Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments yesterday on the cafe. I want to answer some questions from you about the cafe. The Garden Gate Cafe is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Nancy and Doug Knobloch are the owners. They are friends of ours and I have been working with them in various ways over the past few years. Two years ago I became their event coordinator at their farm which hosts outdoor weddings and other events. They have asked me to be their event coordinator for the restaurant also. I will be the primary contact and planner for such things as tea parties, birthday parties, showers and special events like rehearsal dinners, book club dinners and just about anything else that we can come up with. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch so the evenings open up all kinds of possibilities for special events. I'm thinking about ladies craft nights, guest speakers and that sort of thing. We have eight weddings on the books for this summer at the farm so it looks like I've got my work cut out for me, but it's all so fun! I get to work with people I love who allow me to have such creative freedom in what I do for them. A job doesn't get much better than that! I'm feeling very thankful and blessed by it all. Have a wonderful Thursday!
Flower arrangement by my friend, Char.
Is that cute or what?
This is the last day to enter the giveaway, winner announced tomorrow!
Oh friends, I wish I could meet you at the door of the new cafe, pour you a fresh cup of coffee and give you the most delectable cupcake. We could have a seat and talk for hours! I so wish that was true. I want to share with you today some shots of the cafe. Friday night we were open for a sneak preview and gave out samples of the goodies. I almost missed it, having come down with the flu on Thursday, but I was able to attend for a bit - the result of much prayer. The official opening date is March 12.
Everywhere you look is cuteness and creativity. We had pendant lights made out of vintage cake carriers. I spent some time yesterday drawing on the chalkboards with chalk markers - teacups, cupcakes and curliques - along with the menu of course!
My window display made the front page of the local newspaper on Friday. It was like getting asked to the prom by your dream guy! I'm so happy that customers love it! The building is a historical building which has been taken care of wonderfully. The floors are gorgeous!
The vintage Maytag washing machine always stirs a ton of interest. People take pictures of it and share their memories of their moms washing with one. I pray that God will bless the work of many hands as we embark on this adventure. To see our newest chef/baker go here. That is an amazing story for another day!
I can't believe it's the first Monday of the month already. Seems like I was just sending out the last giveaway. I should be calling this one "March Madness" because that's what it feels like to me. I'm having difficulty parting with this month's goodies. You may ask yourself why I'm doing this so let's both you and I take a look here. Ouch. It's good to have the reminder. So what's included in this pretty bundle:
1 yard Strawberry from the very hard to find Old New Fabric Collection by Lecien 1/2 yard lattice from the same collection
1 yard each of the three prints shown here from Rosalie Quinlan's Grandmothers Flower Garden also by Lecien. Three gorgeous yards!
Be still my heart. 2 1/2 yards of the most beautiful aqua and white toile "Tiny Treasures" by RJR Fabrics. I might have to sit down (oh I am already!)
And two of the cutest books, "Sew the Perfect Gift" and "Home Sweet Sewn". The giveaway will be open until Thursday at midnight. I will announce the winner on Friday, March 9.
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Tomorrow the new cafe is open for a sneak peek. I finished the window display yesterday.
In the afternoon I picked up the quilt I made for the cafe. The pattern is called "Cakewalk" by Lori Holt. I nearly burst into tears when I saw the wonderful quilting my quilter/friend, Mary, did on it.
The pictures absolutely do not give this quilt justice. It has been dark and grey in Kalamazoo and the pictures reflect it.
Because Nancy specializes in cupcakes, I put three blocks in with cupcakes on cakestands. I then embroidered a dome around them and put a button on for a handle. I love how it turned out.
This quilt ranks number one in fun for me. I loved every minute of this process. From the "baking" to picking out the right cakestand to decorating the cupcakes. I think another one of these quilts may be in my future. Thank you Lori! You made my quilting, creative day!
I'll be back with more pictures over the next few days. Don't forget that Monday is the day of my monthly giveaway!
Fabrics: Flower Sugar and a bit of other brights from my stash
I apologize for being absent lately. My friend and employer, Nancy, is opening her new restaurant this Friday. There has been much to do to prepare and I have been very busy. I will have lots of photos to show later this week. The Garden Gate Cafe is a quaint little spot downtown in a very cool old building. I am currently working on the window display and getting the binding on a quilt I made for the front entrance. It will be open for breakfast and lunch and she specializes in cupcakes. I might have to put elastic in all my clothing!
"Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth." Hosea 6:3
I'm still buried under a puffy blanket of snow. A good excuse not get out of sweats today, don't you think? I saw this picture on Pinterest the other day. It reminds me of my husbands side of the closet. My husband has been wearing a bow tie to work every day for as long as he's been working ( if he's not in scrubs). He decided in medical school that he wanted to have a way for patients to remember who their doctor was. We've had a good time purchasing bow ties over the years and I've enjoyed people saying "Is that your husband with the bow-tie?" Enjoy your Saturday!
Yesterday I went to meetings and ran my errands without a coat on. This is the view from my back porch this morning. The thing about snow, it's so quiet. I stood with the door open looking at the flakes softly falling and enjoying the silence. Not even a bird was chirping. Yesterday's Cardinal has found a place to stay out of the wind. We're expecting a few more inches. It's beautiful!
"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
A few years back my daughter received this lovely afghan from her Great Auntie Martha. Recently I was going through things I had packed away for her and found it. I told her we were going to use it and enjoy it's beauty. No point in waiting for that day when she will have her own home, she can still use it then, why not enjoy it now?
I wish you could see this afghan up close. It is comprised of hundreds of tiny crocheted hexagons. It reminds me so much of the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt pattern that I love (and have not made). I know the hours and hours of labor that went into this gift. I'm so glad that she made it for Maddie. Next time I see sweet Great Auntie Martha, I'll have to hug her a bit longer.
"I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and a bride adorns herself with her jewels."
Sunday afternoon my son, Taylor, called me. He was giving his testimony to his Bible study group at college that night and he was feeling nervous. I could relate having shared the story of my journey to God recently with a large group. My eyes went back to the puzzle he made in middle school wood shop. What was it like for him then, just 13, in the public school carving a picture of the resurrection? Did he get ridiculed? My eyes rested on the open tomb. Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe… I decided to go to church that night. Pastor was speaking on prayer. Four times that night we sang, "I love you, Lord". That's when the Mama-ache started.
When Taylor was little, he had a hard time going to sleep. For quite some time I would rub his back and sing "I love you, Lord" to get him to sleep at night. Three years ago, on our last Sunday at church, before he was leaving for college, we sang that song. My eyes welled up as I remembered all those nights. I took Taylor's hand. He leaned over to me and said, "I remember". That's when the ugly cry started. That moment is as vivid as if it happened yesterday.
Today, Mama-ache was unbearable. His schedule hasn't permitted him to come home lately so I decided to go see him. I wrapped his valentines gift and started out. He and I arrived at his apartment at the same time. I had to look twice at him. "You cut your hair?", I said. "Yes, it was really long and with baseball starting…", he replied. And for a moment he wasn't 21, he was the buzz-cut little boy that left me valentines cut out of construction paper.
At times I've noticed that when you share that you miss your child who's away at college people think that you haven't let go or that you don't embrace where they are in their lives right now. I disagree. I am so pleased with the man he is becoming but there are times when Mama-ache, for whatever reason, takes hold and brings us back to what was and for a little while I mourn that passing. I don't find anything wrong with that. A couple hours later, Mama-ache subsided, I was back on the road. The sun was shining brightly and I thanked God for Taylor and for a wonderful visit.
You, dear blogging friends, are such a blessing to me! Thank you for the Valentine wishes. I want to share with you the cutest package that arrived from Molly at Birdie Blue. I participated in a little Valentine swap with her.
The package held this adorable sign. It looks perfect on my shelf all decorated for Valentines Day. If you haven't been to Molly's blog yet, you are in for a treat. It's beautiful!