Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Scripture

"The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid," for 
I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said."

Matthew 28:5-6

Happy Easter!

Praising Our Savior,

Friday, April 6, 2012

Giveaway Winner

The winner of this months giveaway is Karen at Quilting, Losing and Tea!  Congratulations, Karen, I have sent you an email.  Happy Sewing!

I have been working on the new window display at the cafe this week.  I've gone with a vintage birthday party theme.  I had a lot of fun finding vintage birthday cards on line and mounting them on card stock.

I used my crinoline dishes in pink and aqua.  Each teacup is filled with a knitted cupcake.  The vintage paper birthday cake came from Etsy.  The yellow dress is part of my collection of vintage dresses.

Such a happy, cheerful place to visit.  I wish you all could come for lunch!


Monday, April 2, 2012

April Giveaway

It's the first of the month and time for my monthly giveaway!  Time has gone by so quickly and we find ourselves at the fourth giveaway already.  I am so enjoying these giveaways and all the fun things I learn about you through the question I pose each month.  This giveaway will run through Thursday, ending at midnight.  I will announce the winner this Good Friday, winner selected by random generator.

To Enter:

~Please be a follower of Sewn With Grace
~Tell me about an Easter tradition in your family

You will win:

~This beautiful selection of fabrics and pattern
to make the darling ShelbyMine bag
~Three vintage strawberries and some other surprise vintage goodies!

Jodi from Pleasant Home has some wonderful kits to offer
and she has a fabulous blog, you can visit her here.


Friday, March 30, 2012

A New Use

My growing pile of platters needed a place to rest where they wouldn't get broken.  I found this vintage plant stand the other day when I found the dress.  A quick calculation and I snatched it up.  It looks great on top my fridge with the platters in it.  Prom dress shopping begins today.  What are you up to?


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Prom Inspiration

Tomorrow marks the first day of spring break for my teenage daughter.  We aren't making any big trips this year, just day trips where we'll be on the hunt for the perfect prom dress.  I spent the day cleaning, sorting and dropping things off at Goodwill.  I said goodbye today to some cookbooks, mostly low-fat, weight-watcher, no-butter-for-you, recipes.  If I don't know how to watch my weight by now, at fifty, there's something wrong with me.  When I couldn't handle one more dust ball, I headed out to the local resale shop.  I spotted this beauty of a dress behind a table, with only the top peering out.  I almost walked by knowing that I couldn't afford the hefty price these dresses always bring.  What's the harm, I thought, just look at the tag.  Oh my word, did I read that right? $5.00.  Even the cashier couldn't believe it.  What a beauty, lavender-gray over the palest pink.  The vintage brooch is one of mine.  The sewing on this is extraordinary.  I wish you could see the ruffle strap, the ruffle is gathered and attached on a pink strip that is only 1/4" inch wide - I kid you not.  I hope that Maddie and I can find something just as exquisite, even in this day and age of show-it-all and leave nothing to the imagination.  We will do our best, with this one as our guide.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chicks Must Wait

The weather has taken a dip in temperature, here, in Michigan.  There's a bit of a nip in the air.  More like the March we know.  The flower beds are greening out nicely as are the weeds, so soon enough it will be time to spread some Preen.  I managed to get the porch cleaned and set some of my favorite things out on the aqua hutch I so love.

There's been a bit of a halt in the chick production.  I made the mistake of starting this book.  "The Forgotten Garden" may be the most wonderful read to date, until this one, "The Distant Hours" by the same author.  Can I just tell you that by page 21 (out of more than 500 pages) I knew I was a goner. Who needs eating, sleeping and other necessities of life when I can immerse myself into another world, time and place.  I'm surprised I stopped long enough to type this post, seriously.  Have any of you read it?


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Scripture

Image from the wonderful Susan Branch

"See!  The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves is heard in our land."

Song of Songs 2:11-12

With joy,

Friday, March 23, 2012

Chubby Chicks

I want to share with you the pattern that I made yesterday's chicks from.  I've had it for a while and was inspired by another blogger to make it.  Isn't that one of the best parts of blogging, the inspiration and encouragement we get from each other?  I also want to show you the retro birthday candle holders I just purchased from Etsy ~ another cute group of chicks!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Chicks

Sweet little chicks are popping up at my house!
A long overdue unfinished project from 2010.
They are so cute, what took me so long?


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pink-Tipped Tree

I've been bringing out my Easter decorations a little at a time.  Today I unwrapped my new pink-tipped tree by Bethany Lowe Designs.  I purchased mine through Victorian Trading Company.

I've been collecting ornaments over time and my poor dogwood tree finally couldn't stand the weight anymore, so a new tree was necessary. 

The colors of spring and Easter-time make my heart sing!  Enjoy your day today!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Take Me Out To The Ballgame...

85 glorious degrees here in Michigan today!  I get to go watch this boy play baseball.  It doesn't get much better than that!  Thank you for the sneaker love yesterday.  The link for my new shoes is here.

With Joy,

Monday, March 19, 2012

Simple Pleasures

Green grass and new sneakers,
can't think of a better way to start the week!


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!