Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pruning


The photo above shows what my rose bush will look like this summer.  I remember when my FIL handed me a little plant in a McDonalds paper cup.  He explained to me that he had made a cutting from a rose bush and nutured it into the tiny plant that it now was.  I remember thinking at the time that it probably wouldn't survive but put it in the ground anyway.  Five years later, it's trying desperately to get out of the fence.


Right now the rose bush is sprouting it's new leaves and a few days ago I undertook the challenge of pruning all of the dead wood away.  It took me quite some time.  I also decided to move four other rose bushes and pruned them down to barely a foot so I could move them more easily.  Needless to say, when all was said and done, I was bloodied and scratched but the four are thriving in their new spots and the red rose above is greening out and will have it's best showing to date.


I was studying God's Word this morning and looking out the window at the rose bush.  I was feeling very convicted by some of the things I was reading.  I began to think of the similarities between the pruning of roses and God's pruning of us.  Just as I cut the dead wood away so that the rose can grow stronger, become fuller and reach it's potential, God does the same for me.  His Word reveals areas where I need pruning in my life, my thoughts, and my actions.  He pricks my concsious with areas that need the dead wood taken away so that I can become stronger in Him, fuller and reach the potential that He intended for me.  It's not easy and sometimes it hurts, but in the end if I can blossom like that rose bush for Him, it is all worth it.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting."
Psalm 139:23-24

Blessings,

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Fruit Necklace


I always believed that my Grandma was a bit on the eccentric side.  She wore some interesting outfits, various wigs and some funky jewelry.  My college roomie, and bestest bud Amy, got a big kick out of this fruit necklace she wore, as did I.  Limes, lemons, strawberries and oranges interspersed with red beads - all in plastic.


Grandma passed away when I was in college and two of these necklaces were found with her jewelry.  I promptly passed one on to Amy.  When I was swapping out frocks on my dress form today I remembered I still had the necklace.  It goes well with the homemade cotton dress, don't you agree?


I love this apron I so generously recieved in an apron swap a couple of months ago.  I would dress like this every day if I could.  Blessings!

Smiles,

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Scripture


"For this reason, ever since I heard about your
 faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the
saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.  I keep asking
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of
wisdom and revelation, so that you may know
him better.  I pray also that the eyes of your heart
may be enlightened in order that you may
know the hope to which he has called you,
the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
and his incomparably great power for us who believe."

Ephesians 1:13-19
Joyfully,

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Pretties

a sweet little creamer with happy posies,

fabulous velvet rick-rack,

a pretty vintage hat and rose tea towel,

luxurious handmade lavender soap,

and my new favorite cookbook.

Things I found on my latest excursions~

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at
Smiles,

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wedding Wednesday


Welcome to Wedding Wednesday!  Starting this month I will be featuring wedding ideas found on wedding websites and blogs.  May begins my busy wedding season as an event coordinator and I thought it would be fun to share wedding tips and ideas with you.


This weeks photos come from the blog One Lovely Day.  Here you can find fabulous pictures of weddings and all kinds of ideas for your own events.


These ideas and tips can be used for all kinds of events, from weddings to reunions, showers to graduation parties.  With just alittle tweaking, each can be customized to your event.


Wedding sites play host to many a creative soul.  I enjoy looking at them for inspiration, even sewing inspiration.  Enjoy!

Blessings,

Monday, May 2, 2011

From Bits and Pieces


I completed another cover for my business card holder.  This one I made using many different scraps of vintage linens.  I used the same blue feed sack fabric I used on my "Junk" bag shown below.


It goes with the bag rather nicely.  I love using bits of this and pieces of that to create something functional.


When I add the Ipod case that Renee sent me, I feel like I have a complete ensemble.  What are you working on today?

Blessings,

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Scripture

Image found here

"But because of his great love for us, God, who 
is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ 
even when we were dead in transgressions-
it is by grace you have been saved."

Ephesians 2:4&5
With joy,

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Picnic


I continue to make progress on my list of quilts.
There are things I wish to show you but can't yet.


A dutiful eye keeps watch over my progress,
looking ever so lovely in her wicker chair.


This quilt is called, "Picnic".
It's from "Scrap-Basket Sensations"
by Kim Brackett


Enjoy this Saturday doing something you love!

Hugs,

Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Pretties


I want to share with you a new blog and blogger.  The blog is Soul Delights and Wendi is the wonderfully creative person behind it. 


Wendi is a third generation quilter, raises sheep, loves vintage and takes the most breathtaking photos!  Be sure to stop by and visit her blog and extend some new blogger love.  I believe we can expect great things from Soul Delights.


When I began blogging in 2009 I was so touched by all the well wishes and offers of help with blogging questions.  It's because of the generosity of bloggers that all of us thrive and get creatively refueled each day.  A very warm welcome to you, Wendi!

With joy,

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pretty It Up~


I've been trying to come up with an idea to corral all the business cards I pick up at wedding shows.  I found a simple black case and purchased two so I could give one to Nancy, my boss and good friend.  It was my daughter who said I needed to make a cover.  She was so right.  I used scraps from an old quilt and found some fun fabric to go with it.  Yo-yo's always make for a festive touch.


This holds plenty of cards and will come in handy.  I love making ordinary objects pretty.  I gave it to Nancy last night and she loved it!  Now I have to make mine.


It was easy to make.  The hardest part was trying to figure out which button to put on!  I encourage you to take a look at the things you use everyday.  It might be fun to pretty it up!

Joyfully,

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oh, So Pretty!


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!

Smiles,

Monday, April 25, 2011

Good Morning!

My Favorite China - Lady Carlyle

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!

With joy,