Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Around the House

I apologize in advance for the dark photos.  Not an ounce of sunlight in the house today and currently it's foggy and cold outside.  Last week snow, then 61 degree temps = Michigan weather.  BUT, there's flowers and sunshine in my half bath because the new wall paper is in!  I just love it!  I have fabric to match and need to make a curtain.  Yesterday I took the toliet out all by myself.  What a disgusting job.  Now it's ready for the new floor.  I know what you're thinking, shouldn't you do the floor first?  Well yes, but we're back to that if you give a Mouse a cookie theory.  One thing led to another with the remodel of this room and none of it in proper order.  Oh well!

I started adding some Christmas touches to the dining room.  I know it's a bit early but I'm excited for this year's Christmas season.  I'm already listening to Christmas music.  I can't help it.

One wee little fellow made his way onto the buffet.  Red scarf, holding the gift of a flower, perched on a peppermint candy, pure sweetness!

I'll leave you today with this picture.  What a thought that the creator of the universe wrote your life with His fingers.  Have a wonderful day, friends!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."

Psalm 19:14

Friday, November 11, 2011

Blueberry Crumb Cake

This wonderful book arrived in the mail yesterday.  I have been excitedly awaiting it's arrival.  Ever since I saw a preview of the fabric online, I was smitten.

I have always loved Blackbird Designs.  Their patterns and projects are beautiful.  I have been intimidated by their designs in the past thinking they were too challenging for me or too primitive for this shabby girl.  I hadn't quilted long enough to think outside the box.

This book and fabric line have changed all that (don't you love that coneflower bed runner?).  So what's a girl to do.  First buy the book...

and then use the 20% discount code that Fat Quarter Shop sent me to order a layer cake of this wonderful fabric.  I've been on fabric lockdown for so long that they've wondered where I was.  Such caring people to inquire of me, don't you think?  (insert wink)


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

This is the picture from my house today.  Our first snow.  I've been singing Christmas carols all day.  I'm certain my family will put a stop to that later.

I'm not ready for boots, mittens and scarves but I better jump on board because winter is here!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Last Rose

The weather here today is grey, damp and quiet.  Can weather be quiet?  I believe so.  I don't even hear the birds today.  There's one lone woodpecker at the feeder right now.

I was looking out the window at the garden, dull and dying when a shot of pink caught my eye.  What on earth?  It can't be.  Sure enough, when I got out there I saw the very last rose beaming in all it's beauty.  I wish I could describe the scent to you, it's amazing.  I like to think that the garden left me a parting gift.  One last flower until the spring.  Thank you.

I started sewing the rows together on my "Let it Snow" quilt yesterday.  It's coming along nicely.  The last Christmas quilt for this year almost done!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Scripture

Source: tumblr.com via Renee on Pinterest

"Now what I am commanding you today is
not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.
It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask,
"Who will ascend into heaven to get it and
proclaim it to us so we may obey it?"
Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have
to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and
proclaim it to us so we may obey it?"  No,
the word is very near you; it is in your mouth
and in your heart so you may obey it."

Deut. 30:11-14

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Penny For Your Thoughts

It's such a pretty fall day today.  The air has taken a cooler turn.  The colors seem more intense maybe because the sky is so blue.

Where has the time gone this year?  Is November really upon us?  My mind can't wrap itself around Thanksgiving and Christmas just yet.

A few of the flowers, like this toad lily, are hanging on.  The rest of the garden is fading back into the earth.  Preparing to rest up for the spring.  

photo from lillalotta

As I'm contemplating the change of seasons and life today, I'm wondering if you are too.  So tell me, what's occupying your thoughts today?


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Oh my...

There are times when I'm a bit slow at catching up with what the rest of you wonderful quilters already know.  I came across some quilts on pinterest that I love and found out that they come from Renee Nanneman of Need'l Love.

This sent me in search of her website.  Oh yes, I do have some of her books - now I remember!  But what I didn't know was the vast amount of free quilting patterns that she offers on her website.  I may have to make her Farmhouse Retreat Quilt in just about every color imaginable!  Grab a cup of coffee before you head over ~ you'll be there awhile!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fall Loveliness

Saturday found me out at Friendship Farm waiting to show the grounds to two brides and their families.  It was such a gorgeous, crisp fall day that I decided to take some photos.  The neighbor's sheep wasn't too thrilled to have it's photo taken.  If someone had shot me from behind I'd be mad as a wet hen.

There's nothing like fall on a farm.  the colors seem more vivid and the air more clear.  I find myself much more contemplative when I'm here.  God and I have had some good walks around the property.

We booked the farm that day for a special bride.  The soon-to-be wife to the son of a dear friend of mine.  There were lots of good tears to go around.  A day I will not soon forget.

I'm cutting out my latest Christmas gift project.  Not one for batiks, I couldn't resist this beautiful snowflake fabric.  I may be a batik believer yet.  

This is the pattern I'm making with it.  I am going to love sewing this together.  Sweet blessings for a wonderful Tuesday!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"The Son is the radiance of God's
glory and the exact representation
of his being, sustaining all things
by his powerful word.  After he had
provided purification for sins, he
sat down at the right hand of the 
Majesty in heaven.

Hebrews 1:3

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

O Christmas Tree

Do you ever have a day where you feel like you've got lead in your feet?  I think I've sewed so much over the past few days that I'm a bit dingy.  My family would probably tell you I'm a bit dingy anyway.

I feel like I sewed a mile of binding strips yesterday.  Inching closer to completion of two Christmas quilts for my adorable nephews.  I'm right on track for Christmas this year which is not usually the case. I can credit it to my "Sewing Christmas" project.  Now if I could get the rest of my life organized, I'd be pleased!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Madison Elizabeth

My Maddie had her homecoming dance this past weekend.  We always have so much fun shopping together for these events.  When I look at her I still see the feisty 4 yr. old, with one hand on her hip, ordering me around.  It's hard for me to believe she's 17 (and still ordering me around!).

We found the dress and shoes online at Anthropologie.  I'm digging those shoes.  Even though we wear the same size, my feet throb at the thought of those heels.

A sweet dress...sweater top and tulle skirt.  An outfit meant for twirling with a special boy on a special night.

Thank you for all your kitchen love!
The new lights came from a local lighting store called "Hodgson's".
I don't remember the brand because I threw out the boxes~sorry!
Yes, I did make the bow-tie quilt on the wall, one of my favorites.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink; or about your body,
what you will wear.  Is not life more than food,
and the body more than clothes?  Look at the
birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store
away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father
feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable
than they?  Can any one of you by worrying
add a single hour to your life?"

Matthew 6:25-27

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!