Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Y-U-M-M-Y!


I made cupcakes, wow are they bright!
Is there such a thing as too much pink?


This is my go to book for cupcakes.
I always make vanilla with vanilla buttercream frosting.


I saved one for you!
Smiles,

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fun at the Diner~


When our friends, Debbie and Paul, call and ask us to come over for a cook-out, we don't say no.  We never say no.  Going to their house is always fun, always special and the main thing served is love and laughter.


Recently they put a diner in the basement of their home.  An authentic diner, complete with a picture of Elvis! 


The details are amazing, right down to the napkin holders and tableware.  Each piece was planned with the idea of how to best serve their guests.  


The group of people that came yesterday are quite special to me.  It's the group of people that have been there for each other for many years.  We've seen each other through some difficult times and have been joyful together through celebratory times.


We're quick to help each other when needed and lovingly call each other out when we need that too.  These are the people that know the good, the bad and the ugly and love you anyway.


The common thread that ties us all together is our love for Jesus.  Rare is a conversation that doesn't involve God and his plan for our lives.  Christ is the driving force behind all we do, the foundation of our individual lives and the foundation of our friendship.


We shared good food, enjoyed watching our young adult children make sundaes for everyone.  Observed a competitive game of bocce ball with our husbands and talked of life over a bonfire.

my daughter and her sweetie

We showed our children how richly blessed we are, how thankful we are for one another and left happy and content.  Thank you Lord, for the good gifts you bring us in the people you place in our lives.

Joyfully,

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Scripture

Photo found here

"Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,"
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance."

Psalm 32:1-7
In Him,

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Little Stitching


In need of some birthday gifts, I decided to make some mug rugs.  I have not made these yet.  My first foray into the craze that hit the quilting world this past year.  


I've read that they can be very addicting to make and now I can see why.  What a wonderful use for scraps.  Theme possibilities are endless.


Top it off with a matching mug and you have a cute present.  You can add a small bag of tea or coffee or put a gift card in the mug.  Very fun!

Smiles,

Friday, September 2, 2011

Antiquing Left Me With...


a vintage fan to clip pictures on,


a Claire Murray rug,


vintage party lovelies,


and some vintage wedding goodness!

It was a good day!
Smiles,

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Put Your Feet Up


The transformation of the Pretty Room is coming along nicely.  I've finished slipcovering the pair of ottomans and now we have a place to rest our weary feet.


The room has changed drastically from the sage green walls and all the pink, but it was time and I'm loving the peacefulness I find when I'm in here. 


I still have pink touches.  Even though I don't have a picture of it today, I have left my pink coffee table made from a vintage door in the room as well as some pink shelving.  The cottage beach theme feels like coming home since I grew up in St. Joseph, Michigan located on Lake Michigan.


The other day I found my Grandmother's blue ball canning jars, one of the things I acquired after her passing many years ago.  I was in college then and had no idea what I would use them for.  Throughout the years I have put many a posy in them.  The glass reminds me of water, and they look so pretty on top of the cabinet with the morning light shining through them.  They cast an iridescent glow.  

What are you up to today?

Joyfully,

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Little Sugar Creek


I stopped in at JoAnn Fabrics yesterday.  I managed to satisfy the fabric craving by purchasing a little Sugar Creek by Denyse Schmidt.  I think the top one looks like it could be from Lecien's Flower Sugar line.  I noticed that some of the Etsy stores are carrying the line now.


The good thing about JoAnn's is that there is always a sale going on.  Quilting books were 40% off.  I've been wanting this one for awhile.  It does not disappoint. 


This book came from Amazon.  I can't tell you how much I love it!  The quilt on the cover is on my list of projects.  You must take a look at this one.  The pillows alone are to die for.  Did you make any fun purchases over the weekend?

Smiles,

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Scripture


"You are the light of the world.
A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp
and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on a stand, and
it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light
shine before men, that they may
see your good deeds and 
praise your Father in heaven."

Matthew 5:14-16
In praise,

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ruby Jean


I came across a blog and etsy shop that I wanted to share with you.  Angelina makes the most beautiful things, specializing in aprons.


One of the things I love about her aprons is the story that she writes to go with each one.  Not only is she a talented seamstress, but a talented writer as well.  Visit her etsy shop here.


Angelina continues her creativity over at her blog which is certainly very pretty to look at.  Stop by and take a look.  Sweet blessings today!

With joy,

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Little Discoveries~


I was on my way to work last week when I decided to stop by the antique store that I pass each and every time I go out to the farm.  I've made a point of not stopping by but could not take it any longer.  I'm so glad I caved because I found these precious little girls to add to my Holt Howard collection.  They are called "Daisy 'Dorables" and they certainly are adorable!


Always a push over for a white picket fence, this little pitcher found it's way into my car.  What is it about this time period that draws me so?


I also go weak in the knees for vintage children's toys and this little phone had me as soon as I saw the color.  I love that it rings when you dial it.  It makes me smile whenever I look at it.


I snapped this picture this morning.  I know that fall has started in the garden when the fall Clemantis starts to bloom.  It is out of control this year.


Growing through the Clemantis is a Morning Glory vine that comes up on it's own every year.  It looked so pretty in the morning light today.


The color of this vine is amazing.  I could do a whole quilt around the color of this one flower.  Such treasures!

Joyfully,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Featured Today At ~


Come visit me today at Quilt Story
Thank you Megan and Heather for the opportunity!

With joy,

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Snippets for Tuesday


I'm puttering around in the sewing room today.  Do I clean it or do I sew?  It's hard for me to be creative in a messy environment so I'll probably clean.  I found these vintage spools of thread while I was poking around in my mess.  Look at the brand name on the bottom two, "Fast to Boiling".  I love it!


It's so much easier to baste a quilt with curved safety pins when you can actually find them.  A pretty canning jar does the job perfectly.  Now I won't be hunting all over for stray pins to complete a quilt.


I took some time to group some of my collections.  Of course they all have a pink theme, you know me.  Just looking at this shelf makes me smile.


Still madly in love with the pink "Sew Master" toy machine that my friend, Diane, gave me.  It even has a vintage spool of thread on it.  Tickled pink for sure!


The vintage pink "Wolverine" metal kitchen pieces are a favorite.  "Kleanser Kate" keeps a watchful eye over all.


Often when I need a burst of creativity I just look at the jar of vintage cake decorating goodies and all the colors and themes are the jolt I need to get inspired.


As I work on a t-shirt quilt for a dear friend, I take breaks to work on this ottoman cover.  The colors are just dreamy.  Hoping creativity flows from your fingers today in all that you do!

Smiles,