My house is very quiet this morning. My daughter is home sick from school and snuggled so deeply into my bed that you can barely find her. My husband is sleeping in the family room, where it is the darkest, because he worked all night. The rain is coming down and it's grey and still outside. I had to show you the package I received yesterday from Renee at My Vintage Mending. OH MY WORD...the wrapping alone was a gift. Look at that darling milk tag! It's wrapped in a piece of a sewing pattern, how creative is that?! The inside card was so sweet and held a vintage playing card. I was swooning.
Oh but the treasure inside was this pretty Ipod case. Look at all that vintage finery! My family doesn't know yet that they are getting me a new Ipod for Mother's Day, in the meantime I will tuck my Nano in there with my headphones. I love it, thank you Renee! Make sure to check out her fabulous blog~
I'm still running my quilting marathon. Too many projects going on but I love them all. Stay dry in your corner of the world. Blessings!
It's raining outside this morning. Lots and lots of green leaves are coming out to drink it in. Spring seems within our grasp. I'm so thankful that winter has past. I hope everyone had a good Easter. After a wonderful service at church we had family for Easter dinner, it was very nice.
My New Book
I picked up this book over the weekend. The cover, of course, caught my eye. Such a beautiful photograph. In this non-fiction book, the author shares the stories behind the mementos she keeps in her "forever box" and the lessons she learned from the significant women in her life. She helps the reader to discover the meaningful tidbits of her own life and possibly develop her own "forever box" that can be passed on to future generations. There is much food for thought and I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far. Showers of blessings today!
While visiting my brother in Georgia, a couple of weeks ago, we took a trip to Stone Mountain. It is the largest bas relief sculpture in the world, measuring 3 acres and in it's entirety is about the size of three football fields. The Confederate Memorial Carving depicts three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson as well as their favorite horses, Blackjack, Traveller and Little Sorrel. An interesting fact is that the deepest point of the carving is at Lee's elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain's surface. Work on the carving began in 1915 and was completed in 1972.
Stone Mountain is a quartz monsonite dome. It's elevation is 1,686 feet and it extends underground 9 miles. It is known as the largest exposed piece of granite in the world.
We took a skyride to the top of the mountain. There are a few rock pools and some plant life at the top. It was a bit eerie to stand up there and I was happy to find out that it has a fence around it, it slopes in places and would be easy to lose your footing.
I want to share this image with you which I find fitting for Easter. A group of people were telling the Easter story and giving communion. My brother told me that there is a sunrise Easter service each year. I can't imagine what it would be like to be on the top of the mountain, with the sun coming up, worshiping the Lord on Resurrection Sunday! I also just read in Country Living magazine that the Country Living Fair will be held at Stone Mountain this October as well as in Columbus, Ohio. Have a wonderful Thursday!
I was hoping to share with you today some pictures from the photo shoot at the Farm, but it was cancelled due to weather. It didn't seem appropriate to have the bride stand in frigid temps pretending not to have goosebumps. Click here to see some fabulous photos that photographer, Carrie Miles has taken.
Today my "spring" is coming from our local grocery store. I can read about what "spring" is in the food magazine I treated myself to as well as gazing at the lovely tulips!
I was pleasantly surprised to find edible flowers at our store so my ideas are spinning for Easter dinner. I'm keeping it simple this year, good tried-and-true dishes that my children always ask for like cheesy potatoes, grilled flank steak, sauteed green beans and spinach-strawberry salad with these flowers!
I am working on spending more time reading the Easter story from God's Word this week. Of course, it is much more than a story. If you've never really understood the Easter Story, and have questions about Easter and Jesus, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a wonderful day!
If anyone ever questioned whether spring in Michigan is unpredictable, they can stop now. We awoke to snow covering the ground today, much different that the 84 degrees we had a couple of Saturdays ago.
I am stuck taking indoor photos, on my cutting table, of this months "Sewing Christmas" project. For it I made an 8 foot bunting. If there was an ounce of sunshine to photograph this on my fence, I would have loved it, but today this is the best I can do. When the weather is nicer I will put it up for you.
This is one of the most fun projects to date for me. I got out one bag of left over quilt binding and my large box of vintage this-and-that.
It incorporates old quilt blocks, hankies, doilies, vintage sheets, yo-yo's purchased at an auction and bits of quilts that are completely worn out but needed some love.
The uses for this are endless, and I think it might be the project that I "gift" to myself! If you have something you would like to share with us, please see the link below.
Two very fun things have happened, one is that Sewn With Grace has become a .com replacing my blogspot.com account. I'm working on some fun things and this just seemed like the next step in my journey. It was a simple process, but being technically challenged, I managed to delete my blogroll in the process. I am slowly rebuilding that list and if you don't see your blog there as usual, it's just because I'm still recovering the names. To become a .com yourself, check out this post. While your're at Clover and Violet take a look around, it's a great blog! Please take a moment to rename my blog on your bloglists. Over the next three days blogger should redirect you to the new name, but you can make the change on your own beforehand.
The other fun news is that tomorrow there is a wedding photo shoot out at the farm. It's suppose to be cold here but I'm praying for sunshine. After church I will be heading out, with stacks of vintage dishes, for some fun. I will let you know how that goes on Tuesday after we have our fourth "Sewing Christmas" on Monday. Have a great day today!
Have you ever had so many projects you needed to complete that you just froze and didn't do anything for awhile? That's how I have been lately. Instead of sewing I have been reading alot and knitting. I do this to myself every time I take on orders or need to make gifts. Buying "Cherry Fizz" was the motivation I needed to get moving. I won't cut into it until I get the five (yes you read that right) quilts I have to complete in the next seven weeks.
Time to get the motor running, literally. First one to tackle is a graduation gift for a sweet friend of my daughter's. This is not a hard quilt and making the flowers is quite addicting. How each flower comes out is a surprise.
The pattern is called "May Flowers" and comes from the jelly roll book shown below. I used scraps of fabrics that I have made two other quilts with. This quilt is really a stash buster and if you are looking to reduce your stash or scrap basket, this is the one for you!
I find that the example quilt has too much cream for me so I will be using a color for the flower blocks and a patterned fabric for the borders. The good thing about this quilt is that I will only have to purchase batting. Yea! I love it when that happens!
Something comes over me when I walk into a fabric shop. I refer to it as a spiritual experience because, for me, that's what it closely resembles. I do believe God has given me a gift of working with my hands and when they come in contact with fabric it feels like I'm at home. I also believe that God expects me to use my money wisely and I have been on fabric lockdown for quite some time, only purchasing what is necessary to complete a project (with some extra's along the way - who are we kidding here!) Yesterday I went to the fabric shop to get backing fabric for my log cabin quilt when I spotted these beauties right inside the door, then the dance began as well as the running commentary in my head. "Keep walking to the backing fabric, don't look in that direction, stop running quilt patterns through your head, no it does not look like Cherry Limeade from Sonic, those are not "your" colors, don't touch it, don't pick it up." I did very well until the kind lady behind the counter was cutting my backing fabric, then I made a mad dash for the bolts. I justified my purchase by not buying all the colorways (why didn't I buy all the colorways?!). What I love about a fabric shop is all the ladies that help you justify your purchases. So I did it. But oh, it does look like Cherry Limeade from Sonic!