Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Bella Bag

My daughter wanted a summer bag and after looking at the local department stores and not wanting to spend an average of $65 for a purse, she turned to me and said, "Mom, can't you make me a bag?"  I certainly can, but was waiting to be asked.  You know how sometimes our kids don't want things that look homemade when all their friends are sporting the new Vera bag.

We set off to the fabric shop and found this pattern.  She then took some time picking out fabric.  I tried to stay out of it and let her choose what she liked.  She also decided that she wanted the covered buttons to give it a more finished look and longer straps so she could wear it across her body.  It was fun to make.  I hope that she will develop a spark for sewing on her own, but for now I'm thrilled that she's thrilled with her new summer bag!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vintage Sheet Giveaway Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of the Vintage Sheet Giveaway!  The Random Number Generator selected #4.  A big congratulations to The Happy Cottage Quilter!  Be sure to stop over and visit her wonderful blog!  Sweet Blessings Today!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Vintage Sheet Giveaway

There comes a time in a quilter's life when one must take a realistic look at their stash.  There is not enough hours to accomplish all that I want to do.  With that said, it's time to part with my vintage sheet stash, and I mean all of it!

With the exception of a couple of cuts, these are whole sheets and pillow cases.  To enter for a chance to win, leave me a comment telling me you are a follower.  I will close comments on Tuesday at midnight and announce the winner the next day by random generator.  I will be taking a blogging break until Tuesday.

For ideas on how to use vintage sheets, check out Jen's The Vintage Sheet Blog where she is currently doing a giveaway for a Go! Baby Accuquilt Die Cut Machine.  Sweet blessings to you and I'll be back on Tuesday!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Stitching Flowers

Today finds me working on some flower applique and really enjoying the process.  There is something very soothing about handwork, if you don't rush it.

I stepped out into the garden this morning and this day lily was there to greet me.  They have all just started blooming.  A couple of years ago I visited a local day lily farm and brought home some beauties. I wish the farm was still there so that you could see the fields of lilies, but the owner closed recently.

The daisies are in bloom.  I planted many of these in the garden as they are my Mother's favorite flower. These big ones make quite a show and are such a happy looking flower.

Peter Rabbit resides over all, just inside the garden gate.  I watched "Miss Potter" again over the weekend.  I can't help myself, I just love that movie!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Precious Faces

One of the days I was helping to get the farm ready for the next wedding I saw some movement in one of the barns.  Taking a closer look, I soon saw four little faces looking at me curiously.

On closer inspection we could see that the neighbors cat had made a home in the barn to have her babies.  A quiet spot away from the bleating of the sheep in her own barn.

I cannot recall a summer where I did not see baby kitties on the farm.  There is something about those loving little faces.  They are people shy and my high-powered lens was the only way to get a picture close up.

Do you see the paw sticking out of the barn?  There was a little game of teasing going on between a couple of the siblings.  Mama is a beautiful grey and white cat as well.  There is always something fun to find at the farm.  Blessings!


Monday, July 4, 2011

Wedding Quilt

I had a wonderful time at the wedding I attended on Friday.  I want to share with you the quilt that I made for them.  The pattern came from the summer issue of "Quilts and More".  It's titled "Pick-It Fences".   A fun and easy quilt to make.  It's a nice size at 85 in. square.  I can see myself making it again with scraps.  It would have also made a lovely red, white and blue quilt.

The bride used cobalt blue in her color scheme, wearing cobalt blue shoes with her dress.  I really liked the combination of blue and green with white.  My friend, Mary, did the beautiful quilting using a verigated blue thread.  I really liked the way she added movement to the quilt with the stitching.

It was fun to make such a special gift for such a wonderful young couple.  The wedding was one of the most beautiful, Christ-centered weddings I have ever attended.  The food was carefully thought out as was the jazz music.  A truly magical night.  Blessings to all today!

A very happy fourth of July!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother's womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things."

Ecclesiastes 11:5
With joy,

Friday, July 1, 2011

I Get To Be A Guest!

I feel so disconnected from all of you.  It has been a crazy week in my world and I have only been able to give my computer a longing glance as I'm rushing out the door.  I am very excited today, I get to be a guest at a wedding instead of the event coordinator.  I wanted to show you a picture of my dress in case you need one for an event.  It is from North Style and is a very reasonable price.  I must say, it has a very "forgiving" silhouette for a curvy body like mine.  I feel pretty, which is something I don't feel often when getting dressed up.  My friend, Sally, hemmed it for me.  I lost most of the detail on the bottom, but I love it!

I purchased this very comfortable shoe from Macy's.  It's Etienne Aigner and mine is in white.  I almost bought the red but didn't want to look too "fourth of July" since that is not the color scheme for the wedding.  I did, however, get my toes star spangled...

it was very fun!

I will be back tomorrow to show you pictures of the quilt I made as the wedding gift and to talk with you about my observations on wedding etiquette for being a guest at a wedding.  I have learned a lot at my job!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Finding Pretty

I managed to find time to stop at a sale the other day between wedding duties.  I picked up this folding laundry basket and pretty quilt.

I've always wanted one of these laundry baskets.  It conjures up images of hanging sheets on the line in a pretty house dress.  Can we bring back those dresses, please?  I snatched this one up for $4.00

The quilt is a whole cloth quilt.  It is not pieced but is printed on the fabric and then has some intricate quilting throughout.  I love the aqua with the red.  It needs a little tender loving care, but will make the perfect quilt for napping on the porch.  It was only $10.00, I knew it was coming home with me.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Wedding Three of the Season

A person could not have ordered a better day for a wedding on Saturday.  The weather was sunny, mild and in the 70's.  This day came on the heels of 60 degree weather and rain.

240 guests were expected and set up went off like clock work.  After you get ready for a few of these, you develop a system and things run pretty smoothly.  I really wanted to show you a picture of the new barn kitties but since they aren't used to people, they scampered every time they saw me.  I'm going to let you look at the pictures now and I'll meet you at the last photo!

I get the biggest chuckle out of this photo.  These two brothers were seated in the very last row, positioned between two adults.  They sat very still and didn't utter a word.  I can just imagine the conversation that took place in the car on the way to the wedding, can't you?


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Scripture

Art found here

"As Jesus was walking the beside the Sea of Galilee,
he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his
brother Andrew.  They were casting a net into the
lake, for they were fishermen.  "Come, follow me,"
Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
At once they left their nets and followed him."

Matthew 4:18&19

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pretty Cakes

This weekend there is a big barn sale happening at my friend, Diane's house.  I told her I would bake some cupcakes for our local animal rescue who will host a bake sale during the event.  I saw these cupcakes on sweet Kathy's blog and knew I had to give it a try.

My daughter did most of the decorating of the cupcakes.  We used the colors we had on hand, but I like Kathy's red ones much better.  It was fun to sit and talk with Maddie while we worked on them.  Another special moment from our maker's hand.  Pretty Dahlia cakes.  Almost too pretty to eat...almost!

With joy,

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Things That Matter

I had one of those days yesterday that I know I will be remembering in the years to come.  One of those rare moments when God allows us to know that there is really something special going on.  My son, Taylor, and I went to visit his Grammie to help her build a rustic garden arch from some trees that she had taken down.  I thoroughly enjoyed my two hour trip with him in the car as we talked and laughed and talked some more.  

He really is growing into quite a fine young man.  He didn't even need our help at all.  We stepped back and let him take over the building of it.  I was so pleased to see his twenty year old mind in action, planning and sawing, and figuring it all out.  Now it's ready for grapevine to be woven through it to give it some texture.

One of my favorite parts of the day was sitting down for lunch and listening to Taylor and Grammie talk about hiking in the mountains.  Taylor has just gotten back from a trip to Montana and Martha has been a hiker for many years.  He is just developing this love of hiking and Martha has loved doing it herself.  They both "got" each other, while I sat and listened, thankful for the moment.

We just let life get too busy.  I was reminded how precious time is with the ones you love.  We all have things we have to do, should do, don't need to do.  It's good to do a bit of weeding out in our schedules.  Perhaps with a little more open space we can let God plan some special times for us.

Once the arch was up and I stepped back to look at it, it looked like it belonged there, as if it had been waiting to land in that spot.  I guess it had been.  I think of how easily we could have missed the opportunity if we decided we had been too busy to go.  I wonder how many things I've missed that God had planned to bless me with.  I've got some thinking to do on this one.  Asking God to give you a special blessing today!