Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sewing Room

I tried to get some good pictures of the sewing room but the sun was not cooperating with me.  I snapped a few anyway.  I also avoided the mad dash around the room to clean up.  It is what it is, as the saying goes!

This room is located off the kitchen and is separated from the dining room by french doors.  Actually, this used to be the dining room.  It's pretty small though, so after some room swapping it makes for a sunny (on a good day!) spot to sew.

I have some wonderful storage, thanks to my friend, Keith, who took vintage windows and built the cabinet around it.  For being on fabric lockdown, I still have much to use up!

I'm very happy for my own space to create.  Everyone should have a little spot of their own.  For me, that has sometimes been a corner of the family room and that's okay too, as long as you've got a place to dream.  Blessings!

With joy,

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sunlit Rooms

The sun was coming in so pretty tonight that I thought I would show you some of the rooms in my house.  This room is called the "pretty room".  Boys are not normally allowed but they tend to sneak in anyway!

This room was sage green until recently.  We don't get much sunlight in here so the blue makes it much brighter.

I really do enjoy decorating and nothing stays the same for very long.  Things often get moved from room to room.

I have always wanted a round dining room table and found one earlier this year.  It was made by Amish men and is 72 inches round.  It seats eight comfortably.  It is screaming for a quilt which is on the never ending list of projects.  Maybe a rug too!

This piece was purchased at a resale shop for under $250.  I have found many of my pieces from resale shops, flea markets and garage sales.  There are some wonderful bargains out there.  Oh, and I would wallpaper every inch of my house if I could!

I thought I would throw in a picture of the kitchen, post dinner, lest you think that the rooms are always clean.  If I can make the sewing room presentable, I will show you that tomorrow.  Blessings!


Monday, April 16, 2012

In The Yard

I was able to get some yard work done this morning before the rain set in.  I even managed to get a little Preen on some of the flower beds.  Although last years hydrangea flowers are dry, they still look pretty to me against the black of the wheelbarrow.  I hope you are having a productive Monday!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Scripture

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may
be thoroughly equipped for every good work."  ~2 Timothy 3:16-17

Sunday Blessings,

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Little Bunting Wreath

Isn't this adorable?  My sweet friend, Chelsea, made this for me!  You may remember Chelsea and her fun shower here.  I love it!


Friday, April 13, 2012

From Old to New

The tables we used for Hope's party are 60 inch round.  The church provided white tablecloths and I new I wanted to add a pop of pretty color but I didn't have enough time to take on a big sewing project.  I remembered that I had a vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt that was in really bad shape.  I had purchased it with the intent of making it into something new.  I found a large round container and I traced 17 circles on it with a thick sharpie marker.  Then I cut out the circles (the first cut made my heart hurt a bit) and then I sewed pom-pom trim in pink and white to all the circles.  Each table had a quilt circle on it with a pitcher of flowers.  I am using some now for placemats in the kitchen.  So fun and so easy!

With joy,

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Braided Row

It felt wonderful to be able to do a bit of sewing yesterday.  I am making Brenda Riddles wonderful quilt titled, "By My Hand", as a block of the month program through Shabby Fabrics.  You can view the quilt here.  For March we had to complete the braided row.  I'm very excited to be making this quilt.  Brenda is an extremely talented quilter, pattern and fabric designer.  You can view her blog, Little Acorns, here.  May you find a bit of time to do some stitching today!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Vintage Suitcase

Yesterday my church threw a surprise party for a wonderful lady named Hope.  The party was to celebrate her 90th birthday.  I was responsible for the decorations.  We needed a box for cards and I remembered that I had purchased a vintage suitcase for that very reason.  Though I had planned on using it at the farm for weddings, it was perfect for a birthday party as well.  It sat on a table next to a large blue hydrangea plant.  The blue of the plant complimented the blue lining in the suitcase.  We had a wonderful time celebrating Hope, a woman who fears and loves the Lord, one that is an example to many.


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!