Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Scripture

Garden statue titled, "Basking in God's Glory".  A gift from my beautiful niece, Jessica.

"Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen."

Psalm 72:18-19

In Praise,

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bunny Love

It's that wonderful time of year again when I get to bring out the quilt my Mom made for me last year.  It's called, "Rabbits Prefer Chocolate".  This quilt ushers in spring for me.  If you are reading this Mom, thank you again!  Love you!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Oh my...

Why is Lecien torturing me?
Don't they know about my no buying fabric rule?
I think I might sit down and cry…


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Checking In...

Source: via Elaine on Pinterest

I have been busy at the cafe for the past few days.  I didn't want you to think I've forgotten about you. I found this adorable wreath on pinterest and wanted to share it with you.  I love everything about this.  I can't imagine how long it would take to find all the items for it, but I certainly can enjoy someone else's creation.  What have you been up too?


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring Hankie Scarf

This is a quick and easy project.  Decide how long you want your scarf to be.  Lay out the hankies in the order you want and zig zag them together.  That's it!  It took about ten minutes.  A pretty accessory to replace the heavy winter scarves I'm growing tired of wearing.  Have a fun Saturday!


Friday, March 9, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the March giveaway is


Kathrynn is most looking forward to being outdoors and enjoying the SUNSHINE this spring!
I have sent you an email Kathrynn, congratulations!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cupcake Flowers

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!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Cup of Cuteness

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!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway!


Monday, March 5, 2012

March Giveaway!

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.

To enter:

Be a follower of Sewn With Grace
Leave me a comment telling me what you most look forward to this spring!

For me, I'm most looking forward to not wearing a heavy winter coat


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thank You, Lori Holt!

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


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A New Venture

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!


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Scripture

"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

With joy,

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pretty Bow Ties

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!


Friday, February 24, 2012

In the Quiet

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."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Happy Friday,

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pretty Little Hexies

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.

Hugs for you too!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Oh no I didn't - Oh yes I did!

Ever have a moment when you feel like the dumbest person on the planet?
Remember this sweater I embellished a while back?
It somehow got thrown in the wash.
Completely ruined.
sniff, sniff…

A big sigh,

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Scripture

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

"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."

Isaiah 61:10