Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Scripture


"No one knows about that day or hour,
not even the angels in heaven, nor 
the Son, but only the Father.
Therefore keep watch, because 
you do not know on what day
your Lord will come.  But understand
this:  If the owner of the house had
known at what time of night the
thief was coming, he would have
kept watch and would not have let
his house be broken into.  So you
must also be ready, because the 
Son of Man will come at an hour
when you do not expect him."

Matthew 24:36, 42-44
Blessings,

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Pretties





My girl and her guy...
Prom 2011

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at

Top three pictures by Lantis Photography & Graphic Design

Joyfully,

Thursday, May 19, 2011

At The Farm


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!

Smiles,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Colors of Spring


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!

Hugs,

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sewing Christmas





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!



With joy,

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Scripture


"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and
with all your soul and with all your mind and with
all your strength...Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these."
Mark 12:30-31
Blessings,

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday Pretties







At last, a sunny day where I can show you the bunting I made...

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Hugs,

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Free*Pretty*Things*For*You!


Keren over at Free Pretty Things For You
has done it again!
LOOK at this fabulous fabric flower garland!!
You can view the tutorial on her site

Keren is so generous to offer us such
wonderful free items from clip art to DIY crafts.
You are in for a treat!  Thanks Keren!
With joy,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wedding Wednesday






All of the wonderful wedding and party ideas
come from Love and Lavender Photography

With joy,

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,