, we've already won our prize.  In the end, I wouldn't trade that time with my daughter for anything.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Scriptures

Image from American Gallery Files

"One thing I ask of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the days of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock."

Psalm 27:4-5

Richest blessings,

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Snuggling In

I hope all of you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  There is a bit of a nip in the air today and rumors of snow.   I've started to bring out the Christmas decorations.  These little cuties look like they are ready to hop out of the box and on to the tree.  Michigan plays Ohio State, and the chili is cooking.  It's 11:00am and the kids are still in bed...oh how I love the holidays!