Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Pretties

I participated in a valentine apron swap that Sue from Country Pleasures organized.  I was paired with Gloria and want to share with you her very generous gifts that arrived this week.  Gloria sent the most beautiful red gingham apron that her Mother made many years ago.  It is stunning and the workmanship is outstanding.  What a treasure!

Gloria made me the most darling sewing pocket.  The colors match my sewing room perfectly.  It is so fun to see all the little treasures tucked inside.

I also found the cutest valentine of a little girl who peeks out from behind the chair when you move her as well as this darling notepad set.

As if all that wasn't enough, she included the most beautiful handmade rose soap that a friend of hers made.  Do you see the real rose buds in the soap?  It smells heavenly.  Thank you so much, Gloria, for such a heart-felt valentines gift.  I'm sending out yours today, so sorry for not having it to you sooner with being ill the past few days.  What a blessing your gift was to me!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011


icicle as tall as I am

Thank you for all the get well wishes.  My fever finally broke sometime during the night.  I can hear and breathe again.  I woke up hungry.  I'm taking all these as very good signs that I'm on the mend.  Seven straight days of nastiness coupled with rest, peace and a time for reading God's word and pondering life.  Some good learning can occur when you're flat on your back and all the craziness of trying to do all and be all is stripped away.  There is a clarity of mind in these instances and I was willing to embrace it.

This morning, when I took my daughter to school at 7:15, the car thermometer registered 5 degrees.  Seriously.  I must tell you, it was beautiful outside.  The snow was glittering like God had reached down and bedazzled it, and he had.  When it's this cold and the clouds part, you get a blue and pink sky like you've never seen.  You can catch a glimpse of this sky in my first picture.  It honestly took my breath away, one for beauty and two for the bitter cold!  Living in the northern states, it is so common by now to be lamenting over yet another day of winter.  I know, because I do it.  But I was reminded this morning of the beauty in winter.  When things seem endlessly dry and brittle and, quite frankly, dead, there truly is something going on.  God is at work, we just have to look alittle harder to see it.  Once seen, you can't help but be thankful.  

With joy,

Monday, February 7, 2011


photo from flickr

I am, "down for the count" as the saying goes.  I've managed to catch my husbands flu bug.  I'll be back as soon as my head stops hurting.  Blessings to all!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
the he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight, declares the Lord."

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Friday Pretties

Things that are speaking to my heart today...

A gift from Joyce

Tablecloth, a gift from Trish

A rose and vintage buttons

my house dipped in whip cream

remembering my furry friend

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Zero Calorie Cupcake

The snow is falling softly outside, the winds have finally died down.  I'm trying to keep my fingers busy knitting or sewing so I don't nibble at food all day.  What is it about snow storms that make us want to bake?  I must have had cupcakes on my mind because this little hat was the first of my creations.

My new machine and I have been whipping out log cabin blocks.  Before I put the green strips on, they look like Valentine blocks instead of Christmas.  I love the cheery gingham!

I have fifty of these to make and I'm pretty sure I will  have that done today, that is if I stay out of the kitchen.  I've already made the Pioneer Woman's chicken spaghetti and potroast so I wouldn't have to cook for the next couple of days, but goodness me, cupcakes sound delicious!

This is the view from my back porch.  We haven't even seen a snow plow yet.  The storm is suppose to continue until seven tonight.  I can't imagine what that amount of snow will look like, but I'm about to find out!

With joy,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My New Friend

This is the view from my sewing room.  Icicles as thick as my arm.  The forecast is 10-15 inches of snow tonight.  My husband is home sick and there won't be any school tomorrow.  Dear Lord have mercy.  To keep me from going insane, a friend has come to play...

I could just sit and look at the picture on the box.  Maybe I'll hang it on the window to remind me that what's outside won't last forever (please don't last forever).  I love the illustration on the box and "Keeping the Word Sewing".  I have alot of learning to do, me and my new Sapphire, but I can't think of any better way to amuse myself during a blizzard.

I completed a gift for a special little one year old.  Don't you love self-striping yarn?  You just knit and knit and the pattern unfolds before your eyes.  What's the best thing to do during a blizzard?  Keep the news turned off and your fingers busy!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"For since the creation of the world
God's invisible qualities-
his eternal power and divine nature-
have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made,
so that men are without excuse."

Romans 1:20


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Birthday Giveaway Winner

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I have so enjoyed reading all of your comments.
Thank you for all your support and encouragement on this blog!


Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Pretties

The grey, cold days of winter are taking it's toll this week.  I thought it was time to get some Valentines decorations out.  Maybe alittle love can warm things up...

a gift from Shann

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Love a vous, mon ami,

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Review

While I was enroute to San Diego, I had ample time to read, and read I did.  I managed to get three books read and wanted to share my thoughts with you and see if you had read them as well.  This first book had great potential, but ended up being a bit to risque for me.  I finished it because I make it a point to finish reading a book whether I like it or not.  

This one had me on the edge of my seat.  Once I got familiar with her style of writing, which includes lots of descriptive words for nature, I was hooked.  It had an erie element to it and I was down right spooked at the end.  

This book was by far the best book I read on the trip.  Though it has some difficult scenes with the characters during World War II, and as horrifying as some of the incidents were, it was a very well written story and one that I didn't want to end.

This book is my current read.  "Bittersweet" by Shauna Niequist is a must have for you, your daughters and all the women in your life.  It is about change, grace and learning the hard way.  How change is to be expected, both good and bad and what we can learn while going through it if we are able to open ourselves up to the process.  This one will have me thinking for awhile.

What about you, have you read any good books lately?


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Vintage Notions

My friend, Char, gave me this wonderful vintage notions cupboard for my birthday.  Each little drawer is filled with tiny treasures.  I felt like a child, again, as I would collect little items when I was small.

The long narrow cupboard is hand painted and the drawers are labeled with the words, buttons, thread, snaps, pins, utility and needles.

Some of the tiny gifts included this silver measuring tape.  It is much used and I when I hold it in the palm of my hand I feel connected to someone before me who loved to sew as well.

The lovely pincushion, once red and now faded to a perfect pink was a joy to discover.  It fits perfectly on the top of the cupboard.

Last year, Char gave me this vintage scissor holder.  I love how they compliment each other with the same hand-painted details.

I've placed them on a wall in my sewing room where I can enjoy them daily.  They look like they've always belonged in that space, don't you agree?

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for my birthday giveaway


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mitten Love

I have some very talented friends who make me the most amazing gifts.  I want to share with you my mittens that my friend Sally made for me.  Sally uses recycled wool sweaters and vintage buttons.  They are the softest, warmest mittens I own and perfect for Michigan winters.

These mittens were made using my son's college logo and paw print.  I was speechless.

Sally then told me to look inside.  The enclosed tag has my son's photo on it.  That's when I started crying...thank you, Sally!

I would also like to publically thank Sally
for loaning me a sewing machine over the holidays,
while mine was in the shop, so that I could finish
my custom quilt orders.  I will be forever grateful!

God bless our friends,