Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Lighting

I awoke this morning to a glittering yard.  The frost was thick and the urge to snuggle in and eat something yummy grabbed me.  So I went to my trusted Farm Chicks book and made the apple puff pastry recipe that never fails.  It was extra special using the apples that my daughter picked herself.

Yesterday I had some new kitchen lights installed.  It's so dark in our house and with the winter approaching I know how fleeting daylight is in Michigan.

The light over the table is a bigger version of the one over the kitchen island.  It illuminates everything so nicely. 

I love how the pink island stands out with the new lights.  The island is certainly the focal point of the kitchen.

It's amazing how lighting can change the look of a room.  I like the crispness of the black with the pastels.  Another check off on the home improvement list!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Coming Home

If Renee is asked to make a quilt for 
a silent auction...

she'll have to find a chair and
a book to go with it!

For those of you who know the Mouse Stories book,
you get where I'm going with this.

I used this wonderful book,

and this super easy pattern!

All print fabrics are Denyse Schmidt for JoAnn Fabrics
with the exception of that cute little dog print.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sewing Christmas

Here we are, month ten of "Sewing Christmas".  I can hardly believe it.  I'm very excited today to share with you my Log Cabin Christmas quilt.

For those of you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that I have been working on this quilt for a very long time.

In all my years of quilting I have never made a log cabin quilt.  I can tell you without a doubt, this quilt won't be the only one I make with this wonderful block.  This quilt is a biggie, made for our king size bed.

The design possibilities for the log cabin block are endless.  It's a great quilt for a beginner and looks complicated, but it's not!

I made the quilt for my husband.  He's seen me working on it so it's not a surprise.  I will put it on our bed as soon as Thanksgiving is done.  I'm hoping to find some pretty sheets to go with it.

Here is a close up of the quilting as well as some of the prints.  My favorite is the "Merry Christmas" musical fabric (and the holly, the cherries, the polka dots...).

You all know the drill by now, use the link below to add your Christmas idea, something you're working on, sewn, knitted-whatever strikes your fancy!

With joy,

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Scripture

Source: via Janet on Pinterest

"For God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only Son, that whoever believes
in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world
to condemn the world, but to save the
world through him.  Whoever believes in
him is not condemned, but whoever does
not believe stands condemned already
because he has not believed in the name
of God's one and only Son."

John 3:16-18

Thursday, October 13, 2011

'Tis the Season

This week has flown by.  I can't believe I haven't had a post since Monday!  I need to figure out how to slow down a bit.  The fog is heavy today so maybe the grey skies will keep me inside.

A lot of Christmas sewing is going on here.  I can't wait until next week's "Sewing Christmas" to show you a special gift I made for my husband.  He's seen me working on it and I can't wait to share it with all of you!

I got out my favorite Christmas quilting book last week and got started on a new project.  I love working with the colors of Christmas.

If you need any inspiration to get you motivated to start working on gifts, pick up any of the Christmas magazines that are hitting the shops, they are great this year!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Pretties

Have you seen the blog, nanaCompany?

There is something about Amy's style
and talent that keeps me stalking
returning to her blog.

Great photography,
use of color,
you name it!

Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

Visit Joyce
for more Friday Pretties!
With joy,

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bella Bag

I was asked to donate a purse for a silent auction and got up early this morning to get it done.  I started searching through my stash for some fall fabric.

I have made this bag before, and knew that it's not difficult to make - not even with the grommets.  It has some detailing that makes it look harder than it is.

If you want to try to make a purse with a little extra something, this is the one.  I'm off to deliver it now.

It's in the 70's today.  It looks like Indian Summer has hit my corner of the world.  The last warmth of the season before the cold creeps in.  Blessings today!