Our season of fun is beginning at Friendship Farms. We have six weddings scheduled for this summer with the first one the beginning of June.
Recently I decorated the barn for a fundraiser and a retirement party. It was fun to use the bunting I made as well as the ruffles I put together using inexpensive plastic tablecloths. When I find the tutorial on how I did these, I will let you know, it escapes me right now.
I took these pictures last week before the fund raiser. I don't know if you can tell, but a big storm was rolling in. It was very calm and peaceful though we knew what was coming. Everything went great, but it did rain "cats and dogs" that night.
Aren't these vintage pieces fun? Nancy has many fun things to use at events. I just love pink and had to share these with you. It looks like rain here today, so I'm off to quilt!
I was very excited yesterday to make my annual trip to Countryview greenhouse with my friend, Diane. Walking into a greenhouse is like walking into paradise for me.
I was struck my the similarities between the flower colors I chose and the quilt that I just completed. This is a custom order graduation quilt and the Mom and I shopped together for the fabric.
The Mom is an artist specializing in painting and she has a wonderful eye for color. I enjoyed shopping for fabric with an artist who comes with a different yet similar perspective on color. This quilt is from Camille Roskelley's new book, "Simplify". It was fun to make!
I would like to take a moment to answer a couple of questions from some past posts. Yesterday's bag was made from fabric called, "Betty Dear" by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufmann fabrics. It is a reproduction and I actually saw the original fabric at a barn sale earlier in the month. The original was more blue and less aqua. Both are wonderful. The white flower in my last "Friday Pretties" post is Trillium. A friend of mine brought it to me from Ohio when I moved here almost eight years ago. It's a reminder of my years living there. This is the first year in all these years that the plant has produced another plant several feet away from it. I was so excited! I apologize for not answering questions more often and I will make a point to do so in the future. Blessings!
This month makes the fifth Sewing Christmas Monday, we are almost to the halfway mark! I have to share with you a wonderful bag and accessory pattern that I found on my last trip to the quilt shop. I have to say that they are the easiest patterns I have used and come out looking great! I have already made three bags in the past couple of weeks. I have always been apprehensive about sewing zippers and this pattern made it a no-brainer. If you would like to share an idea for Christmas, please use the link below. Remember, it can be any idea, not just a sewing one. Blessings!
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.
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!