Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Pretties


The kiss of the sun for pardon,


the sound of the birds for mirth,


one is nearer God's heart in a garden,


than anywhere else on earth!

These pictures from my garden, taken last summer, remind me that there is spring on the way!  40 degrees and rain today.  Hopefully all the snow will wash away.  Blessings!

With joy,

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Petals of Color


I'm in the middle of several projects that I wish I could share with you but some are custom order gifts for people who read my blog and others that can't be disclosed yet either.


The past few days have found me making these fluttery petals for a project I will show you when finished.  It's quick and easy and is boosting my spirits with colors of spring.  I got a kick out of my daughter yesterday when she saw me piling the petals in my favorite vintage pyrex bowl.  She started to laugh and gave me that "of course you would" look.  It made me think about the things I love that I use that other people might not ~

I wear the vintage aprons I buy at flea markets,
I carry crocheted hankies in my purse and use them,
I prefer random floral, chipped plates on my table 
over matched sets,
I burn the bunny shaped candles sitting on the vintage tablecloths that don't fit my table
I will wear a hat if the occassion calls for one (in my opinion)
the list goes on and on...

I have a hunch that most of the people who read my blog do the same things and I'm so glad to belong to a blogging community that shares the same interests as me as well as the many things I learn from the ones that have other interests than mine.  What a blessing you all are!

Smiles,

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Red Riding Hood


I found this darling image on Flickr today.  I'm amazed at how we take scary children's stories and turn them into pretty little books and cards.  This is a get well card!  Oh my, get well or you might be eaten by the big bad wolf!


My teenage daughter and her friends are anxiously waiting the arrival of this movie set to come out next week.  Ok, maybe I'm alittle excited too!  


Joyfully,

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Photography

no flash - auto mode - artificial light

Jodi, from Pleasant Home has been doing a series of posts on taking better pictures for your blog.  Teresa, from Meadowbrook Farm has been doing a series on photography as well.  I have been practicing.

no flash - auto mode - natural light

I can tell that the natural light is much better except I do like the first picture, even though that might be because I like the richness of colors and patterns around the vase.

no flash - auto mode - artificial light

This picture, of my new book, however, doesn't photograph well under artifical light.   Sometimes, when the skies of Michigan are seemingly forever gray, I have to take pictures in artificial light.  

no flash - auto mode - natural light

Jodi is going to be doing a post on taking pictures in artificial light so I'm looking forward to those tips.  Compared to these women, I have a long way to go.  Practice, practice, practice.  My camera is a Canon Rebel XT.  Have a wonderful day today, friends!

Hugs,

Monday, February 28, 2011

Bunnies & Teacups




I came across the cutest blog today.  It is called "Bumpkin".  The very talented artisit and designer is Catherine Young.  She has an Etsy store which sells these adorable embroidery patterns.


Catherine also sells prints of the same design.  Check out her blog for absolute sweetness.  It's a reminder to me today that spring and Easter are coming.  We can't have winter forever, can we?


With joy,

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Scripture

photo found here

"Your statutes are wonderful;
therefore I obey them.
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
I open my mouth and pant,
longing for your commands.
Turn to me and have mercy on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.
Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.
Redeem me from the oppression of men,
that I may obey your precepts.
Make your face shine upon your servant
and teach me your decrees."

Psalm 119:129-135
Blessings to you,

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Vintage Baby


I've been working on baby shower invitations for a friend.  It's been fun helping her plan a luncheon for a new Grandbaby.


I'm sharing the image I used with you incase you need a vintage baby image for a project.  If you end up using it, let me know.  I would love to see your creations!

With joy,

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Pretties






a few favorites from my bedroom...

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at

Joyfully,

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Progress


In all my years of quilting, I have never made a log cabin quilt.  I don't know what the hesitation was but I'm so glad I finally decided to try it.  I am finished with the 50 blocks and now have to work on setting triangles, corner triangles and borders.  I'm loving the way it is all coming together.  I can see more log cabin quilts in the future.  It is such a great way to use up scraps.  What are you working on today?

Hugs,

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Time for Fun


My daughter went to the Shanghai Circus with her boyfriend on Saturday for his homecoming.  She wore her retro dress with the fun pink crinoline.  We decided against the "fascinator" (hair piece with netting).  I made it alittle too big.  Our favorite hairdresser did some wonderful retro-inspired pin curls.


They always have such a fun time together.  Saturday was in the 40's.  All the snow was pretty much melted.  Now we are back in the 20's with one of the worst snow and ice storms ever.  Trees down everywhere.  Many, many people without power.  Roads too treacherous to drive.  No school yesterday or today because the school doesn't have any power.  Oh, how I long for spring!

Blessings,

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sewing Christmas



Welcome to our second month of "Sewing Christmas".  This month finds me thinking of spring which was my inspiration for the pillow cover.  Not all of our Christmas gifts have to be Christmas themed.  I think not making a Christmas-themed gift each month will help us to stay on task by keeping it interesting, don't you?


Recently I was in T.J. Maxx and I found this white quilted pillow sham on sale for $5.99.  Perfect for an applique project.  I began searching through my many books and patterns.  The possibilities were endless, really.  I thought of hearts in different fabrics, the word "Joy" with vines and yo-yo's, various quilt blocks I've made and not used.


Then I found this pattern.  Not having to make the pillow saved  time.  I changed the direction of the pattern only because I was too lazy didn't want to take the time to copy the pattern, I just traced it on to fusible web as printed.


For those of you who missed last month's "Sewing Christmas", it can be viewed here.  Now it's your turn, share your "Sewing Christmas" idea using the link below.  Remember, it doesn't have to be a sewn item.  Enjoy!



Hugs,

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Scripture

photo found here

"Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
for it is pleasing when you keep them in 
your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I teach you today, even you."

Proverbs 22:17-19

Blessings,

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Pretties


Snow melting.  Sunshine.  A hint of Spring in the damp cold.  This is my Friday Pretty.  Slender green shoots straining out of the earth through the dead leaves of last fall.  A message from God today that there is always something going on even when we can't see it.  After a long winter, after a long season, He is still at work growing something good outdoors, as well as, inside us.  I was reminded of this verse:

"As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease."
Genesis 8:22

The forecast predicts more snow, but I will hold on to what is coming and marvel at what is going on under it all.  Blessings!

For more Friday Pretties
visit Joyce at
With joy,

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday Thoughts


I have been reading an incredible book by Ann Voskamp, "One Thousand Gifts".  I must tell you, I think it's about to change my life.  Does that sound dramatic?  Yes, but true.  I know as soon as I finish it, I will start it over again.  It is not an easy read, at all, but worth it.  It requires full attendance of your mind to absorb the truths written.


Since I have been ill for the past two weeks, not much has gotten done at my house, ok, nothing really.  I have custom quilt orders to fulfill, a house to clean, groceries to buy.  One sentence from the book keeps interrupting my thoughts today, "Life is not an emergency".

a sneek peek of Monday's Sewing Christmas

So, read the Word, make some coffee, grab a pen, make the list.  What needs to be done today, what needs to be done in the next few days.  Eliminate the wants for now, focus on the needs.  Life is not an emergency, much can wait.  Don't forget to notice that the snow is melting and I can see green grass for the first time in months.


Plan a good meal,  I haven't hardly cooked in two weeks and the family might like a little love from the kitchen.  Above all, be thankful.  Give thanks for feeling better, for choices, for fabric and patterns and fun and a good God that loves us and showers us with good gifts, daily.

Hugs,