Friday, June 3, 2011

Glamour and Grace








I found a new blog I wanted to share with you.  It's a wedding blog called Glamour and Grace.  All kinds of dreamy photos to browse through.  I have my first wedding of the summer tomorrow so I'm off to the farm this morning.  Blessings!

With joy,

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Little Bitty Pretty


My friend, Sally, welcomed a new arrival yesterday a puppy named Gabby.  Oh my word, she is the most adorable doggie I've seen in a long time!


Gabby is a seven week old Cocker Spaniel.  When she wasn't running sideways, she was trying to burrow into my lap to go to sleep.  She's quite the cuddle bug.


It's been a long time since I've smelled the distinctive odor of puppy breath and held something so small and warm.  I'm smitten!  Welcome Gabby!

Smiles,

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Morning In The Garden


I took a step out into the garden this morning to take stock of what transpired during the night.  The garden in spring is just filled with surprise.  


This Clemantis is always a show stopper.  This is it's third year in bloom and it is heavey laden with blossoms this year.


There is a Mama Cardinal sitting on a nest just above this birdbath.  She has found a place in the red climbing rose that grows next to the Clemantis.  I will try to get a picture once the baby is born.  She's not happy with my presence, to say the least.


This ladder will soon be covered with Sweet Pea vine which is about a foot off the ground today.  The plant comes back every year with the most beautiful pink flowers.  In the meantime, I can enjoy the Foxglove in all it's glory.


My friend, Debbie gave me this lamb for my birthday a couple of years ago and I just love it.  It always makes me stop and think of the Lamb of God.  It greets me going in and coming out of the garden, an ever present reminder of the One who created it all.  Blessings!

Joyfully,

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day


"If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth
paying for free will, then we may take that it is worth paying."

C. S. Lewis

Thank you, Lord, for all the people who gave their lives for
our freedom and the freedom of others created in your image.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Scripture


"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is
love.  This is how God showed his love among us:  He sent
his one and only Son into the world that we might live through
him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear 
friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one
another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another,
God lives in us and His love is made complete in us."

1 John 4:7-12
Blessings,

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fairy Dreams

photo by Nakae~Flickr

When I was little I liked to go into the woods by my house.  I would sit on the moss and imagine that there were fairies in the woods.  I called it my secret place.  A place where I could dream of the magical fairy lands that I read about in books.

photo source unknown

My Mom is an avid gardener and she has many little fairy touches in her gardens.  By our tree in the backyard is an opening where you can step out into the field to reach the woods.  I was there not long ago and stood in that opening, remembering.

photo source unknown

I'm certain that all the pretend and make-believe shaped me into the creative soul I am today.  I'm very glad I had those woods back then, my secret place and my fairy dreams.

With joy,

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Pretties


I took my daughter and her friend to see these guys last night...


Nick Carter
He's my Friday Pretties~
It was so much fun!

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at
Smiles,

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Isn't it Romantic?


I want to share with you the beautiful wreath that my friend, Chelsea, made for me.  It's formed out of cupcake liners.  I love it!  It's so romantic looking.


If I remember correctly, I believe Chelsea told me that it takes 350 liners to make one wreath.  It looks like ruffles of frosting!


It looks great in the pretty room on my shelf made from an old door.  I wish the lighting had been better today, but the rain and grey skies are here for a few more days.  Today is Shann's birthday over at Daisy's Are My Favorite Flower.  Be sure to stop by with some well wishes.  She's such a sweet lady!

Hugs,

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Picnic






One more quilt to show you ~
This one will be hard to let go of
but it's soon on it's way to a graduate

Have a wonderful day!
With joy,

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May Flowers


I love getting a call from Mary, my quilter.  She does such beautiful work and it's always so much fun to see what fabulous stitching she has done.  I knew the May Flowers quilt would be spectacular, and it is!


I find it so fitting that the quilt is completed just when the flowers in the garden are beginning to make their debut.  I love Foxglove.  To me, it's fairytale, secret garden and romance all rolled into one.


Recently I was asked if I do my own quilting.  I usually don't quilt anything myself that is larger than a baby quilt.  Because of the volume of custom orders I do this time of year, it would be impossible to have the quilts out in a timely manner.


For me, piecing and quilting come from different parts of my brain.  I can follow a pattern and after all these years of quilting am finally feeling like I can be confident in my color choices and don't have to use a kit.  That took me quite a while.


The quilting, however, is an art form that I'm not skilled in.  Mary can look at a quilt and see things that I don't see.  She looks at the design and knows how to enhance it.  When I take her a quilt she will ask me what I was thinking about for the quilting.  Ninety-Nine percent of the time it's her call.  I trust her completely as an artist.


I have a growing interest in handquilting due to Mary at Molly Flanders.  I can't imagine adding that to my list of things to learn right now, but her techniques are wonderul as are her quilts.  I love how God gives all of us different gifts and each of them produce something beautiful.  Blessings!

Joyfully,

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,