Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I came across this on pinterest yesterday. It struck a chord deep in me. I find that the desire to create is so strong that I can feel out-of-sorts until I take the time to do so. I know that you know exactly what I'm talking about. There are times when I have to step back and tell myself to stop stressing, I'm in control of what I make and there's no need to get all worked up about my self-imposed creative deadlines. Who am I doing this for anyway?
I'm starting out this year by reevaluating why I create, when and how much time I should devote to it and who I am making things for. I am reminding myself that God gave me this ability and I need to let Him direct my creative endeavors - all to His glory! Do I know yet what this will look like? No. But it is a start in the right direction.
This is a big month for me, I have a big birthday and some fun things planned for you, dear friends. This blog is going to have a makeover, which I am very excited about. I have some fun things to share with you. I look forward to the New Year and all it will bring and feel so blessed to have all of you on this journey.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
This is the view from my porch today. The grey skies
have lifted to reveal a sparkling blanket of snow under
a sun filled sky. The very best kind of winter day.
Feeling the need to snuggle and rest, my daughter plans
on opening this fun gift she received for Christmas.
I plan on devouring this wonderful magazine while I help her with her stitches.
My husband will be finishing up his current read.
A good winter's day!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Just a few highlights, there are so many more I didn't show.
I'm very thankful that God gave me something to do with my hands
that brings me so much joy and creative fulfillment.
Can't wait to see what 2012 will bring to my finger tips!
Thank you for your support, encouragement
and friendship on this journey!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
a new project
It's snowing here. Christmas felt like spring but I knew it wouldn't last long. We woke to snowcapped roofs yesterday.
a gift to myself
I'm struggling with getting back to normal. I still have two Christmas gifts I'm working on. You just can't rush handmade. I'm glad I have people in my life who understand my need to create and don't mind waiting.
flowers from the local grocery
After all the Christmas cooking and baking, I have no desire to prepare a meal. Today I'm trying a soup recipe that cooks all day in the crockpot. No pressure there.
a special gift for a special friend
Time for some coffee and a plan, one that will motivate me to do something productive today. What's on your agenda?
Monday, December 26, 2011
A cross stitch card from my Mom
I woke up yesterday morning to the sound of silence, how strange to have silence on Christmas morning. The clock read 8:00 a.m. Hmmm…better do a kid check. Oh! 17 yr. old daughter asleep next to me. 21 yr. old son asleep in his room. Is it Christmas morning? I better go check my calendar.
A beautiful crochet scarf from Trish
The phone rings and my husband, who has just finished the night shift, wants to know what he's missed. Not a thing, I tell him, you've got perfect timing! And so I swiftly rouse two sleepy heads to remind them it's Christmas morning, pop our breakfast in the oven, and put the coffee on.
Vintage candle holders from Diane
We are soon floating in a sea of glitter (note to self: NO glitter wrapping paper next year) and I sit back and watch the three of them enjoy opening gifts, laughing and being silly. At the same time I am reminded of how different our Christmas mornings looked just a few years ago. This is not bad, of course, just different.
Vintage cookie jar from Diane
I spend the day watching my rather grown-up children interacting with their grandparents and Uncle and I'm reminded that change comes quietly, reminding me to enjoy every moment and to embrace the season of life that we find ourselves in. Many blessings and much joy come when we learn to be content where we are with what we have.
"I know what it is to be in need,
and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content
in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry,
whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do everything through him
who gives me strength."
Sunday, December 25, 2011
"The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
For to us a child is born,
to us a Son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And He will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Ok friends, if you want to have some fun on facebook, put "Sleigh bells ring are you listening?" as your status and wait for your friends and family to finish the song. It was so much fun. More fun was reading what they thought the words were (perspire for conspire…).
Today I bring you the last quilt I made for this Christmas, "Let It Snow". This quilt was made for my wonderful Mother-in-love. I'm going to be making a runner for her as well with the scraps. I love how Mary, my quilter/friend put the circles on it. Each snowflake is outlined as well.
Making a quilt with batiks was totally out of my comfort zone, a far cry from the pastels that call my name on a regular basis. This was fun, even though the scraps certainly look out of place in my scrap basket.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thank you for your kind response to yesterday's quilts. Today I want to share with you the quilt I made for my sister-in-law and her husband. I have named it "Comfort & Joy".
This quilt was offered by my local quilt shop as a block of the month. We went to a monthly meeting and were shown new patterns and techniques and then could purchase each monthly block for $5. At the end we had enough blocks to make a quilt and then purchased the rest of the materials to complete it.
Tomorrow I will show you the last of the quilts I made for Christmas. Isn't the gate to the farm just charming? It is such a welcome sight to drive up and see it decorated so beautifully for Christmas. Have a wonderful day!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Thank you for taking the "Sewing Christmas" journey with me. Twelve months of sewing gifts have given me many gifts to share not just at Christmas, but over the course of this past year as well. For the next three days I will be sharing quilts I made as presents this Christmas.
My family celebrated Christmas yesterday with my husbands side of the family. I made these two quilts for my adorable nephews, Benjamin and Nathan. The pattern is "One Star" from the book, "Make Room for Christmas Quilts" by Nancy J. Martin.
I took these pictures on Saturday, out at Friendship Farms, the outdoor wedding site that I work at. It was very cold and snowing, a perfect time to snap these photos.
Mary, my quilter and friend did an awesome job of quilting. Each one is quilted differently and show-cased the pattern wonderfully!
These are my cutie-patootie nephews that I made the quilts for. I told Benjamin (in the glasses) that when he is snuggled under his quilt on Christmas Eve, I want him to remember how much I love him. For us quilters, the gift of a quilt is a true expression of our love.