Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chocolate Bunnies

Easter is just around the corner.  I had been scolding myself for not making a spring quilt to hang.  My Mom showed me this beautiful quilt she had just finished and then said casually, "do you want it?"  Hmm...

Are you kidding me?  Of course I want it!!  The pattern is called, "Rabbits Prefer Chocolate" by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.   My Mom did a great job of piecing and applique.  The quilter really went to town on this one.

Such a treasure!  I had it up on the wall in about thirty seconds.  Didn't want to give her a chance to change her mind (insert smiley face).

The skies are so grey and dreary today.  It's hard to believe at times that spring is coming.  I'll have these little bunnies to remind me of the real ones I will be seeing soon.  Blessings!

With joy,

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sewing Christmas

Today find's us at our third installment of "Sewing Christmas" our goal of making Christmas gifts each month.  This month's creations come to us by the very talented hands of my Mom, Helen.

I had asked my Mom, at Christmas, if she would make some of her beautiful felt ornaments that could be tucked away for gifts.  She showed up on Friday with my Dad and some wonderful treasures.

My Mom loves to cross stitch and has taken up quilting in recent years.  I have always loved her ornaments and have enjoyed them since I was small.

The felt kits are becoming harder and harder to find, making me cherish the pieces that she has created throughout the years.

This little cupcake looks good enough to eat!  If you have a Christmas gift idea to share, please join me through the link below.  Blessings!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"What shall we say the kingdom of God is like,
or what parable shall we use to describe it?
It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest
seed you plant in the ground.  Yet when 
planted it grows and becomes the largest of
all garden plants, with such big branches 
that the birds of the air can perch in its shade."

Mark 4:30-34


Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Pretties

A Petite Cottage

Fully Fleeced Ewe


Dear Jess

I'll be Yarned

Sunday Treasures

The singing of the birds in the mornings has me thinking of nests.  All of these pretty nests were found on Etsy.  Enjoy!

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With joy,

Thursday, March 17, 2011

It's the Little Things~

Looking to replace my bakeware, I spotted these in Target.

Imagine my happy dance when I flipped them over!

For a girl who loves pink and aqua in the kitchen
I was thrilled!

If I am going to spend such a great deal of time
preparing food for my family

why not be in a room surrounded by pretty 
things that you love?

It's the little things that can make mundane
everyday chores all that much more enjoyable,

don't you agree?

Hey, who opened the Easter candy?
(oops...that was me!)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Just Wondering...

If I stitch fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?
~Author Unknown


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baby Shower Luncheon

I wanted to share with you a few photos from the baby shower luncheon on Sunday.  It went very well.  We had 19 guests.  Grandpa-to-be started the event by pinning a beautiful white orchid on his daughter and Mommy-to-be.

We decorated in yellow's and blue's with a splash of purple from the Iris.  We were in the Grandparents 170 yr. old farm house and the decorations meshed seamlessly with the home.  

We used miss-matched floral china of mine as well as the blue owl pitchers from my collection.  Various table runners added color and texture to the white tablecloths.

The shower had a definite vintage-romantic quality about it.  The fresh flowers really brought it all together.

The food was provided by my friend's restaurant.  Not only does she and her husband live in this 170 yr. old home and host weddings and events on the property, but they own a cafe and bakery as well.

The flower pins were a big hit as a party favor and the three littlest guests received talking farm puzzles as their favor.

Little touches go along way when planning an event.  Making the food a part of the decorations is not hard when you use pretty colors of frosting set on a chunky white tray.

Even though the weather was cold and grey outside, laughter, smiles and the cutest baby gifts ever kept the inside bright and cheery!

The older I get, the more I enjoy these types of events.  It always takes you back to your own baby showers and the babies you once held in your arms that are now grown.  It's so bittersweet.

With the overwhelming positive response of my handmade invitation, I may never use a store bought one again.  Showers of blessings today!


Monday, March 14, 2011

For a Wee One ~

Yesterday I attended a baby shower for my friend who is expecting a new grandchild.  This is the gift that I made for the new baby.  It is an Owlie Sleep Sack.  The free pattern is made by Teresa Cole and posted on Ravelry here.  It was a fun pattern that came together quickly.  It was a hit with the guests.  If you are in need of a baby gift, this is sure to please.  Blessings!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give him will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

John 4:13&14


Saturday, March 12, 2011

I had a sweet surprise yesterday.  My friend, Tricia, whom I've known for several years now dropped by.  Our girls have played volleyball together, currently go to highschool together and Trish and I have been in Bible study together on many occassions.  She saw this book and thought of me.  I love that!

The author, Erin McKean, has a blog called A Dress A Day where she chronicles her love of vintage clothing and patterns.  She began writing a series of posts which became the makings of the book.  It looks to be a very fun read.  Thanks Tricia!

With joy,

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Pretties

My brother recently sent me this photo of my parents on their wedding day.  I had never seen it.  They are still happily married 50+ years later.  

We are getting very busy at the farm.  Weddings are being booked left and right and my summer to fall calendar is filling up.

All of these photos were taken last summer.   I'm in a wedding state-of-mind.  I'm enjoying the stroll through my memories.

I truly love my job.  I have a wonderful set of bosses who happen to be very dear friends.  Event planning with them always involves pretty things, good food, great conversation and lots of laughter.

The fact that they live on the farm where we host weddings, showers, dinners, and parties is an added bonus.  The fact that we share the same love of vintage, shabby chic and romantic things is a gift.

Each wedding is different.  Each couple will surprise us in ways we hadn't planned, and that makes it fun.  Even when it's challenging at times, it's still fun!  

It won't be long before I'll be spending a great deal of time here at the farm.  A slice of heaven in the countryside.

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