Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Pretties





my current knitting project

It's certainly starting to look like spring around my house,
bunnies are showing up everywhere!

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With joy,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Tisket, A Tasket


I purchased an Easter basket the other day when I was at JoAnn Fabrics.  The wonderful blue color caught my eye.  When I got home I noticed the liner was faded on one side from the sun.  Oh, I can fix that, I said to myself.


After looking at many fabrics I came to the conclusion that I was going to have to cut into my much loved stash of Lecien, "Flower Sugar".  I really had to talk myself into it.  Then I had a fabric ephiphany.


I have saved this stack of fabric for over a year now and refused to cut into it until I had just the "right" project.  So needless to say, it was buried with the rest of the fabric in my cabinet and I wasn't enjoying any of it.  At the rate I am going with projects, it could be quite some time before I find just the "right" project to make with it.  A few little pieces was all it took to make the liner.  I still have plenty left.  I urge you today to use  your favortie fabrics, isn't that what they were purchased for in the first place?  Blessings!


Joyfully,

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

On the Porch


I took some time over the weekend to clean my three season porch.  It's still a bit too cold to sit out there, but at least when I look out the slider I see the hope of spring.


Last night we had a winter storm warning for freezing rain and then I heard the loudest clap of thunder I have ever experienced (louder than when my house got struck by lightening when I was a child).  The power flickered and the whole house shook.  I was waiting for the sound of trees falling as our yard has many.  But all was well!


I know that for me, I enjoy spring so much more when the winter has been long and harsh.  It is so fitting that Easter arrives in all it's beauty on the heels of winter.  Such a picture of the death and resurrection of our Lord.


I'm praying for some sunshine today.  I've decided that if the sun doesn't show itself I'm going to the nearest florist and diving into the flowers.  I need color!

Hugs,

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!




Joyfully,

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

Blessings,


Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Pretties

A Petite Cottage

Fully Fleeced Ewe

Nestibles

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!)

Joyfully,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Just Wondering...


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

Smiles,

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!

Joyfully,