Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fabric Love


It has been a whirlwind of activity around here.  The finishing of the wedding season at the farm has begun a whirlwind of catch up.  From returning phone calls to making appointments to showing the grounds for newly engaged brides, it really hasn't slowed down much at all.


One of the nicest surprises this week was receiving a little package in the mail from Japan.  I had forgotten that I ordered this postage stamp fabric.  Isn't it darling?  Ideas are flowing every time I look at it.  I also purchased a sampler of Cosmo thread from a retailer here in Michigan and it arrived also.  


A quick trip to the fabric store for more Aunt Lindy fabric found me bringing home this lovely piece of fabric.  It had me at "Farmgirl Collection" and at $3.97 a yard, on sale, I couldn't pass it up.  Have you made any fun fabric purchases recently?

Joyfully,

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Scripture


 "There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity
under heaven."

"I know that everything God does
will endure forever; nothing can
be added to it and nothing taken
from it.  God does it so that men
will revere him."

Eccl. 3:1&14
Joy in the Lord,

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Little Stitching~


I've been playing in my sewing room for the past couple of days.  So much of what I make is either commissioned or gifts for someone.  This is a gift so I can only give you a peak.  There's always a quilting or knitting project going on here even though it doesn't appear that way.


A special employer someone (tee hee) has a birthday coming up and shared with me their love of paper dolls.  I was able to still find some of this Aunt Lindy fabric that I have seen in the past.  I'll share the rest when it's done.


My darling daughter left me this message on my cutting table.  Now I have to use a different pincushion since I won't be altering this one.  The sweet pincushion was made by my sweet friend, Trish.

Smiles,

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Semi-homemade


Last night I hosted a meeting for an event that our church will be doing in December.  I needed a dessert and was hard pressed for time.  Something from scratch just wasn't going to happen.


I remembered that I had this Whoopie Pie Mix in the pantry for such an occasion.  A little milk, butter and egg and I was good to go.  If you see this in a store, pick it up, it was delicious!  Cute packaging never hurt either!


Hugs,

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Scripture


Source: None via Kelsey on Pinterest


"How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, O Lord;
teach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount all the laws
that come from your mouth.
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word."

Psalm 119:9-16
Joyfully,

Friday, September 23, 2011

Birthday Wishes


My baby girl is 17 today.  Oh my, I.am.old.  Here she is at her special guy's soccer game.  So glad I was able to be there that day.  This one here, she's a feisty one.  Sometimes I'm not so sure that we will survive each other and most days she has me laughing till I cry.  Love her all the time!  Happy Birthday, Maddie!

Hugs,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mollie Makes Video



Yesterday, after posting the apple cozie I made, Lisa from Hospitable Pursuits shared this video of the new magazine with me.  So fun to see the apple cozie in action.  Isn't this cute?


Hugs,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Apple Cozies


Last night I was watching t.v. and decided I needed a little something to do with my hands.  I remembered that I had purchased a magazine with the cutest apple cozies on the cover and went in search of it.


I think that this would make wonderful place cards for a dinner.  You could attach a ribbon to the stem with your guests name on it.  It would be a fun gift for a child to take to a teacher.  It took me less than an hour from start to finish.  I'll be tucking this pattern into my purse for when I need a little project on-the-go.  It makes me smile whenever I look at it!

Joyfully,

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sewing Christmas


Welcome to our ninth installment of "Sewing Christmas".  By now, for everyone who has been following along, you should have a nice little stash of gifts.  Doesn't it feel good to head in to the Christmas season with some gifts already prepared?


This oven mitt and kitchen towel may just end up in my stocking this year.  The colors match my kitchen perfectly.  For the towel I drew the snowman, freehand, using the fabric as my guide and embroidered it with a running stitch.


Tuck the towel inside with a pretty spatula, add some festive Christmas finery and I think you have one great teacher or hostess gift.  No wrapping required.  To share your Christmas gift ideas, please use the link below.  Blessings!



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Scripture


"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can
take your stand against the devil's schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the 
heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full
armor of God, so that when the day of evil
comes, you may be able to stand your ground,
and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled
around your waist, with the breastplate of
righteousness in place, and with your feet
fitted with the readiness that comes from the
gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take 
up the shield of faith, with which you can
extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil
one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the 
sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

Ephesians 6:11-17 

Friday, September 16, 2011

arrangement for tonight's dinner

I want to thank you for all your
encouraging words over the past few days.
I'm amazed and humbled that you
still leave comments when I have
been too busy to visit blogs and leave
comments for you!
Even my family is feeling neglected.
Asking the Lord to bless the
work of your hands today~

Leaving soon for the farm...
Smiles, 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Think I Can...

gift of a wall pocket from Joanna

When I got in the car this morning to take Maddie to school, the thermometer read 41 degrees.  Oh.my.word.  Fall is upon us here in Michigan.

vintage children's hankies from Char

The cold didn't snap me out of my mood today.  I want to go back to bed and pull up the covers.  I want to sew, I need to sew...but I have to meet with a bride at noon who's dropping off supplies for her wedding this weekend.  The tent is going up as I type this.

How stinkin' cute is that?

I'm officially burnt out.  A big meeting tonight, a dinner tomorrow and one more wedding this weekend and then things will slow down drastically.  My mind today is struggling with all the details.  Is that a light I see at the end of the tunnel?  Nope.

favorite new pencils from Etsy

Even the fun and the good can be exhausting, but the sun is bright and the sky is blue and I'm thankful for a chilly day to wear a soft sweater.  A young girl is getting ready to say "I do" and I know her excitement will be contagious.  Have a wonderful day, dear blogging friends!

Hugs,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Sunday Picnic


Sunday was a special day at the farm.  My husband hosted a family picnic for the baseball team that he coaches.  These boys are nine and ten years old and some of them had not been born when 911 occurred.  

My friend and employer, Nancy

It was so fun to surprise the families with a candy bar, a cotton candy machine, cupcakes and delicious food.  We had games for the kids so that the parents could meet and talk about the coming season.


For me, my favorite part was my husband (in the yellow) teaching the children about 911 and then sharing a prayer that Franklin Bell Graham gave the day after 911.  He loves his players and I enjoy watching him teach and grow them in ways that will shape them long after the glove and bat are put away.

With joy,

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wedding Day


It was a very busy weekend, but everything got done and a happy couple began their new life as husband and wife.


It rained off and on all day.  Right before the ceremony a large black cloud formed over the barn and I held my breath, just waiting.


But the rain held long enough to finish the ceremony.  Guests entered the barn for refreshments and appetizers.


This little guy was the most excited ring-bearer to date.  He marched up the aisle with a broad grin and determined stride.  What a cutie-pie!


This is the last shot I took before my camera died.  In all the preparations, I forgot to charge the battery.  Alas, no picture of the groom to share.  I can assure you he was standing at the other end of the aisle, with a wide grin on his face!  

Joyfully,